Discussion in 'Community' started by TheEmperorsProtege, Aug 15, 2004.
Let's Go to Prison. It's stupid, but still funny as hell.
Tom Hooper's Les Mis. It soars.
Zero Dark Thirty. Extremely impressive as a portrait of obsession, and interesting, if not the most reliable source, as a window behind the scenes of the effort to get Bin Laden. Not the best movie of the year, but one of many that were better than Argo.
Wreck-it Ralph - What could've been nothing more than a shallow nostalgia trip is instead an imaginative and occasionally powerful tale about friendship, overcoming lables and what it really means to be a hero. - 8.5/10
A Girl Walks Into a Bar
Carla Gugino was as bland as ever despite being in a role that could've been interesting. Danny DeVito and Robert Forster had bit parts that made it worth watching.
G.I Joe : Rise of the Cobra
Red Cliff (Netflix streaming) - very "Dynasty Warriors" esque, but there is a lot of heart at the core of this film. The chorography of the battle sequences was very well done.
Is that by John Woo? So lots of slow motion?
Clash of the Titans
Not bad, would have been better if a couple of deaths weren't anti-climatic
Still Walking (Aruitemo, Aruitemo)
Japanese 'slice of life' drama about a three-generational family get-together to commemorate the death of the family's eldest son. Each of the family's generational constellations, so to speak, have their own issues and the film takes you through the 24 hours of their lives that they are gathered. There are no cathartic admissions, epiphanies or pivotal character moments or growth taking place here. It's just a day in their lives and their issues. It's sort of a cinematic reminder that we all have our own things we're dealing with. Its done in a quite natural and endearing way, and conflicts between family members play out in an understated subtle fashion. But it takes its sweet time, so it requires patience. I liked it overall, but I must confess I was getting a bit impatient toward the very end.
I remember also watching Tokyo Sonata a while back, which was also a family drama and that I also liked. If that was the more dramatic portrait of a tragically dysfunctional family, this is its subtler, more relaxed sibling about an average family.
I give it 4 out of 5.
Yes, it is by John Woo, and I only remember two parts with slow motion and neither were action scenes. But if there was more, it wasn't something that distracted me from the movie.
Oz the Great and Powerful
I enjoyed it. It didn't feel like it was 2 hours long and the colors were rapturing. It was fun to watch.
Green Street Hooligans
Good movie, i enjoyed it
Really good. Wish he had bled to death and died in the chair though. Been more poetic IMO.
I rented Room 237, in which random unseen narrators campaign for their bogus theories about symbolism in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. It's a phenomenon of the internet age, that conspiracy theories have been elevated to the level of art form, made clear when they're aimed directly at another work of art. The movie is such a fun reminder of how the bogusness of an idea is completely independent from the eloquence of the person who is advocating for it. Room 237 was like a remake of the museum scene from Tim Burton's Batman, when the Joker and his henchmen playfully deface priceless works of art. Interpreting art can be a form of vandalism.
Loved this movie when i was younger, but now, it's very cheesy
Omg why have I never heard of this movie before? I need it in my life RIGHT NOW.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 - After solid direct-to-video animated Batman films like Under the Red Hood and Year One, WB really hits its stride here. At times it feels like you're watching Frank Miller's seminal graphic novel in motion. - 8/10
I liked it. 5 out of 5.
It's called Maximum Overdrive....about machines that become sentient and start killing people.
It's the first and only movie both written and directed by Stephen King, with a soundtrack of nothing but AC/DC songs.....and it's freakin GLORIOUS.
We don't need movies to remind us of that. We have the internet!
Almost your exact words kept running through my head throughout the movie. It's because of the internet that cinema has decided wrong-headed ideas are now an art form.
I have not seen the movie but really want to. What specific ideas did you not like? Again, I haven't seen it but the Wikipedia page mentions it covers the genocide of Native Americans, the Holocaust, and the moon landing. I haven`t previously heard about anything about the latter two but there is quite a bit of evidence to suggest there is a theme going on with Native Americans.
Slick sci-fi action with Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. In the future, mankind has discovered the genetic key to immortality (in terms of ageing). But since immortality obviously leads to overpopulation, time (meaning the time you have left to live) is turned into a monetary system, where the rich can afford to keep buying time to live forever, and the poor live day to day, earning a few hours of life with their wages every day to keep their impending death at bay. Interesting concept, but unfortunately, I found the execution lacking. It doesn't handle it with the gravity it deserves and some key events in the plot are dealt with a bit too easily and quickly in order to get the ball rolling.
There is also a parallel to our current world that is presented in the narrative. But it reveals that it's making that parallel too openly. That should be handled more subtly. It also doesn't explore that parallel further or elaborate on it enough for it to be an effective satire either. It reveals its cards early on, but then doesn't play them, shooting itself doubly in the foot.
As a straight popcorn movie, it is serviceable, but not remarkable in any way. 3 out of 5.
The Guard - It came highly recommended, but I found it to be one of those "black" comedies that heaps on the quirk and hopes you don't notice how thin its plot is. Talented cast, and the script has moments of wit, but it just didn't come together for me. - 6/10