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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 14th, 2014 @ 12:55 PM Reply

Snowpiercer.

Holy. Shit. you guys have got to watch this. It's fucking great.


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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 14th, 2014 @ 09:32 PM Reply

MotW?

At 7/14/14 12:55 PM, Nebula wrote: Snowpiercer.

Holy. Shit. you guys have got to watch this. It's fucking great.

I recently saw an ad for that on TV and I'm definitely interested.


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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 14th, 2014 @ 09:44 PM Reply

Another thing about Angel's Egg. It's actually the second Japanese animated film I've seen in which Noah's Arc is a big part of the plot. Interesting koinky dink there. I think most people would say Spriggan is meh at best, but I have to admit I really enjoy the action and the animation is very well done.

Also, if you want to see another anime that Amano was involved with, watch the first Vampire Hunter D movie. Maybe it's not the most original in plot, but I just absolutely love the feel of the movie. The atmosphere it great.


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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 15th, 2014 @ 03:41 PM Reply

I watched Angel's Egg.

I really love the visuals. There's a lot of detail in every drawing and I like how well it sets this Gothic horror atmosphere. The music was indeed pretty creepy, but I think it was fitting.

As for the plot, I'm not too sure what to make of it. I could tell it makes references to the bible (which becomes very obvious eventually), but I don't know much about the bible so I probably didn't understand much of the symbolism. This article helped to give some ideas, but considering the creators never explained anything about the film I suppose it's all largely open to one's own interpretations.

In any case, I do think it was an interesting watch.


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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 15th, 2014 @ 08:27 PM Reply

I watched Frozen.

It was pretty good.

The Let It Go song was the only memorable one in the movie. I guess that's better than Tangled, which had approximately zero memorable songs.

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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 15th, 2014 @ 08:33 PM Reply

Robert Orci producing Power Rangers movie.

Alright, but for the love of fuck, don't let him near the script.

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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 15th, 2014 @ 11:41 PM Reply

The Great Randomizer has spoken (this is the first time in a while I've actually had to use it, so that's nice) and it has selected me to pick this week's film! And we will be watching...

Schizopolis (1996, Steven Soderbergh, USA)

I'm not even going to try to describe the film's plot, so let's just leave it at this: it's an experimental comedy from the guy who had previously helped to spark the indie revolution of the '90s with sex, lies, and videotape and would go on to make the Ocean's Eleven movies (among lots of other things). It's hilarious, absurd, and bizarre, and you'll never see anything else like it. The movie is positively bursting with playful twists of language and scrappy energy, and I hope you guys get as much of a kick out of it as I do!

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Angel's Egg was an interesting one. Most of the Christian symbolism sailed straight over my Jewish kepi, so for me the whole thing largely functioned as a really effectively eerie mood piece. Obviously it's quite visually striking, with some outstanding art and animation work. I really liked how the film uses extremely wide shots and minimalist, often almost completely still animation to underline its atmosphere of downcast loneliness. Those kinds of scenes also make the rare moments of fluid action that much more intense and eye-popping. The giant shadow fish and the droves of ghostly-looking fishermen failing to catch it is an incredible, standout scene.

Still, it does kind of drag and repeat itself quite a bit, and I wonder if maybe it wouldn't be better served as a short instead of a feature. Then again that languid pace kind of seems to be the point, so who knows.

Also, between the vast, gloomy and barren world riddled with ancient ruins and restless spirits, the bond forged between the only two inhabitants of that sparse world, the sacrificial porcelain-skinned waif, and the constant sight of capes blowing in the wind, this movie reminded me an awful lot of the games of Fumito Ueda (never a bad thing). I wouldn't be surprised to learn that it was an influence on the visual style of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.

In other news, I'm still far too verklempt over Boyhood to say anything coherent about it right now, but everything @TheMaster said about it is spot-on. It just absolutely floored me. Easily the best film of the year so far and unlikely to be topped. You guys seriously have to go see it, this is some generation-defining shit we're talking about here.

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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 16th, 2014 @ 10:59 AM Reply

At 7/15/14 08:33 PM, SithCorduroy wrote: Robert Orci producing Power Rangers movie.

Alright, but for the love of fuck, don't let him near the script.

lol

Dude, it's Power Rangers.

