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Title: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on November 14, 2010, 01:42:51 PM
Couldn't find a topic for this, but merge if I missed it :magni:

Yesterday was an all day lazy bones movie day ...

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RqFhu7CWo58/RcH5CP3ugjI/AAAAAAAAAIM/Pnef3SEBwuY/s400/ils+poster.jpg)

Ils - I'd read good things about the movie, and it disappointed just a bit. But, the concept was pretty good. The movie has a young couple who have newly moved into a house in the woods. Late at night, they suspect someone's broken in and go downstairs to investigate. The end is what you're looking for to churn up a surprise.

(http://www.thebestfilms.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Kak-Ya-Provyol-Etim-Letom-How-I-Ended-This-Summer.jpg)

How I Ended This Summer - I've always wanted to live in the Arctic for a few months, and this movie just makes me want to go even more. 2 men (a younger chap, Danilov, who's up at the station for just this season and an older chap, Gulybin, who's been at the station for years) are in charge of a weather station in the Arctic, taking readings and reporting them on a daily basis. Danilov is given bad news via a radio message which changes the dynamics of story. Danilov hides the news for his own reasons of fear of how Gulybin would react and things pick up.

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Reign Of Assassins - Surprisingly decent even though you see a typical poster and a typical story-line. Fight scenes aren't over-drawn, it's character driven, and the story pans out pretty good.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/39/Enter-the-void-poster.png)

Enter The Void - I don't smoke pot but this movie gives me an idea of what's going on in the heads of people who do, that's 1 facet of the story (initially in the movie) but it's a lot more complex than that sort of like a drama/ thriller. The director Gasper Noe (also made Irreversible) nails this trippy movie to the wall leaving the viewer feel like it's a 5 hour movie and you're trapped in the mind + soul of the protagonist, seeing things from his point of view. The soundtrack's brooding, the directing's fascinating, characters feel real and if you like confusing movies, this is one for you.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Eluvei on November 14, 2010, 08:00:31 PM
I watched Wong Kar-Wai's Ashes of Time Redux today, hoping it would be better than the original cut. It isn't. :void:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on November 15, 2010, 12:34:06 AM
I watched Wong Kar-Wai's Ashes of Time Redux today, hoping it would be better than the original cut. It isn't. :void:
The movie only looks a lot clearer (the print I mean) but the editing is choppy and the fact that he cut off 2 fight scenes didn't go well with me. I prefer the original for sure.

This afternoon I watched

(http://images.tdaxp.com/tdaxp_upload/dark_days.jpg)

It's just an hour and a half long (approx) but it's so good, and I'll have to look for the soundtrack to buy.

(http://theanimeblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/11/the-bride-with-white-hair.jpg)

Got bored and re-watched this classic the moment I plugged in my external HD to look for interesting stuff. I guess it had something to do with watching Reign Of Assassins last night, might hop on to a few others in the same genre/ style cos of the mood I'm in hehe. Brigitte Lin <3
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on November 16, 2010, 05:01:10 AM
Antichrist was fun to watch at the IFC theater when it came out :zodd:. I kinda looked over my shoulder a few times to see what the reaction of the ladies was during some scenes, even the men cringed a few times.

(http://www.thebestfilms.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/The-Tenant-1976.jpg)

The Tenant - a lot more understandable if you've read the book, but Polanski pulls it off well with good acting, and a decent attempt at the adaptation. I felt it could've been a lot better, but for it's time it was pretty good.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on November 26, 2010, 05:41:26 PM

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/39/Enter-the-void-poster.png)

Enter The Void - I don't smoke pot but this movie gives me an idea of what's going on in the heads of people who do, that's 1 facet of the story (initially in the movie) but it's a lot more complex than that sort of like a drama/ thriller. The director Gasper Noe (also made Irreversible) nails this trippy movie to the wall leaving the viewer feel like it's a 5 hour movie and you're trapped in the mind + soul of the protagonist, seeing things from his point of view. The soundtrack's brooding, the directing's fascinating, characters feel real and if you like confusing movies, this is one for you.

Finally saw this. I thought it was pretty amazing, just from a technical standpoint. I was really in awe, and some scenes were truly horrifying. My only complaint was that it seemed to drag on at some parts, felt really long. But an amazing film nonetheless.

Quote
I don't smoke pot but this movie gives me an idea of what's going on in the heads of people who do,


lol. You do realize they were doing some of the most hardcore psychedelics in film right? If you think pot will give you those effects your delusional. Matter of fact, marijuana was the one thing I don't remember them even using.


Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rus on November 26, 2010, 07:33:21 PM

This afternoon I watched

(http://images.tdaxp.com/tdaxp_upload/dark_days.jpg)

It's just an hour and a half long (approx) but it's so good, and I'll have to look for the soundtrack to buy.
The soundtrack is from DJ Shadow, one of my favorite artists. I grew up listening to shadow and i was lucky to see him in a Live perfomance a few month ago. :ubik:

Recently i watched Inception and i have to say that i really liked it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on November 27, 2010, 04:32:43 AM
Yeah Oburi, it did feel long. I re-watched it with a pal this time at the theater and I thought it'd give me a headache, but I quite enjoyed it the second time around. It's unfortunately just too self-indulgent.

Yeah Rus, I looked for it on Amazon and picked it up. Didn't know it was DJ Shadow to be honest, I'll check out his other stuff. My package from Amazon hasn't come to me yet grrrr!

(http://www.movieworld2.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/the-painted-veil-2006.jpg)

Not as good as I'd hoped it to be, but eehh.

Was bored and re-watched ...

(http://horrornews.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Triangle-movie-2009-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: TheBranded1 on November 27, 2010, 07:34:19 AM
I watched the "the road" and "the hurt locker" over thsnksgiving. Definately hurt locker wad better
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Eluvei on November 27, 2010, 10:12:47 AM
My only complaint was that it seemed to drag on at some parts, felt really long.

That's an understatement in my opinion. It goes on aimlessly after the cool beginning. I really wanted to enjoy this movie, but it's just laughably trite.

I saw Point Blank yesterday and it was pretty cool.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on November 27, 2010, 03:41:22 PM
I thought The Hurt Locker was good, but not good enough to win so many freggin awards!! I guess the competition wasn't good enough :p. The Road was so good imo, and I was telling a friend of mine a week or two ago about Point Blank! Cool coincidence ^_^. I'm going on an Alien marathon, unboxing my 6 disc Blu Ray Alien set and go for it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on November 27, 2010, 06:17:31 PM
I agree, I thought Hurt Locker was good, but not exactly the masterpiece people told me it was.

Are you guys talking about Keanu Reeves and Gary Busey Point Break?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on November 27, 2010, 09:04:18 PM
Aaaaah my bad, I just IMDB'd it ... I was referring to Point Break in my post. The one with Patrick, Reeves and directed by Bigelow. I've been itching to re-watch it, but in due time.

I opened up the Alien box-set, and went through the 5th Blu Ray disc with specials and what not. Then hopped on to re-watch ...

(http://flowtv.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/inland-empire-the-cinema-in-trouble.png)

Better than what I remembered, but clocking 3 hours felt a little long. Definitely not as good as Mulholland Drive, but Lynch touches on Hollywood and an actress's situation yet again. It's hard for me to exactly pin-point where the story goes but I've watched it 5 times now, and sort of get the gist of it. Nikki seems to be insecure about her movie role, and when she lands it she falls into troubled waters with the affair with her co-star. I guess it's about overcoming her fears and going through the whole ordeal, being the victor in the end. It sort of comes full circle when she meets the viewer in the movie, who I assume understands/ relates to everything Nikki goes through in the movie. Took me a while to figure what was significant about Room 47, then it clicked that Iron's character talks of the original story that was titled Room 47 *phew*. Of course there's a lot that happens which leads to her going to the Room, and the significance of the Phantom, who she kills at the end. The cigarette through the silk is a bit intriguing but it sorta marks the silk as a gun-shot, so it might have something to do with Hollywood's murders where infidelity's the reason for those murders maybe? I say infidelity because Nikki's husband warns Billy about touching his wife, and Nikki falling for her co-star is one of the wrongs she faces consequences for. *sigh* There's a lot to take in. Thank god I don't have Mulholland Drive on me right now (lent it to a friend) cos I'd fry my brain with a back to back Lynch re-watch spree.

Alright, nice and dark outside and inside the apartment that sets me up to watch Alien.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on November 27, 2010, 11:29:32 PM
I really wanted to love Inland Empire, but from what I remember I don't think I could get past it being shot on video, I just can't watch movies like that.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on November 28, 2010, 03:17:06 PM
Watched Alien and Aliens last night, and went with the extended versions for both of them, like both directors quoted they'd want the viewer to see versus the theatrical version. It's unbelievable watching it on Blu Ray because it looks like a movie made today and you can toy with the extra features it comes with like it'll prompt you when deleted scenes appear, and all that jazz. There's also a Mu mode that I gotta try. In terms of the scare factor, Alien is better than Aliens.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on November 28, 2010, 04:31:12 PM
I'm jealous, I want to watch the alien movies on blu-ray so bad now. I hate dishing out the money and buying blu-rays just to watch them at a friends house since I don't have a blu-ray player.  I just did it with predator and man, it never looked so good.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on November 28, 2010, 06:15:05 PM
Watched Alien and Aliens last night, and went with the extended versions for both of them, like both directors quoted they'd want the viewer to see versus the theatrical version.

Actually, Ridley Scott said, "Upon viewing the proposed expanded version of the film, I felt that the cut was simply too long and the pacing completely thrown off. After all, I cut those scenes out for a reason back in 1979. However, in the interest of giving the fans a new experience with Alien, I figured there had to be an appropriate middle ground. I chose to go in and recut that proposed long version into a more streamlined and polished alternate version of the film. For marketing purposes, this version is being called 'The Director's Cut.'"

He also said, "For all intents and purposes, I felt that the original cut of Alien was perfect. I still feel that way." (I agree :guts:).

However, I believe Cameron said something along the lines of the extended version of Aliens being the epic ride he'd always wanted audiences to see. Aside from the scene with Newt's parents discovering the derelict spacecraft, I really enjoyed the extended version of Aliens. I can't wait for my box set come Christmas. I'm glad you're enjoying it so far. :serpico:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on November 28, 2010, 08:40:39 PM
That's cool. I'm not sure when Ridley said what you quote above, but I just put my Blu Ray back on for Alien and it gives you an option whether you'd want to go with the Theatrical Release or the 2003 Restored Release. I'd chosen 2003 yesterday, and I did so just now. When you hit Play, Ridley comes on screen at the beginning of the movie (just as Cameron came in to say a little word before Aliens starts) to tell you this - "I directed Alien which now would be almost quarter of a century ago. In that time I've praised the original version, 2 or 3 times. Never any dramatic changes because I think the film completed at the time was good. I've always been rather proud of it. But, over the years with the advent of tape and now the digital market, which is DVD, there have been a few adjustments and changes. Most recently I've decided to reintroduce some footage that's never been seen before into this version. Also, I think I made some minor adjustments because, after 25 years, eventually you do start to see some little things you'd like to adjust. So I hope you agree with me and I hope you enjoy it."

So, it's kinda cool to hear the director's views of their movies regardless. I'm about to start Alien 3 in a bit, and prolly Resurrection if I'm home later this evening. When I pre-ordered this set months ago, I got a 40$ discount, but as I see it right now, it's at a 50-60 % discount! Either way, I got my set the week it came out, and just found the time (and the mood) to enjoy it in it's entirety. I'm sure you'd love it too Rhombaad!
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on December 01, 2010, 06:58:11 PM
I will say one scene that made me shit my pants in Enter The Void was when he's going through all the flashbacks in his life and it's relatively happy until he and sister are in the car and BAM! Head on collision with a truck and his parents are killed in the front seat. That scene captured the horror of a car accident like none other, very chilling.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on December 01, 2010, 09:01:56 PM
Yeah that scene + the scene at the end when they're in the cab + the scene in the bathroom at the beginning are alike, in terms of shock-value.

(http://www.dramastyle.com/images/3/1/Taipei_Exchange_36_2010_4815_poster.jpg)

Watched Taipei Exchange last night, sort of a light comedy/ drama about a coffee place that's unique because it allows people to come in and exchange things they'd want to trade in for anything they see at the coffee place.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on December 02, 2010, 01:10:24 AM
That's cool. I'm not sure when Ridley said what you quote above, but I just put my Blu Ray back on for Alien and it gives you an option whether you'd want to go with the Theatrical Release or the 2003 Restored Release. I'd chosen 2003 yesterday, and I did so just now. When you hit Play, Ridley comes on screen at the beginning of the movie (just as Cameron came in to say a little word before Aliens starts) to tell you this - "I directed Alien which now would be almost quarter of a century ago. In that time I've praised the original version, 2 or 3 times. Never any dramatic changes because I think the film completed at the time was good. I've always been rather proud of it. But, over the years with the advent of tape and now the digital market, which is DVD, there have been a few adjustments and changes. Most recently I've decided to reintroduce some footage that's never been seen before into this version. Also, I think I made some minor adjustments because, after 25 years, eventually you do start to see some little things you'd like to adjust. So I hope you agree with me and I hope you enjoy it."

Interesting... Damn directors and their multiple movie versions. Just make the movie and leave it alone. (I'm looking at you Michael Mann :puck:)

When I pre-ordered this set months ago, I got a 40$ discount, but as I see it right now, it's at a 50-60 % discount! Either way, I got my set the week it came out, and just found the time (and the mood) to enjoy it in it's entirety. I'm sure you'd love it too Rhombaad!

I wish I could buy it now instead of having to wait, but after this week's car repair (which has been a long time coming), I'm completely broke. I'm not even sure I have enough food for this weekend... :sad:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on December 02, 2010, 04:10:50 PM
Haha yeah, agreed.

I'm super broke too. All my purchases these past few months have tightened my wallet, poor thing's a few sizes lighter >_>'

(http://www.rtvchannel.tv/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Knight-and-Day1.jpg)

Watched this last night while gorging on some food for over an hour *bad eating habit > bad spending habit or about the same*. It's a pretty decent fun flick actually, nothing to be taken too seriously. Cruise and Diaz are pretty good init.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JudeauChop on December 02, 2010, 05:02:26 PM
Last night I watched Valhalla Rising, and really enjoyed it.

(http://www.overallsite.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Valhalla-Rising.jpg)

Don't be fooled by the box art though. This is a slow, meditative, vivid film, and though it does have some extreme violence, overall its very quiet and deliberate.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: TheBranded1 on December 06, 2010, 02:05:17 AM


Watched some anime. " Memories" My first time watching it, and enjoyed it. I would say "Magnetic Rose" was the winner for me." Stink bomb" could have been better if it had more depth, the protagonist was too much of a ditz. "Cannon fodder" was more intriguing, since I never saw what or whom the people were fighting and the art style was in par with how the story was made.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on December 06, 2010, 03:01:08 PM
Last night I watched Valhalla Rising, and really enjoyed it.

(http://www.overallsite.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Valhalla-Rising.jpg)

Don't be fooled by the box art though. This is a slow, meditative, vivid film, and though it does have some extreme violence, overall its very quiet and deliberate.
Yeah I watched it on Saturday, kinda under-whelming but the stills in the movie are pretty good.

Last night

(http://sites.google.com/site/freeaccesstomoviesonline/_/rsrc/1288081517956/watch-due-date-movie-online/due_date_movie.jpg)

Picked this last night because it was just me and my pal's Mom at the theaters, she preferred Comedies only. So figured why not, and it turned out to be pretty decent. Couple of scenes here and there that got me laughing.

(http://www.filmsavior.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/127-hours-310x390.jpg)

Damn good, gritty, funny at times, emotional, gut wrenching, triumphant - all those emotions in that order. I'd recommend it, but don't watch the end if you can't stand the sight of blood *makes note to self after what happened ... >_>'*
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on December 06, 2010, 06:26:25 PM
Just watched Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. 

One of my top favorite movies.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on December 06, 2010, 07:56:36 PM

Picked this last night because it was just me and my pal's Mom at the theaters, she preferred Comedies only.

Got milf?  :carcus:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on December 07, 2010, 01:47:57 PM
Yeah Scott Pilgrim was fun, but I haven't read the comics so I can't know how good it is compared to it.

Oburi, I wish! But, she's a close friend's Mum and I ain't crossing boundaries! She didn't want to go out for dinner with her daughter and f'ly, so we hung out instead.

(http://lh3.google.com/fisherwy/R9la6qLXVBI/AAAAAAAAN6Y/yHsim4eUShU/Harry%20Potter%20picture%5B5%5D)

Turned out decent, nothing more. It's actually the most mature movie in the franchise and puurrrty dark, sort of with a lame cliched end, but it sets you up for the last one. I was surprised by the (slow) pace of the movie, definitely made it feel a lot longer than it was.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: The Perineum Falcon on December 07, 2010, 04:34:13 PM
Yeah Scott Pilgrim was fun, but I haven't read the comics so I can't know how good it is compared to it.
Why must you compare the movie to the comics to know how good the movie is? You watched the movie, that should be all you need. Don't bother with useless comparisons: just accept the movie as a seperate work, with its own strengths and weaknesses. (and there's plenty of both)

I finally watched Star Trek, but I must watch the original series in its entirety before I can form an opinion.* :carcus:

*I actually enjoyed it much more than I thought I would, as I don't normally go for these things; I've never been too big on this Universe, but the movie kept me interested for the most part, though i feel the plot was a bit more convoluted than neccessary.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on December 07, 2010, 07:52:33 PM
Why must I indeed, or if I think about it - why mustn't I :griffnotevil:? Would you want to read a manga if there's a anime series for it or if it's the other way around? Maybe, maybe not. I just thought it'd be interesting to read the comic and see how good it was, regardless of what's in or taken out of the movie. Given the same token, do I want to read The Walking Dead comics after seeing the series? Sure, after reading the opinions of people on the board about the comic being much better. So, it doesn't matter. I don't want to read the Harry Potter books because I have no interest. But, I'd like to read Scott Pilgrim :schierke:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on December 07, 2010, 08:49:47 PM
Why must you compare the movie to the comics to know how good the movie is? You watched the movie, that should be all you need. Don't bother with useless comparisons: just accept the movie as a seperate work, with its own strengths and weaknesses. (and there's plenty of both)

When it comes to seeing the movie first I agree with you, but it's a little harder the other way around. Also, what's wrong with being as educated as possible about the subject matter of a film? After all, films don't exist in vacuums, and context and what one knows affects why and how them enjoy them, or don't.

I finally watched Star Trek, but I must watch the original series in its entirety before I can form an opinion.* :carcus:

*I actually enjoyed it much more than I thought I would, as I don't normally go for these things; I've never been too big on this Universe, but the movie kept me interested for the most part, though i feel the plot was a bit more convoluted than neccessary.

Heh, as someone who did see the original series, it does throw in a lot of elements people that know about it would appreciate while keeping it accessible and entertaining to non-fans, which I admired. Here's a rule of thumb, if the more you know about a subject causes you to like a film about it less instead of appreciating it more, they probably could have done a better job. Star Trek was well done.

Also, funny fact since it was by no means a significant movie, it was nominated for best picture! It comes with an asterisk though since every movie was nominated that year, "Best actor in a Columbus movie??"
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on December 07, 2010, 10:18:03 PM
the one parallel that i noticed was the due in red died when they were dropping to vulcan.  and my roommate, who is a die-hard ST fan, didn't even notice it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on December 11, 2010, 04:21:55 PM
(http://www.singapore-movie.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/My-Darling-Is-A-Foreigner-322x450.jpg)

Predictable with some humor, bad acting from the main cast, and just about 'OK' in the end.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on December 24, 2010, 05:44:38 PM
Just watched Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. 

One of my top favorite movies.

I just saw Scott Pilgrim as well and I must say I almost regret not seeing it in theaters. The one chance I had to see it in theaters my Friend was so against it because he loathes Cera (I'm not a big fan either) but we put it on the other night at 3 in the morning just so we could fall asleep to something and needless to say, we were pretty much glued to the tv for the whole flick. I tried watching it again but it seems upon repeated viewings the humor and style run out quick, but for a one time popcorn flick, it's pretty damn funny. Lines like "You were veGON, and now you will beGONE" or "I went from bi-curious to bi-FURIOUS" are just a few of the many lines that are so bad that I couldn't help but crack up at. Also, during the opening credits, since I had no idea who was in it, I was surprised to see some of the actors that made appearances and that it was directed by Edgar Wright! Speaking of the opening credits, I couldn't help but think that it was similar to something Tarantino would do and, sure enough, with Wright and Tarantino being Friends, it was Tarantinos idea for him to do that. I thought it was neat.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on December 24, 2010, 08:49:20 PM
Also, during the opening credits, since I had no idea who was in it, I was surprised to see some of the actors that made appearances and that it was directed by Edgar Wright!

You're kidding right? How could you not know when they flashed "by the director of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz"?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on December 24, 2010, 10:28:27 PM
Well maybe I had known that when I saw the trailer like a year ago, but I guess I forgot or something.  I know he made shawn of the dead and hot fuzz though, don't get me wrong.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Eluvei on December 25, 2010, 05:34:19 AM
This week I watched:

Hana-bi which has some pretty cool ideas that are almost completely ruined by the lack of subtlety of the director

Tron 2 which sucked

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives which is awesome and should be watched in a theater

and HARD BOILED, one of the best movies of all time, an exquisite masterpiece that should be preserved for future generations through the miracle of digital technology
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Death May Die on December 25, 2010, 06:56:24 AM
My Christmas eve line up in progress:

-Long Kiss Good Night
-Die Hard
-The Thing
-The Gate
-Preditor

I hope to get Scott Pilgram on blu-ray from Santa tomorrow!
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on December 26, 2010, 03:51:13 PM
Hana-bi which has some pretty cool ideas that are almost completely ruined by the lack of subtlety of the director
The end scene at the beach was pretty cool from what I remember of the movie *wipes tears*

(http://www.911dvd.net/media/a-history-of-violence3.jpg)
Puuurrty good. Bello's hot and great in this movie. I liked its twists and turns from what is a happy glossy family at the beginning to what it becomes at the end (dining table scene).
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Eluvei on December 26, 2010, 04:02:08 PM
The end scene at the beach was pretty cool from what I remember of the movie *wipes tears*

It's the scene that nearly ruined the movie for me. As bad as a soap opera. That scene made it obvious that he just tried to shock as much as possible. If he hadn't put the sound of the two shots at the end of the movie, leaving us to guess what his decision would be, it'd be fantastic. But Beat Takeshi is 12 years old.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on December 26, 2010, 04:26:38 PM
:ganishka: @ 12 years. What do you think of his other directed movies?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Eluvei on December 26, 2010, 04:32:46 PM
I think they're better than Hana-bi. :ganishka:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on December 31, 2010, 04:33:37 PM
:serpico: I've only watched Kikujiro and Zatoichi of his.

(http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/arts/photos/2010/07/08/arts-despicable-me-584.jpg)

I enjoyed Despicable Me a lot. It's cute, charming and the end's not too shabby either.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on January 01, 2011, 03:15:56 AM
I think they're better than Hana-bi. :ganishka:

Hana-bi is beautiful, even with the lame ending. Kitano is never good with endings, i've learned to accept that.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Truder on January 05, 2011, 09:11:03 AM
(http://blog-imgs-35.fc2.com/e/m/a/emay/news_large_trigun02.jpg)
Trigun: Badlands Rumble

so happy that I finally was able to see it!

awesome  :guts:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on January 05, 2011, 02:50:34 PM
(http://www.filmposters.it/imgposter/grandi/the-new-world.jpg)

I picked up a good version of the extended cut for a re-watch, almost clocked 3 hours. Uhhmm, it starts off well, slow in the middle, especially during Colin's character's parts when he returns to the camp, and then picks up in the end with the introduction of Bale's character. The music score's actually pretty good, and I realized this at the end too. Kilcher is so sweet looking and her character gets broken a couple of times in the movie, damn.

(http://media.oregonlive.com/madaboutmovies/photo/dinner-for-schmucksjpg-a8fc48c93e5325dc_large.jpg)

I expected it to be as annoying as this poster was, and some bits of it were exactly that. The movie's got a bit of a sweetness factor going on, but it's funny in a few spots! Not a re-watch.

(http://move.themaneater.com/media/2010/0917/pages/thumbs/devil-movie-poster_jpg_300x300_q85.jpg)

Didn't expect much, and didn't like it at all. The end was predictable, cheesy dialog and it had potential. Some bits were cool, but not enough to warrant a good movie stamp.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on January 05, 2011, 10:02:31 PM
Charisma by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Took me some time to find this gem, if you're a fan of his movies (specially Cure and Kairo) watch this! It's an amazing genre-bending allegory on individuality and society.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on January 06, 2011, 07:45:29 PM
Charisma was fun, and I love the other 2 movies you mentioned. Kurosawa's work is subtle and creeps up on you.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on January 09, 2011, 06:39:24 AM
Just watched Mary and Max today. Loved that movie, if you get the chance, go check it out!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgRjB8PEDkM
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Azriel on January 12, 2011, 04:09:01 PM
(http://content7.flixster.com/photo/11/04/63/11046381_gal.jpg)
Re-watch this movie i haven't seen for a couple of years, some people say it's an badly made movie but, i still like it for some unknown reason.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on January 12, 2011, 05:55:37 PM
Re-watch this movie i haven't seen for a couple of years, some people say it's an badly made movie but, i still like it for some unknown reason.

Have you read the graphic novel? If not then you should.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Azriel on January 12, 2011, 06:44:52 PM
Have you read the graphic novel? If not then you should.

No i haven't saw a couple of copies on amazon but i'm flat broke at the moment.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on January 12, 2011, 09:46:16 PM
Was home this weekend and watched ...

(http://josh-wyxl.itmblog.com/files/2010/09/easy-a-movie-poster-1010551620.jpg)
Easy A - not too crappy because of some wit thrown in here and there, all in all a decent flick. The scenes with Emma and her parents - Patricia + Tucci are pretty good.

(http://www.scene-stealers.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/catfish-movie-poster.jpg)
Catfish - interesting take or documentary on Facebook with an interesting story. It's got it's fair share of drama (similar to what you see on reality tv). I don't know why it's tagged as a 'Thriller' to be honest.

In the theater last night ...

(http://32fouettes.com/images/black-swan-movie-poster%20nat.jpg)
Black Swan - loved it. Darren follows his theme of tragic endings. It's also got enough of gore which surprised me.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Lithrael on January 13, 2011, 04:16:53 AM
I'm not sure I have the right mindset to enjoy something like Black Swan.  I think I just hate the whole theme of tragic glory, and I end up hating all the characters for pushing her to achieve something great instead of getting her to a brainmeats doctor.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on January 13, 2011, 04:54:39 AM
I see your point ... though you're absolutely right! Portman's character goes through that transformation all by herself, but her mother was probably more disturbed than she was! At the back of my mind, I have to think how much was her imagination and how much was actually real. The opening scene was brilliant with the camera following the dancers as they moved around, imo. I didn't expect Winona to ... stab her own face multiple times, and it really didn't help that this girl sitting next to me would squirm or scream every now and then!
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on January 13, 2011, 05:30:39 AM
I recently watched The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire. I loved the first film and thought the second was mediocre. I can't wait to see The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, after which I plan on reading the novels.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on January 13, 2011, 03:36:18 PM
I watched the 3rd movie just so I could be done with finishing the trilogy because honestly it was as bad as the second one. The first one was the best in the trilogy *sigh* oh well, it's being re-made, of course.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on January 13, 2011, 05:00:47 PM
I watched the 3rd movie just so I could be done with finishing the trilogy because honestly it was as bad as the second one. The first one was the best in the trilogy *sigh* oh well, it's being re-made, of course.

Yeah, right after I finished writing that post I took a look at what the critical reception of the third film was and it's not looking good. Oh well, I'll check it out and formulate my own opinion, but my hopes aren't that high at the moment. I'll probably see the remake, as well, just to see how it compares to the original film. I'm not sure how they're going to live up to the Swedish production and Rapace's performance.

I saw Black Swan on Saturday and some of those images will never leave my brain. I really enjoyed the movie but I don't think I'll be seeing it again anytime soon. Damn you, Aronofsky! :puck:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on January 19, 2011, 03:12:06 AM
(http://free-linux-wallpapers.com/wp-content/themes/walltheme/timthumb.php?src=13208.jpg&h=280&w=370)

Buried - I didn't expect much, and sort of knew what could happen in the end as we'd all predict. Overall the last 30 minutes of the movie make it work, and I feel a bit satisfied now that I'm done watching it. Ryan's performance felt like my approach to my exams where I'd study at the last minute, likewise, his performance really comes to life in the end. Overall I liked it because of the end :zodd:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Dar Klink on January 21, 2011, 04:50:18 AM
Just watched Kurosawa's Yojimbo, up next? Anything by him really, love having Netflix with the ability to order them Criterion blurays.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on January 21, 2011, 05:32:34 AM
Just watched Kurosawa's Yojimbo, up next? Anything by him really, love having Netflix with the ability to order them Criterion blurays.
Of the Kurosawa titles Criterion's released so far, my favorites are in order: Seven Samurai, Red Beard, Kagemusha, High and Low, Yojimbo, Bad Sleep Well, Ikiru, Drunken Angel, Rashomon.

Unfortunately my favorite Kurosawa flick, Dersu Uzala, still hasn't been released on Criterion. Though one of their translators confirmed in 2004 that he had completed the work for it. I guess it's a matter of them working out the rights to the film. It was originally funded through the USSR in the 70s, so I bet that's REAL fun to license.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on January 21, 2011, 09:06:27 AM
Of the Kurosawa titles Criterion's released so far, my favorites are in order: Seven Samurai, Red Beard, Kagemusha, High and Low, Yojimbo, Bad Sleep Well, Ikiru, Drunken Angel, Rashomon.

Unfortunately my favorite Kurosawa flick, Dersu Uzala, still hasn't been released on Criterion. Though one of their translators confirmed in 2004 that he had completed the work for it. I guess it's a matter of them working out the rights to the film. It was originally funded through the USSR in the 70s, so I bet that's REAL fun to license.

Ikiru so low on the list? And Rashomon your least favourite? With Dersu Uzala those are my top 3.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on January 21, 2011, 05:30:34 PM
Ikiru so low on the list? And Rashomon your least favourite? With Dersu Uzala those are my top 3.
Rashomon never grabbed my interest. I appreciate that it has a floating narrative perspective. But to me that was a gimmick that died early in the film. Ikiru is much the same way for me. I just don't see the same technical brilliance in those movies as I do in his others.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on January 23, 2011, 09:09:10 PM
(http://www.newslinemagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/movie-The-Social-Network.jpg)

The Social Network - not too shabby, and I expected a little more seeing as it won a lot of nominations and awards. It could have been a bit grittier and I didn't know Timberlake was in this movie! When I look at actual videos of Zuckerberg and the rest of the cast, Timberlake doesn't look like he's twitchy all the time as Sean and Jesse's more of a pissed off Zuckerberg!

Speaking of Fincher I'm going to re-watch Zodiac now or cook.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on January 30, 2011, 11:06:45 PM
I watched The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest last night. I enjoyed it a lot more than the second installment and felt very satisfied with how it ended. It's a shame that Larsson passed away before he could finish his series of Millennium novels. Now that I've seen the film versions, I can't wait to read the books.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on January 31, 2011, 08:18:05 PM
Exit Through the Gift Shop - not only the best documentary of 2010, but probably the best movie too. I don't care if it's an elaborate hoax or not (it would have to be a massive one, but that's why people get suspicious about it, because it's so freaking flawless), it's still the most amazing tale on how trends work in popular culture, from being subversive to commercialism to self-parody.
Man on Wire, King of Kong, Anvil, Overnight, Grizzly Man, some of the best documentaries of the past years. Exit tops them all. See it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on January 31, 2011, 08:39:47 PM
I watched The Town on Sunday night. It was pretty well made, but I didn't like the ending or the main character all that much. It just felt weird that Affleck's character gets away at the end of the film and winds up spending his days a free man down in Florida. Yeah, he's being hunted and didn't end up getting the girl, but it just felt wrong. He was a criminal who robbed banks and armored cars, as well as somebody who deceived a girl he messed up mentally. He just wasn't a good guy, no matter how hard he tried to be and yet he gets away and is allowed to redeem himself. I dunno, it just didn't sit right with me.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Eluvei on January 31, 2011, 09:02:29 PM
I watched The Town on Sunday night. It was pretty well made, but I didn't like the ending or the main character all that much. It just felt weird that Affleck's character gets away at the end of the film and winds up spending his days a free man down in Florida. Yeah, he's being hunted and didn't end up getting the girl, but it just felt wrong. He was a criminal who robbed banks and armored cars, as well as somebody who deceived a girl he messed up mentally. He just wasn't a good guy, no matter how hard he tried to be and yet he gets away and is allowed to redeem himself. I dunno, it just didn't sit right with me.

I had the same thoughts, and the more you think about this movie's plot details, the more you'll start to notice these things. It's a cool movie, I was satisfied with the action scenes (the car chase in particular), but they could have cut a lot of bullshit. I think the relation between the two bank robber dudes was not so well constructed and took too long to explain; the scene where Ben Affleck asks Jeremy Renner's help to beat up the guys that tormented his girlfriend was a pretty dumb and unnecessary way to show us that Renner's character is a little insane... It's a lot like Gone Baby Gone: it's got a messy plot but great scenes.

Exit Through The Gift Shop is pretty great, probably last year's the best documentary, but I guess I didn't like it as much as Nightcrawler. Not even close to being the best movie of 2010 for me.I think it's pretty clearly an elaborate hoax though? I mean, it's plain cartoonish when he becomes Mr. Brainwash.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on January 31, 2011, 11:20:41 PM
Exit Through The Gift Shop is pretty great, probably last year's the best documentary, but I guess I didn't like it as much as Nightcrawler. Not even close to being the best movie of 2010 for me.I think it's pretty clearly an elaborate hoax though? I mean, it's plain cartoonish when he becomes Mr. Brainwash.

The guy is like a Forret Gump type character, completely oblivious to everything. That's what makes it even more believable. The amount of stupid and moronic comments he makes throughout the doc. Specially in his recorded tapes. It's even more amazing when you have such a retarted dude narrating. I totally buy his life story and the way he compulsively films everything. Besides, the trailer for his horrible documentary dates from 2006 (it's online) and Mr. Brainwash has been on the street since 2007. Oh, and Space Invader has special thanks to Pierre (Mr. Brainwash) on his blog from the year 2000. So if it's a hoax, it's waaaaay too elaborate (and i doubt Pierre's on it, even if it's all Banksy manipulation, man it's just too much for that french fool).
"I'm not there" is a good example on how to make a bad faux-doc. And they tried it. I think Exit's story is just too good for conspiracy theorist to grab on. Just like 9/11 :P
But being a hoax or not isn't the point of it anyway. Far from it. It's such an immoral parable of the entertainment industry and the art scene in particular. I believe it's obligatory viewing for everyone interested in trends/hype/pop culture. It's better than most scripted films.
Anyway i think 2010 was a very forgettable year for movies.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Proj2501 on January 31, 2011, 11:33:36 PM
I watched I'm Still Here the other night on Netflix. Anyone else see it? Joachim Phoenix man. I don't keep my finger on the pulse of celebrity-ness. Was this for real. Is Joachim really this delusional?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on January 31, 2011, 11:36:35 PM
Was this for real.

No.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Eluvei on February 01, 2011, 12:15:32 AM
The guy is like a Forret Gump type character, completely oblivious to everything. That's what makes it even more believable. The amount of stupid and moronic comments he makes throughout the doc. Specially in his recorded tapes. It's even more amazing when you have such a retarted dude narrating. I totally buy his life story and the way he compulsively films everything. Besides, the trailer for his horrible documentary dates from 2006 (it's online) and Mr. Brainwash has been on the street since 2007. Oh, and Space Invader has special thanks to Pierre (Mr. Brainwash) on his blog from the year 2000. So if it's a hoax, it's waaaaay too elaborate (and i doubt Pierre's on it, even if it's all Banksy manipulation, man it's just too much for that french fool).
"I'm not there" is a good example on how to make a bad faux-doc. And they tried it. I think Exit's story is just too good for conspiracy theorist to grab on. Just like 9/11 :P
But being a hoax or not isn't the point of it anyway. Far from it. It's such an immoral parable of the entertainment industry and the art scene in particular. I believe it's obligatory viewing for everyone interested in trends/hype/pop culture. It's better than most scripted films.
Anyway i think 2010 was a very forgettable year for movies.

I agree that it doesn't really matter if it's a mock or a documentary, but holy shit I had no idea about all that background info you mentioned. That makes the whole thing even more fascinating. One of the things that made me believe it was a hoax is that the faces of the people praising Mr. Brainwash, buying his shit and taking pictures with him weren't blurred or anything like that. It's basically ruining these morons' lives if it's all real. :ganishka: I hope the movie wins an Academy Award so Pierre gets to make an Oscar speech.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on February 01, 2011, 01:01:01 AM
Oops. Mr. Brainwash's name is Thierry not Pierre. My bad.

And yeah. That's the big payoff. The suckers (i love that hipster chick on the gallery saying "art is all around us" :ganishka: with a condescending tone) buying into hype and literally spending thousands of dollars on "art" that's just copyed from the other street artists (that Thierry followed for years), and mostly photoshopped by his employees (even most of them say Thierry is a moron).
Like he said, he doesn't do anything, he just chooses mixed ideas from other pop/street art and tells his designers to make them. That scene with him being pushed on the wheelchair putting random bits of paint on large prints just to make each one personal is just hilarious. And when he talks about art to others... is unreal! The guy is as genuine as it gets. A complete tool. He even asks if those Lady Di notes are real money ahah.
Banksy saw his sincere retarded passion, maybe he exploited the idea, he's the real artist and doesn't care, but the way he presents this movie as a statement that all nu-art is hype and a backstab to all commercial bullshit is respectable.

Oh and Banksy made the doc, not Thierry. At first it was supposed to be that doc Thierry was trying to make about street artists. But then, since that one was an incoherent mess, Banksy decided to make the doc on Thierry, after all that happened. He had a little bit of trouble getting the tapes from Thierry, but besides that, Mr. Brainwash just loves talking about it all and being openly retarded. In the end, he cashed in and even made that stupid Madonna cover cd which is the same blonde wig shit he pasted in all the portraits  :ganishka: Like i said, the dude is a real life Forrest Gump.
Banksy said that if he wins the Oscar he might personally accept it. I hope he wins. I want to see how he'll reveal himself.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Eluvei on February 01, 2011, 01:11:43 AM

That scene with him being pushed on the wheelchair putting random bits of paint on large prints just to make each one personal is just hilarious. And when he talks about art to others... is unreal! The guy is as genuine as it gets.

Yeah this scene if brilliant. It's a perfect image of what the movie is all about.

Oh and Banksy made the doc, not Thierry. At first it was supposed to be that doc Thierry was trying to make about street artists. But then, since that one was an incoherent mess, Banksy decided to make the doc on Thierry, after all that happened. He had a little bit of trouble getting the tapes from Thierry, but besides that, Mr. Brainwash just loves talking about it all and being openly retarded. In the end, he cashed in and even made that stupid Madonna cover cd which is the same blonde wig shit he pasted in all the portraits  :ganishka: Like i said, the dude is a real life Forrest Gump.
Banksy said that if he wins the Oscar he might personally accept it. I hope he wins. I want to see how he'll reveal himself.


Oh, yeah I know it's Banksy's film, but for some reason I assumed he'd send Thierry to pick it up. It'll be great to see him there, though. Not sure if the Oscar assholes would give a street artist an award, but I'm hopeful.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on February 01, 2011, 01:26:37 AM
Oh, yeah I know it's Banksy's film, but for some reason I assumed he'd send Thierry to pick it up. It'll be great to see him there, though. Not sure if the Oscar assholes would give a street artist an award, but I'm hopeful.

He'll probably get arrested like Polanski.
The guy has made a mark in almost every corner of the world, even the freaking West Bank. And where does he finally get into trouble? Fucking Disneyland! :ganishka: USA! USA!
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on February 01, 2011, 01:33:37 AM
Sorry for interrupting...

The Social Network - not too shabby, and I expected a little more seeing as it won a lot of nominations and awards.

Pretty much, except I'd say "but I expected a little more" in light of its notoriety. It kind of meandered on and on and then abruptly ended for one thing, and the made up girl wasn't really worth making up as she was largely inconsequential to most of the movie, and thye more interesting issues at hand. It just seemed shoehorned in there to turn it into a simple parable. Truth is stranger than fiction, and as always I think just presenting the story as factually as possible would have been infinitely more compelling.

Ok, do continue, fellas. =)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on February 01, 2011, 01:49:01 AM
Pretty much, except I'd say "but I expected a little more" in light of its notoriety. It kind of meandered on and on and then abruptly ended for one thing, and the made up girl wasn't really worth making up as she was largely inconsequential to most of the movie, and thye more interesting issues at hand. It just seemed shoehorned in there to turn it into a simple parable. Truth is stranger than fiction, and as always I think just presenting the story as factually as possible would have been infinitely more compelling.

I thought at one point the movie would go in a Rashomon kind of storytelling but it ended up being bland and straightforward. Stylized enough to keep me interested. Although the overly witty super non-realistic fast dialogue almost made it unwatchable. Definitely Fincher's worst movie *picks up rock for the first one who dares to mention Alien 3*  :azan:
It'll probably win the best picture Oscar, and will be remembered with other amazing winners like Crash and Shakespeare in Love.

Griffith go watch "Exit" and join in the fun, i think it's on Netflix instant if you go the paragon way ;)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Eluvei on February 01, 2011, 02:06:07 AM
He'll probably get arrested like Polanski.

I wouldn't be surprised, but I doubt he'd be foolish enough to let himself get caught now after everything he's been through.

Stylized enough to keep me interested.

The Social Network's opening credits with the gorgeous night shots and Reznor & Ross' song playing in the background is my favorite part of the movie by far. But yeah, a totally forgettable plot, with a main character as uncharismatic as Tron Legacy's. Maybe that was the point but I doubt it, there are some scenes that are obviously trying to make us "connect" with him.

Alien 3 is much better IMO and I'm not even kidding.

Even Fincher doesn't understand all the praise. (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/the_ending_of_the_girl_with_the_dragon_tattoo_changed_for_david_finchers_fi/)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on February 01, 2011, 02:48:28 AM
Alien 3 is much better IMO and I'm not even kidding.

An underrated masterpiece IMO. Gladly with time, more and more people are realizing that it's a great film (after crying for years for not being Aliens 2).

Quote
Even Fincher doesn't understand all the praise. (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/the_ending_of_the_girl_with_the_dragon_tattoo_changed_for_david_finchers_fi/)

"I didn’t really agree with the critics’ praise"; "Zodiac” was thematically richer."

 :ubik: Right on Fincher.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Eluvei on February 01, 2011, 04:49:40 AM
Alien 3 looks really good, so bleak and dirty, Ripley is always sweating and bleeding, the alien is disgusting (when he's not that light green CGI thing) and the setting is awesome. But I think it is kinda tedious and messy and has some weird inconsistencies and takes a dump on Aliens, so calling it a masterpiece is going a bit too far IMO. It's probably fair to call it a good movie that people hated especially for the reason you mentioned (it not being Alien or Aliens).
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on February 01, 2011, 08:55:51 AM
"I didn’t really agree with the critics’ praise"; "Zodiac” was thematically richer."

 :ubik: Right on Fincher.

Zodiac was fucking boring; its story would have been more at home in an episode of CSI.

But I think it is kinda tedious and messy and has some weird inconsistencies

Damn straight.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on February 01, 2011, 06:26:46 PM
The Social Network's pretty much a commercial story-telling for what might have transpired. The drugs, privacy issues, etc. aren't really touched up on. It's more drama you'd see on an episode of Gossip Girl.

Alien 3's extended cut > theatrical version. Even then, it drags in a couple of parts with the priest and the inmates, but it also flows better than the choppy editing on the theatrical version. I have to admit that my love for Alien went up a lot after watching the extended cut with improved sound/ picture quality on the BR.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Eluvei on February 01, 2011, 06:34:25 PM
Zodiac was fucking boring; its story would have been more at home in an episode of CSI.

It's more drama you'd see on an episode of Gossip Girl.

Holy shit.  :ganishka:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Jeff Goldblum Fan on February 04, 2011, 03:25:20 AM
Zodiac was fucking boring; its story would have been more at home in an episode of CSI.

This is so wrong it's hilarious.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on February 04, 2011, 04:14:23 AM
This is so wrong it's hilarious.
Was there anything special about Zodiac? I also felt it missed the mark, to say it lightly. Sell it to me, Goldblum.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Jeff Goldblum Fan on February 04, 2011, 05:30:19 AM
Was there anything special about Zodiac? I also felt it missed the mark, to say it lightly. Sell it to me, Goldblum.
If you don't like longer, more ponderous films where not much happens, you won't like it. There's nothing I can really say to "sell" it.

I liked Electroma a lot, so take that as you will.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on February 04, 2011, 11:29:13 AM
If you don't like longer, more ponderous films where not much happens, you won't like it. There's nothing I can really say to "sell" it.

I think that's the point of calling it boring.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on February 04, 2011, 12:10:23 PM
longer, more ponderous films where not much happens

I guess Gyllenhaal's poignant portrayal of his mentally challenged character is what did it for you.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on February 04, 2011, 07:04:37 PM
Just for the record, i'm not this troll "Jeff Goldblum Fan".

I didn't find Zodiac boring at all. I thought it was way more interesting and suspenseful than The Social Network. But i enjoy slow movies. Electroma (pretentious mess) doesn't got shit on Tsai Ming-Liang's movies. Watch Goodbye Dragon-Inn, if you survive that movie and still find it absolutely beautiful, then you'll receive your cool film buff card.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Jeff Goldblum Fan on February 04, 2011, 10:33:27 PM
Haha, are you calling me a troll because I liked Electroma?

True fact, when watching it my sound cut out for like 30 minutes before I noticed. I still enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: MrWeatherby on February 06, 2011, 07:54:06 AM
I watched Tron Legacy. And I liked it. In fact, it's one of my favorite films of 2010.

Yes, that's right, I liked Tron Legacy. I didn't go in expecting some fancy masterpiece of a plot, or award winning performances. I just wanted lightcycles to blow up, neon lights to blind my ass, and Jeff Bridges to flip-flop between hippy god and menacing computer program. And I wasn't disappointed.

Tron Legacy is a fun film, with great action, an awesome soundtrack, decent pacing, and an alright script. It got me in the mood to rewatch the original too. Holy cow, that film has aged horribly. It's borderline unwatchable. And it'll be great in 20 years when I think the same about Legacy.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on February 07, 2011, 12:03:31 PM
So, Black Swan...

What an amazing year for Satoshi Kon. Dying of pancreatic cancer at a premature age and being ripped off twice. Usually i can tolerate plagiarism when the author aknowledges the source/inspiration, but since to this day both Aronofsky and Nolan decide not to address Kon's influence, i say fuck them both.
Well, technically Aronofsky can plagiarize all he wants since he bought the rights to Perfect Blue. But flat out lie and say no when he's asked if Perfect Blue was an inspiration for Black Swan? Well you ain't fooling me.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Eluvei on February 07, 2011, 04:44:36 PM
So, Black Swan...

What an amazing year for Satoshi Kon. Dying of pancreatic cancer at a premature age and being ripped off twice. Usually i can tolerate plagiarism when the author aknowledges the source/inspiration, but since to this day both Aronofsky and Nolan decide not to address Kon's influence, i say fuck them both.
Well, technically Aronofsky can plagiarize all he wants since he bought the rights to Perfect Blue. But flat out lie and say no when he's asked if Perfect Blue was an inspiration for Black Swan? Well you ain't fooling me.

Can you be more specific using spoiler tags? I won't watch this because it's an Aronofsky movie.

I only heard it stole ideas from the Apartment Trilogy (The Tenant in particular) but nothing about Perfect Blue.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on February 07, 2011, 06:30:12 PM
Have you seen Perfect Blue? It's kinda hard to dismiss the similarities, but I didn't know he bought the rights to the film. That makes it... kinda worse. Anyway I saw Black Swan a while back but didn't bother to post about it since I didn't think it was as mind blowingly amazing as it was put out to be.  I really didn't have much to say about it. It was okay, I didn't dislike it, but the plot seemed obvious and it had some really typical shock/scare moments that I thought were beneath Aronofsky. The best part about the whole experience were the performances. I like Vincent Cassel and Winona Ryder (her part was really small though) and Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis were very good (I usually can't stand Portman). Also I got to give it up to Barbara Hershey as the mother, she was very good.

While I still enjoyed it, I like to think Aronofsky is capable of a much more in the suspense/ thriller departmeant. 
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Eluvei on February 07, 2011, 07:22:53 PM
Have you seen Perfect Blue? It's kinda hard to dismiss the similarities

I have, but I probably won't waste my time on another Aronofsky since I'm of the opinion that his films vary from mediocre to garbage. Hence why I asked him to tell me more about the similarities.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on February 07, 2011, 07:53:07 PM
I have, but I probably won't waste my time on another Aronofsky since I'm of the opinion that his films vary from mediocre to garbage. Hence why I asked him to tell me more about the similarities.

At this point I agree and I'm sure someone somewhere has a list of similarities, but I sure as hell don't feel like doing it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on February 07, 2011, 09:07:06 PM
This link pretty much sums it - http://www.badassdigest.com/2010/12/14/borders-line-is-black-swan-the-perfect-blue-remake-weve-been-waiting-for

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_3QwFOp4Gnv4/TPkYFigx0pI/AAAAAAAAAg4/kQpQbIbz8Vk/s1600/Monsters_2010_movie_poster.jpg)

Monster - watched this the other night, I remember seeing trailers for it last year and wanting to see it in the theater, but never had the time for it. Now I'm watching it and thinking "Phew, I saved my money on the ticket + popcorn". The movie has a cool concept at it's core but lacks execution. Shift Delete for me, and I want my time back :femto:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on February 08, 2011, 03:01:26 AM
Have you seen Perfect Blue? It's kinda hard to dismiss the similarities, but I didn't know he bought the rights to the film. That makes it... kinda worse.

It's said that he actually bought the rights to copy this scene for Requiem for a Dream:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anlHmGA-Bvs

So i guess he's been picking stuff from Perfect Blue for a while now.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on February 09, 2011, 02:08:37 AM
(http://images.zap2it.com/images/movie-8077746/paranormal-activity-2-0.jpg)

Paranormal Activity 2 - Gotta admit there were some scenes that startled me, but overall I wasn't too scared by this one. It was slightly predictable, and something just lacked. The first movie was fun, this felt long.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on February 09, 2011, 05:40:35 AM

Paranormal Activity 2 - Gotta admit there were some scenes that startled me, but overall I wasn't too scared by this one.

Very startling movie isn't it? I was startled many times.  :troll:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on February 09, 2011, 01:47:07 PM
Hah. Just about 2 scenes that got sort of 'in your face' unexpectedly, more of a shock factor. I love Horror movies that don't rely on gore, and this didn't hit the spot.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on February 12, 2011, 02:29:00 AM
(http://mattsmoviereviews.net/Images/animalkingdom.jpg)

Animal Kingdom - starts off a little slow with a melancholic opening sequence, you're made to witness a world of survival of the fittest within the Australian thieving community, equipped with really good performances by Pierce, Weaver, Frecheville. I love the movie's score a lot, can't recommend it enough.

EDIT:

(http://www.thecinemasource.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/conviction_movie_poster-hilary_swank-sam_rockwell-minnie_driver-melissa_leo-203x300.jpg)

Conviction - Swank and Rockwell did good on this one, the movie tanked at the box office, but it wasn't that bad.

EDIT 2:

(http://poprenegade.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/dvd-welcome-to-the-rileys1.jpg)

Welcome To The Rileys - Surprised it was rated this high, I beg to differ.

(http://www.best-horror-movies.com/image-files/the-thing-movie-poster.jpg)

Rewatched The Thing ... never gets old, nice and chilly how it's supposed to be.

(http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/5486/awomanagunandanoodleshoo.jpg)

A Woman A Gun And A Noodle Shop seemed interested because it's Zhang's movie, but what a downer, seriously. I thought it'd be fun if the cooks who showed super-skills in the kitchen would also have good fighting skill ... but they turned out to be regular joes ... . Damn disappointing.

EDIT 3:

(http://cdn.buzznet.com/media-cdn/jj1/headlines/2010/12/alex-pettyfer-dianna-agron-i-am-number-four-trailer.jpg)

I Am Number Four - Oh god, why why why *curses himself* ... I Am "I Wish I Didn't See This In A Theater" Thinking Person Number 48220931. The start was OK, and the last 15 minutes were good. Everything in between was crabby, in fact this could've been a 20-25 minute movie, but wait, that babe he's with has a certain charm to her, enough to make me wanna Gooowwgle her, and the Aussie chick's a badass.

(http://www.christophernolan.net/images/following_dvd.jpg)

Following - I admit I missed out on seeing this one till this evening. I was at a friends place last night and while they were looking for a movie to watch on Netflix we bumped into this. They went on to play The Pledge, and I grabbed the movie this afternoon to do the honors. Not too bad after all, well thought out and a cool little twist in the end made it worthwhile.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on February 28, 2011, 08:10:17 PM
My girlfriend and I watched The Social Network over the weekend. As a film, it was great. As an accurate portrayal of Zuckerberg, his life and the creation of Facebook...not so much. It's never a good sign when the screenwriter acknowledges he's more an expert in storytelling than the truth. Much like A Beautiful Mind, this film impressed me technically but disappointed me biographically.

P.S. - The soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross was awesome! At times it didn't feel like it really fit the movie, but it still kicked ass.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on February 28, 2011, 08:21:59 PM
Saw Black Swan and The King's Speech yesterday, and didn't even realize the Oscar's were on last night. King's Speech was probably winning best picture as I was discussing why it wasn't. Oh well, sounds like nobody else knew the Oscars were on either, and that was probably for the best.

Here's the real best picture of the year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z14_-En-JTk
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on February 28, 2011, 10:37:40 PM
I didn't watch the Oscars last night, either. I just went to Rotten Tomatoes this morning to see the winners. I think that's how I'm gonna play it from now on. It was a much more enjoyable experience than having to watch a Hollywood circle jerk set to bad comedy and clips from movies I've already seen.

I haven't seen The King's Speech yet, but it's next on my list. Did you enjoy it, despite not thinking it should have won Best Picture? In other words, is it at least worth seeing?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on February 28, 2011, 10:52:06 PM
I saw the King's Speech. Was good. Best Movie Of The Year material? Not unless you're a stuffy, sentimental Brit. I thought Geoffrey Rush stole the show, but of course, he didn't take home the Oscar for best supporting actor. That's too bad, though I'm certainly not going to stand up and complain about Christian Bale getting it instead.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on February 28, 2011, 10:57:15 PM
I love Geoffrey Rush and have ever since I saw him in the remake of House on Haunted Hill (terrible movie, great performance as Vincent Price). I'm glad to see Bale get an Oscar for his role in The Fighter. I thought he was terrific in it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on February 28, 2011, 10:59:16 PM
I'm glad to see Bale get an Oscar for his role in The Fighter. I thought he was terrific in it.
Still need to see this ... and True Grit too ...
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on February 28, 2011, 11:56:44 PM
Did you enjoy it, despite not thinking it should have won Best Picture? In other words, is it at least worth seeing?

Yeah, what Walter said. I had high expectations but found that it dragged at times and never really reached the heights it could have. The most visceral and moving moment was a scene with George VI yelling that was pretty stock, and they used it in the ad. I feel like it didn't really get to the bottom of anything, and for a historical account a lot of it didn't make sense and could have been organized better (This guy won best director? He wasn't even the best director nominated).

George VI didn't show a whole lot of obvious personal or physical progress with his condition, and considering he could barely get a sentence into his speech when practicing just before, it didn't make sense he could suddenly get through like never before, and then of course he and Rush never practiced like that either, even in the scene above where they were supposedly practicing. Oh yeah, and if the guy can perfectly read Shakespeare as long as he can't hear himself, why not just do the headphones trick when he does his radio addresses? I mean, were they this stupid in real life to risk an international incident, or just for the drama of the movie?

This is another movie that makes me want to start doing one sentence reviews where I just point out the plot's critical failure, perfect for twitter.

King's Speech: Why didn't King George VI just use the headphones trick for all his radio addresses?
Inception: Why didn't Cobb just fly his kids to France with their grandfather?



As for the Oscars, I heard it was as unwatchable as it seems most assumed. Can these guys do more to undermine their prestige? Nominate 20 mediocre movies for best picture next year? Have Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus host? These guys are wondering why they're losing ratings while simultaneous sacrificing as much of the little integrity and credibility they had to try and get them back.

If the Oscar committee were trying to reinvent the wheel, their idea would be to make it a square.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on March 01, 2011, 02:15:07 AM
King's Speech: Why didn't King George VI just use the headphones trick for all his radio addresses?
I asked my wife the same question during the movie, as he was led to the climactic scene. She responded as well as could be expected: Shhhh!
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 01, 2011, 03:57:58 AM
I asked my wife the same question during the movie, as he was led to the climactic scene. She responded as well as could be expected: Shhhh!

Haha, yeah, it can't really be explained except personal motivation, but from his initial attitude, you'd think he would have completely exhausted that roundabout solution either way, and certainly before he'd ever go back for real personal help.

BTW, I was shocked to find out that the guy playing Prince David that looked a little like Guy Pearce turned out to actually be Guy Pearce! Oh Lenny, you wouldn't even recognize yourself anymore.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on March 01, 2011, 05:53:44 AM
BTW, I was shocked to find out that the guy playing Prince David that looked a little like Guy Pearce turned out to actually be Guy Pearce!
The prince, y'see, he has this CONDITION.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 01, 2011, 07:09:30 AM
They just needed Joe Pantoliano as Churchill, couldn't have been worse than Timothy Spall's bad impersonation.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on March 01, 2011, 08:27:35 AM
Here's the real best picture of the year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z14_-En-JTk

A man after my own heart. That being said, despite not having seen True Grit yet, I already firmly believe it deserved to win everything. :void:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Eluvei on March 01, 2011, 09:01:08 AM
True Grit is as good as it seems. Not the Coens' best, but I liked it a lot more than The Social Network, The King's Speech and all the other 50 movies that were nominated for best movie.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 01, 2011, 09:46:13 AM
A man after my own heart.

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/jerrygreat.jpg)

True Grit is as good as it seems. Not the Coens' best, but I liked it a lot more than The Social Network, The King's Speech and all the other 50 movies that were nominated for best movie.

And sadly I feel like it's nomination was like an accident, a throw in with the 47 other non-traditional best picture nominees that had no chance in Hell of actually getting the award over The Fighter, The Social Network, The King's Speech or the other The movies.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Eluvei on March 01, 2011, 02:19:27 PM
And sadly I feel like it's nomination was like an accident, a throw in with the 47 other non-traditional best picture nominees that had no chance in Hell of actually getting the award over The Fighter, The Social Network, The King's Speech or the other The movies.

The weirdest part of this thing is that Toy Story 3 was nominated for both Best Animation and Best Picture. If an animation is good enough for them to nominate it for best picture, what's the point of even pretending there's a chance for the other two nominated films in the animation category? I mean, just tell the other two directors not to show up.

Anyway fuck the Oscars, yesterday I watched Terry Malick's The New World. I like his movies a lot!


Also let me share this cool blog I found: http://alienseries.blogspot.com/

The guy writes some interesting stuff and the behind the scenes pictures are so cool ! ! ! ! !
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on March 01, 2011, 04:56:31 PM

And sadly I feel like it's nomination was like an accident, a throw in with the 47 other non-traditional best picture nominees that had no chance in Hell of actually getting the award over The Fighter, The Social Network, The King's Speech or the other The movies.

Eh, I don't think it was an accident. It deserved to be nominated at the very least and the academy certainly had a hard on for it, giving it 10 nominations in all. It's also the Coens most profitable film, $140mil. It was very successful and it deserved every bit of it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 01, 2011, 05:27:18 PM
Eh, I don't think it was an accident. It deserved to be nominated at the very least and the academy certainly had a hard on for it, giving it 10 nominations in all. It's also the Coens most profitable film, $140mil. It was very successful and it deserved every bit of it.

Eh, I didn't mean it wasn't deserving, but that it wasn't nominated in good faith or given a real chance, they were just paying it lip service basically. Don't confuse that with me talking about the film's inherent quality, since one has little to do with the other. BTW, how many of those ten academy awards did True Grit actually receive? Yeah, exactly.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on March 01, 2011, 05:36:21 PM
Eh, I didn't mean it wasn't deserving, but that it wasn't nominated in good faith or given a real chance, they were just paying it lip service basically. Don't confuse that with me talking about the film's inherent quality, since one has little to do with the other. BTW, how many of those ten academy awards did True Grit actually receive? Yeah, exactly.

Yea true, at the end of the day it did fall short. Which is kinda surprising to me because I honestly thought it had a chance to stand up to the others. But anyway who cares, it's just the Oscars, its nothing important. True Grit wins in my book, followed by Toy Story 3.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Eluvei on March 01, 2011, 07:08:24 PM
But anyway who cares, it's just the Oscars, its nothing important.

Well, they care. It helps getting a high budget for future projects and such. Not that the Coens need any more prestige, but...
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on March 01, 2011, 09:24:41 PM
I never regarded The Social Network to be as good as the other movies in it's category for Best Picture (I have yet to watch True Grit and The King's Speech). I think it's over-rated and is nominated just because it's popular.

What do you guys think of Nolan's Inception in terms of Best Movie or Best Director?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on March 01, 2011, 09:58:02 PM
What do you guys think of Nolan's Inception in terms of Best Movie or Best Director?

Undeserving.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 01, 2011, 10:04:32 PM
What do you guys think of Nolan's Inception in terms of Best Movie or Best Director?

I don't know about Best Picture, but, drawing from the nominated films, the fact that Nolan wasn't nominated for director is a joke. When the best director nominated loses, and perhaps the best director wasn't even nominated, then your directing award is a bad joke. Why even have a separate category if it's not based on the quality and degree of difficulty of the direction itself? Just have the directors go up and collect the Best Picture award with the producers.

Undeserving.

Compared to what though? I agree with you in a vacuum, but if it's a choice between King's Speech or Inception for example, I'm giving it to Inception.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Eluvei on March 01, 2011, 10:13:02 PM
I guess Nolan deserved a nomination, but I thought Inception was as underwhelming as The King's Speech.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on March 01, 2011, 10:17:49 PM
I guess Nolan deserved a nomination
Yeah, for Memento  :judo:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 01, 2011, 10:55:37 PM
I guess Nolan deserved a nomination, but I thought Inception was as underwhelming as The King's Speech.

Did you think the directing was underwhelming, though? That's my point about separating the particular craft from the film overall. Also, keep the movies exactly as they are and swap the directors names and see if you'd still think they were equally underwhelming. I feel like any professional could have directed The King's Speech.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on March 01, 2011, 11:00:00 PM
I feel like any professional could have directed The King's Speech.
Directors are often credited with drawing out the performance of an actor. The best director award often has nothing to do with cinematography or the visual elements of the film. I think The King's Speech swept the show because the Oscars are REALLY about awarding high-brow acting ability.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 01, 2011, 11:06:56 PM
Directors are often credited with drawing out the performance of an actor. The best director award often has nothing to do with cinematography or the visual elements of the film. I think The King's Speech swept the show because the Oscars are REALLY about awarding high-brow acting ability.

Is that why? I stand by my point then, any decent professional could have gotten those performances out of great British actors (by the same token, he should have been disqualified for allowing Spall's characterture of Churchill to pass). I'm not trying to trash Tom Hooper, he's a good director, just not the best this year, a lot of people could have directed that movie, not a lot could have done the directing jobs Nolan and Fincher did. While we're looking at how they wrongly decide these things though, we could just point out that what has the most to do with who wins and who doesn't is hype, buzz, money, and brilliant campaigning and politicking by producers like the Weinsteins. This was Shakespeare In Love all over again.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on March 01, 2011, 11:14:27 PM
Is that why? I stand by my point then, any decent professional could have gotten those performances out of great British actors
Well, let's also not forget that the vast majority of Best Picture winners also received Best Director by default. The pageantry of it doesn't leave room for any true justification. That's just HOW IT BE.

... he should have been disqualified for allowing Spall's characterture of Churchill to pass.
That guy's Churchill truly was off-putting.

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This was Shakespeare In Love all over again.
Man, that was really a forgettable movie... I'm only ever reminded of its existence when looking through a list of previous Best Picture winners.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 01, 2011, 11:35:44 PM
Well, let's also not forget that the vast majority of Best Picture winners also received Best Director by default. The pageantry of it doesn't leave room for any true justification. That's just HOW IT BE.

True enough, though...

Man, that was really a forgettable movie... I'm only ever reminded of its existence when looking through a list of previous Best Picture winners.

That year Spielberg thankfully won for Saving Private Ryan. Your reference to the list of previous winners reminds me I shouldn't complain because, dating back to Citizen Kane, the award's legacy is that it rarely goes to the best, most provocative or influential film that year, but usually to something safe and ultimately forgettable.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on March 02, 2011, 12:46:10 AM
I don't know about Best Picture, but, drawing from the nominated films, the fact that Nolan wasn't nominated for director is a joke. When the best director nominated loses, and perhaps the best director wasn't even nominated, then your directing award is a bad joke. Why even have a separate category if it's not based on the quality and degree of difficulty of the direction itself? Just have the directors go up and collect the Best Picture award with the producers.

Compared to what though? I agree with you in a vacuum, but if it's a choice between King's Speech or Inception for example, I'm giving it to Inception.
That was kinda why I raised the question because as a director, compared to everything else that was nominated except the 2 movies I haven't seen yet, Inception was a lot better. Then again it could be argued that on technical grounds like screenplay, cinematography, etc. there are separate nominations, but it's still the director who helms the ship and overall package. I think Nolan's going to have to get used to being snubbed.

Speaking of bringing the best in an actor's performance - Nolan's The Dark Knight had Health's Joker, it got to being the 2nd highest grossing film - still no award for best movie / best director? (based on the counter-reasons posted earlier).
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 02, 2011, 02:01:16 AM
That was kinda why I raised the question because as a director, compared to everything else that was nominated except the 2 movies I haven't seen yet, Inception was a lot better. Then again it could be argued that on technical grounds like screenplay, cinematography, etc. there are separate nominations, but it's still the director who helms the ship and overall package. I think Nolan's going to have to get used to being snubbed.

Him and Fincher alike, they can win awards for shitty Oscar bait they make on the backend of their careers instead of for their signature films because they're held to a higher standard, ya know, being the better directors and all. Call it the Scorsese Award.

Speaking of bringing the best in an actor's performance - Nolan's The Dark Knight had Health's Joker, it got to being the 2nd highest grossing film - still no award for best movie / best director? (based on the counter-reasons posted earlier).

Dark Knight got extra screwed because that was the last year they only nominated five, but there was definitely room for it if you look at some of the nominees, and now it would be guaranteed. I wouldn't be surprised if the backlash from that snub partly inspired nominating ten, money talks after all and they want to recognize those movies too. Still, I hate it now, it just dilutes the nominees and meaning of a nomination (both for those that get it or get snubbed), and you're only going to pick one anyway so narrow it down to the real contenders already. Hell, even when there was five there was a clear pecking order and the fourth and fifth films had little to no shot; now there's like seven of those! It's just a ridiculous and cowardly move to cover every base without actually doing anything better (like releasing the vote count).
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Eluvei on March 02, 2011, 02:11:44 AM
I just realized I have no idea what the difference really is between the awards for best director and best movie. The director is in charge of all aspects of the movie, from deciding camera angles to directing the actors and editing; the crew is taking care of their respective responsibilities according to his direction. Isn't the best movie the one in which all aspects were the best as a whole, thus making the person that directed all of the cast and crew (to make the best movie) the best director?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 02, 2011, 02:22:00 AM
I just realized I have no idea what the difference really is between the awards for best director and best movie.

