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Necroticism174
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:25 pm 
 

Watched a few movies recently.

Face-Off: Haven't seen this since I was really young, the surgery scene had freaked me out. Seeing it now, what can I possibly say about this movie? The action is awesome and it's fun (with this Director, both of these are expected.) The acting though. Yeah, Cage is in it so you know he's going to be bad, but it seems like every single person in this movie was on drugs. There's more overacting than I've ever seen in a high budget movie like this. It's insane. Somehow though, it didn't detract that much from my overall enjoyment.

Escape From LA: Haven't seen the first one, but this is just awesome, dumb fun. An incredibly unlikely plot (suspend your disbelief, people) and epic characters. Buscemi is weaselly as only he knows how to be and Russel basically hisses his lines (hence the name snake) . Watch it if you haven't if you want to kill 2 hours.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:30 pm 
 

I watched The Machinist yesterday. I could see the main twist coming from a mile away, so yeah. I still enjoyed it because I'm a sucker for movies about crazy people.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:40 pm 
 

Oh, also rewatched Zoolander.
Now THAT'S how you do an incredibly stupid but hilarious movie. Blue Steel, I feel like I'm taking crazy pills, they won't be looking for not us, Duchovny's cameo, etc...
The classic moments pile up.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:58 pm 
 

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Necroticism174
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:00 pm 
 

But why male models?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:01 pm 
 

pshhh I can't think of a single funny moment in Zoolander. Ben Stiller never was and most likely never will be funny.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:10 pm 
 

Necroticism174 wrote:
Escape From LA: Haven't seen the first one, but this is just awesome, dumb fun. An incredibly unlikely plot (suspend your disbelief, people) and epic characters. Buscemi is weaselly as only he knows how to be and Russel basically hisses his lines (hence the name snake) . Watch it if you haven't if you want to kill 2 hours.

Dude, you need to change that asap! Escape from NY is fantastic!
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I finally watched The Warriors which has been on my hard drive for ages. Damn, the acting isn't too great but it's fun at every turn.

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Demolition Man: At first the way everybody was talking annoyed the shit out of me, then I realized that this is probably the only depiction of the future where I've actually seen the accents and dialects of the people change over time, so it wound up earning props (though still annoying). I feel like most of the humor fell flat and made the tone flail around wildly, but Snipes was a very fun villain. He was genuinely enjoying himself whilst causing all the mayhem. Cocteau's plan was goddamn stupid though. There's a group of people living underground who graffiti walls and rob trucks for food, and the best way to combat that is to set free the most dangerous criminal in history? Yeah, no way that'll backfire. I really, really love fun, stupid action flicks, but I felt like this should have been much better than it was.

Though I will admit that Stallone did have one really badass line. "You're gonna regret that for the rest of your life... both seconds of it"
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:46 pm 
 

Necroticism174 wrote:
Oh, also rewatched Zoolander.
Now THAT'S how you do an incredibly stupid but hilarious movie. Blue Steel, I feel like I'm taking crazy pills, they won't be looking for not us, Duchovny's cameo, etc...
The classic moments pile up.


I'm probably one of the only ones here who didn't like it.

edit: Apparently not. Agreed with kingnuur. :)
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:19 am 
 

The Cabin in the Woods - 3/10

I expected a sly, razor-wit comedy with an inept horror movie tacked on to generate ticket sales (teeniebopper horror flicks are SO lucrative these days). What I got was an average comedy, an average horror flick, and a thoroughly substandard movie.

The root of the problem was Joss Whedon's smug, antagonistic and appallingly uniform dialog (every character could have switched her/his dialog with a different character halfway through, and no one in the audience would have noticed). How could anyone call this "wit?" Of course, there's a veritable laundry list of other problems (unsympathetic leads, atrocious pacing, large chunks of the plot stolen from other (sometimes, much worse) films, mostly shitty acting) that I could probably dissect in a few paragraphs, but I'm almost foaming at the mouth right now and my ergonomic keyboard hates moisture.

