Amph What was the last movie you saw?

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  1. DarthMane2 Force Ghost

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    The Sword of Doom. It was alright, but not he best Samurai movie I've seen. Main dude was awesome, and the the camera work was excellent. Also liked that our main protagonist was the Villain, but I think it also hurt the plot..
  2. KissMeImARebel Force Ghost

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    I like that one too. Though I agree it's not one of the best Samurai films out there.
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  3. DarthMane2 Force Ghost

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    It was also wierd watching a movie with Toshiro Mifune where he doesn't start yelling and going crazy over something. Though the scene where he kills a bunch a dudes in the snow was awesome.
  4. Havac Some Guy Who Moderates Lit

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    Django Unchained. Overall, excellent. Tarantino has taken on a very delicate task in turning a narrative about slavery not just into entertainment, but into rollicking, humor-filled entertainment. He has to veer between moments of levity and moments of darkness and horror, and while it's impossible for the film to avoid feeling somewhat schizophrenic, it's remarkable how well he succeeds in balancing the two tones. Foxx is excellent as the taciturn Django -- initially hesitant and confused, but almost immediately taking to his situation as he comes to understand it, and building his self-confidence in a well-defined arc over the course of the film, and always driven by love. Waltz is tons of fun but also gets across a subtle transformation from a man academically opposed to slavery to a man fully exposed to it and repulsed into resolution to do something. I really want a Tarantino movie where he and Christopher Walken just talk at each other for two hours. DiCaprio is wonderful, malevolent but in a sort of detached, abstract way, treating Django with a sort of unconcerned, magnanimous intrigue rather than the direct hostility of everyone else. I really want DiCaprio to play more villains; he's so capable of playing slimy, smug bastards. Jackson gets to play against type as a hateful house slave who has so internalized his position as keeper of the plantation's order that he feels poisonous every second he's onscreen. His relationship with Candie is a nice additional bit of complexity, too. Washington enlivens a female role that could easily be underwritten as the object of desire; she has obvious strength despite her position, and Washington is able to give her a certain fire.

    The third act has the odd choice of pausing the climax and restarting it over again, which is slightly clunky but does allow the finale to have a bit more distinctive buildup and punch, and has the benefit of establishing Django's ability to do for himself, without the helping white man's hand of Schultz. It's a very unique film, very good, and all the more impressive for how easily it could have gone wrong.
  5. DarthMak Force Ghost

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    Trouble With The Curve
  6. The_Four_Dot_Elipsis Force Ghost

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    I'd be fine if Taking Woodstock just threw up ambiguity and functioned dramatically - but it's totally bereft of any real sense of conflict in any way shape or form. Even something like Dazed and Confused, a film that is more about capturing an era than anything else, so to speak, is rife with conflict that propels it. Taking Woodstock just sits there, and from a filmmaker who can do stuff like The Ice Storm that frustrates me to no end. It is comfortably Lee's worst film, and I say that having only missed Pushing Hands.

    Jack Reacher (2012, McQuarrie)

    Largely un-notable, and I'll have forgotten it by tomorrow, but I guess it's a semi-decent piece of entertainment. Much of the film's logic and behaviour doesn't hold up to scrutiny, but that can be said for a lot of films of its type. It seems to be a throwback to the Dirty Harry films more than anything, complete with all the helicopter shots for the opening titles. Cruise is very good, I didn't mind Pike, Duvall is good fun, but Herzog is totally disappointing. If you've got Werner Herzog and you're not getting him to talk about albino crocodiles or Mayan knuckle-spacing or whatever then there's no point. It's a film that is built for and by Cruise, and largely around him, but I'm somewhat concerned if McQuarrie is indeed doing Mission: Impossible - 5, as he seems to totally lack the filmmaking exuberance needed to tackle that franchise.

    Ice Station Zebra (1968, Sturges)

    McGOOHAN POWER.

    That's all I have to say, really. But to elaborate: an awesomely deft and wonderfully witty supporting performance from Patrick McGoohan that completely elevates a rather stock-standard John Sturges man-venture. I thought it was damn good fun, anyway.
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  7. Hoffaktor Jedi Youngling

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    The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
  8. soitscometothis Force Ghost

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    Two rewatches: Brick, which I still love, and The Prestige, which I think is really interesting.
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  9. Legolas Skywalker Force Ghost

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  10. DantheJedi Force Ghost

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    Hysteria, a movie set in Victorian England about the invention of the vibrator starring Maggie Gyllenhaal. The parts where they first try it out on a patient has a bit of a steampunk vibe to it, since they're wearing goggles and all.
  11. Frank T. Force Ghost

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    In the Mood For Love

    Very, very good. I have yet to see a Wong Kar Wai film that I didn't enjoy from beginning to end. And they all look so good.
  12. Legolas Skywalker Force Ghost

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    The Woman in Black, very good horror movie
  13. EmpireForever Chosen One

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    John Dies at the End. It was no John Dies at the End.
  14. Legolas Skywalker Force Ghost

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    Man Bites Dog for the umpteenth time.
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  16. AAAAAH Jedi Grand Master

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    that's a good movie.
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  18. Eeth-my-Koth Chosen One

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  19. RC-1991 Force Ghost

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    Lincoln. Fantastic film.
  20. The_Four_Dot_Elipsis Force Ghost

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    The Apostle (1997, Duvall)

    A vehicle clearly built by Duvall for himself, and that's an unfortunate seam to have, but this is Robert Friggin' Duvall, and he can basically do whatever the hell he wants as far as I'm concerned. The good thing is that it's quite well written - to me, it's a much better version of Sling Blade, chiefly because Duvall is more aware that economy can sometimes get you further. That and he's a more seasoned hand than Thornton (who does very good in this film, incidentally). I wouldn't call it a great film, but the dramatic function of a primary character who has a dangerous violent streak but is otherwise a genuine force for good is intriguing. There's also a delightful streak of dark humour that Duvall infuses into the work as well.
  21. Mustafar_66 Force Ghost

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    Finally got around to watching Skyfall, which I thought was excellent. A great follow-up to Casino Royale after the disappointing Quantum of Solace. I would've liked some more continuation of the Quantum plot line though, but then I'm a bugger for story arcs. This was also Daniel Craig's best outing as Bond, I think. Fantastic actor.

    I also watched Resident Evil: Retribution, which was enjoyably terrible. The Resident Evil films are something of a guilty pleasure of mine but the previous one was a load of balls. This one was a bit more of a return to form (well, as good a return to form as you're going to get for a franchise as awful as Resident Evil). The acting, plot, CGI and script are all over the place, but then you don't watch a film like this for any of that. You watch it to see Milla Jovovich in tight clothing shooting zombies. It's like a doner kebab after a heavy night out drinking. You know it's bad for you, you'll regret it and it will most likely make you vomit, but still you get it.
  22. Frank T. Force Ghost

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    2046

    Great movie. Now that I've seen it I can add the trilogy(Days of Being Wild, In the Mood For Love, 2046) to my list of trilogies that did not disappoint list.
  23. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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    I bought and watched 2046 on a Zas recommend. Very good movie but I never sought out the trilogy.
  24. Arawn_Fenn Chosen One

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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 3D 48 fps.
  25. Legolas Skywalker Force Ghost

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl