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11-09-2012, 09:37 PM
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I didn't want to bother watching Skyfall, then this page got me hopeful for a second, and now I'm skeptical again and don't know what to think.

Question-- Does anyone think as good or almost as good as Casino Royale?


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11-09-2012, 09:46 PM
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I didn't want to bother watching Skyfall, then this page got me hopeful for a second, and now I'm skeptical again and don't know what to think.

Question-- Does anyone think as good as than Casino Royale?
I don't even hesitate in saying I think it's better than Casino Royale. I thought Casino Royale ran too hot and cold for my liking, while I was engaged by pretty much every moment of Skyfall.

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11-09-2012, 09:48 PM
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I don't even hesitate in saying I think it's better than Casino Royale. I thought Casino Royale ran too hot and cold for my liking, while I was engaged by pretty much every moment of Skyfall.
Really?? Hmm.. I kind of felt similarly about CR, although I thought it was solid.

That Dark Knight comment really alarmed me. I generally hate that approach.

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11-09-2012, 10:08 PM
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When I saw Andrei Rublev, I commented that in it's complexity and depth, it made Solaris, an admittedly brilliant film, look like a popcorn movie.

Now that I've seen The Mirror, I think it makes Andrei Rublev look like a popcorn movie. For now, it's my least favorite of his films, but it's still fascinating to see such an intimately personal film from a master filmmaker. Unfortunately, it's so intimate and personal that I think only Tarkovsky himself could wrap his mind around it. It's beautiful, as all his films are, but it almost seems to impenetrable to even be able to analyze.

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11-09-2012, 10:12 PM
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I didn't want to bother watching Skyfall, then this page got me hopeful for a second, and now I'm skeptical again and don't know what to think.

Question-- Does anyone think as good or almost as good as Casino Royale?
I don't think they are easy to compare. If you are a Bond traditionalist, the new one might bother you. If you like a different take on the Bond series, then Skyfall might appeal to you. Though I suppose that I do tend to be an easy mark for well done eye candy, I can see this one becoming among my favourites in the series. More so than Casino Royale? Too soon to say, but maybe.

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11-09-2012, 10:17 PM
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That Dark Knight comment really alarmed me. I generally hate that approach.
The Dark Knight thing has been pointed out by two different people whose opinions I respect, but no DK reference occurred to me while I was watching the movie, not that I'd necessarily notice anyway. In retrospect, it seems to me to be a non-issue, neither here nor there. Bond plots, like all superhero plots, don't actually bear scrutiny anyway; there are so many of these types of films, it's no wonder they have started to bump into one another plot-wise. Regardless, this movie is way more about style than content, which is what I find refreshing about it.


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11-09-2012, 10:26 PM
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I don't think they are easy to compare. If you are a Bond traditionalist, the new one might bother you. If you like a different take on the Bond series, then Skyfall might appeal to you. Though I suppose that I do tend to be an easy mark for well done eye candy, I can see this one becoming among my favourites in the series. More so than Casino Royale? Too soon to say, but maybe.
Nice to hear.

I don't have any sentimentality for the Bond series other than what subjectively feels cool/right to me, so that won't be a factor for me-- I like the mood/feel of the series, but I've never seen any that really got through to me (including CR). So I might be interested to see it on feel/look alone.

I feel like I can interpret the TDK comment as something that I've felt before about other things that have nothing to do with TDK too, and it's something that could not turn me off more. I have no idea if these guys are talking about the same thing, though.

I kind of felt that way about the finale of Breaking Bad season 4. I don't know how to describe it-- there's this sensibility that TDK basically patented where cheesily scheme-related wannabe-badass moments escalate in a certain way and that's supposed to be the main appeal of it. That may not have anything to do with what they're talking about, but it rang seriously negative buzz-kill alarm bells for me.


