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Postby tomrule123 » Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:35 am

View Original Postgatotsu911 wrote:Cloverfield with a plot? More like Stand By Me with a monster.


... I never seen/read "Stand by Me." Heard of it, but never got a chance to see it or read the book. Would've said it if I saw or read it in the first place.

Anyway...
"Captain America- the First Avenger". Much better than "Thor" in my opinion (less over-the-top moment). The villain... not a true Villain Portrayal. Can't say anymore on this, so if you haven't seen it, check it out... before seeing "The Avengers".

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Postby Oz » Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:12 pm

Mikio Naruse's Floating Clouds: Despite an underwhelming opening the weight of the tragic story gets heavier and heavier the further the film goes. While it's weak for being more melodramatic than the director's other work in the 50's the ending packs a genuinely strong punch thanks to the different approach. Takamine's performance is simply superb - I don't think there's anyone else who can express malcontent as tangibly as she does.
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Postby symbv » Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:24 pm

Norwegian Wood - A brave attempt of adaptation. Decent summary of what happened. Love the period details and how the story is visualized.

Perhaps because of the recent discussion of the characters of Evangelion, I could not help having the thought of casting these characters in Norwegian Wood:
Toru played by Shinji
Naoko played by Rei
Midori played by Asuka
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Postby Twin Drive Sigma Aquarion » Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:53 pm

War Between The Planets. You ever heard about a movie that had really good style and effects for it's time and had serious potential to be amazing yet the execution was so horrid? That is this movie, it's meh but if it was executed better it could have been a real classic! I'm disappointed to say the least.
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Postby symbv » Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:06 am

Impromptu (1991) - Upper-middle class exploitation film? Anyway, Hugh Grant seems more like himself than being Chopin, but I have fun seeing how a determined (and sincere) George Sand got her man 1830s style.

By the way, IIRC the previous thread "Evageeks' most watched movies" was sticky I think? I wonder whether this thread should be made Sticky too?
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Postby Noriko is my wife » Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:20 am

Melancholia was subdued for a Von Trier film and could probably appeal to people who don't like his more melodramatic films. With Antichrist and now this he has moved away from his usual style focused restrictions on the film making process and come back closer to where he started with Elements of Crime (without being as dull). Very dark but also with some dark comedy in it. The opening was cool and the ending was beautiful.

A Serious Man was another bleak film. The lead is a dull man who continuously suffer without any dignity throughout the whole film and the rest of the cast are all unpleasant to various degrees. It's not near as good as Barton Fink which this resembles the most out of the Cohen's earlier films but a good film nonetheless.

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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:57 pm

Forgot if I've mentioned this before in as much detail, but I marathoned the LotR trilogy in one day. I forgot how horrible the editing was for The Fellowship of the Ring. It had absolutely no emotional rhythm to it at all. It was most obvious in the horse chase scene, where it just felt like John Gilbert was randomly cutting to various shots of running horses.

Two Towers did a much better job of building that rhythmic editing and therefore allowing Peter Jackson to build up a sense of dread before the Helms Deep battle.

The Return of the King may be the best in the trilogy, but that's only because of Jamie Selkirk's creative editing techniques, Howard Shore's over-glorifying music, and Andy Serkis directing the opening scene of the film, arguably the best sequence in the entire trilogy. (Peter Jackson was thankfully too busy directing fight scenes or something like that to touch that awesome scene.)

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Postby Guyver Spawn » Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:40 pm

Troll Hunter (2011): I saw this movie last weekend and I thought it was great. Not once I was bored by this movie and the movie really did a great job on making the trolls feel life like. I don't tend to like most mockumentary type films but I feel like this movie was better then other past mockumentary type films such as Cloverfield for example. 8.5/10
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Postby LoCooLaidman » Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:33 am

Last weekend I watched a few of Jackie Chan's films, being: Little Big Soldier and Shinjuku Incident . I'd recommend Little Big Soldier to any of Jackie's fans but Shinjuku Incident might not be everyone's cup of tea, though I loved both.

