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Postby Ray » Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:42 pm

Chronicle:

I complain up and down about movies not being scary anymore. Then a movie like this comes along and proves me wrong, and with a PG-13 rating no less! A relatively low budget film that is equal parts superhero origin story and Psychological horror story. What makes me enjoy this movie, is the fact I can relate to the main character. I was in very much his position when I was in high school (minus the abusive drunkard dad). He's spent so long hurting he doesn't know how to feel, even when among his new found friends. Eventually, this results in him pushing them away and making him want to hurt others as much as they've made him hurt.

What makes this movie scary is that it's so emotionally raw and psychologically real, it takes a world so similar to ours, and puts one supernatural element in it. Which makes Andrew's fall from grace so real. If I had gotten superpowers at that point in my life. Bitter and disillusioned as I was. I'd probably have gone down the same road he did. That's what terrifies me most of about this movie, the fact that the main character Andrew is so much like today's disillusioned youth who do horrible things that end up on the news. It's not one little thing that sets them off its a bunch of other tragic circumstances that push them over the edge and into committing evil

As good as it is though, the movie isn't without it's flaws. At points in the film the most contrived things happen to have the main character be on his camera. It's never explained exactly who retrieved his camera from the mine shaft when it collapsed, or who edited all this 'found footage' into one cohesive narrative. Maybe it was done to avoid giving away the ending and keep some semblence of narrative tension? I dunno.

Also, If Michael B Jordan can bring half the charm he had as the cool kid here to Johnny Torch in Fantastic Four? I'd say that film is in good hands.
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Postby Blue Monday » Fri Jan 30, 2015 4:17 am

In regards to the who edited the footage into a cohesive narrative point; Max Landis has hinted that in his proposed sequel Martyr (which will now never see the light of day unfortunately), Chronicle the movie as we see it "is a thing" - meaning it would've actually been a movie in-universe too. As such, I could see it being leaked from government agencies and spread virally or something like that. You can read a bit about it here: http://collider.com/chronicle-2-sequel-max-landis/

Andrew is an amazing character. So sweet yet tragic. Anyone who doesn't feel for him even a little bit is a write-off in my book. Michael B Jordan is a great actor as well. Been a fan since Friday Night Lights and looking forward to seeing him in Trank's Fantastic Four. My favourite scene in the whole film is when they're having lunch on top of the skyscraper just chatting. Their friendship arc is definitely a highlight for me.

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Postby robersora » Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:01 am

A Single Man
Beautifully shot, very gentle portrait of a college professor who happens to be gay in California of 1962. Nothing groundbreaking but pretty nice.

Blackfish
Sensational Anti-Sea-World flick. Well, if it stops people from going there, it could be cool, I guess... Then again it's pretty hypocritical to cry for the "poor orcas" while millions of other animals get treated like Jews in Second World War Germany.

Looking
It's a gay series set in San Francisco. It's not bad, but draw out the gayness and you are left with a normal soap opera.

Girls
Season 4 picked up a little after the clusterfuck of season 3. I like it, because I can relate to so many situations those people face, it's uncanny. If that's a true depiction of New York, it might as well be set in Vienna (minus the degrading manner of all the rich people towards not so rich people)
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Postby Gus Hanson » Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:21 pm

The Interview

This so called controversial film not only tops This Is The End in the comedic sector but it multiplies the shock factor by about 110 percent with such gems as Franco interviewing Eminem who "comes out of the closet", playing basketball with Kim and riding around in a tank as Katy Perry's "Firework" pumps out of the stereo, Rogen and the Asian chick getting it on hardcore before going forth on their mission, and I can't forget Rogen shoving the dildo sized drone up his ass so the North Koreans don't think something suspicious is up! :lol: I would watch it all again in a hot ass second.

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Postby Ray » Fri Jan 30, 2015 4:41 pm

Godzilla (2014):

I missed this movie when it first came out. Which is a shame because it's actually really good, equal parts sobering disaster movie and epic Hollywood Blockbuster. While does use a lot of realistic imagery reminiscent of many modern disasters (9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Fukushima) it does it without coming off as the slightest bit exploitive or offensive. Because the filmmakers choose to focus on the human drama and military involvement rather than the monster fights, giving the film the emotional weight most other Godzilla movies seem to lack.

