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failsafeman
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 5:35 pm 
 

iamntbatman wrote:
Yeah, some of the science was vaguely realistic I guess but in that sort of story I'd rather have some sort of fantastical explanation made up than really reaching to offer a believable scientific explanation. Anyway like you said it's a really enjoyable movie and that minor quibble certainly doesn't take much away from it.

I thought the bit with the ogre was especially cool, what with him totally wrecking that inn and the dragons having to use special tactics to defeat it because there's no way they could really beat it in a real brawl.


But that science-y explanation illustrates the entire point of the movie! It's about changing worldviews, and the general shift from superstition and tradition toward science and change. The guy from the future uses science and logic as a way of understanding the phenomena he experiences, while the older dragon (representing the old world) understands via superstition, or just accepts that that's the way things are at face value and operates empirically.

Yeah, the ogre bit was awesome. That dude was scary as shit, especially in the flashback where he breaks through the inn and kidnaps everyone.
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 8:16 pm 
 

ah man, the Top Gun sequel is cancelled. That's alright though because I can't imagine them bringing Kelly McGillis back..unless they cast her in the role of the aircraft carrier.
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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 11:28 pm 
 

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The Dead Zone and Misery are the only SK adaptations that I actually liked better than the novels.

Well, it is David Cronenberg. Has anyone seen Cosmopolis? I want to know if I should watch. If his creative approach has an emergence than I would be eager but I certainly don't want to endure more basic themes and visuals, his safe approach has started to bore me.

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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 11:39 pm 
 

Oberst_Orlok_SS wrote:
ah man, the Top Gun sequel is cancelled. That's alright though because I can't imagine them bringing Kelly McGillis back..unless they cast her in the role of the aircraft carrier.

Tony Scott killed himself. That's going to put a spanner in the works. Although I'm sure we'll get a Michael Bay remake in five years time with a roided up Zac Efron.

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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 3:30 am 
 

Abominatrix wrote:
Cool; been meaning to watch both of these for a while. I actually have Sorcerer but haven't found the right mood/atmosphere to watch yet. Do you know what the real difference between the European and US cuts of Sorcerer are? I believe I've got the Euro one; I've heard there's actually a huge difference between the two, right down to the ending.


I'm sure you'd really like both, but especially Les diaboliques. Sounds very much like a film up your alley. As for Sorcerer, yeah, I didn't actually know there were such different versions going into it. The one I watched was the US one with everything intact. The Euro version is just all mangled up even if it doesn't actually remove anything that vital from the film. The cuts make it more bare bones and more about the situation itself, rather than the characters, but really destroys the whole theme behind it all.

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Oberst_Orlok_SS wrote:
ah man, the Top Gun sequel is cancelled. That's alright though because I can't imagine them bringing Kelly McGillis back..unless they cast her in the role of the aircraft carrier.

Tony Scott killed himself. That's going to put a spanner in the works. Although I'm sure we'll get a Michael Bay remake in five years time with a roided up Zac Efron.


And it won't be much worse than the original. The big question is would it be as unintentionally hilarious as the original. Probably not.

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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 5:14 pm 
 

Dark City: 7.5 out of 10.

Visually impressive film with a very unique and creative setting and plot. A few things where "eh", but it was a fun watch that kept me glued to the film all the way through. I'm glad I saw it and I want to check out the Director's Cut.

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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 3:12 pm 
 

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Watched The Paperboy last night... which I think I hated but I can't even decide... I think I just don't care enough about it to even form an opinion. It ended and I asked myself... what the fuck was that even about? The initial premise is pretty straight forward "A reporter returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate." but then it just kinda meanders around for a while before getting burly and somewhat interesting at the end. None of the plot points or anything that really happens in the movie are even remotely fleshed out. McConaghey plays a southern dude like always, Efron is some sexually frustrated turd, Kidman is a wacky middle aged lady obsessed with prison cock... I think Cusack was my favorite part... he was definitely my favorite part actually, playing the "death row inmate" and comes off genuinely fucked. I hate Nicole Kidman but I won't deny watching her pretend to blow Cusack and get off while just staring at him from across the room was entertaining.

