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Old 10-02-2013, 04:05 AM   #12556
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I really liked Stoker. It took me forever to find it since it wasn't in theaters by me when it came out. Loved that ending song too.

I was glad he didn't tone down the tone and disturbing stuff for the American audience (Kind of like how The Last Stand felt). And yeah, I haven't given any 9s in a while.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:46 AM   #12557
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I usually only write about stuff that I see in the theatres, but I watched Safety Not Guaranteed the other night on Netflix and enjoyed it quite a bit. It's obviously quircky, and not for everyone, but for that type of what was really a romantic comedy, I thought it was excellent.

I'm not a huge fan of the Mark Duplass as an actor. But I know he writes and produces and directs and all sorts of other stuff, and he is consistently involved in interesting stuff, even if I don't care for him on screen all the time. I'm all in on Aubrey Plaza. And I like that they let the traditional storyline, with the guy chasing the old flame, not work, and let it lie there like that. Personally, I enjoyed the ending as well, which I'm sure bothered a lot of people. It's not groundbreaking or anything, but I'd give it a mid to high 70s, and recommend to anyone who enjoys a little surrealism mixed in with their romantic comedy.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:55 AM   #12558
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prisoners 8.5/10
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:02 PM   #12559
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Gravity- 9/10

Some of the absolute best camera work I've ever seen. The visuals are stunning. I'd love to see a behind the scenes making of documentary of this. Just some of the things they were able to pull off, I've never seen in film before. I think this will win a ton of gold statues, especially on the technical/effects side. This is definitely something you watch on a big screen in 3-D. I kind of want to see it again in IMAX.

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Old 10-06-2013, 01:49 AM   #12560
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This Is The End - 3.5/5
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Old 10-06-2013, 02:07 AM   #12561
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"A Hijacking."

Got incredible reviews on RT so I checked it out. Two hours of the most unimaginative, plodding, shallow, distant account of a ship's crew being held hostage and a guy negotiating for their release. This is literally how the movie goes:

1) Ship commandeered.
2) Terrorists want 15 mill, company offers 250,000.
3) Terrorists go down to 12 mill, company offers 900,000.
4) Company CEO consoles families in the most disconnected, unemotional way possible.
5) Terrorists want 9 mill, company offers 2.8.
6) Terrorists accept 3.3 and leave ship.
7) End of movie.

Keep in mind the entire negotiation process is cordial and professional, and every single negotiation is a guy in a boardroom talking into a phone with a guy on the ship. Totally flat, unsympathetic characters, zero plot to speak of (seriously this was probably written in 15 minutes)...just hot garbage. I can't say enough bad things about this movie, it didn't have a single redeeming quality. I kept watching assuming one of the top-reviewed movies in 2013 MUST have a payoff, but the only possibly "payoff" you could describe is brought on by a character's inexplicable idiocy and callousness totally in contrast with what they'd tried to develop the previous 1.5 hours. Do not watch, avoid at all costs, this was terrible.
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Old 10-06-2013, 11:53 AM   #12562
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I saw three movies this weekend that I wanted to talk about.

First is Room 237, which is a doc about Kubrick's The Shining, that I wanted to see when it came out, but never got around to. I was reminded of it after reading an article about Steven King on Grantland.
What a nice find over Chinese food on a lazy Friday Night with early morning work looming Saturday. It's basically a jumbled editing of five seperate conversations with various people who have some wild theories on the film's subtext.
The content varies from mind blowingly insightful, to comically insane, to sadly hoping these people are getting professional help, often within the same sentence.
If you're into these types of film subtext sort of discussions, you have to see this movie. It's like you're passing a bong around with a bunch of film study majors in a dorm somewhere.

I really enjoyed some of the theries. The Indian Holocust symbolism was a good one. The moon landing stuff was cool. The lady who made the hotel maps was entertaining. There are also moments that make no sense whatsoever. There's a guy who makes all these imagery claims, who say's Kubrick's face appears in the the clouds in the credits. The film makers go through it frame by frame while he explains it. Only for the filmmakers to leave the image up showing almost nothing. My only regret is that I wasn't chilling stoned with my buddy who's totally into these sort of things. A fn watch that I'd give a low 80s to, but if you're into that type of thing, you'll love.
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:06 PM   #12563
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^ Yeah Thorpe I watched that back in like February or March. I think a lot of the stuff in it could hold water... But that hidden image one just didn't make sense. You couldn't see dick in those clouds, and the hotel man talking to Jack when it looks like he got a boner is just pure happenstance.

The Indian stuff, impossible window, and moon stuff was all amazing though. Kubrick was smart enough to film that way.

