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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14085 on: July 22, 2014, 07:50:03 AM »
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I think this movie fits in the video-game-come-to-life genre like Raid or Dredd.  It is structured very much like a video game with levels and bosses.  It is also quite campy, but in a good way.  Tilda Swinton is great.  The ending suffers a little bit from something that the Matrix did, but overall, I really enjoyed it.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14086 on: July 22, 2014, 08:02:44 AM »
American Hustle

Great movie.  The cast does very well (Amy Adams especially) and while it does drag a bit at times, it's a really good caper movie.  I was sort of expecting a bigger twist or turn (especially considering some unintentional red herrings), but it is still really good.  Jeremy Renner also does some great work and kind of has a Kurt Russel feel to him in this movie, but not in the obvious action movie cool guy sort of way.  Louis CK is also great too and his scenes perfectly subvert the "character tells an allegory" trope by having Bradley Cooper trying to guess the ending (which, ironically, tells us all about his role in the story).  I also like that it opened with "some of this is true".  More movies need to say that.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14087 on: July 29, 2014, 10:28:38 PM »
I rewatched "Enemy". This might legitimately be one of my favorite movies of the last several years. I looked for flaws...it's just really, really, fucking good!

I also rewatched "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" with my family. I still like it more that "Dawn," but it's too long (or feels too long). I also got to fully appreciate that beautiful tracking shot near the end
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14088 on: July 30, 2014, 04:30:52 PM »
The Loved Ones

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/EqMQSHcBuJM" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/EqMQSHcBuJM</a>

This was an unexpected treat.  This might look like a "torture porn" movie and while that kind of torment occurs, it actually has a lot more in common with the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (and, strangely, to The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies but don't let that deter you) and like that is not nearly as overtly bloody or pain obsessed as you might expect.  That's not to say there's no blood and gore, but it doesn't use it gratuitously and it knows when to use the gore or when to let sounds or implications do the work.

The premise is that a young boy about to go on a prom date ends up kidnapped and finds himself captive by the girl he turned down and her equally insane dad.  The film is one of the most tense I've seen in a while and reminds me of what I feel I've been missing in a lot of scary movies lately: tense scenes that pay off.  I was surprised how many were effective at setting up a scary premise and then not really delivering (the biggest offender I can think of is in the first Paranormal Activity.  I disliked most of that film and then in the last scene there's a moment of almost complete silence that had me hooked... and then just made a scary face and assumed that would do the job.  The movie was so bad, it was only scary when NOTHING WAS HAPPENING).  I wouldn't say it scared me, but it left me tense in a great, great way.

The other pay off is a b-plot that seems to do nothing with the rest of the film involving the main characters friend that ends up paying off in a really neat way that changes how we see the first half of the b-plot and how it related to the movie at large (and while it isn't super-subtle, it also doesn't spell out everything that is going on).  The two villains are completely great and I like the fact that the father is soft and gentle most of the time, when he's not laying down punishment.  Oh, and lastly though most of it takes indoors, this movie makes great use of the Australian outback (including an ending worthy of Mad Max).

Oh, and one more thing: this is pretty impressive considering the writer/directors only full movie before this was a video version of that book, The Secret (as additional director).  Eh, we all got to work, I guess.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14089 on: July 31, 2014, 05:24:38 PM »
"Hercules" with Dwayne Johnson.  Actually not too bad of a little flick.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14090 on: August 01, 2014, 09:45:53 AM »
Guardians of the Galaxy

It was great :)


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14091 on: August 01, 2014, 01:14:07 PM »
Guardians of the Galaxy

It was great :)

That's the one with Santa Claus and Jack Frost, right?

RIGHT?

http://abcnews.go.com/US/guardians-galaxy-fans-shocked-wrong-movie/story?id=24805650

It was the one with the rag-tag team that joins forces to stop an unspeakable evil.  One of them is a fury creature, one doesn't really speak...the girl is all colorful.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14092 on: August 01, 2014, 01:17:45 PM »
Guardians of the Galaxy

It was great :)

That's the one with Santa Claus and Jack Frost, right?

RIGHT?

http://abcnews.go.com/US/guardians-galaxy-fans-shocked-wrong-movie/story?id=24805650

It was the one with the rag-tag team that joins forces to stop an unspeakable evil.  One of them is a fury creature, one doesn't really speak...the girl is all colorful.

You know....the main character is played by Chris something.....I think it starts with a P?  His backstory is kind of sad...


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14093 on: August 03, 2014, 05:17:00 PM »
Here's my last couple of weeks:

Amarcord - Our first Fellini film. And it was really fantastic! It follows a year in a small village of Italians during the 30s, while there were under fascist rule. It's very funny, though there isn't really a plot running through the film, it's just a bunch of situations with the characters. And the film has some fourth wall breaking and lots of silliness.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - A very fun blockbuster that wasn't as good as the previous one. Felt a little flabby to me. But in general, I liked it.

MST3K Gorgo - Great stuff. My wife hadn't seen this one before, so that was fun.

The Devil's Envoys (Les visiteurs du soir) - Two minstrels who work for the devil show up at a castle (one a woman posing as a man) and seduce a couple of the higher-ups in the royalty/court. But then one of them really falls in love and the devil shows up to mess with things. It was made during the Nazi occupation of France and at the time of its release people thought it was meant to reflect that with the devil being Hitler. The director denied it though. I thought I would like the film more, it certainly was odd and interesting, but also fairly slow paced. It was better than bad, but not great.

Guardians of the Galaxy - Holy shit, I loved it.

MST3K Hercules and the Captive Women - Herc movies are such a struggle for me, but it was certainly a funny riff.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14094 on: August 03, 2014, 06:07:04 PM »
12 Angry Men, I enjoyed it a lot. First time I had seen it, it's a wonderful film. It has unfortunately lost a little bit of power due to the nature that it's been emulated so much since, but still recommended. The picture quality was amazing.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14095 on: August 03, 2014, 06:10:57 PM »
12 Angry Men, I enjoyed it a lot. First time I had seen it, it's a wonderful film. It has unfortunately lost a little bit of power due to the nature that it's been emulated so much since, but still recommended. The picture quality was amazing.

I watched that for the first time last year and really loved it.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14096 on: August 03, 2014, 07:07:45 PM »
Guardians of the Galaxy - Holy shit, I loved it.
Me too, nicely done sentimental bits, entertaining action sequences, funny script, fantastic stinger (hope it wasn't just a throwaway).


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14097 on: August 03, 2014, 07:12:53 PM »
So unless they actually make a

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movie (which I seriously doubt), I was surprised there was only the one credits scene that was a throwaway.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14098 on: August 03, 2014, 07:15:25 PM »
So unless they actually make a

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movie (which I seriously doubt), I was surprised there was only the one credits scene that was a throwaway.

My theory - Each of the blu rays has a short film on it, but GotG is much more removed from the MCU than the rest, so perhaps the cameo will be expanded there? That would be cool, anyway.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14099 on: August 03, 2014, 07:28:01 PM »

My theory - Each of the blu rays has a short film on it, but GotG is much more removed from the MCU than the rest, so perhaps the cameo will be expanded there? That would be cool, anyway.
I would love that.