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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13485 on: December 07, 2013, 11:11:13 AM »
Man of Steel

It wasn't "bad" but it sure as hell wasn't good.  Here are my most annoyed observations.

I'm getting tired of the quick wide to close zooms.  I'm seeing them in every action movie, now.

And I've see every fucking building in Manhattan destroyed enough times for this lifetime, between "The Avengers" and this.  It's almost like Hollywood gets its collective rocks off on seeing the city razed to the ground.  When they were story boarding, was the question always, "when he gets hit, why just have him fly through one building?  Why not five?"  He bravely saves a few people, and that's supposed to impress us?  What about the most likely tens of thousands that die in missile strikes, plane crashes, alien ship crashes, and Super Fistfights?

And another Superman origin story?  We know he's a superhuman alien who grew up in Kansas, already, for fuck's sake.

I didn't detest it, I just find little to praise it for.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13486 on: December 07, 2013, 03:39:59 PM »
Leon: The Professional

I'd never seen this before. And I really liked it. Natalie Portman gets a lot of credit for this movie. While she was good, I was far more impressed with Gary Oldman. He's just such an amazing actor. I'm going to keep going with Luc Besson movies. I just got his newest, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec. I also plan to re-watch The Fifth Element (which I love), and hit up some of his older stuff: The Big Blue, La Femme Nikita, and Taxi.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13487 on: December 07, 2013, 10:50:07 PM »
I liked Frozen.  I certainly wasn't expecting a full on Disney musical based on the previews.  I don't think it was as good as Tangled though.  Both of them had a lot of wonderful elements going for it, but I thought Frozen was a bit more clumsy in putting all those pieces together.  Good songs, but outside of Elsa's song, I don't think they were quite ads memorable as Tangled or other Disney films.

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Oh, and Olaf was great.  Previews made him look insufferable. 


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13488 on: December 08, 2013, 09:20:45 AM »
I liked Frozen.  I certainly wasn't expecting a full on Disney musical based on the previews.  I don't think it was as good as Tangled though.  Both of them had a lot of wonderful elements going for it, but I thought Frozen was a bit more clumsy in putting all those pieces together.  Good songs, but outside of Elsa's song, I don't think they were quite ads memorable as Tangled or other Disney films.

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Oh, and Olaf was great.  Previews made him look insufferable.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13489 on: December 09, 2013, 11:02:57 PM »
One of the reasons I've always liked Bergman is because, of the major world directors, he's the one who seems the most like he's making horror movies. His ongoing conversation about the silence of god is fraught with horror, as is his assessment of the existential state of human beings in the face of that silence. It's commonly held that The Hour of the Wolf is the closest to a "pure" horror movie that the director ever made, but reaccquainting myself with Cries and Whispers makes me question that notion. Bergman's movies generally exist outside of genre, but many of his films have generic markers. If I were to categorize Cries and Whispers, I would call it a haunted house movie. Like the best such movies, it's a narrative that confines haunted people in a metaphorical microcosm. The dominant red of the house--Bergman calls it the color of the soul--suggests the interior of a body, like the house itself is an organism. The persistent use of disolves, in which the faces of the characters fade to red, subsumes the characters into the environment. And a fine cast of monsters we have in this film. Liv Ullmann's Maria cuckolds her husband and fails to lift a finger when he stabs himself over it. Ingrid Tullin's Karin is an island, incapable of human contact or feeling. Neither can bear the thought of death, as incarnated by their sister, Agnes (Harriet Andersson), who they rebuke on her deathbed. Only their servant, Anna, seems fully a human being, and only she seems to have any faith in a god or in humanity. The others are bounded by Bergman's ever-present silence... or rather, the whispered voices from that silence--ghostly, or demonic, or psychological--that fill the interstices of the movie.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13490 on: December 10, 2013, 02:30:43 AM »
Point Blank

Walker is a thug, a thief and is owed a lot of money and he'll do anything to get it back.  Unfortunately, the money was paid as a debt to a major criminal organization.  So now he wants to take out of the organizations hide.  However, while Walker finds that killing the top people in the organization is easy enough, fighting an organization can be a lot more complicated.  Cool, darkly funny, strange and with a wonderful ending that I think is worth discussing.  A lot of people would find it unsatisfying, but I think it is clever and unexpected.  An early John Boorman film, this one has style to spare and is also an amazingly funny film.

"I'm not giving you the money, Walker."
"Then I'll ask Fairfax"
"Fairfax just cuts the checks."
"No.  Cash."

This would actually go really well in a double bill with High Plains Drifter. as both take basic genre plots and move them in strange directions, as well as having amoral yet complex protagonists and climaxes and endings that don't completely break the mold, but certainly challenge it.

But don't take my word for it, ask John Landis.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13491 on: December 10, 2013, 06:33:15 AM »
If you like Point Blank, check out Prime Cut.  It also stars Lee Marvin, its from the same era, and it's also really good!


