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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:23 am 
 

I watched the original German Funny Games again today for the one millionth time.
While I think that it's a fantastic movie, it's a little long for what it is.

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When Georg the little boy gets shot, I think they should've wrapped up the movie from that point, I understand that they put the mobile phone in the water and have no contact with anyone but for fucks sakes, why didn't the mother leave the house earlier for help after all of this?So she's helping her husband after his broken leg, sure but her son's brains were just painted on the walls, go find help you dumb bitch!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:20 pm 
 

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Personally, I really detested Our Town and thought the ironicist remake (American Beauty) was much better, although much like Salinger, it still reeked of mile-wide-inch-deep blame casting.

Meh, I find American Beauty pretty overrated. The entire film rests on a handful of fairly transparent plot twists which are all pelted at the viewer in rapid succession in the last five minutes. I'm perfectly fine with twists (hell, Dogville has a fucking whopper at the end), but using an entire two hour movie as nothing but a prop for a bunch of last minute twists is fucking lame; it'd be better just to relegate something like that to short form. Anyway, I always found it kinda funny that a movie that asks its very audience to "look closer" comes off so trite and shallow on deeper inspection.

Don't get me wrong, it's not a total wash or anything. Outside of the terrible Mena Suvari, the acting is great and the photography was groundbreaking for the time. It's just a shame the script (the bit that gets hailed the most) was so thoroughly uninspired.

Also, it's because of American Beauty that we now have the atrocity that is True Blood :puke:

I actually like American Beauty quite a bit. I've seen it numerous times over the years, and I agree that the plot twists are probably the least interesting part of the whole thing. I disagree that the entire film rests on the twists; honestly, I wonder if it would have been a better film if it had just revealed right from the beginning who killed Kevin Spacey's character and why - and come up with a more dramatically satisfying killer. Obviously the movie's main themes are about overcoming the apathy and routine and materialism of American suburban culture and rediscovering joy and passion in life, even if it means becoming a social outcast - the photographer kid is portrayed as being an "untouchable" at school and a drug dealer out of school, but at the same time he is able to find real joy and satisfaction in his life while so many others can't. As you said, the photography very much supports Kevin Spacey's rediscovery of wonder in the world - of course the infamous "naked in rose petals" shots represent his passion, but there are plenty of other, similar bits too.

Mena Suvari's acting was actually fine I thought, considering her character was basically supposed to be acting anyway, in pretending that she had all this sexual experience when really she had zero. I'm not sure if you counted her lying as a part of the twists at the end, but that one at least made a lot of sense and was handled reasonably - Kevin Spacey realized that he'd built her up in his mind to represent something that she actually wasn't, and he was mature enough to back away from the fantasy at the end.

Anyway I really like the movie, but I agree the ending twists kind of overshadow the main point a bit - it definitely could have stood on its own feet without them, and probably would have been a better, subtler film.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:28 pm 
 

I haven't seen American Beauty in a few years, but I really think the directing and cinematography are first rate. Even though it's been so long, I remember a lot of very vivid, gorgeously done shots and I just really enjoy how artful and engaging it all is. Really, really good lighting, too - I'm no expert on any of this, but AB is just a feast for the eyes.

I basically agree with FSM on the film's content too - perhaps it's a little obvious, in a Fight Club-esque way, about its themes, but I think it has its place and works pretty well at what it's doing, a critique on the materialistic and shallow nature of suburban 1990s life. The twists make it a little less subtle and artful storywise, but not too much I don't think, and I still like them. The characters are all good and I actually really like Spacey's character in it. Damn, he had a lot of awesome roles in the 90s.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:34 pm 
 

There's nothing necessarily wrong with being unsubtle about your themes - after all, the character himself knows what the "theme" is, because it's essentially about personal growth that he's consciously trying to achieve.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:25 am 
 

Here are some observations I made on my Facebook about the piddling box office performance on The Lone Ranger. For backstory, the movie cost $250 million and it has so far failed to make $50 million at the American box office. Worldwide it's only made $73 million.

