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Old 04-03-2011, 07:09 PM   #136
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Shaun of the Dead

I'm not all that keen to British humor or zombie flicks -- mainly because I tend to avoid horror movies -- but I didn't like this film one bit.
This is the part where I disagree with you accompanied by the maximum amount of judgmental glaring.

But then, I like zombie movies and British humor, so Shaun Of The Dead is something I'd naturally like.

RECENT MOVIE: The Last Boy Scout: Gods, I still love this movie. Relentlessly vulgar, great buddy-cop dynamic between the leads, Shane Black dialogue; they don't make action movies like this anymore.
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:46 AM   #137
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127 hours

Finally I could enjoy this movie last night. I found it good enough to recommend it to anybody. Maybe it didn't deserve any Oscar award at all, but the story is absolutely epic, and those beautiful landscapes sights brought me nice memories of a travel I did some years ago through Utah National Parks. Obviously I didn't have there such a dramatic experience like the main character did, though.

I thought that the lack of other characters through the movie could be a mess, but actually I didn't miss them at all, as James Franco did a pretty good job doing his role.

It deserve a chance, if you haven't seen it yet, give it a try.
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:36 AM   #138
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Paul Blart: Mall Cop
It has some odd moments but overall i liked the comedy version of Die Hard, i could laugh sometimes and that's all it wanted to give its viewers.

21
The first half was ok but i didn't like the latter "i'm also a clever movie with a twist" half.

The movie was no Trainspotting, no Good will Hunting, no The Rules of Attraction, got no visible point to me. No fun, no drama, no society criticism. Why has it even been filmed?
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Old 04-13-2011, 04:55 AM   #139
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Die Welle (remake of The Wave)
Important movie definitely. Taking the same route Nazi-Germany did is easy, but forming a sort of brain washed fanaticized unity in just one week with a bored heterogeneous high school class? Really?
Actually what did they really do? Wear white shirts and have this wave salute and some sprayed graffitis all over a city? The rest was water polo egoism, lack of assertiveness in theater, a couple and their problem with going or not going to Barcelona and a cliched outsider psychopath.
It lacked some plausibility like in The Experiment where the upcoming "insanity" was explained.
Afair the original was better, had less cool MTV-style in it.

La vie et rien d'autre
Slightly unfocused narrative which seems o be unsure what it wants to do, gets lost in some details while interesting feel out of place sometimes. It follows two woman searching for their lost husband resp. fiancé, 1920 in France and an officer who is in charge to give nameless dead persons their identity back.

Die Brücke (2008 / remake of The Bridge 1959)
terrible characters, terrible love story
almost funny if it wasn't teenagers which are thrown into a loosing war

Outpost (2008)
A Nazi-zombie movie which was sort of enjoyable.
The single "surviver" alone is great to get frightened.

Seven Pounds
A powerful guilt and atonement tragedy.
I don't know if it glorifies suicide. I can't see glory no matter how many lives he saves if he has to die to gain "success".
Suicide is always sad and i think it portrayed the lack of other possibilities (in his view) quite realistic.
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Old 04-13-2011, 06:33 AM   #140
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A powerful guilt and atonement tragedy.
I don't know if it glorifies suicide. I can't see glory no matter how many lives he saves if he has to die to gain "success".
Suicide is always sad and i think it portrayed the lack of other possibilities (in his view) quite realistic.
Agreed, and I think he is also returning to his wife in the film. It's a beautiful movie, though. I liked the color scheme changes. Blue/Gold. Death/Life.
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Old 04-18-2011, 03:08 AM   #141
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V for Vendetta
I like it a lot, stories about autocracy, terrorism and rebellion are always interesting, but it treats the topic simplified and naive.

Indian Runner
Sean Penn, great actor and in this case a great director.
Interesting story about two brothers, one became a happily married police officer the other one was always the one which got in trouble and after coming back from vietnam seem to have gotten even worse.