At 7/15/14 11:41 PM, Dr-Worm wrote: and would go on to make the Ocean's Eleven movies (among lots of other things).

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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 16th, 2014 @ 12:47 PM Reply

At 7/16/14 10:59 AM, Sense-Offender wrote:
At 7/15/14 08:33 PM, SithCorduroy wrote: Robert Orci producing Power Rangers movie.

Alright, but for the love of fuck, don't let him near the script.
lol

Dude, it's Power Rangers.

No excuse.

Seriously, every movie I hate has been written by him and that other guy.

The Transformers movies, the new Star Trek movies, The Amazing Spiderman movies.....

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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 16th, 2014 @ 07:40 PM Reply

Watched X-Men: Days of Future Past.

It's a pretty good super hero action flick. Solid performances by the all star cast, especially by James McAvoy, and the action sequences were definitely entertaining. The only thing I didn't like much was the time travelling concept. It's something that has been done often already and I don't think this film did anything too interesting with it.


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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 17th, 2014 @ 10:08 PM Reply

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdUysoK6tdQ

So, the cashing in on the success of the Conjuring begins.

This isn't even TheCojuring 2, it's a spinoff. Conjuring 2 is coming though.

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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 17th, 2014 @ 10:12 PM Reply

At 7/17/14 10:08 PM, SithCorduroy wrote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdUysoK6tdQ

So, the cashing in on the success of the Conjuring begins.

This isn't even TheCojuring 2, it's a spinoff. Conjuring 2 is coming though.

Annabelle is from the visionary director of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Yeah, this probably won't be as good as The Conjuring.

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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 18th, 2014 @ 05:57 PM Reply

At 7/17/14 10:08 PM, SithCorduroy wrote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdUysoK6tdQ

So, the cashing in on the success of the Conjuring begins.

This isn't even TheCojuring 2, it's a spinoff. Conjuring 2 is coming though.

God damn. The Conjuring was alright, but why does everything need to be made into a franchise. Conjuring got dull before it even ended without trying to drag it out for sequels.

Also in the trailer she's excited to see the doll. Fuck off, there's no way anyone could ever look at that doll and not think it's the creepiest shit they've ever seen in their life. Suspension of disbelief out the window within the first seconds of a trailer, good job scriptwriter. At least make it look normal to begin with.


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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 18th, 2014 @ 06:35 PM Reply

By chance does anyone know the details of the Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch movie rights thing? I know that those two can appear in Avengers movies and X-Men movies due to "complicated" ownership issues but how exactly did it get that way? What loophole is keeping one side or the other from having complete control of the characters?

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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 18th, 2014 @ 08:01 PM Reply

At 7/18/14 06:35 PM, Cherubas wrote: By chance does anyone know the details of the Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch movie rights thing? I know that those two can appear in Avengers movies and X-Men movies due to "complicated" ownership issues but how exactly did it get that way? What loophole is keeping one side or the other from having complete control of the characters?

Marvel can use the characters and their names, because they are so closely tied into the Avengers, but they can't use the term "mutant", or any other X-Men characters.

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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 18th, 2014 @ 08:09 PM Reply

At 7/18/14 05:57 PM, Jackho wrote:
At 7/17/14 10:08 PM, SithCorduroy wrote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdUysoK6tdQ

So, the cashing in on the success of the Conjuring begins.

This isn't even TheCojuring 2, it's a spinoff. Conjuring 2 is coming though.
God damn. The Conjuring was alright, but why does everything need to be made into a franchise. Conjuring got dull before it even ended without trying to drag it out for sequels.

Yeah, the Conjuring got stupid at the end.

The way they say lines like "If we take her out, the witch will kill her.", completely stoned face serious. It's just so silly.

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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 18th, 2014 @ 08:29 PM Reply

I finally got to watching Pacific Rim.

The giant robots vs Godzilla aliens fights were pretty entertaining, but outside from that it's just a terrible film really. The characters are so stereotypical, the dialogues so full of clichés and the plot is so uninteresting and stupid (the "science team" is two guys, seriously?).

It's too bad, because I was hoping for a sort of live-action Neon Genesis Evangelion. If they had gone somewhere in that direction with this it would have been a waaay more interesting film probably. Even if that had failed, I would have at least applauded the attempt.


