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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13455 on: November 26, 2013, 08:35:09 PM »
The Selling

Got it as a Kickstarter reward for backing their latest project.

Interesting mix of comedy and suspense, and a little bit scary.  Does have a very "independent film" feel to it, but pretty well done.  Looking forward to the Kickstarter project movie.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13456 on: November 26, 2013, 10:45:59 PM »
Love Me, If You Dare

A fun French film about a two childhood friends who would make eachother compete in increasingly destructive and dangers dares, which continues well into their college years.  If stylish and cool, but if you aren't on board with the fact that our two protagonists are sociopaths that the filmmakers want us to root for, you might not be into it.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13457 on: November 26, 2013, 11:23:55 PM »
Saw a lot of stuff that people liked but I didn’t

This is the End
I knew better, but reviews were good so against my better judgement I checked it out. Lord do I hate  Rogan & Goldberg films. Hate that stoner, foul-mouthed, cheap juvenile sex humor of theirs.  Rape jokes? Yeah real funny asshats! This was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen, complete garbage. I’m done with these 2, no matter the reviews. I’m done. Grrrr!  >:(
 
The Conjuring
James Wan’s “Insidious” was one of the funniest comedies I’ve ever seen. I laughed and chortled and howled… Unfortunately, it seems the intent of the film was to scare me.

Horror is inherently absurd and the task for any filmmaker is to make it convincing, draw you in no matter how outlandish it seems. In this, Wan utterly fails. While the Conjuring is more effective than Insidious, it’s still overwrought and silly. And scare tactics were pretty old hat.

I also checked out Much Ado About Nothing from the library – and am hoping that doesn’t let me down as well. Though I’ve never liked the use of Shakespearian language when they place the Bards stories in modern settings (It just sounds wrong, if you update the setting, then update the language). But I’ll see if I can get past that bias here.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13458 on: November 27, 2013, 06:51:31 AM »
Though I’ve never liked the use of Shakespearian language when they place the Bards stories in modern settings (It just sounds wrong, if you update the setting, then update the language).
I couldn't agree with you more! I don't really care for Shakespeare under the best of circumstances anyway, bit I at least respect it's place in literature. And it's place in time. Trying to be serious in modern time and talking in such a silly way just DOES NOT WORK! I howled in laughter in Romeo + Juliet when the gang members were trying to act all tough and yet talking in such flowery language.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13459 on: November 27, 2013, 11:50:48 AM »
Though I’ve never liked the use of Shakespearian language when they place the Bards stories in modern settings (It just sounds wrong, if you update the setting, then update the language).
I couldn't agree with you more! I don't really care for Shakespeare under the best of circumstances anyway, bit I at least respect it's place in literature. And it's place in time. Trying to be serious in modern time and talking in such a silly way just DOES NOT WORK! I howled in laughter in Romeo + Juliet when the gang members were trying to act all tough and yet talking in such flowery language.

For me reading Shakespeare is like reading the Bible, they both are very important in history but torture to read.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13460 on: November 27, 2013, 12:43:19 PM »
Yes, reading Shakespeare is terrible, and anyone who has convinced you that it's a serious thing has done you a great disservice.

Shakespeare is fantastic, when it's performed well. And it was always performed in modern dress when it was originally performed. Shakespeare, and indeed all of the drama of that period is far better than the Bible, it just happens to often be performed terribly.

Whedon's Much Ado was great, following the  first couple of scenes.

Nobody summed up the problem with Shakespeare and school better than Bertrand Russell:

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Children are made to learn bits of Shakespeare by heart, with the result that ever after they associate him with pedantic boredom. If they could meet him in the flesh, full of jollity and ale, they would be astonished, and if they had never heard of him before they might be led by his jollity to see what he had written. But if at school they had been inoculated against him, they will never be able to enjoy him. The same sort of thing applies to music lessons. Human beings have certain capacities for spontaneous enjoyment, but moralists and pedants possess themselves of the apparatus of these enjoyments, and having extracted what they consider the poison of pleasure they leave them dreary and dismal and devoid of everything that gives them value. Shakespeare did not write with a view to boring school-children; he wrote with a view to delighting his audiences. If he does not give you delight, you had better ignore him.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13461 on: November 27, 2013, 11:52:07 PM »
Blue is the Warmest Colour interesting, a pretty decent movie about relationships and the subtle problems class dichotomy can cause between lovers as well as a look at the fluidity of female sexuality and gender identity. Oh and about 12 minutes of fairly porntastic sex scenes (without which the movie would likely be PG-13 rather than NC-17).

