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Offline DrIdiot

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #150 on: February 28, 2010, 09:28:07 PM »
Which instance of the Bach Concerto did you take issue with?  I actually played that concerto for a competition once.  I really do like it.

I don't think Waltz for Bashir was mainly a film whose main theme was memory, though it was a major one.  I think it has a lot to do with war as well.  The specific type of memory loss that's prevalent in the film is fairly unique to war.  I'm actually glad it didn't get too political; I can always read about the incident if I want to form a political opinion.  What the film gave was much more personal and to some degree, philosophical.  If the viewer is interested in the facts, he can always go look it up.  I don't want a movie that tries to sell me a point of view.

Edit: Also, check out Persepolis, which is another animated film.  It's an autobiographical film about an Iranian girl.

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #151 on: February 28, 2010, 11:21:51 PM »
They played Bach's Concerto No. 5 in F minor, which was a Harpsichord concerto, but the film uses a much better piano version.

Well it's about war, clearly, but Waltz with Bashir is a very personal film that explores, but does not elaborate, on the delicate human psyche in the context of violent conflict. In that the film does not resolve anything, other than the fact that the massacre happened and our protagonist Ari Folman is able to recall it (and in turn come to terms with it), is beautiful and is accurate to the continuous instability of human experience, where there are always questions in the answers to questions. What I was missing is the bigger picture, and I don't mean exposition or an encyclopedic montage. We see Folman interview a number of people, which simultaneously are interviews of himself, giving mostly personal retellings--with some objectivity stemming from the psychologist Zahava Solomon and the journalist Ron Ben-Yishai to open the discussion to larger realms than the human mind (Ariel Sharon's involvement, etc). But it wasn't enough. I didn't see Folman's family. I didn't see Folman after the war; I saw Folman looking back at the war. I didn't see the true range of impact the war had on the lives of these once-young gentlemen. There was a good hint with Carmi Cna'an, one of the more intriguing characters. We don't see the continuous instability physicalized, shaping the present and future, of these people. We not only live it all in their minds, we live it in their mind's past. Folman is the most interesting, of course. We can certainly conclude that "he is troubled, and he was troubled by his experience, and now he has come to accept it"--but then what? What was really at stake if Folman couldn't find those memories?

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #152 on: March 04, 2010, 10:46:35 AM »
Nosferatu: Another horror classic, although I did have a bit of fun with it by making up random dialogue with my siblings. It's not really scary today, but it's surprisingly intense because the mood is often so bizarre, and because the actual vampire is such a feral, inhuman creature, and not a charmer with inhuman desires like pretty much every depiction of Dracula after Bela Lugosi. (8/10)

Drag Me to Hell: I enjoyed this more than I thought I would -- it's basically Sam Raimi having a lot of fun. It didn't really scare me at all; however, it's well made, and very funny in a dark way (there is a bit with a cat that had me laughing quite hard). The story is of course hokey, and the ending is predictable, but the movie's a lot of fun and made with great energy. Modern horror should be more like this and less like stupid torture porn Saw-type movies. (8/10)

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #153 on: March 04, 2010, 05:26:13 PM »
watched Sky Crawlers I can only praise the production values the animation, the art and sound effects are top notch. I didnt see much point in the story, I manage to understand that the klidren are expendable respawnable combat pilots. I didnt quiet get the meaning of this setting is the war of corporations a way to prevent mass scale war between nations? or its just a twisted game to please the masses  ??? besides that I didnt much had a conection with the charaters of the plot they are a bit dry for the lack of a better word. the soundtrack was really nice but the plot was sometimes slow and with a few holes from time to time. the biggest uh? for me was near the end when kannami says "I kill my father" Is teacher his father or did I miss a critical plot piece u.u

in the end the production is high and generaly well made and breath taking, the plot was well not at the level of the other parts of the productions to me I give it a 6/10

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #154 on: March 04, 2010, 11:06:58 PM »

Drag Me to Hell: I enjoyed this more than I thought I would -- it's basically Sam Raimi having a lot of fun. It didn't really scare me at all; however, it's well made, and very funny in a dark way (there is a bit with a cat that had me laughing quite hard). The story is of course hokey, and the ending is predictable, but the movie's a lot of fun and made with great energy. Modern horror should be more like this and less like stupid torture porn Saw-type movies. (8/10)

I jumped once or twice in theaters, especially during the first scene with the demon coming to her house, but I agree it was a really fun movie.


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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #155 on: March 06, 2010, 09:01:20 PM »
Hotel Rwanda

It's the so-called African Schindler's List. I like this movie particularly because unlike many Hollywood movies, Hotel Rwanda doesn't go over the top with its depiction. It may seem as being "watered down" by some viewers, but I see this as being raw and undistracting. It's also stays focused with its topic: it's not about the genocide, it's about how a hotel manager deals with it from his perspective (by the way, great performance by Don Cheadle too). I'd give this an 8.7 out of 10.

Schindler's List next up in my list.

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The Shawshank Redemption

Life in prison doesn't mean the end of the road.

This may just be one of the taglines one can think of for this brilliant movie. I think this is one of Morgan Freeman's best performance of all time, and perhaps one of the best movies I've ever seen. This movie isn't about injustice and corruption; it's about prison socioeconomics, how easy it is for a man's life to turn 360, seizing opportunites, friendship and like the title, redemption. If there is just one thing I want to highlight, it's the great narration by Red throughout the movie. Shawshank isn't a story, it's a journey.

This timeless movie should have won the Oscar for Best Picture, instead of Forrest Gump which is plainly overrated. This movie is a 9.4/10 for me.
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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #156 on: March 12, 2010, 05:22:04 AM »
Shawshank is a very quirky and brilliant film.  I think history probably looks back and has kinda deemed Shawshank to be a better film than Forrest Gump (which, granted, was a pretty unique movie when it first came out).

