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Response to Cinema Club 2013-08-03 22:23:13 Reply

I just rewatched Edward Scissorhands for the first time since childhood. Watching it then, it had such an effect on me I cried the entire way through. I don't know if I even finished it. Something about the subject matter, score, or perhaps that the characters are so profoundly lonely really perturbed me.

Seeing it with new eyes, I immediately loved it. The tone, production design, performances and direction are spectacular. I think it's probably my favourite Tim Burton movie of all time. If you've never seen it, you owe it to yourself to check it out. It's a fairytale for the suburban age and one of Johnny Depp's best performances.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-08-05 03:32:08 Reply

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYZsJYZVt5g

I was watching Peter Jackon's King Kong...and...does the cgi in that clip look REALLY dated to you?

I feel like I'm watching a cartoon when I look at that.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-08-05 16:43:08 Reply

At 8/5/13 03:32 AM, Darthdenim wrote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYZsJYZVt5g

I was watching Peter Jackon's King Kong...and...does the cgi in that clip look REALLY dated to you?

I feel like I'm watching a cartoon when I look at that.

CGI ages like milk, and the film is 8 years old. Kong looked cartoony at the time, though, mostly down to how stylised it is.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-08-06 13:53:21 Reply

At 8/5/13 03:32 AM, Darthdenim wrote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYZsJYZVt5g

I was watching Peter Jackon's King Kong...and...does the cgi in that clip look REALLY dated to you?

I feel like I'm watching a cartoon when I look at that.

I dunno, I think it's kind of passable. I mean, event movies like that always have a pretty short shelf life. Remember Avatar?

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-08-06 16:00:49 Reply

At 8/5/13 03:32 AM, Darthdenim wrote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYZsJYZVt5g

I was watching Peter Jackon's King Kong...and...does the cgi in that clip look REALLY dated to you?

I feel like I'm watching a cartoon when I look at that.

I think it looks fine, the woman just throws it off.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-08-09 01:08:37 Reply

Hey guys, I've just went through my 9/10 and 10/10 rated movies on IMDb and I wanted to share the list I have so far. If you have any of these movies that you would rate differently or movies that you consider to be deserving of such scores, feel free to comment :)

10/10
Bambi (1942)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The Shining (1980)
28 Days Later... (2002)

9/10

Rear Window (1954)
Psycho (1960)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Annie Hall (1977)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Thing (1982)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
La vita è bella (1997)
The Matrix (1999)
American Psycho (2000)
Memento (2000)
Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001)
The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Pianist (2002)
Oldeuboi (2003)
Sunshine (2007)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Inception (2010)
Intouchables (2011)

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-08-09 07:15:53 Reply

At 8/5/13 03:32 AM, Darthdenim wrote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYZsJYZVt5g

I was watching Peter Jackon's King Kong...and...does the cgi in that clip look REALLY dated to you?

I feel like I'm watching a cartoon when I look at that.

Not sure if it looks cartoon-y, but you can clearly see they used green screen in some shots. Not that that wasn't obvious, but it's just clearly visible.

Lord of the Rings has some pretty dated CGI as well if you look back at it now.

At 8/9/13 01:08 AM, HeavenDuff wrote: Hey guys, I've just went through my 9/10 and 10/10 rated movies on IMDb and I wanted to share the list I have so far. If you have any of these movies that you would rate differently or movies that you consider to be deserving of such scores, feel free to comment :)

10/10
...

9/10
...

I gave about the same ratings for the films of your list I've seen. The biggest different is 2001: A Space Odyssey which I gave 8/10, but I'm not really sure how to rate that film.

My 10/10 ratings thus far are:

Earthlings (2005)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Pulp Fiction (1995)
Black Swan (2010)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Oldboy (2003)
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Spirited Away (2005)
Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Start Loving the Bomb (1964)

On a side note: There are a lot of great films that I haven't bothered to rate after having watched them apparently.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-08-09 07:19:35 Reply

Looks like it's listyourfavoritemovies o'clock. I don't keep scores on imdb or anything, but off the top of my head I'd give 9/10 or 10/10 to

-The Shawshank Redemption
-The End of Evangelion
-Oldboy
-Terminator 2
-Back to the Future
-Star Wars / Empire Strikes Back
-Apocalypse Now
-Jacob's Ladder
-Aliens
-Ghost Busters
-Jurassic Park
-Eternal Sunshine
-Die Hard
-Gremlins / Gremlins 2
-The Thing
-American Psycho
-Dr. Strangelove
-Wall E
-The Breakfast Club
-American Beauty
-Hot Fuzz
-The Truman Show
-Highlander
-Mysterious Skin
-Memento
-Pulp Fiction
-The Big Lebowski
-The Matrix
-Fight Club
-American History X


