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Thread: Wot films are you watching?
01-09-2014, 11:26 AM #2801
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01-09-2014, 01:09 PM #2802
currently i am gonna watching Expendables 3
01-09-2014, 01:57 PM #2803
Just watched The Raid 2. After the tightly constructed delight that was The Raid, this one seemed a little overblown. It's not that their reach exceeded their grasp; the action scenes are excellent and the movie drives forward. In both movies, the plot is just window dressing for the action scenes. In the first one, however, since the setting is so constrained (one building), this functions as a strength. It's all of a piece; form and function match beautifully. The Raid 2, however, is longer and takes place in multiple locations, and the thin plot becomes a liability, obviously stretched -- like many modern Hollywood movies -- to cover spaces in between action vignettes. And the action, particularly the final fight scene, is much bloodier than in the first movie. Still, it was a few hands better than any other action movie released in the last few years, with some truly spectacular vignettes. There's one camera shot that i still can't figure out: camera approaches car from behind, flies into the window of the car observing fight in progress, then out the opposite window and speeds away from the car.
01-09-2014, 02:27 PM #2804"Halo is designed to make the player think "I look like that, I am macho sitting in my undies with my xbox""
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01-09-2014, 06:41 PM #2806
Russian Ark (2002)
Camera wanders around a museum for 90 minutes while some French asshole talks about Peter the Great. Four stars.
Ok, serious reaction: wow. I suddenly feel the urge to catch up on Russian literature. Or possibly the memoirs of the Marquis du Custine, whose 1839 book of his experiences in and impressions of Russia of that time form much of the basis for this film. It's definitely a timely production: as post-communist Russia struggles to define itself in the 21st century, Russian Ark is a look back at a similar struggle in ages past, i.e. the question of Imperial Russia's 'European' identity. The ending is appropriate: the doors close on the Winter Palace, and the show must go on.
Oh, and the entire film is shot in a single 90 minute take, with thousands of extras involved. Yeah.
Confession: I actually tried to watch this film years ago, but my appreciation for both the art of cinema and world history was rather less developed than it is today and I soon switched off. Second time's the charm! The final ball scene is still too long, though.
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01-09-2014, 10:16 PM #2807
Just watched 12 Years a Slave. As a movie fan I'm so mad at my self not watching it earlier.
01-09-2014, 11:56 PM #2808
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
It was more of the same and as such I enjoyed it but there's a sense of diminishing return already. It kind of highlights just how much both films are about style. It's not objectively any worse than the first I think (I'd have to revisit the first to be sure) but without the impact of feeling really new and surprising it loses a little something.
02-09-2014, 11:49 AM #2809
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I keep thinking about how the movie handled its sad bits. It would have been easy to miss them, because they were handled without sentiment, but also without any hard-bitten "never complain" machismo. I think Anderson made a movie that's not just entertaining, but one that tries to communicate something honest about the world.
Just saw Blue Ruin because Netflix thought I ought to, and it was right. It was a bit of that hard-bitten machismo, only examined a litle more thoughtfully than it usually is: a revenge movie where the revenge just doesn't taste as sweet as imagined. Smaller budget than a blockbuster, but high production values, recommended for aficionados of that genre of violence who might be intrigued by a slightly less romantic (even less romantically cynical) treatment.
02-09-2014, 02:36 PM #2810
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02-09-2014, 11:58 PM #2812
I watched Royal Space Force and it's weirdly great. The plot is simplistic, but the visuals are just great, with a lot of detail. They really created a new alternative version of Earth, different from anything I ever watched, with roots in steampunk and more modern stuff. That ONE scene comes out of nowhere and it's resolved in a ridiculous way, it's just a lame excuse for "fanservice", but it can be overlooked.
03-09-2014, 11:01 PM #2813
The Hobbit 2: Hobbit Harder - The book barely had enough content for one movie, but other sources are being drawn from to stretch it out to three, because reasons. Money, of course. Maybe I'm just a crotchety old man now but the artificial "endings" generated to give each one a bit of closure are really tired at this point. At least in Fellowship Boromir's death and the splitting of the group was a natural point at which to break up the movies. The others? Not so much. The romance subplots are pretty bad, too. With each Middle Earth movie I watch I seem to be liking them less and less.
04-09-2014, 09:21 AM #2814
We should run a namethemovie thread.
08-09-2014, 12:04 AM #2815
Glad to see someone else found Hobbit 2: The Decapitation of the Orcs to be rather a dispiriting experience.
I just watched Ender's Game. And I thought it was great.
I always find it hard to parse my feelings about movies that I've read the book of. I tend to find myself second-guessing the movie makers and thinking things like "I would have emphasised that point more" or "they should have done this".
I did that in Ender's Game too, but not enough to be a problem.
Although it's reasonably long, like many book adaptions, they had to cut out a lot of detail/depth. But again I think they did about the best that could be expected without me there to do it for them.
I wonder how it would have come across to someone who hadn't read the book, but for me it worked kind of like the Harry Potter movies - hitting all the key points and triggering my memories to fill in the details.
I know the reviews were ok, but not great. But I definitely enjoyed it a lot more than some other recent movies like Godzilla, and it was more interesting and original than most movies I've seen from Hollywood over the last few years.
Watching it in movie form, I found myself noticing how similar it was to Starship Troopers. But without being a satire.
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08-09-2014, 01:50 AM #2819
People comparing the "similar" scene from Lucy are just mad, it's a pale imitation.
08-09-2014, 02:03 AM #2820
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Bloodsport! Recently found it on netflix and now currently reliving my childhood.