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Title: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on February 14, 2013, 05:10 am
the Dawn of the Dead remake. It was okay.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: BSam on February 14, 2013, 05:20 am
The first four episodes of the Teen Wolf series.


Why?


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 14, 2013, 06:57 am
in the last two days i watched

Taken 2, it was perfunctory and mindless

Bully, it was a pretty good documentary

The Man With The Iron Fists, it owned


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on February 14, 2013, 08:32 am
You Can Count On Me

7.5/10  4.5/10

EDIT: I changed my mind after thinking about it more. Pretty mediocre movie overall.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on February 14, 2013, 12:16 pm
Star Trek: The Next Generation S3E18 "Allegiance" (it was awesome) and S3E19 "Captain's Holiday" (it was ridiculous)


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: FizzlePop on February 14, 2013, 02:17 pm
Shame

Yeah i liked it. Watch it for the mandong.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Wibblewobble on February 14, 2013, 02:38 pm
John Carter.

It was OK, looked nice, the jumping around was a bit too Incredible Hulk, Dejah Thoris was far too British.

A DVD that won't get overused.





Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Author on February 14, 2013, 04:50 pm
Upside Down. it was dumb.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Liz on February 14, 2013, 07:01 pm
The entire first season of Oddities on Netflix. I like it.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on February 14, 2013, 08:19 pm
Argo - still great


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: BSam on February 14, 2013, 08:31 pm
fuck yourself!


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: JonasSalk on February 14, 2013, 08:50 pm
You watched that?


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Truck Thunders on February 15, 2013, 12:26 am
Watching Coriolanus.  It's clever, but feels really awkward.  I keep thinking it would have fit much better in the Great War era, or the 1930's or something.  Also, Brian Cox is stealing the shit out of the show.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: pingollum on February 15, 2013, 12:29 am
Watched Peter Jackson's Frighteners. Now Netflix is recommending I watch Creepshow 2, which seems a fine oh it's not like there's anything better for me to do anyway


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 15, 2013, 12:58 am
watching skyfall again and again

fuck me 007


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Lukeington on February 15, 2013, 02:06 am
I watched another episode of The West Wing, but now I want to watch Skyfall again soon.

THANKS BONDFICTION.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: HyperGlavin on February 15, 2013, 06:04 am
Gonna watch New Police Story pretty soon. That movie is ridiculous and I love it.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on February 15, 2013, 08:52 am
Hey, this thread is for things you already watched bub. Get out.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: HyperGlavin on February 15, 2013, 09:11 am
By the time you posted that, I had already watched it, so YOU get out.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on February 15, 2013, 11:26 am
Room 237 (documentary about various fan theories about the Shining). I felt that the hidden story about the Native Indians was definitely true, but that some of the other arguments were really ridiculous... sometimes even relying on numerology and continuity errors to make their point. But it was really well done and managed to convey how much of a genius Kubrick is.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Remington Lonespear on February 15, 2013, 11:30 pm
Silver Linings Playbook, with my wife.  Thought it was pretty good.  Relatively unconventional at first but it veers back into predictable territory about midway through the second hour.  Still manages to be funny and never really takes itself too seriously.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: BSam on February 16, 2013, 02:48 am
WIZARD PEOPLE DEAR READER!


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Coog on February 16, 2013, 03:47 am
Pan's Labyrinth! I thought it lived up to a lot of the hype surrounding it.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: RummyLu on February 16, 2013, 08:12 am
I'm stuck in bed sick so I decided to finally get around to watching Black Mirror. WHY DID I WAIT THIS LONG?!


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on February 16, 2013, 10:05 am
Argo! It was pretty awesome. I like Affleck now that he is a director.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on February 16, 2013, 10:09 am
Die Hard 5

it was dumb


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: subbero on February 16, 2013, 08:35 pm
Soylent Green

turns out it's people


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on February 16, 2013, 09:03 pm
SPOILERS


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Chronicles on February 19, 2013, 06:32 am
Hot Rod. Haha I can't believe it took me this long


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Joseph Nistal on February 19, 2013, 09:49 am
A one man stage show called 'Bane' that was like a noir cross between Lethal Weapon and The Naked Gun. It was incredible and there's two more nights of it.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 20, 2013, 03:28 am
okay earlier i watched end of watch. aside from the "rah rah police are great" bullshit, i enjoyed it. the leads had good chemistry, and the whole film was compellingly grim.

tonight i watched sinister, the horror flick starring ethan hawke. the first half is moody and atmospheric, then it falls apart in the second half.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Remington Lonespear on February 20, 2013, 03:32 am
Karen and I tried watching The Lorax, but it was so boring that we turned it off about 10 minutes in.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 21, 2013, 01:27 am
i just watched the found footage horror anthology movie v/h/s. it's about these dudes who break into a house and find all these videotapes that are basically short horror films. it's fairly uneven and only scary in spots. my favorite of the shorts was the last one, about four guys who go to a halloween party in LA. it seemingly has no set of rules and slowly shifts gears into wall-to-wall insanity.

the sequel just premiered at sundance and i've read that it's way better


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: HyperGlavin on February 21, 2013, 01:48 am
The season premiere of Mr and Mrs Murder. It's good, but I can't shake the feeling that they've used up all the good ideas for the first episode and the rest of the season will just be more of the same. I hope I'm wrong.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Remington Lonespear on February 21, 2013, 05:28 am
Brick. It was really good! I wasn't paying enough attention at the beginning which meant some of the end didn't make sense so I went back and watched the first 10 minutes again. This had a very tight script and I loved it.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on February 21, 2013, 09:30 am
Sympathy for Lady Vengance, and two Chan-Wook Park shorts: Night Fishing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tRlqPQ7dAw), Judgement (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jopaj4xYMnQ). He's so amazing.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: FizzlePop on February 21, 2013, 09:52 am
TODAY I WILL WATCH those 2 short movies nicol just posted because chan-wook is awesome. I've always preferred lady vengeance over sympathy for mister vengeance for number 2 in the trilogy. Oldboi being the obvious #1


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on February 21, 2013, 10:50 am
Is Old Boi the father of Big Boi?


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: pingollum on February 21, 2013, 10:57 am
I watched Chernobyl Diaries because someone recommended it highly enough to lend me the Blu-ray. I will not trust this person's movie opinions anymore. Please do not make the same mistake I did, because this movie is not even amusing-bad, it's just bad.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: HyperGlavin on February 21, 2013, 11:51 am
You sure it wasn't a video game? It sounds like a video game. And therefore, not art.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: pingollum on February 21, 2013, 01:57 pm
Whoa there Ebert. Next thing you know you might have a bunch a nerds twitter harassing you to play Bioshock and Okami and whining that you can't have an opinion on art if it's different from theirs

(http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ3xp9rCsD5hW4JhK6vb_tsTlsbRwVgZOQMR_jMs4eU3N9Rkh_sIw)

but yes maybe it was a videogame and i just didn't notice until i was dead


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: RummyLu on February 21, 2013, 02:57 pm
Following the strategy that has not failed me yet of watching whatever local programming the Aussie mountaineers are enjoying, I watched Mr and Mrs Murder too. It's very sweet, almost cute and thankfully my partner likes it enough to not make me sit through Archer re-runs again.

Glad to see Micallef still has those crazy eyes.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Karlski on February 21, 2013, 05:51 pm
Mrs Ski and I watched that last night as well. I see why Calv is mildly concerned that they may have used up all their great ideas in the first episode, but I have confidence.

Also I see that Marieke Hardy is one of the writers so I expect a lot of stuff will be going into the outtakes reels.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on February 21, 2013, 10:22 pm
Snitch

it's actually not that bad


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 22, 2013, 02:27 am
i randomly rented the comedy "for a good time, call..." from redbox. it was funny in spots. a few good cameos from kevin smith, seth rogen and ken marino

edit: literally just found out the writer/star is the fiancee of seth rogen. which would explain why the dog in the movie is listed as "the legend of zelda miller-rogen".


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: pingollum on February 22, 2013, 06:31 pm
I watched "Casa de Mi Padre" with Will Ferrell, Diego Luna, and Gael Garcia. It was enjoyable, mostly because of the ridiculous accents and I was fairly drunk.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 23, 2013, 02:35 am
okay i watched this mostly terrible post-apocalyptic thriller produced by wwe films called "the day". it starred dominic monaghan (lost, lord of the rings) and shawn ashmore (x-men). the special effects were bad and the characters were boring and it had a lot of problems.

i also watch confessions of a dangerous mind, directed by george clooney. excellent film, with lots of great dark humor. george clooney is an interesting director, and sam rockwell continued to make his case for being my favorite actor.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: boron on February 26, 2013, 05:39 pm
Legend.

 It looked great and had some good bits. But it was mostly cheesy and all over the map.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on February 26, 2013, 07:17 pm
The Master again


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 26, 2013, 11:22 pm
arbitrage starring richard gere. not usually a gere fan but he was great in that. good thriller.

searching for sugar man was a great doc. i liked the music so much that i downloaded rodriguez's albums.

now i'm gonna watch the master again


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: MadPiper6 on February 26, 2013, 11:51 pm
The last couple of episodes of the first season of Breaking Bad. Did you know BrBa is gooooood


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on February 27, 2013, 12:29 am
in the last 24 hours I watched Hari-Kiri: Death of a Samurai. It was pretty sad, not a masterpiece, but definitely solid and worth watching.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Truck Thunders on February 27, 2013, 12:54 am
Re-Animator, it was fun.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: RummyLu on February 27, 2013, 02:47 am
arbitrage starring richard gere. not usually a gere fan but he was great in that. good thriller.

searching for sugar man was a great doc. i liked the music so much that i downloaded rodriguez's albums.

now i'm gonna watch the master again

I am so excited to see Searching For Sugar Man. I wore my Cold Fact CD out as a teenager listening to it and manhandling it so much.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: oball on February 27, 2013, 08:01 am
Today I watched...

These guys:

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

...these guys:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHxiouKy8Ho

...and these guys:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJfMWP6qNKM

All from the middle of the front row.  Fuck yes.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: boron on February 27, 2013, 08:59 pm
Safety Not Guaranteed.

Charming, sweet and pretty weighty at times. Solid.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Joseph Nistal on February 28, 2013, 11:11 am
Expendables and Expendables 2

Urgh.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on February 28, 2013, 01:05 pm
THX 1138

The story is kind of dumb (yes, George, I read 1984 too), but the visual style what makes the movie really stand out. The way the human figure is situated in the shot composition is especially interesting. People are mostly shot in close-up or extreme close-up, but also decentered, so there's a level of abstraction at work where they become just another element of the environment. It's disorienting at first but fun to look at if you're interested in that sort of thing.

Anyway, it's neat to see the film nerd side of George Lucas before he became a Sell Out™.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 28, 2013, 08:32 pm
last night i watched where eagles dare, a world war 2 action movie starring richard burton and clint eastwood. if you've ever wanted to see eastwood clutching two mp-40s and mowing down Nazis (i know i have), then this is the movie for you. the action is incredibly elaborate and well-shot, especially for a joint made in the 60s. if you're a fan of inglourious basterds you'll notice a lot of inspiration drawn from this film.

i just finished deadfall, a movie i randomly grabbed from redbox. it's got eric bana, olivia wilde, charlie hunnam, kate mara, sissy spacek, kris kristofferson, treat williams...a heck of a cast for a mediocre thriller. at first i thought it was straining to be a coen brothers knockoff but then i realized the humor toward the start was mostly unintentional due to bana's hilarious 'southern' accent. there's a couple decent scenes and kate mara is cute but that's not worth 90 minutes of your time.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on February 28, 2013, 08:48 pm
Now you should watch the Nick Cage Deadfall.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Truck Thunders on March 01, 2013, 01:21 am
Where Eagles Dare was my favorite WW2 "spy movie" as a kid.  I recently rewatched it and couldn't figure out what the hell I ever saw in it, until I got to the last 45 minutes where Eastwood and Burton demolish a German castle with grenades and tripmines and mow down an entire SS division.

That's when I remembered it wasn't the cerebral spy thriller my ten-year-old self remembered it being.  It was just violent as fuck.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Truck Thunders on March 01, 2013, 01:24 am
(In any case, yeah, it's a great action flick.)


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 01, 2013, 01:52 am
there were a few good, if not nonsensical, twists.

anyway i'm watching the social network for like the hundredth time. it's like my favorite film. the movie star who graduated from harvard that the lawyer asks about is natalie portman.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 02, 2013, 01:05 am
tonight i watched hardware (1990) starring dylan mcdermott. it was a very stupid horror film about a dumb robot with bad special effects that kills people.

now i'm watching the good, the bad and the weird again. i love this film


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on March 02, 2013, 06:54 am
Skyfall. Pretty entertaining. It seems like they're steering the series back into old territory. I kind of liked the gritty new thing they were doing with Casino Royale. I wonder how the next ones will turn out.

Silver Linings Playbook. It was alright


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 02, 2013, 07:54 pm
Holy Motors. Or should I say HOLY SHIT, what a great film.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on March 02, 2013, 08:48 pm
Zero Dark Thirty because my friend wanted to see it. I still think it's a great movie.


And then later I watched Wet Hot American Summer because goddammit I love that movie.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: evilspud on March 03, 2013, 01:59 pm
I watched Red Dawn because, fuck it, I don't watch enough Patrick Swayze movies.

-The Spanish being used was incredibly lazy. Fuego is not a goddamn verb, and I wouldn't be surprised if there was a Spanish speaking family in the theater that panicked when a man started inexplicably yelling out, "fire!" I'm guessing they wrote out the dialogue in English first and then went through each word with an English-Spanish dictionary. I'm sure I could find errors in the verb tenses if I looked.

-On top of that, there were no subtitles in the version I watched. On one hand, I had to really pay attention to objects in the scene and facial expressions to figure out what was going on (I guess "we have to kill those Wolverines!" for all of these scenes). On the other hand, aside from a few Russian dudes, it was apparent that there were hardly any native speakers in the film. They emphasized odd words, like they were putting the emotion in the wrong syntax. Going back to the culturally diverse hypothetical movie theater, there could have been a Russian family that heard "we have to kill those Wolverines" as specifically referring to one group of Wolverines among a larger Wolverine problem.

-I have no idea what constitutes good crying in acting, but the kids did cry, believably? I liked that, in Patrick Swayze's sad scenes, he looked like he had to force himself to cry.

-What was Toni's problem, again? The old dude in the beginning implied that she had been raped, but I never knew of a rape case where the girl went feral. Was she in that basement before the Cubans invaded?

-Why didn't the Russians just carpet bomb the mountains?

-My favorite scene was when the Colonel described Denver. That was a really dark touch that connected their struggle to the World War happening off screen.

-There were a lot of Ak-47's being used, which wouldn't surprise me among the cuban forces, but there was a really great touch with the sudden appearance of AK-74s when the Russians started arriving. There were some references to the Afghan conflict in the beginning, so someone on the writing staff really did their homework.

-"I love you." "I know. I love you too." No one can be as cool as Han Solo, apparently.

-There was a scene where one of the Wolverines fires an RPG at a helicopter and it hits, but the only thing that happens is some smoke and a dude falling out. Was it a dud?

-For all of these complaints, I did like the movie. 80's action films are very clean, clear shots of explosions and guns firing, and I love that. Explosion shots are too short and tight nowadays. More explosions.

-Every once in a while there would be this barest of bare moments of self-awareness, where the kids would reflect on their actions and the killing they were doing. According to the wiki, this story was supposed to have a Lord of the Flies theme in it, and I think these moments are the remnants of that first draft.

-For the longest time I thought the setting was Texas, because the kids sure knew a lot about Texas.

3 out of 4. A good movie.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 03, 2013, 05:13 pm
i just watched dog day afternoon again for the first time in like a decade. such a phenomenal, powerful film.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on March 03, 2013, 09:08 pm
Stoker (again)

I know this movie has a super limited release right now but if you have the chance to see it do not miss it. Especially if you are a fan of Chan-wook Park's other films. The content of it is incredibly gripping and simultaneously uncomfortable to watch, and just Park's mastery of filmmaking is amazing to see. 3.5/4


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: JonasSalk on March 04, 2013, 11:53 am
I watched three episodes of The Wire. Snoop has finally made her debut. Man, she seems awesome.

Man, she is awesome.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on March 04, 2013, 10:20 pm
Les Miserables because fuck y'all I liked that movie.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Lukeington on March 05, 2013, 06:08 pm
"Love The Beast," Eric Bana's documentary about the '74 Ford Falcoln he bought when he was a kid, rebuilt with his friends, then raced and rebuilt throughout his life. Really great doc if you're into cars.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 05, 2013, 06:30 pm
what if i'm super into eric bana?


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Lukeington on March 05, 2013, 07:12 pm
Then go for it! Or just watch "Hulk."


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on March 06, 2013, 01:29 am
The Place Beyond the Pines

Ok, just like Stoker, if you have the chance to see this movie, fucking go. I saw a screening of this tonight without knowing anything about it, and I'm pretty sure it's going to make my top 5 for the year. In fact, I would recommend not looking up anything about it like I did. Don't even read about it on the off chance it spoils anything about the plot. All you need to know is Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Ray Liotta, and Eva Mendes are all in it and it's about 2 and a half hours of awesome acting. Also it is sad and will make you want to call up your dad when it's over.

I think it comes out at the end of this month?


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: RummyLu on March 06, 2013, 04:02 am
I watched Vikings last night, The History Channel's (heh) first foray into a proper HBO style series. It's not terrible, and if it stays not terrible it could be a substitute Rome for me.

I am hopeful, but it could all fall apart shamefully in episode two next week, but Gabriel Byrne is in there rocking an amazing flowing mullet so it won't be a complete waste of time.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Wibblewobble on March 06, 2013, 03:05 pm
Gabriel Byrne + mullet, I am so there!


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Mr Gale on March 06, 2013, 03:11 pm
I also watched the first couple of Vikings last night. It was surprisingly alright, though obviously no Rome as it lacks the magnificence of Marc Antony.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: RummyLu on March 06, 2013, 03:14 pm
Attia was where it was at.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on March 06, 2013, 11:41 pm
Sleepwalk With Me - The Mike Birbiglia movie. I guess it was ok. The funny parts were pretty funny but the rest of it was a bit dull.

Small Soldiers - it's way worse than I remember from childhood


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 07, 2013, 09:04 am
I got a couple movies from Redbox at random. The Baytown Outlaws was dumb, but I guess a fun kind of dumb for the most part. A Late Quartet was this movie about Chris Walken, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and some other dude in a string quartet. Walken is diagnosed with Parkinson's and everyone's lives begin to unravel. It was melodramatic at times and moving at others. All in all, I enjoyed it.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on March 08, 2013, 01:29 am
Punch Drunk Love


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on March 09, 2013, 03:51 am
Room 237 - A great documentary about all the fucking crazy theories people have about Kubrick's The Shining. A must-see if you're a fan of ridiculous conspiracy theories.

Then right after that was over I went to this really nice theater for a sold out screening of Beyond the Black Rainbow with the guy who did the film's score performing it live in sync with the movie. It was a fucking experience. For those who don't know the movie, just imagine if 2001 and Enter the Void fucked and made a movie baby. That's Beyond the Black Rainbow.

For those who have seen it, after viewing the 1966 sequence that way, I think I have a pretty good idea of what it feels like to die now.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on March 09, 2013, 12:21 pm
Room 237 (documentary about various fan theories about the Shining). I felt that the hidden story about the Native Indians was definitely true, but that some of the other arguments were really ridiculous... sometimes even relying on numerology and continuity errors to make their point. But it was really well done and managed to convey how much of a genius Kubrick is.

Room 237 - A great documentary about all the fucking crazy theories people have about Kubrick's The Shining. A must-see if you're a fan of ridiculous conspiracy theories.

hmmm interesting, I also just watched this movie.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on March 09, 2013, 01:40 pm
Probably my favorite theory was Kubrick's creation of impossible space. Kubrick used the Steadicam like Picasso used the brush.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 09, 2013, 02:10 pm
i watched wreck-it ralph. that was a really cute, fun movie.i enjoyed it a lot.

then i watched nature calls, a movie starring patton oswalt that got absolutely thrashed by the critics. but fuck it, it was written & directed by todd rohal, who also did "the catechism cataclysm" which was fucking insane. i figured this movie would be similarly crazy, and it didn't disappoint. there's a naked woman on a motorcycle, an old man committing suicide with fireworks, darrell hammond as a park ranger who wants to fuck rob riggle, and johnny knoxville getting crucified. it seems like this movie exists simply to subvert its PG-rated premise.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on March 09, 2013, 02:32 pm
Probably my favorite theory was Kubrick's creation of impossible space. Kubrick used the Steadicam like Picasso used the brush.

Yeah I liked that and when they played the movie backwards and forwards at the same time. I know most of the things in this movie are probably bullshit but they make some interesting arguments.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on March 09, 2013, 03:10 pm
Well, like stated toward the end of the film, a lot of post-modern film theory places just as much emphases on the received meaning as on the intentional meaning. So whether or not Kubrick intentionally laid out all these intricate details (which is a real possibility with Kubrick and the 4-5 years of pre-production he had), it really doesn't matter because the fact that people see them and can make fairly convincing arguments for them makes them legitimate.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on March 09, 2013, 03:51 pm
Oh, no I completely agree with you. I think a few of the points brought up within the film are a little more of a stretch than others, but it does bring in to question a lot of things within The Shining and other films, along with the methods Kubrick uses to create those films. Like when they mention the photo of him on set specifically placing certain objects in the frame a certain way. He obviously intended for that to be seen one way or the other, but the fact that someone noticed is a good talking point in itself regardless of whether or not that was supposed to represent the extermination of the Native Americans or not.

EDIT: another point of the movie I really liked was mentioning the red Volvo as being a "fuck you" to King because that's just funny even if it's just a coincidence


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on March 09, 2013, 04:00 pm
Chuck Klosterman has some interesting things to say about the film and the type of criticism it invokes. (http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8508523/documentary-year)


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on March 09, 2013, 11:37 pm
I went to a screening of Somebody Up There Likes Me at one of my favorite theaters in the city. It was an ok movie. It was pretty funny, but I'm not sure how much substance there really was to it.

Also Nick Offerman was there. That was cool.


And then I watched Dredd at 3am because my roommate rented it


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Post by: EFHRK on March 10, 2013, 06:47 pm
Princess Mononoke while I study for midterms


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Post by: Lukeington on March 10, 2013, 10:53 pm
The Godfather part 1 again, because it was on TV. Every time I watch this film I remember how much I love it even more. It kills me that friends of mine haven't seen it.


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Post by: BSam on March 10, 2013, 11:27 pm
So it's worth watching then?


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Post by: HyperGlavin on March 10, 2013, 11:47 pm
Unless you're Lukeington's friend


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Post by: JonasSalk on March 11, 2013, 12:44 am
I watched Wet Hot American Summer. I love that movie.


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Post by: Nicol on March 11, 2013, 12:59 am
Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which I last saw when I was very young, so it was like watching it for the first time. Oh, that Spielberg! It was pretty neat.


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Post by: boron on March 11, 2013, 01:06 am
Oz the Great and Powerful

Very nice to look at but the tonal shifts were a bit jarring at times and i felt like it didn't really take full advantage of the setting and characters. But still, really really pretty. Good use of the 3D too.


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Post by: EFHRK on March 12, 2013, 09:38 pm
Disconnect - It's a new movie that comes out I think in like April. It's got some good actors in it like Jason Bateman, Alexander Skarsgard, and Hope Davis. It's three different stories told simultaneously; an emotionally distant married couple has their identities stolen, two kids use Facebook to harass another, and a tv reporter tries to do a story on a young guy who works for a sex cam website. It's very well done and manages to stay interesting throughout its run. Also it gets pretty depressing and a little intense. Basically I thought of it as "Requiem for a Dream, but instead of drugs it's the internet". It might end up as one of my top films of the year. 3/4

Side note: It's one of the few times I've seen modern day kids in high school being portrayed believably, both in writing and acting.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 13, 2013, 01:54 am
the intouchables, french drama/comedy. great lead performances and chemistry between the two leads but the cliched streetwise black guy and high society white dude who learn to love each other plot was overdone. overall i liked it though.

i watched some nickelodeon movie called fun size, but i was fucking wasted. it was weird

and then i watched this insane reservoir dogs ripoff called sushi girl. it had tony todd, mark hamill, jeff fahey, michael biehn and danny trejo. there were a couple bright spots amongst an unnecessarily violent + gross movie


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Post by: EFHRK on March 14, 2013, 01:37 am
Collateral


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 14, 2013, 02:27 am
collateral fucking kicks ass.

i watched walk hard: the dewey cox story


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Post by: CB on March 14, 2013, 02:36 am
Enter the Void.

After the visual sex of the opening credits the movie can move kinda moves along really slowly, and the acting is a little wooden. One thing that was really good about it though was that oh my god it was such a pretty film to look at.


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Post by: Nicol on March 14, 2013, 05:56 am
and a depressing film to think about


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 14, 2013, 06:23 am
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Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 14, 2013, 03:41 pm
i just watched smashed, a little indie movie starring mary elizabeth winstead and aaron paul as an alcoholic married couple. winstead decides to get sober while paul carries on drinking and then everyone yells at each other and it's all very heart-wrenching


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Post by: EFHRK on March 15, 2013, 12:50 am
I had to go home today to take care of some business but couldn't go back to the city for a few hours, so I just laid on the couch watching the movie channels. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Payback, and We Need to Talk About Kevin


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Post by: Remington Lonespear on March 15, 2013, 01:06 am
I had to go home today to take care of some business

So you finally took your monthly shower? Thank god.


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Post by: EFHRK on March 16, 2013, 03:19 am
Sound City - Great fuckin doc about the legendary Sound City recording studio with interviews with dozens and dozens of musicians, who have stories about dozens and dozens of other musicians. One of the most interesting docs I've seen in years. Oh and it's directed by Dave Grohl.


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Post by: EFHRK on March 16, 2013, 11:24 pm
In my class we watched the Simpsons movie.

AND THEN LATER I SAW THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS FRONT ROW

(http://i.imgur.com/7LGkbH1.jpg)


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Post by: Author on March 16, 2013, 11:45 pm
Hey, I saw them on Thursday!


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 17, 2013, 12:19 am
i watched this movie called shotgun stories, from the director of take shelter. it was a very solid independent drama until the dumbass dvd i got from netflix decided to be a piece of shit and not work


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on March 17, 2013, 02:09 am
I watched This is 40, which I wasn't expecting to enjoy, but I actually did. Good work, Apatow! I wonder if he is being pressured by his wife make every film of his a vehicle for her.


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Post by: Captain Wacky on March 17, 2013, 03:07 am
I watched Oz the Great and Powerful today.

It was not very good.


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Post by: locnar on March 17, 2013, 03:35 pm
I finally watched Django Unchained.  It was pretty good I guess.


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Post by: Lukeington on March 17, 2013, 03:41 pm
The Australian Grand Prix, at 3AM this morning. Fuck yeah, Formula One is back.

also a hockey game this afternoon. Bruins - Pens.


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Post by: Lukeington on March 17, 2013, 10:07 pm
I just watched Bronson. Pretty interesting film, well shot and cut. Tom Hardy was also great, and flaunted his flaccid penis quite prominently. But now that I finished watching it there isn't really anything to think about. I dunno.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 17, 2013, 11:22 pm
i watched the sessions earlier. it was funny, pretty heart-warming, and i really liked john hawkes. he was great as usual.

right now i'm watching no country for old men again. guess what guys? it's still great

after this it's time for my annual st patrick's day tradition: leprechaun back 2 tha hood


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Post by: EFHRK on March 17, 2013, 11:56 pm
Falling Down because Michael Douglas kicks ass in this movie


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on March 19, 2013, 12:44 am
Ichi the Killer


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 19, 2013, 01:20 am
children of men. don't worry, it stayed fantastic. hopefully redbox is getting some decent stuff tomorrow so i don't have to re-watch old movies (which i don't have a problem with per se)


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Post by: RummyLu on March 19, 2013, 03:17 am
Ichi the Killer

Is Ichi the Killer the one that starts off with a guy looking into the window of a woman's apartment and he's jerking off into a plant and then the ejaculate forms the movie titles?

Because if it is I never got further than that, how is it?


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Post by: EFHRK on March 19, 2013, 03:20 am
That is the one. It is pretty good if you are into that sort of thing. But going on the fact you couldn't get through the opening titles I'm guessing you probably wouldn't enjoy it much.


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Post by: RummyLu on March 19, 2013, 04:15 am
I'm not sure what this says about me, but I didn't get further because I fell asleep.


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Post by: MadPiper6 on March 19, 2013, 09:13 am
You're the best, rummy


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Post by: Bettytron on March 19, 2013, 01:29 pm
I'm three episodes into Enlightened and I love it so so much. It's darkly satirical while still being really affectionate towards its subjects. Kind of reminds me of a grown-up, corporate Ghost World. Or if American Beauty were as smart as it thought it was. Laura Dern is funny and heartbreaking and terrifying by turns, the supporting cast is all great, and it's got a surprisingly mellow, dreamy pace that makes me really want to see where it's going.


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Post by: EFHRK on March 20, 2013, 01:29 am
Lars and the Real Girl


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 20, 2013, 02:33 am
I'm three episodes into Enlightened and I love it so so much.

I've got some bad news for you (http://www.avclub.com/articles/report-says-hbos-enlightened-has-been-canceled,93983/)

I just watched Zero Dark Thirty. It was thrilling and intense, as I've come to expect from Kathryn Bigelow after The Hurt Locker, but when all was said and done I finished that movie feeling really somber and melancholy. Yeah, it boiled some very important political points down to a pretty straightforward detective story, but I thought it was all handled deftly.


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Post by: evilspud on March 20, 2013, 02:41 pm
I watched Mystery Men. I thought most of the jokes that hit were stellar (the entire scene where they held superhero try-outs was genius, as was Stiller calling out The Sphinx's cliche wisdom). There were plenty of misses, but I still thought the humor was fairly consistent.

It's my second favorite Stiller comedy behind Zoolander.


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Post by: EFHRK on March 20, 2013, 09:32 pm
EVIL DEAD (2013)


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on March 22, 2013, 02:41 am
The entire 3rd season of Archer

And then later Spring Breakers. It's ok. Nothing special. I can already tell a lot of people are going to hate it. A lot of the dialogue and delivery really sucks, there's way too much music, and most of the movie is just montages and repeated footage and monologues. The ending feels pretty anticlimactic too. Actually I don't think there's really any up or down through the whole thing. I felt the same way at the beginning that I did at the end. The ending doesn't really even make a whole lot of sense. Also James Franco gives one of the weirdest fucking performances I've ever seen from a legit actor. You can probably wait for this one at the redbox or netflix if you really want to see it, but you're not going to be missing much if you skip it.


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Post by: Chronicles on March 22, 2013, 04:31 am
For real, anyone here actually like Harmony Korine? To me he is the personification of all terrible hipster and stoner jokes. Like WHAT IF THIS WAS A MOVIE b;lufgh


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on March 22, 2013, 06:49 am
I've seen all of his films, and I don't think I consider a single one of them to be good or even enjoyable to watch, so just add this one to the pile I suppose.

Also before anyone has a chance to defend it: Gummo is terrible


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Post by: HyperGlavin on March 22, 2013, 10:11 am
I watched Beasts of the Southern Wild today. It is an Emotional Film but in a good way. Like Winters Bone meets Where the Wild Things are. It deserved the Oscar for making me have feelings.


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Post by: EFHRK on March 22, 2013, 11:45 am
The Untouchables because it's basically porn for Chicagoans.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on March 22, 2013, 03:10 pm
The Aviator. It's great for all the obvious reasons, but one thing I specifically love is how almost all the characters, no matter how secondary, are played by recognizable actors. People who haven't seen it can play a fun guessing game at which "that guy" character actor will show up next!

Later tonight I will be watching Rashomon (http://www.hulu.com/browse/picks/happy-birthday-akira-kurosawa).


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Post by: boron on March 22, 2013, 05:50 pm
Lawless and the Hobbit. both pretty alright.


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Post by: JonasSalk on March 22, 2013, 07:08 pm
I watched Spring Breakers and enjoyed it, but for some reason it made me really sad.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 22, 2013, 09:11 pm
i just tried to watch barry levinson's eco-horror film "the bay" and only managed to sit through an hour of it.

things i liked: it was set in maryland; it dealt somewhat with chesapeake bay pollution which is a major issue for our state

things i didn't like: for some reason the story (found footage) is told in the past tense, with a reporter narrating an event she witnessed months ago. so instead of getting to see the plot unfurl and figure things out for yourself, the movie tells you exactly what happened, then shows you what happened. you know the essentials of the plot from the very start and the movie takes 90 minutes to play catch-up. it's one of the dumbest storytelling choices i've ever seen and sucks any suspense or surprise out of what could have been a decent thriller

edit: also i really liked this is 40. didn't mind the extra long running time because i was drinking and watching it at home where i could pause it, so it just left me with the freewheeling albert brooks-esque story and some really solid character moments/jokes. good movie


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Post by: Not A Spatula on March 23, 2013, 02:39 am
I watched Beasts of the Southern Wild today. It is an Emotional Film but in a good way. Like Winters Bone meets Where the Wild Things are. It deserved the Oscar for making me have feelings.

I rented this for one of my younger brothers, who of course never returned it and cost me twenty bucks. Since he also liked it a lot, I guess I'll borrow it sometime.

Not that I don't, you know, already have feelings. I have feelings practically every day. I can probably have three in one night if I'm well rested.


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Post by: EFHRK on March 23, 2013, 11:19 pm
I started watching Venture Bros. from the beginning and got through 17 episodes while in the car today.


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Post by: Navigator2001Plus on March 24, 2013, 02:03 am
Burned through the first four seasons of Parks and Rec recently. Goddamn I love this show. It doesn't really hit its stride until the end of season one/start of season two, but that's not too big a deal since season one is only six episodes long.

Also, the last episode of season four has the best "Dammit, Jerry" moment ever. I literally laughed for several solid minutes.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on March 25, 2013, 01:05 am
Iron Sky

I am never going to watch this sober because the way I saw it made it appear as the greatest film ever and I don't want to bring down my own opinion of it.


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Post by: EFHRK on March 25, 2013, 10:18 pm
THE FP


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Post by: BSam on March 25, 2013, 10:22 pm
THE FP

FUCK YES


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Chronicles on March 26, 2013, 04:37 pm
Wow, Frazier Park has gone downhill since I left


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on March 26, 2013, 05:51 pm
WHAT'S A FUCKIN TOWN WITH NO DUCKS, J-TRO? IT'S NOTHIN! IT AIN'T NOTHIN! HOW'S A NIGGA SUPPOSED TO SORT HIS SHIT OUT WITH NO DUCKS?


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: HappyDays on March 27, 2013, 12:11 am
Spring Breakers. I agree with EFHRK that you can wait to rent it. On the other hand, I actually kind of liked it. It was really friggin' weird, but I enjoyed what it was doing in any case. I thought James Franco nailed that performance. The camera work is really well done, and I thought the repetition was mostly used to goof effect, if not a bit too often. So I wouldn't recommend not seeing it, it's just not the kind of film that needs to be seen in a cinema with an audience.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 27, 2013, 12:45 am
Killing Them Softly. The cast was great, especially Scoot McNairy, who had to do most of the dramatic heavy-lifting. Loved the stark, gritty cinematography. The political allegory was hammered home a little too heavily.

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Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on March 29, 2013, 08:36 pm
9 more episodes of Venture.

I honestly don't know why I wasn't watching this earlier its so great.


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Post by: evilspud on March 29, 2013, 10:07 pm
At least ten episodes left then, because you're going to want to watch the season four finale twice.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on March 29, 2013, 10:22 pm
I just finished season 2 dummy


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: evilspud on March 29, 2013, 10:31 pm
Oh, I thought you only had nine episodes left.

I really haven't done anything worthwhile today.


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Post by: Karlski on March 30, 2013, 09:04 pm
All of season 4 of Archer.


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Post by: Nicol on March 30, 2013, 09:21 pm
Wanderlust - which had some funny parts but was pretty sub-par.

Jeff, who Lives at Home - which was billed as a comedy but was pretty dry and weird.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on March 30, 2013, 11:13 pm
La Grande Illusion

How dare you manipulate my feelings, Jean Renoir.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on March 31, 2013, 01:45 am
8 Venture eps

Lot more fucks and shits in season 3. Also dicks and balls.


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Post by: Not A Spatula on March 31, 2013, 05:36 am
Three O'Clock High


Solid pacing, interesting camerawork, and a few high moments don't quite compensate for a dumbfuck plot and a might-makes-right resolution. Both the climax and ending were so predictable, so lazy, so pandering, and so sneeringly, stupidly macho that they were actually the last things I would expect for these writers, or any writers, to close on.

While some actors were better than others, their characters all felt one dimensional or only partially developed, except for the protagonist, who developed into a tool. The bully probably had potential, but no attempt was made to find a sympathetic component in his character or ask the viewer to understand his psychotic behavior. He and everyone else are defined solely by their relation to the lead (who is a transparent stand-in for self-loathing white nerdy kids across the country in the 1980s), so every authority figure comes across as a cartoon character and women are reduced to prizes in the end.

All said, the way the plot unfolds can maintain your interest for a while (even if it's kind of unrealistic or even incoherent at times), but by the final act they've lost any pretense of not being a valueless power fantasy for hormonal teenagers.


and that's my review of Three O'Clock High mom


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on March 31, 2013, 05:41 am
Rashomon! It was a really good minimalist film that left me feeling depressed afterwards. Kurosawa is my man.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on March 31, 2013, 01:01 pm
I watched that last weekend! I love the cinematography.

I just finished The King of Marvin Gardens, the last film in my BBS journey.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 31, 2013, 06:21 pm
Ay bruh I just watched Wong Kar-Wai's "In The Mood For Love". What an elegant, beautiful film. As spectacular as I found it, I think I might like Chungking Express more


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on April 01, 2013, 01:12 am
Finished season 3 of Venture Bros. Almost there.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Skeletonic on April 01, 2013, 10:00 am
Last night I started watching Johnny Bravo and I remembered instantly why it has stuck in my mind as one of my favorite cartoons.

Yeah, whatever


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Post by: Karlski on April 01, 2013, 06:57 pm
Last night me and Mrs Ski watched season 1 of Adventure Time to see what the fuss is about. Took a few episodes to hit their stride but that show is p. good.


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Post by: BSam on April 01, 2013, 09:03 pm
I really liked the pilot, but am unsure about investing in another cartoon.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on April 02, 2013, 10:15 pm
The entire 4th season of Venture Bros.

Great show 10/10 will keep watching next season


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: oball on April 03, 2013, 06:45 am
I watched the first seven episodes of Community while I was waiting for my pulled pork to cook.

This show is hilarious, why didn't I start watching it sooner?


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on April 03, 2013, 10:02 pm
To the Wonder

If you're a Terrence Malick fan, you're going to probably love it. If not, you're going to think it's horribly boring and pretentious.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 04, 2013, 12:27 am
the red dawn movie was stupid but the drunker i got the more i enjoyed it


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on April 04, 2013, 04:31 pm
His Girl Friday in my acting techniques for filmmakers class


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on April 05, 2013, 11:06 pm
The Last Picture Show for like the seventh time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWSvo0eMK7E


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 05, 2013, 11:25 pm
i watched argo again

definitely not best picture worthy, but

it's fun and paced briskly and it's well put-together


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on April 06, 2013, 10:49 am
House of the Devil, which was b-grade, and knew it. It was entertaining but did have pacing problems.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on April 06, 2013, 02:43 pm
The South Park movie...in my Simpsons class.

And then like 10 episodes of Ed Edd n Eddy later at night


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on April 07, 2013, 01:22 am
Stagecoach

Apart from all the racism and sexism it was really good.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Joseph Nistal on April 07, 2013, 07:39 am
Last night I started watching Johnny Bravo and I remembered instantly why it has stuck in my mind as one of my favorite cartoons.

Yeah, whatever

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK6vqoH2Dlw


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Post by: RummyLu on April 07, 2013, 09:57 am
3 episodes of The Antique Roadshow. I have officially morphed into my mother.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on April 10, 2013, 09:15 am
Tetsuo, the Iron Man. It is almost as if Darren Aronofsky, Takashi Miike and a 3 year old had equal input.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on April 10, 2013, 11:36 am
Yesterday I watched Chasing Amy for a class. Turns out it still sucks.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on April 10, 2013, 11:41 am
Kevin Smith understands homosexuality!


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 10, 2013, 02:01 pm
I just watched the season premiere of Hannibal. It was really good, especially for a network drama. I like Mads Mikkelsen a lot and I thought his take on Hannibal Lecter was more mannered and less hammy than Anthony Hopkins'. Not exactly better, but different in a good way.


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Post by: Chronicles on April 10, 2013, 02:17 pm
Man I just didn't care for it. The plotting was so goofy:

"The victim has shavings of pipe left on her! The killer must work for a contractor, let's cross reference types of pipes!

"Hello secretary, may I see your archive of letters of resignation? Why? Because he probably quit his job I guess. Ah! The first one I grab! Did he have a daughter? Maybe? IT'S HIM"


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Chronicles on April 10, 2013, 02:24 pm
Also:

GO TO THE LADIES ROOM GODDAMNIT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A CONVERSATION IN HERE BECAUSE WE PAID FOR A BATHROOM LIKE THE SHINING AND WE'RE GONNA GET OUR MONEY'S WORTH


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 10, 2013, 04:43 pm
"Go to the ladies room" was the best part of the episode in my opinion.

The leaps in logic as far as the mystery was concerned were indeed pretty stupid but I thought the character work was handled well and in the long run that's what matters more. As long as every case isn't handled like that I'm sure the show'll be fine.

Edit: oh and I watched the French drama Rust & Bone. it was a pretty good if melodramatic at times


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on April 12, 2013, 11:22 pm
A double feature screening of Primer and Upstream Color (with Shane Carruth q&a!)

This was like my 3rd or 4th time seeing Primer and I think I finally got a handle on it now so that's cool.

As for Upstream, holy shit I can't wait to see it again. I could see this potentially being the best movie to come out this year. I don't even want to talk about it at the risk of giving anyone even the slightest idea of what to expect and get any sort of preconceived notions about it. But if anyone does see it tell me because I need to discuss this shit with someone and the person I went with didn't "get it enough".


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 12, 2013, 11:32 pm
i watched lincoln. it looked nice but it didn't really amount to much.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Lukeington on April 13, 2013, 12:15 am
i hear he makes it in the director's cut


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Lukeington on April 13, 2013, 12:15 am
leaves room for a hella sick sequel


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Joseph Nistal on April 13, 2013, 08:59 am
Akira for the first time ever.

Venus Wars was far better.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on April 13, 2013, 11:22 am
I rewatched Oldboy. It is still good and I still can't wait for Stoker.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 13, 2013, 08:11 pm
i just watched life of pi

it was beautiful

i cried because i'm a large baby


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on April 13, 2013, 09:39 pm
Cosmopolis

Dark and moody and didactic and has a cool soundtrack.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Lukeington on April 13, 2013, 11:39 pm
Some Arrested Development. Woohoo, back in May!


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Chronicles on April 14, 2013, 12:42 am
The Place Beyond the Pines
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G07pSbHLXgg

I liked it. It's overly ambitious though, the movie has three distinct acts focusing on separate characters. Ryan Gosling's act is easily the best, with the other two being fine but problematic. I think it would have benefited from some nonlinear storytelling, as is the three segments play out entirely chronologically. By the time we're getting to the climax the movie has run out of steam a couple of times. Ray Liotta and Eva Mendes are wasted.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Chronicles on April 14, 2013, 10:45 pm
Robot and Frank
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4y8YAMPFhk

Fuckin awesome. Frank Langella makes you cry and wish he was your dad.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on April 14, 2013, 11:12 pm
Citizen Kane

I tend to waver on this being the Greatest Film Ever Made (or 2nd Greatest, I guess), but damn if it isn't fantastic.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: BSam on April 14, 2013, 11:38 pm
robot and frank is so good


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 15, 2013, 02:07 am
i watched gangster squad

it sucked

also apparently it was rated r for some CGI blood and a couple times some guys say fuck


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Post by: Nicol on April 15, 2013, 02:55 am
Double Indemnity. It was alright for an old movie.


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Post by: Nicol on April 16, 2013, 08:36 am
Suicide Club. I don't know why I expected anything good or even intelligible.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 16, 2013, 09:56 am
i watched 2046 last night. it was a lovely film.


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Post by: EFHRK on April 16, 2013, 04:29 pm
The first season of 12 oz Mouse. Why this show was cancelled I will never understand.

And then Be Kind Rewind.


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Post by: Skeletonic on April 16, 2013, 04:44 pm
I started the first season of Fringe just to see if it was good or not



(it is not good)


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 17, 2013, 02:10 am
the JDATE movie was bad

the actors had zero charisma, the jokes barely landed, the special effects cost $7 and there you have it


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Post by: Nicol on April 18, 2013, 02:52 pm
Holy shit! Rosemary's Baby was incredible. Due to me being dumb or something, I saw the Hand that Rocks the Cradle when I was young and for all of these years thought it was Rosemary's Baby. I figured it was time for a rewatch, and it turns out Rosemary's Baby is something else, and amazing.


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Post by: EFHRK on April 21, 2013, 10:02 pm
Lords of Salem - I want to say it's almost shocking how bad this movie was, but honestly it's probably not. Safe to say this is Rob Zombie's worst film, and given his filmography, that's really saying something. The only thing that is worth looking for in this movie is the amount of unintentional hilarity in the last third. 05./4

Trance - Now this is more my kind of shit. The plot sort of gets a little confusing at times, so if you're not paying full attention, I'd imagine it's pretty easy to get lost. Otherwise, it's pretty great. The visual style and soundtrack are the two things that stick out the most. On the whole trip back from the theater I couldn't stop thinking about the film, and when I got home I blasted Cowboy Dan and laid in bed staring at the ceiling. I don't know how much that has to do with the movie but I just wanted to share that. 3/4


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Post by: EFHRK on April 22, 2013, 11:29 pm
The East - Surprisingly great film. I didn't know much about it beforehand but found out it was written and directed Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling (who also stars in the film), and has Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard, and Patricia Clarkson, who are all great in it. It's about an undercover agent (Marling) working for a private company attempting to infiltrate and eliminate a small group of anarchists attempting to take revenge on the leaders of several major corporations. There are some pretty intense moments, and overall it's just a very good looking film.

There was a Q&A with Marling and Batmanglij after the film and I got to chat with them for a bit after that. The funny about the film is how relevant it is to current events today, but they actually wrote it several years ago. For example, about 2 weeks after they finished writing the script, the big BP oil spill happened. And then right before they were actually about to start filming it, the Occupy Wallstreet movement exploded.

Anyway yeah check it out, I'm not sure of the release date but it should be coming out soon. 3.5/4


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Post by: EFHRK on April 23, 2013, 11:07 pm
Altered States, with a 75 piece orchestra performing the soundtrack to the film, and the original composer for the film, John Corigliano, there for a Q&A after.

I want to watch absolutely every film this way from now on.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 24, 2013, 12:35 am
well, i drunkenly watched this norwegian thriller on netflix starring jaime lannister called headhunters. it was fun but also contrived, with a lot of coincidental plot points. so take that


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Post by: EFHRK on April 25, 2013, 09:11 pm
This is the End - Fucking. Christ. This movie is amazing. It's just fucking perfect. I'm honestly amazed at how it manages to stay at a consistent level of hilarious throughout the entire fucking movie. Just...goddamn. Everything about it was incredible. Fuck, man. See this shit. Please. 4/4


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Post by: Citizen Snips on April 26, 2013, 08:38 pm
Into the Abyss

Christ.

Now I'm gonna go watch a Pixar movie.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on April 27, 2013, 09:55 am
Here is my weekend film activity:

2 Days in New York - Really fun! I wasn't expecting much going into it, and it was basically awesome.

Videodrome - The third time I saw this. Good as always. I <3 U Cronenberg.

The Royal Tenenbaums - As expected, this was fun but nothing amazing. I don't go too crazy for Wes Anderson but I'm always entertained enough for his films to be worth watching.

Battle Royale - This is like the third time I've seen it, and I have noticed a bunch of minor errors that I didn't when I first saw it, such as how whenever someone dies, they rattle off a massive speech then die within a split second of finishing.


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Post by: EFHRK on April 28, 2013, 12:53 am
Blazing Saddles and then Confessions of a Dangerous Mind


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 28, 2013, 01:23 am
those both kick ass

i watched the nitro circus movie on netflix. wanna see people hit ramps in slow motion on fast vehicles? boy do i have the movie for you


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Post by: EFHRK on May 01, 2013, 01:13 am
Peeples - Eh. Whatever. Some funny moments, mostly just because Craig Robinson is being Craig Robinson. Pretty forgettable. It's a story that's already been done a dozen times over.


Miami Connection - Probably the best "so bad, it's good" movie that exists. This is the actual plot summary from IMDB:
Quote
A martial arts rock band goes up against a band of motorcycle ninjas who have tightened their grip on Florida's narcotics trade.
You can't not want to watch it after reading that, but here's the trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpZu69OB2KM) in case you are still not convinced. This is one of those movies I'll be showing to everyone I can, saying "dude, have you ever seen this shit?" and just pointing to the DVD.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on May 03, 2013, 12:23 am
i just watched not fade away, written & directed by david chase (the sopranos). i kind of loved it, especially the ending

edit: also i just watched the finale of "the americans" on FX. that show is fantastic.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Skeletonic on May 03, 2013, 12:27 am
I started the first season of Fringe just to see if it was good or not



(it is not good)

okay so Fringe is growing on me, for the most part I still have trouble liking any of the characters but at least the science mystery junk is entertaining


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Post by: RummyLu on May 03, 2013, 09:20 am
Notes On A Scandal - A.K.A Judy Dench Being Terrifying And Creepy.



Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: RummyLu on May 03, 2013, 10:57 am
I just watched the first 22 minutes of A Good Day To Die Hard and 34 minutes of Guilt Trip because apparently I really hate myself.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on May 03, 2013, 02:17 pm
i just saw iron man 3, it was pretty neat

i liked how shane black managed to shoehorn in narration, a christmas setting, and even a buddy cop element


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Post by: BSam on May 04, 2013, 02:24 am
MGK review

"Well, that certainly was a third Iron Man movie, and I say that as a compliment more than anything."

I pretty much agree with that.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Skeletonic on May 05, 2013, 02:29 pm
so i finally watched Prometheus!

lots of neat visuals, and the whole alien planet is believable

overall, dumb but enjoyable! probably wouldn't sit through it a second time.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Navigator2001Plus on May 05, 2013, 09:00 pm
Saw Iron Man 3 and was pretty disappointed by it. There were way too many stupid slapstick scenes, and Tony Stark didn't spend nearly enough time in the goddamn suit.


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Post by: JonasSalk on May 05, 2013, 10:06 pm
I, on the other hand, loved it. It was a lot like a comic book, and the action scenes they did have were pretty well done. Mostly, though, RDJ is the shit and Ben Kingsley was so amazing that any problems I might have  had with the film were forgiven and forgotten.


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Post by: Navigator2001Plus on May 06, 2013, 12:16 pm
It was a lot like a comic book

That explains it.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on May 07, 2013, 01:38 am
i watched silver linings playbook and found it quite moving


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on May 07, 2013, 02:35 am
History of the World Part I for what is probably the thousandth time.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Skeletonic on May 07, 2013, 04:39 pm
i don't normally watch generic horror films, and sitting through Chernobyl Diaries reminded me why. bad acting, plot, shit scares, no atmosphere. just bad from top to bottom.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on May 11, 2013, 12:14 am
i watched upstream color

it had pigs, and it was great. probably the best pig-related film i've seen in a while


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Post by: EFHRK on May 11, 2013, 03:34 am
The entire 2nd season of Bob's Burgers - one of the funniest animated shows ever put on television

The Comedy - surprisingly great, much deeper than I was expecting 3.5/4

Bully - worth it just for this moment (http://puu.sh/2R4wa/c324c23a10.gif) 3/4

Citadel - I really don't have any opinions on this film one way or the other 2/4


EDIT: I just remembered I watched Man on the Moon too


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Skeletonic on May 11, 2013, 06:06 am
I watched Shaolin Soccer, it is awesome and I love it, it made me want to watch Kung Fu Hustle so I'm gonna do that!


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on May 12, 2013, 02:36 am
Big Fish - i had never seen the whole thing in one sitting before

Adventureland - kind of just another one of those movies where every character just goes "waaaah look at all the problems i have waaaah"

Red - actually pretty good (not the super celebrity one, the Jack Ketchum novel-based one)

and a Brian Posehn standup


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Liz on May 12, 2013, 04:19 am
The Omen (original): It was good. The fake blood was pretty awful though.

Rosemary's Baby: I didn't know that Roman Polaski was the writer and director of this movie. I thought it was very well directed and liked it for the most part except I think I hate Roman Polanski more, now. Maybe he wanted Rosemary to be weak and fragile and blindly maternal, but it made me pretty angry that she didn't have any moxie at all. She just let everyone walk all over her and was super oblivious and dumb. She felt a little Shining-y. I guess the whole reason I think this is because he's a fucking piece of shit child rapist.


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Post by: Chronicles on May 12, 2013, 04:34 am
Rosemary's Baby is tough because it's a fantastic movie it's directed by a piece of shit and has that part where Rosemary is like: oh you raped me while I slept and scratched the shit out of me? Yeah ok


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Post by: Mr Gale on May 12, 2013, 09:14 am
She is meant to be quite disturbed, though. She's just sort of vulnerable and trapped and has to accept this crap and the whole gaslighting thing going on. I think it's a pretty great movie, Rosemary is weak as shit, but that is the story.

Also it always reminds me (now) of that Kevin Smith blog where he talks about how him and his wife have a "bang her while she sleeps" deal, that just adds to the nausea and horror of that bit. As anything awful is ten times more awful if you picture Kevin Smith doing it.


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Post by: Liz on May 12, 2013, 04:59 pm
Yeah, definitely. I realize it's probably quite realistic, it was just so frustrating. If it was another director I wouldn't have thought twice about it.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on May 12, 2013, 05:19 pm
What if it was Kevin Smith?


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on May 12, 2013, 05:33 pm
or Sam Peckinpah


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on May 14, 2013, 04:50 pm
i just watched the first episode of christopher guest's new HBO show family tree.

it was pretty funny and totally worth a viewing due to the fact that there was an antiques shop named Mr. Pfister's Bits & Bobs


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on May 15, 2013, 12:12 am
okay also i watched steven soderbegh's latest (last?) film, side effects. it was a fantastic little psychological/conspiracy thriller. it reminded me of one of those political assassination films from the 70s like parallax view or manchurian candidate or the conversation. except this dealt with pharmaceutical companies and insider trading. there were a lot of solid twists and the plot was consistently exciting.

i'm really sad that soderbergh is retiring. he is a consistently great, unique filmmaker. i love his composition; in all his films it seems like every single shot matters, which is rare in a director.


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Post by: EFHRK on May 15, 2013, 04:29 pm
Me and my roommates just finished all 53 episodes of Arrested Development


in 3 days



fucking kill me



EDIT: then later we watched Ghost Rider 2 and hahaha holy shit how is this movie real (http://puu.sh/2Ur5C/edb0e6efdc.gif)


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Chronicles on May 16, 2013, 04:14 am
The first four seasons of Always Sunny. Finally I've started this show. So good.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on May 17, 2013, 01:21 am
i watched the place beyond the pines. the acting and cinematography were top-notch like i expected (the opening tracking shot is fantastic) but the script was a little flimsy and melodramatic. derek cianfrance is a great filmmaker, though. i preferred blue valentine to this.


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Post by: EFHRK on May 17, 2013, 02:40 am
Side Effects again


oh yeah also ALL 3 BLURAY EXTENDED EDITIONS OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS MOVIES IN ONE FUCKING SITTING HOLY SHIT FUCKING AUHRUHRUGHAUHHGHG


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Post by: Author on May 17, 2013, 08:33 am
I have that LotR collection. Most of the special features are incredibly boring.


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Post by: BSam on May 19, 2013, 12:20 am
Birdemic 2


fuck you nistal


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Post by: Joseph Nistal on May 19, 2013, 12:20 am
Birdemic II.

I... I don't even.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on May 19, 2013, 12:21 am
I also watched a movie

I think


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Chronicles on May 19, 2013, 01:10 am
Star Trek Toward Nighttime

Eh.


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Post by: Karlski on May 19, 2013, 02:39 am
I also watched Star Trek: The Bunseburner Humperdinck adventures

it was a big dumb loud movie with heavy-handed allegory and a bunch of fun bits. I liked that they made sure Spock had green blood.


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Post by: RummyLu on May 19, 2013, 03:27 am
EUROVISION.


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Post by: boron on May 19, 2013, 07:24 pm
I liked the new star trek


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on May 20, 2013, 01:56 am
I saw Star Trek in da imax. It was great.

Then I watched Space Jam


Then I watched Who Framed Roger Rabbit


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Chronicles on May 20, 2013, 05:27 am
The first four seasons of Always Sunny. Finally I've started this show. So good.

and now the other three seasons on netflix. goddamnit gimme more you assholes


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Post by: Joseph Nistal on May 20, 2013, 08:58 am
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a really cool and almost surreal documentary about arguably the best sushi chef in the world. It's on Netflix!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-aGPniFvS0

Eloquent and quite lovely with it's musical score, definitely watch this in HD for the gratuitous sushi close-ups that made my mouth water.


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Post by: Fiction on May 20, 2013, 05:00 pm
I watched every aired episode of Hannibal. Mads Mikkelsen has a weird face.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on May 20, 2013, 11:16 pm
i watched the impossible which was about the tsunami in 2004

it turned a real-life spanish family into white people for its story. hooray for the happy white people

but yeah it was really well-made & emotional, i'd recommend it


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Post by: Citizen Snips on May 23, 2013, 03:10 pm
Sideways

A fun game is to drink a bottle of two buck chuck while this is on.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on May 24, 2013, 07:07 am
Blood Simple.

I hadn't seen this before but I really enjoyed it. You could certainly tell it was the Coen Brothers' first film with it being a little rough around the edges, but it definitely has the thematic seeds of everything they would do after: violence, absurdity, and pitch black humor. I loved seeing visual premonitions of their other films in this one. The opening sequence anticipates No Country for Old Men and another scene anticipates Fargo.

I'll be watching Miller's Crossing and Barton Fink later if anyone wants to join me.


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Post by: jimbob on May 24, 2013, 06:03 pm
Wow, you have some great cinema ahead of you. Miller's Crossing is one of my favourite films.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on May 24, 2013, 11:53 pm
I actually ended up watching American Graffiti, The Last Picture Show, and The Seventh Seal today.

Coen day tomorrow!


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on May 25, 2013, 01:34 am
i watched the last stand, the new arnold movie. it hit every predictable action movie plot point, but the directing by kim ji-woon was impressive and i thought the action scenes were pulled off really well.


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Post by: Karlski on May 25, 2013, 05:17 pm
I watched the latest batman film, the one with Bane in

geez that film was dumb


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Author on May 25, 2013, 07:49 pm
You're dumb


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: jimbob on May 25, 2013, 08:24 pm
no your dumb


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Skeletonic on May 26, 2013, 12:30 am
everyone is dumb


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Karlski on May 26, 2013, 06:10 am
"You're dumb," said Author, from inside his glass house.


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Post by: Mr Gale on May 26, 2013, 09:10 am
I liked how Bane had the voice you would normally see given to an anthropomorphic  pretentious English teapot in a Disney movie. It made all his scenes pretty great.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Karlski on May 26, 2013, 04:47 pm
I was waiting for him to take off the mask and reveal that he was Sean Connery


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Post by: Mr Gale on May 27, 2013, 10:55 am
Speaking of dumb superhero movies, today I watched Iron Man 3.

