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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-03 01:03:40 Reply

I finally watched Empire Records. It was good. My favorite part was when the kid imagined he was being killed by Gwar on tv.

Also, I think I heard one of the characters say that the Flaming Lips have better bass lines than Primus. If I heard someone say that in real life, I would give them such a dirty look.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-05 17:02:25 Reply

Watched A Field In England.

Ben Wheatley can now officially do no wrong in my eyes. This might be better than Kill List. Captures the creepy, restrictive atmosphere as well as that did, even if it's not technically a horror film.

It's out in cinemas, VOD, DVD/Blu-ray and TV simultaneously, so you have no excuse not to see it.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-07 17:11:21 Reply

At 6/30/13 04:18 PM, EclecticEnnui wrote: 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.

I saw it and I think it's decent. The acting is surprisingly just OK and there's not really a performance that stands out, except maybe Michael Shannon as General Zod. The story's interesting enough and the action is solid. I can't ignore all the collateral damage that Superman and others cause during the big climax scene, though. You have to wonder just how many civilians were killed and how much money all the property damage costs. Also, I think the film looks kinda lifeless. The Dark Knight Rises looks much more alive than this film. Anyway, I did get a bit bored, but Man of Steel is still entertaining.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-07 18:17:46 Reply

Recently watched High Fidelity and Almost Famous. They're pretty good.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-07 18:26:49 Reply

At 7/7/13 05:11 PM, EclecticEnnui wrote: there's not really a performance that stands out, except maybe Michael Shannon as General Zod.

Really? I'm a big fan of him normally, but thought he was really miscast in this.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-07 18:48:11 Reply

Request: what are the coolest posters you know of, official or not?

Thinking of decorating these plain ass walls. Got my eye on Back to the Future, Terminator 1/2, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars. I lean mostly towards 80s and especially hand painted stuff but it doesn't matter.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-07 22:57:11 Reply

At 7/7/13 06:48 PM, Jackho wrote: Request: what are the coolest posters you know of, official or not?

Thinking of decorating these plain ass walls. Got my eye on Back to the Future, Terminator 1/2, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars. I lean mostly towards 80s and especially hand painted stuff but it doesn't matter.

Some ideas:

Enter the Void
Inception
Frozen
The Tree of Life

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-08 05:12:23 Reply

I just watched Merantau, and it was awesome. Of course, it wasn't as great as the Raid: Redemption, but it still rocked. I can see why so many people compare it to Ong Bak and the Protector, even though Iko Uwais uses silat in this movie, which is noticeably different than muay Thai. Still, it's a martial arts movie about a guy who lives in a small, extremely rural Asian village and goes to a large city where he confronts a criminal organization and kicks everybody's ass. It also features many bad guys writhing on the ground after getting beaten. And the main character gets picked up by the neck and choked out in the final fight, eyes bulging from blood pressure, and manages to get out of it, just like in Ong Bak. Also, it features a fight scene with a long, continuous shot, which is something for which the protector is famous (:P). It wasn't nearly as long as the scene in the Protector, though. The only problem I had was that it started off a bit slow and it didn't have quite as much action as I had hoped. It still had a good amount, though, and the fights were awesome and VERY well shot.

I really hope Iko Uwais will be in a whole lot more action movies and have a good long career. I'm probably going to buy this movie some time. I heard that they're making a sequel to the Raid: Redemption. I hope it doesn't take too long to reach the west.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-08 14:44:53 Reply

I went to check out Frances Ha today. An indie film that reminds me very much of TV series like Girls.

I believe the film is generally praised by critics, but I can imagine it's hit-and-miss with most viewers. Personally I don't think the film was all that clever or funny or charming or original. In fact, everything felt a bit pretentious to me. However, other people might be very endeared by Frances' persona. I do have to say that Greta Gerwig did a good job portraying the main character. Had they put a worse actress in that role the film would've fallen apart probably.

Anyway, Francis Ha left me unimpressed in the end. I think the film really needed a lot more charm and wit to work. Also, it could've done with at least a few likeable side characters. It seemed like almost everyone was a self-absorbed douche.

At 7/7/13 10:57 PM, EclecticEnnui wrote: The Tree of Life

Speaking of which, I saw a trailer for To The Wonder, which is a film from the same director which looked very similar in nature to The Tree of Life. I thought you might be interested.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-08 19:52:02 Reply

At 7/8/13 02:44 PM, Auz wrote:
At 7/7/13 10:57 PM, EclecticEnnui wrote: The Tree of Life
Speaking of which, I saw a trailer for To The Wonder, which is a film from the same director which looked very similar in nature to The Tree of Life. I thought you might be interested.

