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Postby Trajan » Sun Nov 30, 2014 12:18 am

American Hustle

It was entertaining enough, but I never really felt like the movie transcended beyond 'star-studded drama with a bunch of great performances, but a narrative that never really comes together' which was a bit disappointing considering how hyped I was going in to it. Seeing Jack Huston in something besides Boardwalk Empire was awesome, even if it was a rather minor part. There were several humorous moments and many bits of quotable dialogue but the movie had stretches where it just loses momentum. It could have been a great movie but its just missing something and I'm not sure what it is. Maybe some better direction, some tighter editing, I don't know, but it was an entertaining watch regardless of whether or not it leaves me feeling a bit frustrated.
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Postby Nuclear Lunchbox » Sun Nov 30, 2014 2:41 am

I'll say that the first trailer for American Hustle was fantastic. Seriously, if trailers could win awards, that should have won one. I do remember a second one that wasn't nearly as good, though, and I never wound up seeing the movie. People who did go, though, told me that it was a little 'meh'; closer to the tone of the second trailer than the first one.

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Postby Guy Nacks » Sun Nov 30, 2014 3:05 am

I lost interest about 45 minutes into that movie. Just wasn't my cup of tea.
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Postby Gus Hanson » Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:09 am

Last night, I spent watching the two hour and thirty minute Star Wars trilogy documentary Empire of Dreams. I for one had no idea that George Lucas was more of an independent filmmaker who wanted to escape the restrictions that corporations put upon him in his movies when ironically enough, Lucas has now become a corporation unto himself and he openly admits it. So it was a bonafide journey into the makings of a saga that touched a generation and helped shape future generations indeed.

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Postby Chuckman » Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:42 am

If you look for it, Lucas' frustration with what Star Wars became is very plain and very much expressed in the prequels and anecdotal tales about public appearances. It also destroyed his marriage, apparently.
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Postby Kazuki_Fuse » Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:26 am

Beyond the Black Rainbow

A young woman with latent psychic powers has spent her entire life in a prison-like complex, the only people she has contact with is her unsympathetic nurse and her strange psychiatrist who has somewhat of an obsession with her. I don't want to go into any more detail than that so as not to spoil anything.
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One of the most visually stunning films I may have ever seen. The beautiful cinematography, the eerie, psychedelic atmosphere, the 80's inspired synthwave soundtrack, everything about this movie is good. I can understand why it sort of fell through the cracks, people with shorter attention spans would probably call this movie a "chore to get through". However, if you are a fan of movies like THX-1138, The Holy Mountain, or really anything that seems like a trip, then I would highly recommend you give BtBR a chance.

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Postby Gendo'sPapa » Wed Dec 03, 2014 3:41 am

I've got some free nights this week so I'm basking in the glory that is Satoshi Kon's beautiful but far too short body of work.

Just had a double feature of Perfect Blue & Millennium Actress. Two movies that tonally couldn't be any different but thematically, spiritually & intellectually are duplicates of each other. The way Kon played with tone, scene transitions, shot composition & all other tools available to him as a filmmaker & storyteller are breathtaking & flawless. I haven't watched his work in years & it's just incredible how much he was able to achieve with such focus & attention to bringing forth emotions both through character action & visuals. He's a filmmaker who's able to achieve so much with so little that it was an embarrassment of riches. Hell, not counting his one TV narrative - Paranoia Agent, which I will be watching again soon - his longest movie is Tokyo Godfathers at the quaint running time of 92 minutes. Kon in my eyes was one of the best at showcasing the magic of economic storytelling.

