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Postby HC Eredivisie » Thu Jul 02, 2015 1:33 pm

The hunt for Red October.
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Postby Hollorous » Thu Jul 02, 2015 4:54 pm

A Polish WWII drama called "Kanal" that depicts the Warsaw Uprising of 1944

Starts off as a very cliché war movie (all the stereotypes are established, all the Poles in the resistance are brave and stoic in the face of death, etc..) and I was about to write it off after the first twenty minutes. Then the movie launched into a new direction in the second half and nearly all those clichés were subverted. A very mean spirited little film with a few unforgettable scenes.

What I like best is how the Germans personify creeping, unyielding death. A huge contrast from the typical American war film, where the Wehrmacht is normally so incompetent that you wonder how they were able to nearly conquer all of Europe in the first place. Here the Germans are one step ahead of our heroes, constantly closing in on them, and brutally efficient at destroying them one by one. All that while rarely depicting an actual German soldier on screen. There are more of a creeping presence than anything, making Kanal resemble a horror movie just as often as it is a war film


Highly recommended to those who won't mind the low budget and the slow pace.

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Postby L Ron Cupboard » Sat Jul 04, 2015 7:51 am

The man with the iron fists, it was rubbish.
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Postby Hollorous » Sat Jul 04, 2015 11:58 am

The Raid: Redemption

At first, I couldn't get into it because it seemed like a minimal plot, glorified video game of a movie. Then, around the halfway point, I gave up on trying to take it seriously and it ended up being a lot of gory fun. The guy who played Mad Dog was a pretty great villain, despite having pretty much no distinguishing character whatsoever (he's just a psychotic thug whose body is a lethal weapon).

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Postby Anollasia » Sat Jul 04, 2015 2:09 pm

Astérix: Le domaine des dieux (Asterix: The Land of the Gods)

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Postby Olwe » Sun Jul 05, 2015 2:30 pm

L Ron Cupboard wrote:The man with the iron fists, it was rubbish.


As someone who loved that movie, I'm curious what specifically you found wrong with it.

Hollorous wrote:The Raid: Redemption

At first, I couldn't get into it because it seemed like a minimal plot, glorified video game of a movie. Then, around the halfway point, I gave up on trying to take it seriously and it ended up being a lot of gory fun. The guy who played Mad Dog was a pretty great villain, despite having pretty much no distinguishing character whatsoever (he's just a psychotic thug whose body is a lethal weapon).


If you're willing to not take it seriously too, the sequel's even better (though also somewhat longer and quite a bit bloodier). Julie Estelle plays an even more intriguing villain, a blind woman who lethally wields claw hammers in combat... she sometimes works alongside a man who fights with a metal baseball bat (and a baseball which he can hit at people with staggering velocity). None of it's for the squeamish, but it makes for some of the most innovative cinematic fights of the past 20 or so years... I've not seen its like since way back in the early days of Jackie Chan's U.S. stardom.
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Postby L Ron Cupboard » Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:08 am

Olwe wrote:
L Ron Cupboard wrote:The man with the iron fists, it was rubbish.


As someone who loved that movie, I'm curious what specifically you found wrong with it.


So far over the top that it just seemed silly. One person's homage is another person's collection of clichés.
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Postby Volmachtia » Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:16 am

Hot Fuzz.

Holy shit, it was fantastic. Great humor, crazy plot, excellent cinematography and Simon Pegg is perfect in the lead role. I'd give it an 8.5/10.
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Postby Hollorous » Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:31 am

Volmachtia wrote:Hot Fuzz.

Holy shit, it was fantastic. Great humor, crazy plot, excellent cinematography and Simon Pegg is perfect in the lead role. I'd give it an 8.5/10.


Maybe my favorite of the Pegg/Frost trilogy. It's just really awesome and funny and it has Timothy Dalton showing what a great comedic actor he is. World's End is really growing on me though.

