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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:17 am 
 

Just watched Threads- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090163/
Not much of a movie watcher but I find cold war, nuclear theory etc. very interesting. This really brought it home- all the talk about casualties etc. are little substitute for something that is so close to the real thing. Builds tension and as soon as the bombs hit, it really gets relentlessly bleak. There's a few million devastating scenes, and it's remarkably accurate from what I can tell.. All in all can't really recommend it highly enough. Crazy to think that in the cold war this scenario happening was a possibility, and that a possibility of it remains even now.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:50 am 
 

pretty sure it has been mentioned-
'the Holy Mountain'... you know, all i can really say is; life changing as all hell. no idea where to really start, yet the whole, 70's feel-to-fade of it is so haunting. eat acid (preferred not to, really) sit back and watch everything you ever knew just take a beautiful shit inside of your mind.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:07 am 
 

Saw a few movies.

Stand-Up Guys: This was not nearly as bad as I expected considering I loathe oldpeoplesploitation (which is weirdly prevalent these days for some reason.) It's got some very solid acting, is worth a few chuckles here and there, and has an ending that both feels like a cop out and the only thing that would have really worked. The tone isn't very heavy considering the subject matter and it makes for some decent, if not wholly memorable, late night viewing if you're a fan of the actors involved.

Devil in a Blue Dress: Denzel Washington is one of my favourite actors ever and film noir one of my favourite genres, so it was inevitable that I would see this at some point. It unfolds at a perfect pace, with loads of that good old noir foreshadowing. Don Cheadle is even in it and steals every scene. It's set in the 40's and they did a great job evoking the era with everything like the look, music, costumes, and racial tensions (which play a huge part in the film).Definitely worth a watch.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:14 am 
 

Oh, and also saw The Conversation. Excellent movie about a surveillance expert (brilliantly played by Gene Hackman) that's even more relevant today than when it was released. Very much an incredibly personal movie about this paranoid, repressed man, it focuses solely on Hackman, masterfully building tension while giving us insight into the character, bit by bit. It ended up being way more insanely bleak than I expected, but that's a large part of the appeal, as is the director giving us all the information to piece things together except one thing you can't quite put your finger on...
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:23 am 
 

Captain Phillips: I watched this last night for lack of something better to watch. I thought it was pretty good. Good, not as an original movie, but it kept me engaged throughout the movie. It was kinda predictable but which hostage-movie isn't? If only Steven Seagal was there to make this movie cheesy) But I digress, this had some solid acting performances, especially Barkhad Abdi who played the Somali pirate called Muse. I understand why this movie got snubbed by the Oscars because it didn't really offer something new, but this is a good movie for what it's worth.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:23 pm 
 

Berberian Sound Studio: Boring, goes nowhere, don't watch it. That's all that needs to be said.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:58 pm 
 

Necroticism174 wrote:
Oh, and also saw The Conversation. Excellent movie about a surveillance expert (brilliantly played by Gene Hackman) that's even more relevant today than when it was released. Very much an incredibly personal movie about this paranoid, repressed man, it focuses solely on Hackman, masterfully building tension while giving us insight into the character, bit by bit. It ended up being way more insanely bleak than I expected, but that's a large part of the appeal, as is the director giving us all the information to piece things together except one thing you can't quite put your finger on...

Yeah, The Conversation is a classic. It's definitely fascinating how much more relevant it's become, too; no matter how good your surveillance techniques are, no matter how well-meaning the people doing the surveillance, the fact is that if you're monitoring private conversations between people who know each other well, there's going to be tons and tons of subtext that just goes way over your head. It's all too easy to jump to conclusions based on insufficient info.

I hate to say it but this is one movie I wouldn't mind seeing remade and updated for the modern day, assuming they could get a good enough cast & crew behind it. The methods of surveillance have just changed so much since The Conversation was filmed that it would create an almost entirely different feel to the movie, would be interesting to see. Hackman's character would probably be sitting in an office somewhere miles from the people he's monitoring, checking through pages of text-based correspondence. He'd probably be much more involved in their daily lives, sifting through so much mundane correspondence in search of whatever the client is looking for, but also weirdly detached, as unlike in the original movie he's never seen or heard these people in person.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:06 pm 
 

Hmm, sounds interesting. Very pretentious, just the way I like them. Don't think I've even heard of it before. Is it anything like The Lives of Others?

Actually that reminds me, I've been meaning to ask: Anyone here know any good films that, like The Lives of Others, are set in Soviet-era Europe/Eastern Europe, or Soviet-era Russia/China? Preferably from the Cold War era on, though any decade in there would do. I'd really like to check out more films that deal directly with that type of totalitarian reality but hardly any references come to mind. Anyone got any good ones?

