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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 17th, 2011 @ 11:00 AM Reply

I watched the Machinist last night for the first time in several years. I had forgotten most of it, including how it ended. I remember really liking it, and I can now definitely say it's a very good movie. I thought it was about a guy suffering from fatal familial insomnia, but after seeing the end, I guess it's just about a guy who is so crushed by guilt that it drives him mad and brings him horrible sickness. It doesn't seem possible that guilt alone can do what it did to him, but either way, every moment of the movie is engaging and fascinating.

Also, I watched the Masters of Horror episode, Fair Haired Child. It was alright. So far, it's the best episode I've seen, which isn't saying much. I watched another episode a couple of nights before that, which was pretty lame. I don't know the name of it, but it was about a girl who wakes up after a New Year's Eve party, hungover, having blacked out, and finding that her apartment building is full of zombies. It sounds cool, but...nah.


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 17th, 2011 @ 11:06 AM Reply

I just came back from the theater where I saw All Stars 2: Old Stars.

A Dutch comedy film about an amateur football team. First film came out in 1997 and then followed a three seasons TV series. The idea is basically that they're all older now, gained a few pounds and have pretty much passed their peak in life already. When one decides to get married in Spain they decide to take a road trip to Barcelona in the form of a 'trainingscamp'.

Along the way they obviously face some hardships and learn that each one of them is dealing with some personal problems. One of them has cancer, the other is having problems with his wife and family, then one feels that hasn't made the most out of his life and career etc.

But in the end they find that they can always count on their friends to support them in hard times. So what this film basically is is an ode to friendship.

Now I do think the film sagged a little towards the ending, but I got a few good laughs out of it. It's pretty entertaining, though it's nothing too impressive on an international level.

At 10/15/11 09:53 PM, Luke wrote: I just applied at the theater nearby tonight, hopefully I get that job...

A few weeks ago I applied for a job at the cinema too, but I wasn't too impressed with what they had to offer (minimum wage, bad working hours). Decided not to go to some workshop they told me to go to.


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 17th, 2011 @ 01:38 PM Reply

I just watched Fear(s) of the Dark, and it was very interesting. I liked most of it, but I didn't understand the last short, or the interludes with the female narrator (who I thought sounded a bit like Isabella Rosellini). Regarding those narrations, I think it might be a cultural thing. Maybe if you're from France, it makes more sense. I don't know for sure. Anyway, it was good, overall. I was saying to myself as I watched it, "if I were just tuning in on cable, I would say 'oh, it's some French movie' ". I've watched several French movies, and I've come to the conclusion that nobody does movies like these people, for better or worse. They just have something different within them, and they have something in their movies that is distinctly unique from movies of other cultures. I can't really place it, but it is there. And it's not the fact that their language is unmistakable and instantly recognizable.

At 10/16/11 09:58 AM, Jack wrote: So I watched Scream 4 last night.

I just realized that your sig is totally a reference to something Ricky Gervais said about Carl Pilkington.


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 17th, 2011 @ 01:43 PM Reply

Oh, and I just got a copy of the Land of Far Away. I haven't seen this movie since I was of an age that was one digit. I'm gonna have such a hard nostalgia trip, especially considering that I'm most likely gonna smoke some trees before I watch it. gleeeeeeee!


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 18th, 2011 @ 04:43 AM Reply

At 10/16/11 09:58 AM, Jack wrote: So I watched Scream 4 last night.
I just realized that your sig is totally a reference to something Ricky Gervais said about Carl Pilkington.

You would be correct sir!

I watched Night of the Creeps on blu-ray the other night. Heard quite a lot about it because it has a huge cult following.

Anyway, I thought it was really fantastic. It deserves that following, totally. People should check it out if they like zombies and space aliens.

Next, on blu-ray, The Monster Squad!


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 18th, 2011 @ 09:45 PM Reply

At 10/18/11 04:43 AM, Jack wrote:
At 10/16/11 09:58 AM, Jack wrote: So I watched Scream 4 last night.
I just realized that your sig is totally a reference to something Ricky Gervais said about Carl Pilkington.
You would be correct sir!

I watched Night of the Creeps on blu-ray the other night. Heard quite a lot about it because it has a huge cult following.