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The Lone Ranger is going to bomb so astronomically fucking hard that Disney will be begging Taylor Kitsch to headline another movie for them.

The two big factors I've seen in terms of its terrible box office performance have been the general audience for it being quite old, with 58% of its audience being over 35 and 24% over 50, and it opening the same week as Despicable Me 2, which has already made nearly $300 million worldwide. That movie is sucking up all the families and younger portions of the movie-going audience that might have gone to see The Lone Ranger, plus in this day and age you also hafta take into account the rapid word-of-mouth about the film being pretty terrible as well (it's got a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes at the moment).

Also, and this is just my own personal observation, I think American audiences are starting to get a bit tired of Johnny Depp. The Rum Diary being a bust and the most recent Pirates movie, Alice in Wonderland, and Dark Shadows all being critical bombs, as well as just general overexposure in the past decade, have made quite a few people pretty annoyed by Depp and his constant "out there" role decisions. He's nowhere near box office poison (yet), but Lone Ranger's unquestionable failure both financially and critically could spell some dark times ahead for him.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:39 am 
 

Should be really interesting to see how next weekend is, considering how the one of the biggest movies of the summer, at least to me, opens(Pacific Rim). I hope Grown Ups 2 flops so bad as I can't stand any of the cast.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:47 pm 
 

Nine Miles Down-Sent to a remote outpost in the desert to discover the cause of communications failure with the site, a security worker discovers the workers there uncovered the literal location of Hell beneath their feet and try to work through the continuous onslaught of hallucinations to get away alive. This here turned out to be quite an enjoyable and creepy effort even though there's some flaws to be had here. The continuous notion of everything being a dream or hallucination gets old incredibly fast because it's hard to sustain any kind of fear or suspense with just two people the entire time and nobody else during the movie, which leaves this one as a never-ending series of visions and creepy scenes that won't affect the well-being of those around because nothing has to happen to them until the end. That, in the end, really robs the film of a lot of potentially intriguing methods to generate some suspense throughout because everything that's happening can't harm the leads so they must make it all the way through, so the forced constraint in the story doesn't really allow this one to stretch as far as it could. That said, when it relies on the creepy images and chilling story idea, this is quite solid and really has a lot going for it to be able to throw as many striking images as possible here, with all the horrific demons, personal torment and just plain crazy ideas thrown in here that make for a really enjoyable time. If it would've been able to fix that one area in the story, this could've been so much more.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:37 pm 
 

Die Hard 5 - It's been a few years since I've seen the previous entry (you know, the one that "pussied out" and went for a PG-13 rating), but I remember part 4 being much better than this one. Part 5 just felt like one extended chase scene, and I quickly got bored of watching vehicles get smashed.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:20 pm 
 

Curse of Chucky trailer out. It looks like a true return to form with the Chucky franchise as seen in the original three movies. Quite stoked for this seeing as most horror movies today seem to be either terrible possession films or bad classic horror movie remakes. Now if they could only make a good Nightmare on Elm St movie again...
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:26 pm 
 

That trailer is terrible as shit
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:01 pm 
 

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That trailer is terrible as shit

^This. I really don't know how anyone could be excited let alone interested in something so clearly mediocre. It'll will do nothing to restore the franchise but will be the final nail in coffin to a series that's been dead since it's sequel.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:03 pm 
 

ChineseDownhill wrote:
Die Hard 5 - It's been a few years since I've seen the previous entry (you know, the one that "pussied out" and went for a PG-13 rating), but I remember part 4 being much better than this one. Part 5 just felt like one extended chase scene, and I quickly got bored of watching vehicles get smashed.


