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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.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-16 18:01:33 Reply

Watched Zombieland.

I rather liked it. The plot felt a bit incomplete to me and the characters did some things that really made no sense at all, but the film has plenty of funny moments and it was very entertaining to see Woody Harrelson as a badass zombie hunter. The best scene was definitely Bill Murray's cameo. That part was hilarious.

When it comes to zombie comedies I still prefer Shaun of the Dead, but this one is worth a watch too.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-17 13:15:28 Reply

They released this pic of a slight glimpse of the new Godzilla.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-17 19:21:16 Reply

I watched Das Experiment. A German film based on the Stanford Prison Experiment.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW!

The film is an interesting watch, especially because some of the events shown in the film did actually happen during the real Stanford experiment. Mainly the events in the first half of the film if I'm not mistaken though, the second half of the film is quite exaggerated. In fact, as the film went towards the climax things started to become a bit less believable.

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In any case, I recommend this film. It's very intriguing and leaves you with something to think about.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-17 20:01:45 Reply

I wanted to see the Experiment, but Netflix removed it from their DVD collection.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-17 21:50:01 Reply

The first time I saw The Experiment, it was just stunning. I also like the American remake. Yes, if you haven't heard, those bloody Americans remade it. :D

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-18 00:47:10 Reply

I just watched the Last Stand. It was an entertaining shoot 'em up. This is the first time I recall hearing Peter Stormare do an American accent.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-18 02:08:02 Reply

I just came back from watching Despicable Me 2.

I couldn't stop laughing. It was so great.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-18 06:54:07 Reply

At 7/18/13 02:08 AM, TehPoptartKid wrote: I just came back from watching Despicable Me 2.

I couldn't stop laughing. It was so great.

I haven't seen the second one yet, but I love the minions.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-18 14:54:04 Reply

I saw Spike Island today.

Fun film. About a group of friends trying to get into a Stone Roses gig to give them their demo tape. Funny despite not being a straight comedy, and has a great mostly Roses soundtrack behind it. Worth a look.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-18 15:12:30 Reply

At 7/18/13 06:54 AM, Sense-Offender wrote:
At 7/18/13 02:08 AM, TehPoptartKid wrote: I just came back from watching Despicable Me 2.

I couldn't stop laughing. It was so great.
I haven't seen the second one yet, but I love the minions.

I love the minions too!


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-18 16:38:15 Reply

Saw Pacific Rim. Enjoyed it but it's not like it'll blow anyone away or be more than you'd expect. It was cool that they dropped the lame main character and let charlie day take over as protagonist for a lot of the film.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-18 16:41:55 Reply

I'd quite like to see Pacific Rim, always liked Del Toro's stuff, but my local cinema only does one "big" movie each month, and it's lost out to The World's End and they won't be showing it. Can't be fucked dealing with a shitty multiplex, so I'll wait for the blu-ray.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-18 17:38:07 Reply

So who's seen Monster's University? I wanna know if it's good or not, if not then I can always watch The Wolverine.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-18 18:53:51 Reply

At 7/18/13 04:41 PM, TheMaster wrote: I'd quite like to see Pacific Rim, always liked Del Toro's stuff, but my local cinema only does one "big" movie each month, and it's lost out to The World's End and they won't be showing it. Can't be fucked dealing with a shitty multiplex, so I'll wait for the blu-ray.

That's a shame. It really is quite good and I hope it's success introduces the mecha and kaiju genres to a new generation. The only major problem was that the first half of the film focused on the completely boring one-dimensional characters who are just stereotypes of their country anyway (each country has their own jaeger). The main protagonist in particular was a completely blank, stock american white male hero who never developed any characteristics.

The jaegers were a bit of a letdown too, since they introduce 4 or 5 and imply they're all going to have unique strengths and weaknesses, but (minor spoiler) all but Gipsy Danger and Striker Eureka are destroyed before they kill any kaiju or show us any unique traits. We're told Striker is the fastest and most advanced but it doesn't behave any differently to the others. It just felt like a waste that they have all these cool mecha designs and do nothing with them, although they did manage to keep variety in the action by having them use different weapons every time.

We never actually get a clear look at the jaegers either, other than Gipsy Danger, since all of the action happens at night, usually in water with half their body covered, and in the pouring rain. Even in the cities they are always at least partially obscured. The action is well choreographed and edited but it would've been cool to maybe have more settings for the fights and some in daylight, even if the CG didn't look as good in plain view. By far the best action scene takes place in the middle of Hong Kong, with the rest being in the ocean.

So basically, if they cut out most of the uninteresting character interactions and instead used that time for another kaiju fight or two, specifically with Crimson Typhoon and the russian jaeger instead of the main two we see for the rest of the movie, then it would have been pretty flawless for what it was. As it is it's a cool movie but it could've been one of the best pure action movies of all time.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-18 19:45:39 Reply

I watched Vals Im Bashir (A.K.A. Waltz with Bashir). It's an animated documentary film about the 1982 invasion of Lebanon.

