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Postby Ray » Thu Feb 12, 2015 7:52 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 guys are really upset that he thinks Akira is kind've a dumb movie. . . well he's not too far off. Watch Anime Abandons Review of it to get a better Idea of the grievances people have with it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQQmuiQ-s0Q

Good movie? Yes. But a REALLY Dense Adaptation.
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Postby C.A.P. » Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:59 pm

Bluth's an interesting director, but I'm still scratching my head on how and why he did a Sci-Fi film.
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Postby Guy Nacks » Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:30 pm

View Original PostC.A.P. wrote:Bluth's an interesting director, but I'm still scratching my head on how and why he did a Sci-Fi film.


I think it was his last ditch "make the most epic thing we can" project before his studio went bust.
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Postby soul.assassin » Fri Feb 13, 2015 11:41 am

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


In its day, yes, as anime of this type was regarded as "exotic animation" and so some small outfits began to import odd titles, no matter how obscure or of questionable quality, and market them as if they're on par with Akira.

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Some people who watch the film, but aren't really acquainted with how children are indoctrinated to kill, will be deeply offended. But nevertheless having a kid right in the crosshairs and deciding whether he or she is a danger to troops is quite a difficult decision to call.

Nevertheless... I'll be frank but there's little in the film that would leave a very good impression.

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Postby Guy Nacks » Fri Feb 13, 2015 11:11 pm

Kingsman: The Secret Service


Great love letter to spy movies while being unceasingly entertaining and allowed to get away with virtually everything because of its R rating. It is also one of the most fashionable films that I've ever seen. There are so many awesome clothes that Eggsy and Samuel L. Jackson wear throughout. Also, Jackson plays one of the most entertaining villian roles I've seen in quite some time with a plot that kinda/sorta mirrors Ozymandias' in Watchmen.

See it this weekend instead of 8 1/2 Shades of Fuck.
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Postby soul.assassin » Fri Feb 13, 2015 11:56 pm

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All right, that's where my money will be going. :D

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Postby Dr. Talos » Sat Feb 14, 2015 10:48 pm

Recently saw Inherent Vice. Never read any of Pynchon's works but I reckon I'll have to after this.

Found the plot to be confusing at times and I'm guessing that one isn't supposed to be able to follow every last bit but I found myself enjoying it all the same. Doc's drug fueled meander through 60s LA is a hazy delight and the conflict between the 60s counterculture movement and the encroachment early 70s paranoia and disillusionment was well handled. I've seen the criticism that it isn't as funny as the book but for what it's worth I found it highly amusing at times. Not laugh out loud funny sure but definitely amusing. Also the soundtrack is pretty great and never overbearing.

I'll definitely be watching it again and hopefully will grasp the plot more completely.

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Postby Giji Shinka » Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:30 am

Crank
:rofl: This film was fucking hilarious! I have no words..... :rofl:
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Postby StarShaper7 » Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:11 pm

The original RoboCop is still as relevant today as it was back in the 80's. Awesome movie.

I also liked Night of the Living Dead. Much, much better than the Walking Dead, that's for sure.

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Postby Ray » Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:26 pm

Platoon

A Vietnam War film that stars a pre-cocaine Charlie Sheen, a Pre-Gargoyles Keith David, and a Pre-Pirates, Pre-Fear And Loathing Johnny Depp. An excellent cast in a really good, but really depressing film. I really can't say anything, because this film is really gruesome and hard to watch. . . It pulls no punches in showing how people go from being men to being animals when put into the harshest and most gruesome of situations. How when you fight a hopeless battle for so long eventually you become the very evil you fight against.

The film goes to lengths to portray all the soldiers as their own human beings. with their own hopes, dreams, issues, and failings. Before sending them into the thick of the battle and showing how quickly they commit incredible violence, both justified and unecessary. Which makes the whole thing even more horrifying. It's easy to imagine horrible people doing horrible things, its a lot harder to imagine ordinary people just like you and me doing the exact same thing.