I actually liked the fourth one. It actually felt like an entire movie to me. The fifth gave me more of a tv show episode vibe. There was little character development and I felt like I was watching an episode of Hawaii Five-O or 24 or something like that.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:44 pm 
 

Die Hard 4.0 wasn't amazing, but it was a fun action flick. I never get people who don't like it but like the other three.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:44 am 
 

In my opinion, 1 and 3 were the only good ones and easily the most quotable. 4.0 wasn't terrible but it was a largely forgettable action thriller, plus they threw out the every man aspect that made the first movies so suspenseful, and Bruce Willis' one liners and dialogue felt incredibly forced like regurgitated Clint Eastwood quotes. I don't know why anyone would watch the 5th, by all accounts it's meant to be so far removed from the series that it should have called it something different.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:59 am 
 

volutetheswarth wrote:
Necroticism174 wrote:
That trailer is terrible as shit

^This. I really don't know how anyone could be excited let alone interested in something so clearly mediocre. It'll will do nothing to restore the franchise but will be the final nail in coffin to a series that's been dead since it's sequel.


There's no restoring the franchise, but even though it will probably be mediocre, Dourif's Chucky is a guilty pleasure for me. I'll check it out.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:07 pm 
 

It will be a cool movie to see. For a direct to video release it looks pretty good and the fact that it's going to be more serious then the last two films gives me a lot of hope.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:40 pm 
 

I just hope that Chucky in this isn't CGI. That will completely kill any interest I have in watching the movie. He looked like an animatronic from the trailer, so there's at least hope that they did it the proper way.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:43 pm 
 

Watched Gangster Squad last night and while it was no pinnacle of film making it definitely delivered on the brawler/knock down drag out action which I'm a big fan of... tired of all the slick looking kung fu action sequences that seem to prevail these days and GS was a welcome change. Also, I fucking hate Sean Penn so him being cast as the villain was perfect.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:10 am 
 

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Meh, I find American Beauty pretty overrated. The entire film rests on a handful of fairly transparent plot twists which are all pelted at the viewer in rapid succession in the last five minutes. I'm perfectly fine with twists (hell, Dogville has a fucking whopper at the end), but using an entire two hour movie as nothing but a prop for a bunch of last minute twists is fucking lame; it'd be better just to relegate something like that to short form. Anyway, I always found it kinda funny that a movie that asks its very audience to "look closer" comes off so trite and shallow on deeper inspection.

Don't get me wrong, it's not a total wash or anything. Outside of the terrible Mena Suvari, the acting is great and the photography was groundbreaking for the time. It's just a shame the script (the bit that gets hailed the most) was so thoroughly uninspired.

Also, it's because of American Beauty that we now have the atrocity that is True Blood :puke:

I actually like American Beauty quite a bit. I've seen it numerous times over the years, and I agree that the plot twists are probably the least interesting part of the whole thing. I disagree that the entire film rests on the twists; honestly, I wonder if it would have been a better film if it had just revealed right from the beginning who killed Kevin Spacey's character and why - and come up with a more dramatically satisfying killer. Obviously the movie's main themes are about overcoming the apathy and routine and materialism of American suburban culture and rediscovering joy and passion in life, even if it means becoming a social outcast - the photographer kid is portrayed as being an "untouchable" at school and a drug dealer out of school, but at the same time he is able to find real joy and satisfaction in his life while so many others can't. As you said, the photography very much supports Kevin Spacey's rediscovery of wonder in the world - of course the infamous "naked in rose petals" shots represent his passion, but there are plenty of other, similar bits too.

Mena Suvari's acting was actually fine I thought, considering her character was basically supposed to be acting anyway, in pretending that she had all this sexual experience when really she had zero. I'm not sure if you counted her lying as a part of the twists at the end, but that one at least made a lot of sense and was handled reasonably - Kevin Spacey realized that he'd built her up in his mind to represent something that she actually wasn't, and he was mature enough to back away from the fantasy at the end.

Anyway I really like the movie, but I agree the ending twists kind of overshadow the main point a bit - it definitely could have stood on its own feet without them, and probably would have been a better, subtler film.