Anyway, in summery: a pro-weed message (although it's obviously insincere and soldered in solely to appeal to the film's primary demographic of 13-18yr olds), some acceptable monster effects and a ridiculously fun, unexpected cameo just barely manage to save this focus tested, straight-to-video kid's flick from the dumpster. If you're old enough (or, if you're not 21, smart enough) to buy alcohol, I'd avoid.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:59 am 
 

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:18 am 
 

I guess you've provided irrefutable proof Canada should raise their drinking age. Congrats!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:55 pm 
 

Yeah, expectations can often be our own worst enemy. I went in blind and thought Cabin in the Woods was pretty solid. It started out purposely like every other horror flick. But I liked the variety and how they were able to balance it on top of one roof. Not sure everything worked and the humor threw me off at first but I'd put it on again. I watched this back to back with Chernobyl Diaries and that fell apart by the end to the point where people were yelling directions at the screen.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:26 am 
 

Has anyone seen Dredd yet? I heard it's really good action film.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:17 am 
 

Aurone wrote:
Has anyone seen Dredd yet? I heard it's really good action film.


Havent seen any bad reviews yet and people are saying its really bloody and lots of action. Sadly though, I think that shitty teen House at the end of the street will be #1 at the box office.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:22 am 
 

Heavenly Creatures (1994)
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1.5/5

An odd entry in Peter Jackson's filmography, perfectly demarcating his early horror/splatter comedies, and later Hollywood big budget pieces, Heavenly Creatures is a drama with surreal and psychological aspects, detailing to true life events of two teenage girls in 1950s Christchurch, New Zealand. The two girls form an immensely close friendship/romance and retreat into a fantasy world they have created, write, and make art about. Though this film is well made, with great effects for the fantasy parts, crisply shot passages, solid acting all-round, and some critical acclaim, it's also very annoying, irritating, and overly melodramatic. The girls seem to thirst for drama, emotion, hyperbole and spectacle. This gets really tiresome, and you kinda just want to tell them to fuck off. They argue with their parents, act erratically, are constantly crying and crave movie style epic melodrama, and it's annoying. I enjoyed the film being a piece which explored the attitudes of teachers, parents, and society in 1950s New Zealand, but really, the fact the (true life) story just seems to be a constantly grinding succession of crying, and melodrama just gets annoying, and leaves the film feeling one dimensional, or hollow. It's supposed to be a "psychological drama/thriller" but it's done far less classier in that regard than say Polanski, and you end up not feeling an attachment or empathy for the characters, which it's the type of film that would typically implore that; Peter Jackson isn't good at getting you to understand and relate to characters. While i enjoyed Jackson's early period films, this denoumental picture for me marks the beginning of the end for Jackson, who while a talented director, went on to make hollow-feeling megabudget Hollywood blockbusters.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:29 am 
 

The Master: fucking incredible. Just an awesome story about two men with very different problems trying to cope with life. So many subtleties, nuances and amazing acting. Quite a good amount of excellently shot scenes as well. Adored it.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:44 am 
 

PhilosophicalFrog wrote:
The Master: fucking incredible. Just an awesome story about two men with very different problems trying to cope with life. So many subtleties, nuances and amazing acting. Quite a good amount of excellently shot scenes as well. Adored it.


I hadn't even heard about this at all. I saw a few posts on facebook earlier and didn't know what the hell they were talking about - after seeing this post I looked it up; looks really, really good. It kills me because I really don't even have any friends who would want to see this around anymore.
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Has anyone ehard about the Mass Effect movie? I've been searching the netz but I can't seem to find anything current.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:02 am 
 

I just watched Silent Night, Deadly Night for the first time yesterday. It's just as good as people have told me it is. I love horror films with psychological buildup of the villain, and this has some of the best I've seen in any slasher film.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 3:37 am 
 

My most recent views:

Apocalypse Now Redux - Wow! This is my first time ever seeing this movie (I've still yet to see the original version), and man... what a downer. I was not expecting a movie this powerful, despite all the hype. It amazingly captured my interest all throughout its formidable length, and delivered one of the most haunting endings to any movie I've ever seen. It's very draining; I didn't feel like doing anything after watching it except sitting still and thinking. Highly recommended.

Nosferatu the Vampyre - A very interesting remake of the original Nosferatu. Werner Herzog takes a lot of liberties with the source material (meaning the book), and completely changes the ending, but nevertheless I thought it was great. I have no idea why he renamed Mina Harker, Lucy Harker. What the fuck? Count Dracula is a far sadder character than Count Orlok, with a mumbling diction and weary, lost look in his eyes. The pathos in his character made me pity him more than it made me fear him, despite his ghastly appearance and often animalistic behavior. I intend to watch the original German version, Phantom der Nacht, very soon, maybe even this morning after I get off work. Before I conclude this review, I must remark on the cinematography. It's filmed in such a way that the film has a very dreamlike quality, full of ghostly blues and pallid whites. There is also some beautiful scenery as Jonathan Harker makes his way (on foot, another deviation from the original) to Castle Dracula. The visual poetry alone makes this movie a must-see.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 4:28 am 
 

