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Postby Eva Yojimbo » Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:32 am

The Fighter {2010; David O. Russel; 115 min; US} --- 7.0/10

I finally decided to settle down to watch The Wire, so after I post my reviews for Outskirts/Girl with the Hatbox and ...And God Created Woman I probably won't be posting any more for a while. I've somehow lost my zest for movie watching, which is something I haven't experienced for years...
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Postby Oz » Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:36 am

I considered watching The Wire for years, but ultimately lost my interest in American TV altogether at some point. It should be great, though. As for my "zest for movie watching", it's been a bit unstable recently. It changes day by day and today it's in the pits. Since I got today off I was planning to watch Apocalypse Now, but right now I believe there's no way I can do that today. I need something to re-ignite my burning passion. Maybe it's time for a Love Exposure rewatch tonight. If there's a film that endlessly inspires my deepfag antics it has got to be LE. The last time I saw it was at the film festival last September.
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Postby Eva Yojimbo » Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:43 am

Whenever my filmfagginess has waned it usually just takes one masterpiece to ignite my passion for another several months. Back when I was watching/reviewing 3-4 films a day was right after I saw Rules of the Game and Kieslowski's Three Colors Trilogy. I haven't seen anything that great in a long while. Last masterpiece was Brakhage's 23rd Psalm Branch, and I can't really expect ANY other films (except Brakhage's) to be anything like that.
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Postby Oz » Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:57 am

I actually semi-rescued my inspiration by watching Linda Linda Linda's climax. There's another film that's bound to change my mind whenever I'm reminded of it. I'm still not going to watch AN though - I need something Japanese tonight.
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"Often I get the feeling that deep down, your little girl is struggling with your embrace of filmfaggotry and your loldeep fixations, and the conflict that arises from such a contradiction is embodied pretty well in Kureha's character. But obviously it's not any sort of internal conflict that makes the analogy work. It's the pigtails." - Merridian
"Oh, Oz, I fear I'm losing my filmfag to the depths of Japanese pop. If only there were more films with Japanese girls in glow-in-the-dark costumes you'd be the David Bordwell of that genre." - Jimbo
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Postby Xard » Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:58 am

Dig out Sono's gay porn

that'll keep you occupied alright

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Postby Oz » Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:05 am

:lol: You know, the scariest thing is that I believe I'm bound to do that one day.

The double blow delivered by Moonraker and Sabu wasn't that bad after all. However I only have Mizoguchi's Yokihi, Miike's Young Thugs: Nostalgia and Murakami's Tokyo Decadence waiting for me on the DVD pile - and none of them are intriguing enough for this occasion. I was thinking of Shiki-Jitsu, but I'm still holding it back because I want to rewatch Love & Pop first (iow: until you return the DVD :lol:) so that I can make a Hideaki Anno special for Forced Perspective in the correct chronological order. It seems like I have to try something I've recorded on TV and I don't think recall having anything Japanese in there. DOUSHIO~?
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"Oh, Oz, I fear I'm losing my filmfag to the depths of Japanese pop. If only there were more films with Japanese girls in glow-in-the-dark costumes you'd be the David Bordwell of that genre." - Jimbo
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Postby MugwumpHasNoLiver » Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:20 am

View Original PostOz wrote::lol: You know, the scariest thing is that I believe I'm bound to do that one day.


We should make a day of it. Just the three of us . . . sitting down and watching gay porn.

You'll look on with calm detachment, trying to focus your hardest on the technique of the film over the technique of the flesh. But you will feel the pressure in your heart, and the swell of in your gall. You'll feel the chill run straight up your spine. You'll grab my hand by accident. Or was it? . . . You'll look into my eyes, and you will see nothing but fear swirling in the dim reflection of you, which is framed by the light of the television screen. You will lean closer to me, tears welling up in the corners of your eyes. You will feel my breath warm against your face. Your quivering lips will open, slowed by pain, stiff with anticipation.

You will beg me to have you.

I will say no.

Then I will eat all the popcorn and leave none for either of you.
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Postby Oz » Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:28 am

:chair: I- ... I'll just go and watch Perfume's Tokyo Dome concert in glorious 720p.
"I'd really like to have as much money as you have, Oz" - robersora
"No you wouldn't. Oz's secret is he goes without food to buy that stuff. He hasn't eaten in years." - Brikhaus

"Often I get the feeling that deep down, your little girl is struggling with your embrace of filmfaggotry and your loldeep fixations, and the conflict that arises from such a contradiction is embodied pretty well in Kureha's character. But obviously it's not any sort of internal conflict that makes the analogy work. It's the pigtails." - Merridian
"Oh, Oz, I fear I'm losing my filmfag to the depths of Japanese pop. If only there were more films with Japanese girls in glow-in-the-dark costumes you'd be the David Bordwell of that genre." - Jimbo
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Postby Eva Yojimbo » Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:34 am

View Original PostMugwumpHasNoLiver wrote:Then I will eat all the popcorn and leave none for either of you.
:lol: Wow...