Anyway, I thought it was really fantastic. It deserves that following, totally. People should check it out if they like zombies and space aliens.

Next, on blu-ray, The Monster Squad!

Blu-Ray appears to make films like zombie movies great, I really enjoyed blue-ray for slasher films sadly I don't actually own blue-ray otherwise I'd be buying DVD's 24/7. Night of the creeps sounds interesting I've been meaning to watch it sometime.


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 19th, 2011 @ 05:17 AM Reply

At 10/13/11 04:00 AM, chiefindomer wrote:
At 10/13/11 03:04 AM, Travis wrote: 127 Hours - James Franco is a great actor and I love him in everything. The epitome of a likeable guy. This I want to see...
This really was a good film and a pretty solid performance from Franco. The only complaint I've heard people say was that the movie was boring because it wasn't graphic enough

Since you're probably talking about gore, that's bullshit.

1) This isn't a film with loads of violence.
2) Those things don't automatically provide quality to a film.
3) This film's based on a true story.
4) The arm cutting scene, to me, is graphic enough and realistic.

and they wanted him to panic more or appear to be in more pain.

His arm was probably numb from being squished, so he couldn't feel it. As for showing him panicking, I think he did a reasonable amount. If he did some more, I still probably would've bought it.

At 10/17/11 01:38 PM, Sense-Offender wrote: I just watched Fear(s) of the Dark, and it was very interesting.

Cool. I don't remember recommending the film to anyone, but if I did, that's kinda neat how it was actually followed through.

I liked most of it, but I didn't understand the last short,

I don't think it's too difficult to follow. Some things are probably open ended, like if there's a relationship to the man and the murderous woman. When he falls asleep on the couch, he has a dream and after she uses the knife, he wakes up in shock and then he's relieved.

or the interludes with the female narrator (who I thought sounded a bit like Isabella Rosellini).

She talks about her fears. During the end credits, it's revealed she's talking to a man, though there's nothing about him that's explained. Maybe he's a therapist.


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 19th, 2011 @ 11:52 AM Reply

Went in to town to see Tyrannosaur today, at a cinema I must have walked passed a dozen times without noticing.

Paddy Considine's debut feature film, it's an expanded version of his short film "Dog Altogether" which was released in 2007, but which I'd never heard of. Features the same cast and basic plot, although obviously greatly expanded since Dog Altogether is only 16 minutes long.

It's a hard film to talk about without spoiling, but basically, it's about a violent, self destructive man played by Peter Mullan who meets a deeply religious charity shop worker played by Peep Show's Olivia Colman, and how their friendship develops as it becomes apparent that despite appearances Colman's problems are much worse than Mullan's.

Colman's performance is incredible, especially for an actress known mostly for comedy, and Mullan is equally strong. What little supporting cast there is does the job, but this film is really about these two individuals, and as such even secondary characters important to the plot have little screen time.

Some of it is tough to watch, but it's hard to go into specifics about it without spoiling it. It's a great film, just go see it for yourselves.

Picked up Death Proof, Planet Terror and a box set of all the Planet of the Apes films while in town too, so I'll be giving them a watch over the next few days.


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 19th, 2011 @ 04:35 PM Reply

I just watched Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

It was on my watchlist for a long time. Great film in my opinion. I like how Kubrick gave such a comical twist to what is actually a very serious political thriller. I did get a good laugh out of many scenes. For instance the telephone calls the president made to the prime minister of Russia were quite hilarious and so were all the caricature-like characters.

I'm not sure whether the film would've been better if Kubrick went for a serious adaption. I think it's actually a better film this way, but it's hard to say. Anyway, this is definitely one of my favourite Kubrick films. I think this is a classic that everybody ought to see.


