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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14145 on: August 16, 2014, 07:13:56 PM »
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Watched half of this with my Dad, but neither of us were really enjoying it so we just watched Louis CK's special instead.  I felt like there was nothing for me to grab onto here.  It was competently made on a technical level and I guess the acting is fine, but I found the whole film off-putting.  I know that's much of the point, but I really have nothing to get invested in when I don't care about the characters, their journey and the story as a whole.  It also doesn't help that I have a lot of difficulty understanding what they are saying.

I might try watching it again or finishing it at some point (I stopped for my Dad's sake but generally I always feel compelled to finish a movie I start, though if it is boring, I also might be messing around on my tablet or phone), but as someone who likes Terry Gilliam, I really couldn't bring myself to care, and I REALLY wanted to.  I mean, I also really didn't like Tideland, but I was still able to get invested in it or find a way in, even if I didn't think it was effective.  I feel like there is a big wall around this movie (or that it is a wall, perhaps I need to flesh out my metaphor) and there isn't a door for me.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14146 on: August 17, 2014, 09:56:09 AM »
So Ninja Turtles wasn't THAT bad. It wasn't GREAT either, but it was fun enough. I put this one in a special place alongside the GI Joe movies and the likes of Van Helsing, where it's an incredibly stupid, but still pretty fun time. There are better movies out there to spend your money on, for sure, but it's a better adaptation of Ninja Turtles than Transformers was of Transformers.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14147 on: August 17, 2014, 11:38:58 AM »
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Watched half of this with my Dad, but neither of us were really enjoying it so we just watched Louis CK's special instead.  I felt like there was nothing for me to grab onto here.  It was competently made on a technical level and I guess the acting is fine, but I found the whole film off-putting.  I know that's much of the point, but I really have nothing to get invested in when I don't care about the characters, their journey and the story as a whole.  It also doesn't help that I have a lot of difficulty understanding what they are saying.

I might try watching it again or finishing it at some point (I stopped for my Dad's sake but generally I always feel compelled to finish a movie I start, though if it is boring, I also might be messing around on my tablet or phone), but as someone who likes Terry Gilliam, I really couldn't bring myself to care, and I REALLY wanted to.  I mean, I also really didn't like Tideland, but I was still able to get invested in it or find a way in, even if I didn't think it was effective.  I feel like there is a big wall around this movie (or that it is a wall, perhaps I need to flesh out my metaphor) and there isn't a door for me.

This one always struck me as a bit divisive, even for (or maybe especially for) Gilliam fans. For instance, it is my favorite of his movies (and one of my all-time favorite movies to boot), while I've got friends who find it completely unwatchable. It pretty much dives head first into the strange, off-kilter, drug-binging attitude of Duke and his cohort the good Doctor Gonzo, and the two of them are never really displayed sympathetically to be sure (especially once the second half of the movie gets going). But I don't think that's an issue, at least in the sense that I don't find "liking them" to be a particularly important part of the movie. It's much more about the general atmosphere of getting lost in a drug trip (which Gilliam's style suits perfectly) and a general tale about the decline of the American Dream (or at least the American Hippy Dream), as Duke so often pines about. It's a rather cynical film in this regard, and I'm actually rather disappointed in myself that I haven't read the book yet (of which the movie is apparently a very faithful adaptation).

Plus, I find it to be quite funny, which always hooks me in quick (I'm on board by the bats line, and completely suckered in by the time the close-up "Get in." happens).


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14148 on: August 17, 2014, 12:30:11 PM »
The thing is I really couldn't feel the decline of the American dream aspect.  And I'm not saying it isn't in there (Duke brings it up at a specific point), but I'm just not seeing it beyond the fact some of the conspicuous consumption in the casino and from what I saw, that seemed like backdrop to the characters' bad trip.  I guess the other thing is that I never feel like I'm getting these characters point of view.  I mean, we get a literal point of view, but I don't really get where the characters are coming from.  I don't need my characters to be likeable, as some of my favourite movies have horrible, irredeemable characters (If you haven't seen it, watch Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!) but I feel that if I knew what motivated the characters, I'd have more of an understanding why they choose to do all these drugs that are clearly causing them as much (if not more) pain and suffering than the political climate.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14149 on: August 17, 2014, 04:56:22 PM »
So Ninja Turtles wasn't THAT bad. It wasn't GREAT either, but it was fun enough. I put this one in a special place alongside the GI Joe movies and the likes of Van Helsing, where it's an incredibly stupid, but still pretty fun time...

