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Thread: Wot films are you watching?
07-07-2014, 05:47 PM #2541
I watched Ender's Game and it was pretty meh. For those that have read the book, how different is it? Worth reading for someone who fell asleep during the movie? I know it won a Hugo, which seems to indicate I would like it.
PS - I know all about Card and his beliefs, so no need to rehash those again.
07-07-2014, 09:32 PM #2542
08-07-2014, 12:39 AM #2543
Here's are two really hidden "gems", Z movies that had everything to be awful and turns out they have redeeming qualities. Don't go expecting masterpieces, and the production values are staggeringly low, but I found them definitively hidden gems. Thank god for the MGM channel!
WarGames: The Dead Code is the direct-to-video sequel to Wargames. I never watched the original, but I know the only winning move is not to play. This film is surprisingly well written, with actual technological concepts, not just technobabble. It shows that those writer actually knew what they were talking about. DDoS, MMO, and other alphabet soups. There's also the obligatory "Enemy of the State"-inspired bit.The acting is bad but is not grating. The computer antagonist is called R.I.P.L.E.Y., that counts as a plus in my book.
Love, Cheat and Steal is (Soft)Porn with Plot, with John Litgow and Shelly from Twin Peaks. Also with a great script, from a guy with a single credit on IMDb. It looks like the standard fare thriller, but they pile up the twists and the bad guys win in a frankly shocking way. Just saying more would be spoiling it. Feel free to skip the parts where the main cast has the old in-and-out (or not, whatever floats your boat). There's probably a contractually enshrined amount of sex scenes, with all the possible combinations, to appease everyone.
I also keep catching some film where Marty's mom from BTTF plays a retarded (not sure if this is the non-offensive word) classic Americana buffet worker, with his brother, Wil Wheaton. There's a scene with a catfish and I always have stuff to do right after it, I don't know how is it called.
EDIT: It's Fish don't Blink. Wishlisted...for now.
08-07-2014, 12:52 AM #2544
I had such a crush on Lea Thompson (Marty's mum from BTTF) when I was young. She's in a sports / coming of age movie with a young Tom Cruise too.
08-07-2014, 12:55 AM #2545
@Fumarole: Haven't had a chance to watch Ender's Game yet, so I can't compare with the book.
We had a big argument about it in the 'What book are you reading?' thread. I like it a lot, others hate it. It seems quite divisive. As you said, it did win an award. (so I'm right and they're wrong!). The book is relatively short, and slightly verges on the Young Adult area. I rather liked the plot twists at the end, but I'd imagine the movie has already spoiled those.
08-07-2014, 01:51 AM #2546
08-07-2014, 01:59 AM #2547
Nope. I had a crush on Rebecca De Mornay too though... (that was Risky Business i think) ;-)
08-07-2014, 02:02 AM #2548
Tom Cruise / Lea Thompson one was All The Right Moves. I remember it being ok, but it was a LONG time ago. I only really watched it for the Lea Thompson nudity at the time though... teenage boys huh...
08-07-2014, 02:04 AM #2549
08-07-2014, 05:40 PM #2550
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As for piquing interest, check out this still!
I welcome any further recommendations of modern Russian cinema.
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09-07-2014, 05:39 PM #2551
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Wonderful, and hilarious film. The cinematography and colour design is gorgeous as one expects from Wes Anderson. The characters especially Ralph Fiennes Gustaph are delightful and entertaining, the story just zips along and is odd, funny, and interesting in equal measure. There are many great actors playing wonderfully odd characters(my personal favourite visually was Willem Defoe's very Vampire looking character). I really had fun with this film and just fell in love with every frame of it. With this and Moonrise Kingdom Wes Anderson can do no wrong for me.
10-07-2014, 08:26 PM #2552
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The movie gets in the majority of the Ender plot still, other than the quicker ending as mentioned.
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12-07-2014, 05:16 AM #2553
Watched a bit of Akira and got hooked, especially the cyberpunk settin which is a huge plus for me. It's hard to find anything that's animated with this much effort these days, especially something from '88. Still getting into the plot about some psionic old kid and a biker gang getting into a very well done high speed bike chase. Too early to tell whether the plot's good.
12-07-2014, 10:39 AM #2554
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13-07-2014, 09:40 AM #2555
Watched Need For Speed: The Movvvvieeeee again today, and I have to say it's pretty fantastic. It doesn't try to overplay the plot, it's not overly convoluted, and it doesn't take place over a short time frame. Weirdly, it seemed far more believable than almost every other Car's going fast! movies of recent times. It also does a bloody good job of the car's going fast, and the story doesn't get in the way of that. Some of the acting is a bit stiff (especially that of Aaron Paul) but still passable.
One of the few recent big budget action movies that won't insult your intelligence, and Michael Keaton was thoroughly enjoyable in it. It doesn't do anything amazing or new, but what it does, it does well. Not really sure why the critics hated it.
Followed that with A Long Way Down, which co-incidentally also starred Aaron Paul and Imogeen Poots. The movie starts with four strangers all trying to commit sucide at the same place on the same night. The rest of the film is about the four of them helping each other deal with the world and the events that lead to each of them being there that night, while trying to ensure that they don't end up back there, which becomes a bit of mystery: who of them is going to try again? It's all handled very well, with the reasons for each of them attempting suicide being complex and believable.
I think it's worth a watch for anyone curious about some of the things that leads to people from different walks of life committing (or attempting to commit) suicide.
Imogeen and Aaron both turned in much stronger performances this time around, though part of that may have been helped by them acting against Toni Collette and Pierce Brosnan.
13-07-2014, 02:13 PM #2556
13-07-2014, 05:05 PM #2557
The new Planet of the Apes is a lot better than its predecessor. Performance capture is magical. Those eyes!
14-07-2014, 03:10 PM #2558
For some reason, I feel like I've seen Scott Pilgrim vs The World. I've this habit of seeing a movie but not bother to finish it or in this case I only watch the last few scenes of it and feel like I'm good (I'm actually not). I completely hooked on it after the first few minutes. The fight scenes are brilliant (the bass battle! and the vegan thing after that), the text popping up actually work really well, the whole sound effect and music accompanying some actions and scenes are great. It's still funny even after watching it like 3 times. It's like the perfect movie for me. Though I don't think my friends here will appreciate it as much, it's probably a bit too much for them.
I also watched Welcome to the Punch, mostly because James McAvoy and Mark Strong. I saw a poster of it in theaters but the movie never seems to arrive. It was solid but you probably have seen this stuff done better somewhere else.
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14-07-2014, 03:17 PM #2559
Scott Pilgrim is one of those films that I didn't really like though I kind of did at first but then I absolutely fell in love with after I was compelled to watch it a number of times after the first. It really is a great comedy, but also a very good film about modern times when your 20.
14-07-2014, 03:27 PM #2560
Yeah, I think it's good that I miss it when it came out. I feel like I understand it better now that I'm a 20 something. Also, the music is fantastic. Kind of wish I was into music while in high school.