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11-26-2012, 07:44 AM
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Everything Must Go: This film, to me, was a huge dissapointment. It could have been so much better if they hadn‘t taken so long to get the story going. You don‘t learn half of it until 10 minutes left, and by the time it‘s over you‘re left with questions about what happens. The ending was poor. The only upside was the few bits of comedic banter between Will Ferrell and the kid.
3.5/10

Cannibal Holocaust: One of the most controversial films ever made, and for good reason. Aside from that, I found this film brilliant. Parts of it are a bit difficult to watch (turtle scene), but once you get past it, it‘s almost... eye-opening to the way we regard the unknown. The shoddy acting was made up for by Riz Ortolani‘s heart-wrenchingly beautiful score.
8/10

Fred Claus: I actually enjoyed this movie. The premise is kind of silly, but it delivers. Despite Vince Vaughn being the focus of the film, I found Paul Giamatti as the real star, playing..... Santa Claus. While being quite predictable, this film is for kids, who don‘t particularly worry about that.
6.5/10

Home Alone 1&2: I don‘t have much to say about these films.. I always cheer for the “Wet Bandits“ whenever I watch it. Joe Pesci is a fantastic actor in any role and Daniel Stern, to me, steals the films with his air-head portrayal of “Merv“. Culkin, I cannot stand him... He may have only been a kid, but he just bugs me to no end. Catherine O‘Hara is absolutely gorgeous though..
4/10 for HA1
6/10 for HA2

Side note: I don‘t understand why everyone is so high and mighty about Daniel Craig. After CR and QoS, I have been VERY disappointed with him. It‘s not his acting, which im not too fond of, it‘s him.. He just doesn‘t live up to what James Bond should be... and it‘s that blond hair that does it.

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11-26-2012, 08:27 AM
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This thread is making me feel worse than usual about not seeing much of Michelle Williams' work. I could count the Michelle Williams films I've seen on one hand unfortunately, and haven't had the pleasure of seeing Wendy and Lucy, Blue Valentine, Meeks Cutoff, etc. I do have a lot of interest in these, as I did love her in Brokeback Mountain. I need to get on the ball.
Don't forget My Week with Marilyn. The film wasn't brilliant, but Williams was.

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11-26-2012, 10:06 AM
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Silver Linings Playbook was excellent 9/10, Bradley Cooper really changed my view on him he did a great job.

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11-26-2012, 04:42 PM
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The Flight of the Red Balloon (2007), directed by Hsiao-hsien Hou: Suzanne (Juliette Binoche), a single parent, hires Song, a Chinese immigrant and former film student who now lives in Paris, to look after Simon, her photogenic young son. The movie isn't about much of anything at all except the mundane day-to-day activities that complicate Suzanne's life: a tenancy disagreement; getting a piano tuned; making pancakes, looking after her son, and so on. This is the sort of "slow" cinema that will test any viewer's patience. I confess the first time that I saw it, it bored me. However, seeing it again today, I found it fascinating, a really lovely, graceful film about the challenge that it sometimes is to just get through the day in good humour. What changed for me? I don't know. I just got into the film's unhurried rhythm and stayed there. As I have mentioned before, when "slow" cinema works, it can take on the quality of a really good novel or short story. And that is exactly what this character study did this time around. Also, Binoche was terrific, maybe her best performance. Suzanne does the voices for a puppet theatre, and the scenes relating to her work were enthralling. But her life is as unkempt as her bleached blond hair, exactly the way many people's lives are messy. As she tells Simon, "grown ups lives can be compllicated." Binoche effortlessly brought depth and complexity to her character. Obviously she had great report with her director, no other way does a performance like this come about. This is Taiwan's Hsiao-Hsien Hou's first film abroad, and it only enhances his already formidable reputation as a master of cinema.

The movie is also an odd little homage to The Red Balloon (1956), a short film about a boy and a balloon that seems to follow him around. The homage is only really prominent at the beginning and the end of the film--little bookends of whimsy in a pleasingly familiar world.


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11-26-2012, 04:58 PM
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As you know, I've had my troubles with "slow cinema", but that might be a nice one to sell me on the concept, strictly based on my love of Juliette Binoche. No matter what is happening, she's always a joy to watch perform. Plus, let's face it, a pleasure to see.

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11-27-2012, 07:39 AM
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"From Paris with Love"

I didn't know if I liked it or not. Some parts were kinda cheesy and Travoltas character was too perfect.

One quote in particular seemed like it was out of some sort of movie with a budget of $500.

Spoil:
"The bomber...is my fiance."

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11-27-2012, 10:04 AM
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Just re-watched Back to the Future 1 ......



Still a 10/10 in my books


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11-27-2012, 04:27 PM
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"From Paris with Love"

I didn't know if I liked it or not. Some parts were kinda cheesy and Travoltas character was too perfect.

One quote in particular seemed like it was out of some sort of movie with a budget of $500.