Of those three, I've only seen Van Helsing and fun is the word I would least use to describe it. It's a boring slog. It's basically rock climbing distilled into it's purest, boringest form. It's an incredible achievement how un-fun such a fun premise could actually be. It is a fun-vacuum.

I didn't really care for it.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14150 on: August 17, 2014, 07:06:44 PM »
Yeah, Van Helsing was painful.  Even as a turn off your brain film it is crazy dull.

Anyway

The Skin I Live In

This film was a bit of a rollercoaster: I was into it at first, then it seemed to lose me, but by the end I liked it again.  It doesn't really help that it has potentially interesting threads that never really factor into the main story in a meaningful way.

The film is about a mad scientist (though a rather restrained one) played by Antonio Banderas.  He is a specialist on skin and is genetically engineering a new, seemingly-indestructible skin with the help of a woman who he keeps a prisoner in home.  The film soon flashbacks to how the characters got into the situation in the first place.  The premise is interesting but soon it gets to a place where the film gets into some other narratives that only sort of fit into the main plot.  It feels like there's stuff that, while interesting, gets tiring because it doesn't seem to be working with the narrative that we are supposed to be following.  Sadly, not all of it pays off (surprisingly the skin, which the film spends a LOT of time on at first, barely factors into the film's real story).

However, then it gets into the latter half, the film improves tremendously with a much more focused narrative that's very soap opera-esque in a fun, psycho-thriller lens.  It doesn't all work (early on it feels like being dumped in the middle of a telenovella you've never seen before) but it is a rather good movie and I'd recommend it.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14151 on: August 17, 2014, 09:01:26 PM »
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Watched half of this with my Dad, but neither of us were really enjoying it so we just watched Louis CK's special instead.  I felt like there was nothing for me to grab onto here.  It was competently made on a technical level and I guess the acting is fine, but I found the whole film off-putting.  I know that's much of the point, but I really have nothing to get invested in when I don't care about the characters, their journey and the story as a whole.  It also doesn't help that I have a lot of difficulty understanding what they are saying.

I might try watching it again or finishing it at some point (I stopped for my Dad's sake but generally I always feel compelled to finish a movie I start, though if it is boring, I also might be messing around on my tablet or phone), but as someone who likes Terry Gilliam, I really couldn't bring myself to care, and I REALLY wanted to.  I mean, I also really didn't like Tideland, but I was still able to get invested in it or find a way in, even if I didn't think it was effective.  I feel like there is a big wall around this movie (or that it is a wall, perhaps I need to flesh out my metaphor) and there isn't a door for me.

This one always struck me as a bit divisive, even for (or maybe especially for) Gilliam fans. For instance, it is my favorite of his movies (and one of my all-time favorite movies to boot), while I've got friends who find it completely unwatchable. It pretty much dives head first into the strange, off-kilter, drug-binging attitude of Duke and his cohort the good Doctor Gonzo, and the two of them are never really displayed sympathetically to be sure (especially once the second half of the movie gets going). But I don't think that's an issue, at least in the sense that I don't find "liking them" to be a particularly important part of the movie. It's much more about the general atmosphere of getting lost in a drug trip (which Gilliam's style suits perfectly) and a general tale about the decline of the American Dream (or at least the American Hippy Dream), as Duke so often pines about. It's a rather cynical film in this regard, and I'm actually rather disappointed in myself that I haven't read the book yet (of which the movie is apparently a very faithful adaptation).

Plus, I find it to be quite funny, which always hooks me in quick (I'm on board by the bats line, and completely suckered in by the time the close-up "Get in." happens).

