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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13215 on: September 28, 2013, 12:45:47 PM »
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13216 on: September 28, 2013, 01:27:45 PM »
It's on Netflix streaming, if you have that.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13217 on: September 28, 2013, 10:04:04 PM »
After I finished watching Ti West's new movie, The Innkeepers (2011), I looked through it's IMDB message board and read two separate conversations about the ending of the movie. One of these conversations opined that the heroine of the movie didn't deserve what happened to her. That, in fact, she was a complete innocent. This is certainly true. The second conversation had a very specific complaint about the last shot of the movie: they thought that the movie cheated them because it foreshadowed the last shot with one of those shock-tactic ghost movies that occasionally goes viral on YouTube, and then wimped out by not giving them a payoff. For myself, I think if The Innkeepers HAD ended with a jolt of that sort, it would have been a cheap shot, but then I remember that the end of Carrie has that kind of quality to it, so who am I to judge. I'm just happy that West and his collaborators don't go there. I'm happy, too, that he understands that sometimes, you have to torment your heroine, no matter how sweet and perky she may be.

The Innkeepers takes place in the venerable Yankee Pedlar Inn (a real hotel, as it happens, in Torrington, CT, where the film was shot). The hotel is closing for good. On its last weekend, its remaining employees, Claire and Luke, decided they want to play ghost hunter. Luke has set up a website to document the hauntings in the Yankee Pedlar, and he's brought an EVP recorder to the hotel to track the ghosts. Claire is willing to play along. The old hotel is creepy when it's empty. On its last weekend, it has only a small handful of guests. One of them is a mother and son who are taking some time away from her husband. Another is an aging actress who is in town for a "healing" convention. She's a New Age healer, sensitive to the spirit world. The final guest is an old man who stayed in the honeymoon suite with his late wife. He wants one last night in that room before the hotel is shuttered. Over the course of the three nights, Claire and Luke bitch about their job and snipe about the guests. Claire forms a relationship with the brusque actress, though one that is contentious. As the hours click away, Claire becomes more and more convinced that there really IS a haunting, that the spirit of Madeline O'Malley, who died in a famous tragedy decades before, still walks the halls of the hotel...

The Innkeepers is a slow burn horror movie along the lines of director Ti West's last film, House of the Devil. That film teased and teased until it provided an abrupt payoff at the end. West, it seems, likes to punctuate his movies with an exclamation point before sending his audience to the exit. Unlike House of the Devil, The Innkeepers might work just fine without any supernatural hijinks. The core of the movie is the relationship between Claire and Luke, who (surprisingly) are not lovers or even interested in each other. They're a couple of bored friends working a crap job and filling the empty hours of that job as best they can. Their banter is genuinely funny. Both Sara Paxton as Claire and Pat Healy as Luke are perfectly cast as snarky service sector young people. They manage a dry kind of disillusion without lapsing into full blown hipster irony. The underlying terror involved with the hotel, especially in the third act defuses any of that. Kelly McGillis plays Leanne Rease-Jones, the actress, and she growls through a part that could easily be a parody of a New Age actress. McGillis is finding a nice second career in horror movies these days, and I hope she keeps it up. She's good in these parts. So first and foremost, this is a character study, and it's a pretty good one, too. There are straight up indie comedies that aren't nearly as fun or as funny as The Innkeepers. The people who complained that House of the Devil took too long to get where it was going should have no complaints here, even though this film has a virtually identical structure.

Still, The Innkeepers is a horror movie, first, and it doesn't skimp on the horror. It withholds its big shocks until the film's last ten minutes or so, but it spends a lot of time whispering to the audience, inserting a mounting dread into the consciousness in an almost subliminal fashion. There's a scene early in the film in which Claire is wearing a pair of big earphones and the soundtrack becomes appropriately muffled. It's a nice indication that sound is going to play a huge role in the film, and so it does. The EVP recorder provides the filmmakers with some of the film's icier chills, while also providing sound designer Graham Reznick an excuse to create a minutely detailed soundscape for the movie. This is something that The Innkeepers does better than most horror movies, and it shouldn't be underestimated. It's not content to jolt the audience with sudden noises--though it does that, too. It also gets the audience involved by forcing them to actually listen hard to the soundtrack, because that's where the first breaths of other worlds end up whispering. West is good at evoking lonely, abandoned spaces, too. There's an Edward Hopperish feeling to the corridors and rooms of the Yankee Pedlar, and a Kubrickian feel, too. The film was obviously tailored to a real location, but that location is an ideal setting.

