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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 4th, 2013 @ 03:09 PM Reply

I went to see Life of Pi today.

I think this film might be worth a visit just for looking at the CGI and all the beautiful imagery. I heard all the animals in this film are actually fully computer generated and I have to say that they really did an incredible job with them. I've never seen CGI animals look so convincingly realistic. Admittedly, they overdid it a little bit in some scenes (e.g. the whale scene), but I was very impressed overall.

The plot was pretty good too in my opinion, although the commentary on religion and the parallels to it could've perhaps been a little bit more subtle.

Anyway, I had a good time watching this.

At 1/1/13 08:34 PM, EclecticEnnui wrote: With 2012 over, these are my favourite films of the year.

Skyfall happens to be my number 3 as well. I also got The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers in my top 10. Chronicle was good, but I didn't consider it for my list. I haven't seen the other ones.


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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 4th, 2013 @ 11:19 PM Reply

At 12/29/12 11:03 PM, Wegra wrote: Anyone around here keep track of every movie they watch? Because I do. Here's mine

Quickly going over that list, I've probably seen like a third of them.


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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 5th, 2013 @ 06:40 PM Reply

I think I've come up with my personal top five for 2012:

1 - Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World - Balances sentimentality with humour flawlessly. Carell and Knightley have great chemistry together and make the meandering plot work to their advantage. The ending is especially fantastic.

2 - Moonrise Kingdom - A nice return to form for Wes Anderson, with the usual idiosyncratic humour and brilliant visuals. The central relationship is perfectly orchestrated, and the fairy-tale quality that accompanies everything helps make it a memorable experience.

3 - Jeff Who Lives At Home - Another win for the Duplass brothers. Their style remains unhindered despite a larger budget, and it flows casually and likeably enough that even when it boarders on the improbable it's just as enjoyable as it's quieter, more human scenes. Jason Segel's performance is pitch-perfect, and helps punctuate the film with laughs when appropriate.

4 - The Perks Of Being A Wallflower - A winning adaptation of the novel, competently directed by its author. Despite being very typical of the genre, it sets itself apart by being so flawlessly executed. Props go to Emma Watson for actually acting, for once.

5 - Safety Not Guaranteed - A fun premise that works thanks to its brilliant leads and a charming script. While not ambitious, it succeeds at mixing genres and doesn't sidestep any of the issues it raises. Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass really make the film. Fans of lo-fi comedy will lap it up.

The other movies I saw were: The Cabin In The Woods, The Five-Year Engagement, The Avengers, Prometheus, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight Rises, ParaNorman, Dredd, Wrath Of The Titans,Skyfall and The Hobbit. I'd say The Avengers was probably the event-movie of the year. I liked The Hobbit but I feel it would probably hold up better on DVD than in theatres.

Films I still need to see: Sinister, Ted, Frankenweenie, Take This Waltz, Looper, This Is 40 and Celeste and Jesse Forever.

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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 7th, 2013 @ 12:51 PM Reply

Watched 1983's Krull today because I was curious to see the origin behind the level 42 Newgrounds weapon icon and had some free time.

Movie wasn't too bad. It obviously drew inspiration from the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, but it felt like it had enough of its own thing going on to keep it from being a total ripoff. The story is pretty basic with a kidnapped princess, but there's a lot of other elements that seem cool and add flavor to the mix.

On the downside, this movie has some pretty shitty acting and the special effects can look downright stupid from time to time. There's a definite reason why this film hasn't been as prominent as some others from the same era.

Despite all of the negatives, though, I enjoyed this film and the bad-ass Glaive weapon the prince used in it. If you're looking for a neat flick to waste an afternoon with, this one will do. Just don't expect a masterpiece.

I give this three bagels out of five.

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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 7th, 2013 @ 02:32 PM Reply

I've been watching Krull as long as I can remember. My dad probably had it playing on VHS or beta-max when I was an infant. I still watch it often. love that movie.


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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 7th, 2013 @ 11:08 PM Reply

At 1/7/13 02:32 PM, Sense-Offender wrote: I've been watching Krull as long as I can remember. My dad probably had it playing on VHS or beta-max when I was an infant. I still watch it often. love that movie.

Wow, you had a beta-max player? You must be, like, a million!

I hardly even remember VHS, save the annoyances of manual rewind.

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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 8th, 2013 @ 12:03 AM Reply

At 12/25/12 11:07 AM, Makeshift wrote: It's Django Unchained Day and it also happens to be cheap night at the theatre.