Neither does the academy! Thank you, thank you! :troll:

The director is in charge of all aspects of the movie, from deciding camera angles to directing the actors and editing; the crew is taking care of their respective responsibilities according to his direction. Isn't the best movie the one in which all aspects were the best as a whole, thus making the person that directed all of the cast and crew (to make the best movie) the best director?

That's not always the case, it can be, but more typically there's like five or six really important people that are all critical to the movie as a whole: writer(s), director, producer(s), cinematographer, editor, lead actor(s). Sometimes the director does most or all of these things, sometimes he's just the director (no small thing, but also no coincidence successful directors like to work with the same crews over and over). Still, considering how crucial they are, it's funny they don't even get the Best Picture award unless they produced too, so Best Picture = Best Producer(s).
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Eluvei on March 02, 2011, 02:58:59 AM
Neither does the academy! Thank you, thank you! :troll:

 :ubik:

That's not always the case, it can be, but more typically there's like five or six really important people that are all critical to the movie as a whole: writer(s), director, producer(s), cinematographer, editor, lead actor(s). Sometimes the director does most or all of these things, sometimes he's just the director (no small thing, but also no coincidence successful directors like to work with the same crews over and over). Still, considering how crucial they are, it's funny they don't even get the Best Picture award unless they produced too, so Best Picture = Best Producer(s).

Oh I know the DP and the editor and such are crucial for the movie's development, what I'm saying is that even when the director's "just" the director, he's responsible for bringing these people's works together, turning their individual contributions into the final thing. I guess what I mean is that he's more responsible for the movie's overall quality than the producer or anyone else, and that saying a director was the best of the year is basically saying his movie was the best of the year.

Is this gonna become the auteur theory discussion thread? :schnoz:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Nomad on March 02, 2011, 03:04:49 AM
These days (and for years sadly) I don't even pay attention to the Oscars.  They can mainstream all they want.  They can self-congratulate themselves to all eternity, but in the end is who's in the business and who's not.  Plenty of Oscar winners that can't even get a job on daytime TV.  Therefor I say if you loved a movie, contribute to it in hopes they are successful enough to keep on working and make them money n shit.   :void:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 02, 2011, 11:31:47 AM
Oh I know the DP and the editor and such are crucial for the movie's development, what I'm saying is that even when the director's "just" the director, he's responsible for bringing these people's works together, turning their individual contributions into the final thing. I guess what I mean is that he's more responsible for the movie's overall quality than the producer or anyone else, and that saying a director was the best of the year is basically saying his movie was the best of the year.

Yeah, it's fine line, but again, then why have two categories? Just have the producer and director accept the Best Picture award and make the directing award a more technical prize.

Is this gonna become the auteur theory discussion thread? :schnoz:

It just might, because I'm still not certain on the perception and the reality of the director/producer relationship. The same arguments you made for directors above could be made about a producer, a real producer, that oversees every aspect of a film's production from beginning to end, even hiring the director and having fire/hire power over them. I don't know, directors get too much credit for everything, and producers might be hurt most by that because they don't get enough artistic credit for anything. I'm reminded of Dustin Hoffman's bitter producer from Wag the Dog: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNo0BicRM8k

I hope the movie isn't as dated now as the trailer, though I've seen that Leno bit in about 200 movies from the 90's.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on March 02, 2011, 12:22:01 PM
Compared to what though? I agree with you in a vacuum, but if it's a choice between King's Speech or Inception for example, I'm giving it to Inception.

Well I haven't seen The King's Speech, so I can't reply to that. But I agree with Walter: Inception's cinematography and visual effects were its strong points and it won these awards. The Oscars are all about high-brow acting and being consensual, and Inception didn't fit the bill, just like True Grit didn't.

While we're looking at how they wrongly decide these things though, we could just point out that what has the most to do with who wins and who doesn't is hype, buzz, money, and brilliant campaigning and politicking by producers like the Weinsteins. This was Shakespeare In Love all over again.

I'm late to the discussion here but yeah, it's nothing new and the list of injustices is rather long.
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Post by: Griffith on March 02, 2011, 12:28:06 PM
Well I haven't seen The King's Speech, so I can't reply to that. But I agree with Walter: Inception's cinematography and visual effects were its strong points and it won these awards. The Oscars are all about high-brow acting and being consensual, and Inception didn't fit the bill, just like True Grit didn't.

True Grit apparently didn't have any strong points. :judo:

I'm late to the discussion here but yeah, it's nothing new and the list of injustices is rather long.

Speaking of which, this caught my eye on Yahoo:

(http://l1.yimg.com/a/i/ww/news/2011/03/01/socialsaving.jpg)
Best Picture nominees that should've won (http://oscars.movies.yahoo.com/photos/169-the-academy-got-it-wrong)

An interesting retrospective, including the aforementioned Shakespeare in Love debacle among others.
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Post by: Walter on March 02, 2011, 02:55:24 PM
http://features.metacritic.com/features/2011/least-deserving-oscar-winners-and-snubs/

Metacritic did a similar article last week that I liked. Didn't agree with every selection, but I felt they accurately broke down why the winners weren't deserving in most cases.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on March 02, 2011, 04:06:51 PM
http://features.metacritic.com/features/2011/least-deserving-oscar-winners-and-snubs/

Metacritic did a similar article last week that I liked. Didn't agree with every selection, but I felt they accurately broke down why the winners weren't deserving in most cases.

Pretty good article; thanks for posting, Walter. While I don't entirely agree with his opinion of The Departed (while not Scorsese's best picture, it was by no means a bad film), I do think Children of Men and Casino Royale should have at least been nominated for Best Picture that year.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on March 02, 2011, 04:22:24 PM
I do think Children of Men and Casino Royale should have at least been nominated for Best Picture that year.

Ha, what to say then about Once Upon a Time in America's absence in 1984?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on March 02, 2011, 05:13:08 PM
Ha, what to say then about Once Upon a Time in America's absence in 1984?

I've not seen it nor was I born yet. :iva: I'm guessing I should check it out.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on March 02, 2011, 07:05:25 PM
94 was a great year for movies. Forrest Gump started the trend of Oscar-bait movies (King's Speech is just another example), Pulp Fiction redefined mainstream movies, and Shawshank Redemption is probably the most flawless American movie of the last 20 years, on every level.
This last decade has been a shame to filmmaking. Looking at those "should've won" lists, almost every nominee from the 90's shits on the 00's.

Oscars edit: I just wanted to add that i was glad that Bale won. I love Geoffrey Rush in almost everything. Exit Through the Gift Shop should've won. Winter's Bone should've won. Timberlake made the only decent joke during the whole show.

Edit 2: Directors have the vision, are the artists. Producers have the money.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 02, 2011, 08:17:54 PM
http://features.metacritic.com/features/2011/least-deserving-oscar-winners-and-snubs/

Metacritic did a similar article last week that I liked. Didn't agree with every selection, but I felt they accurately broke down why the winners weren't deserving in most cases.

Yeah, I don't agree with everything in that one, but I liked the addition of memorable movies that weren't nominated.

Timberlake made the only decent joke during the whole show.

If they want to be hip and were actually smart they'd have him host. Got to have someone with a comfortable stage persona, and being a song and dance man doesn't hurt.

Edit 2: Directors have the vision, are the artists. Producers have the money.
See, that's exactly what I'm talking about. :slan:

While it's probably true in many cases, it's also a romantic generalization rather than objective truth, particularly when a producer can have the idea and vision from the start themselves and shape the project accordingly, including the director and their power. It definitely wasn't true in the golden age of Hollywood, when producers had more of the hands on creative responsibility, like TV producers today.

Band analogy of respect:
Actor - Frontman/Lead Singer
Director - Lead Guitar
Writer - Drummer
Producer - Bass Player "I'm critical to the sound!" =)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on March 03, 2011, 09:17:49 PM
Band analogy of respect:
Actor - Frontman/Lead Singer
Director - Lead Guitar
Writer - Drummer
Producer - Bass Player "I'm critical to the sound!" =)

 :ganishka:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbhrz1-4hN4
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on March 05, 2011, 10:10:29 PM
(http://www.gossipcop.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/megamind_poster-535x792-270x400.jpg)

Megamind ... it was pretty OK only, wasn't too surprised it did that well at the box office considering the other movies playing at the same time. It's not as funny as Despicable Me and is a bit headache inducing with the camera swaying a lot. What I liked about it was the plot where there's a bit we don't know about the villain.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on March 07, 2011, 02:36:32 AM
(http://www.gossipcop.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/megamind_poster-535x792-270x400.jpg)

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3472/3398960470_05527c04b1.jpg)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: TheBranded1 on March 07, 2011, 03:28:10 AM

Just got back from watching Adjustment Bureau. It was alright, at least the bad guys had some weaknesses and weren't all omnipotent. It was short, and I could have used more action scenes.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Eluvei on March 07, 2011, 05:54:33 AM
I saw Blow Out and The Conversation today.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on March 07, 2011, 05:09:12 PM
Watched Cedar Rapids and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World over the weekend and enjoyed both of them a lot.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 07, 2011, 10:56:11 PM
Saw Kick Ass and Tron: Legacy this weekend, and while Kick Ass was certainly over the top, for the most part it was surprisingly underwhelming in its extremity. Tron was, as Eluvei warned (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=11969.msg193690#msg193690), as dumb as Olivia Wilde was hot. The CGI really looked like it, and I think Zeus was the best and worst part of the movie.

Kick Ass - Story about "real" superheroes the most hyperrealistic yet!

Tron: Legacy - It's basically Star Wars: A New Hope if George Lucas made it today.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on March 08, 2011, 02:52:19 AM
(http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee451/boxart22/hicks.jpg)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 08, 2011, 03:18:25 AM
Played by Dennis Leary! :troll:

Love Hicks, he was a smart and aggressive social comedian, but the saving the world and "he still might" crap on the poster is a bit much. Can they at least pretend they're keeping it in perspective and not aggrandizing someone because they died? I feel that would be the more credibly effective method of celebrating his career. Anyway, how was it, I take it the poster indicates a positive review?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on March 08, 2011, 04:03:03 AM
Played by Dennis Leary! :troll:

Love Hicks, he was a smart and aggressive social comedian, but the saving the world and "he still might" crap on the poster is a bit much. Can they at least pretend they're keeping it in perspective and not aggrandizing someone because they died? I feel that would be the more credibly effective method of celebrating his career. Anyway, how was it, I take it the poster indicates a positive review?

I agree with you on the poster.
I'm not really sure what the point of this documentary was. The first half was very boring, and only focused on his background and his family and friends. It's only after that point that we get to see Hick's life and material as we know today. But still, only those same people from the first half talk through the whole thing, mixed with the clips that are already widely available to everyone on the internet.
I was expecting a lot more. More about his impact and influence, and why his comedy is still fresh and contemporary. If you know his work, you won't get anything new from this besides a few personal stories and videos when he was doing standup during his early teens . If you are curious about him, i doubt this documentary will make you take interest in his comedy.
It's well made, but i only recommend it to fans.

Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on March 09, 2011, 03:35:23 PM
(http://cdn.buzznet.com/media-cdn/jj1/headlines/2010/12/matt-damon-new-adjustment-bureau-posters.jpg)

Adjustment Bureau - was decent, I thought there would be a lot more action but it turned out to be more of a love story. Just about decent. Emily Blunt was ravishing ^_~

(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR33XgoSbmaguC0J0r5CWKXpEvBaPikVDM4w5Zuf9TpmA9OqXYF&t=1)

Drive Angry in 3D - went for this right after AB, and it was kinda free so I didn't mind. It's over the top, don't ask any questions, silly sorta flick. Amber did what she could to entice me to watch it, and she scored! Fichtner's character was interesting.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 09, 2011, 07:52:10 PM
Drive Angry in 3D - went for this right after AB, and it was kinda free so I didn't mind.

Hey buddy, perhaps you should check SK.net's policy on movie hopping before shooting your mouth off like that!? Pull a stunt like that with the upcoming Berserk movie and you're outta here! :badbone:

It's over the top, don't ask any questions, silly sorta flick. Amber did what she could to entice me to watch it, and she scored! Fichtner's character was interesting.

Wow, you wrote like a genuine review of Drive Angry, "The character of the Devil's main henchman, The Accountant, played by William Fichtner, follows a long tradition of charismatic anti-heroes, from Satan in Milton's Paradise Lost to skullknight.net's paradiselost."

UGH, after I wrote that joke, I went to check on the name of the The Accountant character and saw that Cage's was named "Milton," and following up on that it's in fact "John Milton." So, it really is referencing Paradise Lost! (http://www.skullknight.net/images/gutsbarf.gif)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on March 09, 2011, 08:45:00 PM
These 3 friends of mine had planned to watch both movies back to back. I was only interested in AB but one of the guys had to run while AB was playing, so I watched Drive Angry in 3D on his ticket with the rest of the group. There was no way I was going to pay for that movie haha! On a related note, I'm not good with accepting things for free, even with band merchandise or backstage passes, I insist on paying and get my way ^_^. If the Berserk movie premiers in a different city, I might bite the bullet and fly there if I have to XD. You coming? Could have a little SK.Net meet out there :zodd:

Haha good one! I'll be a little more descriptive next time :farnese:

EDIT: Speaking of Amber - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdN0ekWKHGs
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on March 09, 2011, 09:36:41 PM
Shit I might even fly out to see the Berserk movie with fellow Skullknighters. My mom said I could use her timeshare to do some traveling anyway  :guts:

I saw Rango last night which I found far more exciting than I had thought possible. First off, Depp's voice is really great (I had my doubts), in fact he speaks so fast at parts that I actually missed the joke. It's got that fast paced, witty dialog that ended up being very funny and makes repeated viewings something to look forward too. Another thing I liked was how much it took from Italian Westerns, specifically Leone's Dollars Trilogy (The Man With No Name even makes a special appearance)! Being a huge fan of Italian westerns I geeked out at how many little nods I saw to the classic films, which I'm sure next to nobody else in a theater full of children and parents got. Some obvious ones are in the music, one song could very well be a remix of the Harmonica theme from Once Upon A Time in The West, and Rango's theme was a reference to the film Django (obvious I guess) but if anyone remembers that classic song (DJANGOOOO, DJANGOOOO) well yea, same thing. Anyway it was VERY funny and oddly enough it had some pretty pg-13 type stuff in it as well. They say "hell" a few times throughout and there's even a "damn" thrown in. Not to mention some edgy adult humor that might have gone over even some parents heads, certainly not any fan of Depp though, which by the way had several nods to his own movies. I caught four right at the start, from Jack Sparrow to Don Juan De Marco, and a hilarious scene that looks like it could have been lifted straight from the beginning of Fear And Loathing (it's literally Hunter driving that red convertible and seeing Rango on his windshield, he freaks out and mumbles something like "I told you about these lizards" or something like that).

Wow didn't think I had so much to say about Rango, but yea I really liked it and if you're familiar with spaghetti westerns and Johnny Depp's filmography, then you're sure to enjoy it even more.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 09, 2011, 10:16:28 PM
These 3 friends of mine had planned to watch both movies back to back. I was only interested in AB but one of the guys had to run while AB was playing, so I watched Drive Angry in 3D on his ticket with the rest of the group. There was no way I was going to pay for that movie haha! On a related note, I'm not good with accepting things for free, even with band merchandise or backstage passes, I insist on paying and get my way ^_^. If the Berserk movie premiers in a different city, I might bite the bullet and fly there if I have to XD. You coming? Could have a little SK.Net meet out there :zodd:

Haha good one! I'll be a little more descriptive next time :farnese:

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/mrbone.jpg) Alright... I'll let you go THIS TIME, but I've got my EYE on you, mister!
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on March 11, 2011, 08:08:12 PM
I finally got around to seeing the Fighter the other night. I thought it was really good, even though I'm not really into those type of movies (boxing/wrestling/ whatever) and I really don't care for David O. Russel or even Walhberg for that matter (save Boogie Nights) but I thouroughly enjoyed it. It didn't ever seem to drag either (seemed pretty short) and Bale was fantastic. After getting accustomed to him being Bruce Wayne/ Batman, John Connor and all the "hero" roles it was good to see him put himself out there as a disgusting, drug addicted loser. I couldn't help but laugh at some of his facial expressions and closeups, I mean he really put himself out there. Just very well played I must say. The fact that it took place close to home too was pretty cool for me, they even got the accents down, no problem. The only one I didn't like was Amy Adams, I thought she came across a little too strong, like trying to be too much of a badass Boston chick. I didn't really buy it.

Overall, I thought it was great.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JudeauChop on March 14, 2011, 02:57:08 PM
I watched Dogtooth last night.  It was a splendidly dark little film, kind of reminded me of the Australian movie Bad Boy Bubby.  Slightly disturbing, often very funny, I enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on March 14, 2011, 03:14:17 PM
I saw The King's Speech over the weekend. Man, you guys weren't kidding; Timothy Spall's portrayal of Winston Churchill was atrocious. Rod Taylor was a better Winston Churchill in Inglourious Basterds and he only had three lines. Anyway, that minor role aside, the movie was very enjoyable and Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter were as good as ever.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on March 14, 2011, 11:49:10 PM
I need to check out Dogtooth and The King's Speech *sigh*

(http://www.salem-news.com/stimg/february272011/inside-job.jpg)

Inside Job - it's a documentary that takes you through a series of interviews and explains how the economy is the way it is today. It also goes into detail into the roles of the few key players responsible for the regularization of some systems that were in place, all the way back to Reagan's presidency. Matt Damon's the voice of the Narrator throughout this well-made, engaging flick.
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Post by: Aphasia on March 20, 2011, 07:35:51 AM
Just watched Kill Bill volumes 1 and 2.  I don't know how I miss these huge movies until years after they've been released.  I enjoyed them quite a bit, enough to keep my eyes glued on the TV.  They were all around simply entertaining to watch.  I don't know if I've seen any other films that possessed such an eccentric personality.

Oh, I saw Tangled, too.  It was super cute and the animation was fantastic.  Good to know Disney still knocks them out of the park.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on March 20, 2011, 03:43:30 PM
Aphasia, if you enjoyed the regular versions of kill bill I highly reccomend you watch japanese cut of the film. Once I saw that version I can never fully enjoy the theatrical again. There are only a few minor changes but imo they improve the film so much more. The anime scene is longer and the final fight is also extended and is in its full beautiful color, the way its meant to be. I seriously refuse to watch any other version than that one. 
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on March 21, 2011, 05:37:07 PM
I saw Rango over the weekend and loved every gorgeously animated bit of it. I can't understand why they used the four or five worst parts of the movie to advertise it on television and in theaters.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on March 21, 2011, 06:24:28 PM
Watched Rango last night at a 20something capacity theater for a 7:30 PM show up-town on the East side of Manhattan. Fun movie which wasn't all about goofy humor, but good ol intelligent stuff yet simply put for the younger teens (and upwards) I suppose. Clint's scene was epic haha.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: TheBranded1 on March 21, 2011, 09:42:59 PM


Just finished watching " The Fighter". I liked it, Bale's performance was great and Wahlberg was good as well. Not too many fights, but not the only bouts that have to be fought.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: xfool on March 24, 2011, 10:36:30 AM
just watched limitless on the internet, nice movie, really need to get those pills  :beast:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 24, 2011, 04:14:44 PM
Had a few hours to kill yesterday so I went to see Paul because I knew it would meet my moderate entertainment needs without having to worry about expectations (had a lot of nice nerdy references). Rango and Battle: LA were my other candidates. Rango I'm saving if my GF wants to go and because it might actually be good, and Battle: LA... too high risk, low reward. Exciting stuff, huh? :carcus:

Oh yeah, I've been on a run of Batman movies lately. I got it in my head that Batman Begins might technically be the best Bats movie, which upon reexamination, two boring hours later, was a notion best left to my imagination after not seeing it for a while. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is still awesome, when you can combine elements of classic movies like Citizen Kane, Casablanca and others with Batman the animated series, you win. I'm convinced Batman 1989 is still the best Batman movie; best Batman, costume, mobile, Joker, music, cinematography, mythology, etc. It's the perfect self-contained Batman movie. Returns was lot worse for the ware, a serious downgrade from the original in just about every way, it almost makes the direction the last two went in less surprising, as it was on its way with that one (also more understandable that Keaton bolted when he did). Forever is more terribly unwatchable than I remembered, and I remembered it mainly for that. Batman & Robin... Fuck No. As for The Dark Knight, it's still the most serious and probably best film ever made about a super hero... just not the best Batman movie. =)

So, no surprises here, the holy trinity remains Batman, Mask of the Phantasm, and The Dark Knight.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on March 24, 2011, 06:44:22 PM
Had a few hours to kill yesterday so I went to see Paul because I knew it would meet my moderate entertainment needs without having to worry about expectations (had a lot of nice nerdy references). Rango and Battle: LA were my other candidates. Rango I'm saving if my GF wants to go and because it might actually be good, and Battle: LA... too high risk, low reward. Exciting stuff, huh? :carcus:

Oh yeah, I've been on a run of Batman movies lately. I got it in my head that Batman Begins might be the best Bats movie, which upon reexamination was a notion best left to my imagination after not seeing it for a while. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is still awesome, when you can combine elements of classic movies like Citizen Kane, Casablanca and others with Batman the animated series, you win. I'm convinced Batman 1989 is still the best Batman movie; best Batman, costume, mobile, Joker, music, cinematography, mythology, etc. It's the perfect self-contained Batman movie. Returns was lot worse for the ware, a serious downgrade from the original in just about every way, it almost makes the direction the last two went in less surprising, as it was on its way with that one (also more understandable that Keaton bolted when he did). Forever is more terribly unwatchable than I remembered, and I remembered it mainly for that. Batman & Robin... Fuck No. As for The Dark Knight, it's still the most serious and probably best film ever made about a super hero... just not the best Batman movie. =)

So, no surprises here, the holy trinity remains Batman, Mask of the Phantasm, and The Dark Knight.

I think Nolan's Batman movies will not age well. Begins is stale and boring as hell.
I saw The Dark Knight for the second time and what kills it from being a great movie is the final act. Specially the ferry scene, a cliché ridden cheese fest which is barely watchable.
The Joker is written as chaotic in personality, unstable and unpredictable, driven on a whim – he even admits to Harvey Dent that he hates "schemers and planners", and that he has no real plan. So, given all this, why does everything the Joker does in this film obviously require some of the most meticulous, detailed and foresighted planning ever?
Visually, Burton's Batman is unique and is still amazing to watch. It's bigger in scope and although there are some issues with the script, it's self-contained and feels cohesive. And I still find the idea of loneliness being a major theme to Batman more interesting than the whole justice vs. corruption vs who watches the watchmen thing. Keaton did a great job with that.
Even though i think Bale was a good choice for the part, i don't think Nolan is getting good performances out of him. Maybe it's the direction, maybe it's just the way the character is written.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on March 24, 2011, 07:34:25 PM
I think Nolan's Batman movies will not age well. Begins is stale and boring as hell.

Agreed on both counts. I never understood why people praised Begins as much as they did when it came out.

I saw The Dark Knight for the second time and what kills it from being a great movie is the final act. Specially the ferry scene, a cliché ridden cheese fest which is barely watchable.

I don't think Dent should have been in the movie. I felt that the Two-Face segment was half-assed.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on March 24, 2011, 08:40:59 PM
I don't think Dent should have been in the movie. I felt that the Two-Face segment was half-assed.

Indeed. Two-Face was as poorly used as in the Schumacher movie.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 25, 2011, 05:55:14 AM
I think Nolan's Batman movies will not age well. Begins is stale and boring as hell.

Indeed, but Begins is just a stepping stone to Dark Knight, that's where the debate ultimately lies.

I saw The Dark Knight for the second time and what kills it from being a great movie is the final act. Specially the ferry scene, a cliché ridden cheese fest which is barely watchable.

Didn't you like it when Batman entered the Matrix? That was worth the boring half hour subplot in the first act of the movie. Anyway, yeah, that ferry scene sticks out like a sore thumb, always did. It's irredeemably lame and contrived, but the rest is negotiable. I don't agree that it kills it, mainly due to the Joker's, Batman's, and Gordon's speeches to conclude the film and what it signifies for Batmartyr's life. Basically, after nearly blowing it down the stretch, Nolan hit the game winning shot at the buzzer.

The Joker is written as chaotic in personality, unstable and unpredictable, driven on a whim – he even admits to Harvey Dent that he hates "schemers and planners", and that he has no real plan. So, given all this, why does everything the Joker does in this film obviously require some of the most meticulous, detailed and foresighted planning ever?

It's definitely a conflict in the hospital scene, but not necessarily the movie overall (he's pretty much an all too brilliant planner throughout). Beside the basic rationalizations that he's A) insane, and B) conning Dent and telling him what he needs to hear to turn into Two-Face, it's also C) not inaccurate for the Joker to say he's turning the schemes against the schemers and has no real long term plans himself, other than engineering chaos and insanity, as symbolized by his burning all the money. Again, insanity covers a lot for inconsistency, and can even make it a plus.

Visually, Burton's Batman is unique and is still amazing to watch. It's bigger in scope and although there are some issues with the script, it's self-contained and feels cohesive. And I still find the idea of loneliness being a major theme to Batman more interesting than the whole justice vs. corruption vs who watches the watchmen thing. Keaton did a great job with that.

Completely agree, it's still the best, but I still like Dark Knight for its commitment to the idea of Batman in the real world, even if it's somewhat self-defeating.

Agreed on both counts. I never understood why people praised Begins as much as they did when it came out.

Every scene with Liam Neeson is worthwhile, too bad that's only 10% of the movie. :guts:

I don't think Dent should have been in the movie. I felt that the Two-Face segment was half-assed.

That depends on how much you care about Two-Face. I thought Dent's role was central to the movie's themes, and put Two-Face to better use than a full-assed take on him would have. It was all setup and paid off in one shot, and I much prefer that to some setup for the next movie where he's a second-rate Joker clone. Plus, they got in two super villains without it being an awful team up with them battling for bad guy screen time. They managed to make it all somewhat organic and connected, like it didn't just happen another theatrical criminal randomly showed up again, which was all well done. The actual Two-Face screen time was like a bonus to me, I was happy to have him, and happy he didn't wear out his welcome.

Indeed. Two-Face was as poorly used as in the Schumacher movie.

Don't kid yourself, I just watched it again this week, and if Tommy Lee Jones goes to Hell his punishment will be to wear that awful Two-Face Halloween costume until he gives a shit.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 28, 2011, 01:27:06 PM
Had a few hours to kill yesterday so I went to see Paul because I knew it would meet my moderate entertainment needs without having to worry about expectations (had a lot of nice nerdy references).

This. I walked out of the theater, without that feeling that I just blew ten bucks. Feels good to see an entertaining movie.  :serpico:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on April 15, 2011, 02:51:38 PM
I watched Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance a couple weekends ago and really enjoyed it. So far I'm liking the Rebuild of Evangelion a lot more than the original series (which is a favorite of mine). If you took everything that was enjoyable about the original series (the mecha, well choreographed battles and the very weird Angel designs) and threw out everything that was not (characters that you couldn't really root for, character development that undeveloped later and the attempt to be philosophical without actually being philosophical), you'd arrive at something pretty close to the new movies (at least in my opinion). I can't wait to see where they go from here.

I also saw Hanna last weekend and boy did it suck. It was an entertaining premise (albeit an unoriginal one) that just didn't deliver. There were too many "thought provoking", quiet moments that weren't really thought provoking and ended up being extremely boring. Long shots of Hanna leaning her head out the window and a van endlessly driving throughout Europe I could have done without. The movie was presented as being an action film featuring a child as the primary protagonist and what we got was a movie with very little action and poorly shot fights. There were a couple good action scenes, but that didn't really make up for the rest of the movie. I'd recommend renting it if you even want to see it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on April 15, 2011, 03:33:25 PM
Disagree on Hanna. I have my problems with it, but I'm not sure where you got the idea this movie was going to be a straight up action movie and not what it was. You're right that it acted more thought provoking than it was thought provoking, and it either needed better exposition at the end or less of it (it was better when it just being, and the plot doesn't make any sense anyway), but it was pretty much what I expected, a quirky human thriller, even if it ultimately didn't live up to its pretensions, it still had them.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on April 15, 2011, 06:02:03 PM
Disagree on Hanna. I have my problems with it, but I'm not sure where you got the idea this movie was going to be a straight up action and not what it was.

Oh, I didn't expect it to be straight up action the whole movie. I really enjoyed the fairly slow moving intro at the cabin, but once things kicked off in the underground base, I expected the rest of the film to continue on in that same manner. There was just too much time spent with the road tripping family and not enough direct intervention on the part of Marisa or her allies. I started getting back into the movie once Hanna separated from the family and started learning more about herself. But when it came down to her discovering she was genetically engineered to be a super soldier (which was pretty anticlimactic) and Erik's disposal of the two men left chasing her, I was extremely underwhelmed. There were a lot of parts that I really enjoyed and the acting was top notch, but the majority of the film left me feeling disappointed. Maybe I'm being too harsh on it, I dunno. I probably shouldn't have said it "sucked" in my first post. It certainly isn't the worst movie I've ever seen, I guess I just expected something different. And now I'm rambling...
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on April 15, 2011, 06:28:37 PM
That's fair, I liked it more than you, but I didn't have many expectations. The subtext could have been more fleshed out, especially considering what they do reveal doesn't amount to much, like you said (less of that would have been more). Still, I enjoyed the girl's performance, the fairy tale theme, and ultimately the ride.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Xem on April 18, 2011, 09:19:22 PM
While in the hospital recently I finally watched Million Dollar Baby and loved it. Great performances by the cast and just overall a great story.

Sorry if my posts don't make a whole lot of sense btw, I'm on lots of medications that make me dizzy atm... =(
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: D-Scape on April 25, 2011, 09:30:54 PM
Saw Scream 4 a couple of days ago. I’m not sure exactly what it is about this franchise that does it for me. The movies aren’t scary, I’m never really creeped out by them, and there were several things in this latest installment I thought they should’ve done differently, but I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed it. Maybe it’s because I had low expectations after the worthless third one, or maybe I’m just feeling nostalgic for the whole series because Scream was the first horror movie I watched in cinemas. No matter what reason it sure was more refreshing than 90% of all the crappola labeled “horror” I see in cinemas nowdays. The movie’s view on remakes was particularly fun. It also included one of the most extreme moral U-turns in a character I’ve seen in any movie lately, which I’m sure annoyed many, but I believe it was one of the film’s magic moments.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on April 25, 2011, 09:32:19 PM
While in the hospital recently I finally watched Million Dollar Baby and loved it.
Possibly the worst venue to watch this particular movie.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Xem on April 27, 2011, 05:53:59 PM
Possibly the worst venue to watch this particular movie.

Haha, good point. Though I didn't look at it that way. From my perspective, that portion of the movie made me feel like my condition was nothing. At least I'm recovering, albeit slowly.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JudeauChop on April 27, 2011, 07:21:48 PM
Last night I watched:
(http://www.pandaslap.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Hobo-With-A-Shotgun-e1291847653753.jpg)

It was one part hilarious grindhouse exploitation homage, one part terrifying sadistic gore-fest.  I think overall I enjoyed it.. it definitely made me laugh, though I don't see myself watching it again, unless it comes to local theatres (as it would be a lot of fun to watch with a crowd).
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Slime_Beherit on April 27, 2011, 10:27:03 PM
Crazy ass Gambino with a Shotgun
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on April 28, 2011, 11:03:43 PM
Sword of Doom and Harakiri.
I'm sorry Mifune, but you just got surprassed by Tatsuya Nakadai.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Proj2501 on May 02, 2011, 01:53:53 PM
Went into Manhattan yesterday and saw Incendies on a whim. Wow. Definitely worth the price of admission. 
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on May 02, 2011, 05:57:51 PM
Unthinkable, starring Samuel L. Jackson as an interrogator that will supposedly go to any lengths, believing the ends justify the means, Michael Sheen as an American terrorist bomber that believes the same, and Carrie-Ann Moss as an FBI agent that believes in the rule of law; all of their principles will be tested by their interactions with one another. It's an over the top parable about right and wrong and how we think about it; you might like it, you might hate it, but it's quite an appropriate watch today, don't you think? Currently streaming on Netflix.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on May 08, 2011, 05:58:42 AM
Thor was very entertaining and worth seeing. The acting was great, the fights were fun and the special effects were amazing. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JudeauChop on May 12, 2011, 03:16:02 PM
I started last night with:
(http://www.killerfilm.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/tucker-dale-evil-movie-poster-231x300.jpg)

A hilarious homage to the inbred hillbilly cannibal genre.  I laughed a lot during this.  Not quite Shawn of the Dead, but definitely funny in its own right.

I got a little darker with:

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-95hv8_OLFbc/TbDaINnOc8I/AAAAAAAAC3U/rbfzyFmQjYA/s1600/i-saw-the-devil-poster.jpg)

Which I also liked.  S Korea does vengeance right... and this film was beautifully shot, and gruesome.  The acting was great, and the character arc was standard (we get it, vengeance damages all), but interesting.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aphasia on May 16, 2011, 02:41:33 AM
Watched the new Green Hornet with my dad.  Found it surprisingly funny.  Dumb funny, but I still laughed a good bit.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: TheBranded1 on May 16, 2011, 04:53:25 AM
Thor was very entertaining and worth seeing. The acting was great, the fights were fun and the special effects were amazing. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

I just wished the fight with the guardian at least was a bit longer than what they showed.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on May 16, 2011, 05:09:53 PM
Recently watched Ip Man and thought it was truely one of the best martial arts I've ever seen. I believe there is a sequel that I saw at a redbox, which I will pick up asap.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Diaz on May 16, 2011, 05:30:35 PM
Recently watched Ip Man and thought it was truely one of the best martial arts I've ever seen. I believe there is a sequel that I saw at a redbox, which I will pick up asap.
I saw the sequel and I thought it was very good.  :ubik:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on May 20, 2011, 01:07:06 PM
Thor was very entertaining and worth seeing. The acting was great, the fights were fun and the special effects were amazing. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
I watched Thor last night, definitely a re-watch! Loved the comic timing and Kenneth did a good job directing this. I didn't expect much from it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aphasia on May 22, 2011, 08:37:17 AM
Saw Rango.  Loved it.  Made me laugh a lot.  Great textures and animation.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on May 23, 2011, 04:23:40 PM
(http://www.watchrevmovies.com/posters/356-pirates_of_the_caribbean_4_on_stranger_tides_2011.jpg)

Mom wanted to check out the new POTC flick and we did just that yesterday evening. It felt long, dragging, watered down to say the least. Sparrow's character wasn't his usual best but you get to see a lot of Sparrow in the movie, almost self-indulgent, very clean unlike the rugged raw edgy Sparrow off the earlier movies. I didn't enjoy the directing and cinematography, nail in the coffin - too many cheesy moments revolving the priest and the mermaid. Not worth a re-watch even if it's on TV.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on May 23, 2011, 05:15:55 PM
POTC4 sucked? I'm shocked. SHOCKED! :isidro:

Watched Brokeback Mountain last night.

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/Brokeback3.jpg)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on May 23, 2011, 06:06:53 PM
Watched 13 Assassins. It was awful. Can't believe it has a 8 on imdb. Probably the most bland and forgettable of all the Miike films i've seen.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on May 26, 2011, 09:37:56 PM
Saw Harakiri (Seppuku) again. It's now my favorite samurai movie, no question about it. It's beautiful. Right behind it comes Tasogare Seibei. I'll rewatch Samurai Rebellion today to confirm Kobayashi as the best director of samurai movies.

I also watched Zombieland and Youth in Revolt. The later was a pleasant surprise, i really enjoyed it. Zombieland on the other hand was awful.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on May 26, 2011, 10:24:54 PM
I watched Nineteen Eighty-Four (the '84 version) last weekend. It wasn't bad, but it didn't do the book justice, despite John Hurt and Richard Burton's performances. The feeling/meaning of the ending was completely changed, too.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on May 27, 2011, 12:42:41 AM
Watched Hangover 2. It was horrible, fell asleep. STAY AWAY!
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on May 28, 2011, 12:50:39 PM
Watched 13 Assassins. It was awful. Can't believe it has a 8 on imdb. Probably the most bland and forgettable of all the Miike films i've seen.
Oh no! I was hoping to watch it soon ... oh well, I'll see it without any expectations then.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OTdmbq6h3MQ/TdK7b7PwW7I/AAAAAAAAAJI/fl-ni8JvWAI/s1600/Bridesmaids%2BMovie%2BPoster.jpeg)

Bridesmaids - SO funny, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. McCarthy steals the show for me and of course, everyone pooled in with good performances. Wouldn't recommend watching it with you Mom (like I did >_>' but it was cushioned by the fact that I was with a friend and his Mom too). Recommended!
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on May 28, 2011, 10:29:59 PM
Oh no! I was hoping to watch it soon ... oh well, I'll see it without any expectations then.

If you like mindless samurai action, then the movie delivers. But the paper thin plot, the awful exposition dialogue and the one dimensional characters ruin it. People say this will become a classic just like the 7 Samurai :P and it even goes as far as to blatantly copy Mifune's character from that movie.

Just watched Spoorloos. A really suspenseful psychological thriller. Loved it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Viral Harvest on May 29, 2011, 02:07:42 AM
Beyond The Mat, about 12 years overdue.

The part with Jake Roberts KILLS me. That man has seen some shit.

Legitimately awesome people who I already knew were awesome - Terry Funk and Mick Foley.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: TheBranded1 on May 29, 2011, 07:56:36 PM

Saw this one yesterday
(http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/1144/theillusionist.jpg)


It's a nice movie, hardly any dialogue. Then, later found out that Tati wanted to make this as a letter to his daughter he never reconciled with...
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on May 30, 2011, 07:14:52 PM
Saw Bridesmaids last night and loved it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JudeauChop on May 31, 2011, 02:22:06 PM
Watched Hangover 2. It was horrible, fell asleep. STAY AWAY!

I saw the Hangover 2, it wasn't as funny as the original... but I still enjoyed it.  I think it might grow on me too.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on June 01, 2011, 12:19:22 AM
Hangover 2 = Hangover. Same jokes, same context, just change Vegas for Bangkok and a baby for a monkey. If you enjoyed the first one, you'll enjoy the sequel.
Also, if you are homophobic or you dislike seeing cocks in a movie, you might want to pass this one.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on June 03, 2011, 06:11:01 PM
Hangover 2 = Hangover. Same jokes, same context, just change Vegas for Bangkok and a baby for a monkey. If you enjoyed the first one, you'll enjoy the sequel.

And the tooth for a tatoo, etc. Always seemed like a stay away to me. I enjoyed the first one, but I wasn't crazy about it or anything and don't need to see a cash grabbing clone (the fact that it's happening twice just spoils the whole point). Also, they pretty much lost me when Galifianakis became a big swinging dick and got the Mel Gibson cameo axed, which was the only thing that sounded remotely interesting about the movie (but a convicted rapist was okay in the first one? Comedy was obviously not the first or second priority here, too much other BS involved). Plus, Thailand? I mean, I get it and know why it makes sense, but it doesn't resonate like Vegas (I'm sure it works better for international audiences). I'd have set it in TJ or Amsterdam or just made it a prequel of the night before in Vegas.

Also, if you are homophobic or you dislike seeing cocks in a movie, you might want to pass this one.

On second thought, I'll meet you at the theater with the bottomless popcorn bags, extra buttery! :slan:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on June 03, 2011, 08:30:44 PM
Also, they pretty much lost me when Galifianakis became a big swinging dick and got the Mel Gibson cameo axed, which was the only thing that sounded remotely interesting about the movie (but a convicted rapist was okay in the first one? Comedy was obviously not the first or second priority here, too much other BS involved).

Funny how the rapist makes a cameo again. An awful one.

Yeah, that whole Gibson story irked me as well. One of the writers said it was a suit decision, but i don't know.
Anyway, i got a free ticket and i surprisingly enjoyed it. I think being more of the same, but even more outrageous was a plus for me. The formula worked and with this sort of movies i don't mind if they keep the same plot devices for the sequel. It's a mindless over the top comedy. Like i said, if you enjoyed the first one, why wouldn't you enjoy this one? It's like watching a second episode of south park. It's not high brow stuff.
Sure, it is an unnecessary sequel, it's crude and has a lot of ladyboy nudity, but it's so well executed you just don't mind it and go along with a ride. It's fun. I feel it was darker than the "bro crazy night" of the first one, which gives it some edge.
I think the movie is self-aware of it's outrageousness. The director has the right sensibility for this sort of R-rated comedy. People will say it's shit. Dumb, obnoxious people will think it's the shit. I like it for what it is. I bet that if they do a 3rd one they'll change the formula.

I specially enjoyed the ballsy joke in the end credits (the usual photo montage).
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on June 04, 2011, 05:18:42 AM
From the trailers it looked like they hadn't raised the stakes enough, but you've actually alleviated my concerns some. I just need that free ticket.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on June 05, 2011, 03:13:18 PM
Saw X-Men: First Class yesterday afternoon. It was pretty enjoyable, but I wouldn't call it the best X-Men movie to date. It was definitely an improvement over X3, though. If they end up making a sequel, I hope it's a step up from this one.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on June 06, 2011, 02:52:08 AM
Saw X-Men: First Class yesterday afternoon. It was pretty enjoyable, but I wouldn't call it the best X-Men movie to date. It was definitely an improvement over X3, though. If they end up making a sequel, I hope it's a step up from this one.
Watched it this afternoon too, but I would call this a better movie than the others. I think the first X-Men movie was pretty good compared to the second or the dreadful third, but this one tops em all. The cast is great, good script and flow of story. The only thing I found rushed was how they improve on their skills when push came to shove.

Question to all the purists who did watch the movie - how close is the movie's story-line to that of the comic-book?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aphasia on June 06, 2011, 04:35:34 AM
Just got back from First class too.  I enjoyed it quite a bit.  I'm not too picky about these kind of movies.  I thought the casting and script was pretty good.  Not perfect, but certainly above the standard fare of a superhero flick.  Nothing felt too cheesy.  Magneto was really the standout.  Pretty cool.  It's been a while since I've seen the trilogy, but I think I enjoyed this a good bit more.

Question to all the purists who did watch the movie - how close is the movie's story-line to that of the comic-book?

I was with someone who read the comics growing up.  He said the movie was really a story of its own.  Not really connected in any significant way.  Though I'd love to hear someone elaborate on that.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on June 06, 2011, 02:24:02 PM
Watched it this afternoon too, but I would call this a better movie than the others. I think the first X-Men movie was pretty good compared to the second or the dreadful third, but this one tops em all.

I don't think many superhero movie could be better than the first xmen. It's a damn near classic of it's genre.

"Does it hurt"?
"... everytime".
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on June 06, 2011, 02:26:27 PM
I don't think many superhero movie could be better than the first xmen. It's a damn near classic of it's genre.

What a depressing statement.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on June 06, 2011, 02:52:10 PM
Yeah... the first X-Men movie was more like a necessary practice run for the genre as we know it, and particularly for X2; which, for all its flaws is actually something resembling a real X-Men movie. The Generation X (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4g9GG5n15M) TV movie, now there's a classic.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on June 06, 2011, 04:11:53 PM
I liked the first X-Men movie (and its sequel even more), but I don't think of them as classics. They were a lot of fun to watch, but The Dark Knight is a far superior "superhero" movie than either of the X-Men films.

The Generation X (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4g9GG5n15M) TV movie, now there's a classic.

Haha, I remember seeing advertisements for that film in the Generation X comics back in the day. I never ended up watching it, though.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on June 06, 2011, 04:16:02 PM
I liked the first X-Men movie (and its sequel even more), but I don't think of them as classics. They were a lot of fun to watch, but The Dark Knight is a far superior "superhero" movie than either of the X-Men films.

There is a parallel though with the first X-Men being the Batman Begins to X2's Dark Knight, of course on a smaller scale. Let's just hope Brett Ratner doesn't ever take over the Batman film franchise.

Haha, I remember seeing advertisements for that film in the Generation X comics back in the day. I never ended up watching it, though.

That missed opportunity can finally be redressed. :carcus:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on June 06, 2011, 10:48:59 PM
X-Men: First Class has probably the best acting out of any superhero movie i've seen in the last decade. Even with a lackluster material, Fassbender and McAvoy steal the show. Specially Assbender, he's amazing as Magneto (and i totally picture him as a great James Bond). I've read that the script for this movie came from a scraped X-Men Origins: Magneto one (which never came to be thanks to the godawful Wolverine movie - btw, nice cameo and use of an f-bomb on a pg-13 movie :ganishka:), and it shows. Every other character besides Xavier and Shawn are redundant and unnecessary, they seem shoed-in just to put X-Men in the title. This is all about Magneto. And McAvoy's Xavier is nothing like the comics, nothing, he's like a witty brit womanizer who uses his powers whenever he can.
Is the movie better than the other X-Men? Perhaps. At least it is better directed.

Oh, and i saw The Tree of Life as well, i don't want to discuss much about it yet, i saw it just now...
As soon as i went to imdb to read some comments, the first thing i get is "Most people that don't get the movie are probably going to enjoy the next Transformers movie a lot more than this one".  :schierke:
Anyway, it was pretty like all Malick films, and had tons of whispering voice over, like all Malick films. It was deeply religious, i mean, almost preachy. Very spiritual, but then it had dinosaurs, which had nothing to do with the plot whatsoever. Beautiful scenes of the birth and death of the universe. Oh and Sean Penn. Gladly the scenes with him were just a handful, which made the movie 99% less obnoxious. Also, i think Brad Pitt hasn't acted since Seven. He was close to it in Jesse James, but he can't disappear into a role, at all. He's going down the path of De Niro. At least Pitt still chooses good movie roles though.
I give it 3 dismissive wanks out of 5:
(http://www.donttrustanyoneover30.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/dismissivewank.gif)(http://www.donttrustanyoneover30.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/dismissivewank.gif)(http://www.donttrustanyoneover30.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/dismissivewank.gif)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JudeauChop on June 07, 2011, 02:56:28 PM
(http://iconsoffright.com/news/martyrs_dvd_cover.jpg)

Last night I watched Martyrs... I have to admit, it had me from the get go, and kept me pretty enthralled. I was even fairly jumpy for the first 1/3 or so.  Its basically 2 movies... and fairly harsh/disturbing.  After it was done I couldn't help but think of The Passion of Joan of Arc.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on June 07, 2011, 03:20:00 PM
X-Men: First Class has probably the best acting out of any superhero movie i've seen in the last decade. Even with a lackluster material, Fassbender and McAvoy steal the show. Specially Assbender, he's amazing as Magneto (and i totally picture him as a great James Bond).
Yeah, Fassbender was a good Magneto! Btw, how many dismissive wanks would you give X-Men First Class?

JudeauChop - cool movie indeed, too bad Hollywood's re-making it.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_mSFODWk5Je8/Sk_xE0VvSlI/AAAAAAAAAco/guyjhMT6w_g/s400/tokyogorepolice-poster.jpg)

Tokyo Gore Police - unimpressive as a whole. I liked how they paid homage to a few movies, some of the ideas in it though - the commercials used in the film were cool.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: D-Scape on June 07, 2011, 04:19:56 PM
Last night I watched Martyrs... I have to admit, it had me from the get go, and kept me pretty enthralled. I was even fairly jumpy for the first 1/3 or so.  Its basically 2 movies... and fairly harsh/disturbing.  After it was done I couldn't help but think of The Passion of Joan of Arc.

One of the best horror movies since... well, ever. It stayed with me for a couple of days which is more than I can say for 99.9 % of the films in this genre. Sure kicks the living shit out of all the "torture porn" crappola. The thing it reminded me of the most was actually the plot behind the original Silent Hill game (people using extreme measures to archieve esoteric, quasi-religious goals).

I kinda enjoyed Tokyo Gore police. Not a masterpiece by any means, but it was nice to see Eihi Shiina again after Miike's Audition.

So what's the last movie I saw? Uuuuh, Holiday in the Sun with the Olsen twins! It's the sort of thing lying out on the Tube that you just put on when you're in a really daft mood and want to see the outskirts of extreme filmmaking. It was almost as shocking as Martyrs (trust me!), but not for the same reasons. Debut movie of Megan Fox btw.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on June 07, 2011, 05:59:05 PM
I don't think many superhero movie could be better than the first xmen. It's a damn near classic of it's genre.
They were a lot of fun to watch, but The Dark Knight is a far superior "superhero" movie than either of the X-Men films.
X-Men: First Class has probably the best acting out of any superhero movie i've seen in the last decade.

Lost in the discussion of the best comic book or super hero movies... Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Has there ever been a more faithful or pitch perfect live action adaptation of a comic/cartoon? Considering how embarrassingly bad we know such off the wall material can turn out (Turtles III, Street Fighter, the list goes on forever...), and usually does, it's amazing this movie exists like it is at all. Proof that anything can be done well, and a reminder that most things aren't.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on June 07, 2011, 06:12:19 PM
The original TMNT is one of my favorite movies of all time. I remember how dark it seemed when I was a child. So good. :guts:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on June 07, 2011, 07:37:44 PM
Yea I was half kidding about the first xmen. TMNT is without a doubt one of my favorite childhood flicks.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on June 07, 2011, 08:11:33 PM
First Class was what the X-Men franchise needed. I compare it to Batman Begins. Comes after a terrible movie, it didn't have star power, critically acclaimed, and made about the same at the weekend box office.
Unfortunately, they wanted it to be a true prequel to X1 and X2 (discarding Origins and X3 completely, as it should), so i'm afraid we won't see a Second Class. Honestly i'd prefer a reboot.
Also, Fassbender, like Bale, will be a huge star, mark my words. He was amazing in Hunger and my favorite (behind Waltz) on Inglorious Basterds.
TMNT was good. Very dark indeed. Personally i like it because of the emphasis on Raphael (my preferred turtle).

EDIT: Here's a clip of Hunger, with Fassbender channeling Bale's weight loss :P http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jxPvmV0rrQ
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on June 08, 2011, 07:25:41 PM
I guess I'll have to see First Class myself for Fassbender's Magneto, one of the major weaknesses of the X movies was Magneto being kind of an old jerk instead of a total badass.

TMNT was good. Very dark indeed. Personally i like it because of the emphasis on Raphael (my preferred turtle).

Surprise, surprise; cool but rude, huh? (I'll give ya a break) As a Donatello fan, I was satisfied he got pretty much every throw away line, joke, or neutral piece of turtle dialogue in the movie, probably because he was voiced by Corey Feldman. Unfortunately, his on-screen special talent was downgraded from mechanical engineering to skateboarding.

BTW, Turtle movie trivia, do you recognize THIS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJF6qnHSm7k) young actor?

Not his last super hero movie, but certainly his best, and where he uttered the immortal words, "Regular, or menthol?" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zP7AsjhBW8#t=3m25s)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on June 08, 2011, 08:58:29 PM
I guess I'll have to see First Class myself for Fassbender's Magneto, one of the major weaknesses of the X movies was Magneto being kind of an old jerk instead of a total badass.

Precisely.

Quote
Surprise, surprise; cool but rude, huh?

I'm so transparent  :serpico:

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BTW, Turtle movie trivia, do you recognize THIS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJF6qnHSm7k) young actor?

Aha, Sam Rockwell (no cheating).

Btw, i just saw this excellent and amusing short movie (a Lovecraft parody), was about to post it on the youtube thread, but i guess it can go here instead:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3gNQ2KYCb4
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on June 08, 2011, 09:00:27 PM
Also, Fassbender, like Bale, will be a huge star, mark my words. He was amazing in Hunger and my favorite (behind Waltz) on Inglorious Basterds.
Yeah, agreed about everything above. He played the role pretty well and his German sounded uber cool! I need to watch Tree Of Life, will wait to be in the right mood for it. There's a recent string of these melancholic doomsday movies which is sort of expected of Hollywood, but Mallick hasn't disappointed me in the past so I have some expectations for this one. I can stand Penn in very small doses only.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Kakkoii_Guts on June 13, 2011, 09:11:20 AM
BTW, Turtle movie trivia, do you recognize THIS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJF6qnHSm7k) young actor?

Not his last super hero movie, but certainly his best, and where he uttered the immortal words, "Regular, or menthol?" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zP7AsjhBW8#t=3m25s)

My god.  I've seen Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so many times since I was a child.  I can quote it back to front and NEVER realized Sam Rockwell was in it.  My mind has been blown.

The last two movies that I watched were The Wrestler and Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl.  I had fun with both movies.

Mickey Rourke was a perfect choice for the lead in The Wrestler.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on June 15, 2011, 01:15:28 PM
(http://www.posteritati.com/jpg/C3/CURE%201SH.JPG)

Re-watched Cure last night because there wasn't anything else that suited my mood. I love coming back to the movie, the sound-track's minimal (in a good way), there's a brooding atmosphere most of the time and it's psychological (thought-provoking) like Kiyoshi's other movies.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JudeauChop on June 15, 2011, 02:16:31 PM
(http://mattsmoviereviews.net/Images/animalkingdom.jpg)

Animal Kingdom - starts off a little slow with a melancholic opening sequence, you're made to witness a world of survival of the fittest within the Australian thieving community, equipped with really good performances by Pierce, Weaver, Frecheville. I love the movie's score a lot, can't recommend it enough.

Watched this last night, and was definitely impressed!  There were moments of such intensity and suspense.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JudeauChop on June 17, 2011, 02:08:15 PM
Last night I watched:
(http://www.moviepostershop.com/zeitgeist-moving-forward-movie-poster-2011-1010683654.jpg)

Now, I've seen the first 2 of these, and the first one (though highly entertaining and well produced) had some MAJOR issues.  So I take these with a grain of salt.  This one wasn't nearly as entertaining, but it felt the least.... crazy?!  It is REALLY long (~2hr 40min), so I had to take a few breaks here and there.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on June 19, 2011, 04:09:37 AM
Saw Dark City for the first time tonight. It only took me 13 years. :ganishka:

Anyway, I really liked it and highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it and is looking to watch a great Sci-Fi flick.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Gobolatula on June 19, 2011, 08:45:14 PM
Fuck the Disney Vault.

"Sleeping Beauty" is one of my all-time favorite movies and now that I have a Blu-Ray player, I wanted it in marvelous HD, all remastered and whatnot.

But, I found out I missed my chance. Luckily, I found a used copy at Blockbuster for cheap. It doesn't have the nice cover and may be missing extra discs. Yeah, fuck Disney and they're "take it away from people so they want it more" sales strategy.

I'm watching the blu-ray of this now and it looks godly. This movie oozes style. Seriously, there's SO much eye candy in terms of the art. Right now, it's the scene where the fairies use their magic to make Aurora a cake and a dress. I love how all the inanimate objects are moving around. The acting is great, too. I notice when I watch these movies I loved as a kid, I pick up all these subtleties about the script I didn't notice before. Nothing naughty or anything, but just new jokes.

Merryweather: This dress looks awful.
Flora: That's because you're wearing it.

Now it's the scene where the two kings are arguing while the lute player is getting all wasted. This movie rules.

All 3 of the good fairies remind me of my aunts. So does Maleficent, now that I think of it.

Also, these guys know how to remaster a movie. The lines look so sharp and the textures of the background art are bursting from my screen.

Etc etc
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on June 20, 2011, 03:51:41 AM
Yeah, it's both a brilliant and evil strategy. I missed picking it up when it was new, too. I've got so many other movies on my list that I'll probably snag it when it comes around again. Glad you were able to find a used copy, at least. Based on the screenshots I've seen, Disney did a wonderful job remastering it and the other titles they've released in HD.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on June 20, 2011, 04:18:40 AM
Yeah, it's both a brilliant and evil strategy.

It's horrible, only a company virtually exempt from failure could adopt such a strategy of cutting off and alienating customers because it really doesn't matter to them either way, they're going to sell their DVDs. Though, I still hope instead of creating the artificial demand they're looking for they simply lose sales, like in Gobs' case. Shit like this gives capitalism a bad name.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on June 20, 2011, 04:20:39 AM
It's horrible, only a company virtually exempt from failure could adopt such a strategy of cutting off and alienating customers because it really doesn't matter to them either way, they're going to sell their DVDs. Though, I still hope instead of creating the artificial demand they're looking for they simply lose sales, like in Gobs' case. Shit like this gives capitalism a bad name.

Oh, I definitely side with the latter half of my statement. Walt is probably rolling in his grave. :sad:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on June 20, 2011, 04:28:08 AM
Fuck the Disney Vault.

"Sleeping Beauty" is one of my all-time favorite movies and now that I have a Blu-Ray player, I wanted it in marvelous HD, all remastered and whatnot.

But, I found out I missed my chance.
I've found that shopping online has rendered Disney's tactic mostly obsolete. http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0013ND30W/ref=sr_1_1_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=1308547639&sr=8-1&condition=used
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Gobolatula on June 20, 2011, 05:29:13 AM
I've found that shopping online has rendered Disney's tactic mostly obsolete. http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0013ND30W/ref=sr_1_1_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=1308547639&sr=8-1&condition=used
I should've done this, now that I think about it. The Blockbuster video case is crappy and I'm a sucker for nice packaging. Ugh. Well, at least I got the movie and it's all pretty and whatnot.

I should just start buying stacks of Disney classics as they come out. Then I'll sell them to people like me. For much, much more. Shit, there was a Sleeping Beauty special Best Buy exclusive tin box that's going for like over $100 on eBay now. Fuck this shit.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on June 20, 2011, 07:22:59 AM
I should've done this, now that I think about it. The Blockbuster video case is crappy and I'm a sucker for nice packaging. Ugh. Well, at least I got the movie and it's all pretty and whatnot.

I should just start buying stacks of Disney classics as they come out. Then I'll sell them to people like me. For much, much more. Shit, there was a Sleeping Beauty special Best Buy exclusive tin box that's going for like over $100 on eBay now. Fuck this shit.
My general thought is, I'd only be buying them for my kids, so I'll just wait until they're of age, and I can buy everything Disney in one mega collection on Holodisk HDX 2099 format.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on June 20, 2011, 08:40:13 PM
Days Of Darkness ... a terrible terrible Sci/ Fi B-movie, had it's funny moments though like the whole premise at the end was really lame. It was exactly what I expected to see on a tipsy Saturday evening.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkYwvpFckLc
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: D-Scape on June 28, 2011, 08:01:31 PM
Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4b/Emanuelle_and_the_Last_Cannibals.jpg)

To quote Scream 4: "Fuck me wow!" If they are still making movies like this I sure don't know about them. The task of combining sexploitation with cannibal exploitation was way too big for a director like Joe D'Amato (this is easily the best movie of his I've seen though), but I was actually entertained by his effort, no matter how laughably tasteless it was. It was considerably less sleazy than the hardcore porn he started making in the 1980/90s, and the gore was quite tame for a cannibal movie, especially compared to the ones that would show up a few years later (Cannibal Holocaust, Cannibal Ferox etc). The funniest thing about these films is to try and figure out what kind of ridiculous scenario they will use to make Laura Gemser and the rest of the female cast lose their clothes. They actually came up with some creative solutions here!
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on June 30, 2011, 04:25:40 AM
There's a spew of these sort of Cannibal/ Gore movies that came out back then, marred with terrible story-lines.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51xTe9iVMiL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

I Saw The Devil ... can't recommend this highly enough, it surprised me quite a bit as I wasn't expecting it to be that good. It's a different take on the whole 'revenge' plot you're accustomed to viewing and it's got Min-sik Choi (of Oldboy fame) in it. It's easily his best performance to date. Watch it! There's a scene that'll get you to grind your teeth or simply look away.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on July 13, 2011, 09:00:42 PM
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Cronos ... didn't know this was Del Toro's debut and it's a pretty decent stand-alone story. A good first effort backed by a few unpredictable events.

(http://otakastradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/the-chaser-250x200.jpg)

The Chaser ... this was actually pretty good, recommended. It starts off with a pimp complaining about his girls leaving him suddenly. He has his suspicion on a rival gang/ pimp who he thinks abducted and sold his girls. He gets a call from a 4885 ending number and forces a girl who's sick to go out to do the job (since he's terribly short-staffed), only to later discover that the number sounded familiar. It rings a bell and it hits him that 2/ 3 of his missing girls had last encountered the same person with the number ending 4885. The story turns out pretty good from this premise.

(http://boxinguweboll.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/the-man-from-nowhere.jpg?w=450&h=200)

The Man From Nowhere ... better than I expected, this's another revenge flick but it isn't in the same league as I Saw The Devil but still good. The action sequences towards the end are slick.

(http://i2.listal.com/image/920044/200full.jpg)

The Story Of Riki-Oh ... re-watch!!! Watched this on the big screen last Friday during the Japanese Film Fest, surprised the place was packed! This movie is nothing short of EPIC. I feel complete.

I'm gonna prolly hit up 13 Assassins tonight.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on July 13, 2011, 11:39:05 PM
(http://otakastradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/the-chaser-250x200.jpg)

The Chaser ... this was actually pretty good, recommended. It starts off with a pimp complaining about his girls leaving him suddenly. He has his suspicion on a rival gang/ pimp who he thinks abducted and sold his girls. He gets a call from a 4885 ending number and forces a girl who's sick to go out to do the job (since he's terribly short-staffed), only to later discover that the number sounded familiar. It rings a bell and it hits him that 2/ 3 of his missing girls had last encountered the same person with the number ending 4885. The story turns out pretty good from this premise.

This movie pissed me off immensely. So prepare for a rant. Never again will i be fooled by imdb ratings of less known movies. It's got to a point where every foreign/asian movie is highly recommended just because it's foreign and it isn't Transformers.
Please, anyone, save your two precious hours.
Actually what you described was the best part of the movie, the premise, the rest is a contrived suck fest. It's the most stupid thriller i've seen, with the most vapid, idiotic characters put to screen, with actions as dumb and moronic as it gets. Everyone that recommended me this movie deserves to be slapped in the face repeatedly. Yes, people will point out how shocking the ending was. It isn't, it's retarded, absurd, it's phony and it's the most hollywood type ending a foreign film could have. Completely implausible and it happens just to pull your emotional strings.
Everything that happens in this movie is badly fabricated and filled with highly unconvincing situations, in what promised to be a "realistic thriller" based on a true story.
There are worst movies out there for sure, but this one, for it's pretentiousness, just angered me to no end.
Fuck this movie in the ass.
If you want to watch inept korean police done right, watch the masterpiece that is Memories of Murder.

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I'm gonna prolly hit up 13 Assassins tonight.

Don't. Another shitty movie from Miike that everyone creams about. But now with a bigger production. Paper thin characters/plot, mindless action all the time.
As much as i love some Miike movies, the guy hasn't done anything worthwhile since Izo.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on July 14, 2011, 05:55:12 AM
This movie pissed me off immensely. [...]
Everything that happens in this movie is badly fabricated and filled with highly unconvincing situations, in what promised to be a "realistic thriller" based on a true story.
There are worst movies out there for sure, but this one, for it's pretentiousness, just angered me to no end.

I have to agree. Movie annoyed me as well. I wouldn't recommend it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on July 14, 2011, 01:59:10 PM
This movie pissed me off immensely. So prepare for a rant. Never again will i be fooled by imdb ratings of less known movies. It's got to a point where every foreign/asian movie is highly recommended just because it's foreign and it isn't Transformers.
Please, anyone, save your two precious hours.
Actually what you described was the best part of the movie, the premise, the rest is a contrived suck fest. It's the most stupid thriller i've seen, with the most vapid, idiotic characters put to screen, with actions as dumb and moronic as it gets. Everyone that recommended me this movie deserves to be slapped in the face repeatedly. Yes, people will point out how shocking the ending was. It isn't, it's retarded, absurd, it's phony and it's the most hollywood type ending a foreign film could have. Completely implausible and it happens just to pull your emotional strings.
Everything that happens in this movie is badly fabricated and filled with highly unconvincing situations, in what promised to be a "realistic thriller" based on a true story.
There are worst movies out there for sure, but this one, for it's pretentiousness, just angered me to no end.
Fuck this movie in the ass.
If you want to watch inept korean police done right, watch the masterpiece that is Memories of Murder.

Don't. Another shitty movie from Miike that everyone creams about. But now with a bigger production. Paper thin characters/plot, mindless action all the time.
As much as i love some Miike movies, the guy hasn't done anything worthwhile since Izo.
The ending wasn't shocking to me, it was what I expected. It was just the premise that he could get away with it because of the lack of evidence was interesting for me. The action is questionable but it's more of a hands-on grab whatever I can find to hit the other guy with sort of action, which isn't too implausible. Did it feel over-drawn, yes, does that warrant skipping the movie, not to me. It was better than the mindless slasher gore kidnap movies I've watched in the past. Then again, it's subjective hehe because it's an opinion ^_^. I'd recommend I Saw The Devil totally over this.

13 Assassins ... was underwhelming, very underwhelming except for a few scenes here and there. The introduction of the characters felt over-drawn and the dialogue at the beginning didn't leave enough room to gasp the situation that they made such a big deal of. The action scenes were good, but I was so disappointed not to see limbs fly because Vagabond (Manga) has spoilt me when it comes to battle sequences. Even the Harakiri scenes didn't have guts in them. I'd have to agree with you on Izo (which I think is under-rated). I went through the Deleted Scenes and it would've been fun to include 2 of those long funny sequences with the guy who's the Hunter in the forest aka the 13th Assassin.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: TheBranded1 on July 24, 2011, 05:12:51 AM
Watched Captain America. Didn't put me to sleep, but wasn't that exciting either.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on July 29, 2011, 03:57:05 PM
The Insider.

Just to remember how many great movies the 90's had, and how shitty the last decade has been.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on July 29, 2011, 04:36:33 PM
The Insider.

Just to remember how many great movies the 90's had, and how shitty the last decade has been.

Agreed. I loved watching that movie.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on August 01, 2011, 01:53:12 PM
The Boondock Saints - first time watch, was pretty decent. Dafoe is awesome in this one.

The Boondock Saints II - disappointing as hell, except for the bits of the father's back-story which was alright. I liked the twist at the end the most.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on August 01, 2011, 02:19:19 PM
The Boondock Saints - first time watch, was pretty decent. Dafoe is awesome in this one.

The Boondock Saints II - disappointing as hell, except for the bits of the father's back-story which was alright. I liked the twist at the end the most.

I think they both suck horribly.

I don't think I've seen a movie all year that I've enjoyed enough to post about. Certainly nothing new. In fact I haven't been to a theater at all this year (except for The Hangover 2 but I slept through most of that so it doesn't count) which is pretty sad. I think the only movie I can say I enjoyed that I hadn't seen before would be The Pope of Greenwich Village. Watched it a few months back and really loved it. It's got a young Mickey Rourke and its kinda like a pre-Mean Streets classic IMHO. 
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on August 01, 2011, 03:38:23 PM
This year had Tree Of Life, Bridesmaids, Source Code, Thor, Rango, X-Men First Class which I thought were good. I haven't had a chance to check out Captain America, Cowboys & Aliens or the new Harry Potter movies +  a bunch more yet.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on August 01, 2011, 03:52:21 PM
I saw Cowboys & Aliens on Friday. It started off really well and then plummeted to mediocre-ville as soon as they set off in search of the aliens. It's like Favreau gave up on the movie a third of the way through. I was pretty disappointed.

Edit: My girlfriend and I went to see Captain America: The First Avenger on Saturday. It was one of the worst movies I've seen in some time. Chris Evans does a good job as the Captain and his scenes with Stanley Tucci are some of the best in the movie, but the rest of the film is a complete mess. Hugo Weaving is a piss poor bad guy instead of a terrifying Nazi commander (whose German accent is almost nonexistent), the action scenes are treated as montage-like transitions, and the set designs look like they came out of a made-for-TV movie instead of a summer blockbuster.