That's not to saythe film doesn't show that there are good people in thick of the chaos and moral relativism. But the good people who attempt to keep their humanity under fire usually get killed.

I don't really know much about The Vietnam War, aside from the fact that it's really the only war the US has technically 'lost'. Though from my own understanding it had more to do with a misunderstanding of the enemy, failure to understand their tactics and political bungling of the situation back in Washington than of any fault of the soldiers or generals. Although after seeing this film, I did a bit of research about the war, and it really got a lot more correct than I thought it did.

There really were people like Sargeant Barnes and Bunny who went too far in their desire to fight the enemy, to the point of lowering themselves to the enemies level in pursuit of an impossible victory. The US really did do horrible things like kill innocent civilians. They dehumanized their enemy so much, they began acting inhuman themselves. Though things were done to try and minimize and prevent horrible things like that. . . they did happen. The film doesn't shy away from showing the worst that happened in all it's disgusting detail.

I guess in the end, Vietnam was a war nobody won. Yeah, the Viet Cong were evil. But if the way the Military's treatment of Both their own men and Vietnamese Civilians was portrayed is in any way accurate. Were the US soldiers really any better? Really. . . I honestly just don't know what to think of it. It was both inspiring and a real downer of a film. It was just so raw and visceral, and I felt really miserable afterwards. . .
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Postby Lu-Cuss » Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:13 pm

I saw the first part of Seven Samurai. The disc with the second part was scratched (I borrowed it from the library), so I'm kind of shit out of luck :irked:

That being said, what I saw of it was great, especially visually. Every frame of the movie looks like a picture I'd frame and hang on my wall.
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Postby Dr. Talos » Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:57 pm

So I just watched the Great Bodhisattva Pass or the Sword of Doom

It can be summed up pretty much as the tale of a cruel and vicious samurai who leaves a trail of death a misery in his wake.

Tatsuya Nakadai is simply splendid in the role of Ryunosuke Tsukue, a man who weaves his way through the world dead eyed and possessed by cruelty, a man so foul that even his own father wishes him dead. It's grim viewing but Nakadai is brilliant. He captures Ryunosuke, his nihilistic hatred, his cruelty and his fundamental cowardice terrifyingly well using his expressive eyes and very measured movement.

The film is fairly stunning with beautifully constructed scenes and fights that flow with sublime choreography and emotion. One scene that in particular stands out is the fight between Toshiro Mifune's character Shimada and Ryunosuke's comrades in the Shinsengumi. Shimada deftly disposes of his assailants in the snow bound street while Tyunosuke stands by only able to watch. It speaks deeply about both men through action and without more than a handful of words.

My only issue is the abrupt end. As I understand it there was meant to be another film but it never came to be. Still the end is a phenomenal climax of insanity and hate. So despite the unresolved story threads it is an excellent film.

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Postby Chuckman » Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:39 pm

View Original PostRay wrote:Platoon


My favorite thing about Platoon is that it shows the futility of the warrior poet archetype embodied in Sergeant Elias. It's primary concern is truth. The main American cultural struggle with Vietnam is truth. In the idealized World War II, America (not the allies, America) committed some serious atrocities, purposely targeted civilians, and so on, but it was distant and the media at the time was tightly controlled.

In Vietnam, more of the reality of war was able to filter back to the mainstream: War is above all else a capitalist industry, a perfect way to make things and then immediately destroy them so they have to be replaced. Second to that, it's controlled, organized insanity, and not a place for warrior poets but a good place to put sociopaths so they can murder freely without consequence in someone else's country. That way we don't have to keep them here.

Platoon's Sergeant Barnes and Bunny deal with the realization, brought on by the first television war, that civilization is a very thin layer that's constantly peeling and cracking. The men that would once have raided villages, raped the women, enslaved the children and put the men's heads on sticks are still here. All it takes is a little freedom for them to show themselves.

Then beneath that? A scared, panicky animal.

