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Thread: Wot films are you watching?
20-03-2014, 11:42 PM #2181
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21-03-2014, 03:13 AM #2183
Erik the Viking
Wow, I have only vague memories of watching and enjoying it the first time but now this movie is just painfully unfunny. It tries so hard to invoke Monty Python but it's simply not there. I barely got a chuckle out of this.
Some movies age like meat and some age like wine and this one certainly belongs in the latter category. Nowadays probably Tarantino's least known and most down to earth effort but it's still great. Also a quote gold mine.
This was a really strange movie and it seems strangely obscure despite the rather prominent cast. It's about a detective in the 50s who is tasked to find a man who may or may not be dead and then people start to die under mysterious circumstances and supernatural shenanigans may or may not be going on. Oh, it's also mostly set in New Orleans. If all of that sounds a lot like a certain adventure game series from Sierra then that's because it was indeed one of the major inspirations for it.
Overall it's a rather and highly recommended if you like stuff like Se7en or Jacob's Ladder.
21-03-2014, 03:46 AM #2184
An in-depth interview with Charlotte Gainsbourg regarding Nymphomaniac and her experiences with von Trier.
21-03-2014, 05:45 AM #2185
It's a romance with a touch of comedy. I heard a lot of good things about this movie and yes it is really good, everyone is just really good in this movie. It's nothing groundbreaking but it's quite believable and lovely. I wonder why hollywood never tried something like this before.
(I also can't believe Joaquin Phoenix is the same man who played Commodus in Gladiator)
21-03-2014, 07:27 AM #2186
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21-03-2014, 07:29 AM #2187
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21-03-2014, 11:20 AM #2188
Остров (The Island) comes with the following description: 'Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks.'
How does that not pique one's interest?
There's definitely a lot of good things here, but it wasn't necessarily a must-see classic. Well worth watching if you had a similar curious reaction to the description, though.
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the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free". ~ Luke 4:18
21-03-2014, 01:20 PM #2189
22-03-2014, 03:42 AM #2190
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug.
They've certainly done a lot of rewriting...
Actually kind of liked the first movie (I didn't much like LotR, so I didn't expect to like this one either), despite some of the casting seeming rather off, some of the dwarves not looking much like dwarves, the guy with the misshapen face, the quite embarrassing music, etc.
Martin Freeman is rather good, though (and a far less annoying hobbit than Frodo and Samwise in LotR), if perhaps not very true to the Bilbo of the novel.
The second movie felt overly long, especially the endless fight with Smaug, and there's still a ~3 hour movie left, I take it...
Seal Team Eight: Behind Enemy Lines. Dull. At best.
23-03-2014, 07:19 AM #2191
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Snowpiercer I can see why the Weinsteins wanted to cut this and add intro and ending narration BUT so glad it hasn't and wont happen.
Not what I was expecting. Gilliamesque in parts. Also feels a bit Mad Max-ish. I think that comes down to the great scene design and some surreal moments. The American male leads fall way way flat. I think they were miscast. The roles were played far too straight from the hip. Really needed to be played larger then life like Tilda Swinton's Mason. Amazing performance. John Hurt plays John Hurt which is odd because he really doesn't have a John Hurt schtick to pull it off. Like the time he was The Doctor I just felt like this is just John Hurt. Anyway, hopefully it'll grace our shores on the bigscreen soon. I really want to see this with a crowd.
23-03-2014, 09:15 AM #2192
Frozen - well that was surprisingly lovely and involving and has some catchy tunes. The main two girls were great characters the ice queen quietly tragic and the other one charmingly plucky and clumsy. The animation and cinematography is georgeous to look at. It also seems to skewer some of Disney streotypes for example when the main character falls in love with someone in a day people actuallu think that is crazy when thats just a standard thing in other disney films. And not going into spoilers but it also skewers prince charming and the whole true love kiss thing it definitly feels like its going one way but goes a completely other way that makes sense in the story and should be applauded. Great kids film and if I have daughters one day I will want them to watch this, Tangled and Princess and the Frog.
23-03-2014, 02:52 PM #2193
The Raid 2 : Berandal is coming next week in my town, followed by Captain America, then The Grand Budapest Hotel and Noah. They sure like dumping everything in the same week while Saving Mr. Banks is still nowhere to be seen.
I'm going to see Ben Kingsley in A Common Man. I've never actually seen any of his movies before.
23-03-2014, 10:52 PM #2194
I watched Lolita, Kubrick version. As usual, I haven't seen one bad Kubrick film, and Peter Sellers absolutely steals the show. They managed to get an actual young'un to play the titular character, and it was a great choice, too.
I thought it was going to be much more smutty and exploitative than it actually was, all the controversial stuff was actually implied, not shown. Still, it's not so subtle that it gets undistinguishable. It's a very dark film, since most of the characters are either apathetic bickering fools, downright villains or die in the end, but there's enough comedy to avoid "When the Winds Blows"-isation.
I also stumbled upon Panic Room, which is absolutely superb, albeit in a smaller scale. It's basically the sequel that Alien never got.
Downright brilliant performances by all involved, some amazing camera tricks, a plot that's both believably realistic and interesting. Kristen Stewart is actually very good in this, keeping the snark up while avoiding getting whiny. Her mother, an FBI inspector that got that Hannibal case when she was young is a strong female lead. As for the robbers, there's the Thief with a heart of Gold, that doubles as the Smart Guy AND got into TV after being released from prison, there's the wanabee dreadlock-wearing heroin addict , and the psycho killer, jaded from all that singing, I assume.