That certainly... had a lot going on, lots and lots of things, occurring. Often without rhyme or reason. Ben Kingsley was pretty cool though.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: codespyder on May 29, 2013, 01:17 pm
Fast and Furious 6. It was dumb and loud. Also dumb. To be fair, I got my money's worth of loud dumbness and dumb loudness though. I was satisfied. I nominate it as the Best Picture of the Year.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: RummyLu on May 29, 2013, 02:28 pm
I watched a few episodes of The Riches, it wasn't bad.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on May 29, 2013, 04:43 pm
Wrong, the new Quentin Dupieux movie.

I really liked it, but it is certainly not for everyone. Though I definitely liked Rubber more, I found Wrong to be a delightfully absurd treat. I hope Dupieux never stops making movies like these because they are just fascinating to me, especially considering that they should be completely awful and yet end up so intriguing and funny.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on May 30, 2013, 03:51 pm
I watched the first episode of The IT Crowd.

The laugh track immediately killed it for me. It feels like a British version of The Big Bang Theory. Honestly if it wasn't for that laugh track I would probably enjoy it a lot more. Pass.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Chronicles on May 30, 2013, 04:07 pm
That's exactly how I felt when I tried it


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Remington Lonespear on May 30, 2013, 04:52 pm
You guys are missing out. I've seen it twice through, it's a great show.


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Post by: jamiec on May 30, 2013, 06:06 pm
Keep in mind that it's the live audience laughing, not some track that's been dubbed over.

If you are going to watch only one episode of this show, please make it ep 1 of the second season.

The one where Jen starts to date a guy who may or may not be gay, and he takes her on a date to see "Gay" the musical, and Moss and Roy get dragged along, and Roy ends up stuck in the disabled toilets.

It is the funniest episode of anything ever.  If that does not get you hooked then you can safely move on.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on May 30, 2013, 06:17 pm
I inherently hate any show that has a laugh track that isn't Seinfeld.

so no


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: BSam on May 30, 2013, 06:17 pm
I inherently hate any show that has a laugh track that isn't Seinfeld.

so no

hey now don't be a dick


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Remington Lonespear on May 30, 2013, 06:44 pm
EFHRK is a guy who sucks


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: jamiec on May 30, 2013, 07:22 pm
I inherently hate any show that has a laugh track that isn't Seinfeld.

so no

(http://i.imgur.com/vQRRxPZ.gif)


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Chronicles on May 31, 2013, 01:49 am
I intrinsically know that you can't evaluate a comedy on its pilot, but I have a real hard time sticking around with something I dislike. It's on my list to try again sometime.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Remington Lonespear on May 31, 2013, 01:51 am
I can relate, actually. I watched the first episode, thought it was OK, then didn't watch it again for close to probably 6 months, after which I watched the entire rest of the series in a matter of days.

Then I made Karen watch it.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: HyperGlavin on May 31, 2013, 04:47 am
Not liking the IT Crowd because it has a live audience is kinda petty, but referring to it as a British version of The Big Bang Theory is completely stupid and suggests you didn't actually watch it.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: RummyLu on May 31, 2013, 06:00 am
If you can't laugh at the goth in the sever cellar you may possibly be made of stone.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Kybard on May 31, 2013, 10:28 am
I thought IT Crowd was pretty solid. my ex-girlfriend adored it when we watched it together. I think her liking it so much more than I did actually made me like it a little less, like how I didn't like Superbad because the guy I watched it with worshipped the movie and put a lot of pressure on me to be enjoying myself

in conclusion, EFHRK sucks


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on May 31, 2013, 11:06 am
Your hatred fuels my body


Also today I watched that Shut Up, Little Man doc and it was pretty funny/sad


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on May 31, 2013, 11:12 am
Not liking the IT Crowd because it has a live audience is kinda petty, but referring to it as a British version of The Big Bang Theory is completely stupid and suggests you didn't actually watch it.

It's mostly the combination of using a laugh track to essentially inform me when the funny parts are and that most of the jokes in the episode I saw were "haha look at those nerds who don't have social skills" that brings that comparison up. Is it as utterly dreadful as Big Bang Theory? No, but there is something of a connection from what I gathered.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: HyperGlavin on May 31, 2013, 11:26 am
Oh man, if you hate sitcoms with laugh tracks that are about awkward people with no social skills, you'll probably want to stay away from Seinfeld. Just a heads up.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: RummyLu on May 31, 2013, 11:35 am
The IT crowd isn't one note like The Big Bang Theory. There are jokes and characters who have nothing to do with that set up. But if it's not your thing it's not your thing.

AGAINST THE WALL WITH YOU.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: BSam on May 31, 2013, 02:40 pm
give Black Books a try for similar humour which won't distract you because there happen to be nerds in it.

or shut the fuck up and stick to films because that's your one thing.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on May 31, 2013, 02:41 pm
I CAN HAVE MORE THAN ONE THING YOU'RE NOT MY DAD


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Not A Spatula on May 31, 2013, 02:42 pm
Honestly, I don't care how unique anyone insists it is. I see a lot of people getting way too defensive about what we have to admit is ultimately another stand-in "quirky" geek sitcom. And frankly, the view of this clash from the sidelines is embarrassing, so I guess I have to be the one who comes out and says it.


 I just don't think The Big Bang Theory was very good.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: RummyLu on May 31, 2013, 03:43 pm
This isn't a clash, have you forgotten what DM clashes are actually like? An actual DM clash is more shameful than just ol' EFHK being wrong.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on May 31, 2013, 04:02 pm
I will hate all the shows you like

Come get me


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Not A Spatula on May 31, 2013, 04:42 pm
That offer isn't even tangible or much desirable, dogg! Take a bus!


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: codespyder on May 31, 2013, 04:47 pm
I like Seinfeld.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Not A Spatula on May 31, 2013, 04:52 pm
This isn't a clash, have you forgotten what DM clashes are actually like? An actual DM clash is more shameful than just ol' EFHK being wrong.

I agree, but I was selling a setup.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: RummyLu on May 31, 2013, 04:59 pm
I'd like a refund.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Karlski on May 31, 2013, 05:18 pm
Man to call the glorious surrealism of a Linehan comedy a "stand-in quirky geek sitcom" is like, I don't know, some kind of analogy about fine art and children's finger painting

fuck off, it's early


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Remington Lonespear on May 31, 2013, 05:38 pm
But he didn't do that, he was doing a thing where it seemed like he was talking about IT Crowd but was actually talking about BBT so he didn't actually say those things about IT Crowd it was a joke post man you're all dumb idiotfaces but especially EFHRK the end

Today I watched my balls


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Remington Lonespear on May 31, 2013, 05:38 pm
*washed


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on May 31, 2013, 05:43 pm
I watched


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Post by: jamiec on June 01, 2013, 07:12 am
Today I watched the first 5 minutes of the pilot episode of the US version of the IT Crowd.

Holy crap it made me cringe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNPj3jXhzgw


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Post by: BSam on June 01, 2013, 07:37 am
Yeah, I don't think anyone suggested doing that.


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Post by: RummyLu on June 01, 2013, 07:46 am
Firefox has got my back.

(http://i.imgur.com/06a3vpk.jpg?1)


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Post by: Mr Gale on June 01, 2013, 09:05 am
That US pilot is kinda fascinating to see the power of terrible tv. I know Geoff from Community can act, but he can't, he is not acting there. Acting is not occurring. And how just by changing the emphasis of a joke you make it just awful.


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Post by: Chronicles on June 01, 2013, 03:47 pm
The Master

Way better than the pilot of The IT Crowd


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Post by: jimbob on June 01, 2013, 04:06 pm
Been rewatching Extras


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Post by: subbero on June 02, 2013, 01:51 pm
Repulsion, the Polanski film. Hadn't seen it before and it was the most scared (or at least deeply unsettled) a film has made me for ages. Need to see Rosemary's Baby now


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Post by: Lukeington on June 02, 2013, 07:14 pm
This Queens of the Stone Age NPR concert, like six times.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb6Ol7usq5g


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on June 03, 2013, 12:08 am
i watched the first episode of the venture bros. it was rad as hell. do they only have the first season on netflix? because i am only seeing 1 season listed


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Post by: 88FingersLouie on June 06, 2013, 05:18 pm
Without a doubt, the most bizarre movie I have ever seen. It's called Mind Game. It's an animated film from Japan, but I wouldn't call it "anime" because it switches between styles a ton. It flopped in Japan but won a fair amount of awards internationally. Until now I thought I had seen strange and confusing movies, but none of them hold a candle to Mind Game. I saw a reviewer call it David Lynch on LSD, so take that for what you will. It most certainly isn't for everybody, but I enjoyed it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XU4EfF85u60


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on June 06, 2013, 11:47 pm
Some films I've watched recently:

21 & Over and Identity Thief were both very stupid, lazy, predictable comedies. Maybe good for some time in the future when I am drinking beers with friends and just want to throw a movie on.

Snitch was a decent little crime-thriller. The charisma of The Rock cannot be understated, that guy alone is enough to carry a movie.

Stoker was very good. I love the way Chan Wook-Park uses the camera. His films just look gorgeous.


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Post by: RummyLu on June 07, 2013, 03:22 am
I couldn't finish Identity Thief, I found it offensively bad. Almost, but not quite, Ted levels of offensively bad.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on June 07, 2013, 07:26 am
THE DEAD ZONE

Though not a traditional Cronenberg movie in terms of body horror, it still was a very good film with a great performance by Christopher Walken. It's supposedly one of the elusive good adaptations of Stephen King, so you can judge it on those merits as well.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on June 07, 2013, 07:42 pm
I saw Fast & Furious 6 today, and it was glorious.

Yes, the movie opens with two cars driving incredibly fast.

Yes, as the opening credits song begins to blare, we hear the the southern drawl of rapper 2 Chainz.

Yes, there are tanks and airplanes and crazy go-kart things that send dozens of cars flying through the air.

Yes, Vin Diesel delivers a flying headbutt to the face of a hulking Russian man.

Yes, there's a part where The Rock walks in and Tyrese goes, "Why does it smell like baby oil in here?" and The Rock says, "You keep running your mouth, it's gonna smell like an ass-kicking."

No, the movie does not pass the Bechdel test. But it does feature two (2!) separate scenes where Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano beat the ever-loving fuck out of each other.

Yes, there is a cool twist during the end credits that finally ties Tokyo Drift into the series and features a mega-rad cameo.

Basically, Fast & Furious 6 kicks a whole ton of ass and if you like movies where cars smash into things really fast and meathead dudes talk about bro bonding + how important family is and The Rock delivers flying clotheslines to dudes' throats, then this is the movie for you.


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Post by: Skeletonic on June 08, 2013, 01:15 pm
Tokyo Drift was already tied into the series when the Japanese dude showed up in Fast Five, or does that not count?


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Post by: codespyder on June 08, 2013, 03:26 pm
Skeletonic, I was going to point out all the incorrect things you just said, but why the fuck would i do that the last movie had vin diesel flying through the air like goddamn superman who gives a shit


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Post by: FizzlePop on June 08, 2013, 04:25 pm
Little Otik.

It sure is something. It has a better structure than Alice and Faust but it's still as much of a stopmotion mindwarp. Also, much like  Svankmajer's other movies, it's like half an hour too long.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on June 08, 2013, 05:13 pm
Tokyo Drift was already tied into the series when the Japanese dude showed up in Fast Five, or does that not count?

And Vin Diesel shows up at the end of Tokyo Drift. But the end of Fast 6 finally puts a little bow on the connection and ties it all together


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on June 11, 2013, 11:24 pm
This Is The End is very, very funny. Somewhere around the halfway point the movie reaches off-the-walls levels of batshit insanity and just stays there the rest of the way.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on June 12, 2013, 08:16 am
Yeah, but what did you think of the new Superman movie?


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Post by: boron on June 12, 2013, 05:41 pm
i'm gonna see that tomorrow


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Post by: JonasSalk on June 15, 2013, 05:31 am
Yeah, everybody should go watch This Is The End. That's probably gonna be the best comedy of the year. The shit is incredibly funny.


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Post by: MadPiper6 on June 15, 2013, 07:07 pm
Superman was boring and blue


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Post by: Nicol on June 16, 2013, 04:35 am
I watched Stoker and it was fucking awesome.

I watched Maniac and it was really cool/fucked up.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on June 16, 2013, 08:29 am
Fish Tank starring Michael Fassbender is fucking great and super screwy. I just watched it this morning. If you liked Stoker I would recommend it.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on June 16, 2013, 06:52 pm
Yeah, but what did you think of the new Superman movie?

i liked it! the reviews are pretty mixed but i thought it was a really entertaining superhero movie. the dramatic stuff is a little overwrought and cliche at times but the action scenes are rad as hell and finally on the huge scale that a superman movie deserves. michael shannon is great as zod, he gets to monologue a bit and he's easily one of the best guys for that kind of job (next to DDL and Phillip Seymour Hoffman). i've never been a kevin costner fan but he was fantastic, too. overall the cast brought a lot of gravity to a kind of dumb script and helped make it work. also zack snyder seemed to finally learn some restraint, there's about 100% less slo-mo and rippling muscles than in watchmen and 300.



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Post by: Citizen Snips on June 16, 2013, 07:08 pm
Yeah, but what did you think of The Bling Ring?


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Post by: Matt on June 16, 2013, 07:12 pm
also zack snyder seemed to finally learn some restraint, there's about 100% less slo-mo and rippling muscles than in watchmen and 300.

Judging by the trailer for 300 Rise of an Empire, I'd say that's a temporary situation.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on June 16, 2013, 07:25 pm
To be fair, Zack Snyder is only producing that film. I can only assume it's being directed by some sort of fleshy growth that has emancipated itself from Zack Snyder's ass.


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Post by: codespyder on June 16, 2013, 08:19 pm
Everyone in my local movie theatre must have been at Man of Steel or whatever because there were only 10 people watching This Is The End. Such a great movie. I laughed the loudest out of everyone and I don't give a fuck because prolonged arguments about inappropriate ejaculation are never not funny.


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Post by: Not A Spatula on June 17, 2013, 03:53 am
Yeah, a lot of the best jokes come from the actors just playing off each other in little tangential moments between scenes that try to progress the plot. The chemistry between the main characters is surprisingly balanced. And the film has this clear sense of self-awareness throughout but avoids the usual traps that come with that territory--where some shows would throw in some subtle reference then unsubtly wink at the audience about it,  Seth and Jay say "Everyone's playing themselves, let's make the poster child for awkward youth an out of control cokehead."

I wasn't big on everything. The climax and ending felt a little too straightforward after all the movie had prepared me for. There were also a couple rapey bits apparently there for the sake of making the story as crazy as possible that were stupid and kind of off-putting. The only exception would be
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Post by: Chronicles on June 17, 2013, 04:44 am
I thought it was really funny, and perhaps most impressively, really balanced the special effects with the comedy in a way I don't think a movie has done since straight up Ghostbusters. On the other hand, so much of the humor is based on pop culture knowledge that will not be commonplace in like ten years. This is a movie that has straight up expiration date.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on June 18, 2013, 09:38 pm
Last night I watched Gimme The Loot (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2139919/). It's one of those slice of life type films, where they really nail evocation of a specific time & place. The acting is amateurish but charming, and the plot is paper-thin (the movie is barely 70 minutes long). All in all I really enjoyed it.

Tonight I saw The Heat (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2404463/?ref_=sr_1). It was mildly funny but I thought it got held back by a cliche-ridden, studio-friendly plot. Maybe it's just me but I love when action comedies go all-in on the action as much as the comedy. The shootouts in Pineapple Express are mostly played with a straight face, and a guy's god damn dick got blown off in 21 Jump Street. This movie seemed tame aside from the fact that Melissa McCarthy said fuck a lot. Mostly I'm just disappointed that it was done by Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids and creator Freaks & Geeks. He's capable of so much more. In short, it was nowhere close to touching recent buddy cop comedies like Hot Fuzz, The Other Guys and Jump Street


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Post by: EFHRK on June 19, 2013, 04:36 pm
House (1986), I Like Killing Flies, and Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work


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Post by: EFHRK on June 20, 2013, 07:07 pm
The House of the Devil, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey, and The Secret of Kells


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Post by: BSam on June 20, 2013, 07:34 pm
Crackerjack.

A decent Aussie film. Fuck yeah.


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Post by: pingollum on June 20, 2013, 07:44 pm
House (1986), I Like Killing Flies, and Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
were you just going through your to-watch list in alphabetical order?


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Post by: EFHRK on June 20, 2013, 07:45 pm
I burn through my instant queue while I'm at work.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on June 20, 2013, 08:04 pm
Rope!

Guys, I think Alfred Hitchcock might be a pretty good filmmaker.


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Post by: BSam on June 20, 2013, 08:21 pm
Oh yeah, I saw Psycho last night.


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Post by: Skeletonic on June 20, 2013, 08:37 pm
Which one? The iconic original or that remake with the tall guy?


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Post by: BSam on June 20, 2013, 08:40 pm
Original.


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Post by: Skeletonic on June 20, 2013, 08:45 pm
Good choice!

I watched Miracle again for like maybe the hundredth time, it is a good movie that I like.


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Post by: pingollum on June 20, 2013, 09:13 pm
To Rome With Love

(it is better to sleep with him and regret it than to not sleep with him and regret it)


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Post by: EFHRK on June 21, 2013, 04:18 pm
Marwencol and Meek's Cutoff


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Post by: BSam on June 22, 2013, 06:25 pm
Crackerjack.

A decent Aussie film. Fuck yeah.

Bad Eggs.

I kinda wish Molloy had done more films, especially with Judith Lucy.


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Post by: EFHRK on June 24, 2013, 04:45 pm
Special When Lit, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, and The Stuff


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on June 26, 2013, 06:37 pm
World War Z

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Post by: Lukeington on June 26, 2013, 08:06 pm
finished the first season of The Sopranos. Good stuff.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on June 26, 2013, 08:58 pm
Upstream Color

Will be stuck in my mind for a while.


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Post by: Benny B on June 26, 2013, 10:05 pm
(well, today and for many days prior)

All of Game of Thrones. So good.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on June 27, 2013, 02:42 pm
21 Jump Street

Really funny from top to bottom, would watch again


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on June 27, 2013, 03:50 pm
a good day to die hard

more like, um, a bad movie that sucks hard


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Post by: EFHRK on June 27, 2013, 04:25 pm
Avengers again for some reason


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Post by: Truck Thunders on June 27, 2013, 06:18 pm
Witchfinder General.  Felt like a Disney movie, only with people being tortured and some dude hacked to death with a hatchet at the end.


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Post by: EFHRK on June 28, 2013, 04:25 pm
Street Fighter, Over the Top, and Catching Hell


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Post by: Joseph Nistal on June 28, 2013, 08:15 pm
Street Fighter

OF COURSE!


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Post by: JonasSalk on June 28, 2013, 08:30 pm
Super Troopers. That shit is a classic.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 01, 2013, 04:17 pm
it was raining so instead of taking the kids at work to the park we just went to see the croods (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Croods)

pretty standard story & characters, some solid lowbrow humor for the kids, but god damn was the animation beautiful. apparently roger deakins was a visual consultant on the film and it shows. the landscapes and environments look incredible


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Post by: EFHRK on July 01, 2013, 05:46 pm
Equilibrium and Hoop Dreams

Also Dark Skies, the funniest horror movie of 2013 (it is so fucking awful)


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Post by: EFHRK on July 02, 2013, 11:26 pm
Hugo
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Citizen Gangster
A Dark Truth
A Haunted House


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Post by: EFHRK on July 04, 2013, 12:44 am
Bernie
The Adventures of Tintin
ATM
Parker


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Post by: Remington Lonespear on July 06, 2013, 02:53 am
Iron Man 3. Possibly my favorite of the three movies? I'd have to see it again to know for sure. For sure it was better than both Iron Man 2 and Man of Steel.

Edit: I just watched the Half in the Bag review of Iron Man 3 and one of their criticisms is that the ending was over the top. I think it helps that I saw Man of Steel before Iron Man 3 because as they said in their Man of Steel review, Iron Man 3 seems like a quaint action movie from a bygone era compared to the level of excess in Man of Steel. I think that helped me appreciate the action sequence at the end of Iron Man 3 even more and it never really felt excessive. The more I think about it the more I realize how much I liked IM3 and how bad Superman was.


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Post by: Joseph Nistal on July 08, 2013, 08:02 am
Today I watched:

A Good Day to Die Hard
Man of Steel
Iron Man 3

The more I think about it the more I realize how much I liked IM3 and how bad Superman was.

I really couldn't agree more after watching the first two movies today. That and the characters in that movie are a lot more likeable.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 08, 2013, 06:26 pm
TRON: Legacy

the plot makes no fucking sense at all and garret hedlund is a black hole but man that movie sure is pretty


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Post by: EFHRK on July 10, 2013, 04:38 pm
Broke
The Omen (1976)
Eight Men Out


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 10, 2013, 04:52 pm
despicable me 2

it was silly and i fell asleep through like half of it


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Post by: evilspud on July 10, 2013, 09:01 pm
I also saw Despicable Me 2.

I think Kristen Schaal is the best when I don't know she's going to be in something, and then does a character that completely hogs all the greatness for herself. Like when she showed up as a butt-faced rainicorn in Adventure Time.


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Post by: EFHRK on July 12, 2013, 02:24 am
Bloody Sunday and Bottle Rocket at work

And then Pacific Rim in IMAX. The plot was kinda hammy and predictable and times, and a lot of the dialoge is hilariously dumb, but OH MY GOD THE MONSTER FIGHTS ARE SO FUCKING RAD I WANTED TO CRY HOLY SHIT


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Post by: BSam on July 12, 2013, 03:55 am
I loved it. It knew all the cliches of the genre and it did them properly. Fuck yeah.


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Post by: Lukeington on July 12, 2013, 02:26 pm
this netflix show Orange is the New Black is alright


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Post by: boron on July 12, 2013, 06:29 pm
Pacific Rim was good and nice and pretty but about half the acting was meh to bad.


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Post by: EFHRK on July 12, 2013, 06:51 pm
i dont think it was the acting so much as it was the script


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Post by: BSam on July 12, 2013, 06:57 pm
the acting and the script was brilliant fuck you both


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Post by: EFHRK on July 12, 2013, 07:01 pm
bsam is in denial


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Post by: CB on July 12, 2013, 07:39 pm
Vinyl.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNRvB8lyRSM

Actually pretty depressing.


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Post by: Truck Thunders on July 13, 2013, 12:27 am
Emperor of the North Pole.  It was okay.  Not as good as Hard Times (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_Times_%281975_film%29).


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Post by: EFHRK on July 15, 2013, 10:07 pm
Europa Report - eh, it was ok


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Post by: Citizen Snips on July 15, 2013, 10:12 pm
The King of Comedy - it was great!


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 18, 2013, 12:07 am
el topo

it was really visually striking and surreal. i feel like if i was insane and on a 24/7 acid binge maybe i could decipher its themes and allegories but i'm not unfortunately


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Post by: EFHRK on July 19, 2013, 10:46 pm
Only God Forgives

Right now it is my #3 best movie of the year, right behind Upstream Color and The Place Beyond the Pines (also a Gosling movie). Now it's #2

Instead of writing a review, im just going to throw out some keywords

raw brutal stylized abstract surreal unflinching colorful shocking great

probably the strongest case of "you'll either love it or hate it" thats come out in the past decade


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Post by: Citizen Snips on July 19, 2013, 10:49 pm
It was great. Very Lynchian. I have more to say but will say it later.

Peace.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 20, 2013, 12:05 pm
I too watched Only God Forgives. This is what I said about it on Facebook:

Quote
If you're ready to take an existentialist nightmare trip into Hell, this is the movie for you. In this film, Ryan Gosling is a man haunted by a violent past who seeks vengeance against a malevolent form of God that stalks the Thai underground doling out justice with a samurai sword as he sees fit. So yeah it kind of owns.

I left out the fact that the movie is expertly lit and framed, with not a shot wasted. It's also heavy on eerie, surreal symbolism.


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Post by: Navigator2001Plus on July 20, 2013, 09:58 pm
I just got done watching Magnolia. I hadn't watched it in years, and I had forgotten what an amazing and emotional movie it was, featuring some of the finest acting ever put to film. I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it. It's three hours long and not a single scene feels wasted.


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Post by: boron on July 21, 2013, 01:14 am
Only God Forgives
(https://i.minus.com/iUPrRCEJ1OTTi.png)


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Post by: Joseph Nistal on July 21, 2013, 10:57 am
Blue Velvet.

Holy fuck. That was a movie.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on July 21, 2013, 11:00 am
A candy-colored clown they call the sandman
Tiptoes to my room every night
Just to sprinkle stardust and to whisper
"Go to sleep, everything is alright"


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Post by: Joseph Nistal on July 21, 2013, 11:46 am
A candy-colored clown they call the sandman
Tiptoes to my room every night
Just to sprinkle stardust and to whisper
"Go to sleep, everything is alright"


(http://24.media.tumblr.com/ac667373b0c5c22e37a86bd860e5b3db/tumblr_mqap0wPVus1qgp7iko1_500.gif)
 (http://i.minus.com/ibuf7kz36WQ2vY.gif)
Goddamn you're one suave fucker.


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Post by: StumpNasty on July 21, 2013, 12:37 pm
Whoa, I watched Blue Velvet like 4 days ago after finishing twin peaks. LYNCHSPIRACY.

Lost Highway was yesterday, I didn't think it was great but the based god Trent Reznor saw me through to the end.

Mulholland Drive up next.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on July 21, 2013, 09:41 pm
The Ascent (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075404/)

A beautifully shot, emotionally harrowing Soviet anti-war film. Go watch it but have a Pixar movie ready to go because god damn.


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Post by: Nicol on July 24, 2013, 01:24 pm
i just watched smashed, a little indie movie starring mary elizabeth winstead and aaron paul as an alcoholic married couple. winstead decides to get sober while paul carries on drinking and then everyone yells at each other and it's all very heart-wrenching

I just watched this upon your recommendation. Wow, yeah. Very well acted and very intense/sad for a film billed as a comedy drama. I guess that props have to go to the writing, acting and my last decade of alcoholism because I was really feeling the characters and rooting for them by the end. As a rule of thumb I generally don't dig films with a very heavy acoustic guitar soundtrack, but this was a pleasant exception.

Can anyone recommend the director's next film yet? Is it ok?


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Post by: EFHRK on July 24, 2013, 02:14 pm
The Spectacular Now? Yes it is very good


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Post by: BSam on July 24, 2013, 02:43 pm
I'll be able to agree with that on Wednesday, probably.


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Post by: MadPiper6 on July 25, 2013, 10:40 pm
Only God Forgives was damn good and The Cabin in the Woods was a fucking pleasant surprise gubbye


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Post by: BSam on July 27, 2013, 01:55 am
drinking buddies


Great film


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Post by: Nicol on July 27, 2013, 02:09 am
Last night was Ryan Gosling Night:

Only God Forgives - Amazing
The Place Beyond the Pines - Not as good as Only God Forgives, but still pretty damned awesome.

Earlier I had Hitchcock Night:

Rebecca - Amazing.
Marnie - So sixties. I actually got bored and turned it off.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 27, 2013, 07:12 pm
Fruitvale Station was phenomenal.

The haters told me as I was leaving that my eyes were red from crying during literally like the entire third act of the film but guess what haters? That was from smoking so many blunts during the movie. Joke's on you.


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Post by: Navigator2001Plus on July 27, 2013, 07:23 pm
haha smoking blunts makes bondfiction cry

that's just weird


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 28, 2013, 01:01 am
drinking buddies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drinking_Buddies). i really liked this movie but i think your enjoyment depends on how relatable you find the plot/characters because for a dramedy it was neither very particularly funny nor very particularly dramatic. it is however propelled by great lead performances from jake johnson and olivia wilde who have an incredible onscreen chemistry.


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Post by: BSam on July 28, 2013, 01:03 am
Fucking good film.


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Post by: BSam on July 28, 2013, 08:14 am
Hey, the act of killing what the fucking fuck was that?


Also tenebrae. Yes.


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Post by: Joseph Nistal on July 29, 2013, 02:57 am
WRONG

To borrow from the last post;

what the fucking fuck was that?

I really should have known better after watching Rubber a couple of years ago.


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Post by: BSam on July 29, 2013, 05:52 am
Also stoker was brilliant. As was The East


For those in peril won me over at the end too.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on July 29, 2013, 08:36 am
Million Dollar Baby

I have a weird natural aversion to watching boxing movies, even though I generally enjoy them if they are well made, like The Fighter or Raging Bull, so I'm glad I got over that for this one.

I thought at times that some areas of the plot or some of the characters were too simplistic, but overall I thought it was good. The cinematography was my favorite part (other than Morgan Freeman's narration).


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Post by: Citizen Snips on July 30, 2013, 08:24 am
The Place Beyond the Pines

I admire the film's ambition, even if it feel uneven at times. I'm really happy I didn't know anything about it other than what I learned from the one time I saw the trailer. I went into it thinking it was going to be a well acted heist movie, so I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be a generational epic about fatherhood.

The copy I watched had its audio drop out during the climactic scene in the place beyond the pines, so that was shitty.

4 pines out of 5.


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Post by: StumpNasty on August 01, 2013, 07:00 pm
The Comedy

I really liked it, Tim Heidecker's character is played flawlessly and it's thematic content hits close to home. Also it's got some funny jokes.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on August 01, 2013, 07:11 pm
Fruitvale Station

Powerful filmmaking. Best film of the year so far. I cried.


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Post by: pingollum on August 01, 2013, 10:28 pm
am I late to say that Pacific Rim was awesome but damn the acting was horrible if they were trying to remake anime or japanese film dialogue all they needed was to keep Idris Elba moving his mouth 3 seconds after his lines were over


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Post by: BSam on August 01, 2013, 10:54 pm
Screw you the acting was amazing as was the dialogue!


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Post by: pingollum on August 01, 2013, 11:14 pm
i've seen a better performance from a piece of toast that didn't want to get butter smeared on it


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Post by: pingollum on August 01, 2013, 11:24 pm
can't you feel its pain

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vw8fAyHn9bI/TiLklmKSMLI/AAAAAAAAMeM/pGRErVl3nSk/s640/ButteredToast_10.JPG)


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Post by: Mr Gale on August 01, 2013, 11:24 pm
I also just watched that. I assume there was a deliberate cliche B movie sort of style, because everybody was going for that.

It was alright anyway, I think I would have disliked if not for the supporting cast... I could have done without Sons of Anarchy lead guy who is painful to watch and angry "Australian" Eastenders guy. But Idris Elba, Charlie, Torchwood guy and Ron Perlman were all the right tone of fun cliches and comedy beats and carried me through.


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Post by: Nicol on August 02, 2013, 12:05 am
when those kaijus come mate u better watch yer flaming back


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Post by: Truck Thunders on August 02, 2013, 12:18 am
Dredd.

Apparently the North American gross was too low for the producers to consider the possibility of a sequel, but on the other hand it's done really well in DVD rentals.  Plus, there's an officially recognized (by 3000 AD) petition to make a sequel. (https://www.facebook.com/MakeADreddSequel?ref=br_tf)  There's only something like 67,000 people signed on so far, but it can't hurt to sign if you want to see more people shot in the head with hi-ex bullets.


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Post by: Nicol on August 02, 2013, 12:24 am
Was it good tho?


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Post by: Truck Thunders on August 02, 2013, 12:42 am
Yes. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbHG2DtePko)

(Spoilers.)


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Post by: Remington Lonespear on August 02, 2013, 12:45 am
Hey, this movie looks hecka violent.


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Post by: Truck Thunders on August 02, 2013, 12:50 am
I should probably amend that a little.  It was a really good movie overall; it had much better writing than most modern action movies, backed up by some pretty decent acting and cinematography (the action scenes are, in general, not so totally spastic that you can't tell what the hell's going on.)  Plus the whole atmosphere was a lot more appealing than most modern sci-fi, where even the gritty parts have this weird gloss to them.  The city block was really grimy as hell, and reminded me of older pre-CGI sci-fi.

It's no Dirty Harry or Blade Runner, but I'll agree with the other people here who saw it, it's a solid movie.


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Post by: Nicol on August 02, 2013, 11:26 am
Valhalla Rising - It was alright but I'm not very impressed. Aside from looking very good, like all of his other films, and having pretty good characters, it didn't really conclude and felt very derivative. Seems Refin was making this his Aguirre: Wrath of the Gods.

Upstream Colour - Definitely not as good as Primer. I felt it set things up really well in the first quarter or so, then wasted the remainder of the film having the characters say nothing and do weird things. Also some plot aspects and character behaviour felt pretty flimsy.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on August 02, 2013, 02:58 pm
Valhalla Rising ...it didn't really conclude

apparently Refn originally wanted to end the movie
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which is honestly kind of awesome



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Post by: boron on August 02, 2013, 09:33 pm
Oblivion.

Well acted, well shot and had great production design. But at times it was silly as hell.


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Post by: RummyLu on August 03, 2013, 01:05 pm
I just watched the first episode of Wentworth, that re-make of Prisoner Cell Block H and while I thought it was melodramatic and mental (just like the original I suppose) and possibly has potential, it just completely traumatized my fiance and now he thinks all Australians are psychotic.


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Post by: Karlski on August 03, 2013, 06:25 pm
Well he's a slow learner I guess


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Post by: Lukeington on August 03, 2013, 07:33 pm
Jericho is kinda cool, although the formula of "episode starts, crisis happens that takes a while to be resolved, then new revelation at end of episode" is a little draining.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on August 03, 2013, 10:25 pm
jericho was a lot of wheel-spinning and it had kind of a non-ending, but as far as all the mystery shows with dense mythologies which premiered after "lost" go, it wasn't bad.

i just watched the new gi joe. it was silly and stupid and it didn't take itself seriously at all, which meant i thought it was a lot of fun. the ninjas were cool.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on August 03, 2013, 10:44 pm
Jackie Brown
eXistenZ
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Dr. No

I tried to have a go at The Muppet Movie but wasn't able to sit on my couch any longer. It was a good Saturday.


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Post by: Skeletonic on August 03, 2013, 11:18 pm
Those are all movies that are great


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Post by: RummyLu on August 07, 2013, 06:26 am
I finally got around to watching Searching For Sugarman and it was fantastic.

Like heaps of the people in the film, as a teenager I got a bootleg of his first album from a friend, who got hers from an old guy in her parent's pub. None of us knew anything about the guy, and the mystery around that him they talk about in the film is so fucking spot on, I spent a lot of time as I was growing up listening to and staring at that album trying to figure the lyrics out and who he was. We all somehow heard he'd died of an overdose (not in gaol though like the film mentions.)

It's so cool that his story has come to this after being so wonderfully mysterious, now I can hopefully see him live someday. I got a bit wistful watching it, because I wonder if this kind of thing can even happen now what with ye olde internet being so ubiquitous now.



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Post by: pingollum on August 10, 2013, 08:01 pm
so I finally got around to watching Dredd again without being completely pissed and enjoyed it very much. The first viewing had been a bit underwhelming, but now I realise I probably passed out during key parts of the plot, just waking up briefly during the gunfire and flying guts and gore.

and the gunfire and guts and gore are absolutely beautiful in 3D


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Post by: EFHRK on August 10, 2013, 09:38 pm
Finally finished my rewatch of Breaking Bad


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Post by: codespyder on August 10, 2013, 09:55 pm
Pacific Rim

I gave Guillermo Del Toro 15 of my hard earned dollars so he could make a sequel. I loved it. Big, silly, and spectacular. I wanted to see giant robots punching giant monsters. I got my money's worth.


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Post by: BSam on August 11, 2013, 12:54 am
Prince avalanche. Brilliant.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on August 11, 2013, 04:12 pm
Elysium. It was pretty cool. I'm probably gonna watch either Prince Avalanche or Mud later.


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Post by: BSam on August 11, 2013, 04:29 pm
In a world was great too. Very funny, great cast, feminist message, etc.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on August 17, 2013, 12:53 am
Prince avalanche. Brilliant.

i just watched this and it was fantastic!!!


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Post by: Nicol on August 17, 2013, 11:49 am
Tonight's double feature was Spring Breakers and then Magic Mike. Both were nothing special to me due to being made for niche markets that I'm not in, but I was still entertained. I didn't realize that Magic Mike was a Soderbergh until his name came up in the credits. The drama was pretty contrived. Very throwaway. Channing Tatum is so dreamy. I spent like the second half of Spring Breakers being annoying by imitating Gucci Mane's poor acting.


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Post by: EFHRK on August 17, 2013, 12:09 pm
BURR


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Post by: Navigator2001Plus on August 17, 2013, 02:03 pm
I watched Jack Reacher and it fucking sucked. The main villain is campier and shittier than even the worst Bond villain, the acting from every supporting actor is terrible, the plot is stupid, and there's times where character motivations and actions don't make any sense.

Like, there's a part where he's on the run from the cops, and he gets out of the car and lets it roll down the street and casually strolls up to a crowd of onlookers who actually help to hide him among themselves when the cops finally catch up to that spot. One guy even lends him his hat to help hide his face. Why would this crowd help hide this guy from the cops? For all they know, he's a fucking baby murderer. They have no way of knowing he's been framed, and yet no one points out to the cops, "Hey, here's this guy that you're obviously looking for who just jumped out of that moving car." Nope, let's hide this dude who could be a rapist or a serial killer or who knows what.


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Post by: Navigator2001Plus on August 18, 2013, 09:42 pm
Saw Kick-Ass 2 and really liked it. If you liked the first one, you should enjoy the second.


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Post by: EFHRK on August 19, 2013, 01:58 am
I am drunk and watching El Superbeasto again. The only good Rob Zombie movie.


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Post by: EFHRK on August 21, 2013, 06:23 pm
The Act of Killing

what the fucking fuck was that?


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Post by: pingollum on August 23, 2013, 12:39 am
Only God Forgives. It was ok! Fun to watch gosling say so little and suffer so much in a single movie


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Post by: EFHRK on August 23, 2013, 12:41 am
Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End

All of them was great


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on August 23, 2013, 05:25 am
i too saw a marathon of the cornetto trilogy and yeah, it was pretty fucking fantastic.


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Post by: BSam on August 23, 2013, 08:02 am
SPRING BREAKERS!

WOOOO!


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on August 24, 2013, 05:52 pm
i watched good will hunting. that will hunting sure was good


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Post by: EFHRK on August 24, 2013, 06:29 pm
Shut Up And Play The Hits

very good very sad

RIP music :(


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Post by: Lukeington on August 24, 2013, 10:40 pm
The World's End was aight, yo.


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Post by: Nicol on August 25, 2013, 10:33 pm
Elysium - It started pretty tight but did seem to come apart in the end. Otherwise, I thought it was pretty cool. Especially the part where
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Lost Highway - This was pretty dope. Lynch is my boy. He's done a bunch of these projects between his big hits, and I want to see more of them in the coming months.

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore - An old Scorsese which is pretty warm, funny and dramatic, and whatever. Pretty cool. Good recommendation, Snips.



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Post by: Author on August 26, 2013, 11:29 pm
Spring Breakers. James Franco is good actor, Selena Gomez shoulda been in it more


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Post by: Author on August 26, 2013, 11:33 pm
P.S. why are the girls still wearing bikinis in the courtroom?


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Post by: Nicol on August 27, 2013, 03:57 am
I don't think James Franco was good in Spring Breakers. He is generally a great actor, to the point where I can't really remember another bad performance off the top of my head, but he seems to have felt very uncomfortable in this role. It's not good to look at "good acting" as just changing physically a heap for a role.

I watched Stalker and I loved it. Give me more films that are 99% atmosphere and metaphor and like 1% everything else. I love perfectionist directors. I am definitely going to try to find more Andrei Tarkovsky films to watch.


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Post by: EFHRK on August 27, 2013, 04:01 am
V/H/S - so fucking terrible, laughed like a madman through the whole thing

V/H/S 2 - actually pretty good, the first segment and the last segment were a little eh, but the second one is good and the third one is absolutely fucking insane and had me wide-eyed with my hand over my mouth for most of it. that segment should have been its own movie.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on August 27, 2013, 07:52 am
I watched Stalker and I loved it. Give me more films that are 99% atmosphere and metaphor and like 1% everything else. I love perfectionist directors. I am definitely going to try to find more Andrei Tarkovsky films to watch.

Ivan's Childhood!


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Post by: Nicol on August 28, 2013, 09:36 am
Wild at Heart - I wasn't a fan. I think Lynch works best when he focuses on a couple of things rather than getting a premise and trying to stack every oddity he can think of atop it. There was just too much going on; too many bad performances.


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Post by: pingollum on August 28, 2013, 10:25 pm
The Conjuring!

i'm glad my house is only six years old and no one committed suicide in here and there were no ugly-ass dolls lying around in the cellar


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Post by: EFHRK on August 29, 2013, 12:04 am
100 Bloody Acres

eh, it was ok


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Post by: Citizen Snips on August 29, 2013, 06:46 am
Some Like it Hot on the big screen! Still and always fucking hilarious.


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Post by: BSam on August 29, 2013, 09:16 am
100 Bloody Acres

eh, it was ok

fuck you it was amazing


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Post by: EFHRK on August 29, 2013, 11:47 am
nah it was just ok


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Post by: FizzlePop on August 29, 2013, 01:12 pm
Nosferatu with an entire philharmonic orchestra doing the soundtrack live. It was at the opera house in the city I live and it was the bomb.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on August 29, 2013, 04:00 pm
I want to go to there.


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Post by: EFHRK on August 30, 2013, 02:33 am
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters - very bad

The Grandmaster - though it's advertised as a heavy action martial arts movie, it's more along the lines of a biopic of Ip Man with a few martial arts scenes thrown in here and there. The cinematography and fight choreography are very good, but the storytelling seems to get a little muddled and overall feels like it drags on a bit. I'd say it's worth a watch but just know what you're going in to.


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Post by: FizzlePop on August 30, 2013, 05:37 am
Yeah it's a thing they do every so often this year. I also got tickets for Spione with a small 4 person band and Nanook of the north with a 7 piece band accompanied by 2 Inuit throat singers.


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Post by: EFHRK on August 30, 2013, 05:25 pm
Movie 43 - I really had to see this one for myself to see just how bad it was, but I was dreading doing so for a long time. It honestly baffles me how a movie packed to the brim with so many fantastic actors and writers, most of them being comedians, can end up in a 90 minute mess like this that has absolutely 0 laughs throughout the whole thing. Every single short feels like it had 1 joke in mind, and just keeps bashing you over the head with said joke until you want to shoot yourself just to make the pain stop.


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Post by: Truck Thunders on August 30, 2013, 07:37 pm
The 1980 Maniac.  Holy crap, I was not prepared for how sick that movie was going to be.  I feel like it would have worked better if the movie had a little more of the guy acting normal (or trying and failing to, at least) in between the murders.  The whole thing just felt really claustrophobic and jammed together, like the movie was way too eager to get to its sicko parts.


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Post by: Nicol on August 31, 2013, 12:16 pm
Sinister (starring Ethan Hawke). It relied mainly on making the audience jump, which by rule of thumb is a very good indication that the writing was sloppy. And it was. The ending was predictable, the tropes
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Post by: EFHRK on September 01, 2013, 12:55 am
Iron Man 3 - I think it was my favorite of the 3 films. It kept me interested the whole time at least. The first one had a lot of shit where I just didn't really care what was going on and the second movie was just overall bad.


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Post by: Nicol on September 01, 2013, 03:24 am
It was also my Favreaut


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Post by: Skeletonic on September 01, 2013, 10:09 am
The Bourne Legacy - It is fun and exciting. Renner is handsome.

The Campaign - Sort of funny I guess whatever not that great.


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Post by: Navigator2001Plus on September 01, 2013, 01:31 pm
The Bourne Legacy - It is fun and exciting. Renner is handsome.

You're right on the second half. That movie is boring and the plot doesn't ever really resolve anything and there's hardly any action which is bad considering that's a major draw for this series. It was mediocre at best.


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Post by: Skeletonic on September 01, 2013, 01:40 pm
I liked it, the part where Renner hits people and shoots them and things of that nature, that was fun and exciting.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on September 01, 2013, 01:51 pm
he tricked a drone into blowing up a wolf. that movie owned.


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Post by: Truck Thunders on September 01, 2013, 04:58 pm
TCM is running a Hitchcock marathon all day and night.  So I will have watched The Birds and Shadow of a Doubt for sure.  Shadow of a Doubt is a good one, by the way, if you haven't seen it.


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Post by: pingollum on September 01, 2013, 09:40 pm
LOOPER i can't believe i hadn't watched it before, awesome in so many different ways

Also SKYFALL, which i hadn't gotten a chance to rewatch since it was in cinemas, and i think it is even prettier than i remember.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on September 01, 2013, 09:41 pm
i am drunk and i'm about to watch skyfall

nice


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Post by: EFHRK on September 02, 2013, 02:13 am
Mud - Wow. Damn good movie. Fantastic performances by everyone, great story, and just an overall well shot film. Plus the ending. Shit man. Watch this movie. One of the year's best fo sho.


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Post by: Kybard on September 03, 2013, 07:40 am
two nights ago, actually, but whatever: 42. it had the most overbearing, obnoxious "inspirational" soundtrack I've heard in a movie in a very long time; that score destroyed the few scenes that weren't already shallow cliché. guy who played Jackie Robinson was solid but given very little to work with outside of one scene. Harrison Ford was an embarrassment. Alan Tudyk says all of the cusses.

the character of Jackie Robinson's wife was probably the worst and most egregious example of shitty screenwriting, as she is a nonentity who exists to birth a child and make brave reaction faces in the stands while Jackie Robinson plays baseball

actually the worst example of shitty screenwriting is that the movie never once shows Jackie Robinson failing to be amazing 100% of the time at baseball, a sport in which a .350 batting average is noted as really good. the only times he doesn't hit a home run or steal all of the bases at once, he's either a) deliberately sabotaged by a racist umpire or b) having all of the cusses yelled directly into his ear while he's trying to swing a bat. it turns "really good baseball player and human being" into "cartoon superhero" and why the fuck would I care about a cartoon superhero's problems?


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on September 03, 2013, 08:50 am
does the movie cover his time as an astute businessman who ran the coffee chain "chock full o' nuts" for many years


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on September 05, 2013, 01:52 am
Mud - Wow. Damn good movie. Fantastic performances by everyone, great story, and just an overall well shot film. Plus the ending. Shit man. Watch this movie. One of the year's best fo sho.

darn tootin! i just watched mud and it was a heck of a film. that jeff nichols is a mighty fine filmmaker. let it be known that the McConaughey Renaissance (McConaughssance) continues


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Post by: EFHRK on September 06, 2013, 02:30 am
Insidious 2 - Not bad, but not very good. The main problem with it is that it is constantly switching between goofy comedy and intense scares, and all that ends up happening is you start to laugh at moments and aren't sure if they were the funny parts or the scary parts just being dumb. It's better than the first one, but no need to rush out and see it. Maybe a redbox rental if you're really interested.

Riddick - SO RAAAAD. Funny as hell, violent as fuck, and just overall super cool. I would say this is pretty on par with Pitch Black in terms of how great it is. I sincerely hope they keep making these films.


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Post by: Nicol on September 06, 2013, 09:48 am
Did you like Chronicles of Riddick? I think I turned it off very early, but I loved Pitch Black. I'm not sure whether I should make an effort for Riddick.

I too saw Mud today, and I thought it was pretty awesome.


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Post by: Navigator2001Plus on September 06, 2013, 10:27 am
Riddick looks like basically the same movie as Pitch Black, only with more blue and orange and better effects.


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Post by: EFHRK on September 06, 2013, 12:16 pm
I did enjoy Chronicles of Riddick just for dumb fun, but I acknowledge that it is not a great movie. But Riddick is a lot different. It keeps everything very basic, so no complicated plots about who knows what. In fact it ditches everything that happened in Chronicles in about a single, 3 minute scene. There is a major tie to Pitch Black though so make sure you are familiar with that one first to anyone going to see this.

As for how it looks just like Pitch Black, I'd say there's a few similarities, but overall it's pretty different. The trailers make it seem like the aliens on the planet are the main thing going on here just like Pitch Black, but majority of the film is actually just the bounty hunters vs Riddick. It's almost like a horror movie where a monster is killing off the main characters one by one, but you're rooting for the monster. Only until maybe the last third do the aliens come into play, and it isn't so much "we need to work together now". It's more like that's just an extra threat happening.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on September 06, 2013, 07:04 pm
i liked star trek into darkness. it was fun and had some tense action scenes. benedict cumberbatch was cool. i don't really give a fuck about star trek so i don't have any nerd nitpicks to make. moments here and there felt like fan service but that's bound to happen with a beloved franchise like this. this was probably one of the better summer blockbuster action movies.


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Post by: JonasSalk on September 09, 2013, 03:52 pm
There Will Be Blood was fucking amazing. "I am a false prophet."


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Post by: EFHRK on September 09, 2013, 10:17 pm
GRAVITY - oh my fucking god you guys. OH MY FUCKING GOD. This movie. This FUCKING MOVIE.

This is the most emotionally exhausting film I have ever seen. No Hyperbole. By the end of it I had no idea what to even do with myself. In one scene I actually found myself gripping my own wrist so tightly I lost feeling in my hand. I have never seen a movie be at a constant level of intensity for 90 straight minutes like that before. And I'm not above admitting, I totally started to tear up at one point.

The cinematography is fucking incredible (especially the huge opening shot). Clooney and especially Bullock were amazing. This movie should win ever single fucking award that exists. See this movie the fucking minute it gets released. I will probably be right back in line.

Without question the best movie of 2013, and one of my top 10 films in the past decade.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on September 10, 2013, 02:46 pm
pain & gain is crass, violent, and full of stupid, greedy assholes acting like morons. in other words it is michael bay's masterpiece


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Post by: Nicol on September 19, 2013, 02:53 am
The King of Comedy - Funny, clever, but not Scorcese's best.

Tokyo Story - This is just solid. It is on a bunch of people's top 10 lists, but I'm not sure if it makes mine. I really liked it, though.

Crash (the Cronenberg one) - I rewatched this recently to realize it is basically just a fetish pornography.

Season 1 of Newsroom - I know it is dumb and the characters are poorly written, but I am hooked.



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Post by: 88FingersLouie on September 19, 2013, 10:51 pm
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Good Christ bring me some Prozac


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Post by: George Tirebiter on September 19, 2013, 11:46 pm
You should follow that with the 1981 film version of Pennies From Heaven - it stars Steve Martin, and Christopher Walken plays a tap-dancing pimp!


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Post by: Citizen Snips on September 20, 2013, 07:10 am
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Good Christ bring me some Prozac

I watched that a few weeks ago and I agree! Jane Fonda was incredible, of course, but I was also really impressed with Sydney Pollack's direction and the way he was able to find new ways of shooting the same location and actions.


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Post by: EFHRK on September 21, 2013, 01:36 am
Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie

It was funny, and then it was dark, and then it was just sad.


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Post by: EFHRK on September 21, 2013, 10:59 pm
Now You See Me

hoooooly shit what a terrible movie


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Post by: Truck Thunders on September 22, 2013, 01:20 am
A shitload of Twin Peaks.  Just got to episode 6; not a whole lot of freaky stuff so far but it's definitely the classic I've heard it is.

First time I saw Joan Chen/Josie Packard I thought she was a cross-dressing dude with a geisha fetish.  Kinda killed her character for me.


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Post by: EFHRK on September 24, 2013, 01:13 am
Dirty Work
and This is the End


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Post by: CB on September 24, 2013, 01:28 am
Only God Forgives. A very good movie, did not feel simply like Drive 2.0 like I imagined it would.
Also Ryan Gosling got beat the fuck up.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on September 25, 2013, 10:04 am
Kwaidan - Eh, it was entertaining. I'm not sure if the film suffered from low production costs, or whether the painted backgrounds was a deliberate stylistic choice.

This is the End - Pretty good fun.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on September 27, 2013, 02:49 am
i got hella drunk the other day (i only mention this because i probably am misremembering all this) and watched get the gringo starring mel gibson

it was actually pretty good, i liked the noir-ish narration and despite mel being a piece of shit he still has an insane amount of charisma


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Post by: EFHRK on September 28, 2013, 01:39 am
Prisoners - God. DAMN. SO GOOD.

It's about 2 and half hours long, but is incredibly intense through almost the entire thing. It was out of control. The cinematography was done by Roger Deakins (Skyfall, No Country for Old Men), so everything looks amazingly well shot, and I'm pretty sure Hugh Jackman is going to win Best Actor this year for this movie. In fact, everyone in this is good. The entire film just gives off this perfect atmosphere of dread that almost makes it feel like a horror movie. Some scenes made me want to actually start crying, and other scenes were so brutal that even I felt the need to look away. This is definitely my #2 for the year, right behind Gravity.


and then I also saw Rush. It was pretty good I guess.


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Post by: EFHRK on September 29, 2013, 03:06 am
Bad Milo

a lot of people are going to find this incredibly stupid, but I thought it was pretty funny


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on October 01, 2013, 03:11 am
we watched the first two austin powers movies

for some reason


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 01, 2013, 09:27 am
yeah baby! shagadelic!


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Post by: FizzlePop on October 02, 2013, 06:03 am
la cinquième saison. Belgian made art house movie. It was very depressing. Looks really nice though, good mood, interesting way of making a story. It was mostly composed of long takes of events in the village that always felt more like a moving painting.
Very slow and plodding. Also the story was about a small town slowly starving to death and succumbing to the dehumanization that the hunger brought. So yeah, take your friends. It's a blast.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 03, 2013, 09:35 pm
The Hangover 3 was so bizarre that I genuinely have no opinion on  it. It certainly was no comedy.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on October 03, 2013, 09:53 pm
Y Tu Mama Tambien

What a great film! There's a lot of sex in it!


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: boron on October 05, 2013, 02:37 am
G R A V I T Y

Sweet mother of fuck. Impossible to take your eyes away from the screen. Everything about it is absolutely flawlessly executed. go see it in IMAX 3D. right now. go.


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Post by: MadPiper6 on October 05, 2013, 02:43 am
G R A V I T Y was space as fuck.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on October 05, 2013, 11:41 am
I also just saw Gravity and also loved it. Alfonso Cuaron is a king. In many ways thematically Gravity is a similar film to Children of Men. There are the obvious major differences, but the two films are not so different if you think about it. Also, as with Children of Men, the sheer detail that has been packed into every single shot is incredible, in a way that really reminds me of a Terry Gilliam film. However, Cuaron is a more talented director than Terry Gilliam and we're going to see some amazing projects come from his hands in the coming years.


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Post by: Author on October 05, 2013, 12:26 pm
G R A V I T Y was spacious and bodacious


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Post by: nameinuse2 on October 05, 2013, 06:43 pm
G R A V I T Y was stupendous.  Seriously, holy fuck, technically.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Johnny Roastbeef on October 05, 2013, 07:33 pm
I definitely have a dissenting opinion here, but I felt Gravity was about as bipolar as it gets.  No dispute, the visuals were some of the best you'll ever see on the screen.  Flipping the coin, the storylines were about as forgettable as they get. For all the talk of a "gripping thriller," I actually felt that any meaningful tension was missing throughout and wished they would spend more time showing me cool stuff rather than trying to make me feel nervous on behalf of Sandra Bullock.

If you're at all interested in this movie, by all means go see it on IMAX and prepare to be blown away.  Just bring along headphones and listen to some music while you admire the view.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: boron on October 05, 2013, 07:39 pm
oh boy


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on October 05, 2013, 07:41 pm
wished they would spend more time showing me cool stuff

what the fuck does that even mean


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Johnny Roastbeef on October 05, 2013, 07:48 pm
It means I didn't give a crap what happened to Sandra Bullock because they did nothing whatsoever to establish an empathetic character.  The only thing that kept the movie interesting was the next visual of a parachute wrinkling around a space station in beautiful CGI.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: boron on October 05, 2013, 07:52 pm
Do you not have feelings?


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: MadPiper6 on October 05, 2013, 10:52 pm
He mentioned the parachute


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on October 06, 2013, 02:06 am
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Post by: Johnny Roastbeef on October 06, 2013, 07:54 am
Actually I have no gripe with Sandra Bullock as an actress, I think she's quite good. 
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Post by: EFHRK on October 06, 2013, 11:32 am
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Post by: EFHRK on October 06, 2013, 11:36 am
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Post by: EFHRK on October 06, 2013, 11:42 am
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Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on October 06, 2013, 12:13 pm
Phase IV - I don't get why this one is so well regarded. It seemed pretty dodgy and I didn't understand the ending.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on October 06, 2013, 12:43 pm
El Topo

The Holy Mountain

Fando y Lis

It's been a strange weekend.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on October 07, 2013, 05:38 am
Ikiru - It was pretty good. It's very roundabout like many older films but very enjoyable.

Drive, again - I don't know why I watched this again, I like it slightly less now, but it was still pretty cool and Ryan Gosling is so dreamy.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 07, 2013, 09:30 am
El Topo

El Topo is so fucking rad. Hashtag acid western. I need to see The Holy Mountain, it looks delightfully weird


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on October 07, 2013, 10:42 am
Take the surrealism of El Topo and crank it up to 11, replacing Western iconography with Tarot. It's incredible. There's a scene where Jodorowski's character literally turns shit into gold.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on October 08, 2013, 01:35 am
The Mask
Space Jam
Who Framed Roger Rabbit


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on October 08, 2013, 07:12 am
I watched Stop Making Sense because I am a fan of menswear.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on October 10, 2013, 07:48 am
I have been watching some cult movies!

The Addiction - This vampire movie was more teenager than goddamn Twilight. It was shot in black and white, and the closer the main character (who wore all black and sunglasses) got to being a vampire, the more philosophy quotes and musings she seemed to say.

The Holy Mountain - Well that film escalated quickly! I wasn't really a fan of it but I can see how it is popular.

Delicatessen - This was so fun, pretty, and awesome. There is nothing really substantial here, but the film knows what it is and does it well. Def. check this out if you don't mind older foreign films.

I was thinking of going through and doing Roger Ebert's "great movies" list (http://www.rogerebert.com/great-movies) (order from oldest to newest) next. It would probably take a while but I've seen quite a few so it is not like I'd be watching every single film.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on October 10, 2013, 08:55 am
I watched M again last night, showing it to a friend who hadn't seen it. The way Lang shifts narrative focus among the police force, the criminal underworld, and Hans Beckert is the film's legacy. And that final monologue by Peter Lorre is stunning.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 10, 2013, 10:51 am
i was looking for some twisty-turny action thrillers to show my roommate since he is a little movie illiterate (i hope that phrase makes sense) so we got drunk and watched drive & reservoir dogs

he thought drive was great, after the elevator scene he grabbed his head and said "this movie is insane and makes me want to riot in the streets"

during reservoir dogs we were a lot more inebriated and he couldn't stop talking about how much he hated mr pink


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on October 12, 2013, 01:31 am
Blue Ruin - Great. It doesn't spend most of the film setting up everything to lead to one big moment at the end like most films would do with this kind of story. Instead, all that shit already happened. This is 90 minutes of nothing but intensity and action. And it does a damn good job.

Runner Runner - Total shit. The dialogue is full of groan-worthy lines and miniature monologues that no one would ever actually say. The characters constantly make decisions that either don't make any sense or are just stupid. The plot is dull and feels like I've seen it done better somewhere else. I was checking my watch not even an hour in to see if it was over soon. Sorry, JT. Sorry, Affleck. This movie blows.

Big Bad Wolves - Great. Probably the funniest movie about torture and child murders you'll see. That's not to say that it isn't intense and brutal as fuck, though. Fantastic acting and writing on display here. Apparently the guys who directed this were basically the inventors of Israli horror films with this and their first film from two years ago, Rabies. And they have a segment in ABCs of Death 2 I'm really excited to see.

CIFF 2013 BAYBEEEEE


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: RummyLu on October 12, 2013, 03:43 am
Runner Runner - Total shit.

I propose we ban EFHRK.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Mr Gale on October 12, 2013, 04:00 am
I heard Runner Runner was awful, that certainly seems to be the critical consensus as well. But yes lets ban Ef.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: RummyLu on October 12, 2013, 04:18 am
Wait.