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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 19th, 2014 @ 01:58 AM Reply

I saw the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre for the first time. Not only that, I saw a newly restored version of it in a theatre. I really enjoyed it. My father saw it in a theatre back in the '70s and it's the scariest film he has ever seen. I didn't find it scary, but it's thrilling, not to mention weird. There's either little or no character development, but I'm OK with that. The acting's pretty good. Since I saw the film for the first time, I can't compare its restoration to before, but it definitely looks nice. It doesn't look like a Hollywood film from this decade and that's perfectly fine. This film's a classic for the horror genre and if you haven't seen it, I recommend it, as long as you're not squeamish.


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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 19th, 2014 @ 06:55 AM Reply

Boyhood was perhaps the most poignant cinematic experience of my life. As a millennial, a lot of it hit close to home, and yet interestingly the parts that didn't were almost even more interesting as they allowed me to reflect on my differences to the archetypal Gen Y experience. It also made me profoundly sad at points, as a film about the inevitable progression of time, though it's depicted optimistically. Probably my favourite Richard Linklater film, though I suppose time will tell.

Seriously can not recommend this one enough.

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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 19th, 2014 @ 08:18 AM Reply

At 7/19/14 01:58 AM, EclecticEnnui wrote: I saw the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre for the first time. Not only that, I saw a newly restored version of it in a theatre. I really enjoyed it.

That's actually my favorite movie.

I would love to see that on the big screen.

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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 19th, 2014 @ 02:44 PM Reply

At 7/16/14 12:47 PM, SithCorduroy wrote:
At 7/16/14 10:59 AM, Sense-Offender wrote:
At 7/15/14 08:33 PM, SithCorduroy wrote: Robert Orci producing Power Rangers movie.

Alright, but for the love of fuck, don't let him near the script.
lol

Dude, it's Power Rangers.

No excuse.

Seriously, every movie I hate has been written by him and that other guy.

The Transformers movies, the new Star Trek movies, The Amazing Spiderman movies.....

those scripts are like somebody took a really big shit and then put the contents of the shit into a blender along with 30 aborted fetuses, ground them up, placed them on a scanner, printed out several scans of the goopy fluids and solids, and then wrote some terrible screenplays that suck.


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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 20th, 2014 @ 07:53 AM Reply

For a while now I've had my eye on Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection. 14 of his films on blu-ray usually for around £60 but it was always a bit pricey for me. Had a look at it again to see if it was any cheaper, nope. Although I did notice that there was a more recent set containing 16 of his films each stored in their own tin and in a nice display case. Obviously it's even more expensive. Or is it? Was reading reviews on it out of curiosity and came across a recent forum post pointing to Zavvi, who're currently selling it for £62.99 and if you apply a first purchase discount code you can get it for £56.69 which works out at about £3.50 per film. Seemed like a pretty good deal considering it cost me less than the 14 film set I've been eyeing for a while and this 16 film set is a numbered collectors set in considerably nicer packaging. Decided to jump on that offer.

I've never actually seen a Hitchcock film but I've been wanting to give them a shot for some time now and this seemed like a decent way to do it. They seem quite different to my usual sort of film, which is what made them appealing in the first place. I have watched trailers on Youtube for several of the films, just to get a feel for them, and they do seem like the kind of thins I might enjoy. Just a little unsure because I seem to hear mixed things about his films. Some people seem to really, really love them whilst others find them pretty average. Thought I'd take a gamble though.

Anyway, just thought I'd share that incase any of you film buffs are interested. Seems like a nice set for the price Zavvi are currently selling it at:

http://www.zavvi.com/blu-ray/hitchcock-the-ultimate-filmmaker-collection/10851514.html

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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 20th, 2014 @ 08:32 AM Reply

At 7/20/14 07:53 AM, Dean wrote: For a while now I've had my eye on Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection.

I've got the old version of this set.

Was pretty pissed when the new one followed so soon after. Mine has the same discs, bar To Catch a Thief and North By Northwest which are only in the new version, but none of the physical extras, and cost just as much.

Transfers are excellent, and the films are great. I'd definitely go for it at that price.

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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 20th, 2014 @ 09:39 PM Reply

http://confusedmatthew.com/2001%3A-A-Space-Odyssey.php

So, I just revisited that little gem.

Still the worst movie review I've ever seen.

