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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31880 on: June 09, 2010, 09:36:51 PM »
Well, it made Mrs. THATguy cry (THATwife?), and she got upset at me for picking it, so that's an endorsement.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31881 on: June 09, 2010, 09:58:44 PM »
The Informant!

Didn't expect the way the movie was paced or the style of music, but it was really funny. I did feel a little bad about laughing at a character with bipolar disorder.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31882 on: June 09, 2010, 10:21:08 PM »
The Descent (2006)

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While I recognize some quality elements here, it just ultimately didn't hold me for a long enough spell. I just don't think the overt phantasmagoric nature of the film serves it well.

Rating: 2/5

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31883 on: June 09, 2010, 10:38:00 PM »


Animal Kingdom - David Michod, 2010

Thereís a poster on my tram line for this film, and it contains the subtitle or tagline, whichever you prefer, ďA Crime StoryĒ. Itís an interesting choice, a strange understatement, a failure to fully comprehend what is presented here over the course of two hours. It's true, but truth is sometimes a slippery thing.

It begins with ďDeal or No DealĒ, a familiar domestic scene, a boy and his mother watching television on the couch. And just before you can fully grasp it, begin to look for the darkness and the unfamiliarity, the paramedics burst in. The mother has overdosed on heroin, her son, Josh, or J (newcomer Frecheville), is strangely, or perhaps suitably, disconnected.

After the gorgeous opening credits, which were highly derided by the others I saw the film with, a voiceover attempts to explain some of the family dynamics. The history of crime, the attempt to live apart, the fear of retribution that permeates that lifestyle. Itís a little unsubtle, and sticks out as a problem in a film that is far more subtle than I expected going in.

Itís a film I probably wouldíve avoided if it hadnít been chosen as the subject for the monthly meetup. Iím generally disinterested in crime stories (see my reaction to GoodFellas) and I was failing to pay the attention required to see the acclaim this was receiving. And having said all that, let me say how glad I am to have seen this.

Itís a remarkable film that does something I donít know Iíve ever seen another film centered around crime of this sort do: it totally deglamourises it. GoodFellas never quite manages to convince us that the life of crime is a negative one. Despite all the fall in the second half, it revels too much in the flash, the glamour, the rise. Here there is no rise, only fall. No glamour, only paranoia. The flash is the guns as people get shot, and those who remain have to deal with the consequences.

Itís a ripped from the headlines story. Anyone who sees this would do well to remember that, as implausible as it may seem, this is the story of Melbourne and itís Underworld, and itís more true than you might think. Youíd have to ask someone with a little more life history to explain the actual events and how close to the truth the portrayal is here (thanks Tim), but never forget that people actually would get shot by the police in broad daylight. That corrupt cops were in league with the criminals. That there really were police officers executed, and, as far as I know, whoever did it has never been ďbrought to justiceĒ.

The thing that impresses me, is that it never feels ripped from the headlines. What those aspects give the film is a deeper uneasiness, assisted by the dark score, the no-pulled-punches violence, and the dark, disturbing characters, played with brilliance across the board.

Jacki Weaver is going to get most of the acclaim for her performance as the matriarch of this family, and it is totally, totally deserved. There is a danger, a darkness to her character,  a hypocritical backhand, a desire to protect the family at whatever cost that is particularly shocking. But everyone is great. Iím particularly fond of Luke Ford, last seen playing an Autistic teen in The Black Balloon, who here plays one of Jís uncles, a strange specimen, seemingly more moral than the others, but also drastically more afraid. There is a look exchanged between Ford and Frecheville at the end of this film that is perhaps one of the finest moments Iíve seen on film.

Mendhelsohn is fantastical as an obviously unhinged, incredibly dangerous man. Edgerton is particularly good as well. I really hope that some of these performances achieve the recognition they deserve, especially Weaver, who I feel relatively justified in mentioning in the same sentence as both the Filmspots and the Oscars. I do doubt sheíll get the buzz and the support required, but it would be amazing if she did.

Itís strong writing, although far from perfect. I have problems with act three, and the way it takes a little long to reach a conclusion. Itís a minor flaw tho, and itís compensated for by the exceptionally strong direction. The way that certain scenes are constructed and shot is really masterful, and it makes me really hopeful for the industry and what might be being produced in Australia in coming years.

In fact, itís strong to the extent that Iíve rarely seen in Australian film. It has a stronger structure than the similarly bleak but neverending Samson and Delilah, and is far stronger than Kokkinosí good, but ulitmately flawed Blessed. It might just be the best Australian film of the millennium, and up there amongst the greatest this country has produced. A fine, fine effort.

Grade: A-

So. So far in 2010 Iíve seen just one 2010 film. Animal Kingdom. And only two others that will be considered 2010 by many, and are end-of-year eligible, White Material and Mother. And I tell you what, that makes me very impressed. If it came to the end of the year and I had these films in my top 5, I would call it a more than respectable list. And for me, thatís pretty awesome. Bring on the second half of the year.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31884 on: June 09, 2010, 10:43:04 PM »
Okay, so which Aussies here haven't seen this movie yet? :)

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31885 on: June 09, 2010, 10:44:34 PM »
The Informant!

Didn't expect the way the movie was paced or the style of music, but it was really funny. I did feel a little bad about laughing at a character with bipolar disorder.

Hamlisch was robbed of like all music awards last year.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31886 on: June 09, 2010, 11:05:30 PM »
Splice



The first 3/4 of this is a really well done tense thriller with some interesting character development. Natal spends the time for a slow build which really works well. However, it is all for nothing as the final 1/4 is absolutely terrible, unbelievable and laugh-out-loud silly.

Grade: first 3/4 A-; last 1/4 D


Bonus rant: The film contains one of my many biggest pet peeves. During the sex scene the instant intercourse begins the woman is screaming and moaning like crazy. The only conclusions one can draw are A) the writers have never had sex with a real woman and B) they get their idea of sex completely from porn.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31887 on: June 09, 2010, 11:09:02 PM »
it ends so badly. so so badly.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31888 on: June 09, 2010, 11:12:46 PM »
it ends so badly. so so badly.
The movie of sex?
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #31889 on: June 09, 2010, 11:18:07 PM »
It's a comedy about Tom Cruise not being able to get laid. And it's amazing.

Ok...NOW I need to see it again

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Maybe I DID understand it...