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Offline JimJ

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10560 on: March 23, 2012, 11:16:40 PM »
I am a bit curious about Hunger Games but from what I have heard about it, how is it not derivative of Battle Royale?  Teens having to hunt and kill each other for some sort of TV event.

Plus you know the mandated PG-13 rating to get bigger box office will defang this from what it should be given it's premise.

Will probably Redbox it in 4 months, just to check it out.

I'm a fan of both BR and HG and they're very different.  The premise of kids being forced to kill other kids is the same, but the execution isn't really similar at all.  The author claims to have never heard of Battle Royale before writing the books.  Who knows if that's true, but it's certainly possible given how obscure Battle Royale is in the states.  Hardcore film fans (especially horror and exploitation fans) know about it, but your average theater goer has never heard of it.

I'm a fan of the books and I thought they did a great job with the movie and I loved the cast.  As for the gore, the book wasn't very graphic, so PG-13 was fine.  It was actually a little bloodier than I expected.  I was surprised at how much of the killing at the cornucopia was shown, even though it was in very quick shots.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10561 on: March 24, 2012, 04:16:34 AM »
Two more!

Flakes is an independent film about a guy who works behind the counter at a restaurant that only serves cereal.  Being an independent film, his girlfriend is played by Zooey Deschanel, who wants him to finish his music album before he's stuck in retail for the rest of his life.  Complications set in when a rival cereal bar, a corporate looking place, opens across the street.  It's not very good.  The main character isn't likeable, particularly believable, and neither is the people that surround him.  Fun fact - it was directed by Michael Lehmann, who also directed the much more fun Hudson Hawk.

Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector
- Lowest common denominator ahoy! I've never seen anything of LTCG, aside from his annoying voicework in the Cars movies, and our Netflix has just put up all of his films, so I decided to check this one out.  He plays a health inspector who investigates a number of health violations of top restaurants before a city-wide competition.  It's awful.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10562 on: March 24, 2012, 05:01:00 PM »
Battle Royale

A film like Battle Royale could have been presented as a perfect example of exploitation cinema, but the script by Kenta Fukasaku does a nice job of fleshing out all of the major characters while providing some fine back stories for the other students. A perfect example of this is the plot that revolves around Chigusa (played wonderfully by Chiaki Kuriyama of Kill Bill.) She doesn’t get much screen time but her performance is more noteworthy than many of the other actors.

The violence is extreme and that’s probably the one aspect that people will most likely get out of the film. While that’s all fine, at times Battle Royale is truly a beautiful movie. The relationships that it explores, primarily Nanahara (Tatsuya Fujiwara) and Nakagaw (Aki Maeda), are layered wonderfully and by the time the climax of the film hits, you’re really rooting for them.

To get the most out of the movie while completely enjoying it you really need to accept the premise without even questioning it. However, director Kinji Fukasaku presents the audience with many likable characters to feel for, as to allow these people who might be put off by the plot another means of really enjoying the movie.

Martha Marcy May Marlene

There’s this underlying sense of danger and paranoia that’s present throughout Martha Marcy May Marlene that makes it uncomfortable to watch. This is underscored even further when, for most of the picture, the audience isn’t sure if Martha is fully committed to being with her sister and husband. However, this feeling diminishes after a certain scene that takes place near the end of the movie.

That sense of paranoia that director Sean Durkin creates is emphasized even more by the daring performance that Olsen gives. Like Martha, the audience is able to view this transformation of what might seem like a nice group of people in her eyes, into a dangerous place to live. This complex character that Olsen gets to work with ultimately allows her to explore multiple facets that wouldn’t be available if she weren’t in the position that she was in.

Both Olsen and Hawkes give stellar performances that help accentuate Durkin’s nice direction and storytelling. Complex and brave performances across the board help elevate Martha Marcy May Marlene become more than just another forgettable indie film.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10563 on: March 24, 2012, 06:28:04 PM »
The Courier.

It was just an awful film. I had high hopes as I like Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Mickey Rourke but Rourke was shocking in it and hardly really in the film and Morgan ran around the entire film with a look of angst on his face, it became really irritating.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10564 on: March 24, 2012, 08:53:00 PM »
I too just re-watched Battle Royale (for like the 20th time) because the g/f wanted to see it before seeing "Hunger Games". It's actually been awhile, and, yes, the violence gets horrific sometimes. But, as iv3rdawG said, it is also beautiful at times too. Multiple views really make it easier to follow who's who (characters enter, exit, and return a lot), so my enjoyment increases the more I'm able to follow everyone. I'll probably see "Hunger Games" when it comes to the dollar theater. I'm sure it'll be fine for what it is. I'll keep enjoying BR, thankyouverymuch.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10565 on: March 24, 2012, 10:28:02 PM »
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10566 on: March 25, 2012, 05:35:34 AM »
The Sitter

Dreadful.  Turned it off after a half hour or so of pure tedium.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10567 on: March 25, 2012, 02:24:57 PM »
The Sitter

Dreadful.  Turned it off after a half hour or so of pure tedium.
I'd rather go watch Adventures in Babysitting again... AND I FUCKING HATE THAT MOVIE!!!


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10568 on: March 26, 2012, 01:18:26 PM »
The Sitter

Dreadful.  Turned it off after a half hour or so of pure tedium.
I'd rather go watch Adventures in Babysitting again... AND I FUCKING HATE THAT MOVIE!!!

I was actually going to buy this movie, I like Jonah Hill.  But I keep hearing horrible stuff about it, and not just here.

Maybe I will re-watch Adventures in Babystitting.  I loved it in the 80s, wonder how its aged...
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10569 on: March 26, 2012, 06:40:14 PM »
Is it ironic or sad that after the success of Twilight made me want to kill teenagers, The Hunger Games, the next mega-event comparable to Twilight, is about killing teenagers?



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10570 on: March 26, 2012, 07:23:43 PM »
Is it ironic or sad that after the success of Twilight made me want to kill teenagers, The Hunger Games, the next mega-event comparable to Twilight, is about killing teenagers?

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10571 on: March 26, 2012, 08:56:57 PM »
Is it ironic or sad that after the success of Twilight made me want to kill teenagers, The Hunger Games, the next mega-event comparable to Twilight, is about killing teenagers?

Executive #1: "What are teens into these days?"
Executive #2: "Vampires?"
Executive #1: "And those who don't?"
Executive #2: "The ones-who-don't want the ones-who-do to die a horrible death."
Executive #1: "That's an untapped market. But can't it be a remake or a sequel or something?"
Executive #2: "We could adapt these books called 'The Hunger Games'."
Executive #1: "Perfect. Greenlight NOW!"


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10572 on: March 27, 2012, 08:54:38 AM »
The Raid: Redemption. I wrote up something a bit longer for a journal on another site, which I will just copy/paste here:

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TLDR version: it's a really, really, really good action movie that I want to see again right now.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10573 on: March 27, 2012, 08:38:58 PM »
Martha Marcy May Marlene - Meh.

Lethal Weapon - This shit got old.  I'll watch Die Hard any day of the week but I kinda got bored with this until it got to the hostage exchange in the desert. 
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10574 on: March 27, 2012, 08:49:18 PM »
The Raid: Redemption. I wrote up something a bit longer for a journal on another site, which I will just copy/paste here:

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TLDR version: it's a really, really, really good action movie that I want to see again right now.

Can't wait to see this!
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