Yeah, I know about it. I might rent it.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-10 00:49:22 Reply

Watched 2010's Super. Underrated flick. I loved the story and humor of it and while it's not perfect, I think it was a more enjoyable film than Kick-Ass. The scene where the Crimson Bolt just beats the hell out of a jerk with a pipe wrench is extremely satisfying. I'd give it a four out of five.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-10 22:33:45 Reply

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y16TEl6Ek1M

I'm pretty stoked about Curse of Chucky coming out.

They're finally getting rid of the satire crap and playing it straight again.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-10 22:39:15 Reply

At 7/10/13 10:33 PM, Darthdenim wrote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y16TEl6Ek1M

I'm pretty stoked about Curse of Chucky coming out.

They're finally getting rid of the satire crap and playing it straight again.

It also looks like they're going back to an interesting concept from the original movie that wasn't used in the other sequels.

That Chucky starts to look more human as time progresses.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-10 22:57:00 Reply






It also looks like they're going back to an interesting concept from the original movie that wasn't used in the other sequels.

That Chucky starts to look more human as time progresses.

You can definitely see the difference when you compare screenshots.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-10 23:44:00 Reply

There have been power outages and flooding here in Toronto, recently. Yesterday, my house's power was out, so I decided to watch The Way, Way Back at a theatre. The film's a comedy drama about a teenage boy's summer vacation. It's funny and just very well-made. I even got kinda sad at the end.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-11 02:21:54 Reply

I thought the original Child's Play was just silly. At least the comedy in Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky wasn't unintentional.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-11 20:32:55 Reply

Whelp, the Oldboy 2013 trailer is out. Looks very american.

He sees what his daughter looks like on TV, so either they changed the ending or made it a lot less believable.

Also, I can't help but think the bit with the years flashing on screen was taken straight from this fanmade trailer for the original.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-11 21:27:35 Reply

Why the fuck does everything foreign have to be remade? Fucking Hollywood.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-12 07:49:37 Reply

At 7/10/13 11:44 PM, EclecticEnnui wrote: There have been power outages and flooding here in Toronto, recently. Yesterday, my house's power was out, so I decided to watch The Way, Way Back at a theatre. The film's a comedy drama about a teenage boy's summer vacation. It's funny and just very well-made. I even got kinda sad at the end.

I've been looking forward to this. Glad it's good.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-12 14:27:35 Reply

I watched a bunch of films the last couple of days.

Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University:
Not Pixar's best franchise, but entertaining films nonetheless. I like how they made Monsters University a prequel rather than a sequel.

To The Wonder:
I liked it more than The Tree of Life. It's similar in style, but the narrative seemed a lot more coherent to me. It's less heavy on symbolism and the story has more direction. I can imagine fans of The Tree of Life may like To The Wonder less for that reason though.

At 7/11/13 08:32 PM, Jackho wrote: Whelp, the Oldboy 2013 trailer is out. Looks very american.

He sees what his daughter looks like on TV, so either they changed the ending or made it a lot less believable.

I don't know if that girl on TV was actually meant to be his daughter, but it does look like they altered the story such that the major twist becomes far more obvious. Also, I feel like this trailer already gives away more than the entire first 100 minutes of the original film.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-12 15:01:33 Reply

I rented the new Schwarzenegger movie. I'll probably watch it tomorrow cuz I'm gonna spend all my time this evening with Dragon's Dogma.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-12 15:53:39 Reply

I saw Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. To be honest, I got bored by it. It's shot nicely and acted well, but the pacing's a problem and I had a hard time giving a crap about the characters. I liked the weird moments, like with the handicapped guy. He just came out of nowhere. The ending is violent, but definitely interesting. Yeah, I just think this film's mediocre.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-12 16:03:57 Reply

I saw Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. To be honest, I got bored by it. Yeah, I just think this film's mediocre.

I actually liked it more than Oldboy.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-14 03:16:09 Reply

Well, I quite liked Sympathy for Mr Vengeance.

I just watched the Man With the Iron Fists. It was actually okay. I don't know why people are so hard on it.

Before that, I watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which was good.

And earlier, I watched Safe House earlier, which was pretty badass.

Last weekend, I watched Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. It was silly, but I kinda liked some if the action. I also liksd how his axe had a gun part in the handle. That's just cool.

I also watched Brave. It was okay.

I'm watching Ted right now. insomnia...


