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Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« Reply #1150 on: December 22, 2016, 01:29:58 pm »
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A few less mainstream films I've seen recently on Netflix and wherever:
Victoria - Interesting mostly because it was shot in one take, a good movie about a girl meeting some men on a night out and things happen. Not the best movie, still good though. German+English.
7 Annos - First class movie. Spanish. Films don't need car chases and explosions to be exciting.
The Devli's Backbone - Good movie. Spanish horror by Guillermo Del Torro. Not as good as Pan's Labyrinth but what is?
Lobster - A British version of a French surrealist movie? It is a comedy and it is funny as well as being a satire on society. Won't suit everyone but it I thought it was excellent.
Convenience - Low budget British movie about a couple of idiots robbing a convenience store. Not the best movie ever but it's funny, taps into the same low life humour as Clerks.

The Lobster was the best movie this year, I think.  Devil's Backbone was cool, though I saw it quite a long time ago.  I haven't seen the other ones.
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Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« Reply #1151 on: December 22, 2016, 04:26:10 pm »
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Talking about best movies of the year, here are my favourites:

Paterson (Jarmusch): A film about the poetry writing busdriver Paterson living in Paterson. Somebody described it being about the "poetry of every day life" which is quite fitting in my opinion. The score and cinematography produce a very gentle environment where the characters are allowed to be unnaturally kind to each other, but you fully believe them. I think I just felt joy for the whole duration of the movie. Extra shoutout for the minor appearance of the Moonrise Kingdom kids.

Exilé (Phan): A poltical essay film, from a Cambodschian emigrant trying to make peace with his experiences during the Khmer Rouge. It uses feature footage + an actor being staged in one room. It was a very personal movie and you could feel it. Saw it on a festival, I don't have much hope for a wide release  :'(

Certain Women (Reichardt): A feminist movie about the experiences of three women living in Montana. You only see a small, yet meaningful excerp of their lives in contemporary (midwest?) American society. Quite moving, especially the last part, featuring Lily Gladstone (and Kristen Stewart).

Hail, Caesar! (Coen brothers): A movie celebrating classical Hollywood aswell as incorporating the blacklisted socialists. Throw a clueless actor between them and you'll get an absolutely hilarious movie out of it.

Some awesome 2015 movies that are German 2016 ones and would have made this list: Anomalisa (Kaufman), Knight of Cups (Malick) and Mustang.

Runner ups of 2016 films that are still awesome: Love & Friendship, Nocturnal Animals, Captain Fantastic, Elle and Frantz

Still have to catch up with some movies that might make the list, mainly: The Handmaiden, Moonlight, La la Land and Manchester by the Sea. Maybe I'll go watch I, Daniel Blake after Christmas aswell.

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Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« Reply #1152 on: December 28, 2016, 11:29:34 am »
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La la Land

Went and saw this over the weekend. Liked it. Friend that I saw it with actually knew one of the dancers (he was a dance instructor that he has done workshops with). Was a surreal moment for him.
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Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« Reply #1153 on: December 28, 2016, 03:27:28 pm »
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Hail, Caesar! (Coen brothers): A movie celebrating classical Hollywood aswell as incorporating the blacklisted socialists. Throw a clueless actor between them and you'll get an absolutely hilarious movie out of it.

I enjoyed this movie. Not my favorite Coen Brother film, but it was nicely done. I just love that there really was a communist plot within Hollywood. Gave me a great chuckle.
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Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« Reply #1154 on: January 02, 2017, 07:18:48 pm »
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Today, I saw The Martian and Catfish. I had high-ish expectations for both, and both of them exceeded my expectations.
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Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« Reply #1155 on: January 02, 2017, 08:09:12 pm »
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I did catch the Martian on HBO. It was very enjoyable. I normally am not interested in the person-vs-environment trope. For example, while Gravity was excellently shot, the story dragged on for my taste.

But the Martian handled the person-vs-environment trope while also shifting focus to Earth and the spaceship. Therefore it did not drag on for me.

I also saw Batman vs Superman on HBO. Yeah, that was dreadful.
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Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« Reply #1156 on: January 24, 2017, 03:35:19 pm »
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Thoughts on Grave of the Fireflies?

