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Response to Cinema Club 2016-02-05 12:37:48 Reply

At 2/5/16 12:15 PM, wolfe wrote: Going to see Deadpool on Wednesday.

I'm hoping to also see it at some point. My friends said they were down to go.


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Response to Cinema Club 2016-02-05 14:57:38 Reply

At 2/5/16 02:48 PM, Centaurora wrote:
At 2/5/16 12:37 PM, Sense-Offender wrote:
At 2/5/16 12:15 PM, wolfe wrote: Going to see Deadpool on Wednesday.
I'm hoping to also see it at some point. My friends said they were down to go.
I wasn't planning on seeing it but mu friend asked me to see it with him.

In my case, I brought it up because I want to see R rated action movies sell more theater tickets. What I'd really like to see when it comes out, though, is John Wick 2. I never go to the movies by myself so it's only if anyone else wants to see it. I don't go nearly as much anymore. We used to go even if we didn't really know what we wanted to see.


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Response to Cinema Club 2016-02-08 13:43:15 Reply

I went to see The Assassin.

It was both the prettiest and the dullest film I have seen in a long time. Gorgeous imagery, but a bare bones story dragged out to the point of absurdity and populated entirely by boring po-faced characters who exist only to stand around looking grim and serious or to dump exposition about 8th century Chinese politics.

Super disappointed, was excited for it.

Want to get out to see Spotlight some time this week. Maybe tomorrow. Might sneak in a viewing of Creed too if I can find the time.


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Response to Cinema Club 2016-02-10 14:39:35 Reply

At 2/8/16 01:43 PM, TheMaster wrote: I went to see The Assassin.

It was both the prettiest and the dullest film I have seen in a long time. Gorgeous imagery, but a bare bones story dragged out to the point of absurdity and populated entirely by boring po-faced characters who exist only to stand around looking grim and serious or to dump exposition about 8th century Chinese politics.

Super disappointed, was excited for it.

yeah, i've been told that it isn't the friendliest introduction to hou hsiao-hsien, who i also wasn't familiar with until seeing this

been watching a lot of slow cinema lately (tsai ming-liang and antonioni in particular) and sometimes i have the same reaction but the assassin left me in a kind of trance both during and long after i had seen it. i wish i could fully explain what i mean by that other than a post-viewing kind of power many of the scenes left on me, despite having no historical context for the story itself. the scene that still sticks with me is the one that takes place entirely with the curtain covering the frame as the military governor explains his relationship to his would-be killer to his wife and after 6-7 minutes, we cut to shu qi eavesdropping on them the whole time. there's a kind of delicate grace to the whole experience that i often don't get from period pieces that still retain that kind of formalism and commitment to a realistic pace


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Response to Cinema Club 2016-02-11 18:26:25 Reply

Watched The Martian.

Generally a good sci-fi film I think. Could've used a bit more drama though. It was hard to believe Mark Watney would stay so optimistic and confident the whole time without ever breaking. Also, I felt like the film was a little heavy on clichés in some parts, especially with the characters. On the other hand, I liked how the Chinese were not portrayed as the bad guys for once.


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Response to Cinema Club 2016-02-12 15:19:09 Reply

Deadpool lived up to the hype. For me anyway.

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Response to Cinema Club 2016-02-15 17:11:30 Reply

Watched a few movies lately. I watched Kung Fu Killer (Donnie Yen's latest), the Interview, Machine Gun Preacher and the Brothers Bloom. The Brothers Bloom was enjoyable and made me laugh a few times. Kung Fu Killer had some pretty good fights. The Interview wasn't nearly as funny as Pineapple Express or really even as funny as This is the End, but still not too bad. Machine Gun Preacher, I smell bullshit.

I've had a few movies sitting for a while that I haven't gotten around to such as Waking Life, Pierrot le Fou, Alphaville, Gone Girl, the Place Beyond the Pines and some others. Dunno when I'll feel like it. Also rewatched Inherent Vice, which I think grew on me more, though I did already like it just fine. And I was showing the Brave Little Toaster to my niece when I babysat this weekend and shit, that's a heavier movie for a child than I recalled. I remembered to skip the clown nightmare and I skipped the part with the flower just in case (she's more likely to be upset by sad stuff than get scared), but forgot the guy murdering the blender. Luckily she was distracted during that part. But that "worthless" song with the cars at the dump, jeez.