What's fascinating is that the two 'camps' of soldiers depicted (those allied with/subordinate to Elias and Barnes) and the officers all deal with the horror of Vietnam by building their own fiction to experience it through. Hence the journal entry narration format; by transforming his experiences into narrative, Taylor consigns them to the realm of the unreal. He no longer has to deal with what he experienced, it becomes a trip to wonderland. (Hence the use of "White Rabbit" during the shotgun blowjob/toke scene)

I guess in the end, Vietnam was a war nobody won. Yeah, the Viet Cong were evil. But if the way the Military's treatment of Both their own men and Vietnamese Civilians was portrayed is in any way accurate. Were the US soldiers really any better? Really. . . I honestly just don't know what to think of it. It was both inspiring and a real downer of a film. It was just so raw and visceral, and I felt really miserable afterwards. . .


Go watch We Were Soldiers. It's not as patriotic as it would appear to be and offers a balanced viewpoint of the war from both sides. It's a little too sympathetic to the soldier archetype, but it's a movie and has to sympathize with somebody.

Neither side was 'evil'. Every soldier is some mother's son.
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Postby Gendo'sPapa » Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:51 am

I watched KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE.

I was so positive this was going to be a silly, light-hearted rote PG-13 action thriller. Clearly I had not done my research. Five minutes in & a person had been blown up with a grenade & 10 "Fuck-bombs" had been dropped. The movie is pure bad taste fun! It's certainly one of the nastiest & thematically rich satires made by Hollywood in years!

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Postby Kazuki_Fuse » Sun Feb 22, 2015 4:13 am

Elysium- 8/10

After rewatching District 9 the other day, and getting hyped over the trailer for Chappie, I decided to watch Blomkamp's other film. I have to say I really enjoyed it. I wish there had been more time to flesh out some of the characters backstories further, especially in the case of Kruger. Sharlto Copley completely stole the show with that performance. I'd say Kruger may just be my all time favorite movie antagonist.

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Postby Shinoyami65 » Sun Feb 22, 2015 4:26 am

View Original PostGendo'sPapa wrote:I watched KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE.

I was so positive this was going to be a silly, light-hearted rote PG-13 action thriller. Clearly I had not done my research. Five minutes in & a person had been blown up with a grenade & 10 "Fuck-bombs" had been dropped. The movie is pure bad taste fun! It's certainly one of the nastiest & thematically rich satires made by Hollywood in years!


Yeah, I was expecting it to just be a pure light-hearted comedy film but it actually was pretty great. There were some great action scenes too, such as the hate church massacre and anything with Gazelle in it.
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Postby Guy Nacks » Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:29 am

@KingsmanDiscussion:

[url]http://io9.com/rumor-taron-egerton-is-your-new-han-solo-1687224946[/url]

I mean, if they're really gonna make a Han Solo origin movie, I could potentially be down with this casting choice. That said, I didn't really need a HS origin in the first place.
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Postby robersora » Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:07 pm

Birdman
Reminded me of The Black Swan, though with less emotional punch but more things to think about. I really enjoyed it, even if my expectations were kinda low, since it won so many awards at the Oscars. Seems like the Academy did choose well this time, though.
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Postby Trajan » Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:35 pm

Kihachi Okamoto's Sword of Doom

While Tatsuya Nakadai delivers an outstanding performance as one of the vilest characters I've ever seen in a film and the photography is beautiful I'm not sure how I feel about the film devoting so much time to a subplot that ultimately doesn't add up to anything. My knowledge of this film's background isn't great so I wonder why led to that creative decision. I'm not sure where I stand exactly, but I'm leaning towards very good but not quite great.
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Postby Gus Hanson » Fri Feb 27, 2015 4:52 pm

Crank: High Voltage

Never in a while have I seen such a wackier and thanks to that, BETTER sequel than the first installment. All the tricks of the trade Jason Statham uses to pump his artificial heart make for some amusing situations like the infamous race track "friction" session with him and Amy Smart. Although the film does go into WTF territory with it's human fish tank near the end containing a very special guest from the first movie. For some reason, I felt like I was watching one of the more gorier flicks of Miike's heyday. Bonus pro points go out to the Godzilla fight sequence!


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