I like the ambiguity at the end of the film, too. When all is said and done, there's no concrete assurance that what actually happened in the Yankee Pedlar was the result of ghosts. It sets this up masterfully, with small things like an asthma inhaler and a bird trapped by cellar doors. We're pretty sure there are ghosts, but the film provides a viewpoint that is just subjective enough to cast doubt on that. Which brings me back around to the end of the film. The reason that the people grousing about the ending of this film are wrong is that had West provided one of those cheap shots, he would have dismantled the ambiguity he worked so hard to create. The audience would have known that the ghosts were real and that would have let them shrug the whole thing off. But as a portrait of haunted people? That's not so easy to walk away from, particularly when those people are so likeable.

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Anyone who watches and loves Incubus (1966, Leslie Stevens) understands immediately that they're privy to a secret precious few know exists. This is that rare thing: a bona fide American art film, dressed up as a low-budget (but extremely well executed) horror movie. I suspect most people who've heard of it at all know it only as that Esperanto film starring William Shatner, although in the end the gimmick of filming it entirely in a made-up language seems almost unimportant. The Esperanto imparts an otherworldliness to the events depicted, placing it in an imprecise realm that seems at once familiar and foreign.

Nuanced storylines and fleshed out characterizations are pared away into pure allegory, leaving only a classic tale of good versus evil, rendered in breathtaking chiaroscuro that calls to mind and builds upon the stark medieval look of late 50s Bergman. This is a film of blacks and whites, in style and in content; the chiaroscuro images, deluged in pitch blacks and blinding whites, reflect the story that posits the minions of the devil against the pure, God-fearing hero. Despite the simplistic storyline, the movie is actually somewhat cerebral in its approach. For example, using the metaphor of the eclipse (the fusion of the sun and the moon, lightness and darkness, essentially) to introduce the succubus to the hero, while other visual motifs are delineated in neat patterns (the foreshadowing of underwater imagery in the beginning, for instance).

But what's great about this film is its ability to use sound and image to transport you so fully into its universe: the sounds of the harsh winds, the shrieking of the goat-devil, the ethereal intonations of the Esperanto itself, coupled with everything from the impeccably framed religious and satanic iconography to the gritty handheld shots immersing you in the characters' own sense of delirium. It's a piece of pure cinema through and through.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13218 on: September 28, 2013, 11:27:24 PM »
It's on Netflix streaming, if you have that.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13219 on: September 29, 2013, 04:08:45 AM »
At the risk of stirring it up again, I think the reason the new Star Trek thing doesn't bother me is that I'm quite used to alternate storytelling by now.  Growing up a Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy fan helped there quite a bit, proving there can be several distinct and different but in their own way good versions of the same story.  Also, even though I was never a big comic book reader, there are a few I've read and loved, and its extremely rare that one of them gets adapted incredibly faithfully, but I still find myself enjoying a lot of the results.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13220 on: September 29, 2013, 05:51:46 AM »
Finally got to see the new Star Trek movie. It was like a 3 foot wide Reese's Cup covered in bacon and guacamole.

I...  Uh... That good or bad?


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13221 on: September 29, 2013, 07:19:55 AM »
Finally got to see the new Star Trek movie. It was like a 3 foot wide Reese's Cup covered in bacon and guacamole.

I...  Uh... That good or bad?
Yeah, I didn't get that either. Guacamole is disgusting.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13222 on: September 29, 2013, 09:09:10 AM »
Finally got to see the new Star Trek movie. It was like a 3 foot wide Reese's Cup covered in bacon and guacamole.

