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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #19950 on: November 03, 2013, 03:32:32 PM »
Glad you enjoyed GTL, Bondo.  I'd forgotten you had that thing about graffiti.
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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #19951 on: November 03, 2013, 04:45:11 PM »
This thread got away from me before I could reply about Our Song. Great review Martin. Seems like such a memorable movie.

So many other enjoyable reviews... Keep them coming :D, even if I don't respond, I'm reading them all.

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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #19952 on: November 03, 2013, 05:34:39 PM »
The showing of Gravity I saw was remarkably silent.  Perhaps the rest of the audience were as caught up by it as I was.  Perhaps watching it in a half-empty theatre was good for the movie.  Hard to get one of those now, I suspect.

Before Midnight (2013)



What I find amazing about the "Before" films by Linkater, Delpy and Hawke, is how they grow with me.  Before Sunrise I saw many years after its release and found it the most sophmoric of efforts.  Especially I found Jessie's character unlikable, but I still found the romantic element to be full of spark and the conversation of interest.

Before Sunrise, which takes place nine years after the first film, was a remarkable improvement for me.  The maturity of both characters was marked both emotionally and intellectually.  We were clearly seeing the same people, yet different many years apart.  As the movie grows, so does the spark we saw in the first film until it was clear that this romance was fated.  I understood this film, and it struck my soul.  This was romance as I knew it, if perhaps a bit more intellectual.  Two souls marked for life.

Before Midnight, however, is a big question mark.  The characters have matured again, physically and emotionally, and time has worn on them.  There is sorrow over past decisions and anger over how trapped they are in the life they choose.  There is much speech about the necessity of being transitory, but still flashes of the romantic in the first two films.

This also is romance as I understand it now.  Anger, desperate decisions, insecurity, attachment worn by years. This film isn't about romance, it's about the life that grows out of romance.  It's about decisions that can't be turned back and the continuous process of creating a life together, and how difficult each decision could be. 

It reminds me strongly of Certified Copy and the themes explored in that film, which was clearly influenced by the Before films.  In Certified Copy, it explores the change and yet the sameness of a relationship over many years, almost trying to put Before Sunrise and Before Midnight in a single film. 

The strength of Before Midnight, however, is the strength of the characters the three writers created.  It is exciting to participate in the scintillating conversation between these two vibrant people.  This time, there are more characters, many as powerful as the initial two.  Especially two elderly actors, who give powerful points about the power and movement of love.  The discussion around the table is one of the most powerful scenes in the whole series, and possibly the most fascinating discussion about gender and love since Plato's Symposium.

Yes, it a movie full of talking.  And it is a rollercoaster of emotion and depth.  The final scene is a powerful conclusion for the trilogy, should the trio decide to retire this series.

DONT TAKE ME SERIOUSLY!  Please, Linklater and team, come back again in nine years.  I have so much to learn, and I don't want to lose these friends of mine.
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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #19953 on: November 03, 2013, 06:04:10 PM »
Very nice, oldkid! That reminds me how much I need to see Midnight again. It's remarkable how well each entry works as an evolution of the same premise. So few films have a way to explore a relationship this fully.

As a sidenote, I'm most interested in seeing how I feel about that meal discussion scene the next time around. I really found it to be one of the most problematic scenes of the series, and I'm fascinated that you and others feel exactly the opposite about it. I may have to probe you for more of your thoughts on that when I get around to watching it again.

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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #19954 on: November 03, 2013, 06:32:34 PM »

Wreck-It Ralph - Some humor is just reference humor.  Typified by shows I can't stand like "Family Guy" and "The Big Bang Theory", it basically consists of "blah blah blah pop culture reference" and that's supposed to be the big laugh.  As if the mere fact of bringing to mind some thing you recognize is funny in itself.  Wreck-It Ralph isn't quite that simplistic, but in general I felt like references to things I enjoyed in my youth -- videogames like "Tapper" or "Metal Gear Solid" or the famous Konami code -- were being tossed out willy-nilly, just for the sake of the adults in the audience to go "heh, yeah I recognize that."  A few were used cleverly rather than merely shoehorned in, but for the most part it felt like nostalgia abuse.

As for the story of the film, it's still formulaic children's fare.  With John Lasseter in the Executive Producer chair, it's little surprise that the movie feels like a hodge-podge of Pixar movies... a little bit of Toy Story, a little bit of Monsters Inc, and nothing very original despite the videogame setting.  It's the same journey with the same characters, the same predictable beats.  There are some arbitrary universe rules invented to create the requisite obstacles that build to a somewhat tedious, adrenaline-goosing climax.

Still, there is at least one honestly moving moment, formulaic or no.  And Sarah Silverman's characterization of Vanellope is undeniably adorable.  I had just hoped for a film that broke the mold a little more, rather than coating it in slightly different colors.  Rating: Fair (65)
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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #19955 on: November 03, 2013, 06:32:58 PM »
Posting more comments in spoiler thread.
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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #19956 on: November 03, 2013, 08:32:21 PM »
What are bacon crisps?

Hm... I wonder that too to be honest. What exactly they are. They seem extremely artificial. It's some sort of puffed-up snack. Like cheez doodles but with bacon flavour and more noisy. It's the most noisy snack we have here in Sweden imo.

What, louder than Extreme Räkor Doritos??
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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #19957 on: November 04, 2013, 01:04:58 AM »
What are bacon crisps?

Hm... I wonder that too to be honest. What exactly they are. They seem extremely artificial. It's some sort of puffed-up snack. Like cheez doodles but with bacon flavour and more noisy. It's the most noisy snack we have here in Sweden imo.

What, louder than Extreme Räkor Doritos??

Never heard of those so I can't tell. Tbh I'm not an expert in loud snacks, trying to stay as far away from them a possible.
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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #19958 on: November 04, 2013, 01:10:53 AM »


Before Midnight (2013)


What a lovely review! It reminds me of that I really, really need to write my own. I too think this series is getting better and better, as the characters mature and more layers are added.
This should defnitely not be the end of it. As I see it they're only halfway through. The final part will be when they're in the Amour range of age.
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Re: Respond to the last movie you watched
« Reply #19959 on: November 04, 2013, 09:26:15 AM »
The Counselor (Ridley Scott, 2013)

My four word review describing what the film really needed would be  "More Brad Pitt, less Cameron Diaz"

I think I liked about 60% of this movie.  There really needed to be some serious editing of the script and the film in my opinion.   There are some scenes that should've been cut completely, and some of the dialogue was just horrendous and unfortunately, they gave a lot of it to Diaz, who just can't handle it.  She is supposed to be this kingpin femme fatale, and she just can't deliver.  I felt like McCarthy was trying to make some conversations like the ending of No Country for Old Men, full of abstract meaning, and it just fell flat for me.

I did like the scenes between Brad Pitt and Fassbender, they played really well off each other, and the main storyline is good, I just wish someone else would've been cast instead of Diaz and that the script would've been a bit tighter with less jumping from scene to scene (some of which were unnecessary).
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