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Response to Cinema Club 2016-02-16 09:19:53 Reply

Me and some friends were bored and decided to marathon the Sharknado trilogy.

I have no idea at what point the creators stopped taking their idea seriously. Like whether it was at the end of film 3 when they ended with sharks in space or whether they never took it seriously to begin with. The first film at least seemed like an honest attempt at a slasher/horror flick, but it failed horribly due to a $100 budget for the special effects.

The second film was actually the best one to me. It was the most "so bad it's funny"-film of the three. We were joking about Judd Hirsch looking like a budget Robert de Niro, but now I see he's actually an Oscar nominated actor who played in some pretty big films. No idea how he ended up in this.

The third one had some pretty funny cameos. I was surprised to see G.R.R. Martin and David Hasselhoff in it. The cameos are probably the best thing about this film series anyway.

In other news, I signed up for Netflix yesterday. Their library is a bit random here though. For example they have Toy Story 2, but not Toy Story 1 or 3. They have Lord of the Rings and Twilight 1 but not Harry Potter. I suppose if you're specifically looking for something they're unlikely to have it, but if you're bored you can probably find something good to watch. I'll see if it's worth it or not.


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Response to Cinema Club 2016-02-21 08:57:51 Reply

Black Phillip told me to tell you guys to go see The Witch.

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Response to Cinema Club 2016-02-21 15:30:12 Reply

I went to see Deadpool on Thursday night. Honestly didn't think much of it. There were some good moments but I just didn't find it all that interesting. I'm not familiar with Deadpool as a character at all really, but just based on looks, I was expecting him to be up against a much more interesting enemy than what he got.

Also saw Agent 47 the other day which was nothing amazing either but it did have a few entertaining action scenes. Have to admit, I got a little giddy when I saw the Blood Money reference with the duck floating in the bathtub. I remember that image being on the cover of an Official PlayStation 2 magazine I bought way back then.

Just remember that I also saw Barbarella recently. There's a bit of a trend here, but it wasn't anything special. It was definitely worth watching just for the strangeness of it all and it was entertaining in a weird way. It's one of those so bad it's actually quite good type of films.


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Response to Cinema Club 2016-02-22 00:50:25 Reply

At 2/21/16 08:57 AM, Dr-Worm wrote: Black Phillip told me to tell you guys to go see The Witch.

that was a lot better than i was expecting it to be

does anyone know if it was shot in natural light though? we spent the whole time squinting at the projection because it was too dark


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Response to Cinema Club 2016-02-22 01:37:19 Reply

Hail, Caesar! is a lot of fun.


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Response to Cinema Club 2016-02-22 09:22:08 Reply

I have been so hyped for the The Witch for months. Still a couple of weeks away over here, though.

Saw Spotlight and Bone Tomahawk last weekend. Both good, Spotlight was a solid, by the numbers drama, if a little televisual. Bone Tomahawk was not what I was expecting from a cowboys vs cavemen film. Really strong characters and great atmosphere. Loses it's way a little in the middle when it gets into the standard western gubbins with Mexican bandits and stolen horses, but great other than that.


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Response to Cinema Club 2016-02-23 15:37:27 Reply

At 2/22/16 12:50 AM, Natick wrote: does anyone know if it was shot in natural light though? we spent the whole time squinting at the projection because it was too dark

Everything except for night exteriors, apparently.

It's a dark movie in general, but if it really looked too dark that could also be because a lot of multiplexes nowadays are so careless and lazy that they don't bother to remove the special 3-D lenses on digital projectors for 2-D screenings, which can make the image appear significantly darker.


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Response to Cinema Club 2016-02-23 16:35:02 Reply

Local cinema has started their Oscar season.

Only one I'm tempted by is Inside Out because I absolutely adored it when I finally got around to watching it at home.

Is Trumbo worth a look? Seemed very flat from the trailer.


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Response to Cinema Club 2016-02-26 23:29:01 Reply

Saw The Witch tonight. I completely respect the film for being a faithful telling of traditional puritan folktales, but I think I respect the concept more than the execution. It provides this essential link from the past to modern American horror so it gives you this really neat perspective on horror without being smarmy and full of how clever it is like Cabin in the Woods. That being said it was all build up (which was done well) without a good enough payoff and a conclusion that bordered on silly.