There's a trailer for The Avengers after the credits (which looks pretty entertaining), but it wasn't worth sitting through Captain America just to see it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JudeauChop on August 15, 2011, 03:16:50 PM
(http://totalfilmnerd.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/13-Assassins-Poster.jpg)

This movie was awesome.  A Miike homage to Kurasawa's samurai films, this movie is beautiful, and entertaining.  . I highly recommend. The sadistic brutality is a little intense, but that's to be expected in a Miike film that includes violence. 
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on August 28, 2011, 06:34:28 AM
This movie was awesome.  A Miike homage to Kurasawa's samurai films, this movie is beautiful, and entertaining.  . I highly recommend. The sadistic brutality is a little intense, but that's to be expected in a Miike film that includes violence. 

I won't go on again on the reasons why this movie is a vapid piece of shit and an insult to samurai movies. If i ever read again "to be expected in a Miike film" i'll barf.
I hope you enjoy his new remake of Seppuku, another pointless "homage" that pisses all over a great classic. Miike is a shameless whore who hasn't done a decent movie in years (which for his yearly track record means a load of shit movies).

Just saw In Bruges. A well written, pleasantly paced debut, which made Seven Psychopaths jump to my most anticipated movies of 2012.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on August 28, 2011, 07:51:52 PM
Showed my girl Mad Max and Max Mad 2 this weekend. She enjoyed them quite a bit and it was good seeing them again. I can't remember the last time I saw Mad Max 2. It was pretty nostalgic.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on September 05, 2011, 02:52:09 PM
I saw Don't be afraid of the Dark in the theater the other night. Not bad, its actually very well shot and acting was good. Guy Pearce is always great and the little girl was more than decent for child actress. Thing is, the creatures and final half hour were underwhelming. I was expecting more seeing as the whole movie is buildup. Also its rated R and there is not any profanity, sexual content and very little violence, hardly any blood. That threw me off a bit. I don't get the rating system at all. It was pg-13 at its worst (we even got carded buying tickets. Wtf?)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on September 05, 2011, 03:53:53 PM
I heard Katie was the stand-out in the movie, as being surprisingly good. And, the monsters look less threatening that they're made to be?

(http://i2.listal.com/image/1120104/936full-a-perfect-world-screenshot.jpg)

A Perfect World recommended to me by a buddy, we're exchanging movies to watch. I gave her The Machinist and she gave me this one. Had no clue Eastwood directed it (he's awesome) and I'm not a big fan of Costner but the movie surprised me. The end was gutting.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on September 05, 2011, 06:54:06 PM
I watched The Motorcycle Diaries last night. It was a very interesting portrayal of Ernesto "Che" Guevara's and Alberto Granado's road trip through South America. The film had a lot of great acting in it and was quite compelling. I highly recommend it to anyone who has not seen it and who is interested in learning more about what shaped Che's beliefs in his youth. Even if you're not interested in that, it's a damn good film.

I attempted to watch The Lost City, but shut it off about 40 minutes from the end. It was so damn boring and pretentious. A very poor outing from Any Garcia.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Death May Die on September 06, 2011, 04:53:13 AM
Was able to watch Kevin Smiths Red State. I liked it, its pretty different from his past work. I would never of guessed it was one of his movies if it wasn't for the dialog style. It is a very serious and intense movie to say the least. It had some shocking moments, it was one of those realistic "any thing could happen" horror movies. Which again, I'm talking about a Kevin Smith movie here. I give kudos to Smith for really breaking into new ground for himself with this movie. I really don't know what to expect from him after this movie.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on September 06, 2011, 09:05:23 PM
Finished watching Joint Security Area after a couple of unsuccessful tries. It was good, even thought Park's direction was a bit too flashy and intrusive, the bonding between the NK and SK soldiers was greatly done. Actually only the scenes featuring them were interesting and watchable, the rest was painfully boring. The english speaking actors were particularly bad. The ending was also a bit too mawkish.
Nevertheless, this movie helped solidify the status of Kang-ho Song as my favorite Korean actor. Now i'm going to watch Thirst (mainly because Song's in it) and hope Chan-wook Park hasn't lost himself up is over-stylized ass.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on September 10, 2011, 08:33:57 PM
Went through the X-Men movies this week after watching the 90's animated series again (it's better) and here are my thoughts and ranking:

1. X2 - Saw this for the second time a while back and didn't think it held up, but somehow watching it again after the first one made both seem better. For all of its teenage comic book movie goofiness with Rogue-ilee and her friends this one's otherwise got a plot and characterizations that come the closest to not only being a good movie (the direction/editing of the third act is surprisingly complex and well done) but actually feeling like an X-Men movie. It touches on pretty much everything you'd want an X-Men movie to: Wolverine's past, phoenix, the Cyclops/Jean/Wolverine triangle, and of course humans vs mutants with the X-Men caught in the middle at the highest level, involving the presidency, and with stakes no less than the death of them all hanging in the balance of Professor X's and Magneto's power. I mean, that's how it should be, right? Plus, it's got Nightcrawler, Colossus, and Brian Cox for Christ's sake.

2. X-Men - Surprising given I skipped this one out of protest when it first came out and didn't think much of it when I eventually did see it. Though, despite its general cheesiness, the movie has some heart and Magneto actually has an ethos and a plan instead of just being a hypocritical warmonger/agitator. Like I said, this one and X2 complement each other well, relatively speaking.

3. X-Men: First Class - I'm torn on this one, and maybe expectations hurt it for me. I had heard this was the best of the X-Men movies, and maybe it is better and more accessible than the others, but so many liberties were taken and the story so far removed from what I know of the X-Men that I didn't find it to be much of an X-Men movie at all. It wasn't good enough on its own merits to justify that to me, as I didn't much care for the characterizations of Xavier or Magneto (or the use of fringe characters otherwise for continuity). Xavier was basically like any other liberal college rich boy weenie and completely unconvincing when it came to promoting his ideals, and Magneto just plain made no sense as he literally follows in the genocidal footsteps of the power abusing mutant Nazis he supposedly hates for killing his human family, so he's going to kill all normal humans. Uhhh... what? I expect more from Magneto, but here he had practically no higher minded ideals or even reason other than just cuz. I know they meant for him to become what he hates, but they never make it clear why he would other than he's kind of a stupid jerk. Anyway, I enjoyed it, the missile crisis plot was neat, I'm just not sure to what extent it or these characters had to with the X-Men, and that's kind of the point.

4. X-Men: The Last Stand - There's no need to talk more about this, so let's focus on the positive: Hey, Kelsey Grammer as Beast! Other than that, yeah... but even though this is an abortion of the first two decent Singer X-Men movies, at least it works as a crappy X-Men doomsday scenario (like a bad episode of the cartoon). It's a bad X-Men movie, and I'll always wonder "what if" Singer's team had continued what they started, but it still feels more like an X-Men movie than First Class or the following turd...

5. X-Men Origins: Wolverine - Egads! This has nothing to do with X-Men, Origin(s), and least of all Wolverine. This was so offensively bad, I wasn't just bothered by their butchering of comics, but even the stuff made up for the previous films. Which is funny, because they're far from sacred, and if anything I feel like attempting to force movies like First Class and this to fit into the same continuity as X2 only hurts the series. Just try to get it right this time instead of randomly choosing throwaway mutants to be X-Men in the 60's. Oh, yeah, Wolverine. His past and character was handled much better in the second movie, and this wasn't even like Wolverine anymore, but just a random Hugh Jackman action vehicle, and a dumb one for dumb people. He wasn't even made up like Wolverine, as if he just embodies him now. Well, no, he doesn't, and the plot is like an embarrassingly lame parody of the character (his cameo in first class is better than this entire movie). On a bittersweet note, Liev Schreiber seemed like he could have been a good Sabertooth to Jackman's Wolverine (before he started phoning in the part here), but like everything else in the movie (Gambit, Deadpool, ugh) the role did nothing for or resembling the character.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Xem on September 11, 2011, 02:02:24 AM
As an avid X-men fiend from the 90's I feel compelled to chime in, but imagine if Marvel Studios had had the rights to the franchise, we'd be having X-men/Spider-man crossovers right now.  :troll:

No, really though... that might've been good.  :???:

I rank First Class at the top, nearly side-by-side with X1 and 2, for one reason really, Fassbender. Also if you're a fan of the Bryan Singer movies, it's very possible he'll be returning for future First Class movies as well as X4 and beyond (Singer not Fassbender). He's expressed interest along with Shuler(sp?), who seems to be the one funding all of these movies along with the DeadPool movie, of which, would be separate from the Wolverine movie (I think all movies will be, as a rule, even future Wolverine movies).
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on September 11, 2011, 11:57:24 PM
I saw Warrior over the weekend. It was pretty enjoyable until the credits rolled prematurely. After nearly two hours of caring about the two brothers, the movie ends leaving the audience with no knowledge of how their lives turned out as the result of the movie's conclusion. Might have been nice to know what happened, especially since that was the whole reason they were fighting in the tournament to begin with. Oh well. The fight scenes were very well done and the film's saving grace. Tom Hardy was really great and Nick Nolte's performance was pretty moving. I recommend it to fans of inspirational sports movies or MMA.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on September 12, 2011, 07:18:52 PM
As an avid X-men fiend from the 90's I feel compelled to chime in, but imagine if Marvel Studios had had the rights to the franchise, we'd be having X-men/Spider-man crossovers right now.  :troll:

It's better than the current approach to adaption being employed for the X-Men franchise, which looks something like this:

(http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/thumblarge_289/12162396326H5NF3.jpg)

"BATMAN"

No, really though... that might've been good.  :???:

At least then there'd be a reason to start fresh with Spider-Man, and also X-Men wouldn't be wrongfully stuck with second tier status while second tier franchises like The Avengers get the royal treatment. Speaking of which, I also recently saw (500) Days of Why is this Guy Directing Spider-Man?

I rank First Class at the top, nearly side-by-side with X1 and 2,

Well, then technically you have it ranked 3rd too. :slan:

for one reason really, Fassbender.

Eh, Fassbender was fine, but the character as written wasn't, and he didn't blow me away in any case.

Also if you're a fan of the Bryan Singer movies, it's very possible he'll be returning for future First Class movies as well as X4 and beyond (Singer not Fassbender). He's expressed interest along with Shuler(sp?), who seems to be the one funding all of these movies along with the DeadPool movie, of which, would be separate from the Wolverine movie (I think all movies will be, as a rule, even future Wolverine movies).

Short of Singer coming back and basically having a do-over on X-Men 3, they need to cut ties with the previous movies completely and just start over. It's a mess, and it continues to be because of how they stupidly try to tie them to the other movies, which only makes less sense with each entry. If any franchise needs to be rebooted and given a complete change of direction, it's X-Men, which was started pre-Spider-Man when superheroes had to be dressed in black leather to be taken seriously in movies.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on September 13, 2011, 12:29:11 AM
It's probably my man crush on Fassbender, but after the mediocre Magneto we got in the other movies (great actor, awful casting) i had such low expectations that i was blown away by him. He's my second favorite character in the comics, so it irked me to no end to see an old man portraying him in the other movies.
First Class made the ridiculous X-Men suits look plausible. That should count for something. Instead of going all dark and edgy.
By the way, who were the villains in X1 and X2? Oh that's right, not Kevin Bacon (could be a new Cinco game). Sure, X2 had all the cool geeky X-Men stuff (i think what everyone remembers is the amazing NightCrawler sequence), but i still found First Class a better movie overall. Was it close to the comics? No. Do i care? Not really. I just wanted them to revive a franchise that everyone thought dead and buried.

EDIT: I should add that i'm still pissed because X2 promised so much, that's why i don't get much of a pleasure in rewatching it, i always remember that it preludes X3.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on September 13, 2011, 07:04:24 AM
It's probably my man crush on Fassbender, but after the mediocre Magneto we got in the other movies (great actor, awful casting) i had such low expectations that i was blown away by him. He's my second favorite character in the comics, so it irked me to no end to see an old man portraying him in the other movies.

First, am I wrong or is the best scene in the movie the pig farmer/tailor scene? That was like something out of Inglorious Basterds. Anyway, I feel the same about Magneto, but the First Class version is just as incomplete to me, and not just on account of his youth, but his intellect and presence (he was too subservient to Xavier, even when he ultimately rebelled). If only we could somehow combine the two... Alas, I think David Hemblen is still as close as we'll get to seeing/hearing Magneto brought to life:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCCFJJTLlqo#t=1m32s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvFuYtQFzyk#t=4m35s

This is better Magneto material than in any of the movies, and I think it peaks with the Sanctuary episodes (http://marvel.com/videos/watch/1214/x-men_1992_-_season_3_episode_48) about Asteroid M.

First Class made the ridiculous X-Men suits look plausible. That should count for something.

True, but I have to subtract points for Magneto's red outfit at the end. They just can't get that right...

By the way, who were the villains in X1 and X2? Oh that's right, not Kevin Bacon (could be a new Cinco game).

KEVIN BACON...aww! ERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR... :magni:

Also, X2 had Brian Cox. :azan:

Sure, X2 had all the cool geeky X-Men stuff (i think what everyone remembers is the amazing NightCrawler sequence), but i still found First Class a better movie overall. Was it close to the comics? No. Do i care? Not really. I just wanted them to revive a franchise that everyone thought dead and buried.

Again, I'm conflicted. Is First Class a better movie? Certainly in many ways, and probably overall (though I'm not completely sure, X2 had a lot going on, so if X2 was sloppier it's also because First Class was simpler) but it's not a better X-Men movie. I plan on watching it again though and taking better stock of it now that expectations are out of the way. I like it, and I want to really like it, but we'll see.

EDIT: I should add that i'm still pissed because X2 promised so much, that's why i don't get much of a pleasure in rewatching it, i always remember that it preludes X3.

Well, I like to imagine the ideal of what X3 could have been based on the improvement and promise of X2, even though that probably wouldn't have worked out so nicely anyway (though supposedly it was going to be Phoenix and Hellfire Club, so they kind of brought that back). Anyway, X-Men: The Last Stand is like the alternate bad 1985 from Back to the Future where Biff rules the world, and nothing to do with X2.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on September 28, 2011, 01:16:14 PM
(http://collider.com/wp-content/uploads/drive-poster-ryan-gosling.jpg)

Deserves all the praise.
The mood and direction are superb and compensate for the little flaws this movie has. Probably the best theatrical release i've seen all year. Don't watch the trailer (i did after the movie), it gives away too much.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on September 28, 2011, 05:46:59 PM
http://collider.com/wp-content/uploads/drive-poster-ryan-gosling.jpg

People seem to either love or hate this one.


I saw Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and not only did it suck, but it was surprisingly boring. Saw Adaptation again too, and it did not suck.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on September 28, 2011, 06:11:31 PM
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/drive_2011/

Doesn't seem polarized at all. It's not a masterpiece, the plot is not very relevant, but i'm a sucker for suspenseful mood pieces with slow deliberate pacing and spot on direction. It's as if a less cerebral Kubrick made Taxi Driver.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on September 28, 2011, 06:37:16 PM
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/drive_2011/

Doesn't seem polarized at all.

I was just going by word of mouth.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on September 29, 2011, 01:49:01 AM
People seem to either love or hate this one.

I've heard the same. I'll probably wait to rent it once it's out on video.

I saw Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and not only did it suck, but it was surprisingly boring.

I didn't think I'd like it, based on word of mouth, but I really enjoyed Scott Pilgrim. Loved the Vegan Police. :guts:

I saw "Moneyball" over the weekend. I highly recommend it if you're a fan of baseball, or sports in general. A guy my brother played baseball with in college plays a catcher in one of the scenes, too, so it was cool seeing him get his 5 seconds of fame.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on September 29, 2011, 12:35:45 PM
(http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/image-library/land/376/t/the-guard-poster_07,11.jpg)

The Guard - Hard to understand some of the dialogue at the beginning because of a thick accent, but I got used to it and all in all the movie was better than I expected. Gleeson and Cheadle are hilarious and their humorous chemistry on-screen is one of the key points.

Trailer - http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=8350.msg198779#msg198779
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on September 30, 2011, 10:08:18 AM
Saw Drive. Thought it was good. While I didn't go crazy over it like some people, there's definitely nothing else like it in theaters. Some of the violent scenes seemed unnecessary, but the direction was terrific. Great soundtrack, great use of slowmo, and some great performances. Actually, Drive seems like a movie of the 80's if it wasn't for the cast ... but in a cool way.

Edit- (http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/8459/forksqz.jpg)

Great documentary. Made me want to change my diet. I'm going to try at the very least.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on October 03, 2011, 02:06:01 PM
A friend from Wisconsin and I are doing an October Horror movie month where we watch 1 movie each day with a condition that 16 movies are to be first watches for either of us.

Caturday

(http://www.moviepostershop.com/abbott-and-costello-meet-frankenstein-movie-poster-1948-1010141455.jpg)

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein - never knew of A & C till I watched this and I loved it. I looked them up and they have a few other movies, definitely going to check them out. My dad knew of them, so it's an added incentive to watch em all and discuss em with dad. Every element from the humor, sound effects, special effects, script and acting is good.

Sunday

(http://www.coffeecoffeeandmorecoffee.com/archives/filmstills/seance.jpg)

Seance/ Korei - re-watch. Love the director, actors, story, atmosphere - perfecto!
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on October 03, 2011, 03:42:50 PM
I saw "The Help" over the weekend with my family. I was a little apprehensive going in because I had not heard much about it, and from the brief commercials I saw, it looked more like a comedy. I was very surprised at how depressing and...well...real it was. It was tough to watch at times, but well worth it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on October 10, 2011, 03:25:14 PM
Drive was pretty good. I'd recommend it for those needing a modern noir fix. It's a very simple movie with a classic setup. There aren't enough movies like this. However, I felt like the music was ... a bit much. Though I can also see how some people might LOVE the soundtrack.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Truder on October 10, 2011, 04:30:09 PM

(http://www.moviepostershop.com/abbott-and-costello-meet-frankenstein-movie-poster-1948-1010141455.jpg)


huh.. Are any of you familiar with James the angry video game nerd? He plays a lot of old crappy video games and reviews them with a Persona for people's entertainment. Well he does a lot of movie "reviews" as well and every October he does this thing called "Monster Madness" where he reviews 1 horror or monster movie per day. His videos are very entertaining (and educational if you know nothing of movies older than 20 years old). I mention him because he did a review on the Abbott & Costello movie that Incantation posted. James A.k.a "The Nerd" posted the review recently on the 8th  (I just watched it today though)

Here's the link to that specific movie review:
http://cinemassacre.com/2011/10/08/08-abbott-and-costello-meet-frankenstein/

and here's his "Monster Madness" movie review list:
http://cinemassacre.com/category/moviereviews/monstermadness/
(the List starts from his newest videos to the oldest. If you want to watch this years Monster Madness reviews though, I would suggest you see them in order so you can see his growing frustration with Universal's choppy work on their monster movies :ganishka:)

This guy really knows his stuff, and he reviews movies that go as far back as "Nosferatu"

this year he is Focusing on the Big 3: the Frankenstein monster, Count Dracula, and the Wolf Man (and their Sequels). great stuff! :guts:

He's also done many 80's 90's & 70's horror movies if your interested in finding a certain one. I would definitely recommend you guys to check him out, especially in October!

This is the one that got me hooked on his videos:
http://cinemassacre.com/2009/10/26/26-childs-play-1988/

Chucky! the nightmare to my childhood! :magni: (mainly because my older sister dragged me into the living room by my ankles and forced me to watch Chucky..LITERALLY)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on October 10, 2011, 07:17:52 PM
Watched the two part documentary on George Harrison, Living in a Material World, by Martin Scorcese. I loved it, thought it was just great.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on October 10, 2011, 09:44:16 PM
this year he is Focusing on the Big 3: the Frankenstein monster, Count Dracula, and the Wolf Man (and their Sequels). great stuff! :guts:

Is that true? Only those three?
I read this year's focus was on sequels, but that's disappointing IMO.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on October 10, 2011, 10:17:44 PM
this year he is Focusing on the Big 3: the Frankenstein monster, Count Dracula, and the Wolf Man (and their Sequels). great stuff! :guts:
Is that true? Only those three?
I read this year's focus was on sequels, but that's disappointing IMO.

I doubt it, he's done all the classic Universal Frankenstein movies, which already had a lot of crossover with Dracula and the Wolf Man. Now he's jumped to the 70's and the Hammer Dracula series, and he hasn't revealed what he'll do next as far as I know. The Wolf Man is a good guess thematically, but unless there's a series of over a dozen wolf man movies, that won't be all he'll do. If he does a few shorter series he could easily do three or four more. Also, in the past he's gone chronologically, so it's also likely he'll do something from the 80's or more contemporary next. Anyway, this year's entries have been much more in-depth, I don't know where he finds the time, but I recommend everyone check them out even if you're not into these movies.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on October 10, 2011, 11:34:23 PM
I doubt it, he's done all the classic Universal Frankenstein movies, which already had a lot of crossover with Dracula and the Wolf Man. Now he's jumped to the 70's and the Hammer Dracula series, and he hasn't revealed what he'll do next as far as I know. The Wolf Man is a good guess thematically, but unless there's a series of over a dozen wolf man movies, that won't be all he'll do. If he does a few shorter series he could easily do three or four more. Also, in the past he's gone chronologically, so it's also likely he'll do something from the 80's or more contemporary next. Anyway, this year's entries have been much more in-depth, I don't know where he finds the time, but I recommend everyone check them out even if you're not into these movies.

Yeah i was expecting something chronological until i read Truder's post.
I'm hoping he does Nightmare on Elm Street. It's one of the few horror series that has something imaginative in every sequel.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Konketsuji on October 11, 2011, 03:55:25 PM
I just watched the Source Code, a good movie, in my opinion, plot is kinda predictable, but still it is definitely worth watching just once at least.

(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b159/Jarlax-TJ/sourcecode_4.jpg)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on October 11, 2011, 07:41:28 PM
I enjoyed Source Code, as well. Nothing to write home about, but much better than 90% of the shit that's in theaters these days. I like that poster, too.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on October 11, 2011, 07:55:49 PM
That poster is better than the movie. It started good and promising but quickly turned into a dumb shitfest.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on October 16, 2011, 05:35:03 AM
I'm hoping he does Nightmare on Elm Street. It's one of the few horror series that has something imaginative in every sequel.

You win:

http://cinemassacre.com/2011/10/16/a-nightmare-on-elm-street-3/
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Truder on October 16, 2011, 05:48:21 AM
I'm hoping he does Nightmare on Elm Street. It's one of the few horror series that has something imaginative in every sequel.
Wow, lucky you! :carcus:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on October 16, 2011, 08:23:53 AM
Here's something imaginative; the only thing that gives Freddy, among others, nightmares: Dokken.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtR6IrvxeFs

Whoa! Watch out for George Lynch awkwardly coming through the wall pre-solo! :ganishka:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on October 19, 2011, 06:35:37 PM
You win:

http://cinemassacre.com/2011/10/16/a-nightmare-on-elm-street-3/

Shame the quality of the reviews took a nosedive after the dracula series. I'm disappointed.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on October 19, 2011, 06:48:58 PM
Shame the quality of the reviews took a nosedive after the dracula series. I'm disappointed.

Actually, it took a nosedive after the Frankenstein reviews, but nobody cares about crappy Dracula sequels. Though yeah, it's continued to decline, and it's a shame, those Frankstein reviews were like little documentaries, and these Freddy reviews just scratch the surface. I guess it was too hard to keep up the pace at that standard of quality.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Truder on October 23, 2011, 07:43:17 AM
I just saw Paranormal Activity 3, It's better than PA 1 & 2 definitely.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Lithrael on October 23, 2011, 02:53:21 PM
I just saw Real Steel.  Would be a great movie to take a date who likes Hugh Jackman to, or a little brother.  It's pretty much a straight up happy kid-n-dad redemption/buddy movie.  It doesn't do anything innovative at all but it's solid, paced well and shot very competently.  A fun piece of fluff.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on October 24, 2011, 05:48:33 AM
Watched Rebuild of Evangelion 1.0 and Rebuild of Evangelion 2.0 on BR, fun. Also watched Captain America and was disappointed. Its promos looked kinda better than the movie itself.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Turkitage on October 24, 2011, 06:44:58 AM
I just saw Real Steel.  Would be a great movie to take a date who likes Hugh Jackman to, or a little brother.  It's pretty much a straight up happy kid-n-dad redemption/buddy movie.  It doesn't do anything innovative at all but it's solid, paced well and shot very competently.  A fun piece of fluff.

Yeah, that's exactly what I expected from a rockem sockem robots movie.

Watched Rebuild of Evangelion 1.0 and Rebuild of Evangelion 2.0 on BR, fun.

I liked 1.11 a lot. But 2.22 I liked, but there was too much going on. It felt too fast pace as far as switching from scene to scene, which is what I loved about the anime series - it had a nice pace. still good overall and super pretty!
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on October 24, 2011, 01:41:37 PM
I liked 1.11 a lot. But 2.22 I liked, but there was too much going on. It felt too fast pace as far as switching from scene to scene, which is what I loved about the anime series - it had a nice pace. still good overall and super pretty!
I like the city's transformation scenes a lot. Every scene with Mari in 2.22 were the highlight for me from both movies. I've watched both movies in Japanese and English, hate the latter. Don't remember much of the anime series cos it's been years since I watched it, a re-watch is in store. There's a lot of symbolic referencing I notice now like the Kabbalah Tree of life in 2.22 and the entire Freudian influence/ under-tones.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on October 24, 2011, 02:09:17 PM
There's a lot of symbolic referencing I notice now like the Kabbalah Tree of life in 2.22 and the entire Freudian influence/ under-tones.
I liked the new Eva movies as well, but you shouldn't think too much on the mumbo jumbo aspects of it. It's all full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on October 24, 2011, 03:30:17 PM
I never saw the other paranormal activity movies but the third one was the biggest piece of shit ever. The guys daughters are in danger, his wife is seriously injured and still he holds the camera an records everything in the slowest and most suspensful way possible They try so hard to be ultra reallistic and yet that's what makes the movie seem so fake, not to mention boring as well. I think if they ditched the video recorder gimmick and made a proper film it could actually be scary.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on October 24, 2011, 04:19:24 PM
I think if they ditched the video recorder gimmick and made a proper film it could actually be scary.

They're going to need a new name for that movie, something like Poltergeist (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084516/) or The Exorcist (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070047/).

Anyway, yeah, the scariest thing about these movies is the commentary they are on the homogenization of our imagination, from every completely recycled idea throughout to the title that's been reduced to the lowest common denominator: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY! :magni: It's reminiscent of Carlin's take on euphemistic language. For the next movie in this series I recommend the title and totally original premise Paranormal Activity Investigations and Pest Control (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMmam5i03Vs).
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on October 24, 2011, 07:14:43 PM
Studios are going to look to many more sequels like the Saw movies, just to cash in on the concept. Money talks and the movie broke the October movie sale record, unfortunately *sigh*. Damn you, Oburi and Truder! Kidding :schierke:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on October 24, 2011, 07:24:50 PM
Well, when you look at what it's competing with, such as the thankfully tanking Three Musketeers abomination, I can't begrudge its success too much. And yeah, at least it's not another case of torture porn breaking box office records.

BTW, The Thing has grossed an abysmal fourteen million dollars in over two weeks. Got the message yet, Hollywood? No, of course not, I look forward to all my favorite cult films being embarrassed in similar fashion by greedy morons. Anyway, kudos to Thing fans for staying away (or there just not being that many; again, why did they do this?), you're much better than the losers that keep paying for the right to have their childhoods molested by the latest rape of Star Wars.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on October 24, 2011, 08:01:04 PM
It's sad that Drive is turning out to be the best movie I saw in theaters this year, since it was really just "pretty good." Not a great year for movies, it seems. Is anything on the horizon? Guess I should check the other thread, eh?  :troll:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Xem on October 24, 2011, 08:30:01 PM
I'm actually looking forward to Paranormal Activity 3. I just recently watched part 2, and honestly I liked it a lot. I'm not tired of the genre and there's something from my childhood that gets rekindled by this franchise.

I think some of it may have to do with the amount of computer-generated attention deficit bombardment we get nowadays from Hollywood. I really enjoy the old props and slight-of-hand tricks that used to be used all the time in cinema growing up. Also, I had siblings and we always enjoyed scaring the crap out of each other whenever possible. Cutting off the lights, turning the sound way up, popping some popcorn and snuggling with my woman is perfect for these movies, and I hope they keep making them personally. The reviews for part 3 have mostly all been good, so I'll definitely catch it sooner or later.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Truder on October 24, 2011, 08:56:22 PM
Damn you, Oburi and Truder! Kidding :schierke:
Glad I could be part of the problem! :troll:

but in all honesty, the movie is not that bad. If you're hating on it solely because of the camera "gimmick" I think that you should think of another reason because that's a poor reason to dislike an entire movie. It's a nice little suspense flick that you shouldn't get all movie snob about. I enjoyed it with some friends and family and the rest of the audience sounded like they were having a nice time too.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on October 24, 2011, 09:38:48 PM
If you're hating on it solely because of the camera "gimmick" I think that you should think of another reason because that's a poor reason to dislike an entire movie.

I can't think of a much better reason to dislike a visual medium than not liking the visuals, but the overall theme of objection seems to be what a retread it is.

It's a nice little suspense flick that you shouldn't get all movie snob about. I enjoyed it with some friends and family and the rest of the audience sounded like they were having a nice time too.

In the same vein of not going totally film snob here, spare us the populist sentiment about the audience experience. You don't want to sound like one of those commercials where they interview actors outside a theater saying, "It was SO scary/funny/award worthy!" Just kidding about the last one, they don't usually stoop to that for good movies. :griffnotevil:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on October 24, 2011, 10:13:25 PM
Glad I could be part of the problem! :troll:

but in all honesty, the movie is not that bad. If you're hating on it solely because of the camera "gimmick" I think that you should think of another reason because that's a poor reason to dislike an entire movie. It's a nice little suspense flick that you shouldn't get all movie snob about. I enjoyed it with some friends and family and the rest of the audience sounded like they were having a nice time too.

Believe me dude I'm not a snob. But it's like if a person who hates fantasy watches Lord of the Rings and says it was a dumb movie. It's just not my thing. I don't get these types of movies and after seeing Paranormal Activity 3, it didn't do anything to help change my opinion, even though I went in with an open mind. The camera gimmick wasn't the only thing wrong with it, but like Griff said, it's pretty much the whole movie so there isn't a need to go further.

As a sidenote, I went with a really big fan of the series and it was opening night so I imagine a lot of the people were fans. There was a lot of laughing in my theater. None of scary parts were inducing frightened gasps or anything. People chuckled and actually yelled out loud at the end things like "DON"T TELL ME THAT"S HOW IT ENDS". It was disappointing to everyone it seemed, both die hard fans and people like me who knew nothing about the series. But don't worry, you won't find me complaining about how bad Paranormal Activity 4 is.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on October 25, 2011, 01:45:14 AM
Is this the one featuring home video footage with people wobbling scenery off camera to make it look like the house is haunted? I heard that's pretty scary stuff.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JudeauChop on October 28, 2011, 03:59:43 PM
Last night I watched:
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Attack the Block:  I loved this.  It felt like a modern day Goonies to me (with aliens instead of pirates).  I have to admit, I haven't seen Super 8, but from what I read, it was trying to remake the magic that is 80s kids movies, and I think this movie did that wonderfully.  The kids aren't talked down to, and feel real, and the monsters were a blast.  Kind of felt B-movie-ish, but I def would recommend.

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Post by: Rhombaad on October 30, 2011, 04:48:09 PM
I showed my girlfriend John Carpenter's The Thing last night. I hadn't seen it in a few years and forgot how great the special effects were. Such a good flick.
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Post by: IncantatioN on October 31, 2011, 01:52:56 PM
It's sad that Drive is turning out to be the best movie I saw in theaters this year, since it was really just "pretty good." Not a great year for movies, it seems. Is anything on the horizon? Guess I should check the other thread, eh?  :troll:
I watched it at home on Saturday and it was just about decent. The soundtrack stands out but there plot's predictable. I read reviews talking about the European look or the awesome car chases ... I couldn't find either.
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Post by: Walter on October 31, 2011, 04:11:36 PM
The soundtrack stands out but there plot's predictable.
I don't think every movie has to have sharp turns in the plot in order for it to be good. Anyone with a modicum of experience in watching movies these days could probably predict the general structure of a given movie after the 20 minute mark. But the ones that fail are those that give you time to ruminate on this while watching the movie  :guts:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on October 31, 2011, 05:18:25 PM
It's sad that Drive is turning out to be the best movie I saw in theaters this year, since it was really just "pretty good." Not a great year for movies, it seems. Is anything on the horizon?

My thoughts exactly. This year was total shit for movies. Though, I will go see Rum Diary and Immortals in the next weeks.

The only other stuff on the horizon is all spread across 2012 and most of that is the big stuff like The Hobbit, Alien prequel and Batman.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: frankencowx on October 31, 2011, 05:26:42 PM
I showed my girlfriend John Carpenter's The Thing last night. I hadn't seen it in a few years and forgot how great the special effects were. Such a good flick.

Very good movie indeed. Heard the new CG-laden prequel was crap though. I miss the golden age of Carpenter. In the Mouth of Madness is awesome.
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Post by: JudeauChop on October 31, 2011, 05:54:05 PM
Very good movie indeed. Heard the new CG-laden prequel was crap though. I miss the golden age of Carpenter. In the Mouth of Madness is awesome.

Sam Neil at his best! I like the In the Mouth of Madness, Event Horizon Halloween double feature.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on October 31, 2011, 07:25:18 PM
I showed my girlfriend John Carpenter's The Thing last night. I hadn't seen it in a few years and forgot how great the special effects were. Such a good flick.

Yea I've seen it so many times tho that I decided to watch the commentary on the special edition and that was truly great. Carpenter and Kurt Russel are both informative and hilarious. Kurt Russel admitted that he hadn't see the film in years and when the scenes with the creature effects start he just geeks out like any fan of the film would. They also mentioned that there was literally no females involved in the production. Just a bunch guys making a guy movie out in the freezing cold.  :guts:
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Post by: Griffith on October 31, 2011, 08:59:48 PM
Yea I've seen it so many times tho that I decided to watch the commentary on the special edition and that was truly great. Carpenter and Kurt Russel are both informative and hilarious. Kurt Russel admitted that he hadn't see the film in years and when the scenes with the creature effects start he just geeks out like any fan of the film would.

Wally and I used to send wavs of that commentary to each other.

*Thing-person splits in half* Russell[excited]: "Oh Jesus!" *laughs hysterically* Carpenter[dryly]: "Yep...*as the gore escalates*...YEP!"

Wish I still had those. :ganishka:

They also mentioned that there was literally no females involved in the production. Just a bunch guys making a guy movie out in the freezing cold.  :guts:

Damn straight, possibly the manliest movie ever (Predator would be undisputed champion, except for having a woman and arguable homoerotic imagery =). As I said when it was revealed that fucking Ramona Flowers would be replacing Kurt Russell as the lead in the premake, this is the only female that belongs in The Thing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2R-K0vl94s

Voice of Adrienne Barbeau, of course.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on October 31, 2011, 09:05:09 PM
As I said when it was revealed that fucking Ramona Flowers would be replacing Kurt Russell as the lead in the premake, this is the only female that belongs in The Thing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2R-K0vl94s

I love that part. :ganishka:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Skullgrin140 on November 01, 2011, 03:36:20 PM
During Halloween I sat through the entire Evil Dead movies & John Carpenter's The Thing to get myself in the mood for the holiday experience, to this day I still say the effects in those movies are groundbreaking because of the practicality they used in them.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Dr.Legato on November 14, 2011, 11:04:31 PM
I love Evil Dead   :ubik:

Just been to The Godfather, they had a special screening in Cinema.  :badbone:
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Post by: NightCrawler on November 15, 2011, 10:57:15 AM
Very good movie indeed. Heard the new CG-laden prequel was crap though. I miss the golden age of Carpenter. In the Mouth of Madness is awesome.

Sam Neil at his best!

In the Mouth of Madness is probably my favorite movie of all time.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on November 15, 2011, 11:25:47 AM
I've never looked at children playing ball the same way after that movie. IT'S MOMMY'S DAY! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48mFDQ_GIIY) :magni:

Another fun fact about In the Mouth of Madness, the theme song blatantly rips off Enter Sandman and is otherwise like a pastiche of 90's Megadeth. Seriously, listen to this shit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--wAw7gBQxU

We're off to Haaaaah-Ooooobb’s End

Don't get me wrong though, I love it. :ganishka:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Handmade on November 15, 2011, 01:48:14 PM
Look at all this mention of Lovecraftian films! In The Mouth of Madness WAS awesome! I enjoyed it thoroughly. I haven't seen Re-Animator yet, but I hear that's good as well. What I "did" see though, and no later than last night up very late with Netflix's Instant Queue, was "Dagon."

I pass onto ye community members the very advice I was unable to find on the internet of the scarier horror movies on Netflix Instant Queue. If you liked In The Mouth of Madness, then this other Lovecraft tale is sure to take you on an uncomfortable ride. I actually had to turn my head away during a face-peeling-off scene. And one reason I think you all will enjoy this movie is because it constantly kept reminding me of this latest chapter of Berserk. The townspeople are all gilled, web-fingered fish people who serve an evil sea deity. And like Isma's situation, there's only one person who isn't a fish-monster on the island.

It is a very creepy film. The moment you see the gills on the people, or their freaky Nosferatu-like hands, you'll be creeped out. I was.

Warms my heart to see all this love for The Thing.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Lithrael on November 15, 2011, 02:23:42 PM
If it's the same production of Dagon I'm thinking of, your mileage may vary.  I didn't enjoy it much myself, it just didn't seem well crafted.  Like, maybe 'sci-fi-original' level of quality.  Though I seem to recall an amusing hotel chase scene where the protagonist is so freaked out they waste a bunch of time trying to get the chain locks done up on the doors.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Handmade on November 15, 2011, 02:49:16 PM
Yep, that's the one! I may have upped my sensitivity levels, this is true, by having all the lights turned out. No, I couldn't say it has stellar replay value. But in lieu of an lost wandering instant queue person, I will stand by its creepiness. But then again creepy fish-men late at night are good at finding ways of penetrating my safety blanket.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Lithrael on November 15, 2011, 03:22:29 PM
Heheh!  No, sounds like a good instant-queue choice.  I'm pretty sure that when I saw it, I had just spoiled myself completely on really awesome zombie movies all that week. 

What have I seen recently?  Hmm..  Puss in Boots.  Cause I am such a girl.  I liked it.  Zach Galawhatsisname did a really good job voice acting actually.  He decided not to play it as I Am In This Cause I'm A Recognizable Character Actor like everybody else.  I'm sure the studio was cranky with him. 

I saw a few minutes of the Thing prequel and yeah, bleah big pieces of CGI are chasing me.   :sad:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: frankencowx on November 15, 2011, 04:36:23 PM
Saw Puss in Boots as well. It was kind of quirky but I enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Handmade on November 15, 2011, 05:05:09 PM
Zach Galawhatsisname

I call him that, too.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on November 16, 2011, 09:59:18 PM
Another fun fact about In the Mouth of Madness, the theme song blatantly rips off Enter Sandman and is otherwise like a pastiche of 90's Megadeth. Seriously, listen to this shit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--wAw7gBQxU
We're off to Haaaaah-Ooooobb’s End
Don't get me wrong though, I love it. :ganishka:
Hah! Fun stuff indeed. I used to love watching In The Mouth Of Madness, the end is pretty epic. Sam's the reason why I love Event Horizon too, I mean that movie had a lot of potential but for what it is, it's pretty cool and it looks SO crisp on Blu Ray, crisp to the point where the CGI pops out and makes the movie look bad haha.

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Rewatched Three...Extremes the other night and relived the fun. I prefer the longer cut for Dumplings to be honest but I can't complain!
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on November 16, 2011, 11:02:29 PM
I saw Immortals in 3d the other night. Wasn't bad. I wasn't as into it as I thought i'd be but the ending was really cool. Featured a lot of bloody, gory slo-mo between the Gods and Titans and some of it was just brutal. At one point one of the Gods slices the head off a titan and kicks it at another knocking him down. So yea the end made the movie.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Truder on November 16, 2011, 11:53:34 PM
I saw the Immortals too. It was better than I thought it would be.(I thought it was gonna be terrible because i disliked the trailers) I wished the titans and the gods battled it out as giants like in God Of War though. :sad:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Handmade on November 19, 2011, 09:21:43 PM
I watched Evangelion 2.22: You Can (Not) Advance and really enjoyed it. So far I'm liking the Rebuild of Evangelion a lot more than the original series (which is a favorite of mine). If you took everything that was enjoyable about the original series (the mecha, well choreographed battles and the very weird Angel designs)

You mean like big-fuck-a-hedron?

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Post by: Rhombaad on November 23, 2011, 01:55:20 AM
Yep! That was one of my favorite designs. Way better than the giant Tokyo-destroying monsters that made appearances in the first few episodes. I really love what he did with Ramiel in You Are (Not) Alone.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on December 10, 2011, 08:10:40 PM
Went to moviestop for some xmas shopping an ended up grabbin more for meself. Has anyone seen Christopher Nolan's first movie called The Following? I just happened to see it on the shelf and since its the only film of his I don't have I grabbed it. Hopefully it was worth it.

Edit- Finally watched Following and I must say for such a low budget film it was incredibly good. Similar to Memento in that the scenes are not in chronological order, there's three stories going on that eventually come together towards the end and leaves you thinking after the film ends. The dvd has some cool features that allow you to watch the film in proper order. That I liked very much. Definitely a must watch for Nolan fans since there are some things that connect in very general way to his future films. Not just Memento either, but Batman (theres a Batman logo on the door to the main characters apartmeant) and Inception (the characters share the same name). 

I also watched a few older movies that i hadn't seen before but should have. One was Amadeus about the famous composer. I watched the directors cut and thought it really was truly a great film. Definitely had me invested enough to actually be yelling at the tv  :ganishka: "WHY WON"T HE JUST ADMIT THAT HE LOVES MOZART"!!

I also watched Lolita, Stanley Kubrick's film based on the book that I have not read. I wasn't planning on watching the whole film but I couldn't stop once it got started. I thought it was both hilarious and very disturbing even for it's time. Great film.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on December 15, 2011, 02:37:16 PM
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I remember seeing a trailer for it years ago and never got around watching it. My curiosity did bore me this time around, I fell asleep while watching it on Tuesday and finished the movie last night. Wooden acting chops and a choppy editing makes this such a sub-par movie. It had the potential to be much cooler.

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Re-watched Hero over the weekend because I needed a dose of that soundtrack and Maggie C! This's one of my favorite movies in the genre and I wish I had the chance to watch this in the theater, maybe someday.

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Re-watched this one too over the weekend. What do you guys think of the plot? Is he in purgatory the entire time? I was trying to figure out if there was a connection between him and the girl he was living with. Plus the doctor seems to help him out or explain stuff to him but is the doctor a part of his own subconscious (because of the ladder drug/ experiment) or an angel like figure? I was kinda wondering whether he was somehow atoning for his son's death and that's what gets him to the light at the end. But, there're a few questions here and there I can't think of right now. I get that he most probably died in Vietnam and the whole movie was between the moment he died and him going to heaven. I THINK!

I've been sleeping in the middle of movies off late. Last night I fell asleep while watching The Empire Strikes Back, I hope I don't zone out during MI: Ghost Protocol >_>'

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Watched this last night and it was a lot of fun to say the least. Felt like the action was non-stop, humor here and there. And, it's not about Ethan working alone or the mission depending just on him anymore, the series has grown in that regard. I'd rate this high even though I saw it on an IMAX screen from the 2nd row *massages neck*

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Watched Another Earth this weekend and I was a bit hesitant at first thinking it'll be another Melancholia but it wasn't. I liked the lead actresses subtle performance but the movie lacked in the end. I'd give it a 6/10.

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Star Crash put me to sleep, I was only interested in it for a good laugh and it was hilarious in the beginning at least. The movie's just god awful and see Hasselhoff surprised me even more. I'm actually mad cos I fell asleep at 8something last night cos of this movie, wasting my Sunday night *sigh*. For what it's worth, the scenes where the ship is battling the enemy fleet kinda felt like a live action version of Galaga.

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Revisited Eyes Wide Shut last night and my liking for it hasn't changed. Certain things I could catch on to this time and Kubrick's movies just grow on me.

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Checked out Le Samourai last night to take a break from cleaning up the apartment. I liked it a lot ... the actor plays his part so well and the ending's good. I'm curious about the title though. He doesn't have a Samurai 'act' / code but there are a few things here and there that suggest it. Need to watch this again!

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Primer ... a good refreshing movie, pretty mind numbing. I'm going to watch it again next weekend to make better sense of it. Recommended.

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Warrior ... ace movie, the main cast was SO good. Everything from the dialog, pace, overall look was impressive. I gotta admit I broke down in the end for a bit. Goddamnit.

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Watched LOTR:FOTR - extended version last night. I could make out most of the cut out scenes from the original, except the battle ones perhaps (if there were any). I don't think the Blu Rays that were released this year or last year feature the extended versions (?). The last time I watched it was right before Return Of The King, so it's been a while and I enjoyed it ... have memories attached to the franchise. I'll check out LOTR:TTT - extended version tonight.

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So I got around watching the other 2 LOTR movies and they were decent. I used to like TTT but I'm going to switch to FOTR as the best.

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Revanche was really good. There's no over the top drama or action and because of that it feels very real. Good acting.

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I had nothing to watch and I hopped on to A Serious Man, a favorite of mine. Good dark humor and everyone is brilliant in it.

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Last night I watched Mesrine Part 1. You can tell Cassel is having a blast with the role and he fits it perfectly. I watched this blindly and it turned out real good. Going to watch Part 2 tonight.

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Watched Mesrine Part 2 last night and while it was pretty decent, it pales in comparison to the Part 1.

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Kill List was very interesting and takes a turn in the 3rd part of the film. The soundtrack's really good, some tunes reminded me of Kubrick's 2001. I'm going to re-watch the movie next week because there's a fair amount of 'meaning' behind incidents that happen in the beginning. Definitely recommended.

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Tape was engaging considering it's got only 3 characters and the events don't leave a single room throughout the movie. The dialogue/ script is win.

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The Skin I Live In ... Was a bit impressed by this overall, and almost gripping till the end which gets a biiit predictable. I don't remember seeing anything memorable by Banderas recently and this's his return to form for sure. Next up is either Cold Souls or Cell 211 or the Golden Globes heh.

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Out with a friend who wanted to see Underworld: Awakening and I wouldn't recommend it, at all. It's an open ending, setting itself up for a sequel and from the money it's been making it looks like it'll get made. We watched it in 3D which was lackluster.

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Hard Candy was surprisingly good and there're some moments on there that could make you cringe for a bit. It may or may not surprise you but it's packed with good performances and a decent ending.

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I remember loving Animal Kingdom from Australia and this's another one. The Horseman is a dark thriller about a father who goes on a rampage to find out more about his daughter's death. The acting's intense and the violence is pretty hard core. On his journey he meets a young girl who gets involved in his journey in some way.

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Bronson was charming (in a certain way) and just ballsy good. Hardy owns all the praise he got for his performance and I enjoyed the soundtrack a lot.

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Re-watched Tree Of Life on the big screen, typical Malick and you can see a LOT of homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey from the visuals to the use of music.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on February 09, 2012, 03:55:05 PM
I watched Drive last night and really enjoyed it. I had heard a lot of negative things about it, but after seeing it, I'm not sure where that criticism was coming from.

Ryan Gosling's performance was pretty solid, despite him having so few lines, but the stand-out for me was Albert Brooks. His performance when he opens Bryan Cranston's veins was so incredibly disturbing.

I highly recommend checking it out. Just know, going into it, that it's not an action film, despite what the title suggests.

Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on February 09, 2012, 04:33:23 PM
I watched Drive last night and really enjoyed it. I had heard a lot of negative things about it, but after seeing it, I'm not sure where that criticism was coming from.

Ryan Gosling's performance was pretty solid, despite him having so few lines, but the stand-out for me was Albert Brooks. His performance when he opens Bryan Cranston's veins was so incredibly disturbing.

I highly recommend checking it out. Just know, going into it, that it's not an action film, despite what the title suggests.


I also liked Drive, and didn't quite understand the negative things said about it. I had pretty much no expectations, because I hadn't even seen a trailer for it. But I imagine some of the negativity was due in large part to the marketing for the movie, which presented it like some kind of heist movie or like Fast and the Furious. It's not. It's more like a drama about a guy who happens to be good at driving.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on February 10, 2012, 12:16:50 AM
I liked Drive when I watched it, don't think it's the best movie of the year but it's good. Soundtrack's definitely worth checking out.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on February 10, 2012, 12:27:23 AM
I liked Drive when I watched it, don't think it's the best movie of the year but it's good.

I dunno...it's one of the few movies from 2011 that I think I'll actually remember a few years from now. I agree it wasn't the best film of the year, but it's definitely up there.

Speaking of good films in 2011, I really liked 50/50. It was funny, heartwarming, and felt very real (it probably helps that it was written by the guy who Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays).
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on February 10, 2012, 12:39:07 AM
50/50 was awesome. Heartbreaking, uplifting and humorous - everything in 1 movie. I like JGL and Bryce Dallas Howard in general, so it was a bonus. Glad you posted on here! I felt alone updating my post from December so I wouldn't double post =_='
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on February 14, 2012, 03:51:53 AM
Watched Labyrinth last night and The Dark Crystal recently, and... yeah, Jim Henson should have stuck to Kermit. The Dark Crystal was interesting at least, but Labyrinth was just embarrassing for all involved (so bad it was good at times, but not what I signed up for). I probably needed to see these as a kid. I know there are people out there that love these movies; so, am I spitting on anyone's precious memories here?

Also, watched Being John Malkovich this weekend, which I had so thoroughly forgot I can't be sure I actually saw it before. Anyway, it was like the first time and satisfyingly absurd, weird, and brilliant.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: frankencowx on February 14, 2012, 12:05:37 PM
Also, watched Being John Malkovich this weekend, which I had so thoroughly forgot I can't be sure I actually saw it before. Anyway, it was like the first time and satisfyingly absurd, weird, and brilliant.

I get that feeling too when I watch that movie. Probably because its so odd, but so good at the same time.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on February 14, 2012, 08:03:29 PM
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Warrior ... ace movie, the main cast was SO good. Everything from the dialog, pace, overall look was impressive. I gotta admit I broke down in the end for a bit. Goddamnit.

I felt the same way. Got all teary-eyed at the end (I think a few got out). I loved this movie.


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Re-watched Tree Of Life on the big screen, typical Malick and you can see a LOT of homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey from the visuals to the use of music.

I enjoyed this, but only for the visuals (same with every other Malick movie).
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Post by: Rhombaad on February 14, 2012, 08:27:55 PM
I know there are people out there that love these movies; so, am I spitting on anyone's precious memories here?

I loved The Dark Crystal when I was a kid, but after watching it recently, I felt the same way you did. It just doesn't hold up.

As for Labyrinth, I've never liked it. For me, it's so bad it's bad. :void:

Also, watched Being John Malkovich this weekend, which I had so thoroughly forgot I can't be sure I actually saw it before. Anyway, it was like the first time and satisfyingly absurd, weird, and brilliant.

I've never seen Being John Malkovich, but based on what I've heard, it sounds like I'll enjoy it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on February 18, 2012, 05:59:42 AM
I saw the movie "This Means War" ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsAqVvlR5DQ ) for a double date tonight: for free ( :troll: ). I saw the movie at a Baltimore Landmark theater that serves alcohol, before I went into the movie I learned it had Reese Witherspoon as the lead actress, so I ordered a triple shot of whiskey and coke hoping to make the movie a little bit more tolerable. To my surprise both Captain Kirk and Bane were in this movie, this didn't really help it all that much for me, but there are way more offensive male actors to ruin movies for me so I was at least happy with the attempt to have likable actors in this movie. I felt that the movie was more of about the bromance turned rivalry with a subplot about Reese Witherspoon having to choose 'the guy to improve her' (which was bullshit), but I never really understood Reese's plot-line consider her character was not all that interesting to start with. Also the villain was from Germany, or France, or whatever country that didn't go into Iraq with the US.

There were 4 action sequences featuring plenty of shaky-cam gun fighting (shaky-cam gunfight on a roof against the movie's lame villian, a shaky-cam gunfight at a strip club, a not so shaky-cam paintball match, and whatever that was at the end of the movie). There also was plenty of product placement within this movie: Tide (Reese's back is turned towards an end cap that had a wall of Tide jugs), Apple products (two of the three main characters use IPhones; in Reese's office building every computer is an IMac with the logo facing the camera), and Dell (All the agents in the CIA headquarters have Dell). I wanted to include Dunkin Donuts, but you don't see it for too long, yet you see it clearly being carried into the CIA headquarters and it isn't shown in any other scene with people eating doughnuts (Never mind. It does count).

It was somewhat entertaining, but I wouldn't pay money to see it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on February 19, 2012, 03:17:20 PM
I watched Schindler's List for the first time last night. I'd seen bits and pieces of it here and there, but never the entire film from start to finish.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: TheBranded1 on February 19, 2012, 03:32:29 PM
I watched "the secret world of Arriety" yesterday. It was a light family movie, not much action as in "Ponyo" or "Spirited away", but the ghibli feeling was still there.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on February 21, 2012, 04:26:28 PM
I watched The Artist last night. It was really well done, and you forget that it's a silent film about halfway through it. Both the leads were terrific, it was the perfect length, and it left you feeling really good at the end. It's one of the best films I've seen in a while (and definitely the best film from 2011).

Edit: I watched a couple movies over the weekend, the first of which was Quills, a fictitious depiction of the Marquis de Sade's last days at the Charenton Asylum. The movie was mediocre, but Geoffrey Rush was amazing as the Marquis.

The next one I watched was The Secret World of Arrietty. If you like Studio Ghibli films, you'll like this one, too. It was dubbed at the theater I saw it at, but the voice acting was pretty damn good.

The last movie I watched was The Tree of Life. Visually, it was incredible, but otherwise I just didn't get it. That's not to say it was a bad film, it just wasn't for me.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on March 02, 2012, 09:40:12 AM
I still have to watch The Artist. I'm visiting home and it's playing in theaters here but there's just no time between my hectic schedule. There were talks of Malick releasing a 6 hour cut on Blu Ray for The Tree Of Life, imagine watching that! But I admit, his movies age really well and I've enjoyed The Tree Of Life more as I view it more.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on March 05, 2012, 06:40:15 PM
I watched three movies over the weekend: Puss in Boots, Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, and Kung-Fu Panda 2 (heavy on the CG movies this weekend, I know).

Puss in Boots and Kung-Fu Panda 2 were really enjoyable. The Lorax was okay; it had a little too much singing in it for me, and the humor was really cheesy, even for a kids movie.
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Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on March 05, 2012, 07:07:54 PM
My family took me to see 'A Separation' a few days ago. It's a very well done family drama; I personally can't find anything to nitpick, and that's pretty damn rare. Also, ignore what the reviewers say; this movie is in not an indictment of the regime or Iranian society's take on Islam as much as they would like that to be true. It's a very personal story.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JudeauChop on March 15, 2012, 04:41:35 PM
I watched David Fincher's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo last night.  I've seen the Swedish version (and really enjoyed it), however I really enjoy Fincher films, so by the time the beginning credits rolled, I was sold.  I like how it was shot, I enjoyed the acting, the differences in character from the other version, etc.   I'm not sure which is better, but if it wasn't Fincher, I don't think I'd have given the 'US Import' version a try at all.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: SuperVegetto on March 15, 2012, 05:02:35 PM
I watched "Cube" yesterday. Disappointed at the non-informative ending
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on March 16, 2012, 04:38:58 AM
I've been on a scifi kick, holding myself over til Prometheus. I recently watched the Directors cut of Dark City and absolutely loved it. Forgot how great it is. Better than I remember.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 16, 2012, 11:59:59 AM
Watched Road House (1989). Forced a group of my friends to watch this movie, and the general concessional is "Why are we watching this instead of Howard the Duck?" But the movie (2/3rds in) eventually won everyone over and we had a good time, watching this commentary on violence ( :troll: ).
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on March 16, 2012, 12:02:57 PM
Watched Road House (1989). Forced a group of my friends to watch this movie, and the general concessional is "Why are we watching this instead of Howard the Duck?" But the movie (2/3rds in) eventually won everyone over and we had a good time, watching this commentary on violence ( :troll: ).
The Rifftrax for Road House is probably the one of the best they've done. Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfR5f5PK7eM
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Post by: IncantatioN on March 16, 2012, 12:13:27 PM
The Rifftrax for Road House is probably the one of the best they've done. Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfR5f5PK7eM
Haven't watched the movie, but that video has me sold. I'm gonna pick it up over the weekend ^_^.

I'm not that big into Bollywood but I went to the theaters this once to experience grabbing some fresh caramel popcorn (which incidentally was thought to be more of an American thing for us, but when I came here I was shocked to see no caramel popcorn making machines ... just butter/ regular popcorn ... =_='). Anyway, I watched Kahaani (Thriller) which had just come out, 2 days before I flew out of the country. Centering around a pregnant woman who travels to India looking for her missing husband, the movie was surprisingly decent with a cool twist in the end. More than anything I liked to portrayal of the city of Kolkata with all it's cultural heritage and nuances of the traffic or cops and one of it's festivals. My only gripe was the over-explanation of the plot at the end.

(http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/3/kahaani-vidya-3.jpg)
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 16, 2012, 12:25:34 PM
The Rifftrax for Road House is probably the one of the best they've done. Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfR5f5PK7eM

Excellent, thank you Walter.  :ubik:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: puppet12ca on March 20, 2012, 11:56:55 PM
Just watched Battle Royal as an uncut version of it just went on sale where I work it was graphic and pretty disturbing at times but overall I thought it was a deep and powerful film and would recommend it
reminded me a little of a Stephen King story called the Long Walk
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Death May Die on March 21, 2012, 12:59:54 AM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UTObdy5Enp0/TZgxLV18xuI/AAAAAAAAAhQ/6fGuTvBGYdI/s1600/80ff92e3956518aca431222604d498b7.jpg)

I bought this thinking it was going to be a horrible bollywood movie for good laughs. Surprisingly to my delight, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  :serpico:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 23, 2012, 01:48:26 AM
In theaters to watch The Hunger Games. I'll see what prevails: child murder or my desire for sleep.

(Totally dragged to this movie. My girlfriend owes me for this!  :ganishka:)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 24, 2012, 10:32:52 PM
Howdy all! I completely forgot to post about my thoughts on "The Hunger Games" and so I'm doing it now. The theater wasn't as packed as I had anticipated it to be, but there were plenty of 'young' ladies dressed up as the Capital people. I thought this was pretty funny, considering, the Capital is not meant to be idealized, so I’m guessing the target audience probably missed the point of the book!

On to what matters, the movie! The movie is actually pretty good, if you need to be dragged to a movie this year why not make it this one. The basic story is: once a year two children are picked from each of the 12 districts (excluding the capital and district 13, 13 because it was blown up), one boy and girl ranging from 12 to 17. The Hunger Games are basically gladiatorial fights, with children, to amuse the people of the capital and to remind the other districts that they can't do anything to stop the Capital. I felt the main character Katniss (awful name) had only one emotion: depressed, and spent the entire movie like this except for moments when she needed to broaden her emotions to "angry" or "concerned". I enjoyed the other characters, the villains were evil assholes, and the children were all little monsters busy murdering each other. Would I pay money to see it again? Sure. If it wasn't readily available to get from Netflix and I wanted to see it I'd spend the $1 to rent it from a Redbox (or whatever).

I've been told the book was better and that the movie left out a lot of details. When I asked about what was left out, it turned out to be a lot of minor character information (As an example: you never learn all the backstories about District 11's black guy), which if that is true good. I remember a Facebook copy & paste Harry Potter fan status, which talked about details you miss if you only watched the movies (something like Draco is someone’s 2nd cousin), this isn't really important information that needs to be mention, and would only be useless information that these young adult writers love to add to their stories. Anyways, for a movie/book geared towards young "adults" it is probably better than the other movies in its genre (Harry Potter/Twilight).

How does it compare to Battle Royale? Totally not the same thing. Sure kids are fighting in the middle of nowhere, but the context is completely different. There is very little ripping off going on between the movies.

All comments in this post may have been due to super low standards.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on March 26, 2012, 06:24:54 PM
Interesting review, VHBob. I'll check it out soon enough.

Re-watched Kung Pow and Riki-Oh over the weekend with a bunch of friends. Superfun.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JudeauChop on March 26, 2012, 08:09:08 PM
Watched Ip Man 2 last night.  I was told this is the best one, but I have to admit I haven't seen Ip Man 1 yet, so will probably go back and give it a whirl.  Definitely enjoyed it.  The main character is extremely charismatic and likeable.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on April 01, 2012, 02:15:08 PM
I bought this thinking it was going to be a horrible bollywood movie for good laughs. Surprisingly to my delight, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  :serpico:
Yeah, that movie is over-the-top and so ridiculous that it's funny and a train-wreck at the same time. Here's another one with such potential - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whPHmLHOuUs&feature=player_embedded

(http://www.iwatchstuff.com/2011/10/25/girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-poster-thumb.jpg)

Watched The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo US version last night and thought it was decent, just decent because of the good performances only. The soundtrack's good no doubt, somehow I felt the Swedish version flowed a lot better with it's suspense build-up and story-telling overall. So, Swedish version > US version for me.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on April 02, 2012, 06:30:06 AM
Anyone else see A Dangerous Method? Cronenberg movie starring Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortenson. I thought it was really good.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: frankencowx on April 02, 2012, 11:27:28 AM
Anyone else see A Dangerous Method? Cronenberg movie starring Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortenson. I thought it was really good.

I kinda wanted to see that one. I don't think it came to a theater near me though.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on April 02, 2012, 01:46:54 PM
I watched A Dangerous Method sometime late last week and it was not what I expected. The dialog was pretty good and while Viggo or Michael were good, Keira was a notch better. I'm not a really big Keira fan but this movie got my attention. Atonement was another good one from her.

EDIT

(http://magnoliaforever.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/tinker-tailor-soldier-spy.jpg)

Watched Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy last night and what started out a little slow turned into the one of the most gripping movies I've seen in months. The atmosphere, acting, AMAZING dialog - all come together in a well crafted elaborate plot. To my surprise, I learnt this morning that it was directed by the same Director who did the original Swedish movie Let The Right One In. This's a guy to look out for! The movie's definitely recommended. I suck for not checking this out in the theater.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on April 09, 2012, 04:02:38 AM
Just saw Titanic 3D.

What else can be said about a movie that everyone has at least seen twice? Well I've never noticed how pretentious the movie really is! ( :troll: ) What is it about the movie that makes it pretentious? Well the movie is most certainly an Epic:

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3.
heroic; majestic; impressively great: the epic events of the war.
4.
of unusually great size or extent: a crime wave of epic proportions.
(As far as the definition of Epic goes, the movie fits into the third and fourth definition of Epic.)
The story follows Rose and Jack as they learn to love each other, indirectly causing the sinking of the RMS Titanic. What is it about the movie that bugs me? For starters Rose is probably one of the most pretentious characters ever: 1) She has the Picasso painting "Les demoiselles d’Avignon" (oh man this girl is ahead of the times ); 2) She's read Sigmund Freud and mentions to J. Bruce Ismay is obsessed with size because he wants to have a big dick; 3) Not only does Rose bring to attention that the there are not enough boats she tells it to her BFF Thomas Andrews (the designer of the Titanic). I understand that this is all done to be creative, but it turns out to be way to damn corny. I don't care who her character is, there is just no way she is going to run into the historical characters, repeatedly, with such great frequency.

Up until the naked drawing scene, I have to say the movie tries to make you understand the world Rose is coming from: "oh Jack everyone is so dull and uncaring". However, there are plenty of times throughout the movie Rose, and Jack, dick things up (e.g. jumping from the lifeboat, instead of just not getting on it), and generally caused just enough mayhem while on the ship to distract the crew in the very beginning of the disaster. I also didn't like how the movie portrayed the crew as incompetent or cowardly, when in a lot of the same sequences they were either doing their best or flat out being heroic during the events. Even Billy Zane saves a young kid, for completely selfish means, but he still tries to save someone other than himself. However, moments after Rose jumps from the rescue boat (taking a seat from someone that would have NOT abandoned it) they manage to find one little Italian kid only to run half-way down a hallway with him, only to hand him over to someone else (that clearly didn't know what they were doing).

All that said, the visuals were great!  :troll:

Anyways, was the 3D worth it?! Not at all. It doesn't really add anything to the movie, it just makes the movie feel sloppier, less detailed. (Oh look the background characters are even more blurry!) I'm not arguing that there shouldn't have been a re-release, but most certainly this movie didn't need to be in 3D. Unless you get tickets for free, skip.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on April 09, 2012, 02:26:39 PM
Just saw Titanic 3D.

What else can be said about a movie that everyone has at least seen twice? Well I've never noticed how pretentious the movie really is! ( :troll: ) What is it about the movie that makes it pretentious?
Haha awesome description, agree with you. I kinda wanted to check it out just for the sound on the second part of the movie when the ship is hit and begins to break. Watching that in 3D would be fun too. Here's something to answer your first question -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6mMvBeEPT4&feature=player_embedded

:serpico:

Last week, Friday, I watched The Hunter on the big (yet small) screen theater on the first day of it's limited release. Was a bit atmospheric and tense towards the end. Willem's character build up is pretty good and the end is bitter-sweet for his character/ situation and yet perfect to me. As I walked out there was an old couple cribbing about something to do with one of the characters and how it wasn't super realistic, well, that's the movies for ya. Anyway, this's a good watch.

(http://www.ramascreen.com/wp-content/uploads/The-Hunter2.jpg)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on April 09, 2012, 03:04:52 PM
I recently went to go see 21 Jump Street.

I remember I was passing 2 screens showing Titanic in THREEEE DEEEEE and wondering 'You probably could have just bought this on DVD for a price lower than your ticket; it's 15 years old and was already in theaters for 9 months. It had a some kick-ass action scenes at the end but that love story setup at the beginning was long, predictable and annoying.

Back to 21 Jump Street. If you've seen 'The Other Guys' you're probably going to like this movie. It's hilarious most of the time, gross some of time, and does not care about logic in any capacity. I know it's not supposed to be a serious or brilliantly crafted story, but come on. Giving alcohol to minors, somehow getting into the prom for the school you were expelled from with multiple concealed weapons, and car jacking 5 different people are serious crimes. Ice Cube was pretty funny in this movie as the chief of the undercover operation. For those of you who don't know,this is Ice Cube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiX7GTelTPM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiX7GTelTPM)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxBkpjJY5qk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxBkpjJY5qk)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMZC_BXP4Fc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMZC_BXP4Fc)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efrM6DK8vbA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efrM6DK8vbA)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McEvmosOYLo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McEvmosOYLo)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Draculoid on April 09, 2012, 03:19:06 PM
I saw 21 Jumps Street as well recently and loved it! It will probably go down for me as a classic like Superbad that I can watch over and over again but it's definitely not for everyone. Also saw The Lorax the other day and it was pretty cute for a kids movie :)
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Post by: Aazealh on April 09, 2012, 03:46:19 PM
Whoa, a 21 Jump Street comic movie? Man they're really out of ideas these days.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on April 10, 2012, 01:58:42 AM
Getting a bluray for my b-day so I went ahead and bought the most recent box set collection of Apocalypse Now , an essential for anyone's bluray collection and one of my personal favorite movies. I also bought Moon just because it's probably my favorite sci-fi of the last ten years.

