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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #23310 on: December 01, 2009, 08:43:25 PM »
Yes, the film really does deserve a full blog post but I think you hit the high points. Glad you liked it and I hope our combined endorsement convinces others to watch it.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #23311 on: December 01, 2009, 08:58:10 PM »
Star Trek
Dir.  J.J. Abrams

I really enjoyed this back in the spring when I saw it.  I had a great viewing in an awesome little theater in Norfolk, England but it was quickly swallowed up by my responsibilities with work.  My housemates and I watched it Sunday night, my second viewing.  Its has just made the majors for me.  SO good.  Welcome to the top ten.

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Awesome. Gotta love 'em lens flares.

I pointed this out to a friend recently who didn't notice them. It blew his mind when we started to watch it how many there really are. I still really enjoyed the movie too though.

Though???  That's one of the coolest things about it!


My boyfriend and I rewatched it this weekend, and he couldn't stand the lens flares, he found it utterly distracting. Me, I didn't mind.

I don't even know what they are, so I didn't notice them...

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #23312 on: December 01, 2009, 09:00:32 PM »
I think the lens flares are much more annoying on the television than in the theater.

My reasoning is the movies is projected onto a scree in the theater whereas it's shined into your face when you watch it from a TV screen.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #23313 on: December 01, 2009, 09:01:33 PM »
Yes, the film really does deserve a full blog post but I think you hit the high points. Glad you liked it and I hope our combined endorsement convinces others to watch it.

We shall see, we shall see.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #23314 on: December 01, 2009, 09:14:30 PM »

The Last Emperor[1987]
Biopics can be messy, and even a director as talented as Bernardo Bertolucci can stumble in relaying the details of even an extraordinary life without becoming bogged down in the minutia.  That is ultimately my problem with the film.  It was long, and it felt long.  It is absolutely beautiful to behold.  The colors explode on the screen.  The costumes and scenery are overwhelmingly spectacular.  The problem was, I never felt like any message was trying to be conveyed, or at least not one I could identify with. 

The the story itself is interesting at least in premise.  I'm very interesting in 'the last' of something.  An end of an era, of a way of life.  And that is very well represented in the film, but ultimately I didn't become vested in the emperor in the least.  The rest of the characters drifted in and out of the film with little emotional impact on the emperor or for me.  For someone who held such a high position, he was a bit of a pushover and not all that interesting.  There was very little to grab a hold of here.  The cultural battle that could have been the focal point of the movie, was present, but decidedly underdeveloped.  The biggest flaw however was the dead dialog and forced exposition.  Especially in the first third of the film, the acting and dialog was downright uncomfortable.  It felt like they had a lot to say, but were rushed and just decided to try to cram as much background into as few lines of dialog as possible.  It came off unnatural and forced and completely clashed with the elegance and authenticity of the visuals.  In the end, that's what I took away from this. It has stunning visuals.  The story is lacking, but vibrancy is not.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #23315 on: December 01, 2009, 09:37:21 PM »

The Last Emperor[1987]
Biopics can be messy, and even a director as talented as Bernardo Bertolucci can stumble in relaying the details of even an extraordinary life without becoming bogged down in the minutia.  That is ultimately my problem with the film.  It was long, and it felt long.  It is absolutely beautiful to behold.  The colors explode on the screen.  The costumes and scenery are overwhelmingly spectacular.  The problem was, I never felt like any message was trying to be conveyed, or at least not one I could identify with. 

The the story itself is interesting at least in premise.  I'm very interesting in 'the last' of something.  An end of an era, of a way of life.  And that is very well represented in the film, but ultimately I didn't become vested in the emperor in the least.  The rest of the characters drifted in and out of the film with little emotional impact on the emperor or for me.  For someone who held such a high position, he was a bit of a pushover and not all that interesting.  There was very little to grab a hold of here.  The cultural battle that could have been the focal point of the movie, was present, but decidedly underdeveloped.  The biggest flaw however was the dead dialog and forced exposition.  Especially in the first third of the film, the acting and dialog was downright uncomfortable.  It felt like they had a lot to say, but were rushed and just decided to try to cram as much background into as few lines of dialog as possible.  It came off unnatural and forced and completely clashed with the elegance and authenticity of the visuals.  In the end, that's what I took away from this. It has stunning visuals.  The story is lacking, but vibrancy is not.
Rating: 3/5

I appreciate your review BV. I'm only two thirds of the way through this right now but agree with what you're saying, particularly about the spotty acting and clumsy dialogue. It probably doesn't feel as long to me as it did to you because I'm breaking up the 3.5 runtime into 3 sittings. It's not been a drag, but it's never been seriously captivating either.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #23316 on: December 01, 2009, 09:49:38 PM »
I found the character of Pu Yi to be ultimately fascinating. I loved the way it dealt with time. It is one of the most visually stunning films I have seen (I am so glad Bertolucci was able to film inside the Forbidden City). And the runtime did not feel long. So I would have to respectfully disagree with you guys.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #23317 on: December 01, 2009, 10:07:29 PM »
caught Miami Vice on the big screen again last night.  this was a film i caught twice the first time around.  i have no idea why i thought this was good.  it isn't.  it has some nice/great shots.  there is something compelling to me about Farrell, but i don't think he is really very good; Foxx isn't good.  what should have been some aspects of humorous/campy script were played (seemingly) straight (Tubbs' "Take it to the limit one more time", to name one of many).  utterly dull story.  the first time(s) around i thought it had something interesting to say on identity, but it doesn't.  trite. trite. trite.  and bummed, especially since i so much loved The Insider a couple of weeks back.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #23318 on: December 01, 2009, 10:18:00 PM »
The Last Emperor[1987]
It has stunning visuals.  The story is lacking, but vibrancy is not.
Rating: 3/5

I appreciate your review BV. I'm only two thirds of the way through this right now but agree with what you're saying, particularly about the spotty acting and clumsy dialogue. It probably doesn't feel as long to me as it did to you because I'm breaking up the 3.5 runtime into 3 sittings. It's not been a drag, but it's never been seriously captivating either.


It really depends on how long you want to look at pretty things because I cannot remember much about the story.

Seems like I am in the same boat.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #23319 on: December 01, 2009, 10:27:13 PM »
Camera Buff

Might be my new favorite Kieslowski. Very funny and heartbreaking film about maintaining integrity in filmmaking.
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