Ban me, I thought he was talking about Blade Runner.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: RummyLu on October 12, 2013, 04:19 am
But I'm taking EFHRK and Gale down with me.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Mr Gale on October 12, 2013, 08:50 am
While I think we all long for the inevitable Blade Runner remake directed by and starring Ben Affleck, but its not yet the time.

Stay strong, it will come.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on October 12, 2013, 09:01 am
You'll never take me alive


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: BSam on October 12, 2013, 12:25 pm
kill him


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on October 12, 2013, 05:15 pm
Captain Phillips - Pretty good. There's a section around the middle that kinda peters out but the first third and last third are well done. The last like, 20 minutes are pretty intense. Its also where Tom Hanks really comes alive as a character. I liked it.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on October 12, 2013, 09:58 pm
well gosh, i saw gravity in imax 3d and i'd say it was pretty darn spectacular

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Post by: Citizen Snips on October 12, 2013, 10:22 pm
Captain Phillips - Pretty good. There's a section around the middle that kinda peters out but the first third and last third are well done. The last like, 20 minutes are pretty intense. Its also where Tom Hanks really comes alive as a character. I liked it.

I would see that, but I'm worried about how many ill-advised Wilson joke I would make.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Navigator2001Plus on October 12, 2013, 10:50 pm
I just finished watching Drive and I really liked it. Ryan Gosling's understated performance was great.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: BSam on October 13, 2013, 12:26 am
Gravity!



Whooooooooooo!!!!!!


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 13, 2013, 11:27 am
i keep watching this is the end

and commando


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Navigator2001Plus on October 13, 2013, 05:45 pm
I just got back from seeing Gravity, and I honestly don't see what all the fuss was about. It wasn't terrible, but I just really didn't care for it at all. I also thought the CGI effects were kind of bad. Like, almost Star Wars prequels bad.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Navigator2001Plus on October 13, 2013, 05:45 pm
Haha, just kidding. Gravity was amazing and the effects were top notch, with the 3D being especially immersive.

Also, near the end, did anyone else...
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Post by: EFHRK on October 13, 2013, 06:02 pm
I actually frequently do that during movies. I don't know why.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Lukeington on October 13, 2013, 06:43 pm
Gravity. Man fuck space, that was terrifying.

Really great though.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on October 13, 2013, 08:00 pm
The Panic in Needle Park

Just like Gravity, except with heroin instead of space


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on October 13, 2013, 10:58 pm
Raze - Ehhhh it was ok I guess. I really don't have any strong feelings one way or the other. I think its because later today I saw

12 YEARS A SLAVE - FILM. OF. THE. YEAR. My god, Steve McQueen knows exactly what to do to grab your attention, and then strangle your emotions to death. This entire film is so beautifully shot and scored, it amplifies the drama and horror of the story to such an extreme level, it is actually an accomplishment if you can walk out of this without tearing up even just a little bit. Absolutely fucking amazing.


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Post by: Remington Lonespear on October 14, 2013, 02:24 am
But does it compare to Bloodrayne 3?


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: evilspud on October 15, 2013, 01:19 am
OLDBOY

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.

If you want to see the absolute best action scene ever put to film since the finale of Hard Boiled, you will watch this movie. It's on netflix right now you stupid shitfucks go watch it.

And then the twist! Oh man. Holy shit the twist.

And the scene with the octopus.

You stupid fucking cunts go watch this movie.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on October 15, 2013, 01:54 am
You're probably the last person around here to see it


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: evilspud on October 15, 2013, 06:53 am
Then shut up and watch it again.


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Post by: jimbob on October 15, 2013, 07:21 am
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Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on October 15, 2013, 12:02 pm
What


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on October 15, 2013, 12:34 pm
I haven't seen Oldboy yet, I'm waiting for the Spike Lee remake


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Navigator2001Plus on October 16, 2013, 12:57 am
And the scene with the octopus.

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Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: RummyLu on October 16, 2013, 01:38 pm
Not today but yesterday I watched The Lone Ranger.





Jesus Christ.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on October 16, 2013, 01:40 pm
How did you feel about Johnny Depp's 100% accurate portrayal of a decimated culture who wore dead birds on their heads apparently


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: RummyLu on October 16, 2013, 01:45 pm
Oh god. I'm really not sure what I sat through, it was like at least 6 different movies all jammed into one (and all bad) there was the kids movie part, the horrifyingly racist part, the Sergio Leone love letter bit, the hamfisted white-people-are-bad section the weird Disney version of a tarantino movie fake leg gun part and then the psychotic comic farce at the end.

It was one of the weirdest bad movies I've ever seen.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on October 16, 2013, 08:58 pm
Barry Lyndon!


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Chronicles on October 17, 2013, 09:09 pm
Started watching a horror movie every night until Halloween. Yesterday was Maniac with Elijah Wood. Tonight was the Frighteners.

Maniac is fucked up in a good way, although
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Post by: EFHRK on October 17, 2013, 11:23 pm
Maniac is fucked up in a good way, although
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Well I would argue that since that's the way it was in the original 80s film they weren't going to change it. And it kinda adds to the camp factor of it I guess.


Today I watched Le Week-End. I really liked it. It isn't so much a story-driven film so much as a very intimate look at an elderly couple's relationship as they take a weekend vacation in Paris. Well written and acted. Pretty funny too.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 18, 2013, 01:56 am
Blue Caprice

John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo. Two names I will never forget as long as I live.

These are men that once said "Your children are not safe, anywhere, at any time". Growing up in the DC Metro area, this was terrifying. My cousins and I were instructed by our mothers that if we felt unsafe while walking to the bus stop, that we needed to run in a zig-zag pattern. If we saw a suspicious white box truck, we needed to report it.

Basically these men haunted my life for about a month when I was in middle school, killing random innocent folks along the way.

This film is an incredible, mortifying dramatization of their story. Isaiah Washington is absolutely captivating as Muhammad, and Tequan Richmond is quietly menacing as Malvo. Blue Caprice is the best horror film I've seen all year.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on October 18, 2013, 11:10 pm
Harmony Lessons - Kinda sucked. It moves at a fucking snails pace through the whole 2 hours, and by the time it was over I didn't really know what the point of it all was. And there's all these little, I don't know, like, foreshadowing moments or something that the director threw in and it seems like they didn't actually serve any purpose. I don't know. I was pretty bored through the whole thing.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 20, 2013, 04:15 am
Shame

was excellent. I want to try to watch Hunger before 12 Years A Slave hits my local theater so I can catch up on my Steve McQueen/Michael Fassbender goodness. I love how patient and static McQueen is with the camera. Like there's one shot that just sits with Fassbender and this girl while they feel each other out on their first date and I thought it was so fascinating to watch. Spoiler territory:

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i also watched sexy beast and it was neat. the dialogue was great and of course ben kingsley kicked ass. i like when my gritty british gangster films work in surrealist fantasy elements.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on October 20, 2013, 09:50 am
World War Z - I appreciate them trying to be original, but that ending was dumb. It was almost as bad as the Walking Dead's "let's smear ourselves in zombie guts so Zombies don't notice us" idea.

The Bling Ring - Another solid film from Sofia Coppola. I missed Somewhere, but aside from that, she hasn't yet made a bad film. The Bling Ring is really pretty to look at, mainly because of the direction, the flashy leads, and all of that fashion. Also, great damned soundtrack. It is not getting rave reviews but here is my justification ↓

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Casablanca - I loved it. We are watching this for movie club (http://dragonmtn.com/index.php?topic=1784.msg64457#msg64457), so if you end up watching this before the deadline, you should make a post in there!


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 20, 2013, 12:28 pm
World War Z - I appreciate them trying to be original, but that ending was dumb. It was almost as bad as the Walking Dead's "let's smear ourselves in zombie guts so Zombies don't notice us" idea.

Buddy, if you thought that was bad, just wait until you see this (http://screenrant.com/world-war-z-movie-original-ending-sequel/)


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Chronicles on October 20, 2013, 10:45 pm
Well I would argue that since that's the way it was in the original 80s film they weren't going to change it.

I thought of that but then I also thought that's a terrible excuse. But it's not such a big deal that it hurts the movie much.


Pontypool is 2/3 one of the best zombie movies I've ever seen. Then it takes a crazy twist that could have been super interesting, but they had no idea what to do with it. Then it just sort of ends.

Beetlejuice is awesome. Remember when Tim Burton made good movies? Also remember when white people were all about calypso?

The Innkeepers. Sheesh. What a shitshow. Annoying characters stumbling over My-First-Screenplay dialogue pretending that a piano playing by itself is the height of tension.

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Post by: Chronicles on October 20, 2013, 11:10 pm
Oh shit! I forgot to mention that Innkeepers also had pretentious-ass "Chapter #: Chapter Name" title card interludes.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on October 20, 2013, 11:22 pm
The Innkeepers. Sheesh. What a shitshow. Annoying characters stumbling over My-First-Screenplay dialogue pretending that a piano playing by itself is the height of tension.

THANK YOU. I don't know why so many people thought this was so great. It's incredibly dull with next to no scares and a terrible ending. Fuck Ti West.


Cheap Thrills - this movie was fucking awesome though. Full of laughs from beginning to end and tons of classic gross-out half-cover-your-eyes moments. Just a fantastic fun little comedy thriller. I highly recommend it.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 20, 2013, 11:52 pm
I liked The Inkeepers fine enough. Ti West is a good director. House of the Devil is a great horror film.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on October 21, 2013, 12:08 am
FUCK TI WEST


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: BSam on October 21, 2013, 12:57 am
i'm pretty sure it was him who did the worst segment of the ABCs of death


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Post by: BSam on October 21, 2013, 12:57 am
f is for fuck ti west


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on October 21, 2013, 01:00 am
yes, he was the guy that purposely blew 5 grand the producers gave him to make the worst segment specifically so that it would stand out as being the worst segment.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 21, 2013, 02:41 am
The Way, Way Back

i was disappointed by this. i'm fine with a passive protagonist but the main kid here was practically catatonic for half the movie. however the film really comes to life when sam rockwell shows up, as expected. he owns every scene he's in, basically because sam rockwell is the fucking man.

all in all i found the whole thing too pat and i thought it paled in comparison to the last movie scripted by nat faxon & jim rash, "the descendants". which might partly be because alexander payne directed that film.

edit: this was like a decent version of adventureland (so i loved adventureland, sue me. FUCKING SUE ME.)


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on October 21, 2013, 07:16 am
I loved Adventureland! And I agree with your assessment of The Way, Way Back, although I do want to add that Steve Carell can play a mean asshole.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on October 21, 2013, 08:59 pm
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa - Loved it. Hilarious. Never saw the show but the movie was great. I <3 you Steve Coogan.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 22, 2013, 03:20 am
Welcome To The Punch

This was a decent action movie. Nothing stellar. But James McAvoy and Mark Strong are both cool and there were some solid shootouts. I enjoyed this.

Olympus Has Fallen

Aw man, I had such high hopes for this. I was expecting a fun little 80s action homage, and...I guess this was it, but it ended up being disappointing. The first 40 minutes were a non-stop barrage of gunshots and explosions and blood and I was like "AWWWWW YEAAAAHHHHH MOVIE OF THE YEAR" and then it's like this shit slowly ramped down from there.

The jingoism (i could imagine a theater full of rednecks screaming "god damn chink fucks!" when the korean terrorists threw the american flag on the ground in slow motion) and misogyny (academy award winner melissa leo gets nothing to do except be beaten and humiliated in an attempt for the movie to be exploitative) on display are pretty gross.

I will recommend exactly 2 scenes in this movie.

1) gerard butler beats a guy up and uses a bust of abe lincoln's head to smash the dude's skull.

2) cole hauser is crawling through the white house muttering "olympus has fallen...olympus has fallen..." and then he sees this korean terrorist and yells "FUCK YOU!" and shoots the guy right in the face. it is the funniest thing i have ever seen

also i can't believe die hard is still being ripped off beat for beat in 2013, that's awesome


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 22, 2013, 05:10 pm
Maniac (Remake)

i am a huge fan of the original maniac. i liked the synth-heavy score and the crazy tom savini gore and the weirdo who played the maniac and the cool filmmaking (big proponent of cheesy snap zooms right here). so i was wary of this remake. all my fears were assuaged in the first 10 minutes of this movie. it takes all the elements i loved from the original and doubles down on them. the decision to frame the film in a first person POV is brilliant. it's a really unsettling, terrifying stylistic choice.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: pingollum on October 22, 2013, 05:28 pm
In keeping with my tradition of watching movies two months after everyone else, i just watched Gravity!

It was wonderful. Very tense, great acting, amazing musical score, incredibly long long shots, and all that great stuff that everyone has gone over like twenty times!


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on October 22, 2013, 10:53 pm
Soul - Terrible. Incredibly confusing story, sloppy camerawork, poor editing, and zero emotion. In the audience I saw 2 people walk out and at least one person asleep in their seat. I skipped a free Bad Grandpa screening to go to this and I completely regret the decision now.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on October 23, 2013, 10:53 pm
Borgman - I...I'm really not sure. The film is shot well, has interesting characters, and kept me engaged through the whole thing, but...I'm not really sure what happened. The film slowly builds up with all these increasingly strange things going on, but then it just sorta...ends. It throws you a million questions but absolutely 0 answers. So I'm not sure whether I enjoyed this or not simply because it doesn't seem like there was any sort of real conclusion.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 24, 2013, 12:59 am
21 Jump Street

i have seen this a million times. i love it. please watch it.

The Conjuring

Suspenseful ass thrills and 70s-style chills! Whoa bubba! What a movie. A very quiet, unsettling, and creepy horror film. This was really good.

Observe & Report

I have also seen this a million times. I love this as well.

The World's End

Even more brilliant the second time around. The recurring jokes are great and I found this to be the most emotionally resonant of the series. Great film! One of the best of the year.

Yes, I viewed all 4 motion pictures today.


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Post by: Nicol on October 24, 2013, 01:07 am
The Conjuring - Really fun. I was worried it would overlap with Insidious too much, but they both had their own style and were both really entertaining.

Blue Caprice - I felt that all of the major themes had been done much better in the better acted Snowtown. Not that this film was bad - it was a very strong film and the leads were solid. I couldn't help all of the parallels coming out in my mind when I saw it, though, and I highly recommend the based-on-a-true-story film Snowtown to anyone who liked Blue Caprice.


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Post by: CB on October 24, 2013, 01:33 am
M - The Fritz Lang classic that I only just saw. Beautifully shot and cast and totally deserving of all the praise it gets.


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Post by: Joey on October 24, 2013, 12:01 pm
The People Under the Stairs- good scary movie, while it had some jump scares they were all payoffs of built suspense. Liked the psychology of it too.


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Post by: StumpNasty on October 24, 2013, 07:40 pm
Hard Candy - It was insane, but in a good way. The writing and acting are outta control.

plus Ellen Page
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Post by: EFHRK on October 24, 2013, 07:48 pm
Someone in my directing class is doing that scene for his final project and god I cannot wait to see it.


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Post by: Chronicles on October 24, 2013, 09:32 pm
Hard Candy - It was insane, but in a good way. The writing and acting are outta control.

plus Ellen Page
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Post by: StumpNasty on October 25, 2013, 05:52 am
Well I must have severely misinterpreted what was going on for like a half hour then.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 25, 2013, 10:11 am
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but hey i could be wrong i haven't seen the movie in years


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Post by: EFHRK on October 25, 2013, 12:17 pm
No you're right


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Post by: StumpNasty on October 25, 2013, 01:08 pm
Close revision of the movie has confirmed this. On the first go-around I was too busy wincing and sucking inward through my teeth to pick up on that.


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Post by: EFHRK on October 25, 2013, 10:09 pm
Inside Llewyn Davis - Wow. The Coen Brothers made another amazing movie. What a fucking shocker.

No but seriously this shit is great. Everyone is great in their own way, especially Oscar Isaac (who was there!!) and his amaaaaaaziiinng acoustic performances. Dudes got serious chops. Also the story is probably the biggest "fuck you" the Coens have made yet. So, fun!


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Post by: EFHRK on October 26, 2013, 06:54 pm
R.I.P.D. - This movie is like if you took Men in Black and Ghostbusters, put them in a blender, and then shit in the blender cup.

Olympus Has Fallen - Filled with unintentional hilarity, baffling writing, and some truly terrible acting. One of the worst movies I've seen this year.

Monsters University - Really enjoyable. Made me smile and laugh and have good times. I liked it.

Also I'm going to watch the original now.


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Post by: Chronicles on October 27, 2013, 01:56 am
Halloween: Modern watching reveals some annoying slasher cliches, but it's still got it. Great score (there's probably an essay somewhere about why we like repetitive themes in horror scores) and nice long shots of Myers stalking in the distance. Carpenter does as Carpenter does. I love how comically strong Michael Myers is though, he's stabbed 3 times and shot 6 times before falling through a balcony on a two story house and landing hard. The characters look away for a moment and he books it out of the visible area. Dude should have been a marathon runner or something.

Halloween 2: Haha, Carpenter doesn't come back and it shows. It's actually pretty weird, all the stalking of Laurie and Myers specifically showing her his mom's tombstone makes it seem like they were supposed to be related in the first one but it's never touched on until the sequel. Makes it seem like they always intended there to be a sequel but the story behind Halloween 3 (supposedly it was going to be an anthology series at first) and the actual plot of Halloween 2 (Laurie spends most of the movie drugged up and barely present and we spend most of our time with random new characters) make that hard to believe. Halloween 2 takes place immediately after the first one so Myers' injury count picks up another full 6 shots to the chest AND HE KEEPS ON GOING. Dude has to get set on fire to finally go down. Hilarious.

Re-Animator: Modern (1985) update of a Lovecraft story about a man attempting to reverse death. Lots of dark comedy and cheesy gore. Love it.

Event Horizon: Underrated sci-fi horror from Paul W.S. Anderson. Yes really. The dude who also did Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil made a pretty nuts movie about a prototype spaceship built to move faster than light and in doing so went through a dimension that is essentially hell. Unfortunately it goes off the rails, culminating in an awful scene where the comic-relief black dude (AW HELL YEAH MOTHERFUCKER) causes the bad guy to punch a hole in the hull and get sucked out. Otherwise though there's some pretty disturbing imagery and Sam Neill does a Darth Sion impression.

Hellraiser: Pretty cool effects mixed up with a soap opera storyline. All the stuff you know about Hellraiser (puzzlebox, Pinhead) are barely involved. Not bad, but pretty ridiculous. Apparently this was shot in London and then most the actors were dubbed to not have english accents.

The Fly: Cronenberg doing body horror. The saddest possible version of beauty and the beast. Legitimately one of my favorite movies. Miss Geena Davis.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 27, 2013, 08:33 am
Event Horizon

This movie contains the greatest quote of all time. "Where we're going we don't need eyes to see."


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Post by: EFHRK on October 27, 2013, 12:54 pm
Event Horizon fucking rules and if you disagree well you're just wrong


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Post by: EFHRK on October 28, 2013, 02:44 am
Watched some real stinkers today. Lazy couch day wooo.

World War Z - I fell asleep the first time I tried to see it. It's long, boring, and generic as fuck. There is absolutely nothing that stands out in this movie to make it different from any other zombie movie. Other than it barely having an ending I guess.

Escape From Tomorrow - I actually wanted this one to be good, but my god was it terrible. Disjointed and confusing, the entire film is just one big pile of nonsense. Just full of shitty people being shitty to each other, all played by terrible actors. The film advertises itself as the main character slowly going insane, but nothing like that happens until like a full hour into the movie. And when it does happen it looks awful. Shit is garbage.

Aftershock - Starts off with like 40 minutes of boring nothing. Then it turns into a Final Destination-esque comedy where everyone starts dying in hilarious ways, accompanied by some great dialogue. Here is a real scene: The friend of 2 guys dies right in front of them. A siren is going off warning them of a tsunami. Guy #1 falls to the ground and begins crying, giving a long speech in Spanish about how he doesn't care anymore and just wants to wait for the tsunami to come kill him. Guy #2's actual reaction: "Bro I don't speak Spanish. None of us do." Later on the film gets really stupid with them all running away from a gang of convicts and I just stopped caring completely. The very end is kinda funny though.
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InAPPropriate Comedy - This is hands down the worst movie not only of this year, but of this DECADE. I sat through all of Movie 43. I couldn't even get halfway through this garbage. I turned it off 30 minutes in. Nothing but homophobic and racist "jokes" by horrible "actors". The fact that we allowed this to exist is one of humanity's greatest mistakes.

Texas Chainsaw 3D - A totally baffling and unnecessary film in every way. All the actors are god awful, and the writing is just...I don't even know. The plot of the movie explains more about it than I can.
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3 people apparently worked on this script. 3 people thought this was all a good idea.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 28, 2013, 02:53 am
Face/Off

face/off has been and always will be one of the greatest films ever made

Bad Grandpa

this was pretty dumb, i laughed at a few segments but it's definitely not touching any of the jackass movies. the kid was an excellent actor.


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Post by: Chronicles on October 28, 2013, 03:00 am
Evil Dead 2

:)


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Post by: Citizen Snips on October 28, 2013, 07:35 am
Lolita - The last Kubrick on the list for me (other than Fear and Desire, which kind of but doesn't really count). I wasn't expecting it to be as darkly comic as it was, but that's largely due to Peter Sellers' performance. There are definitely a lot of anticipations of Dr. Strangelove at work. I also found the film's attitude to Humbert challenging. The first act of the film he seems like a reasonable enough fellow (though he's clearly attracted to Lolita), and I think both Kubrick and James Mason do well to enamor us to him. When he starts becoming absurdly controlling it seems at first like a pretty huge leap, but I think that works to the film's advantage because it shows how deceptively flawed Mason is, which I feel fits well into Kubrick's thematic oeuvre of a flawed (but redemptive) humanity.

Enough Said - A pretty decent romantic comedy. James Gandolfini does a good job as a flabby but sweet guy (and I liked the nod of having him work as a curator of a television museum). Julia Louis-Dreyfus gives a good performance too as a single mom who gives Catherine Keener massages. I would only recommend it if you like the genre, or want to see Gandolfini's last performance, but for what it's worth I enjoyed it.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on October 28, 2013, 09:47 am
InAPPropriate Comedy - This is hands down the worst movie not only of this year, but of this DECADE. I sat through all of Movie 43. I couldn't even get halfway through this garbage. I turned it off 30 minutes in. Nothing but homophobic and racist "jokes" by horrible "actors". The fact that we allowed this to exist is one of humanity's greatest mistakes.

Featuring such characters as "The Amazing Racist," "The Racist Assistant," and Academy Award winner Adrien Brody as "Flirty Harry."


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Post by: EFHRK on October 28, 2013, 10:47 pm
Blue is the Warmest Color - Good, but isn't without its problems. For one thing its LONG AS FUCK. It is a full 3 hours long, and it feels like it. This could probably be cut down a lot. I understand wanting realism but it brings it out to a fault. Especially in the sex scenes, which the movie will surely become infamous for. It has an NC-17 rating for several incredibly graphic and extended sequences of lesbian sex. It would be fine if it was just a few minutes, but I think one of them is at least 7 minutes and jesus christ it doesn't need to be that long. And it's a pretty lazy way to express the relationship between two characters. There's a few subtleties I do like within the story and performances, but there are things that frequently come up throughout the film that just get tiresome, like using colors as a metaphor. In a shorter film this wouldn't be as big an issue.

Overall, it's a good movie and worth at least one watch, but god I would never sit through it again.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 29, 2013, 12:29 am
Zero Dark Thirty

i like how this movie is not all "AMERICA FUCK YEAH" and it's more like "uh...America? I guess...?"

21 Jump Street

i have watched this more times than you have seen your balls and dick and scrotum!!!!!!!!!


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Post by: Chronicles on October 29, 2013, 01:36 am
2001 AT THE ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE YEAH MOTHERFUCKERS


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Post by: Chronicles on October 29, 2013, 01:37 am
wooooooooooooooooooo


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Post by: Citizen Snips on October 29, 2013, 08:05 am
That sounds great. I want someone to program a Kubrick retrospective at a theater and then I want to go to there.


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Post by: EFHRK on October 29, 2013, 10:01 pm
Dallas Buyers Club - Great. Really fantastic performances on display here, which is the main draw of the film. Stays interesting and dramatic. Very good movie.

MCCONAUGHSSANCE


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 01, 2013, 04:19 pm
Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive

this is aziz's new special! it's exclusive to netflix and was released today. i thought it was funny and i got major laffs from it. you should watch it.

Se7en

still fantastic after all these years! go figure! JOHN DOE HAS THE UPPA HAND


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Post by: Citizen Snips on November 01, 2013, 04:48 pm
I watched George A. Romero's Living Dead Trilogy! Spooky!


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 01, 2013, 07:23 pm
Exiled

holy cow. this is like if "for a few dollars more", "the killer" and "the wild bunch" all had a baby. seriously this movie is fucking nuts. i loved it. i definitely have to watch more stuff by johnnie to


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Post by: EFHRK on November 02, 2013, 03:41 am
Room 237 for the second time

Event Horizon for like the fifth time


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Post by: Bettytron on November 02, 2013, 10:32 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0NWIxl2VJk
HOUSE

Have you all already seen this? Am I late to the party? If you haven't, please check it out. It's such a bonkers mix of film techniques and experiments and very odd humor; the trailer almost doesn't do it justice.


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Post by: boron on November 02, 2013, 11:26 pm
12 years a slave was very good but i did have a couple of issues with it. It was a bit too episodic and the passage of time wasn't conveyed very well in my opinion. It felt more like 100 minutes a slave rather than 12 years a slave. but still very very good. the camera work, acting, music, was all excellent.


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Post by: Chez San on November 03, 2013, 04:52 pm
I watched Bad Grandpa because I'm an idiot. There were two solid gold classic scenes but the other 85 minutes of the film was kind of empty and embarrassing, with Johnny Knoxville saying something dumb to people and the best reactions they could get and edit in were mostly the marks being very withdrawn or not responding to him at all. I kept checking my watch even though I had nowhere else to be. Watch the trailer and save yourself the time.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 03, 2013, 04:59 pm
The part where he showed his balls was awesome


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Post by: Chez San on November 03, 2013, 06:04 pm
I forgot the bit where he stuck his dick in the soda machine, that was funny too


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Post by: EFHRK on November 04, 2013, 03:52 am
Blackfish - f'd up to h*ck

Ain't Them Bodies Saints - wow gee Terrence Malick much bro

Blue Caprice - fuck those guys


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Post by: RummyLu on November 04, 2013, 08:51 am
I watched the first 6 minutes of Only God Forgives because my friend is the brothel owner who gets bottled in the first five minutes.

I find it hilarious he somehow ended up in this movie.


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Post by: Navigator2001Plus on November 04, 2013, 01:05 pm
Watched Short Cuts. It was ok, but I still prefer Magnolia.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on November 04, 2013, 01:25 pm
Now watch Nashville to complete your Altmanesque ensemble cast intertwining dramatic cinematic journey!


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Post by: Citizen Snips on November 05, 2013, 09:48 pm
I watched Event Horizon and it was silly but fun!


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Post by: pingollum on November 05, 2013, 10:23 pm
Event Horizon is amazing. I watched it in theatres when i was 12 i think (no one cared about the rating in that particular theatre, apparently) and it scared me into wanting to be catholic for almost a week. And yes, nowadays I realise it was quite silly but still a fun watch.

Today I watched Thor 2: Thor Darker! A lot better than the first, primordially due to it's aspiring-to-Iron-Man-levels-of-balance between a fun, tongue-in-cheek action film and fantasy drama.

Also I've watched almost all of the first season of American Horror Story. I don't know quite what to think of it yet. It's like Desperate Housewives with ghosts and sexy french housemaid and sexy rubber gimp costumes.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on November 06, 2013, 09:55 pm
The Naked City

It's a fantastically gritty noir/police procedural directed by Jules Dassin before he got blacklisted and moved to France, where he would eventually direct the even grittier Rififi. One of the film's highlights is its sarcastic character of Lt. Daniel Muldoon, and I wouldn't be surprised if his deadpan delivery of biting repartee was the direct inspiration for all those Law & Order characters who fire off their one-liners before that jazzy theme song flows through the airwaves for like the fifth rerun in a row.


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Post by: EFHRK on November 06, 2013, 09:57 pm
American Buffalo - kinda sucked


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Post by: Citizen Snips on November 06, 2013, 10:03 pm
You just can't deal with Dennis Franz not being Sgt. Andy Sipowicz.


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Post by: EFHRK on November 07, 2013, 01:00 am
No really it's not a good movie. The music is distracting, the casting for Bob was a horrible decision, Hoffman completely underplays the climax, and overall the film just drains any subtle humor the original play has, which is weird because the screenplay was written by Mamet and is almost word for word the exact same thing.


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Post by: Kybard on November 07, 2013, 12:02 pm
last night I saw After Tiller, a documentary about late-term abortions and the people who perform them. the title refers to George Tiller, the most prominent late-term abortionist who was assassinated in 2009. it is a really, really good doc; every single story told is heartwrenching. its main purpose seems to be just to show the simple humanity in people from the women seeking the abortions to the doctors who perform them; one of the doctors despairingly wailing "nobody wants a fucking abortion" in a private moment is one of the most powerful little moments I've seen in a movie.

(no humanity is shown in people who mindlessly protest abortions because there isn't much to be found. virtually every establishing shot of a clinic includes shots of the small gaggles of protesters outside and/or the security systems the clinics have in place, which is always unsettling given the movie's context)


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 09, 2013, 02:38 am
white house down

it's pg-13 die hard except it stars channing tatum and he talks to a squirrel

fast & furious 6

best action movie of the year like you think the tank scene will be the best thing ever put to film but wait you're wrong because more of the movie is left and it's even more insane


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Post by: EFHRK on November 09, 2013, 05:26 am
ZOOLANDER


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Post by: BSam on November 09, 2013, 08:50 am
finally you're watching a good film


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Post by: Nicol on November 09, 2013, 09:43 am
Oblivion - This was a very good looking film, specifically the cool sci-fi tech and relentless bleak dystopian atmosphere. Yet as it unfolded I always seemed to be 2 steps ahead of it in figuring out what it was trying to do. I'm sure I saw mostly every major twist coming. Also, if you think about it, a lot of it doesn't really make sense!

Tenebrae - This was just recently remastered into full Blu-ray, so as good a time as any for me to check it out. It is not my favourite Argento film. You can tell it is Argento, as it has the typical Argento soundtrack and horror style. And as far as horror movies go, it is pretty rad, but for an Argento film, I just expect better. I like them a little less coherent than this. Definitely check out Deep Red, Suspiria, or Phenomena (ordered from most coherent to least coherent) if you're looking for Argento's best films.

Breathe In - Probably a bit too introspective for my liking. I found myself really struggling with an urge to turn it off and do something more constructive for nearly the whole duration. The characters were all artsy musicians and I didn't care enough about them to fall for the emotional impact the writers were hitting for in the final 1/3. Plus the protagonist kind of was a pedophile and I'm quite worried this film is the writer's fantasy.

Side Effects - This was a suspenseful mystery that unfolded nicely the first time but will probably not stand up well to rewatching. It's well written, well acted, but nothing extremely special or memorable.

The Running Man - This was so fucking 80s.


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Post by: BSam on November 09, 2013, 04:52 pm
I fucking enjoyed tenebrae and i keep meaning to check out the rest



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Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 09, 2013, 05:49 pm
2 Guns

(http://i.imgur.com/IXPkkYX.png)


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Post by: EFHRK on November 09, 2013, 05:58 pm
2 Guns

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Post by: Citizen Snips on November 09, 2013, 06:04 pm
Hunger and Shame

Tomorrow is 12 Years A Slave

:)


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Post by: CestMoi on November 09, 2013, 08:23 pm
i watched inAPPropriate comedy and it's the worst film i've ever seen and it's not even funny bad it's just dreadful and racist and it thinks it's being clever and funny but it's not and o god i hate it so much


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Post by: jimbob on November 09, 2013, 08:30 pm
Tosca, really good.

And yesterday was The Selfish Giant, also highly enjoyable.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on November 10, 2013, 05:34 pm
I saw 12 Years A Slave and was weeping by the end.

Movies!


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on November 13, 2013, 07:43 pm
The Raid Redemption - I saw you guys talking about the sequel in the New Releases thread, and it seemed pretty unanimous that the original was dope. So I checked it out and it was incredibly awesome. Unfortunately, I got the dubbed version by accident, and it was like the voice actor just had the dialogue, not any instruction about how to say it. Also it was as if they got the same voice actor to do every character. Luckily the brunt of the film is not dialogue heavy, but in the exposition and conclusion, it was very jarring.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 14, 2013, 11:03 am
The Wolverine

finally, the languid, slow-paced character piece that every wolverine fan was clamoring for!

seriously though hugh jackman was as great as ever, and when james mangold gets the chance to ramp up the suspense the movie works in spades. but ultimately the plot is too goofy to care about (yes i know it's a superhero movie, but it takes itself way too seriously) and the action scenes aren't all that fun. well, aside from the part where wolverine kills a dude on top of a moving train. that part rocked.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on November 14, 2013, 11:18 am
My favorite part of that was Horrible CGI Patrick Stewart.

Also, RIP the old farmer couple who gave Wolverine their dead son's leather jacket and motorcycle


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Post by: du_Man on November 14, 2013, 05:24 pm
The Raid Redemption - I saw you guys talking about the sequel in the New Releases thread, and it seemed pretty unanimous that the original was dope. So I checked it out and it was incredibly awesome. Unfortunately, I got the dubbed version by accident, and it was like the voice actor just had the dialogue, not any instruction about how to say it. Also it was as if they got the same voice actor to do every character. Luckily the brunt of the film is not dialogue heavy, but in the exposition and conclusion, it was very jarring.

There was dialogue? Are you sure you didn't accidentally watch My Dinner With Andre?


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on November 17, 2013, 08:18 am
The Wolverine

finally, the languid, slow-paced character piece that every wolverine fan was clamoring for!

seriously though hugh jackman was as great as ever, and when james mangold gets the chance to ramp up the suspense the movie works in spades. but ultimately the plot is too goofy to care about (yes i know it's a superhero movie, but it takes itself way too seriously) and the action scenes aren't all that fun. well, aside from the part where wolverine kills a dude on top of a moving train. that part rocked.

I just realized this wasn't the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine and all I can say is why did they make another


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Post by: Citizen Snips on November 17, 2013, 08:19 am
Quote from: Box Office Mojo
Production Budget: $120 million

Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic:    $132,444,486      31.9%
+ Foreign:    $282,271,394      68.1%
= Worldwide:    $414,715,880

wait nevermind


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on November 17, 2013, 08:37 am
wow that's a big profit, i might consider watching it now


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Post by: Bettytron on November 17, 2013, 10:39 pm
Frances Ha- what a totally charming, moving film. I loved this a lot.


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Post by: Navigator2001Plus on November 17, 2013, 10:50 pm
well, it can't be that good, it only made like 4 million bucks

transformers 3 made over a billion, now there's a movie we should all watch


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 18, 2013, 01:50 am
Frances Ha- what a totally charming, moving film. I loved this a lot.

yeah i loved frances ha. greta gerwig was so charming.

edit: wait you already described the movie as charming. greta gerwig was endearing


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Post by: EFHRK on November 18, 2013, 03:46 am
We're the Millers - Surprisingly hilarious. The plot gets a little predictable at times, but there are tons of laughs through the whole thing. I didn't have high expectations for this but was pleasantly surprised. Definitely give this a shot.

"I'M MARKY MARK AND Y'ALL ARE THE FUNKY BUNCH"


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 18, 2013, 10:01 pm
Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight

wonderful, delightful, i believe in love now


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: evilspud on November 19, 2013, 03:15 am
Batman: Year One

Batman and Gordon take turns punching corrupt cops in the face.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: evilspud on November 20, 2013, 01:09 am
I was watching A Talking Cat!?! with my roommate when I kept mentioning that something looked familiar about the house the rich family lives in. Then they went outside and I saw that the upstairs was almost hotel style: a long balcony with rows of sliding glass doors.

That's when I realized.

I've seen this house before.

In about a hundred different porn films.

And then I looked into the director. Before this he directed a ton of softcore gay porn films, all in the exact same house. They had equally strange premises like Alien Abduction or Vampire Attack. I plan on watching as many of them as I can, because the more I think about A Talking Cat!?!, the more I realize that it could very well be a love letter to all the time the director spent in that house filming gay porn.



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Post by: Citizen Snips on November 20, 2013, 08:23 am
Okay, thanks.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 20, 2013, 10:29 am
This earth-shattering news is the softcore gay porn version of that newspaper that is in everything (http://www.slashfilm.com/lol-the-reoccurring-prop-newspaper/)


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Post by: evilspud on November 20, 2013, 12:27 pm
Her Master's Voice

This was recommended to me by the Av Club and I'm really glad I watched it. HMV is an hour long documentary about Nina Conti's pilgrimage to Venthaven: a memorial site in Kentucky where the dolls of deceased ventriloquists are honored and cared for. She's going there to honor the death of her mentor, a moppet faced, eccentric British bohemian named Ken Campbell.

All of that sounds pretty standard for a documentary, but you're watching a woman express all of her emotions through conversations with a talking monkey. It's sad, it's clever, all of the ventriloquists you meet are wildly talented, and it's a great insight into the crazed mindset inhabited by artists.

There are also a few truly standout scenes in the film, and all of them are conversations between Conti and her puppet.

Also, it was late, and maybe I was too tickled by the idea of a family film set inside a house that was obviously built for porn.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on November 21, 2013, 09:09 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0NWIxl2VJk
HOUSE

Have you all already seen this? Am I late to the party? If you haven't, please check it out. It's such a bonkers mix of film techniques and experiments and very odd humor; the trailer almost doesn't do it justice.

This was incredible! So much fun and unlike anything I've seen before.

I'm going to begin a tradition of having this play at every housewarming party I have from now on. It will be a great way to determine which of my friends I want to continue spending time with and which of them I would like to devour.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on November 23, 2013, 03:10 am
So I saw Hunger Games: Catching Fire tonight...

1. It's really good. I didn't care for the first one but this was a lot better. They did away with all the terrible shakeycam so you can actually tell what's going on in the action scenes this time. The characters are a lot more interesting and the acting in general seems a lot more believable. I can't help but draw a lot of comparisons to the first film but it felt like just another tween novel adaptation targeted at the same Twilight audience. Catching Fire had a much more mature feel to it. Overall, I'd say I enjoyed it.

2. Fuck. This. Movie. I knew going in that they had 2 more films planned (the next one split into two movies, Harry Potter style), but goddamn. The film ends on the biggest fucking cliffhanger. Just when shit hits the fucking fan in the sky that the whole film was building up to, nope fuck you guess you gotta wait until the next movie to see what happens. I was at a sold out IMAX showing and you could hear almost the entire audience AUDIBLY GROAN AT THE ENDING. There is a good movie here, but money-grabbing studios are chaining it down by the neck. The last 30 seconds almost killed the entire thing for me.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: CB on November 24, 2013, 04:15 pm
Babe: Pig in the City.

I hadn't seen this movie since I was a kid and I forgot how fucking weird it was, especially after the first Babe. There are scenes in this movie that seem like they're out of a David Lynch movie. And it had really good cinematography for a movie about a talking pig that's lost in a city.

So overall this was pretty good. 


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 25, 2013, 10:19 pm
we're the millers

like efhrk said earlier i didn't expect much out of this movie but i thought it was pretty fun and i had some laughs. the movie has a nice dark sense of humor and you can never go wrong with nick offerman

the internship

this on the other hand was kind of toothless and cliche. the only bright spots were when guys like will ferrell and rob riggle showed up for cameos, or when vince vaughn and owen wilson got to cut loose and riff with one another. eric andre was in it but did nothing. also it's just a huge google ad. i don't really recommend it, but here's this:

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


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 26, 2013, 10:13 pm
the marine 3, and i reviewed it (http://thepaniniplayboy.tumblr.com/post/68203816089/bad-movie-review-the-marine-3-homefront)


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on November 26, 2013, 11:24 pm
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - Loved it. I don't know what these negative reviews are on about. Maybe I'm just really susceptible to getting swept up in the adventure of a film like this. I found it incredibly inspiring and fun. The cinematography is absolutely breathtaking, and the soundtrack is so rad. Would watch again.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 27, 2013, 02:24 am
New World

this is a korean gangster film. it's on netflix. it's fucking awesome and you should watch it. that's all i'll say.

(it doesn't really even break my top 5 korean movies list but it's pretty damn good)


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: BSam on November 27, 2013, 04:13 am
bond, what is your top 5 korean films

i'm intruiged


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 27, 2013, 04:38 am
basic ass shit like oldboy and memories of murder and a bittersweet life and 2 others or whatever


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on November 30, 2013, 04:43 am
Hell Baby - Fucking hilarious. This movie is about telling jokes first and a story at a far second so don't expect much depth or development here. But tons of great comedians (Rob Corddry, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Thomas Lennon, Keegan Michael Key) fill up the cast for lots of laughs. Would watch again.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on November 30, 2013, 09:50 am
2 Guns - It's dumb but so fun!

The World's End - I didn't know about the complete 180 the film was going to do, a la From Dusk Till Dawn. I liked it a heap. Not as good as Shaun of the Dead tho.

We're the Millers - Pretty ridiculous.

Sopranos, Season 4. I see what Gale was talking about when he said that AJ was going to become a pretty awful character. This is still going strong... really awesome!



Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: RummyLu on December 01, 2013, 11:18 am
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - Loved it. I don't know what these negative reviews are on about. Maybe I'm just really susceptible to getting swept up in the adventure of a film like this. I found it incredibly inspiring and fun. The cinematography is absolutely breathtaking, and the soundtrack is so rad. Would watch again.

Is this the new one or the old Danny Kaye version? I'm trying to find, ahem, a way to see the new one because it's not being released here as far as I know.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 01, 2013, 12:33 pm
pretty sure he means the ben stiller adaptation. it doesn't come out here until christmas but there's been preview screenings. an awards season screener might leak online in the months leading up to the oscars.

running scared

had meant to see this for a while. after hearing the news about my boy p-walk i decided to check it out. it's pretty cool, and paul walker is really good in it. he displays some range i didn't think he was capable of. if you like the style of oliver stone or tony scott you'll probably dig this.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: RummyLu on December 01, 2013, 01:17 pm
BUT I WANT TO WATCH IT NOW :'(


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on December 02, 2013, 03:10 am
All 6 Fast and Furious movies

I am ready to punch a goddamn face


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: locnar on December 02, 2013, 07:17 am
Antichrist.

I saw Willem Dafoe's junk.

CHAOS REIGNS


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 02, 2013, 01:02 pm
the fast and the furious

probably one of the most unintentionally funny movies i've ever seen. i didn't remember it being so hilariously bad. it's literally just point break with cars, by the way. worth a watch.

2 fast 2 furious

holy shit, somehow even more funny and entertaining than the first. the key here is tyrese, who is just straight up the best. his very homoerotic relationship with paul walker is fucking hysterical. any time paul walker even thinks of talking to eva mendes, tyrese just screams at him. he's a jealous boy

the fast and the furious: tokyo drift

actually much more dull than i remembered. the plot is basically just karate kid and there's no real stakes throughout. the main dude is pretty funny in a bad way, and han is a badass motherfucker. the race scenes are really good, i'm not sure if that's because of justin lin or a new 2nd unit or what.

fast and furious

this movie makes no sense and is pretty dull but at least p-walk and vin diesel are there. there's not much to recommend. even the car scenes are pretty dull because most of them are CGI

fast 5

FUCK. YES. one of the best action movies i've ever seen. right off the bat you get a prison bus being flipped end over end and paul walker jumping from a speeding train and just when you think "this is the best" the motherfucking ROCK shows up. and he gets into a fucking insane fist fight vin diesel. and there's a barnburner of a finale with p-walk and the diesel dragging a bank vault through the streets of brazil. seriously this movie fucking kicks ass.

furious 6

AND THEN THERE'S THIS. this motherfucker right here. efhrk summed it up with this gif

(http://puu.sh/5zFOa/4e14e345c9.gif)

6 > 5 > 2 > 1 > 3 > 4 as far as entertainment value goes.

rest in peace paul walker, you steely eyed motherfucker you. can't wait for fast 7. hope you go out on top.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on December 03, 2013, 01:23 am
Her - The new Spike Jonze joint. I almost fucking cried in the theater like 3 times. This movie is fucking incredible and probably in my top 5 for the year (some of my friends that came with said it was their #1). I'm tired and shit so I can't formulate word thoughts right now so i'll just make a list.

- Incredible acting
- beautiful soundtrack by Arcade Fire
- fantastic cinematography and color
- will probably make you cry
- see this movie


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on December 04, 2013, 12:00 am
Anchorman 2 - Somehow funnier than the first movie. Nonstop big laughs through the entire thing. The climax had me physically exhausted from laughing so hard. All of these guys are still at the top of their game. And if you like cameos you are in for the biggest treat of your life. Can't wait to see the alt-cut. Can't wait to just see this cut again. Awesome.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Truck Thunders on December 04, 2013, 08:28 pm
Kalifornia was streaming on Netflix. It's okay, but I wouldn't watch it more than once.

According to Wikipedia, the scriptwriter said he wanted "to scare an audience, to comment on our national obsession with "true crime" stories, and to punish myself for my morbid preoccupation with the subject of murder and murderers." Well, yeah, I can see that in the final film, but it doesn't work. I think the director wanted to do more of a straight crime thriller, so you end up with a film that wants to be both a morality film and straight-ahead entertainment and it's not smart or clever or just generally good enough to do either. Plus the whole "innocent urban liberals versus evil fangletoothed rednecks" thing is really overplayed and annoying.

On the other hand, Brad Pitt murders a bunch of people crazy redneck style, but not nearly enough to justify watching. I feel like if the director had reworked the movie to focus primarily on him and Juliette Lewis as the awkward redneck couple, like a latter-day Badlands, and just left David Duchovny and Michelle Forbes as supporting characters, it would have been a lot more interesting.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on December 06, 2013, 02:39 am
Man of Steel - Lots of boring stuff, characters being dumb, and an incredibly confusing and pointless story. Terrible.

Bullet to the Head - Just another generic action movie. The weird thing about this though is that it looks, sounds, and feels exactly like some kind of primetime tv drama like 24 or some shit. It's really bizarre. Like even just the way they shot it makes it look like it came from television and not a big budget film.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 06, 2013, 10:43 am
from the last few days:

the inbetweeners movie

was looking for something dumb & funny to drunkenly watch at like 2 AM and this fit the bill. had never seen the TV show so i checked a couple episodes out afterwards and enjoyed it

wake in fright

holy crap. donald pleasance is insane in this. and they hunt kangaroos for real

rosemary's baby

had never seen this. roman polanski builds tension really well. however i couldn't help but laugh at the "this is no dream, this is really happening!" scene because all i could think of was the parody in this is the end

dogtooth

what the fuck even


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: HyperGlavin on December 06, 2013, 11:51 am
Wake in Fright is such a fantastically unnerving film. I reckon it'd make for a good double feature with Wolf Creek.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 06, 2013, 12:27 pm
you aussies sure know how to have a good time


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on December 07, 2013, 12:25 am
GI Joe: Retaliation - Some cool action scenes, a slightly confusing plot, strange pacing. OK, but pretty forgettable.

Drinking Buddies - Great


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Chez San on December 07, 2013, 05:46 am
FELIDAE

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

It's a bizarre German animated feature of wildly conflicting styles and moods. The producers obviously wanted to make a grim as shit avant-garde Watership Down with cats but they went with a director of animation who's a disciple of Don Bluth. The result is a wildly jarring cutesy gorefest with a genuinely disturbing plot and a voice cast who don't know what planet they're on.

Imagine The Secret of NIMH with graphic disembowellings or the sort of film these crazy wolf women on YouTube would make if they were professionals instead of furries.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: BSam on December 07, 2013, 07:04 am
GI Joe: Retaliation - Some cool action scenes, a slightly confusing plot, strange pacing. OK, but pretty forgettable.

Drinking Buddies - Great

drinking buddies is fucking awesome. possibly my film of the year


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Navigator2001Plus on December 07, 2013, 02:53 pm
Man of Steel - Lots of boring stuff, characters being dumb, and an incredibly confusing and pointless story. Terrible.

GI Joe: Retaliation - Some cool action scenes, a slightly confusing plot, strange pacing. OK, but pretty forgettable.

I don't understand how you can call Man of Steel "terrible" and G.I. Joe: Retaliation "ok". I'm not saying Man of Steel is the best movie ever, but those G.I. Joe movies are heaping piles of garbage.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on December 07, 2013, 03:11 pm
He probably had varying degrees of expectation.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 07, 2013, 03:14 pm
my biggest beef with the 2nd g.i. joe is that

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Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on December 07, 2013, 03:33 pm
Quote from: Navigator2001Plus
I don't understand how you can call Man of Steel "terrible" and G.I. Joe: Retaliation "ok". I'm not saying Man of Steel is the best movie ever, but those G.I. Joe movies are heaping piles of garbage.

Because there was a million and one plot holes in Man of Steel that just bugged me too much, and Michael Shannon (Zod) was the only character I found interesting. It's a very long, boring movie full of characters I don't care about. Even the action scenes were just dudes getting thrown back and forth into buildings, which got kinda old after a few minutes.

I found GI Joe to be slightly more enjoyable because there was a variety in the action (ninjas sword fighting on the sides of mountains, The Rock crushes motherfuckers with a tank, etc.) and it wasn't pretending to be this deep emotional thing. It had a lot of problems on its own, mostly with the writing, but at least it wasn't 2 and a half hours of super-serious boring stuff. It was just more fun to watch.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: evilspud on December 08, 2013, 02:37 am
I'm going to sound like a  complete asshole for saying this, but comparing Man of Steel to the Nolan trilogy, you have to understand that Nolan had a deep, deep connection to the comics when he worked on his movies, and Zach Snyder just wanted to a serious thing for serious people.

The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises are stuffed with references to A Serious House and Year One and The Dark Knight Returns. Some sequences were huge shout outs to portions from those comics. And as nerdy as that sounds, what Nolan was doing was he was building off the work of Miller and Morrison and others who have spent most of their lives creating the Batman mythos. That's what makes his movies good: he GETS the character he's making stories about. Man of Steel, from what I understand, consults none of the men and woman who have give Superman a pathos to exists through.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Chronicles on December 08, 2013, 03:02 am
I believe you were the only one here making that comparison


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: evilspud on December 08, 2013, 04:03 am
That sounds absolutely %100 like something I would do. Where is the drunk thread again?


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: HyperGlavin on December 08, 2013, 05:32 am
Also, this is a thing that people (read: nerds)  need to learn, but film adaptations are not better served by slavish devotion to the source material.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: CestMoi on December 08, 2013, 09:18 am
then how come the hobbit is so much better than lord of the rings???


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: BSam on December 08, 2013, 09:55 am
By 'better' I'm assuming you mean 'made more money than'


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 08, 2013, 10:11 am
what else are we supposed to judge a film's merits on

also

kick-ass 2

pretty horrible. tonally all over the place and really misogynistic. relentlessly violent, but almost always in an ugly way. the humor never lands. probably one of the worst movies i've seen this year.

the world's end

i've seen this several times now and it gets funnier with each viewing. washed the taste of kick-ass 2 out of my eyeballs. one of the best movies i've seen this year

joy ride

this is on IFC right now, i haven't seen it in years. this is one of paul walker's best roles. joy ride is actually a really effective thriller. good stuff bubba


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on December 08, 2013, 10:31 am
Paris, Texas

Man, this is a really, really beautiful film, both visually and thematically. Harry Dean Stanton is great. I need to see more Wim Wenders.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on December 10, 2013, 02:11 am
August: Osage County - Absolutely loved it. Julia Roberts gives one of the best performances of her entire career and Meryl Streep crushes it like always. And of course the entire rest of the huge cast is at the top of their game. If you like watching people scream and cry and completely lose their shit this will be one of your favorite films ever. These actors are gonna be drowning in awards.


and then I watched The Rundown and Jurassic Park


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 10, 2013, 04:46 am
grown ups 2

i have no fucking clue what i just watched. it certainly wasn't a movie. movies, to my knowledge, generally have things like plot and character development and logic.

grown ups 2 is an odd assemblage of scenes packed with celebrity cameos, shit jokes, non-sequiturs and physical gags where everything has absolutely nothing to do with anything. it's like they had a template for every scene that they just plugged words into, and then they filmed whatever came out. for example:

the scene starts at a location picked out of a hat. okay, we're at k-mart for nothing more than corporate synergy. chris rock is buying garden shears? next, the boys discuss the "plot". adam sandler used to get bullied. then there are some celebrity cameos. sure, here's tim meadows with a silly haircut, and adam sandler's personal assistant guy, the dude with the funny eyes.

then all sense of logic or reason is thrown out the window, because we cut away to nick swardson (playing a school bus driver named nick), presumably in another part of the store, and he's taking a shit in one of the model toilets. he just starts taking a shit. then he wanders over to a shelf full of inflatable rafts, grabs one of the boxes, and somehow the raft inflates instantly and shoots him across the store.

every single fucking scene is like that. literally the next scene is the guys in the parking lot when fucking shaq and peter dante (playing a character named peter dante) just show up as cops. for some reason everyone agrees that they need to get to some dance recital, so smash cut to: the cop car speeding down the street, shaq and dante firing their guns out the window as the main guys trail behind in a school bus.

i can't make this shit up. stone cold steve austin is in the movie for some reason. so is dan patrick. dan patrick plays a gym teacher and in his very first scene he hits a child in the face with a basketball and then says, without any sort of prompting, "who wants to see me climb this rope?" and he starts climbing a rope and all the kids stare at his asshole

a deer pisses in adam sandler's mouth

shaq throws a fucking person over a god damn house

there's one scene where colin quinn is fixing an ice cream machine and the way he's standing it looks like he's shitting out ice cream and everyone points at him and laughs

there's another part where adam sandler tries to teach his middle-school aged son how to kick a field goal and it turns out the kid is a fucking prodigy, like he's nailing 50 yarders and shit. and then adam sandler just falls on his son and snaps his leg in half. end scene

i guess my point is that grown ups 2 is like some kind of fucked up delirious fever dream and i think you guys should watch it

edit: oh yeah and arnold schwarzenegger's son is in it but he disappointingly does not get a stone cold stunner from steve austin


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on December 10, 2013, 11:46 am
I...I kind of want to watch it now...


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: BSam on December 10, 2013, 09:48 pm
Yeah, it's a film, you'd like it.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 13, 2013, 01:19 pm
sleepless night

cool french action film, had a couple groovy fight scenes. gets a little tedious due to lack of location change

sightseers

funny little dark comedy. i really like the director, ben wheatley,  but i preferred his last film "kill list"

the iceman

kinda by the numbers mob film but it had good performances, especially michael shannon, who is always captivating


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on December 14, 2013, 04:52 am
Elysium - It was ok. It stayed interesting at least. I liked that almost all of the deaths involved people exploding.

Grown Ups 2 - I watched this with Bond because he insisted I needed to see it and holy fucking shit he was right. Everything he said was completely true. The film wildly jump cuts from scene to scene with absolutely no transition. There are dozens of characters who appear with zero contribution to the film other than a brief unfunny joke. I sat through the entire film and could not tell you a single fucking thing about what the plot was. Shaq throws a man over a house.

This wasn't just one of the worst movies of the year. This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. It barely even qualifies as a movie. You have to see it to believe it. Jesus christ.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: CB on December 15, 2013, 12:13 am
Schindler's List.

Yeah it was alright.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on December 15, 2013, 03:37 am
Frances Ha - it is good


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on December 15, 2013, 07:34 am
It has been 14 days since my last confession.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Young Adult genre fiction is not my thing, so I'm not too caught up in the mania surrounding these films. I did think the film was good, though. I'm looking forward once again forgetting what has happened and being really confused at the start of the next one.

Jobs - Oh my fucking God. First of all, Steve Jobs, who is supposed to be this dynamic prestigious larger than life character is played by Kelso from that 70's Show/one of the leads from Dude, where's my Car? The only acting credit Kutcher has since Jobs is in 2 and a Half Men. Secondly, the whole film is just people saying to Jobs "man you're brilliant, but also you are an asshole", in various different phrasings. Sometimes Jobs is present for this, sometimes he isn't. That is literally all the film is. I want a youtube compilation of every time a character proverbially sucks the eponymous Jobs' dick and I bet it will run forever. Thirdly it was shit.

Inland Empire - I knew this was something special when I first saw it, yet I was completely frustrated at not being able to unlock the mystery. Years later, I now read a heavy analysis and revisited it. This resulted in a really enjoyable satisfying viewing. I actually recommend revisiting any Lynch film you didn't get after reading an analysis. Subtitles for the Polish parts also helped greatly.

Blue Velvet - I just wanted to check and see if this was still incredible and it is.

The Iceman - Who is this Michael Shannon and where can I see more of him? The Iceman was not inventive or unique, and Shannon's character deviated slightly from that of the real Iceman (who is probably too terrible to honestly portray in a Hollywood biopic). However, some of the performances such as those of Shannon, Winona Ryder and Chris Evans, and the suspense (if you are not familiar with the real life Iceman) will make it worth your time.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Chronicles on December 15, 2013, 08:43 am
Inland Empire - I knew this was something special when I first saw it, yet I was completely frustrated at not being able to unlock the mystery. Years later, I now read a heavy analysis and revisited it. This resulted in a really enjoyable satisfying viewing. I actually recommend revisiting any Lynch film you didn't get after reading an analysis. Subtitles for the Polish parts also helped greatly.

Serious words, if you are unable to understand a film with only the information the film gives you, is it worth your time? This is something I'm super interested in and of two minds. Part of me thinks it is unfair to analyze a film without researching it fully, another part of me thinks all the information required to understand a film should be in the film itself. That's not to say it shouldn't require multiple viewings, just that maybe it's wrong to say "hey check this out, oh wait, also check out ten other things and then re-check this out."


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on December 15, 2013, 09:19 am
Well, some films are merely created as a passage of time (especially these days) but even these less artistic films can become really important if you deliberately look at them as a dialogue between the creators and your understanding of life and the world. Few directors approach films like this, which is a shame because it works best if both you and the creators of the film overtly have this philosophy when meeting over the work. There is no question about the fact that Lynch is one of these people, though.

I find that some of my favourite films are those that the director has created in order to make me think/explore. I'd even argue that those are closer to art than a film which just has solid cinematography, acting, and a straightforward plot.

To speak strictly about Inland Empire: Lynch has said very little about what is behind the film. In a scene in the studio's "making-of" documentary, Lynch is giving direction to Laura Dern for a pivotal scene and at the same time he is being very cautious about what he says because he knows the documentary crew is listening in. He takes Dern aside and whispers something to her. This is because for him, it would ruin the film if he told you what it was about. The analysis I read came from some guy who watched the film ten times or so, got a notepad out, and tried to logically connect the different vignettes, characters, and themes (after watching it again I tend to agree with his ideas, however others with their own analyses don't).

Smarter film critics often argue that even if the director had some strong idea about a film's meaning and your understanding differs dramatically, you are still correct. Who is to say that a film means something just because its creator wanted it to. This sort of thinking transforms Ferris Bueller's Day Off into a psychological comedy about Cameron finally understanding that life is fleeting and he should seize the day when persuaded to skip school by his imaginary friend, Ferris. The idea that once the film is done, it is up to the viewer to decide what it is about is controversial. Some agree, some disagree.

So, for films like Inland Empire, if something stays with you (as the themes of
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did for me) further investigation and even a full analysis is worth it. However, if the film doesn't mean particularly much to you on that first watch, it probably isn't. Stylistically, you can understand what mood Lynch is going for with a film, even if you don't understand the specifics, and that's where the journey begins (just as the film is ending for the first time). In this case, you can argue that I was cheating by reading the analysis instead of giving the film enough repeats to figure this stuff out by myself. I wouldn't, however, say that any film is worthless because it is so complex that one viewing will not solve it.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Mr Gale on December 15, 2013, 09:31 am
I think Lynch films stand on there own, though.