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11-10-2012, 05:06 PM
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Chasing Ice (2012), directed by Jeff Orlowski: James Balog is a sometimes photographer for National Geographic, and this documentary reflects his mission to provide us with irrefutable photographic evidence of global warming. He does this by initiating an investigation of several major glaciers around the world. Risking life and limb (literally in his case, as he has a bad knee), he and his colleagues set up cameras in some of the most inhospitable climates to be found anywhere on the planet. These cameras take thousands of pictures that allow Balog to create time-lapse studies of the glaciers over a period of months and years. The resulting images, sobering to any sane person, reveal the glaciers to be retreating at an extremely rapid rate. Incongruously, though good fortune for the documentary, many of the photos and sequences are also incredibly beautiful to behold. There is one sequence of an ice shelf the size of Manhattan breaking off from an Arctic glacier that has to seen to be believed. So the documentary works on two levels. It provides a type of evidence about global warming that is concrete and not easily dismissed; as well, it demonstrates just how stunning natural photography can be.


Best Documentaries of 2012 so far

1) Stories We Tell, Polley, Canada
2) Storm Surfers in 3D, McMillan/Nelius, Australia
3) Searching for Sugar Man, Bendjelloul, Sweden/UK
4) Chasing Ice, Orlowski, US
5) The Imposter, Layton, UK
6) The Swell Season, August-Perma/Mirabella-Davis, Ireland


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Submarino (2010), directed by Thomas Vinterberg: Two brothers, severely damaged by their childhood, struggle as adults to keep their heads above water. They have lost contact with one another, but inevitably their fates are intertwined. The older brother is angry and violent with a serious drinking problem; the younger brother is addicted to heroin and a single parent with a boy in kindergarten. He loves his son deeply, but he is in the grip of something that he can't control. Some movies with equally bleak themes wallow in despair. However, this one doesn't; it just paints a very plausible picture of what life is like for these two guys whose lives seem damned by their past through absolutely no fault of their own. Thanks to Jakob Cedergren and Peter Plaugborg's superb performances as the two siblings, the movie carries an emotional force that is undeniably powerful. The ending is a tad hopeful, maybe a little sentimental even, but it fits perfectly. One of the better films of 2010.

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I just watched this for the first time today...and as long as I didn't take it too seriously I thought it was a good movie.

A few posts back somebody gave brokeback mountain a 9/10...and I have to say I strongly disagree with that assessment. The only bright spot of that movie was Heath Ledger's acting. There was absolutely NO chemistry between the two guys, and there wasn't even any build up to them actually being intimate. 20minutes in, Heath Ledger was in.

On the whole, I thought the movie was very forced and almost awkward(and no, gay people do not skeeze me out, so that's not it). The scene that sticks out in my mind is the scene where he boots the guy in the jaw and the fireworks go off behind him, and you can clearly see that he missed him anyways.

I can't help but think that the makers of this movie were handed this great idea, and instead of doing something that was potentially awesome and truly groundbreaking...they embraced the stereotype.

I personally believe that Ang Lee should never step behind a camera again, along with Micheal Bay and Sam Raimi.

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End of Watch - 0/10

One of the worst movies ever made, there is no plot to it

Spoil:
Jake Gyllenhaal dies, then the next scene he is alive WTF, is up with that

Some Police Officer gets stabbed in the eye with a knife and he survives and complaining about his bullet proof vest missing


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End of Watch - 0/10
I'm in full disagreement with you, because I really liked the movie, but I'm not mad at you for not liking it.

What I AM mad at is your utter lack of insight to not put up such big spoilers that could ruin things for people who haven't seen it. Just because you hated it doesn't give you the right to screw over people who have not seen it, and may enjoy it.

You can say you hated it, but please don't spoil it.


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11-12-2012, 02:46 PM
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Haven't seen a lot of movies that I really liked this year but this one was a surprise hit for me.
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Haven't seen a lot of movies that I really liked this year but this one was a surprise hit for me.
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I know a lot of people like this movie, but I went totally the other way. It's everything that I don't like about Sundance-type movies in a tidy nutshell.

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I know a lot of people like this movie, but I went totally the other way. It's everything that I don't like about Sundance-type movies in a tidy nutshell.
Ha, well I wouldn't say it's for everyone either, but it worked for me.

I'll have to go back and read your review of it (if you did one?).