A lot of people complained about the lack of monster vs monster action, but I have to disagree. In a world where most directors have turned action from something engaging and exciting to dull and boring, 'less is more' actually aids the film rather than detracts from it. When the action hits, it hits hard, and is engaging.

Also, they've brought back the fear. They made Godzilla a powerful, impossible to defeat force of nature again. In Emmerich's 'Zilla, you never really felt the military was dealing with a situation beyond their control, they defeated their monster with fighter jets, no civilians were killed. The whole situation came off as cartoonish and unbelievable because of that.

That's not the case here, the military here is portrayed as competent, but dealing with a situation far beyond their control. The aftermath of the attacks show people wounded, disoriented, and stripped of everything. This movie had what the original 1950's Godzilla film had that other Godzilla movies lack. They made Godzilla and his foes a representation of nuclear fallout, dangerous just to come into contact with.

Also, REAL SETS and a minimum use of greenscreen! Which give the whole situation a sense of realism the 90's Emmerich film lacked.

Having said all that. . . The only two really interesting characters (Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe) don't get a whole lot of screentime, and I understand the filmmakers logic behind choosing to keep the focus on a dull military jarhead, they want a character the audience can use as their self insert. But that really detracts from the film, aside from his being a devoted family man there's really not a whole lot to his character. Which I think is a shame, you could've had a big budget action movie with as much emotional engagement as big budget spectacle!

Also, the MUTO nest could have been a major plot point, or at least have gotten more notice from the military. You could have had them have a spat over whether or not to let the bomb go off and kill the MUTO eggs in their nest the long term . They probably did this to avoid reminding Die-hard's about the Emmerich Film.
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Postby movieartman » Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:13 pm

GODZILLA 2000 - MILLENNIUM (1999) - American Edit & Dub
- i saw this in theaters in 2000 with my mom & one of the best friends i ever had, so i may have some bit of nostalgic bias
- i think this may be the most underrated godzilla film of the franchise
- im typing this up a few hours after watching it again for the first time a few years
- the entire opening is fantastically suspenseful and there is a good amount of strong imposing hellish imagery very reminiscent of imagery of the original film.
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- this film more than many others does a fantastic job of putting godzilla in the distance of the shot, giving a huge sense of gravity and realism to him that can be absent is absent in many other films, this does not aways work 100% there is a single shift between 2 shots of godzilla looming towards tanks in the middle that the distance and size difference is absurd, but 90% of the time the splicing of godzilla in to shots in the distance of real landscapes works.
- there is a mysterious surreal aspect of the film that is played up extremely well
- the music helps immensely in that regard, fantastic score despite not by ifukube
- the sound editing is phenomenal, this film has some of the most thundering and epic sound work of the franchise at least in the american cut, ive read the american edit cut 8 minutes but vastly aided pacing issues the original film had, and the sound work was redone from the beginning is also superior.
- the dub... ok, the words don't lip sync, some of the dialogue especially the more humorous lines that where added to camp up the film in the American cut, suck, but i think the voices themselves work some of the time.
- use of the military is strong, use of real tanks for much of the mid battle is fantastic
- the first showdown between g & the alien ship is epic
- this godzilla design is very good over all, but the head is a bit too large, profile wise the head is good, but from the front its blah
- orga... is a great design in concept, the execution is not perfect, the head is great, but the giant hands while menacing are too stiff and have zero movement.
- the film should have ended after godzilla emerged from defeating orga, everything after it felt very forced.

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Postby robersora » Sun Feb 01, 2015 5:51 am

Boyhood
This was one movie, I would have never watched wasn't it for the sheer unreal loads of applause it gathered. And yes, it was a pretty charming depiction of our generation, a good movie.

The Grand Budapest Hotel
I still hate Wes Anderson Movies.
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Postby Oz » Sun Feb 01, 2015 6:43 am

View Original Postrobersora wrote:The Grand Budapest Hotel
I still hate Wes Anderson Movies.