Spoil:
"The bomber...is my fiance."
Many movies have those types of moments where you wished they spent just 15 more minutes planning that scene. Case and point:



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11-27-2012, 06:51 PM
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Life of Pi (2012)

Ang Lee may just be the most under-appreciated director working in the mainstream today. He's made films in almost every genre, from romantic comedies to erotic thrillers. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon not only revitalized and reshaped Wuxia films but IMO, along with the previous year's Matrix, changed action films for the next decade and counting. Made a film about homosexuality that, judging by the way people snickered, many were not ready for. His use of sex in Lust, Caution not only pushed boundaries but I think is one of the definitive arguments to the difference between porn and art. Now we have Life of Pi, which is in some ways not nearly as inventive as his other movies but will go down as, so far, his most visually spectacular and the best example of what 3D cinema has to offer.

I don't think Life of Pi is nearly as introspective as it wants to be, but that doesn't change the fact it is a spectacular ride. As I alluded to, it is absolutely stunning to experience, 100% go see this in the theatre if you are able to (preferably 3D). The visuals help tell this fantastical story about a boy stranded with a Tiger that is both emotional and thrilling. It isn't breaking any boundaries on the story front, which prevents it from being the type of movie that would go down as a great in cinematic history but it is effective, my theatre got quite dusty at a few points. Add in the visual experience which is second to none and this ends up being just an exceptional movie. I thought it was wonderful and I can't wait to see what Ang Lee tackles next.

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Elite Squad (2007), directed by Jose Padilha: I saw the sequel to this film, Elite Squad: the Enemy Within a couple of years ago and thought that it was among the most compelling cop/crime action movies that I had ever seen, and massively underrated. I finally picked up the original film, Elite Squad, and it may be even more ferocious and pissed off than its follow-up, if that is possible. I don’t know for certain which film is angrier, but I think it’s this one. The first fifty minutes of the film are actually didactic, the sole purpose being to establish what a complete ****hole the slums of Rio are. The Elite Squad, referred to by their local acronym BOPE, pride themselves on being trained more rigorously than their counterparts in Israel. Their mandate is to deal with all the drug dealers in the 700 slums of Rio and with all the cops who are on the take, a number that constitutes the overwhelming majority of the regular police force. Partly, the movie strongly suggests, this symbiotic relationship between dealer and cop actually helps to keep the peace, that is, until somebody ****s up and somebody ****s up every day. So the Elite Squad stays very busy. With the Pope coming to town and choosing to stay at a residence that borders on one of the most destitute slums, the Elite Squad is called into action to make sure His Holiness doesn’t have any gun shots disturbing his sleep at night. Basically, their job is to go into the barrio and take care of business by any means necessary. Which they do. The message of the film is uncompromisingly, unflinchingly illiberal: the only way to fight fire is with greater fire. The movie notes but is not especially sympathetic with the fact that this approach takes a terrible toll on squad members personal lives and mental well being. Too bad, the film suggests, that's the only way to deal with the situation. To what extent this is an accurate picture of Rio de Janeiro, I obviously can’t say, but the authenticity that the film communicates is exceptionally convincing. Both movies make really interesting companion pieces with City of God, another movie about drugs, slums, corruption, and violence in Rio.


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11-27-2012, 11:28 PM
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9.5/10

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The main villain is an interesting character, but the others are underdeveloped. The movie was entertaining at some points, but dull at others. The ending wasn't great, and the cinematography was pretty bad.

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Rust and Bone (2012), directed by Jacques Audiard: A woman who trained orcas for a living and a man who is a successful extreme boxer find one another in this morose movie. It is an understatement to say that sparks don’t exactly fly between them. She has suffered a life-altering injury and he, with a young son in tow, is just managing to scrape by. Neither are especially interesting people, and the story meanders with the director making choices that seem wholly arbitrary too much of the time. There are a few well photographed scenes and Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts invest their characters with as much life as they can. But I found the movie very tough sledding from beginning to end. If Audiard isn’t going to show more interest in these characters, why should we care about them?


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Three Colors: Blue: 8/10
Juliette Binoche is always watchable, so that's a big strength. In my opinion, the most visually stunning of the three - I think the image of Binoche standing in front of that blue light/chandelier thing will be burned in my mind forever. Really liked the sudden cutting in of the string sounds...I thought that was a smart way to mirror the sudden pangs of grief. I have to say, though I liked much of the movie, I wasn't crazy about the ending; probably my least favorite ending of the three in fact.

Three Colors: White: 7/10
Historically thought to be the weakest of the three, and I agree. It's a nice, very clever movie, but it didn't engage me the way the other two did. The lead actor (too lazy to google his name, Zbigniew something or other?) was great though, and the movie is darkly funny much of the time. Julie Delpy is good, but unfortunately absent for much of the movie...albeit by necessity. Visually this was the least appealing for me, but that ending is pretty remarkable.

