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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #30830 on: May 13, 2010, 05:27:27 PM »
Iron Man 2 >>>>>>>>>> Indy 4

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #30831 on: May 13, 2010, 05:40:41 PM »
Iron Man 2

I wrote this review twice, because the first one was a product of pure rage. I might post it later for those interested.

Good review, though you're harsher than I'd be.

He isn't harsh enough.
That's where my rage review comes in.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #30832 on: May 13, 2010, 09:14:31 PM »
Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers (Les Blank, 1980)

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Working Girl (Mike Nichols, 1988)

Verdict: Working Girl moves on

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #30833 on: May 13, 2010, 11:40:13 PM »
Robin Hood

I'm pretty ignorant to the Robin Hood legend, and so, unlike... say... Ebert, I won't be comparing it to the wittiness of Erryl Flynn or anything along those lines.  This really isn't a fun film.  There are moments where you'll definitely smile, though.  However, general tone is that it's very serious, and it's also very methodical in pacing.  There are maybe 5 "action" scenes in the entire film, and 2 are really early on, while 2 are at the end.  Whether you enjoy spending time with the characters, and letting things develop, will likely determine how much you like it, while I enjoyed the film overall a great deal, my wife hated it and slept through the last half.

The problem, for me, was that when the stakes were risen, and we got to the big action scenes and big emotional payoffs, it didn't hit me as much, and was my least favorite part of the film.  It went from a 5 star contender downhill pretty quick.  I still thought that 80% of the film was pretty brilliant, and that's enough for ****

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #30834 on: May 13, 2010, 11:42:16 PM »
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring (2004)

Rest assured, not only can I still occasionally like a movie, I can even like a quiet Asian one. The highly acclaimed Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring takes place completely in a single, beautiful valley, filled with a lake and a floating room, serving as a monastery. It is an absolutely serene setting, and I was in a meditative (or perhaps just sleep-deprived) mood that fit. However, I would not call this a serene film.

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Anyway, there is so much of interest here and I can't claim that it all meant something to me. The doors without walls for example catch my attention, but I'm not exactly sure what is being said through that. I think the film is a bit of a cypher and can be read in many ways...and I choose this one particular interpretation. Either way, I highly recommend this and having now seen two of Kim Ki-duk's works I am intrigued to visit more of them.

Rating: 4/5

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #30835 on: May 13, 2010, 11:52:53 PM »
The World - "...Shijie has some of the longest takes I've ever seen in a movie, and it needs to be praised for this...I give Shijie a Are we dead?/10"

Iron Man 2

I wrote this review twice, because the first one was a product of pure rage. I might post it later for those interested.

It's a shame that the studio wouldn't make nearly as much money had they made the movie about what you described (and all us comic fans would rather it be about). Nice review, you hit on some stuff I hadn't thought of... gotta rethink my position.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #30836 on: May 14, 2010, 01:22:30 AM »
The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2010) */*****

Doing a quick search around the web for definitions of the word “porn” led me to the general consensus that porn seems to be explicit depictions of sexual behavior meant to arouse sexual excitement in the viewer.  The term “torture porn” has been thrown around the film world a lot lately to describe works like Hostel and the Saw series.  I guess what people are getting at is that these films are explicit depictions of torture meant to arouse some sort of sadistic pleasure in its viewers.  By all accounts writer/director Tom Six’s new film The Human Centipede should fit right into the genre.  The question I must raise is, what do you call a film that contains little more than explicit scenes of torture and somehow manages to bore?  With the first installment in his Human Centipede series Tom Six may have created the first torture lullaby...

Full review at: Temple of Reviews

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #30837 on: May 14, 2010, 01:39:00 AM »


Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party (Robert Brinkmann, 2005)

It was jdc who originally turned me on to the Tobolowsky Files podcast and it quickly became a favourite.

So glad you like it, I am eager to have the new podcasts to come out.  I have not watched the original film that was the inspiration to the podcast yet but have it on my list to find.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #30838 on: May 14, 2010, 06:55:26 AM »
Down the Drain (1993, Shinobu Yaguchi)

I somehow managed to overlook the fact that this actually is a Bracket film. Anyway, like edgar pointed out, this is basically Murphy's Law - The Movie. And yes, it's funny and a bit disturbing. For once I liked the Indie vibe this had and some of the stuff is so wacky, it could probably only pop up in a debut feature. The breaking and entering scenes are definitely the best thing about it (as it usually is in films) but there's also some scenes where it just goes overboard and becomes unfunny pretty rapidly.
Bottom line is that I enjoyed this to a degree and would normally be looking forward to checking out Yaguchi's follow-up film My Secret Cache (which even stars Naomi Nishida from Nabbie's Love!), if pix and JokerXgg hadn't totally trashed it. Oh well.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #30839 on: May 14, 2010, 08:29:46 AM »

Innocence (Lucile Hadzihalilovic, 2004)

This is such a strange, unsettling, fascinating and gorgeous little fairy tale of a film. It's such a surprisingly confident film that I'm surprised to note that it's her debut film (although I think she worked on Gaspar Noé's films as editor). The film just pulls you into it's world immediately and right from the start, there is this sense that there's something indeterminate and mysterious beyond the images that we are watching on the screen. Right from the start, I found myself wondering if this was going to be a dream or a nightmare, a fairytale or a horror story and I think the film has elements of both.

It's an allegorical film but one with a fairly simple idea at its core. It basically uses the setting of a rather unusual boarding school for girls in some indeterminate location in rural France to examine the imposition of gender roles on women as they come of age. This coming-of-age journey as viewed in this film is simultaneously exciting and scary. Likewise, the school these girls belong to is both nurturing and repressive. The girls wander around freely through the beautiful grounds skipping rope and twirling hula hoops but we are always conscious of the tall stone walls that ultimately keep them in confinement.

It reminded me in some ways of the Breillat film Bluebeard but this is an even better film. It does not rely nearly as much on metaphor (although there is some of that) and is all the better for it. All it does with the boarding school setup is offer us a tangible, physical exemplar of the type of gender conditioning that Hadzihalilovic is interested in examining. In that sense, the film feels completely real and totally current despite the dreamlike atmospherics. This is probably why I loved the film as much as I did because through this Hadzihalilovic manages to convey that this is not some outmoded concept she is having us think about but rather that the world we live in has us all being subjected to some type of "schooling" that helps us fit into society's expectations from us.

Another thing that really impressive is the way Hadzihalilovic sets up the mood of the film. Somehow, something about the mundane, routine, organized day-to-day events is terribly unsettling. I found myself constantly wondering about the future these girls were being trained for. While the film hints at something potentially horrifying that lies beyond, for the most part the film albeit dark and disturbing avoids shocks of any kind. I especially love the ending and the way we get to learn the answer to the question about the girls' future simultaneously with the girls themselves.

Had I watched this film in time, I feel pretty certain that this would have made my decade list. It would have also made my list for cinematography. The film is just meticulously composed and lit and the whole film is simply stunning to look at. It also has such great sound. Plus, all of these elements seem to really work together to create the magical atmosphere that makes the film so compelling to watch.

I also love the dedication at the end. I can't think of a better Valentine than to be able to show the person you love the parts of your life that they missed out on that made you who you are.

Grade: A-
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