Man I've watched nothing lately. Here's everything I've seen since 12 monkeys
Memories of Murder - korean police procedural set in the 1980s about the only serial killer ever recorded in the country, and the vastly unprepared and under-equipped group of detectives attempting to solve it. It's also really, really fucking good. Particularly if you like Fincher's Zodiac, I think this film does many of the same ideas better and in less time. The ending keeps popping back into my head since I watched it. New favourite for sure.
Zootopia - I need to stop setting my expectations for these animated films so high. It was perfectly okay but very disappointing. The first third or so was excellent, with so much visual creativity and some clever writing that plays with the concept, then it quickly devolves into formulaic movie making and hits every predictable note you expect it to. The whole racial message that gets praised so often was also extremely convoluted, I wouldn't know what the hell to make of the message they're trying to push if everyone else hasn't already crowed about how effective it apparently is at tackling racism. It was really beautiful to look at though, and I don't just say that out of obligation for every one of these films, the character designs are great as always but the city here looks absolutely fantastic by disney/pixar standards and is so densely packed with detail. I'd probably have liked it more if it was just ambient shots of the city, or one static picture of dat pavement. I gave it a 3/5 on letterboxd, still a damn stretch better than the likes of Inside Out and Frozen and a step in the right direction, but nothing special and not half as good as it could be. I really hate how massively over-praised every animated film is if it's just not totally garbage for an adult audience, it's like a barrier of low expectation that just holds this medium back.
Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal, The Movie - 50 minute parody on netflix, not too great as it's basically just a sketch dragged out about five times longer than it should be, but there's a couple decent laughs. I actually had no idea Johnny Depp was the one portraying Trump until I looked it up afterward, that's some pretty genuinely great makeup work although all the VHS degradation effects probably helped a lot.
oh actually I did get watching Stranger Things as well (@oolaph @themaster), loved it, but the second half is significantly weaker than the first, one episode veers toward being flat out bad and the CG as well as the whole aesthetic of the upside-down was fairly garbage. Was still pretty hype when everyone came together in the last couple episodes and it's something I'm definitely going to rewatch several times in the future and probably buy the soundtrack for. If it were a film and not a series I'd already probably have rewatched it a bunch of times. Not looking forward to season 2 but it might turn out to be a nice surprise. I thought the writing was excellent and I haven't been so creatively inspired by something in a long while.
At 8/23/16 12:28 PM, Auz wrote:
BBC Culture posted the 21st century's 100 greatest films (according to film critics at least).
weeoo weeoo list alert get the anger out
It's an okay list, I mean as far as these lists can be it's not terrible, and I haven't seen enough of these to judge too harshly. Of the top ten, Boyhood is the only one I dislike, while Eternal Sunshine the only one I really love (though There Will Be Blood is excellent too).
Some of my own top favourites of the time period would be Synecdoche, New York listed at #20, Under The Skin at #61, Her at #84, Drive at... actually Drive isn't listed at all, what the fuck man. That's pretty egregious imo, when fucking Inside Out can make it in, or Brooklyn. Brooklyn is perfectly inoffensive and passable and doesn't deserve a spot on any list of greatness. Memories of Murder should be there too but I never expect many foreign films represented in these things, actually surprised to see Oldboy on there and so high up. I guess the remake must have drawn some attention to it.
Anyway best not to dedicate too much thought to this stuff, and particularly not to the totally arbitrary order they're given. I respect the vast majority of the list and of what I've seen there's very very few I didn't like, so it's good enough I suppose.
I'm especially surprised by Amelie ranking that low. I always thought it was widely lauded by both critics and the public.
Even if it's a hundred movies over 16 years you better damn expect every film on it to have been widely lauded, m8.