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Postby Tankred » Sun May 03, 2015 6:13 am

Dredd - Really enjoyed this film, Karl Urban's performance was pretty good, really, I think he's a great Judge Dredd. Maybe it's just my british vanity but this struck a cord with me that most Marvel and DC capeshit hasn't been able to, it just feels more genuine, maybe it's because it appeals to my schlocky tastes for 80's action films.
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Postby Shoujo Kakumei Asuka » Mon May 04, 2015 3:27 pm

Cleopatra - It was a very ostentatious movie, but it felt somewhat disjointed due to half of the movie being taken out of the final version. I heard that the director actually got pretty depressed over these cuts. It's a real shame that the rest of the movie hasn't been found. Still, some of the actors-especially Octavian's-infused so much energy into their roles that the film felt very passionate even with all of the cuts.

Foodfight (2012) - Don't ask. It has a dog that eats raisins in it.
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Postby Ray » Mon May 04, 2015 3:32 pm

View Original PostShoujo Kakumei Asuka wrote:Foodfight (2012) - Don't ask. It has a dog that eats raisins in it.


You poor thing! You poor thing! You. Poor. Thing! Why would you do this to yourself?
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Postby Shoujo Kakumei Asuka » Mon May 04, 2015 4:07 pm

View Original PostRay wrote:You poor thing! You poor thing! You. Poor. Thing! Why would you do this to yourself?


I'm a glutton for punishment, I suppose. By the time I got five minutes in I knew it was not just bad, but spectacularly so. I had to watch the whole thing in morbid fascination. In fact, I watched it because I had heard it was so awful, although it was only after the movie that I was directed towards Jontron's video on it. I never thought I'd get to see Hilary Duff play some random animated furry girl.

The budget was 45 million dollars. If the estimates for the cost of making them on here are correct, them Foodfight! has a budget approximately equal with ALL of Rebuild.
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Postby Ray » Mon May 04, 2015 4:29 pm

For those of you who don't know. There was actually a clip of the film as it was originally intended to be released online, and it looks a whole lot better than the final product did. But apparently either through an act of industrial espionage or someones incompetence, 3/4ths of the way through production all of the movies Files were deleted. The recorded dialogue, the already composed music, the animation models, everything had to be rebuilt from nothing.

They had to restart then entire film from scratch with a shoestring budget, a fraction of the films original, because most had already been spent on making and animating it. The script had to be rewritten to compensate for this.

WHY!? WHY!? Why would you do this to yourself!?

Now on to something more positive:

The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

I didn't see this movie for the first time until I was a teenager. It just seemed too cheesy and old school for me. But eventually I watched it, and it won me over and made me set aside my teenage cynicism for a while. Now I love this movie. I love the songs I love the characters, I love Dorthy, I love the Wicked Witch and how she revels in her wickedness.

Can we just say how this is still one of the greatest movies ever made? Especially considering what a nightmare the behind the scenes production was like for everyone? Several actors almost died during the productions, several directors and scriptwriters came and went, the munchkins went on strike. It's really a miracle that not only a good movie came out of this, but easily one of the top five best movies ever made.

Sure it's not perfect, there's a lot of fairy tale logic, and there's something about the Cowardly lions makeup that still kind've creeps me out. But overall. . . .I still adore this movie.
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Postby Shamsiel-kun » Mon May 04, 2015 4:55 pm

Doomsday, a UK post-apocalyptic movie with loads of ludicrous gibs, Scotland turned into a huge concentration camp filled with cannibalistic punks, a vaguely Cameron-esque :lol: Chancelor who is a massive asshole (right up till the end, just like Cameron), and a special-ops team that kinda gets the short end of the stick during their mission. Oh, and the cannibals eating people is set to music by the Fine Young Cannibals -o-; , while the final fight is set to "Two Tribes" (go to war) by Frankie goes to Hollywood.

It was amusing.

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Postby Trajan » Wed May 06, 2015 11:36 am

I just had a bit of miniature Fritz Lang marathon with movies from his American period.