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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 20th, 2014 @ 09:44 PM Reply

At 7/20/14 09:39 PM, SithCorduroy wrote: http://confusedmatthew.com/2001%3A-A-Space-Odyssey.php

So, I just revisited that little gem.

Still the worst movie review I've ever seen.

Terrible internet videos are an art. Confused Matthew is a pro.

paulisthebest3uk is the greatest auteur of our time, though.


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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 20th, 2014 @ 10:05 PM Reply

At 7/20/14 09:44 PM, TheMaster wrote:
At 7/20/14 09:39 PM, SithCorduroy wrote: http://confusedmatthew.com/2001%3A-A-Space-Odyssey.php

So, I just revisited that little gem.

Still the worst movie review I've ever seen.
Terrible internet videos are an art. Confused Matthew is a pro.

paulisthebest3uk is the greatest auteur of our time, though.

Some used to say that the printing press would devalue the content of books, because then any moron could have regular access to them.

The interwebz has done the same for film criticism.

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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 21st, 2014 @ 09:23 AM Reply

Last week I saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and enjoyed it immensely.

It's well written, and has the most realistic cgi characters I've seen in film so far.

I also loved that the movie doesn't pander. The whole first twenty minutes or so is just the apes talking to each other in sign language with subtitles. Hollywood typically doesn't give that kind of credit to the summer movie crowd.

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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 21st, 2014 @ 05:18 PM Reply

if you like film reviews, check out redlettermedia. mike stoklasa and jay bauman are fucking hysterical with their comedic timing and their wit.

redlettermedia.com

oh, and i saw the lego movie. it was like a hug. the movie was like a warm hug. one that makes you smile and feel accepted. great movie. i highly recommend it to anyone who isn't a bitter stick in the mud.


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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 21st, 2014 @ 06:46 PM Reply

At 7/18/14 08:29 PM, Auz wrote: I finally got to watching Pacific Rim.

I enjoyed it for what it was but it's not something I'll go back to. I felt it even failed as a dumb robot movie. It's fuzzy now but one point I remember pissing me off was that we're told how cool Crimson Typhoon and Cherno Alpha are through dialogue, how many badass fights they've been through etc, then they both immediately die when the action starts.

Should have had more robots with more varied action in place of the terrible characters. As it was it just had one robot fighting in rainy weather where you can't see shit backed by the most homogeneous cast of any american action movie. It really was terrible, but at the same time it didn't really let me down either.

At 7/21/14 09:23 AM, SithCorduroy wrote: Last week I saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and enjoyed it immensely.

It's well written, and has the most realistic cgi characters I've seen in film so far.

I also loved that the movie doesn't pander. The whole first twenty minutes or so is just the apes talking to each other in sign language with subtitles. Hollywood typically doesn't give that kind of credit to the summer movie crowd.

I saw this last week too. I hadn't seen any Planet of the Apes films before (other than I think the Tim Burton one which I don't really remember) so I didn't really know what to expect but I liked it. The conflict and build up were always very believable, and yeah the apes looked incredible. Only real problem is that none of the human characters were particularly likable, despite the film's apparent effort to not pick sides or antagonize either group.

I felt the subtitles (mainly at the start) were dumb as hell and unnecessary though. If they were worried about the audience's understanding they should have just made the sign language more obvious instead of having random slight movements translate to multiple sentences. I feel like the subtitles would surely be removed or at least severely toned down in a director's cut. The apes are talking by the time the story gets in any way complicated.

At 7/20/14 07:53 AM, Dean wrote: Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection

That looks beautiful. If only I had €80 to spare for it.


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Response to Cinema Club Jul. 21st, 2014 @ 08:20 PM Reply

At 7/21/14 05:18 PM, horsenwelles wrote: if you like film reviews, check out redlettermedia.

Yeah, they're the best thing going. Production values are so much better than most online reviews. Having some basic understanding of film making goes a long way in making your opinions look informed, too. More than can be said for most of the people who do this sort of thing on Youtube or at places like That Guy With The Glasses.

I'd highly recommend Rob Ager's stuff as well. He's got it spread across multiple Youtube channels for some reason. In depth analysis rather than the comedy/entertainment stuff RedLetterMedia do, and some of it feels like he's really stretching, but it's all very interesting. Looking at films in a new way is always worth doing, even if you don't end up agreeing with his conclusions.
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