You know, on further reflection, I honestly remember only the plot twists and how contrived they felt. I'm not even sure I remember Suvari's individual performance in the film and am instead just filling in the cracks in my memory with her more recent (dreadful) performances (except for her role in former Bathory drummer Jonas Akerlund's film SPUN--she was quite good there). I'll have to check it out again, perhaps pausing before the last five minutes to let the earlier part soak in. Although the image of Kevin Spacey jacking off in the shower isn't really one I'm itching to revisit soo... WELL, would you look at that; I DID remember something that wasn't just part of the last five minutes after all!

Oh hey, my roommate and I are totally watching Gor in the next two or three days. The trailer alone blew his fucking mind. We may even round up some mates to partake.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:58 pm 
 

Jamie Foxx as Electro in the upcoming Spider-Man movie? Paul Giamatti as Rhino? Chris Cooper as Norman Osborne who'll almost eventually become The Green Goblin? Please don't ruin my childhood, Columbia.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:47 pm 
 

Wait, what? Are you trolling? Paul Giamatti as Rhino? Is Rick Moranis coming out of retirement to play Kingpin?
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Wait, what? Are you trolling? Paul Giamatti as Rhino? Is Rick Moranis coming out of retirement to play Kingpin?

Holy shit I'm busting a gut. :lol:

For real though: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Amazing_Spider-Man_2
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The first one was amazing, so I'm not inclined to be too picky about this until I see some evidence it won't be good. I think it has potential to be awesome even with the gamut of actors.
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Yeah, I actually did like it more than any of the Sam Raimi ones. I thought the first of those was pretty hammy/bad, the second was decent, and the third was just bloated, over-indulgent and just pales in comparison to something like The Avengers. However, the new Spidey reboot was pretty neat, and those actors are all solid, if horribly miscast, so it could be good.
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I remember even when I was 13 and the first Raimi one came out, I didn't think it was all that great. I grew up on Spider-Man comics and the newest movie is the one that really hits on what I liked about the character growing up. The Raimi ones were, eh, okay I guess, but just didn't have the level of intensity (or emotional connection for that matter) I wanted, and I never thought Tobey Maguire was any good. The third one was awful, but I never really cared much because I didn't love the first two anyway.

The Hitcher (2007) - 0/5

Awful, just awful. After re-watching the original a few days after this one, I really just don't know how I could give the remake any points at all. It's a piece of shit. Sean Bean trying to imitate Rutger Hauer is the best thing about this, and he doesn't even do all that good of a job in the face of the appalling script - by the end he mostly just mutters his lines like a zombie. Pretty much any tension in the original is ruined here. The story is the same, but in their minor attempts to change things the filmmakers destroy any kind of fear or suspense. Like most horror remakes it's filled with swearing and overly grotesque scenes that leave nothing to the imagination. I wish I could go back in time and stop this from existing.

Tamara - 1.5/5

A silly movie without any real adult themes or ideas...just childish fantasizing, over the top special effects and a plot with a distinct lack of intelligence or sense being made. Not really worth serious thought at all.

Lost Highway - 4.25/5

David Lynch's 1997 film is a trippy, artful venture into noir country with a really terrifying moment in the first act that the movie never quite tops. It's all good, but I like the Bill Pullman parts better than the parts with that other guy - at those parts it becomes a little too much like Blue Velvet. The film as a whole is more artistic and idiosyncratic than BV though, and everything is shrouded in mystery. Lynch's traditional style of stark, oddly lit scenes with dirge-like scores over top is as terrifying as ever, and the fun is in trying to figure out what everything means - putting the pieces together at the end, especially. But trying too hard to dissect the meanings of this is futile. I like Lost Highway because it's an emotional experience that flows like an ocean, relying on the feelings created by scenes and dialogue rather than a mechanical 'point A to point B' approach to screenwriting. It's a cool flick and I hope to see it again sometime and really see things I missed this time.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 7:19 pm 
 

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The Hitcher (2007) - 0/5
If you thought that was bad, make sure you don't see Hitcher 2 with Jake Busey as John Ryder's replacement, I'd imagine that would get a negative 5 rating.

