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Old 05-03-2009, 09:09 PM
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The Bride Wore Black - I guess this is Truffaut's "Hitchcock" movie, but because I'm an idiot, I didn't think about it in Hitchcockian terms while watching it. Very funny, but also sad - One looks at some of the film's flaws (over-obvious symbolism near the end, for one) and wonders if they were intentional...

Odd - Truffaut loves casting himself in his movies, yet he doesn't do a Hitchcock-style director cameo (at least that I know of) in this film.

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In Bruges was quite a film. I don't know what kind of film, and I don't want to try dissecting it. I say: watch it, unless you have an aversion to violence. Best Ralph Fiennes role ever, btw.
Hunt down the director's short film Six Shooter. It's really good.

EDIT: Not hard to hunt it down at all - iTunes for $1.99. It won an Oscar for Best Short Film.
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:02 PM
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I watched True Lies for the first time in over a decade. It was much better than I remembered! Of course, I was around 12 when I first watched it, so I think I was able to appreciate what it does a little more now. I loved how the film shifts from a comedic take on the spy genre early on, focusing on the life of a secret agent, to a ludicrous action flick later on (did they just nuke the Florida Keys!?) And I'm genuinely shocked that Tom Arnold had a fairly solid performance as Arnold's partner. Overall, I thought it was a solid action movie.
This was on TV last year one night when I was in Germany and I had a good time watching it. "Du bist gefeuert" had nothing on "You're fired", but good times were still had by all. Also fun: Remember how much fun terrorism was back then? So much fun.
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Old 05-04-2009, 02:34 AM
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Dick Tracy - I think I had a fever dream like this once.
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:49 AM
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For some reason, Japan seems to be an excellent producer of a kind of sub-genre of movies where everyone's relationships are terrible and the primary motivating factor in the movie seems to be regret for what didn't happen, without any happy ending or generic optimistic message to ameliorate the harshness and encourage the viewer that everything will be okay or that true love is waiting for everyone. I kind of love these movies.
Yes! Actually, I'm not sure I've seen a movie that fits that description precisely, but Japan has a certain way of doing bleak relationship dramas that I'm very fond of. (Admittedly, my favorite one does end on a somewhat hopeful note.)
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:44 AM
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I think the Turkish movie Climates fits that description as well, as it is about a couple's messy, painful break up. They never get back together. Oops! Spoilers! I saw it recently, and it was sort of good but it didn't stick with me. The dude behind it comes from an art photography background so his cinematography is gorgeous, and despite the allusions to Tarkovsky he is not as religious or as expressive, and is probably more reminiscent of Antonioni -- only in a more tolerable HD format. I think this is indicative of his popularity among the arthouse crowd.

What I like about this film and his previous one Distant is the attention paid to insignificant, almost pathetic matters that are very revealing. Like the scene in Distant where the photographer keeps switching the porn he's watching off to a Tarkovsky movie in order to prevent his cousin from being in the same room with him. In this movie the highlight is the prolonged booty call that is both funny and deeply disturbing. Otherwise I'm glad it looks like he discovered a little thing called plot in his newest movie because his previous two are almost unnecessarily spare.
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:07 PM
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I just came back from seeing 20th Century Boys Part 1 and Part 2, and while I'm not sure I'm enough out of the cinema afterglow yet to properly judge them, I did have a good time with both (quite long) films. As far as adaptations go, the first was almost anally faithful in the things they kept in, while the second made several compromises and compressed events (or radically changed and omitted two specific ones). And yet, the situation at the end of the 2nd film is still identical to the manga's at that point in the story, so I guess they just used a simpler route to get to the same story point.

Also, I found it both highly pleasing and mildly disturbing how uncannily right about 90% of the actors are. I genuinely recognised the live action faces as their manga counterparts even without context almost every time. Just scary.

My impressions were not coloured by having won a Friend T-Shirt at all. Honest.
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:18 PM
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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead: Love, blood, and rhetoric.
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:39 PM
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wolverine wasn't that bad. it was actually pretty ok. beats the shit out of street fighter or daredevil by a mile.
It wasn't really much better than the theatrical cut of Daredevil, let alone the director's cut (Jackman's a better lead than Affleck, but the supporting cast in DD was better when they cut Garner's part down to a cameo). Just a soulless cash-in - a bunch of generic characters and dialogue stripped of everything that made them unique, with fanboy bait cameos so pointless (Emma Frost? Really?) that even the fanboys saw through it. Obviously not close to Dark Knight or Iron Man, but not even close to Hellboy 2 or Hulk 2. Although it did have a bit more of a plot than Hulk 2, so that's something.

