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Marathons / Re: Hold On To Your Butts: Junior Watches All the Things
« Last post by DarkeningHumour on Yesterday at 05:00:15 PM »
Honestly, reminding me that Sanders is in that movie accounts for 50% of why I want to rewatch it.
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Marathons / Re: Sandy Faces the Music
« Last post by Dave the Necrobumper on Yesterday at 04:55:24 PM »
So happy with the vocals and the dancing! Real honest to goodness, difficult to execute dancing! :) (Yeah, I'm talking to you la la land.)

The flatness and simplicity of the dancing and the lack of pizazz of the songs left me with meh feelings about La La Land.

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Tightrope

I get that using a careful waltz for a song entitled "Tightrope" makes a lot of sense, but man I wish this was a torch song in a big way. Williams' character really needed a "spill your guts" song, but this comes off as a sigh and a weak resignation. Also, the Oxford English Dictionary has 171,476 words in it. Please Benj and Justin, just pick a few of them to fill in the gaps in this song. There is no excuse for lyrics like,

Walking a tightrope
With you, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
With you, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
With you
With you, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
With you, ooh, ooh, ooh
With you


As you can see, I have a little bit of a love/hate relationship with the lyricists' choices. These men have flashes of brilliance and will continue to grow and become even more talented. Looking forward to seeing more of what they can do.

Beautifully put.
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Marathons / Re: Hold On To Your Butts: Junior Watches All the Things
« Last post by Teproc on Yesterday at 04:55:07 PM »
Fontaine is really what makes Rebecca work, because Olivier's character is really hard to like, but she plays that innocence so well, it's impossible not to empathize with her. And yeah, Sanders is tons of fun in that last act, as always.
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Movie Talk / Re: Last DVD you bought
« Last post by smirnoff on Yesterday at 03:26:51 PM »
I wonder if orange and blue movie posters will still be a thing in 2049.
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Marathons / Re: Sandy Faces the Music
« Last post by smirnoff on Yesterday at 03:24:01 PM »
I like your strong opinions here, both for and against certain choices. Your love for and experience with the genre really comes through. :)

So happy with the vocals and the dancing! Real honest to goodness, difficult to execute dancing! :) (Yeah, I'm talking to you la la land.)

My smoke detector just went off.
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Movie Talk / Re: Last DVD you bought
« Last post by Solid Blake on Yesterday at 02:16:14 PM »
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Movie Talk / Re: Last DVD you bought
« Last post by philip918 on Yesterday at 02:05:58 PM »
Bought this so fast:

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Movie Talk / Re: In Memoriam
« Last post by The Deer Hunter on Yesterday at 09:35:05 AM »
I always remembered her from that scene. She was a standout.
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Marathons / Re: Hold On To Your Butts: Junior Watches All the Things
« Last post by Junior on Yesterday at 08:26:53 AM »
It is on the long side, but I never really felt it. It moves along pretty nicely.
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Movie Talk / Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Last post by Teproc on Yesterday at 07:47:36 AM »
Taegukgi hwinalrimyeo / Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (Kang Je-gyu, 2004)



The Korean War tends to get overshadowed from a Western standpoint by WW2 and Vietnam, so I was interested in seeing what a relatively big budget South Korean film would do with it. Not much, as it turns out. As with seemingly all popular Korean films, this is very melodramatic, which works when it comes to the relationship between the two brothers, but not so much when it's mixed with the massive violence on display. It feels at times like the cinematic transposition of a Call of Duty mission, with one of the protagonists seemingly impervious to bullets and prone to headshots... and that's not something I'm very comfortable with, frankly. I't's hard to call the violence in a war film gratuitous because, well, war is violence, but it does feel that way here.

The relationship between the two brothers is the most interesting thing going on here, with the brave, heroic one gradually becoming more unhinged and violent, but it's more interesting on paper than on screen, because his evolution feels more like a thing the film wants to do than a natural path for the character, and there is a turn late in the film that, while shocking and thematically interesting, is completely preposterous. The actor isn't bad, but he's not able to ground the character in the midst of all the insanity.

The action - misgivings about the violence aside - is pretty good, and I do like the meeker brother's performance overall, but it's not enough to make it all work.

4/10
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