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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12450 on: February 27, 2013, 11:21:15 AM »
Where did you see Upstream Color?


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12451 on: February 27, 2013, 11:43:29 AM »
Where did you see Upstream Color?

There was a special screening in San Francisco last night as part of the SF Film Society. Just one of those happy things that came together.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12452 on: February 27, 2013, 03:38:42 PM »
Where did you see Upstream Color?

There was a special screening in San Francisco last night as part of the SF Film Society. Just one of those happy things that came together.

I'm so mad that I missed out on this.  I guess it's coming out April 5th, though.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12453 on: February 27, 2013, 03:48:12 PM »
Where did you see Upstream Color?

There was a special screening in San Francisco last night as part of the SF Film Society. Just one of those happy things that came together.

I'm so mad that I missed out on this.  I guess it's coming out April 5th, though.

I thought you had tickets at Sundance?


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12454 on: February 27, 2013, 04:23:20 PM »
My sister-in-law decided to get married at the same time.  I gave the tickets to some friends.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12455 on: February 28, 2013, 08:20:50 AM »
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This is a documentary from last year that is on Netflix right now.  It's about a family whose 13 year old son disappeared, but was "found" 3 years later.  And by "found", of course, I mean replaced by a 23 year old french man with the wrong color hair and eyes, and a french accent.  This is a very weird story about some fascinating people.  It tries to explain how this family could have been duped.  There are really great and creepy reenactments, and the last 30 minutes are really intense.  This is a great show.  Check it out.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12456 on: March 01, 2013, 06:09:00 PM »
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
It was more entertaining than I thought it would be.  I'm not sure how far it was from the source material, though.  Ray Liotta was horribly miscast in this and it would probably make for some good riffing fodder.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12457 on: March 04, 2013, 04:35:49 AM »
MANBORG.

Hilarious, campy & splatter fun.

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Fair enough - I think those are the two worst Carpenter movies (though I haven't brought myself to rewatch Vampires yet, and I remember that being pretty bad too)

I think it would have been a lot better if he'd cast Kurt instead of having James Woods play Kurt.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12458 on: March 05, 2013, 07:10:32 AM »
Warning: Mostly positive review of John Carpenter's The Ward.

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How degenerate has the movie industry become that John Carpenter--John mother fucking Carpenter!--has to have the backing of b-movie actress Amber Heard to get a job directing a movie? Is this a reflection of how low Carpenter's own career has sunk or a reflection of the movies generally? Or both? I don't know. I do know that I'm mad as hell that I never got to see his new film, The Ward (2010), in a theater. I mean, Carpenter's name alone would have guaranteed a decent release even a decade ago, but this film, like a lot of independent films these days, is in the twilight zone between limited festival release and video on demand. It doesn't deserve it, either, because I think this would have played fine at the multiplex.

I've been a harsh critic of Carpenter's late career, so color me surprised that this new film finds the director seemingly engaged with his material for the first time in decades. True, he hasn't actually made a film in ten years, Masters of Horror episodes not withstanding, but this is better than anything he's done in twenty years, perhaps because it's relatively atypical of his other work. Carpenter had no hand in writing this film, nor any hand in scoring it, and it's the first film he's made since his first that wasn't shot in that prowling Panavision that so distinctively marks his film frame as his own. Perhaps subtracting all of these things challenged Carpenter's long dormant creative fire. There were problems to be solved with this film, and damned if he doesn't solve most of them.

For what it's worth, I'm probably overselling this, because in the grand scheme of things, The Ward is NOT a masterpiece, nor a patch on Carpenter's best films. For that matter, it's so derivative of other films that it becomes distracting after a while, but none of this can be laid at the director's feet. This may be a mercenary work for hire for Carpenter, but he's a professional mercenary, so the work is good.

Anyway, this is a psychiatric horror movie along the lines of Shock Corridor or Shutter Island, in which a girl named Kristen is institutionalized after setting a farm house on fire. Like many psychiatric movies, this is a puzzle movie and unraveling the puzzle is akin to psychoanalysis. Kristen is taken to a ward inhabited by several other young women, each corresponding to a "type:" Iris is artistic and seems hopeful of leaving, Emily is disaffected, Sarah is a boy-crazy sweater girl, and Zoey has regressed to a quasi-infantile state. Hanging over the ward is the ghost (literally) of Alice Hudson, who seems hell-bent on killing all of the girls in the ward for some past affront. Kristen takes it upon herself to protect the other girls if she can, but her unruliness lands her in the chair for electro-convulsive therapy. Slowly but surely, the ghost "gets" the other girls, until only Kristen remains to unravel the mystery...

This kind of movie relies on sleight of hand to achieve its final effect, and Carpenter is fully up to the kinds of meta-cinematic games required of him. If the movie is disappointing--and in some ways, it is--then that's because the ultimate solution to the puzzle is so utterly banal. However expertly it is made, you've still seen this movie before. This is by and large a problem with the script, though it's disappointing that the movie ends on a Carrie-esque cheap shot, and one that the director has used before almost verbatim, at that. I'm also not particularly impressed with this film's monster, which seems like an amalgam of Japanese horror conventions and a Night of the Living Dead-ish zombie. Ghosts should have a whiff of the uncanny (think Santi, the ghost in The Devil's Backbone, for a good example), and this film's ghost tends to read as a stuntman covered with (admittedly pretty good) prostheses.

