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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14070 on: July 20, 2014, 02:41:48 PM »
The Lego Movie

This was really funny. Just the exact kind of humor I like. Alison Brie might have been my favorite character, though they were all pretty clever.

Night of the Hunter

I had read about how many modern directors this movie inspired, and you can see why. It feels very modern. There are lots of old movies that don't feel scary, but this one is chilling. It's really creepy.

Under the Skin

Oh boy. This was wild. First, I can totally see why people compared it to Kubrick's work. The very first scene could have been pulled directly from 2001. I thought ScarJo was good, certainly a challenging role. The other thing that struck me was that it never felt like it was being weird just to be weird. Everything had a purpose. I'm not sure I would put it on the same level that some reviewers have, but it is good.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14071 on: July 20, 2014, 04:01:58 PM »
My posting:movies watched ratio is dangerously low these days. Gotta up my numbers a bit, so here's a few of the ones I've watched recently.

Transformers: Age of Extinction: *SNIP* The movie is a complete wash, interesting only for one thing that's more on a meta thing: this movie contains the most pandering to China I've ever seen in a motion picture. I don't mean that in any sort of negative way, just that it's a rather fascinating look at the broad change that is sweeping most big blockbusters as they appeal towards the increasingly-important international dollar. It's been visible before, but it's remarkably overt here, and the discussions about that are far more interesting and rewarding than anything else this waste of space movie can deliver.*SNIP*

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14072 on: July 20, 2014, 04:09:13 PM »
Footloose, Where the teenagers are middle aged & the preachers are John Lithgow. The first half of the film is fine, but the second half is ridiculously boring small town politics. I'm not even sure if you are meant to like the lead actress.

Fantastic Soundtrack though.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14073 on: July 20, 2014, 06:42:33 PM »
Just watched Under the Skin as well. I read the Michel Farber book many years ago so I had an idea of what was going on from the get go. They did some things different -- I expected that and was fine with it -- but they also changed the basic message, which I'll put under a spoiler tag.

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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14074 on: July 20, 2014, 10:37:50 PM »
Just watched Under the Skin as well. I read the Michel Farber book many years ago so I had an idea of what was going on from the get go. They did some things different -- I expected that and was fine with it -- but they also changed the basic message, which I'll put under a spoiler tag.

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Tonight I watched Snowpiercer. If it sounds like something you'd like, you'll like it. The thing I couldn't get out of my head was how much this felt like a Bioshock game. Ken Levine must have watched this a cursed himself for not thinking of it.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14075 on: July 20, 2014, 11:48:28 PM »
Just watched Under the Skin as well. I read the Michel Farber book many years ago so I had an idea of what was going on from the get go. They did some things different -- I expected that and was fine with it -- but they also changed the basic message, which I'll put under a spoiler tag.

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that was my interpretation of it too, I wasn't very impressed with the film in that regard, the book actually sounds much more interesting.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14076 on: July 21, 2014, 10:41:51 AM »
I've heard nothing but good things about Snowpiercer from anyone who's seen it. So I will probably check it out when it comes on DVD. But I don't understand what the big deal is with the train. Reading the description, reviews, everything, I don't get why they are even on the train and travelling at all. Apparently they have no destination?



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14077 on: July 21, 2014, 10:48:29 AM »
I've heard nothing but good things about Snowpiercer from anyone who's seen it. So I will probably check it out when it comes on DVD. But I don't understand what the big deal is with the train. Reading the description, reviews, everything, I don't get why they are even on the train and travelling at all. Apparently they have no destination?

It's made clear in the film, which I also loved
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14078 on: July 21, 2014, 10:57:53 AM »
Jailhouse Rock

Wow, this was lame.  The title track was the only reason to watch and that's like 3 minutes of a 90 minute movies.  The other songs are forgettable and lack the life and energy of "Jailhouse Rock"  and not only is Elvis lacking in charisma in this outing, his character is written to be unlikable and despite what other characters say, he doesn't seem to learn his lesson.  Could make for a great rifftrax, but it takes a premise that could work with a better lead (ex-con becomes music superstar) but is so by the numbers and there's a surprising lack of conflict as the film goes on rather than the main character is a dick and the other characters kind of object in a doormat sort of way.

I was hoping it would be about a rebel using the power of rock to protest the awful conditions of the prison (which are referenced but not really shown outside of a brief whipping scene), but it gets out of jail really fast (or as fast as he can in the dull narrative).  Also, I was really disappointed when he makes reference to "The Beast in Me", but it turns out that isn't a song in the movie (and that it was written in 1994 by Nick Lowe.  I'm just familiar with the Johnny Cash version).  So, not really recommended.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14079 on: July 21, 2014, 11:32:29 AM »
Jailhouse Rock is one of the three good Elvis movies, along with Kid Creole and GI Blues.  I like the fact that Elvis is a total dick in the film, and that it has the hint of an edge to it.  Completely different from the crap he would make later.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14080 on: July 21, 2014, 11:38:53 AM »
I would like his dickishness if I felt it was leading to something, but while Elvis can have charisma, he doesn't have the right stuff to make this not a slog.  It also doesn't help that the leading lady is rather forgettable.  I mean, when she first shows up, she hangs with Elvis because he flips out and breaks his guitar.  That's interesting, but then spends the rest of the film as a doormat to Elvis.

Also, except for one scene, Elvis seems to have only ONE expression.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14081 on: July 21, 2014, 01:19:44 PM »
Just watched Under the Skin as well. I read the Michel Farber book many years ago so I had an idea of what was going on from the get go. They did some things different -- I expected that and was fine with it -- but they also changed the basic message, which I'll put under a spoiler tag.

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I'm reading the book right now.  They are very different, but they both have good points about them.  I really do like the ambiguity of the movie.  It adds to the creepiness.  You can't get away with that in the book, though.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14082 on: July 21, 2014, 01:36:24 PM »
This is the End

Fairly funny comedy by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and while it isn't as good as Superbad (while it is very much character-based, these characters are a lot closer to caricatures), it's definitely a fun watch that could have been overly unpleasant and nasty (it gets close to that with a lot of the celebrity characters early in the movie, but moves beyond that pretty quick).  It's very episodic, which allows the elements that miss or aren't quite as strong to fade away as it moves into the next bit, but even then there's nothing that falls absolutely flat.  It also reminds me a lot of the Joe R. Lansdale book The Drive-In in a lot of ways, which makes me hope that gets a movie sometime.

One interesting thing is that largely the demons are played straight (save for one) and they are very threatening, giving the otherwise goofy comedy some high stakes.  It also makes me hopeful for the upcoming Preacher TV series that Rogen and Goldberg will be producing.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14083 on: July 21, 2014, 07:01:49 PM »
Just watched Under the Skin as well. I read the Michel Farber book many years ago so I had an idea of what was going on from the get go. They did some things different -- I expected that and was fine with it -- but they also changed the basic message, which I'll put under a spoiler tag.

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I had a whole long post written out this morning and then my internet connection failed just as I hit post and it was all gone. Anyway...

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Also to be honest there were more similarities between the book and the movie than I thought there would be. I expected them to use the basic premise of the book and the title and that's it. There was a lot that I recognized.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14084 on: July 21, 2014, 09:43:39 PM »
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes :clap:

Much better than the first one and was a great action flick with a meaningful story. I was very surprised by this movie, one of the few I've seen recently that I felt sort of lived up to the hype.