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Re: Dec MDC Write-ups
« Reply #60 on: December 28, 2008, 04:40:39 PM »
So good.

2nd video is private. Why is this?

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Re: Dec MDC Write-ups
« Reply #61 on: December 28, 2008, 04:44:30 PM »
2nd video is private. Why is this?

Because I'm dumb. Is it working now?
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Re: Dec MDC Write-ups
« Reply #62 on: December 28, 2008, 04:44:58 PM »
I'm so glad it struck a chord with you, duder!  :)

Did anyone else notice the prominence of the color red in scene after scene?  
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Re: Dec MDC Write-ups
« Reply #63 on: December 30, 2008, 10:53:44 AM »
Funny Games U.S. (Michael Haneke, 2008)[/center]

You can understand what someone is going for, but absolutely loathe the final outcome.  That's what happened here.  This arthouse answer to the "torture porn" genre doesn't really work on any level.

While beginning with a genuinely creepy and unpleasant vibe, the film proceeds at a glacially slow pace and a total lack of understanding about humanity.  You don't care what happens to the characters because no one is a developed character, who genuinely behaves like a human, they're simply props in a badly written moral dictation.

Watts and Roth are too talented to be caught up in this piece that gets lost in translation from the original.

★ 1/2
This is one of those films you either get or don't. I saw this at school with about 50+ students and out of all of them I think I was the only one who got it. I think too many people watch this film on a visceral surface level without thinking of what is the intentions behind each scene, which is a B.S. way to watch any well crafted film IMHO.

Binoche is so good in this, too (currently my #1 pick for Best Actress), and Hou's filmmaking so elegant and precise and it looks gorgeous, I loved it. Saltine, you're the best :)
Binoche is always amazing and I hope more people check out this amazing film. Yesterday I was trying to write up my thoughts but it was so hard because so much of what I like about this film is something I don't feel I can define.

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Re: Dec MDC Write-ups
« Reply #64 on: December 30, 2008, 11:55:57 AM »
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This is one of those films you either get or don't. I saw this at school with about 50+ students and out of all of them I think I was the only one who got it. I think too many people watch this film on a visceral surface level without thinking of what is the intentions behind each scene, which is a B.S. way to watch any well crafted film IMHO.

 

Or, maybe if 49/50 people think a film is not good, its not because they are all too dumb to "get it", its because its a terrible movie. This is the case with Funny Games.

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Re: Dec MDC Write-ups
« Reply #65 on: December 30, 2008, 03:36:11 PM »
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This is one of those films you either get or don't. I saw this at school with about 50+ students and out of all of them I think I was the only one who got it. I think too many people watch this film on a visceral surface level without thinking of what is the intentions behind each scene, which is a B.S. way to watch any well crafted film IMHO.

 

Or, maybe if 49/50 people think a film is not good, its not because they are all too dumb to "get it", its because its a terrible movie. This is the case with Funny Games.
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« Reply #66 on: December 30, 2008, 10:20:26 PM »
Clinton plays a damn fine saxophone tune. THAT got him in.
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« Reply #67 on: December 31, 2008, 12:47:13 AM »

In Bruges  (Martin McDonagh, 2008)

_Keith_ made me watch this because I knew it would be horrible and that's funny.  Well, joke's on him, because I f—king loved this movie.  Wait, no, joke's on me, this movie was a trainwreck crapfest.  Sigh, that's a lie, too.  It was worse than that.  In fact, it was the worst a movie you're dreading to see can be.  It was passable.

Now, I know what you're thinking.  You're thinking, "Does passable work as a standalone word like that, or does it need to modify something?  Like passable entertainment or passable filmmaking?"  That's a good question.  I'm afraid I don't know.  Roads can just be passable, I guess.  Or not.  It depends on the weather.  And HIV can be passable through saliva, but it's tricky.

Do you get what I'm saying?  Watching In Bruges was like getting HIV.  And that's disappointing, you know?  The trailer promised me full-blown AIDS.  I want my full-blown AIDS.

The potential was there.  I mean, the first act pretty much sucked ass.  And that's a good way to contract all sorts of diseases, especially if your immune system is already deficient.  You should really read Randy Shilts' book And the Band Played On.  He covers all this in illuminating detail.  It's really sad that he died.  But at least he got full-blown AIDS first, the lucky f—k.  If only I were so lucky.  Instead, I got ... well, hell, I barely even remember.  Screenshot me!



Oh, right, that.  Here's a good way to piss me off, on the off-chance someone gives you five million dollars and tells you to go make a movie: hang the core emotional weight of your film on the death of a child and present said death in the form of the cheapest f—king reveal you can think of (it's your first film, though, so don't think too hard).  Then, just in case I'm unmoved by this hypothetically tragic backstory, throw in a totally f—king maudlin, blood-covered f—king note to make sure I understand that the imaginary kid whose death you just prostituted for heightened dramatic effect, he wasn't one of those asshole choirboys who probably deserved to be molested by his priest, no no no, it was an adorably cute and well-meaning kid who just gave his life for your HIV-positive piece of passable shit film.

But, on the off-chance someone gives you twenty million dollars and tells you to go make a movie, and you want to minimize my pissed off-ness in a way that makes me even more pissed off, cast Colin Farrell in your movie.  He's a safe investment, if you're looking to share a sexually transmitted disease.  He's not a great actor so much as an appealing performer — almost like an Irish Brad Pitt, except that conjures up The Devil's Own, and I'm trying to compliment Farrell here, not link him to that awful, awful movie — not that I've seen that movie, but I saw the trailer, and I'm judgmental, and I wasn't dumb enough to join any movie dictator clubs back in ninety-seven.  Farrell doesn't nail every line or look, but he brings just the right vibe to his role, and when the film works, it's usually because of him, or maybe I just want to pet him.  Screenshot me!



Well, f—k, that's hardly ideal, but I only grabbed three stills from the film, and this is all that's left.  There's probably a metaphor in that for In Bruges.  Or vice versa.  If I learned anything from the film, it's that Bruges can be a metaphor for most anything.  Just like midgets in dreams.  I also learned that it can be fun watching Ralph Fiennes play a character, but that character can still be the least interesting thing in a film.  Furthermore, I learned that if Bullseye, MadEye Moody, and Voldemort got into a fight, I wouldn't necessarily care who won, but something winkingly racist would be said and we'd all go home winners.  Grade me!

Grade: F—k you, that's my grade.

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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.

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Re: Dec MDC Write-ups
« Reply #68 on: December 31, 2008, 01:08:32 AM »
I don't recall the scary dog sheep thing, but you left out a HP cast member in your awesome brawl at the end. Luna Lovegood's in there, too. Now this means that Colin Farrell must be cast in one of the last Harry Potter films or they need to make a lot more Daredevil movies. Dunno which one would be a worse idea but I think we all know that both would probably be best compared to a sexually transmitted disease or two. Or eight. It's late and I can't vouch for my typing or thinking or funnies anymore.
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« Reply #69 on: December 31, 2008, 01:13:05 AM »
I was confused, but the internets (not dead yet!) tell me that by Luna Lovegood you mean Fleur Delacour.

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I think I'd love how awkward it'd be, or how awkward it should be.