The first (and best) was Scarlet Street. Brilliantly acted with a very dark but believable twist that invokes the very best of Greek tragedy. It's listed as a noir, but I'm not sure if it really meets that definition. Edward G. Robinson is great playing against type as a meek and timid cashier with dreams of becoming an artist and Joan Bennett is also great. For a movie made in 1945 its very dark as well which helps make it stand out all the more. 9/10

Then we get to While the City Sleeps. This should have been great, instead its merely mediocre and feels like a cheap B-movie that managed to get an A-list cast. I mean Dana Andrews, George Sanders, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price and Ida Lupino in a movie directed by Fritz Lang? It should be a masterpiece. Unfortunately, it focuses on the machinations of a newspaper office as the new owner offers the position of executive director to whomever can track down a serial killer. Most of the characters are completely unsympathetic but the movie never really gets as cynical as it should have with the subject. It's far too kind to its characters; if the movie were made a decade later it would have eviscerated them. The pacing is also very slow and there are a lot of subplots that don't go anywhere, plus the sets do feel very sparse for what should have been an A-list production. Two of the younger actors who are given major roles also seem very out-of-their depth and it shows. There's also a cheap shot at comic books being the reason for the serial killer's urges to kill which is pretty laughable today. Of course, the movie is watchable because we get to see some great actors doing some great work (Price in particular is outstanding) and it can be fun in a trashy sort of way. 6/10 or maybe 7/10 if I'm generous, I haven't decided yet.

Finally we have Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. It could have been an interesting thought piece on capital punishment but the insistence to throw in a twist ending really doesn't work. I won't give it away for those who wish to see it, but the whole narrative really doesn't make any sense with it thrown in and ruins what could have been a nice, subtle drama about the justice system sort of like 12 Angry Men. Instead we get the twist ending which makes the rest of the movie hard to enjoy retroactively. It's well made enough to that point but it's still a major strike against the film. 6/10
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Postby Guy Nacks » Sun May 10, 2015 6:15 pm

Avengers: Ace of Spader

A fun action-adventure romp that doesn't take itself too seriously with more than a couple winks at the ridiculousness of the genre. It's a real shame Whedon's leaving Marvel....but that just means that that frees him up for other interesting projects.

I kinda hope that he gets to do Star Wars: Episode IX.

Recommend.



Ex-Machina

A nice, cerebral, slow-paced sci-fi drama about the morality of giving birth to AI. There were plot twists that you could predict from the first act of the film, but there were others that were totally unexpected; some of which kinda didn't sit well with me. I also didn't like how this smart, philosophical film became kind of a
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by the end of it. It just felt like the movie lost a lot of the intelligence that it had going for it in the first three-quarters of its runtime. Nonetheless, these are the kinds of movies that we really need more of because they're at the very least trying to provoke some form of discourse about important ideas and issues.

Recommend.
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Postby Trajan » Sun May 10, 2015 9:24 pm

Watched Touch of Evil this morning. Can never get enough of that movie. One of my all-time favorite noirs.
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Postby Gendo'sPapa » Mon May 11, 2015 4:00 pm

If you really think EX MACHINA becomes a dumb slasher in the last quarter you're being woefully ignorant of what the film is saying when it comes to issues of gender, personality, AI & sexual relations.

The last act of Ex Machina is what elevates the film to being something really special.

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Postby Bryan » Mon May 11, 2015 6:05 pm

View Original PostGendo'sPapa wrote:If you really think EX MACHINA becomes a dumb slasher in the last quarter you're being woefully ignorant of what the film is saying when it comes to issues of gender, personality, AI & sexual relations.

The last act of Ex Machina is what elevates the film to being something really special.


I'm not sure it's saying anything about gender or sexual relations, except indirectly how they relate to humans differently than AI. But if you just write AI and personality (same thing IMO) then I completely agree.

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Postby robersora » Wed May 13, 2015 5:12 am

I've finally watched Nightcrawler, and it it was an audiovisual blast coupled with an interesting story and an unnerving Jake Gyllenhaal. I liked it a lot, but I'm still not sure if some scenes at the end just fell flat or were brilliant in their twisted logic for me. Overall a cool movie.
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Postby Ray » Wed May 13, 2015 3:32 pm

The Dark Knight (2008):

Like every human being with a soul over the age of eleven. I love Batman, from his big pointy ears to his head to his big stompy combat boots, and this is probably the best movie we'll get for him. To this day The Dark Knight is still the only superhero movie to ever get an Oscar nomination, it immortalized Heath Ledger as one of Cinema's scariest and most memorable villains, and silenced the few critics left who were still skeptical about Chris Nolan directing a Batman movie, and above all else proved that superhero movies could be taken seriously and be profitable and it wasn't just a fad.

Having said that, rewatching it now for the first time in years. . . it's far from perfect.

While the uber-real tone does help aid to the dramatic moments and the believability the setting, it often gets a little inconsistent. Case in point there's this one scene towards the end of the first third where Comissioner Gordon and Harvey Dent are talking about taking down the mob all seriously in hushed whispers like a scene right out of an uber realistic David Fincher thriller film, and then out of nowhere appears Batman. In his pointy ears and big cape like he just stepped in from another film altogether. It comes off as kind've absurd and makes Batman seem kind've out of place in his own movie.