24-03-2014, 12:49 AM #2195
Lovelace - pretty uncomfortable and sad film and it should be shows the story of linda lovelace of Deep Throat fame and does it in an interesting way. The first half is the glizty movie they probably would make with linda being a rebel but marrying someone they get money problems and she is in porn but she plays it naive and is able to stay classy and above it. Well second half shows thats false with the husband being the lowest cockcrouch by beating her up raping her letting others have sex with her for money. Its horrible cause she wants a way out but cant seem to find one and is obviously scared of the husband and well horribly in these situations still cares for him a little bit. Not a nice sit but an important one.
24-03-2014, 04:09 AM #2196
There's a bit in 10+4 when Mania Akbari, writer, director, and lead actress, is on the phone to another actress from the previous film, Ten, asking if she would be willing to return for this one. The answer is no. In other hands it's a setup that could easily seem obnoxious or self-indulgent, and yet here it feels the most natural and simple thing in the world. 10+4 is a rather strange film, in that it began as one thing -- a sequel to Kiarostami's Ten -- and ended up documenting Mania Akbari's struggle with breast cancer instead. In terms of traditional narrative fiction there's almost nothing here; the appeal of the film lies entirely in the raw human experience and emotion it conveys, unencumbered by most of tools in the filmmaker's box.
24-03-2014, 07:32 AM #2197
Dallas Buyers Club. Jared Leto looks like Jessica Chastain and his character is adorable. Magic Mike still has the best McConaughey performance though.
It's a solid by-the-numbers drama. Perfectly engineered for the awards season. If it weren't for the two leads I doubt it would get much praise.
25-03-2014, 06:24 PM #2198
I thought in case I actually do get round to seeing the sequel at the cinema, I should probably watch Captain America: The FirAMERICA IS GREAT even though I'd seen The Avengers and was introduced to him. Actually, that mock title isn't entirely fair, as although the action sequences go a long way to showing AMERICA IS AMAZING (even though with the group Rodgers works with is, if not considered multi-national is at least multi-ethnic) the deconstruction of the idea whilst he's paraded around in the means of profit does do some effort to down-play that everything is perfect, even if it feels like it was thrown in more for it being necessary than an actually well developed idea and I suppose, to some extent, it's merely an extension of Rodger's attitudes and ridiculous levels of patriotism that were present before the uniform.
Otherwise, the whole thing felt quite rote. The CG was good, except when it wasn't. The action sequences were decent enough but never really that exciting and honestly, I was sold on the idea of Captain America less than I was in Thor. Obviously the point of the serum was to remove his flaws, but Captain America feels so much more like an idea than a character, which Thor is. They're both super heroes and clearly in different ways, but it's perhaps because I felt like the Cap was never in danger. Perhaps that's due to the nature of the beast; Cap's threat(/s) were all Earth based, whilst Thor's were just leagues above that and had more weight to them.
Overall, I felt it was a competent film. A couple of cool touches here and there (seeing the shield bounce to get a target round the corner will always be fun) but nothing that inspired much fun. Based on the previews Winter Solider looks to be a pretty good film, but we'll see.
25-03-2014, 09:50 PM #2199
Coincidentally, I also watched Captain America earlier (what are odds) and I kind of liked it. When it comes to the Marvel movies, I have only seen the first two Iron Man movies (which I found rather mediocre) and I have never touched a Captain America comic book in my entire life so I can't compare it to anything.
For a movie that is set during WW2 it avoids a surprising number of clichees. Not all Germans are bloodthirsty demons that need to be shot on sight and the USA didn't win on their own. It's the little things, you know. On the other hand, Captain America doesn't fight a whole lot of proper nazis and about halfway through the film turns into a PG13 version of Castle Wolfenstein and he fights mostly HYDRA goons (who are only mostly nazis). That seems a bit odd but it makes sense when you think about it as it gives the Captain in universe plausible deniability. The action there is great fun.
Hugo Weaving as Red Skull is utterly brilliant. He sounds just like Werner Herzog! Certainly the highlight here.
However, there's also some problems that are hard to overlook. Like Peggy. She has designated love interest written all over here and really, what is she even doing in the movie beyond the boot camp part? Then that incredibly obnoxious part where the Captain gets a spontaneous kiss from Margaery Tyrell just as she walks in and guess what, it's not what it looks like! Lik dys if u cry evrytim. There's also Captain America himself who is not much of a character. I mean, I get that he is suppose to represent everything that is good about America but there's really no conflict to him. His only weakness is that he's a bit of a wimp...but then he isn't and that's pretty much the end of his character development. We never find out what compels him to be heroic. Nobody kills his parents or his uncle, it's just how he is. It's almost refreshing to just see a plain good guy as the protagonist; not everyone needs to be Walter White.
Overall it's pretty good popcorn cinema but it lacks a bit of an oomph to be a lasting classic.
25-03-2014, 10:43 PM #2200
Yeah, I noticed pretty much everything you did too. The film really isn't subtle, which is both good and not. I think your last half of the sentence sums up my overall feeling with the film. Not long into it I could just think "Oh come on, turn it up a notch!" The whole thing lacked energy.