This was my favorite film of 2012, hands down. Can't understand how or why anyone could dislike Kidman; off the top of my head, I can't possibly think of a more versatile actress: Dogville, The Human Stain, Rabbit Hole, Flirting, To Die For, the list goes on and on and on. All amazing movies; all featuring amazing (and radically different) performances.


She was sexy but at the same time over-the-top and annoying in it. My assessment of The Paperboy is exactly the same as dontlive's. I would describe the film as acid noir but I hated how the interview part at the beginning was abandoned and there were just way too many subtexts that the movie just threw out there. Yeah, John Cusack was awesome in that Dennis Hopper type acting turn.

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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 4:17 pm 
 

failsafeman wrote:
But that science-y explanation illustrates the entire point of the movie! It's about changing worldviews, and the general shift from superstition and tradition toward science and change. The guy from the future uses science and logic as a way of understanding the phenomena he experiences, while the older dragon (representing the old world) understands via superstition, or just accepts that that's the way things are at face value and operates empirically.


Right, I know. By "fantastical" I didn't mean something like, "well dragons breathe fire, always have" but rather a slightly more fantastical sci-fi type of explanation. In sci-fi in general I feel that there's sort of an "uncanny valley" where the the explanations become uncomfortable if they try too hard to be 100% plausible with our current understanding of science and generally fare better if there's a little bit of mystery. Maybe it would've worked slightly better if Peter was from the near future rather than the 80's or whatever. Then he coulda made something up about the dragon fire being plasma or something without having to hamfistedly explain how dragons generate, exhale and ignite hydrogen gas. It'd also offer explanation as to why dragon fire is usually hotter than regular fire in fantasy stories.
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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 8:56 pm 
 

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explanations become uncomfortable if they try too hard to be 100% plausible with our current understanding of science
What? I've heard everything to the contrary.

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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 8:38 pm 
 

Oblivion - Jesus Christ this movie had a lot of twists. If M Knight Shyamalan saw it, he would explode. Pretty great movie too. Cruise is good, the score epic, the stakes monumental. Morgan Freeman does nothing. Is still badass.
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 9:03 pm 
 

You actually liked that self indulgent POS score by M83?

like... unironically?

I didn't enjoy the movie either (what's new), but at least it was less shit than that soundtrack.
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 9:08 pm 
 

Yep, it was fitting.
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 9:12 pm 
 

Anyone seen Beyond the Black Rainbow? Thinking about picking up the DVD.
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 9:40 pm 
 

darkeningday wrote:
You actually liked that self indulgent POS score by M83?

like... unironically?

I didn't enjoy the movie either (what's new), but at least it was less shit than that soundtrack.

The way I look at it, at least they're attempting to make serious sci-fi movies again. They may not be great, but the increased exposure at the top will trickle down to movies like Moon, and hopefully that will mean more movies like it.
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 9:42 pm 
 

M83 are pretty good but from what I understand, the soundtrack is very much not M83-sounding.
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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 3:44 am 
 

failsafeman wrote:
darkeningday wrote:
You actually liked that self indulgent POS score by M83?

like... unironically?

I didn't enjoy the movie either (what's new), but at least it was less shit than that soundtrack.

The way I look at it, at least they're attempting to make serious sci-fi movies again. They may not be great, but the increased exposure at the top will trickle down to movies like Moon, and hopefully that will mean more movies like it.

Yeah, it wasn't awful. I'd take five Oblivion clones over one more JJ Trek bastardization. I just found the second half really uninspired and sort of nonsensical:
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What was the significance of choosing Tom Cruise's character to serve as blueprint for the massive clone army? Freeman's rationalization that "[the HALiens] took our best man and turned him against us" sounded fairly poetic and all but made little rational sense; while it might destabilize (American) morale initially, I doubt it would have had any lasting effect, especially across the entire world. How would The Roboaliens even have known that the very first two humans they came in contact were national heroes? ALSO: The robot aliens can produce infinite easily deprogrammable Tom Cruises but have to stretch their extremely effective (and unwaveringly loyal, easily controlled) manhacks so thinly they're always miles apart from eachother...? Since when is biomatter so much more easily generated than mechanical? Or did I just miss something, here?