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13492 on: December 10, 2013, 06:48:16 AM »
I need to watch Point Blank sometime, seems like a better version than that mess Payback with Mel Gibson that got recut into 2 nearly completely different movies.  Both were based on the same book.

Can't help but think of Grosse Pointe Blank, not related at all except for the name, and is a comedy that I think is underrated.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13493 on: December 10, 2013, 07:00:28 AM »
Love Grosse Pointe Blank even though it's set in a Grosse Pointe that exists nowhere in reality.

So, I went to the dollar show and I watched Don Jon. Thank the gods for the dollar show because I really would never have seen it had it not been super cheap. Which would have meant I'd have missed out on a simply fantastic character study movie. It's a great film for cougars too I suppose. And to put on my crappy tagline writers hat it's a movie whose message is that love isn't about a string of tens so much as it is about finding the genuine one.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13494 on: December 10, 2013, 11:43:34 AM »
Birth of the Living Dead

WONDERFUL tribute/doc about George A Romero and Night of the Living Dead, perhaps more a study than an archive of the film but I still loved it.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13495 on: December 10, 2013, 04:26:10 PM »
I need to watch Point Blank sometime, seems like a better version than that mess Payback with Mel Gibson that got recut into 2 nearly completely different movies.  Both were based on the same book.

Can't help but think of Grosse Pointe Blank, not related at all except for the name, and is a comedy that I think is underrated.

They are both based on the same book, though Payback (which I like, but isn't a GREAT movie) takes the more fun approach while this one is a bit more complex (but is fun in it's own darkly humourous way).  For some reason Parker is renamed Walker.  Maybe it's because of that walking scene (there is one and it is fantastic).


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13496 on: December 10, 2013, 04:47:47 PM »
I need to watch Point Blank sometime, seems like a better version than that mess Payback with Mel Gibson that got recut into 2 nearly completely different movies.  Both were based on the same book.
They are both based on the same book, though Payback (which I like, but isn't a GREAT movie) takes the more fun approach while this one is a bit more complex (but is fun in it's own darkly humourous way).  For some reason Parker is renamed Walker.  Maybe it's because of that walking scene (there is one and it is fantastic).

What version of Payback?  Can you even get the theatrical cut any more?  I have it on VHS.  When it came out on DVD it was only the newer cut.  The newer version I don't like as much as the theatrical cut.  The theatrical cut is a bit more fun to watch, although I guess the newer one is a little better dramatically.

There is a Point Blank on Netflix streaming but it's some foreign film, Amazon has the correct one streaming for $2 rental, I'll have to add it to my watch list...


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13497 on: December 10, 2013, 07:44:48 PM »
The World's End

Simon Pegg is a really talented actor. He does such an incredible job playing an obnoxious asshole that every time he was onscreen, I wanted him immediately offscreen. This was such a great performance that he pretty much ruined the damn movie. Well, I guess it's not that bad... after about an hour of his grating dickhead of a character... the whole thing shifts gears and robots and shit show up. Then it's about an hour of intricately choreographed martial arts and CGI, because who doesn't want to see middle aged men kick around robots?? While in Shaun of Dead I could appreciate that zombie fans would enjoy well done zombie fight scenes with humor sprinkled in... and in Hot Fuzz I could appreciate that action movie buffs would enjoy well done action scenes with humor sprinkled in... In this one all I got was too many Qui-Gons and Obi-Wans plowing through too many battle droids. Fucking nobody wants that.

Ok, I am not being totally fair... and my rant is out of the way. The movie does offer some laughs, it makes some rather poignant comments on how things change and people grow up... and chunks of this were love notes to what I understand is the dying 'corner pub' culture in Britain. But I still thought it was a mess, a lot of what was passed for comedy consisted of the uncomfortable cringe worthy variety, primarily from Pegg's character making an ass of himself. I really wanted to like this one, and I wouldn't say that I hated it, but easily my biggest disappointment of 2013 based on my expectations going in.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13498 on: December 11, 2013, 04:16:57 PM »
Watched On Moonlight Bay a few nights ago (a brainless Doris Day movie, which was sort of fun).  Then last night I watched the blu ray of Meet Me in St Louis, where we spotted the same actor playing "Dad" as in OMB.  Then I discovered that Moonlight Bay has a sequel, so of course we'll have to watch that now.

There's something kind of fun/reassuring about these gilded-age fluff pieces.

Well then, get ready to check out Doris Day's entire back-catalog!

(Judy Holliday was pretty great in her films too, though she only made a few)


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #13499 on: December 11, 2013, 05:08:23 PM »
Judy Holliday was in the original Born Yesterday, though some people find that role...irritating.  I think she's hilarious in it. 

Bells are Ringing and It Should Happen to You are both really solid comedies.  The latter co-stars Jack Lemmon, while the former has the wonderfully sleazy Dean Martin in.

EDIT - Oh, and Doris Day's best films are probably the ones she made with Rock Hudson, Send Me No Flowers and Pillow Talk.