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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10860 on: May 26, 2012, 08:56:49 PM »
Watched Jackboots on Whitehall a few days ago on Netflix streaming.  I went in knowing nothing about the movie except the synopsis that was written on Netflix, so the fact that it was puppets was a surprise.

I remember thinking at first that it was a shame it wasn't live action. Then I thought, "Wait, how the fuck could this be done in live action? That wouldn't work at all."  Then I just sort of enjoyed it.  It was really bizarre, and not all of it worked, but goddamn was Richard Grant's "Vicar" character hilarious, and the Braveheart stuff was good.  It was also pretty fun seeing Hitler vamping in QEI's regalia in Buckingham.  Pretty good, not awesome, but worth a watch if you like outlandish surreal humor. And puppets.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10861 on: May 27, 2012, 07:05:50 AM »
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - An interesting movie, well directed, creative and nicely stylish. However, it is absulutely kneecapped by the character of Clementine being irredeemably unlikable. She is horribly FLAKY, and not in any kind of charming way that the movie thinks she is. Just one big neon sign of "doomed relationship, steer clear". Irresponsible (and at one point she wants to have a child, for God's sake!), with her head up her own ass when it's not in a booze bottle. While I sympathized with Joel only so much as the erasure procedure was clearly troumatic, I shure as HELL didn't want to see them together again or sympathise with their relationship. And yeah, Joel tended to be pretty boring too. Good performances across the board, though. Particularly Jim Carrey.

I think that's sort of the point of her character. She represents the wacky crazy girl that always seems to pop up in romantic comedies (as TVTropes puts it, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl), and how they are actually pretty messed up and broken individuals, when you get right down to it.

I know.

I used to be one. Though I never drank.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10862 on: May 27, 2012, 12:38:08 PM »
Last Year at Marienbad.  God, did I hate that movie.  You ever watch a movie and wish it had a face so you could punch it right in the kisser?  That's Marienbad.  What a load of pseudo-hip, pretentious twaddle.  The dialogue was irritating in its repetitiveness, the characters were a bunch of unlikable, rich a-holes, the organ music was annoying as hell, the shifts in time and space grew wearying.  And I'm somebody who likes certain art films.  But this was just unbearable.  I can see why JFK got up and walked out of the screening room at the White House when he watched this with Jackie.  If I had any good sense, I would've walked out too.  About the only good thing in this film was the game of Nim.  Aside from that, a total waste of time.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10863 on: May 27, 2012, 03:18:16 PM »
Last Year at Marienbad.  God, did I hate that movie.  You ever watch a movie and wish it had a face so you could punch it right in the kisser?  That's Marienbad.  What a load of pseudo-hip, pretentious twaddle.  The dialogue was irritating in its repetitiveness, the characters were a bunch of unlikable, rich a-holes, the organ music was annoying as hell, the shifts in time and space grew wearying.  And I'm somebody who likes certain art films.  But this was just unbearable.  I can see why JFK got up and walked out of the screening room at the White House when he watched this with Jackie.  If I had any good sense, I would've walked out too.  About the only good thing in this film was the game of Nim.  Aside from that, a total waste of time.

Sounds eminently riffable...
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10864 on: May 27, 2012, 04:01:18 PM »
Last Year at Marienbad.  God, did I hate that movie.  You ever watch a movie and wish it had a face so you could punch it right in the kisser?  That's Marienbad.  What a load of pseudo-hip, pretentious twaddle.  The dialogue was irritating in its repetitiveness, the characters were a bunch of unlikable, rich a-holes, the organ music was annoying as hell, the shifts in time and space grew wearying.  And I'm somebody who likes certain art films.  But this was just unbearable.  I can see why JFK got up and walked out of the screening room at the White House when he watched this with Jackie.  If I had any good sense, I would've walked out too.  About the only good thing in this film was the game of Nim.  Aside from that, a total waste of time.

Sounds eminently riffable...

I thought the film would be very riffable when it started, but as it wore on I found it getting on my nerves.  I don't think many people could bear sitting through the movie, much less riffing it.  If somebody could tear it a new one and make it even remotely watchable, I'd buy them a beer.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10865 on: May 27, 2012, 06:36:05 PM »
The rest of the Magic Pixie Dream habits left me behind more than me leaving them behind.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10866 on: May 27, 2012, 08:14:32 PM »
I bought a bunch of used horror movies, looking for some classics.  Found 2 that were not good, but had good ideas.

First was Lucio Fulci's House of Clocks.  Basically, some thieves break into a mansion run by 2 sweet old folks.  Thing get out of hand and the old couple end up dying (and their caretaker).  The theives decide to spend the night after accidentally killing those people, but suddenly all the clocks in the mansion start turning backwards and the old people are healed and start killing off the thieves.  There are some really cool ideas in this otherwise weak gore flick.  The idea that a shotgun blast reversing through time (or repeating, it wasn't 100 percent clear) to kill the guy who originally fired it was cool, but it doesn't really live up to the premise and ends on an MST3k-level note of incompetence where there's a hilariously dumb twist ending after flashing back to every major event in the movie for no good reason.  Let's just say it's the perfect set up for a Tounces joke.  Still, for the premise alone, this is a film that I would like to see remade.