Cool first half, though, outside of some wishy-washy radio chatter that served more as an obstacle to soaking up the atmosphere than it did as an effective vessel for dispensing Act I exposition (which would be repeated again and again and again before it was finally useful anyway.)
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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 4:14 am 
 

So alot of you seem to go to the cinemas quite alot. I personally only go a couple times a year, if that. I just can't convince myself the price is worth it and usually wait until blu-ray to get it next to nothing. I can get three to four movies for the price of one movie at the cinema. Do any of you have a problem with movie prices, or are they cheap where you are?

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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 4:44 am 
 

My closest theater charges only 5 bucks (including tax) for a first-run movie, provided you go either before 5pm or on Tuesday (although 3D films are $3 more). Were this deal to vanish, though, I doubt I'd ever even go.
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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 5:34 am 
 

Saw Suspiria recently. Horrific.

How had i not seen this before ?!

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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 7:32 am 
 

volutetheswarth wrote:
So alot of you seem to go to the cinemas quite alot. I personally only go a couple times a year, if that. I just can't convince myself the price is worth it and usually wait until blu-ray to get it next to nothing. I can get three to four movies for the price of one movie at the cinema. Do any of you have a problem with movie prices, or are they cheap where you are?


I always go with friends, it isn't worth it to me otherwise.
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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 10:16 am 
 

marktheviktor wrote:
darkeningday wrote:
This was my favorite film of 2012, hands down. Can't understand how or why anyone could dislike Kidman; off the top of my head, I can't possibly think of a more versatile actress: Dogville, The Human Stain, Rabbit Hole, Flirting, To Die For, the list goes on and on and on. All amazing movies; all featuring amazing (and radically different) performances.


She was sexy but at the same time over-the-top and annoying in it. My assessment of The Paperboy is exactly the same as dontlive's. I would describe the film as acid noir but I hated how the interview part at the beginning was abandoned and there were just way too many subtexts that the movie just threw out there. Yeah, John Cusack was awesome in that Dennis Hopper type acting turn.

Yeah, that's my main beef with Kidman, I just think she's annoying as shit. She could be the best actress in the world but I just find myself genuinely disliking her in any movie I see her in. I remember thinking Dogville was abysmal but I can't remember why now.

Watched Django Unchained last night and enjoyed it. As others have already stated, Waltz is the man.
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 12:23 am 
 

Mama- my friend kept begging me to see it when it was in theaters and thankfully we didnt. 3/4ths of it is just boring, with the rest being lame cliche jump scares and some really bad cgi.

Hanzel and Gretel Witch Hunters- one review I read called it a SYFY channel movie with a huge budget and thats what it felt like. It was fun, but the cgi looked horribly dated.

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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 12:47 am 
 

Yeah, Mama wasn't that great. The ending especially felt like they really had no clue how to end the movie properly. At least Jessica Chastain was cute in it.
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 3:10 pm 
 

Just watched Texas Chainsaw (2013). It wasn't that great. Without spoiling too much, the story takes a bizarre turn in the second half that I just couldn't buy. But on the positive side, the lead actress has a sexy midsection and the wardrobe designer wisely chose to highlight this for much of the film's running time.

And I hate to be That Guy, but when it comes to the TCM franchise, the original will always be the best. Especially because it had the annoying wheelchair guy.
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 8:37 pm 
 

Empyreal wrote:
volutetheswarth wrote:
So alot of you seem to go to the cinemas quite alot. I personally only go a couple times a year, if that. I just can't convince myself the price is worth it and usually wait until blu-ray to get it next to nothing. I can get three to four movies for the price of one movie at the cinema. Do any of you have a problem with movie prices, or are they cheap where you are?


I always go with friends, it isn't worth it to me otherwise.

I go alone, I don't mind and I'm not waiting for my friends haha. i have a theater near and it's not quite expensive to go before 6pm. I don't go often as I enjoy watching movies at home but there's good blockbusters this summer. I went to see Iron Man 3, I'll go see the Man of Steel and I just came back from the movie I was expecting the most!

The new Star Trek was a superb movie. Of course, it won't please the kvlt and pvre Trekkies as it doesn't deviate from the first movie and it's not what they want the movie to be. But for what it is, a great sci fi/action movie, it's the best of its generation. Benedict Cumberbatch is freaking awesome of the villain.
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But I knew who he was even if they kept his identity hidden (a bad decision) it's the 2nd movie from the reboot and The Wrath of Khan was the 2nd Trek movie. Still he was very convincing as John Harrisson/Khan and this movie will make the British actor a superstar.