And I'm just watching that very movie now. Think it's Tarantino's third best after Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds.
It's a lot funnier than I expected, although I'm hearing the N-word so much that I'm distinctly uncomfortable watching this. Tarantino's always had a weird love for that word...
Other than that, and some scenes too violent even for me, pretty epic stuff here. Christoph Waltz and Leo DiCaprio do fantastic jobs.


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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 8th, 2013 @ 11:27 PM Reply

At 1/7/13 11:08 PM, SG3 wrote: Wow, you had a beta-max player? You must be, like, a million!

23. I was born in '89.

I hardly even remember VHS, save the annoyances of manual rewind.

I still have a big box full of store-bought VHS tapes and two drawers I took out of a set of drawers full of VHS tapes of recordings of rental DVDs and a few rental tapes.


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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 9th, 2013 @ 03:46 AM Reply

Here's mine http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/velvetcake/


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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 9th, 2013 @ 06:53 AM Reply

I made an account a few days ago.

At this point, I've checked all the obvious films I've seen, and I'm down to remembering the most regrettable decisions I've made on what to watch, like Dead End or The Time Guardian.

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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 9th, 2013 @ 05:30 PM Reply

I just watched Sunset Blvd. The 1950's classic by Billy Wilder.

It's a good film, even though it has one of the most predictable endings I've ever seen. I didn't mind the predictable ending much because it was very well executed. The plot is good and the acting is superb. I do think the film is kind of slow in certain acts, but that's just what you have with older films.

At 1/5/13 06:40 PM, SG3 wrote: I think I've come up with my personal top five for 2012:

1 - Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World - Balances sentimentality with humour flawlessly. Carell and Knightley have great chemistry together and make the meandering plot work to their advantage. The ending is especially fantastic.

I'm glad there's someone else here who liked this film. I considered putting it in my personal top 10 for 2012 too, but didn't in the end cause I've seen too many other good ones.

At 1/9/13 03:46 AM, ScarletVelvet wrote: Here's mine http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/velvetcake/

Mine: http://www.icheckmovies.com/profiles/auz/


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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 10th, 2013 @ 02:25 AM Reply

At 1/7/13 02:32 PM, Sense-Offender wrote: I've been watching Krull as long as I can remember. My dad probably had it playing on VHS or beta-max when I was an infant. I still watch it often. love that movie.

Yeah, it was a cool flick that I enjoyed watching. Definitely a hidden gem.

Also, I just watched Basket Case to see the origins of the level 43 icon, too.

This one wasn't as good as Krull to me. I loved the bad acting and gore in this movie, but I really wasn't scared at any time during the movie, so I can't really say that this movie made a huge impression on me. There are certainly better "horror" movies than this and there are movies that came out worse than this. Still, it wasn't like I felt like my time had been wasted on it. I'd definitely say you should watch this if you're into odd 80s films.

Three out of five bagels from me.

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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 10th, 2013 @ 11:01 AM Reply

Reservoir Dogs has three stars on Netflix. Transformers 3 has five.

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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 10th, 2013 @ 12:26 PM Reply

Here's my iCheckMovie's profile.

I haven't seen very many movies in comparison to you guys. I'd watch a lot more film but it's hard for me to get into movies when I'm watching a TV series.

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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 10th, 2013 @ 02:28 PM Reply

Picked up The Boondock Saints on DVD for £3 yesterday. Good value since previously I couldn't find a copy for less than £10. Gonna watch it at some point this week.


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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 10th, 2013 @ 03:49 PM Reply

At 1/10/13 11:01 AM, Cootie wrote: Reservoir Dogs has three stars on Netflix. Transformers 3 has five.

You can't be serious.


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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 10th, 2013 @ 11:21 PM Reply

At 1/10/13 11:01 AM, Cootie wrote: Reservoir Dogs has three stars on Netflix. Transformers 3 has five.

The main rating on Netflix is what Netflix thinks you'd be interested in. On the actual page for the film it gives the actual overall rating.

Reservoir Dogs - Average of 5,657,561 ratings: 4.0 stars
Transformers - Dark of the Moon: Average of 2,525,887 ratings: 4.0 stars

So apparently, based on the movies you watch, Netflix thinks you'd really like Transformers.

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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 11th, 2013 @ 02:38 AM Reply

At 1/10/13 11:21 PM, Jolly wrote:
So apparently, based on the movies you watch, Netflix thinks you'd really like Transformers.

Thank goodness it was on my friends Netflix and not mine. The symbol for Transformers would just be a fucking abyss. Though, the fact that those two movies are a tie are equally depressing. If people just want to see shit blow up for two hours they could buy some fireworks.