There are also a few plotholes, and BIB (Because I'm Batman) moments where he gets away with leaps in logic (like getting past a crowd without dozens seeing him, getting into a vault with no access points but the one the cops just got through etc.) Also for all the people complaining that Kal-El in Man of Steel caused uneeded reckless collateral damage. Um . . . Batman blew up two dozen cars that were in his way, not even checking to see if people were inside them or not. If he had been a little to the left he'd be responsible for killing those two kids waiting in the car for their parents. Also, while i did like Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent. I didn't really buy 100% into his transformation into Two Face like I did for Ledgers performanceas the joker. Not to mention he was horribly underused, and (not marking spoilers) died in the most anti climatic way. He could have been saved for the Sequel. . .

So. . . good film, but I wouldn't go so far to say it's the definitive Batman film like so many people claim it is.

Reel Injun (2009):

A documentary about the portrayal of Native American's throughout the history of American Cinema, and the Native American heroes of Cinema, the struggles Native Actors, and directors have faced, and the illusion of native culture on the silver screen in old school westerns, and modern films like "The New World" versus the harsh reality of life for many Native Peoples living on reservations right here in the US of A.

It's pretty encompassing of the portrayal of natives from the relatively positive portrayals of Natives like Ray Silverheels playing Tonto in the Lone Ranger, Danny Trejo in Machete, Benjamin Bratt in The Great Raid. To the rather offensive and demeaning in things like Looney Tunes shorts, the casting of native roles with White People, and John Wayne westerns. Interesting fact, translate the Navajo language in the conversations the Union Calvary is having with the Natives in John Wayne's The Searchers, and the Chief is calling the Calvary officer a 'Snake Slithering In It's Own Shit."

A good portion of the documentary is actually focused on a man who wasn't native by blood but did a lot to promote a relatively positive portrayal of Native Americans in film. Iron Eyes Cody. Who actually faked his heritage to avoid prejudice against his family from the Irish immigrants who lynched one of his neighbors.

Unlike a lot of documentaries that discuss the portrayal of race on film, this is actually done with a dose of good humor. There's really no shaming or condescension you often come to expect from documentary films like this.
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Postby Gendo'sPapa » Thu May 14, 2015 1:53 am

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD.

Got to attend a screening. Trust me, this movie exceeds the hype!!!

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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Thu May 14, 2015 8:07 am

^ Bull. SHIT! Those were the most amazing trailers I’ve seen in years! I really need to see how these movies can possibly be better.

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Postby Gendo'sPapa » Thu May 14, 2015 1:16 pm

It is.

What a day! What a lovely day!!!!

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Postby Trajan » Fri May 15, 2015 10:25 am

View Original PostGendo'sPapa wrote:MAD MAX: FURY ROAD.

Got to attend a screening. Trust me, this movie exceeds the hype!!!


Given that it has a 99% rating on RT and 9.3 on IMDB, I think it's sort of impossible to exceed the hype given that the hype has reached stratospheric proportions. Doesn't mean it can't be good, but there's no way it can be that amazing.
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Postby Guy Nacks » Fri May 15, 2015 9:54 pm

Mad Max: Fury Road is a textbook example of what action movies can be at their greatest: A high-octane thrill ride with REAL effects, REAL stuntmen, cool characters, and CGI only being used as a supporting, rather than a main, tool for the director to achieve their vision.
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Postby Bagheera » Fri May 15, 2015 10:01 pm

View Original PostGuy Nacks wrote:Mad Max: Fury Road is a textbook example of what action movies can be at their greatest: A high-octane thrill ride with REAL effects, REAL stuntmen, cool characters, and CGI only being used as a supporting, rather than a main, tool for the director to achieve their vision.


Well, shit. Now you're telling me I have to go see it.

Hope it's got a plot worth a damn.
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Postby A.T. Fish » Sat May 16, 2015 12:16 am

View Original PostGuy Nacks wrote:Mad Max: Fury Road is a textbook example of what action movies can be at their greatest: A high-octane thrill ride with REAL effects, REAL stuntmen, cool characters, and CGI only being used as a supporting, rather than a main, tool for the director to achieve their vision.

You telling me most of those were practical effects? That's impressive.

The film is indeed amazing, my favorite part about it is that it doesn't treat the viewer as an idiot. Most other movies would have stopped to explain a lot of the crazy stuff about the setting, in Fury Road they let you figure things out while you enjoy the ride. I have never watched Mad Max and had only a superficial understanding of the setting before watching this movie, and things were still clear enough to me without needing to resort to lengthy exposition scenes.


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