I got a few people to watch this as well, and so far all reviews have been positive. I wish there was more weird deconstruction stuff around.
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:07 PM   #12564
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The second thing I saw was a Saturday afternoon post work showing of Gravity. Like DonDadda said. This is one of the most impressive visual displays of filmmaking I can recall seeing. I felt similarl about Life of Pi last year. This is way more stunning. I did see it in Imax 3/D, and I would suggest doing the same. The seamless long run shots, while occasionally looking a little "digital", were still breathtaking. I really felt like I was seeing something I'd never seen before. Small things like water and fire in zero g sometimes fetl a litte gimicky, but were too incredible for it to matter. It had some bigger things in it themetically than I think some people will recognize on the surface. I heard a few people say it was boring on the way out, which I found crazy. It worked to me strictly as a suspense movie. I wasn't as blown away by the larger themes as I think the filmmakers would have liked me to have been. There's some sort of obvious throw backs to 2001 in it. And in the end, there's pretty much all of three characters in the whole thing. There's little in the way narrative. And I can understand the instinct to maybe wish they had done more with this visual achievement. But I'm more than happy with it. I give it easily a low 90s, and fully expect it to win any number of technical awards at the Oscars. And like the story, or lac thereof, and getting the larger themetic stuff o not, for the visual aspects alone, this movie is a must see in theatres, if you care about movies.
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:11 PM   #12565
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^ Yeah Thorpe I watched that back in like February or March. I think a lot of the stuff in it could hold water... But that hidden image one just didn't make sense. You couldn't see dick in those clouds, and the hotel man talking to Jack when it looks like he got a boner is just pure happenstance.

The Indian stuff, impossible window, and moon stuff was all amazing though. Kubrick was smart enough to film that way.

I got a few people to watch this as well, and so far all reviews have been positive. I wish there was more weird deconstruction stuff around.

really loved it. I think the best thing about it though was the way they cut all the people's stories together, because just when I felt like "OMG ... this movie was totally about the Indian genocide!!!" they'd cut to something else, and I'd be convinced Kubrick faked the moon landing. And then I'd feel like I'd been sucked down this symboic rabit hole and that everyone was crazy.
A really fun movie.
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:31 PM   #12566
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The third movie I saw was last night. I met my cousin in New Haven for a good meal, a few drinks, and to see well reviewed and right up my content alley indie flick Blue Caprice, starring and produced by the talented and criminally underemployed Isiah Washington, about the terrifying I95 snipers that scared the shit out of the country just after 9/11, alongside the still technically unsolved Anthrax mailing cases.

Now I'll preface this by saying, I was exhuasted, I worked 5am to 2pm, a tad drunk, after 5 beers after not drinking for a while, in addition to taking 20 mgs of blood thinners a day. Also stuffed, and probably a little movie'd out. But I was a bit disappointed.

It was only 93 minutes, with no trailers, and we walked right in and it started, and it still felt long. Long enough in fact that I took out my phone to check the time at one point, which is not a good sign.
The performances were quite strong. But there was far too much hinted at, and not nearly enough shown. From a technical storytelling perspective, my real gripe is that the first and second act bled together, and took entirely too long. That's when I looked at the clock and realized it'd been an hour in, and we had yet to get to DC. You get an interesting backview into both Malvo and the kid. Washington comes across as a man in the process of breaking. The kid is wounded and ripe to being manipulated. But a lot of stuff is intimated. And when it came time to show the tipping point in DC, they went montage, and skipped the step where the kid actually breaks totally.

The story is told extremely internally. There's little in the way of larger context, like how the whole thing affected the nation. A few radio and TV news broadcasts lay over here and there, but not nearly enough for what I was hoping for. There's a few gutwrenching moments, that I would say make it worth seeing on cable or something. But it's currently reviewing around a solid B movie, and I think that's an overstatement. To me it's a really flawed bit of storytelling with some really nice performances, a C, and I may be overstating it because of my interest in the subject material ... or perhaps I'm undersating it because it didn't give the subject material I was interested in the space I was expecting it too waking in. I'd love other opinions, but it's a tough movie to find, and not good enough IMO to suggest people go out of their way to find.
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Old 10-06-2013, 01:36 PM   #12567
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I heard a few people say it was boring on the way out, which I found crazy.

The vine generation. Can't focus on anything that is longer than 8 seconds. The film was very concise, only a 90 minute run time and there never seemed to be any lulls even though most of the time it's only Bullock on screen. And you're right about some of the thematic notes they played, I thought it was a nice touch (the idea of universality w/ the different religious iconography standing out). It wasn't heavy-handed IMO, so it didn't distract from anything.
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Old 10-06-2013, 02:34 PM   #12568
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The vine generation. Can't focus on anything that is longer than 8 seconds. The film was very concise, only a 90 minute run time and there never seemed to be any lulls even though most of the time it's only Bullock on screen. And you're right about some of the thematic notes they played, I thought it was a nice touch (the idea of universality w/ the different religious iconography standing out). It wasn't heavy-handed IMO, so it didn't distract from anything.

I think the boring stuff stems from the huge lack of any narrative. You really don't know much who the few people are, why they're their. Little background.
I just felt the sparseness of what we were given made what we did know feel more impactfull. And I really don't get the boring stuff strictly from the action suspense elements.
I really enjoyed the larger thematic stuff, even though it's not my thing. I really liked the end too.
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Old 10-06-2013, 03:30 PM   #12569
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The Wolverine 7.5/10

I really liked it. More than I expected, and much better than Wolverine Origins and X3.
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:32 PM   #12570
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Sin City 9/10.

The visuals in this film are simple amazing. And Micky Rourke. I can't think of any actor that would've fit the role better than him.
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