Actually, because I've been on a sci-fi kick recently (mainly because I can't wait for Prometheus) I've been asking people what their favorite sci-fi films are. Anyone care to name some essentials?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on April 10, 2012, 02:23:03 AM
Going through my collection - 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Blade Runner, Moon, Minority Report, War Of The Worlds (both versions), The Fly, Alien ofcourse, Road, THX 1138, The Road Warrior, Primer, Dune, Tron, Heston's Planet Of The Apes, Dark City, Gattaca, Terminator, Tarkovsky's Solaris + Stalker, Timecrimes, Metropolis, The Andromeda Strain (76), Brazil, Verhoeven's Robocop, Star Trek (2009), District 9, Children Of Men, Predator, Altered States, Event Horizon, Soylent Green and a bunch more. Doesn't include anime movies.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on April 10, 2012, 02:34:27 AM
I saw Perfect Blue somewhat recently. It's a fantastic film, maybe even my favorite. It's been called a psychological thriller and I'll leave it at that; I don't want to give away any details.

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Whoa, a 21 Jump Street comic movie? Man they're really out of ideas these days.

To quote the movie:

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Fortunately for you two, we're reviving a canceled undercover police programme from the eighties, and revamping it for modern times. You see the guys in charge of this stuff lack creativity and are completely out of ideas. So all they do now is recycle shit from the past and expect us all not to notice. One of these programmes involves the use of young immature seeming officers.

The movie makes fun of itself all throughout.

Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on April 10, 2012, 02:44:51 AM
I suggest adding or watching Perfect Blue, Princess Mononoke, and Grave of the Fireflies.

I saw Perfect Blue somewhat recently. It's a fantastic film, maybe even my favorite. It's been called a psychological thriller and I'll leave it at that; I don't want to give away any details.
I didn't want to get into the whole anime sci-fi genre cos it's pretty extensive! Akira's a must-watch, whether you're a fan of the manga or not, even from a technical point of view - sound, directing, animation. There's tons like Howls, Nausicaa, Paprika, The Girl Who Lept Through Time, Redline, etc.
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Post by: yota821 on April 10, 2012, 12:01:00 PM
The last one I saw was 借りぐらしのアリエッティ (or The Secret World of Arriety for the UK/US release), a nice, beautiful little movie. Very relaxing to just kick back and watch.  :serpico:


Ninja edit - forgot The Borrowers was the title of the novel, not the movies :farnese:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on April 10, 2012, 05:39:00 PM
I didn't want to get into the whole anime sci-fi genre cos it's pretty extensive! Akira's a must-watch, whether you're a fan of the manga or not, even from a technical point of view - sound, directing, animation. There's tons like Howls, Nausicaa, Paprika, The Girl Who Lept Through Time, Redline, etc.

Perfect Blue is not a sci-fi movie. There is a small amount of spectacle for characterization and plot unlike many other movies where the story seems to be a setup for the spectacle. I haven't heard of this Redline and am midway through the Akira manga, so I'll give them a shot. I have seen Howl's Moving Castle, Paprika, and the Girl Who Lept Through Time though.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on April 10, 2012, 09:58:22 PM
Going through my collection - 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Blade Runner, Moon, Minority Report, War Of The Worlds (both versions), The Fly, Alien ofcourse, Road, THX 1138, The Road Warrior, Primer, Dune, Tron, Heston's Planet Of The Apes, Dark City, Gattaca, Terminator, Tarkovsky's Solaris + Stalker, Timecrimes, Metropolis, The Andromeda Strain (76), Brazil, Verhoeven's Robocop, Star Trek (2009), District 9, Children Of Men, Predator, Altered States, Event Horizon, Soylent Green and a bunch more. Doesn't include anime movies.

Eh, I meant more like your top three.  :serpico:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on April 10, 2012, 11:59:07 PM
... I've been asking people what their favorite sci-fi films are. Anyone care to name some essentials?

Eh, I meant more like your top three.  :serpico:

Didn't sound like a top 3 question hah! I'd say 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien and Blade Runner - in no particular order. SO FAR.

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(http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/cabin-in-the-woods.jpg)

From listing it in the Movies to Dread section, I landed up watching it on the first day of it's release because of the high rating that surprised me. It'd been a while since I watched anything Horror related in the theater, I forgot how annoying a bunch of scared girls who love to talk incessantly during the movie could be, yeah they were right next to me too *sigh*. Moving on, I went with zero expectations and the movie was FUN. I don't want to mention anything about it because it would spoil it. All I'll say is don't watch the trailer since it gives away a lot (I still feel that) and go with this blind. It's not a scary film but it's got some scare, humor (not the cheesy kind) and a bit of gore (how can it not?) while it doesn't try to be pretentious. It doesn't have plentiful twists and turns but it doesn't show off it's cards till you get to the end. If you can hold on to reading reviews with spoilers, do so. Go check it out.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on April 15, 2012, 02:18:32 AM
I saw Cabin in the Woods today.

It's entertaining and seems to be a parody of the horror genre. It has a lot of disturbing and cool moments and the jokes are funny (and not like Scary Movie). Unfortunately, the humor weakens the disturbing parts and I can't help but feel let down that the story didn't give me a chance to see the greatest horror its universe had to offer. Then again witnessing a grand scale apocalypse wouldn't fit very will with the rest of the movie.

It's a good movie but not the mind blowing experience some reviewers have made it out to be.

On a side note, the trailers before this movie were not very good. Every single one of them looked like a trope filled big budget action flick. I think three of them had Jason Statham and one trailer did nothing but list the names and faces of famous actors from 10-30 years ago.

My favorite two moments were:
1. When the athlete tries to make the jump across the cliff, hits the force field and dies either from the impact or the fall.
2. Seeing Dana and Martin in the cube being randomly shuffled over what seemed to be an infinite expanse of cubes.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on April 15, 2012, 03:49:38 AM
You're referring to the trailer for Expendables 2, that's the only trailer that got the crowd saying "Woohhoo" "Yeeaahh" and clapping >_>'.

Yeah, the humor was spot on.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Death May Die on April 18, 2012, 01:09:58 AM
Interesting review, VHBob. I'll check it out soon enough.

Re-watched Kung Pow and Riki-Oh over the weekend with a bunch of friends. Superfun.

Check out Revenge of the Ninja.

For bad horror movie night I recommend:
-Silent Night Deadly Night 2
-Troll 2
-American Gothic
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on April 18, 2012, 02:51:08 AM
Finally got around to watching The Last Circus, loved it. Good movie, Great acting. It's on Netflix Stream, check it out.


For bad horror movie night I recommend:
-Silent Night Deadly Night 2
-Troll 2
-American Gothic

Death Bed: The Bed that Eats

Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Lukis on April 18, 2012, 05:20:27 AM
Finally bought dicsounted Goon's BD ,movie was pretty good ^^,watched Wrath of Titans and American Pie finally yesterday.I wasnt expecting much from Wrath of Titans,but it turned out to be fun,also American Pie was great,not so much boobs,maybe that made it look like something more than teen flick.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JudeauChop on April 18, 2012, 03:53:16 PM
Treated myself to a double feature of "The Raid: Redemption" and "Cabin in the Woods" last night.  Both were awesome, and highly enjoyable for what they were.  I'd recommend them both, though i think I had a little more fun with Cabin in the Woods.

My favorite trailer was:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N8wkVA4_8s
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on April 19, 2012, 04:14:14 AM
Saw Cabin in the Woods. Was fantastic. Guess what? (mild spoiler ahead) There's a scifi/fantasy hook to it. All nerds should see.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: SaiyajinNoOuji on April 19, 2012, 09:38:38 AM
Weird Science!  :carcus:

I even wore a bra on my head. I got strange looks from my family!  :ganishka:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on April 25, 2012, 05:22:40 PM
Cabin in the Woods was amazing, it gave me a warm embrace on all things horror, but the overrating surprised me. Made me think how everyone doesn't give Scream enough credit for being the first big horror deconstruction movie (both are a big fuck you to horror movies, while being a love letter to horror as well)..
Anyway, go see it, it's original, fun, changes of tone all over the place, and with tons of references, not major ones in terms of pop culture, and not annoying in the "winking at the screen" way.

In the end i was hoping for some big tentacles to emerge. With so many references to The Old Ones, they could've used some Lovecraftian deity. Nevertheless it ended like it should have. No room for sequels. Even though i read that someone actually asked the director if there was going to be a sequel on a Q&A after a screening :ganishka: to which he responded something like "have you actually seen the movie?"
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Truder on April 25, 2012, 06:25:29 PM
I saw Cabin in the woods yesterday. it was a good time! :ganishka:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on April 25, 2012, 10:24:13 PM
Cabin in the Woods was amazing, it gave me a warm embrace on all things horror, but the overrating surprised me. Made me think how everyone doesn't give Scream Wes Craven's New Nightmare (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes_Craven%27s_New_Nightmare) enough credit for being the first big horror deconstruction movie.

Scream was great, and recognized as such, but like The Matrix its legacy has suffered from a fatal bout of shitty sequel syndrome (not to mention the dubious distinction of inspiring the whole Insert Genre Here Movie parody franchise). Buffy the Vampire Slayer has also been brilliantly doing this in long form since 1997, cleverly juxtaposing monster movie cliches with real life.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on April 25, 2012, 11:09:34 PM
Scream was great, and recognized as such, but like The Matrix its legacy has suffered from a fatal bout of shitty sequel syndrome (not to mention the dubious distinction of inspiring the whole Insert Genre Here Movie parody franchise). Buffy the Vampire Slayer has also been brilliantly doing this in long form since 1997, cleverly juxtaposing monster movie cliches with real life.

Aha Griff, I was actually gonna write New Nightmare first (as i really loved it when it came out, and still think it's underrated), but i thought Scream would be more recognizable and appropriate for my argument. But yeah, sans shitty sequels, and the fact that everyone started making movies about clichés and parodies, basically copying the wrong ideas out of Scream.

I was never into Buffy, so i can't really comment on it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on April 26, 2012, 01:17:39 AM
Aha Griff, I was actually gonna write New Nightmare first (as i really loved it when it came out, and still think it's underrated), but i thought Scream would be more recognizable and appropriate for my argument. But yeah, sans shitty sequels, and the fact that everyone started making movies about clichés and parodies, basically copying the wrong ideas out of Scream.

Yeah, it also resurrected the slasher genre and horror movies in general to a degree. Hell, all thing's considered, Scream is secretly one of the most influential movies of the last twenty years. Unfortunately, as you noted, it's been influential for all the wrong reasons.

I was never into Buffy, so i can't really comment on it.

I'm a recent convert and probably still can't talk about it rationally. Needless to say I'm disappointed that I wrote it off as merely a girly teeny-bopper show during it's original run; I basically thought it was what Twilight is (a good would-be lesson is not judging a book by its cover, but I will continue to nonetheless =). Now I see it more like The Simpsons or a precursor to the great novelistic TV dramas of today (The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, etc). Seriously, innovative genre television, if only more people had known about it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on April 26, 2012, 05:22:25 AM
This week I've watched: Rubber and Cabin in the Woods.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Death May Die on April 27, 2012, 08:24:08 PM
I liked rubber, but its hit and miss with the people I show it to. One movie that blew my mind and gave me hope for the humanity in its pursuit of interesting filmmaking was made a few years ago:

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sfod-GMss3c/T0FZbXth6KI/AAAAAAAABuY/P1cguLE9B2s/s1600/martyrs_ver2_xlg.jpg)
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Post by: IncantatioN on April 27, 2012, 11:26:38 PM
Good movie that. Too bad there's word of a Hollywood re-make. Have you seen Ils or A Serbian Film?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: TheBranded1 on April 29, 2012, 10:31:50 PM


  Saw Cabin in the Woods.  :ubik:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on April 30, 2012, 02:59:02 AM

  Saw Cabin in the Woods.  :ubik:

Good man.


Just finished "From Dusk Till Dawn". Edit: I've seen it before, it was me and my friends rebound movie after the atrocious "Wet Hot American Summer".
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JudeauChop on April 30, 2012, 02:41:24 PM
Good man.


Just finished "From Dusk Till Dawn". Edit: I've seen it before, it was me and my friends rebound movie after the atrocious "Wet Hot American Summer".

Blasphemy... Wet Hot American Summer is amazing...
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on April 30, 2012, 04:09:40 PM
(http://www.hotflick.net/flicks/2001_Wet_Hot_American_Summer/001WHS_Christopher_Meloni_002.jpg)

"He didn't say atrocious... He said, uhhh... braggadocious! He said it was braggadocious, a very braggadocious film... ... OK, seeya later. "
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JudeauChop on April 30, 2012, 04:12:21 PM
Tell me about this, 'new way'...
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on April 30, 2012, 05:10:39 PM
Atrocious? Hahaha wow! Well, uh, that's just like... your opinion, man!

Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on May 01, 2012, 02:29:58 AM
Atrocious? Hahaha wow! Well, uh, that's just like... your opinion, man!

Can't like all those summer camp movie parodies.  :troll:

Edit: Atrocious might be harsh, but considering the people that got us to watch the movie hyped it up with words like 'amazing', 'best' and 'ever'. I expected a good comedy, but all I got was something that tried to parody summer camps, but stuck to pulling out the crap when they dredged the genera for material.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on May 01, 2012, 11:56:49 AM
it was me and my friends rebound movie after the atrocious "Wet Hot American Summer".

(http://cdn.fd.uproxx.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Finger.gif)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Dar Klink on May 05, 2012, 07:12:50 PM
The Avengers was fun, Hulk really stole the show. Puny god. :ganishka:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on May 05, 2012, 07:26:11 PM
The Avengers was fun, Hulk really stole the show. Puny god. :ganishka:

Total Guts moment right there.  :guts:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on May 06, 2012, 01:01:18 PM
(http://www.the-numbers.com/video/Shame/Shame-poster.jpg)

For the past 3 nights (in a row) I've watched Shame and I can't recommend it highly enough. Everything from the acting, soundtrack, dialog, pacing was sublime. McQueen and Fassbender certainly did it again, Hunger was GREAT. Long single shot scenes = win. I don't want to say more without spoiling it for everyone.

NightCrawler, did you watch it in the theater?
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Post by: Oburi on May 06, 2012, 06:29:24 PM
Good movie that one. Just watched it as well.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: hellrasinbrasin on May 07, 2012, 02:05:04 AM
Just watched Shame myself and I will also refrain from spoiling anything as its a film you have to see.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on May 09, 2012, 03:38:24 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qgRfQ5KL2o

Enjoyed The Raid: Redemption this evening. There were some tense close-camera moments and I think I'll re-watch the movie with some cool rave music in the background instead.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Truder on May 09, 2012, 05:27:35 AM
Just watched the avengers. it was fun. The Hulk had his funny moments. :serpico:
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Post by: Lukis on May 09, 2012, 07:10:23 AM
Avengers,yesterday,was skeptic about it,but it turned to be fun,as Truder sad Hulk really had his moments..also i suggest who still are going to watch it,watch all the credits,there are 2 easter eggs
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on May 11, 2012, 12:22:41 AM
I saw Batman Year One. It was awesome!

It also features the voice of Walter White Bryan Cranston.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on May 13, 2012, 02:30:21 PM
Avengers was very good, and very funny. Well done, Joss Whedon. It lived up to my expectations, and was easily the best summer blockbuster I've seen in years. Possibly the last decade? Dialogue was king, as it should be in a tag-team movie like this. Every other element of the movie took a back seat.

The later action sequences really suffered on screen though. The big battle scenes felt perfunctory, and lacked the exploratory feel that those early fights had. It honestly felt like they had hired another director for these sequences. It was awkward looking—like something composed in the margins of a 10-year-old's homework assignment, and to top it off, the enemies were essentially anonymous bad guy fodder. Overall though, it was a fantastic experience.

For those who have seen the movie, there's a memorable moment involving the Hulk... my audience stood up and cheered for it. I've never seen that happen before. Awesome.   :ubik:
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Post by: Griffith on May 13, 2012, 05:30:17 PM
Agreed, I thought it was good, but not great (I don't think it necessarily aspired to greatness though). It did what it needed to do and was impressive for it, but it's not the transcendent comic book film some are making it out to be ("ultimate comic book movie," maybe =). Mainly because the inherent constraints of such an ensemble crossover project make it impossible to tell as focused a story as a single hero movie can, like The Dark Knight or even Iron Man. The Avengers themselves were good, but the story was so about them getting together it didn't feel like much else happened; though, I would have liked it to be even more about them since those parts were naturally also the best. That's the conundrum when the plot isn't the driving force, but a necessary drag. It didn't help that the bad guys ranked somewhere between the Foot Clan and the villains from Power Rangers (again, out of necessity). Another reason I think I'm slightly ambivalent is probably because my Whedon-scale is calibrated way too high. I knew he'd pull it off, but even if he hit a home run I wanted it to be a grand slam. Anyway, it felt more like a successful first effort at something like this than the culmination of comic book movies, more Batman Begins than The Dark Knight. Don't know that it'll ever be done better though unless Whedon is involved again, his sequel idea is basically to go smaller, more inside and character-driven, which I like. Though, I don't know how that will work with the setup at the end, which was one of my favorite moments of the movie. Nerds were shocked. :zodd:

For those who have seen the movie, there's a memorable moment involving the Hulk... my audience stood up and cheered for it. I've never seen that happen before. Awesome.   :ubik:

I know exactly which scene you mean, and it was so loud in my theater I didn't even know what was said until I read it on here. :guts:


P.S. Speaking of Joss Whedon, in a funny not so coincidence concerning the earlier conversation about Cabin in the Woods, Scream, New Nightmare, and ultimately Buffy... it turns out Whedon also produced and co-wrote Cabin in the Woods. Someone's having a good summer.
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Post by: Walter on May 14, 2012, 12:25:51 AM
Though, I don't know how that will work with the setup at the end, which was one of my favorite moments of the movie. Nerds were shocked. :zodd:
Was anyone really surprised by that? I guessed it was him as soon as creepy alien guy said "him." Who else was it gonna be?  :void:

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I know exactly which scene you mean, and it was so loud in my theater I didn't even know what was said until I read it on here. :guts:
Yep. I actually had heard the line before I went in, but otherwise there's no way I would have been able to tell. I don't think the editors knew that was going to be such a big moment.

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P.S. Speaking of Joss Whedon, in a funny not so coincidence concerning the earlier conversation about Cabin in the Woods, Scream, New Nightmare, and ultimately Buffy... it turns out Whedon also produced and co-wrote Cabin in the Woods. Someone's having a good summer.
It's hard to miss, his name is all up in the opening credits. And the movie has a very distinctive Whedon feel to it.
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Post by: Griffith on May 14, 2012, 12:55:36 AM
Was anyone really surprised by that? I guessed it was him as soon as creepy alien guy said "him." Who else was it gonna be?  :void:

Judging by the army "he" sent... Lord Zedd?

(http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee105/Tezzy-Tez/LordZeddFacepalm.jpg)


For the record, I knew who it was too, but it was still a great moment. Not a character I thought I'd ever see on the big screen.

Yep. I actually had heard the line before I went in, but otherwise there's no way I would have been able to tell. I don't think the editors knew that was going to be such a big moment.

Yeah, a double whammy payoff for the Hulk and Loki's/Hiddleston's weaseliness.

It's hard to miss, his name is all up in the opening credits. And the movie has a very distinctive Whedon feel to it.

Well, I still haven't seen it, so this was interesting to learn after the fact.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on May 14, 2012, 01:04:56 AM
Well, I still haven't seen it, so this was interesting to learn after the fact.
Oh! Well, you in particular should definitely see it.  :badbone:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Proj2501 on May 14, 2012, 12:48:20 PM
Checked out the Avengers. It turned out as I expected, fun. The final fight, while spectacular, seemed to happen in a bit of a rush. As much fun as that was to watch, it was way more fun seeing all the heroes talk and interact. 'Going small' for the sequel is a fantastic idea.

The Hulk stole the show. I think I know what scene Walter's talking about above, but most scenes with the Hulk got people to light up.

The only thing I felt was too cheesy was Hawkeye's shooting things without even looking at them.  :schierke:  

Avengers is def. worth full price admission.  
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on May 14, 2012, 12:51:56 PM
The only thing I felt was too cheesy was Hawkeye's shooting things without even looking at them.  :schierke:  
You have to hand it to them for being so overbearing in their attempt to make Hawkeye look cool.  :ganishka:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Proj2501 on May 14, 2012, 01:28:22 PM
You have to hand it to them for being so overbearing in their attempt to make Hawkeye look cool.  :ganishka:

Overbearing is right. I didn't really dig him being essentially a villain for the first half of the film either. That's just me. Once he was doing his thing though, he was ok.


Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on May 14, 2012, 01:39:35 PM
Overbearing is right. I didn't really dig him being essentially a villain for the first half of the film either. That's just me. Once he was doing his thing though, he was ok.
They had to have him do something  :griffnotevil:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Proj2501 on May 14, 2012, 01:43:19 PM
That and when Black Widow had Cap throw her in the air and she slickly landed on a hover-craft-thing. What's timing???
 :schierke:

Tiny things aside, there wasn't much to complain about. Then again, I'm not an authority on anything Marvel at all. So there may be issues I'm unaware of.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on May 14, 2012, 02:21:42 PM
That and when Black Widow had Cap throw her in the air and she slickly landed on a hover-craft-thing. What's timing???
 :schierke:

Tiny things aside, there wasn't much to complain about. Then again, I'm not an authority on anything Marvel at all. So there may be issues I'm unaware of.
I think they covered their basis pretty well, as far as Marvel lore is concerned. Though a few things stood out to me as being strange, but still very entertaining (Thor using lightning on Iron Man and it only powered him up more... right, 400% my ass... Still, I laughed! )
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on May 14, 2012, 03:00:57 PM
The movie was really fun indeed, but had so many stupid implausible moments: They knew Hawkeye had gone rogue, so how the fuck did he pass security? How come such aircraft can be put down by a single arrow? Also, why didn't Hawkeye have 3 extra arrows with him? :ganishka: ...joking aside, the fact that S.H.I.E.L.D's aircraft had no defenses was really stupid.
Nuke NY? Really? Couldn't they just send the fucking nuke through the portal? I guess they needed Iron Man to do it :P
I'm not too knowledgable about the Hulk, but can someone explain to me, how he was so out of control the first time he appeared, and all of the sudden he's taking orders from Cap/Iron Man and just getting along with everybody?


Griffith, watch Cabin in the Woods.

After the success of the Avengers i just wish Marvel starts making better X-Men movies (First Class was a good start). Avengers is fun and all, but their villains lore is not as interesting imo.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on May 14, 2012, 03:59:37 PM
After the success of the Avengers i just wish Marvel starts making better X-Men movies (First Class was a good start). Avengers is fun and all, but their villains lore is not as interesting imo.

Marvel doesn't have 100% say in X-Men or Fantastic Four since the rights are owned by Fox. So, until they acquire the rights, don't expect gold from those two titles (First Class being the only good one).

Also, just watched The Avengers last night. Loved the movie. I've never been a big fan of Whedon (hated Firefly), but this was definitely one of the better films I've seen in the past few years. It had several nods to Mark Millar's Ultimates and Ultimates 2 series (which I love), so it had its nostalgic factor for me. The scuffle between Thor, Cap, and Ironman was just awesome -- as were every other fight scene in the movie. It was a lot of fanboy nerdgasms that were a long time coming (no pun intended). Several laugh out loud moments (including Cap's cry for attention with the Wizard of Oz reference). Possibly my favorite moment was about the same as everyone else's Hulk throwing Loki around like a ragdoll, and then Loki having the "Ok, I've learned my lesson" look on his face.

I plan on seeing it again very soon.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on May 14, 2012, 04:45:34 PM
I love all the technical debate about Black Widow's and Hawkeye's improbable abilities, Iron Man's suit, and the shadow government's suspect decision making, but... the Hulk? Well yeah, that makes sense. :ganishka:

Griffith, watch Cabin in the Woods.

I guess I should.

Marvel doesn't have 100% say in X-Men or Fantastic Four since the rights are owned by Fox. So, until they acquire the rights, don't expect gold from those two titles

Can't confirm this, but from what I've read they'll never get those back unless they become unprofitably toxic, and even then they'd probably have to pay top dollar (than again, it's Disney doing the negotiating/paying now). Heard the deals are as long as Fox or Sony use the properties at least once every number of years (like 5) they retain the rights. Thus, The Amazing Spider-Man, just in time to renew their contract! So yeah, we'll definitely be getting more X-Men too.

(First Class being the only good one).

It's definitely the best film obsensibly about X-Men, but it completely wonks with all the chronology, characters, lore, and themes, which the first two X-Men movies at least tried to do justice, just not in as good a movie(s). That's why I see X-Men, X2, and First Class as complimentary films that make each other better and are more complete as a whole. So, unless they're going to do something that's faithful on The Avengers level, I think we've got more than enough X-Men movies (at least two more than we need, which shall remain nameless). BTW, it's been mentioned before, but Whedon almost directed the third X-Men movie, since it was partially based on comics he'd written, but alas...

I've never been a big fan of Whedon (hated Firefly), but this was definitely one of the better films I've seen in the past few years.

Neither are his best work. :carcus:


Not speaking of which, check out this Whedon writing credit... Alien: Resurrection!

Now, aside from the obvious disturbing implications of this, Kevin Bacon has nothing on this guy; Whedon seemingly has something to do with everything we've been discussing in the movie threads the past month.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on May 14, 2012, 05:18:44 PM

Can't confirm this, but from what I've read they'll never get those back unless they become unprofitably toxic, and even then they'd probably have to pay top dollar (than again, it's Disney doing the negotiating/paying now). Heard the deals are as long as Fox or Sony use the properties at least once every number of years (like 5) they retain the rights. Thus, The Amazing Spider-Man, just in time to renew their contract! So yeah, we'll definitely be getting more X-Men too.

Yeah, that smells about right. Not say TAS looks horrible, but it does seem a little bit too soon for another (as I was typing this, I realized it had been five years since the last movie).


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It's definitely the best film obsensibly about X-Men, but it completely wonks with all the chronology, characters, lore, and themes, which the first two X-Men movies at least tried to do justice, just not in as good a movie(s). That's why I see X-Men, X2, and First Class as complimentary films that make each other better and are more complete as a whole. So, unless they're going to do something that's faithful on The Avengers level, I think we've got more than enough X-Men movies (at least two more than we need, which shall remain nameless). BTW, it's been mentioned before, but Whedon almost directed the third X-Men movie, since it was partially based on comics he'd written, but alas...

First Class and X-Men two are great, but I prefer the former over the latter any day. It just struck a good chord with me. I've seen X-2 maybe twice, I think. X-3 was just fucking garbage and, honestly, I believe it tarnished the X franchise's reputation pretty badly. Oh, wait, no, that was Wolverine: Origins.

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Not speaking of which, check out this Whedon writing credit... Alien: Resurrection!

You should feel bad for even bringing that up! We discussed it in-depth (2 seconds worth) already. Also, that whole fiasco of a movie is what turned me off from Whedon in the first place. He blamed everything but the writing for how bad it was.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on May 14, 2012, 05:53:45 PM
First Class and X-Men two are great, but I prefer the former over the latter any day. It just struck a good chord with me. I've seen X-2 maybe twice, I think.

My point was people kind of give it a pass on the same issues they'll bash other comic movies for. It's a good example of the persuasiveness of effective movie making, but I know some that hate it because it basically changes everything about X-Men, which is a fair point. The problem when something like this works is then other people try to do it and we end up with something shitty AND unfaithful.

X-3 was just fucking garbage and, honestly, I believe it tarnished the X franchise's reputation pretty badly. Oh, wait, no, that was Wolverine: Origins.

What? I've never heard of those films. I don't think that actually happened.

You should feel bad for even bringing that up! We discussed it in-depth (2 seconds worth) already.

I can't even keep these threads straight, let alone Alien: Resurrection references.

Also, that whole fiasco of a movie is what turned me off from Whedon in the first place. He blamed everything but the writing for how bad it was.

I didn't even know he existed at the time (probably a good thing as far as this is concerned). Anyway, not a surprising move for the writer; actually sounds like the same complaint he had about the original Buffy movie, that they got the tone all wrong.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Death May Die on May 15, 2012, 02:36:52 PM
Enjoyed Dark Shadow. Haven't liked a Burton Film in a long time. Feels way to familiar at times, and is predictable. But Depp somehow throws in a great performance.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on May 18, 2012, 05:10:20 AM
Watched The Avengers tonight and I enjoyed Cabin a lot more. I guess I went with some expectation from the reviews and people mentioning they went back to see it, etc. and was disappointed ... a lot. The animated series (recently watched on Netflix) was more humorous and it kinda set the bar for me in terms of quality content + action. The dialog in the movie was the best part. Agree with Walter on the main battle scene towards the end. The opening scene with the 'stealing' is a bit lackluster as well, too choppy and rushed. Most disappointing Avenger was Hawkeye ... the guy barely shot any arrows compared to the speed/ mobility of the character in the animated series. The movie was eye~candy fun but over-rated. Tom as Loki = awesome. Favorite fight sequence = Thor vs Iron Man.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on May 18, 2012, 09:50:36 AM
The animated series (recently watched on Netflix) was more humorous and it kinda set the bar for me in terms of quality content + action.

Unfortunately you can't expect as much from a "live action" movie as you can from an animated TV series. There are limits to what can be done in a movie without it looking too goofy or costing too much.

The dialog in the movie was the best part. Agree with Walter on the main battle scene towards the end. The opening scene with the 'stealing' is a bit lackluster as well, too choppy and rushed. Most disappointing Avenger was Hawkeye ... the guy barely shot any arrows compared to the speed/ mobility of the character in the animated series. The movie was eye~candy fun but over-rated. Tom as Loki = awesome. Favorite fight sequence = Thor vs Iron Man.

It's not a masterpiece or anything but to be honest it still felt like a bit of a tour de force to me. All these characters together on screen, doing them all justice (could have been worse for Hawkeye, he still had some cool scenes in the end), having some chemistry between the actors... I was satisfied. Maybe because I'd set my expectations accordingly? I don't know. Still, as far as comic book movies go, I put it at the top of the pile.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on May 18, 2012, 02:03:36 PM
You're right, I think I was over-critical of the movie a few hours ago. It's sinking in and I want to have another crack at it a few weeks from now. I agree on the chemistry between everyone - there was no confusion on who's doing what and the dialog is concise, yet massively effective. It's that clever writing that's also reminiscent of Cabin In The Woods. Hawkeye did have some cool scenes in the end, agreed ... but the guy's actually waay cooler and I'm hoping they kinda tap into that in whatever movies they plan for him next. I didn't expect Natasha to be good [from early promos] but she delivered.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JudeauChop on May 18, 2012, 02:36:02 PM
I watched Chronicle last night, and was pleasantly surprised.   Nothing amazing, but its a fun ride.  I wish the 'found footage' style of movie would go away (this could have been told more traditionally with no impact on the story).
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on May 18, 2012, 03:24:27 PM
Hawkeye did have some cool scenes in the end, agreed ... but the guy's actually waay cooler and I'm hoping they kinda tap into that in whatever movies they plan for him next.

I don't think they plan for him to have his own movie, but if there's a sequel I'm sure he'll have more moments (the mind-control thing made that a bit difficult). I liked his cameo in Thor too.

I didn't expect Natasha to be good [from early promos] but she delivered.

I was pleasantly surprised myself.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Death May Die on May 21, 2012, 02:57:07 PM
Saw both Battleship and Avengers. Enjoyed both a lot. I missed the credit scenes in Avengers.  :puck:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on May 21, 2012, 03:17:14 PM
I'm beginning to think that the Avengers should have had its own sub thread.
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Post by: IncantatioN on May 21, 2012, 03:45:08 PM
I missed the credit scenes in Avengers.  :puck:
There are 2 of them, one after the initial credits and the other right at the end.
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Post by: NightCrawler on May 21, 2012, 06:00:04 PM
Battleship is tanking, thank jebus.
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Post by: Lukis on May 21, 2012, 06:11:57 PM
Watched The Dictator yesterday  :ubik: ,it was unexpectedly fun to watch :ganishka:
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Post by: IncantatioN on May 29, 2012, 02:52:59 AM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TWEqfpTxWXQ/TZ0ctjZmYNI/AAAAAAAAH5M/xD-ApsAtc6M/s1600/dfdsf.jpg)

Samurai Cop ... the director's Iranian and I think he made a movie of what he though America was ALL about, it's an instant classic. There were moments in the film I couldn't breathe or was falling off my chair and had to rewind a bit to re-watch the scene I missed. The film's also pretty racist and I don't think the director thought of it that way ... it could've just been a cheesy joke he was trying to cover on screen. The music, editing, sex scenes, action, dialog, acting ... I mean everything, was incredible. I cannot recommend this movie more! Here's the KICKASS trailer for it - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTd2BZggats
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Post by: Walter on May 29, 2012, 03:30:03 PM
I've seen a lot of that movie through YouTube clips in the past. My favorite moments were Frank's reaction shots: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRgMd1FjeVI

And of course: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fvni9KbZfoo&feature=related
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Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on May 29, 2012, 03:47:44 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fvni9KbZfoo&feature=related

I have to watch this movie; the acting will make it unforgettable.

EDIT: I have watched the whole movie.  It's as if they paid a porn studio $2,000 to make a cop movie. It's the most hilariously inept thing I've ever seen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6gk04xzN3U (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6gk04xzN3U)
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Post by: Walter on June 27, 2012, 01:55:28 PM
Saw Brave. It was fantastic. Screw the critics, it's in my top 3 favorite Pixar movies.

PS: And as you may have realized by now, I'm a picky bastard!  :azan:
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Post by: Proj2501 on June 27, 2012, 02:40:54 PM
Really? Man, that kind of comes as a surprise Walter. I might go give this a shot. Excited now!

Made the little lady watch Wall-E for the first time a month ago. She cried at the 'Wall-E might be gone scene'. I lol'd.

Then again, I did admittedly tear up when Wall-E and Mo introduced themselves to one another in the garbage heap.
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Post by: Rhombaad on June 27, 2012, 03:26:31 PM
Saw Brave. It was fantastic. Screw the critics, it's in my top 3 favorite Pixar movies.

That's good to hear! I tried going last weekend, but underestimated the lines on Saturday afternoon. I'm going to give it another shot this weekend.
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Post by: JudeauChop on June 28, 2012, 02:51:15 PM
I watched a pretty decent little documentary on netflix last night:

(http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BMTMxODc4MDA1M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTI3MTUyNg@@._V1._SY317_CR2,0,214,317_.jpg)

Its about these tiles that appeared all over north eastern US, and in a few cities in South America in the 1980s-present.  They all read:
Toynbee Idea
In Movie '2001
resurrect Dead
On Planet Jupiter
And most have little side notes.  A slightly OCD guy in Phili started noticing them in his youth, and became obsessed with figuring out who was making them.  I really enjoyed it.
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Post by: Griffith on June 28, 2012, 10:48:15 PM
Saw Hangover II and was pretty disappointed by it. I was in he spirit of the film too, drinking heavily and nightmarishly hungover the next day (nightmarish because I was attending my college graduation and didn't want to throw up all over myself during it =). Still, I think that was a funnier scene than anything in the movie, it was just kind of uninspired and meh all over.
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Post by: IncantatioN on June 28, 2012, 10:56:09 PM
(http://moviecarpet.com/iwave/images/7/o-david-lynch-reveals-blue-velvet-blu-ray-to-include-restored-lost-scenes.jpg)

Blue Velvet 2 nights ago ... impressive. Ordered the Blu Ray for it's Extra's. I've only seen Lynch's Twin Peaks, Inland Empire, Mulholland Dr., Dune and Eraserhead. Next up - The Elephant Man as soon as it comes in the mail.
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Post by: Rhombaad on June 28, 2012, 11:01:09 PM
Saw Hangover II and was pretty disappointed by it. I was in he spirit of the film too, drinking heavily and nightmarishly hungover the next day (nightmarish because I was attending my college graduation and didn't want to throw up all over myself during it =). Still, I think that was a funnier scene than anything in the movie, it was just kind of uninspired and meh all over.

Congratulations on graduating, Griff! I was debating watching The Hangover II the other day On Demand, but decided against it. From what you said, it sounds I made the right decision.
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Post by: hellrasinbrasin on June 28, 2012, 11:02:00 PM
For those who enjoy quirky Scifi drama's Jaco Van Dormael Mr. Nobody is the film for you.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/32/Mr._Nobody_%28film_poster%29.jpg)
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Post by: Griffith on June 28, 2012, 11:22:42 PM
Congratulations on graduating, Griff!

Thanks, I think that's my official announcement! Anyway, check out our alcohol/viewing content of the night before: genuine Don Ramon Tequila Reposado and Controy from TJ (plus beer), The Hangover II, Buffy the Vampire Slayer ("Fool for Love"), the first episode of The Wire, and finally The Simpsons movie, which I blacked out and fell asleep during. Next thing I know it's morning, I'm still buzzed, and have to drive my family to my graduation in an hour. That's when I started remorsefully walking to Starbucks.

Seriously, I practically can't even drink three beers anymore without waking up with a headache and I overdo it on THIS night!? This is what I contemplated as I was forced to stand around in a cap and gown for an hour; nauseous, head dizzy, sweating profusely, and using all my will not to vomit.

Graduate!

I was debating watching The Hangover II the other day On Demand, but decided against it. From what you said, it sounds I made the right decision.

I think it just comes down to the fact that they didn't quite know how to top the first one and kind of ended up in no-man's-land. Catch 22, it was too much like the original, but not enough like it either. It had too much reverence for the first, didn't go over the top enough, and when it did, it was kind of too far to be funny anymore. In general, unlike the first one, it didn't capture the spirit or even seem like an extreme exaggeration of a genuine or real experience people have like the proverbial crazy Vegas trip. It was so far removed from anything real or familiar, yet was still underwhelming, it might as well have taken place on the Prometheus planet... actually, that might have fixed both movies! :ganishka:

P.S. BTW, the guy that played the biologist in Prometheus reminded me of Ed Helms to the point of distraction, they just needed Galifianakis playing the crazy geologist.
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Post by: TheBranded1 on June 29, 2012, 09:11:29 PM
Brave was pretty good, especially when I can take alcohol to the movies.
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Post by: IncantatioN on July 07, 2012, 01:34:11 PM
Hah funny story Griffith and congrats dude!

That's good to hear! I tried going last weekend, but underestimated the lines on Saturday afternoon. I'm going to give it another shot this weekend.

Did you get around watching it Rhombaad? I agree with Walter totally, the movie's frakkin awesome! It got me all emotional at the end and I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud A COUPLE OF TIMES in the theater, it's a 10/10 from me.

Right before though, I caught The Amazing Spider-Man, it was back-to-back-theater-movie night heh. TAP was actually pretty good as I had no or very low expectations from it. I remember watching the first full trailer and thought the CG looked so bad, like a video game eehh. But looking past that, the final product on film is not too bad. There are 1/2 plot holes like how the Dad reached the top of the skyscraper SO quick towards the end. The action scenes between Spider-Man and the main villain was refreshingly good. Overall, not too bad as I thought it'd be and I'll give it a 7/10. It's the first movie of a proposed trilogy I read, so here's hoping they keep the same momentum and don't lose track. I thought Stan's cameo (scene) was DARN GOOD in this one!
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Post by: Johnstantine on July 07, 2012, 08:48:07 PM
(http://moviecarpet.com/iwave/images/7/o-david-lynch-reveals-blue-velvet-blu-ray-to-include-restored-lost-scenes.jpg)

Blue Velvet 2 nights ago ... impressive. Ordered the Blu Ray for it's Extra's. I've only seen Lynch's Twin Peaks, Inland Empire, Mulholland Dr., Dune and Eraserhead. Next up - The Elephant Man as soon as it comes in the mail.

You're a braver man that I am. I've never been fond of Lynch's work. Ever.

As for movies I've seen recently? Um, Men in Black 3 (which was actually pretty good), Lockout (not amazing, but sort of fun), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (probably my favorite RDJ movie), and Drive (a socially awkward movie, but with pretty awesome violence).
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Post by: Rhombaad on July 09, 2012, 12:49:53 PM
Did you get around watching it Rhombaad? I agree with Walter totally, the movie's frakkin awesome! It got me all emotional at the end and I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud A COUPLE OF TIMES in the theater, it's a 10/10 from me.

I did, but I forgot to post about it. Thanks for reminding me!

I didn't care for it as much as you and Walter did, but I enjoyed it. Merida's three brothers had me laughing out loud with their antics. I thought it was weaker than their previous efforts, but a weak Pixar movie isn't really weak at all, is it?

(I did tear up a bit at the end, though.)
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Post by: IncantatioN on July 09, 2012, 01:30:40 PM
Last weekend I watched On The Silver Globe which's a pretty controversial film considering what happened to it. Politics aside, the movie is a visual piece of art with A LOT of dialogue, but it also drains you with it's brooding content and direction. It felt like I was watching it for a good 5/6 hours and there was a sense of triumph when I finished it.

Saturday was movie day at home and watched 3 movies. The friend who recommended On The Silver Globe also told me to check out the director's other movie called Possession.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_BmSRTMuzGGw/S7gT4Z1JCWI/AAAAAAAAAPw/IPfOj7-Wwpk/s640/possession3.jpg)

Right from the start you're shown a troubled marriage between the 2 main characters and their scenes together are brilliant. The director likes to have his cast up their emotion to the point it may seem like over-acting but it fit the characters here more than On The Silver Globe, for me. Don't watch the trailer for it, just watch the movie straight-up. This could be my favorite Sam Neil movie. 9/10 for me.

(http://static-l3.blogcritics.org/12/02/19/176357/war-of-the-arrows.jpg?t=20120219072946)

War Of The Arrows on Netflix was pretty decent. The plot's a bit predictable but you're still egg'd on to finish it because of it's visuals. 7/10.

(http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Arts/Arts_/Pictures/2012/3/14/1331748149253/21-Jump-Street.-007.jpg)

I was hesitant to watch it at first and those high ratings on RT kinda pushed me away more but I got around seeing it. It's not as bad as I though it'd be. That guy lost a lot of weight and looks weird haha! Popcorn mindless fun though, 6.5/10.

(http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/About/General/2010/6/16/1276711403153/2001-A-Space-Odyssey-1968-006.jpg)

Digital Projection in the theater - I wouldn't miss watching 2001: A Space Odyssey, come what may. IP Man was playing at IFC with a special appearance by Donny himself, but screw that! The last time I saw the movie on the big screen was back in 2010 I think but it was the original print. I was curious to see it in this format + IN THE THEATER none the less. I prefer the old print though. This one though had an Intermission in the middle of the Jupiter mission which surprised me. There wasn't an Intermission on the original print and maybe it was the theater itself that did it. 20/10.
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Post by: Griffith on July 09, 2012, 10:23:44 PM
The Average Spider-meh
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on July 09, 2012, 10:28:22 PM
The Average Spider-meh

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Post by: MrWeatherby on July 10, 2012, 03:31:52 AM
I enjoyed Amazing Spider-Man, but it did have some pretty major flaws. The pacing was all over the place and they cut at least two full plotlines in that thing (Generic Evil Doctor and the truth about Peter's parents).

Fun fact, the guy who edited Prometheus also edited Spider-Man. Shocking, I know. And by that I mean not at all, those movies seemed to have the same faults.

I guess what I'm saying here is I'd give Spider-Man a B.
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Post by: Griffith on July 10, 2012, 07:05:32 AM
It's not that it was bad, it actually had a lot of good things going for it but they were all sort of underutilized and therefore underwhelming. Also, I can't help but think of its place in the overall hierarchy of Spider-Man films and compare, and to me the first one by Raimi is still the better Spider-Man movie despite its cheesy warts. Just a lot more iconic elements adapted from the source material on display there; everything from the origin story, the suit, Jameson, "Gobby," to The Night Gwen Stacy Died but with Mary Jane (not surprising since it had a lot of talented fingerprints all over it, from James Cameron to David Fincher, before Raimi ultimately took over). Anyway, it just felt more in the spirit of classic Spider-Man than this pulled off or justified otherwise (though, this did have real web shooters =), but if Spider-Man 2002 is sort of the Batman 1989 of this franchise, then the ultimate potential here is for this to be the Batman Begins to a better sequel. They have all the pieces in place to do The Night Gwen Stacy Died right this time, and that's always been my dream Spider-Man movie.
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Post by: NightCrawler on July 10, 2012, 11:15:53 PM
It's not that it was bad

But it was.
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Post by: Griffith on July 11, 2012, 12:00:08 AM
But it was.

 :ganishka:

I could have sworn I said "THAT bad," "so bad" or something equally mealy mouthed, but point taken in any case. I'm reserving a little judgement because mine was impaired while viewing. I literally went from drunk to hungover in the course of the movie and I didn't want to unfairly punish it for that. Come to think of it though... maybe it WAS responsible! :azan:

I still think it had a lot of good elements though (Sheen, Emma Stone), but like I said, none of it was utilized properly so it was all less than the sum of its parts. Trying not to be mean and bash it, but... I didn't even like Garfield's Parker/Spidey, so that sort of makes it DOA right there.
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Post by: frankencowx on July 12, 2012, 01:17:35 PM
Watching the animated Spawn HBO series for the first time. Not sure how I didn't know about it all this time. Its... pretty good.
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Post by: JudeauChop on July 12, 2012, 03:22:25 PM
Last night I watched God Bless America
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/9f/God_bless_america_ver2.jpg/220px-God_bless_america_ver2.jpg)

It was  fairly fun satire, though there were a lot of monologues, which kind of got annoying.  Overall though I enjoyed myself.  It kind of reminded me of a mix between Falling Down and The Last Supper. 
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Post by: Oburi on July 12, 2012, 09:29:48 PM
Just watched God Bless America as well. I thought it was awesome. My kinda movie  :guts:
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Post by: Rhombaad on July 14, 2012, 04:43:15 PM
I watched Sexy Beast this morning. Damn good movie.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: MrWeatherby on July 15, 2012, 10:24:56 PM
Six String Samurai, again. Buddy Holly kills commies with a katana and unapologetically leaves children with cannibals. Good times.
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Post by: Walter on July 15, 2012, 11:11:20 PM
Six String Samurai, again. Buddy Holly kills commies with a katana and unapologetically leaves children with cannibals. Good times.
I thought the movie was fun, but the way everyone talks in that movie bothered me.
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on July 16, 2012, 12:50:14 AM
I thought the movie was fun, but the way everyone talks in that movie bothered me.
Full movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcrNBYQ6Vow

It's an ok movie, but yeah the way people talk is annoying.
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Post by: MrWeatherby on July 16, 2012, 01:32:49 AM
To each their own, though I found the acting endearing. It's part of what makes it so cheesy and over-the-top. Six String Samurai is the sort of film that's fully aware of what it wants to be, and doesn't take itself seriously as a result. 

Quote
Full movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcrNBYQ6Vow

Sure, if you want to watch it in the absolute worst quality possible. If you watch feature films on youtube, you will never in a trillion years experience the film. You'll think you have experienced it, but you'll be cheated. It's such a sadness that you think you've seen a film on fucking youtube. Get real.
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Post by: NightCrawler on July 16, 2012, 01:29:02 PM
Sure, if you want to watch it in the absolute worst quality possible. If you watch feature films on youtube, you will never in a trillion years experience the film. You'll think you have experienced it, but you'll be cheated. It's such a sadness that you think you've seen a film on fucking youtube. Get real.

Oh you're so original

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcNLEwf2pOw
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Post by: IncantatioN on July 16, 2012, 02:17:32 PM
(http://cltampa.com/imager/movie-review-christian-carions-farewell-starring-emir-kusturica/b/original/2123471/27da/guillaumecanet_emirkusturica_affairefarewell_02-500x267.jpg)

L'affaire Farewell on Netflix I thought was a good change of pace for me from the Kung-Fu kick I've been on recently. Emir and Guillaume work pretty well together and it turns into a heart-felt story by the end of the movie. I'm not sure how accurate the movie is in light of the true story. 7/10.
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Post by: MrWeatherby on July 16, 2012, 03:36:06 PM
Oh you're so original

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcNLEwf2pOw

Yep :slan: I'm just glad someone got it.

Although Six String on youtube does look like it was forcefully ejected from a VHS player's butthole. Then again the alternative is to pay about 13 dollars, so
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Post by: Aazealh on July 16, 2012, 05:20:14 PM
Yep :slan: I'm just glad someone got it.

Rest assured, I got it too.

Last flick I watched was a French production titled La Délicatesse. Was alright.
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Post by: MrWeatherby on July 16, 2012, 06:14:34 PM
I'm just glad I don't post on a forum with a bunch of Lynchless heathens.

Speaking of, I'm considering watching through all of Twin Peaks again. Damn good show. I've never seen the movie, though.

edit: oh yeah, movies I've recently watched, not shows I want to. I did rewatch some of Executive Koala (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9rGni-DJJc&feature=related) yesterday.

double edit: I saw it. Did not care for it at all. It's just not The Punisher, and the only thing really connecting it to that franchise is the actor they used and the appearance of his shirt for a short period of time. In the comics Frank would have just gone back to his van and grabbed a bazooka or some knife shooting gun and return to destroy those guys outside the laundromat. He wouldn't have hesitated to torch that punk at the end either. Hell, in the context of this short it doesn't even make sense that he wouldn't since he blatantly shot several people dead. I get that he left the lighter for that one chick to cook the guy with, but that's still far removed from who the Punisher is, he'd prefer to do the deed himself. It's all so very out of character. The TDK soundtrack was obnoxiously apparent, and didn't sync to the action well at all. I am not charmed by it. vvvvvvvv
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Post by: hellrasinbrasin on July 16, 2012, 08:07:49 PM
Whose seen that R-Rated Punisher Web film #DirtyLaundry Directed by Thomas Jane. That shit was hard core.

Anyway here is the quote by the Director:

"I wanted to make a fan film for a character I've always loved and believed in - a love letter to Frank Castle & his fans. It was an incredible experience with everyone on the project throwing in their time just for the fun of it. It's been a blast to be a part of from start to finish -- we hope the friends of Frank enjoy watching it as much as we did making it." -- Thomas Jane
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on August 02, 2012, 03:21:23 PM
Whose seen that R-Rated Punisher Web film #DirtyLaundry Directed by Thomas Jane. That shit was hard core.

Anyway here is the quote by the Director:

"I wanted to make a fan film for a character I've always loved and believed in - a love letter to Frank Castle & his fans. It was an incredible experience with everyone on the project throwing in their time just for the fun of it. It's been a blast to be a part of from start to finish -- we hope the friends of Frank enjoy watching it as much as we did making it." -- Thomas Jane

Why didn't you tell me sooner?! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWpK0wsnitc (Since I'm a nice guy I'll even post a link!)

I really hope Jane can get the chance to do his own Punisher movie.

Anyways, I recently saw Ted. If you like Family Guy you'll like this, but if you don't avoid it. (My girlfriend made me see it, she loves teddy bears.)
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Post by: IncantatioN on August 08, 2012, 06:20:46 PM
(http://www.ifc.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/hudson-aliens-05032011.jpg)

Had 3 friends over last night and we'd watched Alien a few weeks ago because one of the guys had not seen any of the Alien movies before. The re-watch reminded me how awesome Hudson's character is, easily my favorite in the movie. Anyway, the guy new to the series loved Alien and found AlienS boring. We watched the Theatrical version.

EDIT:

(http://thecriticalcritics.com/review/wp-content/images/total_recall-still_3.jpg)

Watched the Total Recall remake last night with a pal visiting from Wisconsin. He's a big fan of the original movie and wanted to check this one out. At the end of it, I wondered for a second what I had just watched. Kate B steals the show because she's just a badass and there's no other character really worth rooting for. Cranston brought his Breaking Bad demeanor to the movie, didn't work for me or maybe that's because his characters actions or the plot itself didn't sit well with me. Some of the CG towards the end was B-movie worthy, aww heck, I hated this movie. It didn't help that I was a little sleepy and was struggling real hard to keep awake.
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Post by: Oburi on August 10, 2012, 03:56:54 AM
Finally watched Lockout. WOW. It was pretty bad. Typical Luc Besson type action-y stuff (but did it have to be that dumb?). Guy Pierce was awesome though. Badass and hilarious. So I guess I can only recommend seeing it if your a huge Guy Pierce fan. Like in a creepy need to see him in everything kind of way. Otherwise don't waste your time or the $1 it takes from redbox.
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Post by: IncantatioN on August 10, 2012, 03:15:19 PM
Lockout was pretty fun, if you know what you're in for. It's like Escape From NY in space with a cocky Guy Pierce. The guy's character has the best punchlines in the movie. Casual watch, there's a bad CG scene in the beginning but I guess it adds to the movie's charm. 6.5/10. I'd recommend it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on August 10, 2012, 03:37:37 PM
Lockout was pretty fun, if you know what you're in for. It's like Escape From NY in space with a cocky Guy Pierce. The guy's character has the best punchlines in the movie. Casual watch, there's a bad CG scene in the beginning but I guess it adds to the movie's charm. 6.5/10. I'd recommend it.

Yea but towards the end? That freefall from space to earth? Soo bad its comical.
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Post by: Johnstantine on August 10, 2012, 04:12:27 PM
(http://www.ifc.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/hudson-aliens-05032011.jpg)

Had 3 friends over last night and we'd watched Alien a few weeks ago because one of the guys had not seen any of the Alien movies before. The re-watch reminded me how awesome Hudson's character is, easily my favorite in the movie. Anyway, the guy new to the series loved Alien and found AlienS boring. We watched the Theatrical version.

Yeah, Hudson is by far my favorite character out of the entire franchise.

As for movies, I recently watched Bronson, starring Tom Hardy. It was good, but really obscure.
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Post by: JoeZeon on August 10, 2012, 05:25:24 PM
It's like Escape From NY in space with a cocky Guy Pierce. The guy's character has the best punchlines in the movie.

I stopped listening when anyone but Pierce was on screen, its to bad his character had to get stuck in a movie that bad.
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Post by: Johnstantine on August 11, 2012, 01:09:22 AM
I stopped listening when anyone but Pierce was on screen, its to bad his character had to get stuck in a movie that bad.

In any other movie, with any other character, Snow would have been out-shined regardless. He was an okay character for the movie, but outside of that he would be even more worthless.
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Post by: IncantatioN on August 11, 2012, 09:08:39 PM
Bronson's badass GOOD. You should check out Warrior, if you haven't already.
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Post by: Johnstantine on August 11, 2012, 11:34:34 PM
Bronson's badass GOOD. You should check out Warrior, if you haven't already.

Dude, come on. It's one of my favorite movies of the last five years.  :badbone:
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Post by: IncantatioN on August 14, 2012, 03:52:48 PM
I re-watched Warrior cos my pal hadn't seen it and it's one of those movies that gets better every time you see it.

(http://i1-news.softpedia-static.com/images/news-700/The-Bourne-Legacy-Featurette-Explains-Connection-to-Matt-Damon-Trilogy.jpg?1343215625)

We couldn't get tickets for TDKR at Lincoln Center's IMAX and landed up watching The Bourne Legacy instead. I didn't like the movie as much as I did the next day when I thought about it. It was bad but it wasn't good. If you're expecting fast action scenes like the Damon~Bourne movies, you'll be disappointed. There's a cool chase scene in Manilla though. 6/10.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: MrWeatherby on August 15, 2012, 05:06:26 AM
Caught Rocky 3 and 4 on TV last night, and have concluded that Rocky 3 is fundamentally the same film as Dark Knight Rises.
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Post by: Griffith on August 15, 2012, 05:16:54 AM
Caught Rocky 3 and 4 on TV last night, and have concluded that Rocky 3 is fundamentally the same film as Dark Knight Rises.

Oh yeah, and I believe I called that in the DKR thread months ago (plus didn't I reference it on the podcast, "I'M AFRAID!") Same themes and everything, all he needed was the Joker to train him and the only difference would be that Batman didn't work out in a black gym in LA in order to learn how to fight black... yeeeeeah. There's even a little Rocky IV in there too, "I must break you."

Can't you just imagine Bruce Wayne in this video?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwPb7g_BlXQ
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Post by: MrWeatherby on August 15, 2012, 05:28:52 AM
Oh yeah, and I believe I called that in the DKR thread months ago (plus didn't I reference it on the podcast, "I'M AFRAID!") Same themes and everything, all he needed was the Joker to train him and the only difference would be that Batman didn't work out in a black gym in LA in order to learn how to fight black... yeeeeeah. There's even a little Rocky IV in there too, "I must break you."

Can't you just imagine Bruce Wayne in this video?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwPb7g_BlXQ

I'm glad I wasn't the only one to come to that conclusion then, though I will say that Bruce did have a parallel to Creed's gym. Both Bruce and Rocky had to go back to their roots to train in some way. For Rocky that was getting down and dirty and training in a real gym, fighting people that had that same passion he did when he first started. Bruce's was finding what he had when he first set out to be Batman, so much so that a vision of his mentor even appears before him. For both of them it was about finding something they had lost and using that to overcome the bad guy.

Likewise, their cockiness and inability to take their respective threats as seriously as they were advised to directly lead to them being crushed.

Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Joe Chip on August 15, 2012, 07:01:02 AM
It was bad but it wasn't good. If you're expecting fast action scenes like the Damon~Bourne movies, you'll be disappointed.
Oh man i was looking forward to this movie. I enjoyed the Damon-Bourne movies so i was happy to hear that they are going to make another one. I am sad to hear that you didn't like it Incantation.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on August 15, 2012, 02:01:56 PM
I think you should still check it out. To me it was pretty decent but the fact that it's part of the Bourne franchise made my have high expectations from it. I'll say this, it's the weakest in the franchise.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Scorpio on August 15, 2012, 02:18:00 PM
I only saw the Bourne trilogy a bit over a year ago and I only thought they were ok. My biggest problem were those "fast action scenes" where it's implied something cool or interesting is happening, but between the ridiculous number of quick cuts and shaky-cam you never get to actually see it. It doesn't have to be so extreme, but give me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCoaYchGtpI any day over that lazy shit.

Maybe it was because everyone I've ever talked to hailed those movies as so incredibly amazing that I was very disappointed when I actually saw it.
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Post by: Aazealh on August 15, 2012, 03:21:14 PM
It doesn't have to be so extreme, but give me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCoaYchGtpI any day over that lazy shit.

I agree with your general sentiment, but keep in mind that Matt Damon isn't a martial arts expert.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on August 15, 2012, 03:30:48 PM
give me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCoaYchGtpI any day over that lazy shit.
That was like watching a martial arts Haunted House  :ganishka:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: frankencowx on August 15, 2012, 04:55:14 PM
That was like watching a martial arts Haunted House  :ganishka:
Or a game show.
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Post by: Griffith on August 16, 2012, 12:10:36 AM
For both of them it was about finding something they had lost and using that to overcome the bad guy.

Except that for Batman, instead of actual fight training, he had to go back to all that MASTUR YOUR PHEAR mumbo jumbo from Batman Begins. :ganishka:

Another plus for The Dark Knight (Not Rises), all that BS isn't mentioned once, not even in casual passing or reference to the first movie. Batman Begins is almost completely ignored in TDK, other than the fact that Batman and masked criminals exist, and I don't think it's a coincidence.

Likewise, their cockiness and inability to take their respective threats as seriously as they were advised to directly lead to them being crushed.

Only difference is Alfred wasn't setting Batman up against second tier villains in the meantime, so the coming out of retirement aspect is more akin to Rocky IV. The split with Alfred parallels Mickey's death in Rocky III pretty well though, and Bruce Wayne going broke... just like Rocky V!
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Post by: MrWeatherby on August 16, 2012, 12:35:39 AM
Their training doesn't need to be 1:1 to get the theme across, though. Which was gaining what was put behind. Rocky's eye of the tiger, and Bruce's fear.

But yeah, there's a lot of similar themes running throughout that series and Rises. I personally see the most in Rocky 3.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Scorpio on August 16, 2012, 01:10:31 AM
I agree with your general sentiment, but keep in mind that Matt Damon isn't a martial arts expert.

I do appreciate that, but he doesn't have to be. While I would never expect him to be able to pull off something like that scene from The Protector, many actors and actresses do great action scenes by simply learning scene-to-scene choreography. Which is why I find shaky-cam all the more lazy. I guess in some circumstances it's a style choice, but it just doesn't hold my attention.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JudeauChop on August 19, 2012, 03:39:20 AM
I watched Warrior last night. 
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/e3/Warrior_Poster.jpg/215px-Warrior_Poster.jpg)

Tom Hardy was awesome.  The story was solid. The MMA only had a few obvious faults (I'm not a huge mma guy though).  Overall definitely worth a watch.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: TheBranded1 on August 19, 2012, 06:42:24 AM
Saw expendables 2 . I live behind a movie theatre now and just went in to have some movie time. It was just another popcorn movie, only I e who annoyed me was Chuck Norris.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Truder on August 19, 2012, 10:05:34 AM
I agree. Chuck Norris really felt out of place (and he said a chuck norris internet fact). The movie itself is pretty much what you would expect.. explosions, guns, and a few hand to hand fight scenes. it isnt a bad movie, it will make you smirk a couple times. watch it drunk and it would be amazing i bet.
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Post by: Johnstantine on August 28, 2012, 02:54:34 PM
Just watched Cabin in the Woods. Great horror flick. I really enjoyed.
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Post by: hellrasinb on August 28, 2012, 10:09:30 PM
Anyone here seen Solomon Kane? I have and it was better than I initially thought.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on September 01, 2012, 01:10:59 PM
Anyone here seen Solomon Kane? I have and it was better than I initially thought.

Saw the trailer again a few weeks ago by coincidence and since you mention it I might well just give it a shot.

EDIT: Watched it, wasn't too bad, though not very faithful to the original material. Entertaining.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: hellrasinb on September 10, 2012, 07:48:10 PM
Saw the trailer again a few weeks ago by coincidence and since you mention it I might well just give it a shot.

EDIT: Watched it, wasn't too bad, though not very faithful to the original material. Entertaining.

Though how many fantasy films are truly ever faithful to the source material... It had a very The Sword and the Sorcerer feel to it (and since you've seen Solomon Kane you'll know which scene I am referring to Aazealh)-- it was like watching old 80s fantasy films like The Sword and the Sorcerer and Conan the Barbarian.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Skullgrin140 on September 11, 2012, 03:25:10 PM
Anyone here seen Solomon Kane? I have and it was better than I initially thought.

Saw the movie quite a while ago, thoroughly enjoyed it. Sadly though it ended up being one of those great films not many people saw. Now that is over in the states hopefully it might be able to make enough money to have sequels follow from onward because I feel that the film managed to stay as true to E. Howard's stories as much as possible and the direction as well as the film itself went incredibly well.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JoeZeon on September 15, 2012, 12:35:56 AM
Re watched Enemy at the Gates the other night, mainly because I just bought a Mosin Nagant rifle. Other than the sniper scenes it was really cringe-worthy, would've been much better had they cut out the love story and added more sniper related material.

Ed Harris as Major Konig= Win
Bob Hoskins as Nikita Khrushchev=Glorious Win
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on September 15, 2012, 03:21:34 PM
(http://www.shockya.com/news/wp-content/uploads/snow-white-and-the-huntsman-queen.jpg)

Snow White And The Huntsman, because I needed to take my mind off work and that was a bad idea in some ways but it put me to sleep which was a good thing considering I've slept probably 8/10 hours this past week. Thor was cool being medieval Thor, Stewart did her usual 2/3 faces throughout the movie, visually it had it's cool moments like some scenes in the dark forest and the movie belongs to Charlize's fun to watch performance. Movie by itself, not good. 3/10.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: MrWeatherby on September 17, 2012, 05:06:40 AM
I was a little curious to see the new Resident Evil, so I snuck in to watch the last couple of minutes. Was a bit too late, came in on the credits where dubstep was playing. Threw my arms up in the air and spun out of the room. Fuck that noise.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on September 17, 2012, 02:46:52 PM
Just watched the new Dark Knight Returns. Weller was actually a decent Wayne/Batman after the first few lines. Emerson is a decent "aged" Joker.

Overall a decent adaptation.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on September 18, 2012, 03:31:37 AM
Just watched the new Dark Knight Returns. Weller was actually a decent Wayne/Batman after the first few lines. Emerson is a decent "aged" Joker.

Overall a decent adaptation.

Yea but is it adequate?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on September 18, 2012, 01:00:30 PM
Yea but is it adequate?

I enjoyed it for what it was. It just wasn't much.

The fuzzed the operating table/surgeon line. It was delivered in a flat and boring manner. I always thought of it as being delivered in an ultra-gritty way. Also, the Joker doesn't speak until the end...and then the movie ends.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: frankencowx on September 18, 2012, 01:11:22 PM
Casino Royale, in preparation for Skyfall.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on September 21, 2012, 02:05:37 PM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_MDdDSn3wT_U/TO9h8vsmuvI/AAAAAAAABPU/N8YLk0DLYec/s1600/sunshine.jpg)

Not sure how many times I've re-watched Sunshine, but last night I fulfilled one of those urges. I cannot wait for it to come back to a theater for a 1 night screening at IFC or something. Under-rated. 9/10.
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Post by: Johnstantine on September 21, 2012, 03:14:52 PM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_MDdDSn3wT_U/TO9h8vsmuvI/AAAAAAAABPU/N8YLk0DLYec/s1600/sunshine.jpg)

Not sure how many times I've re-watched Sunshine, but last night I fulfilled one of those urges. I cannot wait for it to come back to a theater for a 1 night screening at IFC or something. Under-rated. 9/10.

Oh god I loved that movie. I can attest to losing count of how many times I've watched it. When it first was released in theaters, it pained me to know that the score might not be released because of a lawsuit between Underworld and Fox. I was so sad because I loved the entire score (especially when they see Mercury). But it was eventually released, and I listen to it at least once or twice a month.

As for the movie, it was wonderful. The first two acts are completely different from the third. In the third, it becomes more of a space horror, as opposed to a space drama. It reminded me a lot of Event Horizon, except without the demons and hell stuff. The end of the movie just blew me away, as well. It felt like the most fitting, spiritual way to die.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on September 21, 2012, 05:07:33 PM
I liked Sunshine, but the final few minutes of the film were... well, a little disappointingly abstract.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on September 21, 2012, 05:11:05 PM
I liked Sunshine, but the final few minutes of the film were... well, a little disappointingly abstract.

Also, the ridiculous idea that a payload the size of Manhattan could reignite the sun was extremely dumb. The sun probably emits a billion times much more energy than that every second.

/science

*edit* Did some research, and the power the sun emits the equivalent of about 3.7 trillion atomic bombs per day.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on September 21, 2012, 05:39:00 PM
Also, the ridiculous idea that a payload the size of Manhattan could reignite the sun was extremely dumb. The sun probably emits a billion times much more energy than that every second.

/science

*edit* Did some research, and the power the sun emits the equivalent of about 3.7 trillion atomic bombs per day.
First of all, yes. Stupid idea. But it was a dying sun, so maybe it didn't have the same energy output as it does today.

(It really doesn't matter)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: hellrasinb on September 21, 2012, 11:54:12 PM
Just watched the new Dark Knight Returns. Weller was actually a decent Wayne/Batman after the first few lines. Emerson is a decent "aged" Joker.

Overall a decent adaptation.

I posted my review up in The Dark Knight Returns Thread so I'll be brief...

- For its adaptation of Book 1 The Dark Knight Returns + Book 2 The Dark Knight Triumphant the film I thought did a decent job in its translating the material to film within a 74 Minute Run Time. I expect that Part 2s adaptation of Book 3 Hunt The Dark Knight + Book 4 The Dark Knight Falls to have a 74 Minute Run Time as well.