The films of Zhang Yimou come to mind, I guess, but so much of his stuff has to do with rural/peasant life, not really with the police state at all.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:28 pm 
 

I re watched Nebraska (bought it on Blu ray recently), it's one of my personal favorite films from last year, it's such a shame, it didn't get any Oscars wins but that's fine, I love Alexander Payne films (Election and About Schmidt are my favorite from him)

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:37 pm 
 

I'm sure if it's exactly what you're after but The Way Back (2010) is set during the Soviet era and touches upon the Russian side of world war 2. It's a good film but of course not without it's faults, but it's just a notch under Rescue Dawn in terms of inspiring escaping/survivalist movies.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 1:46 am 
 

Finally saw The Wolf of Wall Street and damn, one hell of a movie. I really like how it does social commentary/satire without shamelessly shoving the message down your throat. It's interesting how they portray an obvious bad guy in a way that makes you almost empathize with him. I like the way it shows the gradual corruption of a man. It's three hours long, but I honestly wouldn't mind if it had been longer. That quaaludes scene was probably the funniest thing I've seen all year. Good shit through and through.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:51 pm 
 

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!!!!
EVERYTHING IS COOL WHEN YOU'RE PART OF A TEAM!!!!

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 1:30 pm 
 

Nochielo wrote:
EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!!!!
EVERYTHING IS COOL WHEN YOU'RE PART OF A TEAM!!!!

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I saw the Lego movie a couple days ago, and it's all I've been able to say since then

Dude, that's my jam!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 1:39 pm 
 

^ You spoiler-d the wrong text. Shouldn't it be the other way 'round?

@dystopia4 - Loved the movie as I mentioned earlier and Jonah Hill kinda redeems himself after a (long) string of shitty comic roles.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 1:48 pm 
 

dystopia4 wrote:
Finally saw The Wolf of Wall Street and damn, one hell of a movie. I really like how it does social commentary/satire without shamelessly shoving the message down your throat. It's interesting how they portray an obvious bad guy in a way that makes you almost empathize with him. I like the way it shows the gradual corruption of a man. It's three hours long, but I honestly wouldn't mind if it had been longer. That quaaludes scene was probably the funniest thing I've seen all year. Good shit through and through.


After watching Wolf, I felt like Dicaprio needs to go to back to Baz Luhrman and say "Now *this* is how you actually make a movie satirizing/commenting on the excesses of the upper class, dumbass."
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:05 pm 
 

Luhrman didn't really have much to work with though. The Great Gatsby as a book stinks, so any subsequent adaptations of it are doomed to failure as well. The 70s version with Robert Redford is testament to that.
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Oh please, The Great Gatsby does not "stink."
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:49 pm 
 

What a beardscratcher.

Anyone seen the movie 'Boy'? It's a beautiful comedy-drama from New Zealand. Quickly became one of my favourite movies I've had the pleasure of seeing.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:51 pm 
 

Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy was a significant improvement over the plodding, lazily paced mess that was Chan-wook Park's obscenely overrated original. It still wasn't great, but it was probably about as good as the original film's ridiculously convoluted (and psychologically inaccurate) premise would allow. Was great to see the shitty framed narrative and retarded camera tricks (a hallmark of Park's overblown, self-indulgent directing style) get chopped off entirely, too. Definitely worth your time.
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darkeningday wrote:
Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy was a significant improvement over the plodding, lazily paced mess that was Chan-wook Park's obscenely overrated original. It still wasn't great, but it was probably about as good as the original film's ridiculously convoluted (and psychologically inaccurate) premise would allow. Was great to see the shitty framed narrative and retarded camera tricks (a hallmark of Park's overblown, self-indulgent directing style) get chopped off entirely, too. Definitely worth your time.

Oh my god, THANK YOU. That's exactly my opinion on Oldboy, though you put it better than I could. Fucking hell that movie sucks. I mean, I'm not going to watch the remake, but at least SOMEONE agrees with me. Why everyone and their mothers loves it, I will never come close to understanding.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:06 pm 
 

Hooray! Glad to see I'm not getting gang-lynched over this here like I probably would on IMDB.

You might actually get a kick out of it, Necro. Spike Lee reinvents the film as a reverse-Blaxploitation film, and it does wonders for it. Super unpretentious and grounded. Not to mention it's like an hour shorter than the original, has absolutely uncompromisingly brutal violence (far, far surpassing that of Park's original) and Lizzie Olsen's impressive set of... well, you know.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:18 pm 
 

"Tracts of land", they're called.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:14 pm 
 

darkeningday wrote:
Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy was a significant improvement over the plodding, lazily paced mess that was Chan-wook Park's obscenely overrated original. It still wasn't great, but it was probably about as good as the original film's ridiculously convoluted (and psychologically inaccurate) premise would allow. Was great to see the shitty framed narrative and retarded camera tricks (a hallmark of Park's overblown, self-indulgent directing style) get chopped off entirely, too. Definitely worth your time.