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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 11th, 2013 @ 03:02 AM Reply

At 1/10/13 12:26 PM, Jolly wrote: Here's my iCheckMovie's profile.

I haven't seen very many movies in comparison to you guys. I'd watch a lot more film but it's hard for me to get into movies when I'm watching a TV series.

I know what you mean...t.v series take up a lot of time to watch although its worth it if its a good show.


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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 12th, 2013 @ 01:00 PM Reply

At 1/10/13 02:28 PM, DannyIsOnFire wrote: Picked up The Boondock Saints on DVD for Ã'£3 yesterday. Good value since previously I couldn't find a copy for less than Ã'£10. Gonna watch it at some point this week.

I remember that film being pretty good, even though it went a bit overboard with trying to be stylish.

At 1/10/13 11:21 PM, Jolly wrote: Reservoir Dogs - Average of 5,657,561 ratings: 4.0 stars
Transformers - Dark of the Moon: Average of 2,525,887 ratings: 4.0 stars

It's still not as silly as the reviewer for my parent's TV guide. Once he gave V for Vendetta, Date Movie and The Hottie and the Nottie all two stars which made me wonder if he's even watched any of the films. Giving Date Movie and The Hottie and the Nottie one star is already too generous if you ask me and even if you don't like V for Vendetta, I really can't take you seriously when you say it's of the same quality as those "worst films of all time" candidates.


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At 1/12/13 01:00 PM, Auz wrote:
It's still not as silly as the reviewer for my parent's TV guide. Once he gave V for Vendetta, Date Movie and The Hottie and the Nottie all two stars which made me wonder if he's even watched any of the films. Giving Date Movie and The Hottie and the Nottie one star is already too generous if you ask me and even if you don't like V for Vendetta, I really can't take you seriously when you say it's of the same quality as those "worst films of all time" candidates.

I was pretty sure that The Last Airbender movie had a good score as well. Me and my friends were all shitting our pants while looking through these absurd scores.


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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 12th, 2013 @ 05:25 PM Reply

Boondock Saints is one of my favorite movies.


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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 15th, 2013 @ 01:49 PM Reply

I just watched Detention (2011).

It's got to be one of the most absurd films I've seen in a long while, and I really liked it because of that. It's so meta and pop-culture laden at times it feels like a sugar-high that's worn on too long, but the sheer amount of different directions it goes in and the insanity of it all I found really refreshing.

Most self-aware movies I've seen seem to emphasise and reflect on pop-culture conventions as a way of grounding the story - acknowledging the unbelievable as a way of adding believability. Detention is the exact opposite. It goes so out of it's way to not portray real life, it verges on the surreal. I'm sure a lot of people will really dislike that about it, but I found it really entertaining.

There are a lot of issues with it, though. It's directed in such a way that everything seems unnaturally theatrical, which works in some scenes but I couldn't tell if it was deliberate or not. This overtone affects the whole movie, especially the dialogue. Sometimes the characters' lines are effective, but they're so rapid-fire and pop-culture heavy they often feel stilted. I also think the style emulates Scott Pilgrim too heavily. I'm not sure if it was deliberate or not, but stuff like the kinetic typography, cinematography and ADD pacing seem far to similar to be a coincidence. It worked in SP because it was a faithful adaptation of the graphic novels; here it often feels out of place.

Still, I definitely enjoyed it. It challenged my expectations, and ran just the right side of parody for me to suspend my disbelief. I'd say it's worth watching if you didn't find my description of it off-putting.

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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 16th, 2013 @ 06:58 PM Reply

I went to see Les Miserables today (the 2012 film).

First time I've seen anything of Les Miserables so it was all new to me. And I have to say that I liked it. It had a very good plot with interesting and likeable characters. Also, the acting was superb. I especially loved the scene where Anna Hathaway performed I Dream A Dream. It seems insanely difficult to me to act convincingly while you're in close-up for three full minutes, but she pulled it off. I don't think the Oscar for best supporting actress would be undeserved.

Anyway, unless you really hate musicals for some reason, I recommend this film.


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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 17th, 2013 @ 06:09 PM Reply

Had a pretty life changing experience today. I finally finished the first completed scene of a screenplay I was writing, and showed it to my co-writer (we're making it ourselves, so it's not like this is some huge Hollywood movie or whatever). He proceeded to tell me that it was the worst thing he'd ever read (worse than a 1980s sitcom was the terminology he used).
Looking back at it, I realized he was right: i can't write worth shit. And he wasn't even being mean about it, he was giving me constructive criticism as to HOW it sucked, not just the general statement.