- I had some minor issues with the VAs initially but then they settled into their characters nicely.

Overall I thought Part 1 was a decent adaptation and that was attributed to at least having the right people behind the project and I look forward to Part 2 in the Spring so I can give a complete review of the film as a whole.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on September 28, 2012, 02:59:04 AM
Just got back from a sneak peek of Looper.

I gotta say, it was a damn good movie. Really good. I recommend that everyone go and watch it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: RabidChimera on September 28, 2012, 05:20:34 AM
Just watched battleship was very predictable as i expected but i guess it was ok

And also the original teenage mutant ninja turtles i actually still really liked it despite its childish fight scenes lol wonder how badly Michael bay is
gunna butcher that franchise...
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on September 28, 2012, 12:11:22 PM
Also, the ridiculous idea that a payload the size of Manhattan could reignite the sun was extremely dumb. The sun probably emits a billion times much more energy than that every second.

/science

*edit* Did some research, and the power the sun emits the equivalent of about 3.7 trillion atomic bombs per day.

Well the idea behind it is that it'd trigger a chain reaction to re-spark the sun's fusion (that was slowly stopping), so it's not THAT bad as far as hokey science goes, especially since from memory it's made out to be a new special type of super bomb designed specifically for that purpose.

Just got back from a sneak peek of Looper.

I gotta say, it was a damn good movie. Really good. I recommend that everyone go and watch it.

Better than Inception? (this is a trick question)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Draculoid on September 28, 2012, 01:26:28 PM
Saw Dredd 3D the other day and it was pretty damn fun! The slow-mo shots are great and it has some pretty funny moments. I also developed quite the crush for Anderson as the film progressed... :farnese:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on September 28, 2012, 01:57:56 PM
Just got back from a sneak peek of Looper.

I gotta say, it was a damn good movie. Really good. I recommend that everyone go and watch it.
Oooooo, I'll watch it on Sunday then.

(http://www.collider.com/uploads/imageGallery/Hot_Rod/andy_samberg__danny_mcbride__bill_hader_and_jorma_hot_rod_movie_image.jpg)

Never watched Hot Rod before and I was laughing my ass off in some scenes, fun movie. 8/10.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on September 28, 2012, 02:29:24 PM
Oooooo, I'll watch it on Sunday then.

Never watched Hot Rod before and I was laughing my ass off in some scenes, fun movie. 8/10.

Yeah, I recommend it. I enjoyed it immensely. As for Hot Rod, the funniest scene is when he falls down the mountain. I laughed so fucking hard during that part.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on September 29, 2012, 02:22:09 AM
Saw Looper tonight. It was a good movie—but falls short of greatness. I really wanted to love it for a few of its more subtle moments, but I don't think it lived up to its potential.

There are some insightful things done that I've never seen a time travel movie deal with, and when it's dealing with the heart of the concept that drives this movie, it's great. But these moments are stitched together by things we've all seen a few dozen times, and its tedium ends up rubbing off on those worthwhile elements. In this very particular way, it reminded me of the parts that I liked and hated about Inception (that GI Joe-esque snowmobile chase sequence ruined the whole movie for me.)

Ultimately, I think Rian Johnson was playing with concepts a little beyond the scope of the story he had to tell, and the budget he was dealt. There are so many editing shortcuts made that after a while, the null factor starts to add up. One particular element felt literally stitched in _just because_. It's introduced in a haphazard fashion, as if to say: Oh yeah and there's this. Being intentionally vague here, obviously. As a result, many scenes and circumstances feel contrived and sprawling—almost like two movies for a good portion of it.

I'm still fresh from the experience, so I can't word it precisely, but it felt like it never became the movie it kept trying to be. It's still a movie you should go see if you're into time travel as a concept. But I don't think it's the kind of movie that's going to make waves or anything, and that's too bad given the premise. Still, I'm almost going to insist that the other admins watch it, just so I can talk about it on the podcast  :troll:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Scorpio on September 30, 2012, 11:13:43 AM
I didn't really like Looper. I think this is partially to do with that I had no idea what to expect going into it, but some things seemed like they didn't fit or blindsided me. Telekinetic powers, in particular, completely threw me off guard and it's introduction and how it was used didn't fit with my idea of what this movie was about. It seemed really dumb. It's not that I hated this movie, it's just that I left feeling almost nothing at all.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on September 30, 2012, 03:11:25 PM
Watched Dredd last night. Aside from a few minor complaints, I really enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on September 30, 2012, 03:18:40 PM
^ next up - The Raid - for you.

Got this in the mail yesterday ... going to watch it this afternoon!

(http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee500/Piraancantation/BTBR_zps2af5cb11.jpg)

Blind purchase, will either be a hit/ miss and that's perfect.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: puppet12ca on September 30, 2012, 04:37:24 PM
watched the 36th chamber of Shaolin and The Rum diary last night thought they were both awesome
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on September 30, 2012, 06:00:23 PM
^ next up - The Raid - for you.

Got this in the mail yesterday ... going to watch it this afternoon!


Blind purchase, will either be a hit/ miss and that's perfect.

I've been meaning to watch that. I immediately got the Sinoia Caves album after I heard it when I watched the trailer for this movie back in 2010.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JudeauChop on October 01, 2012, 03:42:18 PM
Yesterday I rocked a double feature of Looper and The Master.  Both great films.  Looper looks to be Rian Johnson's breakout movie (I adore Brothers Bloom and Brick).  It had solid action, and I'm a sucker for time travel.  The Master, well, wow.  It may as well be titled "And the oscar goes to Jaquen Pheonix" (who I don't even like.. but he was pretty great).  Philip Seymour Hoffman was captivating, and I think I understand what its like to be brain washed now. =)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on October 01, 2012, 03:47:30 PM
Looper looks to be Rian Johnson's breakout movie (I adore Brothers Bloom and Brick)
I actually liked Brick a lot better, even though it was drowning in its own overblown style most of the time.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on October 03, 2012, 04:25:58 AM
I saw a lot of movies recently. Ill bring up two of them.

1. The Master. Not sure what I can say after this. I'm a huge PTA fan (Boogie Nights is one of my personal favorites) so I had really high hopes and while the movie was technically amazing, I can't say i really enjoyed the 2 1/2 hours i was sitting there watching it. It seemed liked it really dragged during some parts. For a movie buff like me the cinematography, editing, music, and especially the performances really create something to lose yourself in. All top notch. There are some really intense scenes. I just felt that a lot could have been trimmed.

2. Dredd. This movie was fucking awesome. Let me repeat that. This movie was fucking awesome. Seriously go see it guys. Old school 80s action movie that does the original comic justice (from what I hear, haven't read enough of it myself). No romance bullshit. No speeches. No learning. Just straight up eliminate the bad guys (played by the chick that plays Cercei on Game of Thrones) and save the day. Its like Die Hard in the future with it's fair share of badass one liners.  Karl Urban plays the perfect Dredd too. Reminded me of Rorschach in some ways.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on October 03, 2012, 02:51:54 PM
I need to check both those movies out, soon ... soon.

(http://cache.boston.com/bonzai-fba/Third_Party_Photo/2012/06/07/black__1339098411_8322.jpg)

I've watched this twice now in the last 3 days and Beyond The Black Rainbow clicks with me. Must caution you, if you're in it for the story, there's not much and it's pretty simple. Pacing's slow, dialog is paused/ slow, certain 4/ 5 core tunes repeat throughout the movie and the ending is sudden. But that's not all that it's about. The visuals, atmosphere, story although weird fit well with the kind of movie it was trying to be. The music's haunting with an 80's vibe which's perfect cos the movie sets place in 1983. Overall 9/10 from me, I miss sci-fi movies like this from the 80's era.

(http://moviefilmreviews.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/sound-of-my-voice-movie-trailer.jpg)

Sound Of My Voice was actually pretty good, just as I expected or hoped. What I didn't know was Marling's involvement in directing the movie. If you liked Another Earth, this's right up your alley. Both movies have a similar sci-fi theme and relate to time travel. There's a lot going on within those 80 some minutes of the movie. 8/10.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Joe Chip on October 05, 2012, 12:14:18 AM
I really enjoy those sci-fi recommendations Incantation. Keep them coming  :ubik:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on October 06, 2012, 03:35:04 PM
Thanks man!

(http://www.scifi-movies.com/images/data/0003780/affiche-les-betes-feroces-attaquent-wild-beasts-belve-feroci-1984-3.jpg)

I was at my pal's place last night and he wanted to kick off a spooky movie month thing he usually does every October, so we had 3 choices and went with Wild Beasts just by looking at the cover. I mean, it's so goddamn interesting and then we started watching it. Man, this was almost like watching an animal exploitation movie! Some hilarious scenes, some that make you go "No they didn't just ....", it's pretty messed up. Synopsis "The water supply for a large city zoo becomes contaminated with PCP, and the animals go crazy and get loose.". Anyway, here's one of my favorite scenes ... massive props to the motorcycle stuntman - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZfkBt4S5P4&sns=fb. 6/10 because it's so bad that it's so good.

EDIT

(http://www.indiewire.com/static/dims4/INDIEWIRE/c504ee3/4102462740/thumbnail/680x478/http://d1oi7t5trwfj5d.cloudfront.net/f7/5af1604d8f11e197b6123138165f92/file/murphy-deniro-red-lights.JPG)

Red Lights had cool potential with it's great cast and a slightly interesting plot but you can see the ending coming if you're smart to catch on. I didn't like the way it was explained at the end, wouldn't hurt to leave some ambiguity for the audience. Anyway, it had potential and fails. 4/10.

(http://www.saltypeaks.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/jeremy-jones-further.jpg)

Went for the movie's premiere showing on Wednesday and the only thing that sucked about the experience was that it cost me $4 for a can of soda and $4 for Coca Cola off the tap with lot of ice in a mid-sized cup, plus we stood for the whole movie. Anyway, Further had some pretty cool visuals. I liked the fact that they showed the skiers hike up and not ride helicopters to get to the top of the cliff. They ski down cliffs in Japan, Norway and Alaska. Not a lot of drama but there were 2/3 mishaps during the filming of it. Here's a trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAJjw5QCwNo

I'm actually more interested in watching this movie, they showed the trailer for it before they started - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-imGzglPweo

EDIT

(http://moviecitynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/men_in_black_3_006-651x433.jpg)

MIB3 actually impressed me cos it was A LOT better than MIB2. A lot. It was witty, quick and fun. Brolin was a convincing Tommy Lee Jones. 7/10.

(http://s3.amazonaws.com/auteurs_production/post_images/11624/arnexp.jpg?1345255741)

Finally got around watching The Expendables 2 and the bad script/ story didn't bother me, I knew what I was in for right from the start. But dude, this felt like the last Rambo when it came to action and I loved it for that haha! Cameos felt like cameos, outta nowhere with no explanation but who cares. The last battle sequence is tits. 6/10 and a confirmed re-watch.

(http://indieethos.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/moonrise-kingdom-1.jpg)

Moonrise Kingdom deserves all the praise and success it got, I just got around watching it. 2 kids like each other, fall in love and basically run off. The story takes place on a very small island and everyone's on the hunt for them. You're drawn to them, hoping they're never caught cos what they have is pretty sweet. Typical Anderson humor, 9/10.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JudeauChop on October 22, 2012, 02:20:38 PM
Its Halloween-ish, and I watched a few scary movies this weekend, sadly they were all eclipsed by the first:
(http://cdn.mos.totalfilm.com/images/e/exclusive-poster-for-horror-flick-the-woman-64943-470-75.jpg)

The Woman. 
This movie was awesome.  It was suspenseful, intense, and disturbing.  The relationship between family members is interesting.  A lot of people didn't like the soundtrack, but I really thought it added a bit of humor the the darkness of this film.  Definitely worth a watch.  I even started reading the Jack Ketchum novelas its based on.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b7/ParanormalActivity3Poster.jpg/215px-ParanormalActivity3Poster.jpg)
Paranormal Activity 3
Ok ok, I'm a year behind, and I blame this on not being very impressed with the 2nd (and being absolutely SICK of found footage films), but I really enjoyed this one, it was a lot better than the 2nd, and had some interesting twists n turns.  Nothing amazing, but was enjoyable.

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Chernobyl Diaries

Meh. It had some fun parts, and I aws very relieved to find out it wasn't a found footage movie. 

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Post by: IncantatioN on October 22, 2012, 02:28:22 PM
I've been meaning to check out The Woman, thanks for posting about it! Chernobyl Diaries popped up on Netflix recently but it looked predictable so I haven't watched it yet, I'll skip that. I'm actually going to see Paranormal Activity 4 tonight as part of Horror movie month. For me, so far it's PA 1 > PA 2 > PA 3 (only liked the end).
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Post by: MrWeatherby on October 23, 2012, 07:56:06 PM
I personally couldn't stand the first PA because absolutely nothing happens in it. I hear the others are better, but I was so turned off by the first that you'd have to use physical force to get me to see any of the rest of those things.
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Post by: Walter on October 23, 2012, 08:08:00 PM
The trailers for Paranormal Activity always make me laugh. It looks like America's Funniest Home Videos, only with moody music and a blue filter. Take those away, add a laugh track and a Bob Saget commentary, and you have a hit show.
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Post by: IncantatioN on October 23, 2012, 08:23:44 PM
That's an awesome idea, Walter!

But yeah, it's a different kind of Horror akin to The Blair Witch Project. So if didn't like that one, you're not going to like this. EDIT: by 'akin to' only referring to the style and how it's shown to the audience, as a more reality based depiction.
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Post by: TheBranded1 on October 29, 2012, 03:54:11 PM

Watched "Argo"  last night. It was good, nothing spectacular, just real life events made into a movie.
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Post by: Johnstantine on October 29, 2012, 05:18:52 PM
Watched "Argo"  last night. It was good, nothing spectacular, just real life events made into a movie.

I saw it a few weeks ago and thought it was spectacular.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on November 04, 2012, 04:11:33 PM
This upcoming week I've lined up Argo, Cloud Atlas, Wreck It Ralf, Lincoln, A Royal Affair and Skyfall. Not going to splurge on food at the movies cos this's about 80something bucks right here.

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Never watched Explorers and finally did on a pal's recco. Didn't know Hawke was in it and it turned out to be pretty sweet except the ending. Impressive graphics and a charming movie - 7/10.

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Harry Brown belong to Cain for his amazing acting. The movie had some gritty tense moments and the story's engaging. Was putting off seeing this and just got around it. 8/10.

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The Awakening fell flat for me albeit the good cast and production values on film. The movie starts off with a similar premise as in Red Lights but changes when the lead goes to a school, chasing a ghost that'd appeared in class picture every year. Not too bad till everything starts to fall place and gets predictable after. The movie dragged on once the plot was revealed too. 3/10.

(http://www.thepinksmoke.com/images/cryinggame1.jpg)

The Crying Game, definitely a bit of a classic but I wasn't feeling it, in the sense it took me a while to get engaged in the movie as I normally would. I took breaks to even cook, listen to music and then got back on it. The story essays so well once Rea's character is shown to be in a city and the end is pretty neat. 7/10.

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Watched 101 Dalmations after 10/15 years easy, it's aged pretty well for me and I've watched it countless times as a kid! My first dog was a Dalmation too, so it's a very dear and close movie as far as I'm concerned. 10/10.
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Post by: Lithrael on November 05, 2012, 01:19:11 PM
I always loved Explorers.  It's one of the ones I must have watched fifty times once I got a VCR.  I always felt kind of bad for the director in that he felt it fell so short of his hopes, because it's still just a perfect kids' sci-fi romp anyways.  And Robert Picardo is great under all that costume in a time when that stuff was most torturous.  I read somewhere that he had to come back to dub some lines in post and had trouble nailing the same feel for the character because he wasn't under the strain of the costume.

I just saw Wreck-it Ralph.  It is cute as all get-out.  It made me cry because I am a weenie. 

I also saw Hotel Transylvania, which was also made of cute but was definitely the "we need a story to hang all these jokes on" breed of comedy.  I LOVED the rigs though.  The people who set up the models for the animators to work with did everything right.  The Mummy was particularly awesome.  SO much energy in the animation.  Just FUN.  It's hard to imagine Genndy Tartakovsky's style translated to computer animation better than this.

Oh yeah, and ParaNorman.  Absolutely fascinating visually.  Again the puppets' look and rigs were just gorgeous.  They pioneered some new techniques for the film too: where usually in replacement-face or replacement-head animation, the poses are all hand sculpted and hand painted, these guys created a lot of the face poses on the computer and fabricated them with a 3D color printer, allowing them to make a LOT more than has been feasible before.  The plot is OK; the characters are great.  The opening third or so of the movie is the best IMO; it felt like I was finally seeing a new treatment of the 'outsider as main character' movie intro.  Those usually feel pretty samey.

I didn't see much of Frankenweenie but you could really tell it didn't have ParaNorman's budget.  The puppets and animation had less finesse than Nightmare Before Christmas.  The story didn't seem to call for much finesse though so saving the cash was probably a good move.

Rewatched Coraline as well.  Gorgeous movie too.  I think I might be a Henry Selick fan.  Just realised he did Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions, which was one of my favorite experimental animations in the very early 90's.  Looking forward to his next project.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JudeauChop on November 05, 2012, 03:55:47 PM
Love the Explorers.  Ethan Hawk and River Phoenix, how can you go wrong? =)
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Post by: frankencowx on November 07, 2012, 05:21:10 PM
Wreck it Ralph was really good, I highly recommend it. Looking forward to the eventual sequel already.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: MrWeatherby on November 09, 2012, 09:03:23 AM
Just got out of Skyfall. I'm a big fan of the James Bond series, and this movie was a love letter to the old ones in so many ways while still managing to be fresh. It's as if someone took the concept of Die Another Day and did it in a way that wasn't sucky as all hell; paying tribute to some of Bond's finer moments without using them as a crutch.

I'm still gestating on some of the stuff, so I'm not quite sure what to make of a few of the movie's twists. However, it does seem that if you were to take Casino through Skyfall as being a means to cast out all the carry-overs from previous Bond generations and start the series anew, then the mission was certainly accomplished. There's a very strong sense by the end of the movie that things have come full circle, and it's a lot more satisfying than any conclusion to a trilogy I've seen in recent memory.
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Post by: Griffith on November 09, 2012, 10:05:30 AM
Just got out of Skyfall. I'm a big fan of the James Bond series, and this movie was a love letter to the old ones in so many ways while still managing to be fresh.

Yeah, everything I've read/heard about it has been in this vein. Favorable comparisons the classic Bond films, Craig's mastery of the character, a convincing reinvention of the formula, invigorating, etc. Even multiple comparisons to The Dark Knight (which is kind of... random). I even like Adele's downbeat theme song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeumyOzKqgI) despite the lyrics being a bunch of gobbledygook (a staple of most Bond themes =).

So, yeah, I'm now ready to be disappointed! :guts:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: MrWeatherby on November 09, 2012, 07:00:36 PM
The comparisons to The Dark Knight are not random at all once you see the movie, and are very apt.

Silva is very much The Joker with a huge splash of Hannibal, and is all about destruction and upsetting the order. He pulls off plans with near impossible foresight, and is incredibly theatrical in every message he sends. There's a whole sequence about halfway through where he dresses up as a police officer along with some of his goons in order to pull off an assassination, and in an effort to get Bond off his trail he rigs some underground passageways with explosives causing a subway train to crash through the ground and into Bond's path.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Scorpio on November 09, 2012, 07:07:16 PM
Speaking of that gobbledygook, this is one of the few intros that actually held my attention visually. It was creative and abstract in a way that was really fun to watch, unlike most of the usual throwaways.

@Weatherby
That subway train explosion scene was the only one that I hated. Even for an evil mastermind/genius, that totally broke my suspension of disbelief. There's just no effing way he could have planned that successfully. He would have had to know exactly what time Bond would crack the code, exactly how quickly it would take Bond to navigate the tunnels below the city, and then somehow link that perfectly with a subway schedule? I groaned.

I loved everything else about the movie.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: MrWeatherby on November 09, 2012, 08:28:08 PM
Yep. Thats why it's Joker As Hell.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on November 10, 2012, 03:53:55 PM
(http://thisdistractedglobe.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/cop-land-1997-robert-patrick-harvey-keitel-pic-2.jpg)

Bored 2 nights ago I hopped on to Netflix to find something good. In the past weeks I've barely had the time to get on Netflix so I'm considering disconnecting it soon. Anyway, surprised me to see Copland on there and re-re-reeeeeewatched it. Gets better every time I see it. 10/10.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on November 11, 2012, 01:19:10 AM
Saw SkyFall, which did have a pretty cool credits sequence, especially the very start of it which was fantastic. The movie didn't knock my socks off in the moment, like where I'm feeling like I'm watching the best Bond ever, but I was entertained and came away thinking it was pretty good in hindsight. Don't know if it's better than Casino Royale, but it's still growing on me, and I like it more the more I think about; always preferable to the other way around. By that token, it was a little more personal and introspective a Bond film, so it's not really supposed to take your breath away with the stunts or the stakes. A lot of it was surprisingly kind of like... a normal movie. Especially toward the end. Take that as you will. The final scene was also very cool, kind of a perfect note to end on... but what followed kind of spoiled it for trying too hard and coming off looking unnatural (like, it looked bad).

That subway train explosion scene was the only one that I hated. Even for an evil mastermind/genius, that totally broke my suspension of disbelief. There's just no effing way he could have planned that successfully. He would have had to know exactly what time Bond would crack the code, exactly how quickly it would take Bond to navigate the tunnels below the city, and then somehow link that perfectly with a subway schedule? I groaned.
Yep. Thats why it's Joker As Hell.

I'm going to disagree with this sentiment and interpretation because it can be rationalized as a general plan to cover his escape (he had to know he'd be pursued), Bond just happened to be right there at that exact moment. So, hopefully that eases your pain from that scene. In any case, it was no worse than the entire premise. If Silva wanted to humiliate, confront and kill M, all he had to do was sneak into her apartment like Bond did. And the Skyfall end game scenario was insanely ludicrous for both sides. Nobody would have wanted any part of it and it made no sense whatsoever... but it was neat nonetheless. =) Well, except for M dying anyway... wasn't half the point protecting her? Oh well! Yeah, best not to think too much about that stuff. Anyway, I thought Silva was semi-interesting, mostly in his initial homoerotic introduction, but after that it was pretty standard super-competent but fatally-crazed bad guy stuff (if I could have done without something it would probably be the Lector cell they put him in, I think those just need to be retired from movies at this point). Plus, I felt like he wasn't in the movie that much, I mean the focus shifted to him once he was introduced, but he wasn't around enough to connect with as a villain as much as I would have liked. Afterwards I couldn't help but think, once again, how interesting it would have been for Sean Connery to be the villain under similar circumstances. Talk about the best Bond ever.
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Post by: TheBranded1 on November 11, 2012, 06:48:33 AM

I saw Skyfall too and I did like it. I thought Connery would have made an appearance too, since they showed the old car model, I thought it wasn't too farfetched for hime to appear.
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Post by: MrWeatherby on November 11, 2012, 06:31:08 PM
I saw Skyfall too and I did like it. I thought Connery would have made an appearance too, since they showed the old car model, I thought it wasn't too farfetched for hime to appear.

I think there was an interview not too long ago where they said they wanted to cast him as the groundskeeper of Skyfall, but then they decided the audience would focus too much on him, and that it'd be strange to bring him back in a role that wasn't James Bond.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on November 11, 2012, 08:04:43 PM
I think there was an interview not too long ago where they said they wanted to cast him as the groundskeeper of Skyfall, but then they decided the audience would focus too much on him, and that it'd be strange to bring him back in a role that wasn't James Bond.

Thought of that too, especially with that welcome to Scotland line. Disappointing they didn't just roll with that and get the two best Bonds on screen (especially considering the 50th anniversary celebratory ending). If they had just played it straight I don't think it would have been any more weird and distracting than Albert Finney showing up as a random groundskeeper. Just much cooler. I hope Connery comes out and says he wouldn't have done it anyway just for my own peace of mind. =)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Devilwoman on November 11, 2012, 08:40:56 PM
I recently watched Rust and Bone(De rouille et d'os). Pretty interesting story.Don't wanna spoil it for you guys, but it's definitely one of my favorite French/Belgian movies. Marion Cotillard is a goddess, and Matthias Schoenaerts is so badass. Also saw Rundskop(Bullhead), the other movie were he stars in.It was pretty good, for a Flemish movie.
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Post by: IncantatioN on November 11, 2012, 08:42:22 PM
(http://tvfilmnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/rust-and-bone-poster.jpg)

Rust & Bone is a damn good French film by the same guy who made A Prophet (if you've watched/ a fan of that). Beautifully shot (subtle show of shadows in between scenes or the shots in/ around water in general with the whales), well acted and engaging dialog puts this Drama on top of some of the generic movie that come out in Hollywood. Cotillard plays a whale trainer who develops a close bond with Matthias's character after she is involved in a life changing accident. Matthias' character is that of a flawed man living on the edge of poverty who has a son to take care of and you see a bit of a love-hate relationship between the two. Cotillard steals the movie for me and Matthias's character didn't do much for me until the very end when he finishes taking a piss and for what follows, great scene that considering the build-up to it. 9/10.

Have you watched this one, Aazealh?

EDIT: Just saw your post Devilwoman! Cool coincidence : p ... Bullhead by the way is amazing. I preferred Matthias in that one actually ... that last scene was cool.
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Post by: Devilwoman on November 11, 2012, 08:53:51 PM

Rust & Bone is a damn good French film by the same guy who made A Prophet (if you've watched/ a fan of that).
Well I never really paid much attention to French cinema.Of course I've seen some of the most successful movies  like The visitors(yeah I know  that's pretty old),  or movies by Luc Besson,if we can consider them French movies, because they have this Hollywood touch about them that I don't necessarily like.But the truth is ever since I saw the trailer, I liked Rust and Bone and I think it deserved to win  in Cannes.Unfortunately I still haven't watched A Prophet by Jacques Audiard.I haven't watched it when it came out because back then I wasn't that interested in French movies. Also it's pretty hard for these movies to be released in the theaters  in here ,let alone find a DVD . But I'll try to find it because I heard a lot of positive comments about it.

EDIT: Oh lol I thought you were replying to me.What a coincidence!
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on November 12, 2012, 02:56:16 AM
Haven't watched The Visitors, I'll check it out now that you mention it, thanks! I haven't seen a lot of French cinema but accidentally I get to see em when I try to check out something good/ recommended. It's prolly how I got around watching Breathless, A Prophet, Le Samourai, Von Gogh, Playtime, Delicatessen, Buffet Froid, La Haine, Cache, The Tenant, The Red Circle, To Our Loves, Eyes Without A Face and just a handful more. I wish I knew more :sad: ...

(http://content6.flixster.com/rtmovie/95/10/95104_gal.jpg)

Sleep Tight is a refreshing Spanish Thriller and it has a few unsettling scenes ... wait scratch that, the premise itself is twisted AND refreshing. Well-crafted, funny and the main lead played his part convincingly. The end is hilarious in a messed up way : p ... this's one of those movies where you're kinda rooting for the bad guy. 9/10.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Joe Chip on November 12, 2012, 03:04:22 PM
I wish I knew more :sad: ...
Have you seen Intouchables or Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis. I really enjoyed them.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on November 12, 2012, 05:49:29 PM
Have you watched this one, Aazealh?

Nope. Looked nice though, I'm sure I'll see it eventually.
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Post by: IncantatioN on November 12, 2012, 07:03:05 PM
^ Sweet.

Have you seen Intouchables or Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis. I really enjoyed them.

I'll check these 2 out, thanks mate. On my way to work I was looking at pictures of my movie-rack and realized I missed mentioning In My Skin, Fantastic Planet, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Martyrs, Irreversible. I need to pick up Alphaville and Death Watch =_='
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on November 18, 2012, 09:26:54 PM
I saw Argo last night. It was really good, aside from Ben Affleck's wooden acting. He's a great director, though. I think he needs to stick to that and leave acting behind.

I'm seeing Lincoln in a few hours. I don't think I've been this excited for a film since True Grit. :guts:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on December 05, 2012, 02:38:56 AM
(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/10/12/arts/12SINISTER/12SINISTER-articleLarge.jpg)

This was pretty fun, surprisingly decent actually. Sinister had a good ambiance to it though I thought the last 2/3 minutes should've been left out, but whatever. Hawke and his family move into a new house and gets the usual warning from the local deputy to leave. But he doesn't obviously, he's a writer finishing a book, investing a recent murder. 7/10. 
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on December 05, 2012, 04:44:17 PM
My girlfriend and I watched Men in Black 3 over the weekend. I enjoyed the first movie, but the second was disappointing. Fortunately, the third one was a lot of fun. I'm hoping they leave it at this and end on a high note, but my guess is we'll be seeing Men in Black 4 previews soon enough...
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: ryOtoha on December 07, 2012, 06:13:30 PM
I recently made a list of my personal appreciation of the thirty films of Kurosawa (http://mubi.com/lists/a-personal-appreciation-of-kurosawas-creative-works). I thought I would share this.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on December 07, 2012, 06:43:31 PM
I recently made a list of my personal appreciation of the thirty films of Kurosawa (http://mubi.com/lists/a-personal-appreciation-of-kurosawas-creative-works). I thought I would share this.
That's verrrry close to the list I would make. Good taste  :carcus:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: ryOtoha on December 07, 2012, 06:52:45 PM
Thank you :serpico:
I always had a hard time to decide between red beard and high&low for the first place. I made my decision.. Please look again :void:
I'd really like to see you personal order Walter.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on December 07, 2012, 06:58:53 PM
Well, I doubt I could rank all of the ones I've seen in the way that you did, furthermore it's been years since I've seen them. But a top 3 would include Dersu Uzala, High and Low and Seven Samurai. Those are the three that I return to and rewatch pretty often. Dersu Uzala I try to watch once a year (too bad there's no Criterion edition still, after all these years...). High and Low is the Kurosawa film I show off to people who claim they don't like "all those martial arts movies." That's a solid, classic thriller with a truly haunting ending.
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Post by: ryOtoha on December 07, 2012, 07:56:46 PM
Well, I doubt I could rank all of the ones I've seen in the way that you did, furthermore it's been years since I've seen them.

It's been many years since I saw them and I'm not a big fan of the ''top list'' but for the challenge and achievement, I promised myself to do it someday.  


But a top 3 would include Dersu Uzala, High and Low and Seven Samurai. Those are the three that I return to and rewatch pretty often.

That's damn close. Really nice.

Dersu Uzala I try to watch once a year (too bad there's no Criterion edition still, after all these years...).

Indeed, it's a real shame but at least, when Dersu gonna get the Criterion treatment, it will be with their (awesome) current editing and design standard. It's a matter of time but it's undoubted. Just like the pretty neat editions of Rashomon (http://www.criterion.com/films/307-rashomon).

High and Low is the Kurosawa film I show off to people who claim they don't like "all those martial arts movies." That's a solid, classic thriller with a truly haunting ending.

This is the one I watch once a year :guts: I really think as a whole, it's Kuro's best film. Also, from my point of view, this is the purest and fascinating black&white I ever seen. Each time I see it, I'm strike by the textures, the complexity, the beauty of it.
Even so, I'm a big fan of italian golden age cinema and the Noir genre :void:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: MrWeatherby on December 09, 2012, 07:11:30 AM
Not sure how I missed this my first time reading replies.

I'm going to disagree with this sentiment and interpretation because it can be rationalized as a general plan to cover his escape (he had to know he'd be pursued),

I agree that it was likely some pre-made general escape plan since it's well established that he knows the holes in MI6's security like the back of his hand. The fact that it so seamlessly doubled as an assassination plot, as well as how expertly timed and theatrical it all was, felt very Jokerish to me, but I liked it. There's definitely no pain involved, I loved that sequence and really enjoyed Skyfall as a whole.

edit: As far as Bond being in the path of the subway car, that is something I only realized later was meant as part of his plan to get close to M and not specifically to obstruct Bond. On retrospect it was foolish to think so in the first place.
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Post by: IncantatioN on December 09, 2012, 01:32:59 PM
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hSCZ9oPLFI0/UCqX51ASg_I/AAAAAAAAFwc/hYQDxkURXno/s1600/Hope+Springs.jpeg)

Hope Springs is a funny romantic drama. Can't say much, Tommy Lee Jones' character's funny as hell in some scenes. 7/10.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on December 10, 2012, 12:17:31 AM
After seeing Walter and Piraan talk about it, I took a shot in the dark and watched Primer.

I was extremely confused at the end, but it was well worth the watch. Definitely something that went below my radar.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on December 10, 2012, 01:12:53 AM
Awesome! You've just watched an intelligent science fiction flick that doesn't give 1 easy explanation. You must watch it again, at least once more ^_^.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Joe Chip on December 10, 2012, 01:18:55 AM
Primer was a really good movie, i really enjoyed it.
You must watch it again, at least once more ^_^.
I agree. To be honest, i still don´t understand some stuff that went on. Johnstantine be sure to watch it again.
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Post by: Walter on December 10, 2012, 01:31:39 PM
After seeing Walter and Piraan talk about it, I took a shot in the dark and watched Primer.

I was extremely confused at the end, but it was well worth the watch. Definitely something that went below my radar.
I think I finally understood everything after the third or fourth viewing  :guts:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on December 10, 2012, 04:58:20 PM
Just watched Tucker and Dale Vs Evil. I fucking loved it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Scorpio on December 11, 2012, 11:02:56 PM
I just got back from a one day special screening of Gremlins by my local cinema. I never thought I'd have a chance to see it in theaters so I was really excited to go and get to see it on the big screen.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on December 13, 2012, 02:10:31 PM
Just watched Tucker and Dale Vs Evil. I fucking loved it.
I still have to watch this >_>' ... I guess I'm missing out.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on December 19, 2012, 03:22:35 AM
Just got back from watching The Hobbit. Really enjoyed it. Had some major laugh out loud moments.
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Post by: Skeleton on December 19, 2012, 07:02:57 AM
I finally got around to seeing Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris.  I was surprised by how much I liked the movie.  It had me laughing so much.  It was such a delightful and charming film.  I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys movies like that.
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Post by: JoeZeon on December 19, 2012, 08:03:00 AM
Just got back from watching The Hobbit. Really enjoyed it. Had some major laugh out loud moments.
I was surprised by how funny the movie was as well. I've never read the book, so I'm interested to hear from those who have about what they though about the movie. The scenes with Bilbo and Gollum stole the show.
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Post by: Wyrm on December 19, 2012, 12:27:53 PM
Wrote this on The Hobbit movie thread but should've been here:

Seen the movie.

As an adventure movie based on JRRT works: AMAZING!!!! HAD SO MUCH FUN! WANNA BE A DWARF!

As an adaptation of the Hobbit: a passable money-grab with book scenes milked until the tit is dry...

Shorter Version: Good fantasy movie, bad adaptation. IMHO.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on December 19, 2012, 01:35:45 PM
I was surprised by how funny the movie was as well. I've never read the book, so I'm interested to hear from those who have about what they though about the movie. The scenes with Bilbo and Gollum stole the show.

See, I could care less what people have to say in about the movie in comparison to the book. I never read the book(s), so I never understood the disappointment from other people. I like what I saw, so that's all I care about.


Edit for the sake of not double posting

I finally watched Cloud Atlas last night. Not sure why people hated it. I enjoyed it immensely. It is its own film, so it's hard to compare it to others. The performances were great, as was the story and visuals.

Great movie, although I highly doubt more than a few on the forum would enjoy it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on December 20, 2012, 02:36:11 PM
AWWW MAN, I still need to check it out. If you liked it, I'm sure I will. Thanks for the tip, I was seriously vary of why it got bumped so bad on the review scale. In my mind I blamed it on Halle Berry's sellability and Tom Hanks' dry run, despite his overall star powah.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on December 20, 2012, 03:10:27 PM
AWWW MAN, I still need to check it out. If you liked it, I'm sure I will. Thanks for the tip, I was seriously vary of why it got bumped so bad on the review scale. In my mind I blamed it on Halle Berry's sellability and Tom Hanks' dry run, despite his overall star powah.

Yeah, well, I will say that it's very obscure. There's only one of the stories that was kind of awkward for me (the distant future one with the Hawaiin islands). The speech patterns they use in it is a little weird, but it gets better as you go. Also, Huge Weaving has a badass character in that one. He's like the dark side of Tom Hanks, but he's green and wears a big hat and big shoes. But the way he talks is fucking awesome. They did a great job with it.

The other stories are all pretty cool, though. Also, there's some pretty fucking funny parts as well. I think you'll enjoy it, but I can't guarantee anything. The Wachowski's always strike some weird chord with me that I can't explain. Aaz said it's because I'm a tranny banger or something (Lana W.), but I don't think that's the case :ganishka:

I think I enjoyed it so much because, well, I just did.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on December 20, 2012, 06:00:26 PM
That raises my hopes even more. Alrighty then!
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: TheBranded1 on December 26, 2012, 03:50:35 AM
Just returned from watching Django. It was good, had good laughs and  I liked Foxx's acting. The music was a combination of western and hip hop. I recommend it . :guts:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on December 26, 2012, 03:52:55 AM
Just returned from watching Django. It was good, had good laughs and  I liked Foxx's acting. The music was a combination of western and hip hop. I recommend it . :guts:
Where do you think it stands among the other Tarantino films?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: TheBranded1 on December 26, 2012, 04:25:11 AM
Where do you think it stands among the other Tarantino films?
In my opinion if I were to put them in order, this for me would be his 3rd best film. With "pulp" and "reservoir " being better. But I'm not such a movie guy as most of you guys are. That's just my take in the subject.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on December 26, 2012, 06:47:14 PM
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Watched Looper last night and it was pretty good, sort of like Source Code where you had a different idea, executed not so perfectly BUT well enough to make it stick good. If you're one to hit at plot holes or the kind of consistency Primer may have had, don't go with those expectations. The entire cast does a good job collectively and the story moves at a quick pace. Overall it gets an 8/10 from me and I'll buy it on BR if it's out.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: MrWeatherby on December 27, 2012, 07:34:39 PM
Saw Django on Christmas day. Amazing movie, feels a lot like Basterds but with much of the extended talking sequences cut down or at least broken up with more action.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: frankencowx on January 02, 2013, 12:34:56 PM
Saw Django on Christmas day. Amazing movie, feels a lot like Basterds but with much of the extended talking sequences cut down or at least broken up with more action.

I dunno, I thought Django was pretty long winded and very talky. It had more action in the last hour probably than both movies combined though. Waltz is great as usual. I thought Basterds was the better movie.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on January 02, 2013, 12:48:15 PM
I was talking to my Dad about what movies he'd like to watch since he's here and suggested we go for Django. He wasn't too familiar with Tarantino's recent works and so I got him to watch Inglourious Basterds. He liked Landa's menacing dialog with that wicked smile but overall thought the movie was "stupid".
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on January 04, 2013, 07:06:26 PM
I was talking to my Dad about what movies he'd like to watch since he's here and suggested we go for Django. He wasn't too familiar with Tarantino's recent works and so I got him to watch Inglourious Basterds. He liked Landa's menacing dialog with that wicked smile but overall thought the movie was "stupid".

Can't win them all, I guess.

Anywho, I just watched John Dies at the End.

I'm still trying to figure out just what the fuck I watched.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on January 05, 2013, 04:07:04 AM
Can't wait to watch that and The Imposter. I've had both downloaded from a few days earlier and ready to go this Sunday. My Dad flies out tomorrow night *sigh* I'm going to miss him a lot.

Btw, post the goods or the bads of that movie will ya? I'll comment/ discuss post Sunday with ya! If this's something that needs 2 viewings, all the more interesting haha!
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on January 05, 2013, 09:31:12 PM
Saw Django a few days ago. Best movie of the year by far. I'm huge fan of old italian westerns and own around 20 of the best ones on dvd so naturally I was geeking out the whole time. I also love the original Django and some of it's sequels so seeing Tarantino's Django Unchained was pure joy for me.  It's hilarious, fun, violent, clever... it's got a little bit of everything. Only complaint would be some of the cameos were a little pointless. Seems like Tarantino still can't help but indulge himself a bit too much sometimes. Luckily those parts were brief. The rest of the performances were incredible. Christopher Waltz and Jamie Foxx were brilliant. I was surprised how much I liked Foxx actually. Very cool.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on January 05, 2013, 09:35:58 PM
Can't wait to watch that and The Imposter. I've had both downloaded from a few days earlier and ready to go this Sunday. My Dad flies out tomorrow night *sigh* I'm going to miss him a lot.

Btw, post the goods or the bads of that movie will ya? I'll comment/ discuss post Sunday with ya! If this's something that needs 2 viewings, all the more interesting haha!

The goods: funny, unpredictable, good acting for the most part, unique story, the special effects were great, and Clancy Brown.

The bads: story was hard to follow, lack of character development (you'll know what I mean), a shitload of unexplained stuff, and that's about it.

I watched it knowing nothing about it. Hadn't even see the trailer. So, much like the movie, me watching it was completely random.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on January 06, 2013, 04:36:02 PM
I watched it last night, back to back because the movie got better as it progressed and I had a loooot of questions in the beginning, so most loopholes got explained in that 2nd viewing (fresh from what we see of the end of the film).

I knew the movie existed and posted about it in the movies to look forward to thread heh. Having watched it, I'm pretty satisfied with it. Given the title, I expected it to be about John but it's Dave we're really rooting for. Oh, the dog is hilarious! Brown and Giamatti really steal the show with his short uber cool performances. Will need to look out for the director's other movies :p ... cult classic this? In a few years maybe. But I liked it more the 1st time with those surprises or wtfrak moments, the 2nd time it just explained most of the loops (like why John thought the first girl they try to save was a blonde but Dave saw her as a brunette or why the dog's waiting by Dave's car in the beginning). Refreshing, funny, over-the-top, imperfect and fun - 8/10.

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Credits were funny, I wanted more but I think this's good as it is, no sequel/ prequel needed.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on January 07, 2013, 08:51:25 PM
Just watched Django Unchained. I fucking loved every minute of it.

It's hard to compare to any other Tarantino movie because it's actually linear and doesn't jump between characters, and it's not shitty like Death Proof. Everyone does a great job with their parts, and, as per usual, the soundtrack is fucking top notch. Everything about the movie lived up to my expectations.

Tarantino got his spaghetti western with this. And I couldn't be happier.

Also, I watched Lincoln. I never had much interest in it to begin with, and only watched it for Daniel Day-Lewis. He was the only good part in an otherwise boring and bland movie (just like always).
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on January 08, 2013, 01:39:14 PM
I need to hit up both movies above, have Django on the laptop, maybe tonight after I finish The Imposter. I got into a food coma last night and fell asleep accidentally. Need to do some catch-up before I can figure out what cool movies came out last year *slacker*.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on January 08, 2013, 02:40:44 PM
I need to hit up both movies above, have Django on the laptop, maybe tonight after I finish The Imposter. I got into a food coma last night and fell asleep accidentally. Need to do some catch-up before I can figure out what cool movies came out last year *slacker*.

My friend compared it to Inglorious Basterds, but I can tell you that it is nothing like IB. It really isn't like any other movie he's done. It's actually linear with little to no backstory, aside from spoken word (unlike most of his movies). You'll really enjoy it.

Also, just watched Chronicle. Felt pretty long for only being an hour and a half. Good movie, though.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Breed1Ghost on January 08, 2013, 09:34:21 PM
Just watched Batman Year one thought it was good I enjoyed the fact that it was mostly about Gorden.  And also watched Batman Doom it was preatty good will be watching some superman movies soon.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on January 09, 2013, 02:46:45 AM
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This was intriguing on the trailer front and I recently found out that the movie was up for streaming on Netflix. Having disconnected said service, I picked it up online. The Imposter is based on true facts and it gets pretty interesting towards the end. It's a recount of an individual in Spain who uses the identity of a missing person in the US, convinces the family that he's part of them and moves in with them in the US. A lot happens after and it's shocking that all of that actually happened in reality. Pretty good documentary - 7.5/10. Next up, Django, Thursday night cos it's over 2 and a half hours.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on January 09, 2013, 05:41:57 PM
Just watched Hereafter. This movie couldn't make up its mind about what it wanted to be. Also, aside from the opening, it sucked.

Also watched Man with the Iron Fists. I knew what I was getting into, but man it was fucking boring. Tried to be too much like a good movie, but fell flat. Also, the only actor who did anywhere near a decent job was Russell Crowe.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on January 11, 2013, 07:15:49 PM
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Django Unchained was a complete package - great soundtrack, cinematography, dialog, action and the main part - acting. I tried to picture Will Smith in the role and I'm a bit curious as to how he would've handled it. Foxx was 'decent' but it felt unconvincing. On the other hand Waltz, Jackson and DiCaprio were equally good. Kerry needs a nod as well. I didn't enjoy the last fight, the movie dipped after Waltz's character dies. Another 8/10.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on January 11, 2013, 08:29:49 PM
(http://m.wsj.net/video/20121225/122512djangoclip2/122512djangoclip2_512x288.jpg)

Django Unchained was a complete package - great soundtrack, cinematography, dialog, action and the main part - acting. I tried to picture Will Smith in the role and I'm a bit curious as to how he would've handled it. Foxx was 'decent' but it felt unconvincing. On the other hand Waltz, Jackson and DiCaprio were equally good. Kerry needs a nod as well. I didn't enjoy the last fight, the movie dipped after Waltz's character dies. Another 8/10.

See, I felt the same way, but I enjoyed Foxx's acting over DiCaprio's. I heard his accent slip SO many times, especially when he was yelling. I was really fucking sad when Schultz died. That hit me right in the feels.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on January 13, 2013, 01:43:15 PM
Oh yeah, that broke my heart. Sadest moment of the movie.

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Last night I watched Silver Linings Playbook without knowing what it was about or who was in it. If you like Drama's with a hint of comedy this is perfect. I shook my head when I realized Bradly Cooper was in it, but he redeems himself in my book with his best performance till date, not perfect but good enough. Jennifer Lawrence clicked with me in Winter's Bone and now on this one, her best performance till date? Yes. But she solely doesn't steal the show, De Nero and Jacki Weaver (you might remember her from Animal Kingdom) were really good. Cooper gets separated from his wife, loses his job, house and life turned upside down but his mom Jacki gets him out of an institution to come live with the family thinking that would help him recover. Cooper goes to therapy and has a new mantra in life, pushing to improve himself to show his wife he's new and improved. The family's a big fan of the Philly Eagles and that's tied into the story. Stuff happens. Oh Anupam Kher who's a cool versatile guy in Bollywood movies plays the role of Cooper's therapist, decent. Chris Tucker's (not Rock, thanks Jaze) in it, 'nugh said haha! 9/10.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Jaze1618 on January 13, 2013, 03:40:32 PM
Do you mean Chris Tucker?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on January 13, 2013, 04:04:31 PM
Shoot, yes, my bad, thanks!

Watching Syfy as I cook and watching Star Trek: The Motion Picture for the first time. It's serious and the ship or detail in the beginning is clearly influenced by 2001. The tech looks SO good. Wonder how the story pans out.

EDIT (gonna edit my post till someone else posts)

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The movie was fantastic. The tech as I said earlier looks pretty good but the story didn't sit well with me when they dug into the meat of it. Towards the end, it's a far bolder picture than a regular action-adventure-space-movie. The cinematography was what made it different than most Star Trek movies I've watched, I'd say this is the best so far (not counting Abram's Star Trek). The director also made The Andromeda Strain, pretty similar thematically with a good amount of underlying meaning to the whole tech and mankind equation. Can't wait to re-watch it. Solid 8.5/10 and will have to hunt for a BR or whatever highest quality/ version it's out on.

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Shadow Dancer came outta nowhere and if you can get past the first 15 minutes after the opening sequence, you're in for a decent Thriller. I haven't watched the leading actress's work before but I'm pretty curious now, she was pretty good in this one. Could see the end coming. 7/10.

So this is me trying to catch up with last year's films heh.

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Dredd, I'd read comparisons with The Raid (loved that one) so I wasn't really in the mood to watch it, skipped the theater and finally got to it last night. Missed the globes, but this was better than I expected, a lot better. Urban's stamp on the character works. Apart from the few slo-mo scenes which you can tell were intended for 3D effect, the action is quick. Can't be critical about how much ammo he had or mistakes in scenes, it isn't that sort of movie. Not better than The Raid but a good start to a possible franchise. I don't think they recovered all their money but I'm hopeful they make another one. They need a badder villain, Ma-Ma felt weak but the crux of the movie was the situation  created more than the bad guy. I wonder how bad/ powerful the villains in the comics are. 7.5/10.

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Just watched R'ha - short six and a half minute sci-fi film made by a 22 year old, incredible! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQuGpW0NuW8&feature=player_embedded (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQuGpW0NuW8&feature=player_embedded)

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Premium Rush wasn't too bad and it's just that - OK. I like how it's filmed, looks like they took a lot of effort. Shannon does well in playing a whack-job of a cop. 6/10.

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I wasn't in the mood to watch it but I wanted to see more of Chastain and jumped on it last night. Good flick and yet it wasn't Oscar-oh-my-god-spectacular material. Chastain essayed her role predictably well. 7/10.

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Based on a true events, Compliance was pretty interesting and I hope they busted the prankster in real life! Man, was that elaborate and I guess the victims must feel stupid after knowing it wasn't a cop on the phone.

Btw, I think everyone is missing out if they haven't watched this yet - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2tnp4QCKtk&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: frankencowx on January 30, 2013, 07:31:58 PM
Not better than The Raid but a good start to a possible franchise.

Really?? I thought Dredd did it better than the Raid. The ridiculously long fight at the end ruined it for me, but then again the ending with Ma Ma was pretty bad also.
 
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They need a badder villain, Ma-Ma felt weak but the crux of the movie was the situation  created more than the bad guy. I wonder how bad/ powerful the villains in the comics are. 7.5/10.

See Judge Death. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judge_Death)

On a different note, watched Snow White and the Huntsman last weekend. This movie should have been fantastic (I know you can say that about a lot of movies these days), but instead it was just.. meh. Something about the whole production was just off kilter. For all the awesome technical prowess on display (dwarves, the troll, the glass guys, the glade) there was too much crappy flab. Useless subplots: hello Prince William, shitty character motivations: hello Charlize, spinning wheels: 30 minutes inside the dark forest?, bad soundtrack, horrible ending. This is all Kirsten Stewart aside too. A lot of the ideas presented on the tale were really cool as well.... such potential..
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on January 31, 2013, 03:29:20 PM
Cool beans, thanks for the recco on a badass villain from the Dredd series. I have never read the comic, wouldn't know where to start or what I could skip, etc.

Yeah, that Snow White movie had potential and failed. I picked up Amour, a bit apprehensive to watch it because it looks like an emotional roller-coaster. But I'll watch it, it can't be as devastating as Marley & Me can it?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Dar Klink on February 01, 2013, 03:32:09 AM
Spent the last few days Lynching myself with Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, and Mulholland Drive. I think I liked Blue Velvet the best out of them and not just because it was the most straightforward... it might be because I like Kyle MacLachlan a lot though. :troll:

Lost Highway had some really cool scenes in it and the plot left me thinking a lot about what actually was going on. I feel like there is an answer to it, but I might have to watch it a few more times to fully grasp it or something. Mulholland Drive on the other hand I feel like it's really meant to be up to interpretation rather than something with one answer. It's really fun to think about though.

Lost Highway and MD both gave me a pretty big spook with a scene in each. The part where Renee's face is replaced with the mystery man's face in Lost Highway and the part where you see the horrible looking bum/monster come out around the corner in MD. Something about both of those was just purely unsettling and creeped me out. The eyes of fake Cooper and Laura in the last episode of Twin Peaks did that for me too.

I plan to watch his other films pretty soon as well, I'm just in the mood for that style of movie right now for some reason.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on February 01, 2013, 09:27:56 PM
Lynch is alright, but I think he's way overrated. Blue Velvet just didn't do it for me, as did, like, any of his other movies. Dune is the only one that still stands out to me, and apparently he hated it so much that he demanded his name be taken off the project.

Watch Eraserhead.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on February 02, 2013, 04:57:52 PM
Watch Twin Peaks. Then stop after season1.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: dasfdeas on February 02, 2013, 07:05:52 PM
Walter, those are fighting words!  Season 2 was good after they introduced Annie/Heather Graham!  And, David Duchovny in drag! And Fire Walk With Me was a good movie! :mozgus:

On that note, there are rumblings that Lynch and Frost are planning a revival of some sort (they are having a Twin Peaks retrospective at USC right now, and Frost commented that the series isn't dead yet, and hinted it may be returning).  The owls are not what they seem.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: dasfdeas on February 02, 2013, 07:08:07 PM
Lynch is alright, but I think he's way overrated. Blue Velvet just didn't do it for me, as did, like, any of his other movies. Dune is the only one that still stands out to me, and apparently he hated it so much that he demanded his name be taken off the project.

Watch Eraserhead.

I am probably the only Lynch fanatic on this board, so just to clear it up:  Lynch did NOT hate Dune.  He hated the so called "Director's Cut" version, which he had no role in editing, and therefore had his name taken off of.  He also hated that Dino DeLaurentiis constantly meddled in the production and compromised his artistic vision. His name appears on his original version of the film, which has been released by Criterion on DVD.

Personally, I love Blue Velvet, but I love most everything he has done.  Eraserhead and Twin Peaks are his masterpieces, though.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on February 02, 2013, 08:10:35 PM
Walter, those are fighting words!  Season 2 was good after they introduced Annie/Heather Graham!  And, David Duchovny in drag! And Fire Walk With Me was a good movie! :mozgus:

On that note, there are rumblings that Lynch and Frost are planning a revival of some sort (they are having a Twin Peaks retrospective at USC right now, and Frost commented that the series isn't dead yet, and hinted it may be returning).  The owls are not what they seem.
Well I love it all. But I acknowledge that a large stint of season 2 is just garbage. Nailed the ending though. So that's why I always recommend new people stick to season 1. And If they like what they see, proceed with caution.

You're also not the only Lynch fan around. I love most of his work.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on February 02, 2013, 09:14:49 PM
I still have a fondess for Lost Highway after all that time.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Dar Klink on February 02, 2013, 10:00:22 PM
I'll probably watch Eraserhead later today. Walter, I'm not sure I'd tell people to skip season 2 myself but I would at least tell them how fucking wonky it gets. I think the worst part of it for me was the random arrival of two seperate love interests for Audrey and Cooper. Rumors say that Kyle MacLachlan was so opposed to the idea of Cooper ending up with Audrey that they brought in new love interests for both of them. This added annoying story elements that I felt didn't need to be there and a lot of forced/rushed "love." I also heard he didn't want to be featured majorly in the movie so the plot didn't end up involving him for too long. Those things weren't the only issues with season 2/the movie though, I think Lynch not being there for a lot of it really fucked things up in the middle parts.

Not sure of the truth behind these rumors though, I'm sure you or Sam probably knows a bit more than I do. In any case, Twin Peaks is still one of my all-time favorite TV shows.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: dasfdeas on February 02, 2013, 11:09:05 PM
Yeah, you're actually pretty close to right on with the rumors.  Cooper and Audrey were supposed to end up together, and there have been conflicting rumors about the exact cause for that not happening.  Not to get too tabloid on you, but by season 2 MacLachlan had become romantically involved with Lara Flynn Boyle in real life.  Now, Flynn Boyle hated Sherilyn Fenn and Madchen Amick.  So as rumor had it (and it probably was true, since it was confirmed by several cast members) Flynn Boyle wouldn't stand to see her man doing love scenes with Sherilyn Fenn.  So whether it was more Flynn Boyle's desire, or MacLachlan's, only those two could tell you.

Also, the problems with season 2 are very close to what you said.  Lynch left the show for awhile to make the movie "Wild At Heart" with Nicholas Cage, which is a great movie, but he left Mark Frost in charge of the show and Frost went wild.  Lynch then showed back up for the second half of season 2 and regained the reigns, but by then the ratings were in a tailspin and Peaksmania was over.  You can also tie that in with MacLachlan's reluctance to do Fire Walk With Me.  The original script was floating around online for years, and it actually showed a movie that was about 50/50 Cooper and Laura Palmer.  All of the David Bowie scenes were going to be Cooper flashbacks, but were rewritten.  There were originally going to be three Twin Peaks movies, also.  But, MacLachlan refused that idea and agreed to only a small part in FWWM because he was afraid of being typecast as a niche, art film type of actor (having already done Blue Velvet and Dune).  Fire Walk With Me was a massive failure anyway, so 3 movies were never going to happen.  

The role MacLachlan took instead of starring in Fire Walk With Me?  Showgirls! :ganishka:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on February 03, 2013, 12:13:58 AM
Lynch is a master at what he does and I enjoy all his work. Season 2 of Twin Peaks was decent but Season 1 was one of the best seasons in a TV show I've watched thus far. If you're on your Lynch trip Klink, don't miss The Elephant Man or Inland Empire.

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Re-watched The Master and I could 'get' a lot more of the movie than I did on the first viewing. The first time I watched it I couldn't really concentrate on what was going on in the background like the score or the cinematography because I was heavily invested in the dialog and shut myself from the rest. As a collective, this movie is signature Anderson and you see snippets from most of his prior movies thematically. Awesome acting. 9/10.

About to watch either Amour or Freddy Got Fingered.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Dar Klink on February 03, 2013, 04:58:16 AM
Watched Inland Empire today instead of Eraserhead. It was uh... interesting. :ganishka:

It was scary, intense, and had some really great atmospheric shots/scenes, but what the actual fuck was it about? Adultery, the inability to sense time correctly, Polish folk tales, reality between the character and the actress blurring... scary screaming faces. :magni:

Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: dasfdeas on February 03, 2013, 01:31:58 PM
Glad too see someone getting introduced to Lynch.  Anyway, the ending of the film is certainly up for debate, but it's basically a commentary on what film and even fiction represent to us as people.  In other words, if I play a character on the screen, is it a real person?  Is it an artificial construct utterly separate from me and entirely created by the director, writer, the film etc?  If I channel elements of myself into the character, does it become a part of myself, perhaps a truer version of myself that exists outside of the limitations society/culture put on it?  Do we in fact create characters to escape the people we wish we weren't, and realize the ones we truly hope to be?  There's no black and white answer though, so it left a bad taste in a lot of people's mouths.

Inland Empire is probably one of his most abstract and difficult films, right up there with Fire Walk With Me and Eraserhead.  Lynch actually financed it with his own money so that he could shoot it exactly the way he wanted without studio pressure, and it shows.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Tama on February 03, 2013, 02:31:39 PM
I actually just went through a David Lynch marathon of films, and I've never seen any of them before. I watched: Eraser Head, Lost Highway, Mullolland Drive, Inland Empire and the Twin Peaks series along with the motion picture. I enjoyed all of them except for Inland Empire; this one went right over my head. I also found it rather boring compared to his other works. Although I will say it has one of the best creepy scenes in his films; close to the end when the phantom changes faces when Nikki is confronting it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on February 03, 2013, 03:00:12 PM
I had a bunch of my Platoon and Squad-mates, before we left Iraq in 2006, watch Mulholland Drive. I was nearly Lynched.  :troll:

(Actually they liked the movie a lot.)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on February 03, 2013, 05:36:25 PM
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Amour is one of the best movies to come out last year, depressing and brutal, in the sense, it shows us the inevitability of growing old and what it does to you, what you have to live with but it's also primarily a love story (as suggested by the title). It felt very real and the acting is great. I'm not familiar with the director or the lead actors, so this is a good thing (hunts for their other films). 10/10.

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Watched Death Wish 3 Friday night and forgot to mention it, incidentally it's also my first Charles Bronson movie (what am I missing out on guys? Reccos?). I guess it is supposed to be serious but it's also unintentionally funny. Really surprised to see a famous Trekkie bare her boobs for the film, wasn't expecting that among other things. Took me a second to figure out the bad guy's haircut. Overall, not bad! 6/10. I'm told all the women he's with in the Death Wish movies are either raped and killed or just die anyway.

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Flight is about Denzel's character saving a lot of people from an inevitable plane crash on his watch. Denzel plays himself, like he does in every other movie and I think that was also Flight's undoing. Don Cheadle and John Goodman do well in their smaller roles. Overall it's not bad. 5/10. Oscar worthy? Nope.

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Celeste and Jesse Forever is a sort of movie that hasn't got a happy ending but it comes out making you feel good regardless of how things fall into place much like Amour or (500) Days Of Summer. It never really reaches highs like the 2 movies I mentioned but it's a bit honest which is good. 7.5/10

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Seven Psychopaths had interesting cast choices, some really good ones like Rockwell, Harrelson, Walken and it has some really cool moments here n there and as messed up it tries to be, it falls short, maybe because I went in with a lot of expectations from that sort of cast or by seeing a movie well received by critics. I'd still say it was worth it. Colin's character's a screenwriter pulling up a script for his next venture called Seven Psychopaths, but he's a constant drunk and can't get far into the story - which's where Rockwell as his best bud comes into play with this idea of putting an advert in the paper for psychopaths to call and tell them their story. The main villain of the movie's that goddamn dog. 6.5/10

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The Hobbit. Self indulgent, unsurprisingly. Neither packs any punches nor a sense of adventure. I can't understand if Hollywood either has a dearth of good Editors or it's just pure economics at play. Movies such as this give a bad precedent to smaller independent productions where you have good ideas/ bold scripts and they can never take off or get that sort of exposure as playing it safe with such a story. 5/10.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on February 13, 2013, 04:06:50 AM
Just watched Wreck-It Ralph. Good lord, I haven't been that emotionally vested in a movie in quite some time. Easily a 10/10.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on February 13, 2013, 09:42:55 PM
Aww man definitely, there's a heart-wrenching part (that entire scene) when Ralph pins her on the candy-tree and smashes her car.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on February 14, 2013, 02:43:25 PM
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Waiting weeks for this to come out and finally watched it. If you're a fan of David Cronenberg, it's his son's movie and it has a slightly common style in storytelling and substance than the former's movies. It's also his first movie and for that, it's pretty good. Unconventional plot and pretty good acting by Caleb Landry Jones, this's a guy to watch out for. It felt a bit dragging towards the last half hour but redeemed itself with a cool ending. I'd give it a solid 8/10 for being bold and more than decent.

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The Perks of being a Wallflower starts off like the usual coming-of-age teenage flick where the guy seems to have some sort of dark history/ past but as the movie unfolds you get to see a lot more layers and darn good acting chops from the guy who plays the main character and Erza Miller (We Need To Talk About Kevin). I got to admit it has this really corny scene mirroring the one from Titanic *gaahhh*. 7.5/10.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JoeZeon on February 18, 2013, 02:37:55 AM
I watched this in my Russian culture class Friday and I feel as though not nearly enough people have seen this film. Steven Spielberg watched this movie several times in preparing to film both Schindler List and Saving Private Ryan.

Come and See is a powerful, intense and honest movie not just about World War 2, but about war itself. This is the anti-war movie Hollywood would and could never tell.  It draws on real life events to recreate not only the war on the Eastern Front, but show how far people can go when they regard their foe as "Less than Human". In addition, this is an extremely well shot film with an incredible performance by the young man who plays the main character.

This is a graphic movie, but its not graphic for the sake of it. Its just being truthful.

Tralier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWL-qyS_UOM
Roger Ebert Review:http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100616/REVIEWS08/100619989/1023
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Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on February 25, 2013, 02:30:10 PM
Thanks for the recommendation JoeZeon. Picked this up over the weekend and I'll give it a shot when I'm in the mood for it. Wasn't aware of Spielberg's admiration for the movie.

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Watches The Loved Ones yesterday and it was BLOODY GOOD! There are times you'll cringe or smirk at the movie's refreshing twists/ shock value or feel the suspense. Gotta watch out for this ensemble and first time director, Lola plays a terrific bad-girl. 10/10. I'd recommend not watching the trailer and going in it blind.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: frankencowx on February 26, 2013, 06:59:55 PM
Criterion is having a 50% off all in stock dvd/blus till the 27th!! Some pretty good prices.

http://www.criterion.com/sale (http://www.criterion.com/sale)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on February 26, 2013, 08:37:32 PM
Thanks for the tip. Wow, this's not good on my wallet ... there's a lot of great stuff on there. Are you picking up anything specific for yourself?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on April 06, 2013, 09:17:15 PM
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Iron Man Rise Of The Technovore ... awful. Tony's lost his humor or wit and the plot is predictable. The only good thing about the movie was Punisher's cameo. Stane's son infuses some bio-tech into himself and it manifests into a new armor which he calls world-altering. So his plan is to destroy the world and create a new one, pssshhh. A completely beaten Iron Man comes back for rounds 2 and 3 and gets some help towards the end. 3/10

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Sightseers - brilliant dark comedy, came out of nowhere. Saw this up for grabs and watched it blindly cos I loved Wheatley's other flick - Kill List. Chris loves his girlfriend Tina and wants to show her the world in this caravan of his. Tina confronts her Mom and leaves, with/ without her permission to embark on this exciting adventure, so she thought. Chris is a bit anal and a slight dispute (throwing a piece of wrapping paper on the floor of a tour bus) turns ugly, bloody ugly and picks up from there. The end is hilarious. 9/10.

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A Letter To Momo is heartfelt and hits the right emotions. It's a sweet, emotionally driven story that gives a few chuckles here n there. Momo and her mother move in with her grandparents away from the city and she has a page that says "Dear Momo" written by her recently deceased Dad. Wondering what her Dad was about to say in this unfinished letter, with some guilt weighing in on her, she finds her way through this new town. There's a bit more to it but I can't spoil it for you. 8/10.

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Finally got around watching Piano In The Woods last night and was pretty impressed. Character design mirrors the manga and ends on a high note. The music or character emotions come out perfect. The story centers around Amamiya (who comes from a family of famous pianists, doesn't necessarily enjoy playing the piano, sees it as a duty) and Kei who, mysteriously, is the only guy who can play a mysterious piano abandoned in the woods. I'd re-watch this if I could, hard to compare it with A Letter To Momo, so they both get an 8/10.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: TheBranded1 on April 14, 2013, 04:48:37 PM
Last night I saw " From up on Poppy hill" on this limited release theatre. A nice ghibli film, the setting of the 60's may feel more nostalgic with the Japanese audiences, but overall it was a goid flick. Not as long as previous movies. I recommend it if you like ghibli and see what miyazaki's son has to offer on this film.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Skullgrin140 on April 17, 2013, 08:01:02 PM
Saw G.I. Joe Retaliation last week, for what it's worth it was "okay" despite a huge majority of characters undeveloped and the film mostly feeling quite soul-less due to lack pf plot so as a big dumb pop-corn film it was worth seeing, at least it was more G.I. Joe than Rise of Cobra was at least.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on April 20, 2013, 01:54:47 PM
Need to check out both movies listed above ^

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Special screening last night at NYAFF for The Dragon Lives Again on 35mm, don't think they'll ever feature it again after this weekend, so it's a rare occasion and regardless, it is AHMAZING. What a laugh riot! I mean, the cover says it all and without spoiling much I'd give it a 10/10. Among the 12 assassins you have James Bond, Clint Eastwood, Dracula ... but Popeye's on Bruce's side :serpico:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Hanma_Baki on April 20, 2013, 03:27:39 PM
^Nice! Looks interesting :guts:
Still strolling through this thread, thanks for all the awesome suggestions guys!
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on April 23, 2013, 04:11:58 PM
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Pals and I checked this out last night, hoping to get a few drinks in us before we watched it. Narrowly escaped the ticket dude who asked to check my bag, I unzipped the other compartment that didn't contain the bottles of beer I was carrying for my pals. Anyway, I had a Cider few minutes before and 4 White Castle sliders, few chicken rings and didn't feel much of a buzz (I don't do well with beer). That was the fun part of the evening. The movie was something I expected more out of. There's a bit of a continuing story - sure - but no continuation on either the tech or some characters you see in the first movie - disappointing much, I expected to see Eagles/ Hawks on a cliff with laser guns on their heads. Snake-eyes has a much better costume (no lips) and the overall plot is a bit weak, too easy. Bruce Willis is fun, a ninja fight scene on the top of/ sides of a cliff that you briefly see in the trailer is ridiculous, so ridiculous it's hilarious. I regret not seeing just that in 3D haha. I had more fun with the first one, but this's still a decent effort. The movie's done good enough to get studios to green-light a sequel. With The Rock's growing popularity on film, movie 3 should be round the corner. 6.5/10.