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Response to Cinema Club 2016-02-28 12:10:10 (edited 2016-02-28 12:14:33) Reply

don't tell anyone but I maybe watched some moviefilms shhh

Don't remember if I mentioned The Big Short on here but it was good enough, not spectacular. I might agree with the MOST IMPORTANT FILM EVER MUST WATCH OMG comments in that it explains a fairly opaque subject very clearly and needed to be made, but I definitely wouldn't go piling awards onto it either with how smug and patronizing it is to actually watch.

Room is real good, much better than I was expecting with such a young actor in the lead role but he nails it. It did feel unintentionally exploitative though, which dampens it a good bit. They never actually acknowledge that it's based on a true story.

Steve Jobs was great. The Fass Master fasses and the Sorkin sorks, but I don't know how enjoyable or easy to follow it would be to someone who has no knowledge of Jobs or Apple. There's a lot of "technical" stuff that's just mentioned and not explained, like the main focus is the relationship between Steve and Lisa, but they never actually say what the Apple LISA was or why it's significant. I can see a good bit of the script going over the heads of Johnny Average Moviegoer Man & co even though it's very much made for them moreso than Apple / general computer enthusiasts. As someone who knows a decent amount about Jobs and vintage computers (enough to know each computer as it was mentioned) but hasn't read the biography this was adapted from, I can genuinely say I enjoyed it from start to finish. Can't say yet if it's as good as The Social Network but it definitely could be.

Carol didn't click with me at all, sorry fambos. It's well made in every respect and Rooney Mara is excellent, I just didn't like either character (particularly Carol herself) and didn't care what happened to them. I'll watch it again some time but I don't think this one is for me. Reminded me somewhat of In The Mood For Love which I'm not overly fond of either.

also been looking forward to The Witch for a while now, but this review and its comments have put me off seeing it in the cinema. How was everyone else's experience on that end?

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Response to Cinema Club 2016-02-28 13:03:28 Reply

At 2/12/16 03:19 PM, wolfe wrote: Deadpool lived up to the hype. For me anyway.

I will be seeing it soon. I have heard good things about it.


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Response to Cinema Club 2016-02-28 14:23:58 Reply

At 2/28/16 01:03 PM, DoctorStrongbad wrote:
At 2/12/16 03:19 PM, wolfe wrote: Deadpool lived up to the hype. For me anyway.
I will be seeing it soon. I have heard good things about it.

Still not seen it? I'm going for a third time on Tuesday :) You won't be disappointed.

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Response to Cinema Club 2016-02-28 16:19:02 Reply

Deadpool is awesome. I saw it yesterday.


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Response to Cinema Club 2016-02-28 18:22:30 Reply

So it's oscar night. Here's my current blend of hopes and expectations. Asterisks denote cases where I'll kill myself or someone else if it doesn't turn out to be correct. World of Tomorrow has two asterisks. Weeoo weeoo all aboard the don train

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Response to Cinema Club 2016-02-29 13:21:39 Reply

At 2/28/16 02:23 PM, wolfe wrote: Still not seen it? I'm going for a third time on Tuesday :) You won't be disappointed.

I am seeing it Wednesday. Nothing beats movie theater popcorn and a great film.


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At 2/29/16 01:21 PM, DoctorStrongbad wrote:
At 2/28/16 02:23 PM, wolfe wrote: Still not seen it? I'm going for a third time on Tuesday :) You won't be disappointed.
I am seeing it Wednesday. Nothing beats movie theater popcorn and a great film.

I don't like popcorn :(

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At 3/1/16 09:25 AM, wolfe wrote: I don't like popcorn :(

What is your movie snack of choice?


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Response to Cinema Club 2016-03-01 10:55:01 Reply

This club is filled with intellectual movie-lovers and then you have wolfe and DoctorStrongbad talking about movie snacks.
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At 3/1/16 10:50 AM, DoctorStrongbad wrote:
At 3/1/16 09:25 AM, wolfe wrote: I don't like popcorn :(
What is your movie snack of choice?

I like chocolate.

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At 3/1/16 03:20 PM, Centaurora wrote:
At 3/1/16 09:25 AM, wolfe wrote:
I don't like popcorn :(
I just don't eat it because it distracts me from the movie.