The movie has a lot of great emotional realism and the actors aren't afraid to look ugly (crying, the way nobody really looks cute when they're sleeping) and Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux are both wonderful to look at so it's not that I mind the sex scenes in the slightest, I do wonder if they aren't a little exploitative and don't add all that much to the story but it's not a point I'm all that inclined to make much of, the scenes are beautiful to watch, pure fucking art if you will.

I watched this with a French friend. We both quite enjoyed it (and laughed at all the smoking teenagers), finding it to be a pretty good view of the various stages of someone desperately trying to find love in another person (and then losing themselves when that doesn't work out). On the way back, he explained that a good chunk of the movie has to do with how French society operates, in those "high" artists and the "other" artists (the painter vs. the not-really-a-writer in the main girl). I think it handled the lesbianism aspect pretty well, even if it did get more than a little exploitative in the sex scene (the movie then has a character point out how the male gaze can never quite understand the love in a woman, and therefore only lusts after it, but just because he says it doesn't really excuse everything).

The Selling

Got it as a Kickstarter reward for backing their latest project.

Interesting mix of comedy and suspense, and a little bit scary.  Does have a very "independent film" feel to it, but pretty well done.  Looking forward to the Kickstarter project movie.

I've been hoping to see this for a while, hopefully a slightly more wide-release is forthcoming.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13462 on: November 28, 2013, 05:49:01 AM »
Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Like the first, this one is not a bad movie... but damn I really felt every minute of the 2.5 hour run time. The acting is good, Jennifer Lawrence deserves the props she gets. If there is one thing these two movies have nailed it's how her character can swing between hopelessness and determination in the face of shit circumstances... But alas, the writers can't seem to trim enough fat from the source material and the pacing suffers.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13463 on: November 28, 2013, 12:59:41 PM »
I want Jennifer Lawrence to have my babies.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13464 on: November 28, 2013, 03:30:41 PM »
Olympus Has Fallen is awful. It's terribly written. It's badly cast. And it has the worst visual effects I've seen in a long time.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13465 on: November 28, 2013, 08:24:49 PM »
I want Jennifer Lawrence to have my babies.
I don't but I'd not mind unsuccessfully attempting to achieve implantation with her several times.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13466 on: November 28, 2013, 08:27:40 PM »
Blue is the Warmest Colour interesting, a pretty decent movie about relationships and the subtle problems class dichotomy can cause between lovers as well as a look at the fluidity of female sexuality and gender identity. Oh and about 12 minutes of fairly porntastic sex scenes (without which the movie would likely be PG-13 rather than NC-17).

The movie has a lot of great emotional realism and the actors aren't afraid to look ugly (crying, the way nobody really looks cute when they're sleeping) and Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux are both wonderful to look at so it's not that I mind the sex scenes in the slightest, I do wonder if they aren't a little exploitative and don't add all that much to the story but it's not a point I'm all that inclined to make much of, the scenes are beautiful to watch, pure fucking art if you will.

I watched this with a French friend. We both quite enjoyed it (and laughed at all the smoking teenagers), finding it to be a pretty good view of the various stages of someone desperately trying to find love in another person (and then losing themselves when that doesn't work out). On the way back, he explained that a good chunk of the movie has to do with how French society operates, in those "high" artists and the "other" artists (the painter vs. the not-really-a-writer in the main girl). I think it handled the lesbianism aspect pretty well, even if it did get more than a little exploitative in the sex scene (the movie then has a character point out how the male gaze can never quite understand the love in a woman, and therefore only lusts after it, but just because he says it doesn't really excuse everything).
Oh yeah I think I agree with all of that really, especially the male gaze part. See that shower right before the end scene; not saying I minded seeing it at all but it really added nothing and seemed completely gratuitous.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13467 on: November 28, 2013, 09:35:54 PM »
The Hunt "Jagten" (2012) I could write a long winded unprofessional review of this film but I feel I would do it a disservice. If you like good films (which you do or you wouldn't be here) do what I did, toss it on Google, watch a preview, read a professionally written review,  and if it intrigues you see it.   


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13468 on: November 29, 2013, 01:58:17 PM »
I saw Gravity today with my Mom, we both really liked it.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13469 on: November 29, 2013, 03:22:29 PM »
The Hunt "Jagten" (2012) I could write a long winded unprofessional review of this film but I feel I would do it a disservice. If you like good films (which you do or you wouldn't be here) do what I did, toss it on Google, watch a preview, read a professionally written review,  and if it intrigues you see it.

I really want to re-emphasize this one, I haven't stopped thinking about the story and the acting was phenomenal. Please don't miss this one.