Movies, Movies, Movies!

Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by ILTBY, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. OurJud

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    I was so hyped for this when I finally picked it up on DVD. Maybe a little too hyped because as the film was unfolding I thought it was terrible. But the strangest thing happened in the weeks following the viewing. I kept looking back over it, and found my self starting to really like it, and that was without any further viewings. No film has ever grown on me in such a unique way. It was like osmosis. I’ve now watched it about four times and it’s up there in the top four of my favourite Tarantino films.
     
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    Can confirm The Old Guard is good.
     
  3. Le Panda Du Mal

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    Been watching a bunch of samurai/chanbara movies from the 60's and 70's- the Miyamoto Musashi trilogy, the first three Lone Wolf and Cub films, and Lady Snowblood.
     
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    It was good, but not anyone’s best work. I also wondered if it needed to be as long as it was. All my friends have been raving about the book it’s based on: I Hear You Paint Houses. Need to put that on the list.

    On the flip side, I watched The Last Duel which was better than the general reception it received. I thought the length was appropriate. Overall, it was a pleasant Roshamon rehash.
     
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    I saw Genius, and as a movie it was ok, sometimes a bit forced and other times a bit pretentious, but still a very interesting take on the relationship between an editor and author, and the editing process.

     
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    I think what impressed me most about the film was how ‘classic Scorsese’ it was. Having now watched it, I look back on it with the same fondness I do his other mafia-based films. In fact I’ve just ordered the Casino DVD because I want more De Niro / Pesci / Scorsese fare.
     
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    I watched La La Land last night. I didn’t expect to hate it so much. Probably my least favorite movie I’ve seen this year.
     
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    Been on a film noir kick lately—apparently Kiss Me Deadly is widely considered a masterpiece, but I honestly can't see why. I thought it was extremely amateurishly made and badly acted. The worst of all I've seen so far, which is probably 8 or 9. Though it was cool to see the origin of the internally-glowing trunk in Repo Man and briefcase in Pulp Fiction. But such a bizarre ending (the reconstructed one that was lost for many years). Dialogue was strange, with people saying things nobody would actually ever say, more like a bunch of monologues than dialogue really, and lots of pointless long pauses as if they all attended the Shatner school of acting (or maybe he went to the same school they all did). Or like they're all in some kind of sleepwalking trance.


    When the gun went off (second time) it was facing the wrong screen direction! It looked like he shot her!
     
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    I love Kiss Me Deadly but it's been years since I last saw it so I don't remember enough to defend it against your criticisms. For some reason I enjoy how Mike Hammer comes across as basically a thug.
     
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    Oh, there were things I like about it, including the guy who plays Hammer for sure. Mostly what I disliked was the weird dialogue, the long pauses, and the very clumsy editing like the mismatch on the gun*, and cutting to reaction shots that take too long, slowing the dialogue down too much.

    * Ok, the gun wasn't an editing problem, it was a bad directorial choice. Hammer was facing screen left and the girl screen right, so the gun should have been facing screen right. That's pretty basic stuff that was well worked out by midway through the silent era.
     
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    There's also a bad mismatch on the first gunshot in that scene. This time at least the gun was facing the right way, but somehow she shot him in the side that was facing away from her. How could the bullet have gone through or around his arm and his body and hit him on the far side like that? Extreme bullet-curving hocus-pocus! Or maybe there was a hidden gunman in the flowerpot (grassy knoll)? Or just another terrible problem that should have been noticed and fixed...
     
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    haha, that's too bad. I was thinking of watching that. Maybe I'll skip it.

    I usually watch "Scrooge!" the musical at Christmas time. That's probably my favorite. I saw it when I was a kid, just sitting around the house, no one else around, and it spoke to me. I got it on DVD and now it's our holiday staple.

    I'm planning on trying this one out soon. It looks funny in an awful way. Just a weird mishmash that's never been done. Sorry, you'll have to watch on youtube. It's a 4-minute song clip.


    (Anna and the Apocalypse)
     
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    Just realised every one seems to be adding trailers of the recommended movies they’ve been watching. This one won the Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1999:


    This one won the BAFTA award for Best Film Not In The English Language in 1996.
     
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    it was a good movie in a lot of ways, but Gosling's character was a total prick and the whole Jazz™ angle made me want to throw a can of soup through my tv.
     
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    This looks interestingly different:

     
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    Watched Black Swan again on a whim and I'd forgotten just how good it is.
     
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    I tried to watch Casino last night, but only made it as far as the introduction of Sharon Stone‘s character. Watching it now, after all these years, it strikes me as an incredibly shallow film. The entirety of the 40+ minutes I managed, is made up of De Niro’s character narrating, only stopping to allow short jabs of pointless small-talk from the cast. Maybe I’ve over-indulged on Scorcese recently, what with The Irishman and then Goodfellas, but the film started to irritate me very quickly.
     
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    I want to see this one bad. A24 puts out the best movies.

    This looks like their first action movie.

     
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    Always the best.
     
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    well the new spider-man was wonderful. Audacious fan service writ large upon the silver screen and a great mcu movie (with the necessary equivocations that that phrase demands). It’s not in me to be critical of these movies, I just can’t do it. There’s something about the zeitgeist that they capture so well, or my zeitgeist anyway. 5/5 basically.
     
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    I will go see this one for sure.

    On the subject of upcoming movies, has anyone happened to see the trailer for Marry Me? It’s unbelievable. I will be seeing this glorious piece of cinema the day it comes out.

     
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    I watched my first, one and only Spider Man movie the other night and loved it. It was the one with the class trip to Venice/Prague (can’t remember the title).
     
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    ... wtf did I just watched...?
    Looks good though. At least kind of Meta.
     
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    Watched that popular Netflix movie last night, Don't Look Up. I had read a 2/5 star review the other day, but decided to give it a go anyway. The reviewer thought that it was a bit on the nose and even condescending, and suggested that an impending comet impact extinction event was a poor analogy for our destruction from climate change. I'm glad I watched it anyway, because I liked it. I thought the analogy worked quite well. Yes, people would react differently to that situation than they do. That's the point; it's satire. The filmmaker is saying that climate change is essentially an extinction level event, and uses the fictional comet situation to highlight our generally blasé reaction to it. I identified with Jennifer Lawrence's character when she just can't comprehend why nobody seems to care and starts screaming at them.
     
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