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Which one do you like the most?

haven't seen any
4 (15.4%)
don't like any
7 (26.9%)
Shopping (1994)
0 (0%)
Mortal Kombat (1995)
2 (7.7%)
Event Horizon (1997)
6 (23.1%)
Soldier (1998)
0 (0%)
The Sight (TV) (2000)
0 (0%)
Resident Evil (2002)
2 (7.7%)
AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
1 (3.8%)
Drift (TV) (2006)
0 (0%)
Death Race (2008)
0 (0%)
Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
0 (0%)
The Three Musketeeters (2011)
1 (3.8%)
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
3 (11.5%)
Pompeii (2014)
0 (0%)
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
0 (0%)
Monster Hunter
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Author Topic: Anderson, Paul W.S.  (Read 4344 times)

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Anderson, Paul W.S.
« on: February 23, 2013, 02:39:55 PM »
« Last Edit: June 19, 2015, 08:34:06 AM by 1SO »

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Re: Anderson, Paul W.S. - Director's Best
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2013, 02:50:24 PM »

Resident Evil* (Paul W.S. Anderson, 2002)

I'd seen this many, many years ago when it came out. But that was pre-cinephilic consciousness so whatever it was doing was wasted on me. After the Vulgar Auterists and other critics have lionized him since what 2010 (?), I finally decided to check him out again. Anderson's film is a constantly trying/frustrating experience. He clearly has an interest/fascination with those claustrophobic spaces and whenever things are relatively still he is actively ratcheting up the tension. But when things get too chaotic, he kinda loses everything. The space becomes a mess and whatever formal chops he exhibits become muddled. There's also a cool recurring surveillance motif that kinda pops up here and there, though mostly gets abandoned halfway through (as it becomes an escape film). His strengths are also clearly not based on character, nor does he at any point show any interest on nuance (everyone is a type) outside of Jovovich's character. She's the only one really afforded any type of introspection or mystery or anything like that.

Editor's Note: the bad CGI main monster and the hilariously awful electronic music are kinda awful/charming.

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Re: Anderson, Paul W.S. - Director's Best
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2013, 03:21:20 PM »
Dirty Auteurist.  :P

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Re: Anderson, Paul W.S. - Director's Best
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2013, 04:33:12 PM »
1. Resident Evil: Retribution
2. Mortal Kombat
3. Pompeii
4. AVP: Alien vs. Predator
5. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
6. Resident Evil: Afterlife
7. Resident Evil
8. Shopping

9. Soldier
10. The Three Musketeers
11. Event Horizon
« Last Edit: October 11, 2019, 01:51:27 AM by 1SO »

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Re: Anderson, Paul W.S. - Director's Best
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2013, 08:02:15 PM »
5.) RESIDENT EVIL
4.) MORTAL KOMBAT
3.) SOLDIER
2.) ALIEN VS. PREDATOR
1.) EVENT HORIZON

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Re: Anderson, Paul W.S. - Director's Best
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2013, 12:49:29 PM »
Enjoyable
Resident Evil
Death Race
Mortal Kombat

Not so enjoyable
AvP
Resident Evil: afterlife

Forgotten most of it
Shopping

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Re: Anderson, Paul W.S. - Director's Best
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2013, 02:21:55 PM »
I did not care for MORTAL KOMBAT on its release. But I did enjoy RESIDENT EVIL on HBO many years ago. Some day I will watch all the Jovoviches.
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Re: Anderson, Paul W.S. - Director's Best
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2013, 03:54:35 PM »
Best Anderson in the business.

Mortal Kombat
The Three Musketeers

Event Horizon
Resident Evil

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Re: Anderson, Paul W.S. - Director's Best
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2013, 10:05:12 AM »
1) Alien vs. Predator 2/5
2) Resident Evil 1/5

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Re: Anderson, Paul W.S. - Director's Best
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2013, 05:32:33 PM »
Mortal Kombat (1995)
Event Horizon (1997)
Resident Evil (2002)

Death Race (2008)
Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

 

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