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Postby Hollorous » Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:50 am

Night and Fog (1955)

A half hour French documentary on the Holocaust. Splices footage of the camps and railways shot by the Nazis with color footage shot on the campgrounds in 1955. Really drives the reality of the situation home, focusing more on the degrading conditions of the camps than the raw numbers of the atrocities. Nothing that isn't common knowledge by now, but a well-done, concise, evocative piece of work just the same.

It seems that every time I look into the Holocaust, I found out some other horrible thing that I didn't previously know. This time I learned that castration was a fairly regular thing inflicted upon camp inmates. Learning is great, isn't it?

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Postby Olwe » Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:07 am

L Ron Cupboard wrote:
Olwe wrote:
As someone who loved that movie, I'm curious what specifically you found wrong with it.


So far over the top that it just seemed silly. One person's homage is another person's collection of clichés.


Oh, so you were taking it seriously... yeah, I can see how you wouldn't like it if you were expecting an Orson Welles flick. Next time you find yourself thinking "I don't wanna think too much today, just entertain me", give it another chance.

As for the last movie I saw, it was Me & Earl & The Dying Girl. Yeah, I know, not usually my kind of thing, but I heard two things that intrigued me... first, that the main character (the narrator guy) is a lot like I was in high school, and second, that Olivia Cooke is in it. I heard right on both counts... I remember very well not wanting to fit into any specific group in high school, and instead casually associating with all of them, just like the main character does. Olivia Cooke does well in the first non-horror project I've ever seen her in, managing to not come off too cliched in spite of the fact that, let's face it, we've seen the teen-with-cancer role portrayed by other actresses before dozens of times. The other performances, mostly by unknowns (or at least not known to mes) are also good... the only other actors I recognized were the adults (Nick Offerman and Connie Britton as the main character's parents-- for once, Connie Britton isn't a total jealous bitch -- Jon Bernthal as the "cool teacher" archetype, and Molly Shannon as the dying girl's single mom). It's definitely not a typical summer movie -- acting and writing are the only things worth watching here, there aren't any explosions or car chases or dinosaurs or anything -- but what's there is pretty damn good. 9/10
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Olwe wrote:
Oh, so you were taking it seriously... yeah, I can see how you wouldn't like it if you were expecting an Orson Welles flick. Next time you find yourself thinking "I don't wanna think too much today, just entertain me", give it another chance.


Don't find that kind of 'so bad it's good' entertaining any more. The older I get the less time I have for things that aren't really good.
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Jurassic World. A fun romp with dino's and I had a great time watching it.

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Terminator genisys it was awesome

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Postby Olwe » Mon Jul 06, 2015 2:46 pm

L Ron Cupboard wrote:
Olwe wrote:
Oh, so you were taking it seriously... yeah, I can see how you wouldn't like it if you were expecting an Orson Welles flick. Next time you find yourself thinking "I don't wanna think too much today, just entertain me", give it another chance.


Don't find that kind of 'so bad it's good' entertaining any more. The older I get the less time I have for things that aren't really good.


Meh. I wanna be entertained when I'm watching a movie or TV series... to me, "good" means fast-paced, at least a little on the bloody side, with some boobs every once in a while.
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Postby L Ron Cupboard » Mon Jul 06, 2015 2:52 pm

Olwe wrote:
L Ron Cupboard wrote:
Don't find that kind of 'so bad it's good' entertaining any more. The older I get the less time I have for things that aren't really good.


Meh. I wanna be entertained when I'm watching a movie or TV series... to me, "good" means fast-paced, at least a little on the bloody side, with some boobs every once in a while.


Trouble is that over a lifetime those things get less entertaining because you have seen them so many times in so many films. Not saying there aren't good action films, just that I need them to have more than that to entertain my jaded palette.
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Whiplash. The acting was great, but holy shit it is like the director never even encountered a band before in his life. For anyone who has been in a jazz band or concert band before this movie is a comedy. "I'm going to beat you until you play better! That's how music works and definitely won't result in my termination!"
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Ima going to say that I went too. I watched JW for the second time on fathers day.
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Postby L Ron Cupboard » Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:14 am

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.
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Postby Hollorous » Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:12 pm

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.

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