Then afterwards I watched Just Another Pandora's Box... not exactly a sequel to A Chinese Odyssey but it does make a lot of references to it (hell it even has Grapes the monk in it and Athena Chu). Could've used a lot or work but oh well, it made me chuckle here and there.

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Postby Oz » Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:55 am

Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon: No matter how much I go through the Golden Age of Japanese cinema Kurosawa will always be the number one for me. Ozu's elegance, Mizoguchi's skill, Naruse's "realism" (for the lack of a better word) and so forth will always be second to the sheer genius that Kurosawa holds. Of course Ozu at his best might be better than Kurosawa, but when we look at the entire career of each director Kurosawa is clearly at the top thanks to the constant quality and variety of his output. I always manage to forget how easily Rashomon pulls the viewer in and dives deep into its dark thematics. The climax of Rashomon is one of the most magical moments that Kurosawa ever created during his long career.
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Postby Trajan » Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:05 pm

^
It sort of restored my faith in the human race too.

Gangs of New York. Holy shit, the pacing was all over the place. Terrific performance by Daniel Day-Lewis, but the editing was hit and miss throughout. It wouldn't be so bad if the the battle in the snow wasn't so amazing; your movie's peak should never be it's opening scene.
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Postby robersora » Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:01 pm

your movie's peak should never be it's opening scene.


You mean like "saving private ryan"?

I watched the white ribbon and mulholland dr. both are amazing in their own right. while the white ribbon shows how a fascistic society could grow with terrific actors, mulholland dr. is just fascinating. both are highly recommended; especially mulholland dr. could be interesting for eva-geeks, due to it's interesting narrative style. like every lynch movie, i guess.
Well, I've also watched Carnage and Intouchables. Both are very good movies; while Intouchables is a feel-good-movie with serious undertones (and without insulting the viewers intelligence);carnage is just pure entertainment.
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Postby symbv » Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:40 pm

^ I love the soundtrack of Mullholland Drive as much as the film itself.


My most favorite Akira Kurosawa films are Rashomon and Shichinin no Samurai. Can't really say which one I would put as his best as I love both very very much.
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Postby Trajan » Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:40 pm

View Original Postrobersora wrote:You mean like "saving private ryan"?[/size]


Another good example although Saving Private Ryan manages to overcome the handicap in my opinion.

FWIW, my favorite Kurosawa films are Seven Samurai and Yojimbo.
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Postby Final Messenger » Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:15 pm

Watched hot fuzz today. A very funny movie with some nice action moments which makes it all very entertaining. I did not like it as much as shaun of the dead but I still really liked it.

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Postby Bomby von Bombsville » Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:17 pm

View Original PostOz wrote:when we look at the entire career of each director Kurosawa is clearly at the top thanks to the constant quality and variety of his output.

While it's pretty well known around here that Mizoguchi is my personal favorite, I definitely can't deny that Kurosawa was perhaps the most consistent of the Japanese masters. I definitely came to appreciate that during the Kurosawa retrospective that came to Madison in late 2010.
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Postby Tarnsman » Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:55 pm

Star War: The Third Gathers - The Backstroke of the West. I found a version where someone dubbed the subtitles onto the movie and I can safely say that it was more enjoyable than all of the Star Wars prequels combined.
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Postby Trajan » Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:50 pm

Dead Man, a film by Jim Jarmusch.

Holy shit, what the hell did I just watch? The film has some sort of greater symbolic meaning but I have no clue as to what it is.
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Postby Azathoth » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:18 pm

Fire and Ice. The last time I saw this movie, I was I think around ten or eleven. At the time, I thought it was about the best thing ever. I'm pleased to know that even at such an early age, I was right about everything.