What I found most interesting about it was the animation style actually. If I heard it correctly, the interviews were first filmed and later animated which gives the film a very distinctive drawing style. I also loved the usage of colours and lighting in some of the scenes. It was very effective in establishing a foggy, dreamy atmosphere which portrays quite nicely how the writer doesn't remember much of the events.

I also like how the writer seems to stay neutral on the whole conflict. He purely tells his own experiences and doesn't point fingers at anyone.

For the rest, the film is perhaps a bit slow at times, but it throws in an action scene just at the right times to keep your attention.

At 7/18/13 05:38 PM, darkjam wrote: So who's seen Monster's University? I wanna know if it's good or not, if not then I can always watch The Wolverine.

Seen it. If you liked Monster's, Inc. you'll probably like Monsters University as well.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-18 21:51:36 Reply

Today I watched One Missed Call, the original.

I like it, overall.

It's a slow burn, mystery thriller. Lot's of tense scenes.

It got real world towards the ending, though. I'm still not sure what happened. It's the kind of ending that makes you want to stand up and exclaim aloud "What's going on?!"

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-18 21:53:06 Reply






It got real world towards the ending, though. I'm still not sure what happened. It's the kind of ending that makes you want to stand up and exclaim aloud "What's going on?!"

Weird, I meant.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-18 21:53:53 Reply

Waltz With Bashir was really good.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-19 13:12:32 Reply

Saw The World's End.

All the best jokes are in the trailer, and it's not as good as Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz, but it's still excellent.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-19 17:13:01 Reply

I saw Project X (2012). I feel way more negative about it than positive. The acting is believable, it's filmed well, and it's fairly watchable, but I felt kinda upset watching it. I also got bored. It's a mockumentary about a birthday party for a high schooler named Thomas. Loads of people attend the party and it gets out of control. I guess the film's suppose to be a comedy, but it's mostly unfunny. Sticking a little person in an oven, for instance, is cruel without being funny. There's a neighbour who gets attacked with a Taser when he complains about the loud noise and he's one of the few likable characters in the film. Thomas is kinda likable. He gets unhappy about the reckless party at his house, but the fact that he doesn't even try to end it just makes him unlikable. His buddy Costa is a douchebag that I resent. The mysterious cameraman Dax is actually kinda interesting. Maybe he could've been a bigger part of the film or, hell, maybe there should be a film about him, as long as it's done right.

Women at the party are treated simply as sex objects, which is idiotic. There are things that happen in the film that you may not find believable or you may question the believability, like filming in a changing room without others noticing or caring. The recklessness, property damage, and the loud noise affecting the neighbours that the party causes are far more concerning than enjoying watching the party. Don't get me wrong. I like parties, but this one is just ridiculous and obviously not in a good way. It seems like the film doesn't know where to end, too, which is annoying. Project X isn't that entertaining. I've heard people have been emulating the film, but the film isn't blameable. Ultimately, those people are the ones to blame, and if they're too young, then their parents. Anyway, Chronicle is a much more interesting mockumentary about high schoolers.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-19 18:10:21 Reply

Project X bored me.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-19 18:12:07 Reply

At 7/19/13 05:13 PM, EclecticEnnui wrote: I saw Project X (2012).

The guy with glasses was in a porn video.

Just throwing that out there,

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-19 20:14:44 Reply

At 7/19/13 05:13 PM, EclecticEnnui wrote: Project X

Fun fact: after this film came out a local teenager attempted to recreate the party while his parents were away and it actually went somewhat viral with 10,000 or so people following the facebook page for it. The actual day involved about 100 people standing in a field for a bit before going home.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-19 21:16:43 Reply

At 7/19/13 05:13 PM, EclecticEnnui wrote: The mysterious cameraman Dax is actually kinda interesting. Maybe he could've been a bigger part of the film or, hell, maybe there should be a film about him, as long as it's done right.

He does have his own video series on YouTube.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-19 23:28:05 Reply

I watched One Missed Call 2.

Again, enjoyable.

Much like the first one, the narrative seems really convoluted, and it doesn't make a hell of a lot of sense.

I don't know if this is a cultural thing, or what.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-07-20 07:06:15 Reply

At 7/19/13 05:13 PM, EclecticEnnui wrote: Project X isn't that entertaining. I've heard people have been emulating the film, but the film isn't blameable. Ultimately, those people are the ones to blame, and if they're too young, then their parents.

Yeah. Something like that happened in my country last year and it caused quite an uproar.

It wasn't intentional though. Some 15 year old girl accidentally made public invitations to her birthday party on Facebook and about 10,000 people from all over the country showed up just for the lulz. Towards the evening everybody got drunk and bored and then some riots started.

It was deemed "Project X Haren" by the media (Haren referring to the town where it went down).


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