I would and wouldn't call the movie a great adaptation of the book. IMO the movie did a great job of capturing the feel of the book but in a very different way. This was the only HS Thompson book I ever read and I read it in high school so I don't remember it that well. The book is, as Thompson put it, "Gonzo Journalism" which is basically a fictional novel, featuring autobiographical elements, written as if it were true from a journalist perspective. Like most film adaptation a lot was abridged from the story, some of my favorite parts were abridged. If you like the movie read the book, it's short and cheap. 


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14152 on: August 18, 2014, 08:22:00 AM »
Regarding Michael Bay, there was an episode of Doug Loves Movies that I found interesting(click on "Listen Now" then select July 26).  He talks with TJ Miller about his experience filming Transformers 4.  I guess Michael Bay was yelling at TJ for not saying anything funny.  Something like, "We hired you to be funny, and you haven't said anything funny all day!"  Regardless of whether or not you think TJ is funny, I think it's telling that he hires actors and then expects them to rewrite the script.  There were also a couple things that he made TJ say, TJ was hesitant, and then MB said, "Trust me.  It will be funny".  Needless to say, it wasn't.

Also, I think that Donatello wearing nerd glasses is stupid and lazy, and is the perfect example of how Michael Bay fails.  I can just see MB looking at early drawings of the turtles and saying, "This purple one is supposed to be smart right?  What a nerd...put some glasses on him and put tape on it like the nerds do".  Bam! That's all the character development that Donatello gets.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14153 on: August 18, 2014, 09:17:35 AM »
That Doug Loves Movies was amazing.  I also like him inserting a weird little in joke in the movie for no one but him and his girlfriend.  I would love TJ Miller to appear on How Did This Get Made? to talk about it.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14154 on: August 18, 2014, 09:23:53 AM »
Regarding Michael Bay, there was an episode of Doug Loves Movies that I found interesting(click on "Listen Now" then select July 26).  He talks with TJ Miller about his experience filming Transformers 4.  I guess Michael Bay was yelling at TJ for not saying anything funny.  Something like, "We hired you to be funny, and you haven't said anything funny all day!"  Regardless of whether or not you think TJ is funny, I think it's telling that he hires actors and then expects them to rewrite the script.  There were also a couple things that he made TJ say, TJ was hesitant, and then MB said, "Trust me.  It will be funny".  Needless to say, it wasn't.

Also, I think that Donatello wearing nerd glasses is stupid and lazy, and is the perfect example of how Michael Bay fails.  I can just see MB looking at early drawings of the turtles and saying, "This purple one is supposed to be smart right?  What a nerd...put some glasses on him and put tape on it like the nerds do".  Bam! That's all the character development that Donatello gets.
I agree with you about the laziness of Donatello's glasses. And that story about TJ Miller is very indicative. Allowing actors to improvise, especially comic actors, is a good thing. But just yelling at them "BE FUNNY!" won't work
It does verify my thought that the one joke that actually worked in Transformers 2 ("We checked. There was no smaller shirt.") was probably improvised.



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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14155 on: August 18, 2014, 07:23:34 PM »
Capote

Can't say I really liked it. P.S.H., on the other hand, was amazing. Made me even more eager to see "A Most Wanted Man".


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14156 on: August 18, 2014, 09:25:10 PM »
Has anyone here seen The Master (2012)? I've been thinking about seeing it but the story itself doesn't really appeal to me.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14157 on: August 19, 2014, 12:57:46 AM »
Most people would say "what story?"

I loved it though.
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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14158 on: August 19, 2014, 03:05:36 PM »
It's alright. Not my favorite PTA, but still pretty good.


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Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« Reply #14159 on: August 20, 2014, 08:19:01 AM »
The One I Love

This is one that I missed at Sundance, but really wanted to catch up with.  I don't want to say too much about the plot of this movie., but I will say that I loved it.  It's about a couple (Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss) who are experiencing marital problems. Mark Duplass just continues to attach himself to amazing projects.  If you liked Your Sister's Sister or Safety Not Guaranteed or anything else Duplass has done, then you'll like this.