That said, let's get this straight: this may be the best movie ever, but that doesn't mean it's actually any good. Being a Bakshi film, it suffers from the same shit as Wizards and Lord of the Rings (and for that matter American Pop) - concepts by turns bumfuck retarded and completely awesome; screenplay by turns bumfuck retarded and kind of cool; rotoscoping by turns bumfuck retarded and slightly less retarded. The plot of this one is about an evil ice wizard bent on covering all the world in ice, in particular the volcano-dwelling (?) kingdom of Firekeep. Meanwhile, his mother is trying to get him laid by kidnapping the princess of Firekeep (?), only for the Neanderthals who kidnap the princess to run afoul of the nominal protagonist, a loinclothed Aryan posterboy with hoop earrings (?) and more importantly the REAL protagonist of the film

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HERE.

I think he's named Darkwolf in the movie, but that sounds like some lame-ass furry shit right there so I'm just going to refer to him as Batman the Barbarian from here on. Because he is, seriously. As Gen Fudo to Aquarion, so Batman the Barbarian to Fire and Ice. Let's check off the things Batman the Barbarian accomplishes in this film.
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    -Saves protagonist from ravening hell wolves
    -Saves protagonist from drowning after battle with giant hell octopus
    -Heals protagonist with some kind of healing magic bullshit fuck if i know
    -Swipes ground with hand, smells fingers, instantly knows which direction enemies have gone
    -"I'll distract the others." ("There must be fifty of them!") "Sounds about right."
    -Saves protagonist from Neanderthals
    -Rides horse up a glacier
    -Saves protagonist from Neanderthals again
    -Rides horse down a glacier with protagonist in bitch-seat
    -("Are you certain it was my son you saw?") "He died."
    -Flies a goddamn pterodactyl into a glacier, uses it as an arrow sponge, jumps off and doesn't even give a fuck
    -Kills like sixty more Neanderthals
    -Fights the final boss while the weak-ass protagonist saves the girl
    -Final boss repeatedly blasts him with magic while shouting "WHY WON'T YOU DIE"
    -Glows with a fucking blue aura of magic like hes a super saiyan or some shit
    -Battleaxes final boss in the guts. Also the skull
    -Smiles in manly fashion
    -Disappears for no reason
    -Never explained who he is
    -Why he's such a badass
    -Why he wouldn't die
    -Why his hat is a wolf
    -Why his eyes glow
    -Why he can kill literally everything in this movie


Suffice it to say you should probably watch this movie. If the thought of Batman the Barbarian doesn't sway you, then consider watching it for the villain, the least subtle "predatory homo" bad-guy I have ever seen in my life, including Head, Kaworu, Akio, and Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen.

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If Akira Ishida spoke English, he would voice this guy. Actually the guy who does voice him isn't that bad. Voice acting is pretty decent for a Bakshi piece, I was impressed.

Other things that weren't bad include the background paintings (James Gurney, the guy who did the amazing Dinotopia books), any scene which includes a Frazetta painting (disappointingly sparse), and the fact that large swathes of the movie are without dialogue. It's unusual to see in an animated film and bespeaks quite a bit of confidence in one's visuals and sound design, and they actually pull it off really well, for some values of really well. The film is still stupid when they're not talking, but it's a refreshing kind of stupid, compared to the kind you get the rest of the time. Of course, once Batman the Barbarian starts shouting "NEKROOOOOOOONNNNNNN" at the top of his lungs while brandishing an axe, all bets are off. Which is as good a way of summing up this movie as any. Batman just kind of walks in and solves EVERYTHING on behalf of the main characters for no reason. I get the feeling that he's kind of the Guts of this universe. Fire and Ice fighting a great magic war for control of the world? Who gives a shit, might as well kill some Neanderthals and solo the final boss. All in a day's work.
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Postby Final Messenger » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:50 pm

Watched monsters vs. Aliens. It was a pretty good CG movie the animation was pretty good at it was funny in some parts, it was good but not great.


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