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Too many movies on my list to watch...

Last night, I just waited an hour to watch The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at the theaters, and was glad I did. This movie was probably the most beautiful movie I have seen in a long time. Cinematography and production design was definitely worth $12, but the concept of the story, costume design and acting were amazing as well (NY Times review, second review). This movie is definitely cinematic or digimatic, and is in my top 10 list. I'm was too lazy to read the story, and now back-peddling and reading this F. Scott Fitzgerald story on this blog. It was a moving version of Vanity Fair magazine cover and spread shot by Annie Leibovitz and feels painterly. Below is one scene, lighting is amazing, and I love that lamp behind them.

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Merrick Morton/Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers Pictures

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Also want to see these flicks... And I love Apple's Movie Trailers Page:

Gran Torino
Doubt
Revolutionary Road
The Soloist
The Reader
Waltz With Bashir

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On a side note, the production value of this movie reminded me of a discussion we had in Clay Shirky's class about Hollywood making a comeback after UGC. Are studios producing less movies throughout the year, and more resources for one or two movies? This movie costs $135m with tax breaks because it was shot in New Orleans.

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