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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by prodigy, May 26, 2010.
I gave it a shot because of Dinklage and Fanning. Just incredibly dull. Didn't work for me at all.
Dragged Across Concrete.
Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn. Really solid cop flick. Some great dialogue at times. A bit slow here and there (could’ve cut it down from 160 minutes to 135-140 imo) but really good overall.
My Friend Dahmer.
Very well done. I'm not sure how accurate it is (based on my 10 minutes of research, it seems to be pretty accurate, though I never read the book from which it's based) but having just finished it, I have to say, it's left a sort of sad, hollow pit inside of me. We see many of the factors that helped to create the young man who became known as a monster. It did leave out certain aspects of his life as a very young child but nevertheless, we get a (in this case, sad) sense for how each and every experience and facet of our lives can help mold who we become. Most of the time, we evolve into fairly insignificant creatures, going on with our daily lives. We eat, we work, we sleep. But through Dahmer's seemingly inherent affinity toward bones (which seems to stem from an incident with his father when he was very young that came before the film's timeline begins), his father's education and job which helped "guide" Dahmer to become more curious and hands-on in dealing with carcasses and bones, his parents' tumultuous relationship, his own blossoming sexual identity crisis as a teenager when life can be very confusing, especially as one as odd as he seemed to be, all while being a bad alcoholic starting somewhere around the age of 14, we got a serial killer.
What we did not see, from the little I read, was how little time his parents seemed to spend on him and how little true love he received, especially at a younger age, before the film starts. Basically his mom was a nutjob and mess and the dad, when not at school or work, tended to her. Nevertheless, the film is very well done and it's interesting to reflect on how the infamous man we know just wasn't some "sick ****." It's easy to label but life is far more complex than that.
I liked that movie as well
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My co-worker loaned me a bunch of New French Extreme films. In total I watched 4 films.
Them(2006) - Very naturalistic, effective to a point low budget flick. I like horror movies that make good use of simple effects like this one with the lighting. This movie kept me guessing up until the reveal which unfortunately is very underwhelming. And it's one of those "based on a true story" movies that logically loses me. There is very little gore(is it really french EXTREME?!) but I appreciated it for that. I enjoyed it for the most part.
High Tension(2003) - I can see people being very divisive on this because it involves a twist that makes zero sense and than you see the final shot which just leads you into more questions. Shame because the twist could have worked pretty well if done properly. Up until than it's a decent throwback to very tense 70's horror films. But I can't really recommend it because it's hard to excuse the logical aspects of it.
Inside(2007) - Well if "Them" was lacking in the gross out gore this one sure wasn't it. Unrelenting gore. Unfortunately that's all I will remember it for. I didn't really care for any of the characters and it just got less and less believable as it went on. The ending was actually pretty shocking and well done but would have carried more weight if I had cared.
Martyrs(2008) - The standout of the bunch. This one gave me a emotional response that i didn't expect. I can't say there are a lot of movies that effect me like that but this is one of them. It is sure to be on my mind for quite a while. I came really close to stop watching it several times and I have seem some pretty vile movies but nothing quite like this(and I just watched Bone Tomahawk recently). It's extremely well done but I can't see myself watching it again. It involves young girls & women being imprisoned and physically abused. It's rough. You've been warned.
Ha 2 posts in a row bout French Films. This one is a certified masterpiece.
Went to see IT chapter 2. I liked it. Felt that it was about as good a representation of the drug-fueled insanely long novel as you're going to get. Some legit surprising and actually shocking moments that I didn't expect. I read the book a few times in high school and saw the other adaptation and this one was done pretty good. It's a tough book to adapt no doubt.
Oh man I forgot about this movie. I remember enjoying it, but don't remember the twist. Would you mind refreshing my memory?
Was it a remake/mashup of the 1954 movie?
Allright Ill add spoiler tags in case anyone has interest in watching it..
The killer is revealed to be the blonde woman who has a male alt personality. It makes no sense.
Lol, no. But someone probably should.
La Ceremonie (1995) another 5-star french flick. This is the best crime related french new wave film ive seen. This director must've been a big Alfred Hitchcock fan.
Anyone see Ad Astra?
Watched Gasper Noe's Climax, really liked it and from what I've read online a lot of people consider it his best work. Really impressive on a technical level, some impressively long continuous shots. The soundtrack is fantastic really works well with the hypnotic dancing. If there is one complaint is near the beginning they are going around the room focusing on two people talking, felt like it went on a bit long and needed to be cut down. But overall a great experience I would recommend
Hustlers was real ****ing good.
Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu have great chemistry together, and it was a somewhat surprisingly emotional movie.
The Double Life of Veronique (1991) is a masterpiece. Its flawlessly sequenced.
Movie ****ing sucked *** for real. One of the worst movies Ive seen this year. (or maybe I saw it last year, either way, terrible).
Adaption(2002) is a MASTERPIECE. Hands-down one of the best movies of the 2000's. I dare anyone to try and argue otherwise. Thats the best movie Nicolas Cage has ever done. Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper also slay.
Adaption is seriously the type of movie where if everyone on this planet saw it, we'd be much better off.
I went and watched the Joker this week by myself.
I heard Phoenix was brilliant in it and rolled my eyes to how the film will influence violence.
A couple of things, saying Phoenix was brilliant in it doesn't do justice to how great he is. He ****ing nailed the role and was convincing af. In fact, the movie was so real and different than any Marvel/DC movie it made it extremely disturbing to watch. It was a damn masterpiece and was so good, unfortunately, I definitely can see how it can influence some nut job.
That movie makes you think about mental illness. **** me, it was beyond disturbing yet so good.
Highly recommend if you're into that stuff.
It was a crazy good flick. I loved it. The only negative for me was that I kinda wish it had nothing to do with the DC comics and Joker the character. There was a disconnect for me with what the Joker is in comics and other movies and the Joker here didnt feel close to the same guy. Thomas Wayne's portrayal and his connection to Arthur adds a whole ton of baggage and was a disconnect as well.
This movie works better as a standalone movie with no affiliation to the comic property
Of course, I understand that the Joker name is what'll bring in the big bucks. A whole lot of people are going to see this movie that wouldn't have if it wasn't a comic book movie. That's a huge plus. The whole comic book movie popularity deal moving forward allows directors to create some out-there stuff and have it be seen when something like this may not have got off the ground.