You might want to do some reading afterwards to either place your own view about what it was about and in doing so you often realise there was a lot of stuff you didn't pick up which completely recontextualises it (but theres rarely any definitive consensus anyway, its more reading a discussion than an "explanation" as such)... but you don't have too. I think they are enjoyable experiences just as they are, themes instead of coherent plots and lots of half connected vignettes and stuff might not be everybody's cup of tea, but movies like Mulholland Drive and Blue Velvet I think work perfectly just as they are presented.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Mr Gale on December 15, 2013, 09:35 am
Also I am a massive proponent of "what you take from the work" being much more important than what the "author intended". Especially in literature, I hate writers who come out decrying lit analysis of works because they never "meant" it to be read that way. So I respect Lynch for flat out refusing to explain his work, just leaving it as an exercise in finding your own meaning.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 15, 2013, 12:59 pm
Who is this Michael Shannon and where can I see more of him?

hoo boy, where to start? he's pretty incredible on boardwalk empire if you can invest time in that (it has steadily gotten better every season). bit parts in things like 8 mile and before the devil knows you're dead. he was great in jeff nichols' first film, shotgun stories, and fucking amazing as the lead in nichols' sophomore effort, take shelter. he also has a few brief but hilarious scenes in mud.

also recommended: oscar-nominated supporting turn in revolutionary road, the antagonist role in the underrated premium rush, and as zod in the superman where he was basically the best part of the movie

edit: oh yeah and he's the klansmen from bad boys 2 that prompts will smith to say "how about you exercise your right to shut the fuck up" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7RbZZVEjQs)


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Mr Gale on December 15, 2013, 04:08 pm
I always recommend Bug to people interested in seeing Shannon at his best. It's not the greatest movie, and that it was originally a play is really apparent in its form and set up. But Shannon's performance is a work of art, as the depth of his insanity becomes clearer and clearer he is just perfect. Worth a watch just for that.

(Oh and I still havent watched the latest season of Boardwalk, but it really vies with Walking Dead for the "most amount of wasted talent and great production values on an absolutely shitty, horrifically badly written and thought out" show awards)


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Post by: EFHRK on December 16, 2013, 02:56 am
Long Ranger - complete shit

The World's End - better the second time

Sightseers - ok


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 16, 2013, 03:52 am
the lone ranger

yeah it was fucking horrible


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Truck Thunders on December 16, 2013, 11:54 pm
Brotherhood of Death. (http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Brotherhood_of_Death/70271256?trkid=13573466)

Maybe I'm just drunk, but if you look past its b-movie budget this was actually a rock-solid entertaining movie. Kinda like if The Deer Hunter was a Blaxploitation movie.


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Post by: Truck Thunders on December 16, 2013, 11:57 pm
Forgot to say, its one problem is it needs to flesh its plot out a little more.

How does a man get editing privileges around here anyway?


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on December 17, 2013, 01:28 am
The Iceman - Pretty good. This is one of those films the performances shine more than the actual story. Michael Shannon locks in a solid one here.

The Bling Ring - Didn't enjoy this one as much. I get the point is that the film is one note and literally all the characters are shallow and bland, but that doesn't exactly make it interesting to watch. And it's not even just that they're shallow, just hearing them talk is boring/annoying. There is nothing here for me to grab on to or relate to. I'm not rooting for anyone to change their ways and learn their lesson, I'm just waiting for them to get caught and the movie to end. This is a film that is probably better on paper than in practice.


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Post by: du_Man on December 17, 2013, 01:05 pm
I keep seeing people talking about The Iceman and getting confused because I associate it with a wonderful 1984 film about a caveman getting unfrozen and trying to fly to heaven on a helicopter.

The Lady From Shanghai - a strange movie about strange people saying strange things to each other. Strangely. As with all Orson Welles movies, it's a masterpiece of visual style and atmosphere, but it didn't surprise me in the least to learn that the studio cut literally an hour out of the movie. I mean, it made sense, but it was clearly missing a lot. I imagine Welles' version would have been a lot more involving and the original climax (which was apparently supposed to last twenty minutes instead of three!) would have been insane. Anyway, as it is, it's a good movie with flashes of genius.


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Post by: EFHRK on December 18, 2013, 02:11 am
We Are What We Are - Not bad, would probably never watch it again though

The Conjuring - Very enjoyable. Felt like a nice throwback to the haunted house/possession films of the 70s and 80s

The Way Way Back - Pretty good. Hated the main character but liked everything else. Especially Sam Rockwell (as usual).


EDIT: oh yeah I also watched Changing Lanes and Alien on tv


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: boron on December 18, 2013, 04:27 am
Anchorman 2

Hilarious. Surreal. Insane.

in that order


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 18, 2013, 07:45 pm
movie 43

Julie (Anna Faris) and Doug (Chris Pratt) have been in a relationship for a year. When he attempts to propose to her, she reveals to him that she is a coprophiliac, and asks him to defecate on her in the bedroom. Urged by his best friend Larry (J.B. Smoove) and others to go along with it, he eats a large meal and drinks a bottle of laxative prior to the event. Wanting foreplay, Julie is angered when Doug wants to finish, and she runs into the street. Chasing after her, he is then hit by a car and graphically evacuates his bowels everywhere. She cradles him and apologizes; covered and surrounded by his excrement on the road, she exclaims that it is the "most beautiful thing" she has ever seen and accepts his marriage proposal.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on December 18, 2013, 11:24 pm
Blue is the Warmest Color

Pretty much the same scenario, but in French and with only women


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Post by: Citizen Snips on December 18, 2013, 11:24 pm
Just kidding, it was largely wonderful. The sex scenes were definitely toeing the line between male-gaze exploitation and narrative exposition though. I dunno. At 3 hours long it's a lot to process.


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Post by: EFHRK on December 19, 2013, 01:20 am
Prince Avalanche - Pretty good


Much Ado About Nothing (2013) - Also good


Table No. 21 - FUCKING INSANE BUT ALSO TERRIBLE BUT ALSO HILARIOUS I DONT EVEN KNOW. This movie is so fucking bizarre and baffling. I can't remember the last Bollywood movie I watched but this was quite a culture shock just from the way they make movies. For example: did you know that if someone smokes in the movie, they put multiple anti-smoking PSA's before the film, and literally every shot that shows someone smoking has a message on the bottom of the frame about the dangers of smoking?

Then there's the actual movie. The acting is pretty hammed up a few times, the music is so ill-fitting, and the writing is hysterically awful. I wish I could give all the details right here about why you should see this shit, but it would be so long. So I've already decided once TheFilmDog.com is fully designed and up, one of the first things I am writing for it is an in-depth examination of this beautiful work of I don't even know what.


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Post by: Truck Thunders on December 19, 2013, 10:42 am
Lair of the White Worm

A vampire snake lady bites a kid in the dick.

It's... a strange movie.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 19, 2013, 06:53 pm
the spectacular now

what a wonderful film. i absolutely loved it


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Post by: EFHRK on December 20, 2013, 02:07 am
Byzantium - Really enjoyed it

Kon-Tiki - Beautiful little film

From Up On Poppy Hill - Very nice

A Band Called Death - Pretty rad


just a good day of movies today


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 20, 2013, 07:48 pm
anchorman 2

so funny. much absurdity. yeezy forever


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Post by: Citizen Snips on December 20, 2013, 10:20 pm
Nebraska

I really liked this. It's a father-son sort-of-reconciliation movie with a great performance by Bruce Dern and a good dramatic turn for Will Forte. The film is really muted and evokes The Last Picture Show and Paris, Texas in its imagery and themes. It strikes a good balance between sentimentality and the realism of a messed up family without becoming overly melodramatic. Anyone who has had a family reunion will appreciate it. Like other Alexander Payne movies, it finds humor in its banality.


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Post by: EFHRK on December 21, 2013, 05:47 am
Wolf Children - Loved it. Very reminiscent of classic Miyazaki. Art was beautiful, soundtrack was fantastic, and the story was incredibly moving. Having proven himself with 3 solid films (Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time), I am really looking forward to seeing Hosoda's future projects.

The Spectacular Now - It was a bit odd at first at how mature the characters in this are for their age (I didn't know ANYONE like these people when I was in high school), but as the film went on I thought less about it. Really well written and great acting.


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Post by: Joseph Nistal on December 21, 2013, 06:39 am
WRONG

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/76c701eb8d4467d0b3cb8b11007f8a29/tumblr_my4xmbaBhS1qgp7iko1_r1_400.gif)

Brilliantly absurd and surreal in all the right ways, kickass soundtrack but falls a bit flat in the ending more-so than the last film.

Having seen it before though, all I could think about was that I really needed to watch Dupieux's much better 'Rubber' again since the last and only time I watched it, it was the middle of the night after going to a gig and I was high as kite on acid with a friend.

GAMER

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This one wasn't great when it came out but has aged rather well. You can still draw parallels to modern gaming, and with recent development is AR tech you can actually relate a little more than when it first came out if you have the mind for it.

Also, that dance routine/fight scene the image above is from is still one of my favourite cinematic moments, Michael C Hall's dancing plus miming along to "Under my skin" is superb and I couldn't get enough of it.

I think I'm going to have to watch ExistenZ again as a result of watching this movie.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on December 21, 2013, 08:49 am
Fruitvale Station - Incredible

Black Mirror Season 1 - Incredible


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Post by: Joseph Nistal on December 21, 2013, 09:18 am
Black Mirror Season 1 - Incredible

I love this series, episode two of both seasons really were the best of each though. What was your take on it?


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Post by: BSam on December 21, 2013, 09:21 am
Black Mirror Season 1 - Incredible

I love this series, episode two of both seasons really were the best of each though. What was your take on it?

Fuck yes, Episodes 2 are best followed by Episodes 1 and then 3 in both seasons.

fucking love it.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on December 21, 2013, 12:35 pm
Man, I'm sorry Nistal but Gamer is still one of the worst pieces of shit I've ever watched. I remember seeing it and being absolutely baffled at how terrible it was.


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Post by: Mr Gale on December 21, 2013, 03:42 pm
Yeah even by the standards of "straight to dvd messes without anyone even vaguely trying" Gamer is fucking atrocious.


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Post by: BSam on December 21, 2013, 05:39 pm
You might even call it a Travesty!


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Joseph Nistal on December 21, 2013, 08:03 pm
Man, I'm sorry Nistal but Gamer is still one of the worst pieces of shit I've ever watched. I remember seeing it and being absolutely baffled at how terrible it was.

Look, don't get me wrong, the plot was a complete waste and the entire thing wasn't worth watching, but there were still those two things I enjoyed about it.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Mr Gale on December 21, 2013, 09:25 pm
NO NISTAL, IT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FILM OF ALL TIME, AND YOU WILL LISTEN TO US ALL DECRY THIS CHOICE.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on December 21, 2013, 11:41 pm
Fruitvale Station

Great movie bruh. Very emotional bruh. Sad shit bruh. In the top 10 movies of the year bruh. Yeah bruh.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 22, 2013, 01:47 am
drug war

intense, well-made action-thriller with plenty of twists. the final shootout is phenomenal, one of the year's best action sequences


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on December 22, 2013, 02:01 am
Yeah Nistal I liked Black Mirror. I probably like episodes 1, 2, and 3 in that order. However, every episode has its little self contained idea and pulls it off really well, so it plays out like the Twilight Zone if the Twilight Zone had a deeper purpose rather than just being like Goosebumps for adults. It's a real shame that the seasons are so short though.

Also, from a technical point of view, I really need to point out that the major problem with self-contained episodes is that it becomes impossible to consistently get characters that viewers care for. This is probably the major weakness of the Outer Limits, Alfred Hitchcock presents, et all, which were all good shows besides this occasional hiccup and the fact that the're pretty dated. So to have Black Mirror do this well three times in a row is special. Hell, most of the time in 90 minute films, directors struggle to pull this off.

Looking forward to season 2, which I can't watch yet because I've foolishly started watching it with someone else and thus I have to wait for them to come over again before I continue.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on December 22, 2013, 09:54 pm
The Kings of Summer - It was good.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 23, 2013, 03:01 am
don jon

its heart is in the right place but not all the pieces really come together. something about it feels amateurish, like the script needed a couple more revisions. for example, brie larson's character exists to literally sit around in silence the whole movie before dropping one pearl of wisdom at the end to make jon realize the error of his ways. it's really stupid. also watching JGL & ScarJo struggle through jersey accents & stereotypes is kind of painful.

that said tony danza was cool and julianne moore was as great as ever. JGL as a director has a knack for visual flourishes, i enjoyed his work behind the camera.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: StumpNasty on December 23, 2013, 04:59 am
Looper

JGL's makeup was consistently off-putting, but it was pretty solid. I didn't really see the point of shoving in the whole telekinesis thing though, for instance,

 
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Post by: EFHRK on December 23, 2013, 05:12 am
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Post by: Mr Gale on December 23, 2013, 05:25 am
I dont think they needed the dumb makeup at all, I think we are all willing to accept young actor turns into different older actor because thats how it works in every other movie ever.

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Post by: Remington Lonespear on December 23, 2013, 05:34 am
Today I watched Oldboy and then Ip Man, because I am 10 years behind on watching good movies. They were both pretty good!


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Post by: StumpNasty on December 23, 2013, 07:59 am
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Post by: Mr Gale on December 23, 2013, 09:21 am
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Post by: Remington Lonespear on December 23, 2013, 12:50 pm
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Post by: Navigator2001Plus on December 23, 2013, 01:11 pm
I dont think they needed the dumb makeup at all, I think we are all willing to accept young actor turns into different older actor because thats how it works in every other movie ever.

Well, there's parts of the movie where it shows the slow progression from JGL to Bruce Willis over time. If they'd only shown the character at two different stages of his life, then I'd agree.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on December 23, 2013, 01:22 pm
But they should have just not shown the slow progression from JGL to Bruce Willis and thus omitted the need for forehead makeup. And it would be cool if instead of a human, the character was a robot. Also, the world the film is set in should really

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Post by: Citizen Snips on December 23, 2013, 01:24 pm
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Post by: Mr Gale on December 23, 2013, 06:41 pm
I dont think they needed the dumb makeup at all, I think we are all willing to accept young actor turns into different older actor because thats how it works in every other movie ever.

Well, there's parts of the movie where it shows the slow progression from JGL to Bruce Willis over time. If they'd only shown the character at two different stages of his life, then I'd agree.

The bit where it transitions from awkwardly make up wearing JGL to weird wig wearing Willis got the biggest laugh in the cinema I was in, and rightfully so. That did not work at all, or at least, would be equally hilarious without weird make up.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: pingollum on December 24, 2013, 12:10 am
21 JUMP STREET
Man, my mom showed a whole lot of patience for a movie where some dude picks up his own dick with his teeth

FARGO
This is always great. If pregnant, constantly hungry Minneapolis Sherlock Holmes had her own tv series I would watch her everyday


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Post by: pingollum on December 24, 2013, 12:14 am
addendum: did they take Only God Forgives off of netflix or is my VPN just giving me a hard time today


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on December 24, 2013, 02:14 am
Drug War - I liked it. The huge gunfight at the end was cool.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Lukeington on December 24, 2013, 08:50 am
MACHETE KILLS

was substantially more over the top than the first one, and just not as good, somewhat because of it. Still pretty rad though, with an absolutely incredible cast of people that Robert Rodriguez must have been able to blackmail in order to be in the movie.

Tons of throwbacks to old Robert Rodriguez films too, including familiar faces like Tom Savini, Antonio Banderas, the dick gun, etc.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on December 24, 2013, 10:42 am
FARGO
This is always great. If pregnant, constantly hungry Minneapolis Sherlock Holmes had her own tv series I would watch her everyday

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fargo_(TV_series)


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 24, 2013, 04:37 pm
like, a bunch of episodes of friday night lights

this show is just delightful


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: StumpNasty on December 25, 2013, 09:08 am
Bad Santa

A tradition for me to watch over the holidays each year and hands-down the best Christmas movie that's come out in the past 20 years.

Real Genius

You know when you're getting to know someone and they ask 'what's your favorite movie?' This is what I tell them. Watch it if you like things.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Remington Lonespear on December 27, 2013, 02:51 am
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Santa Claus is a demon from hell or something and a bunch of Finnish dudes try to sell him for $85,000 to replace their dead reindeer

I give it an A+/10


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: StumpNasty on December 27, 2013, 05:48 am
Eyes Wide Shut

I feel like this could have been a seriously good movie if not for the really shitty acting coming out of, like, everybody. Also the pot scene was almost cringeworthy for how exaggerated NK was acting, on top of just acting badly, I don't give a shit about weed and I still found it off-putting. The ending blew too. However, the plot really was unique and the parts in the mansion were really well-done. I give it 60 pairs of rude titties out of 200.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on December 27, 2013, 09:23 am
Yo, gonna talk on Kubrick and slightly on Eyes Wide Shut in here

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Post by: StumpNasty on December 27, 2013, 10:31 am
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Post by: du_Man on December 27, 2013, 11:17 am
The Shining doesn't even work as a horror film, which is why it initially flopped and was dismissed by the likes of David Cronenberg as a showcase of Kubrick's poor understanding of horror conventions.

It made $44 million domestically (http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=shining.htm), which made it the 14th highest grossing film of 1980. It made a solid profit for Warner Bros., so I don't really think "flopped" is accurate.

I'd also disagree that it doesn't work as a horror film -- the set pieces are terrifying, and it's about 80% set pieces, so it certainly leaves you rattled. It's more visceral horror than spiritual terror like King intended, but scary is scary. It's as a story that it doesn't hold together. Jack Nicholson is so off-the-wall from the beginning, Shelley Duvall so bizarre when she's not being terrorized, and Kubrick's approach so cold that you're never emotionally drawn into it. There's no real arc or point. Which creates a real disconnect, because King's story is (typically) rooted in deeply emotional concepts. It's just two hours of the scariest individual scenes ever without much holding them together. As with many much lesser horror flicks, it's kinda dull when scary stuff isn't going on.

Regardless of its subtext (which I'm not quite convinced clicks, either, but that might just be me), how much you enjoy it on the surface mostly depends on how much you require a compelling story to go with your axe murders and monster blowjobs.

As for Eyes Wide Shut, there's some interesting ideas and a few memorable scenes, but it's misconceived, lifeless, and endless. The acting is off, like StumpNasty said, but I think that's a symptom of poorly-written characters whose actions and personalities make no sense. For me, at least, subtex trequires the text itself works on some level. I love Kubrick, but I think he really missed on that one.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: RummyLu on December 27, 2013, 12:16 pm
Didn't Kubrick eviscerate Kidman and Cruise after it's release for their performances?

Edit: Found it, it's just hearsay I guess.

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2006/oct/05/news1


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Post by: Citizen Snips on December 27, 2013, 12:36 pm
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Asked why Kubrick had allowed himself to be strong-armed by his stars, Ermey said, "He was kind of a shy little timid guy. He wasn't real forceful. That's why he didn't appreciate working with big, high-powered actors. They would have their way with him, he would lose control and his movie would turn to shit."

Everything I know about Kubrick contradicts this statement. Granted, I didn't actually know him, but the image I get from numerous interviews and especially A Life In Pictures is he was a perfectionist director who would welcome actor input, but his word was still law and he knew what he wanted. Also, he worked with Jack Nicholson, so you know, there's a high-powered actor if I ever knew one.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on December 27, 2013, 12:36 pm
Kubrick actually said that he thought Eyes Wide Shut was his best film


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on December 27, 2013, 12:44 pm
I've only seen it once so I don't have a major handle on it, but my initial thought is it does feel somewhat loose around the edges and that there's something a little unworldly and stiff about it, but instead of those things being flaws, I think they add to its nightmarish, unreal quality. Ultimately, I think it works best if you consider it with Kubrick's overall filmography, which amounts to a study of humankind's alienation and imperfection, than on its own entirely.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on December 28, 2013, 02:01 am
The Wolf of Wall Street - It's a great mixture of Wall Street and Goodfellas, but a good half hour probably could have been cut out of it. Also...

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American Hustle - Also really good, but also felt a little too long.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on December 28, 2013, 11:01 pm
The Wolf of Wall Street - It's a great mixture of Wall Street and Goodfellas, but a good half hour probably could have been cut out of it. Also...

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Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: boron on December 29, 2013, 02:52 pm
The Wolf of Wall Street

Leonoardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and

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need to make another movie together.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on December 29, 2013, 03:10 pm
The Wolf of Wall Street

Leonoardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and

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need to make another movie together.

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Post by: Nicol on December 29, 2013, 10:49 pm
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Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on January 01, 2014, 11:21 pm
I am sick

Put on Prisoners and fell asleep for most of it, then watched This is the End, then took another nap, then watched it again.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 03, 2014, 08:40 am
thief

michael mann's first film, and it's amazing. slick, stylish, packed with great dialogue & action, and features a badass lead performance from james caan.

undertow

david gordon green is a director with a fascinatingly strange filmography, and this might be his most fascinatingly strange film. he plays with random snap zooms, freeze frames and color filter changes. the writing and performances are also delightfully weird in that they create a sort of backwoods fairy tale


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: nameinuse2 on January 05, 2014, 05:36 am
Upstream Color.

Fantastic, just the right balance of surreality and coherence.  But need to rewatch it a few more times.  Lucky Amy Seimetz is so easy to watch and the whole thing looks so gorgeous.  Never saw Primer, but have to now.

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Post by: Chez San on January 05, 2014, 03:58 pm
The awful Tomb Raider film. The nonsense script seemingly grew out of a checklist and it was quite good fun identifying its many stupid fatal mistakes.

Essentially the bad guys are on a quest and the motivationless hero teams up to help them, getting them out of trouble several times during the course of the film and almost getting their evil plan of world domination to work. If she'd stayed at home picking her nose then the baddies would have been dead in the water from the very beginning.

Bonus features: shit dialogue, shit directing, shit editing, incomprehensible action scenes, lots of horrible white supremacism and the acting was quite good.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 05, 2014, 05:02 pm
now watch the one with gerard butler (fun fact: i saw both in theaters oh god please kill me)


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Chez San on January 06, 2014, 02:58 am
Haha OK


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Kybard on January 06, 2014, 08:51 am
a couple of days ago I watched Flight

still not totally sure how I felt about it. all of the musical choices are eye-rollingly on the nose, and the John Goodman scenes feel like they were airlifted in from a very different coen brothers movie, but denzel is really great and the script is usually (relatively) smart about how it handles its characters. plus the opening sequence is terrifying


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 06, 2014, 03:08 pm
Gravity

technically astounding, with some of the best visuals and sound i can ever recall in a film. i thought clooney was great, as charming as ever, and i really liked bullock's dramatic arc. that said:

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Post by: Citizen Snips on January 06, 2014, 03:28 pm
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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 06, 2014, 06:42 pm
American Hustle

i'm gonna use the word whizz-bang. this is a whizz-bang scorsese pastiche, it's got some terrific performances and great dialogue. david o russell comes correct with lively camerawork. the narrative slouches at points but it's really entertaining. mostly worth it to hear the phrase "science oven"


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 07, 2014, 09:53 am
12 Years A Slave

hands down the best film of 2013


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 07, 2014, 03:56 pm
on today's slate

You're Next

hell yeah, now that's how you make a slasher. there's some effective thrills, a helping of dark humor and a whole bunch of blood. throw in a couple solid twists and you've got one of the better horror films of the year.

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Short Term 12

absolutely wonderful. packed with phenomenal performances. i loved everything about this film. it was a fantastic little indie gem.

All Is Lost

review to come


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on January 07, 2014, 06:13 pm
Frances Ha

Greta Gerwig was adorable.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on January 10, 2014, 11:41 am
The Wolf of Wall Street - I liked it
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Insidious: Chapter 2 - This is awesome, and so was the first one!

500 Days of Summer - Pretty cute, yet maybe a bit too introspective for me.

Naked Lunch - I rewatched this because I forgot how crazy it was. If you have not heard of it before you should see it without finding out what it is about.

Lessons of Darkness - Thanks for recommending this, Snips. It was rad. I need to get a checklist of Herzog's work and just methodically work through it all because everything of his that I've seen so far has been incredible.

Kick-Ass 2 - I fell asleep for like 30 minutes during the body of this for reasons unrelated to the film but it seemed pretty awesome and idk why it got so much guff.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on January 10, 2014, 11:46 am
Lessons of Darkness - Thanks for recommending this, Snips. It was rad. I need to get a checklist of Herzog's work and just methodically work through it all because everything of his that I've seen so far has been incredible.

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


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 11, 2014, 07:13 am
Her

Magnificent. One of the best films of the past year. It's touching, melancholy and honest. Joaquin Phoenix is fantastic. Choke me with a dead cat.


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Post by: Nicol on January 11, 2014, 10:46 am
American Hustle -

The most striking feature of American Hustle is the acting. There wasn't a bad performance in the film. I particularly enjoyed Christian Bale, who was not afraid to temporarily destroy his body and change his image completely to play the lead role. Jennifer Lawrence, who I am loving more with every film, succeeds at portraying the most manipulative, bitter, and annoying character in her filmography yet.

Not only did Amy Adams fit well into her own role; she seemed to bring out the best in the other actors as well. Her scenes with Bradley Cooper, and her character's confrontation with Lawrence's were two of the highlights in this regard.

For the most part, American Hustle was very well paced. It is very careful to reveal the right things at the right times, even employing a non-linear introduction and an ambiguous dynamic to several characters. The result is American Hustle remaining a step ahead of the viewer in disguising the final act, an essential task for any good layered crime romp.

I often hate films which make the choice to be very campy about their period setting, for instance, the Wedding Singer. American Hustle did really immerse us in the 70s with the hair and clothes, yet this wasn't the pet-peeve it often is for me, particularly because characters were still individually styled, and the time period allowed for the disco/bathroom sequence with Sydney (Adams) and Richie (Cooper) that was incredibly important in tying together their arc.

When I said there was not a bad performance at all, I meant that literally. There were even gems among the minor roles. Louis C.K. added a hilarious dimension to his character, Torsen (Richie's superior), by basically just playing himself. A pleasantly surprising cameo came from
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Post by: Lukeington on January 11, 2014, 02:27 pm
I didn't care for Her. It was interesting but felt like it was trying too hard in my opinion. Choke me with a dead cat too, though.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 11, 2014, 03:05 pm
The Wolf of Wall Street

BENI-FUCKING-HANA


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Post by: Citizen Snips on January 11, 2014, 03:07 pm
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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 11, 2014, 03:51 pm
Seriously though I loved that movie. I thought the satire was handled really well.

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Anyway, great film, great performance by DiCaprio, his relationship with Jonah Hill was adorable, and this is Scorsese's funniest movie since After Hours.


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Post by: Mr Gale on January 13, 2014, 04:01 am
American Hustle
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Wolf Of Wall Street

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Post by: RummyLu on January 13, 2014, 09:39 am
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty: It wasn't amazing like I was desperately hoping it would be, but it was nice enough.

Also, Ben Stiller is starting to look like a skull as he gets older.


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Post by: Truck Thunders on January 14, 2014, 01:04 am
Prime Cut. Really good latter-day noir 70's thriller. The movie does lay it on pretty thick early on with the female slavery angle, but it definitely works over the course of the movie.


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Post by: Mr Gale on January 14, 2014, 10:33 am
LOTR V: The Smaugening

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Post by: Truck Thunders on January 14, 2014, 10:04 pm
In the Mouth of Madness. I meant to watch it back around Halloween, but never got a chance.

I can see why people are more divided over this one than, say, The Thing. The first third is fantastic, but once the characters get to the town things start going downhill. There's still some decent parts later in the film, but nothing is as clever or good as that first third (especially when you see the guy with the axe's eyes up close. That was cool as hell.) Carpenter really should have stuck more to the subtler horror rather than just following Lovecraft conventions to the letter, or at least held them off until the very end (which would have made the ending scenes in the sanitarium much better and scarier, if you weren't sure what was going to happen.) As it is, everything is way too in-your-face after the 30 minute mark and it drags the film down. The "scary kids" thing really got to me, because scary children are uncreative as hell and have never struck me as even remotely scary.


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Post by: Joseph Nistal on January 15, 2014, 01:33 am
LOTR V: The Smaugening

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Post by: Citizen Snips on January 15, 2014, 10:33 am
Ain't Them Bodies Saints

This film is gorgeous, bittersweet, and full of life and texture. While the plot is nothing that hasn't necessarily been seen before (new father goes to prison, mother and daughter create a life without him, he returns with dramatic conflict), it's handled confidently. The actors carve life out of old archetypes, and Ben Foster does especially well as a well-meaning police officer who courts Rooney Mara's character. The film looks gorgeous and definitely draws from Terrence Malick's early films in its imagery and themes. What I especially loved was the way David Lowery allowed the film to breathe, lingering on a shot here and there, never in a hurry to cut away to the next scene. The film feels like a lazy Texas summer.


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Post by: RummyLu on January 15, 2014, 04:20 pm
12 Years A Slave: Holy shit that jangly tense soundtrack and lack thereof through huge parts of it, brilliant.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 15, 2014, 07:05 pm
Inside Llewyn Davis

So perfect that I want to watch it again


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Post by: Author on January 15, 2014, 10:29 pm
I saw Inside Llewyn Davis too but I forgot to bring my glasses to the theater. So, y'know, I think all the fuzzy shapes did a really good job. John Goodman's voice is really what kept me going though.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 16, 2014, 11:00 am
All Is Lost

review to come

gripping. robert redford was fantastic.

Dallas Buyers Club

at one point McConaughey is locked out of his trailer home (which someone has spray painted "FAGGOT BLOOD" on the side of) so McConaughey gets a shotgun from the trunk of his car, blows a hole in the trailer door, then grabs a painting & a bunch of money from inside. When he exits his trailer he screams "FUCK YOU!" to the whole neighborhood and drives off. best movie ever


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Post by: evilspud on January 16, 2014, 10:16 pm
Her

Incredibly emotional film, and as time goes on I hope it gets recognized among the best of science fiction. The direction they chose for Samantha's character to go in was just as intelligent and mysterious as anything Asimov or Bradbury had ever written.

Fuck you, you pussy piece of shit.


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Post by: Joey on January 18, 2014, 01:04 am
Fargo

great character interactions, lively despite the all the dyings. Frances McDormand is so good at detectiving

L.A. story

good rom-com, kept me laughing throughout the film. not a very surprising ending, but martin and tennant showed good chemistry


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 18, 2014, 01:22 am
Riddick

Vin Diesel kicks a machete through a guy's face and it cuts his head in half. Best movie ever.


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Post by: StumpNasty on January 18, 2014, 07:07 am
Her

Incredibly emotional film, and as time goes on I hope it gets recognized among the best of science fiction. The direction they chose for Samantha's character to go in was just as intelligent and mysterious as anything Asimov or Bradbury had ever written.

Fuck you, you pussy piece of shit.

What I think I admire most about the film is that the backdrop of the futuristic setting was so warm, inviting, and believable, and how it never felt as the movie was just future-porn with a bunch of HEY LOOK AT THIS WEIRD TECHNO STUFF. Also the cinematography, the acting, the thematic content, all top-notch.

Also, related: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5sEDOo40-I


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Post by: Bettytron on January 19, 2014, 11:44 am
I watched Her last night and hated it so much.
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Post by: RummyLu on January 19, 2014, 05:37 pm
I watched The Wolf Of Wall Street and if DiCaprio doesn't get an oscar purely for the palsied 'lude car sequence I will give up on Hollywood forever.


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Post by: Lukeington on January 19, 2014, 08:40 pm
Dallas Buyers Club. Super good. MCCONAUGHSSANCE is very good in this.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 20, 2014, 12:54 pm
in the last few days i watched

Juice

juice is cool until Tupac goes all crazy-eyed killer and the last act turns into a horror movie. also "you got the juice now, man" soooo bad

In A World

this is a very disappointing indie comedy written & directed by lake bell. she squanders a really good cast

Killing Season

my advice is to watch the trailer to hear john travolta's hilarious accent and then avoid this movie at all costs


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Post by: BSam on January 20, 2014, 04:03 pm
Awww I really liked In A World. :(


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 20, 2014, 05:20 pm
i liked the premise because i've never seen a movie set in the arena of voice acting before and i liked how it side-stepped some cliches. also the main cast was all great (especially lake bell and demetri martin).

but the movie was loaded with such a great supporting cast and they never got put to use. nick offerman and tig notaro were there and never really said anything funny. the subplot with her sister and brother-in-law was a non-starter and ken marino was presented as a great villain but kind of just disappeared for most of the movie


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Post by: BSam on January 20, 2014, 06:24 pm
I spose I can't disagree with that, but I still fucking enjoyed it.

Could have done more what what they had, yeah.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 21, 2014, 06:38 pm
Merantau

the first film by Gareth Evans, director of The Raid. it's about an Indonesian kid who moves to Jakarta from the country and beats the ever loving fuck out of badguys. this movie kicks ass, as expected


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Post by: StumpNasty on January 21, 2014, 08:05 pm
Just wondering, has anybody seen Half Past Dead?


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Post by: Karlski on January 21, 2014, 11:49 pm
I think that one got released here as Dead Thirty


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Post by: Joseph Nistal on January 22, 2014, 03:39 am
I've seen that.

Still holding out for it's sequel: Quarter to Funeral.


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Post by: BSam on January 22, 2014, 03:56 am
You mean Funeral Forty Five


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Post by: Joseph Nistal on January 22, 2014, 05:08 am
You mean Funeral Dead Forty Five

Yes.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on January 23, 2014, 09:13 am
I really want to get on top of all of 2013's best films before I make a post in Snips' best of thread. I still have about 10 to watch, and I'm looking at a lot of lists for more, so I'm gonna be posting about a lot of those movies in here in the interim.

Computer Chess - This was bizarre. It was shot with 70's black and white cameras, featured authentic looking 70's nerds, and a lot of old ass computers. It features a lot of jarring camerawork that is designed to make the film look like a 70's home film, and accent some of the more ambiguous areas of the film. And pretty much everything in the film is ambiguous. Every time it feels like the film is going to do something conventional, like the love arc between Bishton and Ingrid, the Pentagon arc, or one of several science fiction ideas, it really fizzles out. This is great for how unique it is, yet it seems like a bunch of great ideas were crammed together and nothing was really explored thoroughly enough. I still enjoyed it as it featured some nice humour, is still making me think about it now, and was original as hell. I'd be interested to find out what others thought about it if they saw it.


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Post by: EFHRK on January 23, 2014, 08:46 pm
Expendables 2 because it kicks rad ass

Then I watched Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired and parts of it were interesting but most of it was kinda boring


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 24, 2014, 12:25 am
oh the other day i watched The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

it was better than the first in pretty much every sense. the film does a great job expanding the universe of the original movie and showing the implications of the totalitarian government, to the point where i found myself way more emotionally invested in the movie than i ever thought i'd be. there's a bit of bloat (the movie is like 2.5 hours long) but once it hits the second half and the games begin, the action is totally relentless. jennifer lawrence is of course fantastic, and i found the final image of the film rousing, but i see what EFHRK means when he says it's too abrupt a cliffhanger.

that said, this movie took my interest in the series from "passing" to "i will see the next one in theaters" so good job catching fire


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Post by: CB on January 24, 2014, 03:30 am
Today I watched Anchorman 2 and wow it was disappointing.
It felt way less coherent than the first Anchorman, and also like they tried to cram way too much stuff into it. It just seemed to be all over the place and some of the characters were flanderized to hell.


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Post by: VoodooTissue on January 25, 2014, 03:15 am
Just watched The Wolf of Wall Street and goddamn what a film, 6/5. Cerebral Palsy Phase and Cocaine Popeye were inspired.


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Post by: Nicol on January 25, 2014, 08:17 am
The Frighteners is on free-to-air now. Young Peter Jackson is better at being Tim Burton than Tim Burton is.


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Post by: Karlski on January 26, 2014, 07:36 pm
Finally got round to watching Casino last night. That sure was a modern morality play.


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Post by: 88FingersLouie on January 26, 2014, 10:54 pm
Because of this thread: The Raid Redemption. Holy shit.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 26, 2014, 11:14 pm
yeah i was watching The Raid earlier on Encore Action. they dubbed the voices which was stupid but that doesn't change how much that movie fucking kicks ass. i can't even pick out a best fight scene (Rama & his brother vs Mad Dog? The hallway machete fight? Mad Dog vs Joe Taslim?). can't wait for The Raid 2

edit: also i mentioned this a few posts ago but Gareth Evans' first film Merantau is fucking awesome. it's only available on U.S. Netflix until Tuesday so make sure to check it out



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Post by: EFHRK on January 27, 2014, 01:55 am
Almost every review I've been reading for The Raid 2 after it premiered at sundance is that it is even more batshit fucking out of control than the first movie and is absolutely better in every way, especially the violence.

Get hype.


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Post by: Eraser on January 27, 2014, 02:29 pm
I watched The Raid two nights in a row because yesterday I was drunk as all heck and forgot everything about it. Hot damn, it is amazing.


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Post by: Truck Thunders on January 28, 2014, 11:52 pm
I had to choose between Shoot Out (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoot_Out) and Graveyard Shift. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graveyard_Shift_%281990_film%29) I chose Graveyard Shift. I chose poorly.

On a better note, The Raid: Redemption is now at the top of my DVD list.


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Post by: du_Man on January 29, 2014, 10:24 am
Man of Tai Chi

Man, this was a good movie. Just a straight-up, unpretentious martial arts flick with terrific fight scenes. Honestly the best fight scenes I've seen in years, possibly excepting The Raid -- The Raid had more intense fights, but they were shot more clearly and inventively in Man of Tai Chi. The dialogue and plotting is silly, but that's easy to roll with when it's both effecient and sincere. Keanu turns out to be a really good director; he really gets how to tell the story through acting, atmosphere, tone, and action. His best quality as an actor has always been the genuine ernestness he brings to every role, and that bleeds through in his directing as well, putting over the themes and characters when the script isn't quite up to it. And I loved his performance as the bad guy -- mostly quiet glowering, but with just a few brief moments of scenery chewing.

Honestly, this was better than all but a couple of the blockbusters this year. It really sucks that Universal buried it; it's good stuff.


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Post by: CB on January 30, 2014, 11:12 pm
Lone Survivor

Haha what jingoistic schlock.
5 crying bald eagles out of 5.


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Post by: du_Man on January 31, 2014, 05:52 pm
Captain Phillips

I don't really get all the awards hardware this has been up for -- it's solidly tense and intelligently written, but nothing stood out as particularly great. It gets a little draggy and repetitive in the second half. The Greengrass shakycam wasn't as bad as Supremacy, and it works well in the high-tension scenes, but it's just endlessly distracting in scenes where people are just, you know, talking to each other. Still, Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi are excellent, and it's worth watching for those two.

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Post by: RummyLu on February 06, 2014, 03:50 pm
Magic Mike.

I thought Soderbergh retired.


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Post by: Lukeington on February 08, 2014, 07:43 am
Inside Llewyn Davis was real good


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 08, 2014, 11:26 am
The Counselor

"shakespearean tragedy-cum-tex mex neo-noir, full of philosophical musings about nihilism, greed and violence. queasy & grim, definitely not for everyone. i liked it" - me on facebook a couple minutes ago


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 08, 2014, 09:12 pm
Big Bad Wolves

like Prisoners but with a dark sense of humor and without the asinine twists


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Post by: Joseph Nistal on February 12, 2014, 09:01 am
Oldboy (Spike Lee's 2013 remake)

Holy fucking shit.


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Post by: Nicol on February 12, 2014, 11:13 am
Blue is the Warmest Colour - This is pretty much the most French movie ever. Flawlessly executed as well. This is one of those ones I am still really thinking about much later, as you can tell by the spoiler text. I had to look at wikipedia to get the names right and in doing so, I found out the director is pretty much an asshole, which leaves a bad taste in my mouth after such a really strong film.

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A Hijacking - This was also really good. I like it how did its own thing and didn't really try to sit on the shoulders of other films or have the characters doing unrealistic things.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 13, 2014, 05:03 pm
oldboy

(http://i.imgur.com/kdm4u1z.png)

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(http://i.imgur.com/b4CgCMF.png)

it sucked


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Post by: Chronicles on February 13, 2014, 11:41 pm
Captain Phillips

Damn, Chet Haze's dad really brought it in the last couple minutes of this movie. Got me all boohooing and showing emotions


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Post by: Joseph Nistal on February 14, 2014, 10:36 am
The Wolf of Wall Street

God-damn.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Lukeington on February 14, 2014, 02:12 pm
I THINK THIS IS EPISODE 5 OF HOUSE OF CARDS STRAIGHT IT IS GOOD.

I THINK IN KEVIN SPACEY'S VOICE NOW.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: BSam on February 14, 2014, 04:26 pm
I THINK IN KEVIN SPACEY'S VOICE NOW.

You might think like that, I couldn't possibly comment.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Lukeington on February 14, 2014, 07:08 pm
There are, two kinds of pain.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 15, 2014, 01:02 pm
captain phillips

very very good. i would even go so far as to call it excellent. one of tom hanks' best performances to date


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Post by: Kybard on February 15, 2014, 02:40 pm
I watched the first episode of House of Cards USA season 2

maybe it's living in the DC are where everyone thinks this show is great, but I watched it thinking the whole time "jesus this show is silly as shit." something happened that was supposed to be shocking/horrible, but I just laughed and said "awesome" out loud. all of the characters are the lazy, empty kind of bad people. also the show loves doing things that look like the sort of iconic, meaningful things that great television shows do (lingering on silent facial reactions, extended wide shots, odd non sequitor monologues), but it does utterly meaningless versions that mostly just irritate me

it's not bad at all, as far as pulpy political thriller nonsense goes, but that's all it is


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Lukeington on February 15, 2014, 02:52 pm
hwhip


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Post by: StumpNasty on February 16, 2014, 12:42 am
Season 1 of Attack on Titan on netflix

As far as modern anime goes, it's pretty good, and sidesteps a lot of the shitty tropes I hate (oversexualization of women and kawaii bullshit) and does the ones I like well. It has just the right amount of violence, not enough to make you groan but enough to get the point across, the setting and plot is well thought-out, the art is sharp and pretty, and the show has a strange but likable mix of japanese and western european culture, for some reason. It's also just the right amount of dystopic for my tastes. If you like popular anime like the stuff they used to air on Adult Swim, you will probably like this show.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 16, 2014, 05:04 pm
Homefront

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that is how i felt about it


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Post by: du_Man on February 21, 2014, 10:15 am
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

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What an awesomely weird and weirdly awesome movie. I have got to watch more Herzog flicks (the only other one I've seen is Nosferatu).


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Post by: Citizen Snips on February 21, 2014, 10:52 am
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a7/AguirreGermanPoster_.jpg) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068182/)

Part One (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x12fej1_aguirre-the-wrath-of-god-1972-pt-1_creation)

Part Two (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x12dg38_aguirre-the-wrath-of-god-1972-pt-2_creation)


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Post by: jimbob on February 21, 2014, 12:03 pm
Huh, I recognise the name of the star of that; it's the dude who abused his daughter.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on February 21, 2014, 01:56 pm
Kinski Story Time:

While filming Aguirre, Kinski fired a rifle several times into the tent where all the extras were relaxing, causing one of the men to lose a fingertip.

Toward the end of filming Fitzcarraldo, a chieftain of one of the native tribes Herzog had hired for work on the film offered, dead seriously, to have Kinski executed.

Klaus Kinski was like Marlon Brando, only fucking insane.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on February 22, 2014, 11:10 pm
Greenberg

A really good Noah Baumbach with Greta Gerwig as a charming twentysomething and Ben Stiller as an asshole fortysomething. Very sweet.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 24, 2014, 09:48 pm
Ghostbusters

r.i.p. harold ramis :(


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on February 28, 2014, 03:40 am
Computer Chess

I'm not really sure what I watched or if I enjoyed it


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on March 01, 2014, 12:37 am
Anchorman 2 Supersized R-Rated Version or whatever

the original cut was funnier but this was still pretty good


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on March 02, 2014, 03:24 am
Hot Tub Time Machine (15th time)

This is the End (20th time)

The Usual Suspects (3rd time)


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on March 05, 2014, 01:27 am
Kill List

holy fuck


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Post by: EFHRK on March 08, 2014, 01:31 am
The Wind Rises - Very nice send off for Miyazaki. Very nice.

Non-Stop - I actually didn't really have high expectations for this but came out quite satisfied. Not sure how I feel about the ending but still pretty intense and kept my attention. Liam Neesons is my jam.

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


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Lukeington on March 09, 2014, 01:08 am
Hunger, on the suggestion of Gale. Which is surprising that he'd suggest it, since he also said "never forget that the IRA are evil" a couple dozen times.

I thought it was really good, hard to watch at times but obviously McQueen & co. were going for that.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on March 09, 2014, 02:32 am
Definitely see McQueen's other two films as well


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on March 09, 2014, 02:51 am
The Last Emperor - Very good

After Porn Ends - Lasted about 20ish minutes then had to turn it off because the camera work and editing is fucking atrocious and I couldn't stand it. Also it didn't really seem like it was going anywhere.

Cleanflicks - Very good

Love - Netflix told me it was a movie about an astronaut who finds a way to "travel through space and time". This is a lie. Majority of the movie is a man alone on a space station going insane and also some intercuts of random dudes giving interviews and some civil war characters for some reason. I give it a meh.

The Trials of Darryl Hunt - Very good


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Mr Gale on March 09, 2014, 09:51 am
Hunger, on the suggestion of Gale. Which is surprising that he'd suggest it, since he also said "never forget that the IRA are evil" a couple dozen times.

I thought it was really good, hard to watch at times but obviously McQueen & co. were going for that.

Dont forget that the IRA are evil, though.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Chez San on March 09, 2014, 11:21 am
300: Rise of an Empire

Frank Miller needs to just fucking come out already


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Joseph Nistal on March 09, 2014, 12:10 pm
Fantastic Mr. Fox. - Going through some Wes Anderson flicks in prep for Grand Budapest.

Still pretty great.

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Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 09, 2014, 09:45 pm
Cosmos

good stuff. some breathtaking CG visuals of space, and Neil Degrasse Tyson's story about Carl Sagan at the end was really poignant. Definitely looking forward to the rest of the series


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Post by: EFHRK on March 14, 2014, 12:25 am
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson's best film straight up. It is a delight.


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Post by: Truck Thunders on March 19, 2014, 11:12 pm
I Come In Peace

Definitely rides entirely on its premise, which is entertaining, but aside from some decent action scenes, especially the climax
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it was surprisingly boring. Mostly a boring Buddy Cop retread. I would say it could use a good remake, but judging by the fact that the Robocop remake was PG-13 I wouldn't have much faith in a modern remake.


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Post by: EFHRK on March 20, 2014, 01:58 am
Free to Play

As you probably all know I am super in to esports, but I do not care for dota at all. I played it once for about 5 minutes and quit. But this was a great film. It's a really interesting look in to the players of the pro dota teams as both career gamers and as normal people and how their choice to play the game to this extreme has affected their lives. Super dramatic, great camera and editing work (with some cool visuals added by Valve, who created the doc), and just an overall really great film. You can watch it free on steam or youtube. It almost made me want to try getting back in to dota and watching some pro games more.




almost.


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Post by: StumpNasty on March 20, 2014, 03:43 am
dota doesn't want you, is only for the strong.


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Post by: HyperGlavin on March 20, 2014, 04:29 am
The strong of odour


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Post by: EFHRK on March 21, 2014, 10:33 pm
Enemy

This is definitely a movie where the less you know, the better, but I will say this: It certainly is...different. I can already predict opinions are going to be completely torn on it. I loved it and need to see it again as soon as possible. If you like movies that challenge you and are open to new ideas in film, see this shit.


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Post by: EFHRK on March 27, 2014, 09:54 pm
Under the Skin

holy fuck so good
10/10


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Post by: du_Man on March 28, 2014, 12:19 am
Payback: Straight Up: The Director's Cut

Well, that was... a completely different movie and yet somehow the exact same movie.

It's definitely fun -- it's a blast to see a different variation on this, and it's not like there's a lot of good Parker movies. (I've recently read the first four books after realizing Payback and Point Blank were based on a whole series. They are awesome, and so much more hardboiled than those two pretty damn hardboiled flicks. I mean, I never thought I'd run into a character so badass that Lee Marvin seems too soft.)

Anyway, it's not one of those like Blade Runner or Kingdom of Heaven or Troy where it's a huge improvement is more or less what you were hoping the theatrical version was. It's just a pretty cool revision of a pretty cool movie.


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Post by: Karlski on March 29, 2014, 09:27 am
Top Secret

easily some of Val Kilmer's finest work. Why don't the Zucker brothers make films anymore?


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Post by: Nicol on March 29, 2014, 10:53 am
Spirited Away - Woah!

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones - Bleh.

The Avengers - Eh


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Post by: EFHRK on March 29, 2014, 07:09 pm
Noah - I really really liked it. It was far from perfect, but it was incredibly enjoyable. A few scenes I found myself super excited and really in to it. I'm a huge Aronofsky fan, but even I was a little cautious about how this was gonna go. Glad to see he delivered with his own little twist on the story. 3/4 would watch again.

Sabotage - This movie sucked though. It's advertised as classic Ahnold action flick, but the ads are lies. There are only a handful of short action scenes across the hour-45 run time. Most of the movie is a boring cop investigation story. The twists are fucking stupid. Half the cast are terrible actors. Especially Mireille Enos. She pretty much brings the whole movie down with her performance. Some of the character decisions are confusing or just dumb. Do not be fooled. This movie is a sham. 1.5/4 wait to see it for free.


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Post by: Johnny Roastbeef on March 29, 2014, 09:14 pm
Top Secret
I actually prefer Top Secret to Airplane. It's fantastic and thank you for reminding me to watch it again.



Today I watched Silver Linings Playbook. My wife and I both liked it but prefer American Hustle of the two recent Russell movies. I thought Silver linings playbook was really strong for about three quarters of the movie, but it came unhinged a little bit with the betting at the end and lost some of its impact.


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Post by: EFHRK on April 05, 2014, 11:51 pm
Captain America: The Winter Soldier

it was ok


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Post by: MadPiper6 on April 06, 2014, 09:27 am
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Post by: EFHRK on April 06, 2014, 11:37 pm
The Raid 2

It fucking delivers. The action isn't as constant as the first, but holy shit it is way more explosive. So many amazing fights with crazy shit going on. Giant prison yard fights, high speed chase fights, subway car fights...batshit insanity. Plus there is actually a story this time. And it is pretty good. Check that shit.


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Post by: evilspud on April 07, 2014, 10:35 am
Captain America: Winter Soldier: It was clearly summer. It breaks my heart that Peter Cushing died twenty years ago and couldn't
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Post by: evilspud on April 13, 2014, 07:11 pm
The Grand Budapest Hotel.

I think in another life, Wes Anderson would've made a fantastic folklorist. It's like he can see the little stylistic choices and embellishments of spinning a yarn the way normal schmucks like me can see colors. His entire style is built on a vision of story telling.

This is also a funny as shit movie, and my favorite war comedy since Inglorious Basterds.


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Post by: EFHRK on April 13, 2014, 09:43 pm
Last night I saw an original 35mm print of Akira at a cool old theater at midnight.

And then today I saw a prescreening of Locke


past and future or whatever idk


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Post by: Citizen Snips on April 13, 2014, 09:55 pm
Mulholland Drive for the first time.

Fuck.


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Post by: Navigator2001Plus on April 14, 2014, 01:12 am
is that a good fuck or a bad fuck


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Post by: Citizen Snips on April 14, 2014, 08:06 am
A mind fuck.

It was full of grim surrealism with incomprehension to spare. It's David Lynch turned up to 11, which I love, but you might not.


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Post by: Nicol on April 14, 2014, 09:00 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UozhOo0Dt4o


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Post by: Citizen Snips on April 17, 2014, 02:35 pm
Make Way for Tomorrow

A sucker punch to the gut of a film.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 19, 2014, 04:29 pm
THE RAID 2

IT WAS FUCKING AWESOME


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Post by: EFHRK on April 24, 2014, 11:52 pm
Let's Be Cops

it had a bunch of funny moments, but the writing kind of sucked and i would definitely suggest they re-edit it. especially the first half hour because it felt really rushed. wait to see it for free.

2/4


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Post by: du_Man on April 30, 2014, 12:34 pm
I loaned my copies of the Lethal Weapon series to a friend a few years back, but he never returned them, and I was itching to revisit them, so I rebought the whole series and marathoned it.

It turns out that marathoning the series is a mistake.

LW3 has always been my least favorite, but man, watching it right after 1 and 2 really makes it a drag. It's like a parody of a Lethal Weapon movie. Joe Pesci is completely unhinged. Riggs is not only invulnerable, but completely over the top. In the first, he's a suicidal, borderline psychopath with a bizarre sense of humor saved by his friendship with Murtaugh. In the second, he's understandably calmed down and stabalized, but still eccentric and with a maddog somewhere under the surface. in Part 3, he constantly eats dog biscuits because RIGGS IS CRAZY GUYS! The opening action scene is him setting off a bomb because he can't wait for the bomb squad, and everyone's just like, "That's our Riggs!" Even his mullet seems like a spoof of itself. Murtaugh is basically Riggs' comic relief sidekick. Because, you know, that's what Riggs really needs. The action scenes are well directed, but just sort of pop up at random and rarely have a point. Every scene has that Saxophone blaring incessantly. Renee Russo is really the only consistently good thing about it, and she doesn't have nearly enough to do. It's watchable, but I always liked it a lot more before.

LW4 at least shines coming after 3. For all its flaws, it really is better in just about every way -- Riggs isn't invincible and is back to just eccentric with an underrent of violence, Murtaugh gets a little bit of dignity, Pesci is toned down, the action isn't completely random, Jet Li is great, and that car chase rocks. It seems like a reasonable way to close the series: some of the heart of the first one, some of the loosely plotted character comedy of the second, some of the outrageousness of the third. But I still ended the series wanted to go back and rewatch the first one to remember how great the series started.

On the upside, though, I don't know that I ever fully appreciated just how brilliant the first one is. I mean, it's not quite Die Hard brilliant, but it's still easily among the greatest '80s action flicks.


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Post by: EFHRK on May 02, 2014, 04:39 am
Skyfall, Casino Royale, and Quantum of Solace in that order


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Post by: Joseph Nistal on May 04, 2014, 09:19 am
Thanks to the NBC series' latest episode - Hannibal Rising

Despite being what I feel is the weakest of the 'series', it still works as a decent enough thriller and is especially good at giving a much better understanding of the motivations and history of Dr. Lecter. After this I'll be going back and re-watching Silence, Hannibal and Norton's Red Dragon just because.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on May 05, 2014, 06:23 am
I've watched Skyfall 3 times in the last 3 days

also a lot of Bob's Burgers because this cute girl wanted to watch it and it's funny

we got a lot of laffs out of the episode with "Horny Dave" because I am Dave and also sometimes I'm horny. which was good, and funny.


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Post by: Chronicles on May 05, 2014, 12:56 pm
Just finished watching all seven seasons of Malcolm in the Middle. It's a good show.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on May 05, 2014, 01:08 pm
you're too young to remember


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Chronicles on May 05, 2014, 03:13 pm
That it's a good show? No. You're too young to remember that there was a time before DVR and unless you were particularly vigilant you didn't really catch every episode of a sitcom.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on May 05, 2014, 04:01 pm
i was doing a reference to something but you had to comment and ruin it good job


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Post by: Remington Lonespear on May 05, 2014, 05:07 pm
kids these days
they don't know


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Post by: Lukeington on May 05, 2014, 05:48 pm
Man I've been watching Vikings and I don't know why but it's pretty good. Check it out if you think vikings and tropes of dramas and fight scenes are cool.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Chronicles on May 05, 2014, 06:03 pm
you're not so big


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on May 06, 2014, 10:27 pm
Anyone been watching the Fargo TV show? I think it's been pretty great so far. The cast is terrific. Obviously it's not as amazing as the film but it's been doing it's own thing well and I love all the sly references to Coen Brothers films e.g. The Knudsens name drop last week (It's a wandering daughter job!). Plus tying into the film by having Stavros find the money at the beginning of this episode was pretty brilliant


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Post by: HyperGlavin on May 06, 2014, 11:36 pm
I've been meaning to give that a shot because it looks rad and it's being aired on free-to-air TV at a decent time for once, but I missed the premiere last week due to partying. I'll have to catch up on that recommendation, though.


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Post by: StumpNasty on May 13, 2014, 02:24 am
Swingers

Just delightful.


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Post by: FizzlePop on May 13, 2014, 09:48 am
Bronson.

I enjoyed it a lot


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Post by: EFHRK on May 15, 2014, 09:42 pm
Godzilla

It was super fucking rad and that's all I'm going to say about it and also go see it in IMAX it is so worth it


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Post by: jimbob on May 17, 2014, 05:09 am
Calvary was very good, great music too.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on May 17, 2014, 12:48 pm
Under the Skin

Watch this movie in a theatre. It demands total immersion. Hypnotic.


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Post by: Nicol on May 17, 2014, 12:51 pm
I just watched and loved Enemy, and I also watched and greatly enjoyed the new Godzilla.


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Post by: Nicol on May 23, 2014, 04:40 am
The Double

You a chump, whoever wrote and directed the Double.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: boron on May 23, 2014, 10:37 am
Days of Future Past was just a giant middle finger to X-Men 3.

So it was good.


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Post by: Kybard on May 24, 2014, 08:45 pm
Godzilla

just two hours of helicopters flying around. seriously in a few months someone will make the supercut of the movie that is 20 minutes of helicopters landing, taking off, and flying around


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Post by: BSam on May 24, 2014, 09:16 pm
just a lot of doctor who


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Post by: Karlski on May 24, 2014, 11:18 pm
Dredd

it was big and dumb and excellent

Iron Man 3

It was big and dumb and not as good as Dredd


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Post by: Jerbwyn on May 24, 2014, 11:57 pm
Boogie Nights

I really liked it


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Post by: Skeletonic on May 26, 2014, 01:48 am
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

It has aged pretty well, cinematography and fight choreography is still good.


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Post by: Truck Thunders on May 26, 2014, 04:02 am
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, at five in the morning and halfway through a bottle of bourbon, because that is the only way to watch the most depressing spy movie ever made.


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Post by: Skeletonic on May 28, 2014, 12:20 am
Now You See Me
Predictable, but the pacing is nice, doesn't overstay its welcome. Not a good movie, but I don't regret watching it or anything.
The World's End
Super good, the ending was a bit silly but that was the point.
Tai Chi Hero
This is one of the worst thing I have ever seen and I couldn't even finish it.


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Post by: Jerbwyn on May 28, 2014, 06:33 pm
Mulholland Drive

A mind fuck.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on May 28, 2014, 08:44 pm
I don't know if you've seen other Lynch films, but they're much more coherent. Mulholland Drive is almost pure id.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on May 28, 2014, 11:39 pm
Cheap Thrills

great dark comedy. a few solid twists that kept me on my toes. not a movie for the faint of heart


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Post by: du_Man on May 29, 2014, 04:55 pm
I don't know if you've seen other Lynch films, but they're much more coherent. Mulholland Drive is almost pure id.

Well, except Eraserhead. That sucker makes Mulholland Drive seem as coherent and straightforward as Seasame Street.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on May 29, 2014, 07:45 pm
I disagree. While Eraserhead is highly idiosyncratic, I feel the symbols are pretty openly exploring how the forces of industrialism (the landscape; the weird little chicken dinner) and the burdens placed on men under patriarchy (Henry's rejection of his child; his dream of the Lady in the Radiator) are corrupting.

Mulholland Drive on the other hand has numerous seemingly unconnected threads and almost incomprehensible symbols that can't easily be applied to specific ideologies, at least in my mind. I've only see it once, though, so I'm not able to fully break it down (not that I could in any case!). It's obviously largely about Hollywood, and the Idea and Dream of Hollywood, but beyond that I haven't got much of a clue.