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The Last Stand had some (very little) style with a basic predictable plot. Few good lines, unfortunately all used in the trailer itself. Not a good movie to pick for a come-back but hey, he's back and the world won't end because this was put out. 4/10. Low score because the director is such a heavy weight - I Saw The Devil, A Tale Of Two Sisters, The Good, the Bad, the Weird, The Quiet Family, etc.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Deci on April 30, 2013, 03:53:18 AM
I finally watched Dark Shadows and I don't know if I'm just weird or this is really a good movie. I loved it. Even though I also think Depp and Burton need to get away from each other.

I'd like to see Burton get out of his comfort zone with a movie some day.

I also watched the new Total Recall and The Watch. The Watch sucked, period. Total Recall was too understandable to be good, I'm actually positive that they dumbed it down on purpose, which is sad. I usually like Kate Beckinsale but she was completely wooden and focused on way too much. I don't mind Colin Farrell much anymore, he seems to know the limits of his acting skill I think so he's not so horrible anymore. Jessica Biel... I don't know, I give her a pass too.

Apparently the Extended Director's Cut is a lot more ambiguous but I don't have any motivation to track it down.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Skeleton on May 01, 2013, 12:23:36 AM
For some reason I've been on a bit of a Korean film kick.  (Stay tuned!  More to come in the Horror Movie thread!)  So this morning I watched a movie called Bedevilled.  I thought the movie was absolutely amazing.  The scenes of Seoul and the Korean island were beautiful.  The acting was fantastic. Seo Young-hee hit it out of the park.  The story was second to none.  Jang Cheol-Soo did a great job of directing the film.  I can't wait to see his new film Secretly Greatly.  With all that said. . . The movie was soul-crushingly sad.    And I'm not joking.  If you watch this movie lock away your kitchen knives before you do because you'll want to chop off your junk and apologize on behalf of the male population to every woman in a hundred mile radius after watching it.  The story was really rough.  But I suppose the fact that it's able to grab you by the emotions and never let up just reinforces the greatness of the story and acting.  So I highly recommend it for anyone who's interested in watching a great movie.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on May 01, 2013, 02:54:17 PM
I watched Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale last night, and I highly recommend it. It's one of the most original movies I've seen in quite some time, and it's a lot of fun.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on May 01, 2013, 03:22:15 PM
Both those movies sound SO interesting, thanks for the write up ciggy~Skeleton.

Rare Exports was hilarious, good call Rhombaad.

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Checked out Superman Unbound recently, not bad and not as good or fun as Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. Cool scenes are few and far between. Emotions not animated well enough, good voice acting though. Here's a synopsis "Based on the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank 2008 release “Superman: Brainiac,” SUPERMAN: UNBOUND finds the Man of Steel aptly handling day-to-day crime while helping acclimate Supergirl to Earth’s customs and managing Lois Lane’s expectations for their relationship. Personal issues take a back seat when the horrific force responsible for the destruction of Krypton – Brainiac – begins his descent upon Earth. Brainiac has crossed the universe, collecting cities from interesting planets – including Supergirl’s home city of Kandor – and now the all-knowing, ever-improving android has his sights fixed on Metropolis. Superman must summon all of his physical and intellectual resources to protect his city, the love of his life and his newly-arrived cousin." I'd give it a 6/10.

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Friday last week I watched The Shining on the big screen for the first time at IFC, incredible experience. Loud unapologetic sound. I've seen it numerous times on my TV and here's a problem - watching flicks that are visually stunning or that come with great sound on the big screen spoils you and I notice with 2001 and now The Shining, it's very cool to watch on BRay at home but the experience at the movies is on a different level. 10/10.

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Jack Reacher, under-rated. It's Cruise again, playing another Jack and I was apprehensive about the movie overall with the kind of criticism Cruise gets for playing the same character all the time but past all that, it's not outstanding and it's not bad, somewhat mid-tier with the occasional witty dialog. 7/10 and was better than I expected.

EDIT: Found Bedevilled last night but a version without sub-titles, so the search is on. Secretly Greatly I was unable to find completely, is this a recent release/ currently showing in theaters?

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I'd picked up the Blu Ray for this sci-fi short and was holding on to watching it, finally checked it out last night (was in the mood). I actually landed up watching it back to back. The soundtrack's beautiful, hitting the right notes at key scenes. An AI on board a spaceship builds himself a mechanical body from parts he can find on the ship and gets a flash of visuals in his subconscious. He tries to piece things together. 9/10.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Skeleton on May 08, 2013, 08:02:28 AM
EDIT: Found Bedevilled last night but a version without sub-titles, so the search is on. Secretly Greatly I was unable to find completely, is this a recent release/ currently showing in theaters?

I apologize for the late reply.  This thread completely slipped my mind.

I saw Bedevilled on Netflix for the Wii.  I have no idea how all that works, but maybe Netflix has a hardcopy you could rent?  Keep up the search though!  I promise it's worth it. :)

Secretly, Greatly hasn't been released yet.  If I remember correctly, it comes out in theatres in Korea in June.  I can't wait to see it.  If it's half as good as Bedevilled it'll be great.  (And luckily it's a comedy so I won't be walking around in a sadness/anger-induced stupor after watching it.)

I'm currently watching a horror film called Evil Twin.  I've only watched the beginning, but the scariest part of the film so far is the truly terrible subtitles.  (For example, it'll say "I has gone to food buying store" instead of "I went to the grocery store.")  I don't know how the translator could live with himself after taking money for that work.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on May 08, 2013, 07:26:23 PM
Oh no problem hah! Thanks for the info on both movies, unfortunately I disconnected my Netflix subscription a few months ago, so I'll look for it in one of these local DVD stores. Barring those hilarious sub-titles (enough to make me want to watch it), how good does it hold up in the horror department. One of those shock horror flicks or atmospheric ones perhaps?

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I Give It A Year is a decent Rom-Com with some hilarious dialog, mainly by the lead's best friend played by Stephen Merchant. It's not your usual formulaic story and circles around a couple who seem to marry in a rush and either have some unresolved feelings for other people or a new attraction based on someone they recently met and connected with, idea being the saying "opposites attract" may not always work in a marriage scenario, though they're not opposites in the true sense, think of it as an example. Anyway (goddamnit you're terrible at this), I think this would make for more than just a casual watch and wouldn't mind hitting it again. 6.5/10.

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The Place Beyond The Pines, 8.5/10, loved it. Recommend anyone to check it out. Gosling performance is under-stated and he isn't the only one who shines, the ambience is cool, soundtrack too. Two or three stories are inter-connected and surprised to see the awesome Mendelsohn in it though he plays a similar role as he did in Killing Me Softly.

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Forgot to mention Jagten (The Hunt). It's good to go blind on this one. Brilliant acting, depressing and it's just perfect right until the credits roll. Shows how connected a small Danish community can be and how things can go utterly wrong when you rely on gossip or info from an innocent child versus evidence or rationale. Sensitive issue creates a unique premise for the film and the end is perfect because paranoia or doubt will always remain a part of a human vice and it's unlikely to go away when it's hard to accept, it's one big flaw - and that's tackled so well.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Skeleton on May 10, 2013, 04:07:00 AM
Oh no problem hah! Thanks for the info on both movies, unfortunately I disconnected my Netflix subscription a few months ago, so I'll look for it in one of these local DVD stores. Barring those hilarious sub-titles (enough to make me want to watch it), how good does it hold up in the horror department. One of those shock horror flicks or atmospheric ones perhaps?

It's a bit of a generic ghost movie.  Y'know, the ones that always have the white-clad girl with her face covered by her hair going around killing folks.  I'm not really a fan of that type of horror movie.  I think because I watched movies like The Ring and Ju-On back-to-back (both the Japanese originals and American remakes) that I got tired of the concept.*  To Evil Twin's credit though there was one scary scene that I actually really liked (and thought was creepy as hell) despite my dislike.

I don't know if it's because the subtitles got to me or because I've been in a shitty mood for the past couple of weeks, but I really wanted to hate Evil Twin when I decided to finish it.  To the story's credit, it never let me hate it.  And on top of that I thought it actually got pretty badass there for a while.  But they really screwed up the ending.  The story was heading in a great direction, but they decided to take a hard turn into the wall at the very end so the story ended up fizzling out.  The movie had moments of brilliance so it ended up being one of those films that upsets me because I think," Man, if someone with just a bit more talent was directing, this film would've been great."  Oh well.

Oddly enough, the movie actually starts out towards the end of the story then jumps back to show how it got there.  The scene that the movie starts out with is actually one of the two scenes that I loved so technically you only have to watch the first minute or so of the movie to see one of the best scenes.   :ganishka:  Without context, it probably isn't as good though.

*I know that is pretty irrational.  Even I think I'm not giving those movies a fair shake.  I do plan on going back and watching them in the future now that time has passed so I can have a (hopefully) better opinion about not only those movies but the concept too.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Lukis on May 10, 2013, 10:00:05 AM
Finally The Great Gatsby was released and I didnt waste a moment to go and see it since I read amazing novel in Literature classes and found out about this adaptation.
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Movie was pretty good. Performances felt strong,especially DiCaprio as Getsby( I wonder if he will get Oscar now :D ). Movie was long around 140min and still felt like if you blink you will miss something important. Anyway long story short 8.5/10 ,pretty good movie and really beautifull and somewhat faithful adaptation to one of greatest 20th century novels. And I watched it in 2D ,since I am not too fond of 3D.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on May 13, 2013, 02:24:39 PM
It's a bit of a generic ghost movie.  Y'know, the ones that always have the white-clad girl with her face covered by her hair going around killing folks.  

Haha good description and I hear you, it's so overly used in the last 10/ 12 years that it loses it's affect for me unless the atmosphere or story make up for it. I found another version of the movie and it had French subs, I hate myself. The search is on.

Movie was pretty good. Performances felt strong,especially DiCaprio as Getsby( I wonder if he will get Oscar now :D ). Movie was long around 140min and still felt like if you blink you will miss something important. Anyway long story short 8.5/10 ,pretty good movie and really beautifull and somewhat faithful adaptation to one of greatest 20th century novels. And I watched it in 2D ,since I am not too fond of 3D.

Ohh cool, nice to know. I haven't read the book but I caught an interview with Leo where he talks of 2 books about Gatsby and how they took some things from both books essentially. I think it's hard for any film-maker to get good reviews when they're adapting a classic novel such as that, there's a lot you'd have to skip because of a film's time constraint unless it warrants multiple movies to cover the subject.

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On Saturday I hit up the city, almost got Go Go Curry cos we got there a little early for the 7:45 show of Upstream Color at IFC, which reminds me there's a cool movie coming up on June 07, will post a trailer for that in the other topic. Coming back to Upstream Color, for folks who watched Primer, it's not similar at all, differences itself from being emotional driven but yes, science is at play in a big way. The one thing you can rely on though is that feeling of satisfaction once you've watched it, either for appreciating it for being a different kind of story (if you didn't like it overall) or liking it straight up. It may warrant another watch (not as much of a puzzle as Primer but there are things you may not pick in the beginning and other things that make SO much sense ... just reminds you how meticulous Carruth treats the story, we can discuss if you like ^_^ ??), in my case it was fun watching it a second time and found myself smiling involuntarily. The main cast is pretty good and the soundtrack is brilliant, courtesy of Carruth himself. In my mind, he's a director to watch out for if you want intelligent cinema. 9/10. Could be disappointing for some expecting another Primer.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Lukis on May 16, 2013, 01:22:14 PM
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I actually went and watched Star Trek: Into The Darkness last saturday and it was quite fun movie and sucessful sequel to the first one. As usually there were fun moments between Kirk and Spock ,though I felt that movie was pushing itself to more dramatic and serious,though god damn ,I can never take PG-12 movies that seriously. (Damn I want superhero movies like The Watchmen) . Movie was fun,nice special effects ,Simon Pegg had his moments. Loved the scene between Kirk and Spock around the end and how Spock changed because of Kirk,that was pretty cool. If you have seen movie you probably know what I'm talking about. I kinda disliked Khan,fuck him.  Anyway this is worth watching,seriously. 8/10
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on May 17, 2013, 01:33:23 AM
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I actually went and watched Star Trek: Into The Darkness last saturday and it was quite fun movie and sucessful sequel to the first one. As usually there were fun moments between Kirk and Spock ,though I felt that movie was pushing itself to more dramatic and serious,though god damn ,I can never take PG-12 movies that seriously. (Damn I want superhero movies like The Watchmen) . Movie was fun,nice special effects ,Simon Pegg had his moments. Loved the scene between Kirk and Spock around the end and how Spock changed because of Kirk,that was pretty cool. If you have seen movie you probably know what I'm talking about. I kinda disliked Khan,fuck him.  Anyway this is worth watching,seriously. 8/10

I'd put the part about Khan in spoiler tags.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Lukis on May 17, 2013, 07:46:51 AM
Ahh how insensitive of me. Thanks.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on May 17, 2013, 03:32:56 PM
John! You'll have to put spoiler tags in your quoted post too hahaha.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on May 17, 2013, 07:01:50 PM
John! You'll have to put spoiler tags in your quoted post too hahaha.

I can't be held accountable for such actions!

But seriously, thanks for saying that. I edited it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JoeZeon on May 19, 2013, 04:38:24 AM
I got to see Star Trek Into Darkness for the second time tonight and it didn't fall short on the second viewing at all.
I was hoping that this movie would continue from where it left off and not feel like a completely different movie as some sequel's unintentionally end up doing. Kirk, Spock and the whole cast were as I remember them from the first movie but had progressed, or not, as I would expect them to. The real draw for me however was seeing how they would pull off Khan.

First off they picked the right actor to play him and second they crafted an origin story that was close enough to the original to work but original enough to give a fresh spin. The end result was fantastic. Cumberbach commanded just about every scene he was in and really created a worthy adversary that the first movie was sorely lacking. Criticisms about his skin color and accent is neat-picky in my opinion, the performance is what counts. Tom Hardy didn't resemble Bane but delivered a similar performance. The only grip I had was it felt like the wholeKirk dieing and being revived thing was a kind of a stretch, but I could live with it.

Other than that was really enjoyed the action, the twists and the special effects of the movie, it was a great way to start off the summer movie season.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on May 21, 2013, 02:39:22 AM
Star Trek Into Darkness... indeed. SPOILERIFIC discussion ahead. Don't read if you want to go in fresh and untainted for the experience.

It wasn't a bad movie, but unlike the clever and exhilarating last one, it was mediocre at best, and did enough things poorly to really bug me. The same tricks that made the last movie fresh only made this one seem shallow. I'm used to people talking intelligently in Star Trek, and while there was plenty of talk in this, none of it was very intelligent or very interesting (some of the supposedly poignant moments were laughable). Then again, I'm used to watching ToS, written by some of the best Sci-Fi authors of the 1960's, not Damien Lindelof, a genre hack with absolutely no intellectual chops in his writing. Also, it's reliance on nostalgia and fan-service, something the last movie balanced just right and the key to its success, that it wasn't a reboot, is the downfall of this one and vice versa (so they even sort of ruined what was the best thing about the first one). What about the change in the timeline turned everyone British, exactly? Come to think of it, why was Spock's mom a brunette... like I said, this movie is actually making me think less of the last one. I could go into many specific details (http://io9.com/star-trek-into-darkness-the-spoiler-faq-508927844), but why waste my time when there's one prime example...

First off they picked the right actor to play him and second they crafted an origin story that was close enough to the original to work but original enough to give a fresh spin. The end result was fantastic. Cumberbach commanded just about every scene he was in and really created a worthy adversary that the first movie was sorely lacking. Criticisms about his skin color and accent is neat-picky in my opinion, the performance is what counts. Tom Hardy didn't resemble Bane but delivered a similar performance.

That's quite the loving apology, if only because the exact opposite is true from where I sit. No fault of his own, but Cumberbatch was completely miscast, though the part itself and surrounding plot was a poorly written bore anyway. I would have rather he just been a henchmen because that's all it amounted to. In any case, the complaints about his casting aren't unfounded nitpicks. Beyond the legitimate complaints of whitewashing (and running from it through otherwise worthless deceptions), it didn't resemble the character in just about any way, superficial or deep. No wit, no charm, no charisma, no great intellect, no ethos, and it made him a completely shallow thug that was ultimately lame to boot. He was certainly no great adversary; he and Kirk barely interacted in any meaningful way since he didn't have much to do (at least Nero was destroying planets, and original, not a bastardization). Anyway, just because he has a cool voice doesn't mean it was some great reinterpretation; it was hardly any kind of interpretation but in name only. Also, it's technically supposed to be the same guy as before, so it's not truly analogous to TDKR's version of Bane, which also happened to be better written than this. It was more on the level of Venom in Spider-Man 3, and that's no exaggeration. Actually, one could say this is notably worse. I don't even know why they bothered because they clearly didn't care except as a formality to appeal to the lowest common denominator (most of the exposition concerning him is described off-screen, not even really part of the movie beyond a token reference). Like the Spider-Man 3 example, if they didn't really want to do it, all in, then they shouldn't have done it at all. I think I would have liked John Harrison much better (and really, it would have made no difference). Better than half-assed half-measures anyways.

The only grip I had was it felt like the wholeKirk dieing and being revived thing was a kind of a stretch, but I could live with it.

Yeah... I actually didn't have a problem with what they were trying to do there, but they didn't pull it off (in part because the movie hadn't proved itself worthy for the above reasons), and they could have handled the specifics much better to make it more believable. Starting with Spock not being so damned oblivious. I thought that was driving his actions afterward! Highly illogical.

Anyway, I didn't even hate it, I was actually pretty entertained by the action and spectacle in the moment, but... fuckin eh, c'mon. The internet is right to dub it Star Trek Into Dumbness.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on May 21, 2013, 02:56:24 AM
 :magni: Should I even bother watching it in theatres...?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on May 21, 2013, 03:16:19 AM
:magni: Should I even bother watching it in theatres...?

Hmmmm, it depends on how much you care about the Star Trek part (is the last movie just a fun tribute to ToS, or your favorite thing involving ToS?). It's a fun theater going experience if you just want to enjoy the ride, it's not like Abrams can't make a movie, and it does have some neat twists and turns to that end. It's basically a continuation of the last one, but I wanted more, and unlike last time where they treaded softly on sacred ground (somehow managing to be reverently irreverent), this time they trampled on it. It's not a bad summer movie, but it's a bad Star Trek movie. I have a feeling you might be shaking your head for different reasons though. I only addressed one very specific problem that kind of made the rest moot. =)

Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on May 21, 2013, 03:21:51 AM
Hmmmm, it depends on how much you care about the Star Trek part (is the last movie just a fun tribute to ToS, or your favorite thing involving ToS?). It's a fun theater going experience if you just want to enjoy the ride, it's not like Abrams can't make a movie, and it does have some neat twists and turns to that end. It's basically a continuation of the last one, but I wanted more, and unlike last time where they treaded softly on sacred ground (somehow managing to be reverently irreverent), this time they trampled on it. It's not a bad summer movie, but it's a bad Star Trek movie. I have a feeling you might be shaking your head for different reasons though. I only addressed one very specific problem that kind of made the rest moot. =)
If I have time, I'll try to see it before the next podcast (unlikely at this point), but I'll go in with low, low expectations. Maybe that'll help  :ubik: .... Wait, script by Lindelof...? Hoo boy...  :schierke:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Skeleton on May 28, 2013, 10:54:30 PM
I have a couple of movies to throw at you guys.

Moss

Moss is a whodunit/mystery/thriller about a man who thinks not everything is as it seems at his father's funeral.  Now this movie was destroyed by American film critics.  But I personally thought the film was decent.  It wasn't great.  But it was far from being as bad as the critics would lead you to believe.  The main problem with it is it kind of lets the cat out of the bag literally in the very beginning of the film.  So for 163 minutes the main character is running around trying to find out what we already know.  There is still some mystery left for the end.  But it's not much.  And it's a bit underwhelming.  But I personally enjoyed it.

I give Moss 4 Sundae out of 10.  Give it a shot.  If you don’t like it after 20-30 minutes then turn it off because you won’t make it to the end.

Mother

If Moss had a better story, great acting, and an infinitely better direction it would be called Mother.  Mother is another whodunit/mystery/thriller about a woman and her intellectually handicapped son, who becomes the town’s scapegoat when a school girl is murdered one day.  The mother must figure out the truth behind the murder before her son gets shipped off to prison.

Mother is really an amazing film.  If you’re looking for a great mystery movie, this is it.  The acting is out of this world.  Hye-ja Kim was fantastic as the unnamed mother.  And Bin Won, who played the son, was just as good.  This wasn’t one of those mystery movies where the main character turns into Sherlock Holmes just as soon as a mystery needs to be solved.  The mother is a poor woman who sells traditional medicine in a small(ish) town.  She doesn’t have great resources, both financially and intellectually.  Kim and the director perfectly capture her desperation and her struggle to overcome the limitations she has to solve the mystery.  As you’d expect from a great film, it’s really realistic too.  There aren’t any lucky coincidences.  If it’d happen in real life, it happens.  If it wouldn’t, it wouldn’t happen in the film.

I give Mother 9 Sundae out of 10.  This movie has a score of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.  The Dark Knight has a score of 94%.  Need I say more?

The Man From Nowhere

The Man From Nowhere is a vengeance/action movie about a man with a mysterious past who tries to save his neighbor from some shady folks.

The Man From Nowhere stars Bin Won, the actor who plays the son in Mother.  Of course, he’s really good in this film too.  The rest of the cast are quite solid as well.  The action in this movie is where it’s at though.  There were a couple of times I stood up and laughed because what I had seen was so awesome.  The story itself will never win an award for originality.  But everything else is so good that it makes up for what the story lacks.

I give The Man From Nowhere 7 Sundae out of 10.  If you like action flicks, you’ll like this one.

The Chaser

The Chaser is a thriller about a retired-detective-turned-pimp who must figure out what’s going on when his stable of prostitutes starts to disappear.

I’ve wanted to watch this one for a while now because my favorite actress from Bedevilled is in this one too.  Young-hee Seo was great and all, but this movie was so good that even her strong (and relatively small) performance was lost in the mix.  The acting in this movie is top-notch.  Yoon-seok Kim did a fantastic job of portraying the main character who isn’t a good guy at all.  But he managed to hit that sweet spot where he’s just bad enough to make you think “man this guy’s a prick” without being so bad that you can’t root for him.  Jung-woo Ha was fantastic as the bad guy of the film.  And Hong-jin Na’s directing is second to none.  Na has some serious talent.  I have a feeling all his films are going to be great.

I give The Chaser 8 Sundae out of 10.  The story was pretty good, but I think it could’ve been so much better if Na had written it from scratch.  But because it’s based on a true story it limits the directions the story can go in.  If he created the story from nothing it would’ve been as great as…

The Yellow Sea

The Yellow Sea is a thriller about a taxi driver from the Yanbian Province of China.  He owes a ton of money to some local thugs, and the opportunity to pay the debt off in full comes up when he’s introduced to a man who will give him the exact amount of money he needs.  But to get the money he must murder a man in South Korea.  Hilarity ensues.

I actually stumbled upon this movie by accident.  Later I realized it was written and directed by Hong-jin Na.  In fact, this is the second of (so far) two movies that Na has made.  He even pulled a Nolan and had some of the stars from The Chaser act in this one too.  Specifically, Kim plays a main character and one of the bad guys, and Ha plays the taxi driver.

I’m going to be completely honest here.  The Yellow Sea is fucking amazing.  In fact, I can confidently say this is the best movie I’ve seen in a while.  The acting is great.  The directing is great.  The story is great.  Everything about this movie rocks.  Now most (American) bloggers who have seen both of Na’s films prefer The Chaser over this one because the story in The Yellow Sea is a lot more complicated.  They have problems understanding it.  But you know what?  Those people are idiots.  Yes, the story is complicated.  No, you sometimes don’t understand why something happens until later in the movie.  But Na does a fantastic job with the story.  If you pay attention almost everything is explained.  (There’s only one part of the story that isn’t explained clearly.  That’s because Na purposefully left it ambiguous, providing evidence to support both conclusions that can be drawn.)

I give The Yellow Sea 9.5 Sundae out of 10.  I thought Cheol-soo Jang was the best Korean director I’d probably ever see.  But Hong-jin Na is giving him a serious run for his money.  I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.




Tl;dr:  Hong-jin Na is awesome.  Watch The Chaser and/or The Yellow Sea.  If you don’t like those films then you might as well ignore any movie reviews I give in the future because we clearly have different tastes.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on May 29, 2013, 02:31:49 AM
Just got back from Star Trek: Into Darkness. Very disappointed.

I'm not going to go point by point. But fundamentally, it failed to exceed the original. It also loses points for trying to show off by bravely thumbing through some of the series' classic references only to have them come across as hamfisted, artificial and at times laughable (I was chuckling during the infamous NAME SCREAM scene).  Also, "Hi we're Klingons, and we were only hired for this one action sequence." Just deplorably vapid shit, all around. It played several ace cards, and still came up short.

It didn't bother me during the first movie that this wasn't really Star Trek. But this REALLY isn't Star Trek. If/when they make a third movie, they really need to reexamine what makes the series good. It isn't this.

Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on May 29, 2013, 11:37:40 AM
The Chaser

The Chaser is a thriller about a retired-detective-turned-pimp who must figure out what’s going on when his stable of prostitutes starts to disappear.

I’ve wanted to watch this one for a while now because my favorite actress from Bedevilled is in this one too.  Young-hee Seo was great and all, but this movie was so good that even her strong (and relatively small) performance was lost in the mix.  The acting in this movie is top-notch.  Yoon-seok Kim did a fantastic job of portraying the main character who isn’t a good guy at all.  But he managed to hit that sweet spot where he’s just bad enough to make you think “man this guy’s a prick” without being so bad that you can’t root for him.  Jung-woo Ha was fantastic as the bad guy of the film.  And Hong-jin Na’s directing is second to none.  Na has some serious talent.  I have a feeling all his films are going to be great.

I give The Chaser 8 Sundae out of 10.  The story was pretty good, but I think it could’ve been so much better if Na had written it from scratch.  But because it’s based on a true story it limits the directions the story can go in.  If he created the story from nothing it would’ve been as great as…

I saw this a while back. Honestly I had mixed feelings about it. I think it falls into the trappings of Asian storytelling, specifically that there always has to be some sort of surprise tragic ending, with the woman dying after all, that kind of shit. It was well done in many ways, the acting, directing, etc. but to me that flaw in the plot really brought it down.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on May 29, 2013, 02:36:25 PM
Good list, Skeleton, watched them all except Moss. I preferred Mother's cinematography over the rest but The Yellow Sea is a more entertaining flick for sure. The Chaser turned out better than I expected. Recommend you and Aazealh check out I Saw The Devil, it's a fun ride.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Skeleton on May 30, 2013, 04:30:14 AM
I saw this a while back. Honestly I had mixed feelings about it. I think it falls into the trappings of Asian storytelling, specifically that there always has to be some sort of surprise tragic ending, with the woman dying after all, that kind of shit. It was well done in many ways, the acting, directing, etc. but to me that flaw in the plot really brought it down.

I agree with you completely.  I didn't like that either.

That’s another reason why I prefer The Yellow Sea over The Chaser.  While The Yellow Sea certainly isn't all rainbows and puppies, it doesn’t have something like that in it.  Maybe Na learned from his mistake and made sure not to do it with his second film?

I'm really glad you brought that up though.  I noticed that the majority of the Asian films I've watched are either outright depressing or aren't utterly depressing but have a "punch to the gut" moment in them.  I didn't know if that was just me being overly sensitive or something.  But it’s good to see that it wasn’t just me who noticed that.  Is that a cultural thing in the sense that Korean audiences want/like that tragedy in their thriller movies?  Or is it an expectation of the genre? In other words, they’re making a thriller so they feel they have to put a tragic scene in the movie? (I don't know if any of that needed spoiler tags, but I put them in case it needed them.)

Good list, Skeleton, watched them all except Moss. I preferred Mother's cinematography over the rest but The Yellow Sea is a more entertaining flick for sure. The Chaser turned out better than I expected. Recommend you and Aazealh check out I Saw The Devil, it's a fun ride.

You’re right about Mother.  The only reason why it didn’t have the highest score on my list is simply because I’m not a terribly big fan of whodunits.  I enjoy them.  And I enjoyed Mother.  But I much prefer the horror and thriller genres.  With that said, I probably screwed over Mother a little.  It should’ve taken the number one spot on my list.  But what are you gonna do?  The judge is biased. :ganishka:

Oddly enough I watched I Saw The Devil this morning.  I thought it was pretty good.  The actor who played the bad guy was really good, especially towards the end.  It was very easy to hate him and enjoy seeing his ass get beaten down so many times.  I really liked how they handled the ending, making it so that you feel like a bit of an asshole for cheering on the husband the entire time when you find out that all of it was ultimately kind of futile, and he had gotten a lot of good people injured or killed (the sister-in-law’s death was the one that hit me the hardest) as he worked towards his impossible goal.  The killer was so psychopathic, so mentally gone, that the husband would never be able to get the fear and pain out of him that he was striving for.  It turns out the one thing the killer didn’t want was to die.  And that was the one thing besides turning him in that the husband wouldn’t do until his plan blew up in his face.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on May 30, 2013, 08:39:34 AM
I'm really glad you brought that up though.  I noticed that the majority of the Asian films I've watched are either outright depressing or aren't utterly depressing but have a "punch to the gut" moment in them.  I didn't know if that was just me being overly sensitive or something.  But it’s good to see that it wasn’t just me who noticed that.  Is that a cultural thing in the sense that Korean audiences want/like that tragedy in their thriller movies?  Or is it an expectation of the genre? In other words, they’re making a thriller so they feel they have to put a tragic scene in the movie? (I don't know if any of that needed spoiler tags, but I put them in case it needed them.)

It's cultural in Asia in general, not just Korea.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on May 30, 2013, 08:53:41 PM
I'd partially agree with that but it isn't the case in all movies. Most 'Thriller's you've watched recently are Revenge based Action or Drama flicks. There're different kinds of Thriller's (compare Infernal Affairs to I Saw The Devil to Perfect Blue to The Conversation to Insomnia to The Machinist and so forth) and the depressing bits that affect you tell you more about the quality of the film rather than point to being a certain stereotype within that genre. The film I watched last night had a certain element of the same, but it's the way it's portrayed or what the story demands of it to make it effective or the kind of film-maker behind it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on May 31, 2013, 11:22:24 AM
I'd partially agree with that but it isn't the case in all movies.

No shit. But it's not like it's specific to movies. Novels, plays, folklore are similarly affected.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on May 31, 2013, 01:05:19 PM
I think i already talked about The Chaser here, but that movie infuriated me to no end, because i was once again tricked by the "european sensibilities" of imdb users towards asian cinema, and had to watch that contrived mess of a movie. It's sole purpose was to have a shock ending (which is as predictable as it gets, with all the current necessity to out-grit the last thriller) and the rest felt it was directed by the asian Tony Scott.
That's why i'm not getting tricked into watching similar movies like "I Saw the Devil" or "The Man From Nowhere". "Mother" was a disappointment as well (mainly because of that directors track record), a big meh, but it was pleasing on the eyes and at least it wasn't as dumb as "The Chaser".
All of these over-hyped asian thrillers get constantly compared to masterpieces like "Memories of Murder", which is a mistake of unconceivable proportions. I dare anyone to name a better thriller to come out in the last 15y that is better than that one and Mann's "The Insider".
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Post by: Aazealh on May 31, 2013, 02:03:04 PM
the rest felt it was directed by the asian Tony Scott.

Now wait a minute mister, don't you talk bad about The Last Boyscout! :azan:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on May 31, 2013, 02:05:35 PM
Tall request, The Insider's darn good. How about No Country For Old Men, Eastern Promises, The Man From Earth, Infernal Affairs, Minority Report, Cache, Mulholland Drive, A History of Violence, Primer, Moon ... crud, gotta get back to work.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: arrowchild on May 31, 2013, 05:42:32 PM
I finally saw The Last King of Scotland last night.  I've been meaning to see it for a long while now, as I did some volunteer work in Uganda a few years back and the people there still talk about Idi Amin, the mass killings etc.  In any case, the movie scared the crap out of me and there are scenes that I'm pretty sure are going to haunt me for a long, long time.

It's quite good though-Forest Whitaker is absolutely terrifying as Amin, (he really deserved the Oscar for this one) and James McAvoy is wonderful as the young doctor.


I just feel like I need to watch some light hearted brain candy now so that I don't have nightmares for a week  :serpico:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on May 31, 2013, 07:06:43 PM
Now wait a minute mister, don't you talk bad about The Last Boyscout! :azan:

Shane Black. :carcus:

Tall request, The Insider's darn good. How about No Country For Old Men, Eastern Promises, The Man From Earth, Infernal Affairs, Minority Report, Cache, Mulholland Drive, A History of Violence, Primer, Moon ... crud, gotta get back to work.

You forgot Memento. :iva:
I have all the love for Mulholland Drive, but besides Infernal Affairs, i don't see the rest as being in the same genre, and not even in the same ballpark in terms of quality, but well that's just, like, my opinion, man.

Cache had an interesting premise (slightly borrowed from Lost Highway), but failed to deliver as a whole. Haneke will always be too pretentious for his own good. Still, he has moments of genius in all of his movies.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Joe Chip on June 01, 2013, 03:19:57 PM
Star Trek Into Darkness... indeed. SPOILERIFIC discussion ahead. Don't read if you want to go in fresh and untainted for the experience.
Just got back from Star Trek: Into Darkness. Very disappointed.
The movie is not yet available in my country. I am not going to read the rest of your posts, but i am so sad to see that you guys didn't like the movie.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on June 01, 2013, 04:09:02 PM
The movie is not yet available in my country. I am not going to read the rest of your posts, but i am so sad to see that you guys didn't like the movie.

Get used to it around these parts.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on June 01, 2013, 05:57:38 PM
Get used to it around these parts.
He should get used to shitty movies?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on June 01, 2013, 07:01:10 PM
Get used to it around these parts.

Like my pappy used to tell me, if you don't have anything bad to say, don't say anything at all.  :guts:

What did you think of Into Darkness Johnstantine? I know you were looking forward to it but I see a review comment beyond your spoiler save (hope that didn't get you). I enjoyed it as a popcorn movie and some of the cheesy stuff was fun, but it wasn't nearly as sharp as the last one and as a fan of TOS it was pretty blasphemous too.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on June 02, 2013, 02:25:53 AM
He should get used to shitty movies?

Sure, why not.

Like my pappy used to tell me, if you don't have anything bad to say, don't say anything at all.  :guts:

What did you think of Into Darkness Johnstantine? I know you were looking forward to it but I see a review comment beyond your spoiler save (hope that didn't get you). I enjoyed it as a popcorn movie and some of the cheesy stuff was fun, but it wasn't nearly as sharp as the last one and as a fan of TOS it was pretty blasphemous too.

I loved TOS, but in no way did I ever feel the need to compare this to that. That would be silly, ya know?

As for the movie, I really enjoyed it. But, then again, I didn't go in expecting it to be world-moving.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on June 02, 2013, 11:44:24 PM
I loved TOS, but in no way did I ever feel the need to compare this to that. That would be silly, ya know?

I don't see what's silly about comparing it to what it's purportedly portraying, which it's directly referencing and recycling popular elements from, including story lines and dialogue. It's silly to suggest one wouldn't. If the filmmakers didn't want or intend that then they wouldn't have capitalized on Kirk and Spock and all the things that inherently invite or demand comparison in the first place. Anyway, if comparing it to the original and enjoying it are mutually exclusive, then something is wrong. It certainly didn't stop me from appreciating their last attempt.

As for the movie, I really enjoyed it. But, then again, I didn't go in expecting it to be world-moving.

Forget world-moving, how about just not mishandling the series' most famous villain (Abrams going too far to emulate Lucas =). I enjoyed the ride, but I could also see how rickety it was.

That Big Star Trek Into Darkness Reveal Wasn’t The Original Plan, According To The Writers (http://www.themarysue.com/original-star-trek-villain/)

And I you could tell while watching it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on June 04, 2013, 03:25:37 PM
You forgot Memento. :iva:

I have all the love for Mulholland Drive, but besides Infernal Affairs, i don't see the rest as being in the same genre, and not even in the same ballpark in terms of quality, but well that's just, like, my opinion, man.

Cache had an interesting premise (slightly borrowed from Lost Highway), but failed to deliver as a whole. Haneke will always be too pretentious for his own good. Still, he has moments of genius in all of his movies.

Yeah, I had to jet and couldn't really think of all movies that could fit as Thrillers heh but I only listed random flicks with the range of Dramas or Sci-Fi or whatever. What I'm really glad about it seeing a post from you and discussing stuff cos you're a bit of a hermit! I'd love to read your thoughts on movies you watch.

(http://jimsturgessonline.com/images/albums/userpics/10001/jim-sturgess_The_Best_Offer_prod_still_002.jpg)

Over the weekend I checked out The Best Offer, 6.5/10. Good soundtrack (classical music) throughout the movie and it follows the story of Geoffrey Rush, a very peculiar picky auctioneer who under the surface is someone who lies about the value of paintings & to-be auctioned antiques and gets his friend - Donald Sutherland to buy them at a lower price when they're really worth much more. He gets involved with an unusual collector to prepare a catalog for items to be auctioned from an old house.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Deci on June 09, 2013, 11:57:17 PM
Recently watched the new Star Trek and can basically just follow suit with what's already said. Disappointing, not as good as the first, was still fun though, etc.

Pretty sure Abrams said he's done with Star Trek anyway, so I'm interested to see where it'll go from here. OH, HERE'S AN IDEA! REBOOT! I joke but I actually had a thought the other day about them rebooting The Next Generation, and ..... ya no, I sincerely hope they don't do that ever.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on June 12, 2013, 01:06:12 PM
Got to see an early screening of Man of Steel last night. I really enjoyed it, except for when Superman kills Zod. It goes against the very principles the character has founded since his conception.

Visually stunning with a great first and second act, followed by an all-out amazing third one.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on June 12, 2013, 01:30:37 PM
If a movie isn't even out yet, I think maybe you should try to talk around the spoilers rather than relying on the tag. Otherwise half your post becomes useless to anyone who hasn't seen it yet.

 Just my opinion, not a rule or anything.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on June 12, 2013, 02:44:39 PM
Jealous you got to see it already, I've been waiting too long for it. Skipped seeing any promo's or the 2nd or 3rd trailers. What sort of score would you give the movie overall considering the visual, sound and story aspect? They're working on the sequel and Snyder's on board for that as well. Win on cinematography?

(http://static.thecia.com.au/reviews/c/croupier-5.jpg)

Croupier is pretty amazing for one - being a good thriller and two - being a movie I'd never even heard of. Owen'c character (Jack) is a burnt-out writer who's unemployed, living with his girlfriend when he gets a call from his father to go for an interview he set up at a local casino. The job works well for Jack because he gains inspiration for characters in the book he recently commenced writing but things get compromised when he gets breaks the casino's rule and gets himself uniquely involved with a good looking female gambler. You hear Jack narrate his thoughts or reflections at almost every scene/ situation which adds depth to his character. 8/10.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: frankencowx on June 12, 2013, 03:49:11 PM
Man of Steel has a lower rating on rotten than Superman Returns..
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on June 12, 2013, 04:06:58 PM
Man of Steel has a lower rating on rotten than Superman Returns..
It's sitting at 68% now, and it's not out yet. I think a 50% rating is perfectly acceptable for a movie, particularly with how Rotten Tomatoes uses scoring (hit or miss). I've always felt that a good movie polarizes opinions.

That being said, this is a popcorn flick, not Kubert  :ganishka:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on June 12, 2013, 04:19:09 PM
Man of Steel has a lower rating on rotten than Superman Returns..

Critics love to hate Zack Snyder.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on June 12, 2013, 05:19:47 PM
John, are there slow motion sequences like you get to see in Snyder's other movies?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on June 12, 2013, 05:27:15 PM
John, are there slow motion sequences like you get to see in Snyder's other movies?

What do you think?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: frankencowx on June 12, 2013, 06:02:57 PM
Critics love to hate Zack Snyder.

He should stick to making trailers. Trailers for his movie raise the hairs on my spine. The movies themselves.. do not.

John, are there slow motion sequences like you get to see in Snyder's other movies?

I hate that shit. I always felt that if 300 was played at a normal speed, it would be 30 minutes long.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on June 12, 2013, 08:17:24 PM
I hate that shit. I always felt that if 300 was played at a normal speed, it would be 30 minutes long.

Zack uses it a lot during fight sequences and as a viewer, it either tells me I'm not smart enough to understand what went down or that it's a pretty important part of the fight (not the case if it's used all the time). I'm sure there's a huge audience that loves a lot of slo-mo so we'd be in the minority.

What do you think?

Goddamnit =_=' ... I know what that means.

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mddk8zomIj1rkt1w2o1_1280.jpg)

Last night I checked out a fellow member's recommendation - The Sylvian Experiments (or Kyofu). It's starts off pretty promising with a sort of unusual plot - two doctor's are home watching a 16 mm movie about manipulating the sylvian fissure in the brain of humans. There's a white light at the end of the film and that's when they notice their young daughters standing behind them, watching the light with them. The doctor's continue to experiment on suicide victims but things get complicated when one of the daughters commits suicide and becomes a patient of this experiment. There's a sort of profound meaning to the end result of the film but it's kinda puzzling, not very well executed and best not to ask too many questions about it. Overall, I like the fact that it isn't a run-of-the-mill Japanese horror story or full of shock-scenes, instead it's got decent atmosphere. Enjoyed it. 6/10.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Deci on June 18, 2013, 03:26:30 AM
Just got back from Man of Steel in 3D. I was very much pleased, I actually didn't notice any slow-mo, so not sure what scenes you're referring to Johnstantine... when he falls away from the spaceship in orbit? I think he was just pushing off toward Earth dramatically, as opposed to any motion being slowed down.

Anyway, I approve of the changes made to the character and his backstory. They weren't too liberal with it, to the point of pretension, but did enough to leave an air of unexpectancy in the plot, which was cool. The fight scenes (particularly with Faora and the other henchman vs Superman and the military) were incredibly entertaining. Faora is probably coming out as my favorite character - she had all the best one-liners and shit. Zod was more than amusing, at points to the degree that he seem a bit miscast, but I enjoy Michael Shannon enough to let these slide across as very minor, in my opinion.

From a story perspective it plays out as an Alien Invasion movie as much or more so than a Superhero movie. I liked that angle a lot, and it played into the character perspective they went with Clark being torn with always trying to help people but having to remain a secret because he was, in fact, an alien whom the people would most likely reject. The childhood scenes can seem as though it was going for an emotional pull standpoint, but just short of making me nauseous with the cliche mommy/daddy-knows-best side of it. To me, it seemed they played this angle mostly right, except for him not saving his father, I felt that he would've ignored his fathers wishes, if for no other reason so that his mother wouldn't lose her husband. He did enough revealing saves that I didn't understand that one, though the point is driven home that he was abiding to his fathers wishes well enough. I just disagreed with how that played out. Sorta silly.

That's really my only complaint though, even some of the ridiculous yelling parts were just fine with me. Probably because I've seen enough yelling scenes in other movies that are so much worse, though a by-comparison is usually a terrible way to give a pass. This is a Superman movie for chrissakes, I expected it to be a lot more boring, even with Snyder directing.

Keep in mind I've enjoyed all of Snyder's work, even Sucker Punch (I just took as it was intended, as one big FPS junkie/anime nerd's fantasy), so that plays some part. I also like the "darker tone" in movies. Period.

I say even to the biggest Snyder/comic book hero critics out there, it's worth the price of admission to draw a conclusion. I doubt anyone will feel like they wasted money on this one. That's a pretty big endorsement on these boards!  :griffnotevil:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on June 18, 2013, 02:08:20 PM
Just got back from Man of Steel in 3D. I was very much pleased, I actually didn't notice any slow-mo, so not sure what scenes you're referring to Johnstantine... when he falls away from the spaceship in orbit? I think he was just pushing off toward Earth dramatically, as opposed to any motion being slowed down.

It was a nice surprise, wasn't it? I said that because I thought it would leave people even happier that they weren't there:)

I agree with you on most everything you said, except for when Pa Kent died. I thought it was a moving scene. Jonathan stopped Clark from doing so because he would have rather died than have his son feel any pressures of his identity being revealed. It's pretty much how he would have been portrayed in the comics as well  .

Also, Krypton's backstory is pretty much just John Byrne's The World of Krypton miniseries that came out after Crisis on Infinite Earths had finished.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on June 18, 2013, 02:38:58 PM
Ignoring all the Man Of Steel text above me till I watch it :farnese:. Couldn't sleep last night so ...

(http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1275986!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/stoker1f-1-web.jpg)

You can recognize Chan-wook Park's signature style (both Vengeance movies, Oldboy, Thirst) in his recent thriller - Stoker. It centers around 3 main characters, India played by Mia (Alice In Wonderland), her mother Evelyn played by Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode who some may remember from Watchmen, plays India's uncle. The movie takes off with India's dad's passing, young and in a car accident. Her uncle who she didn't know about comes to live with them and both women are taken by him. There's more to it than just that and extremely well made. As a whole, it holds up pretty well till the last scene, totally recommended for the cinematography, soundtrack and great acting. 

(http://cdn.pastemagazine.com/www/articles/The-incredible-burt-wonderstone.jpg?1364313080)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone isn't as incredible as I expected. Few laughs here and there at Jim Carrey's character parodying David Blaine. Wouldn't pay to see this, not too bad though.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: TheBranded1 on June 18, 2013, 04:57:05 PM
For man of steel , Lois Lane is what I didn't like about this movie .
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on June 18, 2013, 05:02:42 PM
For man of steel , Louis lane is what I didn't like about this movie .
(http://skullknight.net/images/louisCK.JPG)
I can see how that'd be a turn off.  :troll:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: TheBranded1 on June 18, 2013, 05:15:24 PM
(http://skullknight.net/images/louisCK.JPG)
I can see how that'd be a turn off.  :troll:

My bad , didn't even see it while in a rush. But Amy Adams' character just didn't it for me. She was just not interesting enough.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on June 24, 2013, 03:12:26 AM
Hmmmm, it depends on how much you care about the Star Trek part (is the last movie just a fun tribute to ToS, or your favorite thing involving ToS?). It's a fun theater going experience if you just want to enjoy the ride, it's not like Abrams can't make a movie, and it does have some neat twists and turns to that end. It's basically a continuation of the last one, but I wanted more, and unlike last time where they treaded softly on sacred ground (somehow managing to be reverently irreverent), this time they trampled on it. It's not a bad summer movie, but it's a bad Star Trek movie.

I watched Into Darkness two/ three weekends ago and almost felt the same way. I re-watched Wrath Of Khan this evening and I can now confidently say that I agree wholly. I feel like it was visually really good but when you look at the depth in the characters or their actions or the basic story, it's trying to be a Wrath Of Khan but falls short. WOK didn't have the luxury of the kind of graphics movie makers have at their disposal but the integral story and characters made it special, without lens-flare. Old Khan felt like legit a villain with adequate sinister intensity but the new Khan was more a John Doe with super strength, super blood than the emotional backing or motivation compared to the original. He felt like a popular pretty boy from another science fiction franchise or big name than the character. New Kirk falls for Khan's deceit and so does Spock, who has to contact Nimoy to find out how bad Khan really is? Cop out in the script. I forget why Khan was scared in the end, trying to escape a chasing Spock, the original Khan didn't run away from conflict and was smarter? Again, on a purely visual level, this movie rocked and add some cool humor too (Bones specially). Cool chase scenes and sets, etc. but the story and characters lacked depth. I didn't like the loop holes in the 2009 re-boot but this didn't leave me convinced.

(http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Film/Pix/pictures/2010/1/20/1263986075545/Before-Sunrise-001.jpg)

Before Sunrise gets a refreshing 8.5/10. The film starts off with Hawke's character (American) on route to Vienna and Delpy (French) headed a bit further but they meet by chance and hit it off pretty well on the train. Vienna arrives and Hawke, besotted by her, asks her to get off the train with him to spend an evening in Vienna. She could take the train to carry on her journey tomorrow and he'd take a bus to catch his flight back to New York the same time. She's curious and takes on the adventure. The flowing conversation reminded me of Hawke's other movie Tape, it's intelligent, feels spontaneous and the onscreen chemistry between the two characters is really something, feels unscripted and honest. What's really cool is the open ending that plays right into the sequel which is what I watched next haha!

(http://adventureamigos.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/before-sunset-1.jpg)

7/10 and pretty much spoiler if you haven't watched the first one, so be warned - 10 years later, Hawke's character is in (EDIT) Paris promoting his new book and they meet yet again. The tone is familiar with long dialogue throughout between both characters, giving each other glimpses of what they've been up to for the past 10 years and whether their liking for each other has grown distant or the same. They feel honest in the sense, their characters have grown and so have their problems. Hawke's in a failed marriage with a son and Delpy's in a pseudo-relationship with a war-photographer who's barely home. It culminates to another open ending for which the sequel recently came out. It isn't as enjoyable as the first but it's not your run-of-the-mill styled romantic story.

(http://www.dvd-covers.org/d/75145-3/2111strangedays_hires.jpg)

That cover has some cool names on it but does Strange Days hold up ... fairly well for it's time, yeah, under-rated science fiction too I'd say. It starts off slow. Nero (Voldemort) is a dealer for playback discs for this thing called squid (a device you put over your head that makes you feel + see anything that's on a playback disc aka usually someone reliving a moment ... could be an encounter on the beach, sex, etc.). Things go south when one his acquaintances is in trouble and tries to warn him about a playback disc that some people are after and her life's in danger which's where the movie takes an interesting turn. I'd like to re-watch it when I'm in the mood because I think there's more to enjoy the second time around. The music's great, feels nostalgic. 7/10

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8/10 - under-rated gangster film of old. The opening song is brilliant, loud and just ... great when you get to listen to it again in the end. Pierce Brosnan = suuuhhhprise. On surface it can look plane-Jane but the wit in dialog and characters pushes the movie up.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on June 24, 2013, 08:55:13 AM
Just a small correction: Hawke is in Paris promoting his new book, not Vienna. The movie's spent in Paris.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Lithrael on June 24, 2013, 02:26:37 PM
I finally got to see Star Trek: Into Darkness.  It was fun to watch but ultimately so dumb and flat that the only things I still enjoy the next day are Scotty being awesome, Sulu being badass and Chekov being adorable.

Okay, so.  This movie was actually my very very first exposure to Benedict Cumberthingy.  And I am afraid I did not like him.  Like at all.  Actually, strike that, if he had just been a Voice, I might have been impressed.  His vocal performance was pretty great.  But every moment I could see his face I..  I'm sorry Ben...  I was just laughing.  I could not take him even a little bit seriously.  He looked exactly like every single 'badass' LARPer I have ever known looks when they are staring down some other 'badass' LARPer.  He was just missing some chubbiness and an oversized prop weapon.

No fault of his own, but Cumberbatch was completely miscast, though the part itself and surrounding plot was a poorly written bore anyway. I would have rather he just been a henchmen because that's all it amounted to. In any case, the complaints about his casting aren't unfounded nitpicks. Beyond the legitimate complaints of whitewashing (and running from it through otherwise worthless deceptions), it didn't resemble the character in just about any way, superficial or deep. No wit, no charm, no charisma, no great intellect, no ethos, and it made him a completely shallow thug that was ultimately lame to boot.

Yeah.  The writing definitely flattened him about as badly as it's possible to flatten a character. 

The people defending the casting are IMO really REALLY missing the boat.  After I heard they'd tossed around other casting ideas like Javier Bardem it became crystal clear that Benedict was 100% a butts-in-seats casting choice.  It's NOT because he was the best man for the job.  It's because he's a huge name right now from Sherlock with lots of awards and recognition.  It's exactly the same kind of casting as getting Samuel L Jackson to play Mace Windu, instead of getting a Morgan Freeman or Laurence Fishburne type.  Cast for who he is and who he'll draw, not for being the best guy for the job.  Javier would have knocked it out of the park.

The plot itself was so loose and so full of 'wait, what?' bad-science moments, though.  Eesh.  I'm not expecting tight, hard sci-fi or anything but this was genuinely sloppy.  If there are things that don't make sense when you sit down to examine the movie that's fine, that's almost all sci-fi.  But if they don't make sense right there while you're watching the movie that's just too sloppy.  (Does the idea of surreptitiously working cryo-pods into a torpedo design make sense to anyone?  How was that the best solution to that problem?  How did that HAPPEN?  Whether it was Khan's idea or the other guy's, which wasn't awfully clear in the movie, you'd think 200 kilos of dead weight in a projectile would raise an eyebrow or two somewhere along the line.  Which is why Scotty was the best.  "I am NOT letting this obvious plot device on my ship!")

I also saw EPIC, the movie about tiny little guys fighting for the health of a forest.  It was pretty cute and excellently animated.  The forest was straight-up beautiful.  Lead animator on the dad character was absolutely perfect.  They villainized bats though.   DON'T DO THAT!   :schierke:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on June 24, 2013, 03:26:18 PM
Just a small correction: Hawke is in Paris promoting his new book, not Vienna. The movie's spent in Paris.

Thanks mate. I might check Before Midnight out either this or next week. Have you watched it yet? Any good?

I also saw EPIC, the movie about tiny little guys fighting for the health of a forest.  It was pretty cute and excellently animated.  The forest was straight-up beautiful.  Lead animator on the dad character was absolutely perfect.  They villainized bats though.   DON'T DO THAT!   :schierke:

Ahhh cool, so pretty positive ... have you watched The Croods yet?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Lithrael on June 24, 2013, 05:12:07 PM
Never saw The Croods but it looked okay.  The visuals were good, the animals were adorbs.  Without seeing it I can't comment on the story but it did look like a lot of the jokes were a little tired.  It's pitched straight enough at kids that old jokes are a safe bet, though. 

Oh, finally got around to watching Arrietty, right after Epic.  We were rocking the small-scale theme pretty hard that day.   It really engaged the local 11 year old, not so much the story but the world.  I enjoyed it in a similar way, not feeling very invested in the characters but really enjoying the setting and the gentle pacing.    A nice break from more in-your-face movies.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on June 25, 2013, 07:24:36 AM
Thanks mate. I might check Before Midnight out either this or next week. Have you watched it yet? Any good?

Not yet, i'm looking forward to it as i love the other two (watched them when in similar points in my life, although i was fairly younger than the characters), and the reviews seem to have been unanimously positive (reaching the "perfect" trilogy status perhaps?). But i'll wait for the dvd release since it's a more intimate movie, unfit to watch in a crowded theatre on a big screen.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on July 01, 2013, 07:52:40 PM
Man of Steel... with a personality to match. I was unmoved, nice visuals and action, but it was more like Transformers than Superman's answer to The Dark Knight. Chris Meloni and the evil chick were the best characters/relationship in the movie (actually, the Kents were nice), and the movie didn't make sense for the most part and didn't really feel like Superman either. Isn't Superman supposed to SAVE the city, not wreck it? That doesn't really work as an introduction since he'll always be associated with and likely blamed for the world almost being destroyed and hundreds if not thousands of people dying. I think that's always going to overshadow his stopping bank robbers in the future. Also, I guess he was less willing to compromise than Zod, since Zod sounded genuinely desperate to save the nursery or whatever and Supes had already destroyed the terraformer. So, why did he kill any chance of reviving his people, on a whim... what was that? Anyway, compared to the senseless destruction Superman wrought, Zod's motivations didn't actually seem so bad, and the filmmakers didn't justify the gravity of the kill at the end. It didn't have much meaning because they never touch on the fact that Superman doesn't kill, let alone why he shouldn't. I mean, saving those innocent lives was supposed to justify it, but he didn't much care about that while they were superfighting, so it makes more sense that killing didn't matter to Superman because he had already been a part of killing hundreds of people by that point anyway. Just more super collateral damage.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Dar Klink on July 02, 2013, 06:08:17 AM
Man of Steel... with a personality to match. I was unmoved, nice visuals and action, but it was more like Transformers than Superman's answer to The Dark Knight. Chris Meloni and the evil chick were the best characters/relationship in the movie (actually, the Kents were nice), and the movie didn't make sense for the most part and didn't really feel like Superman either. Isn't Superman supposed to SAVE the city, not wreck it? That doesn't really work as an introduction since he'll always be associated with and likely blamed for the world almost being destroyed and hundreds if not thousands of people dying. I think that's always going to overshadow his stopping bank robbers in the future. Also, I guess he was less willing to compromise than Zod, since Zod sounded genuinely desperate to save the nursery or whatever and Supes had already destroyed the terraformer. So, why did he kill any chance of reviving his people, on a whim... what was that? Anyway, compared to the senseless destruction Superman wrought, Zod's motivations didn't actually seem so bad, and the filmmakers didn't justify the gravity of the kill at the end. It didn't have much meaning because they never touch on the fact that Superman doesn't kill, let alone why he shouldn't. I mean, saving those innocent lives was supposed to justify it, but he didn't much care about that while they were superfighting, so it makes more sense that killing didn't matter to Superman because he had already been a part of killing hundreds of people by that point anyway. Just more super collateral damage.

I haven't seen the movie, and most likely won't, but I was talking to a friend about this point and he said that when Superman broke Zod's neck, a bunch of young kids who were there together all started laughing and cheering and talking loudly about how awesome it was. It's funny/sad thinking of that as some kid's first real exposure to Superman. Him being some weird scary alien man killing other weird scary alien men while destroying cities with their battles.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on July 02, 2013, 08:11:53 PM
Man of Steel... with a personality to match. I was unmoved, nice visuals and action, but it was more like Transformers than Superman's answer to The Dark Knight. Chris Meloni and the evil chick were the best characters/relationship in the movie (actually, the Kents were nice), and the movie didn't make sense for the most part and didn't really feel like Superman either. Isn't Superman supposed to SAVE the city, not wreck it? That doesn't really work as an introduction since he'll always be associated with and likely blamed for the world almost being destroyed and hundreds if not thousands of people dying. I think that's always going to overshadow his stopping bank robbers in the future. Also, I guess he was less willing to compromise than Zod, since Zod sounded genuinely desperate to save the nursery or whatever and Supes had already destroyed the terraformer. So, why did he kill any chance of reviving his people, on a whim... what was that? Anyway, compared to the senseless destruction Superman wrought, Zod's motivations didn't actually seem so bad, and the filmmakers didn't justify the gravity of the kill at the end. It didn't have much meaning because they never touch on the fact that Superman doesn't kill, let alone why he shouldn't. I mean, saving those innocent lives was supposed to justify it, but he didn't much care about that while they were superfighting, so it makes more sense that killing didn't matter to Superman because he had already been a part of killing hundreds of people by that point anyway. Just more super collateral damage.

I disagree with you. In the Superman comics, innocent civilians die all the time. Supes doesn't kill, but at the same time what were they going to do with Zod? The Phantom Zone was already closed and no prison on the planet could hold him. He didn't have much of a choice, and having only been Superman for barely a day didn't really give him time to find his moral code.

Zod was willing to compromise more? Seriously? Supes GAVE himself up so the world could go on. Then Zod turns around and says he's going to terraform the planet and bring about a new Krypton. Supes had done his duties as Superman at that point because he would have rather been captured than the world suffer for it. Zod could have chosen an entirely different planet since the ancient Kryptonians had gone to so many worlds. But he didn't. And he drove Supes to an impossible situation. I mean, they were evenly matched through the final fight. They couldn't introduce some all of the sudden brand new power (like freeze breath) and if he would have flown him up through the roof, the fight would have continued and more people would have died.

And how was the kill NOT justified? The "no" he yelled out at the end was justification enough for me. He knew what he had done and he knew he couldn't have done it any other way. It's the first time he's encountered people stronger than him. Also, one of the main things lacking from the Superman character in previous incarnations is something for humans to relate to him with. J. Michael Straczynski attempted this with Superman Grounded (which was good, and I recommend reading it), and he came close to it.  But with Goyer, Supes killed, and now he has regret and will never do it again (until he fights Doomsday, I suppose). There's more of the "doesn't kill" point to Superman. What's more is that he can deal with not being able to save everyone, and deal with people talking about about him.

For a good example of the opposite, check out the Plutonian from Irredeemable. He's the anti-thesis to Supes.



Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on July 03, 2013, 05:39:54 AM
I disagree with you. In the Superman comics, innocent civilians die all the time.

The difference is he usually cares, and not just when its convenient for a hamfisted plot point that is in itself is controversial, and unearned. BTW, quick tangent: What was with the clumsily obvious Christ parallels? The giant stain glass behind him at the church, him being 33, and flying out of Zod's ship crucifix style. Though, instead of being any sort of martyr it was everyone else that died for his sins. =)

Zod was willing to compromise more? Seriously?

Actually, I was being facetious to make the point that the movie and its Superman were being that dumb. They didn't even bother to follow up on Zod's cheap supremacist leanings (OMG, he believes in eugenics and selective bloodlines, like space Hitler!) when it came to humans. Yeah, he just didn't want new Kryptonians to have to adjust to Earth allergies, which took him like 20 minutes, "What, and have our eyes itch, Jor-El!? NEVER!!" Everyone's ethos in this movie was just little excuse for everything to ESPLODE!

Supes GAVE himself up so the world could go on. Then Zod turns around and says he's going to terraform the planet and bring about a new Krypton. Supes had done his duties as Superman at that point because he would have rather been captured than the world suffer for it. Zod could have chosen an entirely different planet since the ancient Kryptonians had gone to so many worlds. But he didn't. And he drove Supes to an impossible situation. I mean, they were evenly matched through the final fight. They couldn't introduce some all of the sudden brand new power (like freeze breath) and if he would have flown him up through the roof, the fight would have continued and more people would have died.

Ok, but we're not bound by the movie's spotty reasons or thin framework for why things happened the way they did. We can look beyond that, and I already pointed out some real holes.

And how was the kill NOT justified? The "no" he yelled out at the end was justification enough for me. He knew what he had done and he knew he couldn't have done it any other way. It's the first time he's encountered people stronger than him. Also, one of the main things lacking from the Superman character in previous incarnations is something for humans to relate to him with. J. Michael Straczynski attempted this with Superman Grounded (which was good, and I recommend reading it), and he came close to it.  But with Goyer, Supes killed, and now he has regret and will never do it again (until he fights Doomsday, I suppose). There's more of the "doesn't kill" point to Superman. What's more is that he can deal with not being able to save everyone, and deal with people talking about about him.

It wasn't that great a moment, it wasn't that great a Superman (he was actually kind of a jerk, though "kinda hot" lol amiright, General?), and it just wasn't that great a movie, visual action aside (which was pretty fantastic and at times imcrediable). Also, I wasn't exactly thrilled that they tried to front load so many significant Superman moments before the guy even became Superman, which I'm not even sure happened by the end of the movie. I mean, 20 minutes in and he and Lois are on a Kryptonian ship, 10 minutes later she knows his identity, then General Zod shows up and it's Mars Attacks or 9/11 times a hundred. Everything in this movie is so premature that it makes me think Zack Snyder came his pants just thinking of sex for the first time (in his defense though, I'm sure it was a visionary and intensely directed thought =). Anyway, I think this review best sums up my feelings:

http://deadspin.com/its-a-turd-its-plain-man-of-steel-reviewed-513356149

Which also links to this review by Birthright author Mark Waid, which hit some of the same points I did:

http://thrillbent.com/blog/man-of-steel-since-you-asked/

Though I figured more people would complain about his dooming Krypton and his own father's dream without a second thought. "URRRRGH, THEY HAD THEIR CHANCE MUST FIGHT ZOD NOW!" It felt more like the incredible Hulk at times with him yelling and having to be REAL STRONG! It's too bad that somebody couldn't find a middle ground between this movie and Superman Returns; one is full of endless talk about the man, while this one sure got the super action right.


BTW, re-watched Superman: The Movie and Superman II the past two days as well, and while extremely dated and flawed in their own ways (especially II), they go much farther in capturing the spirit of Superman. The scenes of Pa Kent dying and Clark leaving the farm are so far beyond the new movie in terms of evoking emotional resonance as it relates to Superman, "All these powers and I couldn't even save him." Thank you! I'm looking forward to watching the Richard Donner cut of Superman II next. The years have not been kind to the campy theatrical version, though I remember it being awesome as a kid. I have a feeling it's going to be the same way with Man of Steel for a lot of people.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on July 03, 2013, 07:23:57 PM
The difference is he usually cares, and not just when its convenient for a hamfisted plot point that is in itself is controversial, and unearned. BTW, quick tangent: What was with the clumsily obvious Christ parallels? The giant stain glass behind him at the church, him being 33, and flying out of Zod's ship crucifix style. Though, instead of being any sort of martyr it was everyone else that died for his sins. =)

I can't argue with you on the Christ allegories. It drove me nuts. He's 33? OH HEY, JESUS WAS TOO! There are a few others, but that one stuck out the most to me.
Actually, I was being facetious to make the point that the movie and its Superman were being that dumb. They didn't even bother to follow up on Zod's cheap supremacist leanings (OMG, he believes in eugenics and selective bloodlines, like space Hitler!) when it came to humans. Yeah, he just didn't want new Kryptonians to have to adjust to Earth allergies, which took him like 20 minutes, "What, and have our eyes itch, Jor-El!? NEVER!!" Everyone's ethos in this movie was just little excuse for everything to ESPLODE!

Can't argue with you too much on this one. The movie was so fast paced that I didn't have much time to really consider the extremes they went to. It was all just in the moment for me. Good points though.
Ok, but we're not bound by the movie's spotty reasons or thin framework for why things happened the way they did. We can look beyond that, and I already pointed out some real holes.

They weren't distracting to me, honestly. I enjoyed it for what it was, and I thought it was a lot.
It wasn't that great a moment, it wasn't that great a Superman (he was actually kind of a jerk, though "kinda hot" lol amiright, General?), and it just wasn't that great a movie, visual action aside (which was pretty fantastic and at times imcrediable). Also, I wasn't exactly thrilled that they tried to front load so many significant Superman moments before the guy even became Superman, which I'm not even sure happened by the end of the movie. I mean, 20 minutes in and he and Lois are on a Kryptonian ship, 10 minutes later she knows his identity, then General Zod shows up and it's Mars Attacks or 9/11 times a hundred. Everything in this movie is so premature that it makes me think Zack Snyder came his pants just thinking of sex for the first time (in his defense though, I'm sure it was a visionary and intensely directed thought =).

Eh, I can't complain much about the pacing. I thought it was fine and it felt pretty natural. The only thing I was confused about was how Clark got to the ship's crash site. There's never any mention of how he even found out about it. And as for the general interaction between characters, I'm blaming both Snyder and Nolan. They're horrible at characterization (EVERYONE IN DARK KNIGHT RISES OH GOD WHY DID NOLAN MAKE THAT MOVIE).