That Herzog version is one of the best V-flicks imo. I enjoy Redux though some of my film industry buddies feel the Redux version is moribund, overly long with unnecessary scenes. I've heard the opinion that the scenes with the French colonials for instance are not required, but i really enjoy them, and they link the film more with the source/inspirational material (Heart of Darkness) more.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 5:09 am 
 

Watched Dodgeball again recently. I love that movie, which is funny because I don't like any of the other movies that Ben Stiller or Vince Vaughn are in. Guess it just has the right amount of over-the-top campiness for me.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 6:58 am 
 

Pink Floyd The Wall **1/2

An alienated rock musician retreats behind a "wall" of hallucinagenic self-destruction. More of an elongated music video than an actual film, I judge it as better when seen as such. I've always enjoyed the album for it's own ambition and genius musical production than I did as a Pink Floyd album. Roger Waters' concept theme was ponderous at best which is what the film ultimately struggles with. Visually stunning, expertly directed and full of iconic animation and other imagery, it has rightfully deserved it's cult status especially the last third.

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dontlivefastjustdie wrote:
Necroticism174 wrote:
Escape From LA: Haven't seen the first one, but this is just awesome, dumb fun. An incredibly unlikely plot (suspend your disbelief, people) and epic characters. Buscemi is weaselly as only he knows how to be and Russel basically hisses his lines (hence the name snake) . Watch it if you haven't if you want to kill 2 hours.

Dude, you need to change that asap! Escape from NY is fantastic!


Indeed.

Escape From L.A was a massive waste of a great character.

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Demolition Man: At first the way everybody was talking annoyed the shit out of me, then I realized that this is probably the only depiction of the future where I've actually seen the accents and dialects of the people change over time, so it wound up earning props (though still annoying). I feel like most of the humor fell flat and made the tone flail around wildly, but Snipes was a very fun villain. He was genuinely enjoying himself whilst causing all the mayhem. Cocteau's plan was goddamn stupid though. There's a group of people living underground who graffiti walls and rob trucks for food, and the best way to combat that is to set free the most dangerous criminal in history? Yeah, no way that'll backfire. I really, really love fun, stupid action flicks, but I felt like this should have been much better than it was.

Though I will admit that Stallone did have one really badass line. "You're gonna regret that for the rest of your life... both seconds of it"


I just re watched this, and Cliffhanger. Was a big fan in primary school. Should do a couple of small reviews.

Cocteau's plan was fine. Don't mess with Stallone though.

Demolition Man succeeded in the action/comedy genre way better than Arnie in Last Action Hero just before it.

I don't know why Snipes wasn't used more in films. He has talent. Good with action/martial arts, and can act good enough.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:25 am 
 

Just watched Nosferatu, Phantom der Nacht. Since it was basically identical to the English version, I won't bother with another review. English or German, both versions are excellent. It's more a matter of whether or not you feel like reading subtitles.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 5:47 pm 
 

Escape from LA is great, and I think a lot of people misunderstand it. It was just Carpenter taking a piss at Hollywood's obsession with sequels. If you look into it, it's Carpenter's ONLY sequel, yet it's almost the same damn thing as the original film! And I think it makes for part of the charm and fun of the film. And you gotta love Buscemi.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 6:38 pm 
 

The way I see it, a shitty movie doesn't stop being a shitty movie just because it was intentional, neither will being self-aware automatically confer the movie a charming campiness,
see also: Mars attacks! and Death proof.

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Thiestru wrote:
Nosferatu the Vampyre - A very interesting remake of the original Nosferatu. Werner Herzog takes a lot of liberties with the source material (meaning the book), and completely changes the ending, but nevertheless I thought it was great. I have no idea why he renamed Mina Harker, Lucy Harker. What the fuck? Count Dracula is a far sadder character than Count Orlok, with a mumbling diction and weary, lost look in his eyes. The pathos in his character made me pity him more than it made me fear him, despite his ghastly appearance and often animalistic behavior. I intend to watch the original German version, Phantom der Nacht, very soon, maybe even this morning after I get off work. Before I conclude this review, I must remark on the cinematography. It's filmed in such a way that the film has a very dreamlike quality, full of ghostly blues and pallid whites. There is also some beautiful scenery as Jonathan Harker makes his way (on foot, another deviation from the original) to Castle Dracula. The visual poetry alone makes this movie a must-see.