I swear, if you don't make it as a writer, Muggy, I'll pull a Herzog and eat my shoe.
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Postby Twin Drive Sigma Aquarion » Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:01 am

Besides, the Cenobites should never be the focus.

This I gotta disagree with, if there are no Cenobites it's not really a Hellraiser movie is it? No, not really. It's like Halloween without Michael Myers or Scream without Ghostface or Friday the 13th without Jason Voorhess (you know where I'm going with this and yes I've seen the sequels without them in it).
Why would he kill his son's friends? It's not their fault he took the game way too far, and immolated himself. He was clearly mentally unstable. Speaking of which, it must run in the family, because for that to be your motivation, you'd have to be mentally unstable as well.

He wanted revenge in blind rage, that can happen and it is believable if someone wants it bad enough to the point of pointing fingers.
I don't really remember the end in detail, but I think what the film was trying to convey was that, in the end, everyone died, and even the "it was all just a hallucination" scene was actually a hallucination as well.

I doubt it, those two lived at the end of the movie, The Host appearing in their car was the only weird thing about it (psychological shock?)
This would mean that there weren't any "real" Cenobites, which makes sense, as the Cenobites looking exactly like they do in an alleged fictional film series makes no rogering sense.

The term that every myth is based on some sort of truth could come to play here.

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Postby Defectron » Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:24 am

-Does it's horror right


No it didn't. Out of all the hellraiser movies I've seen hellworlds my least favorite. It felt more like a typical generic slasher film then a hellraiser movie and the plot twists in this were just contrived. Not to mention the characters were just the generic teen characters who always get massacered in this genre. One thing I liked about the earlier hellraiser movies is that they weren't about generic dumb teen characters that are so ubuquitous in the horror genre.
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Postby schismatics » Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:32 am

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - First of all - YEEESSSSS. This seems like a cousin of No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood. Overall, the movie is BLEAK in color and subject matter. Everything looks slightly washed out and all the characters are slightly off their rocker. Really liked the night scenes (they were so DARK) and in particular, the train robbery. My only bug is the use of "out-of-focus-around-the-edges" wide shots, personally thought it was overused. The acting is fabulous, Affleck's take on Ford in particular. For some reason, one of James' henchmen (the big one) reminded me of John Cleese from the mice-skit in Monty Python. :lol: The soundtrack did its job, nothing really spectacular. I also thought the length of the movie was justified even if everything post-assassination, was faster paced. But yeah, excellent movie, I love me my recent westerns.

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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:32 am

Raptors, the 2001 spin-off film for the Carnosaur films. It was basically a rip-off of a series of rip-offs loosely based on a book written by Harry Adam Knight filmed for the sole purpose of ripping-off of Jurassic Park, which in turn was a movie based on a novel written by Micheal Crichton. It's about as far away from making an actual movie as one can get while still filmming actors with a camera.

EDIT: Review for Carnosaur 2, but no re-watch.

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Postby toe mash » Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:38 pm

Was a bit tired after I got the weekend off but I watched Pleasantville

I think the idea of literally having "colored people" is brilliant. And I respect anything that kicks people with nostalgia goggles in the guts.

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Postby Oz » Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:25 pm

Tommy Lee Jones' The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada: It has been quite long since I've watched a film this challenging and puzzling. It's truly a mixed bag. The convoluted and haphazard beginning nearly destroys a film that turns out to be quite lyrical and beautiful after the mid-point - although the ending is a bit screwed up, too. The cinematography is quite bland when it's not focused on the vast landscapes that dominate the imagery later in the film. The actors seem to be a little confused over what they should be doing - well apart from Jones himself, of course.
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Postby child of Lilith » Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:50 pm

Awesome post, Mugwump. I haven’t laughed that hard in a while. :clap:
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Postby Trajan » Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:26 pm

My Darling Clementine. John Ford at his best, easily my new favorite film of his (though The Searchers is still a damned masterpiece).
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Postby Eva Yojimbo » Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:21 pm

View Original Postschismatics wrote:The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
I always thought of that as what would happen if Terence Malick directed a Clint Eastwood-written western. It does have that combination of elegiac visuals and somber, deconstructionist western vibe.

View Original PostTrajan wrote:My Darling Clementine. John Ford at his best, easily my new favorite film of his (though The Searchers is still a damned masterpiece).
Yay! Good to see another lover of that film. It's in my top 20. Sooooo amazing. The best traditional western ever made, IMO.
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Postby backseatjesus » Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:40 pm

I need to rewatch some of John Ford's films. I let loose a pretty shocking opinion a while back about him.

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Postby Eva Yojimbo » Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:42 pm

Outskirts/The Patriots (Okraina) {1933; Boris Barnet; 98 min; USSR} --- 8.5/10
The Girl with the Hat Box {1930; Boris Barnet; 60 min; USSR} --- 7.5/10



View Original Postbackseatjesus wrote:I let loose a pretty shocking opinion a while back about him.
Which was? I don't recall...
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Jimbo has posted enough to be considered greater than or equal to everyone, and or synonymous with the concept of 'everyone'. - Muggy
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