Grabben i graven bredvid
The characters start very likeable, but i don't get what he likes about her after all, most of the time when they are not arguing they seem to have sex (good foundation for marrying? huh?) and the happy end Hollywood drama was unnecessary as in so many other movies.
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Old 04-23-2011, 05:29 PM   #142
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Alien Anthology [Blu ray]

Picked up the UK version for a song on Amazon UK, comes in a nice sturdy plastic box, containing 6 discs. 4 films + alternate cuts, a bonus disc with interviews regarding the making of each film (script, effects, design, costumes, etc) and another disc with sketches and scripts and other assorted design materials.

Picture-wise, I felt Aliens gets the biggest upgrade, only because I remember so many fuzzy and blurry copies of it floating around on VHS and DVD. It never featured a strong color or contrast palette, so it's nice to see crisp detail for a change- and the miniatures are quite excellently detailed in that film.

Alien looks terrific, btw, and I mean- its a Ridley Scott film, even looking bad it still looks better than most films out there. The contrasts in it are still amazing.

GRIPE: Alien:director's cut. RIDLEY, PLEASE. ***spoiler alert*** sortof****Completely unnecessary addition of extra footage that lengthens some scenes to no particular effect (including in the dinner scene, throwing off the whole timing of the seizure sequence), adding in the discovery of the cocooned Captain Dallas scene, which slows down and kills the tension of the last 15 minutes, and most grievous: multiple omissions of Ash's off-reactions to various things. To me that's one of the great things in that film is Iam Holm's subtle and uncomfortable facial ticks that denote somethings wrong with him. It's a shame to take them out! Another scene shows you the Alien hanging upside down in the landing gear before the famous reveal when it drops down behind Harry Dean Stanton ('Here, kitty, kitty) - again, a scene breaking add-in
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Anyway- Alien Dir Cut, bad.
Aliens Dir Cut, GOOD.
Alien3: extended version
... eh. Its just a messy work cut that contained pieces of scenes that never got completed.
Alien Resurrection: extended version, crap. (funny: Jean-Pierre Jeunet prefaces the edition by saying 'I do not understand, you already saw the directors cut of my film, its the one I put out!) lol

High def-wise, Alien3 and Resurrection are a mixed bag. Some really nice resolutions and detail, and sometimes not so much. Still the best theyve ever looked, though.

Special features, documentaries are all in standard def- but wonderful and interesting. Basically they took every making-of feature from the 1999 and 2003 re-releases of these films and put them all together in one package.

Why cant they do that with every bluray release?

Overall: highly recommended.



****Soapbox: Listen, directors, you guys direct and editors, you guys edit, ok? There's a reason the jobs are separate. There are rare instances where there is a big important difference between a directors version and whats released (most notably in Aliens, which is a much more deliberate & serious film with the removed footage put back in- or years later in Cameron's The Abyss.. theatrical cut: awful. Directors cut: brilliant humanist anti-war film) but this new business of re-releasing a film again and badgering a director to make changes for marketing reasons- its obnoxious.

And another thing:

Putting footage in to 'complete' a scene better that had a stilted tone, in a horror movie? Why? If you're trying to build tension, stilted endings to scenes are a great tool- the force the audience to fill in the gaps with their imagination, and that serves a scary story better than any effect or trick or expository dialogue, or weak secondary footage put back in. (good example: John Carpenter's The Thing- there are MANY scenes in that film that simply end before an asked question is answered, or before something happens that would denote the scene was ending, and every time it happens, you get more un-nerved about what's going on behind the scenes. It always works in horror films, horror films do not need the narrative balance that other stories need. The less, the better!)

ok, rant over.
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:12 AM   #143
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Sucker Punch
Visually stunning, but the first layer of fantasy was a little clumsy. Though i have to admit that it actually makes some sort of sense when it's considered as the fantasy version of people in psychiatric therapy and their caretakers.

Ratatouille
Perfect animation movie.

