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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11565 on: September 13, 2012, 12:32:20 AM »
Absolutely one of my favorites of all time, Real Steel.

I wouldn't call it a favorite of mine, but I agree with what you like about it.  And since they used a lot of real props instead of CGI it looks great too, especially on Blu-Ray.  It certainly doesn't deserve the hate it seems to get.

There's a sequel announced but not production info on it.  Not sure how I feel about a sequel, feels like all they could do is ruin the story by extending it.

It's possible that it'll ruin it. Not sure. It's just perfect the way it is. I'm finding more and more that I like simple straightfoward movies. I enjoy intricate plots, too, but movies that state what they are and deliver are FANTASTIC.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11566 on: September 13, 2012, 03:59:34 AM »
We saw End Of Watch last night. FANTASTIC!!!!! :clap:
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11567 on: September 15, 2012, 11:03:40 AM »
Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Hadn't seen it in probably ten years, still holds up....love it!

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11568 on: September 15, 2012, 01:45:45 PM »
The Master (70mm)

It’s extremely odd to consider the fact that one movie can create such fervours anticipation among one community, and then outside of that community, be relatively unknown by most film going audiences, outside of a few TV spots here and there. This doesn’t happen often but when a new film from someone like Paul Thomas Anderson or Terrence Malick is right around the corner you can definitely expect it. After returning from WWII, a Naval veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) drifts through life until he comes across a charismatic man known as the Master (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and his group of followers.

It’s been about five years since Anderson’s epic There Will Be Blood took the film-going world by storm. Well, he’s returned with something equally as ambitious and just as riveting. In the case of There Will Be Blood, Anderson got a scorching performance from Daniel Day-Lewis. A performance that could easily be argued as being one of the best of the past decade. In The Master, Anderson has two performances that could easily challenge it. It’s incredible to see a director like Anderson get the best out of his actors. But that’s just what renowned filmmakers do. Going and watching any of these other actors’ films wouldn’t be the same after seeing The Master, and it’s just as much a testament to what Anderson is able to bring out of them as much as it is the actors’ work.

Rumblings have been making their way through the media that Day-Lewis has a nomination ready to go with his performance in Lincoln. However, I highly doubt that he’s going to be able to beat out either Hoffman or Phoenix. In any other year, if Phoenix or Hoffman gave a performance like this that wasn’t up against the other, it would have won easily. One of them will win, and I suspect it will be Phoenix, but it’s just incredible to have not just one but two performances of this caliber in one picture.

You can put together a cast of a dozen Academy Award winners but the chances of getting two performances as good as this out of those actors seems unlikely. It’s truly an anomaly in film and something that should be praised. It’s clear now why they shared that best actor award at the Venice Film Festival. All this talking of acting and one can often forget that three-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams gives a truly frightening performance. That’s not her fault when she’s surrounded by a cast like this. Her interactions with Phoenix are phenomenal and her last scene, which might be overlooked by what happens after, is brilliant. I wouldn’t be surprised if she snags a Best Supporting Actress win here.

There are so many individual scenes that you could cite as simply great examples of filmmaking but quite possibly the greatest comes early on, right after Phoenix meets Hoffman for the first time. The two take part in one of Hoffman’s sessions and what follows is a masterclass in acting. It’s incredible to see two actors clearly at the top of their game play off of each other like this this, uninterrupted by any fancy editing or sound effects, but just the pure talent of two actors and one of the greatest directors of the past twenty years.

One of the big selling points of The Master has been the fact that Anderson shot the film in 65mm, the first full feature shot on it since Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet (1996). Casual viewers might not notice, but for people who seek out a 70mm print (which will be difficult to do if you don’t live in a big city), it is a truly rewarding experience. There’s just no way to express how happy I was by the fact that I was watching a new 70mm film from one of the best director’s currently working. It’s people like Anderson that truly make me hope that film still has a chance of surviving what’s going on currently with the digital format. He takes full advantage of the format and the scope of the entire picture it stunning to watch. This presents itself clearly during a few specific parts of the film, namely whenever there’s a scene at sea, but especially during one part of the movie. That segment takes place in the desert and involves something really simple, just riding a motorcycle. The way it’s shot is just extremely beautiful.