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Post by: Nicol on May 29, 2014, 08:14 pm

Here is a cool video to watch after watching Muholland Drive (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEBboFWnzLc)

You should probably make sure you've seen the rest of the films in the L.A. Trilogy: Inland Emprie should be your next target, and then Lost Highway. They're both incredible and compliment each other thematically with their themes of purgatory, duality, and imtimacy. Lynch's films which analyze intimacy are so boss because they're all so paranoid.

Also, there is an accepted interpretation of Muholland Drive and if you watch it enough to figure it out, or if you read an analysis online and then watch it again, your enjoyment and appreciation of the film will greatly rise.


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Post by: du_Man on May 29, 2014, 10:48 pm
I guess Mulholland Dr. was one you can basically follow for 90 minutes, and once you latch on to what's going on in the last third (assuming you do, which I did about five minutes before the credits after half an hour of WHAAAAAAAA???!!), it at least all makes sense according to its internal logic. Whereas Eraserhead punches you in the face with insanity right up front and never lets up.

But, I mean, they're both pretty weird.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on May 29, 2014, 10:50 pm
I'm pretty sure Lynch has released a list of specific things to pay attention to in order to unravel Mulholland Drive. I'll find it once I'm on a computer.

edit: david lynch's clues (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0166924/faq?ref_=tt_faq_2#.2.1.3)

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Post by: DiegoInglewood on May 30, 2014, 02:32 am
That Awkward Moment

it was dumb and i laughed a few times. mostly at miles teller because he has sharp comedic timing. but the majority of the movie is all lazy dude-bro boner jokes and half-assed sentimentality


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Post by: Truck Thunders on May 30, 2014, 06:27 am
I went back and watched part of Eraserhead because of all the Lynch talk here and I couldn't finish it. It leans so heavily on the idea of being horrified by old-school industry, but because I'm so comfortable with older, clunky appliances and machines the whole thing just comes off as goofy. It's like the idiots who think clowns are the most terrifying thing in the world. I guess if you updates it to focus on the Steve Jobs, Star Trek style futurism the modern world is so hung up on, it would work better for me.

And about Mullholland Drive

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I also have to say I really wish David Lynch could have figured out how to work the first part into some kind of balls-to-the-wall crazy TV series or miniseries or something. Granted, the way he worked it out works within the logic of the movie, but it leaves me feeling just as disappointed as
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But that's the point, I guess.


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Post by: du_Man on May 30, 2014, 02:31 pm
That was actually the original idea -- he shot the first 90 minutes as a pilot for a TV show, it wasn't picked up, and a studio gave him the money to do what he needed to make it into a movie.

If you want a Lynch film that's relatively normal, Elephant Man and Blue Velvet are both fantastic, having the atmosphere and weirdness but tied to easily digestible plots.


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Post by: HyperGlavin on May 31, 2014, 05:18 am
Dang Truck when did you get so edgy and cool


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Truck Thunders on May 31, 2014, 11:40 am
What, I can only like David Lynch because all you do?


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Post by: Jerbwyn on June 01, 2014, 05:08 am
Thanks everybody for the discussion and the suggestions. You guys are cool.

Hey Thunders, it's fine if you don't like David Lynch, or have a different interpretation of Mulholland Drive, but it's things like this:
It leans so heavily on the idea of being horrified by old-school industry, but because I'm so comfortable with older, clunky appliances and machines the whole thing just comes off as goofy. It's like the idiots who think clowns are the most terrifying thing in the world.
that make you sound like you have no idea what you're talking about.

Moving on.

Inland Empire
Damn.
I'll probably be able to construct a more coherent opinion of the film after a bit of thinking, but I definitely liked it.

The Fly
A good movie with a great ending.
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Overall a very good movie.

Death Race 2000
Fuckin' rad as shit
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Post by: pingollum on June 01, 2014, 11:59 am
I watched V/H/S and V/H/S/2, both of them were gory and fun

Then I tried to watch The Counselor because Michael Fassbender, but it was boring and I stopped around 45 minutes in. Does it deserve a second chance, hopefully getting a whole lot more intense in the latter half?


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Post by: Chronicles on June 01, 2014, 07:16 pm
I didn't care for Counselor. But The Fly is one of my all time favorite movies.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Chronicles on June 01, 2014, 07:16 pm
But The Fly


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on June 01, 2014, 10:05 pm
I was one of the few people I think who actually seemed to enjoy The Counselor. I liked how it slowly set up a precarious house of cards and then brought the whole thing crashing down at the end. It's one of those movies that leaves you with a sinking feeling in your stomach because you know everything is inevitably going to end in the most awful way for everyone.

My biggest issue was with Cameron Diaz because she seemed horribly miscast. The long, rambly scenes packed with philosophical musings seemed to drag a little but apparently I watched an unrated version so maybe they were extended? I dunno, but it's a very dense, novelistic movie. There's moments where you think maybe the film disappears too far up its own ass, but then a scene like "Cameron Diaz fucks a car" comes along.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: HyperGlavin on June 02, 2014, 02:01 am
I enjoyed The Counselor too. It's pretty self-indulgent with its foreshadowing monologues so I guess your mileage may vary depending on how much Cormac McCarthy you can stand.

The Fly is fucking excellent though. You should check out Cronenberg's other body-horror films, especially Videodrome.


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Post by: Mr Gale on June 02, 2014, 06:19 pm
I liked the counselor, but yeah it was less a movie more an insane experience, with a car fucking.


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Post by: Truck Thunders on June 02, 2014, 08:13 pm
Look, I'm gonna put this all in spoilers because the Lynch discussion moved on while I was away from my computer and I don't want to interrupt the conversation, but I wanted to make it clear I'm not a complete idiot.

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As for Cronenberg, be sure to see The Brood. It's not his overall best body-horror film, but it might be the creepiest. The ending, especially. That shit made my skin crawl.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Remington Lonespear on June 06, 2014, 12:41 am
whatever, NERD


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on June 06, 2014, 10:07 pm
X-Men: Days of Future Past - Really good.

Edge of Tomorrow - Even more good.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: pingollum on June 06, 2014, 10:51 pm
I just watched the new X-Men picture as well! and all I have to say is that EFHRK made me pay for tickets and popcorn and then just left me after xmen to go watch another movie

worst date ever


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: du_Man on June 10, 2014, 03:31 am
Amazing Spider-Man 2 is literally the worst-written film I've ever seen in a theater. There is no plot, just four almost entirely unrelated threads that only extraordinary generosity could call "subplots". There are laughably bad characterizations, no arcs, no themes, no story. And way too much magic blood.

It also has two wonderful, Oscar-level performances from Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, all the more incredible for coming out of such absolute sewage of a script. Jamie Foxx was good, too.

It's like Plan 9 with a budget and starring Bogart and Bacall. Except pretentious, twice as long, and flaccidly paced.

It might have at least been enjoyably campy in a Raimi-esque way if it had completely cut the pointless stuff about his parents, the Green Goblin, and the damn

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that I guess was kinda clever in the context of early 70s  comics, but is just an embarrassing tacked-on fridging now. Jamie Foxx was fun in a Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face sense, and the action scenes weren't bad. The addition of whooshing in the swinging scenes makes all the difference in selling the cartoony effects. The 35mm cinematography was gorgeous. And the brief moments where Garfield and Stone weren't overwhelmed by the awful dialogue and just got to talk charmingly to each other - those are just lovely.

What a waste.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Lukeington on June 10, 2014, 06:22 am
I also hated it, but it made seeing Days of Future past a few days later even more amazing in comparison.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Truck Thunders on June 13, 2014, 08:32 pm
Zulu Dawn. It's not quite the equal of its companion piece Zulu, only because it's not as focused in general, especially with regards to characterization; there were just a few too many people to follow. Otherwise it's an absolute classic and didn't at all deserve the lukewarm reception it got on its release.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on June 14, 2014, 10:02 pm
22 Jump Street - Pretty good, maybe a little too much meta humor. First was better but not bad

The Signal - what in the fuck


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: du_Man on June 15, 2014, 01:18 pm
Edge of Tomorrow

It's pretty awesome - suspenseful, funny, thrilling, well cast. The ending is a bit 'meh', but not enough to ruin it.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on June 21, 2014, 08:44 pm
The Rover

It's not a joyful film!


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Joseph Nistal on June 22, 2014, 07:58 am
How to Train Your Dragon 2

Highly enjoyable as far as kids films go, great score, decent enough story.

Taken 2

Liam Neeson kicking butt. Cannot complain about that one bit since it's exactly what they put on the tin.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: CB on June 25, 2014, 12:08 am
Happiness

Yeah I don't know about this one


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Skeletonic on June 25, 2014, 12:20 am
The Conjuring
I thought it was okay. Not in the least bit scary. Some good imagery thought, well acted, an alright plot. If you're into horror movies, especially ghost/demon types, this is probably one of the better ones.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on June 27, 2014, 10:32 am
The Grand Budapest Hotel

as delightful as expected. i really wish ralph fiennes would do more comedy. the production design, mise en scene and cast might be wes anderson's best yet. definitely one of my favorite films of the year so far


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on June 28, 2014, 10:08 am
Under The Skin

a strange, mesmerizing creature. full of striking visuals and a haunting score. has a lot to say about...body image? perception of beauty? gender roles? but approaches its topics from a unique sci-fi perspective. definitely deserves a re-watch.

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i think this would work well as a double feature with "holy motors", oddly enough


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Post by: Citizen Snips on June 28, 2014, 02:41 pm
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Post by: EFHRK on June 28, 2014, 04:27 pm
plus you get to see Scarlett Johansson naked


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on June 29, 2014, 08:43 am
quite the analysis, lad

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also yeah scarjo gets naked a few times and you see a couple wieners too


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Post by: Chez San on June 29, 2014, 06:28 pm
Aieee full-on ned boner


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on June 29, 2014, 07:07 pm
ned boner

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6vPQL_aYfI

22 Jump Street

pretty fucking great. definitely as good as the first. might have the best closing credits sequence of all time. the meta jokes might be grating for some people but i enjoyed them (the "meet-cute", the literal red herring and the benny hill gag are all great). also loved how ice cube's role was expanded, and i thought jillian bell from workaholics was fucking hysterical. between this and lego movie, chris miller & phil lord have made the 2 best comedies of the year and they can have my firstborn son


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Post by: Lukeington on June 29, 2014, 07:14 pm
prometheus

I quite liked it, even if it was overly "bam guess what it's a prequel." Incredible visually, intriguing story, 4 weird alien creations out of 5.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 02, 2014, 01:54 am
Snowpiercer

fucking amazing


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Post by: evilspud on July 02, 2014, 09:43 am
Pitch Black

I liked it. It's so strange to think of Riddick as this larger franchise when Pitch Black is just a great concept as a stand alone film. The movie's strength came from it's decision to create two conflicts, with both Riddick as a necessary but dangerous tool for survival and the horrible swarming bat creatures. The group could only really survive by choosing between options that were either dangerous or more dangerous, and the movie felt a lot more intense as a result. It's not perfect, and some of the CGI hasn't aged well, but it's good sci-fi/horror with that rarity of rarities: a good ending.

Four dead Imam children out of Five.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 03, 2014, 05:04 pm
The movie's strength came from it's decision to create two conflicts, with both Riddick as a necessary but dangerous tool for survival and the horrible swarming bat creatures

if you like that then you'll love Riddick, because it's basically the same thing except Vin Diesel kicks a machete through a guy's face

Bad Words

nothing special. there's a predictable central mystery/character arc, and of course some goofy kid that the main character befriends just like in all the other 'bad' movies (santa, teacher...is that it? i thought this shit was its own genre at this point). jason bateman is fine, and proves to be a competent director. aside from a couple brief scenes, it never really lives up to its promise of bateman being the biggest fucking asshole in the world to every character (one exception: the line where he calls rachael harris' son a cocksucker and tells her to shove him back up her vagina, which was the funniest part of the movie). there's worse ways to spend 90 minutes than watching this, i guess.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 05, 2014, 02:42 pm
Neighbors

i was sold 100% on this movie once zac efron tried to invite seth rogen + rose byrne in and dave franco said "they're old and lame. i mean yeah i like their baby but this is no place for a baby"


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Post by: 88FingersLouie on July 05, 2014, 03:03 pm
SnowPiercer

There were a couple of odd narrative and plot point decisions along the way, but overall it was quite entertaining. A nice reprieve from special effect saturated flicks.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on July 05, 2014, 09:09 pm
SNOWPIERCER

For every special effects shot there were ten close-ups of Chris Evans emoting like a human being. And it did all but have its characters directly quoting The Revolution Betrayed. Ten stars and eleven thumbs and fresh tomatoes.


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Post by: 88FingersLouie on July 05, 2014, 11:11 pm
Regarding SnowPiercer

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Post by: Kybard on July 06, 2014, 03:53 pm
I saw two thematically linked movies this weekend, in that one was about a film critic and the other was a film

Life Itself was wonderful and heart wrenching. seeing Ebert struggling with his last attempts at rehab is doubly painful contrasted with how vibrantly he lived his life. it's basically just a eulogy-as-film, but for as worthy a subject as I could imagine.

Snowpiercer was fucking wild. totally earned a Terry Gilliam name drop with its twisted, manic sense of humor. the action scenes were awesome and the concept is played with in fun ways. it feels like I haven't seen a good, fun original-ish (i.e. not a fucking superhero movie) genre movie in theaters in a long time, so this was very welcome.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on July 06, 2014, 11:43 pm
Just saw Snowpiercer again and it definitely holds up.

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Post by: Nicol on July 06, 2014, 11:52 pm
I liked Snowpiercer. Hit me with that sneaky Marixism... or... should I say "existentialism?!?!?"

Nymphomaniac Vol. I was disgusting, probably worse than Antichrist.

I caught up on Game of Thrones, and while it is really immersing and entertaining, there are definitely some holes popping up.

Nearly up to date with Louie, I just finished the arc with the Hungarian girl and the storm, and I'm really liking my comedy infused with postmodernism and absurdity.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on July 06, 2014, 11:54 pm
Have you heard of Woody Allen?


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Post by: Nicol on July 06, 2014, 11:57 pm
I only ever saw Match Point, which was really good! I haven't seen any comedy Woody Allen. Isn't he terrible IRL?


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Post by: Citizen Snips on July 07, 2014, 12:00 am
Yeah, he's awful, like Roman Polanski.

If you have no qualms watching films made by a person who has done terrible things, I'd recommend Annie Hall and Manhattan, but there are a lot of other good ones, and a lot of bad ones.

Anyway, Louie is great, of course, and definitely has roots in Woody Allen's best work.


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Post by: Nicol on July 07, 2014, 12:01 am
Adding them to my list!


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Post by: Mr Gale on July 07, 2014, 05:44 am
Snowpiercer thoughts also (I WONT BE LEFT OUT)

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Post by: Citizen Snips on July 07, 2014, 09:26 pm
Shadow of a Doubt

Top 5 Hitchcock for me. Absolutely riveting and with a Strong Female Character to boot!


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Post by: EFHRK on July 08, 2014, 02:19 am
30 for 30: Hillsborough

it was good




(im seeing snowpiercer on wednesday)


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Post by: EFHRK on July 10, 2014, 12:42 am
I'm the last one to have seen Snowpiercer. Here are my thoughts:

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Post by: 88FingersLouie on July 10, 2014, 06:33 pm
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Post by: Citizen Snips on July 10, 2014, 06:42 pm
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Post by: EFHRK on July 11, 2014, 12:50 am
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Fucking amazingly perfect. Easily one of the best films of this year. Go see it immediately.


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Post by: EFHRK on July 11, 2014, 09:40 pm
The Conspiracy

some random thing i found on netflix. its a mockumentary thriller about two guys who interview a conspiracy theorist who mysteriously disappears the next day, and decide to follow up on what he was investigating. really well done, ending is crazy. good movie.


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Post by: boron on July 11, 2014, 10:25 pm
Watched the Double last night, Richard Ayoade might be a genius


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 11, 2014, 10:55 pm
42

dumb by the book tripe, kind of a disservice to jackie robinson's story as it's all so cheesy. seems like a parody of biopic at times to be honest. harrison ford hams it up and chadwick boseman barely gets anything to do as robinson


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Post by: Nicol on July 13, 2014, 01:12 pm
Musa: The Warrior. It was OK. It kind of fell apart at the end. I'm still not sure which character was Musa.


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Post by: gila_mobster on July 13, 2014, 05:56 pm
The Office. I figure it's about time I start seeing that everyone's been into it for like a decade now. (Verdict so far: first season was alright, second season is way, way cool)


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Post by: Skeletonic on July 14, 2014, 04:46 pm
World War Z (Unrated version)

Never read the book, but still found it largely predictable. The zombies were ridiculous. Brad Pitt's dude was magic invincible hero action man. Even that one time he got hurt, it didn't seem to matter in the long run as he's still able to run around and do manly murder stuff.

Still, it was well done I thought, pretty entertaining and even managed to be tense at times even when I knew what was gonna happen.

I give it  a solid "eh, it was alright" out of other possible reactions.


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Post by: EFHRK on July 14, 2014, 05:00 pm
spoiler alert: the book has almost nothing to do with the movie at all


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Post by: Skeletonic on July 14, 2014, 06:08 pm
cool.


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Post by: EFHRK on July 15, 2014, 02:42 am
Pontypool

shit was weird


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Post by: Skeletonic on July 15, 2014, 08:33 pm
The Grandmaster
Another of the films to come out of the close-to-overmilked teat that is the life and story of Ip Man. This movie feels like it wasn't sure what it really wanted to be about. As a "life story" or "epic" about Ip Man, it falls drastically short. For a large part of the movie, he feels more like an observer retelling the life of someone else in his past. Ultimately the story peters out into the usual (for Ip Man movies) "keeping wing chun alive!" fighting spirit mess. When it's there, the kung fu often feels rushed or even unnecessary. All together, The Grandmaster was pretty disjointed, but an alright watch.

Gravity
Pretty okay movie. If I had the choice to watch it without the score, I think I would. At times, it felt like the music was leading me more than what was actually happening on screen, which was a shame because the stuff on the screen was the best part. This really stuck out when
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. Visually stunning film. Great performance by Bullock. This is the second time I've watched it now, and I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending, but I know I like it.

Blade
I go back and watch this movie a lot, it's a fun action movie with a lot of style and good action. I still think the reveal of Blade at the crazy vampire blood rave is still one of the best "hero reveals" in any superhero movie I've seen since. It's simple and well done and followed by a quick, brutal action sequence that establishes who Blade is very neatly. A lot of what I like about this movie is probably nostalgia and I accept that, but it's cool and I'll fight anyone that says otherwise.






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Post by: HyperGlavin on July 15, 2014, 08:51 pm
For what it's worth, I believe Gravity's score is a technical solution to the limitations of a barely-existant natural soundscape in space. I mean, sure it was obvious, but that obviousness serves to enforce its exigesis and prevent it from blurring into the action on screen. I hope that made sense.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 15, 2014, 11:40 pm
It's not nostalgia that makes you like Blade. Blade fucking kicks ass super hard. I give Blade my full measure of support.

i need to highlight 3 episodes of TV i watched recently:

the new season of 24 owned. it felt like vintage 24 and this 12 episode season ranked up there with some of the show's best (season 5 with robocop as the badguy is still my favorite). anyway the finale was fucking reckless, some of the best action on TV i've seen in a while (note to self: check out banshee and strike back on showtime, have heard the action scenes rock). jack bauer cut a dude's head off with a samurai sword. A+ season of television would watch again

nathan for you is back and is still one of the funniest shows on TV. if you don't believe me watch last week's episode with "The Web" and the Johnny Depp lookalike. it's one of the finest bits of comedic escalation i've ever seen. "me farting on command" had me in tears from laughing so hard.

also i don't know if anyone else is watching the leftovers on HBO but the 3rd episode was absolutely nuts. it was a showcase for christopher eccleston and the whole thing felt like david lynch directed an episode of the twilight zone.

edit: oh yeah i saw how to train your dragon 2 earlier. it was neat. really beautiful visuals (shout out to roger deakins). good voice cast. the story itself was nothing special but there were some solid moments that at least kept me involved while i was half-hungover at work


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Post by: EFHRK on July 15, 2014, 11:50 pm
Boyhood

Shot over the course of 12 years, this shit is pretty goddamn incredible for a multitude of reasons. For the 20-25 age group, this is probably the most relatable film you will ever see. Every single scene is just like, "oh man I know exactly what this is like" or "holy fuck I remember this shit". Masterpiece.


My top 5 for the year right now:

1. Under the Skin
2. Boyhood
3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
4. The Raid 2
5. Edge of Tomorrow


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Post by: Skeletonic on July 15, 2014, 11:55 pm
For what it's worth, I believe Gravity's score is a technical solution to the limitations of a barely-existant natural soundscape in space. I mean, sure it was obvious, but that obviousness serves to enforce its exigesis and prevent it from blurring into the action on screen. I hope that made sense.


It makes sense and I don't disagree, but I do feel like the silence may have added to the atmosphere (or lack there of aaahahahahah...sorry). What do I know, I'm not a movie guy, I'm just an idiot.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 16, 2014, 02:03 am
Blue Ruin

darkly humorous, bleak, violent


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Post by: boron on July 16, 2014, 02:23 am
Saw the new apes movie.


LEAVE MAURICE ALONE!!


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Post by: Citizen Snips on July 16, 2014, 08:52 am
Blow Out for the past three days

Watch it if you hate America and love Brian De Palma


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Post by: Nicol on July 16, 2014, 10:05 am
Hausu

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So yeah, pretty fun, some truly amazing and visionary work therein, yet its lack of coordination and planning made it feel hollow for me, and likely cemented it as being the cult classic that it is today.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on July 16, 2014, 10:12 am
He was a commercial director before making Hausu, which is apparent in the absolutely bonkers visual style. I'll need to watch it again with your critique in mind.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 17, 2014, 01:39 am
Joe

fantastic. as much as i loved prince avalanche, i think this is david gordon green's best film since all the real girls. double feature this with Mud!!

minor spoilers:

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Post by: yowhound on July 17, 2014, 06:19 am
How to Train your Dragon 2

It were fun, but it didn't have the playful feel of the first one. Effects were better, sure, but the humor of the first one seemed to be missing. Still enjoyable enough. Will watch again.

Guardians of the Galaxy.

Nope. It had some nice set pieces, but guessing it needs too much background knowledge. Felt a bit like watching Watchmen before I'd read the books. You know there is a reason for shit going on, but you don't know why. Not bad if you get a nice reveal, but it never happened.


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Post by: Skeletonic on July 17, 2014, 07:16 am
Zodiac

Never did get around to watching this until now. I thought it was alright, you feel its length (2 1/2 hours). Just when it started to lose me though, the plot got moving again and I think ended nicely. Well done, would watch again if I needed to kill 2 1/2 hours.


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Post by: StumpNasty on July 17, 2014, 06:16 pm
I finally watched The Raid 2 and I have opinions

It was cool, but compared to the first Raid it felt obligatory and cheapened and sort of second-banana, like Uco. Good sequels should aspire to be something greater than the original, not keep one hand firmly on the cock of the first film while the other one waves in a bunch of revenge-movie tropes while overstating what made its predecessor great.

Oh you like mini-bosses? HERE'S A DEAF CHICK WITH HAMMERS! Final boss? SOME DUDE YOU HAVE NO TIME TO CONNECT WITH! OMINOUS! speaking of, remember Prakoso? HE'S STILL ALIVE, DIPSHIT! HAHAHA FUCKING FOOLED YOU.

Even the way the plot is sparked is such a lazy maneuver. In the first Raid we got to feel the shift in tone from "ok let's do this mission" to "oh my god lets just get out of here and not get dismembered by these monsters." It was natural, concise, brilliantly paced and ultimately satisfying. The Raid 2 isn't.

Not to say I didn't enjoy the shit out of it, but instead of building on something beautiful, it just became another revenge flick. Instead of Terminator 2, it was Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 17, 2014, 08:00 pm
remember Prakoso? HE'S STILL ALIVE, DIPSHIT! HAHAHA FUCKING FOOLED YOU.

mad dog and prakoso aren't the same characters

also i think a lot of your issues with the movie could stem from the fact that gareth evans was trying to make this film before the raid (it was just called 'berandal' then) but didn't have the money for the production. so instead he put together the raid on the cheap and only then decided to make berandal the sequel. essentially the raid 2 was never really conceived of as "the raid 2"


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Post by: pingollum on July 17, 2014, 08:21 pm
i also watched How to train your dragon 2 last weekend! opinion, it scored a 4 keeps-my-kid-entertained out of 5. i liked
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i watched remastered 3d Finding Nemo yesterday, which my kid and his cousins and a little old lady that i don't quite know how we're related but was sitting on my couch anyway enjoyed. (http://blogs.disneylatino.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/MarlinAndDory.jpg) blah blah blah, blee blee blah. You can see fish scales in this one, unlike the original. also it's in 3d

ok so i already know that film by heart, as well as Frozen, which i am watching now. in english and spanish. kid is pressing the audio button, constantly. thrilling

i know

libre soy. let it go


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Post by: Skeletonic on July 17, 2014, 11:31 pm
Gladiator

(x) Entertained ( ) Not Entertained

Edit:

The LEGO Movie
Hilarious, lots of cool as heck effects like the LEGO water.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 19, 2014, 01:27 am
Sabotage

pretty bad until the last 10 minutes. if you can find a condensed version of this movie that's just a short film featuring the opening, a flashback around the middle, and then the last 10 minutes, watch it and it's perfect. then you get everything - arnold killing some guys, arnold drinking whiskey, arnold smoking a cigar, arnold dishing out boss-ass one-liners. but everything surrounding arnold in this movie is stupid as shit. come for the arnold and stay for the arnold


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Post by: Nicol on July 19, 2014, 03:33 am
Under the Skin - I respect that they didn't use any explicit exposition because

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but this makes for a film in which not much happens. Instead of plot, it relies on its mystery, visuals, and weirdness to immerse. Definitely very different, definitely one of the best films of the year so far, but it felt uneventful.


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Post by: RummyLu on July 19, 2014, 11:47 am
I just watched The Grand Budapest Hotel and want you all to know BondFiction is right about this on. It's just delightful.


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Post by: BSam on July 19, 2014, 01:58 pm
Yes


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 19, 2014, 04:17 pm
finally the respect i deserve


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Post by: Navigator2001Plus on July 19, 2014, 10:20 pm
i didn't see anyone mention "respect"


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Post by: Skeletonic on July 20, 2014, 10:54 pm
Weekend roundup!

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

There's some pretty cool imagery in this movie, and it's an interesting take on the classic Journey to the West formula, but I wouldn't call it a good movie. In fact, in a lot of ways it was quite lacking. However, there were some cool scenes and genuine comedy. It was worth the 4 AM watch it got, but maybe nothing more than that.

Stephen Chow co-wrote and co-directs, but the movie lacks a lot of what makes his other films (Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer, etc) great.

As magic kung fu movies go, I give it a shaky 3/5.

Odd Thomas

Based on a series of books by Dean Koontz, it captures some of what make the books enjoyable but not enough to be memorable. It felt like (and maybe was) a made for TV movie. Watching it reminded me of the exact feeling I had when watching the Johns Dies At The End movie. Unless you're a fan of the books, skip it.

The King of Fighters

Not sure what else to expect from a movie based on a video game. It's joyless and poorly written, but there is some cool fight choreography. It is a not good movie.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

SHIT WAS CASH, YO. GO WATCH APES AND HUMANS FIGHT. Seriously, considering half the movie consists of characters that aren't actually human, this movie has more humanity than anything I've seen in quite a while. This is easily one of my favorite films of the year so far. Edit: Thank god James Franco isn't in it!

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

I watched this because I've been replaying the latest Tomb Raider game, and I never saw this. I didn't miss anything. It's dumb and generic and hinges entirely on people knowing who Lara Croft is and liking Angelina Jolie. Without either of those things to prop it up, this would've been a total wash.






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Post by: HyperGlavin on July 21, 2014, 12:19 am
I strongly disagree with you about Journey to the West. It has all of the hallmarks of Chow's other big movies, from the cartoonish fight choreography, to the unlikely hero themes, to the naive-but-cringeworthy attempt at romance.

It's worth at least four stars just for the scene where KL Hog reveals himself.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 21, 2014, 02:01 am
They Came Together

a solid parody. says nothing new or really that biting about romantic comedies but i still laughed my ass off. it's one of those movies where they just keep throwing jokes at the wall to see what sticks. nowhere near as weird or as memorable as wet hot american summer but there's still some great bits (my favorites: "you can say that again", and the cameos from amy poehler's ex-lovers at the end) and with a short runtime the film flies by


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Post by: RummyLu on July 21, 2014, 03:40 am
I'm really hoping Journey To The West was a set up for a better sequel.


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Post by: Remington Lonespear on July 21, 2014, 04:13 am
Yesterday we finally watched Wolf of Wall Street. Good but not as good as I expected, 7/10ish with bonus points for Jonah Hill's fake teeth so maybe an 8 on a good day.

Today we watched Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 and it was not nearly as good as the first. The first one was a solid 8, the sequel was about a 5.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on July 21, 2014, 08:58 am
Friday I watched Boudu Saved from Drowning, a Jean Renoir film about a bourgeois Parisian family who stop a tramp's suicide and then house him, only to find that the tramp is a hedonistic anarchist. Social constructs get shaken to their core as Boudu ruins tablecloths and doesn't understand why shoes need to be polished. It has everything I love about Renoir: film craft, humanism, and social comedy.

Sunday I watched The Earrings of Madame de..., another French film that deconstructs social conventions, this time of the 19th century aristocracy. Max Ophuls' camera is incredibly fluid, constantly reframing the characters and saying as much about them as the performances: a mark of a good filmmaker. It's my first Ophuls but it won't be my last.


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Post by: EFHRK on July 22, 2014, 02:09 am
The first half of The Thieves


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Post by: EFHRK on July 22, 2014, 10:06 pm
The second half of The Thieves


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Post by: Nicol on July 22, 2014, 10:08 pm
Why did you take the intermission? Was it boring? Too long? You forgot how late it was and still put the first half on?


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Post by: EFHRK on July 22, 2014, 10:14 pm
I started watching it at 2am last night and was too tired to finish it in one sitting


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 23, 2014, 02:37 am
Captain America: The Winter Soldier

very good. i dug the 70s thriller vibe and i was really impressed by the heavy use of practical effects. there are some great action scenes here. certainly one of the best marvel films so far, with an impressive cast. scarjo kicked ass and i was glad to see a big role for anthony mackie, since he fucking rocks


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Post by: Nicol on July 23, 2014, 11:26 am
Road to Palmoa - The debut from Jason Momoa is an introspective fugitive road movie full of a bunch of really rough and tumble boys who love to work hard and play hard and love life. It had some casting, pacing and also plot issues. Also, it could have used some more complexity. It was still pretty entertaining, and had a good soundtrack!


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Post by: Citizen Snips on July 23, 2014, 12:31 pm
yes but did he rip out a dude's windpipe


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Post by: EFHRK on July 23, 2014, 03:07 pm
New World - it was good


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 23, 2014, 07:02 pm
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

"Caesar weak."
"Koba weaker."

soooooo good


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Post by: Mr Gale on July 23, 2014, 07:43 pm
I whispered "man I hope Caesar fucks that ape up" and truly meant it.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 24, 2014, 01:21 am
Koba was a mean son of a gun

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

this was pretty cool! very visually inventive (the scenes with Quicksilver were a delight, and the girl who could open portals had some really kickass moments), and i thought it did a great job simply and coherently tying the two timelines together. i also liked that they pretty much jettisoned all those lame-ass mutants from first class and just focused on the cool guys. here's my idea for a perfect x-men movie: just fassbender. just fassbender as magneto being the fucking man. now that i'd pay to see! twice! anyway, this is a good movie. magneto lifts RFK stadium into the sky. i think this would have received a perfect score from me if quicksilver used his powers to punch a dude in the nuts a thousand times super fast.


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Post by: EFHRK on July 25, 2014, 01:51 pm
Yesterday I watched all 3 Dark Knight films and also The Blues Brothers


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Post by: locnar on July 25, 2014, 04:55 pm

this was pretty cool! very visually inventive (the scenes with Quicksilver were a delight, and the girl who could open portals had some really kickass moments)

Her name is Blink, and you best remember son


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Post by: Skeletonic on July 26, 2014, 01:06 pm
Riddick
I really like Pitch Black and while this movie was more of a callback to that than the Chronicles of Riddick ridicufest, this got a solid "meh" out of me.


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Post by: RummyLu on July 26, 2014, 01:46 pm
The Expendables 3. Best/worst line by Stallone in all three terrible movies when killing Mel Gibson.


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Post by: EFHRK on July 26, 2014, 02:32 pm
Spoilers :(


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Post by: Skeletonic on July 26, 2014, 02:49 pm
Was it "Suck lead, sugartits"?


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Post by: RummyLu on July 27, 2014, 01:17 am
Spoilers :(

It's really not, the plot isn't the important thing in this movie is it.


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Post by: Nicol on July 27, 2014, 02:51 am
I watched Divergent thinking it was that film Transcendent, with Johnny Depp. At half way I was like "Man when is Johnny Depp gonna come on." It was shit.

The new apes movie was pretty cool. Not like top of my 2014 list cool but still pretty cool.

Oculus was pretty standard horror. Nothing special.

Road to Palmoa - The debut from Jason Momoa is an introspective fugitive road movie full of a bunch of really rough and tumble boys who love to work hard and play hard and love life. It had some casting, pacing and also plot issues. Also, it could have used some more complexity. It was still pretty entertaining, and had a good soundtrack!

yes but did he rip out a dude's windpipe

He was shirtless a lot but that was it.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 27, 2014, 02:59 am
Maleficent

so this is a fairy tale with no sense of fun or humor, mostly because it's a rape metaphor with paper-thin characters


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on July 27, 2014, 07:39 am
Last night I watched

For All Mankid: The Life and Career of Mick Foley - super fantastic and also I love Mick Foley

June 17th, 1994 - interesting presentation, but not very interesting content


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 28, 2014, 11:36 pm
The Expendables 3

the only good parts are Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas and Mel Gibson. In total they represent about 20 minutes of the movie. The one-liner that Rummy mentions is not even dumb in an awesome way. Even Arnold phones it in. This movie mostly fucking sucks hard as hell


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Post by: RummyLu on July 29, 2014, 12:59 am
Arnold looks like an old worn out leather shoe that got left out in the rain and they should have let Roussey hit more stuff without all those weird THIS IS EXCITING cuts or stupid strobe lights so you can't really see anything.

I spent the entire movie waiting for Chow Yun Fat to show up and he didn't so nothing could save this for me.


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Post by: RummyLu on July 29, 2014, 01:00 am
Actually, in retrospect I'm glad he didn't because it would taint my opinion of him.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 29, 2014, 11:20 am
Yeah I have to say, the editing was god-awful. But I guess it didn't help that the movie was shot in the muddiest, ugliest, flattest way possible. And apparently the director is the guy who is going to be doing the remake of The Raid, so...woof.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on July 29, 2014, 12:27 pm
Really, I'm not all that surprised that an ironic, post-modern recapitulation of absurd Reagan-era hypermasculinity doesn't have a lot of appeal these days.


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Post by: RummyLu on July 29, 2014, 05:53 pm
It could have worked but it's just shit. Shittier is that now I know The Raid is being remade.


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Post by: HyperGlavin on July 30, 2014, 02:11 am
I bet it plays well to fans of the Call of Duty games, though.


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Post by: Nicol on July 30, 2014, 12:12 pm
Tim's Vermeer (sorry for this big incoming post).

This is a pretty incredible documentary. Maybe best of the year for me so far. Tim is some rich guy who is obsessed with the photo-realistic works of 15th Century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. Tim's Vermeer chronicles Tim's 5ish years spent recreating one of Vermeer's most complicated masterworks, despite having absolutely no prior painting experience. To do this, he built a tool that Vermeer likely also secretly invented in order to exhibit his unsurpassed superhuman (apparently) mastery of light, texture, and detail. This is a story of obsession, deception, and mystery. Definitely watch it if you are an artist (I hope Zach and Boron see & enjoy this), or otherwise a film person (paging Snips).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94pCNUu6qFY

Full disclosure, here: This film does suffer from the fact that it was directed by Teller of Penn & Teller fame. The duo feature in the film more than is required (they're not required at all). In one interview segment, Penn repeats already disclosed information and even admits that he doesn't know what he is talking about. Why is he being interviewed then!? The audio choices too, seem conflicted, as if a classically trained conductor and whoever does goofy sound effects for Penn & Teller were allocated scenes at random beforehand. Aside from this, Tim's Vermeer is compelling on several layers.

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Post by: RummyLu on July 31, 2014, 02:32 pm
I finally got around to watching Cutie And The Boxer and it's just lovely.


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Post by: du_Man on August 01, 2014, 03:38 am
I'm the last one to have seen Snowpiercer.

This is not true.

And yeah, it's terrific...

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But, really, when the big complaint about an action yarn is that the incredibly complex, well-developed themes end up maybe a little messy, you're dealing with a pretty fantastic flick. Damn you, Harvey Weinstein, for trying to cut this movie by 20 minutes (there's not 20 minutes to cut, or 2 minutes; this sucker doesn't have an ounce of fat on it), and double damn you for doing your best to bury it when you don't get away with it.

Also saw Guardians of the Galaxy, which was awesome. I'd say Vin Diesel deserves this year's Andy Serkis award for best mocap performance except Andy Serkis did a movie this year. But Diesel imbued a tree with one repeated line of dialogue with incredible humor and emotional depth.

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All the characters are like that - consistently funny, but also richly developed. Even the raccoon gets a couple genuinely heartfelt moments. Even Karen Gillan's henchwoman feels fully fleshed out with just a few lines. (And she is just all kinds of awesome, by the way)

And I think it actually passed the Bechdel test, to boot.

All in all, the best of the post-Avengers Marvel films so far (unless you count Days of Future Past), and that's out of a pretty solid line-up.


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Post by: HyperGlavin on August 01, 2014, 05:23 am
The first rule of Movie Club is nobody takes EFHRK seriously.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on August 01, 2014, 08:48 am
On Snowpiercer.

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Post by: boron on August 01, 2014, 09:19 am
I really liked Guardians of the Galaxy too, surprised at the genuinely touching Groot moments like

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vin diesel deserves an oscar for best supporting tree


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Post by: du_Man on August 01, 2014, 11:32 am
On Snowpiercer.

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Well, right, but

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Post by: Citizen Snips on August 01, 2014, 11:57 am
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Post by: Remington Lonespear on August 01, 2014, 12:12 pm
More like snorepiercer

because it was so boring


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Post by: du_Man on August 01, 2014, 12:25 pm
Snorepiercer sounds more like it stabs you if you start to drift off for any reason, which seems a little more accurate.

I do want to see it again, and maybe that bit will work for me. Certainly, I loved the rest of it, and even that part is the kind of thing that's fun to debate more so than ruined the movie. And thanks for your responses - it really clarifies a lot. It's pretty dense thematically, and almost requires a second viewing.

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Post by: Citizen Snips on August 01, 2014, 12:29 pm
It's a great mix of high concept and high philosophy, which is unfortunately rare.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Skeletonic on August 01, 2014, 01:27 pm
Heavy Metal
Good soundtrack. Most of the animation has not aged well at all. Still a fun watch, though I found myself fastforwarding through some bits.

13 Assassins
Probably the third time I watched this film, the last half is some of the best samurai-brand swordplay there is. If I ever watch it again, I'll likely skip all the build-up and go straight to the payoff.

Hotel Rwanda
;_;


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on August 01, 2014, 03:53 pm
Locke

tom hardy turned in a very compelling performance. for some reason i was expecting a big twist at the end that never came. it's more like the movie starts locke's story in media res and then slowly unravels. solid movie, great script, even better lead performance


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Post by: locnar on August 01, 2014, 08:36 pm
Heavy Metal
Good soundtrack. Most of the animation has not aged well at all. Still a fun watch, though I found myself fastforwarding through some bits.

Up yours


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Skeletonic on August 01, 2014, 10:18 pm
No it is you who up yours


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on August 01, 2014, 10:25 pm
im the one who knocks


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on August 01, 2014, 11:56 pm
im the one who knockers

(the joke is heavy metal features a lot of huge animated boobs)


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Cat Fancy International on August 02, 2014, 11:09 am
Guardians of the Galaxy. Loved it. Best Disney movie with a jizz joke.

Also, hello.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on August 02, 2014, 12:32 pm
I saw the galaxy of guardians and it is by far the best marvel film and also has the greatest post-credits scene of any film of all time


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Post by: Cat Fancy International on August 02, 2014, 10:42 pm
I've read some complaints about the post-credits scene not teasing the next movie, which got me thinking: should it? Once you see that next movie, the teaser scene ceases to matter. Who the hell cares now about Coulson looking at Thors hammer in New Mexico, or Nick Fury saying "Avengers Initiative" to Tony Stark? Everyone gets to see the hammer land in Thor, and Tony doesn't join the Avengers until it's mentioned to him two more times.

The Guardians scene was fucking awesome, especially considering all the 1980's references throughout the film itself. The only real issue I can see re enjoying it, is people not getting it.


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Post by: du_Man on August 03, 2014, 12:58 am
Hercules

It's okay. Brett Ratner delivers some cool battle scenes, the Rock has that tremendous charisma of his at full force, and it's fast and short. The story and characters are so simplistic and predictable that it's never actually involving or anything, but it's watchable enough.

Lucy

Luc Besson pulls a Deep Blue Sea, taking a staggeringly dumb premise and going so full-tilt crazy with it, populating it with engaging performers and ideas, and building to such wild set-pieces that it's hard not to be entertained. It's also fun to see Scarlet Johansson do the exact opposite character arc as she did in Under the Skin.


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Post by: EFHRK on August 03, 2014, 01:31 am
I've read some complaints about the post-credits scene not teasing the next movie, which got me thinking: should it? Once you see that next movie, the teaser scene ceases to matter. Who the hell cares now about Coulson looking at Thors hammer in New Mexico, or Nick Fury saying "Avengers Initiative" to Tony Stark? Everyone gets to see the hammer land in Thor, and Tony doesn't join the Avengers until it's mentioned to him two more times.

This is actually one of the reasons I think Guardians is by far the best marvel film. Look at any of the other ones and they all do the same shit. The story is full of hundreds of references and nods to all these comic book stories that your average moviegoer has no clue of. And all of them are specifically designed to lead up to the next. Why do you think everyone knows to wait for the post-credits scenes in marvel? Because its known way ahead of time that there's about 20 more movies coming out, and they're all going to do the exact same thing. Guardians has such little ties to the rest of the marvel film universe that it just feels like its own little thing, just a funny sci fi action picture you can just one-and-done. I know they have plans to make a second and eventually crossover with Avengers, but this first film is great just the way it is. And with a post credits scene not just jerking off in your face teasing the next one, it just brings the whole thing together with a nice little bow.

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Post by: evilspud on August 03, 2014, 10:01 am
I saw it last night. It's a solid action movie and an excellent comedy, easily topping Mystery Men as my new favorite superhero comedy.

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My only criticism is that some of the action scenes were so hectic it was tough to see what was going on.


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Post by: Skeletonic on August 03, 2014, 04:02 pm
Grootians of the Grootaxy

I AM GROOT


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: CestMoi on August 03, 2014, 06:20 pm
I was drunk and I thought Guardians of The Galaxy was merely okay


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Post by: 88FingersLouie on August 03, 2014, 07:21 pm
I'm a bit behind the times, but: The Lego Movie. Holy fuck that movie was 1000 times better than it had any right to be.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: BSam on August 03, 2014, 07:23 pm
The One I Love is pretty awesome. I don't want to say more as it might ruin the surprise, but check it out.


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Post by: BSam on August 04, 2014, 05:56 am
Locke

tom hardy turned in a very compelling performance. for some reason i was expecting a big twist at the end that never came. it's more like the movie starts locke's story in media res and then slowly unravels. solid movie, great script, even better lead performance

Yes.


Also Sorcerer. Slow to start but becomes real intense as it goes on.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on August 04, 2014, 11:52 pm
Calvary not cavalry

i kind of love brendan gleeson. he's such a warm, natural, funny presence and most of the films he stars in are brilliant. this movie is no different, as the mcdonagh brothers have seem to brought the best out in him recently. this is a very thoughtful film, with lots of beautiful cinematography and reflective moments that i feel like a catholic would appreciate most (lots of catholic guilt on display smh and rumination about religion)


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Post by: Skeletonic on August 05, 2014, 12:53 am
Predator
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Star Trek: Intro Darkness
While it was an okay okay film, I didn't really like it.

Kick-Ass 2
I thought that this movie was bad and everyone but the one character was too dumb to just shoot more people, and the ones that did shoot people didn't ever face any consequences. This movie did NOT "Kick Ass"


He Got Game
This is a cool and good movie that I enjoyed, a rare Denzel Washington that I'd never gotten around to watching.

Guardians of the Galaxy
Went to see this again, the second watch-thru was great for spotting the little things I'd missed before, and the audience was less crowded so I had a better seat. First time I've went to see a movie twice in a while.

The Mighty Ducks
I will never not enjoy this movie. Lots of heart, hockey shenanigans, GOLDBEEEEERG.

Red Dawn (2012)
I turned this off less than halfway through, it is a bad movie.


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Post by: du_Man on August 09, 2014, 09:49 am
A Most Wanted Man - another excellent Le Carre adaptation. It takes a while to get going (big shock there), but it's absolutely gripping once it does, and the ending is brilliant. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is fantastic, and it's worth seeing just for him, but Rachel McAdams, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Robin Wright, and especially Willem Dafoe make a hell of a supporting cast.

I started Solaris, but I must be having a technical error, because everyone is walking and talking in slow motion, and every now and then everything freezes.


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Post by: Nicol on August 09, 2014, 11:01 am
FARGO SEASON 1 IS REALLY GOOD!!!

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Post by: Citizen Snips on August 09, 2014, 11:09 am
Blue Velvet again because I like the way Dennis Hopper says "neighbor"


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on August 09, 2014, 01:25 pm
The Mighty Ducks
I will never not enjoy this movie. Lots of heart, hockey shenanigans, GOLDBEEEEERG.

EMILIOOOOOOOO


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Skeletonic on August 09, 2014, 05:05 pm
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Just no.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on August 09, 2014, 06:09 pm
Guardians of the Galaxy

i will let my super eloquent review on facebook do the talking:

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Omg I can't stop thinking about how awesome Guardians of the Galaxy was there was Kree and the Nova Corps and a huge floating alien skull that people lived inside and a big ol dog wearing a spacesuit and a talking racoon who cussed + fired machine guns and vin diesel as a tree and CHRIS FUCKIN PRATT and Thanos and so many eye-popping colors and beautiful visuals and the awesome mix volume 1 and spaceships and I cried I LITERALLY CRIED a little bit a single tear rolled down my cheek like the native american in that pollution commercial it was amazing go see it 5 star lords out of 5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on August 09, 2014, 06:22 pm
FARGO SEASON 1 IS REALLY GOOD!!!

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i think we have a fargo thread and i posted this but apparently season 2 will be set during the sioux falls case in 1979 that lou & lorne talk about at the diner


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Post by: pingollum on August 09, 2014, 10:43 pm
I just watched Guardians of the Galaxy too! i would like to offer my opinion by adding that it is hands down the best talking space coatí movie i have ever seen

five talking space coatís out of five


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Post by: BSam on August 09, 2014, 11:34 pm
FARGO SEASON 1 IS REALLY GOOD!!!

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Now I've finally seen the film ill have a try at the series again.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on August 10, 2014, 03:08 am
Today I watched a 2.5 hour Steve Austin documentary, that 30 for 30 War Eagle/Roll Tide thing, and Paranorman


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Post by: Navigator2001Plus on August 10, 2014, 04:00 am
Today I watched EFHRK make another post that listed the stuff he'd seen that day.

Overall it was pretty boring. It was just a "Thing 1, Thing 2, Thing 3" list, without even a short comment like "I liked this movie" or "This movie sucked all the balls" to make it worthwhile. Maybe others will enjoy that sort of thing, but I don't think I'd want to watch it again.


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Post by: Skeletonic on August 10, 2014, 01:36 pm
I've seen that one, I don't know why they keep making sequels, nobody likes them.


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Post by: EFHRK on August 10, 2014, 02:27 pm
Today I watched Nav get upset over nothing. It gave me a laugh but after thinking about it for a while it was kind of a waste of time.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on August 10, 2014, 03:00 pm
Last night I hosted a party where I showed Escape from New York, Hausu, and Day of the Dead. Earlier in the day I had also watched Stage Fright and The Elephant Man. I watched five movies yesterday. That is a lot of movies in one day, even for me.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on August 10, 2014, 03:24 pm
I also watched Escape From New York yesterday at Snips' suggestion and I have to say I had forgotten how much ass that movie kicks. It is badass as hell.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on August 10, 2014, 04:27 pm
"I heard you were dead."


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Post by: Lukeington on August 10, 2014, 04:50 pm
City of God. My portrugeuse still sucks, though.


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Post by: Skeletonic on August 12, 2014, 06:49 am
The Rock
Woke up this morning and this was on the tv,  which I thought was funny as I was just talking about it the other day.

There are things I like about this movie but after seeing it again after probably quite a few years, the bad dumb parts really stood out. Like, at one point the shithole Marines make it very clear they won't hesitate to gun a motherfucker down, as seen when they fish-in-a-barrel a bunch of Navy Seals. Then, later, for whatever reason they don't just shoot Sean Connery and Nic Cage, and when they DO capture them, don't even post a guard. Hella dumb villains. Not to mention every scene with Connery is just the dumbest stuff going on, the hamfisted daughter meetup, the stupid Humvee chase, the scene with the quarter.

That being said, Ed Harris is dreamy, Nic Cage puts in a pretty good performance as stressed out FBI nerd-turned-hero and the ending is okay, I guess, whatever.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: gila_mobster on August 14, 2014, 07:14 pm
The last quarter or so of Deep Rising

It was a delightfully 1998 movie


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on August 14, 2014, 07:16 pm
The half-digested dude is still one of the freakiest horror deaths I've seen.

Edit: Ah yes, here it is.

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Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Chronicles on August 14, 2014, 09:04 pm
Holy shit. I haven't heard someone talk about Deep Rising in ages. What a treat WILLIAMS of a movie.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Truck Thunders on August 21, 2014, 01:41 am
Time Limit -- Netflix suggested it after I watched Seargent Rutledge and Breaker Morant, and Netflix was right. Good play-style legal drama, even if it has sme cheesy soliloquies at the end.

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, the '05 restored version. God fucking DAMN this is a good film, especially considering the original theatrical release was completely mangled by the studio editing. Like The Wild Bunch, but with a kind of depth and melancholy the Wild Bunch never was quite able to nail down quite right. But you can definitely tell how drunk Sam Peckinpah was making it, because it feels kind of disjointed at times. Definitely a movie where the parts were greater than the sum total in the end, but it's still in my top five favorite westerns.

And the "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" scene with Slim Pickens. Shit.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on August 21, 2014, 08:18 am
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, the '05 restored version. God fucking DAMN this is a good film, especially considering the original theatrical release was completely mangled by the studio editing. Like The Wild Bunch, but with a kind of depth and melancholy the Wild Bunch never was quite able to nail down quite right. But you can definitely tell how drunk Sam Peckinpah was making it, because it feels kind of disjointed at times. Definitely a movie where the parts were greater than the sum total in the end, but it's still in my top five favorite westerns.

And the "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" scene with Slim Pickens. Shit.

"We started watching the first night's dailies and the shit's out of focus," says Gordon Dawson. "Sam says, 'Can't I expect fucking focus?' And the second shot was out of focus, and the third shot was out of focus. Sam got so mad he took out a folding chair and he stood up, he almost fell off of it because it was gonna fold, and he took his cock out and he pissed on the screen with this big S. And he walked out of the fucking room."

"Bob Dylan and I were sitting in the screening room when he did that," Kris Krisofferson recalls. "I remember Bob turning and looking at me with the most perfect reaction, you know: what the hell have we gotten ourselves into?"

"From then on," says Dawson, "every night we watched dalies with this S-shaped piss stain on the screen."


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Post by: Citizen Snips on August 22, 2014, 09:15 pm
Body Double

Brian De Palma yet again reformulates Hitchcock, this time Rear Window and Vertigo, to explore and critique the intersections of male desire, voyeurism, performance, and pornography. Similar to Blow Out, he is also consciously aware of his film's tenuous relation to the Exploitation Film, as well as the criticisms that crudely reduce his work to thoughtless misogyny. If the film can be seen as a joke (in which case it is a very complicated one), then heterosexual male desire is the punch line.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on August 23, 2014, 12:03 am
Hot Fuzz, finally with commentary by Edgar Wright & Quentin Tarantino. I've had this 3 disc edition for years and somehow never listened to this. It's like movie nerd heaven. Just two geeks babbling about mostly obscure shit for 2 hours. Wright & QT have a really playful rapport and a deep knowledge of film. Lots of fun. Highly recommended


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Post by: Chronicles on August 23, 2014, 12:46 am
X-Files

holy shit there are lot of episodes of this


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Post by: Chronicles on August 23, 2014, 12:46 am
TODAY I (STARTED TO) WATCH


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Joseph Nistal on August 23, 2014, 07:50 pm
Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For

I really don't have a lot to say except that this doesn't feel so much like a sequel as it does a means of plugging some gaps from the first movie and creating a few new ones while it was at it.

See it if you liked the first, it's just more of the same but the effects have gotten better. Oh, and Eva Green is topless in about two thirds of her scenes if you're into that sort of thing.

Honestly though, you're better off seeing Guardians of the Galaxy for the Nth time.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: FizzlePop on August 24, 2014, 05:14 am
Kill your darlings

Real good. Great pacing, a lot of literary references. Huston does a great Burroughs. A bit overwrought at times but i guess that fits the theme of a bunch of writer dorks.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Bettytron on August 24, 2014, 02:08 pm
I watched a six hour marathon of Nathan for You and now I'm in love with Nathan Fielder; is this normal or did I somehow brainwash myself.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on August 24, 2014, 06:47 pm
Lost Highway

It was weird.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on August 25, 2014, 10:45 pm
Boyhood a masterpiece


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on August 30, 2014, 06:23 pm
2 episodes of The Knick - good ass show

35mm screening of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm - still good ass

The Rover - good ass fuck


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Illiterati on September 03, 2014, 06:05 pm
I watched Ray Donovan and I liked it FUCK YOU HATERS


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on September 04, 2014, 10:00 pm
I watched a six hour marathon of Nathan for You and now I'm in love with Nathan Fielder; is this normal or did I somehow brainwash myself.

I just watched the first three episodes of this show and had to stop because I almost died.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on September 05, 2014, 08:34 pm
Summer with Monika

Though one wouldn't immediately think of comparing Bergman's 1953 dream of youthful summer love with the current fast food workers wage strike, here is a film that demonstrates quite harrowingly the devastating pressures of poverty in industrial urban capitalism.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Skeletonic on September 08, 2014, 04:13 pm
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug & The Audience

Long version: I watched this last night cuz it was on HBO. It is a long and bad movie that is dull. A few good performances are put in, sort of, but for the most part it's just dull and also long. Also I thought a lot of the sets and stuff just looked bad. This, along with the first Hobbit, are trying way too hard to recapture what made the LoTR trilogy cool and all of it is the antithesis of what the Hobbit should be: fun adventure with a hint of darkness and depth into some deeper lore but only just. The whole thing is overblown and at this point the loremaster himself Peter Jackson seems like he's up his own ass with the ~EPIC SPLENDOR~ of the ~Tolkien universe~.

Short version: Hella dumb and boring.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on September 10, 2014, 04:02 am
The Raid 2

i am staring in at awe at this sucker yet again and it forced me write a thing about why i love it so much (http://reeldrunk.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/the-raid-2-is-the-best-action-movie-ever-made/)


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: du_Man on September 12, 2014, 10:03 am
The Big Bang

A crazy, whacked-out acid trip of a Neo Noir, where every character is completely over-the-top and even the smallest scenes are visually dazzling. I wouldn't say it's a great movie or anything, but it's certainly a memorably bizarre one, and it's probably the coolest-looking full-color Noir I've seen. Antonio Banderas is a perfect hardboiled detective; William Fichtner, Delroy Lindo, and Thomas Kretschmann rock the corrupt cop roles; Sam Elliot and his mustache play a drugged-out billionaire with all the gusto you'd expect; and Autumn Reeser is hilarious as a sort of mystical physics geek.

There are definitely some problems - the first two-thirds is your usual convoluted plotting; Reeser's character largely drops out of the film with too little screen time; plenty of things make no sense; and as much as I love the nuttiness of the finale, it feels like it would have been better if it went even further with its ideas somehow.

Still, one of those movies that was totally worth the rental. Really, it's worth just watching for the wild sex scene between Banderas and Reeser.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on September 12, 2014, 06:25 pm
last night i saw The Guest

i was alright. its a comedic throwback to slasher films of the 70s/80s. Soundtrack is fuckin dope, pacing is a little meh, actual plot twist was pretty predictable about halfway through.

2.5/4


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on September 13, 2014, 12:27 am
Die Hard

TWO TIMES! TWO TIMES!


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on September 13, 2014, 02:05 am
Frank

it is fucking amazing and probably one of my top 5 of the year stardate two zero one four


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on September 13, 2014, 11:41 am
Me and BondFiction are simultaneously watching Phantoms Dean Koontz's and it's fucking awesome.

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Liev Schreiber is a total bastard with large framed glasses

Ben Affleck is channeling Dale Cooper and Harry S. Truman

Peter O'Toole is the managing editor for a supernatural tabloid magazine


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: RummyLu on September 13, 2014, 12:26 pm
I know what I'm watching now tomorrow.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on September 13, 2014, 12:41 pm
"IT'S LIMBO TIME! HOW LOW CAN YOU GO!"


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on September 13, 2014, 02:07 pm
Phantoms was incredible. SATAN DOG


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on September 13, 2014, 02:08 pm
The first appearance of the film's second best character (behind Liev Schrieber) comes when the camera whip-pans across the room and HUGE CLOSE-UP OF BEN AFFLECK IN A COWBOY HAT HELL YEAH


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on September 14, 2014, 04:42 am
Chef - 3/4

Kidnapped for Christ - 2.5/4

Kids for Cash - 3/4


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: BSam on September 14, 2014, 05:26 am
The Infinite Man 4.5/5


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on September 15, 2014, 09:15 am
The Signal 9/15

Pretty cool film. Definitely had its issues though.

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Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on September 15, 2014, 09:42 am
RE: The Signal

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Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on September 15, 2014, 09:49 am
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Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on September 15, 2014, 10:33 am
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Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on September 15, 2014, 04:07 pm
Not sure where to put this but I guess I'll put it here since I technically just watched it.

Quote from: Gareth Evans
"This is one of a few deleted scenes taken from the film. Reasons to cut were entirely down to pacing issues. This was probably the hardest for me to cut due to the fact that the production on this scene lasted around 6 days of shooting, it cost us a fuck load to make and it served to escalate the gang war out onto the streets involving people outside of the closed off inter-gang politics.

At the end of the day though, after discussing its worth it took us away from the central theme for a little too long with characters that would only exist in this scene alone.

Whenever I edit a film - every scene feels like a precious moment. "No fucking way can I cut this" is a regular phrase I utter at Aram (one of the producers at XYZ Films who patiently worked with me to get the film to it's final cut) but his patience was always a virtue and it's when you make a cut and no longer miss it from the bigger picture a few days down the line that you realise it was the right decision to make.

But I still want you guys to see the chaos and the mayhem we had in store, and so with the release of the film coming in a few days time - here's a sample of one of the action scenes that simply didn't make it. Enjoy."