Yeah, I liked that movie a lot. I thought it was actually one of the best depictions of classic-type vampires in film, since if you don't believe in a soul or damnation, there's basically no fucking downside to being a vampire and you'd think every character would be lining up to get bitten. But with Phantom der Nacht we see that being immortal and powerful ain't all it's cracked up to be when you're basically vermin and no one will even look at you without shuddering. Also the sets were just fantastic, it was apparently filmed on-location in a real castle, and it just nails the atmosphere. Plus Klaus Kinski just looks SO CREEPY.

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Hahhah Klaus Kinski is a total creep at the best of times, according to various biographies and documentaries I've seen/read. Fucking sex pervert. Great actor. Fitzcarraldo, anyone? And yeah, that movie is visually and atmospherically stunning. ne of the best vampire movies ever made.
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Dredd 3D - 8.5 out of 10.

Holy balls, this was a fucking awesome movie. Unlike Stallone's Dredd, Karl Urban's is dirty, damn near souless and in a way....legit scary. Lena Headey was just ruthless as the villoness and you got the impression that this was a woman not to fuck with. In a way, it seems like the character of Anderson whould be we the weaker part of this dark and gritty film, but she's written well enough and the actress who plays her makes her stand strong in the whole thing and believable. Another aspect I loved was this film was an R and it loved it. Bloody, no holding back action and it was just a thrill ride. While I'm not die hard for it, I wish I had seen this in 3D but sadly the only 3D was evening shows so I would have had to pay around 13 bucks. This film didn't disserve 6th place at the box office. See this movie when you can.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:02 pm 
 

Yeah, I heard it was a blast.

Still....go see The Master....
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:47 am 
 

Empyreal wrote:
PhilosophicalFrog wrote:
The Master: fucking incredible. Just an awesome story about two men with very different problems trying to cope with life. So many subtleties, nuances and amazing acting. Quite a good amount of excellently shot scenes as well. Adored it.


I hadn't even heard about this at all. I saw a few posts on facebook earlier and didn't know what the hell they were talking about - after seeing this post I looked it up; looks really, really good. It kills me because I really don't even have any friends who would want to see this around anymore.


Well after There Will Be Blood, i'm very keen to see what Paul Thomas Anderson does next.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:03 am 
 

failsafeman wrote:
Plus Klaus Kinski just looks SO CREEPY.


If Kinski looks creepy, what about Schreck?

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BlindTortureKill wrote:
The way I see it, a shitty movie doesn't stop being a shitty movie just because it was intentional, neither will being self-aware automatically confer the movie a charming campiness,
see also: Mars attacks! and Death proof.

Death Proof I can agree with... total waste of time but Mars Attacks?! That shit is great!!
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MacMoney wrote:
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Plus Klaus Kinski just looks SO CREEPY.

If Kinski looks creepy, what about Schreck?

Definitely not as creepy, in my book. Kinski's Nosferatu has this guilty look about him, like he knows he's been a naughty boy but he just can't help himself.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:31 pm 
 

Werner Herzog's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams".

This strange little documentary stars the Chauvet caves of southern France and its 32,000 year old hand paintings dating from glacier-swallowed France. Even after thousands of years of being there, scraped by the occasional cave bear, worn by the occasional water flow, occasionally added on to by people millenia apart, the cave entrance was buried by a landslide roughly 20,000 years ago. Once trapped, the interior was preserved by calcite layers that grew over thousands of years. Cave bear jaws, various vertebrae, parts of an ibex, eagle skeletons, even a cave bear skull that had been placed on an outcropping facing the entrance were held in place by the calcite, much of it a transparent crust, some of it looking like poured wax. Among the scattered pieces, a broken bone flute made from a vulture's radius. Line-and-shade drawings of panthers and wooly rhino, maneless lions, and mastadon, great-horned animals and remains of torches scuffed off 20, 000 years ago. It was a much different world that long ago.

Herzog is an over-poetic weirdo at times, but he gained access to a strictly protected archaeological site and was able to bring us quite a bit of history out of an hour of filming time. An oddball master perfumer who moonlights as a cave-locator has a curious cameo. The calcite is amazing. It's definitely worth watching.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:22 pm 
 

House (1977 movie) - Weirdest movie I've ever seen. Figures that it's Japanese. I don't even know how to describe it, except weird. It's like the filmmakers took a bunch of hallucinogens, then made a movie depicting their experiences. It's a horror movie, but it's not scary, at least not in any normal sense. I recommend it, but only if you want to see something that's completely out there.

Edit: Specified which House movie I'm talking about.


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