The bromance between Kirk and Spock is great, greatly played by Zachary Quinto, the Vulcan 1st officer is very interesting and while I'm not a big fan of Chris Pine, he's good at Kirk and Alice Eve as Carol Marcus <3333333333 Oh yeah!!!!!

If you liked the first movie, go see Into Darkness as it's even better.

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We were able to see the Klingons (they look cool) and the table is served for the 3rd movie as a Klingon and Federation war is probably coming or at least they'll be more present.
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The way I see it, I can pay $1 at Redbox, or just download, to watch a movie by myself later. Here in Florida it's like 10 bucks most of the time for theaters. Ha ha. Just not worth it for me to go sit alone by myself.
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PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 11:18 pm 
 

Yeah it was a lot better than the first one. Which was pretty ass, let's be honest. Most of the weight was on Cumberbatch and he pulled it off in spades. My favourite thing about the movie. I also always enjoy Karl Urban as the doctor. Was it as good as something like Oblivion? No. But it was a bombastic, relentlessly action packed fun time with much less shaky cam and lens flare than I expected (though it's still there). The scope is just huge. The 3D was actually fine too, even if I hate that sort of thing.
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Empyreal wrote:
The way I see it, I can pay $1 at Redbox, or just download, to watch a movie by myself later. Here in Florida it's like 10 bucks most of the time for theaters. Ha ha. Just not worth it for me to go sit alone by myself.

It's 10 bucks here too but I have the necessary confidence to go watch a movie by myself ;) I don't like when it's full of people though, kids and shit. Luckily the theater was almost empty this afternoon.

Wah, Necro? The first one was pretty damn decent! It was a good introduction to the characters but yeah, the story was a bit weird and the bad guy played by Eric Bana (I don't like this actor at all) was pretty bad. The 2nd one is better in every ways.

I don't care about 3d (I get something to eat instead of paying 15 bucks for this shit) so I've seen the "normal" edition.
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The 3D was on a massive screen, twice as big as the regular ones. I couldn't resist.
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Necroticism174 wrote:
The 3D was on a massive screen, twice as big as the regular ones. I couldn't resist.

Gimme that screen and a remote control to pause Alice Eve's sexy scene and I'm fine with it. I'll eat some pop corn at home.
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I certainly don't it hate like my good, trekkie friend, but here's Just some general plot-holes and personal grievances:

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I love how the dreadnought was able to use it's weapons on a ship travelling at warp speed. Also, Kirk's plan is to escape to Earth and thereby get help but when they get there, the solar system mysteriously has no ships anywhere, even though the federation always has a few around purely for defense purposes, and the starbase which we saw earlier is also nowhere to be seen (maybe it was stuck behind the earth?), then they just seem to forget why they fled to Earth in the first place. When they didn't contact any of the federation planets -like Earth- for assistance while in orbit, despite a battle raging in orbit, I assumed they were conveniently being jammed, but then, out of nowhere, Spock gets to contact Nu Vulcan, so we get a cameo from Leonard Nemoy, just so he can tell the audience what we already know; that Khan is a murderous, treacherous psychopath. Why didn't he send for help from several of the Federation systems? And if he was specifically being jammed, why didn't he at least ask Spock, or some other Nu Vulcan official to send help?

Spock:"USE WHAT HE WANTS AGAINST HIM AND TRY NOT BE KILLED BY A GENESIS DEVICE. OH, AND MAKE SURE SOMEONE YELLS OUT KHAN'S NAME IF A MAJOR CHARACTER DIES."

Younger Spock:"Yeah, thanks a bunch, future-self, I guess I'll just go fuck myself."

And when Khan was attacking all those Klingons, he literally stood in one place shooting, out in the open, while an entire squad of soldiers and three gunships just sat around for 5 minutes while he punched holes through them. This has it's place in action films, but they're called the Rambo franchise, not Star Trek.
And even though I'm about to rant about how it deviated from the series, it was just so stupid at the very end when Spock, now captain of the Enterprise, is told the wreckage of the Dreadnought is preventing them beaming up Khan... and then Chekov turns to him and suggests he, the captain of the enterprise, and not as much security personal as can be mustered, be sent down to apprehend the veritable anti-Christ of modern sci-fi.