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-14 03:19:48 Reply

Oh yeah, and I watched that Harold and Kumar Christmas movie. It was pretty funny. The part when Harold'smdick got stuck to a pole had me dying laughing.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-14 06:08:21 Reply

Ted was okay.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-14 11:42:10 Reply

I spent the week of Independence Day in Tennessee and after seeing some kickass fireworks I decided to go to Walmart and add to my Blu-Ray collection. I only had 40 bucks so it was between Back to the Future Trilogy 25th Anniversary Edition or Act of Valor, Flags of Our Fathers and Zero Dark Thirty. I got the latter. I've seen these movies before but I'm so glad I got them all on Blu-Ray, Act of Valor is one of those movies that everybody hates that for some reason I just enjoy. I understand the bad acting, cliché story and underdeveloped characters but I like it for what it is, a realistic portrayal of Navy SEALS at work.

As for the other two, I've never seen Letters from Iwo Jima but I've heard that's really well done too, it's the Japanese perspective of the battle and I saw Zero Dark Thirty is theatres, it was everything I wanted it to be and more. I'm also going to the theatres tonight but I have yet to decide what I'm watching.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-14 20:22:13 Reply

Trying to process all the films I've seen lately. A vague recollection:

Curse of Frankenstein - Another great Hammer horror movie. The production design just steals the show. Peter Cushing is good in the title role, but Christopher Lee isn't as memorable a monster as Boris Karloff.
Return of the Living Dead - A fun concept, but marred by the lack of a clear protagonist and a contained location that narrows the scope of the piece.
The Last Man On Earth - Some classic imagery and an excellent performance by Vincent Price, though the flashback sequences are over-long and tend to drag.
Splice - The closest you'll ever get to a modern Frankenstein, this is great, weird fun, even if the concept screams for more depth than the final product.
Monster - A fantastic performance from Charlize Theron. The film manages to treat her character both objectively and sympathetically, which is a commendable balance.
This Is The End - Pure, unadulterated fun. Rogen and Goldburg have successfully made the jump to directing, and tread the line between genre movie and Apatow comedy perfectly, despite certain improvised scenes falling flat. I would have loved some jokes about the actors' Judaism, given the premise revolves around the biblical apocalypse, but there's enough material that it doesn't seem lacking despite this.
Sex, Lies and Videotape - A pretty intriguing set of character studies. The housewife's therapy sessions were particularly entertaining.
Slither - A great '80s throwback, with some brilliant practical effects work. The leads are charismatic enough, especially Nathan Fillion, but the film is cheapened by the occasional use of unrealistic CGI.
Reality Bites - I liked this one less as it wore on, mainly because it sidestepped the self exploration and realisation of the characters in favour of a trite love triangle. It has it's moments, though.
The Bay - The scares are effective, but the film itself isn't particularly good, or original enough to salvage the found-footage subgenre.
Dr Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme - Awesome, if you're a fan of the character. Otherwise, wait until Marvel develops a live-action adaptation.
A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010) - This one just sucked. The jump scares are grating and relieve any tension, the acting is average at best and at worst unintentionally hilarious (though this may be on account of the dialogue. My friends and I were reeling at the monotonous delivery of: "These dreams, they're real"), and the film just feels forgettable and unnecessary. The change of Freddy from child-killer to child-molester feels especially exploitative.
The Host (2006) - Some excellent action and effects work, and a truly surprising ending, though some of the characters and subplots fell flat in my view.
Lake Mungo - This had an incredible atmosphere that really contributed to the film's success. For the most part the film is a character driven drama revolving around a family tragedy, and the supernatural elements are minimal and jumpscare-free, which only heighten's their impact. A prime example of found-footage done right.
Last Night - Absolutely incredible. One of the most insightful and character driven apocalypse movies I've seen. Having seen Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World first, it somewhat lessened the impact this film had on me, as many elements from Seeking A Friend feel recycled from this, but I was still profoundly affected.
Childstar - Entertaining, and with some good moments, but not hugely memorable and lacks the sense of realism that purveyed Last Night.
End Of Watch - This had a nice air of authenticity and the chemistry between the main characters was very fun to watch.

I'll add more as I remember them, but of these, the one's I really recommend are Last Night, Lake Mungo, Monster and Curse of Frankenstein.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-15 11:19:43 Reply

I ended up watching Pacific Rim. This film got me totally by surprise, I mean I knew vaguely what is was about but didn't really understand the story. The movies got just as much heart as it does action which really pleased me, my only complaints are that the story is told in a somewhat tedious way and sometimes I felt they were trying to blow me away with special effects when that wasn't what I was into in this movie.

Anyway, it's my birthday so I might go buy myself a cineplex card.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-15 19:54:37 Reply

I've seen V/H/S 2.

It's enjoyable. The last two parts are the best.

My only gripe is that the last tape ends with a shot of a cute little doggy suffering and dying. Thanks movie. I was having fun before that.