Anyway, I think this review best sums up my feelings:

http://deadspin.com/its-a-turd-its-plain-man-of-steel-reviewed-513356149

Which also links to this review by Birthright author Mark Waid, which hit some of the same points I did:

http://thrillbent.com/blog/man-of-steel-since-you-asked/

Yeah, I read Waid's review after it he posted it. I'm not the biggest fan of Waid (I hated Birthright), so it didn't jibe well with me. I thought he should have stuck with the Flash and not touch Supes, but apparently people like it when he writes for him. Also, that whole story wasn't even supposed to be canon. Instead they made it canon and retconned the shit out of John Byrne's awesome retelling. It made me sad =(
Though I figured more people would complain about his dooming Krypton and his own father's dream without a second thought. "URRRRGH, THEY HAD THEIR CHANCE MUST FIGHT ZOD NOW!" It felt more like the incredible Hulk at times with him yelling and having to be REAL STRONG! It's too bad that somebody couldn't find a middle ground between this movie and Superman Returns; one is full of endless talk about the man, while this one sure got the super action right.

It baffles me that people thought Superman Returns was better than this. I just don't understand it. I absolutely hated that movie. Given the RT score on both, I'd say the half that hated MoS are the ones that liked SR, and vice versa. I loved MoS, though. I left the theater with more energy because of the movie itself. Well, the action at least. Also, the emotions between both of Clark's fathers and him were pretty moving (yes, I had to fight back the tears on multiple occasions).
BTW, re-watched Superman: The Movie and Superman II the past two days as well, and while extremely dated and flawed in their own ways (especially II), they go much farther in capturing the spirit of Superman. The scenes of Pa Kent dying and Clark leaving the farm are so far beyond the new movie in terms of evoking emotional resonance as it relates to Superman, "All these powers and I couldn't even save him." Thank you! I'm looking forward to watching the Richard Donner cut of Superman II next. The years have not been kind to the campy theatrical version, though I remember it being awesome as a kid. I have a feeling it's going to be the same way with Man of Steel for a lot of people.
Yeah, it sort of sucked. But they're different movies with different writers and directors. If people wanted the same thing, then they should have just watched that they'd known.

The gravitas of Pa's death wasn't quite as heavy in MoS, but it made more sense in terms of just what he would do for his son so he wouldn't be found out. It wasn't as powerful, but I still enjoyed it.

Now I want to go back and watch 1 and 2, dammit.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on July 04, 2013, 12:29:54 AM
It baffles me that people thought Superman Returns was better than this. I just don't understand it. I absolutely hated that movie. Given the RT score on both, I'd say the half that hated MoS are the ones that liked SR, and vice versa. I loved MoS, though. I left the theater with more energy because of the movie itself. Well, the action at least. Also, the emotions between both of Clark's fathers and him were pretty moving (yes, I had to fight back the tears on multiple occasions).Yeah, it sort of sucked. But they're different movies with different writers and directors. If people wanted the same thing, then they should have just watched that they'd known.

Well, I'm always hoping for something better, and in this case I just felt like it was only different; undeniably better in some ways (visual effects), undeniably worse in others. Speaking of Superman writer/director teams though, on paper you can't argue with Mario Puzo and Richard Donner, and the results were there as well. The only thing that holds that movie back now is the limits of its time, and it was way ahead of it too. It was the pinnacle of super hero movies for over a decade and the blueprint which few were able to follow until recently.

The gravitas of Pa's death wasn't quite as heavy in MoS, but it made more sense in terms of just what he would do for his son so he wouldn't be found out. It wasn't as powerful, but I still enjoyed it.

I was mad that he insisted on getting the dog. C'mon, let the super kid do it, dummy. =)

Now I want to go back and watch 1 and 2, dammit.

I can't wait for the Donner cut of 2, never seen it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Deci on July 05, 2013, 06:18:44 AM
For me the criticisms all fall down to this: Everyone knows exactly how a Superman story should play out and exactly what type of character he is. Interestingly, not many people actually understand more recent incarnations of the character.

Since everyone has this unwavering image in their minds, any difference presented on the screen is going to be automatically categorized as a flaw.

The positive reviews seem to come from people who either a) actually do live and breath Superman. Having read up on countless stories and having blown up their perspective on it to understand and accept the intricacies therein or b) somehow manage to go in to the adaptation with a clean slate (or close to).

That's the biggest one anyway. There's also the misconception that this is supposed to exist in either the same universe or something close to Nolan's Batman Trilogy, which is silly. And of course the straight up Snyder haters, which I feel is sadly so abundant that it's hard to just ignore. Lastly, there's a pretty large margin of people who haven't ever liked super hero movies, I somewhat sense a Silent Majority vibe here, like it's an afterthought in the comments of a review. If someone's never really gotten into super hero movies I wish they'd just open with that.

I'm really too tired to be posting, I doubt that all made sense, but something resembling those thoughts are prevalent in my discussions on this movie and one's like it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on July 05, 2013, 11:09:44 AM
I haven't seen Man of Steel, nor do I plan to, but after reading Deci's post I just had to jump in.

For me the criticisms all fall down to this: Everyone knows exactly how a Superman story should play out and exactly what type of character he is. Interestingly, not many people actually understand more recent incarnations of the character.
May as well just say how you feel, dude. This thin attempt to not sound like a dick is failing.

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Since everyone has this unwavering image in their minds, any difference presented on the screen is going to be automatically categorized as a flaw.
Superman is an undeniable cultural icon, and everyone carries with them a sense of what that character is. This is the barrier to entry with a modern "remake" of him.

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The positive reviews seem to come from people who either a) actually do live and breath Superman. Having read up on countless stories and having blown up their perspective on it to understand and accept the intricacies therein
So you're saying the hardest of the hardcore Superman fans are raving over Man of Steel...? Really? Could you show off some examples of this, because it sounds incredibly unlikely to me. Also, are you implying that these "countless stories" support Superman as a killer..? Is that somehow reconciled by exposure to this Superman-expert oxygen supply you referred to?

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or b) somehow manage to go in to the adaptation with a clean slate (or close to).
Anyone who claims to have a "clean slate" with Superman is either kidding themselves or is a newborn, and probably shouldn't be in theaters.

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And of course the straight up Snyder haters, which I feel is sadly so abundant that it's hard to just ignore.
It's definitely a factor worth considering after the reception to "Sucker Punch."   (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/sucker-punch-2010/)

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Lastly, there's a pretty large margin of people who haven't ever liked super hero movies, I somewhat sense a Silent Majority vibe here, like it's an afterthought in the comments of a review. If someone's never really gotten into super hero movies I wish they'd just open with that.
I doubt such a demographic would be very large, based on the rabid success of other superhero movies, such as Dark Knight, Avengers, etc. It's more likely that due to WB and Marvel continually playing the superhero note over and over these past few summers, many have become dull to the tone of these movies over time. I'm in that list, anyway.

Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on July 05, 2013, 12:33:56 PM
I'm really too tired to be posting, I doubt that all made sense, but something resembling those thoughts are prevalent in my discussions on this movie and one's like it.

Well, you gloss over the possibility that the film does have legitimate, arguably fatal, flaws. It's not like everyone is just confused or suffering from some ignorant delusion based on their misconceptions of Superman, Zach Snyder, Christopher Nolan, superhero movies in general, or whatever other tangential excuse one can muster for the fact that despite it's best efforts it wasn't that great or deep a movie, Superman baggage aside. If you want to play that game though, I think most of the praise for the the film, such as it is, comes down to love of the action, visual style and effects, the perception of a darker, more serious tone (overblown as that is), and a moodier Superman, however superficial and ultimately sort of lame (in my opinion). Plus, plain old wishful thinking holding it all together, compensating for the film's deficiencies and emphasizing its strengths ("This works! It good! Oh, I ever so want to like this!"). Anyway, it wasn't any more an intricate character study of a modern Superman than ID4 was a thematic exploration of the meaning of Independence Day (though that's closer =), but in both of them the shit sure looked cool and blew up good, and that's their appeal. I mean, it wasn't bad overall, and I even think it's pretty significant as a summer action movie which raises the bar on super hero effects and fighting (so at least it really achieves at something, which is more than Star Trek Into Darkness can say), but the squishy stuff, the storytelling and characters, was nothing special and ultimately held it back for me.


Now, if you want a REAL raw hard look at a wimpier, whinier, more petulant Superman that the modern un-super person can really relate to, then check out Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut! It's all like, "Fuck you dad, I want to live with Lois Lane in the basement of solitude!" Just kidding, though it was interesting, especially watching it back to back with the theatrical version. I was impressed with how well put together it actually was for essentially being made up of 26 year old spare parts; only once is the screen test footage so obvious that it takes you out of the scene (going in I didn't know what to expect, like there might be time codes at the bottom of certain scenes or some shit =), and there's only a couple of scenes where the new shots or effects really bothered me. Otherwise, you wouldn't even know it was this type of project, you'd think it was just the way the movie was, warts and all, with some new effects (there's some really bad CGI effects to complete some scenes, but those are few and far between and there were some bad pretty old school effects shots in the original anyway). Of course, for obvious reasons it's still not as polished as the theatrical cut, they had to work with what they had and couldn't do reshoots with Christopher Reeve certainly (there is an impressive new scene using a double for Lois though). So, it could have benefited from a couple more transitional scenes to tie things together and some of the new scenes that could have been cut down were probably allowed to run long for the sake of showing us something different. Still, it's good enough as is that I wish Donner had been given a chance to give it that polish and complete it the right way in the film's own time. It might have been great, better than the first film even, but in this state it's a bit uneven and clunky, and ultimately can't live up to the splendor of Superman: The Movie.

As for the new content, there's A LOT more Jor-El and it goes much further into the significance of Superman giving up and regaining his powers, his relationship with his father, and there's some pretty dramatic and raw acting scenes with Reeve. Zod is a bit more fleshed out and he and cohorts are more menacing and less cartoonish in this version. The scene of them storming the White House has mostly the same shots, but a completely different tone, including a pretty cool and surprisingly effective moment where Zod picks up and starts firing off and killing people with a machine gun out of absurd whimsy, like he's misbehaving at a party or acting below his station (I think his self-amusement here is his most genuinely evil moment). I'd probably prefer a cut combining the best elements of both versions of Superman II (I prefer some of the Lois/Clark scenes in the theatrical cut, as well as the ending), or even better... a cut representing the original 500 page script of the first two films as one! It would be like a modern three and half hour superhero movie; again, ahead of its time. =)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on July 05, 2013, 06:55:47 PM
(http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/i/2013/06/10/depicable-me-2.jpg)

Watched Despicable Me 2 yesterday, a lotta fun especially when you're watching it with younger kids in the theater and listening to their reactions during fun or tense or action moments. It's a different energy, kinda raw or pure. I wouldn't say it's better than it's predecessor but it's still pretty good. I was not expecting some scenes like Gru doing some pelvic moves with a scientific detector in his belt while trying to trace stuff on a painting/ statue/ other placesp in a kid's movie, you know. But it's forgivable when compared to the dick on A Little Mermaid's DVD cover, etc. I guess.

(http://images.fandango.com/MDCsite/images/featured/201301/mdc-man-of-steel-01.jpg)

Seeing all the Superman talk, I thought I'd break some of my thoughts down, I guess you can call it entertaining in the same way Fast & The Furious movies are ... but the guy's got history, so it's natural for fans to react the way they did. I haven't read any of Superman's comics, though I've watched all prior Sups-movies.

The bad -

Zod being beaten by Jor-El, wasn't he supposed to be a badass ... funny how he later tells Superman how he's a military guy with immense training, etc. but he can't beat a meager scientist.

Tacky CG during that oil-rig rescue and Sups is OK with stealing from people huh ... after all that moral talk from his Dad.

Superman and Lois kiss scene kinda felt flat ... their 5 min encounter sorta didn't warrant it, or how close they stood when Superman was surrendering to Zod.

The way Jonathan dies, although there's little merit to why he did it, it was still dumb. Part of me argues he's trying to protect Clark from being discovered (because the world isn't ready for it) and it's a big moment when he sacrifices himself. I think that scene was weird ... why allow an old 55/60 year old guy run towards a tornado when a healthier young Clark could do it better/ quicker. He isn't a kid at that point of the story. Maybe the scene's written badly, I dunno ... did he die this way in the comic?

One of the better moments of Superman Returns was Superman's vulnerability when he throws that island in space and falls to Earth after using up all his energy. It sort of felt natural. I didn't see that sort of vulnerability or threat against Superman in MOS, the closest was when he was on Zod's ship or battling the World Engine ... he did yell though? :schierke:

Morpheus is Perry White.

The good -

Faora vs Col Hardy ... and Faora in general, what a bloody badass she was, she deserves a movie of her own like a spin-off series :farnese:. Her fight sequence on the ground against those troops was a lotta fun to watch.

All fight sequences were awesome, pretty much top 5 among superhero movies. Didn't look over-the-top or unbelievable and wasn't laced with dumb slo-mo sequences (Thanks Johnstantine, phew). Even the Superman-Zod fight was just fantastic to watch.

Krypton's destruction looked cool.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Gobolatula on July 07, 2013, 02:55:41 PM
We saw This Is the End yesterday and it was pretty fucking funny.

I was kind of turned off when I saw that all these actors were playing themselves in the movie; I thought that whole aspect seemed kinda douchey. Honestly, I would've skipped this one if I hadn't heard such great things about it.

Luckily, everyone in the movie plays sort of exaggerated versions of themselves and they don't take themselves seriously at all, which is fantastic. My favorites were Michael Cera, who had a brief cameo in the beginning. He was all fucked up on coke acting like a complete maniac and at one point he slapped Rihanna's ass. I also liked Craig Robinson a lot, who was funny and cool.

Danny McBride is hit or miss. If he has a good role and a good script, he nails it. In this movie he killed it. Completely fucking hilarious.

The monsters were FUCKING AWESOME.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Nomad on July 08, 2013, 08:51:57 PM
Man of Steel was the action flick I wanted to see for a long time.  His story being well known, I wasn't betting on Snyder to go too deep into him, but rather just splash him with eye candy galore.  With Supes having to go toe-to-toe with multiple foe's and actually portraying ridiculous amounts of liability damage that would take away years of sleep to any insurance accounts manager, was exactly what I had an appetite for and expected.  Didn't care nor expected the name Nolan to either influence or just being used as the tipical marketing BS most of us despise reading in a trailer.  I did however enjoyed some of the changes made from the known story as far as Superman DNA that made him stand out to other fellow Kryptonians. But the drama and results of this tittle's plot fell short... Not surprised.  Overall as said before, I wanted to see a brawling Superman and it's exactly what I got out of it.  With that expectation lacking in previous adaptations, or at least to a more 'believable' special effect based sequence.  Dare I say it's the only thing that saved this movie.  But if you are looking to see a well portrayed Kal-El in full circle, this film can dissapoint.  However, the actor did played a good role as both Clark/Superman.

Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: frankencowx on July 09, 2013, 02:44:29 PM
Barnes and Noble is having their semi annual 50% off Criterion Collection sale from now until July 29. Some good stuff on there as usual:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/container/stores.asp?PID=40727 (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/container/stores.asp?PID=40727)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on July 10, 2013, 10:57:55 PM
We saw This Is the End yesterday and it was pretty fucking funny.

I was kind of turned off when I saw that all these actors were playing themselves in the movie; I thought that whole aspect seemed kinda douchey. Honestly, I would've skipped this one if I hadn't heard such great things about it.

Luckily, everyone in the movie plays sort of exaggerated versions of themselves and they don't take themselves seriously at all, which is fantastic. My favorites were Michael Cera, who had a brief cameo in the beginning. He was all fucked up on coke acting like a complete maniac and at one point he slapped Rihanna's ass. I also liked Craig Robinson a lot, who was funny and cool.

Danny McBride is hit or miss. If he has a good role and a good script, he nails it. In this movie he killed it. Completely fucking hilarious.

The monsters were FUCKING AWESOME.

Yeah, i was surprised by this movie as well, the premise was well delivered, and the cameos, for the most part, worked. I don't think it's as solid as Pineapple Express, but it had some honest laugh out loud moments. Specially from McBride (the cuming exchange with Franco was amazing).
Also, it's impossible not to like Craig Robinson, his deadpan, often dark humor delivery is the glue for movies like these. He stole the show on Pineapple Express, but he probably had the best lines in that movie. He's kinda like Zach G. but without the aloofness and crazy antics.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Deci on July 10, 2013, 11:09:53 PM
I watched Blade Runner for the first time recently, it sure took me long enough. I liked it a lot. =) I felt a cyberpunkish vibe from it which I've enjoyed since I was very young. Also the noirish vibe in a futuristic setting was very cool. Seeing a young Harrison Ford again is always fun, especially in a role I had not seen before. Rutger Hauer has been a favorite of mine since I first saw Ladyhawke.

I did not like Deckard's final monologue so much, and surprise surprise, it's not in the other versions! I had a feeling from very early on that Deckard could have been a replicant. There's also no need for Rachael to be free of the 4-year expiration this way. I also apparently missed a unicorn dream which makes me sad. I'll have to see one of the superior versions eventually. =)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: NightCrawler on July 10, 2013, 11:40:07 PM
I watched Blade Runner for the first time recently, it sure took me long enough. I liked it a lot. =) I felt a cyberpunkish vibe from it which I've enjoyed since I was very young. Also the noirish vibe in a futuristic setting was very cool. Seeing a young Harrison Ford again is always fun, especially in a role I had not seen before. Rutger Hauer has been a favorite of mine since I first saw Ladyhawke.

I did not like Deckard's final monologue so much, and surprise surprise, it's not in the other versions! I had a feeling from very early on that Deckard could have been a replicant. There's also no need for Rachael to be free of the 4-year expiration this way. I also apparently missed a unicorn dream which makes me sad. I'll have to see one of the superior versions eventually. =)

Everything was ruined for you. First you never saw Blade Runner, and then when you see it, you watch the crappy version. Sucks man.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on July 11, 2013, 04:53:49 PM
Everything was ruined for you. First you never saw Blade Runner, and then when you see it, you watch the crappy version. Sucks man.

Yeah, I feel bad for him.

Watch one of the other versions. That version is the worst with the voiceover at the end.

"I'm not sure why Batty did what he did." HE DID IT BECAUSE HE WAS TRYING TO BE MORE HUMAN THAN YOU ARE ASSHOLE.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Deci on July 11, 2013, 10:58:18 PM
Well you can blame subscription television in the United States for that one, I guess. =/ Sadly that's the version people are going to see the most, just like now when you reference Berserk and someone recognizes it they'll most probably think about this fucking trilogy. I've gotten some subtle suggestions to read, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" , but from what I understand Ridley Scott didn't really try to follow the book so much, though the title alone really makes me want to see the unicorn sequence.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on July 12, 2013, 09:05:25 AM
Well you can blame subscription television in the United States for that one, I guess. =/ Sadly that's the version people are going to see the most, just like now when you reference Berserk and someone recognizes it they'll most probably think about this fucking trilogy. I've gotten some subtle suggestions to read, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" , but from what I understand Ridley Scott didn't really try to follow the book so much, though the title alone really makes me want to see the unicorn sequence.

As a general advice, you should read P.K. Dick's works if you have any interest in Sci-Fi.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on July 12, 2013, 02:53:26 PM
As a general advice, you should read P.K. Dick's works if you have any interest in Sci-Fi.

Especially Man in the High Castle.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on July 15, 2013, 02:31:16 PM
Anyone else (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=8350.msg222522#msg222522) watched Pacific Rim yet? I wonder if this's going to be a movie that people find awesome because it was visually good in spite of a sub-par plot (Star Trek: Into Darkness and Man Of Steel)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on July 15, 2013, 07:15:38 PM
Anyone else (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=8350.msg222522#msg222522) watched Pacific Rim yet? I wonder if this's going to be a movie that people find awesome because it was visually good in spite of a sub-par plot (Star Trek: Into Darkness and Man Of Steel)

I saw it Friday and thought it was a pretty good summer action movie.  The lead actor was pretty weak and the plot felt disjointed at times. I also felt it got too overdramitc at points and I expected more humor. I think I had higher expectations because of DelToro's involvment. Even still there's a lot to enjoy in this movie. I mean its exactly what you'd expect from a modern day monster/mecha movie. I also didn't see it in 3d although I kinda wish I had. 
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: ryOtoha on July 16, 2013, 01:20:11 PM
From my point of view, Pacific him is a excellent summer movie because it suceed where japanese failed or should i say never even try. It's a anime, a robotto anime in live action without any (visible) compromise. With all the codes, patterns, crazyness, iconic characters and setting, action that come with it. Even if you don't know a damn thing about robotto anime and kaiju genre, it still succeed.
 
This, pretty much summarize my thoughts,
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The performances help us care about the stakes, but the film unfolds for the most part in the smashing of metallic fists into the faces of giant beasts. Emotional flashbacks and general pettiness and masculine competitiveness are dressing for the core smash-em-up. The emotions exhibited are no more sophisticated than they need to be, fitting perfectly with the general tone of the film.

In the end, an audience may not be ready for something that lacks either irony or jingoism, a straight-up action film that calls upon the simplicity of childhood play. We've been conditioned to accept the trappings of the adult world in our adolescent fantasies, these elements rarely amount to anything more than silly contemporary witticisms ("whoops, my bad") or fortune cookie-level philosophizing (*with great power comes great responsibility"). Pacific Rim is at its best when we see fantastic fighting machines lumbering through the ocean waves, off to punch an enormous screeching beast atop the noggin. It's a film that doesn't need to be ironic or self-effacing to be terrifically effective. It's a film that needs, and provides in ways no film ever has, the spectacle of monsters battling giant robots.

On that level, as a spectacle free from dogma or expectation, reveling in the simplicity of purpose and beauty of the execution, Pacific Rim is near perfect.
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Post by: Johnstantine on July 17, 2013, 03:44:30 AM
Just got back from seeing Pacific Rim. Loved every minute of it.

Only problem I had was that the pacing seemed a little off at times. Other than that, I have no complaints.
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Post by: Walter on July 17, 2013, 11:50:56 AM
There's been such a positive response to Pacific Rim, I feel like I have to see it, even though I don't really have any personal desire to see it. Hope I can get away to a theatre before it's gone.
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Post by: Johnstantine on July 17, 2013, 02:51:10 PM
There's been such a positive response to Pacific Rim, I feel like I have to see it, even though I don't really have any personal desire to see it. Hope I can get away to a theatre before it's gone.

You can't go wrong with a movie when del Toro is directing it.
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Post by: Walter on July 17, 2013, 03:52:12 PM
You can't go wrong with a movie when del Toro is directing it.
I didn't like Pan's Labyrinth.  :azan:
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Post by: Johnstantine on July 18, 2013, 12:12:01 AM
I didn't like Pan's Labyrinth.  :azan:

I thought I'd heard everything up until now. You are literally the only person I've seen that hasn't liked it.
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Post by: Aazealh on July 18, 2013, 08:23:31 AM
I thought I'd heard everything up until now. You are literally the only person I've seen that hasn't liked it.

It's overrated.
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Post by: Johnstantine on July 18, 2013, 04:43:44 PM
It's overrated.

I couldn't disagree with you more.
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Post by: Proj2501 on July 18, 2013, 08:05:35 PM
Pacific Rim was exactly what I'd hoped it'd be, fun. If you go in expecting Schlinder's List you'll be let disappointed. If you appreciate kaiju films (which I adore) and want to see enjoyable bouts between giants, you'll thoroughly enjoy yourself.

Lol at this Pan's Labyrinth talk. I saw it once on a plane to Chile and enjoyed it. Haven't seen it since. Ordered it 2 days ago on Amazon on Blu-ray for $6. Really looking forward to watching it again and see how I feel about it now.

Also, hey guys. Missed you all.  :casca:
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Post by: Lithrael on July 18, 2013, 10:38:02 PM
I thought I'd heard everything up until now. You are literally the only person I've seen that hasn't liked it.

I didn't like it just cause it was so DAAARRRK and I really do not enjoy torture scenes that are not in Berserk.  I liked a lot of the stuff IN it though.

Just saw Pacific Rim and it was full of funtimes.  I had no idea Owen from Torchwood was in it so I was making jolly noises when he showed up even though I was deeply unsold on either his Bert or the other guy's Ernie.  Luckily it was not the kind of movie to be ruined by goofy characters/characterizations.

OMG Proj!  Hi Proj!!
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Post by: Handmade on July 21, 2013, 05:07:41 PM
Pacific Rim was exactly what I'd hoped it'd be, fun. If you go in expecting Schlinder's List you'll be let disappointed. If you appreciate kaiju films (which I adore) and want to see enjoyable bouts between giants, you'll thoroughly enjoy yourself.

Fantastic! My friend is a huge fan of giant monster movies and I'm thankful to him for my exposure to them (and for Berserk, as well). We recently went through the Gamera movies and those were a blast for example (especially the first one).

Here's Gamera sneaking his way into Dragon Ball!

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But my friend loved Pacific Rim, and I can't wait to see it myself.

I'm not sure if it's been posted here before, but the artist of one (or some) of the Metal Gear games drew this for the movie.

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Lol at this Pan's Labyrinth talk. I saw it once on a plane to Chile and enjoyed it. Haven't seen it since. Ordered it 2 days ago on Amazon on Blu-ray for $6. Really looking forward to watching it again and see how I feel about it now.


Pan's Labyrinth: I saw it a year or two ago because I had to see what I'd think of it after hearing so many vague opinions about it that never really said anything about the movie itself. Just a bunch of mehs and indifferent reviews, and after I saw it, I was able to understand where they were coming from. For me it was the kind of movie that keeps your interest the first time and you also never have the urge to watch again.  :serpico:
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Post by: IncantatioN on July 21, 2013, 09:55:12 PM
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Watched Pacific Rim this past week, all said and done ... it's decent, I'd say over-rated to a marginal degree. If Lindelof was attached to it, people would rip it to shreds. Here's why - we're a smart audience and we like things to well ... make sense, not just any sense but think about the science behind things or question the lack of common sense. The movie kicks off with Raleigh and his brother piloting a Jaegar (mech) fighting off a kaiju and things looks really COOL with the the explanation of the human-tech interface and a pumping good tune that may invoke serious head-bob-action, at least I was with a smile on the face. Things don't go perfectly planned and Raleigh’s brother gets killed and he leaves working in construction till Pentecost (Elba) finds him to recruit him. The Jaegar program is on it's own with no government funding and Pentecost plans to combine the few remaining Jaegar's and launch a final attack. Fair enough. The government's new plan is to build big walls and sit tight, walls that are easily breached by huge kaiju's. Kaiju's come through a dimension portal thingie that opens every few hours and in a specific area. They know where this is, they've always known where this is. Pentecost's plan is to drop a nuke into it, while the portal is open. I thought, why do you need jaegar's to fight kaiju's? They come up every few hours (sort of precise time is calculated, even if you're within the hour it should be ok), so why not have stealth bombers or choppers or battleships or subs or whatever else waiting for em and attack them or drop off this nuke? Kaiju's can be killed by big missiles which is how one of the jaegar's defeats them anyway. Only a jaegar's punch will shake off a kaiju, nothing else. Metal fists or mechanisms do not break during a fist fight but a kaiju can inflict massive damage from single hits when it hits a jaegar. Doesn't make sense but I guess it explains how jaegar's have no limitations from being underwater (with buttloads of water pressure at work), all devices working fine AND being able to move/ fight as they would on land.

Back home, every New Year or month or July 4th, Star Movies would play Independence Day. I haven't watched it since moving to NY but it's unforgettable, not that I liked the movie that much anyway. So the plan was to mask yourself in their alien craft so you're not detected when you fly into space, infiltrate enemy camp, say hello to glossy eye'd aliens, delivery the payload and head back successfully, right? So the plan now is to mask your jaegar while holding/ jumping with a kaiju so you're not detected when you use the portal to the kaiju world, infiltrate enemy camp, say hello to very similar looking glossy eye'd aliens, deliver the payload and head back successfully. Only difference being the portal is under water whereas in Independence Day they had to fly in space. Opposite directions, same idea. How original.

Pearlman's shoe design reminded me of Guts' armor shoe design : p ... AND there's a scene where Mako thinks Raleigh isn't breathing and is dead - she holds on to him tight and after a few seconds Raleigh whispers "You're holding me tight, I can't breathe" or something like that and I looked at DirectDK pointing to the screen, we both cracked up, reminded us of the Guts-Casca scene and dialog from the 100 Man Slayer incident.


Hilarious to know a $190 million budget film couldn't get good actors. Everyone except a little girl that plays young Mako or regular Pearlman (cracked me up) or the cute dog could have been replaced. Elba forgot he had an accent in some scenes. Mako's presence was full of cringe. Cheesy dialog here n there. I thought the Father-Son scene in the end was cool. Watched it in IMAX 3D but I'd like to go back and see it in 2D. The pacing was off.

Watch Pacific Rim to see pretty cool mech-monster fights. You'll enjoy it if you switch your brain off for all why or how questions and don't expect good acting.
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Post by: NightCrawler on July 22, 2013, 12:29:00 AM
You can't go wrong with a movie when del Toro is directing it.

What? Del Toro is a passable director, he has good taste though, he just doesn't have the chops.
Pan's Labyrinth is overrated, but its still his best movie.

Also, Pacific Rim blows.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: frankencowx on July 22, 2013, 11:49:18 AM
Watched Evil Dead remake since I missed it in theaters. Had mixed feelings but by the end I felt the campiness from the original had come full circle, which is a good thing. I'm kind of looking forward to seeing what they do next with it. I'd recommend it.
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Post by: Akebobo on July 22, 2013, 11:55:42 AM
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Watch Pacific Rim to see pretty cool mech-monster fights. You'll enjoy it if you switch your brain off for all why or how questions and don't expect good acting.

As much as I loved the movie, I have to agree with you on most of your points.  BIG DUMB FUN.  But sooooo much fun.  It made me feel like when I was a kid sitting in the theater watching transformers the movie for the first time.  Kind of a priceless experience for me.
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Post by: IncantatioN on July 22, 2013, 02:28:04 PM
The mech-kaiju fights were fun with that 1 up-beat track (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhz14ekbdaE) ... A year ago Del Toro said he had reservations about post-conversion 3D for this film but earlier this month he said he supervised it and recommended a 3D IMAX viewing. I think it would work in just 2D. If the story/ script/ directing/ soundtrack/ etc. aren't any good, format wouldn't matter.
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Post by: IncantatioN on July 25, 2013, 03:07:06 PM
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It's been a while since I watched a horror movie in the theater, I try not to because of audience reactions. Been waiting for The Conjuring since teasers came out, it doesn't disappoint at all, I had a blast. Check it out. There's nothing new to the table (influenced by Poltergeist, The Changeling, Burnt Offerings, or The Haunting, The Exorcist) but it's tense, well executed, well acted with good closure to the plot and not a lot of CG which's refreshing.
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Post by: IncantatioN on July 30, 2013, 05:48:05 PM
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Watched Oblivion last night, part of me wishes I got to see this on the big screen. Kosinski's got a good sense of presenting Sci-fi (Tron Legacy, this flick), but the script/ story just wasn't good and was predictable. End felt rushed. The visuals are really cool, action sequences well done, good soundtrack to back it, good enough acting by Freeman-KingSlayer from Game Of Thrones-Andrea (was cool in Shadow Dancer). 6/10 ... I wanted to like it #sigh# ... check it out though.
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Post by: Walter on July 30, 2013, 07:01:51 PM
6/10 ... I wanted to like it #sigh# ... check it out though.
Rated it a 6/10, but we should check it out...?   :???:
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Post by: Delta Phi on July 31, 2013, 04:22:20 AM
It's been a while since I watched a horror movie in the theater, I try not to because of audience reactions. Been waiting for The Conjuring since teasers came out, it doesn't disappoint at all, I had a blast. Check it out.
Really? It looked alright from the trailers, but I wasn't impressed when I went to see it. I thought it stopped being scary at the start of the 2nd act (as all too many scary movies these days tend to do). Like you said, it doesn't bring anything new to the table, so maybe that's what killed it for me.
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Post by: TheBranded1 on July 31, 2013, 04:42:55 AM
Watched " The Wolverine"  way better than "Origins" liked most of the story, wanted a a human silver samurai
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Post by: Skeleton on July 31, 2013, 05:38:39 AM
Really? It looked alright from the trailers, but I wasn't impressed when I went to see it. I thought it stopped being scary at the start of the 2nd act (as all too many scary movies these days tend to do). Like you said, it doesn't bring anything new to the table, so maybe that's what killed it for me.

It's a shame to hear that.  I thought Wan's previous film, Insidious, had the potential to be a great horror film.  The first half was fantastic.  But the second half was horrible, and ultimately it was what dragged the film down.  (I love the concept of the Further, despite the hilariously shitty name, but it's one of those things that look great on paper but doesn't work out when you do it.)  It sounds like The Conjuring has the same problem.  That's a shame.  I was hoping Wan had learned from Insidious' mistakes.
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Post by: IncantatioN on August 01, 2013, 02:35:09 PM
Rated it a 6/10, but we should check it out...?   :???:

Yep, give it a chance, maybe a casual viewing if you like sci-fi movies. It's not bad, just that I just expected a lot more from it. Has more depth that what trailers make it out to be with a bit of a mish-mash of plot and a quick end. A lot of people would shy away because of Cruise, fair enough. In this case, Cruise being attached to the film actually helped it to get made, so I'll give him credit for that.

Really? It looked alright from the trailers, but I wasn't impressed when I went to see it. I thought it stopped being scary at the start of the 2nd act (as all too many scary movies these days tend to do). Like you said, it doesn't bring anything new to the table, so maybe that's what killed it for me.

New doesn't always translate to good. Less scary doesn't make it bad Horror. They didn't bring anything new but I thought it was pretty well done with good atmosphere. Doesn't have many obvious loose ends, builds enough tension or suspense and isn't all about CG. The story gets a little slow in the middle, picks up in the end. I realize what you say about the 2nd act ... the premise at the beginning is damn cool with ghosts but in the end it turns into a big possession sub-plot and isn't about the house as much, but I think that's what makes it less predictable and the mystery worked for me. I expected an unhappy end for the Warrens with their daughter being possessed when they returned. Overall, it stands good compared with other Horror movies of this genre.

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Back in June I ordered Europa Report on demand, first thing I bought on demand because the theatrical release was much later and I was stoked to check it out. 2 nights ago I re-watched it because someone mentioned it to me and you know, there're times where you go "Damn, talking about it makes me wanna see it again!". Yeah, this's one of those movies for me. A private group funds a mission to get to Jupiter's moon Europa to search for life under a thick bed of ice. You'd be less impressed if I told you it was one of those found footage films, but don't let that stop you, it's a technically sound deep space exploration flick. There are camera's set up throughout the ship and what we get to see is from that real-time perspective, well done, no hand-shake/ jerk crap. Anything can go wrong in space, little things count and the realism of what could happen is well shown. Just be warned that it's a slow-burn thriller. Nice nod to 2001: A Space Odyssey visually or when you hear The Blue Danube played when they get to space successfully.   Recommended.

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Finally got around checking out Mud. It's pretty good, gonna have to check out the director's other movies. The movie centers around 2 kids who find a boat up in a tree (probably up there when the Mississippi river flooded or cos of a storm or something), they check it out and find this guy who calls himself Mud staying in the boat. He tells them he's waiting to meet the love of his life (who's in town) and that he was hiding on the island because of trouble with the cops. The kids listen and in return for something they help him out. One of the kids, Ellis, believes in Mud's cause all the more because of what he's going through. Few other things going on, wouldn't be fair to spoil it for you. Recommended.
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Post by: Johnstantine on August 30, 2013, 01:43:41 AM
Went and saw Elysium last week. For being hailed as an ultra-serious movie, I found myself cracking up in a lot of parts. The acting was atrocious, and I in no way felt like there was ever a sense of urgency to actually get to Elysium itself.

The cinematography, however, was fucking beautiful and I would see it all over again just for that.
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Post by: IncantatioN on September 04, 2013, 01:21:57 PM
I missed watching Elysium on the big screen, damn. Now I'm curious, thanks John.

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Recently checked out Kon-Tiki which was not too bad. It didn't wow me but that's prolly cos I'd seen a documentary on the expedition and knew what was going on. It's about a Norwegian guy who lived on Polynesian islands for his research and came about the idea that their origins were from the East via 8,000 kms across the ocean, only problem was that not a lot of people believed it could be done with primitive ways of navigation. But, he constructed the same raft as per the stories he'd heard of Kon-Tiki's journey by the locals and sets out on a 101 day journey.
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Post by: Rendarg on September 18, 2013, 01:44:45 AM
So there really is a place like hell on earth. I just watched Camp 14 – Total Control Zone, a 2012 documentation about the life of Shin Dong-hyuk, a man who was born inside a concentration camp for political prisoners in North Korea.
I had to stop watching 2-3 times, because i was starting to feel sick and a bit dizzy. He managed to escape in 2005 and now lives in South Korea, where they interview him. Two former members of the North Korean Army were also interviewed.

It's hard to imagine, someone living his whole life in a prison camp, not knowing that there is a world outside. The constant beatings, torture, public executions. And how they mess with people's minds. How he describes that he didn't feel anything, when the guards beat a girl in his class to death for stealing some grains of corn, because that were the rules of the camp. It was her mistake, it was normal.

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-Shin described how, at the age of 14, he was completely stripped, his legs cuffed and hands tied, and suspended from the ceiling of his cell. His torturers then lit up a charcoal fire under his back and forced a hook into his skin so that he could not struggle. He still has a number of large scars from the burned flesh and from many other abuses.

-Later Shin was forced to watch the execution of his mother Chang Hye-kyong by hanging and his brother Shin Ha-kun by firing squad.

-When Shin worked in the garment factory and accidentally dropped a sewing machine, the foreman hacked off his right middle finger just above the first knuckle as punishment.

-Shin witnessed dozens of public executions each year. Another prisoner Kim Yong witnessed around 25 executions in his section of the camp within less than two years.
   
-Shin saw a six-year-old girl in his school being beaten to death for hoarding 5 kernels of corn.
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on October 03, 2013, 03:49:20 PM
Recently watched: Hocus Pocus (my girlfriend wanted me to see it), The People Under the Stairs, and The Hole.

Hocus Pocus: I get the appeal, it's a fun watch, but this movie should have been a musical.

The People Under The Stairs: Great! I've been wanting to see this for a while and I'm glad that I have. The main character, Fool, is like the younger version of Walter White, brains over brawn.

The Hole (2009): More of a Horror-Comedy than a true horror. Wonderful characters and great visuals. I'm going to include this to future horror movie nights. 
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Post by: IncantatioN on October 09, 2013, 06:49:19 PM
Are you gonna marathon horror movies all month, Bob? 31 days, 31 horror movies. I'm trying to accomplish it this year with a personal stipulation that they be movies I have not watched before. Probably use weekends to catch up to days I miss.

Anyone else doing something similar?
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Post by: Deci on October 09, 2013, 07:53:20 PM
Hitchcock with Anthony Hopkins as the man, about the filming of Psycho and his relationship with his wife. Was really cool!
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Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on October 10, 2013, 12:42:00 AM
Watched part of "My Amityville Horror," which is a documentary/series of interviews of the oldest son, Daniel Lutz. It focuses on his family, which was pretty bad, and their experience with the Warrens (the couple from the Conjuring).

Also, as for a horror documentary, I'm trying to find "Leviathan." The film follows a fishing crew. There are no interviews and there is no solid focus.

Are you gonna marathon horror movies all month, Bob? 31 days, 31 horror movies. I'm trying to accomplish it this year with a personal stipulation that they be movies I have not watched before. Probably use weekends to catch up to days I miss.

Anyone else doing something similar?
I wasn't thinking about it, that sounds like a pretty good challenge! I haven't been keeping up with it too much, due to my girlfriend hogging Netflix to watch Breaking Bad, but I'm sneaking in some movies. What movies have you seen?
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Post by: Deci on October 10, 2013, 09:39:06 AM

Also, as for a horror documentary, I'm trying to find "Leviathan." The film follows a fishing crew. There are no interviews and there is no solid focus.

Let me know what you think about that, from what I understand it's just an artsy splash of camerawork and sound capturing of fisherman doing their job, the sea monster "Leviathan" being the boat, massacring sea creatures. Part of me is interested due to the amount of horror movie aspects there are relating to, well, really any kind of "live animal" hunting, but the bigger part of me just think it'll be boring watching guys work for a couple hours.
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Post by: IncantatioN on October 10, 2013, 05:52:10 PM
Also, as for a horror documentary, I'm trying to find "Leviathan." The film follows a fishing crew. There are no interviews and there is no solid focus.

Leviathan is gritty and the visual aspect with sound is incredible. It's brutal in it's honest depiction of commercial fishing. If you can't find it, I can mail it to you ^ ^.

I wasn't thinking about it, that sounds like a pretty good challenge! I haven't been keeping up with it too much, due to my girlfriend hogging Netflix to watch Breaking Bad, but I'm sneaking in some movies. What movies have you seen?

Go for it! It's a lot of fun especially cos it's such a variety of genres within Horror or styles to try out. I haven't watched a lot of classics, so I'm trying to add those to the mix. So far -

The Asphyx - about a scientist who discovers there's usually a black blob in the pictures he takes of the dead. Further probing leads him to discovery the presence of an Asphyx that manifests itself when a living thing comes close to death, to take it's soul. The film takes off from there. Decent acting and fun idea that you don't usually get to watch in movies made these days.

Phenomena - didn't know the soundtrack was by Goblin or that Argento directed it or that Jeniffer Conelly starred in it, blind watch, extremely fulfilling. Atmospheric goodness.

Paperhouse - focuses around a girl who has dreams but when she finds out her dreams are linked to her drawings, she tries to add more to the drawing, draws a boy by the window. It's a romantic adventure or horror with pots of cheesy moments. Could've cut out the last 10/ 15 mins and it would be decent.

Witchfinder General - Vincent Price alone made me want to check this one out, he didn't disappoint in his portrayed of the General. As the title suggests it involved finding witches and/ people who believe in witchcraft and punishing them. The movie's just about decent.

Les Diaboliques - more of a thriller but only found out after watching it and it's pretty good. 

Le Campana Del Infierno - a friend recommended this to me and the only thing he said was "Watch this, the director fell from a tower on the last day of filming" ... intrigued by just that, I picked it up and it's pretty atmospheric, decent horror.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? - Creepy ... really enjoyed it.

So I think from this lot I'd recommend Baby Jane, Les Diaboliques, and Phenomena.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on October 21, 2013, 05:55:57 PM
The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. Did this with my fiance to see her reaction and mine after so many years, like a science experiment (she did not appreciate I had her watch movies even I don't like =). And... yep, it wasn't just perception at the time, they're still bad. Although, it didn't offend my sensibilities as much this time, and yielded some different results than I previously remembered. I always thought Episode I was the best of the bunch, the most like a real movie, and while it does benefit from having sets and other practical shit, it's a horribly choppy bore clearly made by a guy that hadn't directed a movie in over 20 years. Even more strangely, Attack of the Clones, which I previously thought was the worst, was actually the most passable. It was a bad movie, but at least it flowed like a movie and not a bunch of mandatory clips and wipes (though it's almost literally a cartoon). Revenge of the Sith was about the same, just ridiculous, and the final crapper to a failed endeavor (except where money is concerned, of course).

Anyway, one significant thing did occur to me during Episode I that should be said for Lucas, which is that these were still very influential movies for better or worse. I don't think there was such a CG heavy live action movie before Phantom Menace, and Eps I and II took it to another level. Now, it's common place, it's the norm even. So, as bad as it was for Star Wars and maybe movies in general as the sterility of the 00's set in, you can't deny Lucas' technical influence as a filmmaker; even when he's otherwise stinking it out as far as story, character, and acting goes, he's still revolutionizing the industry. Fucker.
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Post by: Walter on October 21, 2013, 07:17:45 PM
Whew, Griff. This is like when I went back and listened to the 9/11 tower phone calls just "to see how it made me feel." (terrible)

Anyway, one significant thing did occur to me during Episode I that should be said for Lucas, which is that these were still very influential movies for better or worse. I don't think there was such a CG heavy live action movie before Phantom Menace, and Eps I and II took it to another level. Now, it's common place, it's the norm even. So, as bad as it was for Star Wars and maybe movies in general as the sterility of the 00's set in, you can't deny Lucas' technical influence as a filmmaker; even when he's otherwise stinking it out as far as story, character, and acting goes, he's still revolutionizing the industry. Fucker.
I think that shift was more a function of Lucasfilm having an endless pot of gold rather than any true innovation. If every studio at the time could have afforded such a "luxurious" focus on CG, they probably would have.

To me, the biggest milestone it achieved was that we're still talking about this hot garbage, more than 14 years after its release. I still recall with vivid detail the fantastic time me and my friends had leading up to the premiere—skipping class to buy advanced tickets, waiting in line to be among the first screenings, and then that sinking feeling as the disappointment slowly dawned on us.

Really, I've never had such an experience before. So thanks, George!
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Post by: Griffith on October 21, 2013, 08:03:41 PM
I think that shift was more a function of Lucasfilm having an endless pot of gold rather than any true innovation. If every studio at the time could have afforded such a "luxurious" focus on CG, they probably would have.

In the following sentence I originally included this, "Episode I was... a horribly choppy bore clearly made by a guy that hadn't directed a movie in over 20 years but had limitless resources."

So yeah, that's a factor, nobody else could have done it because nobody else had that combination of money, creative credibility, and power. Though I don't hold that against him too much since he made himself that guy, innovation is innovation however it's achieved, and doing it at all was completely his prerogative. He could have just continued resting on his laurels, which might have been better for everybody, but he wanted to make insane two hour CGI Star Wars tech demos for some reason. So, credit/blame where it's due, his influence on film-making, the modern blockbuster, and the industry in general, from the original Star Wars to The Phantom Menace, cannot be escaped.

(http://www.theshiznit.co.uk/images/main/oh-god-when-will-it-end-3d-star-wars-inevitable-says-george-lucas.jpg)
"Execute order 66."

BTW, some insight on Lucas' obsession with improving/ruining Star Wars

Quote from: http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured/dont-expect-to-see-the-original-editions-of-star-wars-on-blu-ray-any-time-soon
I sat behind Lucas at a screening of the 1977 film at the Egyptian theater once, and as he realized that the print they were showing was the original unaltered version and not a special edition, he began to sink lower and lower in his chair, his discomfort visible.  He was in physical agony by the end of the screening, and he spoke afterwards about how hard it is for him to look at that version of the film.

So yeah, I guess he's not just trolling everybody, but I never had a problem with his desire to change his movies, just his insistence on disowning and denying access to the original cuts.


Also, this revealing piece on original Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz can't be re-read enough as far as I'm concerned:

Did ‘Star Wars’ become a toy story? Producer Gary Kurtz looks back (http://herocomplex.latimes.com/movies/star-wars-was-born-a-long-time-ago-but-not-all-that-far-far-away-in-1972-filmmakers-george-lucas-and-gary-kurtz-wer/)

Makes me want to see a "Revenge of the Jedi" fan edit based on his notes. :guts:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Deci on October 28, 2013, 08:18:31 AM
In regards to watching Star Wars, I'm interested in trying this, particularly with someone that has never seen any of them before:

Machete Order (http://www.nomachetejuggling.com/2011/11/11/the-star-wars-saga-suggested-viewing-order/)

It's basically watching the trilogy in Ernst Rister order (IV, V, I, II, III, VI), but with episode I removed. He does a really good job explaining how and why this works so well, here's an excerpt.

"How can you ensure that a viewing keeps the Vader reveal a surprise, while introducing young Anakin before the end of Return of the Jedi?

Simple, watch them in this order: IV, V, I, II, III, VI.

George Lucas believes that Star Wars is the story of Anakin Skywalker, but it is not. The prequels, which establish his character, are so poor at being character-driven that, if the series is about Anakin, the entire series is a failure. Anakin is not a relatable character, Luke is.

This alternative order (which a commenter has pointed out is called Ernst Rister order) inserts the prequel trilogy into the middle, allowing the series to end on the sensible ending point (the destruction of the Empire) while still beginning with Luke’s journey.

Effectively, this order keeps the story Luke’s tale. Just when Luke is left with the burning question “how did my father become Darth Vader?” we take an extended flashback to explain exactly how. Once we understand how his father turned to the dark side, we go back to the main storyline and see how Luke is able to rescue him from it and salvage the good in him.



The prequel backstory comes at the perfect time, because Empire Strikes Back ends on a huge cliffhanger. Han is in carbonite, Vader is Luke’s father, and the Empire has hit the rebellion hard. Delaying the resolution of this cliffhanger makes it all the more satisfying when Return of the Jedi is watched."


He goes into further details, like about Luke's descent into the dark side actually hitting harder because of the insertion of the prequel trilogies, and so on. Also explains removing episode I from the order in more detail,

"Name as many things as you can that happen in Episode I and actually help flesh out the story in any subsequent episode. I can only think of one thing, which I’ll mention later.

Every character established in Episode I is either killed or removed before it ends (Darth Maul, Qui-Gon, Chancellor Valorum), unimportant (Nute Gunray, Watto), or established better in a later episode (Mace Windu, Darth Sidious). Does it ever matter that Palpatine had an apprentice before Count Dooku? Nope, Darth Maul is killed by the end of Episode I and never referenced again. You may as well just start with the assumption that Dooku was the only apprentice. Does it ever matter that Obi-Wan was being trained by Qui-Gon? Nope, Obi-Wan is well into training Anakin at the start of Episode II, Qui-Gon is completely irrelevant.


Really good read, I thought.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on October 28, 2013, 08:56:01 AM
Really good read, I thought.

Laudable effort, but defeated by the simple truth that not watching the prequels at all remains a better option.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: m on October 28, 2013, 06:37:24 PM

I saw Gravity this weekend and I really enjoyed it. I'm actually a bit surprised no one has mentioned it around here (except for one mention in the Movies to look forward to thread).
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on October 28, 2013, 07:15:37 PM
I saw Gravity this weekend and I really enjoyed it. I'm actually a bit surprised no one has mentioned it around here (except for one mention in the Movies to look forward to thread).

I'd like to see it but haven't had the opportunity. Not that I post what I watch all that often anyway...
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on October 28, 2013, 07:51:02 PM
I've been meaning to update this topic with stuff I've been watching as part of that horror movie challenge I'm trying to do, anyway there were other movies and Gravity was one of them. Watched it in IMAX 3D and to me it looked like damn good. The movie is enjoyable for any fan of sci-fi movies and it's got those long shots similar to what the director did on Children Of Men. Wasn't expecting to hear a music but it was used differently. There were a few flaws that you can catch outright - how did Sandra catch Clooney at that speed with his weight and everything into consideration and even if she caught him the way she did, she could've pulled him back, one pull and the inertia of it would carry him to her or put him in dead speed. The threat of debris depicted like that was amazing. In the end, I was expecting her to get caught in that sea-weed or get eaten by a shark haha. I think another thing that got me curious was the ease in flying other pods made by different countries, language barrier and all ... if we look at her case.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on November 10, 2013, 04:41:22 PM
Recently saw the The Hobbit, and considering I didn't have enough interest to bother with it before... I actually quite enjoyed it. As a matter of fact, I think I liked it more than any of the Rings movies. Maybe it was because I was watching it in the comfort of my own bed with zero expectations (other than it would be technically well made), but it was one of the best fantasy/adventure movies I've ever seen. The fact that it's a children's book probably helped temper Jackson's penchant for the epic and vice versa, so it occupied a nice middle ground. I recently saw the Fellowship of the Ring again and there's really no comparison between the two, both in terms of special effects and directing; The Hobbit is much better (Martin Freeman is a better hobbit than anyone in the trilogy too). I'm glad Jackson got a chance to make these, even if they're unnecessarily bloated and ridiculous (pretty sure they still could have done this better in two movies), but we'll see. So far so good. Maybe I'll stay home again and wait until I can watch it from the comfort of my hobbit-hole.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on November 11, 2013, 05:59:41 PM
Recently saw the The Hobbit, and considering I didn't have enough interest to bother with it before... I actually quite enjoyed it. As a matter of fact, I think I liked it more than any of the Rings movies. Maybe it was because I was watching it in the comfort of my own bed with zero expectations (other than it would be technically well made), but it was one of the best fantasy/adventure movies I've ever seen. The fact that it's a children's book probably helped temper Jackson's penchant for the epic and vice versa, so it occupied a nice middle ground. I recently saw the Fellowship of the Ring again and there's really no comparison between the two, both in terms of special effects and directing; The Hobbit is much better (Martin Freeman is a better hobbit than anyone in the trilogy too). I'm glad Jackson got a chance to make these, even if they're unnecessarily bloated and ridiculous (pretty sure they still could have done this better in two movies), but we'll see. So far so good. Maybe I'll stay home again and wait until I can watch it from the comfort of my hobbit-hole.

That surprises me. I saw it in the theater with friends and while I had no expectations I still felt it wasn't very good. Maybe I'm just jaded.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on November 11, 2013, 06:02:07 PM
Recently saw the The Hobbit, and considering I didn't have enough interest to bother with it before... I actually quite enjoyed it. As a matter of fact, I think I liked it more than any of the Rings movies. Maybe it was because I was watching it in the comfort of my own bed with zero expectations (other than it would be technically well made), but it was one of the best fantasy/adventure movies I've ever seen. The fact that it's a children's book probably helped temper Jackson's penchant for the epic and vice versa, so it occupied a nice middle ground. I recently saw the Fellowship of the Ring again and there's really no comparison between the two, both in terms of special effects and directing; The Hobbit is much better (Martin Freeman is a better hobbit than anyone in the trilogy too). I'm glad Jackson got a chance to make these, even if they're unnecessarily bloated and ridiculous (pretty sure they still could have done this better in two movies), but we'll see. So far so good. Maybe I'll stay home again and wait until I can watch it from the comfort of my hobbit-hole.

 :ubik:

Just got the extended edition myself. It's only 13 minutes of extra footage and doesnt really add much. But the 9 hours of special features are great  :guts:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on November 11, 2013, 08:13:27 PM
That surprises me. I saw it in the theater with friends and while I had no expectations I still felt it wasn't very good. Maybe I'm just jaded.

Well, I probably went a bit far saying it was one of the best fantasy movies I've seen, but that's mostly be default since it's not like there's an abundance to choose from (and fewer still featuring Trolls, Goblins, and Orcs of such quality =). I just really enjoyed it, despite the length. I even enjoyed the stuff with Radagast for sheer whimsey, and because I never thought I'd see a dogsled pulled by rabbits.

Just got the extended edition myself. It's only 13 minutes of extra footage and doesnt really add much.

Considering it was already veering toward three hours I don't imagine there was much to add or that he left out. Is Jackson's goal to make these movies' cumulative run time pass 24 hours? He's well on his way, particularly if he adapts any of Tolkien's other works under this banner.

But the 9 hours of special features are great  :guts:

See, I didn't like it that much. :ganishka:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on November 11, 2013, 10:35:38 PM
I also saw Gravity in imax 3D which was really good. I thouroughly enjoyed the whole trip, even if it got a bit ridiculous at parts. It was unique and exciting.

I also watched Thor 2 last night as well. Kinda got dragged by a friend. It was pretty stupid, but I didn't hate it like I thought it would. There was enough comedy to keep me from rolling my eyes the whole time and it went by quick. It didn't feel like it dragged at any point.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Lithrael on November 12, 2013, 03:21:40 PM
I also saw Gravity in imax 3D which was really good. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip, even if it got a bit ridiculous at parts. It was unique and exciting.

Yeah Gravity was worth it just to see some of the scenes they set.  Every once in a while the movie would stop and there would be some acting but then the movie would go again!  Slightly exhausting.  I was reasonably entertained.  LOVE the whole sequence on the way to the Shenzhou.

It looks like it must have been exhausting to make too.  Imagine your 9-5 job was to act hyperventilation-quality stress out for the big screen.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on November 12, 2013, 03:37:38 PM
It was a challenge to direct too! Plus studio pressure to change the script.

The interview's longer - http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/10/center_of_gravity/

Quote
Why was it so hard?

We had to do the whole film as an animation first. We edited that animation, even with sound, just to make sure the timing worked with the sound effects and music. And once we were happy with it, we had to do the lighting in the animation as well. Then all that animation translated to actual camera moves and positions for the lighting and actors. We did a whole exploration of the screenplay, every single moment; we made judgments about everything. Once we began shooting, we were constrained by the limitations of that programming.

How so?

We shot space scenes in a sort of virtual-reality box that had the characters’ environments projected on the walls. The actors had very little room to change their timing or their positions. But we adapted. Sandra Bullock trained like crazy to be able to be a part of all these technological challenges. It was choreography for her. I think her background as a dancer helped a lot. It was so much by numbers. After all the training and all the rehearsals, she was able to just focus on the emotional aspect of her performance.

How long did it take altogether?

We animated for two, maybe two and a half years before we started shooting the actors. Then we shot the film—and then the poor animators had to start from scratch because they had to base their final animations on what was shot. Someone suggested we just call Gravity animation, but I don’t think we can because there’s a fair amount of live action. And it was really hard work for the animators. After all, you learn how to draw based on two main elements: horizons and weight.

And you had neither!

Exactly. They had neither of those things, poor guys. It was a nightmare for them. They would make stuff and I’d say, “Yeah, but that looks like they’re standing at a bar, not floating in space.” We had a physicist explain the laws of zero gravity and zero resistance. After three months, the animators really got the concept and it started to become second nature. You could always identify the new animator on the block because he’d be the guy having panic attacks and a nervous breakdown, wanting to quit.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on November 13, 2013, 06:31:49 PM
I watched The Wolverine last night, I guess it was an Extended Cut version?? But I really liked it. In fact I'd say its just as good as First Class and X-2 if not better. At least the version I saw was. It's more straight forward and comes off less chaotic and... plot-holey?? But it's very entertaining, despite being focused on Logan yet again. Special effects are mostly at a minimum and it's got some good violence and schlock moments. I would recommend it, for sure.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Deci on November 14, 2013, 09:30:20 PM
I watched The Wolverine last night, I guess it was an Extended Cut version?? But I really liked it. In fact I'd say its just as good as First Class and X-2 if not better. At least the version I saw was. It's more straight forward and comes off less chaotic and... plot-holey?? But it's very entertaining, despite being focused on Logan yet again. Special effects are mostly at a minimum and it's got some good violence and schlock moments. I would recommend it, for sure.

So you liked Wolverine and didn't care for Thor 2? That's the opposite of everything I've heard.

I did see Gravity though, and I'll say that this movie is a must-see in 3D. It was made to be seen in 3D. The homage to 2001 and the "evolution"-ish ending were very cool too. I usually don't like Bullock but they could've had a cardboard cutout in there and I still would've enjoyed it for the cinematography alone.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on November 18, 2013, 03:30:23 AM
Just finished Man of Steel. It was okay..? I was close to drunk by the end of it, and while I had no trouble following things, it became less interesting to me as it progressed. Ending was weak, confusing, awkward.

Still, it was much better than I expected.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Antonius Block on November 18, 2013, 05:20:30 PM
Just re-watched The Hidden from 1987 starring Kyle MacLachlan. What a gem!!! It has been close to 20 years since I first saw it, but it is still cool as all hell. Perfect example of 80s sci-fi/horror classics. 10 out of 10 definitely!
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Hanma_Baki on November 22, 2013, 11:45:35 PM
I did see Gravity though, and I'll say that this movie is a must-see in 3D. It was made to be seen in 3D. The homage to 2001 and the "evolution"-ish ending were very cool too. I usually don't like Bullock but they could've had a cardboard cutout in there and I still would've enjoyed it for the cinematography alone.

I second that. I cant imagine you´ll even get half the experience in 2d. Not that I´ve seen a whole lot of 3d movies but this one is the best yet from that perspective.

I know its just a movie blah blah but can you really be conscious, let alone live at all, for that long without oxygen??? :???:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Lithrael on November 23, 2013, 03:32:14 PM
There's a fair amount of handwaving to do in Gravity, yeah.  I don't think she's ever supposed to be OUT of oxygen though just always *almost* out.  Except for the one part where she turns it off on purpose and gets all hallucinatey (and presumably turns it back on herself).
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on December 07, 2013, 04:56:48 AM
I just finished Pacific Rim and was thoroughly embarrassed for everyone involved. What a Kaiju-sized turd. The biggest, dumbest movie I can remember seeing.

It's funny, because when Aaz said he didn't like it, my first thought was, "No man, you probably just don't get it. It's SUPPOSED to be cheesy, like an anime!" But no, it's absurd and over-the-top to the point of embarrassment. I can't believe this movie was made. I barely made it through it, contemplating turning it off toward the last third of the movie. When there were human beings on screen, it was always cringe worthy. Neat robot CG. Thats about all I can say positively about this movie.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on December 07, 2013, 10:21:33 AM
It's funny, because when Aaz said he didn't like it, my first thought was, "No man, you probably just don't get it. It's SUPPOSED to be cheesy, like an anime!"

Oh so that's what you think of me! :puck:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on December 08, 2013, 01:59:21 AM
Neat robot CG. Thats about all I can say positively about this movie.

I went into that movie only caring about that, so I wasn't disappointed.

The human parts don't exist.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on December 08, 2013, 04:33:43 PM
I recently watched both Hunger Games movies. Not impressed.

Like Someone To Love - slow and charming story of an old widower who develops an interesting bond with a young prostitute and gets entangled in her world. Ending could appear to be abrupt and might piss you off, but in a way it's acceptable. Wouldn't recommend this if you're looking for a casual movie.

The Wolverine - surprisingly watchable and decent, wow! It felt a little long but this was a movie made for the ladies. Wolverine could not help taking his shirt off every chance he got. Decent acting by the supporting cast, pretty faces here n there but also expect cheesy moments.

Insidious 2 - glad I didn't get the time to watch this in the theater, it was disappointingly not scary. Wan dropped the ball on predictability and a bad story. They should've stopped with the first one. The ending to the second is open to sequels, so who knows? Both movies have done really well, I expect greedy studios to make more with or without Wan.

Frances Ha - Greta could win the Oscar for this if she's nominated, pretty good movie overall.

Stories We Tell - I looked up the movie's details after watching it cos I just had to and amazed that Sarah Polly wrote and directed it, kinda like Shane did with Upstream Color earlier this year. It focuses on Sarah's mother, like a documentary and the latter's secrets or relationships. It's a bit depressing but not as depressing as the next one I'll post about.

The Broken Circle Breakdown - I'd posted about this in the trailers section (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=8350.msg224546#msg224546) and finally got around checking it out in the theater. I was by myself in the sense, didn't go with a friend and I'm glad I did because it hit me hard. It's out as a limited release only but I hope it gets watched more.

The Way Way Back - coming of age movie is pretty decent and sometimes fun. Recommend it for a casual watch. Sam Rockwell, Steve Carrel, Allison Janney, Toni Collette, Maya Rudolf ... an interesting mix of actors.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Antonius Block on December 10, 2013, 10:05:53 PM
I caught a gem on Turner Classic Movies recently called, "Where Is My Friend's House?". It is an Iranian film from the mid 1980s. Very simple story, but done extremely well. A nice heart warming film about an 8 year boy who mistakenly takes his class mates notebook, and tries to return to him before school the next day. 5 Stars.

It was really cool to see that Toonami broadcast Akira last Saturday, what was not cool was the 2001 dub...  :mozgus:

So, I decided to watch it again only with the Streamline dub, and it brought back lots of good memories. The Japanese version is by far the best, but I must say that Streamline did a pretty damn good job on the dub back in the day. Akira is definitely one of the greats!  :ubik:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on December 12, 2013, 06:05:37 PM
Just saw Gravity. Incredible movie.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Hanma_Baki on December 12, 2013, 07:48:46 PM
^
The 3D´s not too bad eh? :carcus:

Re-watched The Hobbit in preparation for DoS next week. Goddamn its one awesome movie. And boy am I hyped right now. Maybe I should add I havent read the book, and I wouldnt, it in case it´d ruin the movies for me, cause Im having too much fun with it, so far anyway.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Obscure on December 12, 2013, 09:32:23 PM
Just got home from watching The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Not as good as the first one in my opinion, but good nonetheless. It had great action scenes, at times beautiful music and the art directors/production designers did a fantastic job.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on December 13, 2013, 04:50:14 PM
Last night I enjoyed myself watching pretty bad/ laughable Bollywood movies.

(http://images.jagran.com/Ramleela_230913.jpg)

Ram Leela comes from a highly respected director Bhansali and it was sort of his version of Baz's Romeo & Juliet. A lot of cheese, less humor, 20 mins of songs within the first 30/35 mins, bad songs overall, bad accents and more. The director's known to be over-the-top on the emotional side but this was bad execution.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e6/Gori_Tere_Pyaar_Mein.jpg)

Translates to 'fair girl in love with you' ... the couple come from different cultures and religious beliefs, have differences over marriage and other issues like the guy is not as emotional as the girl and has more material/ corporate ways about getting things done. She's more of a social worker and he comes from a big bad corporate family. She leaves him and goes out to help out a village in the middle of nowhere. A bridge across a fast streamed river can help their people progress (safer for kids to go to school, get quicker medical help, etc.). In the meanwhile, he is arranged to marry a girl sharing the same religious beliefs and comes to realize he still has feelings for her. Runs away and goes to find, get her back. The movie isn't worth watching. I was in a weird funk last night that I let it finish. I haven't watched any Bollywood movies in weeks, prolly that's why.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on December 20, 2013, 04:10:18 PM
(http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/screencrush.com/files/2013/10/american-hustle-posters-sony.jpg)

Hit up American Hustle last night and it's over-rated, disappointing ... decent no doubt but the buzz around the movie is pretty crazy for what it actually is. Amy Adams and Louis C.K. steal the show, Bale comes in second and the rest of the cast do a good job. It starts off solid with Adams and Bale's characters coming together to con people, there's good humor and the pace is quick. When it hits the 2nd act things go iffy and by the 3rd you feel underwhelmed, hoping for some spark from the beginning to show up. The bigger con in the end is meh, editing's choppy.

(http://www.reviewjournal.com/sites/default/files/field/media/web1_prisoners-2.jpg)

Prisoners surprised me, didn't expect it to be engaging or good. There's just the right amount of tension and it grips you 15 mins into the movie right up to the end. It's not perfect but Deakins' cinematography (Skyfall, True Grit, No Country For Old Men, A Serious Man, Assassination Of Jesse James, Fargo, Shawshank Redemption), acting, decent mystery make this an under-rated flick. Recommended.

(http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/screencrush.com/files/2013/08/anchorman-2-image.jpg)

Anchorman 2, goofy, funny, over-the-top fun. Awesome cameos.

(http://www.livehiup.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/banner-12-years-a-slave.jpg)

12 Years A Slave packs good performances and an emotional end. Cumberbatch, Pitt and Giamatti have less screen time in general so it's funny to see them in posters or promo material. Ejiofor's character (a free black man with a wife and two kids) was kidnapped and sold into slavery. He's told to strip all knowledge of his old self, given a new identity and to accept his situation.
Like Shame, McQueen has a few scenes without dialog letting the character's emotions breathe. Oscar-worthy.

(http://lemmonythings.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/about-time.jpg)

About Time is what it is, a fluffy romance, not as good as Love Actually. Got a bunch of plot holes and if you ignore them, it's a decent rom-com.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Deci on January 06, 2014, 05:43:53 PM
Left The Hobbit 2 really wishing I had a straight up adaptation of the book, without all the added in appendices and crap. In my opinion these movies are suffering from the invisible need to be a more clear prequel to The Lord of the Rings and force feed the audience a more "epic" story than the book. Long-winded and overblown. Smaug and Bilbo are a lot of fun though.

The Conjuring surprised me, I really enjoyed it!

Aaaand Kick-Ass 2 was lacking. Not as good as the first one, don't think I'm a fan of these actors in these rolls. Imagine the first one if you took Nic Cage out of it. His role really surprisingly made that movie, I think.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on January 11, 2014, 11:21:48 PM
Wasn't sure if I should check out Kickass 2, glad I didn't miss anything. Yep, The Conjuring was good fun compared to the usual crop of Horror that came out. It was not all that original yet well made with a decent/ satisfying end.