Fair criticisms I think, it does require a rather active effort to ignore it's implausibility. I did like the ending though and that fight scene in the hallway is absolutely awesome.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:30 pm 
 

I wasn't a big fan of the ending (of either version, really), but I'll readily admit that the hallway scene was pretty much amazing. Spike Lee didn't improve on it, but I do think he did it justice. I think the original's hallway scene still holds up as the better, though, if only because it was so unexpected.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:56 pm 
 

I remember thinking the original Oldboy was stupidly contrived and just awful, though now I can't even recall what the hell happened in it. Had no idea it had gotten a Spike Lee remake. Weird.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:59 pm 
 

Spike Lee is kind of a tard too, so it's surprising that he made something worthwile.
I'm just dropping by to say that I hate Gina Carrano and I hope her movie career keeps flopping and never gets off the ground.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:00 pm 
 

I didn't hate the Oldboy remake the way many of those IMDB people did, nor did I hate the original the way some people here did. I'd recommend either movie to anybody in the mood for a mystery / thriller, as long as you don't mind something a little twisted.

I'm actually trying to decide if I should watch the other movies in the Park "Vengeance Trilogy." My cable company put those under the free movie section within the past month or so; hopefully they're the subtitled versions because I can't stand dubbing. There's also another Korean movie I've heard good things about called I Saw the Devil. Anybody seen that?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:17 pm 
 

I haven't seen I Saw the Devil yet but I've heard good things.

The other two Vengeance movies aren't as good as Oldboy, I don't think. They're still enjoyable but they just don't feel as organic as Oldboy does. I also like Park Chan-Wook's Thirst and I'm a Cyborg but That's OK. I thought Stoker was decent, as well.
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Just watched Don Jon, cool little movie with good criticisms about sex in our society. JLG is solid and Scarlett Johansson is able as a total bitch! Julianne Moore is pretty good too as usual. Nothing ground breaking but it was well done.

Concerning Oldboy, I thought the original was decent but definitely overrated, I have no interest in watching the remake even if I like Brolin.
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Oldboy is implausible, sure, but it feels so romantic in how grandiose and bizarre it is - it's a huge, expressive film and I think it's awesome. It's got a sort of Shakespearean sweep to the drama that, while kind of archaic and weird by today's standards, is just so engaging. Plus the action is fucking awesome as mentioned.

I Saw the Devil is alright. It's violent as hell, and interesting for sure, but - and take this as someone who just said he loves the implausibility and over-the-top plot of Oldboy - the plot is ludicrous. If you hated that aspect of Oldboy, I Saw the Devil is way worse in that regard.
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Ah, that's unfortunate. I was planning on watching that. It looked much better than Oldboy. I suppose I'll watch The Good, the Bad, and the Weird instead. Been trying to get into more foreign cinema. Has anyone seen Tarr Bela's Damnation? That looks brilliant.
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I've been meaning to check out Bela Tarr's stuff but for whatever reason never get around to it. Probably has something to do with the fact that all his movies look to be psychologically desolating and a minimum of 2.5 hours long. I guess it's more the running time than anything.
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Yeah, that's pretty much the reason I was asking haha. Gotta be sure before making such an investment!
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Bela Tarr is great and all, but you can just watch Carl Theodor Dreyer movies instead, because that's all he really wants to be.
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ChineseDownhill wrote:
hopefully they're the subtitled versions because I can't stand dubbing.
You and me both. Be it French, Chinese or Russian, when they're dubbed I find them totally unwatchable. The voice actors they usually get give it a 'totally bogus' cartoon/anime feeling that just seems unnatural and at times laughable. Reading a few words at the bottom of the screen is hardly a chore.

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Dubbing is only acceptable in Godzilla or Jackie Chan films, both already having a campy charm.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:41 am 
 

I'm putting in a formal request for Empyreal to, if he hasn't done it yet, review All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. The movie is shot well enough (although whenever it's an outdoor day shot the auto white balance starts going crazy, especially during the climax), but Jesus Christ is the story shitty. In the first 15 minutes you already know who the killer is gonna be, and by the halfway mark, if that, you know what the ever so shocking plot twists are gonna be.
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1. I did that two weeks ago.
2. It's good actually, you missed the point. Definitely one of the better slashers out there today.

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Empyreal wrote:
1. I did that two weeks ago.
2. It's good actually, you missed the point. Definitely one of the better slashers out there today.

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i.e. you're supposed to know the killer. It's not really a twist actually. Like many classic horror films it's a slasher with a message - this one being about the shallow nature of high school students and the idealization of beauty to a ridiculous point.


I'll have to check it out. I love slashers, even the crappy ones.
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Yeah man, if you love slashers it's a solid one for sure. It's pretty much a modern take on the classic style. It doesn't do any shitty new gimmicks like torture garbage or shaky cams, so that's nice - sad that that's now a positive thing to mention, though.
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