I...  Uh... That good or bad?
Yeah, I didn't get that either. Guacamole is disgusting.
I hated it. It was:

- Overpowering
- Too much
- Made no sense
- Deeply unsatisfying

It was the mental image that came to mind: sorry for being mysterious.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13223 on: September 29, 2013, 09:14:25 AM »
Finally got to see the new Star Trek movie. It was like a 3 foot wide Reese's Cup covered in bacon and guacamole.

I...  Uh... That good or bad?
Yeah, I didn't get that either. Guacamole is disgusting.
I hated it. It was:

- Overpowering
- Too much
- Made no sense
- Deeply unsatisfying

It was the mental image that came to mind: sorry for being mysterious.

Well, until you got to the guacamole, it sounded like it might work. I like the analogy, though.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13224 on: September 29, 2013, 12:17:07 PM »

I agree with those who say it is riffable, by the way.  I'd pay an extra dollar or two to hear Bill yell, "SPOCK SMASH!" (in the Hulk voice, of course) at a particular part of the movie.  You know what I'm talking about.  Yeah?
Oh God, YES! In that scene I expected Spock to rip his arm off, teleport back and squeeze the blood from it directly into Kirk's mouth. Out of character, yes, but it would have been hilarious.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13225 on: September 29, 2013, 01:24:51 PM »
I love guacamole.  But not on a Reese's cup.

I don't want to turn into the resident New Trek fanboy.  But, look, in my 20's, I wore a high quality metal replica of the TNG badge/communicator on my jacket.  I've been an unapologetic Trekkie forever.  I didn't much care for Voyager, but I've watched it all.  This is a different take, yes, but I don't mind.

I agree with those who say it is riffable, by the way.  I'd pay an extra dollar or two to hear Bill yell, "SPOCK SMASH!" (in the Hulk voice, of course) at a particular part of the movie.  You know what I'm talking about.  Yeah?

My bottom line is that the movie was good... to me.  Your mileage my vary, depending on how well tuned you warp drive is.

So you were a Nu-Trek fan even in the '80s in other words.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13226 on: September 29, 2013, 03:09:07 PM »
Finally got to see the new Star Trek movie. It was like a 3 foot wide Reese's Cup covered in bacon and guacamole.

Sounds amazing to me.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13227 on: September 29, 2013, 06:12:26 PM »
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

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This was nuts.  Watched it for movie night and it was a tremendous success.  It is also batshit insane.  I think a lot of this film is more knowing of it's camp than some might suspect, but the movie goes absolutely nuts in the last half hour.  It's like a movie that somehow decided to be about everything and somehow becomes about nothing.  To quote Homer Simpson "It's just a bunch of stuff that happened."  But it is both so ludicrous and so stylish that it's an absolute pleasure to watch.  Warning: they did MTV-style editing before that was a thing: there are very few shots that last longer than five seconds, which can be very disorienting.  But that's kind of the point, I think.

It's really a weird watch, because I actually think there is genuine slyness in the writing, editing and directing, but there is equal parts of just nuttiness, even before the narrative goes completely off the rails.  I don't think it's an accident that there's overpowering soap opera kind of music near the end when things get melodramatic, but at the same time, there's so little focus that there isn't a point to any of it, and the histrionics are hilarious.  Then there's a last ditch attempt to try to make it have some semblance of a point and for the life of me, I cannot tell if the attempt is done in sincerity or tongue in cheek.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13228 on: September 29, 2013, 06:52:42 PM »
I love Star Trek. Contrary to some of the previous posts regarding Into Darkness, I really enjoyed it. I disliked all the Stark Trek shows but I'm a huge fan of the movies.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13229 on: September 30, 2013, 09:16:39 PM »
Iron Man 3

Liked it a lot.  Maybe even more than the first one. 

The 3D however was only good in some scenes, so when I watch it again I'll probably stick to the standard Blu-Ray.