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Re: Films

Postby Blastoise » Fri Aug 01, 2014 4:43 pm

Guardians of the Galaxy was really really good. Perfect mix of action and humor. It doesn't go super in depth on anything but it doesn't need to. Fun movie. I'd recommend it.

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Re: Films

Postby ramseames » Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:10 pm




man this fuckin ruled
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Re: Films

Postby oldtrailmix » Tue Aug 05, 2014 3:09 pm

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i really, really liked Moonrise Kingdom. i love movies about running away and living unconventionally (Pierrot le Fou, Midnight in Paris, In Bruges) and this was pretty much the apex of that sort of film to me. the surroundings are gorgeous, the characters are grounded but interesting and likable - Edward Norton as a dedicated boyscout leader is just the best.

and lest we forget the beautifully recreated mid 60's stylings, on level with Mad Men.

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"they're not really sunday school shoes"

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this is my favorite summer movie - and maybe it was trying to be, i don't really care. definitely gonna watch this again.
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Re: Films

Postby donut_milk » Tue Aug 05, 2014 4:54 pm



Saw Boyhood over the weekend. I enjoyed it very much. It's one of those movies that you watch and can relate to almost every scene - whether it's with the main character, his sister, family, or the people he encounters throughout his life. Amazing that it was shot in a 12 year time span.
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Re: Films

Postby diniro » Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:13 pm

anyone watch Half in the Bag? They didn't like Boyhood.



I still wanna see Boyhood.

I didn't like Moonrise Kingdom. Might watch it again, cause I really really liked Grand Budapest.

Some other recent ones:

Spiderman 2: this blows.

Lego Movie: great

Thief (1981): it's cool. enjoyed reading the analyses on the internet more than watching I think.

Post Tenebras Lux: pretty weird. I liked a lot of the imagery.
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Re: Films

Postby diniro » Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:14 pm

Also, I can't see embedded youtube videos on desktop but able to see on mobile on this forum. How to fix?
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Re: Films

Postby torukun » Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:24 pm

Highly recommend watching Enemy. Very tense and taut. It's by the director who did Prisoners and Incendies. Bonus for Canadians- it's set in fake canada+Mississauga!
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Re: Films

Postby pips » Fri Aug 08, 2014 3:02 pm

Wow, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie is terrible. So awful. It's not even one of those fun yet ultimately hollow movies, it's just completely lacking in substance. Zero character development and very little world building. Relied too much on comic relief to sell a trite and boring story. Zoe Saldana's "acting" made me so angry I stopped engaging with the movie halfway through. Gamora is by far the most maddening of them all. You mean to tell me a trained and renowned assassin was defeated in combat by characters less powerful than her, allowed herself to be carted off to prison with nary a peep and cannot even finish a simple mission without the aid of less capable characters? She's so unbelievable in the most basic sense of the word. Probably the only nice things I can say about this movie is that the character designs for the villains are appealing, but even then they're boring villains. I mean, I know this is a Marvel movie, but come onnnnnn. Not even the sight of Chris Pratt's abs can save it.
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Re: Films

Postby Yoder » Fri Aug 08, 2014 3:50 pm

I actually feel really similarly to you in regard to the lack of substance, but I still liked the movie. It was not as good as people were raving it to be, but it certainly wasn't bad. Perhaps the hype just led to disappointment?
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Re: Films

Postby pips » Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:55 pm

I wasnt expecting anything at all, actually. All I knew about the movie was from the trailer and when I asked around before seeing it, people said the movie was just okay. I was genuinely surprised at how much I disliked this movie.
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Re: Films

Postby jrisk » Sat Aug 09, 2014 12:04 pm

I really liked Guardians of the Galaxy but I can see where you're coming from.

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Gamora was probably the worst character. She seemed like a generic female superhero, like a Black Widow or something. I feel like there was a pretty decent amount of character development besides that though - Star-Lord is a dick (but not 100%) and a kind of womanizer at first but doesn't he clean up a bit? He's a bit of Han Solo character - self-centered at first but eventually jumps in front of a bullet for everyone else. Han Solo gets frozen in carbonite; Peter grabs the infinity stone. Drax initially only tags along to get what he wants (revenge) and then after putting everyone in danger, he fesses up and becomes a team player. Rocket eventually gets a handle on his rage but to be fair, he seems to mostly just fill that "reluctant team member, who's only in it for the money but eventually warms up with some coaxing". Groot was funny but he was definitely didn't have any character development. I guess he's supposed to be "misunderstood" since in the comics he's revealed to be super intelligent but that doesn't really happen in the movie.

it's definitely a pretty superficial and cliche level of character development, I'll admit.
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Re: Films

Postby papabear » Wed Aug 13, 2014 4:48 pm

Anybody watch the new Yves Saint Laurent movie yet? I see that it has pretty bad ratings, but I'll probably still watch it.
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Re: Films

Postby Syeknom » Fri Aug 22, 2014 5:07 am

Saw Korine's Spring Breakers last night. Had been on the fence about seeing it for ages but I'm ever so glad I did - absolutely blew me away and can't stop thinking about it both as an experience (the film plays more like a super long and trippy music video than a conventional story) and as a thoroughly unconventional yet strong tale in its own right.