Anderson has once again teamed up with Radiohead member Johnny Greenwood to create a truly unique score. Like everything else in the film, it’s just different than anything else you’d find in most movies. It’s entrancing and hypnotic. It fits about as perfectly as a score could. If you hear it by itself it doesn’t sound like it should work with a movie that takes place during this time period but it just works. There’s no doubt that this is going to be a tough film for casual film goers to get behind, much like last year’s The Tree of Life, which had the big names to draw audiences but seemed to leave a lot unsatisfied. The Master, however, is going to be easier for people to follow. Anderson doesn’t spoon feed anything though, and he makes the audience work to understand what he’s going for.

It’s an emotionally draining picture in the weirdest sense. It wont knock the wind out of you like 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, but it will leave you in an odd place when you’re done watching it. It wont be mentioned among the epics that everyone cites, but it definitely should be. Simply put, The Master is an astounding meditation on one man’s life, as well as the portrayal of differing viewpoints that multiple people can take on a certain subject. All of this, coupled with three breathtaking performances guided by a genius director, makes for one cinematic experience that you wont forget. Its movies like The Master that make you proud to be a fan of film.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11569 on: September 15, 2012, 01:52:12 PM »
Moonrise Kingdom

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11570 on: September 15, 2012, 04:00:44 PM »
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?. A little overdone but entertaining. I'm interested in seeing Mommie Dearest now. #nowirehangers


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11571 on: September 15, 2012, 09:19:21 PM »
Had kind of a spy weekend thing going. Last night, we watched Mission: Impossible and tonight we watched Undercover Brother. I had seen both of these before. M:I is basically the same. It's a solid movie, very enjoyable. As of now, it's my favorite M:I that I've seen, still haven't caught Ghost Protocol. Even with having watched 3 recently, I can't even remember what it was about, which is a major sign to me that I didn't enjoy it. I remember 2 because of sheer repeated viewings... ugh. I'm very glad to see that my memories of the first weren't that far from what it was, and I haven't seen it since... I can't even remember. Before high school, definitely. Might have even been the 90's.  :scared:

As for Undercover Brother, I fucking LOVE that movie. I find stereotypes to be some of the funniest things to exploit, and it delivers the HELL out of that. The best part of the movie is that it insults everybody in it. A lot. Both organizations (The Man and the B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D) are complete over dramatizations, or rather, what the extremists on both sides of the line see the other group as, which is why everything is a parody of itself. It's brilliant. Since the whole premise is ridiculous as hell, it doesn't have to try to make sensical jokes, it just goes for broke on being more absurd than it previously was. It also doesn't have to try too hard for its humor, because it's there already. It's a hilarious film.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11572 on: September 16, 2012, 06:04:53 PM »
Honkytonk Man

Better than I was expecting.  I wouldn't say it really stuck with me, but Clint Eastwood is always entertaining despite is anti-chair bias.  Overall a fun road movie, and I like the final act, even though it's sort of a lazy deus ex machina (it's not just that Eastwood gets a recording deal, it's that the same guy who gives him that acts as the writer's mouthpiece on the Clint Eastwood character.  Really, you see people choosing stardom over not dying of illness a lot?).  Still, I wouldn't give this a real recommendation or anything, just that it's kinda watchable for a passable movie.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11573 on: September 16, 2012, 06:18:18 PM »
Beast of the Yellow Night - Satan saves an escaped convict in exchange for that dude assuming someone else's identity and royally screwing up everyone around him.  But he falls in love with the dude's wife, forcing Satan to turn him into a...werewolf or something? It's not exactly clear and that reflects the overall quality of the movie.

Zombie '90: Extreme Pestilence
- What do you get when some German teenagers decide to make their own zombie movie on VHS and then some Americans decide to distribute it in English and dub "comedy" voices over the top? Something twice as shitty as before! Utter, utter, bollocks.  I don't give out many 1 out of 10 ratings, but Zombie '90: Extreme Pestilence enters that hallowed category.

