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Old 06-05-03, 04:42 PM
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Whale Rider: Anyone hear anything about this?

Saw a trailer for this movie when I went to see Bend it Like Beckham. It looks really good and was wondering if anyone's seen it yet. You can see the trailer for it here.
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Haven't seen it but it looks like it was done by the same people who did a few other movies (names escape me ATM) that were pretty good.
Old 06-05-03, 09:19 PM
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I saw this film a couple of months back at DC's Enviornmental Film Festival and I really enjoyed it. Great performance by the lead actress and a enthralling story about her tyring to gain acceptance from her father.
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I'm pretty sure that this movie won the audience pick at last fall's Toronto International Film Festival.
Haven't seen it yet, though.
Old 06-07-03, 02:51 AM
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Yeah, it won the audience award at Toronto and Sundance. Not sure if that particular prize is a good thing, but you never know...
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I just saw this movie and I was utterly blown away.... I had absolutely no idea what the movie was about (which is the way it should be, but sadly enough it rarely happnes), just that it was worth seeing.

Everything was amazing from the story, the acting, the cinematography.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!!
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Both the thumbs guys liked it a lot, and even mentioned it again the week following their initial review. Seems to be one we should add to our "to see" list.
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A friend of mine saw it this past weekend and said a couple of people stood up and applauded at the end of the movie. He thinks it's the feel good movie of the year. I really want to see it.
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Whale Rider (no spoilers)

all I can say is....WOW! what a movie. The story is timeless, the cinematography amazing, and the acting (especially the young girl and her grandfather) is seriously Oscar caliber.

Who else has seen it?
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Sounds great! I read about it and have been trying to go see it for the last few weeks, maybe I can get it tomorrow... Me and my girl have wanted to see it, but we've been a little... "distracted"

Such is New Love....

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I agree. It's amazing.
Old 07-03-03, 06:08 PM
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Guess everyone is going to see T3 and not this one!

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I saw T3 last night, but I'm going to see this with my girlfriend tomorrow for the 4th...so glad she doesn't want to see legally blonde.
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Saw a few days ago and I guess its worth seeing. My big complaint is that the preview covered too much of the film and so I had to wait a long time for something to happen.

6/10
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Originally posted by MrN
Saw a few days ago and I guess its worth seeing. My big complaint is that the preview covered too much of the film and so I had to wait a long time for something to happen.

6/10
Fortunately i didn't see any previews and had no idea what the story was about. i just heard it was worth seeing....
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Re: Whale Rider (no spoilers)

Originally posted by Walter Mitty
all I can say is....WOW! what a movie. The story is timeless, the cinematography amazing, and the acting (especially the young girl and her grandfather) is seriously Oscar caliber.

Who else has seen it?
Couldn't agree more. What an amazing AMAZING film experience. I also agree with everything the DVDTalk critic said as well:

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=6742
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Another vote here for "Whale Rider"; excellent movie. The only problem was that my wife, who is pregnant (and due in less than a month), found the last half hour a bit more emotional than she would have liked. With her hormones going crazy, she'd rather not watch
Spoiler:
an ending where a child almost dies.


I have to admit, I was getting a bit teary-eyed myself, especially during
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her speech.


Great movie, and a wonderful performance by Keisha Castle-Hughes. I also think I recognized several folks from "Once Were Warriors", another great (but different) New Zealand film.
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I went with high expectations and they were met. A perfect counterpoint to PoTC and LXG. Keisha Castle-Hughes was amazing. Her subtle facial expressions were utterly convincing. The rest of the cast was good too, but she really shined.
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This movie sounds wonderful. I half to check out the art houses for this one. The multiplex is useless, why can't they dedicate at least one screen to a non-hollywood studio movie?
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We saw this yesterday and loved it. My wife is from New Zealand and her family all still live there so we had a good background on the Maori culture featured in it so prominently. I really enjoyed what the movie had to say about modern vs. ancient traditions and the Maori elements included such as the "haka" (war dance) were done very well, without creating that tired "noble savage" stereotype. Amazing performances from the girl and her grandfather. So far, it's one of the best movies I've seen this year.
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Just got back from seeing this movie tonite. I was completely blown away, what a beautiful movie. Keisha Castle-Hughes was amazing, give that girl an Oscar.
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Originally posted by Phuzbox
Just got back from seeing this movie tonite. I was completely blown away, what a beautiful movie. Keisha Castle-Hughes was amazing, give that girl an Oscar.
I agree. I can't think of a female performance this year that even rivals Hughes'.
Old 07-26-03, 06:36 PM
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Absolutely the best movie of the year thus far. Just incredible, words can't express how I felt about the movie.
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I was surprised to see that the locally-owned theater picked this up recently, so I saw it a couple of days ago and loved it. Incredible, moving... just a flat out wonderful film. I want a DVD now.
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Originally posted by Cosmic Bus
I want a DVD now.
I hear you man, I really want this on DVD.

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