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Thread: Wot films are you watching?
04-01-2014, 07:50 AM #1901
Gravity was really good. No one in japan seems to have heard of it, and there seems to be no advertising. :-(Probably the best film I saw last year (just!). My second favorite turned out to be, surprisingly, Dredd.
04-01-2014, 10:35 AM #1902
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04-01-2014, 11:43 AM #1903
Probably the best film I saw last year (just!). = just saw, not only just the best. I think it was the best by quite a way.
04-01-2014, 11:49 AM #1904
A Midnight Clear, a WWII movie sometime in mid90s, about the western theater after 1944 D-Day.
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05-01-2014, 12:41 PM #1905
This novel is an adaptation of the movie? I see that it was published 1999, after the movie. I am not kidding, this is the very first movie I watched about the whole World War Two. It's this movie that I realized, still a kid back then, that not all German soldiers of Nazi Germany were Nazis, and in fact it is the opposite: most of them were not.
05-01-2014, 12:47 PM #1906
Speaking of samurai films, I recently watched 壬生義士伝 (When the Last Sword Is Drawn) again. Great film - if somewhat unnecessarily prolonged towards the end - about two Shinsengumi samurai (played by Nakai Kiichi and Satō Kōichi) against the backdrop of the fall of the Tokugawa shogun.
05-01-2014, 12:59 PM #1907
I also watched L'Autrichienne, a 1990 film by Pierre Granier-Deferre about the trial against the deposed queen consort of France, Marie Antoinette of Austria. It doesn't seem to have ever been officially translated - it was one of the many smaller films that came out at the 200th anniversary of the French revolution - but it wasn't as hard to keep up as I had feared. It probably helps to know the general events that took place, as the film doesn't give a whole lot of context. Ute Lemper shines as the sickly Marie Antoinette, and Patrick Chesnais and Daniel Mesguich have great roles as well. Recommended!
06-01-2014, 07:56 AM #1908
On a vaguely related note, I recall thinking during the mines sequence that it could just about be transplanted whole into a video game. Insert some QTE prompts and away you go.
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06-01-2014, 01:56 PM #1909
On the subject. I've watched the Hobbit part 2 and I found annoying its over the toppness. The action scenes turn to the ridiculous very quickly. There is fire AND EXPLOSIONS AND RUBBLE COMING DOWN AND THE DRAGON STOMPS AND ITS TAIL GOES AROUND AND LOOK MORE FIRE AND SPARKS AND MORE THINGS COMING DOWN AAAAAAH.
And every action scene goes like this, like the barrel going around killing everyone. It's too over the top and too ridiculous. It completely destroys immersion for me.
The LOTR trilogy was much more measured in this regard.
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06-01-2014, 04:37 PM #1912
@Sabrage: Even that scene is mild compared to the Hobbit. If it was Hobbitesed Legolas would be doing cartweels while stuff is exploding in the background.
Maybe the ADHD generations disagree with me. I'm old and grumpy.
06-01-2014, 05:34 PM #1913
Gravity was spectacular and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Elven Super-Ninjas Overcoming their Racism and Learning to Love was a fun adventure.
The best part of Gravity: Immersion (achieved by some masterful cinematography)
Probably the best movie I saw in 2013.
The best part of TH:TDoSaES-NOtRaLtL: Turning off my skepticism and experiencing the tale as a child would do with a serial bedtime story
One or two parts felt unnecessarily padded, like the key/doorway scene, but it was otherwise an adventure romp. The spiders were actually kind of terrifying, and the portrayal of Smaug's enormity was a real highlight.
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08-01-2014, 12:01 AM #1914
Watched Don Jon with Joseph Gordon Levitt, Scarlett Johansson & Maude Lebowski (Julianne Moore). About a porn obsessed guy. It was pretty well done, and JGL has a certain degree of charisma to him, but be aware it doesn't hold back on the occasional porn clips in there (albeit no wangs on display). Not a date movie necessarily.
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08-01-2014, 09:59 PM #1917Only what kid will sit through a 3-hour film?
09-01-2014, 12:54 AM #1918
For some reason I've felt far more relaxed towards the Hobbit films than the LotR ones. It's probably just an adjustment of expectations. They're OK as adventure films but I haven't had the sense of an epic fantasy adventure from either of them. Maximum sighage at the crowbarred-in romances though.
Anyway, watching these things in 3D and higher frame rates seems to disagree with my brain. I don't get nausea or motion sickness but the 3D just makes everything look like cardboard cut-outs and I get eye strain after a while. Perhaps my eyes are broken.
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