The other one was a British psychological horror film called Afraid of the Dark.  The twist is pretty obvious from early on, but one thing I liked is that it seems to expect you to realize the twist as it slowly becomes more obvious.  I had the secret pegged from the beginning, but it is able to overcome that by it really being more about the main character than any big shocks.  That said, it is not to engaging and while there are moments I really liked in it, it felt a little flat.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10867 on: May 28, 2012, 07:26:31 AM »
I think "weak gore flick" describes almost every single film Fulci made.  I'm not sure I've seen a film of his that I thought was above average.

I've seen a few films recently:

Prom Night III: The Last Kiss - It's hard to believe that the series that began with a sub-Halloween horror movie starring Jamie Leight Curtis and Leslie Nielsen had a couple of half-decent horror-comedy sequels.  This one sees the return of Mary Lou to the modern day to seduce an average highschooler, become his girlfriend, and then start murdering everyone who gets in his way.  It's quite good for about an hour, with the guy torn over wanting to do well in school and then having to put up with his psychotic ghost girlfriend.  Its final third is a mess though, with an ending that sees tacked on for the hell of it.

Get Him to the Greek
- A semi-sequel to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, with Russell Brand returning as Aldous Snow as a rockstar who's fallen out of favour and off the wagon.  Jonah Hill plays the record executive tasked with escorting Snow to an anniversary concert where Snow was at his peak.  It's not as good as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, purely because Jonah Hill isn't particularly likeable as a lead and the humour he employs feels uncomfortable and forced, rather than funny.  Brand is great though and it's a shame that he's never really had a starring role that has done him justice.

Pacific Banana
is a terrible Australian softcore comedy inspired by the films of Russ Meyer.  It centres around an Australian airline and the philandering pilots and stewardesses that are employed there.  One of the pilots has a sensitivity problem and dozens of girls are only happy to try and cure him.  The copious amounts of nudity doesn't make up for the complete lack of good jokes and a very questionable attitude toward women.

Roller Boogie stars Linda Blair (from the Exorcist) as a rich girl who find solace from her cold home life in the art of Roller Boogie.  Fundamentally inoffensive, it's nevertheless incredibly mockable, with some cheesy moments that those kinds of "fad" films are known for.  Linda Blair was kinda hot, too.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10868 on: May 28, 2012, 09:27:00 AM »

Iron Sky

Amazingly high concept parody of (right wing) politics and nationlist bullshit by pitting a Palin-president against one of the few groups who could manage to outdo them at their own game.  Swung into some waaaay too goofy subplots for my liking which diluted the message and the movie quite a bit for me (much the same way a few other Eastern European genre comedies have in recent years) the Palin character almost seems underplayed compared to the real thing though. 

If you saw the trailer and thought you wouldn't like it, you're probably right.  If you liked the look of the trailer you might be a little dissapointed but I'd say it's definately worth a look.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10869 on: May 28, 2012, 11:39:39 AM »
Caught a double feature last night at a drive in. Avengers and Battleship. Already said enough about Avengers, and watching it a second time was still awesome. As for Battleship, well...  I went in with zero expectations and the established idea that the tickets were cheap and that if we just felt like driving away after Avengers it would still be worth the trip. But we did stay, and it was a surprisingly fun movie. If anything it was a bit too long, and the middle action scenes kinda dragged, but I did like the early character development and the build-up and execution of the climax. Dumb movie, you bet, but fun. Also, surprising restraint in the area of puns.

That said, I want to riff it. Being in the car gave us more than the usual freedom to riff to eachother and Erica and I already have a few good jokes.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10870 on: May 28, 2012, 12:36:04 PM »
Men In Black 3 - Eh, it was okay. About as many jokes work as ones that don't. Some of the designs (the practical ones) looked good. Not as good as the first one, but far better than the sequel.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10871 on: May 28, 2012, 12:44:43 PM »
Big Miracle

Saw this on the plane last night flying home.  It was OK.  A sort of "by the numbers" movie where you could see the beats coming before they happened.  One of those movies where you sit back and wonder why it was even made.  But it was decent enough, I guess.  Not anything I need to see again though.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10872 on: May 28, 2012, 04:51:16 PM »
Larry Crowne

Maybe it's just because I'm pushing 40 years old... but Julia Roberts remains equal parts hideous and fuckable.... it's eerie... like that creepy aunt that you were secretly hot for... Also, Wilmer Valderrama sports a goatee in this... which made him look like Evil Fez... even tho Evil Fez would have been much more interesting than what was presented here. Director/Writer/Star Tom Hanks delivers a bland, but unoffensive, way to waste away 90 minutes.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10873 on: May 28, 2012, 07:59:41 PM »
Men In Black 3 - Eh, it was okay. About as many jokes work as ones that don't. Some of the designs (the practical ones) looked good. Not as good as the first one, but far better than the sequel.

Well there is one movie I will be renting on Blu Ray instead of paying $10 to see it in theaters this summer.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #10874 on: May 28, 2012, 08:13:22 PM »
Men In Black 3 - Eh, it was okay. About as many jokes work as ones that don't. Some of the designs (the practical ones) looked good. Not as good as the first one, but far better than the sequel.

Well there is one movie I will be renting on Blu Ray instead of paying $10 to see it in theaters this summer.
Yeah, it's a rental, definitely. And don't see it in 3D. I can't beleive that would have helped it at all.