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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #27400 on: February 18, 2010, 12:38:36 PM »
Interesting, I saw the play twice, once on Broadway, and loved it but thought the film was pretty terrible.

Admittedly Rent is not one I've seen live (though I watched a filmed version of a stage performance that came out last year that I thought was distinctly worse than the cinematic version). It is kind of a mixed bag on whether I like live or filmed versions of musicals/plays. I like Phantom and Cats better in the filmed versions but Jesus Christ Superstar, Seven Brides, Doubt, and Streetcar Named Desire in the live versions I've seen.

Ya, it's like the old adage "the book is always better". There is an energy seeing live theater that cannot be replicated on screen. To be fair to the filmed version of Rent, I was lucky enough to see the main cast of the Broadway version which would be considered by many among the best ever so I saw the film with a really high bar set.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #27401 on: February 18, 2010, 12:42:56 PM »


Bill Maher's take on world religion in his documentary titled Religulous (Religion + Ridiculous) is, to put it simply, looking at the core of world religions and finding flaws in them. Maher says that to have faith is to give in. Instead, we should doubt and question every thing.

   
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The only appropriate attitude for man to have about the big questions is not the arrogant certitude that is the hallmark of religion, but doubt. Doubt is humble, and that's what man needs to be, considering that human history is just a litany of getting shit dead wrong. This is why rational people, anti-religionists, must end their timidity and come out of the closet and assert themselves. And those who consider themselves only moderately religious really need to look in the mirror and realize that the solace and comfort that religion brings you comes at a horrible price.

With the last sentence, Maher takes an extreme attitude towards religion. According to him, religion in any form is dangerous as it answers unanswered questions and gives power in the hands of people we don't want power given to.

I am a Liberterian, so I don't give a rat's ass about what you believe in. I, for your information, am agnostic. 7/10.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #27402 on: February 18, 2010, 01:07:47 PM »
I don't want to saay too much about it, but "Revanche" is an absolute masterpiece. Powerful, and in the vein of Bresson. See it.

Saw it twice in the theater and left really impressed both times.  Antares isn't on Revanche's level but it's a fine film, methinks.  I'm not reminded of Bresson though.  I see it as a film of The Decalogue in the style of Haneke.

The film reminded me aeshtetically of "L'Argent" for some reason.

Hmm, I don't see it.  Could you expound?  It's not clear to me if this--


That's not the only aspect. The grandfather's house setting reminded me of the family's home setting in L'Argent, as well as the lack of score and the pacing.

The ending "sealing the deal" is reference to it being a masterpiece.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #27403 on: February 18, 2010, 01:25:44 PM »
Wow, the /filmcast attacks a movie by a 'fashionable to hate' director, I'm shocked.

Sometimes it's fashionable to hate a director for a reason. He has an impressively long list of really bad films. ;)

He has made one good movie (Doubtfire) and a couple OK ones (Potter and Home Alone), although I realize most people love Potter. He has made 9 really bad movies. Overall RT 33%.

Calling Mrs. Doubtfire good is being pretty generous. That movie didn't hold up for me at all. Home Alone is still entertaining. Other than that, he's responsible for the worst of the Harry Potter movies (not entirely his fault, the child actors have a lot to do with that) and a couple of real stinkers, including the totally dreadful schlockfest that is Stepmom. Sounds like it's just a case of kicking a guy when he's down (for most of his career).

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #27404 on: February 18, 2010, 01:27:01 PM »
I still like Mrs. Doubtfire.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #27405 on: February 18, 2010, 01:34:39 PM »
I still like Mrs. Doubtfire.

Mrs. Doubtfire is a great movie. A great movie. So is Hone Alone.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #27406 on: February 18, 2010, 01:51:33 PM »
Mrs. Doubtfire and Home Alone are very good kids movies.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #27407 on: February 18, 2010, 02:05:30 PM »
I don't want to saay too much about it, but "Revanche" is an absolute masterpiece. Powerful, and in the vein of Bresson. See it.

Saw it twice in the theater and left really impressed both times.  Antares isn't on Revanche's level but it's a fine film, methinks.  I'm not reminded of Bresson though.  I see it as a film of The Decalogue in the style of Haneke.

The film reminded me aeshtetically of "L'Argent" for some reason.

Hmm, I don't see it.  Could you expound?  It's not clear to me if this--


That's not the only aspect. The grandfather's house setting reminded me of the family's home setting in L'Argent, as well as the lack of score and the pacing.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #27408 on: February 18, 2010, 02:08:24 PM »
Sure, he's not Martin Scorsese, but not everybody has to be.  Does that mean Percy Jackson is good?  Probably not or it wouldn't be getting released in February but does it look like there's enough there to inspire the hatred that was no doubt spewed by those numpties over on /Film?

I agree. I was just pointing out that their hatred is not totally unfounded. You cant look at /Filmcast like you do FS. FS is obviously far superior, but the Filmcast it OK if you look at it as a bunch of random guys, of widely varying expertise, talking about film.

Why should they be looked at differently? They present themselves as critics, every chance they get they talk up their inside connections or talk about their opinions on film/TV as if they are the opinions of critics and should be used as a barometer by those thinking of seeing said film/TV show. They put out a terrible show full of nothing but hyperbolic opinions and try to masquerade as critics, and none of that would even be a problem if once, just once they managed to articulate an argument so that it made the least bit of sense or could hold up in any sort of debate.

By the way, as far as maligned Columbus films go, Bicentennial Man is a decent watch. It falls apart in the final act, but Columbus makes a decent sci-fi yarn and all in all puts forth a respectable effort with that film.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #27409 on: February 18, 2010, 02:09:08 PM »
So is Hone Alone.

Ah, the fond memories I have of little Culkin sitting in his room honing his skills in silence.  ;D