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    On (US) Netflix last weekend I watched Dead Heat, an 80s movie starring Treat Williams as a detective investigating the sudden appearance a gang of criminals who have come back from the dead. I had never heard of this film before and wasn't expecting much but I was stunned - holy crap it is amazing. It's equal parts body horror, action, comedy and stupid. There are some cracking set pieces and some honestly fantastic and gross practical effects. If Treat Williams isn't enough of a recommendation, it also has Vincent Price! Awesome, dumb fun.

    I still need to mention all the wuxia and Japanese films I watched over the holidays. Suffice to say, it was a lot of films!

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    Reminds me of the series Black Mirror


    Nah if it was Black Mirror it would be disturbing and you'd feel icky afterwards.

    Rewatched Being John Malkovich, still pretty brilliant but the second viewing you realise how incredibly sad the story actually is with the characters not being their true selves. I also think the whole plan is a lot more disturbing then last time. It does bring up quite interesting issues while also being quite funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khaz View Post
    I love Speed Racer. Pure entertainment and a commitment to gloriously campy action packed silliness that rarely gets play these days. Whatever your opinion on the Wachowski siblings, they commit to their vision. And its a film that deserves a 50inch Blu-Ray treatment. Its a beautifully visual and colour filled film.
    In a nutshell:
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    Went and saw Blue is the Warmest Colour earlier, a film that won some film festival award for being French. I dunno, it won it. Probably because it had sex in and lots of people talking about philosophy and art and CULTURED!

    I feel like this film epitomises the "weird, alternative indie film", whilst not being completely weird and I have no idea on its indieness. The main theme is of sexuality and maturity, with lots of sex thrown in for good measure; a 7 minute sex scene, one of many (although fortunately the longest by some margin) highlights that SEX HAPPENS and LOOK, PEOPLE THAT LOVE EACH OTHER CAN HAVE GOOD SEX or, SEX IS A REAL THING THAT PEOPLE DO. IT'S OKAY TO SEE THIS WONDERFUoh screw it, you get the picture.

    Seven god damn minutes. Being told that after thinking to myself "Man, that felt like 10 minutes" suddenly makes that thought whilst watching it justified. And for what? An explanation that this character has changed from the first sex scene. Okay, sure, that's a good point, I'm okay with that as it's one of the few ways that you can utilise sex without titillation, but 7 minutes is not demonstrating a point. At 7 minutes, it's indulgence.

    I think the film does do some interesting things like jumping through this person's life and seeing how they are at current stages from school to adulthood. The problem is the segments are usually a demonstration of an idea positioned earlier on in that sequence and showing how it comes true, egregiously done earlier on in the film. That this is also made prominent with use of literature and art feels like you're being lectured at times, with characters having discussions about philosophy and artists and their respective styles and sure, that's what the characters are involved with, but it just feels indulgent.

    Oh, and did I say the film lasted 3 hours long? Overall, I knew what I was getting into with the premise alone and was proved to be mostly correct with my ideas of what it would involve and despite doing some interesting things, it felt way too laboured and again, indulgent. Before I forget, the title? IRONY LOL. Subtlety, where for art thou?
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    For the first time Sixth sense and it was really good. Now i'll maybe watch Unbreakable,it sounds good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The JG Man View Post
    Went and saw Blue is the Warmest Colour earlier
    How many people were wearing the requisite Overcoat?

    Anyway, Master of the Flying Guillotine. No plot, no budget, no "acting", just Mortal Street Fighter. Plenty of fatalities.
    The titular character has some preposterously fake beard and eyebrows, and l Terminator is the bad guy. Completing the Rogues Gallery we also have the Ronin, the Muai Thai Guy and blackface Dhalsim.
    The good guys are several one-armed guys, the resident Smurfette, and an entire army of redshirts.
    I can see this was very influential in most martial arts films, for a better version of Enter the Dragon.
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    I nearly forgot, the bad guy uses that indian symbol co-opted by the National Socialist Party of Germany from the 30's, and the music is that joke album from The Big Lebowsky.
    Truly a film to watch.
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    No-one and considering Soho was just around the corner from where I saw it, I imagine you could find more productive things to do for 3 hours if you were so inclined. You'd also be doing the film a disservice by going to it with the intention of being excited by sex. That it's a prominent aspect, be it in the actual scenes or the lusting for it the rest of the time, is for the most part handled deftly. I find myself wanting to add to that previous post stating "I didn't hate the film, you know! I just didn't care by the end of it."

    I find my apathy towards entertainment has really become pronounced over the last few years. Simply being good isn't enough for me now, it has to be excellent. Reading around online after making that post and seeing the words "masterpiece" and "piece of art" thrown at it make me wonder if we were watching the same film. The raw emotion with personal directing was good, sure, and I was convinced that these characters were real and believable, not just caricatures designed to carry a plot, but as much as there was a realness to it, so many realities were ignored. I can't be bothered going through with several more paragraphs focused on content that should be covered in white to avoid spoiling it for people, and lord knows with 3 hours of film there's plenty to discuss, but with everything being so obvious, there's a problem in that some things that aren't brought up later and feel like they should be stand out for not being included, instead time spent on something else that ultimately doesn't feel too significant or could've at least been reduced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The JG Man View Post
    I find my apathy towards entertainment has really become pronounced over the last few years. Simply being good isn't enough for me now, it has to be excellent.
    Indeed. On the other hand, after discovering Kurosawa I think I really agree with this XKCD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by somini View Post
    How many people were wearing the requisite Overcoat?