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 20th, 2011 @ 12:39 PM Reply

I need to get my ass in gear and start making my way through some of this backlog.
From top to bottom:

Sherlock Holmes
Robin Hood
Tigerland
The Illusionist
Duplicity
The Constant Gardener
The Beach
Traffic
Total Recall
Natural Born Killers
Waking Life
John Q
Brokeback Mountain
A Mighty Heart
Artificial Intelligence
Enemy Of The State
The Boat That Rocked
Apocalypse Now
Sideways
The Core
Quadrophenia
Armageddon
Braveheart
Body Of Lies
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Deer Hunter
Alexander
Defiance
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
There Will Be Blood
Girl, Interrupted
Stealth
Apocalypto
Misery
1408
Borstal Boy
The Fifth Element
The Lives Of Others
Independence Day
Rain Man
Saving Private Ryan
The Great Escape
The Aviator
Happy Go Lucky
Deep Impact
Scarface
Groundhog Day

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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 20th, 2011 @ 04:12 PM Reply

I just came back from the theaters where I saw The Ides of March, directed by and with George Clooney.

Pretty good film about the dirty politics behind the scenes in the presidential election campaign. I think it is quite well acted, but I do find some actors slightly unbelievable in their roles. Most notably Evan Rachel Wood as a 20 year old intern. She didn't look, act or talk like one so the scenes with her came over a bit silly in my opinion. Not saying she acted poorly, but the role might not have been fit for her.

Anyway, I think this is a film that is worth a watch. Good story and overall a good film.

At 10/20/11 11:49 AM, Natick wrote:
At 10/19/11 04:35 PM, Auz wrote: I just watched Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

It was on my watchlist for a long time. Great film in my opinion. I like how Kubrick gave such a comical twist to what is actually a very serious political thriller. I did get a good laugh out of many scenes. For instance the telephone calls the president made to the prime minister of Russia were quite hilarious and so were all the caricature-like characters.

I'm not sure whether the film would've been better if Kubrick went for a serious adaption. I think it's actually a better film this way, but it's hard to say. Anyway, this is definitely one of my favourite Kubrick films. I think this is a classic that everybody ought to see.
The film is so great that it was one of the rare occaisions where Kubrick barely yelled "Cut!" but just watched as all the great ensemble played every scene damn near perfection.

Now impressing Kubrick. That's a feat to behold.

Yeah I read that quite some things in the film were made up on the spot and Kubrick decided to leave them in because it was so funny. Like the trip of the general in the war room was actually an accident.


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 20th, 2011 @ 05:08 PM Reply

At 10/17/11 11:06 AM, Auz wrote:
At 10/15/11 09:53 PM, Luke wrote: I just applied at the theater nearby tonight, hopefully I get that job...
A few weeks ago I applied for a job at the cinema too, but I wasn't too impressed with what they had to offer (minimum wage, bad working hours). Decided not to go to some workshop they told me to go to.

I have an interview tomorrow night at 7:45PM - Strange time for an interview but I'm guessing it might end up being a hired-on-the-spot kind of deal. Then they'll train me tomorrow night and I'll work Saturday? Dunno... Minimum wage though yeah, which sucks... My last job I was making 12.86 /hr, this is 9.50 /hr... Definitely nowhere near as good... But a job is a job at this point.

I'll see what the hours are like here, I'm hoping I can alternate between working full time shifts and part time shifts if it's even possible.


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 21st, 2011 @ 03:48 PM Reply

Anyone else seen the film Hanna?

I thought it was pretty good. Nicely directed (including one great tracking shot that ends in a hand-to-hand fight), although, I thought the script was quite weak in places.

Very, very minor spoilers ahead.

What really bugged me is that Hanna is shown to be a total bad ass when it comes to combat situations. However, she spends most of the film just running away from the people chasing her - she doesn't really do all that much. Particularly when her Dad tells her at the beginning that those pursuing her won't stop unless she stops them. So why doesn't she do exactly that when she has her chance?

Also, I didn't like where the film ended. I mean, I understand it being a nice bookend to the events at the beginning of the film. However, it was just a anti-climax and it also left a bunch of questions unanswered. Actually, the whole third act felt rushed.

Plus, Hanna's combat skills seem very uneven at places. Takes down a group of soldiers in one scene and then has a bit of trouble with two skinny punk dudes the next.

Overall, I like it just fine. Although there is quite a dip in quality past the sixty minute mark.


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 22nd, 2011 @ 01:28 PM Reply

Recently I've been searching for a movie, it's based on a true story about these kids going on a field trip where they go into these supposedly haunted woods for a camping trip or something until something happens to them I didn't see any more than 15 minutes of this but it seems very interesting and I'd like to see the rest. Does anyone have a clue what I'm talking about?