Three Colors: Red: 8.5/10
Definitely my favorite entry, I think it hits really well on all three aforementioned areas - visually great, excellent acting (Trintignant is superb) and an unexpected but perfectly fitting ending. Maybe Irene Jacob is my least favorite of the three actresses in the trilogy, but she still did a better job than I expected from her precipitous first scenes. She comes into her own during the movie quite well, but has her work cut out for herself opposite Trintignant. A great trilogy with a forgiveably lesser middle link. Blue and Red more than pick up the slack, in any case.

Silver Linings Playbook: 7/10
SLP didn't look particularly great from the thousands of trailers and ads that were crammed down my throat for seemingly the past month or two. The cynic in me has a knee-jerk reaction to those movies Hollywood loves featuring beautiful people whose illnesses are only just so to make them quirky and endearing, as opposed to ugly and offensive. But all things considered, it's a good movie, and it connects emotionally thanks in no small part to Cooper and Lawrence, who are both on the top of their game (although I didn't think Cooper was that amazing. Ahead of Phoenix? No thanks). Robert De Niro was also excellent - no matter how much crap he's been in the last decade, his performance is a reminder of just how good he is.
I found the movie took a turn for the worse right around the "Eagles game" scene (I won't say more for spoilers) - at that point the events lost a bit of their naturalism and started to feel more scripted, with a last-minute plot point shoehorned in to create a false sense of drama. Comparing this to David O. Russell's previous The Fighter, I don't get the sense that he has fully mastered subtlety, but it's a big improvement.
One visual complaint - what the hell was with the sometimes-swoopy camera? Just because you can doesn't mean you should.

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11-29-2012, 10:20 AM
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I've actually been re-watching the Three Colors trilogy, because I've been wanting to write about them. I agree, Red is the strongest of the trilogy, and White is the weakest (although I still do feel it's very good).

Irene Jacob is actually my favorite of the three actresses, but that might be leftover love from The Double Life of Veronique, a film I'd probably put in my top 10 (and arguably my favorite female performance). I think Juliette Binoche is great, as you'd expect from her, and Julie Delpy is not enough of a presence in her story.

The actors name in White is Zbigniew Zamachowski, and if you liked him and Jerzy Stuhr together in Kieslowski's Three Colors: White, they are wonderful together in the tenth chapter of Kieslowski's The Decaloge, where they play brothers who become closer after their fathers death when they inherit the man's stamp collection. While you're at it, the previous 9 chapters of The Decalogue are pretty darn good as well... if you have a free day or two to watch them.

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I've actually been re-watching the Three Colors trilogy, because I've been wanting to write about them. I agree, Red is the strongest of the trilogy, and White is the weakest (although I still do feel it's very good).

Irene Jacob is actually my favorite of the three actresses, but that might be leftover love from The Double Life of Veronique, a film I'd probably put in my top 10 (and arguably my favorite female performance). I think Juliette Binoche is great, as you'd expect from her, and Julie Delpy is not enough of a presence in her story.

The actors name in White is Zbigniew Zamachowski, and if you liked him and Jerzy Stuhr together in Kieslowski's Three Colors: White, they are wonderful together in the tenth chapter of Kieslowski's The Decaloge, where they play brothers who become closer after their fathers death when they inherit the man's stamp collection. While you're at it, the previous 9 chapters of The Decalogue are pretty darn good as well... if you have a free day or two to watch them.
Yeah, I'd been wanting to watch The Double Life... for a while, but figured I better watch this one first (a Criterion blind-buy). So now I want to check out that and The Dekalog, which I hope is better than the last "film serial" I invested my time in (Berlin Alexanderplatz).

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Yeah, I'd been wanting to watch The Double Life... for a while, but figured I better watch this one first (a Criterion blind-buy). So now I want to check out that and The Dekalog, which I hope is better than the last "film serial" I invested my time in (Berlin Alexanderplatz).
Well, maybe head on over to the Movie of the Week page, and we'll all watch The Double Life of Veronique together. It's definitely a movie I love to discuss.

I'm only partly nudging you in that direction because my pick is up (Walkabout).

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Well, maybe head on over to the Movie of the Week page, and we'll all watch The Double Life of Veronique together. It's definitely a movie I love to discuss.

I'm only partly nudging you in that direction because my pick is up (Walkabout).
Oof, I don't know if December is going to be a good month to try and get back into more movie-watching. A New Year's resolution, perhaps

For whatever it's worth, I love Walkabout and would heap as much praise on it as you have.

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Blue teensy>Red>>>>White.

About time I watched them again, too.

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A New Year's resolution, perhaps
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I ain't forgotten! Soon!

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Just added up my tally of all the movies I've watched so far this year (from any year) - 132. Not too bad.

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Just added up my tally of all the movies I've watched so far this year (from any year) - 132. Not too bad.
I started keeping track of the movies I watch (including ones I've re-watched) each month. This month has been the slowest one in a while, due mostly to the fact that I had to prepare for a move, and have been compulsively re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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In terms of movies that I commented on in this thread, I'm already at 209 for this year, after scoring 208 each of the last two years, plus I probably saw another 40 movies or so for other purposes. I'm guessing that I'll clock in around 260 total for the year, which is way higher (30%) than usual, though that number will certainly drop next year.

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