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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-09 09:42:03 Reply

I'm seeing Guardians of the galaxy tonight, I hope it's good.

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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-09 15:23:44 Reply

Really enjoyed Robocop. I didn't realise it was such a brutal film. Right from the start there's guys getting shot to pieces and seeing that guy emerge from the toxic waste was pretty cool. Looked at the ratings of the other Robocop films on Letterboxd and I think I'll pass on them.

Watched The Fifth Element this afternoon while my internet connection was being a bit shit. Pretty good film, better than I thought it would be. I think I might have seen bits of it before because I recognised some scenes. Wasn't such a fan of the scenes with that DJ guy though. Thought they were pretty irritating actually.

Undecided on whether I'll watch Psycho or Terminator later tonight. Also really want to watch Once Upon a Time in America but a 4 hour film is going to require some dedication. Already seen most, if not all, of it before but wanted to re-watch it.


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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-09 17:57:00 Reply

At 8/9/14 03:23 PM, Dean wrote: Really enjoyed Robocop. I didn't realise it was such a brutal film. Right from the start there's guys getting shot to pieces and seeing that guy emerge from the toxic waste was pretty cool. Looked at the ratings of the other Robocop films on Letterboxd and I think I'll pass on them.

I don't think Robocop 2 is as bad as people like to say. It has it's moments.

I find it to be an unpleasant movie though. There's so much stuff in it about children being terrible and them just doing horrible things.

There's even a guy who points a gun at a baby's head and threatens to shoot it!

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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-09 20:11:10 Reply

I love the shit out of Robocop. The trailers for the reboot made me groan.

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At 8/9/14 03:23 PM, Dean wrote: Really enjoyed Robocop. I didn't realise it was such a brutal film. Right from the start there's guys getting shot to pieces and seeing that guy emerge from the toxic waste was pretty cool. Looked at the ratings of the other Robocop films on Letterboxd and I think I'll pass on them.

I don't think Robocop 2 is as bad as people like to say. It has it's moments.

Robocop 3 sucked, but Robocop 2 was pretty good. And this fan theory makes it a little better, too. Give it a read.

http://www.reddit.com/r/FanTheories/comments/1qp82q/robocop_2_is_a_satire_of_hollywood_franchises/

There's even a guy who points a gun at a baby's head and threatens to shoot it!

That was one of the best parts, when Murphy ricochets the bullet.


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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-09 20:43:37 Reply

Oh yeah, I watched Looper, which was really good. And I watched the Baytown Outlaws, a pretty good comedy-ish action movie. That one seems to have been under the radar. It was kinda funny how they just about subverted the tough but hot woman trope in one particular scene.


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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-09 20:56:41 Reply

The biggest problem with Robocop 2 is how it throws out all the character development from the first film right away, and then basically retreads the same arc again without any of the subtlety.

It's solid enough action schlock, though. Not close to being an absolute essential like the first, but worth a watch. There's a few nice moments, the failed prototypes are great, and I've always liked the naming of the film, what with it actually featuring a "Robocop 2" rather than just being a numbered sequel.


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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-09 21:04:26 Reply

Haha, the test period with the prototypes is one of my favorite parts.


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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-10 09:23:46 Reply

At 8/8/14 07:30 PM, SithCorduroy wrote: Confused Matthew explains why we are all idiots for liking Guardians of the Galaxy.

CM hating a movie everyone likes? What a shock.

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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-10 16:38:46 Reply

Decided to watch Psycho and thought it was really good, much to my surprise. I half expected it to be some old slasher film that I didn't imagine myself enjoying as much as the ratings for the film suggested I should. For those who haven't seen it, the rest of my post will have spoilers.

I thought I had it all worked out about half way through. Not long after the murder I was convinced that Bates was disturbed and dressed up as his dead mother, but there were a couple things that made me doubt my theory. The silhouette in the window (seeing it while knowing it couldn't be Bates sat at the window) and then the scene where Bates carries his mother down the stairs really threw me. Wish I stuck with my gut feeling because I wasn't surprised at all when it was revealed that the mother was a corpse, although part of me was expecting her to turn around and start stabbing.

Really enjoyed it though. Would definitely recommend to anyone who hasn't seen it. One of those scenes with mother in particular actually made me jump a little. Such a good film.


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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-10 18:03:31 Reply

At 8/10/14 04:38 PM, Dean wrote:
I thought I had it all worked out about half way through. Not long after the murder I was convinced that Bates was disturbed and dressed up as his dead mother, but there were a couple things that made me doubt my theory. The silhouette in the window (seeing it while knowing it couldn't be Bates sat at the window) and then the scene where Bates carries his mother down the stairs really threw me.

You really didn't know the twist beforehand? That seems like something everyone knows even if they never saw the movie.

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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-10 19:35:07 Reply

I probably would have watched Psycho a long time ago if I didn't already know the ending and hadn't seen several parts. The suspense would be spoiled, I figure.

Also, read that Robocop 2 fan theory about it being a satire of reboots and sequels if you've seen the movie. It's a pretty cool way to look at the movie.


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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-10 22:52:24 Reply

At 8/10/14 07:35 PM, Sense-Offender wrote: I probably would have watched Psycho a long time ago if I didn't already know the ending and hadn't seen several parts. The suspense would be spoiled, I figure.

It's definitely worth watching even if you know the story.

Anybody who enjoys a well put together film should appreciate it.

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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-10 23:02:52 Reply

At 8/10/14 07:35 PM, Sense-Offender wrote: I probably would have watched Psycho a long time ago if I didn't already know the ending and hadn't seen several parts. The suspense would be spoiled, I figure.

Movies aren't about what they're about, they're about how they're about it.