This honestly makes sense, because it seems to take place right after the 3 simultaneous assassinations scene (see: the mask dancer) It would be like an out-of-place sidenote right as the second half of the film is about to pick up steam. Plus it's really gross

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs_Qhmiz40E


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on September 15, 2014, 09:29 pm
Guardians of the Galaxy

It was pretty entertaining. It suffered from the typical CGI fatigue and Star Warsy roller-coaster plotting of the genre, but there were some interesting set pieces and everyone involved seemed to be having fun, which gave it a good energy. Like a lot of people have said, one of the big things in its favor was its relative self-containment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which should have allowed it to establish its own energy without the pitfalls of sequelitis, but it nevertheless lacked enough complex characterization of anyone beyond the archetypical to actually elicit real emotion from me. It was also very self-aware/meta/postmodern/intertextual, whatever you want to call it, which can be fun but also irritating. Thankfully, it was mostly fun.

Groot was cool. I hope his catch phrase becomes something people can repeat on the Internet in lieu of actually having a personality.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: HyperGlavin on September 15, 2014, 09:51 pm
GROOT LOVE LAMP


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on September 16, 2014, 08:17 am
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9d/Thanos-guardians.jpg)

Video Game The Movie "starring" Josh Brolin


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on September 18, 2014, 01:30 pm
Cold In July Add this to the "Great Rural Crime Dramas of 2014" pile, along with Joe and Blue Ruin. This might be my favorite of the three. The constant plot twists shift this from a John Carpenter style thriller to a backwoods conspiracy film to a blood-soaked spaghetti western in a span of 2 hours, but it works by maintaining the same sense of menace & dread throughout. The throwback synth score is haunting, and Michael C. Hall is great in the lead role. Even better? Don Johnson gets to swagger around with a cowboy hat on as a gun-slingin' good ol' boy named JIMBOB.

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Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: jimbob on September 19, 2014, 01:56 pm
dang


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on September 19, 2014, 02:26 pm
The Rover

This might be the bleakest film I've seen all year. I mean, at least Snowpiercer ended on a moment of hope. The Rover is grim, relentlessly nihilistic, and packed with shocking moments of violence. The Australian Outback is sparse, but plot details are sparser--director David Michod foregoes the ambition of his first film "Animal Kingdom" and instead chooses to focus on the deadly, nearly wordless road trip shared by the story's two protagonists, portrayed wonderfully by the always reliable Guy Pearce and the surprisingly adept Robert Pattinson. The ending is a heartbreaker, and while I found a particular metaphor to be a little too obvious, I was left haunted by the film's bare-bones existentialism. Michod has proven himself to be a very capable writer/director. Can't wait to see what he comes up with next.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on September 20, 2014, 11:32 am
You're The Worst

I had to pause the episode I was watching because I was laughing too hard about an old man who randomly mentioned to the main character that bald eagles don't have penises, they have cloacas. This show kind of flew under my radar because of a shitty ad campaign by FX but I had read a lot of good things about it after this week's season finale so I decided to check it out. Good decision. It's fucking gold.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on September 21, 2014, 11:05 am
The Raid 2

It's kind of like

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but with poor character development, a nonsensical plot, and set in an alternate universe where the average IQ is a few standard deviations below IRL average

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This did make for some incredibly tight, gory, impeccably choreographed martial arts scenes, though. This is dumb fun - not 8.2/10 quality like IMDB indicates - but still worth it. Just in the action sequences, I can see why it is so well regarded. I think I like the first one better though.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on September 21, 2014, 11:08 pm
the rest of You're The Worst

(http://giant.gfycat.com/BleakDefinitiveBoaconstrictor.gif)


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on September 22, 2014, 07:43 am
Coherence. I'm gonna write a bit about this:

This is a recent 1-act film with a cast of character actors, so it might be under your radar. I'd check it out, though. It is a good film.

It is very elaborate and weird, but in a good way. It is a lot like Primer in structure, where the plotting starts off relatively simple, the complexity builds, and at the end you feel like you need to go back and figure out what you missed. However, Coherence is not as complex as Primer (this is less a criticism of Coherence and more a compliment to Primer, which I still don't fully understand), and doesn't focus on the same time-travel concepts as Primer (similar ballpark, tho).

While Coherence was good, it was not great. If your film is going to only have 1 act, you better make sure your dialogue and characterization are tight, and Coherence's writing did not do this. The dialogue undermines Coherence's nature as a "mindfuck film" in two major ways. The dialogue in early scenes forecasts some of what is to come. Characters are really tense before the film gives them reason to be and they know more about the film's conceptual structure than they should. The dialogue in later scenes explicitly demystifies the film by having characters explain the high-level conceptual framework of the film to each other in a way that really breaks suspension of disbelief and the fourth wall.

Stuff about the ending:

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Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on September 22, 2014, 08:01 pm
Godzilla

Okay, obviously all the monster stuff was fucking awesome. The special effects were incredible, the sound design gave me goosebumps, and they pulled off the scale of the monsters really well. Most of my problems lied with the human drama:

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Anyway, Gareth Edwards really knows how to build suspense well, and he shows that ability off at every turn. There's a real Alien/Jaws vibe going on where he holds back the full force of Godzilla until the third act and really this doesn't make sense to me because Godzilla is iconic and there's like 50 movies about him and we all know what he looks like and what he can do but whatever it's Gareth Edwards' movie and he can do what he wants and it is admittedly pretty fucking rad when we finally get to see Godzilla's spikes start to light up through the smog and then he just blows MUTO away with an atomic ray.

Oh, there's no Akira Ifukube music in this. Uh, so I'll start tacking a little score on to my reviews. Godzilla was flawed but it picks up in the second half and it's really cool to watch monsters smash stuff. Worth it for the visual spectacle alone. 3.5/5


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: du_Man on September 23, 2014, 09:52 am
You know, even though it didn't actually have Ifukube music, I thought Desplat's score had a lot of Ifukube style; it might not be the exact themes, but it's a lot of the same instrumentation and flavor. I liked it.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on September 23, 2014, 03:13 pm
Obvious Child

standard indie fare for the most part elevated by a fearless script and an incredible lead performance by Jenny Slate, who showed far more emotion and range than I ever would have expected out of her. it's like Juno, if Juno was less hokey but more grounded and lived-in. okay, i really like Juno. I don't want it to sound like i'm trashing Juno. 4/5


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: BSam on September 24, 2014, 01:42 am
Obvious Child

standard indie fare for the most part elevated by a fearless script and an incredible lead performance by Jenny Slate, who showed far more emotion and range than I ever would have expected out of her. it's like Juno, if Juno was less hokey but more grounded and lived-in. okay, i really like Juno. I don't want it to sound like i'm trashing Juno. 4/5

yeah i enjoyed obvious child too


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on September 24, 2014, 01:56 am
Gotham

the season premiere of this show was pretty dumb. the pacing was off, especially the first 10 minutes or so which felt super rushed in an attempt to jam in as much exposition as possible. the music was overbearing, the writing was very bad ("hey, you're the penguin." "hey, stop talking in riddles like some kind of...i dunno, RIDDLER.") and the directing was very bland in the worst possible kind of network TV way. that said, i like the cast and i feel like the story has some potential to pick up steam as long as the writers can settle into a groove. 2/5


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Remington Lonespear on September 24, 2014, 02:50 am
I will describe my TIW in the form of a haiku

A whole bunch of porn
On my phone; it was okay
Business trips are fun


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Author on September 24, 2014, 08:31 pm
I toe-tested Gotham and it was dumb. Superheroes don't translate well into TV shows, which doesn't really make sense to me, but it's still proving true.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on September 24, 2014, 08:37 pm
I remember liking the first season of Heroes, when it was just kind of silly fun. Then in Season 2 it veered into out-and-out stupidity and it never came back. I've heard some really good things about Arrow but I don't really give enough of a shit about Green Arrow to watch it.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Chronicles on September 24, 2014, 08:37 pm
Superheroes barely translate to movies


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Remington Lonespear on September 24, 2014, 09:07 pm
Arrow isn't all bad. It's basically Batman with a bow, though.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on September 24, 2014, 09:09 pm
put all future superhero adaptations on tv where i never watch anyway


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on September 24, 2014, 10:59 pm
What about The Cape

#sixseasonsandamovie


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Remington Lonespear on September 25, 2014, 01:26 am
MOre like the crape


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: CzechpointChrly on September 26, 2014, 03:02 am
Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom

My first mistake was considering watching it... Despite how disturbing it was, I still give it an 8/10.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on September 26, 2014, 07:12 am
poetry in scat and fascism


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on September 26, 2014, 10:02 am
Mad Max 2. It was as awesome as I remembered and I'm getting excited for the reboot!


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: CzechpointChrly on September 27, 2014, 03:26 am
Little Caesar

More like LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN

*Tumbleweed goes by*

*Cities turn to dust*

*Moons collide*

*Earth obliterates*

*Horrible joke cannot be redacted*

*Still a good movie though*


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on September 28, 2014, 04:43 pm
Bears - World class cinematography and camerawork ruined by the shitty Disney "kid-friendly" narrative arcs and narration (e.g. John C Reilly who has to do a lot of good shit to get back into my good books, as one of the kid bears: "Wow, I don't know what this ice stuff is but I like it!!!! ... Whoa, hey, wait up for me, Mom!!!!") They even make up weird ass names for the stupid fucking animals. In the trailer there was no narration so I was pretty confident that it would be great and I promised that if one of the bears talked I'd throw my TV out the window but I didn't throw my TV out the window when one of the bears talked because my TV is expensive.

The Prestige - Giving this a replay to get me pumped for Interstellar. Still a brilliant film. The twist is heavily telegraphed by the early dialogue
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So I'm going to be paying real good attention to the early dialogue in Interstellar to see if I can pick up that Nolan twist as early as possible.

The Godfather 1 and then then The Godfather 2 - Sometimes you just have to marathon 2 of the best movies ever made.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Skeletonic on September 28, 2014, 07:53 pm
My friend got me a blu-ray set with all three of the Blade movies, so I watched all of them.

First two are super good, third one has some dumb fun action but is mostly forgettable.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on September 28, 2014, 11:33 pm
Filth - James McAvoy hallucinates that he's being raped by Hitler.

3/4


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on September 30, 2014, 01:36 am
Edge of Tomorrow

Really funny, creative, action-packed. Tom Cruise was the perfect choice to go from entitled douchebag to all-american action hero. Emily Blunt was badass. I liked this a lot. 2014 was a good summer, there were lots of well-made blockbusters. 4/5.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on October 01, 2014, 05:16 pm
I finally saw Boyhood! It was amazing!
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Blue Ruin! It was also good. It was a great even as a character piece. It does that same thing that all revenge movies do, though! You know what I'm talking about!
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Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on October 02, 2014, 03:36 am
Cold in July is textbook thriller; give us an unlikely hero and change the game 3 times. I really liked it!


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 02, 2014, 11:32 pm
skyfall


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on October 04, 2014, 10:12 pm
Gone Girl - 3.5

Good as hell. Good ass cinematography and good ass acting and a good ass plot turn I would have never expected and it worked. Also you get to see TWO famous dongs.

The Maze Runner - 1

Crap as hell. It is the like every other YA adaptation out there. Camera work that is all over the place so during action scenes you can't tell what the fuck is going on, a score that is uninteresting and predictable, a plot twist that is stupid, and because the source material is a series of books of course nothing actually gets fully revealed or resolved because they have 3 more sequels planned. And the plot is the exact same as all the others too - group of young people rebel against some oppressive system. Who cares. Waste of time. (I only saw this because movie times got switched around and the film I was originally going to see was half an hour in and I needed to kill time before I saw...)


The Skeleton Twins - 3

Not much to say really. It was good. Acting was funny and sad and I liked it, but probably wouldn't watch it again, at least for a long time.

The Drop - 3

Very good and smart. Small film but stays interesting. RIP James Gandolfini he was da bes


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: jamiec on October 05, 2014, 04:39 am

I also saw Gone Girl but I don't rate it as highly as you.  I thought it was too long, it needed an edit. The plot twist in the middle was cool but the ending was dumb.  I also had a "how can someone be so smart yet so dumb" problem with it. Also I only saw one famous dong, maybe I wasn't watching as closely as you.

Last week I also saw "What We Do in the Shadows" which is a mockumentary from New Zealand.  This isn't a laugh out loud funniest-film-you-will-see-in-ages experience, but I found myself grinning all the way through.  I really liked this film. Some of the "modern day vampire" issues were very clever, with some great Lost Boys references thrown in for good measure.  For a relatively low budget film the costumes and effects were pretty good (except for the werewolves).  This is worth a look if you get the chance.




Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on October 05, 2014, 04:54 am
Re: dongs

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Also I didn't feel like the movie was long at all. I was really enthralled by what was happening, and I love both Affleck as a serious actor and Fincher in general. Honestly, The Maze Runner (which is just under 2 hours compared to Gone Girl's 2h 25m) felt way longer than this.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Kybard on October 05, 2014, 09:28 am
Gone Girl didn't feel long to me at all; actually, as someone who read the book, I appreciated how relatively lean and propulsive the movie was. it's interesting because the process of adaptation is both good and bad for the story; good in that it allows a tighter focus on theme and satire (my biggest problem with the book is that I felt like it muddled whatever conversations it thought it wanted to have; the movie has this problem to, but not to the same degree), bad in that you lose all the interior POV that allows you to better understand the layers of facade that they're putting on for their various audiences and for themselves

but that still comes across to me really well in the movie, which is about the inscrutability of appearances and how entire lives get built on deliberately opaque presentations of our selves to those we are closest to. plus tyler perry throws some gummy bears. the acting, editing, score, and directing were all spot-on. my biggest beefs were a combination of stuff that bothered me about the book in the first place and also just the fact that, having read the book, the plot didn't do anything I wasn't expecting it to, which can make things a little less compelling on a first watch


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on October 06, 2014, 01:42 am
The Rover: Pretty good. Maybe a bit too sparse for me.

Gone Girl: Incredible, top 2 Fincher, probably top 5 for the year. I'm going to write a detailed analysis of this I hope (I'm lazy)

Rush Hour: It was on TV last night


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: StumpNasty on October 06, 2014, 05:09 am
I marathoned the first four seasons of Parks and Rec (first time seeing it) because I'm unemployed. I think it's pretty good as far as primetime network shows go, though I think the early seasons of Community did more with that sort of limit than this show. Would rather see the entire cast in a more high-caliber environment akin to Party Down but we can't have everything in the world can we


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: du_Man on October 06, 2014, 10:55 am
Gone Girl - 3.5

ass ass ass dongs.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 08, 2014, 03:36 am
Starred Up

Queasy, claustrophobic prison melodrama. This really shone in its performances, especially from Rupert Friend, who said more with his silence than anyone else did with their violence. The film strikes a nice balance between empathy for its convicts while also showing their brutality. Pretty great. 4/5

p.s. the main character bites a guy in the balls


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: pingollum on October 08, 2014, 04:50 pm
I watched Gone Girl Gone, incredible film. Great directorial debut by Ben Affleck on a solid original screenplay by David Lyncher, and an unforgettable score by Trevor Reznik, former frontman of industrial rap-rock duo ICP


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on October 08, 2014, 07:17 pm
I literally just threw up


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 09, 2014, 06:10 am
the raid 2

it's so fucking fluid my eyes start doing backflips ugh silat is so pretty the choreography is amazing ugh UGHHHH


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: BSam on October 09, 2014, 09:24 pm
I watched Gone Girl Gone, incredible film. Great directorial debut by Ben Affleck on a solid original screenplay by David Lyncher, and an unforgettable score by Trevor Reznik, former frontman of industrial rap-rock duo ICP

wow


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 09, 2014, 09:35 pm
Jerrod Carmichael: Love At The Store

Premiered last Saturday. This dude is like 26 and landed his first stand-up special on HBO. It was directed by Spike Lee of all people. He's got a dry, low-energy delivery and he digs into some challenging topics (racism, classism, talent vs morality) with ease and charm. He has a joke where he says he remembers 9/11 half because of the terrorist attacks and half because it's the day The Blueprint by Jay-Z was released which had me in tears. Really good shit. 4.5/5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4L5CTLCJLQ


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on October 10, 2014, 04:59 am
Edge of Tomorrow, Rush Hour, and Rush Hour 2

I highly recommend all of them


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on October 11, 2014, 09:37 am
I caught the first season of You're the Worst because someone mentioned it in this thread earlier. It was a really good show! I enjoyed it for several reasons! The characters have so much chemistry and the show's humour, drama, and characterization are all really good too.

I watched Fargo because I couldn't remember it that well and I wanted to see how well it connected to the television show in terms of plot. Not only are the plot elements and character types very similar across the two, there are a lot of similar themes and plot points. I was being pretty silly when I said that the TV show was better than the film though, Fargo is a masterpiece.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 11, 2014, 07:15 pm
I caught the first season of You're the Worst because someone mentioned it in this thread earlier. It was a really good show! I enjoyed it for several reasons! The characters have so much chemistry and the show's humour, drama, and characterization are all really good too.

that was me! i love that show! edgar is the most adorable PTSD-afflicted heroin addict ever. i love him


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on October 12, 2014, 03:48 am
ABCs of Death 2

I liked the first better overall, but with a large collection of individually directed short films, it's basically a gamble if you're going to get more good ones than bad. This one still had some great gems though. The final short is easily the best and one of the most horrifying things I've ever seen and I loved it. There was also a Japanese one that I won't spoil but I will just say I wish it was a full feature film because I would totally watch it. Unfortunately a lot of duds or just dumb ones I didn't care about. Probably because they got an all-star lineup for the first one and had a harder time to find a followup lineup. Still worth a watch I would say.

2.5/4


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on October 12, 2014, 05:33 pm
El Cordero - eh. it was ok. i fell asleep for a lot of it.

2/4


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Post by: Citizen Snips on October 12, 2014, 10:32 pm
Gone Girl

It was well made but fatally flawed.

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Post by: codespyder on October 13, 2014, 09:09 am
Jiro Dreams of Sushi

It's a reflective documentary about the nature of devotion to one's work and inherently questions the separation between dedication and obsession in the quest for perfection.

but it's also really good food porn and holy shit am I hungry right now


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 13, 2014, 10:39 am
The Affair - Episode 1

This is the new Showtime series starring the one and only Dominic West (Jimmy fuckin' McNulty). It is, as implied, about an affair - between a writer/schoolteacher on vacation for the summer with his family and a married waitress in a resort town. What's most intriguing about the show, and this is slightly spoilery, is the central storytelling conceit. Each episode promises a sort of "his and hers" Rashomon-style retelling of events. So the different halves of the episode feature a plethora of differences, whether they be subtle exchanges between characters, seemingly key events or even the clothes people wear. It's fascinating from a character perspective to see just how the two of them interpret the story, the emotions at play, peoples' motives and their attitudes toward each other.

Was the episode perfect? Of course not. There's a strange bit at the beginning with one of West's sons that felt tonally off and just kind of...weird. And the reason for each of the two main characters for retelling this narrative from differing perspectives (which I won't spoil) seems unsustainable for any sort of long haul, but I'm hoping the series can prove me wrong. That said, the filmmaking is gorgeous, the cast is all doing A+ work, and the narrative hook is so enigmatic that I'm dying to see more. 4/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 15, 2014, 06:33 am
alright i've been trying to watch some classics

The Big Sleep (1946)

call me a sucker for film noir (i am) but i thought this was damn near a masterpiece. Bogart & Bacall have perfect chemistry as the booze-addled P.I. and the femme fatale respectively, and they completely own this movie. While the direction of the legendary Howard Hawks is stellar, I think the real king here is the script (partially written by William Faulkner). There's so much witty, quotable dialogue to wrap your head around. Whenever the plot may become confusing, there's Bogart around the corner to snap at a character and remind you what the fuck is going on.

"How do you like your brandy?"
"In a glass"
5/5

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

holy shit. this film is gruesome, macabre, claustrophobic, fucking terrifying and it's worth every accolade it has received. the fact that a film from 40 years ago can still be unsettling until this day is a testament to its filmmaking. whereas another 70s horror classic, john carpenter's halloween, is voyeuristic, shot from long takes and mostly keeps michael myers halfway out of frame, this film does everything but that. it's packed with extreme close-ups of the horrifying--skulls, the bugged-out eyeballs of our heroine, the revving chainsaw of Leatherface.  it's a masterclass in terror. 4.5/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 15, 2014, 02:08 pm
Gone Girl

culled from my facebook status:

David Fincher you dog you've done it again. Gone Girl was nuts. Come for the mystery thriller, stay for the satire of the American media circus, go ape shit for that hog wild Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross original score. And look really goddamn carefully for Ben Affleck's dick

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4/5


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Post by: Kybard on October 15, 2014, 03:27 pm
gone girl stuff

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Post by: Citizen Snips on October 15, 2014, 03:37 pm
On Gone Girl & misogyny

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Post by: EFHRK on October 16, 2014, 12:13 am
Ablations - it was ok 2.5/4


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 16, 2014, 01:11 am
The Purge: Anarchy

What's most interesting about this film is that it seems to have some George Romero-esque sociopolitical commentary on its mind. It hints at satire at times but mostly the plot is so dumb & illogical that none of it ever has any bite. That leaves you with cheap thrills from an admittedly effective b-movie. There are a few taut action scenes and as stupid as the premise is, it leaves a lot of room for some more fun sequels. The script is muddled by unnecessary characters and really the only actor who leaves an impression is star Frank Grillo as the Purge version of The Punisher. That being said, there's a scene where Omar Little bursts into a room firing an Ak-47 while screaming "MOTHAFUCK THE PURGE". So I have to give this at least a 2.5/5. It's dumb fun.


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Post by: BSam on October 16, 2014, 05:27 am
Ablations - it was ok 2.5/4

no it's suppsed to be out of 5


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Post by: Citizen Snips on October 16, 2014, 08:01 am
The Purge: Anarchy

What's most interesting about this film is that it seems to have some George Romero-esque sociopolitical commentary on its mind. It hints at satire at times but mostly the plot is so dumb & illogical that none of it ever has any bite. That leaves you with cheap thrills from an admittedly effective b-movie. There are a few taut action scenes and as stupid as the premise is, it leaves a lot of room for some more fun sequels. The script is muddled by unnecessary characters and really the only actor who leaves an impression is star Frank Grillo as the Purge version of The Punisher. That being said, there's a scene where Omar Little bursts into a room firing an Ak-47 while screaming "MOTHAFUCK THE PURGE". So I have to give this at least a 2.5/5. It's dumb fun.

My favorite part of this is that back in August some teen made a joke on Twitter that The Purge was going to happen in Louisville, KY and suddenly the city started freaking out, a bunch of my facebook friends called for banning the film, and people were listening to the police blotters thinking that The Purge was happening, seemingly unaware that violent crime happens in cities of over 250,000 people.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 17, 2014, 03:12 pm
Miami Vice (2006)

I don't understand the critical derision of this film. Did people want an ironic, nostalgic recreation of the 80s series? Because this isn't it. This is a big boy action flick with some great shootouts. Do Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell have zero chemistry? Sure. Is this basically an elongated episode of the TV show? Sure. But also it rocks the fucking shit. Michael Mann kicks ass. Anyway, I'm watching Collateral. 3.5/5


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Post by: EFHRK on October 18, 2014, 12:17 am
The Boss, Anatomy of a Crime - Very impressive. Though it gives the results of characters' struggle halfway through the film from its non-chronological style, the story still manages to stay gripping. Would recommend. 3/4

Creep - This was a massive disappointment for me, since I was really looking forward to it after hearing so many good things. For 95% of the film, it's super funny and interesting and has some genuinely unsettling moments. But then that last 5% happens. The end of the film is such a let down, and I don't want to give it away, but I felt it was incredibly underwhelming and more importantly, unstatisfying. I know this is planned to be a trilogy, with the next two films hopefully coming out some time next year, so if their plan is to continue developing this story more across the trilogy, I can see that bring really cool and possibly really good! But as a standalone, this first entry is not much to look at. Could easily be lumped in with the dozens and dozens of other mediocre found-footage films from the past few years. Would suggest holding off on this at least until the next one is out, and watching them as a double feature. 1.5/4


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Post by: EFHRK on October 18, 2014, 07:24 pm
Whiplash - #2 best movie of the year, edging up against #1. Totally perfect. Also one of the most stressful films I've ever seen. JK Simmons is a terrifying man. I will probably see this again before the end of the month.

St. Vincent - Better than I thought it was going to be. Gets a little sentimental, but I think it works out. Some classic Bill Murray on display here too. Worth a watch.


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Post by: CB on October 19, 2014, 12:17 am
Gone Girl and I just gotta say
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Post by: Captain Wacky on October 19, 2014, 01:50 am
I was kind of thinking the same thing, but I wasn't sure.

I mean
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Post by: Citizen Snips on October 19, 2014, 09:48 am
No, because

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Post by: Nicol on October 19, 2014, 10:05 am
On Gone Girl & misogyny

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You can say of almost any film that it is an "open" or "closed" frame/form film. The word frame implies various camera, cinematography, setting, scene blocking, etc etc, ideas that I'm going to completely ignore while focusing on implications for plotting, pacing and writing. I'm not speaking directly to you when I give the following explanation, Snips, because as a film major you already know these ideas, but before I get to my argument, I better quickly go through this stuff for the benefit of those who haven't studied film theory.

A "closed frame" is one in which everything is there for a reason. Every prop adds atmospheric, characterization, or thematic value to the film. Every character is placed there for plot advancement, conflict creation or resolution, or some other intended purpose. Nothing is incidental in a closed frame. These are worlds deliberately crafted and shaped. I'm pretty sure that if you pick up any textbook, it will describe Fincher and Hitchcock as two of the most notable closed-frame directors.

An "open frame" is just the opposite. Often, open framed films take place in a world that has existed for a long time under these parameters and will exist after the film takes place. Characters can appear without contributing to the plot. Many points of view and themes are considered. Minor characters get their own plot-arcs. Characters/themes/conclusions are often ambiguous and to-life-realistic. Some plot threads or ideas are implied, but never fully explored. Boyhood is the most recent example of an open frame that I can think of, and indeed, a lot of Linklater's films are like this. HBO's the Wire is majorly open-framed.

Of course, to some degree, every film is a compilation of closed-frame and open-frame scenes, unless your work is really at one end or the other of the spectrum. Nolan is meticulous in his closed-framed batman films, and Linklater is often at the other end of the spectrum. Neither film type is better than the other. For some ideas, it might be better to go with one or the other, and for others, it might be better to be somewhere in the middle of this spectrum.

Gone Girl talk time:

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My analysis of the major theme in the film:

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Fincher's satire and cynicism vs Feminist ideas:

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Post by: Nicol on October 19, 2014, 10:16 am
It won't let me finish my post!!!! edit: I guess I reached the character limit, I edited it down a bit then finished it off again)


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Post by: EFHRK on October 20, 2014, 08:45 pm
The Look of Silence - So it turns out the companion piece to one of the best documentaries I've ever seen is also one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. It also completely killed my mood for the rest of the night.

4/4


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 21, 2014, 08:17 am
Lucy

As much as the intriguing yet silly premise had me going (this drug lets her access more than 10% of her brain!), i was disappointed by the action in this film. The best thing it had going for it was like a minute long car chase. The only reason to stick around is the absolutely nuts 2001/Tree of Life inspired ending, which admittedly is pretty sweet. Also, Scarlett Johannson rocks obviously. 2.5/5


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Post by: EFHRK on October 21, 2014, 11:22 pm
The Babadook - One of the best movies of the year, and one of the best horror films I've seen in a long time. Disturbing and gripping with a really deep and intelligent story, and relies more on real slow-build horror than cheap jump scares. Highly recommend. 3.5/4


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Post by: Lukeington on October 21, 2014, 11:27 pm
Gone Girl: I'm glad I went into this largely unspoiled. If you haven't seen it yet do it.

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Post by: Truck Thunders on October 21, 2014, 11:31 pm
Been watching a shitload of Mario Bava B-horror for Halloween season. In order of best to worst:

Kill, Baby, Kill -- Apparently his best work, definitely the best of the three I've seen. The storytelling was a bit muddled at times, but it appears to have been written in English by Italian writers so I suspect they had a few issues with writing in a second language. Still a great B-movie with a plot that's way more original than most horror nowadays and a creepy little girl who actually manages to be pretty creepy at times. 4/5

Baron Blood -- Surprisingly not bloody, although a dude does get killed in an iron maiden and the titular baron pulls it back off and it's all gooey and bloody. Other than that, pretty tame for the 70s. Dumb entertainment. 2.5/5

Black Sunday -- This was the film that made Bava a name in B-horror, and it was definitely gory as shit for 1960. Unfortunately, the plot itself was garbage. Bava took all the potentially interesting stuff out of the Dracula framework and just ran with the Victorian misogyny and a bunch of Jesus versus Vampires crap. Still gets 1/5 for the effects, not bad for 1960.

Final verdict, I'm not gonna be watching much more Bava. Hammer films are way better for goofy scenery-chewing gothic horror, and there's plenty of 70s films that did the gory/exploitation horror better.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 22, 2014, 05:00 pm
Stretch

THIS. MOVIE. WAS. SOOOOOO MOTHERFUCKING RAD.

I can't even really describe it without spoiling my favorite parts. Basically it's got razor-sharp dialogue, a cast of character actors going batshit insane and a sly, biting satire of Hollywood. I laughed my fucking ass off watching this. I dunno like a 5/5? This might be one of my favorite films of the year.


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Post by: EFHRK on October 22, 2014, 10:01 pm
It Follows - good. 3/4

Fury - also good. 3/4



I'm tired


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Post by: EFHRK on October 24, 2014, 01:54 am
Stretch - Delightfully insane. I feel it may have dropped off a bit in the last third, but overall a completely crazy and fun movie. Would recommend. 3/4


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Post by: Nicol on October 24, 2014, 09:49 am
Edge of Tomorrow - Actually pretty good!


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Post by: Citizen Snips on October 24, 2014, 10:14 pm
Mandingo

It's a brilliant masterpiece about race and patriarchy with James Mason as an absurd plantation owner. It has suffered years of abuse by bourgeois-liberal critics who don't understand how movies work. Ebert called it "racist trash" and Leonard Maltin called it "Stinko!" so there are a few more reasons to watch it.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 25, 2014, 05:26 am
Dolemite and Riki-Oh

Both movies made me throw my hat in the air like Bobby Shmurda


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 26, 2014, 02:06 pm
John Wick

It's the most perfect action movie in the sense that the dialogue is so fun and pulpy and KEANU FIST-FIGHTS THE MAIN VILLAIN IN THE RAIN i loved it 5/5


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Post by: EFHRK on October 26, 2014, 10:44 pm
Birdman - Best movie of the year. That is all I'm going to say about it. Just go see it for yourself. Get a seat directly in the center of the theater up near the front and just go experience that shit. 4/4


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Post by: EFHRK on October 27, 2014, 02:23 am
Goddammit you know what, I think this night not be the best of the year, because there is one very big thing that keeps bugging me about it. For anyone who sees it please respond to this because I'm not sure what to think of it.

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Everything besides that one thing is fucking amazing tho.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 28, 2014, 10:15 pm
Falcon Rising

This is a movie about Michael Jai White going to Brazil and kicking Yakuza in the head. It's a fun b-movie with some well-choreographed action scenes. The final fight is nuts--it's White against 3 badguys, and by the end everyone is wielding some sort of weapon, whether it be a knife, steel pipes or a fucking katana.

Obviously the film was done on the cheap, with limited locations, a cast of mostly nobodies (aside from White and Neal McDonough) and really obvious stock sound effects. I felt that only added to the shlocky 80s action movie style fun, though.

3.5/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 29, 2014, 08:26 am
Mike Tyson Mysteries (Premiere)

this is a new show on Adult Swim where Mike Tyson, his adopted Asian daughter, a ghost, and a talking pigeon (Norm Macdonald) solve mysteries. In this episode, Mike Tyson sang a song called "Ain't Got No Time For Bird Sex" and he also punched a chupacabra in the nutsack. this is now my favorite story on the television


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Post by: BSam on October 29, 2014, 05:19 pm
Mike Tyson Mysteries (Premiere)

this is a new show on Adult Swim where Mike Tyson, his adopted Asian daughter, a ghost, and a talking pigeon (Norm Macdonald) solve mysteries. In this episode, Mike Tyson sang a song called "Ain't Got No Time For Bird Sex" and he also punched a chupacabra in the nutsack. this is now my favorite story on the television

Yes


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Post by: Metsfan on October 29, 2014, 08:10 pm
St. Vincent

A sentimental Bill Murry takes on Gran Torino, but he swears at children more and it's funny instead of sad (it is actually a little sad).


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 29, 2014, 11:08 pm
V/H/S: Viral

Well since this was basically 4 short films in 1 anthology I guess I'll review each one:

Vicious Circles: it's about an ice cream truck that goes around and kills people or something. who fucking knows? this was absolute nonsense. like it literally made no sense. i guess it was attempting some kind of meta-commentary. but it was just utterly pointless as a wraparound segment. it features random b-stories that are just...what? the ending...ugh. 1/5

Dante The Great: what's the point of having a found footage movie if one of the segments isn't even found footage? this is actually a documentary about a magician with a killer cloak. it's a fun, goofy premise crippled by its own self-seriousness and the fact that it DOESN'T FIT THE CONCEPT OF THE MOVIE. there's precisely one good scene, where the magician uses his magic to murder a bunch of cops. there's some nifty special effects. but i can't recommend this for a 2 minute bit. 1.5/5

Parallel Monsters: now this is more like it. nacho vigolando (timecrimes) brings us the story of a man in his basement who opens a portal to a parallel universe. when he and his doppelganger switch sides, things get weeeeeeird. the tension builds well, and then the short flips on a dime with a fucking wacky twist (that i'm sure a lot of people will hate) 4/5

Bonestorm: this is about a bunch of skater punks who smoke blunts and drink 40s and they
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it's fucking awesome and definitely my favorite of the bunch 4.5/5

Overall the film was as totally inconsistent as the first 2 in the series. Also the fact that it has one less short film than the others is pretty disappointing. Anyway, half the movie is asinine, half of it is fun, so all in all I give it a 2.5/5


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Post by: EFHRK on October 30, 2014, 12:12 am
I also watched V/H/S: Viral. I did not like it as much. This is the worst movie I've seen this year easily.

Vicious Circles: This made no fucking sense at all. I have no fucking clue what the story was or what even the point was supposed to be. Video glitches and vhs tape static were near constant to the point where I could barely see what was happening most of the time. There's also no tie to what the individual segments are like the last two movies. They just randomly show up. Dumb as fuck. 0.5/4

Dante the Great: I thought this was supposed to be like, a comedic bit about a street magician that kills people or something. I thought that sounded interesting. Nope. Stupid demon cloak bullshit, terrible special effects, felt like a fucking Dr. Who episode or some shit. Boring and dumb. 0.5/4

Parallel Monsters: Started off well enough, but as soon as a dude whipped out a demon penis I immediately lost interest because it looked so goofy. Didn't care about what happened after that. 1.5/4

Bonestorm: Hated the characters, took way too long, and all the action/horror shit looks terrible. Like a goddamn Freddie Wong video. And no one's reactions to anything are believable in the slightest. Hella dumb 0.5/4

There was some other third segment that was put in as a replacement for a cut segment at the last minute. Something about a guy filming a girl undressing in a cab. Super short and super dumb. 0/4


Where V/H/S is so terrible its hilarious, and V/H/S/2 is actually kinda cool and scary, V/H/S: Viral is a fucking travesty and flat out boring. Complete waste of time. 0.5/4


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Post by: Metsfan on October 30, 2014, 12:15 am
Who do I trust :(


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Joseph Nistal on October 30, 2014, 11:57 am
John Wick

I stand by my previous statement in the new release thread that it was loud, hardly dumb though with some great depth to the history and life John finds himself involved in again.

I give it 1.2 Collateral's out of 1.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on October 31, 2014, 03:06 am
Let's Be Cops

Perfunctory story beats, obvious musical cues, bland directing--and that was all in the first 45 minutes! Then suddenly during the second half of the film it turned into a fairly serious action-thriller, which was kind of a weird tonal shift. The cast is totally forgettable aside from Damon Wayans Jr & Jake Johnson as the two leads, who have great chemistry (as also witnessed on New Girl). It's a fun movie and it'd be fine to throw on with a bunch of friends if you're all drinking and "smoking doobies", I'm sure (I watched it drunk and alone). I didn't hate it, nor did I really enjoy it. I laughed aloud a few times. That's my review. Put that on the DVD case. "I laughed aloud a few times." - Bond"DiegoInglewood"Fiction

2.5/5


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Post by: EFHRK on October 31, 2014, 03:18 am
Life Itself - Very good and very sad 3.5/4

A Most Wanted Man - Good but felt a little slow. No one in this movie is in much of a rush to get things done. Worth a watch but I probably wouldn't see it again. 3/4


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Post by: EFHRK on November 02, 2014, 01:54 am
Here is every movie I've watched in the last 48 hours

Space Jam - 100/1

Horns - 2.5/4

John Wick - 3/4

Nightcrawler - 3.5/4


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Post by: Author on November 02, 2014, 01:58 am
Tell me more about Horns


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Post by: EFHRK on November 02, 2014, 02:23 am
The first half of the movie is really funny and insane and I was really in to it, but then around halfway it just starts to kinda lose momentum with overly long flashbacks, dumb plot twists, and the whole "he is turning in to a demon" thing gets a little ridiculous and confusing as to what the point is. I would say check it out but don't get super excited for it or anything.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 02, 2014, 09:09 am
John Wick deserves a 7 out of 4


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Post by: EFHRK on November 02, 2014, 02:12 pm
Well too bad because it gets a 3 but I'm too tired to explain why right now.


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Post by: Bettytron on November 02, 2014, 05:44 pm
Strange Days (1995)

What a mess! Has roots as James Cameron's film response to the Rodney King verdict and the LA riots (all of which is handled pretty well and much more directly than it would be today, and it is all still super relevant because our cops are still racist murderers) but gets swamped by Ralph Fiennes being a bit camper than he can really pull off and a plot with Juliette Lewis as an aspiring singer that is really only tangentially related to the heart of the story. Somebody could do a cut of just Angela Bassett's scenes (because she really should be the main character) and it would make 50% more sense, be a tidy 90 minutes long, and be much more politically and emotionally effective. A lot of bits and pieces are great and inventive and provocative, but ultimately it's too unwieldy and doesn't cohere.


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Post by: du_Man on November 03, 2014, 11:38 am
I've always loved Strange Days anyway because Katheryn Bigalow just directs the holy living hell out of it.


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Post by: EFHRK on November 03, 2014, 11:50 am
Last night I watched Drive but with the new BBC rescore project where they got a bunch of great artists to completely redo the soundtrack of the movie mixed in with the original sound of the film. It's an interesting experiment and I hope they do it with more films. Obviously it's tough to compare to the original score which is fucking incredible and one of my favorite film soundtracks ever, but this new one has some really great tracks in it that work with the film. Some of the other songs ehhhh not so much.

Also Drive is one of my favorite films of all time like top 10 material I just want to say that


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 04, 2014, 02:32 pm
Nightcrawler

all the things you may have read about this being Jake Gyllenhaal's best performance ever are 100% true (although i still haven't seen Enemy mayyyybe I'll watch that later). he's strange, almost alien, totally bug-eyed and completely arresting. the film works as a captivating neo-noir of sorts, with Gyllenhaal's Lou Bloom spiraling further and farther into darkness as his actions become more morally repugnant, all in the name of money & success. Dan Gilroy's direction is remarkable for a first-timer and there are some beautiful compositions of downtown Los Angeles by cinematographer Robert Elswit (P.T. Anderson's long-time DP).

The supporting cast is all-around excellent, although I'm of the opinion that the film needed more Bill Paxton. Every film needs more Bill Paxton. Other cons: I wasn't a fan of James Newton Howard's score, and the satire in the script almost strays too heavy-handed at times. There are moments where the lengths Lou Bloom will go to for a story might seem preposterous, but Gilroy keeps the tone of the film under control the entire time and makes it work. Long story short: very good and i liked it. 4.5/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 05, 2014, 03:12 am
Sex Tape

it was dumb and formulaic. they also never showed any wieners 2/5

oh also i watched The Vanishing(1988) on Halloween. it was incredibly grim and intense. the ending is bugnuts crazy. there was a lot of dark humor that landed well. i don't want to give too much away but i loved the story structure. i read about the remake with kiefer sutherland and it sounds like horse shit so don't watch that. anyway i was drunk when i saw this and it deserves a rewatch but i genuinely loved it. 5/5


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Post by: EFHRK on November 06, 2014, 12:58 am
The One I Love - pretty good but I don't think it went as far with its premise as it could have 2.5/4


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Post by: BSam on November 07, 2014, 05:10 pm
yay you saw it




i saw interstellar yesterday, it was p good


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Post by: Remington Lonespear on November 07, 2014, 11:06 pm
Interstellar - The comparison seems obvious and too easy to make, but it really does feel like a modern day 2001. It's not as deliberate, far less cryptic, and ultimately not quite as thought-provoking, but it evoked many if not all of the same feelings that 2001 did the first time I saw it.

Like all Nolan movies it had a lot of little flaws that don't really impact your enjoyment the first time through. The only stuffthat really bugged me was

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Post by: Nicol on November 08, 2014, 02:00 am
oh also i watched The Vanishing(1988) on Halloween

This was one of the best films I've ever seen. I saw this a long time ago and I forgot what it was called, but it came at a point in my life where I was watching trash, and it was the first film to make me really appreciate that there could be good foreign cinema, and that there was probably more out there in other languages.  Apparently it was Stanley Kubrick's favourite film. The atmosphere and acting really make that film. Good call!


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on November 08, 2014, 04:53 am
I saw Interstellar and right now I'm placing it as my third best film of the year (behind Whiplash and Under the Skin, respectively). It is a fucking incredible, intense, emotional clusterfuck of amazing things. I fucking almost cried like 3 separate times. Goddammit.

This absolutely must be seen in 70mm IMAX if that is in any way possible for you. 4/4



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Post by: EFHRK on November 08, 2014, 04:55 am
List of best Nolan movies in order of good

The Prestige
Interstellar
The Dark Knight
Memento
Inception
Insomnia
Batman Begins
The Dark Knight Rises
Following


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Post by: boron on November 08, 2014, 06:53 am
holy mother of fuck, Interstellar in 70mm IMAX absolutely has to be seen. I did find a few of the character motivations a little questionable but for the most part i was completely swept up in it. Mcconaughey absolutely brought it, he was so fucking good.  8.5/10


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Post by: boron on November 08, 2014, 07:18 am
also the score was memsermizing


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Post by: Remington Lonespear on November 08, 2014, 01:01 pm
Mcconaughey absolutely brought it, he was so fucking good.

Yeah dude. That scene where

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Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 08, 2014, 07:29 pm
Django Unchained

I've seen this a million times but Laktose was watching it so we synced up and I watched it again and it's still fucking amazing. 17/5


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Post by: Kybard on November 08, 2014, 08:21 pm
holy mother of fuck, Interstellar in 70mm IMAX absolutely has to be seen. I did find a few of the character motivations a little questionable but for the most part i was completely swept up in it. Mcconaughey absolutely brought it, he was so fucking good.  8.5/10

my main issue was that it was a very nolan screenplay, as in every single little detail must fit into a grand twist in the narrative that dovetails every single thing together. the major climax in particular is pretty clumsy about explaining how all of those pieces fit. but generally I thought this was a breathtaking, ambitious-as-hell experience that I liked more than any other Nolan film I can think of that I've seen

(I also saw it in proper IMAX and that is definitely the most correct way to see a film with visuals this gorgeous and deliberately overwhelming)


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Post by: Nicol on November 09, 2014, 06:48 pm
Interstellar timeline:

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Post by: Citizen Snips on November 10, 2014, 01:05 pm
Interstellar physics (http://ikjyotsinghkohli24.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/on-the-science-of-interstellar/)


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Post by: Lukeington on November 10, 2014, 05:37 pm
Snowpiercer is on American Netflix now (aw yeah, Hola rocks,) and it is absolutely insane. I will be recommending this movie for weeks. Some of you were buzzing about it when it first came out and it totally lived up to the hype.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 10, 2014, 11:48 pm
A Touch of Sin

This Chinese drama was a Palme D'or nominee at Cannes in 2013. It features 4 short stories, each loosely based on real events, all connected by a single theme - the senseless violence caused by various economic & social factors within modern day China. It's a scathing critique of corruption, misogyny, industrialization, and a whole laundry list of other things that writer/director Jia Zhangke seems to want to get off his chest. The directing is fluid & stylish and the various territories of China that the film takes place in are all beautifully photographed. A Touch of Sin is a magnificent, ambitious tale with a lot on its mind. It reminded me especially of the best film in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu's "Death Trilogy", Amores Perros. 5/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 11, 2014, 07:10 am
Greenberg

Like a big, long sigh of a film. But I mean that in the best way possible, you know? 4/5


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Post by: RummyLu on November 11, 2014, 10:05 am
Let's Be Cops

Perfunctory story beats, obvious musical cues, bland directing--and that was all in the first 45 minutes! Then suddenly during the second half of the film it turned into a fairly serious action-thriller, which was kind of a weird tonal shift. The cast is totally forgettable aside from Damon Wayans Jr & Jake Johnson as the two leads, who have great chemistry (as also witnessed on New Girl). It's a fun movie and it'd be fine to throw on with a bunch of friends if you're all drinking and "smoking doobies", I'm sure (I watched it drunk and alone). I didn't hate it, nor did I really enjoy it. I laughed aloud a few times. That's my review. Put that on the DVD case. "I laughed aloud a few times." - Bond"DiegoInglewood"Fiction

This was the dullest movie and I'm embarrassed I watched it. The only part that got vaguely interesting was the running and gunning sequence which seemed like it was about to turn into an amazing critique of how gun violence is portrayed in movies but then it just went back to being bland and shit and not funny again.

2.5/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 12, 2014, 03:40 am
Bernie

This is Richard Linklater's mockumentary/docudrama about Bernie Tiede (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Tiede) (who now lives in Linklater's garage). I typically prefer Linklater's brand of neorealism found in films like the Before trilogy and Boyhood, but Bernie was enjoyable. It's slow, but it's got a droll sense of humor and a lot of the townsfolk that are interviewed in the film are downright hilarious. Jack Black and of course my buddy McConaughey turn in great performances. 3.5/5


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Post by: Truck Thunders on November 13, 2014, 03:54 am
The new Eric Andre Show.

This Art Hurt Me/5

My sides hurt me.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 13, 2014, 04:04 am
The Sacrament

I really like Ti West's horror films. They seem to follow a pretty strict pattern--45 minutes of tense buildup, and then a 45 minute explosion of insanity. The man can build a feeling of dread like no other. That helps especially in The Sacrament's case where if you're familiar with Jonestown at all, you'll know where the story is headed from moment one. It's the atmosphere that really works in this film's favor, from the lowkey yet sinister performance by Gene Jones as 'Father' to Tyler Bates' score. I think the found footage aspect worked to the movie's detriment, and there were moments where I found myself wondering how they were getting all the shots they did with just 1 or 2 cameras. You can feel a traditional horror film dying to burst out of the seams at times and that tended to pull me out of the movie. 3.5/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 14, 2014, 08:40 pm
from yesterday

Your Sister's Sister

Great little mumblecore rom-com from director Lynn Shelton. Basically staged as a 3 person play at a remote cabin. Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt and Rosemarie Dewitt are all terrific. The script is far from conventional - the way everything plays out feels very natural and the film keeps finding ways to raise its emotional stakes. Me gusta. The only other film I've seen from Lynn Shelton is Humpday (also fantastic) so I will be sure to check out more. 4/5

The Babadook

I wish I had watched Your Sister's Sister second. The Babadook was just a good old-fashioned well-crafted god-danged spooker. I have to give a big shout out to two elements in particular: the sound design and the cinematography. The Babadook might have the creepiest atmosphere of any film I've seen since at least The Conjuring, which I'd put this in a similar class with. The central metaphor of the film, while obvious, is also quite sincere and very touching. Definitely one of the best horror movies of 2014, as I believe EFHRK mentioned. 4/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 15, 2014, 11:19 am
Ceremony

Written & directed by Max Winkler (son of the Fonz), Ceremony is like a more slight, less twee Wes Anderson film. Michael Angarano carries the movie with his cocksure, motormouth delivery and deft turns of phrase. Watch out for a constantly drunk pre-New Girl Jake Johnson, who steals absolutely every single scene he's in. 3.5/5


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Post by: RummyLu on November 15, 2014, 12:14 pm
I saw Frank last night and I really really liked it. Fassbender rules even when you can't see his face.


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Post by: RummyLu on November 16, 2014, 06:14 am
And then I watched Snowpiercer so it's been a great weekend for movies for me.


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Post by: du_Man on November 16, 2014, 02:23 pm
Birdman

It's certainly good - the acting is incredible, there are some terrific scenes, that percussion soundtrack rocks, and it's visually dazzling as hell. But I gotta be honest, it's kinda pretentious and empty. That last scene, in particular, thinks it's a lot more clever than I think it actually is.

Even making it all look likes it's a single long take, while technically stunning, doesn't really seem to have a point. There are scenes where doing one long take is a brilliant move, and others where it's just a cool gimmick.

That said, it's still pretty cool and worth seeing.


Mountains of the Moon

Man, this is just a flat-out classic. It works as a sweeping epic, as a rousing adventure, and as a small personal tale of an intense friendship. Whoever at the studio buried this into obscurity should have been tarred and feathered. As should whoever made the DVD non-anamorphic and flattened the audio track; the scenery is gorgeous and the music is magnificent, but the DVD clearly does not do it any justice whatsoever. Also, no special features. Not even the trailer.

It's weird, though, to hear just how much higher Iain Glen's voice was 25 years ago. I swear, that sucker's dropped an octave and a half.


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Post by: EFHRK on November 16, 2014, 02:42 pm
Re: Birdman looking like it's one take

It's to make the film feel like a stage play


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 19, 2014, 08:26 am
The Immigrant

Moody, evocative period drama with some knockout performances and stunning photography. Every frame of the cramped, soul-crushing New York in the film looks like a painting. A slow burn, but well worth it for the dramatic payoff. 4.5/5


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Post by: Benny B on November 21, 2014, 06:09 am
Guardians of the Galaxy

This had every chance to be awful, and it was great. Too many characters, tons and tons of CGI, vague villains, unfamiliar material-- and yet the funny parts were still genuinely funny, the sweet parts were still genuinely sweet, and there was some solid action. The fight choreography could've gotten a little more love. I would love to see the next one, since it would be all adventure, rather than establishing who everyone is and how they met each other.

3.875/5


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Post by: RummyLu on November 21, 2014, 05:39 pm
iSteve.

Don't watch this it's aggressively unfunny and is garbage.


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Post by: EFHRK on November 22, 2014, 02:09 am
Foxcatcher

Hot fuckin damn, this is a good goddamn movie. Everyone is great in it, the cinematography is amazing, and I want to kill myself because holy shit is it depressing.

4/4


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Post by: Citizen Snips on November 22, 2014, 03:16 am
Adieu au langage

The only 3D film I know of that quotes Hawks, Sartre, Tchaikovsky, and Freud while also showing a naked woman fart in her kitchen.


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Post by: BSam on November 22, 2014, 09:05 am
Foxcatcher

Hot fuckin damn, this is a good goddamn movie. Everyone is great in it, the cinematography is amazing, and I want to kill myself because holy shit is it depressing.

4/4

worth the wait?


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 22, 2014, 08:48 pm
The Guest

i can't even begin to describe what i loved about this movie. synth score, winking at cheesy 80s action cliches, john carpenter homages, dan stevens with the most charming/charismatic villain ever. this was amazing. 69/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 26, 2014, 06:59 pm
Horrible Bosses 2

i read a review earlier that described this as a perfect airplane movie and that's pretty spot-on. it's funny from time to time, the main trio of Bateman/Sudeikis/Day have great chemistry and seem like they're having a blast--ultimately it's a decent little diversion but it's just as forgettable as the first. Charlie gets to use his Hoss Bonaventure southern oil/denim man accent from Always Sunny a few times, which is cool. 3/5


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Post by: Truck Thunders on November 27, 2014, 03:45 pm
My favorite Thanksgiving film, Ravenous. Surprisingly good dumb fun.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on November 28, 2014, 10:18 pm
The LEGO Movie

yep, everything is still awesome.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 01, 2014, 07:55 pm
last night i re-watched Hostel which was better than i remembered. the horror is schlocky b-movie fun full of nasty cheap gore effects and some great dark humor which Eli Roth obviously seems to excel at. then there's the rampant misogyny and liberal use of "faggot" and "retarded" which reminded me that Eli Roth also excels at being a gross 13 year-old. still, i think at least the final third of the film is enough to elevate it.

today i re-watched Unleashed (Danny the Dog to all my foreign brothers), another film i hadn't seen in years. Jet Li seems uncomfortable emoting in English and the script is pretty stock action movie stuff but god damn do the fight scenes kick fucking ass in this movie. there's just lots of slick, well-choreographed martial arts action. love too see bones break. anyway, 3.5/5 for both flicks


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 02, 2014, 11:13 am
Fury was the ugliest, most uncompromising film I've seen all year. It was all about how there ain't no damn right or wrong, man. there's just a gun, some Krauts, and a damn job to do, man. it was grim, fatalistic and it was packed with some damn tense tank action, i tell you what. 4/5


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Post by: BSam on December 02, 2014, 01:53 pm
hey guys nightcrawler was cool


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Post by: Nicol on December 04, 2014, 04:45 am
I'm on holidays!

Brooklyn Nine Nine, Season 1: Really good. I enjoyed it. Very funny, compelling and kind of throwaway at the same time. Tiny Terry loves his pickles! I look forward to the next season!

The Babadook - A surprising horror from my home town! The head of the production company that made this was the moderator for my final drama assignment in high school, which was writing the script of a monologue. I really enjoyed the film. It had enough of the common "haunted house" horror tropes, but it recombined them in a really fresh way and used them as an allegory for parenting and as a mechanism to explore her submissiveness and stress.

The Guest - Holy crap, this was awesome. It is not a deep and meaningful film, and it uses a really trashy idea as a centerpiece, but it just rocks so hard. A lot of people mentioned that this gave some throwbacks to John Carpenter. I was trying to figure out how the hell an action/thriller could pay homage to one of the most notable horror directors, but in the third act particularly you will notice them in the visuals.

The Sacrament - This is basically the Jonestown Massacre story, but with a Vice camera crew. It is pretty poor. The Father is played excellently, but almost every other actor in the film is poor. It is kind of thrilling particularly towards the end. Despite adding a new idea to the found footage genre...
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...I found that it would have been a much better film if they had left this abysmal dying 2000's fad alone and filmed it like a proper movie. It is worth watching, if only to keep up with Ti West's filmography (who has better films, and will make better films in the future). I recommend watching the Jonestown Massacre documentary instead. It focuses on some of Jim Jones' backstory and looks at the church before he moved it too. It is far more frightening and less exploitative than the film.


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Post by: HyperGlavin on December 04, 2014, 07:11 am
Despite adding a new idea to the found footage genre...
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...I found that it would have been a much better film if they had left this abysmal dying 2000's fad alone and filmed it like a proper movie.

Mockumentaries have been doing that since forever, though. Calling it "found footage" is just a lazy excuse for shoddy camerawork and cheap suspense.


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Post by: Nicol on December 05, 2014, 12:43 am
Yes, I agree. Found footage was novel for a while, for instance in [REC] and the Blair Witch Project, but it is stale as hell now. I'm pretty sure that this is a fad which will die out in the next few years, maybe with the end of the Paranormal Activity franchise, and be looked back on by Hollywood with embarrassment.

You can tell that the productions that come out are not made with genuine interest in being groundbreaking because once someone discovers a new idea, for instance REC's use of the camera's (deliberately shoddy) night vision feature, Cloverfield's "quirky narrator cameraman", or the Blair Witch's use of creepy stuff happening just out of frame (but the cameraman isn't panning!) for tension, the rest of the found footage films that come out just blatantly recycle these ideas.

Another big issue I have with found footage movies is that often productions appear to feel that they should be really skimpy with their filming since they are supposed to be emulating a documentary. This really came out in Sacrament for me. It's like, put some more thought into the blocking, do a couple of extra takes, and make sure you get the acting and editing right. We're at the point were you get no positive net effect from just being a found footage film, you should put effort in so that it stands as a good film by itself.


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Post by: HyperGlavin on December 05, 2014, 01:49 am
I dunno about the gimmick dying out in a few years. Maybe among larger productions, but horror as a genre is one of rampant imitation, possibly because it's where a lot of inexperienced directors cut their teeth. For found footage to be replaced, another technique, whether cutting-edge or stylishly retro, would have to become fashionable first. Even then, we'd quickly grow tired of its overuse.

In my opinion, the documentary plot device is the most infuriating excuse for found footage technique, because the "cameraman" is almost always severely incompetent and should have been sacked before his first day on the job was over. Though I do think Trollhunter and The Magician managed to pull this off well enough to not pull me out of the world of the film.


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Post by: EFHRK on December 05, 2014, 02:05 am
A list of good horror found footage/mockumentaries

[REC]
[REC]2
Lake Mungo
Noroi: The Curse
The Tunnel
The Conspiracy
the Safe Haven segment of VHS 2
Trollhunter
Grave Encounters
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

i think thats literally all of them


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Post by: 88FingersLouie on December 05, 2014, 02:38 am
While it actually abandoned on the found footage schtick about halfway through, I still think District 9 pulled it off better than any other film.


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Post by: Nicol on December 05, 2014, 10:31 am
Nightcrawler - This was the most cynical, disgusting film I have seen all year. I loved it! Jake Gyllenhaal continues to pick dark, morbid places to explore as an actor in films that try to make a point. I wish I had seen this in a theater.


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Post by: BSam on December 05, 2014, 04:18 pm
Nightcrawler - This was the most cynical, disgusting film I have seen all year. I loved it! Jake Gyllenhaal continues to pick dark, morbid places to explore as an actor in films that try to make a point. I wish I had seen this in a theater.

i did, it was great


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 05, 2014, 04:55 pm
Happy Christmas

this is the latest film by Joe Swanberg, who also directed Drinking Buddies (one of my favorite films of 2013!). it's a sweet, simple story, very improv-heavy and light on narrative. almost too light, honestly--it lacks the focus and polish of Drinking Buddies, and could have used a slightly longer runtime to really dig into some of the underlying drama. that said, it's an easy watch aided by a charming naturalistic vibe and really lived-in performances, most surprisingly by Swanberg's 2 year-old son Jude. 3.5/5

The One I Love

this was on my radar because i'm a big fan of the lead couple (Mark Duplass/Elisabeth Moss, who were both excellent) and after a very enthusiastic recommendation from Snips i checked it out. glad i did! it's a refreshingly honest take on love & marriage and it flips what could be a rote indie rom-com premise on its head with a neat little twist (that i dare not spoil here). never has bacon been so unnerving. 4.5/5


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Lukeington on December 08, 2014, 10:27 pm
DREDD WAS FUCKIN' RAD

Grand Budapest Hotel also good

American history x also dece, though hamfisted in its delivery of a very simple "don't be a racist, asshole" message.


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Post by: HyperGlavin on December 09, 2014, 12:42 am
Have you seen Romper Stomper? You should watch Romper Stomper.


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Post by: Skeletonic on December 09, 2014, 06:48 am
Rush Hour

I am sort of glad Chris Tucker is not in many movies anymore. Still, Jackie Chan and some decent hijinxing. Honestly, I didn't like this movie as much as I used to


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Post by: EFHRK on December 10, 2014, 05:35 am
Night Moves - it was pretty good i guess, nothing overly amazing or anything. a few parts seemed to drag a bit and some of the dialogue is pretty ehhhh but i guess its worth at least checking out if you like slow dramas


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Post by: Skeletonic on December 10, 2014, 05:21 pm
The Raid 2
It runs a little long but dang, dang dang dang are some of the scenes the most intense business my eyes have beholden in a time. Also, the credit sequence at the end is dope.