Spock: "Thank you Chekov, I am well aware of Starfleet Code 6314, which mandates that the highest ranked starfleet officer on board must be personally sent down to hunt escaped, dangerous fugitives, by himself, and if he is unable to apprehend the individual, send down his significant other, especially if she has limited combat experience. I suppose I should be thankful that the planet has breathable air, this time".


Something else that bugged me about this, is that the dynamic of the friendship between Kirk, Spock and Bones has completely changed. Bones was always the passionate foil to Spock's seemingly cold and emotionless personality (the "pointy" ear remark was something he often said, not Kirk), with Kirk often being the mediator between the two and their non-stop bickering. Here, however, McCoy, an essential character and protagonist in his own right has been utterly usurped by Kirk, and has been demoted to being chief of comical relief. Oh he still does some things in the background, even important things, but he's about as close to Kirk and Spock as Scotty and Chekov.

On the plus side, there were some great things about this film. The exchange between Kirk and Spock that almost literally mirrored Spock's death scene in Wrath of Khan was actually pretty cool and emotional, even, and the opening scene really reminded me of the classic show. The dialogue in general was pretty entertaining, and I never felt the humour fell flat. And of course, the visuals of the space-skirmishes were fantastic.

Ultimately, I have the same problem I have with Batman:TDKR (well that's unfair, even with it's faults, it's still a much, much better film than TDKR by virtue of being relatively enjoyable). And that is, it has some really dumb shit happening, but the production values are fantastic, so that logical voice of reason get's drowned out by a booming score, explosions and the awesome special effects. But it's still there, and you end up walking out the film with a lot of the wrong kind of questions, and that's never a good thing coming away from a simple popcorn flick.

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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 7:01 pm 
 

A 3D movie in my local is the equivalent of about $15, assuming you bring your own glasses. If you forget, you're looking at closer to $18. I don't go to the movies much...
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2013 12:19 pm 
 

I haven't been to a movie in at least 2 years, so when a couple friends asked if I wanted to go see Iron man 3 last night, after reminding them how little I think of superhero movies, I said sure since I haven't done anything besides work in the last week... It was awful, and cost me nearly $25 total. Don Cheadle went from rescuing thousands of Rwandan Tutsis to saving big oil companies. That's basically what I got out of the film with out giving away much of the plot. Big oil (and America, as always) wins... I hate the west.
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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 1:55 am 
 

New Star Trek's pretty friggin great! Quite a reversal from the 2009 movie. That one i found had a plot that was too out-of-nowhere, fir one thing there was no need to make the Romulans look different.
This time around the story was much more familiar, even bringing in a Tribble :D The Khan dude was convincing, with nicely melodramatic flair that compared to Montalban pretty well. And that flipping of the engine room heroics scene was awesome. Here's hoping this sets up a Klingon War in the third movie!

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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 3:29 pm 
 

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I just saw Pura Vida (The Ridge) and I'm in need of something for introspection.
P.S: NICE documentary!
You can see it online (and support the institution) here:
-Filmin: http://www.filmin.es/pelicula/pura-vida
-Filmotech: http://www.filmotech.com/V2/ES/FX_FichaPelicula.asp?ID=9076


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http://www.filmaffinity.com/en/film301482.html

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On the south face of Annapurna, at 7,400 metres, Iñaki Ochoa de Olza is dying. His rope companion sounds the alarm. And, from the other side of the world, the biggest rescue attempt in the history of the Himalayas gets underway. For four days a dozen men including some of the best mountaineers in the world, from ten countries, set out to try to rescue their stricken comrade. Even beyond his peaks Iñaki is an exceptional man. As exceptional as the rescue attempt itself and the men who risked their lives to save him. Exceptional because their one driving rule is to live. To live in the only way possible: with pure intensity and honesty.