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Ha, well I wouldn't say it's for everyone either, but it worked for me.

I'll have to go back and read your review of it (if you did one?).
It must sometimes certainly seem like I write a review of every film I see. But I do skip a couple every now and then, and I skipped that one. Glad it worked for you, though. (It is going to be a sad day when you change your avatar).


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When I saw Andrei Rublev, I commented that in it's complexity and depth, it made Solaris, an admittedly brilliant film, look like a popcorn movie.

Now that I've seen The Mirror, I think it makes Andrei Rublev look like a popcorn movie. For now, it's my least favorite of his films, but it's still fascinating to see such an intimately personal film from a master filmmaker. Unfortunately, it's so intimate and personal that I think only Tarkovsky himself could wrap his mind around it. It's beautiful, as all his films are, but it almost seems to impenetrable to even be able to analyze.
So what's left for you out of the Tarkovsky filmography?

Mirror must certainly be one of the most impenetrable, personal films ever created. For that reason I feel like it gets a bit of "above criticism" status, like people are almost afraid to knock it. Actually in fairness it's hard to say anything about it good or bad. It's just...there.

One thing is sure, it's going to be a looong time before we ever see another one like Tarkovsky. If you're enjoying his films, philosophy, etc, I strongly suggest picking up his book Sculpting in Time. It's dry, but interesting to see how he works, how he thinks, his strong opinions (manifestos, almost) on film.

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In Bruges 9/10 - Pretty dark but also funny. I thought the ending was terrific, one of the better ones i've seen in awhile. also one of Colin Farrell's best performances in years...

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So what's left for you out of the Tarkovsky filmography?

Mirror must certainly be one of the most impenetrable, personal films ever created. For that reason I feel like it gets a bit of "above criticism" status, like people are almost afraid to knock it. Actually in fairness it's hard to say anything about it good or bad. It's just...there.

One thing is sure, it's going to be a looong time before we ever see another one like Tarkovsky. If you're enjoying his films, philosophy, etc, I strongly suggest picking up his book Sculpting in Time. It's dry, but interesting to see how he works, how he thinks, his strong opinions (manifestos, almost) on film.
I've only seen those three. I have a copy of Ivan's Childhood that I'd like to watch, and I missed The Sacrifice when it was watched in the Movie of the Week thread (which got revived yesterday, and as always, we'd love to have you back). I know people say Stalker is great, and its in my Netflix DVD queue.

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I've only seen those three. I have a copy of Ivan's Childhood that I'd like to watch, and I missed The Sacrifice when it was watched in the Movie of the Week thread (which got revived yesterday, and as always, we'd love to have you back). I know people say Stalker is great, and its in my Netflix DVD queue.
Ivan's Childhood is great and I can't recommend Stalker enough, so be sure to post here when you get to it. The Sacrifice is good, but not on the level of the ones already mentioned.

Actually it's funny, now that I was thinking of Sculpting in Time I seem to remember Tarkovsky himself declaring Solaris a failure. He was big on transcending genres, and he felt Solaris was too "genre" to be a personal success. Would that we could have so many "failures" in the history of cinema.

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The Prestige, 10/10.

Too good.

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The Prestige, 10/10.

Too good.
Definitely one of my favorites. Great movie. Gotta love Christopher Nolan.

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"Flight"

So meh. My friend and I discussed that it may have been more effective in a non-linear presentation. I was thinking every time Denzel confronted, or interacted with, someone on the flight they could go back to the plane crash and show how they interacted on the plane.

For example: Denzel walks into the co-pilots room in the hospital. Bam, flashback to the scenes from the cockpit.

The crash scene was so gripping and intense, but the rest of the movie fell a little flat for me.

5.5/10

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8.75/10.

Thought it was good. A few plotholes left unexplained, but nothing gaping. Everything important is explained, albeit not in the most wonderfully satisfying way as with The Prestige.

Some people hate on this movie for aforementioned plotholes, but they really are unimportant in the grand scheme of things. The movie gives what you're hoping for when you watch it; that is, mystery until the end.

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