RoboCop (2014)
Eh it was whatever, some cool visual stuff with the robotics but I found most of the action sequences to be boring. I give it like a 2/5, entirely watchable but maybe only the one time.


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Post by: EFHRK on December 11, 2014, 07:41 am
Cold in July

This movie kicks ass. The tonal shifts and character development is handled so well and there's never a dull moment. The climax is some shit straight out of Death Sentence. Oh and the soundtrack kicks fucking ass.

3.5/4


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Post by: Citizen Snips on December 11, 2014, 11:26 am
RoboCop (2014)
Eh it was whatever, some cool visual stuff with the robotics but I found most of the action sequences to be boring. I give it like a 2/5, entirely watchable but maybe only the one time.

I watched the Verhoeven at home before seeing this in theaters and it was like hanging out with your best friend before watching them die.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on December 11, 2014, 11:27 am
Wait, I thought you said Total Recall.

Not that that matters.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Skeletonic on December 11, 2014, 12:46 pm
I did not watch the Total Recall remake because I don't hate myself


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Post by: Citizen Snips on December 11, 2014, 12:52 pm
Come for the CGI bullshit, fall asleep during the CGI bullshit, leave the theater wondering where your life went wrong.


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Post by: Truck Thunders on December 11, 2014, 04:10 pm
the Verhoeven [version]

Huh. I hadn't thought of that. Probably because I forgot the 2012 Total Recall even existed by the time the 2014 Robocop came out.

Well, if you ever needed an objective scientific study that CGI blows, there it is.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on December 11, 2014, 04:32 pm
idk some dumbass foreign film in a class

I fell asleep for most of it it fucking sucked

0.5/4


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on December 11, 2014, 04:34 pm
hey man, give oldboy a chance


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 13, 2014, 12:49 am
yesterday i finally watched Bad Santa. Somehow Bad Santa eluded me for the better part of 11 years, and I don't know how. It's a film that's right up my alley--ludicrously vulgar, drunkenly profane, featuring a cast dickhead characters behaving like absolute shit toward each other. It's the perfect Christmas movie. Now, to track down Terry Zwigoff's director's cut, which apparently reduces what little schmaltz there was to make the film even more despicable. 4/5

I also watched the first season of Review starring Andy Daly. It's uproariously funny from the start, and only gets funnier with each passing episode. The most recent analogue I can think of is BoJack Horseman, where the characterization gets darker and the plot becomes more serialized as the season goes on. One of the best new shows/best comedies of 2014. I give Review 4 And A Half Stars.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Skeletonic on December 14, 2014, 08:42 pm
Elysium

This felt like an entire movie built around someone's neato sci-fi gadget ideas. Some of the fight and action sequences were cool and well done, and the gadgets were pretty cool. But all the awful story around it was the fucking worst, and jesus christ I thought Jodie Foster could act, she phoned it in super duper hard on this.


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Post by: HyperGlavin on December 15, 2014, 03:55 am
How fuckin rad was Sharlto Copley though


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Skeletonic on December 15, 2014, 06:35 am
we're talking a solid 7 rad on the radometer


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 15, 2014, 02:05 pm
The Equalizer

Nicolas Winding Refn was once attached to direct this, and I'd love to see what he could have done with the material. As it stands, The Equalizer seems as conflicted a film as its eponymous hero. Is it an understated action-thriller with a soulful protagonist who muses philosophically about classic literature? Or is it lurid, pulpy escapism chock full of cliches and brutal violence? Antoine Fuqua's artless direction never seems to strike the right balance between the two.

To be fair, the film is stylish and competently made. The first 35 minutes or so work like gangbusters and could have been a great pilot if the producers had tried to revive the source material on say, FX, instead of the big screen. The action scenes, surprisingly rare as they are, are fast, brutal and well-shot. The movie unfortunately then meanders through much of its second act, 20-30 minutes of which could have easily been shaved off with either some script revisions or more judicious editing, before reaching the film's mostly silly cat-and-mouse climax set in a hardware store.

Ultimately The Equalizer is no more than another footnote in this epoch of Denzel's career, a mildly entertaining, if forgettable action flick to be stuck on a shelf somewhere next to a few unsold copies of 2 Guns and Safe House. 2.5/5

Welcome to my new segment entitled Does This Pass The Bechdel Test? There are few female characters of note in The Equalizer. Chloe Moretz plays a young prostitute who befriends Denzel's character. The closest she comes to interacting with another woman is when she *SPOILER* is beaten within an inch of her life, and a fellow prostitute visits her in the ER (this second prostitute is later graphically choked to death by the main antagonist). There's also Melissa Leo as a former CIA contact of Denzel's, but she only gets about 5 minutes of screentime and they're all shared with either Denzel, Bill Pullman, or both. There's also a woman whose restaurant is burned down by dirty cops, and a woman who is robbed at gunpoint. Does This Pass The Bechdel Test? NO.

I have now written far too many words about The Equalizer.


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Post by: Wibblewobble on December 15, 2014, 03:33 pm
Elysium
 and jesus christ I thought Jodie Foster could act, she phoned it in super duper hard on this.

When I saw it I honestly thought there was going to be twist at the end that she was a robot.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 16, 2014, 06:37 pm
Ida

Possibly the most sumptuously shot film of the year. Ida has this gorgeous black & white cinematography (and a 4:3 aspect ratio to boot) that just looks phenomenal. The photography lends itself to its subject matter--a bleak tale of Polish identity, post-Holocaust. Every frame is striking and sparse, often burying its subjects in the lower third and swallowing them with the Polish countryside. It makes the humanity and warmth buried underneath stand out even more.

Ida is a short film with a lot to say. It demands to be watched again. 4.5/5

Does this pass the Bechdel Test? With flying colors, Yes.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 17, 2014, 01:31 am
The Double

This felt more like an exercise in style than anything, however Richard Ayoade's artistry as a filmmaker is commendable. I enjoyed the film but it never grabbed me the way, say, Denis Villeneuve's similar "Enemy" did. There are striking moments, and the dark humor lands well, but The Double never amounts to much more than the sum of its few shiny parts. 3.5/5

Does it pass the Bechdel Test? Mia Wasikowska has the big role here. I remember a brief greeting between her and another female character. This movie is dominated almost entirely by the dual performance from Eisenberg. So, No


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on December 18, 2014, 02:56 am
Only Lovers Left Alive

I'm really glad I watched this before the end of the year, because it likely broke my top 10. This is a really goddamn incredible piece. Come for the fantastic performances, and also come for the awesome score and cinematography, and then stay for literally everything else.

4/4


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Post by: Nicol on December 18, 2014, 10:28 am
Why don't you Play in Hell? - Whimsical; random; stupid.

Willow Creek - More found footage trash. Its payload scene was pretty good, otherwise this is just a Blair Witch Project ripoff.


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Post by: EFHRK on December 19, 2014, 06:11 am
Obvious Child - 2.5/4

It's alright. I'm not a huge fan of Jenny Slate but I think she was a good pick for this role. Probably wouldn't watch it again tho.


Life of Crime - 2.5/4

Also alright. It's like a mini toned-down Coen Bros. film. A few slow moments that probably could have used a little more excitement to keep it going. I was waiting for a bit larger of a climax than what actually happens.


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Post by: Skeletonic on December 19, 2014, 12:12 pm
47 Ronin

This was just... I laughed out loud at some of the lines, but it handles some of its serious moments well enough that I DIDN'T laugh. Effects vary from well done to looking cheap. The writing is sub-par. A couple of the fight scenes are worth the watch for some decent swordplay choreography. If you know the story on which this movie is based, you already know how it ends. All that being said, this is a bad movie, I give it a soft 2 out of 5.

Underworld

Hadn't seen this since it first hit DVD years and years ago, remembered it as little more than a weak Blade clone with Kate Beckinsale in a leather bodysuit. So, uh, it's Kate Beckinsale in vampire/werewolf Romeo & Juliet wherein Juliet betrays literally everyone all the time because this guy is just soooo handsome. This is a bad movie. All the action falls flat, with the final confrontation between Scott Speedman and Bill Nighty is lazy and poorly executed. The score, when it breaks through, is about what you'd expect with nu-metal-y guitar riffs. Costume design is all bad leather Matrix style, or lots of cleavage and skimpy dresses for vampire ladies and vampire dudes in ugly suits or gaudy robes, every werewolf is dressed like a homeless person. The color palette swings from gray and dull to shiny black leathers and blood effects. This is a movie with no heroes, no villains, and no justification for its shitty love story other than the two leads are Attractive. I always knew Underworld sucked, but having watched it as an adult with a clear head, it is aggressively bad, offering nothing of value. It is an iteration on an already B-movie theme, with a budget blown on rubber werewolf heads and lots and lots of guns that are both over- and under-utilized. After all that, it ends on a cliffhanger that makes it obvious there's going to be another one, so buckle and up and prepare to be force-fed turds.

Final score: 1/5, total garbage, do not watch.

Underworld: Evolution

Surprise! It's a turd. More of the same to an aggressive degree. Effects are a bit snazzier across the board. I was less bored during (some) action scenes but not with the movie itself.

These movies are written by Danny McBride, yes, THAT Danny McBride. Huh. [Edit: The internet is wrong sometimes! http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/underworld/ Lists the wrong McBride!]

1/5, plz avoid.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 19, 2014, 04:18 pm
These movies are written by Danny McBride, yes, THAT Danny McBride. Huh.

His career is less prolific than I thought! (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0564286/?ref_=tt_ov_wr)


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Post by: Skeletonic on December 19, 2014, 07:09 pm
Haha, that makes more sense. The other thing I was looking at mistakenly listed the OTHER Danny McBride.


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Post by: HyperGlavin on December 19, 2014, 11:56 pm
Now I want to see a proper Danny McBride werewolf/vampire movie, starring McBride as a redneck werewolf, of course.


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Post by: EFHRK on December 20, 2014, 03:00 am
Calvary - 3.5/4

Another good ass movie. Very low key and emotional, very well written. Probably Brendan Gleeson's best performance ever?


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Post by: Skeletonic on December 22, 2014, 01:10 am
Mud

Great movie if you love seeing a 14 year old punched repeatedly in the face

Jk this was great, glad I finally sat down and watched it, a 4/5 for me.


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Post by: EFHRK on December 22, 2014, 03:26 am
Coherence - 3/4

The most complicated film since Primer. For having essentially a single location and what looks like minimal budget this is a pretty good job.


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Post by: boron on December 22, 2014, 11:29 pm
Batman Forever for the first time in many many years.

If batman forever still looked like batman forever and had a tone that was more in line with batman returns it coulda been a real classic


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Post by: EFHRK on December 23, 2014, 03:35 am
Jodorowsky's Dune - 4/4

Joe - 3.5/4



i dont feel like words tonight


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Post by: Nicol on December 23, 2014, 08:25 am
What are the four stars for EFHRK? Someone getting shot, a car chase, an explosion, and umami?


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Post by: EFHRK on December 23, 2014, 02:42 pm
its tomorrow so here is words

Jodorowsky's Dune: It's a fascinating look into the greatest film never made. If this movie was just Jodorowsky explaining his work scene-by-scene, it would probably still be amazing. It's a lesson in the dangers of ambition and creativity in a business that has become now, more than it even was back then, about profits over originality, but simultaneously an inspirational piece on not compromising your dreams.

Joe: Very dark and very southern. OG Gordan Green on display here. Plus you get to see some serious Nicholas Cage ass.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 23, 2014, 08:23 pm
Vertigo

Somehow this film eluded me for years, which is a damn shame, because it's as excellent as I've heard. This is a masterclass in storytelling by Hitchcock, packed with dense visual motifs (mirrors/duality, spiraling obsession), stunning art design and beautiful location photography of San Francisco.

Jimmy Stewart is terrific in the lead role, but the film really belongs to Kim Novak, who is essentially playing two characters. She's romantic, vulnerable, and capable of projecting a crushing sadness. When the film switches to Novak's point of view 2/3 of the way through, subverting the male gaze of Stewart's character and turning him into a compulsive shell of his former self, the story becomes tragic. That twist elevates Vertigo, leading to a devastating noir conclusion and cementing its status as a classic. 4.5/5

Does this pass the Bechdel test? I don't recall Madeleine/Judy and Midge interacting at all. Maybe Judy talked to the tailor but I'm not sure. Probably not?


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Post by: EFHRK on December 24, 2014, 04:27 am
The 5 and a half hour director's cut of Nymphomaniac - 3.5/4

Honestly, I think this was great. Obviously a lot of people that see this (if they can even get through the whole thing, I had to set aside an entire day to watch it) will hate it, and that's perfectly understandable. It's incredibly graphic, both in terms of sexuality and some scenes of pretty disturbing violence (during the premiere, one particular scene resulted in 3 men in the audience fainting and having to be removed from the theater). And just about every subject is touched upon in some way or another, from adultery to masochism to pedophilia to abortion and everything in-between.

But, personally, I never felt any part of it wasn't necessary. Though almost all of it is centered around a single woman and her life story, the film is a statement about how the current state of our society interprets and accepts/rejects the concept of human sexuality. Where Vol. I of the film focuses more on the facets of sexual awakening and desire, Vol. II takes a dark and twisted turn into looking at the consequences and repercussions of overindulgence in our basic human wants and needs.

My only real complaints reside within a handful of individual moments that probably could have been punched up in the screenplay, but it's such a large and otherwise well constructed piece that those moments seem few and far between. Complimented with insanely good performances by majority of the cast, and Von Trier's signature filmmaking skills on display in full force, I think this is a film that not only needs to be seen simply on the basis of it being a fantastic piece of cinema, but also a fascinating conversation piece to discuss and debate over regarding one of the most uncomfortable and important subjects of humanity.


The Zero Theorem - 2/4

Don't get me wrong, I love Terry Gilliam. But this is not one of his better films. It feels like every other movie he's done all crammed into one 110 minute work. I like the idea of this film on paper, but in practice I think its core concepts and themes might have just been a little too vague/ambitious for Gilliam to handle. Where some aspects I feel weren't focused on enough, other places tend to drag. It has its moments, but overall I think this was largely a misstep for him.


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Post by: EFHRK on December 25, 2014, 03:14 am
The Mule - 3

Very disgusting, manages to stay relatively tense with a few twists, maybe falls off a bit in the last third.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 25, 2014, 04:27 am
The Interview

If you expected anything but typical Seth Rogen fare, you're a fool. This film is a complete farce. There is no biting satire, nothing deft or incisive about the politics. The term "honeydick" is thrown around with aplomb, Seth Rogen crams stuff into his ass, James Franco talks about his stank-dick, a North Korean soldier gets crushed by a tank and explodes like a balloon. I loved every minute of it.

The film succeeds in the same areas Rogen & Evan Goldberg's "This Is The End" did--its electric chemistry between stars, its juxtaposition of sophomoric humor and hyper-violence, its reliance on non sequiturs and pop culture references. The script again coils around on itself, where references made at the beginning gain new relevance by the end (there's a great runner about Lord of the Rings, and Katy Perry's "Firework" has never been more emotionally resonant). James Franco's weird, boundless energy almost single-handedly carries the movie, though Randall Park threatens to steal the show with his complex, hilarious turn as Kim Jong-Un.

This isn't a victory for free speech. It's not deserving of global controversy. It's just a goofy diversion about two bumbling idiots in way over their heads. It's Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein, except Frankenstein happens to be a dictatorial monster. 4/5

Does this pass the Bechdel test? Have you seen a Seth Rogen movie lately? Of course it doesn't. James Franco and Kim Jong-Un do kiss on the mouth, though.



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Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 25, 2014, 07:49 am
The Drop

What starts as generic crime drama tough guy stuff--a couple hapless idiots rob a mob-run bar--The Drop rewards patient viewers with a moody, understated character piece. Tom Hardy turns in another phenomenal performance as Bob the bartender. He's restrained, subtle, and when he finally explodes it results in one of the best movie scenes of 2014. Equally good is James Gandolfini in his last onscreen performance. Gandolfini's Cousin Marv is a deeply flawed, sad and desperate man. Every moment he's onscreen is a heartbreaking reminder of what an immense acting talent the world lost when he passed.

The script by novelist Dennis Lehane wisely withholds information until the right possible moment, allowing the film to unfold almost as a sort of mystery. The focus here isn't on genre conventions but rather the beats between characters, all of whom are richly layered and three-dimensional. This focus on the human side of things leads to a quietly devastating climax, and is a welcome reminder that crime movies can actually be smart and finely-drawn. 4.5/5

Does this pass the Bechdel Test? From what I recall, Noomi Rapace and Ann Dowd are the only women with speaking roles in the film, and they never interact. So no


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Post by: EFHRK on December 27, 2014, 04:14 am
The Gambler - 2/4

Kinda disappointing, Marky Mark gets a few moments in the script to really shine, John Goodman kills it every time he's on the screen, Brie Larson's character felt kinda useless, plot seems to unnecessarily bounce around a bit, ending feels predictable. Maybe worth checking out once but I wouldn't highly recommend it.

Predestination - 1.5/4

Would have worked a lot better as a 30-40 minute short film than a full feature. The first 45 minutes is just someone telling their life story to a stranger, and then out of nowhere "oh btw time travel nonsense". I feel like they thought the ending was a lot more clever than it actually was too. Shit if it was just the life story part, that probably would have been a better film. The second half feels really forgettable by comparison.

The Tale of Princess Kaguya - 3.5/4

Super good. Runs a little long at 2 hours 17 minutes (I believe it's the longest Ghibli film) but considering it's based on an ancient Japanese folktale, I suppose it probably could have been even longer. Regardless, it lives up to the Ghibli Standard. Great animation, great voicework (I watched the original subbed version but I hear the english dub is good too like always), and great storytelling. Takahata's best since Grave of the Fireflies.


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Post by: EFHRK on December 28, 2014, 06:46 am
Why Don't You Play In Hell? - 3.5/4

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I loved the shit out of this. It's basically a love letter to the Japanese gore genre, classic samurai films, martial arts action, and passionate filmmaking in general all at once. Though the setup in the first hour probably could have been edited down a bit in the script, it makes up for it by the entire last 40 minutes being nothing but batshit gorey insanity. Would watch again.


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Post by: EFHRK on December 29, 2014, 06:10 am
What We Do In The Shadows - 3.5/4

Hysterical. Had me laughing through the whole thing. Definitely the funniest movie of the year.


20,000 Days On Earth - 1.5/4

Really great cinematography, but god some of it is really fucking boring and feels incredibly self-indulgent. I'm not a Nick Cave fan so I had no pre-bias for just hearing him talk about his past for an hour and a half, but damn. Shit was wack.


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Post by: BSam on December 30, 2014, 03:09 am
Why Don't You Play In Hell? - 3.5/4

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I loved the shit out of this. It's basically a love letter to the Japanese gore genre, classic samurai films, martial arts action, and passionate filmmaking in general all at once. Though the setup in the first hour probably could have been edited down a bit in the script, it makes up for it by the entire last 40 minutes being nothing but batshit gorey insanity. Would watch again.


yes


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Post by: Kybard on December 30, 2014, 09:50 am
oh I saw Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend

if you took out all the Marvel-Cinematic-clusterfuck-universe-building bullshit and replaced it with extra beats within scenes or more character moments in order to make the movie feel less like it's hyperventilating through all of its attempts to make you laugh/cry/care, it would have been more than the passably entertaining meh that it was


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Post by: Citizen Snips on December 30, 2014, 10:08 am
Apparently to satisfy the Marvel fans it's enough to take The Avengers, change the color palette, and slap some rock music on the soundtrack.


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Post by: Nicol on December 30, 2014, 10:52 am
Instead of going to an acting clinic, definitely watch Foxcatcher. Steve Carell is probably a better 'comedian turned straight man' than Robin Williams was, and this is the best role Channing Tatum has ever had. Foxcatcher is so terse and subtle; definitely one of the best films of the year.

Horrible Bosses 2 - I just don't think I'm enjoying these comedies anymore.

Ida - In the 1960s, Ida is an orphan. Before she takes her vows and becomes a nun, she is ordered to meet up with her aunt. Together they aim to find her parents' remains. In the process, Ida discovers her identity, and struggles to keep the outside world from corrupting her. This is a really beautiful and emotional film.

The Interview - This was really stupid but funny. The cameo by Eminem at the start is clearly the highlight of the film. After, it rehashes the same character arcs and plot elements of basically every other Seth Rogen film.

Proxy - Really low budget and derivative psychological thriller about a pregnant woman who is violently mugged and subsequently loses her baby in graphic gory details. It manages to trick you into thinking it isn't stupid by hooking you in with nonsensical plot twist after nonsensical plot twist.

The Immigrant - This was some period piece romance film starring that girl from every Nolan film that I put on and watched to the end despite not really enjoying it.

Horns - I really liked this. Did other people not like it? This is what IRL people have been telling me. Anyway, it was neatly stylized and really fun to watch. It's not a good film or anything, but it makes up for it in other areas.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 30, 2014, 04:51 pm
I also watched Foxcatcher.

Instead of going to an acting clinic, definitely watch Foxcatcher. Steve Carell is probably a better 'comedian turned straight man' than Robin Williams was, and this is the best role Channing Tatum has ever had. Foxcatcher is so terse and subtle; definitely one of the best films of the year.

Carell and Tatum are getting the lion's share of the praise for their performances in this film, and rightly so, but I feel obligated to mention how fantastic Mark Ruffalo is. This marks another warm, low-key, charismatic turn for Ruffalo who is, for my money, one of the best actors working today. There's a scene fairly late in the film where his character has to describe John du Pont's mentorship, and watching the gears turn in Ruffalo's head as he tries to figure out a way to bullshit the answer is mesmerizing.

As for the movie itself, it's incredibly distant, and I found it much less engaging than Bennett Miller's last film, Moneyball. Foxcatcher lacks the human element that film had, and intentionally so. It puts you in the headspace of its characters; men like du Pont or Mark Schultz whose lives are steeped in obsession and inadequacy. The movie is incredibly well-crafted, and I understand the choice to keep the audience at arm's length, but I left wanting more. More of a read on characters' motivations. More moments that would show why Mark Schultz looked to du Pont as such a patriarchal figure. More scenes that felt like actual people interacting with one another rather than aliens. I'm still not sure if I watched a cerebral film or a thin one. 3.5/5

Bechdel Test: Failure.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 31, 2014, 02:52 pm
What We Do In The Shadows

Vampires and mockumentaries have both been done to death recently, and this doesn't exactly bring anything fresh to the table, but it's really funny and at an 80 minute runtime, it never outstays its welcome. Also manages to squeeze in some genuine pathos, lest we forget that eternal life can be pretty sad and lonely sometimes. 3.5/5

Bechdel Test: Failure


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 02, 2015, 06:49 pm
Tusk

This could have been a 20 minute long short film. It still would have been a piece of shit, but at least it would have been 80 minutes shorter. 1/5

Bechdel Test: I don't fucking care. I didn't even finish it.

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

This was brilliant. The filmmaking was incredibly modern in a lot of ways, and the political satire is still very applicable today. Some of the thriller elements come off a bit silly in 2014 (the cards!) but that seems a petty gripe in the face of the film's killer performances, razor-sharp dialogue and tense, bleak climax. 4.5/5

Bechdel Test: I don't think it passed. Janet Leigh's character seemed pointless. But Angela Lansbury was great!


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Post by: Skeletonic on January 02, 2015, 06:54 pm
Muppets Most Wanted

I don't want to call this movie bad, but I didn't like it at all. Ty Burrell's character was almost offensively bad. Really, all the overplayed accents in this movie I found more grating than "funny". Some of the songs were okay, I guess.



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Post by: Nicol on January 02, 2015, 07:36 pm
Fury - This was pretty good. It's like, there are better war movies, but this wasn't a bad war movie; somewhere in between. I liked it, I guess. Even though it wasn't perfect. Far from perfect, actually. But now that I think about it it has its merits. Some merits. Not too many merits though. It was okay, I guess.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 04, 2015, 10:28 am
Mad Max

Pulpy, high-octane thrills are great; they're even better when they come from Mad Mel in all leather, slinging around a sawed off shotgun and tearing down the open road in a souped up muscle car. The film's action scenes never really top the opening chase, presumably because of the minuscule budget, but there's still some incredible genre filmmaking here to behold. It's amazing what George Miller pulled off with just some practical effects, dynamic camerawork, and a cast of nobodies. 4/5

Bechdel Test: Hell no it doesn't pass


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 05, 2015, 01:18 pm
Jiro Dreams of Sushi

A rare film that is both delightful and deeply sad. Not sad in a maudlin way, but a more profound one. Jiro's single-minded obsession is both inspiring and frustrating--his sushi is art, but he continues day after day to chase an ideal of perfection that is clearly unattainable. That he pushes his two sons toward the same career path might seem disappointing considering Jiro tells of a rough childhood and admits to being a distant father, but the younger men show pride in their work despite having to (maybe forever) live in Jiro's shadow. These relationships define the film, giving it a certain beauty that goes deeper than just pretty pictures of food and nice music. Although those are both great, too. 4.5/5

Bechdel Test: Failure

God's Pocket

Ostensibly a dark comedy, but it's both too slight & un-engaging to be dramatic and too unfunny to laugh at. Was this a satire of insular blue collar town values, or did it just veer into self-parody? It's nice to look at, and the cast is great, but John Slattery's debut feature is disappointing considering his consistently great work on Mad Men. 2.5/5

Bechdel Test: There are a couple noteworthy female characters but I don't think any of them ever had a noteworthy conversation. Man, a lot of films fail the Bechdel Test. That's depressing. I'm gonna stop this feature.

Repo Man

"What about our relationship?"
"...what? Fuck that."

Repo Man is punk rock as fucking shit. 4/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 06, 2015, 05:34 pm
Whiplash

JK Simmons screams, Miles Teller drums. The film is intense, rhythmic in a way only something about music could be. It feels, at times, like an underdog sports movie collided with the first half of Full Metal Jacket and Whiplash came crashing out. There are some minor issues--a rushed character arc here, a plot contrivance there, a non-starter of a subplot squeezed in between. But the film is so single-minded, barreling ahead to its rousing climax, that all minor quibbles fall by the wayside. 4.5/5


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Post by: Joseph Nistal on January 06, 2015, 10:18 pm
But does it pass the Bechdel Test?


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 06, 2015, 10:34 pm
no

Man, a lot of films fail the Bechdel Test. That's depressing. I'm gonna stop this feature.



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Post by: EFHRK on January 07, 2015, 02:51 am
I watched Whiplash again because GODDAMN ITS SUCH A PERFECT MOVIE


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Joseph Nistal on January 07, 2015, 09:50 am
I just watched Whiplash too and I agree with everything said. It's such a brilliant movie that has every minor flaw squashed under the might that is the final scene. Had I watched this last year it would definitely be in my #1 spot.


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Post by: du_Man on January 08, 2015, 03:08 am
Whiplash

Agree with all the praise and more. That was exhilarating in the way action movies are supposed to be but never really are. And, of course, it's an acting masterclass, and an intelligent look at the nature of artistry, drive, and inspiration.

The Interview

Not as funny as This Is The End, but still pretty good. Randall Park was straight-up brilliant as Kim Jong-Un, bringing genuine humanity with the outrageous silliness.

Also, saw it in the Drafthouse, because that is the best theater.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 08, 2015, 08:57 pm
Birdman

This movie is the onion of 2014. Not that it smelled weird or made me cry. It just kept peeling back layers--what was industry satire, and what was genuine? What was Riggan's insanity, and what was his reality? It's a very rich film, I can't wait to see it again. The cinematography is phenomenal (it's unbelievable how Emmanual Lubezki keeps upping his game) and every performance is top-notch. 4/5


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Post by: Demha on January 08, 2015, 11:23 pm
Whiplash

Holy shit, this was a good movie. I kept having flashbacks to a horrible Russian piano teacher I had about ten years ago. Also, I was literally out of breath at the end, it completely triggered my performance anxiety. The whole time I felt like I used to when I had to play in her awful, awful lessons/competitions/concert.

The plot is just completely ridiculous, but the two main characters were absolutely spot on.

I loved it.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 09, 2015, 09:20 am
Inherent Vice

Yes. 5/5



Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on January 09, 2015, 09:44 am
I fell asleep watching whiplash last night


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Post by: Lukeington on January 10, 2015, 05:22 pm
Whiplash was insane. I'm conflicted on the ending though, it was a great scene but the rationale behind the mood changes seemed a little implausible.

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Post by: EFHRK on January 11, 2015, 01:42 am
Also I watched it again


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Post by: Lukeington on January 11, 2015, 01:40 pm
You are both entirely right.


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Post by: Illiterati on January 12, 2015, 12:20 am
Fury

Hey, I don't know a whole lot about movies like you film nerds here, but I thought this movie looked pretty good. It had a very gritty atmosphere and it was like they applied a grey filter on the entire movie (except for a few scenes here and there) which really helps to drive home the "war is hell" point or whatever.

I had a few problems with Brad Pitt's character's consistency though, specifically with his
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Post by: Nicol on January 12, 2015, 08:27 am
today i went back and re watched...... the start of this thread. Wow, how far we have come. 69 pages baby!!!!    here's hoping we make it through another 351! GOod work team!


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 12, 2015, 08:34 am
h'ell ya


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on January 12, 2015, 12:10 pm
I watched a six hour marathon of Nathan for You and now I'm in love with Nathan Fielder; is this normal or did I somehow brainwash myself.

I just watched the first three episodes of this show and had to stop because I almost died.

This is such an old thing that I'm bringing up but you guys should watch Review with Forrest Macneil because it is by the same production company and also awesome and also marry me Andy Daly.


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Post by: Lukeington on January 12, 2015, 01:05 pm
I will second Review, it's similarly fantastic to Nathan For You. I have never laughed as hard as the
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Post by: BSam on January 13, 2015, 03:53 am
Togetherness, it's a new HBO show made by the Duplass brothers and I really liked it.

Looking forward to next weeks episode.


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Post by: Karlski on January 13, 2015, 06:21 pm
I watched Edge of Tomorrow on a plane. That film was dumb.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Citizen Snips on January 16, 2015, 11:30 am
Boyhood

It was good, but I had to watch it in a theater with a bunch of goddamn millennials who guffawed every time they saw a fucking xbox.


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Post by: Chronicles on January 16, 2015, 11:49 am
That does sound pretty funny tho


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Post by: Remington Lonespear on January 17, 2015, 04:05 pm
Godzilla (2014): Next time show more monster fighting less guys carrying a nuclear warhead ok thanks 7/10

The World's End: Not as good as the other two but still not bad 7.5/10


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on January 17, 2015, 04:12 pm
Give it some time and watch World's End again. I thought the same thing the first time I saw it but I gave it another shot a couple months later and now I think it's leagues beyond the first two films.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 17, 2015, 04:52 pm
Yeah The World's End is definitely my favorite of the three as well. It's so dense with jokes and references (even more so than the first two), and I thought the ending was much more emotionally resonant than either Shaun or Fuzz. But maybe that's because of my drinking problem.


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Post by: EFHRK on January 17, 2015, 05:49 pm
I think just overall the story has a lot more emotional depth and backstory to it than the previous films. Majority of the film is centered around the relationships between the characters and their dark pasts. There just also happens to be weird shit going on at the same time while they deal with it.


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Post by: Remington Lonespear on January 17, 2015, 05:49 pm
I thought the ending is where it all fell apart, really. I did love all the callbacks I caught and using the pub names to spell out the plot was great, but I just didn't catch myself cracking up as hard as I did and still do during Hot Fuzz. I'm sure I'll watch it again with Karen in a few months so maybe I'll like it better then.


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Post by: Lukeington on January 17, 2015, 06:01 pm
I just watched Boyhood, and while the first half seemed very much like a nosgalgia/reference-athon it got very good in the second half. I teared up a little when Patricia Arquette didn't know how to handle her son going off to college. Being only a little older than the cast/about the same age makes this movie pretty surreal.


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Post by: EFHRK on January 17, 2015, 06:12 pm
Only 90s Kids Will Get This: The Movie


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 18, 2015, 01:04 am
The Myth of The American Sleepover

Uh...hmm. I heard about this because the director's latest film It Follows has been getting rave reviews. This was described as Linklater-esque, and I'm assuming reviewers were referring to Dazed & Confused since both films are slice-of-life pieces about teenagers during summer. The problem with The Myth of The American Sleepover is that it doesn't have half the verve or excitement of Dazed & Confused. That film is a blast of rock music, a burst of energy and features Matthew fucking McConaughey. This film is sleepy, with a few low-key charms and uh...Amy Seimetz. 2.5/5


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Post by: Remington Lonespear on January 18, 2015, 02:10 am
Whiplash - Really good 9/10


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 18, 2015, 05:44 am
American Sniper

The opening of the movie juxtaposes adult Chris Kyle sniping an Iraqi child with Chris Kyle as a kid sniping a deer. So pretty much from the beginning you can tell this movie is a gross, racist, jingoistic piece of shit.

My favorite sequence: Chris Kyle is training for his Navy SEALS sniping and he just can't hit the dang target! Then he sees 9/11 happen on TV and he's ready for war.

Gross. 1/5

Note: for more see IRC


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Post by: du_Man on January 20, 2015, 01:59 am
That is a gross misrepresentation of the film. It's about as jingoistic as Full Metal Jacket.

I mean, the main character certainly leans toward jingoism, but the movie (as usual with Clint's movies these days) simply presents the guy and lets you judge for yourself. You see him do horrifying things, you see how it harms him, harms his family, nearly breaks him, continuing to haunt him long after the war is over. You see awful things happen in the warzone, and Iraqis on both sides struggling to be people in the midst of the war. It's not lingered on, but it's not cheering the deaths or the war itself on, either.

And neither of those scenes play out the way you suggest; the opening clearly contrasts the horror of combat with the relative innocence of his youth. Meanwhile, the scene where he struggled to hit his target was after both scenes of him doing a perfectly fine job hitting his shots and his meeting his wife, suggesting his mind just wasn't in the game at the moment.

Now, it doesn't address the reasons for the war, but there's a simple reason: it's not about that. It's a soldier's story. The soldier doesn't choose what wars to fight, just fights them.

And while the character sees things simplistically, the imagery and story constantly play against that.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 20, 2015, 03:03 am
I remember three Iraqi kids in the film. One got his head shot off while carrying a grenade, one almost got his head shot off for picking up an RPG and one got a power drill rammed into his head by a guy named The Butcher of Fallujah. Maybe give me a few scenes from the Syrian sniper's point of view where he isn't skulking around in the shadows like a scoundrel, or hell, even a single Middle-Eastern person in the movie that isn't just a one-dimensional villain or victim, and maybe I would have found the movie as moderate as you say.

Coincidentally I wrote a longer review of the movie earlier tonight (https://reeldrunk.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/american-sniper-the-wrong-kind-of-sensational/)

I guess Eastwood got what he wanted. He made a Rorschach test and we read it differently. I found the movie so off-putting that I mentally checked out a few times (but that could have been the liquor too). I'm sure a re-watch will reveal some subtext I missed.

Oh, one more scene I found hilarious: Bradley Cooper staring at a TV, we hear sounds
of gunfire and explosions. The camera swings around and the TV set is off. It's shot like a gag ending out of Twilight Zone. Good stuff Clint!


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Post by: Citizen Snips on January 20, 2015, 12:37 pm
From what I understand Eastwood set out to make a "neutral" film about the Iraq War, which at best is ignorant of history and at worst is willfully revisionist.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 21, 2015, 05:17 am
Frank

Utterly strange, hard to call delightful when it can be such a melancholy film but I was charmed by its weird energy and off-kilter humor. Plus it's got a great soundtrack. I also loved Fassbender's performance; that he can be so charismatic & transfixing without even showing his face is a feat. I love you all. 4.5/5


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Post by: RummyLu on January 21, 2015, 08:25 am
I love Frank, it was one of my favourite films of last year. Fassbender completely owned that fake head.


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Post by: RummyLu on January 21, 2015, 08:26 am
Also, he and Maggie Gyllenhaal are fantastic together, the scene in the alleyway when she comforts him is horrible and perfect.


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Post by: Johnny Roastbeef on January 21, 2015, 08:55 pm
We rented The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which seemed to me to be more tone than substance. It was visually pretty cool though.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 22, 2015, 07:28 am
A Most Violent Year

Studies of corruption, capitalism and the American Dream are familiar, but it's rare they're done with the artfulness of A Most Violent Year. It's a shame that this received little awards season love, because it's one of the very best films of 2014.

Violent Year looks, feels and sounds like a quintessential New York crime drama of the late 70s/early 80s. That's not to say the film is a hollow homage or pastiche--it captures the mood of the era well; as many reviewers have noted, the slow-boiling plot and atmosphere of J.C. Chandor's third feature are reminiscent of Sidney Lumet. Oscar Isaac's performance channels Al Pacino at his most stoic and unassuming, before he became a scenery-chewing caricature of himself. The consistently great Jessica Chastain is fantastic as his Lady MacBeth. Bradford Young's cinematography also deserves praise as he makes even grimy, snow-covered New York look beautiful.

This is a patient film, more prone to quiet dramatic decisions than eruptions of violence as the title would suggest. It's more interested in raising important questions with murky answers - why do we pursue what we pursue? What must we sacrifice to get it? And most importantly, how do we remain moral in a world that seemingly isn't?

5/5

This is a film filled with striking images, the following my favorite of all. On the one hand, the metaphor is overt; on the other, I can't shake the imagery. Spoilers follow:

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Post by: evilspud on January 22, 2015, 02:08 pm
All of This and Gargantua 2

Yes it's the Venture Bros. Season 6 premiere. It's also better than most of the films that came out last year. It is also impossible to understand unless you've been following the show since season 1. Really though, it's the awesome strength of this show that Publick and Hammer have created so many incredible characters that they have to dedicate whole episodes to just killing them off to make room for more.

I'll give it five spies playing baccarat out of five. 


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 23, 2015, 01:46 am
Interstellar

The most fully realized vision of space that I've ever seen put to film. Nolan also really tapped into a human element that was missing in his past films; the idea that love is the only constant that can transcend time & space is a little hokey in theory but I think Interstellar earns it with a lot of heart. Of course, all of Nolan's regular bad habits are on display: overly expository dialogue, an exorbitant running time, the constant need to cross-cut scenes to ramp up tension. But Interstellar is so ambitious and such a spectacle that it's easy to overlook those flaws. 4.5/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 23, 2015, 11:59 pm
Oculus

I thought a movie about a haunted mirror produced by WWE Studios would be hilariously bad but this was actually passably entertaining. There's a neat flashback structure that's used to disorienting effect and the film clearly values suspense over cheap thrills, which is nice. Again, it's about a dumb killer mirror, but you could do worse if you're searching for a decent horror film. Plus Karen Gillan is nice to look at. 3/5


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Post by: Nicol on January 24, 2015, 09:50 am
Whiplash was actually incredible.


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Post by: CB on January 24, 2015, 05:06 pm
Today I watched The Comedy which ended up being one of the most depressing films I've seen recently. Tim and Eric both are perfect as aging, hipster, trust fund manbabies living out their aimless lives.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 25, 2015, 07:07 am
Kyle Kinane: I Liked His Old Stuff Better

My favorite comedy special since Jerrod Carmichael's stand-up premiered on HBO last fall. What I love about Kinane is that on the surface he has an "everyman" appeal--he seems like the kind of guy you'd like to sit down and talk with over a beer. But that stock onstage persona gives way to some seriously weird material. A lot of his bits are long-form stories full of strange digressions, like one about going to his first "adult party" after his friend Tony bought a couch, which leads to discussion of the world's chillest cop and the pick-up tactics of a horny coroner. This style is a natural evolution from the famous pancakes-on-a-plane story from his last special "Whiskey Icarus" and it works swimmingly throughout the hour-long set.

Transparent

I watched the first 4 episodes of this and it's another god damn show about a rich white family with issues, but it's also really good. Heartwarming, funny in a low-key way and filled with great performances from oft-underutilized actors. Can't wait to watch the rest of Season 1.

Selma

Now that's how you do a biopic. Selma is powerful, moving, important--but also focused & complex. It's a portrait of not an icon, but a man. David Oyelowo is magnificent, channeling the fiery passion of the late Dr. in his public moments, and his solemn resolve in his private ones.

One technical quibble that I have: the film constantly breaks the 180 Degree Rule (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/180-degree_rule). This is clearly an intentional choice, as no director worth their salt would ever just let that happen. My belief is that it's a bit of a visual trick to show that characters in the film (and in real life, obviously) not only differ philosophically, but often don't even literally see eye-to-eye. That's a neat thing you don't see often, but I found its over-use distracting.

Otherwise, the film is a triumph, a successfully executed vision of one of the most inspiring Americans to have ever lived. 4/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 25, 2015, 11:23 pm
Witching & Bitching

This is a very silly film about a trio of chauvinistic buffoons being tormented by a gaggle of witches. It's a fun, if thin, midnight movie with some great standout moments (spoiler: there's a witch goddess who looks like a giant fertility idol come to life, her massive tits swinging back & forth) and a humorous treatise on sexism. The special effects are bad, the ending is nonsense, and the tone is gleefully idiotic throughout. Basically it's everything a b-movie should be. 3/5


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Post by: Skeletonic on January 26, 2015, 06:45 am
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
This movie was p. dope, I can't say any bad things about it other than ScarJo's performance felt a little flat at times. All in all, this is probably my favorite of the standalone Avengers movies. Strong 4/5.

Remember the Titans
If you're gonna watch a saccharine "yeah the sports woo go team, but also now we're better people!" movie, you could do a lot worse than Remember the Titans. Has some good performances as well, this is a 4/5 for me personally.

Drumline
I watched this immediately after Remember the Titans and it was all the worse for it. This movie lacks in likeable characters and the protagonist, played by Nick Cannon, has a really poorly executed redemption arc that doesn't feel deserved at all. That being said, the actual music in this movie is really good and it's often hard to tell whether the actors are actually playing their instruments or not. So, on a technical level, Drumline has a lot going for it. Also, it has a young Zoe Saldana has hot but also smart college girlfriend to the protagonist. 2/5, but in my book, anything above a 1/5 is worth at least one viewing.


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Post by: RummyLu on January 26, 2015, 08:14 am
I watched Locke last night. I think I finally get why people like Tom Hardy so much now.


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Post by: Skeletonic on January 26, 2015, 12:31 pm
It is because he is So Dreamy


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Post by: Metsfan on January 26, 2015, 04:09 pm
Inherent Vice

Yes. 5/5



Yes. This was my favorite movie of the past year. But not as many people as I thought ended up liking it. Either "the plot was too hard to follow" or "man what a fucked up trip that was", but I thought it was a pretty good story about being a pawn in a game out of Doc's control. Plus, c'mon it wasn't that hard to follow. It was thoughtful without taking itself too serously and never stopped being hilarious.

And the pussy feast was only $15 dollars.

5 chocolate banana's out of 5

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Post by: Citizen Snips on January 26, 2015, 04:22 pm
And the pussy feast was only $15 dollars.

$15 in 1970 is equal to $91.52 in 2015. (http://www.usinflationcalculator.com/)


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Post by: Skeletonic on January 26, 2015, 05:17 pm
A whole pussy feast for only 91.52? That's a bargain!


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 28, 2015, 11:24 am
Two Days, One Night

This is actually the first Dardenne Brothers film I've seen, and it was brilliant. The film's plot is painful--Marion Cotillard's Sandra has the weekend to convince her coworkers to give up their yearly bonuses or she'll be fired--but its humanist outlook and refusal to cast any character in an unsympathetic light keep matters from spiraling into hopelessness. There are no good or bad people here, just everyday folks living in a rough economy, clinging to what little they have in order to scrape by. It's a universal theme made all the more complex & relatable by the film's restrained, naturalistic cinematography and lived-in performances, the best of which comes from Cotillard. Her portrayal of a woman nearly broken by anxiety & depression is gut-wrenching, and when
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4.5/5

Only Lovers Left Alive

This was a cool movie, man. The soundtrack is intoxicating and really becomes the driving force behind the stylish mood piece vibe. The use of Detroit, a once flourishing city and the birth of Motown, as the central location both lends the film an eerie look and works thematically. Sorry you hate us youngsters so much, Mr. Jarmusch. 4/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on January 29, 2015, 05:56 am
Dear White People

Really good, not great, social satire with some cutting, timely racial commentary. Never as funny as it could be but the real pull of the film doesn't lie in the comedy, it's in the universal theme of struggling to carve out a unique identity for oneself, especially in those formative college years. 3.5/5


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Post by: Nicol on February 01, 2015, 05:12 am
Season 1, Episodes 1 & 2 of How to Get Away with Murder, and I'm stopping there because it is stupid as hell.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 01, 2015, 07:03 am
Housebound

Solid Kiwi horror-comedy that loses steam in act three, as a lot of films in the same genre seem to. Strikes the right tonal balance between understated humor and ominous mood, but ruins its many jump scares with all-too-familiar music stings. 3.5/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 02, 2015, 10:59 am
Chef

...or 'Jon Favreau Vs. The Studio System'. It's a very fun, breezy movie. Good food, good music, good scenery. Probably the best thing Favreau's touched since Swingers. Give John Leguizamo more work please. 4.5/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 03, 2015, 04:25 pm
Non-Stop

Completely absurd in every way and I loved it. If you can roll with the movie's idiotic action movie logic you'll probably enjoy it as much as I did. Not to oversell this film, but about 20 minutes in, Liam Neeson breaks a guy's fucking neck in an airplane bathroom. It's amazing. 4/5


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Post by: Wibblewobble on February 04, 2015, 03:36 pm
Liam Neeson breaks a guy's fucking neck in an airplane bathroom.

Man, he must really have needed to take a piss.


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Post by: EFHRK on February 04, 2015, 04:43 pm
lol


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 07, 2015, 12:17 am
Lone Survivor

Jesus, these guys fell down more hills than Andy Samberg in Hot Rod.

There's a really great scene early on in this film where the main four-man SEAL squad has their position, tucked away in an Afghan mountainside, compromised by a goat herder and two kids. They're left with a dilemma, and none of the solutions are pleasant: do they leave the Afghanis tied to a tree, where they will surely die? Do they let the goat herders go and risk them warning the Taliban forces in the village below? Or do they kill their prisoners silently and carry on with the mission? It's a tense, morally complex moment that's brilliantly reversed later when Marky Mark lies bleeding down in that very same village and two Afghani men have, sans subtitles, what is likely a very similar conversation.

Unfortunately, the rest of the movie surrounding that great moment is a dumb video game. The main characters are thinly sketched vessels who are there to look buff, spout platitudes about brotherhood & fighting, then get shot and die. Greg Nicotero's squibs explode and make the (admittedly expertly filmed) gunfights look like the third act of Django Unchained. The movie seems determined to tick off everything on the action movie cliche checklist, right down to the cute kid who helps our hero in the final battle. And then the credits roll and we get to see photos of the real life heroes and the movie begs us to shed a tear. Sigh. 2.5/5


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Post by: Bah_Humbug on February 07, 2015, 12:41 am
That whole scene bugged the living bejesus out of me because there really wasn't any reason not to take the two guys and their goats with them.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 07, 2015, 01:43 am
It'd be pretty hard to do covert recon while shepherding three people and twenty goats around I think


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Post by: HyperGlavin on February 07, 2015, 04:13 am
Buddy, you haven't seen me arranging late-night activities at my mother's house.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: EFHRK on February 07, 2015, 05:31 am
the other day I watched Alien, The Thing, The Shining, Cabin in the Woods, and Aliens in that order


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Post by: Citizen Snips on February 07, 2015, 10:20 am
Okay, thanks for letting us know.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 07, 2015, 02:39 pm
A Walk Among The Tombstones

This is a pretty straightforward exercise in neo-noir. Instead of reveling in its cliches like Non-Stop, this film tackles them with stone-faced sincerity, and it suffers for that. The opening scene is great - Liam Neeson knocks back shots of whiskey with his morning coffee before gunning down some would-be thieves in the middle of the street. Then the movie sputters & plods along and never quite lives up to the promise of that completely bonkers intro. Neeson is great, and Scott Frank's direction is strong (I recommend his highly underrated first feature, The Lookout, starring Joseph Gordon Levitt) but this ultimately feels like a waste of talent. It's like a version of The Equalizer where Denzel spends 95% of the movie at the diner, then just shoots a dude before the credits roll. 2.5/5


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Post by: Bah_Humbug on February 07, 2015, 08:14 pm
It'd be pretty hard to do covert recon while shepherding three people and twenty goats around I think

But hadn't they accomplished their mission at that point? All they had to do was just walk back to the extraction point.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 07, 2015, 09:22 pm
Here's a rundown of the mission (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Red_Wings#Execution_of_the_operation), it looks like the recon team was meant to stay in position and provide overwatch for an action team that was going to come in and take the Taliban bad boys down


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Post by: Bah_Humbug on February 08, 2015, 02:34 am
Yeah I guess twenty screaming goats would complicate things. It's been a while since I've watched the movie.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 08, 2015, 02:53 pm
Everly

This movie is bat-shit fucking insane. It's great. 4/5 


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Post by: boron on February 08, 2015, 05:26 pm
That wasn't a ball, banzia :(


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Post by: evilspud on February 09, 2015, 10:30 am
Birdman

Aside from the technical feats of a film that appears shot in a single take, this is one of the best films I've seen in year. It's a film about a man trying to matter, meaningfully, forever, and I thought that the way the film wrestled with obtaining relevance and "mattering" as something that needs to be maintained instead of a happily ever after sort of thing was very smart. Especially when Riggan Thomas is clear that what matters to him is the works he leaves behind, and the world he lives in cares more about image and popularity; things that he had decades ago as Birdman but found empty and meaningless. But there's a darker vibe towards the end scene, that makes me wonder if that's the meaning we as human beings are doomed to be content with. Even if our works could conceivably transcend cheap fame and become art, they almost certainly take the ideas and leave the human behind.

Emma Stone's best performance and I really hope this keeps her relevant.

Michael Keaton was the perfect fucking choice, and is also amazing.

Edward Norton was wonderful and insane.

5 serious Zach Galifinaki out of 5 (he was also very good)


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on February 11, 2015, 02:56 am
Welp, it is movie night! I don't think this will be my only post here in the next 24hrs.

Tengoku to Jigoku - A very good Kurosawa. I did not see the gravity and emotion of that third act before it had hit me. This might be my favourite Kurosawa that isn't a period piece.

The Grand Budapest Hotel - This is pretty good. Lots of very quirky moments and a heap of very quirky characters with very quirky reactions resulting in very quirky happenstance. Good and enjoyable quirks in here. Plus there are some quirky cameos from a lot of quirky Wes Anderson regulars. Good job overall. Quirky.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 11, 2015, 04:33 pm
Drive (1997)

I put this on thinking it was Refn's Drive. Nope. It's a movie about Mark Dacascos as a Chinese cyborg who spin-kicks assassins in the head. Completely absurd in all the right ways.

More good shit, aside from the obvious cheese factor - there's actually some solid martial arts choreography in this bad boy. The stunt team's work is fluid, if disappointingly captured, the action scenes never really gaining a sense of rhythm because of the pedestrian direction. It suffers from the same "point & shoot" action filmmaking a lot of other DTV flicks like this do. Basically, fight scenes don't ebb & flow so much as they stop & go - Dacascos spin-kicks a couple guys in one shot, then they cut to a close-up of him striking a cool pose. Repeat ad infinitum. We see comic book panels instead of film.

Whatever, it's goofy fun, and I was pleasantly surprised by this. There's an evil cyborg, there's a redneck assassin with a sidekick named Hedgehog, Kadeem Hardison cuts a guy's arm off with a chainsaw. That should have just been my review right there. 3/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 14, 2015, 02:38 am
A Field In England

"Open up and let the devil in."

That's both a quote from and the mission statement of this film, a psychotropic tromp through the titular Field In England. If you're familiar with Ben Wheatley's work I hope you like his more avant-garde leanings, because that's mostly what you're getting here. This is a delirious, hypnotic collision of sight & sound that drags you through its ostensible purgatory along with its characters and crams your brain full of indelible, psychotic images before vomiting you back up. You climb into the hedgerow a coward and climb out an undertaker.

4/5


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Post by: BSam on February 14, 2015, 05:36 am
A Field In England

4/5

I give the first half 5/5 and the last half 2/5


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 14, 2015, 08:22 am
i give it the reverse m8!


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: Nicol on February 15, 2015, 12:22 pm
I started to watch a Field in England with company and it was vetoed after four minutes because of reasons. I will watch it tonight.

Nostalghia - Sparse as apparently all Tarkovsky. It is the very introspective piece of artwork Tarkovsky made about moving his productions away from the soviet state. A Russian poet visited the small Italian town where an 18th century Russian composer created art for some while before returning to Russia and killing himself. Then he meets a man who believes that the rapture is coming. Then nothing really happens, but in a way... a lot really happens. You know how Tarkovsky is. I love his meticulous cinematography and the days of thinking I feel compelled to do after each of his films (My least fav. Tarkovsky so far but it is still really really really good!)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - I didn't like this film. It did this alt thing where the main characters were all really into indie music so you would know they were cool people and the other characters were jerks and didn't understand them and also probably liked shitty music! The conflict seemed forced. The dialogue was this big battering ram which hammered whatever dumbass teen insight about life it was working on at that time right into you. The only thing I really liked about this film was its focus on the mental health of the main character, and really only for its novelty in this type of film.

Julia - I'm going to just describe the plot to this in full because it was a really dumb and horrible exploitation horror film. So Julia was brutally raped by four men. She was understandably shaken up by this but didn't report it to the police. So she was hanging out in this bar being a total loner when she caught wind of some unique counselling service which could help her to regain her confidence. This turned out to be a cult of really friendly women who wore leather and went to clubs and waited for men to be attracted to them and then lured them out and (a) beat them up, (b) started some form of sexual encounter and then revealed this to the significant others of the men or (c) started having sex with and then castrated them. If she were to seek revenge on the men who had raped her, she could be tracked down by the police, and this would be a risk to the whole cult, so she wasn't allowed to do that. But she did do that and after seeking revenge the cult caught up with her. The cheap reveal at the end was that the cult's messiah figure was castrated. Julia's lesbian lover from the cult saved her from death then Julia murdered her in cold blood. Do not see this film.


Title: Re: TODAY I WATCHED...
Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 15, 2015, 06:21 pm
I started to watch a Field in England with company and it was vetoed after four minutes because of reasons. I will watch it tonight.

Yeah, it's not exactly a crowd-pleaser, is it?

Kingsman: The Secret Service

(mild spoilers)

This is a juvenile cartoon for teenage boys, which means I found it to be absolutely delightful. It's essentially a Roger Moore era Bond film that's just snorted an eight ball of cocaine and decided to fire a machine gun at anything in sight: spy movie tropes, class warfare, red state politics...you name it, and Kingsman spits in its general direction. There's a real scattershot quality to the satire, but this film has its tongue planted so firmly in its cheek that nothing beyond its subversion of 007 cliches really registers. Good thing social commentary isn't Kingsman's intent. No, instead it's a wonderful, exciting, kinetic action movie where heads explode like mushroom clouds and a woman with blades for legs bisects a man straight down the middle of his body. It's a film full of boundless energy and visual flair to spare, like when the guitar solo from Freebird wails as Colin Firth's dick grows three sizes and he massacres a church full of racist bible-thumpers. Yeah, it's that kind of movie. 4/5


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Post by: BSam on February 15, 2015, 11:33 pm
I started to watch a Field in England with company and it was vetoed after four minutes because of reasons. I will watch it tonight.

Yeah, it's not exactly a crowd-pleaser, is it?



I saw it at a film festival, and i enjoyed the shit out of the first half, and i loved the casting.  Unfortunately once it become magical and shit it kinda lost it, i may need to watch it again to make sure tho.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 16, 2015, 12:37 am
Michael Smiley was fucking great. I love that dude. My favorite scene was

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Post by: Nicol on February 16, 2015, 11:14 am
A Field in England - Ugh. I want to explain exactly why I didn't like this but it is a lot of words, so I will put it in a spoiler.

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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - This was an incredible masterpiece that you really should see if you have not already. Bogart is my main man.


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Post by: BSam on February 17, 2015, 01:02 am
goddamn it, i'm gonn wathc that film agin


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Post by: Nicol on February 17, 2015, 04:18 am
Yeah it is definitely worth rewatching because Bogart's is great against type and it makes some rather morbid points about human nature that I don't think many other films did in the 50s.


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Post by: BSam on February 17, 2015, 04:58 am
no i mean a field in england


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Post by: Nicol on February 17, 2015, 07:33 am
You should watch the Treasure of the Sierra Madre too.


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Post by: Nicol on February 18, 2015, 11:38 am
Notorious - This the biggest thirst trap ever mane. Alexander Sebastian surely with the biggest clown move of 1946 for sure in this film. Dweeb all listening to his domineering Hitchcockian matriarchal figure all the time and then wondering "why me".

The Infinite Man - This was a very cute and funny time travel story about a guy who wants to get his anniversary right but runs into increasing complexity with each visit back to make a correction. This was made in my home town. Go Adelaide!


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Post by: Citizen Snips on February 18, 2015, 11:46 am
Notorious is a perfect film and only gets better on repeat viewings, as with every great movie.


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Post by: Nicol on February 18, 2015, 11:47 am
Yeah it was incredible. I have not seen a Hitchcock yet that I haven't loved. I didn't bother reviewing it properly because who here is going to see it that hasn't seen it yet. What a boner that Alexander Sebastian was though! Talk about embarrassing!


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Post by: Citizen Snips on February 18, 2015, 11:51 am
The ending with
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Post by: Nicol on February 18, 2015, 12:01 pm
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Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 18, 2015, 01:08 pm
The Imitation Game

This is a handsomely crafted biopic with a stellar cast and a crackerjack script that hums along with perfect pacing.

It's also the tapioca pudding of movies, one of those films that ticks off everything on the Oscar bait checklist, then looks at the Academy with puppy dog eyes and waits to be handed its trophies.

Here's Benedict Cumberbatch as an extremely British man who did a historical thing. He seems to be autistic and he only works alone. Do you think by the end of the film he'll learn to work with a team? Only time will tell.

Here's the British man's machine. How does it work? Not sure, and the movie will never really tell us. We just know it's a good machine because the British guy is smart and he says it is. Here's some manufactured drama where people go "Your machine doesn't work!" and then British guy says "Actually my machine does work!".

And then at the end people find out he's gay and everyone goes "it sucks that we have to chemically castrate you. you beat the Nazis, which is good." cue title cards that explain what happened after the movie cuts to black. Apparently we wouldn't have computers if it weren't for Alan Turing. cool, go show this in a high school history class.

3/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 18, 2015, 02:50 pm
The Theory of Everything

Fuck this movie. Fuck the soft key made-for-TV lighting. Fuck that boring pasty British dipshit Eddie Redmayne. Fuck the cloying sentimentality of the filmmaking, fuck the mawkish original score. I thought American Sniper would be my least favorite Best Picture nominee of 2015 because it was bullshit propaganda, but jesus... at least it was effective. The Theory of Everything is so treacly it makes me sick. 1.5/5


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Post by: du_Man on February 18, 2015, 03:19 pm
I wasn't a huge fan of Theory of Everything, but come on, dude. Eddie Redmayne was phenomenal.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on February 18, 2015, 04:59 pm
Everyone should watch this instead. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103882/)


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 19, 2015, 12:54 am
I wasn't a huge fan of Theory of Everything, but come on, dude. Eddie Redmayne was phenomenal.

He did good pretending to be all fucked up in the damn wheelchair.

The Keep

Michael Mann's second film. A stylist's dream and a narrativist's nightmare. I'm not sure if narrativist is a word. I'd like to see the 3 hour cut because this movie makes very little sense. It looks nice, though. Here's some screencaps I took:

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2.5/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 19, 2015, 02:44 pm
The Last of the Mohicans

Brutal murder, romance, it's all here. 3.5/5


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Post by: Mr Gale on February 19, 2015, 03:16 pm
The theory of everything is a prank about "making a dumb poorly written oscar bait soap opera movie" that went way too far. The dude who played the terrible underwritten main non-character seemed fine.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 21, 2015, 05:34 am
Love Is Strange

Alfred Molina and John Lithgow are adorable in this film and it's a total delight every time they share the screen. Unfortunately that doesn't happen enough. The majority of this indie is kind of one note and obvious and really carried by the leads. And then...

