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Response to Cinema Club 2013-04-15 19:07:46 Reply

I watched Stoker tonight. A new film by Chan-wook Park, the director of Oldboy. It's also his first English film.

As with Oldboy, the film has a bit of a mysterious feel to it where you're not quite sure what is going throughout most of the plot. However, the major plot twists aren't too big of a surprise when they come around (at least, they weren't to me), but the film manages to be very intriguing and suspenseful nonetheless. I was captivated from beginning to end and I really loved it.

So I highly recommend this one. It's definitely my favourite film of the year so far.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-04-16 00:23:18 Reply

At 4/15/13 07:07 PM, Auz wrote: So I highly recommend this one. It's definitely my favourite film of the year so far.

I'll definitely check this one out. I loved most of Chan-wook Park's movies. Especially Oldboy.

On a side note, I'm pretty excited for Django Unchained on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-04-20 14:29:56 Reply

I saw the new Evil Dead. It's thrilling, shocking, and fairly unpredictable. There's no denying that it's a gorefest, but it works well. I was quite terrified while watching it and I've seen some brutal films like Ichi the Killer.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-04-25 17:24:15 Reply

I watched Killing Them Softly and End of Watch, which were both pretty good. I also watched an anime called Brave Story a little while ago. That was a good one.

At 4/16/13 12:23 AM, triplenoob wrote:
At 4/15/13 07:07 PM, Auz wrote: So I highly recommend this one. It's definitely my favourite film of the year so far.
I'll definitely check this one out. I loved most of Chan-wook Park's movies. Especially Oldboy.

IMO, his worst work so far was still okay.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-04-25 21:38:40 Reply

At 4/16/13 12:23 AM, triplenoob wrote:
At 4/15/13 07:07 PM, Auz wrote: So I highly recommend this one. It's definitely my favourite film of the year so far.
I'll definitely check this one out. I loved most of Chan-wook Park's movies. Especially Oldboy.
IMO, his worst work so far was still okay.

You're saying Oldboy was his worst work?


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-04-25 21:40:01 Reply

At 4/25/13 09:38 PM, triplenoob wrote:
At 4/16/13 12:23 AM, triplenoob wrote:
At 4/15/13 07:07 PM, Auz wrote: So I highly recommend this one. It's definitely my favourite film of the year so far.
I'll definitely check this one out. I loved most of Chan-wook Park's movies. Especially Oldboy.
IMO, his worst work so far was still okay.
You're saying Oldboy was his worst work?

No way. That was his best. I was just saying he's never made anything bad. Although, I still haven't seen Stoker.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-04-25 21:45:51 Reply

At 4/25/13 09:40 PM, Sense-Offender wrote: No way. That was his best. I was just saying he's never made anything bad. Although, I still haven't seen Stoker.

I'm half relieved, half-disappointed because I haven't seen a lot of his movies, truth be told. And if you were saying Oldboy was his worst, I wouldn't have imagined how good the rest of them were.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-04-26 17:42:10 Reply

At 4/25/13 09:40 PM, Sense-Offender wrote:
At 4/25/13 09:38 PM, triplenoob wrote:
At 4/16/13 12:23 AM, triplenoob wrote:
At 4/15/13 07:07 PM, Auz wrote: So I highly recommend this one. It's definitely my favourite film of the year so far.
I'll definitely check this one out. I loved most of Chan-wook Park's movies. Especially Oldboy.
IMO, his worst work so far was still okay.
You're saying Oldboy was his worst work?
No way. That was his best. I was just saying he's never made anything bad. Although, I still haven't seen Stoker.

I've seen it. It was a bit too slow at the beginning, but it was still quite good. I love how it looks. I still haven't seen Oldboy, though I'm honestly interested in Spike Lee's upcoming "reinterpretation".

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-04-26 17:55:06 Reply

At 4/25/13 09:45 PM, triplenoob wrote:
At 4/25/13 09:40 PM, Sense-Offender wrote: No way. That was his best. I was just saying he's never made anything bad. Although, I still haven't seen Stoker.
I'm half relieved, half-disappointed because I haven't seen a lot of his movies, truth be told. And if you were saying Oldboy was his worst, I wouldn't have imagined how good the rest of them were.

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Lady Vengeance are both really good, and JSA is also quite good. I think Thirst was his weakest, but it was still pretty good. His short film, Cut was also quite good. It's featured in Three...Extremes, which also includes short films by Takashi Miike and Fruit Chan.

At 4/26/13 05:42 PM, EclecticEnnui wrote: I'm honestly interested in Spike Lee's upcoming "reinterpretation".

I hope that project falls through and never happens. I'm tired of great foreign films getting remakes. People need to stop being children and just read the subtitles.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-04-26 20:11:02 Reply

At 4/26/13 05:55 PM, Sense-Offender wrote:
At 4/26/13 05:42 PM, EclecticEnnui wrote: I'm honestly interested in Spike Lee's upcoming "reinterpretation".
I hope that project falls through and never happens. I'm tired of great foreign films getting remakes. People need to stop being children and just read the subtitles.

