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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-18 02:42:12 Reply

The last movie I watched was Man of Steel.

It was pretty mediocre. It's hard to believe that Nolan was involved with this movie in any way. A lot of the dialogue was unbelievably trite, the movie fails at creating emotional resonance most of the time, and it's too unrestrained.

I knew I was trouble when near the start of the movie when we see Jor-El riding around on an Avatar dragon on Krypton, as things are exploding all over the place, while this really obnoxious, loud music blasts in your eardrums.

No subtlety at all.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-18 04:57:06 Reply

At 6/15/13 06:38 PM, TheMaster wrote: There are so many films out in the next month or so that I'm excited for.

The Passion of Joan of Arc

Holy shit a remake? I had no idea, this makes me extremely excited. The tale of Joan is inspiring and has always peaked my interest.

Also gonna check out World War Z, Redemption, (I'm a sucker for action flicks, especially Jason Statham) The Hunt, Pacific Rim, Hammer of the Gods, Turbo, The Wolverine, Apartment 1303, Elysium, Planes, Jug Face, 2 Guns, Paranoia, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, The World's End, Riddick, Machete Kills, Sin City 2, Carrie, Seventh Son, All is Lost, (HOLY FUCK ARE THEY REMAKING OLDBOY, just found this out) Gravity, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Anchorman 2, and 47 Ronin are all movies I intend to see in the near future. Probably many more, but these films are for sure and I'm expecting most of them to be average at best.

My main interests are action/sci-fi/horror/animated and sometimes drama. (although rarely romance and the story/setting has to be something fresh)

The rest of the year seems to have a few gems waiting, but nothing to get up from your chairs about. Perhaps 2014 will be more gracious to viewers.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-18 06:53:59 Reply

At 6/18/13 04:57 AM, Elixur wrote:
At 6/15/13 06:38 PM, TheMaster wrote: There are so many films out in the next month or so that I'm excited for.

The Passion of Joan of Arc
Holy shit a remake? I had no idea, this makes me extremely excited. The tale of Joan is inspiring and has always peaked my interest.

No, just a reissue. As in, putting it back into cinemas.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-18 12:30:41 Reply

At 6/18/13 02:42 AM, Darthdenim wrote: No subtlety at all.

That's Zack Snyder for you I guess. The film seems to be getting good ratings otherwise, so I think I'll check it out soon.

While we're on the topic of what's coming out this Summer, I took a peak at the release schedule of my local cinema and it's not looking all that good. The only two films that I really want to see are World War Z and Le Passe (A.K.A. The Past). Other than those there's Kick-Ass 2, but I don't have such high expectations for that one to be honest.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-18 16:36:52 Reply

Last film I watched was The Thing.
Fucking brilliant all around.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-18 18:36:47 Reply

Just saw Man of Steel. Absolute rubbish. Soundtrack was awful, plot was barely there and there was far far too much cgi stuff being thrown at other stuff while things happen. I zoned out for about half of the mindless flying.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-18 18:39:01 Reply

At 6/18/13 06:36 PM, Jackho wrote: Just saw Man of Steel. Absolute rubbish. Soundtrack was awful, plot was barely there and there was far far too much cgi stuff being thrown at other stuff while things happen. I zoned out for about half of the mindless flying.

I didn't think it was that terrible. It was bad, but not as unwatchable as some of Snyder's other work.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-18 19:11:28 Reply

At 6/18/13 06:39 PM, TheMaster wrote:
At 6/18/13 06:36 PM, Jackho wrote: Just saw Man of Steel. Absolute rubbish. Soundtrack was awful, plot was barely there and there was far far too much cgi stuff being thrown at other stuff while things happen. I zoned out for about half of the mindless flying.
I didn't think it was that terrible. It was bad, but not as unwatchable as some of Snyder's other work.

As pure spectacle, Man of Steel is a good movie to a point.

I just found the narrative too disjointed and unengaging to make me care. It's like watching somebody else play some kind of beat'em up game.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-18 19:30:57 Reply

I saw Man of Steel in 3d yesterday. It was pretty good.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-18 20:28:03 Reply

At 6/18/13 07:11 PM, Darthdenim wrote: As pure spectacle, Man of Steel is a good movie to a point.

I disagree, the editing was pretty balls and most of the film is weightless overdone CGI.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-19 00:10:03 Reply

Now that I think about it, one of the things that really bugs me about Man of Steel is the plot device..no! I mean the macguffin...Doh! I mean the codex! Yes, the codex.