Brand of Shame
- It's a late 60's soft-porn western and it sucks (in more ways than one!).

Dark Shadows - A complete effing mess.  It starts off pretty decently, but upon Depp's return to 70s American and the introduction of about a dozen characters and perhaps four plotlines, the movie gets rid of an actual solid throughline and settles for tenuously connected moments over the course of two hours.  Has Burton made a decent film without Depp? 'cause he hasn't made one with him in a while.

Boogievision - Yeah, I watch films because of their titles.  This is a hippy version of Ketucky Fried Movie, only not as funny (although that film wasn't funny either) with the occasional pair of boobs thrown in for good measure.  It's like watching a Troma film before Troma existed.

Jurassic Shark
- Apart from the puntastic title, a no-budget, low-talent horror film about a prehistotric shark that terrorises a bunch of people stranded on an island.  Effects, acting, direction and writing, the films pretends to have them all, but can't really shake the fact that there's no competence behind any of them.

Braniac
- The Rifftrax guys provide some much needed levity in this terrible Mexican horror movie about an alien/demon who snacks on peoples' brains (very fancily) who after getting caught in the 17th century returns in modern day to visit vengeance on his persecutors ancestors.  The photography isn't half-bad, but black and white can cover a lot of sins (though not the painfully obvious photographs that serve as outdoor backdrops) and the effects are rubbish.

The Dinosaur Project
- Okay, imagine if you crossed The Blair Witch Project with Jurassic Park, and then made it nowhere near as good as those two films.  That's The Dinosaur Project.  It's not terrible and apart from the crappy CGI, it looks quite good and has some competent performers, but it's influence loom large over the whole thing.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11574 on: September 16, 2012, 06:46:33 PM »
Has Burton made a decent film without Depp? 'cause he hasn't made one with him in a while.

Beetlejuice didn't have Depp. And the Batman films (As long as you're not looking for a movie about Batman).

And no, he hasn't made a decent movie in a long, long while.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11575 on: September 16, 2012, 06:47:42 PM »
I think Big Fish is his second or third best ever
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11576 on: September 16, 2012, 06:52:38 PM »
I think Big Fish is his second or third best ever

I wouldn't even consider it Coleman Francis' second or third best film. I think it is Burton's worst, hands down. Second worst being Alice, but it is a pretty distant second.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11577 on: September 16, 2012, 07:05:24 PM »
I think Big Fish is his second or third best ever

I wouldn't even consider it Coleman Francis' second or third best film. I think it is Burton's worst, hands down. Second worst being Alice, but it is a pretty distant second.

I rather disliked Big Fish, and Alice left me quite "meh." I'm not sure that's a story that can ever really actually be adapted to film.  But I think his worst is easily the Wonka movie, followed by the Planet of the Apes remake.

I actually find PotA watchable. Charlie is pretty low on the list though. Might be number four for me - I couldn't make it through Sweeney Todd, which would be my number 3. (haven't seen Dark Shadows yet)
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11578 on: September 16, 2012, 09:33:43 PM »
I only saw PotA once, years ago. Maybe I need to revisit it. I've discovered a newfound liking for Marky Mark recently, so maybe that would help.

Let me be clear in stating, I don't think it's a particularly good movie, but it's closer to a pass than a fail. ;)
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #11579 on: September 16, 2012, 11:31:39 PM »
I think Big Fish is his second or third best ever

I wouldn't even consider it Coleman Francis' second or third best film. I think it is Burton's worst, hands down. Second worst being Alice, but it is a pretty distant second.

I don't believe I've ever seen such strong hate towards Big Fish, which I also find to be one of his best (definitely his last great one). One of my favorite movies, it is.

I do find Alice to be his worst, however. Overall, though, I think his recent run gets a bad reputation, mostly due to Alice being awful and Dark Shadows being a massive disappointment. Clouds the judgement, since as I recall everyone seemed to enjoy Sweeney Todd.