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-08-09 07:47:01 Reply

My 5/5s from Letterboxd. Not sure I still agree with all of these, but whatever.

http://letterboxd.com/absurdditties/films/ratings/by/rating/

The Passion of Joan of Arc
Grizzly Man
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
A Clockwork Orange
Nuts in May
Pan's Labyrinth
Raging Bull
Fitzcarraldo
Into the Abyss
Samsara
Aguirre, The Wrath of God
Girl, Interrupted
Office Space
Re-Animator
The Commitments
Dog Soldiers
The Man Who Would Be King
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Die Hard
The Thing
Withnail & I
Phenomena
Trainspotting
Easy Rider
Taxi Driver
Repo Man
Two-Lane Blacktop
Harakiri
Drive
Escape From New York
The Warriors
King Kong
Blade Runner
Apocalypse Now
Zulu
Army of Darkness
Jaws
Lawrence of Arabia
The Breakfast Club
For A Few Dollars More
Alien
Jurassic Park


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-08-09 08:11:28 Reply

At 8/9/13 07:47 AM, TheMaster wrote:
My 5/5s from Letterboxd. Not sure I still agree with all of these, but whatever.

Samsara intrigued me when I saw the teaser for it, like, a year ago, but I completely forgot about it. Do you still give it a 5/5?

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-08-09 12:08:31 Reply

At 8/9/13 08:11 AM, Jester wrote: Samsara intrigued me when I saw the teaser for it, like, a year ago, but I completely forgot about it. Do you still give it a 5/5?

Yes. Seen it twice since watching it in the cinema, still holds up.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-08-09 17:28:49 Reply

I saw The Hunt, recently. It's a masterpiece. I mean holy crap. The acting, the story, the tension, and such are great. So far, it's my favourite film that I've seen, this year.

At 8/9/13 12:08 PM, TheMaster wrote:
At 8/9/13 08:11 AM, Jester wrote: Samsara intrigued me when I saw the teaser for it, like, a year ago, but I completely forgot about it. Do you still give it a 5/5?
Yes. Seen it twice since watching it in the cinema, still holds up.

I also think this film's a masterpiece. It's absolutely stunning.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-08-10 00:31:36 Reply

At 8/9/13 07:15 AM, Auz wrote: My 10/10 ratings thus far are:

The Dark Knight (2008)
Pulp Fiction (1995)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Oldboy (2003)
Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Start Loving the Bomb (1964)

I agree with those. I gave Pulp Fiction 8/10, though. Still an amazing movie :)

Black Swan (2010)

You think it's that good? I haven't seen it yet.

The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)

I still have these two in my watchlist. They look great :)

At 8/9/13 07:19 AM, Jackho wrote: Looks like it's listyourfavoritemovies o'clock. I don't keep scores on imdb or anything, but off the top of my head I'd give 9/10 or 10/10 to

-The Shawshank Redemption

I still have to watch this movie.

-Oldboy

Great movie :)

-Terminator 2
-Back to the Future

Those are great movies, but I think I've rated them both 8/10.

-Star Wars / Empire Strikes Back
-Aliens

I thought the first was better. Why did you like this one better?

-Jurassic Park

I don't like Spielberg. Not that his movies are all bad, but his caracters and dialogues are laughable, IMO.

-The Thing
-American Psycho
-Dr. Strangelove
-Wall E

All amazing movies :)

-The Breakfast Club

I have to watch this one.

-The Truman Show
-Memento
-Pulp Fiction
-The Matrix

Amazing ones :)

-Fight Club
-American History X
-The Big Lebowski

These are on my watchlist, even though I watched American History X a while back. I don't remember it properly.

At 8/9/13 07:47 AM, TheMaster wrote: My 5/5s from Letterboxd. Not sure I still agree with all of these, but whatever.
Pan's Labyrinth

I found the little girl to drag this movie down a little. And she seems to have very little sense of self-preservation :P

The Thing

Are there any other good suspense/horror movies like this one? Cause it was amazing! And what did you think of the 2010 self-proclaimed prequel?

Trainspotting
Taxi Driver

I've seen bits of both of these movies, but I still have to re-watch them both properly. Plus, Danny Boyle is one hell of a good director!

Escape From New York
Blade Runner

I need to see these two.

Alien

Hell yeah :)

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-08-10 09:52:00 Reply

At 8/10/13 12:31 AM, HeavenDuff wrote:
At 8/9/13 07:15 AM, Auz wrote:
Black Swan (2010)
You think it's that good? I haven't seen it yet.

I actually hated Black Swan, I found it slow and predictable. I've never liked Natalie Portman either though.

At 8/9/13 07:19 AM, Jackho wrote: -Aliens
I thought the first was better. Why did you like this one better?