It seemed like such a lame way to tie everything together,

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-19 03:04:06 Reply

At 5/22/08 04:55 PM, Life-Stream wrote:
Some of my favourites in no particular order are;
Akira
Leon
Saving Private Ryan
A Clockwork Orange
Hot Fuzz
Inside Man
The Butterfly effect
Conan
Pretty much any Adam Sandler movie

Most of those movies are pretty awesome in my opinion too. If you liked Hot Fuzz, you should see Shaun of the Dead too, and maybe Paul (although the latter one is a little less, probably due to being directed by an American instead of Edgar Wright and his British sense of humour). As for Clockwork Orange, I'm about to watch it and I'm totally pumped. If it's actually as good as people say, I'm about to watch one of the greatest movies of all time. By the way, no matter which kind of movies you like, you should just go see Trainspotting. :D
Oh yeah: please, do yourself a favor and don't watch the latest Indie Jones movie, unless you want to see your childhood hero get turned into an alien hunter. *sigh* :(


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-19 13:41:35 Reply

At 6/19/13 12:10 AM, Darthdenim wrote: Now that I think about it, one of the things that really bugs me about Man of Steel is the plot device..no! I mean the macguffin...Doh! I mean the codex! Yes, the codex.

It seemed like such a lame way to tie everything together,

It also occurs to me that they never explained why the codex was a strange, alien looking skull.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-19 15:25:43 Reply

Anybody going to watch this bad boy when it comes out?

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-22 18:47:42 Reply

I watched The Sixth Sense for the first time.

I went in without knowing the plot twist. All I knew was that there was a big plot twist at the end. However, I did manage to figure it out for myself halfway in or so. It's not all that complex. I guess it's something that simply has to click.

Anyway, regardless of whether you already know the twist or figure it out before the end of the film, it's still an enjoyable watch. It's well executed and manages to be thrilling from beginning to end. Sure, there was a jump scare here and there, but at least they weren't too loud and in-your-face. Haley Joel Osment is also fantastic. I've seldom seen a child actor that can carry a whole film (almost) on his own.

So I liked it and recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it yet (which aren't many I'm guessing). If you still haven't seen it, try going in without knowing anything at all about it. Avoid trailers, previews and synopses as well. I saw some previews for the film and they already gave away a bit too much in my opinion.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-22 19:58:16 Reply

At 6/22/13 06:47 PM, Auz wrote: I went in without knowing the plot twist.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-22 20:44:02 Reply

At 6/22/13 07:58 PM, Sense-Offender wrote:
At 6/22/13 06:47 PM, Auz wrote: I went in without knowing the plot twist.
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If he didn't know, he didn't know. I don't think I knew the twist ending to the original Psycho the first time I saw it.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-22 20:46:52 Reply

At 6/22/13 08:44 PM, EclecticEnnui wrote:
At 6/22/13 07:58 PM, Sense-Offender wrote:
At 6/22/13 06:47 PM, Auz wrote: I went in without knowing the plot twist.
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If he didn't know, he didn't know. I don't think I knew the twist ending to the original Psycho the first time I saw it.

Find both of these facts incredible.

Both are so deeply ingrained in pop culture I don't know how you could avoid them. It's like going into The Empire Strikes Back unspoiled.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-22 20:49:35 Reply

At 6/22/13 08:44 PM, EclecticEnnui wrote:
At 6/22/13 07:58 PM, Sense-Offender wrote:
At 6/22/13 06:47 PM, Auz wrote: I went in without knowing the plot twist.
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If he didn't know, he didn't know. I don't think I knew the twist ending to the original Psycho the first time I saw it.

I'm just saying, how do you manage to avoid hearing about it after all these hears? It's probably second only to Vader being Luke's father. Auz got insanely lucky. Then again, he figured it out anyhow.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-22 21:20:38 Reply

At 6/22/13 08:46 PM, TheMaster wrote: Find both of these facts incredible.

Both are so deeply ingrained in pop culture I don't know how you could avoid them. It's like going into The Empire Strikes Back unspoiled.

Well, I already knew that famous reveal when I first saw the film.

At 6/22/13 08:49 PM, Sense-Offender wrote: I'm just saying, how do you manage to avoid hearing about it after all these hears? It's probably second only to Vader being Luke's father. Auz got insanely lucky. Then again, he figured it out anyhow.