There will be blood
Great beginning, interesting characters, annoying music, but i missed the point of this religion, oil and greed mess.
Pretty similar to No country for old men, where i also missed the purpose of the movie.

Quantum of Solace
Casino Royale was imo the first good Bond movie ever but it already had this confusing story that seem to made no sense at least not without seeing one, two or three sequels. Still it was "Bond Begins".
Action was fine, but that's it. John Woo was delighted but the connection from one scene to the next was always too fast.

Wanted (2008)
Great looser fantasy movie.

The Water Horse
Nice for kids, i guess. But not every movie can be as good as Pan's Labyrinth though this also uses the background of WW.

Twin Peaks
Great coincidence. I recently bought Deadly Premonition. So now i will watch TP before i play the game.
The pilot was awesome.

Short Time
A always correct but super cautious police officer only some days before retirement falsely is diagnosed to have a lethal disease. So now he tries to die in duty because only then his family would get the insurance money.
The main character was hilarious.

The remains of the day
A masterpiece. Schindlers List is a rather simple movie compared to this- not saying that it's bad- and while Spielbergs work won oscars this movie afaik never aired in prime time on the mainstream channels. Weird.
It's about politics, honor, dignity, loyalty, credulity, looking the other way, social statuses and beside that it's a love story.

Death Proof
Jackie Brown was superb, but this homage to crap was crap.

Dark Knight
Too stuffed with story. This Two Face and this Joker would have deserved separate movies or at least an hour more runtime.

King Kong 1976
Great effect for its age. First appearance of Bridges Dude character. Sort of.
Not really bad.

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Old 05-03-2011, 06:27 AM   #144
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Limitless - what if you had a pill that would just make you better? Good movie with interesting premise. Even though the whole "we use only 20% of our brains" tagline has been disproven already. But we're not going in the movies for science.

The Lincoln Lawyer - I am surprised. The first movie with Matthew McConaughey that I didn't feel I wasted my time afterwards. Actually a pretty good movie with a couple of good laughs and an interesting story. Some of the twists are phoned in however.

Das Leben der Anderen (the Lifes of Others) - finally came around to see that movie and was quite good. Even though I'm not sure how authentic the depiction of East Germany in the movie actually is.
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Too stuffed with story. This Two Face and this Joker would have deserved separate movies or at least an hour more runtime.
watch it a few more times.
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Old 05-03-2011, 05:21 PM   #146
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watch it a few more times.
It gets everytime worse.
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Dent has potential, but becomes flawed, he's not the symbol that Batman is...
Yeah, Batman decides to hide Dent's fall, takes the responsibility for his murders. His symbol can be dark, working outside the law, while Dents correct law symbol must remain intact.
He should be the symbol Batman can't be although he actually is not. Imo the moment were both screw up.

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Batman doesn't care about the law
Only partially. He has moments were he looses it but he is actually doing his Batman job only because law is not strong enough. He wants Dent, the law, to substitute him and lies to the people to make them continue their we-don't-bomb-the-inmate-ship course.

Still it's too rushed. Not ultra fast forward like Quantum but too fast and so Rachel and Dent fall short.
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Old 05-07-2011, 11:26 AM   #147
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Conviction: Decent movie. Didn't realize it was ever released in theaters, yet alone already out on DVD. Of course, I feel this way about almost all movies anymore.
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Old 05-07-2011, 02:07 PM   #148
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My life in ruins
Very very cliched but nevertheless tolerably enjoyable feel good movie.

Life of Brian
Some laughs for sure and the end scene is one of those moments that stand out but the rest of the movie is compared to todays sketch standards often disappointing.
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Some laughs for sure and the end scene is one of those moments that stand out but the rest of the movie is compared to todays sketch standards often disappointing.
What is todays sketch standard then? If you expected The Hangover I'm afraid you were on the wrong ship. The Life of Brian is a wonderful example of British humor. If you don't find that funny stay away from British comedy in general I'd say.
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