So I'm going to stop writing this thing and let him handle the rest. He's clearly way better at this than I am. And as much as I love movies and as much as I want to make them, I'm too awful at making them for this profession. I don't have what it takes.

I'm guessing none of the great filmmakers ever felt like this.


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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 17th, 2013 @ 08:39 PM Reply

I rented Killer Joe from Netflix. haven't watched yet. I also have Frailty and Event Horizon on the DVR, which I've been meaning to watch. And I still have a lot of movies on the downstairs computer and my external hard drive that I haven't seen.


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At 1/17/13 06:09 PM, Glides wrote: Had a pretty life changing experience today. I finally finished the first completed scene of a screenplay I was writing, and showed it to my co-writer (we're making it ourselves, so it's not like this is some huge Hollywood movie or whatever). He proceeded to tell me that it was the worst thing he'd ever read (worse than a 1980s sitcom was the terminology he used).
Looking back at it, I realized he was right: i can't write worth shit. And he wasn't even being mean about it, he was giving me constructive criticism as to HOW it sucked, not just the general statement.

So I'm going to stop writing this thing and let him handle the rest. He's clearly way better at this than I am. And as much as I love movies and as much as I want to make them, I'm too awful at making them for this profession. I don't have what it takes.

I'm guessing none of the great filmmakers ever felt like this.

I'm sure most had very similar thoughts at one time or another. Steven Spielberg, JJ Abrams, Edgar Wright, and Zach Synder all made movies as kids/young adults (there are others, this is just off the top of my head) and, even if theirs then were better than yours now, it was only their perseverance and dedication that led them to have the ability they have today.

The stuff I write is of such terrible standard, I've genuinely cried over its quality before. I've suffered through severe depression since age fourteen and a large part of that is my high ambition (screenwriter) paired with my lack of skill. But realistically, as long as you spend enough time developing your technique, and have enough motivation to spend years pursuing your goal, it's not unlikely that you'll eventually succeed.

After I finish school, I'm going to study creative writing at university, and then take a master's in screenwriting. I figure if I keep writing on the side until then, I'll gradually improve on my own as well. After that, I'm guessing it will take maybe a decade's practice at writing films until I'm good enough to actually write one. Writing one that's compelling enough to actually work as a spec script is another story, but I can't imagine I'll stop trying.

Film is my life. I might not have a developed taste in it yet, but I'm working on that as I go, and I can't think of anything else that would keep me from it. I sounds like you're pretty similar, so I hope you don't give in. Just because you suck now doesn't mean you should just give up.

You can always just rewatch the first Muppets movie for inspiration, anyway.
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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 22nd, 2013 @ 05:20 PM Reply

Just got done watching Sleepless in Seatle and Casino

Now I'm not really big into romance movies but SiS was actually a really cute and funny movie. Tom Hanks is being his sarcastic self and that other kid was surprisingly cute. I'd probably put that on my Valentines day movies list

And Casino? Oh man Joe Pesci is at his finest here probably my favorite movie of his aside from Home Alone. Lots of great acting from everyone and with all that said it's an enjoyable watch for a long movie.


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Casino is a great movie.


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Response to Cinema Club Jan. 23rd, 2013 @ 08:01 AM Reply

Recently, I've seen:

Run Lola Run - Very well executed with great action and structure, though arguably missing some depth. You can see the direction movies where going in at the time, culminating in The Matrix.
From Up On Poppy Hill - It was good, but I'd still say Whisper Of The Heart is my favourite non-fantasy Studio Ghibli film.
The Killer - Better story and character-wise than Hard Boiled, but the action was less impressive.
Manhatten - Woody Allan is funny as usual, but I think Annie Hall was more memorable.
This Is Forty - I found this really disappointing. It lacks a compelling premise, which was the saving grace of Funny People. While it was still funny, I really miss the lovable loser underdog Apatow was so great at. Here's hoping This Is The End will be back on form.
Ted - Funny, but overly long. Not really much else to say about this one.
American Beauty - This one has a lot of backlash from recent audiences, but I really liked it. I'm not sure if it deserved all the Oscars it won, but it was funny, well developed and brilliantly shot, and I'm really pleased I got to see it.

I've also watched Jason And The Argonauts about five times this month. It's really grown on me. There's something about it that's really insanely likeable. I watched the original Clash Of The Titans too, but I think it missed that quality.