(http://wpc.556e.edgecastcdn.net/80556E/img.site/PHOAAOfGale1RU_1_m.jpg)

Found a decent rip for Frozen and decided to check it out. It's charming with witty short songs and good voices. I didn't know Kristen Bell could sing like that. Anyway, this was refreshing because the villain isn't your usual typical one. The older sister isn't sure of her power (to freeze stuff) and she was scarred by an accident while playing with her sister when they were young. Her magic abilities are kept secret. Many years later she is forced to come out in public and that's where the story picks up.

(http://macguff.in/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/August-Osage-County-Movie-Still-2-630x393.jpg)

What I didn't know about August Osage County was that it's adapted from a play and now I'm curious to watch the play! Everyone from main to supporting cast play their parts so well, you get sucked into this dysfunctional family with strong characterized women - daughters and mothers. Someone's either drunk or drugged out or rude or yelling but often honest. It'll be tough to beat Meryl Streep for this one.

(http://static.entertainmentwise.com/photos/Image/CN_BlueJasmine_0.jpg)

Re-watched Blue Jasmine and it felt better. You can't help feeling bad for Blanchett's character and watching her in denial or lying about her life or her having an effect on the people around. The movie starts with her flying to live with her sister who she hasn't kept in real touch with but she's a newly bankrupt widow who has to sort of adjust to living a normal life compared to lavish riches she was used to. I didn't know Woody Allen directed it and was delighted to see Louis C.K. in yet another movie! This's what ... the 2nd Oscar worthy movie he's had a part in. Blanchett is surely up front with Meryl Streep for bagging an Oscar for this.

(http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/pp330/kivaeeva/2001-a-space-odyssey-7-1024.jpg)

This past Tuesday it was NY's coldest day of the week but 3 friends and I had planned last week to go see this movie on the big screen, one of them was seeing it for the first time. I often keep my eye out for it and go watch in the theater if I know it's playing, whatever once or twice a year or more. I've made up my mind to reserve my viewing experience only for the big screen. Just awesome and this print had the Intermission screen in the middle of the Jupiter mission like the other time a theater in Brooklyn screened it in July or June of 2012.

Queued up Her, Enough Said, The Spectacular Now, The Wolf Of Wall Street and The Act Of Killing.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JoeZeon on January 23, 2014, 05:48:32 AM
I gotta say that Lone Survivor was much better than I expected. I appreciated the director for not trying to make this movie into something that it wasn't. Just a solid movie about heroism and courage, Ben Foster was really spot on as well. Personally I rank it below The Hurt Locker, but well ahead of Act of Valor and Zero Dark Thirty.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on January 23, 2014, 02:50:30 PM
I gotta say that Lone Survivor was much better than I expected. I appreciated the director for not trying to make this movie into something that it wasn't. Just a solid movie about heroism and courage, Ben Foster was really spot on as well. Personally I rank it below The Hurt Locker, but well ahead of Act of Valor and Zero Dark Thirty.

If you're ranking it below and already overrated movie then it must not be that good.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JoeZeon on January 23, 2014, 09:11:03 PM
If you're ranking it below and already overrated movie then it must not be that good.
Whatever floats your boat man.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on February 12, 2014, 07:18:17 PM
Agree with John on that one.

(http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/all-is-lost-clip-05222013-170437.jpg)

All Is Lost is not bad a movie but I'd say you have to be in the mood to watch it. It's got little dialog and shows us a number of things that could go wrong when you're out at sea. I think the film shows that aspect of the story well, the ending to me looked open ... or maybe he did drown in the end and that's just a hallucination for the audience?

(http://www.michaelthemaven.com/images/content/Escape-Plan1.jpg)

I had a lot of fun watching Escape Plan just for the sake of nostalgia. The movie isn't THAT bad. There are some big flaws but what can you expect! I'd watch it again if it was on TV.

(http://blogs.cio.com/sites/cio.com/files/u7727/thor2.jpg)

Thor 2, not as fun or good as Thor. Ending is a botch job considering how there are just a few humans involved with saving the world or all 9 realms to be exact. If the problem was that grave, you'd expect more superheroes in the same universe to sort of react to it, like S.H.I.E.L.D. or the Avengers. Bad script. Decent eye-candy (CG), Portman's hot, her female friend who's hot in real life was annoying, Loki was cool. Aerial fights were well done.

(http://snarkerati.com/movie-news/files/2012/08/unforgiven.jpg)

Pal recommended this Eastwood movie to me. I'm not very familiar with his older movies but I've watched the movies he's directed post 2000. Unforgiven is DAMN GOOD! Eastwood's frakkin handsome and awesome in this one. Ok now that I got that outta my chest ... it's one of those movies where when you think about it, the story's simple. But the script and cinematography make up for everything and the acting of course. Good cast, no wasted dialog, characters feel real and the last 10/15 mins is when it all comes full circle, like the $1000 reward and the bar owner buying it off Greely for a $1000. Highly recommended.

I also watched In The Line Of Fire and it's pretty good. Not as good as Unforgiven, for me. What other pre-2000 movies would you guys recommend I check out?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Antonius Block on February 12, 2014, 09:26:30 PM
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What other pre-2000 movies would you guys recommend I check out?

If you're only interested in the films he has directed pre-2000, I'm not quite certain as to which these are just now... But if you're also interested in the pre-2000 films he has starred in that are the bomb, then you should definitely check out the following:

Dirty Harry
"The Man With No Name" Sergio Leone Trilogy (Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly)
Kelly's Heroes
Outlaw Josey Wales (I think he may have directed this one.)

All of these are great. Outlaw Josey Wales kind of even reminds me of an Anime to a certain degree because you have this mythical gun fighter that has a bounty on his head and he has to go up against all kinds of crazy foes whilst traveling between a post civil-war South... Southern Bumpkins, Union Soldiers, Bounty Hunters etc. The characters are unique and the scenarios are wild. 5 Star masterpiece here.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Dar Klink on February 13, 2014, 10:01:22 AM
Recently rewatched the first Batman movie from Tim Burton. I hadn't seen it since early childhood and couldn't remember 90% of it. I think the best part of it was the overall art design, the music, and the Joker. It had a kinda unfocused story that didn't flow together very well but had some great scenes and iconic moments. I remember liking Batman Returns a lot more as a kid, so I'm going to watch that soon as well. For some reason I watched Batman Forever a ton as a kid despite thinking it was pretty shitty... so I think I'll skip that and Batman and Robin rewatches.  :azan:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on February 13, 2014, 04:26:23 PM
If you're only interested in the films he has directed pre-2000, I'm not quite certain as to which these are just now... But if you're also interested in the pre-2000 films he has starred in that are the bomb, then you should definitely check out the following:

Dirty Harry
"The Man With No Name" Sergio Leone Trilogy (Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly)
Kelly's Heroes
Outlaw Josey Wales (I think he may have directed this one.)

All of these are great. Outlaw Josey Wales kind of even reminds me of an Anime to a certain degree because you have this mythical gun fighter that has a bounty on his head and he has to go up against all kinds of crazy foes whilst traveling between a post civil-war South... Southern Bumpkins, Union Soldiers, Bounty Hunters etc. The characters are unique and the scenarios are wild. 5 Star masterpiece here.

Sounds good, thanks for that. I'll hit them up as and when I find them. Was curious about Eastwood movies in general, ones he's starred in or directed.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on February 13, 2014, 06:12:08 PM
Recently rewatched the first Batman movie from Tim Burton. I hadn't seen it since early childhood and couldn't remember 90% of it. I think the best part of it was the overall art design, the music, and the Joker. It had a kinda unfocused story that didn't flow together very well but had some great scenes and iconic moments. I remember liking Batman Returns a lot more as a kid, so I'm going to watch that soon as well. For some reason I watched Batman Forever a ton as a kid despite thinking it was pretty shitty... so I think I'll skip that and Batman and Robin rewatches.  :azan:

If you want really awesome, fantastic, unequivocal Batman viewing experience, then I highly suggest watching Batman the Animated Series, followed by Superman, Batman Beyond, Justice League, and the Justice League Unlimited. That's, in my opinion, the best Batman writing ever.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Hanma_Baki on February 13, 2014, 10:03:45 PM
Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Trilogy

All three easily within my top ten of all time. They´re just too damn iconic. And gawd that OST by Morricone is like the yummie icing on the cake! :guts: I cant believe you havent seen 'em, Incan, you´re like the godfather of movie nerds :iva:

I guess a big part of why I love them so much is cause I watched them when I was very young, and Eastwood's pretty much been the mother of all badasses ever since. Sincerely hope you´ll enjoy them even though you kinda missed out on the nostalgia factor. (Oh and try to forget about Yojimbo if you´ve already seen it, also effin' awesome btw)


If you want really awesome, fantastic, unequivocal Batman viewing experience, then I highly suggest watching Batman the Animated Series, followed by Superman, Batman Beyond, Justice League, and the Justice League Unlimited. That's, in my opinion, the best Batman writing ever.

Seems like I´ve got some watching to do here. I´ve only seen Batman TAS. Mostly did it out of desperate nostalgia only a few years ago, and what I love about it most is how dark it is, I cant imagine I´d like Superman the same way. But I guess I´ll give it a try if the Dark Knight himself does some cameos. Thanks for the recco...
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: JoeZeon on February 13, 2014, 10:20:38 PM
Pal recommended this Eastwood movie to me. I'm not very familiar with his older movies but I've watched the movies he's directed post 2000. Unforgiven is DAMN GOOD! Eastwood's frakkin handsome and awesome in this one. Ok now that I got that outta my chest ... it's one of those movies where when you think about it, the story's simple. But the script and cinematography make up for everything and the acting of course. Good cast, no wasted dialog, characters feel real and the last 10/15 mins is when it all comes full circle, like the $1000 reward and the bar owner buying it off Greely for a $1000. Highly recommended.

With ya all the way on this one, I liked how it ran so counter to all of his older western movies with its grittiness and take on violence. I'm interested to see how this new Japanese remake with Ken Watanabe goes.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on February 14, 2014, 02:41:11 AM
All three easily within my top ten of all time. They´re just too damn iconic. And gawd that OST by Morricone is like the yummie icing on the cake! :guts: I cant believe you havent seen 'em, Incan, you´re like the godfather of movie nerds :iva:

I guess a big part of why I love them so much is cause I watched them when I was very young, and Eastwood's pretty much been the mother of all badasses ever since. Sincerely hope you´ll enjoy them even though you kinda missed out on the nostalgia factor. (Oh and try to forget about Yojimbo if you´ve already seen it, also effin' awesome btw)


Seems like I´ve got some watching to do here. I´ve only seen Batman TAS. Mostly did it out of desperate nostalgia only a few years ago, and what I love about it most is how dark it is, I cant imagine I´d like Superman the same way. But I guess I´ll give it a try if the Dark Knight himself does some cameos. Thanks for the recco...

Superman is definitely the weakest DCAU title, outside of Static Shock of course. But, if you're going to watch anything past BTAS, you're going to need to watch it for the sake of continuity. Especially for when you get to JL/JLU. It's just flat-out spectacular on all accounts. There isn't a single bad episode of those shows and the characterizations are fantastic. It's hands-down my favorite written Batman and Superman.

10/10 would recommend again.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Hanma_Baki on February 14, 2014, 09:36:01 AM
Thanks. I´ll definitely be checking it out. I was just about to begin watching JL, lucky I talked to you first. Now, to get my hands on some Superman and Batman Beyond.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on February 14, 2014, 02:05:03 PM
Thanks. I´ll definitely be checking it out. I was just about to begin watching JL, lucky I talked to you first. Now, to get my hands on some Superman and Batman Beyond.

Batman Beyond should be on Netflix. Superman is on Amazon instant.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on February 14, 2014, 03:28:51 PM
All three easily within my top ten of all time. They´re just too damn iconic. And gawd that OST by Morricone is like the yummie icing on the cake! :guts: I cant believe you havent seen 'em, Incan, you´re like the godfather of movie nerds :iva:

(Oh and try to forget about Yojimbo if you´ve already seen it, also effin' awesome btw)

That's sweet of you to say, thanks. There are a bunch of guys on here who are waay cooler and don't necessarily post about em like John, Nighty & more. Definitely seen Yojimbo and all of Kurosawa's movies. Growing up I didn't have access to a lot of older classics, my viewing experience was limited to whatever was aired on TV. I started to play catch up when I got into college and started to pay for cable-internet for quicker download speeds. When I finished college, I started to buy the ones that mattered to me. I haven't watched movies by a lot of classic directors.

With ya all the way on this one, I liked how it ran so counter to all of his older western movies with its grittiness and take on violence. I'm interested to see how this new Japanese remake with Ken Watanabe goes.

That's an interesting point. I'll have to see if his more famous westerns make him out to be a superhero or someone real. Yeah, watched the trailer for that one, I'll watch it if it comes out in New York. Noticed a few parallels in the trailer itself!
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Hanma_Baki on February 17, 2014, 05:11:38 PM
Batman Beyond should be on Netflix. Superman is on Amazon instant.

Aaand my search is over. Thanks.

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That's sweet of you to say, thanks. There are a bunch of guys on here who are waay cooler and don't necessarily post about em like John, Nighty & more. Definitely seen Yojimbo and all of Kurosawa's movies. Growing up I didn't have access to a lot of older classics, my viewing experience was limited to whatever was aired on TV. I started to play catch up when I got into college and started to pay for cable-internet for quicker download speeds. When I finished college, I started to buy the ones that mattered to me. I haven't watched movies by a lot of classic directors.

Im the same, man. There´re many classics I´ve yet to check out as well. Just to mention a few; Hitchcock, and majority of Kurosawa actually, only seen the most famous ones. Yojimbos my favorite this far.


That's an interesting point. I'll have to see if his more famous westerns make him out to be a superhero or someone real.

I guess that point is debatable but just as a heads up, EDIT: I just realized it might be spoilerish so keep reading at your own risk "Blondie" is more of that mysterious man with an unknown past and "no name" as Block said. Nothing really deep about it. His a simple kind of badass.

It might not sound very appealing but its definitely charming in its own way.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on February 18, 2014, 06:48:10 PM
Saw the Lego movie this weekend. Loved it. Absolutely loved it!
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Hanma_Baki on February 22, 2014, 10:44:01 PM
The Wolf of Wall Street

Well that sure as hell wasnt the boring stuff we´re used to get from the likes of Oliver Stone (I like Platoon and U-turn though...). I can definitely see why its been number one one tpb for such a long time. Very entertaining considering its about three hours. One particular scene is very hilarious and memorable. Its one of those scene I´ll be watching on youtube from time to time.

EDIT: Fun fact here, I just looked up Oliver Stone on IMDB and I had no Idea he made both the other Wall Street films, LOL! I was refering to films like Alexander the Great, The Doors, NBK and Savages... Anyway, we´ll see if I get to eat my own words after I check those Wall Street movies of his :iva:


Old Boy

I had my suspicions but I had no idea this film was gonna be this bad. I mean OH MY GOD, THAT WAS BAD. I didnt even compare it to the original. What amazes me the most is how smoothly they cut to that super epic fight scene (sarcasm). Oh and I almost turned it off when they cut off his hair

It actually started out pretty decent but once the prologue was done it went downhill pretty quick.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on February 23, 2014, 05:49:26 PM
I loved Wolf of Wall Street. Might be my favorite film from 2013.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Hanma_Baki on February 25, 2014, 08:22:26 PM
Yeah its definitely a candidate anyway.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: krzykoopa on March 03, 2014, 09:11:15 PM
I loved Wolf of Wall Street. Might be my favorite film from 2013.

You should defiantly watch boiler room or wall street or Dallas buyers club all are better then wolf of wall street.

I recently seen Dredd and Robocop both of these films blew away expectation because the bar was so low I guess. Dredd should just replace that shitty Sly version. Now robocop doesn't replace the original but its a pretty good movie.

Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on March 03, 2014, 11:32:14 PM
I watched Gravity over the weekend. I thought it was one of the most overrated movies I've seen. The special effects were great, but there were a lot of moments that were physically impossible. You'd think in a movie that was called GRAVITY, the filmmakers would've had some notion what that entails.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Johnstantine on March 04, 2014, 01:54:15 AM
I watched Gravity over the weekend. I thought it was one of the most overrated movies I've seen. The special effects were great, but there were a lot of moments that were physically impossible. You'd think in a movie that was called GRAVITY, the filmmakers would've had some notion what that entails.

You saw it after the hype. It was amazing when I saw it, so I'm not sure why you think it's overrated.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on March 04, 2014, 01:03:13 PM
You saw it after the hype. It was amazing when I saw it, so I'm not sure why you think it's overrated.

True, it was after the hype, which is never a great way to watch a movie. I just didn't think there was much there beyond the special effects. The script was nonexistent, and what was there was pretty lame, in my opinion. I'm glad you enjoyed it, though. I wish I had; it was a movie I was really looking forward to.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Lithrael on March 04, 2014, 02:20:15 PM
Yeah, at the theater I kept sneaking back into other showings at the part where the Chinese space station is starting to hit the atmosphere, just cause it was SUCH a pretty piece of SFX. 

A friend of mine had a bunch of sound clips from the Space Core from Portal II on his phone and I have to say they made the empty-theater experience VERY amusing.   (SPAAAACE!!!)

On a similar note, I just checked out Tom Cruise's 'Oblivion' which was much the same, very pretty with great design and sound work, all hung off the wispiest of plots.

Oh, and I watched "Ender's Game" out of curiosity after skimming the book in the bathroom over the previous few weeks...  It was just awful, awful crap. 

Europa Report I enjoyed, not my favorite movie ever but nice to see a solid independent sci-fi movie gettin' itself out there.

Pacific Rim I enjoyed a lot, possibly because I love giant fighting stuffs but hate the Transformers movies and I was just so jazzed to see some big screen giant robots that were not Transformers and without any shia leboufs.  And also because I am that weirdo who thinks Burn Gorman is super hot.  Also because I like Ron Perlman in anything/everything. 

John Carter of Mars!  I thought it was going to be a pile of shit but I ended up enjoying it just because they did such a great job with the all the CGI and the Green Martians.  I was pretty fucken disappointed that they pussed out and did not make the Red Martians red. 

Oh and "Chronicle" was another one I didn't expect to like at all but ended up really enjoying.  The plot was very simple but it did end up feeling like a pretty honest take on what would happen if a couple of random kids suddenly got superpowers.  The escalation towards the end genuinely amazed me.  It just..  you know how all the destruction in the latest Superman just made you go 'jeez they blew up half the city, great job Supes'?  The opposite of that.  It was the way destruction ought to make you feel.  Just sort of standing back and going "Oh, shit!" 

Also, the newest Riddick movie.  It was dumb.  The doggies were excellent.

Elysium:  Silly, fun.  Jodie Foster was AWFUL.  Bleah.  Pflbfpth pth pthflb.

LEGO movie:  Great.  A+ 

I forgot about Dredd!!  I loved it!  I'm a casual fan of the Judge Dredd franchise and, basically, IMO, they did it right.  I think I like Trek Reboot Bones a lot more in this than I like him in Trek or in that 'wait I forget, are we subverting racism or are we just racist' robot-cop-buddy-show.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: krzykoopa on March 04, 2014, 02:31:28 PM
While I will say the movie doesn't do the book justice Enders game wasn't "just awful, awful crap."
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Lithrael on March 04, 2014, 02:51:33 PM
While I will say the movie doesn't do the book justice Enders game wasn't "just awful, awful crap."

Care to support this opinion?  Even on the plus side, I can't think of anything they did more than competently.  Ford was awful.  Ben Kingsley had nothing to work with.  Viola Davis was good.  Most of the kids were okay.  The screenplay was scraped off the bottom of someone's shoe. 
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on March 04, 2014, 04:18:52 PM
Gravity for me was an overall good experience (visual, sound) and although it had cheese or the end was weird, it's still well put together. I was stoked to see it since it was announced, so I was glad it turned out to be a fun experience. I think it's up there in terms of being the best commercial action/ adventure movie of 2013.

Sci-fi binge, Lith?? Heh. Europa Report was really cool if you think of the technical aspect of how it was filmed and the accuracy in some of the things on screen. My disappointment was with the way it ended, but it wasn't as silly as Ender's Game. Now that had potential. Agree with everything you said about those movies, still need to check out Chronicle and The Lego Movie. Hit up Timecrimes, Beyond The Black Rainbow, Strange Days, Another Earth, Sound Of My Voice, Moon, Primer, Upstream Color, Lockout.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Deci on March 04, 2014, 06:57:18 PM
Yay! So exciting!  :beast:

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The CG Captain Harlock movie. Don't know Japanese but this is one I've been waiting for for a while, being a semi-hardcore Leiji fan, more specifically Galaxy Express and Harlock. Definitely enjoyable, and plot details can be found online. I for one am a fan of the "controversial plot twist", involving Harlock doing something extremely morally and ethically questionable. I guess that's where the "Terrorist or freedom fighter" tag comes from. It seems to have a polarizing effect on the audience, though anyone who knows a lot about Harlock should understand why this isn't necessarily out of character for him. Also, like some of the previous Harlock stories, it has the "tale of two Harlocks" going on with the main character, Yama. Pretty obvious what's going on here again for fans. Out with the old, in with the new. They also added a kind of cyberpunk/dieselpunk vibe to the whole thing, which I'm alright with as well. Most of the main character design styles seem relatively in tact, which is a staple of the Leijiverse.

In short, if you're just a casual viewer you'll really enjoy the visuals, but probably find the character development and plot taking a jarring turn that leaves the second half with little direction. If you're a fan you'll probably love the hell out of it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: krzykoopa on March 05, 2014, 11:12:49 PM
Care to support this opinion?  Even on the plus side, I can't think of anything they did more than competently.  Ford was awful.  Ben Kingsley had nothing to work with.  Viola Davis was good.  Most of the kids were okay.  The screenplay was scraped off the bottom of someone's shoe.

I found the movie to be an ok watch I disagree that Ford was awful I felt he played his character the most accurate then anyone. I read the book and Enders shadow so maybe I am giving it to much credit because I don't want to be biased because the book was better in every way shape and form but with so many movies that are actually bad I don't think Enders games is a "Just awful awful crap"
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Lithrael on March 06, 2014, 05:32:56 PM
We'll have to settle with disagreement on Ford.  I love the guy but I haven't seen him deliver an actual good performance in a while.  Even Cowboys & Aliens, which I liked a lot and which I thought he'd be able to pull off fine, I dunno, maybe I just can't buy him as any kind of hardass. 

I'm not just panning it in comparison to the book, though; it's all too common for a movie to alter the tone to make it more 'appealing' to kids and general moviegoers, and I expected them to soften Ender up quite a lot and make him less scary (he doesn't appear to kill any of the other kids in the movie, for example, and they left out his accidentally breaking Bernard's arm in favor of a goofy space-puking scene).  Nor did I expect them to include the other half of the plot with Ender's siblings and all of the political stuff going on back on Earth.

The reason it sucks, IMO, is that it was so rushed and so streamlined that there wasn't anything left to be interested in.  Unless you are an actual kid you are probably not going to be very interested in an hour and a half of kids playing space quidditch in between bouts of being cryptically yelled at by mysterious grownups. 

As weird as I thought the book was, for having ender and his sibs doing so much starting at age frikken six or whatever, and taking over the political world in middle school, I felt the movie made a narrative and pacing mistake in just having Ender be twelve through the whole movie.  The book is years and years of training and stuff; the movie feels like it took place over a couple of weeks.  There's too little sense of weight to it.  And at the same time nothing seems to be actually happening.  It comes off as 'yeaaah in space camp doin space stuff oh no a little interpersonal static well whoops nevermind SPACE BATTLE! over' with the adults giving them boot camp yellin's interspersed throughout so you don't forget BUT WAR OR SOMETHING.

Essentially I feel it's the screenplay that simply fails, it doesn't manage to impart the gravity of anything that goes on with the kids.  Instead it ends up relying almost entirely on Ford and Kingsley to say Heavy Things, and it doesn't work.

Sure, it wasn't "The Nut Job" bad but it was definitely "Well this movie doesn't really work and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone" bad.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: krzykoopa on March 08, 2014, 03:19:28 PM
We'll have to settle with disagreement on Ford.  I love the guy but I haven't seen him deliver an actual good performance in a while.  Even Cowboys & Aliens, which I liked a lot and which I thought he'd be able to pull off fine, I dunno, maybe I just can't buy him as any kind of hardass. 

I'm not just panning it in comparison to the book, though; it's all too common for a movie to alter the tone to make it more 'appealing' to kids and general moviegoers, and I expected them to soften Ender up quite a lot and make him less scary (he doesn't appear to kill any of the other kids in the movie, for example, and they left out his accidentally breaking Bernard's arm in favor of a goofy space-puking scene).  Nor did I expect them to include the other half of the plot with Ender's siblings and all of the political stuff going on back on Earth.

The reason it sucks, IMO, is that it was so rushed and so streamlined that there wasn't anything left to be interested in.  Unless you are an actual kid you are probably not going to be very interested in an hour and a half of kids playing space quidditch in between bouts of being cryptically yelled at by mysterious grownups. 

As weird as I thought the book was, for having ender and his sibs doing so much starting at age frikken six or whatever, and taking over the political world in middle school, I felt the movie made a narrative and pacing mistake in just having Ender be twelve through the whole movie.  The book is years and years of training and stuff; the movie feels like it took place over a couple of weeks.  There's too little sense of weight to it.  And at the same time nothing seems to be actually happening.  It comes off as 'yeaaah in space camp doin space stuff oh no a little interpersonal static well whoops nevermind SPACE BATTLE! over' with the adults giving them boot camp yellin's interspersed throughout so you don't forget BUT WAR OR SOMETHING.

Essentially I feel it's the screenplay that simply fails, it doesn't manage to impart the gravity of anything that goes on with the kids.  Instead it ends up relying almost entirely on Ford and Kingsley to say Heavy Things, and it doesn't work.

Sure, it wasn't "The Nut Job" bad but it was definitely "Well this movie doesn't really work and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone" bad.

That is a very good overview and I agree with you on almost every point. The one thing though is that everyone I talked to that hasn't read the book all had positive things to say. It is because its a book adaptation that we critique it so harshly. I find it hard to be arbitrary after knowing all of what you said and seeing how the story we know is gutted and streamlined, for those innocent to this it seems to be an enjoyable watch. I know that after the movie I had such a laundry list of what was left out and how it could of been better AND that Orson shouldn't have sold out and stuck to his original vision.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Lithrael on March 08, 2014, 04:06:37 PM
The one thing though is that everyone I talked to that hasn't read the book all had positive things to say.

That's fair.  I guess it's harder than I thought to put myself in the shoes of someone new to the story and imagine how the movie works on its own. 

I'm probably hard on it in general too, since I feel the trope of child-soldiers/killers must be done with a lot of gravity and forethought to be worth doing at all.  It's why I don't like Hunger Games (though I don't have proper reasons for that one, not having actually explored any of the media), and in the end it's probably why I didn't like this version of Ender's Game. 

Thanks for your thoughts, by the way.  It's always fun to double check whether or not I can support my gut feelings.  I appreciate the chance to hear your point of view.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on March 08, 2014, 07:20:39 PM
I haven't read the book. The special effects and action sequences looked good. The cast/ acting was a problem, what Ender goes through psychologically (being bullied by the group, standing up to them, wrecking someone's life, etc. etc.) wasn't convincing enough for him deciding to go back, the genius plan he came up with is something nobody else could think of (??) and why is Earth so important to the attacking species when there are other moons or distant planets with water? I'm going to assume they thought humans were easier to defeat than the potential threat on other moons or distant planets? Plus the end didn't make sense ... help the race who've killed millions of humans to go and be strong again? For trying to be a serious movie, my experience felt weirdly worse than watching a B movie.

Weight Of Mountains is a well narrated, beautiful short film that you can watch here - http://vimeo.com/87651855
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Antonius Block on March 11, 2014, 12:36:28 PM
I watched Dallas Buyers Club last night, and it was pretty damn good. 4 out of 5 stars. Matty Mick was the ish and deserved the Oscar, no questions asked. The role was pretty much made for him. Jared Leto did a great job too, and also deserved the Oscar I believe. Jennifer Garner was okay, not much too mention about her performance, but nevertheless well worth a watch.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Doc on March 11, 2014, 10:05:55 PM
Incidentally, I've long held the opinion that Harrison Ford is pretty overrated as an actor. And this is from someone who ranks Blade Runner and TESB as two of his all time favourite pieces of cinema. He's always been an average actor of limited scope, and has only got worse with age, as anyone who watched Firewall will attest to.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on March 17, 2014, 01:59:53 PM
I really hate The Wind Rises.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rhombaad on March 17, 2014, 11:59:00 PM
My fiancee and I saw The Wolf of Wall Street over the weekend. Like most Scorsese movies, I found myself not wanting it to end. All of the performances were great, and I was surprised by how funny it was, despite the main characters being pretty despicable. I highly recommend it to fans of Scorsese, and those who just want to see a damn good movie.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on March 22, 2014, 02:48:34 AM
I finally saw The Amazing Spider-Man. It was fine. Better than I thought it'd be, but stopped short of WOW. Surprisingly believable choreography in a lot of the fight scenes, though this particular Spidey sure is heavy on the web.

Acting/casting seemed to be the weakest link. Garfield isn't very convincing as Parker, but is great as Spidey. He's got the kind of animated personality that McGuire was lacking. Didn't think Stone and Garfield had any chemistry, and that's looking past their intentional awkwardness. Their scenes just felt clumsy, like neither actor was committed to it. Capt. Stacey was a real stinker, delivering the two most cringe-inducing moments of the movie.

I'll probably see the second movie.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 22, 2014, 05:42:02 AM
I finally saw The Amazing Spider-Man. It was fine. Better than I thought it'd be, but stopped short of WOW.

Pretty much spot on with me, though I think I want to think it should wow me more. It certainly has some impressive qualities, it's style and sense of realism is better than any of the previous Spider-Man movies, more small scale, personal, and like a regular movie with plausible characters than the larger than life idealizations populating the Raimi versions (UNCLE BEN IS THE ASPECT OF RESPONSIBILITY, AUNT MAY FAMILY, MARY JANE ROMANTIC LOVE). Ultimately though, or perhaps because of that, it's not as well constructed or thematically put together as say Spider-Man 1 or Spider-Man 2. To put it in lazy terms we'll all immediately understand, it's basically like Spider-Man getting the Batman Begins treatment, except those movies did contain all those in your face themes.

Surprisingly believable choreography in a lot of the fight scenes, though this particular Spidey sure is heavy on the web.

Didn't think of that, but yeah, for a version of Spider-Man that theoretically had a limited external supply of web, he sure used it liberally and never did run out (though it was cool when the Lizard broke his web-shooters). Also, the scene of him crawling all over the Lizard and webbing him up looked great.

Acting/casting seemed to be the weakest link. Garfield isn't very convincing as Parker, but is great as Spidey. He's got the kind of animated personality that McGuire was lacking. Didn't think Stone and Garfield had any chemistry, and that's looking past their intentional awkwardness. Their scenes just felt clumsy, like neither actor was committed to it.

Maybe I'm remembering it being better than it was, though at the time compared to Maguire and Dunst they were like Bogart and Bergman. I specifically thought her Gwen Stacey was far superior to Dunst's Mary Jane, which isn't hard since she was sort of the worst thing about those movies (always unhappy, vacillating, and really not worth Parker's admiration). Anyway, they seemed more like a regular couple to me than the usual superhero version of love where the relationship is bloodless and more symbolic than anything, "OOoooo I love her so much, she is perfect and would make me perfectly happy and give me a normal life, BUT... I can never tell her MY SECRET!" I'm glad they just bypassed all that shit, and the moment at the end where he did for good was a deft touch. On the other hand...

Capt. Stacey was a real stinker, delivering the two most cringe-inducing moments of the movie.

Yeah, "I was wrong...this city does need you..." Ugh. That was some awful cheesy shit, and totally betrays his character the rest of the movie. I mean, he really doesn't presume Peter is somehow responsible or at least mixed up in it all (and he'd be right to think so)? Anyway, not exactly Gordon's speech at the end of The Dark Knight that got standing O's.

I'll probably see the second movie.

Me too depending on what I hear, it's looked decent enough from the trailers, but that actual scene I watched was turrible. It would be ironic if the director traded all that smallness that worked in the last movie but can't pull of the spectacle in this one.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on March 22, 2014, 10:11:22 AM
All of this talk has made me curious, and the movie's actually got decent reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Guess I'll give it a whirl as well.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 22, 2014, 09:43:55 PM
All of this talk has made me curious, and the movie's actually got decent reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Guess I'll give it a whirl as well.

And I'll be interested to hear what you think as well. I was surprised to learn how many Spider-Man fans just skipped this one, including my friend that has a freakin' Spider-Man tatoo on his arm (and that's his only tat, so it's not like he's more into tatoos than he is Spidey). I guess people were already fatigued from the other movies, particularly 3, and assumed the reboot would be even worse. It wasn't so different for me really, I had no plans to see it and basically did by happenstance because my friends wanted to go to the movies. I guess it goes to prove these comic book movies really don't need all the fans to come out in droves anymore to make serious money (although, somewhat ironically I think it made less than Spider-Man 3 =).
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on March 22, 2014, 09:50:04 PM
And I'll be interested to hear what you think as well. I was surprised to learn how many Spider-Man fans just skipped this one

I tire of origin stories being regurgitated every 10  years or so. I'd rather they just get on with the story development when it comes to a character that's known across the entire civilized world.

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I guess it goes to prove these comic book movies really don't need all the fans to come out in droves anymore to make serious money (although, somewhat ironically I think it made less than Spider-Man 3 =).

There'll always be someone in that demographic.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 22, 2014, 10:21:42 PM
I tire of origin stories being regurgitated every 10  years or so. I'd rather they just get on with the story development when it comes to a character that's known across the entire civilized world.

But in this one it was slightly different (more wrong)! Yeah, it was weird considering how closely the 2002 movie followed Amazing Fantasy #15 to begin with. Unlike Batman previously, that story had been heavily explored on the big screen, though I think this one did a better job actually showing how one would actually go about becoming Spider-Man from a practical standpoint. It was more about the transformation even though it covered a lot of the same ground the first movie touched on. Anyway, so that's the reason, you were just waiting for The Amazing Spider-Man 2? :iva:

There'll always be someone in that demographic.

I mean they don't even need to be in that demographic anymore, general audiences will go anyway and that's all that matters (see garbage like Transformers that no upright, brain functional demographic seems to like yet audiences keep investing billions in).
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on March 23, 2014, 12:33:33 AM
Anyway, so that's the reason, you were just waiting for The Amazing Spider-Man 2? :iva:

Hehe, nah. I'm surprised I even care enough to see the second one. Like I said in the other thread, the Marvel Movie Machine has burned me out. I think the superhero genre is pretty well explored at this stage of film history.

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(see garbage like Transformers that no upright, brain functional demographic seems to like yet audiences keep investing billions in).

Shhh, Skullgrin could be listening RIGHT NOW.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 23, 2014, 01:52:15 AM
Hehe, nah. I'm surprised I even care enough to see the second one. Like I said in the other thread, the Marvel Movie Machine has burned me out. I think the superhero genre is pretty well explored at this stage of film history.

Yeah, I can't think of where else the genre can realistically go right now, other than making incremental gains to see if someday can make an adaptation that really captures the comic but is also a transcendent film in its own right. Not that it really matters. Anyway, what's your tops in the genre? I know you and Aaz are more bearish on The Dark Knight than most, which is otherwise the consensus pick for closest to the above criteria.

Shhh, Skullgrin could be listening RIGHT NOW.

I honestly didn't have anyone in mind when I wrote that, but if someone takes umbrage, fuck 'em. :griffnotevil:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on March 23, 2014, 01:57:58 AM
Yeah, I can't think of where else the genre can realistically go right now, other than making incremental gains to see if someday can make an adaptation that really captures the comic but is also a transcendent film in its own right. Not that it really matters. Anyway, what's your tops in the genre? I know you and Aaz are more bearish on The Dark Knight than most, which is otherwise the consensus pick for closest to the above criteria.

I know it's not a popular choice, but my favorite is still Batman Begins (the first half..!). I did also re-watch The Dark Knight recently, at your request. My opinion on it didn't change much.

The Avengers was also good fun, and almost felt like watching an Ultimates comic play out. But that final 30-minute sequence was just a big green screen mess, with almost no real sense of danger. Quite anticlimactic.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on March 23, 2014, 03:14:34 AM
I know it's not a popular choice, but my favorite is still Batman Begins (the first half..!). I did also re-watch The Dark Knight recently, at your request. My opinion on it didn't change much.

I don't think Batman Begins is an unpopular choice, it's probably the most influential film in the genre this decade, for better (higher standards) or worse (like you said, regurgitated gritty origin stories for all to come), and held the overrated crown before The Dark Knight. I just don't see why you appreciate that one so well but not The Dark Knight, which arguably fulfills the promise of that first half and takes it to another level with the kind of pure story development you desired; well, maybe it wasn't the story development you specifically wanted, but it was certainly the focus of the film (but not the kind you need right now? =). I don't know, just as I don't think it's the BEST MOVIE EVER I'm highly skeptical of the contention it was actually a failure or letdown as a serious film adaptation of Batman, at least by any comparable, earthly standard.

Just for fun, the top ten most important/influential comic book superhero movies (not the best, since that's highly subjective as this little talk shows). This is off the top of my head:

Superman
Superman II
Batman
Blade
X-Men
Spider-Man
Batman Begins
Iron Man
The Dark Knight
The Avengers

One could still argue these plenty, including which sequels (X2, Spider-Man 2 especially) paved the way for the growth of the genre whereas movies like The Dark Knight and Avengers are really just the results. Of course, if you go down that road you risk having to cite all kinds of obscure examples of mature comic book filmmaking that didn't actually move the needle like these did, thus it becomes subjective again.

The Avengers was also good fun, and almost felt like watching an Ultimates comic play out. But that final 30-minute sequence was just a big green screen mess, with almost no real sense of danger. Quite anticlimactic.

Yeah, that was a sequence like out of Transformers, the only redeeming element being the little punctuations of character and humor that characterized the rest of the movie throughout . Like Banner's transformation, Hulk's punch for good measure on Thor, and Hulk's confrontation with Loki. Hey, they really did some good stuff with the Hulk! Anyway, it's probably the purist comic book/cartoon experience come to life yet.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on April 11, 2014, 08:36:56 PM
Yay! So exciting!  :beast:

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The CG Captain Harlock movie. Don't know Japanese but this is one I've been waiting for for a while, being a semi-hardcore Leiji fan, more specifically Galaxy Express and Harlock. Definitely enjoyable, and plot details can be found online. I for one am a fan of the "controversial plot twist", involving Harlock doing something extremely morally and ethically questionable. I guess that's where the "Terrorist or freedom fighter" tag comes from. It seems to have a polarizing effect on the audience, though anyone who knows a lot about Harlock should understand why this isn't necessarily out of character for him. Also, like some of the previous Harlock stories, it has the "tale of two Harlocks" going on with the main character, Yama. Pretty obvious what's going on here again for fans. Out with the old, in with the new. They also added a kind of cyberpunk/dieselpunk vibe to the whole thing, which I'm alright with as well. Most of the main character design styles seem relatively in tact, which is a staple of the Leijiverse.

In short, if you're just a casual viewer you'll really enjoy the visuals, but probably find the character development and plot taking a jarring turn that leaves the second half with little direction. If you're a fan you'll probably love the hell out of it.

Pretty much, yeah. Special effects aside and a few cool looking scenes, I wasn't fully invested in the plot as I'd have hoped to be. Doesn't compare with the original series but it's not trying to which is a decent outlook on the movie makers part if they were to get new fans into the franchise.

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Forced to go watch it in the theater because a friend visiting wanted to see it the night we met up. Barring 1 genuinely funny scene, this was boring. The only good that came out of this was watching Tika on the big screen.

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Caught Noah on IMAX before Winter Soldier came out and dominated all IMAX screen times. It's Aronofsky's weakest film but pretty enjoyable because at it's core it's more of an action/ adventure than some of his usual mind-benders or overly philosophical movies. He's touched a similar concept in The Fountain. The soundtrack has grown on me A LOT and I've been listening to it all week, and yet, not as emotional as The Fountain. The 'watchers' reminded me of the tree beings in LOTR with the way they walked slow or the sound of their voice and there's a pretty horrific scene when you could hear people wailing on top of a cliff begging to be saved + a wave hits them and they fall like ants into the ocean. Crowe steals the show and is menacing in the 3rd act. Probably a 7/ 10 ... and I want to watch this again when it comes out on BR.

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Caught the last show for River Of Fundament directed by Mathew Barney (Napalm Death) and sat through, enjoyed most part of the 5/ 5 and a half hour film. It's Barney's most mainstream movie featuring the likes of Giamatti, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ellen Burstyn. I didn't understand half of what was being said but what I took from my experience was the visual and sound side of the movie which was very good. I wish this's something I could watch again but I probably will never get the chance ... I've heard his movie prints usually would get auctioned for a lot of money in the art world : (
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: RanShi on April 12, 2014, 02:27:42 PM
Watched Raging Bull yesterday. An old classic I'd missed.

Very, very impressed. In a way exploring the dark side of certain characteristics of trying to be a "manly man"...
Very brutal and full of perspective, especially if you've had jealousy issues in your past. Amazing acting. Everyone should see this.  :void:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Halcian on April 16, 2014, 11:40:02 PM
I recently went to see "Oculus" in theaters and well... It wasn't that good! :troll: I kind of had my doubts going into it initially but over the weekend I got bored and decided to try and fill my movie void until Godzilla and Guardians of the Galaxy come out. The funniest thing is that WWE Studios was behind it? lol what? Yeah, maybe that had something to do with the quality of the film. :ganishka: Anyway, don't waste your time or money to see this (I'm sure most of you are smart enough not to do that in the first place).
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on April 17, 2014, 02:42:31 PM
Didn't know Oculus was out, early promo's were not promising.

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Last night's blind watch - Grand Piano. The opening sequence is smooth and there's good build up until the end. Frodo plays his part well and while the plot's far-fetched, it's different and kind of works. The ending felt like a downer, still a good movie to check out.

I feel like the more I don't know what the movie's about (plot/ trailer), the more enjoyable it is for me.

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Joe is Nicholas Cage's best movie in over a decade and he's part of the reason for it too, not just everyone else. He plays an ex-con trying to be a role model to Ty Sheridian's character (Mud, Tree Of Life) who comes from a poor, abusive family. But it's not that simple, Joe battles his own demons ... fits of bad rage and alcohol. The cinematography and score remind me of Mud. Recommended.

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I sat through a not so good rip of Enemy only because I missed seeing it in the theater and was in the mood for it. The movie didn't disappoint. Jake re-teams with his Prisoner's director for this pretty cool psychological thriller, tone of which is somewhat alike The Machinist (soundtrack, eerie mood ... except the fact that the colors on screen are more burnt yellow~y). But it's great because answers aren't straightforward and it got me thinking about it. Jake's character is a History professor, he's recommended a movie from a colleague where he believes he sees his doppelganger acting in it. He goes on a quest to find out about this actor but it's not going to be straightforward. Watch this blind, don't check out trailers although I may have mentioned it in the Upcoming Movies thread. This's for fans of The Machinist, or Memento. The end surprised me in a good way, a bit horrific. Recommended.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on May 03, 2014, 04:45:19 PM
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was not as good as The Amazing Spider-Man. As a matter of fact, it's among the least of the Spider-Man movies. Which is a shame because it's competently made and has some good parts (surprisingly beautiful at times), but they just don't add up. It's plot is messy, meandering and imbalanced (somehow there's not enough action, yet all the talky talky doesn't build any stakes when there is and some plot elements go absolutely nowhere). It indeed suffers from its multiple villains and they come off as caricatures (The Lizard was, ironically, far more human than this lot; Rhino and every scene involving him is a fucking embarrassment), and you don't really feel anything for the characters but contempt for how dumb and whiny they are. It basically lost the common touch that made the first one worthwhile and becomes just another generic, flawed comicbook movie. I mean, Spider-Man 3 had more impressive storytelling (relatively speaking) and just plain fun bullshit if you're going to watch a hot mess anyway. Yeah.

Current Spider-Man movie rankings:

Spider-Man 2
The Amazing Spider-Man
Spider-Man
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 3 (still last because it aggressively shits all over so much while being bad, ASM2 is just fatally flawed in a passive sense)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Vampire_Hunter_Bob on May 04, 2014, 11:31:39 AM
I haven't seen the amazing spider-man - I probably will - but I saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2! The movie was a hot mess because of the different narratives running throughout the movie, one focus please... but Aunt May wants to be a nurse!. Also, there really wasn't anything at stake in this movie until the very end, which Spider-Man didn't even know those planes were going to collide so yeah how about that. There were a lot of really good moments, but by the end of the movie I just felt fatigued by too much going on and I just wanted to see it end.

Things I liked:
- Garfield is a much better spider-man.
- Some good fights, specifically the "fight" between Parker and the Oscorp goons. Entertaining and funny.
- best plot-line goes to Harry Osborn. When Peter wasn't around, I was pretty interested.
- Ignoring Electro's weird one-second transformation from a goofy, slightly obsessive nerd to MONSTER OF PURE EVIL, I liked the guy a lot.

Things I didn't like:
- the opening where there is this Bourne Identity fight scene between Peter's dad and some guy. SO GRITTY.
- The multiple competing narratives. I missed the days where we had one story, maybe two, and that was it. Like did Aunt May's nurse narrative really need to be in the movie? It had no impact on the movie. Also, the whole story about the plane was just useless, Peter didn't know about it and it was just there for the sake of timing the Peter and Electro fight.
- ghost dad.
- Seconding Griffith's rhino comment. My girlfriend leaned over to me and just asked what the point of it was. "Franchise," I said.

Also:
- What is up with all these eyebrows? This is a movie consisting of totally weird eyebrows.
- In the first 10 minutes, how many people did Spider-Man let die when Rhino crashed into them with his truck? You know, the part where he saved Max.
- I started laughing at Emma Stone's death. So emotionally manipulative. Poor Peter, his girlfriend died.  :judo:
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Gummyskull on May 07, 2014, 04:49:18 AM
I watched 12 Years a Slave for the first time last night and I don't think anything could have prepared me for it. It doesn't hold back on showing the brutality of the Transatlantic Slave Trade/Maafa, and is by far the most accurate representation I've seen on screen.

All of the performances were just fantastic, Chiwetel, Fassbender, and Lupita stand out among the large cast. Lupita's oscar was well deserved, it's hard to believe that this was her first on screen role.

I'm not at all squeamish when it comes to theatrical violence yet the whipping scene made me sick to my stomach and sent cold shovers down my spine. How the hell were the special effects for that accomplished anyway!? You could see the flesh and fat being torn from the bone like it was actually happening. I've never seen a movie show a whipping from that angle, it was truly shocking.

Obviously it was not as easy film to sit through.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on May 07, 2014, 01:56:11 PM
Passion Of The Christ or The Proposition had gruesome flogging scenes, different angles but the camera would cut to show other characters more and the scene eventually lasts longer (also cos of the number of lashes) but it's not quite the same as 12 Years A Slave which was more bare-bones. If you'd seen this in a theater, you'd hear/ see audience reactions - sobbing, a lot of noses blown, heads shaking, etc. When I went, an old African American gentleman behind me was snoring through the 3rd act.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Aazealh on May 16, 2014, 01:18:34 PM
I saw the new RoboCop, and taken on its own I'd say it's a decent action flick.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on May 22, 2014, 01:21:05 PM
I saw the new RoboCop, and taken on its own I'd say it's a decent action flick.

I didn't expect it to be good and watched it in the theater when it came out, definitely surprised me. The way the political angle tied in with economics of having robots was good but something about the end didn't go well with me, can't recall what to be exact. If there wasn't an original to compare it with, it would hold up well.

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Hit up Godzilla last night in IMAX 3D and I was satisfied, was worth the wait for me. Will watch it again given the chance and own it. I was disappointed the story sort of centered around Ford being everywhere and given that much importance (in the big scheme of things ... after it spends time to set a good emotional bond for the audience with Cranston's character) or with the cheesy moments in the end (Go-him starefest) ... it reminded me of how much we saw Amy McAdams' character do so much in Man Of Steel. That for me was the weakest link in the movie, not the science, frakk that. Go see it, don't go by what people say and make up your own mind about it. Godzilla > Pacific Rim, muchos. That Ligeti piece on the big screen which we see a bit of in the trailer was damn cool, there's a lot of cool moments like when his tail lights up and the cinematography or the fight-fest in the end. Do not expect this to be an all out I only want to see monsters fight kinda movie because Gareth's version focuses on the human aspect and the monsters are subtle, in the background ... much like Monsters.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Rupert Sinclair on May 25, 2014, 03:00:05 AM
Just saw X-Men: Days of Future Past this evening.  Liked it a lot.  I didn't get to watch First Class, but if it's as good as this one was I'll have to check it out.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on May 25, 2014, 06:50:49 AM
Days of Future Past was pretty good, it's probably the best X-Men movie on paper, if not the best movie in the franchise (between it, First Class, and X2), and it literally fixes what's broken in the other movies. Though, like all of Singer's X-Movies I feel like it was a perfect 7. I admire the proficiency with which it's made, especially the degree of difficulty in the stories they're trying to tell and tie together, but it never transcends that workman-like effort; the whole is exactly equal to the sum of the parts, good and bad. Like the rest of his films in the series, it's good, sometimes very good, but falls short of greatness (they just never quite take you there). Rather than seeing it in terms of greatness though, it's basically one of the good ones, vying to be the best among the likes of X-Men, X2, and First Class, and thankfully it's not another among the dregs of The Last Stand, Origins, and The Wolverine.

Some more specific odds, ends, and major nitpicks (basically, where I tear it apart despite saying it wasn't bad =)...

Loved the Magneto and Quicksilver moment, "My mom knew a guy that could manipulate metal." Fassneto: O_O

Why wasn't his sister old enough to be his twin though?


Professor X on heroin! Well, the cartoon equivalent of symbolic heroin where he can walk but can't use his powers. That was a little silly. Also, was that a precursor to the cure from X3? Beast used it as such with the Sentinels, but no follow up on any of it (possibly because nobody cares about X3 =). There was no curiosity about that drug at all, like why couldn't they make one in 50 years that would help Xavier walk but not take his power? Oh yeah, how the fuck did it treat his spine anyway? Isn't that an incredible though preposterous breakthrough for spinal injuries? Is this like the Khan serum that cures death but nobody gives a shit about that? Was Xavier taking it to walk or to block out his power? They kind of have it both ways, but if it was truly formulated for the purpose of subduing mutant powers and he really took it just to shut out the voices... well, that's one hell of a lucky side effect!

Anyway, why was Beast such a bitch boy enabler ("I got you a bigger dose cause you missed one!")!? Especially when they fucking needed his powers to save EVERYTHING. Wolverine has like a few days tops to pull this off and he's really going to let Professor A-Hole stick a needle in his arm and decide himself whether or not to totally ruin everything in one moment of weakness/selfishness (would Wolverine then just wait out the clock until he and his friends in the future were dead, because X wanted a fix that day)? I mean, talk about a time for a man of action to slap some sense into people, and Wolverine is just the type to do it but instead he's playing the nice guy all the way (you'd think he was trying to get laid). Logan's kind of a useless wuss the whole movie, and should have really been trying more desperately to resolve this as soon as possible by any (rude, inappropriate, and violent) means necessary. So, that was sort of mishandled.

Oh yeah, and same as above with Mystique and Xavier. "Shut her down!" Indeed. I get it, to change things people really have to change, but sometimes you work that out later, and don't literally leave the fate of everything in the hands of emotionally unstable people that seem incapable of making rational decisions. Come to think of it, all the characters were conveniently very dumb (Magneto/Mystique), unpersuasive (Xavier/Wolverine), or both, otherwise the movie would have been much shorter because they really just needed Magneto and Mystique to STOP actively ruining everything despite their foreknowledge, which they're surprisingly reluctant to do considering the trade offs, "I can shoot this guy who is hurting my kind, but my kind will become extinct as a result... I need two hours to think about this.")


We didn't really get to see the old school Sentinals doing their own thing; only, ironically, as puppets of Magneto. Also, I'm not sure how any of that was supposed to make sense...?

Successful Mega Happy Ending, and fun too with sweatered douche Cyclops coming in at just the last second to spoil the landing (his glasses were lame on a level only possible in the future, and fuck you X3 you really never happened)! Too bad they had to follow that up with the almost obligatory but inexplicable Stryker/Mystique takes Wolverine ending... ok. It's like they went right back to fucking everything up again (though the Wolverine/Stryker stuff in this and from Origins were already totally incompatible). Whatever, not the best note to go to credits on when you effectively just reset/fixed the series. Speaking of which...

Worse though, the predictable Apocalypse stinger was totally arbitrary, lame, and disconnected from anything. Didn't look like Apocalypse (a reminder these guys have trouble making anything look like the comic counterpart without a few movies to practice), and didn't tie into anything related to the film. How about you imply all this time travel chicanery has somehow stirred the sleeping giant, perhaps with his sarcophagus opening if you wanted to convey the Egypt vibe. As it is, it was sure no Thanos moment. I wanted to see THE FACE OF APOCALYPSE HOLY SHIT! Instead it was like, "That chick is supposed to be Apocalypse?" Maybe he'll look decent six movies later like Magneto. =)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on May 27, 2014, 02:20:38 PM
Worse though, the predictable Apocalypse stinger was totally arbitrary, lame, and disconnected from anything. Didn't look like Apocalypse (a reminder these guys have trouble making anything look like the comic counterpart without a few movies to practice), and didn't tie into anything related to the film. How about you imply all this time travel chicanery has somehow stirred the sleeping giant, perhaps with his sarcophagus opening if you wanted to convey the Egypt vibe. As it is, it was sure no Thanos moment. I wanted to see THE FACE OF APOCALYPSE HOLY SHIT! Instead it was like, "That chick is supposed to be Apocalypse?" Maybe he'll look decent six movies later like Magneto. =)

Yeah, I didn't understand what was going on during that sequence and I thought that was a chick ... wait, that's supposed to be Apocalypse? I only know of the bloke from animated movies but I couldn't have guessed or made the connection (haven't read the comics).

I thought Days Of Future Past was good but not as good as some of the reviews I now read online, like that really high RT rating. I enjoyed First Class more. What I liked about DOFP was how brutal it was in those death scenes towards the end or even the beginning with the fight with Sentinels. And I liked how they kept some continuity with dead or alive mutants from X3 ... with the exception of Professor X ... what happened there? Had no idea Ellen Page's character had that sort of ability, powerful enough that they could've used it in X3. I thought they injected Magneto with something to take away his powers at the end of X3, how does he now have powers in the future? Need to re-watch X3. In terms of comic book films, Captain America 2 has been the best so far this year and Godzilla was a lot more fun.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on May 28, 2014, 01:15:55 AM
X-Men: Days of Future Past spoilers ahoy:

When First Class came out, it was refreshing for the genre. It was a fun superhero movie. Was it the best X-Men movie? Probably not, since it's barely an X-Men movie at all. But it was a pretty damn good time. It didn't bother itself with too much of the lore, but had enough throw backs to ground its underpinnings with that familiar, weighty X-Men fiction. It had character chemistry, goofy 60s tropes and played around within a yet unpainted picture of the X-Men franchise -- all good fun.

Days of Future Past feels almost sophomoric by comparison, wallowing in self seriousness, even down to the final scenario, lacking any nuance or subtlety whatsoever -- a White House assassination attempt? Could that conflict have been any more cliché?

That's not to say that returning to this particular set of actors and this particular timeline isn't a good time. It is. There are some good moments. My audience particularly enjoyed Pietro. That kitchen sequence was one of the movie's biggest setpieces, in retrospect--far more memorable than the ending. There are a few laughs involving a neutered Wolverine (which still strikes me as strange...). And as I said earlier, I think Fassbender's espionage stuff is still red hot, just as it was in First Class. I got chills at that train sequence, though that scene could have been a little more involved. It was a little TOO easy to infiltrate.

I thought the future scenario was a lazy, single set, CG fuckfest, mostly there for nerd cameos and narratively to lend the movie a gloom and doom atmosphere that will be familiar to anyone who read X-Men comics in the mid-90s. It was exactly what I thought it would be. Thankfully, it's a scenario that's not explored beyond its opening sequence. On the plus side, I found the modern Sentinels imposing and effectively creepy, and you could tell a lot of thought went into how they were designed. A pretty solid X-Men villain that makes me a little excited about how they might portray Apocalypse in the third movie.

Ultimately, I feel like this sequel missed the mark on what made the original special. And its attempts to marry First Class' freshness with the darker shades of the former franchise came across like an awkward high school reunion.

Beyond the thematic dullness of the whole affair, what bothers me reflecting on the movie now, is how pointless it all was. First Class sets up mutants working together, being used by the government, and defines each major player's goals for the future. Where does Days of Future Past leave us? Back in the same exact spot, pretty much, right? Great. But at least we averted the fake mid-90s comic book future. This time.

7/10
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: IncantatioN on May 28, 2014, 02:36:37 PM
Between Days Of Future Past and First Class, which do you think's a better film?
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Walter on May 28, 2014, 03:18:28 PM
Between Days Of Future Past and First Class, which do you think's a better film?

It's pretty apparent in my review but, First Class. I'd be suprised if anyone disagreed with that assessment, too.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on May 28, 2014, 03:38:45 PM
It's pretty apparent in my review but, First Class. I'd be suprised if anyone disagreed with that assessment, too.

Really? I know fans that hate First Class, because it fucks with the lore so much (which is also why it's compelling in the first place), and were quite pleased with how this one fixed the "mistakes" of the past films (although they needlessly killed off almost all the cast from the last movie except for the big three of Magneto, Xavier and Mystique, so here we go again). The thing is though, I think that's almost more relief than anything resembling really liking or loving this movie on its own merits as a film (or just liking the X-Men boxes it checks off on paper). One of the clever things about it is if you liked anything from the past six movies, there will be elements of it in this one without any of the glaring drawbacks, except... this one isn't really outlandish enough to make you love it or hate it. The reason people really like or decidedly don't like First Class is it dared to do something new and outside the box with a fresh energy and it just worked, whereas this one basically ended on the opposite note despite the twists and turns along the way. If you like originality, character arcs and consequences though, First Class is the better movie, just maybe not the best X-Men movie. Fuck, I could have replied to this whole question better with one sentence:

First Class is the better movie, DoFP is a better X-Men movie.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on June 03, 2014, 04:03:15 AM
I agree with Griffith for the most part. You definitely nailed a lot of it's issues. I really enjoyed Days of Future Past. It's right up there with X-2.  It has some silly issues (the serum, Wolverine being way too passive and just lame, Beast practically sucking Xaviers dick, that post credit scene) but overall it's an engaging and entertaining summer blockbuster that has story with some weight and characters that have motivations, something a lot of special effects driven Hollywood blockbusters lack. I really liked First Class, but I do think this had better pacing and generally a better flow. After recently re-watching First Class, a lot of the movies scenes feel like they were put in there because they just had to have that scene. It feels kind of jumbled at times. I think Days of Future Past came from a better school of direction in that sense. The plot kept moving along with purpose. I think both movies go well together though, and I think after Apocalypse (assuming it doesn't suck) these new movies will make a very decent trilogy in retrospect.

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Worse though, the predictable Apocalypse stinger was totally arbitrary, lame, and disconnected from anything. Didn't look like Apocalypse (a reminder these guys have trouble making anything look like the comic counterpart without a few movies to practice), and didn't tie into anything related to the film. How about you imply all this time travel chicanery has somehow stirred the sleeping giant, perhaps with his sarcophagus opening if you wanted to convey the Egypt vibe.

They really missed a great opportunity to go a little further with the time traveling plot device.  It could have been the cherry on top, instead its completely cheap and, yea lame.

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ying to be the best among the likes of X-Men, X2, and First Class, and thankfully it's not another among the dregs of The Last Stand, Origins, and The Wolverine.

I'm curious if you watched the unrated cut of The Wolverine? I know it's become a chore these days to watch a movie and have it suck and then be told you have to watch the SUPER DUPER UNRATED EXTENDED ULTIMATE DIRECTORS CUT version to enjoy it, BUT I really think in this case it improves the movie 100%. It's the same movie yes, and if you fundamentally hated it for the story or something, fair enough. But if you thought it was shitty by a moviemaking standpoint then I would suggest giving the Unrated Cut a shot. It adds a lot to the movie. You get to see Logan actually be that R rated badass that you've always wanted. There's way more blood and violence and more "fuck you's" than the regulated 1 fuck per movie usual. It might seem trivial, and in no way am I saying that more violence and swear words = a better movie, but when the theatrical version is so damn mediocre and boring, giving Logan that edge you've always wanted him to have can end up being a big saving grace.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on June 03, 2014, 05:51:11 AM
I agree with Griffith for the most part. You definitely nailed a lot of it's issues. I really enjoyed Days of Future Past. It's right up there with X-2.  It has some silly issues (the serum, Wolverine being way too passive and just lame, Beast practically sucking Xaviers dick, that post credit scene) but overall it's an engaging and entertaining summer blockbuster that has story with some weight and characters that have motivations, something a lot of special effects driven Hollywood blockbusters lack.

Yeah, X2 still has a special place in my heart as X-Men done right on the big screen. Wolverine was Wolverine (killing the shit out of soldiers) and the main man without overshadowing everything else (they even adapted/incorporated a vague interpretation of his background). Nightcrawler co-starred and Colossus cameoed. Magneto was the perfect frenemy even if he wore a "stupid helmet." The stakes were high and the message was there, and they even managed to pull off the Scott/Jean/Logan love triangle and hint at Phoenix without shitting on it too much. Throw in Beast, Gambit, and Jubilee and it would have been the TV show come to life. Oh, and until DoFP it was the only one with any, and still the most authentic, comicbook bonafides being a true adaptation of Chris Clarement's God Loves, Man Kills (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-Men:_God_Loves,_Man_Kills). Also, for some trivia, I saw it for the first time, in theaters, with Walter. =)

I really liked First Class, but I do think this had better pacing and generally a better flow. After recently re-watching First Class, a lot of the movies scenes feel like they were put in there because they just had to have that scene. It feels kind of jumbled at times. I think Days of Future Past came from a better school of direction in that sense. The plot kept moving along with purpose. I think both movies go well together though, and I think after Apocalypse (assuming it doesn't suck) these new movies will make a very decent trilogy in retrospect.

I went back and watched some First Class and it might loom larger in our minds than it deserves because it was surprisingly good, rather than how good it actually it. Kind of like Rise of the Planet of Apes. In any case, I think it's biggest advantage is that its version of the characters will behave like normal people sometimes, rather than always being super serious X-people (the downside is sometimes there's also too much melodramatic yelling =). DoFP kind of gets to have it both ways, it's like X2 and First Class mated.

They really missed a great opportunity to go a little further with the time traveling plot device.  It could have been the cherry on top, instead its completely cheap and, yea lame.

They could have segued right into an Age of Apocalypse type of scenario, at the very least they could have used the idea of Apocalypse monitoring the situation for an opportunity to strike.

I'm curious if you watched the unrated cut of The Wolverine? I know it's become a chore these days to watch a movie and have it suck and then be told you have to watch the SUPER DUPER UNRATED EXTENDED ULTIMATE DIRECTORS CUT version to enjoy it, BUT I really think in this case it improves the movie 100%. It's the same movie yes, and if you fundamentally hated it for the story or something, fair enough. But if you thought it was shitty by a moviemaking standpoint then I would suggest giving the Unrated Cut a shot. It adds a lot to the movie. You get to see Logan actually be that R rated badass that you've always wanted. There's way more blood and violence and more "fuck you's" than the regulated 1 fuck per movie usual. It might seem trivial, and in no way am I saying that more violence and swear words = a better movie, but when the theatrical version is so damn mediocre and boring, giving Logan that edge you've always wanted him to have can end up being a big saving grace.

I'm open to the idea. The Wolverine was disappointing because I heard good things about it and it was just mediocre to bad, but it wasn't a total shitfest like Origins or irreparably broken like The Last Stand, so maybe I could enjoy it just as a Wolverine action movie. Of course, it could just be here we go again, I want it to be good, I hear this version is good, and... =)
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Oburi on June 03, 2014, 01:42:21 PM
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Also, for some trivia, I saw it for the first time, in theaters, with Walter. =)

That sound like a good time  :serpico: I saw the three originals in theaters I believe with my Dad and that was it other than DOFP. 
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: m on June 07, 2014, 02:35:33 PM

I just saw Edge of Tomorrow and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn't really know anything about this movie until about a couple of days ago, but I started hearing so many good things about it that I decided to give it a shot. I'm really glad I did. I think Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are really good in it, and so are Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson. The only downside is that I think the movie runs out of steam a bit towards the end, and I wasn't quite happy with the ending itself, but overall it was well worth my money. I definitely recommend it.
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Deci on June 09, 2014, 07:23:49 PM
I enjoyed DoFP, Magneto/Fassbender stole the show as expected, I didn't think Quicksilver was as cool as many reviewers seem to think, and I enjoyed how they showcased Blink's powers. I expected it to be much worse. I found Xavier's walking/powerlessness/addiction thing to be rather bothersome. I don't recommend spending the high cost of a movie ticket to see it, but definitely catch it on Netflix/On Demand or whatever.

In regards to how Apocalypse looks, he starts off with only grey skin and blue lips. Over time he augments himself with Celestial technology to slowly transform into the Apocalypse we know today.

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Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Salibu on June 09, 2014, 08:51:24 PM
Movies Ive recently seen:

Godzilla: Needed more Godzilla

TAS 2: I liked it more than the first, only because I enjoyed the comic truth of making Spidey comical while fighting.

Xmen Days of....: I actually liked it more than the first. Love Quicksilvers scene. I liked that they basically hit re-set on the entire F-ups from the original.

Malificent: It was ok...decent re-telling from a different perspective.

Plan on seeing:
Edge of tommorrow
Guardians of the Galaxy
Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Groovy Metal Fist on June 12, 2014, 02:57:50 AM
I just recently watched How to Train your Dragon 1. It was very good. It was beautifully shot, scored, and the action was awesome.

At first, I was annoyed because I sensed it was going to be yet another all ages movie about someone who's different and a loser surpassing everyone else. I remember watching Kung-fu Panda and not being able to hide in the back of my mind that a lifelong sedentary fat adult can begin his transition into being the best martial artist by creatively trying to reach food in a kitchen for one night. He can surpass everyone else in martial arts who trained and ate healthy their whole lives by training for a much shorter period of time and doing things in his special hungry fat dude style because HE WAS THE CHOSEN ONE. I didn't dislike the movie, but I couldn't buy has rise to glory.

I'm not saying HTTYD has perfect logic, but it was easier for me to suspend my disbelief. Hiccup could craft attachments for the dragon because he had been crafting for a long time. He was the best rider in the movie mainly because he was doing it for longer than everyone else in the movie, won over the best dragon, and is very observant of /kind-hearted towards animals. He was a pioneer in training dragons. Granted, the fact that in the course of 300 years that he was somehow the only one to catch on to all of these tricks is a bit hard to believe, along with other discrepancies, but it didn't bother me as much.


I look forward to the sequel.

Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Deci on June 13, 2014, 02:50:08 AM
I just recently watched How to Train your Dragon 1. It was very good. It was beautifully shot, scored, and the action was awesome.

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I look forward to the sequel.

I always tell everyone that the best 3D IMAX experience I've ever had was How To Train Your Dragon. I can't wait for part 2 either, apparently it's going to be trilogy! =)

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Title: Re: Movies you've recently watched
Post by: Griffith on June 13, 2014, 03:48:38 AM