    Anyway, Master of the Flying Guillotine. No plot, no budget, no "acting", just Mortal Street Fighter. Plenty of fatalities.
    The titular character has some preposterously fake beard and eyebrows, and l Terminator is the bad guy. Completing the Rogues Gallery we also have the Ronin, the Muai Thai Guy and blackface Dhalsim.
    The good guys are several one-armed guys, the resident Smurfette, and an entire army of redshirts.
    I can see this was very influential in most martial arts films, for a better version of Enter the Dragon.
    The Ronin who gave himself the somewhat incredible title "Wins Without a Knife"...



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    Quote Originally Posted by ScandinavianStar View Post
    Her great little movie with Joaquin Phoenix is a lonely guy that buys an advanced OS that he falls for!. Scarlett Johansen is good as the OS, the story is strange but it really works. Reminds me of the series Black Mirror
    Just got back from seeing it myself! I don't think it was exactly what I was expecting, but then again, I'm not sure what I was expecting. I do kind of feel that it might be one of those movies like Lost In Translation and The Life Aquatic that take several viewings to end up really liking it afterall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somini View Post
    Indeed. On the other hand, after discovering Kurosawa I think I really agree with this XKCD.
    Perhaps 'excellent' is too far, but markedly good? As in, I would go around telling people I like it rather than keeping it to myself?

    In the last few hours, I've sporadically looked at critic reviews of the film to work out where we differ and I find very little that takes it all in. They all break down the components and scrutinise how the camera work is magnificent, how the actors really bring the characters to life and that sort of thing. And it's true, the camera work is fine (I wouldn't say it was 'masterpiece' level, but then I don't know what that is. I thought it was okay, did some things good and other things badly) and the actors are easily the best element of it altogether, but I'm looking at it as a whole and thinking that these same core issues come up again and I'm seeing things I didn't connect at the time and going "So? How does that supposedly clever thing resolve this issue, or that one?"

    The worst part is, I don't think I'd be so harsh on it if it weren't for the fact that it won that film festival award. I know if it didn't I would still feel the same. Perhaps I just feel the need to go "But my opinioooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooon..." before someone goes "Yes, well, you've not even watched 1,000 films, so how can your opinion possibly count for something."
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    @JG

    I'm confused, wouldn't saying you thought the film wasn't all that and move on save you some grief? Or do you think the film deserves this level of scrutiny because there were things about it that did impress you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by khaz View Post
    @JG

    I'm confused, wouldn't saying you thought the film wasn't all that and move on save you some grief? Or do you think the film deserves this level of scrutiny because there were things about it that did impress you?

    There was a guy on the RPS chatroom who posted links from some German gun website for about two hours yesterday. Do I get it? No. Does it surprise me? Not in the least.
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    I saw 12 Years a Slave, and I was impressed with how it didn't take a 'worthy' approach to the subject matter. The story was told in a really naturalistic way, and coupled with some incredible performances it really worked.

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    I was recently invited to watch The Duchess (2008). I'm sure the invitation was well intended, as I do have a certain interest in the period, but unfortunately it was a rather hollow tale, and a pretty standard romantic drama.

    This trailer serves as a decent summary of the whole thing - and contains almost all the more interesting lines, too:

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    Speaking of romantic drama, I re-watched The Longest Night in Shanghai (2007) a over the holiday week. A far more amusing tale than the above. It places a Japanese man (Masahiro Motoki) in the middle of Shanghai for a night, which might have been a problem had he not been able to spend it with the inimitable Wei Zhao. As it turns out, getting lost becomes the impetus for a great and memorable lark.

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    Is that the same woman who played that adorable tai-chi using goalkeeper in Shaolin Soccer? I might have to watch it then.

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    Indeed, Wei Zhao played Mui in said film. She usually has more hair on her head, though.
    "He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to
    the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free". ~
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    Quote Originally Posted by khaz View Post
    @JG

    I'm confused, wouldn't saying you thought the film wasn't all that and move on save you some grief? Or do you think the film deserves this level of scrutiny because there were things about it that did impress you?
    Short: Yes.

    Long: That actually sounds about right. After watching a film I tend to go and look at reviews a little more in-depth just to see out of interest how popular the opinions I have about it are shared, apart from a look on Rottentomatoes if trying to select a film to see (my choice of film to see yesterday was Nebraska). Anyhow, I felt like my first post was pretty damming and whilst I can't say I was thoroughly entertained or intellectually provoked/challenged for all 3 hours, I wanted to balance it all out by expanding on my points a little.
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