Title: Shrink

Kevin Spacey is a psychiatrist (bet you didn't see that coming from the movie's title) in Hollywood who, along with dealing with his clients' rather superficial issues, has his own problems, such as a marijuana addiction and depression after being unable to cope with his wife's death a year ago.  Spacey is really good in this movie (he's rarely anything but), but the characters he's surrounded by are all just awful (with the exception of the disadvantage inner city high school girl whose case Spacey's character takes on pro bono) and everyone's problems just magically disappear at the end of the movie with a rather asinine solution.  If this was supposed to be really dark comedy, I wasn't laughing (I have trouble laughing at/with characters I don't like), but as a drama, it's cheapened by the way the script falls apart at the end, and the rather toothless jabs at Hollywood culture.  It has its moments, but it's hardly memorable.

The Rating: 5

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #157 on: March 12, 2010, 06:53:51 AM »
What's amazing about Shawshank, is that it's a fictional movie but it's believable enough to be an actual account of someone. It's surreal, and hardly has any suspension of disbelief.

Come to think of it, no wonder its premises seem familiar to The Green Mile (which I saw first): Stephen King.

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #158 on: March 12, 2010, 09:52:48 AM »
Oh yeah, the Shawshank Redemption is probably one of my favorites, and it has perhaps the most satisfying endings in movie history. It's like watching the end of The Usual Suspects (another great movie), except it leaves you feeling warm inside as opposed to shock and fear.

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #159 on: March 12, 2010, 01:21:49 PM »
Shawshank is the kind of film that you'd use as a standard when you say a line like "there are no wasted moments whatsoever."

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #160 on: March 12, 2010, 03:02:51 PM »
Up in the Air

You know, it was not the solid story, the exceptional acting or the snappy directing that truly made the film for me; it was all those scenes where people responded to the euphemized versions of the words "you're fired."  It was actually somewhat unsettling to see it being said over and over again, these many moments of upheaval played well into  George Clooney's character and his alienation from "normal" life.  I walked out of the theater feeling and thinking a bit different, andl only the best movies make me do that.

9/10 

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #161 on: March 12, 2010, 04:29:21 PM »
Oh yeah, the Shawshank Redemption is probably one of my favorites, and it has perhaps the most satisfying endings in movie history. It's like watching the end of The Usual Suspects (another great movie), except it leaves you feeling warm inside as opposed to shock and fear.

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #162 on: March 12, 2010, 08:52:29 PM »
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage: First movie directed by Dario Argento (who is better known for his horror movies, such as Suspiria). It's a solid thriller for the most part, even though there are some elements that stretch credibility. (Namely that the police would ever let an amateur -- especially one who was actually under suspicion for the crime -- conduct an investigation right under their noses.) The movie's made with enough energy to overcome that, and the violence and whatnot is stylized without being gory and obsessed with the violence itself, which is my biggest issue with movies that pushed the envelope beyond Hitchcock, Argento, etc. haha. (8/10)

9: Eh, it's starts out interesting, and then it slowly becomes as generic as possible until its generic as hell ending. At least it looks nice. (7/10)

Kara no Kyoukai 3: I actually dug this more than the first two, mainly because the story is more straightforward while still advancing the main plot. Best part of the movie is the contrast between Shiki and Fujino. Casting Mamiko Noto as a killer moe girl doesn't hurt either. (8/10)

Kara no Kyoukai 4: Mostly kind of boring, but kind of a necessary step for the story, too, so I can't hate on it too much. It's well executed for what it is, I guess. (7/10)

Kara no Kyoukai 5: By far the best movie in the series -- this is a legitimately good movie, period. Boldly directed, good villain (Jouji Nakata <3), ties together many of the story's loose ends in an interesting way and is pretty damn exciting throughout. Touko is also fan****ingtastic in this movie. Damn. (9/10)

Kara no Kyoukai 6: And of course the best movie in the series is immediately followed by the worst. What a boring piece of shit. (5/10)

Kara no Kyoukai 7: A solid end to the series, although the ending is a bit too sappy, I think. Great fight scenes, though, and the main villain is suitably twisted. (8/10)

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #163 on: March 20, 2010, 09:02:53 AM »
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

No matter how extraordinary the circumstances are, life always come to full circle in the end. The whole movie itself is an irony; Benjamin doesn't only age in reverse, he also experiences life itself in reverse. Rather than learning about starting life, as an aging child, he first learns about death. In his first few years of his life, rather than learning how to play as leisure, he learns how to survive on the battlefield. In general, what he's supposed to learn only during the later half of his life, he does so in the first half. More importantly, he learns about life itself a lot more than any person of his actual age should.

It's amazing to see how he and Daisy's lives changes as a couple. Everything changes, for better or worse, when Daisy lost her dancing career. Both Pitt and Blanchett put some great performances - I'm still reserved on whether this is Pitt's best performance ever - and on its own merit, Button is a great movie. The best scene is right at the end: the absolutely ironic scene where Daisy holds the infant Benjamin in her arms.

Now, the big controversy here: Is Button a work of deft plagiarism from Forrest Gump? I don't think so, honestly. They both have striking resemblances, but the overall dynamics of the movie changes because of Benjamin's unique circumstances. Forrest Gump is all about the irregular quirkiness of life, but Button is about how linear life can be. There are some question over its originality, but it's nevertheless a great movie. It's an 8.8/10 for me.

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Re: What films have you seen recently?
« Reply #164 on: March 20, 2010, 10:08:52 PM »
I was disappointed that they didn't actually show all eleven (or whatever) times the guy was struck by lightning.
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