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3.5/5


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Post by: Nicol on February 21, 2015, 08:01 am
I watched Kingsman and it was so goddamned good.


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Post by: Karlski on February 21, 2015, 06:28 pm
The Thieves

Korean heist movie. Two teams of professional thieves, one chinese and one korean, team up to steal a diamond worth $30 million from a dealer staying at a casino in Macao, with the intent of selling it to a feared underworld broker. Of course, everyone is trying to double-cross everyone else the whole way through.

Touches on a few of the keystones of the genre, like the mark explaining how his security is invulnerable, or jump cuts between the leader explaining what everyone has to do for preparation and them doing it.

Does have a seriously sharp third act tone shift, so, look for that. Otherwise it was good times. I'd recommend it.


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Post by: Navigator2001Plus on February 21, 2015, 06:43 pm
The Thieves

I checked, and it's on Netflix streaming, so I added it to my list to watch.


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Post by: Benny B on February 22, 2015, 02:46 am
Randomly threw on Snowpiercer and, wow. Holy hell. So much movie for my brain to digest. I think I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about it.

It's like a dystopian action Terry Gilliam movie. It's like playing BioShock on mescaline. I will review it now, but I probably will need to think about it for a while. 3.5/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 22, 2015, 09:50 am
It's like playing BioShock on mescaline[/b]

yes...........................YES!!!!


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Post by: Truck Thunders on February 23, 2015, 03:28 pm
The Keep

Years ago, when I was still in middle school, there was a video store that had a bunch of weird horror/sci-fi/fantasy films on tape, and The Keep was one of them. For whatever reason the cover of The Keep always grabbed me, and I kept meaning to rent it, thinking it would be just the weirdest damn film I ever saw, but I never got around to it. Then Blockbuster showed up and muscled them out of business and I never got to watch it. Fuck Blockbuster. It's not often that a company deserves to be put out of business, but boy did they ever.

Anyway, Bondfiction reminded me of this one, so I watched it, and it was about as weird as I imagined. I do agree the movie is basically good-looking nonsense, but I kinda liked that aspect of it. The fact that it was cut to shit means there's some real pacing issues in the latter half of the film, but the fact that the film never actually explains who the demon dude or the immortal guy are, I think, is added value, because you get this air of mystery and weird fiction that you usually lose by the end of films like this. For me, it made it watchable until the end, not quite knowing what route the movie would take, in spite of the silly sci-fi/fantasy atmosphere.

Plus, the actual story behind what's going on is apparently really goofy schlock fantasy, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Keep_%28Wilson_novel%29) so I don't think it's a big deal that it was entirely cut from the film.

I was also kinda wondering what it would be like for Tangerine Dream to score a horror film. The answer was alternately really fitting, sort of John Carpenteresque atmospheric music, and really awful electronica that didn't fit with the film at all.

Eh, I'd give it 3/5. Would recommend to someone else, but I don't think I'll watch it again.


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Post by: boron on February 26, 2015, 01:22 am
Big Hero 6

funny, and charming and colorful and all that but uhhh

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anyways i really liked it


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 27, 2015, 02:09 am
The Brothers Bloom

A warm love story, a dazzling magic trick, an old-fashioned adventure full of dense visual humor. Somehow this is Rian Johnson's least imaginative film, and yet it may be my favorite of his.

I've read mixed reviews of this, and for those left cold by the film I'd suggest a re-watch. I think the key lies in one of Bloom's early lines:

"You don't understand what my brother does - he writes his cons the way dead Russians write novels. Thematic arcs, embedded symbolism and shit. And he wrote me as the vulnerable antihero." 4.5/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on February 27, 2015, 04:04 pm
Re-Animator

This is a funny fucking movie, man. Great special effects. You see a dead old man's dick a couple times which is awesome. MVP goes to Jeffrey Combs for playing the absurd material deadly straight. 3.5/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 04, 2015, 06:35 pm
The Signal

Mild spoiler

A very pretty movie that isn't as smart as it seems to think it is. The film strings you along by withholding information for as long as possible, but the twists are so telegraphed that the big reveals don't land with the intended impact. (Did this super-genius MIT student seriously take the entire film to realize that Damon is NOMAD backwards?) Also, according to the director, this is supposed to be a tale of "logic vs. emotion", so why is that when the hero has his big emotional breakthrough, it doesn't resonate? Perhaps it's because of the thinly sketched characters, like the girlfriend who doesn't have any traits beyond "is a girl".

Oh well, consider this a failed experiment--even if it didn't produce the intended result, we still learned a couple things: Larry Fishburne is as reliable as ever, and director William Eubank has a keen visual eye. I wouldn't be surprised to see him helming a big budget superhero picture sometime soon. Hopefully starring Larry Fishburne. 2.5/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 05, 2015, 04:30 pm
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

I found it interesting that this was a far more effective portrait of PTSD and the human cost of war than American Sniper. Mockingjay does as most good sci-fi is supposed to--that is, poke, prod, provoke and satirize, examining the political and media manipulation efforts on both sides of the battle. The performances are uniformly strong, and Francis Lawrence is more than adept at capturing powerful moments both large and small scale; the final shot of the film is an especially haunting image, one that perfectly encapsulates the somber tone of the film.

I must echo criticism I've read leveled against the film's structure. This is a book cut in half, and it feels like it. Hell, Katniss isn't even directly involved in the movie's climactic covert rescue mission--in fact, it starts before she even finds out about it. If the ending of Catching Fire was a tease, then this is practically blue balls. 3.5/5


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Post by: Bettytron on March 08, 2015, 12:21 pm
Birdman

Hoo boy I did not think this was a good film! I felt like none of the points it was trying to make about acting or theater or film rang true, the characterizations were one-note and cliche, most of the character arcs didn't lead anywhere, the theater critic was a cartoonishly villainous strawman, and the ending was nonsensical. I hated that the attempted rape was brushed off with a one-liner from a character who was a sexist parody of every actress cliche, and thought it was odd that most of the supporting cast all but disappeared by the third act of the film. And ultimately I felt like the script couldn't make up its mind about any of the dichotomies it posed. Are superhero films low-brow trash or some kind of redemptive freedom? Is theater a higher art form than film, or is it an enterprise propped up entirely by agenda-driven critics and arbitrary standards? Blah blah social media?

For a film about acting I also found most of the performances either too inert or over-the-top. The stage scenes are mostly shot from behind the actors, which is a deliberate choice I guess, but left the quality of their performances pretty ambiguous and made those scenes feel more anticlimactic than they should have been. The play didn't seem very ...good.

A lot of other smaller things bothered me too, like the film just taking at face value Norton's assertion that he's a fraud everywhere but on stage. That's how some actors think of themselves, probably, but there's also heaping piles of insecurity and doubt in there too. He very much cares what other people think of him! That the film never punctures the characters own bs was a constant irritant.

Anyway I'm not surprised that the Academy loved it, but I am surprised at the almost universally positive critical reception. I can only guess that the scary theater critic in the film intimidated too many critics into "I'm not like other moms, I'm a cool mom" mode.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on March 08, 2015, 12:29 pm
haha yessss


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Post by: Citizen Snips on March 08, 2015, 12:30 pm
Betty, you're not alone: https://thedissolve.com/reviews/1152-birdman/


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Post by: Bettytron on March 08, 2015, 09:53 pm
PHEW THANK YOU

I also watched Whiplash this weekend, and while I wasn't crazy about it sort of justifying the abusive-man teaching method, I really loved everything else about it. And while the ending storywise was a bit weak for me, it succeeded in being so entertaining and brilliantly edited that I didn't mind. The first two thirds were such an effective horror film, and the performances were excellent.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 09, 2015, 06:10 am
The Salvation

Bare-bones revenge oater from Dogme 95 collaborator Kristian Levring. Handsome, sparse photography. Standout "stoic badass" performances from god Mads Mikkelsen and queen Eva Green (Casino Royale reunion!), who nearly runs away with the film despite not uttering a single word. Brings nothing fresh to the well-worn western genre, just stone cold cynicism and nicely staged action. Worth a watch. 3/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 12, 2015, 02:50 am
Unknown

Solid fucking Hitchcockian mistaken identity thriller. Nicely paced with fun action scenes and some twists that aren't nearly as absurd as you'd be led to believe. I love that director Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson are just knocking high-gloss genre flicks out of the park. Now home to my new favorite Neeson one-liner - "I didn't forget everything. I remember how to kill you, asshole." Commence supreme shit kicking. 3.5/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 13, 2015, 02:20 pm
'71

One of those brutal, hellish, uncompromising war films that just drops you right into the muck with its protagonist (Jack O'Connell - everyone please watch STARRED UP) and lets you rot. Propulsive pace, heart-pounding action scenes. Doesn't have much to say about (i had to Google this phrase) 'The Troubles' in Ireland beyond "It's a confused situation", but '71 is an effective thriller that gives every side of the conflict a fair shake and doesn't waver from its bleak, morally gray tone. 4/5

Wild Tales

Stark raving mad pitch-black comedy that absolutely skewers the class divide. Consider it a companion piece to the recent Chinese anthology film A TOUCH OF SIN. I like how Wild Tales grows more and more petty - from justified political outrage to paranoid wedding shenanigans - as the collars of the characters shift from the bluest of the blue to the whitest of the white. No matter how well-off we are, humans are always going to have that senseless, animalistic side.

Best segment: ROAD RAGE, which twists & turns the quickest and lands on a wickedly funny final image. 4.5/5


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Post by: Metsfan on March 16, 2015, 11:37 am
The Spongebob Movie

Stephen Hillenburg wrote it and it's nothing but puns the whole way through and it's great. Plus the dumb 3D bit is only in the last ten minutes, the rest is classic Spongebob. If you liked the show growing up this has a lot to offer. It's been a while since I've been in a theater that was filled with people snickering and cracking up.


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Post by: pingollum on March 16, 2015, 07:46 pm
Birdman

Hoo boy I did not think this was a good film! I felt like none of the points it was trying to make about acting or theater or film rang true, the characterizations were one-note and cliche, most of the character arcs didn't lead anywhere, the theater critic was a cartoonishly villainous strawman, and the ending was nonsensical. I hated that the attempted rape was brushed off with a one-liner from a character who was a sexist parody of every actress cliche, and thought it was odd that most of the supporting cast all but disappeared by the third act of the film. And ultimately I felt like the script couldn't make up its mind about any of the dichotomies it posed. Are superhero films low-brow trash or some kind of redemptive freedom? Is theater a higher art form than film, or is it an enterprise propped up entirely by agenda-driven critics and arbitrary standards? Blah blah social media?

For a film about acting I also found most of the performances either too inert or over-the-top. The stage scenes are mostly shot from behind the actors, which is a deliberate choice I guess, but left the quality of their performances pretty ambiguous and made those scenes feel more anticlimactic than they should have been. The play didn't seem very ...good.

A lot of other smaller things bothered me too, like the film just taking at face value Norton's assertion that he's a fraud everywhere but on stage. That's how some actors think of themselves, probably, but there's also heaping piles of insecurity and doubt in there too. He very much cares what other people think of him! That the film never punctures the characters own bs was a constant irritant.

Anyway I'm not surprised that the Academy loved it, but I am surprised at the almost universally positive critical reception. I can only guess that the scary theater critic in the film intimidated too many critics into "I'm not like other moms, I'm a cool mom" mode.

i don't feel iñarritu is capable or even interested in conclusions to the concepts he throws out in his films because he's always been about the exposition of questions more than answers, which i've never really found to be satisfying as a movie experience. it was cute that he actually tried to tied up the arcs within his earlier films, but from Biutiful onwards it just seems that he ceased to give any importance to narrative closure.

birdman was a lot more entertaining for me to watch than Biutiful, for example, but also considerably more pretentious in baiting critics with queries regarding high art, low art, aesthetic value, relationship between artist and critic, and so on, without bothering with any actual conclusion. if there was ever a HEY MEMBERS OF THE ACADEMY, IF YOU DON'T GIVE ME AN OSCAR, YOU'RE DUMB I DOUBLE DARE YOU in a film, this was it. ALSO HERE I AM FLYING AWAY AT THE END, YES THAT'S MY LAZY ENDING


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Post by: Metsfan on March 16, 2015, 10:30 pm
He had the main character commit suicide twice. TWICE.


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Post by: Bah_Humbug on March 20, 2015, 06:49 am
Three times.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 20, 2015, 07:14 am
Three times! You weren't here!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyrM7GxyzGg


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 21, 2015, 04:16 pm
Black Sea

Robinson Crusoe. Swiss Family Robinson. And now Captain Robinson of the SS We're Fucked. Not exactly the best namesake to have at sea, is it?

Oy, it feels like it's been a while since we've had a good submarine movie. This one is a nasty little thriller. A bunch of stock characters dive down into the titular Black Sea to salvage some Nazi gold from a sunken U-Boat. Things go awry, as you'd imagine.

The cast is populated by a wealth of great character actors and director Kevin Macdonald (THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND) keeps the energy crackling along. Hits all the 'men on a doomed mission' story beats, but hits them well. Has a real fucking angry streak that it aims right at the bourgeoisie. Solid adventure film, but in search of richer characters and more feeling of consequence. 3.5/5


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Post by: BSam on March 27, 2015, 05:15 am
final destination. 1, 2, 3, the, and 5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on March 28, 2015, 08:14 pm
It Follows

I caught the spirit of 1980 John Carpenter off this bad boy. First must-see of 2015 (if you didn't catch it at a festival last year, obviously) and the best little horror film since THE BABADOOK.

Come to think of, that film and IT FOLLOWS have quite a bit in common: a fantastic lead performance by a relatively unknown actress, a bone-chilling sense of dread, and a deeper underlying theme that resonates long after the scares are over.

I've seen a few reviews that have called It Follows "the STD horror movie", which seems to me like a very limited reading. Yes, it's about a curse passed on to a girl after she has sex with another poor cursed soul. But the way the titular "It" follows, and lingers, and never relents is because it's DEATH. It's our own fear of mortality come around to face us head-on. I'm probably butchering this quote, but early in the film our young heroine Jay is told, "It can be anyone. Someone you know, a stranger in the crowd. Someone you love - that's when it knows it can get close enough to hurt you." There are constant reminders like that littered throughout the film--a character yearning to be a child, the image of a haggard woman on an Old Maid card, references to Lazarus. Even the film's final line is, I believe, a quote from a novel about how terrifying death can be.

Ignoring subtext, It Follows is still incredibly effective. Director David Robert Mitchell (THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER) shows off a mastery of blocking & camerawork. The way he'll push It to the corner of a frame or subtly reveal the shape in the background of a shot is a technique that never loses its power. I never found the film out-and-out terrifying, but it built such an unsettling atmosphere that there wasn't a moment where it didn't have me on pins & needles. It's the good kind of scary--not built on quick jumps and shock--but on creating an uneasy feeling that lingers long after the film is over. 4.5/5


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Post by: Nicol on March 29, 2015, 05:37 am
Akira Kurosawa's Ran - Holy shit, this film was a damned nightmare. I must now read King Lear or possibly watch it if there is a good film adaptation.

Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo - What an awesome film! Toshiro Mifune is badass as hell in this. I definitely have to now watch The Glass Key, and read Red Harvest.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 01, 2015, 04:00 am
Blackhat

A stone-faced procedural thriller where mood and visual aesthetic reign supreme. Sounds to me like a Michael Mann film.

BLACKHAT begins severe, clinical, virtual. White rooms, tech jargon, acts of terror committed from behind computer monitors. The second half is vibrant, stylish, physical. Buzzing helicopters, pounding gunfire, brutal hand-to-hand combat.

The further our protagonist Hathaway gets from imprisonment, the more the film comes to life. This is a story not only of his resurrection, but of the importance of human connection in a digital age. The film opens with an image of planet earth's digital pulse yet closes with just our two leads walking toward the frame, hand in hand. He may seem solemn, but Michael Mann has a big, beating heart that he likes to show off from time to time.

Blackhat: A romance where Chris Hemsworth stabs a guy in the brain with a screwdriver. 4/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 02, 2015, 10:42 am
The November Man

This motherfucker had me rolling front to back.

I guess what happened here is some studio big wig wanted to make a DTV spy movie as a tax write-off but accidentally added a couple zeroes to the budget when he wired the money over to the producers. So not only did we end up with a standard, thrill-free, clichéd action flick but we also ended up with a former James Bond on board and a solid effects budget that could at least afford a few decent explosions and juicy headshots.

Pierce Brosnan is the single best thing about THE NOVEMBER MAN, and I feel like he only got the role after Liam Neeson turned it down. Brosnan sneers and growls and pounds scotch and waves a gun around in just about every scene and it's fucking awesome. He slashes an innocent woman's femoral artery for seemingly no reason other than to be a complete bastard. Like 15 minutes into the movie he absolutely annihilates an entire CIA hit squad. Some poor American saps who are just doing their jobs. He fucking executes these jabronis. Blows a guy's brains out all over a car's dashboard and everything.

Plot-wise, I had no idea what the hell was going on. There's some mentor/protege bullshit where Brosnan and a young gun that he trained are going head-to-head throughout the movie. The kid is some bland sour cream motherfucker who kind of looks like the lost son of Sean Bean which was maybe an intentional casting choice because the filmmakers wanted viewers to think of GOLDENEYE which is a thousand times better. Apparently young Sean Bean is starring in the upcoming POINT BREAK remake so I can't wait to scream at that piece of shit.

There's also some malarkey about a Russian presidential hopeful who did a bunch of war crimes in the past and wants to cover them up by basically killing everyone I think. There's an assassin lady with a big schnoz who I guess dies when she gets walloped in the face with a shovel. Olga Kurylenko is a journalist or something. The plot is basically a murky excuse to get to the next hilariously awesome scene of Pierce Brosnan walking away from an explosion or beating the shit out of a guy half his age. Every now and then there's a ridiculous, stilted line reading (ESPECIALLY from the CIA analyst characters) or an extremely bizarre little detail (like this hysterical photo of a pimp (http://i.imgur.com/KrITHYd.png)) to keep the audience entertained.

Does all this sound like goofy fun to you? Good, good, then you will enjoy THE NOVEMBER MAN. For the rest of you who are turned off I will spoil here exactly why Brosnan's character is called The November Man: "Because after you passed through, nothing lived." 2/5


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Post by: Citizen Snips on April 02, 2015, 12:03 pm
How will Luke Bracey deliver the lines "I AM AN F. B. I. AGENT!"? Find out Christmas Day, 2015.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 02, 2015, 02:11 pm
The only person who could properly capture the serious-stoner energy of Johnny Utah in a remake was Paul Walker. Which they thankfully did 15 years ago when they made The Fast & The Furious.


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Post by: laktose on April 02, 2015, 05:10 pm
Godzilla (2014)

"Let's make a Godzilla movie that's about people, you know? Like children, army jerks, wise Japanese scientists and shit, right?" - some big time cokehead idiot movie business fucker

It was awful.


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Post by: Karlski on April 02, 2015, 07:40 pm
Oh man that Godzilla film was shithouse. When I on the plane to Sydney the guy in the seat in front of me was watching it. I couldn't hear it and I was glancing at the screen during breaks in conversation with the person in the next chair over and I still a) understood the plot b) understood each character c) predicted basically everything that happened and d) had my intelligence insulted


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Post by: Author on April 02, 2015, 08:58 pm
Actually it's best movie 2014


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Post by: evilspud on April 02, 2015, 09:14 pm
I watched the Lego Movie again and continue to love it to pieces.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 03, 2015, 01:21 am
Furious Seven

The short version: FURIOUS SEVEN is everything I expected. Outlandish cartoon violence, tough guy one-liners, genuine pathos. Not the best of the series, but still a great action flick and a fun time at the movies.

Extensive spoilers follow.

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4/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 03, 2015, 08:15 pm
Son Of A Gun

Disappointingly thin crime-thriller that offers nothing much more than a good Ewan McGregor performance and a solid heist sequence. Character motivations are nonexistent. Visual style indistinct. No reason to care. 2/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 04, 2015, 03:51 pm
Need For Speed

Gloriously silly rip-roaring car commercial. Absolutely stupid plot but all the racing scenes are a-one. I admire the director's commitment to realism. He does a lot of weird first-person shots to assure the audience that THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING. KiD CuDi is so fucking annoying and I'm not sure if I want him to act or make music ever again, so hopefully he sticks to being a perfectly boring human being. Anyway vroom vroom Jesse Pinkman. Fun action flick. 3/5


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Post by: Kybard on April 10, 2015, 09:37 am
well, over the past couple of days, but I decided it was Documentary Week on my mobile phone while I was on the treadmill, so I watched Going Clear and CITIZENFOUR.

they were actually interesting to watch back to back because both are crafted and portray their subjects (Scientology and NSA/surveillance) with horror-movie trappings. the music in both, for one thing, is unnerving -- CITIZENFOUR in particular uses the ambient noise from a Trent Reznor track to great effect.

Going Clear has a chronological structure that makes it feel a little scattershot, since it has to jump from LRH's earlier life to Travolta to the IRS tax stuff back to Tom Cruise. it maintains its tone by accentuating the "something's really wrong here" feeling in just about every scene and interview. the personal stories are way more affecting/disturbing than the celebrity stuff. the movie does a pretty good job (in part because it's interviewing so many former members) of explaining the seductive psychology of joining and being sucked in so deep that even when you read the Xenu story and go "what the unholy fuck is this" it still takes you forever to leave because you're in too deep.

CITIZENFOUR's chronological, too, but since its present action essentially takes place over a week or two, it has much more propulsion and focus than Going Clear. the movie's most interesting in the hotel room where Snowden lays things out for Greenwald and Poitras; everyone's nervous calm and all the little details of trying to keep the thing going underground as long as possible (like Snowden literally covering his face to hide from a laptop's webcam in case it's hacked, or the extremely suspicious fire alarm test that suddenly happens mid-interview) really amps up the paranoia. outside of that section, the movie is essentially a series of interviews with experts saying how horrifying the NSA's actions are, which might not be the most gripping filmmaking but somehow is, here, because of smart editing and the general air of urgent paranoia.


oh also I saw FURIOUS SEVEN last weekend, it was great and extremely silly


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Post by: Citizen Snips on April 11, 2015, 12:05 pm
Kybard you should also watch Dirty Wars


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Post by: Kybard on April 11, 2015, 08:43 pm
I will!

just watched hunger games mockingjay part 1. jennifer lawrence does a very, very good job of being a traumatized child thrown into a warzone. she is good at acting

the movie itself is fine. more straightforwardly brutal than I might have expected from a franchise that used horrible shakycam nonsense to avoid any bloodshed in its first installment about a series of games in which children murder each other. suffers from too much script hand holding and a severe lack of structure that comes from awkwardly splitting an already-thin book into two films purely as a cash grab.

but it can be sneaky clever about its portrayal of the ultimate two-facedness of media propaganda, and gains a lot in comparison with the book by having outside POVs from Katniss: they get to contrast her single-mindedness and general sincerity (she's too fucked up at this point to get very far with machinations) with how she's being paraded around and posed or prodded towards "candid" moments. it's clumsy, but has its moments


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Post by: RummyLu on April 12, 2015, 01:48 am
I watched What We Do In The Shadows and it was funny and sweet and exactly what you'd expect from everyone involved in it.

I'll probably watch it again just for Rhys Darby's alpha male werewolf.


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Post by: EFHRK on April 12, 2015, 10:45 pm
The Voices

Feels like a lighter, more comical version of the Maniac remake, only not as interesting in just about every way. Almost all the characters feel like these weird cardboard cutouts of people propped up to fill the scenes. Half of the dialogue sounds like everyone is mumbling, and there's several long sequences where it doesn't really feel like much is happening and I began losing interest. Then suddenly it just kinda...ends - like the writer suddenly decided "ok this is long enough for a feature film" and then slapped on the ending. The biggest problem with this movie is that it can't seem to figure out what it wants to be. Is it a dark comedy? Is it a crime drama about a psychopath? Why are the funny parts not funny and the serious parts boring and predictable? They took a super great premise, and completely dragged it through the mud until it was hardly watchable. 1.5/4


A Most Violent Year

Very subtle, very intense, very well shot and performed. A couple characters seem to drift in and out of the story, but it's themes and character motivations are so well executed it's negligible. An incredibly well done, quiet drama. 3.5/4


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Post by: Mr Gale on April 13, 2015, 07:35 am
The Daredevil Tv Show

I heard this was meant to be The Wire of the marvel universe, when its more the 24, like later seasons of 24... for boring cliches and super in love with effective torture as a trope.

The main guy was pretty dull but acceptable. The supporting cast of good guys was pretty charming and I felt with more comic beats something could be done there to make them interesting. And I liked the old grizzled mentor dude who turned up for one episode. But most of the day to day stuff of the show was pretty samey and uninteresting.

The second (barely interacting) story of Kingpins rise and such was very compelling and powerhouse acted by Law And Order Guy, and if that was expanded into its own show with more machinations and rising to power through cunning I assume it would have been a triumph and win all the superhero tv show oscars.


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Post by: RummyLu on April 13, 2015, 07:38 am
I thought the main dude's best buddy was insufferable.


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Post by: Mr Gale on April 13, 2015, 09:31 am
I think you mean Foggy Bear.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 13, 2015, 10:27 am
Yeah that dude is definitely the acting weak link on the show. It's weird, I think he hits dramatic beats better than comedic ones. Maybe it's the writing or maybe his delivery is just...off. I can't put my finger on it. But anyway that's a problem when you're supposed to be comic relief 75% of the time. And this is a guy who was in like, every Mighty Ducks! The pinnacle of comedy!


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Post by: Skeletonic on April 13, 2015, 12:16 pm
He doesn't need any comedic lines imo i bust out laughing every time I look at his hair, it's almost immersion breaking that everyone just looks at him and doesn't immediately laugh at him for having the worst hair ever


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Post by: Kybard on April 13, 2015, 05:26 pm
world of tomorrow, by don hertzfeldt

oh, wow.


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Post by: Joseph Nistal on April 13, 2015, 10:37 pm
world of tomorrow, by don hertzfeldt

oh, wow.

YES


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Post by: Kybard on April 15, 2015, 02:23 pm
Kybard you should also watch Dirty Wars

I did! the actual content is super upsetting and infuriating. the doc itself, from a filmmaking perspective, I found less successful than the other two docs I mentioned.

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Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 17, 2015, 04:42 pm
Force Majeure

There's nothing more fragile in the world than a male ego, so to watch a cruel, hysterical film like this one tear it limb from limb is kind of a delight.

In the early goings, the film slyly sets up the all-too-familiar artifices of our daily lives - the doting husbands, the cordial strangers, the loving parents - and then it slowly, subtly tears away at that posturing. The inciting incident is a controlled avalanche at a ski resort, and the selfish act that follows. Family patriarch Tomas runs for cover and leaves his wife and kids behind. What follows is mostly a series of painfully long static shots framed by director Ruben Östlund where he leaves a lot of the dramatic heavy lifting to his actors, who are all fantastic. Furtive glances and long pauses give way to wine-soaked arguments where couples begin to pick and pry at each other until they shatter. It's brilliant.

The crux of the movie, really, is the children. Every time there's an argument or a stifling silent treatment, we see the kids' evolving reactions to the matters at hand. The film really seems to value their straightforwardness and emotional honesty. Toward the end there's a scene where mother Eppa gets lost in a fog while skiing with Tomas and the kids. Tomas, in an attempt to salvage his masculinity in the eyes of his family, dashes off into the snow to rescue his wife. In many other films, this would be a heroic moment, one complete with swelling music where the two parents profess their love for each other and all is well again. In Force Majeure, we hold on the kids, sitting together abandoned in the fog & snow, yelling for their father. It's a devastating moment, and the avalanche of anguish continues. 4.5/5



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Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 18, 2015, 03:10 pm
Spring (2014)

Hard to really talk about this one because I don't want to spoil much. It's a genre-bending film that mutates from dark comedy into indie romance into Cronenberg-esque body horror and then back again.

I recommend this with some reservations. While the plotting is inventive, the scenery is gorgeous and the two leads are likable enough, the central romance is...less than compelling. The majority of the film is a two-hander about lost soul Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) and mysterious Louise (Nadia Hilker). Here's where you can tell the script was written by a man - while Louise is romantic and alluring and oozes sexuality, Evan is a needy puppy dog who, no joke, falls to his knees and begs Louise to fall in love with him at one point. A better romance might turn bittersweet, but this one wants to have its cake and eat it too. Because Evan, of course, is a sensitive nice guy. He's a port in a sea full of men that are boorish caricatures. His best friend is a bearded goof. The British tourists he travels with are loud, obnoxious drunks. There's even another American tourist who wears an American flag bandana and literally screams the Star Spangled Banner at the top of his lungs. Evan becomes the romantic lead by default because every single other man in the world isn't worthy enough.

Look, I had an unrequited crush on a girl once too, it was called high school. I didn't make a fantasy film where I got to end up with her as a solution. SPRING seems like it was trying to be BEFORE SUNRISE with a twist, which is an admirable concept, but it misses what made Sunrise so beautiful and intoxicating. In Linklater's classic, Jesse and Celine are both three dimensional characters with flaws and worries and passions and the movie works because we truly feel like these are two people who would be attracted to one another and we're okay with watching them wander around Vienna and feel each other out. They have a genuine attraction, a natural chemistry, a flirtatious tête-à-tête. Spring never works this way because it refuses to put Evan and Louise on a level playing field.

Yet the film is hard to outright hate. It's warm and earnest and its heart is in the right place. It just needs a woman's touch. 3/5


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Post by: Karlski on April 18, 2015, 06:11 pm
Fast and Furious

Mrs Ski and I have been working through these films, given that we'd not seen any of the franchise, and last night we finished number 4.

Significantly better than Tokyo Drift, which was so bad. Mrs Ski had a few things to say about the lack of agency allowed to all the women in it; like the three preceding, and more so than 1 and 2, it suffers from a heavy case of women-as-decoration.

On the other hand the action sequences were good, the boss FBI guy endeared himself to us, and the crossing-the-border MacGuffin was as idiotically fun as we've come to expect.


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Post by: du_Man on April 18, 2015, 09:05 pm
The Sign of the Cross

Probably the worst deMille movie I've seen, but still kinda fun at times. Charles Laughton as Nero is just the best ever. You know Hedonismbot from Futurama? That's not an exaggerated spoof of Laughton's Nero; that is Laughton's Nero. He's just wonderful. He's just so joyfully having the time of his life at all times, whether he's watching Rome burn, drinking in the violence at the Coliseum, or even just trying to contain his glee while giving manipulative orders. And Claudette Colbert as Poppaea is just as wonderful. Her introduction, bathing in a giant pool of fresh donkey milk and inviting her friend in, is just amazing, and she never stops vamping like a pro.

Unfortunately, the Christians are so boring, and they suck up most of the screen time. I know I should feel terrible and moved when they're marched into the Coliseum, but I was mostly just glad it meant the movie had to be almost over since pretty much all the characters were going to be dead in a few minutes. (That said, the cutting between the fearful Christians forcing their way up that long staircase and the hungry lions bounding up their staircase on the other side was brilliant.)

This has one of the craziest Madonna/Whore splits I think I've ever seen, with Poppaea being such a depraved, promiscuous, manipulative, pansexual demoness, and Mercia being completely virtuous, naive, innocent, sexless, and flat. It's like de Mille isn't even trying to hide that he definitely prefers the whore side of the equation, and I guess the honestly is sort of refreshing.

Also, this is far and away the sexiest and bloodiest 1930s Hollywood movie I've ever seen, far beyond Tarzan and His Mate. Like, on-screen decapitations, a long massacre scene where unarmed Christians are bloodily slaughtered with arrows, and just that half-hour Coliseum climax in general on the violence side, and the aforementioned bath scene, as well as the just barely implied debauchery of Nero and Poppaea, and a wild dance at what's blatantly an orgy that just hasn't gone into full swing yet on the sex side. No wonder this inspired the Production Code; it's not exactly shocking by today's standards, but I'm pretty sure it would still pull an R rating. It's an exploitation movie trying to slip under the radar by slathering religion on top. (And, apparently it worked; by all accounts, it was a huge hit at the time.)

In short, I think this movie made me want to convert to paganism and become Nero.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 19, 2015, 03:37 am
The Kid With A Bike

My second Dardenne Brothers picture. I seem to be working my way backwards through their filmography. I get their style, though - quiet neorealism with a big heart. And I like it.

I didn't find this as affecting as the Dardenne's latest, TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT, but having worked in child care it was easy to empathize with our poor little lost Kid. I think only a sociopath couldn't. This one's like Antoine Doinel meets Lupe Fiasco's "Kick Push". Little son of a bitch really should have bought a bike lock. 4/5


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Post by: Kybard on April 19, 2015, 07:58 pm
Skyfall

man all of the Daniel Craig movies just feel the compulsive need to interrogate the idea of James Bond, don't they. not very well, either. it feels super weird how this movie ends with the sense that the "true" Bond is just getting started while simultaneously trying to do a Wrath of Khan thing about how he's struggling with being an older/washed-up agent. especially when Casino Royale circles around to hit that exact same emotional beat in the final shot(s). the screenplay sort of skates around the surface of trying to say anything meaningful when it doesn't really have to, and then it just drifts off aimlessly whistling the classic bond tune

but the movie's so fucking gorgeous and frequently fun and awesome that I feel really petty for even raising that complaint. the greatest thing about Craig's performance is probably how much pain he feels in the action beats, the way his bond doesn't shrug off getting his ass kicked, but instead gets up and gives it right back. that more than anything makes him an accessible protagonist no matter what other cartoon shit is going on


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Post by: Citizen Snips on April 19, 2015, 11:46 pm
I've seen the films no less than ten times and I can confidently say that there is plenty of subtext at work concerning the nature of the secret agent in a post-9/11 world (the Tennyson speech), and especially in relation to Judy Dench's M. Silva is the dark side of Bond, and M's decision to sacrifice Bond at the cold open is meant to be a mirror image of her decision to turn over Silva, and in him, Bond is forced to confront his existence as Oedipus 007. Furthermore, the climactic battle is a reversal of the archetypical stronghold battle, with Skyfall being the fortress, Bond playing the role of the henchmen, and M playing the role of the supervillain.

While it does retread the reset button that Casino Royale skillfully pressed, I feel that can easily be forgiven considering the post-QoS damage control the franchise was dealing with, and the fact that there was enough of a thematic project to undertake simultaneously.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 20, 2015, 12:45 am
I think it's also important to note the year of Skyfall's release: 2012, marking the 50th Anniversary of Bond on film. The movie is almost meta, in a sense, asking if the world really still needs the James Bond franchise. And Skyfall's answer is, of course, a resounding yes. The final scene where the MI-6 offices 'reset' is just another example of the film's ever-present theme of tradition & simplicity trumping modernity. To quote Albert Finney's Kincaide, "Sometimes the old ways are the best."

Is that thesis regressive? I'd argue it's a great way of making a thoroughly contemporary action film while still acknowledging the character's status as an enduring British icon.

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Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 20, 2015, 01:11 am
Also I really like the part where Bond walks into Skyfall and he kicks that machine gun up off the floor and into his hands. That part is awesome.


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Post by: Kybard on April 20, 2015, 07:37 am
fair enough on all counts. the role-reversal thing in the Skyfall siege is pretty fascinating. it is definitely very clearly a movie about the value of the "old ways," and I liked the various ways the movie tugs at that theme. the final scene just jarred me a little, and I felt like some of the other old/new issues are only half-heartedly dealt with (e.g., Silva makes a big deal out of how thoroughly Bond failed his agent tests, and this is sort of the emotional crux of Bond's journey in the film, but in the scene that immediately follows, Bond kills like ten dudes in the span of a few seconds by whipping around, firing blind, and doing other things that would be difficult for a 20 year old in peak condition).

again, small beans compared with how well the movie blends the fun of both old and new Bond, and also how purely beautiful the movie is all of the time


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 21, 2015, 04:27 am
The Friends of Eddie Coyle

"This life's hard, man, but it's harder if you're stupid!"

What a nasty little crime flick. Bleak, uncompromising, dirty. There's no good guys here. Just sad old men and two-bit thugs. Lots of tough guy dialogue. Slow burn with little violence but director Peter Yates (BULLITT) mounts tension perfectly. The two heist sequences and the set-up at the train station are all white-knucklers. Robert Mitchum turns in another all-time great performance as the titular Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle. Scuzzy. 5/5


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Post by: Kybard on April 21, 2015, 03:43 pm
The Imposter

watch this documentary knowing as little as possible about it, then watch Tony Zhou's excellent analysis (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0TnU80idDA), then sit back and marvel at the degree to which storytelling is so much more about the telling than the story

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Post by: DiegoInglewood on April 27, 2015, 07:06 am
John Carpenter's The Ward

Well-crafted nonsense, pretty typical of late-period Carpenter I suppose, but not even half as fun as ESCAPE FROM L.A. or GHOSTS OF MARS. Brisk pace with some elliptical, dreamlike editing that glosses over necessary character beats early & often. There's a few effective scares, especially in the death scenes, but the script is just absolute gobbledygook.

Sidebar: pretty cool original score, not composed by The Master himself (although he did just release the excellent LOST THEMES album). Here's a suite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fQxx1LAfq8 2.5/5

No Tears For The Dead

Thoughts Spoilerfied mostly because I had a lot to say:

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4.5/5


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Post by: Chronicles on April 27, 2015, 08:24 am
Ex Machina

It good


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Post by: Lukeington on April 29, 2015, 08:43 pm
At the risk of sounding like a dumb poser....

Montage of Heck. I dunno if any of you are big Nirvana fans, but holy shit.

Nevermind was one of the first albums I got, albeit a few years later than 1993.

Go watch this.


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Post by: Remington Lonespear on May 06, 2015, 12:14 pm
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

My dad regularly played Big Star's "#1 Record" around the house when I was growing up, so they were a big influence on my musical tastes and I really liked this. Honestly it was nice just for there to be a Big Star documentary at all, so I'm overlooking some of the pacing and other issues with it to say that if you like Big Star or are even tangentially familiar with them (you might know September Gurls (covered by the Bangles), In the Street (AKA "the 70s show theme song"), Thirteen, or Back of a Car) or Alex Chilton or Chris Bell, you should watch it.

It's kind of disjointed at times, and since they never really hit it big there is not a lot of archival footage (it's a story told in pictures, songs, and interviews with surviving band members/family/friends mostly). It also ends somewhat abruptly even though it felt a bit long. It's very much a love letter to the band and their influence, so if you're not already sort of aware of how influential they were or a fan of their music, I guess you may not find it as enjoyable, but I liked it. It's on Netflix.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on May 08, 2015, 04:25 am
Run All Night

RUN ALL NIGHT kicked total ass. Absolute unabashed b-movie; sees every tough-guy action flick cliche in its way, then lets Liam Neeson pound a glass of scotch and shoot them all. If Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra are just making high-gloss riffs on different styles of genre movies (UNKNOWN = Hitchcock thriller / NON-STOP = 90's actioner a la SPEED) then this is their ode to the New York crime dramas of the 1970's. You can practically feel the steam rising from the manhole covers. 4/5

More here on my Letterboxd (http://letterboxd.com/realdaveimboden/film/run-all-night/) if you care at all about the plot or characters or whatever.


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Post by: Nicol on May 11, 2015, 10:32 pm
Wow it has been a long time, how you doing, Today I Watched thread?

50 Shades of Gray
Really funny dialogue, contrived drama, and fetish eroticism. Very funny film. I can see why it has a rating of like 3 or 4 on IMDB. I didn't realize it would be a trilogy until the end part. I'm probably not going to see any of the other parts.

It Follows
Holy shit this was incredible! I saw this twice so far. It really taps into ideas around sexuality, shame, chastity and promiscuity, which is why I think it is so successful. The blunt synthesizer track constantly disorients the viewer, making them unsure whether they are in a safe scene, or horror is about to begin. This is appropriate considering the nature of the terror the film uses. It feels like the kind of film that incorporates little details that you can go back and notice the second time, but the only thing I noticed on my second pass was the lack of plotting, continuity, dialogue, action, etc, errors.

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Sword of Doom
I rewatched this last night while I was drunk. This is as good as Japanese cinema can get if you pretend Akira Kurosawa doesn't exist. The final scene, as the demons of Ryunosuke's past come back to haunt the sociopath, must be one of the best 12 minutes in Japanese cinema. Unfortunately Okamoto is still Okamoto and he prefers to expose in dialogue and at times keeps the audience (especially those not unfamiliar with the extensive source material he based Sword of Doom on, such as myself) struggling to make connections and figure out what is going on. It is well worth the viewer's persistence and effort though. Unlike Kurosawa whose filming style is very sober (the one notable exception being Ran), Okamoto's strength is surrealism, almost to the point where when in Sword of Doom he is forced to be lucid, he struggles. That final scene though...

The Wedding Ringer
This is a stupid film with really cheap laughs and really predictable arcs and I didn't mind it.

The Turin Horse
Apparently this was Bela Tarr's final film. Bela Tarr does really long low dialogue emotionally draining films with as few cuts as possible. Werckmeister Harmonies is still one of my favourite films ever, but I wasn't as fond of the Turin Horse. Both films explore the destruction of humanity or civilization, yet while Werckmeister Harmonies features disorder in a suburban type setting, the Turin Horse has a rural setting and focuses on just a man, his daughter, and their horse.

The horse gradually becomes more ill, refusing to eat, and take the main characters to the town for supplies. All the while the wind is blowing, getting stronger every day. A visitor to the house tells a tale of the winds destroying houses, blowing away towns. First their well dries up, then they run out of food, then the film's final scenes end with darkness.

Maybe I've already been overexposed these themes with Werckmeister Harmonies, or maybe the rural setting just doesn't lend itself to Bela Tarr's style of filmmaking in which once dread is introduced, he does very little in terms of plot. Or maybe this movie is really high quality but it just seems dull compared to the absolute brilliance of Werckmeister Harmonies. I just found myself getting bored. I need to watch a few more of his films I guess.

Monkey Shines
I watched half of this B-Grade film last night and as laktose warned me, it's not "good" bad, it is just bad bad. This guy gets into an accident and is paralyzed from the neck down. He gets a monkey assistant, who his brother has been injecting with live human tissue or something. The monkey starts killing and then I turned it off.


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Post by: Kybard on May 12, 2015, 06:24 pm
the babadook

never have kids, ever

but seriously: aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa 4.5/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on May 12, 2015, 08:09 pm
last night i watched this little flick called Cut Bank starring Liam Hemsworth, Michael Stuhlbarg, Billy Bob Thornton, John Malkovich...

Plays like bargain bin FARGO with a dash of Sam Raimi's A SIMPLE PLAN. On paper that's fine; onscreen, not so much. Misses the beguiling charm of those properties - the rich characters, the punchy dialogue, the story beats that zag instead of zig. There are a few great monologues delivered with aplomb by wily veteran actors like Bruce Dern and Michael Stuhlbarg, and every now & then some of the deadpan humor lands, most of the biggest laughs coming courtesy of Oliver Platt's loud-mouthed caricatu--I mean, character.

There's some ambiguity surrounding Stuhlbarg's backstory and themes about small town disaffection & cynicism that might be worth exploring if the film weren't too bland for a re-watch. As it stands, director Matt Shakman (making the jump from TV) never nails the mastery of the tone, sense of location, or inspired direction of, say, the Coen Brothers. But I suppose there are worse directors to emulate. 2/5


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Post by: Joseph Nistal on May 13, 2015, 03:51 am
Blackfish (Via Netflix)

A really compelling and emotionally jarring documentary following the story of Tilikum, an Orca at Sea World responsible for 3 deaths during his near-lifetime of captivity and performance.

The interviews with former trainers and those who've had close encounters with the creatures including footage are amazingly paced to establish how such a thing could occur, like setting up all the dominoes before setting off the chain.

You really get a fantastic understanding of the industry of live animal capture, their training, entertainment, and how a company will do anything to spin stories to shift blame and continue the cash cow revenue streams.

Definitely worth a watch, especially if you plan to see Jurassic World if that makes any sense...


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Post by: RummyLu on May 15, 2015, 01:26 am
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKK this was awesome. This is how you make an action movie.

Now, everyone please go and see this today so we can talk about things without me spoiling it for you.


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Post by: Joseph Nistal on May 15, 2015, 02:27 am
I have to wait to see it with my team from work on Tuesday next week :(


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Post by: RummyLu on May 15, 2015, 04:24 am
I CAN'T WAIT THAT LONG.


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Post by: Karlski on May 15, 2015, 05:24 am
just hold out for 24 hours Lulu, Mrs Ski and I are off to see it tomorrow


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Post by: EFHRK on May 15, 2015, 06:11 am
I'm also probably going on Tuesday


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Post by: RummyLu on May 15, 2015, 06:14 am
I'M HOLDING MY BREATH KARLSKI.


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Post by: Citizen Snips on May 15, 2015, 10:45 am
I hope to watch that soon!

Yesterday I watched the 1972 film The Offence, directed by Sidney Lumet, and starring Sean Connery. It was Connery's passion project that United Artists funded provided he return to play Bond in Diamonds are Forever.

I will leave you with these screencaps.

(http://i.imgur.com/MVeWDjX.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/dYD4fGH.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/jMqWA43.jpg)

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Post by: evilspud on May 16, 2015, 06:45 am
Mad Max

WITNESS ME


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Post by: Karlski on May 16, 2015, 07:21 am
I'M HOLDING MY BREATH KARLSKI.

YOU GUYS HOLY SHIT THAT WAS FUCKING AWESOME


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Post by: nameinuse2 on May 16, 2015, 09:03 am
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKK this was awesome. This is how you make an action movie.

FUCKING HELL YEAH


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Post by: RummyLu on May 16, 2015, 09:21 am
FUCKING HELL YEAH
YOU GUYS HOLY SHIT THAT WAS FUCKING AWESOME

I think I need to see it again because the first time I was too busy having my fucking eyeballs melted to appreciate the actual film making, because HOLY SHIT.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on May 16, 2015, 09:31 am
So nobody saw Pitch Perfect 2?

Slow West (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_West)

SLOW WEST is a wild, weird, wonderful surrealist fairy tale western with a bittersweet romantic streak and a sly sense of humor. In a world full of bounty hunters, soldiers, natives and more seemingly all with their pistols to one another's heads this is still a picture more prone to rambling, lyrical story diversions and tongue-in-cheek deconstructions of genre clichés than tough talk or Leone duels. Consider this UNFORGIVEN's bizarro cousin who's always tripping on mescaline.

Of course, the film DOES build to a big gundown, and it's a damn bit of fun! You've got badguys popping up out of a field firing six shooters like a carnival game and Ben Mendelsohn in a majestic fur coat hollering "KILL THAT HOUSE!" (potential line of the year). One of Mendelsohn's henchman has his pants ripped off by a nail and the film cuts back at least twice to his corpse lying there, ass out for the world to see. It's a deeply strange film.

Oh, and that salt-in-the-wound sight gag? Holy shit, I lost it. 4.5/5


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Post by: Karlski on May 16, 2015, 09:37 am
I SPENT BASICALLY ALL OF MAD MAX THROWING UP THE HORNS


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Post by: RummyLu on May 16, 2015, 09:46 am
I'M MAKING A MAD MAX THREAD BECAUSE I DONT THINK THIS ONE CAN HANDLE THE BLISTERING FUCKING AWESOME THAT IS FURY ROAD!


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on May 17, 2015, 04:08 pm
Mad Max: Fury Road

it tickled my fancy

5/5


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on May 19, 2015, 03:47 am
Ex Machina

FRANKENSTEIN for the 21st century, where the mad doctor is an entitled booze-soaked frat boy and the "monster" is a vessel used to explore femininity in a modern patriarchal society. More words here, if you're intrigued. (http://letterboxd.com/realdaveimboden/film/ex-machina-2015/) I really enjoyed this one!


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Post by: Navigator2001Plus on May 19, 2015, 11:24 pm
So nobody saw Pitch Perfect 2?

I did. I thought it was pretty funny.


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on May 20, 2015, 04:22 am
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Evocative mood piece with a striking black & white visual style and killer soundtrack. Mostly it's about Iranian James Dean falling in love with a coy skateboarding vampire chick so if that doesn't sound like your thing then avoid like the plague. I felt the romance rang hollow but the film had such an alluring, effortless sense of cool that it drew me in and lead me by the nose for 100 minutes or so. Would make a neat double bill with Jarmusch's ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE. 3.5/5


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Post by: Lukeington on May 20, 2015, 07:41 pm
Ex Machina:

Come for Oscar Isaac, stay for the dance montage!

Very good. On my list of Black Mirror episodes it'd rank just below White Bear. Terrifying movie, philosophically.


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Post by: Kybard on May 22, 2015, 09:29 am
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

I think I followed like 75% at least of what was going on here but still felt a little left behind by the ending. lots of good actors (many of whom get barely anything to do) and lots of well-shot sequences of dialogue, a small handful of nice tension-building scenes. otherwise, I mostly finished the movie thinking "er, okay then?" which was a bit disappointing


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Post by: RummyLu on June 09, 2015, 07:55 am
I just watched Ex Machina too and it was very good, even though I wanted to punch the beardy drunk guy right from the very first time he was on screen.


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Post by: Navigator2001Plus on June 10, 2015, 04:34 am
I watched about half of Boyhood. I thought it was the most boring, unentertaining movie I'd ever seen. At one point I looked at the timer on the Blu-ray player, thought "Jesus fuck, there's still an hour and fifteen minutes left of this shit" and turned it off.

I can appreciate the idea of the movie, and it really is kind of an achievement to shoot a movie over 12 years with the same actors, but the result is just an uninteresting, plotless, meandering mess of a movie. Which is to say, they've accurately captured what it's like growing up. My own childhood didn't have a fucking point to it either. Too bad it just isn't fun to watch.

Close your eyes, and recall a few good childhood memories, and a bunch of bad ones. Throw in some nearby memories of pop culture that demonstrate when these events took place. String them together in sequential order. There, I've just saved you the trouble of watching this movie.


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Post by: codespyder on June 10, 2015, 07:36 am
Kingsman: The Secret Service

Not exactly the most subtle movie in the world, but it's fun and doesn't take itself too seriously. The references to other spy films are obnoxiously obvious and it was a bit long but I enjoyed it a lot.


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Post by: EFHRK on June 23, 2015, 01:25 pm
Poltergeist

I think this might actually end up being the worst movie I see this year. There is nothing enjoyable about it to any possible degree. It is a soulless, pointless, executive made remake that adds nothing new and doesn't even get the good stuff from the original right.

The characters are all written like bad parody. The teen girl is obsessed with her cell phone and going to the mall. The little boy is mad that no one in the family pays attention to him and never smiles about anything. The little girl has no defining traits other than being the catalyst for the 2nd act. Same goes for the mom and dad. (Sam Rockwell why) All of their reactions to the ridiculous and impossible shit going on around them don't make any sense. When they find out their daughter is trapped in the TV, they almost shake it off like "Oh dang well guess we should do something idk."

The plot runs through the source material like a checklist to make sure they got everything. Evil tree? Check. Evil clown toy? Check. Things mysteriously stacking? Check. Ok we got it all in there, moving on. It's borderline disrespectful to the original and it comes off as extremely lazy. That or they just didn't know what the hell they were doing when someone told them to rewrite the film. At one point 3 completely separate scenes from the original film are spliced together into one and the whole thing lasts about 2 whole minutes.

Then there's the matter of the godawful editing hackjob. The teen daughter is being attacked in the basement and the boy is being attacked by the tree, and it's supposed to be this super intense scary thing, but then it immediately cuts to the little girl and suddenly everything is quiet and suspenseful, WHILE THE OTHER STUFF IS STILL HAPPENING. This movie is like a fucking textbook example of how not to edit your fucking horror movie. The pacing is all over the place, to the point where any potential scares or tension is totally flushed down the toilet. At one point in the 2nd act, scenes literally go from scary, to comedy, to suspense, and then back to comedy in the space of about 3 minutes.

This is a movie for absolutely no one. Fans of the original have no reason to check out what's different, and new younger viewers are likely totally alienated emotionally by the shitshow writing and editing. There's almost nothing to even see for "it's so bad it's good" value. It's just "it's so bad".

0.5/4


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Post by: Citizen Snips on June 23, 2015, 02:03 pm
how did it earn 0.5 "value points"


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on June 23, 2015, 04:05 pm
I'm assuming Sam Rockwell dances at some point.


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Post by: EFHRK on June 23, 2015, 05:06 pm
(http://giant.gfycat.com/DelayedPiercingIrishredandwhitesetter.gif)


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Post by: Citizen Snips on June 23, 2015, 06:57 pm
Cool, now I don't have to see it!


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on June 23, 2015, 07:12 pm
Counts as dancing for me!


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Post by: EFHRK on June 23, 2015, 09:45 pm
I would also like to point out one specific scene that shows how nonsense the script for this movie is.

They bring in a team of paranormal investigators, and one of them goes upstairs to drill a hole in the wall to place a camera or something. So he starts drilling the hole, and then suddenly something pulls his arm into the wall! He can't move! And now the drill is coming out of the wall! Oh no! It's getting closer to his face!

But then it lets him go and he walks back downstairs. He doesn't tell anyone about what just happened because reasons. No one downstairs even reacts to his screaming. This scene is then totally ignored for the rest of the movie.


POLTERGEIST


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Post by: Nicol on June 24, 2015, 12:48 am
I saw DEEP WEB, the documentary about the Silk Road. It was pretty crafty and not as objective as I would have liked, gives a pretty superfluous overview of technology, but actually helped me to understand a few details about the case since I didn't really follow it in the news.

Everyone is pointing out how stupid the new Jurassic Park is and I agree. It was so one-dimensional. In particular, Vincent Donforio's character "Placeholder for 'The Man'" was the worst offender here. HOWEVER, it was still the best film in the franchise since the original and I was entertained throughout.

Ex Machina was a neat little one-act film but it had problems. Nathan's drinking habit ("bro i like to detox after i drink just get the juice out of the system ya know fistbump me bro"), the surveillance system, Caleb's task at all ("you must perform the Turing Test, it must be you you ace programmer"), I'm sure there are more... These were all cards played early to help a late twist rather than themes/ideas that the film tried to coherently explore throughout. They could have been used to really illuminate Nathan's character but the film was too busy trying to at once play Ava and Nathan as rogues that it forgot to give us some character based action. It isn't their fault that they didn't have a budget, but if you don't have a budget, make sure your writing is on point. As it stands, the last 20 minutes of the film is a great conclusion to a mediocre beginning which could have been just cut out entirely. Ava was great. I liked Kyoko's character, for the almost morbid humour she brought to the film at times. The little running philosophical question the film had going was good too. Not bad.

Unfinished Buisness Keep making these identical pieces of shit Vince Vaughn and I will keep seeing them because I am a loser who has nothing better to do with the time I have left on Earth.

Demonic I am desperately searching for the next good horror film of 2015 after It Follows (still the best film of the year IMO and I've seen Mad Max), and I haven't found it yet. This is like every other haunted house film except with a dumber ending.


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Post by: Mr Gale on June 24, 2015, 01:38 pm
I went to see Jurassic World yesterday (mostly to kill time before a show) but that was like an unwatchable dull hour of boringness and cliche character types existing for no particular purpose, however the big finale is so insanely hot mess awful it has a kind of perfect beauty. Made me sad they didnt fully commit to the awful absurd monster movie element, but instead seemed to want to force in the "awe" tone from the original and play it straight at points, making it a dumb mess.

The dialogue felt like it was all written in broad "first draft" strokes and then somebody forgot to go fix it. Like theres clear joke beats but no actual joke in several places and they picked a good cast but nobody has anything to do or say. Like it loudly establishes everyone cliche character traits but none of them ever come into play or interact in any way.

Every actor was playing a different movie and it was just horribly directed but I felt like Vincent Donofrio was the only one who picked an appropriate tone (B Movie monster movie villain) and would have worked if anybody else responded to that.

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Post by: EFHRK on June 24, 2015, 03:06 pm
Ex Machina

Oscar Isaac gets drunk and talks about Ghostbusters, and then he does a disco dance.

3/4


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Post by: Wibblewobble on June 24, 2015, 03:44 pm
(http://giant.gfycat.com/DelayedPiercingIrishredandwhitesetter.gif)

Maybe it's just me, but I thought this was referencing this scene from Altered States:

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Post by: Nicol on June 25, 2015, 02:13 am
I saw DEEP WEB

This makes a lot of technical and chronological mistakes, I have just learnt. So it isn't even really useful for information either.


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Post by: Johnny Roastbeef on June 27, 2015, 03:07 pm
We went to see Inside Out today. It was a reasonably original premise, and it was an enjoyable movie to watch. I will say I'm disappointed though. I think they could have done the exact same movie in a slightly different way and had something a lot more meaningful and powerful about the role of emotions in happiness. I feel like instead they settled for just whatever managed to make it a complete movie. I completely get that this is a movie for kids and their primary goal is to entertain the kids, but I'd characterize this as a missed opportunity to have gone bigger than they did.


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Post by: EFHRK on July 12, 2015, 05:13 am
An Honest Liar

Probably one of the best documentaries I've seen in a long time. It's about the life and career of James Randi and how he went around exposing a bunch of self proclaimed psychics in the media. Super fascinating and very entertaining. And it's on netflix right now.

4/4


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Post by: Ishliquor on July 20, 2015, 07:11 pm
Slow West (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_West)

SLOW WEST is a wild, weird, wonderful surrealist fairy tale western with a bittersweet romantic streak and a sly sense of humor. In a world full of bounty hunters, soldiers, natives and more seemingly all with their pistols to one another's heads this is still a picture more prone to rambling, lyrical story diversions and tongue-in-cheek deconstructions of genre clichés than tough talk or Leone duels. Consider this UNFORGIVEN's bizarro cousin who's always tripping on mescaline.

Of course, the film DOES build to a big gundown, and it's a damn bit of fun! You've got badguys popping up out of a field firing six shooters like a carnival game and Ben Mendelsohn in a majestic fur coat hollering "KILL THAT HOUSE!" (potential line of the year). One of Mendelsohn's henchman has his pants ripped off by a nail and the film cuts back at least twice to his corpse lying there, ass out for the world to see. It's a deeply strange film.

Oh, and that [A LITTLE BIT OF A SPOILER] sight gag? Holy shit, I lost it. 4.5/5

Agreed, I took my cue from the title and watched this expecting it to be slow paced. It's mythic and dream-like but feels compelling all along. And the moment you mention near the end had me literally laugh out loud to myself. Without it, I probably would felt a bit differently about how it ended. It almost lets you off the hook, or draws you over to the storyteller's side to suddenly reframe what you've been watching.

Similar score; approach it with patience and be rewarded.


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Post by: evilspud on July 20, 2015, 08:24 pm
There's a documentary on Netflix right now about the history of General Tso's Chicken and what starts as a mystery becomes a pretty good documentary about the explosion of Chinese restaurants in America.


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Post by: Johnny Roastbeef on July 27, 2015, 06:50 am
Edge of Tommorow - pretty good sci fi action fare without becoming too tangled in its own time travel.


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Post by: EFHRK on July 27, 2015, 02:47 pm
Run All Night

Predictable, overly complicated, standard Neeson action fare. Nothing special about it to recommend.

1.5/4


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Post by: DiegoInglewood on July 27, 2015, 03:52 pm
Disagree to the max, Liam Neeson hits Common in the face with a flaming board while the building they're in is on fire


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Post by: EFHRK on July 27, 2015, 04:55 pm
Common was one of like 4 characters that just shows up in the film for no reason and is only there for like 2 scenes. His presence especially felt like it was just padding the length of the film.

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