Good to see the top rating for Lost Highway, that's easily my favourite film of his. To pick away at it would be futile as it's intended to be unexplainable, just like the reason most of our dreams don't form a perfect story or characters or buildings that are sometimes featured shouldn't belong there for obvious reasons. Sure the shifting to another body can be a little jarring but it grows on you quickly and it's a natural progression, all the strange quirks build up, they're not scattered all over the place like some of his other films. It's just unfortunate that he hasn't done anything as good or as interesting.

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I did see The Hitcher 2, before the remake. Was crap, but not as crap as the remake. I reviewed both on my blog if you're interested.

And yeah, it was very dreamlike and surreal for sure. I like also how he takes this sort of noir framework of sullen, mysterious women in long flowing dresses getting mixed up with horrible abusive men, and turns it into such bizarre stories. I thought Mulholland Dr was way better though - that one is just an insurmountable work of art for me.
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I like also how he takes this sort of noir framework of sullen, mysterious women in long flowing dresses getting mixed up with horrible abusive men, and turns it into such bizarre stories.

Exactly. Such a tired and over done framework but he gives new life to it. In the hands of a different director and it would have come across as squandered and unremarkable as The Black Dahlia.

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The Mystery Man freaked the fuck out of me back when I first saw the movie as a kid. Actually I'm lying, I first saw it when I was like 23. Still freaked the fuck out of me.
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Tamara - 1.5/5

A silly movie without any real adult themes or ideas...just childish fantasizing, over the top special effects and a plot with a distinct lack of intelligence or sense being made. Not really worth serious thought at all.



That's about as accurate as summation of this movie as one could possibly give. It's not horrible, it's not great, and it's not even that good. It's just a movie, planted firmly in the seat of adequacy and good if you want to kill 90 minutes with no deep thought necessary for viewing. The effects were pretty good though, if, as you said, over the top.

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Nah, it was pretty horrible. I just gave it that score in relation to the Hitcher remake really. It's about on the Idle Hands level of worthlessness.

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they get home and Pullman sees a shadow in the window is just insane...then it gets followed up with that freaky as fuck dream for a few seconds followed by her turning over with that fucking face - god damn that was good. So, so much scarier than most horror flicks.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:57 pm 
 

I didn't think Tamara was complete shit. There's much worse to be found in the realm of teen slasher flicks than that movie. It's not something I'd ever really watch again, but for the time it was on I wasn't cursing the day I became a bigger movie fan.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:55 am 
 

Pacific Rim 8.5 out of 10.

Yes, this movie is simple in it's story and it has flaws.......but I don't give a shit. This movie made me feel like a 10 year old watching a brand new Godzilla film. The monster designes are truly unique, amazing and alien, yet still familiar. The giant robots are unique yet somehow not completly unrealistic, although some moments are just beyond believable, but fuck it it's a giant robot. Acting ranges from pretty good to OK, some actors are one note, but I forgive it because they clearly know what movie their in and are just having fun. Other's are doing a better job and trying to make it more. And then theirs Ron Fucking Pearlman, who just steals the show and is just hilarious.

See this movie, it's been projected that it might struggle at the box office, which is truly sad. It's orriginal, it's going off old and less used items like giant monsters and anime/manga, it's soul goal it is to entertain, and it succeeds. This is a promised fun time.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:04 am 
 

Once again I'm pleasantly surprised by the amount of low budget horror you guys watch. Earlier I asked if anyone had seen American Mary and I got an answer within the hour, and now I find out there are actually two other people who have seen Tamara?! Wow!

For the record, I fall into the camp that feels that while Tamara isn't great, it's substantially less terrible than a lot of similar movies. In many slashers I don't care about any of the characters one way or the other, but in Tamara I truly hated the two main high school douchebag guys. So the fact that I was on board with at least part of Mrs. Channing Tatum's revenge plan kept me emotionally invested. I also liked that the methods of revenge were usually tailored to the specific victim.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 3:04 pm 
 

Watching 'Life and Death of a Porno Band'. I liked 'A Serbian Film', so I hope this one will like me too.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 3:52 pm 
 

Aurone wrote:
Pacific Rim 8.5 out of 10.

