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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #20000 on: September 21, 2009, 07:36:56 AM »
"Safe sucked.  It was so boring."
"It was supposed to be boring.  That's the whole point."
"Was it supposed to suck, too?  Because it totally sucked."
"How can you say it sucked when it totally did what it set out to do?"
"To bore the shit out of me?"
"Exactly!"
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #20001 on: September 21, 2009, 07:52:04 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.

Keith said it better than I did, but it goes back to not giving the audience what they want. But placing every stereotype imaginable on the killers he leaves the audience with no concrete reason for why they killed. That attacks their natural instinct to look for an easy label or an easy way out and thus makes them look at the situation and all those involved differently.

The other characters are handled the same way because they represent the way the general populace views high school students. However once the shooting starts GVS turns the characters around and shows why its not a smart move to buy into the stereotypes by having them act opposite of the way a movie would have them act. Nothing highlights this better than the school jock skulking through the hallways ready to pounce and save the day, but this isn't an action movie and he gets snuffed out before he can do anything. GVS is all about playing with what the audience expects and giving them the opposite, what happens after that depends on you.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #20002 on: September 21, 2009, 08:38:11 AM »
I wouldn't say he gives us the opposites. With the jock he did, but with others he didn't. My reading was more along the lines of: here are a bunch of stereotypes - however any one of these people could do _______.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #20003 on: September 21, 2009, 08:46:56 AM »
I think he did once the shooting started, the jocks were for the most part scared, the geeky girl who usually survives was gunned down right away while the most level headed kid of the whole bunch was the stoner/skateboard kid. Maybe it's just my read but I felt like once the shooting started GVS started having the non-killers do the opposite of what we expected from them, for the most part.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #20004 on: September 21, 2009, 08:59:11 AM »
I think he did once the shooting started, the jocks were for the most part scared, the geeky girl who usually survives was gunned down right away while the most level headed kid of the whole bunch was the stoner/skateboard kid. Maybe it's just my read but I felt like once the shooting started GVS started having the non-killers do the opposite of what we expected from them, for the most part.

Yeah maybe, I thought it was more incidental. Not that big of a deal either way.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #20005 on: September 21, 2009, 09:04:20 AM »
The Big Sleep - Howard Hawks, 1946



Humphrey Bogart is a ridiculous pimp. I love it. He just shoots angles at every girl he comes across (who are ALL hot in this movie). He's the man. The story is rather convoluted but very entertaining; I don't think it's all that important to keep track of every character. Murder, blackmail, romance, and quick wit, this has all the ingredients of a great mystery. 8/10.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #20006 on: September 21, 2009, 09:07:02 AM »
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (Gordon, 2007)

A second viewing. I liked it the first time, but I’m actually more impressed with it this time around. Upon the first viewing I was hung up on whether or not the subjects were being mocked, and I now think I was being way too cautious. Also the good v evil framing device, although perhaps simple, is perfectly executed. At times “Steve as the nice guy” seemed too uncomplicated; while he certainly is a nice guy, there were times when I thought he should just turn that thing off and go read to his kids or something. And it kind of felt like the film let him off the hook a bit because the makers want him to be their hero. Anyway, great movie nonetheless.  
Grade: A-
That is a perfect screencap you have there. I agree with your take as well!

I'd like to give that a second viewing as well.  
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #20007 on: September 21, 2009, 10:19:59 AM »
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (Gordon, 2007)
A second viewing. I liked it the first time, but I’m actually more impressed with it this time around. Upon the first viewing I was hung up on whether or not the subjects were being mocked, and I now think I was being way too cautious. Also the good v evil framing device, although perhaps simple, is perfectly executed. At times “Steve as the nice guy” seemed too uncomplicated; while he certainly is a nice guy, there were times when I thought he should just turn that thing off and go read to his kids or something. And it kind of felt like the film let him off the hook a bit because the makers want him to be their hero. Anyway, great movie nonetheless. 
Grade: A-
Interesting. I think I liked it less the second time around (though only a very tiny bit less - still think, with you, it's a great film), but I think that's because I saw it the first time with a cinema full of people, and we were all just having a fabulous time with it - boos and cheers and all. The second time, the unfolding of the characters and story was a little less engrossing because I knew where the film was going. And "there were times when I thought he should just turn that thing off and go read to his kids or something" - yes,  :D, I thought that, too.

The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928)
Close-ups! Felt far less like homework than I expected. Really beautiful but also hypnotic and completely engrossing. The last ten minutes are harrowing. I watched it with the music on, was I right or wrong to do that? 
Grade: A
I'm curious to watch it a second time with the music on though I loved how powerful a film could be with just images, no sound at all. Agree about the last 10 minutes - wow.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #20008 on: September 21, 2009, 10:33:23 AM »
"Safe sucked.  It was so boring."
"It was supposed to be boring.  That's the whole point."
"Was it supposed to suck, too?  Because it totally sucked."
"How can you say it sucked when it totally did what it set out to do?"
"To bore the shit out of me?"
"Exactly!"
"Give me back my Twizzlers."
I knew someone was recording my conversations with myself.

Yep, feels like a conversation I could've had about that dumb movie.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #20009 on: September 21, 2009, 10:34:21 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"

I love Dr Horrible's but Haven't listened to the commentary, and now I really want to!!
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