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Postby Vochiavo » Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:32 pm

La Dictadura Perfecta directed by Luis Estrada. It's a nice comedy about Mexican politics and corruption, but it's in Spanish.

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Postby Hollorous » Thu Jul 09, 2015 5:04 am

Vochiavo wrote:La Dictadura Perfecta directed by Luis Estrada. It's a nice comedy about Mexican politics and corruption, but it's in Spanish.


Many fine films are in Spanish. For instance, "The Skin I Live In". ::shudders::

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Postby Olwe » Thu Jul 09, 2015 1:07 pm

Am I the only one here who reacted to Blade Runner with a resounding "meh"? I mean, it wasn't a complete waste of time, but it was slow enough that I fell asleep for some of the middle part. I guess maybe I was expecting a film with a title that badass, directed by the Alien guy and starring Indian Jones, to be more action-packed going in, but still... move it the fuck along already.
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Postby Hollorous » Thu Jul 09, 2015 6:07 pm

Olwe wrote:Am I the only one here who reacted to Blade Runner with a resounding "meh"? I mean, it wasn't a complete waste of time, but it was slow enough that I fell asleep for some of the middle part. I guess maybe I was expecting a film with a title that badass, directed by the Alien guy and starring Indian Jones, to be more action-packed going in, but still... move it the fuck along already.


I did expect something completely different when I first saw Blade Runner and I wasn't sure what to make of it at first, but it grew to be one of my favorite sci-fi movies. It's not an action film at all. It's really a noir story in a sci-fi setting. Those are less about action and more about character, mood, etc...

You aren't the only one who doesn't care for it though. About half the people I know who have seen Blade Runner didn't care for it.

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Postby L Ron Cupboard » Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:06 am

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L Ron Cupboard wrote:Re-watched Black Hawk Down. I have a difficult relationship with Ridley Scott films, he made my all time favourite film Blade Runner, but I tend to dislike most of the films he makes. Black Hawk Down seems like his second best work to me, though I still have problems with it. It is rather long but it carries it off because of the frenetic pace. The pace, combined with me having trouble distinguishing between the characters, makes it rather confusing. But somehow that makes it more immersive, and I assume a more realistic experience of what it would be like to experience combat.

I think it is probably one of the best war films of recent years, but I have a problem with how one sided it is. Perhaps now Ridley seems to spend his time rehashing his old works, he could make another film from the other sides point of view.


I despise 'Black Hawk Down' because it dehumanizes the Somalis to the degree that they may as well be zombies or regenerating thugs from a video game. Granted, that's a problem for many war movies (i.e. the faceless enemy), including many of the great ones, it just particularly bugs me here for reasons I can't quite verbalize. Also, there's little bits of "Hollywood History" propaganda strewn about that kinda rubs me the wrong way. I understand why the movie has its fans though. It is a well shot adrenaline rush of a movie and plenty of people have interpreted as an "anti-war" or neutral on war statement.

I'm told the book is worth a read though. It includes the Somali POV on the battle as well and generally depicts the events in a straight-forward, minimally biased way.

What's your feeling on the original Alien? For me, Alien and Blade Runner are Scott's undisputed masterpieces and everything he's done since hasn't really measured up for me.


I agree the portrayal of the Somalis is pretty appalling, half expect them to have silent movie bad guy moustaches.

I've never really liked Alien, though I find it hard to pin down why. I liked Aliens more, though I don't think for Sci Fi Horror The Thing can be beaten.
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Postby L Ron Cupboard » Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:08 am

Olwe wrote:Am I the only one here who reacted to Blade Runner with a resounding "meh"? I mean, it wasn't a complete waste of time, but it was slow enough that I fell asleep for some of the middle part. I guess maybe I was expecting a film with a title that badass, directed by the Alien guy and starring Indian Jones, to be more action-packed going in, but still... move it the fuck along already.


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Hollorous wrote:
I despise 'Black Hawk Down' because it dehumanizes the Somalis to the degree that they may as well be zombies or regenerating thugs from a video game. Granted, that's a problem for many war movies (i.e. the faceless enemy), including many of the great ones, it just particularly bugs me here for reasons I can't quite verbalize. Also, there's little bits of "Hollywood History" propaganda strewn about that kinda rubs me the wrong way. I understand why the movie has its fans though. It is a well shot adrenaline rush of a movie and plenty of people have interpreted as an "anti-war" or neutral on war statement.

I'm told the book is worth a read though. It includes the Somali POV on the battle as well and generally depicts the events in a straight-forward, minimally biased way.

What's your feeling on the original Alien? For me, Alien and Blade Runner are Scott's undisputed masterpieces and everything he's done since hasn't really measured up for me.


I agree the portrayal of the Somalis is pretty appalling, half expect them to have silent movie bad guy moustaches.

