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Postby Cosmo11 » Sun Jan 04, 2015 9:42 am

I saw the third Hobbit movie last week. The only parts I enjoyed were Smaug, Billy Connolly and a few scenes between Thorin and Bilbo. Outside of some very stupid moments, there isn't much else that stands out about it.

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Postby Blue Monday » Sun Jan 04, 2015 5:54 pm

Caught the phenomenal documentary Joy Division on TV last night: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joy_Division_(2007_film)

Easily the best movie I've seen on the band, in-fact I'd say it's the definitive. Get's into the nitty-gritty of the production on Unknown Pleasures, the setting of Manchester as an influence on the sound, and great insight into Ian Curtis' mindset throughout the short-lived lifespan of the act. Even from the music side of things it does a good job of running through plenty of tracks with accompanying visuals; 'Disorder', 'Transmission', 'Dead Souls', 'She's Lost Control, 'Shadowplay', et cetera.

Highly recommended for hardcore fans or people who may just want to look into Joy Division alike.

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Postby soul.assassin » Sun Jan 04, 2015 6:12 pm

View Original PostNuclear Lunchbox wrote:It wasn't a great movie, I think, but it was certainly a fun one to watch. One of those popcorn movies where you can just shut your brain off and have a fun time.


"10%", although that was since considered bunk. Anyway, it's a flip side to, say, The Lawnmower Man.

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Postby Merridian » Mon Jan 05, 2015 2:48 pm

Blue Monday - sooner or later I'll get around to finishing Drive. Might just have to order the BD or something.

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View Original Postmovieartman wrote:i kept hearing for a bit that Refn was going to direct a remake of maniac cop.
and apparently highly respected comic writer Ed Brubaker was to be the screenwriter.
This sounds incredible--almost too good to be true, even. Drive in particular reminded me of Brubaker's hardboiled comic work (Criminal of course), even though it wasn't made like a typical hardboiled crime film usually is. Either way, a Refn/Brubaker double team would be really, really cool to see.

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Postby Gendo'sPapa » Mon Jan 05, 2015 6:07 pm

Been watching all of Jacques Tati's filmography. The man did some great work early in his career but he sure never recovered after his masterpiece, Playtime

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Postby Oz » Mon Jan 05, 2015 6:30 pm

View Original PostGendo'sPapa wrote:Been watching all of Jacques Tati's filmography. The man did some great work early in his career but he sure never recovered after his masterpiece, Playtime

It is a real shame how Playtime ruined his career and life - although there really is no other film quite like Playtime and perhaps the disastrous production is the factor that turned it into such a unique masterpiece.
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Postby movieartman » Mon Jan 05, 2015 6:52 pm

View Original PostMerridian wrote:This sounds incredible--almost too good to be true, even. Drive in particular reminded me of Brubaker's hardboiled comic work (Criminal of course), even though it wasn't made like a typical hardboiled crime film usually is. Either way, a Refn/Brubaker double team would be really, really cool to see.

http://www.fangoria.com/new/excl-maniac-cop-ed-brubaker-nicolas-refn/

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Postby C.A.P. » Mon Jan 05, 2015 7:20 pm

Based on a tweet, I checked out BROKEN BLOSSOMS. This was the first D.W. Griffin film I saw all the way through, and I very much enjoyed his dramatic tensions throughout. The acting throughout was top rate, the atmosphere created by the backgrounds and shot competition was breathtaking, and even the story was emotionally invigorating all the way through. A high recommend from me.
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Postby IronEvangelion » Fri Jan 09, 2015 3:05 am

I recently bought a Blu-Ray set of the original Star Wars trilogy. These are actually my first Blu-Ray films, and I've got to say I'm impressed with the image clarity. A whole new world of exciting possibilities has opened up, such as counting the pockmarks on Han Solo's face. :lol:

It was almost like seeing the films for the first time again. I noticed tons of stuff that I had never seen before, such as flaws in the props or places where the painters had left brush strokes. I'll definitely switch to buying Blu-Rays from now on.
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Postby robersora » Fri Jan 09, 2015 5:45 am

