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Mike Prates posted a review 3 years, 1 month ago

“There’s nothing funny about grief, but there is a lot to laugh about in the grievous business of life. In that tiny crack in the order of things — a loophole, if you will, in the human contract — director Alexander Payne has found sustenance and inspiration. In The Descendants, for instance, his new tragicomedy, here comes George Clooney, running down the street in his flip-flops and Hawaiian shirt on a slap-happy mission of pathos. His wife Elizabeth (Patricia Hastie) has just had a boating accident and lies in a coma. Now he has learned that she had been cheating on him. He is running to a neighbour’s house to see if they knew about this — everyone seems to have been in on it — and who the other man was.

Clooney, playing a successful lawyer named Matt King, doesn’” read more

Daniela added this to a list 3 years, 1 month ago
The Evolution of Matthew Lillard (39 movies items)

"Brian Speer "


kgbelliveau posted a review 3 years, 1 month ago

The Descendants

“After his wife has a boating accident, lawyer Matt King is left to pick up the pieces and help his two daughters cope with what has happened. As Matt makes decisions regarding real estate, his wifes health and the well being of his daughters, he must also deal with his own emotions and realizations about what comes next for everyone.

Beautifully written, the complete opposite of what has become the norm for the type of genre it falls under. What The Descendants captures so well are the moments where people are hesitant and unsure of what it is they are dealing with. The Descendants captures the essence of a modern day family. The parents always busy with their jobs, the teenager off at school, and the younger sibling caught in the middle of a mess they want no part off.

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SJMJ91 posted a review 3 years, 1 month ago

A very heartfelt and thought-provoking drama.

“As you will very easily recognise from the theatrical trailer as well when watching the feature film itself, The Descendants really is your typical Hollywood bait as it consists of heart-breaking and thought-provoking emotion, personal connections between characters, some light-hearted humour and the wide variety of shots featuring beautiful landscapes. Plus, the fact that it stars a Hollywood gem - George Clooney, and both directed and co-written by Alexander Payne, who has made his first major project since 2004 comedy-drama Sideways. So, as a result of these, expectations were high and after watching it, The Descendants turned out a genuinely heartfelt film, not only about family and love but also loosely about revenge and justice that could lead you to tears.

The Descendants ” read more

mateus1987 added this to a list 3 years, 1 month ago
Watched in 2012 (87 movies items)

"31/01/2012 Um filme nada excepcional,mas vale pelas atuações. "


SJMJ91 added this to a list 3 years, 1 month ago
Cinema viewings 2012 (43 movies items)

"Saw it at the Light House."


SJMJ91 added this to a list 3 years, 1 month ago
2011 In Film - Best to Worst. (74 movies items)

" One sentence review: From the director of Sideways and About Schmidt comes a very up-close and personal, sensitive drama featuring yet another remarkable yet different performance from Hollywood gem George Clooney, a breakthrough in the young career of Shailene Woodley, beautiful concepts within Hawaii and a very heartfelt message that could make you weep for a long time. FULL REVIEW HERE."


SJMJ91 added this to a list 3 years, 1 month ago
Film & Short diary: 2012 (92 movies items)

"Watched on: 10/02/2012 Predicted rating: 9/10 Final rating: 9/10 Review here.."


James B. added this to a list 3 years, 1 month ago
Listal's Top 50 Movies of 2011 (59 movies items)

" Points: 14 Chosen by: propelas (2), Abhi (5), Redmist (2), SJMJ91 (2), Stehako (3)"


Alan Ongaro added this to a list 3 years, 1 month ago
2011 (Watchlist) (50 movies items)
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2011 Films - Best to Worst (120 movies items)

"7/10 George Clooney's performance is the strongest aspect of this film. It's sometimes funny, moving and heartfelt. The soundtrack is amusing, many of the locations are gorgeous, and the story is genuinely interesting. It's a film that has Oscar all over it. Not that I think it deserves to win anything. For while it is enjoyable, it is still highly overrated. Because it does still feel similar to other films, and you can't change that by simply changing the location to Hawaii. Then there is the"


Bml93 added this to a list 3 years, 1 month ago
Bml93's Film Diary for 2012 (272 movies items)

""Fuck you. She's dead, and fuck you." @ Cinema George Clooney's performance is the strongest aspect of this film. It's sometimes funny, moving and heartfelt. The soundtrack is amusing, many of the locations are gorgeous, and the story is genuinely interesting. It's a film that has Oscar all over it. Not that I think it deserves to win anything. For while it is enjoyable, it is still highly overrated. Because it does still feel similar to other films, and you can't change that by simply changi"