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 22nd, 2011 @ 04:57 PM Reply

Does anyone else construct shrines to their favourite movies and then sacrifice livestock to them?

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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 22nd, 2011 @ 05:32 PM Reply

At 10/20/11 05:08 PM, Luke wrote:
At 10/17/11 11:06 AM, Auz wrote: A few weeks ago I applied for a job at the cinema too, but I wasn't too impressed with what they had to offer (minimum wage, bad working hours). Decided not to go to some workshop they told me to go to.
I have an interview tomorrow night at 7:45PM - Strange time for an interview but I'm guessing it might end up being a hired-on-the-spot kind of deal. Then they'll train me tomorrow night and I'll work Saturday? Dunno... Minimum wage though yeah, which sucks... My last job I was making 12.86 /hr, this is 9.50 /hr... Definitely nowhere near as good... But a job is a job at this point.

If that's dollars then it's not an awful lot, but indeed a job is a job. I'm really having trouble finding one right now so I guess I shouldn't be too picky regarding the salary =/

I'll see what the hours are like here, I'm hoping I can alternate between working full time shifts and part time shifts if it's even possible.

Well the thing with the hours is, the last film usually ends at around 00:00 here and then I'd still have to clean up and lock the place down. I doubt I'll be able to get home before 1:00 and if I have to go to a lecture the next morning...

At 10/22/11 04:57 PM, TheMaster wrote: Does anyone else construct shrines to their favourite movies and then sacrifice livestock to them?

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Can't say I do.

I can't even be arsed to give them a special place on the shelve.


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 22nd, 2011 @ 07:45 PM Reply

At 10/22/11 01:28 PM, tyler2513 wrote: Recently I've been searching for a movie, it's based on a true story about these kids going on a field trip where they go into these supposedly haunted woods for a camping trip or something until something happens to them I didn't see any more than 15 minutes of this but it seems very interesting and I'd like to see the rest. Does anyone have a clue what I'm talking about?

Hm. Unfortunately dumb kids going in to the woods is such a widely used plot in horror films that it makes it difficult to pin point anything.

Can you guess what decade it was made or something? Was it American?

At 10/22/11 04:57 PM, TheMaster wrote: Does anyone else construct shrines to their favourite movies and then sacrifice livestock to them?

oh gawd. dat collectorz edition wit der figure iz bootiful.

Wait. Did you get both collectors editions? Steel case and the t-rex model one?


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 22nd, 2011 @ 08:11 PM Reply

At 10/22/11 07:45 PM, Jack wrote: oh gawd. dat collectorz edition wit der figure iz bootiful.

Wait. Did you get both collectors editions? Steel case and the t-rex model one?

Of course. I plan to pick up the regular Blu-ray and the DVD version of the new set eventually too, along with the old black steel tin DVD one.


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 23rd, 2011 @ 05:05 AM Reply

At 10/22/11 04:57 PM, TheMaster wrote: Does anyone else construct shrines to their favourite movies and then sacrifice livestock to them?

If I didn't know any better I would say that your favorite movie is Jurassic Park.


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 23rd, 2011 @ 11:55 AM Reply

At 10/22/11 08:11 PM, TheMaster wrote:
Of course. I plan to pick up the regular Blu-ray and the DVD version of the new set eventually too, along with the old black steel tin DVD one.

Damn, they released four different packages of the same film trilogy on the same day?

I might have to get one of the blu-ray packages myself though. Jurassic Park and The Lost World were my two favourite films as a kid. Other then clips on television, I haven't them in their entirety in about a decade.

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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 24th, 2011 @ 11:29 AM Reply

I was going to see The Guard today, but I woke up a bit too late to catch the morning showing, so I went to check out Contagion instead.

The film is basically about a virus outbreak, but instead of focussing on the shit hitting the fan out on the streets, the film focusses more on the doctors who are trying to deal with the situation. As such there isn't really as much action and rioting in this film, but more talking and researching and news reports etc.