View Original PostIronEvangelion wrote:It was almost like seeing the films for the first time again. I noticed tons of stuff that I had never seen before, such as flaws in the props or places where the painters had left brush strokes. I'll definitely switch to buying Blu-Rays from now on.


lol, wouldn't such apparent flaws not be jarring enough to diminish the fun-factor of the movie? (not for evageeks)
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Postby C.A.P. » Fri Jan 09, 2015 4:59 pm

Checked out Refn's ONLY GOD FORGIVES recently based on Merri's reaction to it. This one was a bit of a different experience than I'm usually used to; if I have to describe that experience in a statement, it would be "What happens when you go against God's grace at nighttime." The cinematography was phenomenal, the dialogue was brutish, the music was finger moving, and the down on its' luck story resulted in a psychological ride that was not pleasant, but still thoughtful enough for it to not be a waste of my time. Give it a shot, but be warned, it's not an active, out of body participation on your part.
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Postby Blue Monday » Sat Jan 10, 2015 11:20 pm

Saw Pleasantville on telly last night, which is the second time I've seen it I think. You know, I'm really quite fond of this movie. It's smartly directed with nice, heartfelt performances from Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels and William H Macy - and aside from all the blatant social commentary and musings on personal repression - subtextually it has a little bit in common with Evangelion's grand promulgation; in that by the end the kids have to choose between the idyllic safeness of Pleasantville or the uncertain future that awaits them in the real world. Nothing of the sort of a critical recommendation but it's definitely worth checking out if one gets the chance.

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Postby Gus Hanson » Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:41 pm

[s]Batman[/s] Suicide Squad: Assault on Arkham

Gotta be honest, I probably wouldn't have bought the last remaining copy of this movie at the local WalMart if it wasn't for seeing the sex scene between Deadshot and Harley Quinn on Youtube. That aside, it took me a while to get through the whole thing seeing how it's technically a Batman movie but with barely any Batman in it due to so much attention to the Suicide Squad. I have to say that this was my first exposure to Troy Baker as the Joker and he didn't disappoint in keeping the Mark Hamill spirit alive. Remind me to pay him a visit to his booth at the upcoming Puerto Rico Comic Con to tell him that personally! ^_^

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Postby StarShaper7 » Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:45 am

I really liked the Silent Hill movie. The visuals are superb, it's exactly how the town of Silent Hill and its monsters should look like. Set design, monster design, props, all that is good. Combined with the somewhat-unorthodox-for-horror score (taken directly from the Silent Hill games), it really captures the atmosphere and tone of the games that's always shifting from eerie, intense and frantic to melancholy and somber, usually falling in line with the shift from the Normal world to the Other world. It was awesome up until the scene after the Nurse monsters. The part where the Little Girl supernatural entity gives us an info dump just kind of detracts from her creepiness factor and the scene itself was kind of awkward. The bloody climax and the "homecoming" epilogue afterwards make up for the prior scene. Other than that one bit, it's a pretty great movie.

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Postby NemZ » Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:38 pm

Saw 47 Ronin the other day on HBO. I was expecting The Last Samurai with too many "Woah"s, not Neo vs. Japanese folklore with a tiny bit of history extremely loosely implied. :um:
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Postby Dataprime » Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:41 pm

Fun Fact:
Adjusted for inflation 47 Ronin lost an estimated $152 million, making it
the second most expensive box office bomb ever behind The 13th Warrior

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Postby Merridian » Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:15 pm

Watched the third Hobbit movie last night, what was it called... uh, The Hobbit 3: The Desolation of Smaug 2: An Unexpected Battle, Parts 1 and 2: The Conclusion; or, More of the Same. It was exactly that. I have to wonder if studio pressures were what pushed the superfluous, half-assed fanfiction into the film that contorted it from what could have been a thoroughly enjoyable, high-budget LotR prequel framed around The Hobbit's story. If studio or exec pressures had nothing to do with it and Jackson just decided to throw all that Legolas fanservice and squick She-Elf/Dwarf shipping (along with Kate-from-Lost's whole character arc in first place... wtf) for the hell of it, then maybe man's brain has been completely cooked. That doesn't seem like the same kind of decision-making he used when he made the LotR films--I don't care if he was 10+ years younger then. Those whole segments of the plot were awful to the point of incendiary.