Was especially mesmerised by the use of colour and light in every shot - simply some astonishing choices. There's a scene early on where the girls are in a lecture hall with the lights off, but the students are bathed in coloured light from the slideshows on their laptops. With every new slide the ambient colour of the room changes like some surreal chillout room at a club. Towards the end there's a whole (climactic) scene shot almost entirely with neon pastel pink and neon mustard against darkness - simply incredibly well chosen.

It's a film that I can imagine most people absolutely loathing for any number of reasons (biggest among them is simply failing to connect to what the film is doing/saying) but it's absolutely up my street. Reminded me greatly of Refn's Only God Forgives in tone and style but with a much stronger narrative. Also quite comparable to a Malick film with its surrealism, non-linear cuts and disconnected voice overs.
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Re: Films

Postby wiggly--woo » Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:24 am

Spring Breakers was just too bizarre for me to ever actually process it. I remember sitting there for the whole thing just thinking "this is all very strange".

of course though, that scene by the piano with the Britney Spears song is pure gold.
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Re: Films

Postby can- » Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:27 am

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these guys are still hilarious but the film didn't really have the same thrust to it. plenty of laughs but quite let down
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Re: Films

Postby diniro » Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:33 am

Gonna try to run through these this week.

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Never seen any of them. Also looking for recommendations for visually stunning movies, preferably black and white but anything will do.
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Re: Films

Postby deadkitty » Mon Sep 01, 2014 6:14 am

all much newer stuff but check out: enter the void, under the skin, animal kingdom, and any of steve mcqueen's films. all have really amazing cinematography (especially the first two). ron fricke's stuff too
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Re: Films

Postby bels » Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:05 am

Wong Kar Wai is my fav for colour cinematography
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Re: Films

Postby can- » Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:20 pm

this is not Wong Kar Wai.

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Re: Films

Postby Iliam » Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:05 pm

just watched Three Colours: Blue by Krzysztof Kieślowski.
it feels a bit cheap to put the mystery of this film into words. the images, cinematography and editing propel the film in a kind of wordless way. its so urgent yet doesn't have much of plot; the film rushes forward even as juliet binoche's character just wants to escape it and be alone. binoche's face is so fucking absorbing/ compelling, sometimes it doesn't really matter what she is saying. at one point she is sitting in a park in paris, feeling the sunshine on her face, the score swells, an hunched old lady walks slowly past and i felt feelings like never before.
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Re: Films

Postby Ques » Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:03 pm

Just finished In Bruges and thoroughly loved it; manages to be both a dark comedy and a powerful drama simultaneously, and the film is flawlessly cast. Was both chucking and aghast throughout
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Re: Films

Postby jrisk » Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:03 am

I really like Richard Linklaters movies, specifically the Before trilogy. I don't really think of them as romance movies - they're less about falling in love and more about relationships. the closeness and differences between two people. I like this Julie Delpy quote from Before Sunrise:

“I believe if there's any kind of God it wouldn't be in any of us, not you or me but just this little space in between. If there's any kind of magic in this world it must be in the attempt of understanding someone sharing something. I know, it's almost impossible to succeed but who cares really? The answer must be in the attempt.”


The emotion and actions of the characters in the movies feel so real to me. even the awkwardness is charming and natural. to me, it's one of the most believeable set of movies ever.
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Re: Films

Postby Stingray Sam » Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:45 am

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I just watched Gummo by Harmony Korine. I thought it was fairly good. Some parts felt a bit contrived, however i think if i had a better grasp on koraine's work it probably wouldn't feel that way as much. It was really an interesting snapshot of a surreal white trash nightmare. So i looked up what other people had to say about it and i just don't understand why movie critics who are interested in a classic hollywood movie that derives all it's artistic value from a strong narrative would even go see the movie. I just don't get why you would waste article space and your time to talk about how you hate a movie that's obviously not intended for you to watch. And it's really hilarious to me to hear all these people talk about this unrealistic portrayal of disturbing content. Guess what people do a lot worse things for money than kill cats. I found some of the content gruesome, but disturbing? Not at all. I also found it amazingly ignorant for coming so down on the movie for portraying the characters as low life or unintelligent. It wasn't like it was a movie against people who take pleasure in lower class things, yet these critics were complaining about having to watch a film filled with low life poor stupid people. How can this borderline bigotry even get published?
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Re: Films

Postby diniro » Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:20 am

Thanks for the recommendations. I downloaded most of them. Just watched Hiroshima mon amour. Really liked it. Thought of the Linkater Before movies while watching, although it's slightly more abstract.

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Re: Films

Postby frogosaurus » Thu Oct 02, 2014 12:42 am

Just watched Gaspar Noé's Irreversible. Jesus fuck. Great movie, but fuck. Heavy shit.
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Re: Films

Postby nothobo » Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:25 am

Just watched the Turkish film Winter Sleep, quite long but I thought it was really well done
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Re: Films

Postby alby » Thu Oct 02, 2014 4:29 pm



I cannot contain my excitement for this film.
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Re: Films

Postby kyung » Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:01 pm



heard nothing but good things about this one, really excited about it
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Re: Films

Postby absurdmind » Sat Oct 04, 2014 12:55 pm

i think the key to appreciating french new wave is wine. i was watching pierrot le fou while i was pretty wasted and everything just flowed together instead of me getting caught up in why this "makes no sense".
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Re: Films

Postby sknss » Thu Oct 09, 2014 7:30 pm

just saw Mommy and it was great. first time i've seen a film in a medium format, looked brilliant.

so excited to see celine sciamma's new film


and the new gregg araki too
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