That all said, this film is beautifully made. Carpenter's staging is assured, and his camera, if not so wide as before, remains elegantly restless as it prowls the corridors of its psychiatric ward. Amber Heard is pretty good in the lead, and Danielle Panabaker, Mamie Gummer, Laura-Leigh, and Lyndsy Fonseca, each of the actresses tasked with other inmates nails their essential character down to their types. The movie even provides them each with something like a moment of grace, particularly when the movie lets go of its horror movie tropes and has them all dancing around the rec room to "Run, Baby, Run." It's a fleeting moment, but it's one that shows the filmmakers breaking the trap in which they've found themselves.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12459 on: March 05, 2013, 10:38:46 AM »
Apparently, Carpenter just took a ten year break because he was pretty burned out on the movie industry, and wanted to take it easy for a while (or, to paraphrase him, play video games and watch basketball). And good on him there, he'd earned the right to do just that.

The Ward wasn't bad. It wasn't great, and it teeters over and behind the "good" line, but it wasn't bad. Definitely a step up from Ghosts of Mars, but too much of a journeyman effort and not enough of a "That's a Carpenter film" thing, ya know? Not just in terms of quality, but in terms of how unique and solid the atmosphere is (he was always fantastic at setting up atmosphere).


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12460 on: March 06, 2013, 04:12:38 PM »
I've racked up a bunch of movies since my son was born, but haven't had time to note them here, so here are some short takes on what I've watched. (Not including the four riffed movies we watched; When a Stranger Calls Back, Birdemic Live, Crater Lake Monster and Cool as Ice)

Night of The Hunter Just before the baby arrived, we got a all regions Blu-Ray player so that we could start to buy Criteron and other region locked Blu Ray from the US. This and the next two were from our first US order. This was the first time seeing NotH and we were blown away. What an incredible film. Really gripping and beautifully shot. Robert Mitchum in it is amazing. This is my favourite of the movies I am posting about today by far.

The Lady Vanishes and The 39 Steps The only print I've ever seen of these films have been average quality at best. Even better than the cleaned up picture on these discs, though, is the cleaned up audio. Both are two tremendously fun films (The Lady Vanishes being the better of the two, in my opinion)

Crook's Tour was included on the TLV Blu-Ray, so we watched that. It's one of the spin-off movies staring Charters and Caldicott. Not the best one apparently, and it was only mildly amusing. Pretty cool for a special feature though.

Hitchcock is a movie I watched alone while holding the baby in the early hours of the morning so my wife could sleep. And it was awful. Another movie built on lies. Hopkins wasn't too bad a Hitchcock, I guess. I'll give him that. I thought the movie stunk though.

That's My Boy Everyone involved in this movie should be ashamed of themselves.

Red Dawn 2012 We got through 20 or 30 minutes before we were so bored we had to turn it off. If you though the Total Recall remake was bad...

101 Dalmatians One of the most beautifully animated Disney Films, we watched it for the first time on Blu-Ray and were incredibly impressed.

Where the Sidewalk Ends - An Otto Preminger film noir that I hadn't heard of, but enjoyed immensely. Right from the excellent opening of the film, it is extremely entertaining. Makes me very excited for the copy of Laura we have in the mail, his movie before this one that was even better received.

12 Angry Men A film I've LONG meant to see. I guess it kind of seemed like it would be watching it because I SHOULD, not for fun? I was very wrong though, this is a tremendously entertaining film. Might pick up the Criterion release for this one too?

A Serious Man My wife has been resistant to rewatching this movie as she wasn't too wowed by it int he cinema - I, however, loved it. And we've owned it on Blu-Ray since its release. Finally we watched it though, and she said she really 'got it' a lot more this time and really enjoyed it.

Leave Her To Heaven - Very slow to start, but it really rams up as it goes along. The picture quality of the version we had wasn't so great, so that hurt it a little. Still, a fun film. Very dark.

The Bay - Another film we abandoned fairly early. The main character was super annoying, and the 'found footage' was really annoying too.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12461 on: March 08, 2013, 10:24:17 AM »
Our Idiot Brother
I don't know if it's because I'm getting old, but I've found myself enjoying these kinds of "comedies" much more compared to your standard comedy.  There's certainly more drama than laughs, but it's still sort of comedyish.  I really liked this movie.  Paul Rudd is the man.  I also have a man-crush on Adam Scott.  Everyone else was great too.  It's a good "feel-good" movie.  There's a lot more substance to it than a comedy.  It makes you feel more emotions than just silliness. 
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12463 on: March 08, 2013, 01:56:24 PM »
You didn't have to delete it.  I wasn't offended.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #12464 on: March 08, 2013, 03:45:58 PM »
Yes, but now Kete just burst into tears spontaneously and looks manic depressive.

Which, in its own way, is still funny. So it's okay.