Now it's supposed to be a thriller, but I felt that the film really had a hard time staying "thrilling". There are some scenes that might put you on the edge of your seat, but in between them there were quite some scenes where I thought the film was downright getting boring. I also think that the film had too many subplots going on. Some of them weren't really that interesting or necessary. In fact, I think they could've left Matt Damon out of it altogether. I guess he was supposed to represent the family man's point of view, but the loss of his wife and child at the beginning of the film doesn't seem to strike him all that hard. If he's not there to show the drama and urgency I'm not sure what his significance really is then. (SPOILER) Furthermore, he's the only person in the film who's immune to the virus, but for some reason they're not doing anything with that (END SPOILER).

Anyway, I wouldn't say it is a bad film. Some viewers might even find it good, but I did walk out slightly disappointed with it. I don't think it was really worth the time.


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 26th, 2011 @ 01:32 PM Reply

I would like to recommend a film for the Halloween season.


Lake Mungo.

The film is about a family who seem to be haunted by the ghost of their daughter who drowned while she was out swimming at a dam. Its also done in a mockumentary style. Basically, the film is mainly made up of interviews of family and friends with added 'ghost' footage thrown in.

For me, this is a really fantastic ghost story. Mainly because I like my ghost stories subtle. Ain't no chairs or shit being thrown around in this film.

Anyway, near the end, there is the footage shot on a cell phone where there is twist in the story. And seriously, it was really quite disturbing and packed an enormous punch. Gave me the chills.

Also, for a cast of unknowns, it is REALLY well acted.

Oh and by the way. Don't go looking on youtube for clips. Major spoilers are in the thumbnail images of the videos.


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 26th, 2011 @ 03:10 PM Reply

I went to see The Guard today. An Irish, independent, fairly low-budget ($6M) film which just came out here.

Basically it's about a police officer in a small, quiet, Irish village near the coast who has to deal with a murder and a pretty big drugs deal that's about to happen in his town (for which an FBI agent comes over to warn the local officers and help to investigate).

I have to say that I really liked the main character. At first he seems like a fat, dumb, racist, Irish prick but as the film progresses you kinda see that he's actually a pretty clever, well-read and knowledgeable man. I like how the film is pretty subtle about this (it doesn't really spell this change of character image out for you) and I think that's actually pretty typical for this film and is also the strength of it.

You see, what I like the film for is its modesty and subtleness. The film doesn't try to be a big action film or anything, it doesn't overblow itself, no spectacular plot twists, heck it doesn't even try that hard to be an hilarious comedy. Most of the humour in it is actually rather subtle, but quite witty nonetheless. Basically the film is aware of what it is and tries to stand on its own feet with the resources it has (if that makes sense...).

So long story short: I liked the film. It's modest, the humour is witty and subtle and I think the main character is very likeable. I would recommend the film if you're in for a black-ish comedy that doesn't come out of Hollywood.

By the way, don't expect this film to be like Hot Fuzz. The trailer and posters might make you expect that, but The Guard really isn't like Hot Fuzz at all.


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 26th, 2011 @ 03:23 PM Reply

At 10/26/11 03:10 PM, Auz wrote: I went to see The Guard today. An Irish, independent, fairly low-budget ($6M) film which just came out here.

The Guard might be my favourite film of this year so far. That or Drive. I laughed so hard at "He probably hasn't had this much fun since they burned all those kids at Waco."


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 26th, 2011 @ 06:45 PM Reply

At 10/26/11 03:23 PM, TheMaster wrote:
At 10/26/11 03:10 PM, Auz wrote: I went to see The Guard today. An Irish, independent, fairly low-budget ($6M) film which just came out here.
The Guard might be my favourite film of this year so far. That or Drive.

I wouldn't say it's my favourite film of the year so far, but if I were to make a top 10 at the end of year (which I will most likely do) I will definitely consider putting this film up there.

I still haven't seen Drive yet by the way. Will come out next week here (FINALLY!). Thinking about going the day after the premiere in the early afternoon when it won't be so crowded at the cinema.

I laughed so hard at "He probably hasn't had this much fun since they burned all those kids at Waco."

I knew that was probably an hilarious joke, but I wasn't sure what it was referencing because I've never heard of the incident.

But yeah, the film was full of witty, little jokes like this, which is one thing I really liked about it.