Yes, this movie is simple in it's story and it has flaws.......but I don't give a shit. This movie made me feel like a 10 year old watching a brand new Godzilla film. The monster designes are truly unique, amazing and alien, yet still familiar. The giant robots are unique yet somehow not completly unrealistic, although some moments are just beyond believable, but fuck it it's a giant robot. Acting ranges from pretty good to OK, some actors are one note, but I forgive it because they clearly know what movie their in and are just having fun. Other's are doing a better job and trying to make it more. And then theirs Ron Fucking Pearlman, who just steals the show and is just hilarious.

See this movie, it's been projected that it might struggle at the box office, which is truly sad. It's orriginal, it's going off old and less used items like giant monsters and anime/manga, it's soul goal it is to entertain, and it succeeds. This is a promised fun time.

Just saw this last night, it was fun as hell. Tons of shlocky fun action, great spectacle, yet it is not at all in the same league as those shitty Michael Bay Transformers movies. It actually has good characters and good writing. The monster designs were indeed awesome, as expected from acclaimed sci-fi/fantasy artist Wayne Barlowe. I've been a big fan of his for nearly 20 years now.
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Pacific Rim - 4.5/5

Just a movie that gets it done right. The action scenes are the best all year - big and addictive, with great, inventive designs and a splash of vivid, intense color to make everything even more surreal and over the top. The writing is very good and just gives you the bare essentials of a good story...guy called back to a dangerous mission he once gave up, girl with a tragic past facing her demons - these things should be cliche by now, but Pacific Rim plays it so earnestly and without any kind of pretension. There are some really good humorous moments too, far better than the sophomoric nonsense of most movies like this. Everything about this is fast paced and grandiose. There's nothing you haven't seen before except a surprising amount of quality, plus the superb visuals. The music is dramatic, the action scenes will shake your bones and the whole thing is like being caught up in a hurricane. But unlike a lot of newer films, director Guillermo del Toro does not make this simply into a big roller coaster ride - it feels like a real movie, with excellent cinematography and great pacing. So many blockbusters now eschew those elements for a sense of forward-momentum, not really stopping to let the audience appreciate the craftwork of how the film was made and the story written. Pacific Rim does not fall into those sins and doubly delivers the most enjoyable action movie of the year. From del Toro especially, this is the kind of quality we've been missing in his work for years. It's not as erudite as Pan's Labyrinth, but it's equally good in other ways. At two hours and 20 minutes I still felt this was too short. Go see it; essential.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:19 pm 
 

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:56 pm 
 

How "del Toro-y" is Pacific Rim in style and execution? I've hated everything del Toro has ever made (especially Pan's Labyrinth and especially THE SPINE OF THE DEVIL, which I would rate something like a 0.5/10 and 0/10, respectively), but the trailers so far have shown Pacific Rim to be more of the retarded Emmerich/Berg/Sommers variety of action movie (replete with Crispin's Day speeches, trailer-ready one liners and shoehorned love-interests with about as much chemistry as homeopathy) which I can passively enjoy, rather than the glacially paced, pseudo-intellectual Michael-Bay-in-Ingmar-Bergman's-clothing del Toro is known and (depressingly) loved for, which I enjoy about as much as a Glenn Beck in a full spread for Playgirl.

Can anyone confirm or deny the style change?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:28 am 
 

Finally got around to checking out V/H/S last night with my wife. Not as bad as I expected it to be, honestly. As much as I hate the whole "lets carry a camera around and shake the shit out of everything until the viewer gets dizzy" bullshit that they are doing these days, it was all together a decent film. Not amazing or brilliant but most definitely decent. To me, it was sort of one of those old Tales From The Creep type shows except it wasn't six different stories, just stories all intertwined together.

Overall rating - 6.5/10

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