They have such drastically different vibes that they're hard to compare, but I enjoyed the more action oriented approach and Michael Biehn. I found Alien a little boring, perhaps only because the most iconic moments were already burned into my mind before I had the chance to actually see it.

-Fight Club
-American History X
-The Big Lebowski
These are on my watchlist, even though I watched American History X a while back. I don't remember it properly.

You totally need to see these. Although you need to see Shawshank moreso, it has to be at least top 3 for me.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-08-10 14:41:23 Reply

At 8/10/13 09:52 AM, Jackho wrote: They have such drastically different vibes that they're hard to compare, but I enjoyed the more action oriented approach and Michael Biehn. I found Alien a little boring, perhaps only because the most iconic moments were already burned into my mind before I had the chance to actually see it.

I felt the suspense and atmosphere of the first was great. But the second is also pretty good. Aliens and Terminator 2 are the only movies that makes me hate James "cashgrab" Cameron a little less :P

You totally need to see these. Although you need to see Shawshank moreso, it has to be at least top 3 for me.

I think The Shawshank Redemption is still the movie with the highest rating on IMDb. I will see it eventually!

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-08-10 17:48:55 Reply

I've just been thinking that this doesn't feel like much of a club, so I propose we start to watch (or rewatch) an arbitrarily chosen film every week and then discuss what we thought of it, favorite scenes, likes and dislikes, and give it a rating.

I think we may as well start with The Shawshank Redemption. It's on netflix (in the UK too) and is on TV all the time. If you're up for this just watch the film if you haven't recently and just discuss the above points I guess.

I know I started with a film that almost everyone ever has seen, but I think it might be best if for the most part we choose lesser known films, so that most of us will be going in fresh.

anyone?

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At 8/10/13 05:48 PM, Jackho wrote: I've just been thinking that this doesn't feel like much of a club, so I propose we start to watch (or rewatch) an arbitrarily chosen film every week and then discuss what we thought of it, favorite scenes, likes and dislikes, and give it a rating.

I think we may as well start with The Shawshank Redemption. It's on netflix (in the UK too) and is on TV all the time. If you're up for this just watch the film if you haven't recently and just discuss the above points I guess.

I know I started with a film that almost everyone ever has seen, but I think it might be best if for the most part we choose lesser known films, so that most of us will be going in fresh.

anyone?

I guess I could watch it again, though it never hugely appealed to me. If we're going for this approach would anyone consider hosting a livestream of a movie so we can watch as a group?

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-08-10 20:43:23 Reply

Black Swan looks kinda like a ripoff of Perfect Blue.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-08-10 21:19:59 Reply

At 8/10/13 08:43 PM, Sense-Offender wrote: Black Swan looks kinda like a ripoff of Perfect Blue.

Feels more like Fight Club half assedly blended with Jacob's Ladder. On another note I totally need to rewatch perfect blue.


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At 8/10/13 09:19 PM, Jackho wrote:
At 8/10/13 08:43 PM, Sense-Offender wrote: Black Swan looks kinda like a ripoff of Perfect Blue.
Feels more like Fight Club half assedly blended with Jacob's Ladder. On another note I totally need to rewatch perfect blue.

Satoshi Kon died with a perfect track record. I wish he didn't die so young.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-08-13 17:20:52 Reply

I see people don't really agree with my 10/10 score for Black Swan. I don't know, I've only watched it once and it impressed me a lot. I like Natalie Portman, she's very talented as far as I can see. Maybe the 10/10 isn't entirely deserved, but I just remember liking it a lot. I should probably give it another watch someday.

Anyway, I went to check out Le Passé (a.k.a. The Past) today. A French language film by the director of A Separation.

Great drama film in my opinion. It's well written, very well acted and very tense from the half hour point to the very end. I think this is going to be one of my favourite films of the year. I strongly recommend it to all you guys.


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At 8/13/13 05:20 PM, Auz wrote: I see people don't really agree with my 10/10 score for Black Swan. I don't know, I've only watched it once and it impressed me a lot. I like Natalie Portman, she's very talented as far as I can see. Maybe the 10/10 isn't entirely deserved, but I just remember liking it a lot. I should probably give it another watch someday.

I already had a disliking of Portman, and it was recommended to me by someone who generally likes shitty movvies so I was definitely biased and don't really have a fair opinion on it. Still don't like it at all though.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-08-14 02:34:52 Reply

At 8/13/13 05:20 PM, Auz wrote: I see people don't really agree with my 10/10 score for Black Swan. I don't know, I've only watched it once and it impressed me a lot. I like Natalie Portman, she's very talented as far as I can see. Maybe the 10/10 isn't entirely deserved, but I just remember liking it a lot. I should probably give it another watch someday.

I also really dug it and she gave a great performance. The only Aronofsky film I've seen more than once is Requiem for a Dream, which I think is fantastic.

