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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12180 on: December 29, 2012, 06:39:52 PM »
Dial M For Murder - One of the Hitchcock films I've seen least. The Blu Ray doesn't look quite as spectacular as some of the other recent releases, maybe all of the effort was put into the 3D version?

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12181 on: December 29, 2012, 07:34:52 PM »
Dial M For Murder - One of the Hitchcock films I've seen least. The Blu Ray doesn't look quite as spectacular as some of the other recent releases, maybe all of the effort was put into the 3D version?

The 3D is the same as far as sharpness and detail goes.  Not sure why it isn't as good as some others from the same time period, maybe the film stock used was cheaper, shooting in 3D and color must have been pretty expensive back then.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12182 on: December 30, 2012, 08:47:56 AM »
The Dungeonmaster - 80s adventure about a computer geek and his girlfriend getting transported into a fantasy world to do battle with a malevolent wizard.  Not as fun or cheesey as I hoped it would be.

Revenge of the Cheerleaders
- Typical 70s teen sex-comedy about a group of horny cheerleaders who just want to have fun while the teachers and a local business man try to stop them.  Not funny or sexy, it's actually kinda gross some of the things they get up to.  You end up rooting for the bad guys come the end.

The Raid
- The action film lots of people were talking about this year (I got it on Blu-Ray for Christmas) isn't quite worth the hype surrounding it, but that doesn't mean it's not a solid martial arts film.  The biggest problem I had with it was that the adoration of the things the people in it can do trumps any sense of realism.  Fights go on way too long and there's never really a toll taken on the people involved (unless they die) aside from cosmetic bruising.  It leaves the action feeling too fake to believe in.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12183 on: December 30, 2012, 09:06:17 AM »
The Raid - The action film lots of people were talking about this year (I got it on Blu-Ray for Christmas) isn't quite worth the hype surrounding it, but that doesn't mean it's not a solid martial arts film.  The biggest problem I had with it was that the adoration of the things the people in it can do trumps any sense of realism.  Fights go on way too long and there's never really a toll taken on the people involved (unless they die) aside from cosmetic bruising.  It leaves the action feeling too fake to believe in.

I've seen people make that criticism before, and I still don't get it (and I said as much in my discussion on this movie way back when in this thread). I mean, it's sort of a staple of the martial arts genre that the hero keeps going and going and going, throwing out the super-fast punches and taking a strong beating long past the point where any real person would still be standing. The idea isn't the realism, the idea is for the fights to look good, feel hard, and have a good pace to them. Which The Raid certainly does (and definitely doesn't have the fights go on too long. Compare it to something like Raging Phoenix, which is an awesome movie that has a holy-crap-they're-still-fighting final fight).


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12184 on: December 30, 2012, 09:43:50 AM »
The Social Network. I forgot how fantastic it is.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12185 on: December 30, 2012, 05:03:29 PM »
The Raid - The action film lots of people were talking about this year (I got it on Blu-Ray for Christmas) isn't quite worth the hype surrounding it, but that doesn't mean it's not a solid martial arts film.  The biggest problem I had with it was that the adoration of the things the people in it can do trumps any sense of realism.  Fights go on way too long and there's never really a toll taken on the people involved (unless they die) aside from cosmetic bruising.  It leaves the action feeling too fake to believe in.

I've seen people make that criticism before, and I still don't get it (and I said as much in my discussion on this movie way back when in this thread). I mean, it's sort of a staple of the martial arts genre that the hero keeps going and going and going, throwing out the super-fast punches and taking a strong beating long past the point where any real person would still be standing. The idea isn't the realism, the idea is for the fights to look good, feel hard, and have a good pace to them. Which The Raid certainly does (and definitely doesn't have the fights go on too long. Compare it to something like Raging Phoenix, which is an awesome movie that has a holy-crap-they're-still-fighting final fight).