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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-11 02:08:34 Reply

At 8/10/14 06:03 PM, SithCorduroy wrote: You really didn't know the twist beforehand? That seems like something everyone knows even if they never saw the movie.

Nope. The only thing I knew about Psycho before watching it was the shower scene, hence why I thought it was going to be a slasher film. Aside from that, I had no idea what the film was about.


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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-11 17:29:10 Reply

Just got done watching The Birds. I enjoyed watching it but it's one of those films that ends leaving me feeling very unsatisfied. What kept me interested in the film was the hope that I'd get to find out what was causing the birds to be attacking and it was left unresolved. I guess the benefit to that is that it leaves me thinking about the film even when it's over, but I would really have liked an explanation or some kind of closure.

About half way through the film I was starting to think that the mother or the school teacher / ex-lover was going to be some kind of evil person who's hate fuelled the birds. Certainly kept me hooked but it's hard for me to rate something highly when it leaves me wanting answers.


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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-11 19:29:18 Reply

Robin Williams is dead, supposedly by suicide after struggling with depression

http://time.com/3101990/robin-williams-dead-63/

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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-11 21:22:49 Reply

Just got back from watching Guardians of the Galaxy. Here is my in-depth review:

lots of exposition
orange and blue
flat characters
unintentionally funny slo-mo
orange and blue
throwaway "search for object" plot
stale '80s references
orange and blue
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orange and blue

2.5/10


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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-11 21:37:37 Reply

RIP, Robin Williams.

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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-12 20:46:13 Reply

At 8/11/14 05:29 PM, Dean wrote: Certainly kept me hooked but it's hard for me to rate something highly when it leaves me wanting answers.

That's almost the entire reason I watch movies, man. Answers are boring.


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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-13 01:21:57 Reply

If you think the ending of the Birds us unsatisfying, your head might explode if you watch Birds 2: Land's End.

Yeah, they made a sequel decades later. Bet ya didn't know that.

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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-13 07:38:22 Reply

I watched the Protector 2. I had been looking forward to this movie for more than 2 years and was very let down. It's loaded with stupid CG (really really badly done CG, too) and it was apparently made for 3D and has a bunch of dumb shots that are supposed to show that off. It seems Pinkaew forgot why the Protector and Ong Bak were awesome. Most of the action is not good.

This movie sucks, though it did have a few rare good moments. But yeah, it still sucks. I'm kinda concerned about Tony Jaa's career after this and Ong Bak 3 (though I actually thought Ong Bak 2 was sweet). I hope Chocolate 2 isn't this bad.


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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-13 09:52:09 Reply

Guardians Of The Galaxy was so awesome!!!

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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-13 14:56:42 Reply

Saw guardians of the galaxy. It was okay. Nothing really memorable, way too much exposition, alien design consisted of just painting humans different colours, all of the action was incredibly bland. I thought it would be different since it's not a super hero movie but it still blends in with the rest if the marvel stuff and ends up feeling like I've already seen it.

On the other hand the characters were likable and each felt like an important addition to the team, like they really needed eachother rather than the Avengers' "Iron Man + friends" formula where everyone's there for the hell of it and could easily be written out.

Overall I'd give it a meh out of five, not too bad but enough to make me wish the internet would shut the fuck up for a minute.


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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-13 17:01:00 Reply

At 8/11/14 09:37 PM, EclecticEnnui wrote: RIP, Robin Williams.

It's absolutely unbelievable to me that he passed away. He was such an embodiment of passion for cinema. He was a model to look up to, and many many other actors and actresses and other people working in the world of cinema, that he was a great man.

He's been such an inspiring figure, and he brought us some of the greatest moments in cinema, both in comedy and drama. He was a genius and delivered his roles with truthful passion. I'm very sad that he's gone, especially the way he went...

O Captain! My Captain! RIP

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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-13 23:24:00 Reply

just saw boyhood

i don't even know how anyone can manage to hate it. it's a near-perfect depiction of american family life for the last decade and the more i reflect on it, the more spooked i am by how relatable the characters and what they went through to the shared adolescence of myself, my relatives and my friends


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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-14 13:12:01 Reply

At 8/13/14 09:52 AM, wolfe wrote: Guardians Of The Galaxy was so awesome!!!

I was really surprised by how good it was. I would give it at least a four out of five.


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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-14 14:19:41 Reply

Watched Aguirre: The Wrath of God for the first time. I'll probably get shat on for this but I'd love to see it (faithfully) remade.

It's good and all, but it's dated, and the editing and post production were fairly ass and the camera was all janky at the best of times. I found it started lacking focus around the latter half. Sort of fell into a routine of having someone say something weird, followed by shots of nothing for a while until the next line. Most characters were just kind of there with no motivation or purpose, just waiting for the inevitable, which made it hard to root for them and killed any tension that was built up in the early scenes.

I get that filming this thing must have been an absolute nightmare to begin with but this stuff brought the film down a good few notches for me.


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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-16 17:02:26 Reply

Going to catch a few of the movies that Robin Williams had been in on Netflix,Hopefully they've got Mrs. Doubtfire on stream.

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Response to Cinema Club 2014-08-16 17:21:49 Reply

Watched The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet.

Not bad, but it did not really appeal to me either. The acting isn't that good and many plot elements in the film were left underdeveloped in my opinion. I think the dramatic climax of the film would have been a lot more intense if they had shown more of the tensions and issues between the members of Spivet's family. The film never really dives into these tensions all that much and instead, we get to see long scenes of Spivet's train ride in which really not much is happening at all.

I will say that the cinematography is great though. There are some really nice shots of trains passing by U.S. landscapes. Unfortunately, that's about the only positive thing I can say about this film.


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