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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12405 on: February 15, 2013, 04:21:09 PM »
It seemed really rather paternalistic and white to me; look at those crazy poor coloured folk and their desperate living.

It's interesting but doesn't bear too much analysis before it starts to smell like something pulled out of a swamp really.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12406 on: February 15, 2013, 04:47:57 PM »
1976's Who Can Kill a Child?

I rented this on a whim a while back after hearing about the crazy shooting sequence at the end... Definitely one of those great horror flicks from decades past that never seems to get mentioned enough.
It showed up as a recommendation for me on Netflix or I might never have heard of it, and that's coming from someone who has trawled the depths of video store horror sections, and various other resources for films of it's kind for nearly thirty years.

Glad you enjoyed it as well.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12407 on: February 15, 2013, 08:40:05 PM »
End?  Good luck with that, I don't think it has one...

What is it with movies being too long lately?  Skyfall was at least 20 minutes too long, Dark Knight felt about the same at 20 minutes too long, Avengers probably could have been trimmed by 10 minutes at least.

Come on, a bond movie or comic book movie doesn't have to be a 3 hour "epic", do some editing people, editing!

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12408 on: February 15, 2013, 09:59:50 PM »
Well, I liked the end.  But 20 minutes? This movie was at least an hour too long.  An hour of people having quiet, intense conversations with each other.

You are probably right, but if it were 20 or 30 minutes shorter it would have only feel a little too long, better than feeling like it was way too long.

Yeah, the very end is good, but it took so freaking long to get there it's hard to remember that.

And you guys are slacking, all this talk about stuff being too long and not one "that's what she said" joke....


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12409 on: February 16, 2013, 02:30:54 AM »
Well, I liked the end.  But 20 minutes? This movie was at least an hour too long.  An hour of people having quiet, intense conversations with each other.

You are probably right, but if it were 20 or 30 minutes shorter it would have only feel a little too long, better than feeling like it was way too long.

Yeah, the very end is good, but it took so freaking long to get there it's hard to remember that.

And you guys are slacking, all this talk about stuff being too long and not one "that's what she said" joke....

It's because no lady has ever told me that it's too long.   :'(


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12410 on: February 16, 2013, 11:46:11 AM »
I didn't mind Skyfall's length because it just looked so damn good.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12411 on: February 16, 2013, 07:43:42 PM »
Went to see Warm Bodies with Tyrant for Valentines Day, because I'm a lucky man. :^)

It was better than it had any right to be. Not the best movie ever or anything, but it's a good date movie. The comedy is intentional and occasionally smartly satirical. There are some pretty nifty Shakespearian parallels that aren't too front-and-center to ruin the movie. The central love story is a hard sell, but they pull it off. It's no Shaun of the Dead, but it was worth the $7 per person matinee.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12412 on: February 17, 2013, 06:53:39 AM »
Like a far less campy Ten Commandments
Well, what's the point of that then? ;)

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12413 on: February 17, 2013, 07:00:26 AM »
That's a pity, sounds fun (aside for the shoehorned Christ, but that's par for the course isn't it?)


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12414 on: February 17, 2013, 01:31:34 PM »
It seemed really rather paternalistic and white to me; look at those crazy poor coloured folk and their desperate living.

It's interesting but doesn't bear too much analysis before it starts to smell like something pulled out of a swamp really.

I don't know...I seem to recall that most people living in that city were white.  To me, one of the points of the movie is that all people have different opinions of what it means to be happy and fulfilled, and that one can't impose their view of happiness on someone else.  At first I felt bad for Hushpuppy, but then I realized I'm not qualified to feel such things for others just because their situation is different from mine.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12415 on: February 17, 2013, 01:47:02 PM »
The fact it was made by white folks just didn't make it ring true and it simply seemed patronising to me. Still other seemed to enjoy it, just saying why I didn't ultimately think it was very good.

I didn't feel bad for any of the characters, they were basically cyphers.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12416 on: February 17, 2013, 02:27:14 PM »
It does seem to be a pretty polarizing film.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12417 on: February 17, 2013, 06:54:30 PM »
Since nobody seems to go into the Cinematic Titanic boards anymore, I'll post this here too. Just finished watching East Meets Watts. First full Cinematic Titanic I've seen. I enjoyed it. Definitely will check out some others.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12418 on: February 20, 2013, 01:23:26 PM »
One of the primary complaints about the first Star Trek movie has always been that it's a crashing bore. Andy Warhol famously said of it: "It's boring, but I like to be bored." I hadn't seen Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979, directed by Robert Wise) in _____ years, but that jibed with my recollection of it. The truth of the matter is a little bit different from my memory. It's not actually boring, per se, so much as it's devoid of action. Instead, you have a heavy emphasis on special effects (and actors standing around reacting to special effects that they can't see). You can see an uneasy compromise between the cerebral, "boring" 2001 and the whiz bang wonderment of Star Wars in this movie. On the whole, the producers' choice not to stage any action sequences strikes me as misguided (see Star Trek II for a compelling counter-argument), but the movie isn't nearly as lugubrious as I remembered.

As a specimen of production design, this is pretty dated. Oh, there were lavish resources expended here, and it certainly doesn't look like any of its cheaper sequels, but it reeks of the 1970s. Mind you, the subsequent films--particularly the Star Fleet uniforms--are of their times, too, but not to the extent of this film. Is this the last major sci fi film untouched by the "used future" of Star Wars and Alien? It might be.

As a story, this recycles the original series' episode, "The Changeling." A vast destructive force approaches the Earth. The Enterprise is dispatched to investigate, with Admiral Kirk resuming command at the expense of Commander Decker, his hand-picked successor to the command. Once the Enterprise engages the alien, it becomes evident that the entity, V'ger, is a reconstructed Voyager space probe augmented by a race of living machines to a godlike power.

Some of the conflicts in the movie are interesting. The relationship between Kirk and Decker is nicely defined, if underdeveloped. Persis Khambatta's Lt. Ilia has an amusing moment upon first sizing up Kirk, when she says that "My oath of celibacy is on record, Captain." Funny.

That all said, huge chunks of the movie seem like they're recreations of 2001's stargate sequence. Had this been made a decade earlier, it would have been one of the great psychedelic movies. It's certainly eye candy, occasionally resembling an album cover by, say, Roger Dean. I think the boredom the film sometimes evinces stems from a film too in love with its special effects vistas. A good example of this is the initial fly around of the Enterprise, which goes on way longer than its dramatic weight requires. The same footage was edited into a much tighter sequence in the second film to much greater effect.

There is one element of the movie that has continued to resound in the years since its release. That would be Jerry Goldsmith's splendid score. It pretty much towers over every other element of the film.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12419 on: February 20, 2013, 02:02:19 PM »
To me, the Enterprise flyby with Goldsmith's score is its own thing within the movie. I wouldn't change a second of it.
I wouldn't either. I might have sounded personally critical there without intending to.
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