Of all the deaths the film world has experienced in my adult life - Heath Ledger, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Roger Ebert come to mind - Satoshi Kon's has always been the one that cut most deepest because his passing was both so sudden & because he had just barely scratched the surface of the cinematic grace he'd bring to the screen. A filmmaking career that barely surpassed a mere decade. His directorial body of work is intimate - four features, one 13-episode TV series & a few commercials - but it's one that has burned brightest. It's a tragedy we didn't get to enjoy his genius for decades more. I also fear the project Kon was working on when he died, The Dreaming Machine, will forever remain unfinished. About 1/3 of the project was done & despite Madhouse's promise to follow through on his storyboards to finish the film nothing has happened in almost 5 years. It's so bad the film has even been taken off his IMDB page.

It's time for bed but tomorrow night I'll happily dive right back into Kon's filmography with Tokyo Godfathers!

* P.S. I also watched the 40 minute animated short Magnetic Rose from the anthology film Memories. He didn't direct it but it's Kon's first significant produced screenplay. Like everything else he touched Magnetic Rose is also an astonishing piece of work that's equal parts chilling, exciting & is an excellent capsulation of most of Kon's favorite themes in a tight package. On a rewatch I'd say it's easily one of the best sci-fi films to have been made in the past 25 years.

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Postby Blue Monday » Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:44 am

Beautiful post, GP - Millennium Actress is of my favourite films of all-time.


View Original PostKazuki_Fuse wrote:Beyond the Black Rainbow

I want to watch it from the screencap alone.

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Postby Bomby von Bombsville » Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:51 pm

View Original PostGus Hanson wrote:Last night, I spent watching the two hour and thirty minute Star Wars trilogy documentary Empire of Dreams. I for one had no idea that George Lucas was more of an independent filmmaker who wanted to escape the restrictions that corporations put upon him in his movies when ironically enough, Lucas has now become a corporation unto himself and he openly admits it. So it was a bonafide journey into the makings of a saga that touched a generation and helped shape future generations indeed.

True story: Empire of Dreams is actually better than any of the Star Wars movies.
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Postby ChamucaRobota » Thu Dec 04, 2014 12:07 pm

Finally I'm here to leave my thoughts on Mind Game, included in Oz's list, it was my first experience with this movie that caught my attention as soon as I read the words animation, mindtrip and surreal imagery I knew I had to see it. By the way this film was very hard to find in my country, but believe me now that I have it I regret absolutely nothing.

I think it's fantastic and probably one of the best animated films that I've ever seen. If we look at it meticulously Mind Game it's just a very simple drama about a looser, his love life and how to give his life the significance turn that sometimes we're all looking for, but its execution is extremely complex, a kaleidoscopic and experimental journey with a powerful message about life and also something that all of us are familiarized with, the will to live.

I love the mixture of styles that this movie has, not just speaking of its animation that has a strong expressionist presence, uses rotoscoping, watercolor and even surreal elements, experimenting with the limits of animation, but also is a blend of genres and what I find so entrancing about this is that the film doesn't give you the impression of being a collage, it feels like one piece not just a bunch of parts spreading all over the place. I think such "magic" it's due to the incredibly well made narrative that keeps you with the eyes on the movie all the time regardless of how trippy or aesthetic the film can go and connects deeply with the spectator.

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The music is splendid and especially the climax almost at the end of the movie is perfectly joined with shrilly jazz preparing you for the end which for being an ambiguous one you don't feel scammed, you feel satisfied with the closure that the characters have and all the possibilities of this cruise.


Honestly I can't find proper words to describe Mind Game, perhaps taking the title literally could be the easier response 'cause it totally absorbs you from reality and it's fun yet leaves you with a wonderful message, I'm very glad that I watched this film, thank you Oz!