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At 8/13/13 05:52 PM, Jackho wrote:
At 8/13/13 05:20 PM, Auz wrote: I see people don't really agree with my 10/10 score for Black Swan. I don't know, I've only watched it once and it impressed me a lot. I like Natalie Portman, she's very talented as far as I can see. Maybe the 10/10 isn't entirely deserved, but I just remember liking it a lot. I should probably give it another watch someday.
I already had a disliking of Portman,

I liked Portman in V for Vendetta, I liked her in Léon, I liked her in Black Swan. I can't remember much from her roles in Star Wars and Heat, but anyway, she's only 32 and she already got an amazing résumé.

and it was recommended to me by someone who generally likes shitty movvies so I was definitely biased and don't really have a fair opinion on it. Still don't like it at all though.

Well that's all right. I can totally imagine Black Swan is not everyone's cup of tea.

At 8/14/13 02:34 AM, EclecticEnnui wrote:
At 8/13/13 05:20 PM, Auz wrote: I see people don't really agree with my 10/10 score for Black Swan. I don't know, I've only watched it once and it impressed me a lot. I like Natalie Portman, she's very talented as far as I can see. Maybe the 10/10 isn't entirely deserved, but I just remember liking it a lot. I should probably give it another watch someday.
I also really dug it and she gave a great performance. The only Aronofsky film I've seen more than once is Requiem for a Dream, which I think is fantastic.

Requiem for a Dream is the only Aronofsky film I have seen beside Black Swan. I really loved that one too, although I never gave it a second watch either. I feel like you really got to be in the right mood for Aronofsky's films.


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http://blip.tv/confused-matthew/the-nightmare-before-christmas-movie-review-pt-1-6625936

That Confused Matthew guy is back, doing a bad review of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

I swear, I've never seen anybody with such a limited understanding of what makes a movie good.

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I should really stop by this thread more often. Anyway, I saw The Act of Killing earlier this week and it was unbelievable. Deeply disturbing, surreal, stomach-churning, and incredibly powerful. I spent practically the entire movie with my jaw on the floor. It's easily the best film of this year so far and probably the most important film to come out in a long, long time. I can't exactly say I enjoyed the film (although for a documentary about genocide it did inspire an awful lot of incredulous laughter from the audience), but you absolutely have to see it if you get the chance.

At 8/9/13 07:47 AM, TheMaster wrote: My 5/5s from Letterboxd. Not sure I still agree with all of these, but whatever.

Well, if we're playing that game...though my personal rating system is kind of inconsistent and impulsive. I just made my Letterboxd account a couple days ago.

The 400 Blows (1959)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Wings of Desire (1987)
8 1/2 (1963)
In the Mood for Love (2000)
Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972)
Zero for Conduct (1933)
Holy Motors (2012)
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Annie Hall (1977)
Night and Fog (1955)
Casablanca (1942)

At 8/10/13 08:43 PM, Sense-Offender wrote: Black Swan looks kinda like a ripoff of Perfect Blue.

Apparently Aranofsky actually bought the rights to adapt it just prior to making Black Swan. Yet for some reason he refuses to acknowledge it as an influence whenever he's asked about it in interviews. Because he's a jackass.


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Yeah, he got the rights so he could this.

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Response to Cinema Club 2013-08-17 11:32:52 Reply

Saw the Conjuring last night. It was okay. Better than Amityville. Almost every single scene is just a jump scare build up though, only one of which actually made me jump (and that one was just a character falling through the floor, nothing actually scary).

It kind of felt like the Man of Steel of horror films, in that it's more or less 2 solid hours of shit jumping out. If you're really into the exorcist or whatever you'd probably like it. I'd give it 6/10.


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Response to Cinema Club 2013-08-18 21:21:03 Reply

What did you guys think about Pacific Rim? And also, what do you think about this review?

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At 8/18/13 09:21 PM, HeavenDuff wrote: What did you guys think about Pacific Rim?

pastey time

-The first half drags out too long. It focuses on the boring one dimensional characters who are just straight up nationality stereotypes anyway.

-The fight scenes are quite samey. They could've shown us each jaeger's individual fighting styles, like they tell us Cherno is one of the strongest ever built and has been in combat for 7 years, but it gets destroyed before we see it do anything. They also tell us Striker is the fastest but it really doesn't behave any differently than Gipsy.

-The best fight is in hong kong and the rest are in the ocean, in the pouring rain and with the jaegers half covered so we don't get a clear view. It's still clearer than transformers or whatever but it felt like they were trying to cheaply cover up the CG.

If they cut out half of the character interactions and used that time for another fight scene, on land, with only Crimson Typhoon and Cherno Alpha, then it would be perfect for what it was trying to be. It was okay.

And also, what do you think about this review?

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