I wonder if he figured it out during the "I see dead people" scene.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-23 08:16:32 Reply

It's likely that I've heard about the twist long ago, but simply forgot about it. I mean, the film was popular like more than 10 years ago and I haven't heard anyone talking about it ever since. Also, I have seen that (in)famous spoiler T-shirt, but I didn't know one of the spoilers was for The Sixth Sense. Frankly, I still don't know what films some of the other spoilers refer to either.

So honestly, when I went in I had no idea.

At 6/22/13 08:49 PM, Sense-Offender wrote: I'm just saying, how do you manage to avoid hearing about it after all these hears? It's probably second only to Vader being Luke's father. Auz got insanely lucky. Then again, he figured it out anyhow.
I wonder if he figured it out during the "I see dead people" scene.

Yes, exactly at that point. Like I said, I knew there was going to be a major twist at the end, so I was constantly looking for clues as to what it could be.

SPOILER
Then the kid revealed that he saw dead people all the time and I realised all of sudden "Hey wait a minute, why does nobody else talk to Bruce Willis?".
END SPOILER

Then it all made sense.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-23 11:47:08 Reply

I also went into Sixth Sense without knowing the twist about a year ago, but guessed it as soon as we learn about the kid's power. It's really not that great of a twist anyway, the first scenes made it pretty obvious.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-23 17:06:16 Reply

Anyone seen world war z yet?


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-24 19:02:31 Reply

At 6/24/13 10:49 AM, Travis wrote: or the movie should have been longer.

What. I'd have cut about 60% of it. The entire opening was pointless because jor el just explains the entire thing again later on.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-24 20:13:22 Reply

At 6/24/13 07:02 PM, Jackho wrote:
At 6/24/13 10:49 AM, Travis wrote: or the movie should have been longer.
What. I'd have cut about 60% of it. The entire opening was pointless because jor el just explains the entire thing again later on.

I didn't mind the Krypton stuff. It was the last 40 minutes that were the real slog. Impossibly boring, lifeless action that just kept going and going forever.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-25 21:21:13 Reply

At 6/24/13 08:13 PM, TheMaster wrote:
At 6/24/13 07:02 PM, Jackho wrote:
At 6/24/13 10:49 AM, Travis wrote: or the movie should have been longer.
I didn't mind the Krypton stuff. It was the last 40 minutes that were the real slog. Impossibly boring, lifeless action that just kept going and going forever.

Watching the Nolan fanboys panic as the RT score plummeted was more entertaining that movie itself.

It was also fun Watching the Marvel fanboys panic when the spoilers about the Mandarin leaked.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-26 19:19:51 Reply

I went to see Man of Steel as well tonight.

The CGI is really good in my opinion. The plot, less so. I think some things are left poorly explained and some things didn't make much sense to me. For example, how does Clark Kent manage to disappear without a trace every time when he so obviously exposes his superpowers to almost everyone he meets? You'd think there'd be a lot more talk about him and the government would eventually pick up rumours about him.

I also felt that the film was needlessly long. It's not that the film got boring anywhere in particular in my opinion, but it could've been a bit shorter all-round. The opening scene with Jor-El didn't need to be longer than five minutes if you ask me and I agree with TheMaster that the final action scenes seemed to go on forever.

Anyway, it's not a bad film overall I think. You get what you sign up for and that's mostly what matters for blockbusters like this one.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-06-30 16:18:12 Reply

I had a blast watching This Is the End. It's well-acted, outrageous, and quite funny. The audience I saw it with drowned out some of the dialogue with their laughs, which is kinda disappointing, but not a big deal.

I'm probably gonna see Man of Steel soon. There seems to be a lot of fuss over it. I'm curious to how enjoyable I'll find it.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-01 18:52:16 Reply

Just back from The Act of Killing.

It's a masterpiece. See the 160 minute director's cut if you can, because it's worth every second. Going to need more time to process it before I can give a more eloquent review, but it's a film that demands to be both seen and discussed.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-02 22:40:45 Reply

I recently watched Dragon, starring Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro, and Jimmy Wang freaking Yu as the antagonist. It was a combination of martial arts action and crime drama. It was pretty good, even if it didn't have as much action as I had hoped. Also, it turned into a bit of an homage to the One Armed Swordsman toward the end, which was kind of neat, especially since Jimmy Wang Yu himself had that role decades ago.

I rented Merantau from Netflix, which stars Iko Uwais from the amazing Indonesian action movie, the Raid: Redemption. There's pretty much no way it could possibly be as good as the Raid, but I think it'll at least be decent. I've heard good things. Lots of people have compared it to Ong Bak.


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