Not even Keanu playing his schtick and Takeshi Kitano also playing his schtick can save it. At least Hackers crossed the line twice.
Takeshi Kitano was in Johnny Mnemonic??!
"His expressionless face at least. I think he says a couple of words." Yep, that sounds like him.
Just watched Fight Club for the first time in a while. The visceral energy hasn't left that flick over time, and if you're feeling rage against the man its a good outlet.
Is it just me or is the mind-numbing plot twist extremely underrated? I never see it mentioned in lists that delve into that topic.
It blew me away the first time I watched it.
I watched it knowing the twist. Made it quite interesting watching it trying to spot the signs, so there's still merit for sure watching it knowing.
Yeah, it is still a great film with a lot of really great tricks. It is just that people aren't going to say how amazing the plot twist "everyone" knew about was.
You know a film is great when you can watch it knowing the twist first hand and it still be a good movie. Fight Club, Sixth Sense, Unbreakable(especially Unbreakable!), Citizen Kane are all good even if you know the twist.
I feel really lucky to have watched it without knowing anything about it beforehand. I saw The Sixth Sense on opening night as well, and remembering the rush of the ending sequence still gives me goosebumps. The Sixth Sense is the best I've ever been played in a movie theater, but Fight Club comes close.
Come to think of it - Even though I didn't play it until a few years ago I managed to avoid all mention of the the superb twist in Knights of the Old Republic. I don't know how I pulled that off.
I would rank the surprise in that game as highly as any in a movie. When you replay the game you can see that the writers played fair, and the twist is completely sensible in retrospect.
I just saw Frank, which is fucking excellent. Great deconstruction of the slightly preposterous idolisation of tormented genius.
I just saw Dredd. I was pleasantly surprised, I must say, best futuristic film I have seen since District 9 (although admittedly I have skipped many). It was flawed at times and I did not like the slum environment very much (instead of a crazy sci-fi one), but it was a cool film nonetheless. Anderson was a bit damsely-in-distressy at one time but she got better, thank God.
Of course, the film sucked at box office and we will wait a long time for anything similar, but such is our shitty culture. Haven't seen it in cinema myself because local distributors are fucking stupid and insisted on fucking 3D everywhere. And I just don't do 3D, fuck you Cameron et al.
DREDD was surprisingly excellent. It was one of the few films that I watched last year that I actually still remember. It's a huge shame that it probably didn't make enough to get a sequel (although the word of mouth and dvd rental/sales were good i think). I think it made a lot in the UK, but nowhere else. (The Dredd title is only known from the Stallone movie in the US, and basically unknown everywhere else). I watched it in Tokyo (there were 3 people in the theater). No-one here had heard of it or knew it was out. (sad)
Is the twist in the Sixth Sense actually that impressive? I guessed it from the trailers at the time.
The thing with the twist in Fight Club is that it's not really a twist for twisting's sake. It just layers into the plot way more meaning and subtext. Lots of films with twists are just doing it for an OMG moment without it actually being all that important to the plot.
Also lots of love for Dredd, it really captures the comics. You can imagine that whole film being around 4, 6 page comics.