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 27th, 2011 @ 01:00 AM Reply

At 10/6/11 11:56 PM, EclecticEnnui wrote:
At 9/27/11 08:00 AM, Sense-Offender wrote: I've been wanting to see this new anime called Redline, but I can't seem to find it.
I'm going to see it at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.

I wrote a review. What's interesting is while the film is strange, so was my experience going to the theatre and waiting to see it. I encountered a zombie walk outdoors, which I had never heard of until recently. While in line for the film, a topless red-haired man was being pushed in a wheelchair while wearing a merman tail. Two short films played beforehand and one of the presenting filmmakers was not only dressed as Batman, but also pretended he was Batman. None of the short films have anything to do with Batman! (They probably don't, at least.) Now, I know, I know; Halloween is coming up, but when you add Redline into the mix of those descriptions, part of that day was a barrage of mind-fuckery and awesomeness. Can you imagine if everyone had an odd experience shortly before seeing this film? Anyway, I found out it comes out on Blu-ray January 17th. I just might buy it.

I'm also going to see this Alaskan drama/thriller On the Ice at another festival known as imagineNATIVE.

I loved this film, too. It's realistic, nice to look at, and definitely tense at moments. Most of the performances are terrific. I also wasn't sure where the story was going and I especially didn't know how it would end. Afterward, I met two of the filmmakers and one of the main actors that attended. You can watch the trailer on Kickstarter.

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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 28th, 2011 @ 07:36 PM Reply

I watched an Australian movie called Undead, which was pretty amusing. It seemed almost like something Peter Jackson would have done years ago. I also watched the Beyond, which I didn't really like. I've never seen a Lucio Fulci film that I thought was anything more than mediocre, so I didn't have high hopes. It's still the weakest one of his that I've seen.


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 29th, 2011 @ 07:18 AM Reply

Watched Dead Man Walking last night by Tim Robbins. It starts Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn and is based on the true story of Sister Helen Prejean, who befriends an inmate on Death Row.

Really love the whole prison/death sentence genre and this films up there with the best of them. Both leads give great performances, which was an absolute must considering the movies mainly just those two talking with a few flashback scenes. Really dramatic and emotional throughout. Penn does a great job of getting you to feel sorry despite being almost certainly guilty and not at all remorseful.

Well worth checking out.


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 29th, 2011 @ 09:00 AM Reply

I was thinking of checking out Dead Man Walking.

Anywho, I saw the Orphanage last night, which was quite good. And I re-watched Re-Animator, which is still awesome. Why do they rip off the Psycho theme, though? Also, it looks as though Dr. West is killed at the end, yet he returns in the sequels. I never saw Bride of Re-Animator, but I saw Beyond Re-Animator (which sucked).


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Response to Cinema Club Oct. 29th, 2011 @ 05:23 PM Reply

I was going to see The Adventures of TinTin (in 3D) today, but when I got to the theater there was only one seat left at the very bottom right corner. So "fuck it" I thought and went to check out De Heineken Ontvoering instead.

It's a Dutch filming of the Heineken kidnapping in 1983. Freddy Heineken being the founder of the Heineken beer company, a word-widely known beer brand, who was kidnapped by four men and held in a construction shed for three weeks.

Heineken is played by Rudger Hauer, who was clearly the big man on the screen. His acting was superb and I think he really managed to raise this film to a higher level. For Dutch standards I think it's a pretty good film and on an international level I think it's very decent too. I just think the last half hour was kind of weak and unbelievable (the plot is partly fictional), but for the rest it was a nice watch.

I heard there were plans for an American adaption too, and they were going to ask Antony Hopkins to play Freddy Heineken. Not sure if this will be such a big success, because I highly doubt the rest of the world will really care so much about this kidnapping. Though Hopkins would probably attract some viewers.

Lastly a fun fact about the film:
One of the four kidnappers is renamed from Willem Holleeder to Rem. Reason being that Holleeder is kind of a big shot in the Dutch criminal underworld and the director didn't felt safe about mentioning the name Willem Holleeder. Coincidentally, the actor who plays Willem looks EXACTLY like the real Willem back then. I heard that in the American adaption they are going to change the name as well.


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