I've never really liked Alien, though I find it hard to pin down why. I liked Aliens more, though I don't think for Sci Fi Horror The Thing can be beaten.


Alien and Aliens are pretty different movies. For as famous as it is, the original Alien resembles a slow-moving art film in a lot of ways, especially in the first half. Probably what I love most about it is the portrayal of the creature itself. It's mysterious, completely original, and scary as all hell. Not too mention that all the sexual subtext is pretty icky, in a way you wouldn't really see in a mainstream horror film. As much as I love Aliens (one of the best sequels ever), I feel like something was lost when we found out more about the Alien society and the creatures were getting blown away left and right.

The Thing is most excellent and one of the greatest horror movies of all time. If you've never seen the version from the 1950s (The Thing From Another World), it doesn't touch the Carpenter version, but it is a superior sci-fi/horror film for its era.

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Postby L Ron Cupboard » Fri Jul 10, 2015 12:03 pm

Dragon/Wu Xia the Donnie Yen film. Best martial arts film I've seen in ages, mainly because the acting and the plot are a cut above the usual standard. I really like Donnie Yen because his acting is as good as his martial arts.
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Postby Olwe » Fri Jul 10, 2015 5:29 pm

L Ron Cupboard wrote:
Olwe wrote:Am I the only one here who reacted to Blade Runner with a resounding "meh"? I mean, it wasn't a complete waste of time, but it was slow enough that I fell asleep for some of the middle part. I guess maybe I was expecting a film with a title that badass, directed by the Alien guy and starring Indian Jones, to be more action-packed going in, but still... move it the fuck along already.


It's not an action film, it's a film about ideas.


I agree. That's exactly the problem.

Saw Spy on Wednesday... pretty standard Paul Feig movie in many ways (lots of physical and gross-out comedy, some very well-written dialogue bits that elevate it to higher level of comedy at times, and the enduring presence of Feig's muse, Melissa McCarthy). However, it's markedly different in one key way... Paul Feig is seriously getting his Tarantino on here. This is a knock-down, drag-out, epically brutal, in some spots even deadly serious martial-arts action movie with some of the best fight scenes in any 2015 movie so far. If you liked Kingsman, you're more than likely gonna like Spy. 9.8/10
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Postby L Ron Cupboard » Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:17 am

Moulin Rouge (2001) first time I have seen it. Left me feeling like I had been forced to eat my own weight in marzipan, while someone fired kittens at me with a t-shirt cannon.
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Elysium, 'cause I was all "hey, it's a dystopian future flick and I'm all into that thing." In the end I had no strong feelings for or against the movie.
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The Aviator (2004). Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes.
I loved the visuals, but have a few bones to pick with the historical accuracy.

On Dangerous Ground (1951), with Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino. Tough big-city cop goes to the country to help hunt for a murderer and falls in love with the suspect's blind sister.
It felt somewhat disjointed, like the first half set in the city and the second half set in the country were two different movies that were cobbled together into one movie. The cast was good though, Ryan and Lupino were excellent as usual.

Torn Curtain (1966), with Paul Newman and Julie Andrews. An American scientist pretends to defect to East Germany so that he can steal weapons research.
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Postby Bythyrona » Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:02 pm

Terminator: Genisys.

Much, much better than T4 or T3. 6/10 or 7/10 overall, was enjoyable. Terrible marketing and it's not doing well at all in theaters, but I personally thought it was worth the ten dollars I spent.

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Postby L Ron Cupboard » Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:02 am

London River - portrayal of post 7/7 UK that felt really accurate as to what the UK is like.

Ted - I don't find Seth McFarlane that funny, so many misses compared to the jokes that actually make me laugh that I find his stuff a bit tedious.

Betty Blue - not watched it again since it first came out, I had forgotten how emotionally gruelling it is, especially in the 3 hour version.
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The Last King of Scotland starring James McAvoy and Forest Whitaker and directed by Kevin MacDonald with Peter Morgan and Jeremy Brock as screen-writers. It was very entertaining; Whitaker's performance was absolutely brilliant.
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The Magdalene Sisters, The Secret of Roan Inish and On The Way To School (a documentary).
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Turtles Are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers - a Japanese comedy about a bored housewife that replies to a "Spies Wanted" ad.

I don't know if there were jokes I missed that would be funny to someone more familiar with Japanese culture, but I still found it amusing in places. It has a rather odd assortment of characters, with Juri Ueno's performance in the lead role probably the pick of the bunch. It was enjoyable for the most part, but didn't really go anywhere or leave much of an impression - 5.5/10
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Postby Hollorous » Wed Jul 15, 2015 4:54 pm

A Very Long Engagement

French film about World War I, done with just the right mix of humor, romance, and the horrors of war. One of my favorite war movies ever.
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