It will be released in October, apparently. I'm a bit skeptical, myself, but I'm still optimistic.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-04-27 08:25:08 Reply

At 4/26/13 05:42 PM, EclecticEnnui wrote: I still haven't seen Oldboy

You need to get on that. Like literally right now. I really hope the remake just doesn't happen.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-04-27 11:20:16 Reply

At 4/27/13 08:25 AM, Jackho wrote:
At 4/26/13 05:42 PM, EclecticEnnui wrote: I still haven't seen Oldboy
You need to get on that. Like literally right now.

Maybe I should just stop saying I haven't seen it because people keep saying I should, lol.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-04-29 10:09:29 Reply

So my local cinema is doing another marathon. The 14 hour one last year nearly killed me. This is 25 hours.

Here's the line up: http://i.imgur.com/qX1m0R0.jpg

I'm thinking Terminator 2, Withnail and I, Let the Right One In, go home to sleep, come back for Run Lola Run, Shawshank Redemption, Dr Strangelove and Apocalypse Now.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-04-30 10:29:23 Reply

At 4/29/13 10:09 AM, TheMaster wrote: So my local cinema is doing another marathon. The 14 hour one last year nearly killed me. This is 25 hours.

Here's the line up: http://i.imgur.com/qX1m0R0.jpg

I'm thinking Terminator 2, Withnail and I, Let the Right One In, go home to sleep, come back for Run Lola Run, Shawshank Redemption, Dr Strangelove and Apocalypse Now.

I wish my theatre would do something like this sometime. That line-up is pretty awesome and has lots of films I still wish to see. I don't think I could last for 25 hours either though. I'd probably go there in the early morning to catch American Psycho and then stick around for the rest of the day.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-05-01 14:51:30 Reply

I watched Warm Bodies today.

It's a pretty nice mix between romantic comedies and zombie films in my opinion. It may sound a bit like Twilight, but it's more humorous and the romance is a lot more... believable so to speak. It felt like I was watching something I hadn't quite seen before.

However, I do have a few complaints about the film. I noticed that a lot of the jokes didn't really work (or maybe I was in a tough audience?), there was an incredibly obvious reference to Romeo and Julia which could've been way more subtle, the CGI skeletons looked awful, some of the acting could've been better and I felt like the film took too little time to explain things. When it comes to that last thing, perhaps that wasn't what the story wanted to focus on but here and there it seemed like the writer was pulling things out of his behind for the sake of plot convenience.

Anyway, go check this out if you have some leftover time. Otherwise, don't worry about missing out on it.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-05-12 21:38:20 Reply

I watched Django Unchained two nights ago. It was awesome, and I thought it was cool that Franco Nero had a cameo. I still haven't seen Sergio Corbucci's Django, yet, though. It's been on my Netflix queue for years, before there was any news of Django Unchained.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-05-13 18:47:01 Reply

I went to see The Grandmaster today. A martial arts biopic about Ip Man, the former master of Bruce Lee.

It's a pretty good film overall, but I do have a few complaints. First, the film leans a bit too much on visual style. The only scene where the visuals impressed me was the fight at the train station. For the rest the film tried a bit too hard in my opinion. Second, the plot misses some direction here and there. I'm still not sure what the point was of the character "The Razor", for example. He didn't seem to have much to do with anyone and just had his own little side plot going. I don't know, maybe I missed something.

Anyway, I reckon fans of films like Hero and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon might like this one, but be warned, it doesn't quite reach the same level.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-05-15 23:35:42 Reply

Saw 2011's Bully. Such a beautiful documentary on the effects of bullying and the culture that has allowed it to prosper in the U.S. Totally glad that I saw this one. Really stuck with me. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys good social commentary and/or documentarian work.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-05-16 09:03:04 Reply

I finally watched Red State, which I quite liked. And I watched Centurion (Michael Fassbender, Dominic Monaghan, Olga Kurylenko) which turned out to be badass.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-05-19 19:12:44 Reply

I saw Star Trek Into Darkness. It's very entertaining. The acting, story, visuals, and so on are done well. Shots from this film are so amazing to look at that you might want to freeze frame them to get a better look than just watching the film. The story's a bit complicated, which is OK, although I don't know about potential plot holes. The last few minutes felt kinda rushed. However, that's the only major complaint I have. I liked the first film, but Into Darkness is better.

At 5/15/13 11:35 PM, ZJ wrote: Saw 2011's Bully. Such a beautiful documentary on the effects of bullying and the culture that has allowed it to prosper in the U.S. Totally glad that I saw this one. Really stuck with me. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys good social commentary and/or documentarian work.