Oh, and the episode from "Adventure Time" that this guy directed is so fascinating, gave me the same sensation I got the first time I watched EoE, not a pleasant sensation but awesome. :)

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Postby pwhodges » Thu Dec 04, 2014 12:21 pm

Agreed - it's a lovely film, and one I like to recommend to people.
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Postby ChamucaRobota » Thu Dec 04, 2014 12:31 pm

Yes, it's a must. :tongue:

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Postby Oz » Thu Dec 04, 2014 1:10 pm

Glad to see you liked it. Mind Game is a film that becomes even better the more you watch it and think about it. You could say that it features Yuasa's insane imagination and manic vision in its rawest, purest form. His other work seems rather tame in comparison, but that may have more to do with their subject matters.
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Postby Nuclear Lunchbox » Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:05 pm

Watched The Red Violin. Overall a pretty solid film-- got a bit confusing during some of the flashbacks when they transitioned to the present, but overall fairly enjoyable. A bit sappy at times, but less often than not. I'd recommend it to someone who liked dramas, I guess. Not sure if I'd watch it a second time, though.

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Postby Blue Monday » Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:24 pm

View Original PostBomby von Bombsville wrote:True story: Empire of Dreams is actually better than any of the Star Wars movies.

Just like Hearts of Darkness is better than Apocalypse Now.

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Postby Trajan » Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:41 pm

The Bourne Ultimatum

The best of the Bourne films due to being the one that brings all the plot threads together for a satisfying conclusion. It feels like a more complete version of Supremacy with action set-pieces that are a bit easier to follow and thus are more exciting to watch. David Strathairn as Noah Vosen is probably the best antagonist in the series, he brings this nervous energy to the performance that makes him very entertaining to watch, Joan Allen is great as always, and Albert Finney owns what little screen-time he has. It's very close to Casino Royale as the best modern spy thriller I've seen.
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Postby ChamucaRobota » Sat Dec 06, 2014 6:33 pm

^
I've never seen any of the Bourne films, I've heard they're fun to watch, might check them with my dad who's a big fan of blockbusters someday.
View Original PostOz wrote:You could say that it features Yuasa's insane imagination and manic vision in its rawest, purest form. His other work seems rather tame in comparison, but that may have more to do with their subject matters.


That's what I really liked about the film, the impression of the director having a lot of freedom through the whole movie, feels very genuine.
Yes, I could expect that from his other works, speaking of which, is it worth watching Kaiba? I watched episode 2 on a convention a few years back, I can't actually remember anything but the animation looks great.

Next to watch is Key Of Life, wish me luck to find it! And hopefully it won't take me so long to post my thoughts. ^_^

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Postby Oz » Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:55 pm

View Original PostChamucaRobota wrote:Yes, I could expect that from his other works, speaking of which, is it worth watching Kaiba? I watched episode 2 on a convention a few years back, I can't actually remember anything but the animation looks great.

Absolutely. In terms of mood and pacing, Kaiba is the polar opposite of Mind Life, but it is equally charming and hypnotic. It also has some of the best and most haunting standalone episodes ever, which is quite a lot to say given how many anime series have unforgettable standalone episodes. If there is any problem with Kaiba it is how the main storyline doesn't reach the high level of those standalone episodes in the first half of the show, but in overall it is a masterpiece nevertheless. I also recommend watching Tatami Galaxy, a mindbending show about a university student who seems to be stuck in a loop without realizing it himself (every episode starts with him enlisting to the university).

View Original PostChamucaRobota wrote:Next to watch is Key Of Life, wish me luck to find it! And hopefully it won't take me so long to post my thoughts. ^_^

Even harder it is to come by subtitles for that movie. I think I watched it without them. There may be some subs floating around given that it was screened at Toronto International Film Festival (that also uploaded the subbed trailer for it).
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Postby Kazuki_Fuse » Sun Dec 07, 2014 2:10 am

Firestorm (2013)
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An exciting, if forgettable Hong Kong shoot-em-up. Lot's of great action scenes and some tense moments, but it just seems to be missing that special something that makes a movie stick with you. I really enjoyed it, but I feel like if someone asked me a month from now if I've seen Firestorm, I'll probably reply with "don't think so."
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Postby Chuckman » Sun Dec 07, 2014 12:49 pm

I liked the first Bourne. Each sequel exagerrated what came before and a certain character's death at the beginning of the second one felt cheap and manipulative.
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