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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #19970 on: September 21, 2009, 12:26:02 AM »
I love the octopus scene. Apparently Choi Min-sik, as a Buddhist, apologised to each octopus every take...

there were certainly a good number of shocking and entertaining scenes. Those were fun.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #19971 on: September 21, 2009, 12:54:23 AM »
50 Dead Men Walking - What can I say? Ben Kingsley is Ben Kingsley, and I was engaged for pretty much the whole movie (though there is a special place in my heart for these sorts of movies). I thought a few moments of editing would've been better off left alone, but beyond that it was still enjoyable. 3/5

A History of Violence - So, I guess the focus of the film adaptation is supposed to be in a totally different direction from the graphic novel, which is pretty neat and maybe something Watchmen could have looked at. Beyond that, the son was annoying, and felt very cliche, but I did enjoy the rest of the film. The relationship between the protagonist and his wife was built up, and some of the shots were awesome. Certainly a good watch. 4/5

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #19972 on: September 21, 2009, 01:10:38 AM »
"There is no explainable reason" is something that can be done effectively, this isn't it. If that's what he was going for, why include scenes of every stereotype imaginable for the killers? The other characters were just as badly portrayed, Van Sant putting together a collection of every high-school personality stereotype in the book. Of course they were only fodder for his little staged tragedy anyways, so there's not much to say about them.

wow, i really wanna smack you right now ;D

Its not about him saying something, and to always expect that is kinda lazy.  The intent of this and last days and gerry ect is a kind of semiotic investigation - its up to YOU to say something.  Unlike say Pixar, this is actually art as film (not to knock it - i love entertainment as much as the next person).  You have these ideas and judgments in your head and he give you visuals that provoke those associations.  Meditate on your own reactions - not on what you think Van Sant's might be because you don;t know what they are because he's actually not interested in telling you.  This is why something like Theo Angelopoulos' Ulysses' Gaze (which tries to do the same thing) doesn't work for me is that I really have no cultural knowledge base from which to draw on to interact with what I'm seeing.  But to disregard this side of the film is to lose so much of what makes the film great. 

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Meditate on your own reactions

I did, my reactions were anger, hatred, and disgust. ;D But seriously, you're not really addressing my problems with the movie. Your description of it sounds great, if it actually succeeded at those things I would have no doubt loved it as I have movies that work in similar ways. But the way Van Sant handles the material actively prevents me from experiencing anything meaningful. I don't expect you to agree with me, but I need you to know I'm not just disregarding Van Sants intent, I'm saying it's:

completely ineffective.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #19973 on: September 21, 2009, 01:13:04 AM »
I just watched Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog again. That movie is so fantastic. Very short (45 mins) but it has very funny dialogue and great music! It was written by Joss Whedon and released for free online - I however have the DVD with lots of extras ;)
It stars Nathan Fillion, Neil Patrick Harris, and Felicia Day.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #19974 on: September 21, 2009, 01:15:26 AM »
I just watched Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog again.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #19975 on: September 21, 2009, 01:15:39 AM »
I just watched Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog again. That movie is so fantastic. Very short (45 mins) but it has very funny dialogue and great music! It was written by Joss Whedon and released for free online - I however have the DVD with lots of extras ;)
It stars Nathan Fillion, Neil Patrick Harris, and Felicia Day.


Have you listened to the commentary-- all done as a musical?  I can't wait to see it again with that "commentary"
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #19976 on: September 21, 2009, 01:18:00 AM »
I just watched Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog again. That movie is so fantastic. Very short (45 mins) but it has very funny dialogue and great music! It was written by Joss Whedon and released for free online - I however have the DVD with lots of extras ;)
It stars Nathan Fillion, Neil Patrick Harris, and Felicia Day.


Have you listened to the commentary-- all done as a musical?  I can't wait to see it again with that "commentary"

Yeah, I need to watch it again with and without Commentary! The Musical. So good.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #19977 on: September 21, 2009, 01:18:02 AM »
"There is no explainable reason" is something that can be done effectively, this isn't it. If that's what he was going for, why include scenes of every stereotype imaginable for the killers? The other characters were just as badly portrayed, Van Sant putting together a collection of every high-school personality stereotype in the book. Of course they were only fodder for his little staged tragedy anyways, so there's not much to say about them.

wow, i really wanna smack you right now ;D

Its not about him saying something, and to always expect that is kinda lazy.  The intent of this and last days and gerry ect is a kind of semiotic investigation - its up to YOU to say something.  Unlike say Pixar, this is actually art as film (not to knock it - i love entertainment as much as the next person).  You have these ideas and judgments in your head and he give you visuals that provoke those associations.  Meditate on your own reactions - not on what you think Van Sant's might be because you don;t know what they are because he's actually not interested in telling you.  This is why something like Theo Angelopoulos' Ulysses' Gaze (which tries to do the same thing) doesn't work for me is that I really have no cultural knowledge base from which to draw on to interact with what I'm seeing.  But to disregard this side of the film is to lose so much of what makes the film great. 

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Meditate on your own reactions

I did, my reactions were anger, hatred, and disgust. ;D But seriously, you're not really addressing my problems with the movie. Your description of it sounds great, if it actually succeeded at those things I would have no doubt loved it as I have movies that work in similar ways. But the way Van Sant handles the material actively prevents me from experiencing anything meaningful. I don't expect you to agree with me, but I need you to know I'm not just disregarding Van Sants intent, I'm saying it's:

completely ineffective.

Your reaction to his movie about a high school shooting is rage and disgust. It seems like maybe Van Sant succeeded perfectly.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #19978 on: September 21, 2009, 01:24:48 AM »
I just watched Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog again.
You might be interested in this thread or this thread or this poll:D

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #19979 on: September 21, 2009, 01:25:39 AM »
Your reaction to his movie about a high school shooting is rage and disgust. It seems like maybe Van Sant succeeded perfectly.

I was going to add "at Van Sant for screwing it up so bad", but I thought people would get that.