Which made me think more about how fundamentally flawed The Hobbit films are, despite being relatively enjoyable. Where they try to function as LotR prequels, they instead come across as the effects-heavy action blockbusters of current times, rather than the more grand, epic form of their predecessors. The action sequences are overlong for the conflict and narratives they're embellishing, and while they're fun, shot and edited (mostly) well, and full of a similar sort of detail and love that made the LotR films so enthralling, they don't carry the same storytelling required to justify action sequences of such duration and, well, I guess scale, too. Perhaps part of that comes from trying to fill up a 2+ hour run-time with only a few chapters of a short children's story, some supplemental material from LotR appendices, and a short segment from the Silmarillion to go off of. Perhaps they lost touch with their original ideas when they actually went into the editing room. Or perhaps they stopped caring somewhere along the line and just decided to push the over-saturated, adrenaline-fueled popcorn movie angle as hard as they could. I dunno. It's a shame, whatever the problem was.

Because of that, the Hobbit films end up with the puzzling problem of being visually well-made films that end up being mostly forgettable--something more puzzling when the fact that many of the performances are solid if not good as well. The writing was simply so dull, so uninspired, or so memorably awful in portions that it tripped up the entire work. Utterly superfluous characters like Legolas, Kate-from-Lost, and to lesser extent, even Thranduil (as important as he is) end up with character arcs while a protagonist like Bilbo--whose character is fleshed out enough to actually BE a character that the audience can latch onto and care about--is given depressingly little to actually do. Part of that is his place in The Hobbit in the first place, but part of that is also a result of shifting the focus so far away from that story in the effort to--presumably--prolong the run time of the feature and supply enough material to make a full trilogy of films. The bloatedness doesn't come across as recreating the epic quality of LotR's multidimensional narrative; it comes across as a hackneyed attempt to keep the audience staring at the projection screen for a few more hours than necessary. What bullshit.

Also, what the hell was up with that segment with Galadriel? It was a sequence I was looking forward to, but it looked like ass. Did the effects department save that bit for last when they were drunk? Even her performance there was awkward and weird.


Anyway yeah, The Hobbit 3: An Unexpected Smaug 2: The Battle of the Five Desolations: Final; or, the Last Prequel to the Better Trilogy is pretty much more of the same. It was fun. I don't feel like I wasted my money. I just feel like film is a dying genre and that movies suck.

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Postby brendansteere » Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:22 pm

View Original PostStarShaper7 wrote:I really liked the Silent Hill movie. The visuals are superb, it's exactly how the town of Silent Hill and its monsters should look like. Set design, monster design, props, all that is good.


I actually agree on this completely. I always wished that the script lived up to the stellar design work that's in the film, but it's enjoyable and absolutely worth watching for the mise en scene. I'm also a giant fan of the games, however, so interpret my opinion as you will...

Went through a tear catching up on movies recently, watching Ang Lee's The Ice Storm, which is fantastic and haunting, and The Devil Wears Prada. I also did this while finally making it halfway through that Criterion boxset of those Zatoichi films, so I guess also interpret my film taste as you will. :lol:
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Postby movieartman » Tue Jan 13, 2015 2:50 am

View Original PostNemZ wrote:Saw 47 Ronin the other day on HBO. I was expecting The Last Samurai with too many "Woah"s, not Neo vs. Japanese folklore with a tiny bit of history extremely loosely implied. :um:

what was wrong with what we got, and really it was Hiroyuki Sanada's movie, reeves was just his partner for name value (reeves himself has stated this, it was sanada's movie he wanted to be a smaller part in it, but the studio forced him to appear to lead the film)

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Postby Gus Hanson » Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:56 pm

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Still my favorite of the three prequel films in the Star Wars saga. Anakin is better acted by the child than Hayden Christensen ever could hope to achieve and the lightsaber battles are well choreographed.


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