And how many secret bases does Stryker need, anyway?

Ryan Reynolds would've been fun as an actual version of Deadpool, even if he was only about 1/10th as absurd as he needed to be. But I guess you can't take a summer tentpole movie into the full-out farce needed to make a Deadpool story work.

(Not to mention that, after filming the previous three movies in Canada, the one that actually takes place mostly in Canada wasn't filmed here. WTF?)

Groundhog Day - Still my favourite Bill Murray movie. Well, tied with Ghostbusters, I guess, but the gag where he just hauls off and punches out the insurance salesman gets me every time.
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:16 PM
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Groundhog Day - Still my favourite Bill Murray movie. Well, tied with Ghostbusters, I guess, but the gag where he just hauls off and punches out the insurance salesman gets me every time.
The genius of Stephen Tobolowsky is in that scene when he spins around so that his face is perfectly framed before he goes down.
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Old 05-05-2009, 11:47 AM
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Body of Lies - Cool little spy flick. I spent a lot of time being in the mind of Ferris, which meant that I really didn't know what was going on until the end.
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Old 05-05-2009, 11:48 AM
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Body of Lies - Cool little spy flick
It was alright. My favourite modern spy movie is still Spy Game, which I will watch each and every time it is on der TV.
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Old 05-05-2009, 11:51 AM
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Death Race was good. It wasn't better than the original (Death Race 2000), but it didn't insult it by existing, either. It was a fun action movie about cars with guns on them. I had refused to give it the time of day because I loved the original, but now I'm eating my own words. Go watch it if that's the reason you skipped it.

(Also, Jason Statham is as awesome as ever.)
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Old 05-05-2009, 12:12 PM
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I watched this the other night! Stoppard is genius.
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Old 05-05-2009, 03:22 PM
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It was alright. My favourite modern spy movie is still Spy Game, which I will watch each and every time it is on der TV.
I just remembered I saw that once. It was all right.
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Old 05-05-2009, 05:21 PM
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Stayed at work and put on Synecdoche, New York after hours.

Jesus christ. I'm ... just speechless. Isn't there some kind of Nobel Prize for film we can give Charlie Kaufman?
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Old 05-05-2009, 05:44 PM
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I watched this the other night! Stoppard is genius.
I caught it in its original play-form here in Portland a few years ago, and it was pretty excellent. You should catch it if you ever get the chance.
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Old 05-05-2009, 11:22 PM
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Wolverine was.... not bad! I know this movie never stood a chance critically, but I walked out of the theater feeling more satisfied than I did at the end of X-Men 3. Maybe that's because I set my expectations appropriately, because X3 was such a fall from X2 that it actually angered me when I saw the movie that had been keeping Bryan Singer so busy in the meantime. What X3 and Origins have in common is way too many mutants weighing things down, except in this film they actually have somebody (Wolverine, Sabertooth, Stryker, and Silverfox) to anchor the plot. All I ever hear is that they destroyed Deadpool's character, but what did you honestly expect? I know he's a huge fan favorite, but you can't do him justice on screen in a film that is not (NOT) about him. The same goes for Gambit as well. Do people actually know that the film combines Wade and Weapon XI into one character? Long story short, it's not to the film's detriment that everyone aside from the four central characters is a mere cameo. This is Hugh Jackman's movie start to finish, and it helps to have Liev Schrieber backing him up. With that out of the way, I think it's time to get started on X4.

Side-note: Jackman's great (best Oscar host in years, I might add), but is anyone else sick of promotional Wolverine images? Ever since the first film, it's been nothing but the perpetual wifebeater, the cross-armed claws, the scowl, and the Batista-esque mountain of necks and shoulders. I know he's one of the most marketable of the X-Men, but GIVE WOLVERINE A BREAK. Seriously, Cyclops has been sidelined in every one of these movies, most offensively X3. He actually has more screentime in Origins, which is just embarassing. I want to see more of the father-son dynamic between him and the Professor, and more proof of why he's the genuine leader of the team.

Side-note 2: They should have brought back Bryan Cox for Origins.

Side-note 3: "Young" Patrick Stewart was uncomfortably weird-looking. I almost didn't think it was him.
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Old 05-05-2009, 11:56 PM
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A Doll's House (1973) - Anthony Hopkins was young once; like all the movies I've seen in my English class, A Doll's House was unintentionally hilarious.
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:09 AM
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I like Danny Huston and all, but Brian Cox managed to make Stryker into a really, really terrifying character. Huston tries, but he can't match it. Cox is just a scary guy.
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Old 05-06-2009, 06:18 AM
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Long story short, it's not to the film's detriment that everyone aside from the four central characters is a mere cameo.
Those characters don't have anything to do with this movie though. It's supposed to be about Wolverine. This might seem like an outrageously surreal fantasy, but I would expect something of a character study instead of a pathetic story that ends up showing how Stryker and Wolverine were responsible for the X-Men. All those mutants were shoehorned into the movie, for reasons too obvious to state. Though if you edited them out, it still wouldn't make this future cup coaster better.