For what reason?
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Postby Blue Monday » Sun Feb 01, 2015 6:32 pm

View Original PostRay wrote:I missed this movie when it first came out. Which is a shame because it's actually really good, equal parts sobering disaster movie and epic Hollywood Blockbuster.

Glad to see you enjoyed it, Ray. I adore Edwards' Godzilla and eagerly anticipate his sequel. I agree with your note on the emotional weight as well. The only other Godzilla movie that has it is the 1954 flick, and even so, the original is still in a league of its own.

If you ever get the chance I strongly recommend checking out Edwards' debut film Monsters...
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Postby robersora » Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:21 pm

View Original PostOz wrote:For what reason?


Don't get me started.
He tries so hard to be so stylish, that he forgets to make you care about his characters. At least I am always bored and not interested. Also the Lobbyboy acted horrible. To me it seems like a watered-down version of Monogatari.
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Postby Oz » Sun Feb 01, 2015 11:40 pm

View Original Postrobersora wrote:Don't get me started.
He tries so hard to be so stylish, that he forgets to make you care about his characters. At least I am always bored and not interested. Also the Lobbyboy acted horrible. To me it seems like a watered-down version of Monogatari.

I haven't seen The Grand Budapost Hotel yet, but all Anderson films I have seen have been more or less amazing. He has crafted his own distinctive style that takes a lot of effort and wouldn't work without good overall direction. While sometimes he does venture more for style and humor than content, I don't think he does that often though. If you claim he doesn't care for the characters of Moonrise Kingdom or The Royal Tennenbaums I am not even sure if we have watched the same films.
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Postby robersora » Mon Feb 02, 2015 3:54 am

^
What I wanted to say was, he somehow doesn't manage to make me care about the characters, or anything else that's going on onscreen. I don't know why, but all his movies repel me a little bit.
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Postby r1cepurin » Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:12 pm

I saw Akira last night

Man, what a dumb movie. I need to watch more intelligent entertainment, like Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:
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Postby Guy Nacks » Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:30 pm

View Original Postr1cepurin wrote:I saw Akira last night

Man, what a dumb movie. I need to watch more intelligent entertainment, like Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:


If you want dumb, try watching Requiem for a Dream. If you want smart, you can't go wrong with Norbit.
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Postby Rosenakahara » Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:37 pm

View Original Postr1cepurin wrote:I saw Akira last night

Man, what a dumb movie. I need to watch more intelligent entertainment, like Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:

..........this is a joke right?
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Postby Ænimal » Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:12 am

View Original Postr1cepurin wrote:I saw Akira last night

Man, what a dumb movie. I need to watch more intelligent entertainment, like Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:


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Postby r1cepurin » Mon Feb 09, 2015 1:17 pm

View Original PostRosenakahara wrote:..........this is a joke right?
This movie helped change the face of anime in the west.


Of course I'm serious!

Tim and Eric's movie got pulled out of theatres opening weekend! That means it was so
good, that they knew normal people just couldn't handle how intelligent it was so it was only
reserved for actual billionaires with science degrees
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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Mon Feb 09, 2015 2:10 pm

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Postby Eleven » Wed Feb 11, 2015 8:36 pm

I saw Birdman yesterday. It's absolutely brilliant. I didn't bother to count the layers of reflection the story has to offer.
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Postby pwhodges » Thu Feb 12, 2015 7:37 pm

I've just watched Titan A.E., and I wouldn't call it bad, as some people do. It's mostly good looking, and there's some pretty gorgeous animation. The plot is straightforward, and doesn't have any unexpected twists - you could call it vanilla almost to the point of being dull, perhaps; and the instant formation of the planet Bob at the end, and the immediate arrival of the drifters to colonise it, can only be described as somewhat absurd. But in spite of that, in the context of the whole film the end ties things up nicely enough. So a pleasant 90 minutes spent, with no intellectual pretensions.

The one thing that did irritate me, though, was the animation of the humans. It combined the awkwardness of dated computer graphic figures with an irritating exaggeration of their movements, making everything they did come over as a mannerism.
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