That's certainly true in most cases, but when you present the kind of tone that The Raid does, with its graphic depictions of violence in other parts of the film, that shift in tone elsewhere feels (at least to me) really jarring. Raging Phoenix, if I remember correctly, is completely nuts from the outset, and so sets up a consistency for its action (although I think the final "boss battles" are overstretched there too) that's hard to excuse in something like The Raid when it comes to its own climax.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12186 on: December 31, 2012, 08:53:50 AM »
Les Miserables

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12187 on: December 31, 2012, 09:02:48 AM »
Les Miserables

AMAZING! The only thing I thought was lacking was Russell Crowe. I am in love with Marius <3

I thought this was a fairly good assesment.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12188 on: December 31, 2012, 09:28:18 AM »
I was watching UHF recently, and there was something in the movie that was both very funny and very subtle. Near the end, there's a scene where Stanley(Michael Richards) is tied up and this guy is talking to him, and seconds later he breaks this rope they've used to tie him up, and when the rope breaks, you can hear what I think sounds like a pair of scissors cutting. That really cracks me up.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12189 on: December 31, 2012, 05:34:10 PM »
The Raid - The action film lots of people were talking about this year (I got it on Blu-Ray for Christmas) isn't quite worth the hype surrounding it, but that doesn't mean it's not a solid martial arts film.  The biggest problem I had with it was that the adoration of the things the people in it can do trumps any sense of realism.  Fights go on way too long and there's never really a toll taken on the people involved (unless they die) aside from cosmetic bruising.  It leaves the action feeling too fake to believe in.

I've seen people make that criticism before, and I still don't get it (and I said as much in my discussion on this movie way back when in this thread). I mean, it's sort of a staple of the martial arts genre that the hero keeps going and going and going, throwing out the super-fast punches and taking a strong beating long past the point where any real person would still be standing. The idea isn't the realism, the idea is for the fights to look good, feel hard, and have a good pace to them. Which The Raid certainly does (and definitely doesn't have the fights go on too long. Compare it to something like Raging Phoenix, which is an awesome movie that has a holy-crap-they're-still-fighting final fight).

That's certainly true in most cases, but when you present the kind of tone that The Raid does, with its graphic depictions of violence in other parts of the film, that shift in tone elsewhere feels (at least to me) really jarring. Raging Phoenix, if I remember correctly, is completely nuts from the outset, and so sets up a consistency for its action (although I think the final "boss battles" are overstretched there too) that's hard to excuse in something like The Raid when it comes to its own climax.

I think my primary issue with it is I don't have much appreciation for this whole genre. I've never been into the whole setting up fights and then fighting thing. I didn't know enough about it going in, so I guess I was expecting something different than what it was.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12190 on: December 31, 2012, 06:19:06 PM »
Les Miserables

AMAZING! The only thing I thought was lacking was Russell Crowe. I am in love with Marius <3

I thought this was a fairly good assesment.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12191 on: December 31, 2012, 08:32:44 PM »
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12192 on: January 01, 2013, 05:23:42 PM »
O, Brother Where Art Thou? and Burn After Reading.

We had friends over for our traditional quiet new years (board games, video games and movies). Both rarely watch movies and have huge gaps in what they've seen. One of them has only seen one Coen Brothers movie (No Country For Old Men) and the other has only seen a couple, and they wanted to watch some, so we started with O, Brother (my second favourite Coen movie, and one of the most prefect movies ever made) and then Burn After Reading, which wouldn't have been my choice, but it's fun enough to watch.

Of course O Brother was the better received, but everyone enjoyed both, so that was good. Gonna be introducing them to more of their films (at their request) soon.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12193 on: January 01, 2013, 06:48:35 PM »
Django Unchained. Shocking, disturbing, offensive, funny and just plain excellent!!


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12194 on: January 01, 2013, 06:51:59 PM »
Silver Linings Playbook - Probably the best romantic comedy I've seen for ages. Jennifer Lawrence should stay with the raven tresses, just delicious. :)