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Movies watched in 2012 (116 movies items)
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2012 Watched Movies and Personal Records (79 movies items)

"05/02/12 Cinema"


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Exclusive's 2012 Movie Diary (312 movies items)

"06.02.2012 "Ever been inside my bedroom?" "Once." "You could have had the decency to lie about that one." "Alright, twice." "


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Watched in 2012 (150 movies items)
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Watched in 2012 (216 movies items)

"04-02-12"


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I went to the cinema... (129 movies items)
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The Movies of 2011 (504 movies items)
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Movie Diary 2012 (16 movies items)
SJMJ91 added this to a list 3 years, 1 month ago
A voluntary film critic at local cinema. (25 movies items)

" As you will very easily recognise from the theatrical trailer as well when watching the feature film itself, The Descendants really is your typical Hollywood bait as it consists of heart-breaking and thought-provoking emotion, personal connections between characters, some light-hearted humour and the wide variety of shots featuring beautiful landscapes. Plus, the fact that it stars a Hollywood gem - George Clooney, and both directed and co-written by Alexander Payne, who has made his first majo"


Neithan added this to a list 3 years, 1 month ago
Watched in... 2012 (23 movies items)

"29.01.2012"


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WATCHED IN 2012 (367 movies items)

"1-30"


talia_sparkle posted a review 3 years, 1 month ago

“Somewhat bland family drama that really doesn't warrant the huge fuss being made about it.

Clooney's performance is solid yet not spectacular, all moist eyed, furrowed brow and waggly eyebrows, as the father (Matt King) left to deal with his two irritating daughters as his wife lies in a coma.

Coupled with finding out his wife was having an affair with a slimy real estate agent (a surprisingly good Matthew Lillard), we see him descend into a mini meltdown.

There are things to appreciate in this movie, including a fab turn from Robert Forster as a cranky grandfather, and Judy Greer as the unsuspecting wife of the real estate agent, but overall the film just feels really flat. Even the cinematography seems lacklustre resulting in a vision of Hawaii that is grey” read more

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Seen in 2012 (299 movies items)

"Read my full review here: http://www.listal.com/viewentry/1965379"


Artemis Panthar added this to a list 3 years, 1 month ago
2012 Movie Log (114 movies items)

"1/30/12 - Theater"


propelas added this to a list 3 years, 1 month ago
Movie Diary 2012 (108 movies items)

"The new film of Alexander Payne shows us the way to face difficult situations with humor and love.An amazing George Clooney gives the best performance of his career "


offwinter added this to a list 3 years, 1 month ago
Movies Seen 2012 (178 movies items)
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Academy Award for Best Picture Nomination 2011 (9 movies items)
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Watched in 2012 (208 movies items)

"28-01-12"


keiju posted a review 3 years, 1 month ago

Good but...

“Is nice to watch Clooney working under a different register and it is a really good movie but...

Yeah: but. There´s a bunch of little sad "buts" if you look closely.

Some "buts": It talks about so many things and gets so few of them nailed that it´s a shame. Family relations are underworked and character development (a crucial aspect in this story) is hinted but in the end missing as you are supposed to believe that the characters and their relations change but you dont really see that change. The issues that the movie brings to you are important although they feel too distant to connect with you.

Some good things: The characters are rounded and believable enough (only enough) and it has good acting and a great subtle sense of rhythm as there´s always so” read more

sunset96 added this to a list 3 years, 1 month ago
Films I saw in 2012 (33 movies items)

" I fail to understand why this film is receiving such praise from critics. The Descendants is an uneven and conventional drama which isn't as insightful as it appears to be. Saw on January 26th."


Aira added this to a list 3 years, 2 months ago
IMP 2011 vol.1: Posters Awards (45 movies items)

" "For a film dealing with a man trying to reconnect with his somewhat estranged daughters, this poster does a great job of putting us in the mind of Clooney's character as he looks at his girls, seemingly so far away from him, with what's likely a sense of regret and hope. A simple but lovely design." "


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My Top 20 Favorite Movies of 2011 (20 movies items)
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Movies Watched in 2012 (29 movies items)
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Watched in 2012 (20 movies items)
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Order I think the chances of a film winning Best P (9 movies items)

"The Descendants won the Golden Globe for Best Drama. It's the only R rated movie in the bunch, so maybe the streak that started with Crash will continue. It has a decent chance of winning, but it's got the fact that both The Artist and Hugo are very cinema friendly films and it's going up against them. Maybe the charm of George Clooney will win some of votes. Chance of winning. 15%"