You're supposed to mindlessly reach down without looking and shove handfuls into your mouth.

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At 2/28/16 12:10 PM, Jackho wrote: Don't remember if I mentioned The Big Short on here but it was good enough, not spectacular. I might agree with the MOST IMPORTANT FILM EVER MUST WATCH OMG comments in that it explains a fairly opaque subject very clearly and needed to be made, but I definitely wouldn't go piling awards onto it either with how smug and patronizing it is to actually watch.

I mean I still felt like an idiot at the end, but yeah those are probably the simplest explanations possible.

To me the movie really seemed to be of a piece with Chi-Raq. They're both messy, sprawling, wildly inconsistent, scathingly angry broadsides against our biggest, most intractable hot-button political issues. The key difference is that Spike Lee knows how to compose a dynamic and provocative image, while Adam McKay's visual talents mostly just extend to keeping Will Ferrell in focus while he does a funny. I think McKay bit off a bit more than he could chew here.

I liked the "what" of The Big Short a whole lot (the fade-in of a single word during the closing "where are they now" titles may have terrified me more than anything in The Witch), but the "how" really started to grate on me by the end. And Steve Carell, who is usually a pretty good actor, is just awful in this.

Carol didn't click with me at all, sorry fambos. It's well made in every respect and Rooney Mara is excellent, I just didn't like either character (particularly Carol herself) and didn't care what happened to them. I'll watch it again some time but I don't think this one is for me. Reminded me somewhat of In The Mood For Love which I'm not overly fond of either.

I've seen some other responses like this to Carol, and I guess if I squint really hard and I can kind of see what people mean when they accuse the movie of being "cold."

But hating on In the Mood for Love is beyond me. It might be the most beautiful movie ever made.

also been looking forward to The Witch for a while now, but this review and its comments have put me off seeing it in the cinema. How was everyone else's experience on that end?

Yeah I read that review when it was posted and I did have a somewhat similar audience experience, but I think he may be mischaracterizing the phenomenon a bit, as well as massively overstating how much it'll effect your enjoyment of the movie.

I can only speak for my own screening, but I did not get the sense that people were deliberately heckling the movie or even that most of them outright disliked it. I think that the movie was very much advertised as a conventional horror film, so a good chunk of the audience approached it as one. And conventional horror films are supposed to provide spikes of visceral, physical response, so if the movie's not bringing it the audience can either sit and stew awkwardly or they can get their money's worth (~$15 a pop where I live, nothing to sneeze at) and provide the response themselves (kind of like how comedies are always funnier in the theater; it becomes funny because the audience desperately wants it to be funny).

I also think that because so much of our popular modern media is based around metatextuality and self-awareness and irony, the movie's completely unblinking effort to sincerely embody the values and beliefs of its period really threw people and made them very uncomfortable. And of course the modern response to anything we find uncomfortable is to hold it at arm's length and laugh at it.

I still found those people's behavior rude and annoying and distracting and dispiriting, and I certainly don't condone it, but I do sort of see where they're coming from.

Also it ought to go without saying that anyone who earnestly snarls derisive shit about "the masses" and "the general populace" is unequivocally a huge unself-aware jackass who has no idea what he's talking about.

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Ouch, lol. But hey, 1 out of 13 ain't too bad, just ask Marco Rubio!

I'm extremely happy that Ennio Morricone finally got a real Oscar, very happy that The Revenant lost the big prize, pretty happy that Ex Machina pulled out a surprise win for Visual Effects, pretty unhappy that Deakins got snubbed yet again, very unhappy that Alejandro fucking Inarritu now has more Best Director Oscars than the entire gender of women, and of course extremely unhappy that "World of Tomorrow" lost, and not even to the Pixar movie. At least then I could have chalked it up to typical Academy biases, now I'm just angrily baffled.

Mad Max sweeping the technical categories was predictably awesome, Carol getting completely snubbed was predictably disappointing.

At 3/1/16 10:50 AM, DoctorStrongbad wrote: What is your movie snack of choice?

Peanut M&Ms 4evr.

At 3/1/16 10:55 AM, Amaranthus wrote: This club is filled with intellectual movie-lovers and then you have wolfe and DoctorStrongbad talking about movie snacks.
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People who eat in the cinema will be some of the first up against the wall when I establish my regime.


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