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Empyreal
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 3:49 pm 
 

Silver Linings Playbook - 4.75/5

Great blend of romance, comedy and just general chaos and dysfunction. The loud, abrasive nature of a lot of this movie should make it unbearable, but strong writing and very good characters pull it together, plus the added bonus of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as the leads. Cooper in particular is just outstandingly good, and I single him out because usually he doesn't get the chance to show off his chops nearly this much. Lawrence is, as usual, superb, one of today's best actors, with a lot of charm as she pours her whole soul into this performance. The story is a simple, quirky tale of two mentally unstable people who come together and sort of help each other cope. Robert DeNiro guest stars and surprisingly doesn't do too bad, actually coming out as fairly convincing for once. Overall I found this to be a heartwarming and oft-hilarious trip, and I'd watch it again any time. Just a killer, entertaining flick.

The Dead Zone - 4/5

Christopher Walken teams up with director David Cronenberg to produce this adaptation of one of Stephen King's more interesting stories...overall I enjoyed this, as it keeps pretty well to the tale of a young man who becomes clairvoyant after a horrible car accident, but I found it played pretty safe. Cronenberg, usually famous for his eccentricities, could have made this a way more psychedelic and harrowing experience, but instead he kept things pretty simple and lighthearted for the most part. But on the other hand, it was a good adaptation, managing to keep the essentials of the book there, while also making the changes seem plausible enough so not to alienate fans. Walken is good, and Martin Sheen as his nemesis Greg Stillson is a riot. It's not as good as the book, but it's solid.

The Ring - 2.5/5

Pretty droll and unimpressive on the whole, with a pretty confusing storyline, but some nice settings and a good atmosphere make it passable enough. As a horror movie, this is average and sometimes suspenseful, but unfortunately it kicked off a lot of dire trends, so that also has to be taken into account.

The Ring 2 - 0.5/5

Just total shit. There is only so much I can take, but this, which revels in utterly boring and asinine plot elements and can't even keep its own stupid story straight, just goes beyond any kind of tolerance. It's boring, really boring, and can't even hold your interest for ten minutes with how poor the pacing is and how much time the movie wastes simply trying to hit its desired full length film runtime. Absolute swill.

Shark Night 3D - 3.25/5

A pretty stupid horror movie, but not without its charms. I like how energetic this is, and how seriously it takes itself, with very little 'whoo, let's party' frat boy moments at all. There is very little plausible about this, and at times I wish it even went further in the over the top goofiness, but Shark Night is fun for a beer and chips night with the guys.

Midnight Cowboy - 5/5

An excellent film, which chronicles a sort of 'loss of innocence,' as well as a huge culture shock as a male prostitute moves from Texas to New York City hoping to find opportunity and glory. He can't hack it, and his naivete gets him into dire straits really fast. Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman make a really memorable pair as the leads, and the film just does an excellent job at portraying their desperation and plight. It talks a lot about opportunity and how it's a two-way street. The world isn't fair, and it is a cruel place, and Midnight Cowboy shows that, very well in fact. The jarring and spastic nature of the first act quickly turns into a sort of dreary, slow trudge, mirroring the characters' worsening situations. I found this film affecting, tragic in its cynical way, and realistic - a humbling experience.
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 4:45 pm 
 

That's funny, I just watched Midnight Cowboy two nights ago and enjoyed it, but I'm not sure how much. Seeing Jon Voigts character going from wide eyed optimism to despair was crushing.
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 4:53 pm 
 

The first half hour or so I had no idea what to think, but then when I got to the end I thought it was very, very well done. Some of the best directing I've ever seen too, just crazy at times. Like an emotional journey more than a mechanical experience, ya know.
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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 12:40 am 
 

He Died with a Felafel in His Hand: A series of darkly funny and slightly absurd vignettes concerning loneliness and human nature. Extremely Australian and fairly enjoyable. It doesn't exactly have a plot, per say as much as it chronicles a few different nights in a man's life.
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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 11:11 am 
 

Empyreal wrote:
The Ring 2 - 0.5/5

Just total shit. There is only so much I can take, but this, which revels in utterly boring and asinine plot elements and can't even keep its own stupid story straight, just goes beyond any kind of tolerance. It's boring, really boring, and can't even hold your interest for ten minutes with how poor the pacing is and how much time the movie wastes simply trying to hit its desired full length film runtime. Absolute swill.


You know, I did like The Ring a lot when it came out, even if it's true that it opened the doors for some pretty awful things. Yeah not really a great movie, but like you said it had nice atmosphere going for it. Ring 2 was so bad though. That ending is the best/worst part of it. All the evil girl wanted was a hug! Happy ending!

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