Someone needs to make an animated .gif out of Sabretooth running like a panther across a WWII battlefield and pouncing a Nazi soldier.
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Old 05-06-2009, 06:24 AM
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You know, I thought Sabretooth's pounce looked really cool in the trailers, but by the end of the movie, I was fucking sick of it, what with it being used in every action scene with him. I still generally liked Liev Schreiber, though!

I didn't really enjoy the movie overall, though, for what that's worth.
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Old 05-06-2009, 06:42 AM
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Prince Caspian: This movie is epitomized by a brief moment during a battle where Susan stumbles incredibly dramatically, falls off the ledge she is standing on incredibly dramatically, is barely rescued when a nearby dwarf grabs her hand incredibly dramatically, and then lets go and falls incredibly dramatically . . . onto another ledge right below her and is perfectly fine.

In this movie, everything is too forcibly done in an epic style, and so everything is forgettable, even the scenes that could have potentially worked.

The one exception was the brief return of the White Queen. I have vaguely positive memories of the first movie adaptation, and this scene makes me think it was probablly an incredibly well acted villain that brought it all together, rather than that there was some kind of drop in quality in the second movie adaptation. I also wonder if this is just because I didn't even like book of The Caspian Prince very much in the context of the other Narnia books when I first read it.

I'm also a bit bothered by Aslan in this story. In Wardrobe his role seems abstract and mythological on a large scale personification of all good vs. personification of all evil sort of way, but in Caspian Aslan directly mucks around in an arbitrary Old Testament-ish sort of way that feels more messy and complicated in its implications than movie admits . . . but if I recall this is probably a problem in the source material as well (that, granted, didn't bother me when I read it as a devoutly Catholic pre-teen).

I would have loved the movie if I was 12, though, and since that does seem to be the target audience, I don't think it's a failure. But it's not for me anymore.

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Old 05-06-2009, 06:48 AM
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Yeah, we watched Caspian when it came out because my wife has nostalgia for the source material plus a certain fondness for pretty boys of the prince's variety. It had a few good moments but was overall not terribly impressive.

In a not terribly surprising development, for some reason I downloaded a demo of the licensed game on PS3, and it was much worse.
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Old 05-06-2009, 08:39 AM
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Shoot 'Em Up is the most ridiculous, most excessive, most gratuitous, and basest movie I've ever seen. Which is pretty much the point, so, mission accomplished. It gets to a level where you can't take it as anything but a very (very) dark (very dark) comedy; because, really, if you don't laugh at it, you'll be cringing in horror and disgust every two frames. When the baby-fu and the mid-sex shootout are the most believable parts of the movie, you know it can't be anything but a tongue-in-cheek parody of hyperviolent cinema.
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:23 AM
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Shoot 'Em Up is the most ridiculous, most excessive, most gratuitous, and basest movie I've ever seen. Which is pretty much the point, so, mission accomplished. It gets to a level where you can't take it as anything but a very (very) dark (very dark) comedy; because, really, if you don't laugh at it, you'll be cringing in horror and disgust every two frames. When the baby-fu and the mid-sex shootout are the most believable parts of the movie, you know it can't be anything but a tongue-in-cheek parody of hyperviolent cinema.
It also has the same plot as Yoshi's Island.
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:52 AM
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It also has the same plot as Yoshi's Island.
Do not be mad at the crows. I put the crows on the moo-- HEY! Stop shooting the crows! Jesus!
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Old 05-06-2009, 11:34 AM
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I Love You, Man was quite funny!

Monsters vs. Aliens was not.
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:28 PM
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Aww man did you see it in 3D? That was the only reason to see it! Everything looks so delicious!
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They're doing a Deadpool movie and another Wolverine movie, but nothing on X4 yet. Also it's kind of hard to bring Cyclops into the forefront when he's dead. Plus he sucks and has always sucked.
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They're doing a Deadpool movie and another Wolverine movie, but nothing on X4 yet. Also it's kind of hard to bring Cyclops into the forefront when he's dead. Plus he sucks and has always sucked.
YOUR FACE SUCKS

Did they ever show a body for Cyclops? It's been a while since I've seen X-Men 3.
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