It's definitely a powerful film.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-05-19 19:13:21 Reply

I'd say that one of my favorite movies is "Elephant." Its a fictional story based off of the Columbine school shooting. Someone of youtube was nice enough to upload the whole movie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yr0mcWY0YBU

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-05-19 20:16:16 Reply

At 5/19/13 07:13 PM, Manamesjohn wrote: I'd say that one of my favorite movies is "Elephant." Its a fictional story based off of the Columbine school shooting. Someone of youtube was nice enough to upload the whole movie.

Sorry i found that film and Last Days horribly boring.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-05-20 00:04:27 Reply

Today I watched The Princess Bride for the first time. I've seen some scenes, but never watched the whole thing before.

I greatly enjoyed it. I found Cary Elwes to be a much better actor when he's not trying to do an American accent. It was also cool to see Andre the Giant in it, but I had a little trouble understanding what he was saying sometimes.

It's plain to see that other comedic fantasy films, like Shrek, Enchanted, and Stardust all owe a debt to The Princess Bride.

I'd give it a 7 out of 10.

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At 5/20/13 12:04 AM, Darthdenim wrote: Today I watched The Princess Bride for the first time. I've seen some scenes, but never watched the whole thing before.

love that movie. seen it many many times.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-05-20 05:52:03 Reply

Masturbated my way through Begotten. I'm strangely attracted to films of the taboo nature, any and all that make you feel uneasy.

Anyone know any films that give such a sensation?


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-05-20 20:11:21 Reply

At 5/19/13 08:16 PM, Nebula wrote:
At 5/19/13 07:13 PM, Manamesjohn wrote: I'd say that one of my favorite movies is "Elephant." Its a fictional story based off of the Columbine school shooting. Someone of youtube was nice enough to upload the whole movie.

Sorry i found that film and Last Days horribly boring.

I think Gus Van Sant's so-called Death Trilogy is really good, but yeah, I can see why people would find those films to be boring.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-05-21 11:04:27 Reply

well sign me up, i love movies, some of my favs.

Yellow Submariene
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Response to Cinema Club 2013-05-21 22:16:03 Reply

I watched Skyfall. I was slightly disappointed. It wasn't bad, but I had high expectations and they weren't met. Javier Bardem didn't have nearly enough screen time, plus it took forever for him to show up. And with the length of the movie, they could have done a lot more.

And when the hell is Bond gonna get Mr. White?

At 5/20/13 05:52 AM, Elixur wrote: Masturbated my way through Begotten. I'm strangely attracted to films of the taboo nature, any and all that make you feel uneasy.

Anyone know any films that give such a sensation?

Tetsuo: the Iron Man
Eraserhead
Gozu
Irreversible
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Response to Cinema Club 2013-05-21 23:39:46 Reply

At 5/21/13 10:16 PM, Sense-Offender wrote: I watched Skyfall. I was slightly disappointed. It wasn't bad, but I had high expectations and they weren't met. Javier Bardem didn't have nearly enough screen time, plus it took forever for him to show up. And with the length of the movie, they could have done a lot more.

And when the hell is Bond gonna get Mr. White?

Even with Bardem's limited screentime, I still enjoyed him much more than the villains of the last two movies.

Le Chiffre was kind of boring in both the movie and the novel. He's just a glorified flunky.

Greene was even less memorable.

Mr. White was better than both of them.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-05-22 10:45:34 Reply

I went to see The Great Gatsby today.

I can imagine fans of the book will not enjoy this film all that much. Especially in the first half, the film is very heavy on style and visuals which kind of distracted a lot from the main plot. All those overblown effects and everything felt a bit unnecessary to me and why they shot this in 3D I honestly have no idea.

Furthermore, this film has got to have one of the worst soundtracks I've ever witnessed. Admittedly all this rap, hip hop and party music is not my taste at all so I may be a bit biased, but I found it totally unfitting and sometimes very offensive even with how loud and obnoxious it was.

On the positive side: I think Leonardo DiCaprio was a good cast for the role of Jay Gatsby. I know he's not the greatest actor out there, but he has the right amount of charisma and a youthful enough look to play this character convincingly. Also, I thought that shot where he first introduced himself to Nick was pretty awesome. Toby Maguire is also not a bad cast in my opinion, despite him not being such a fantastic actor either.

I think the film definitely got better at the second half. The visual effects show settled down a bit and the story moved more to the front. Personally, I liked that.

Lastly, despite the horrendously bad soundtrack and the unnecessary visual spectacle, I still appreciate how the makers at least don't go for another standard book adaptation. They try to add their own spin to it and I think the more blockbuster orientated cinema goers will actually like it more this way.

Overall it was 6.5-7 out of 10'ish for me. I would recommend it for people who want an appetiser for the blockbuster season. If you're not in for that then just stay home. You're not missing all that much.


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