I heard it described as one of the saddest movies ever made, but I found it quite underwhelming, especially compared to the Tale of Princess Kaguya. The story is captivating, but the way it's written makes it so you see everything coming, so it's all part of the plan. I was still waiting for it to really get into the hard feelings when it ended.

Still a good movie, the usual Ghibli purity with everything feeling authentic and no usual hoolywood BS. But low impact compared to most other Ghibli movies.
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Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« Reply #1157 on: January 24, 2017, 03:46:36 pm »
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I could not get attached to the main character, so it had no effect on me. He was just making poor decision after poor decision out of pure stubbornness? Plus, I guess a childhood of watching gritty movies about civilians trying to get through our Civil War just made Grave of the Fireflies feel exploitative.

Recently watched Kubo though. Found it enchanting and full of personality, despite the predictable twists and a somewhat underwhelming finale. Also, dat While my guitar gently weeps cover.
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Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« Reply #1158 on: January 24, 2017, 03:54:31 pm »
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He was just making poor decision after poor decision out of pure stubbornness?

Yeah, there's that, too.
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Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« Reply #1159 on: January 24, 2017, 04:58:00 pm »
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Thoughts on Grave of the Fireflies?

I heard it described as one of the saddest movies ever made, but I found it quite underwhelming, especially compared to the Tale of Princess Kaguya. The story is captivating, but the way it's written makes it so you see everything coming, so it's all part of the plan. I was still waiting for it to really get into the hard feelings when it ended.

Still a good movie, the usual Ghibli purity with everything feeling authentic and no usual hoolywood BS. But low impact compared to most other Ghibli movies.


I watched it at 8, having never seen a sad movie. I might think it sucks now, who knows.
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Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« Reply #1160 on: January 24, 2017, 06:59:45 pm »
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Suicide Squad is nominated for an oscar. Ugh.
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Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« Reply #1161 on: January 24, 2017, 08:10:43 pm »
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Suicide Squad is nominated for an oscar. Ugh.

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Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« Reply #1162 on: January 25, 2017, 06:40:36 am »
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The criticism of the film usually didn't involve the Make-up so maybe you ca forgive them being nominated for an Oscar
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Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« Reply #1163 on: January 25, 2017, 06:52:15 am »
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Why do people care about the Academy Awards?
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« Reply #1164 on: January 25, 2017, 11:24:25 am »
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Why do people care about the Academy Awards?

Because their lives are so empty they desperately need something to attach to.
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« Reply #1165 on: January 25, 2017, 11:30:50 am »
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I watched it at 8, having never seen a sad movie. I might think it sucks now, who knows.

I'm sure you wouldn't think it sucks! It's a good movie. It was only a disappointment because I came into it expecting something comparable to the Tale of Princess Kaguya, which is an incredibly high bar.

I watched a youtuber I follow talk about Academy Awards just yesterday, who basically asked the same thing: why do they matter? It's just a bunch of people, who do have a certain taste, choosing their favorite movies, and the same types of movies keep being chosen.

The fact that Spirited Away is the only anime to ever win best animated film is pretty ridiculous and shows a clear bias I'd say... let alone that it didn't win best picture.
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« Reply #1166 on: January 25, 2017, 11:40:36 am »
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I watched a youtuber I follow talk about Academy Awards just yesterday, who basically asked the same thing: why do they matter? It's just a bunch of people, who do have a certain taste, choose their movies, and the same types of movies keep being chosen.

The fact that Spirited Away is the only anime to ever win best animated film is pretty ridiculous and shows a clear bias I'd say... let alone that it didn't win best picture.

It's not just taste either, there are also commercial interests at play. As for why the best animated film award is especially worthless, the judges who vote for the best animated film don't really care about animation at all, and quite a large number of them don't even bother watching any of the movies they're supposed to be voting for.
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« Reply #1167 on: January 25, 2017, 12:55:38 pm »
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So since almost everything I watch is from my own DVD/Blu-ray collection, I'm often seeing movies long after other people. That being said, a couple movies I saw recently that were amazing but not big names...

Predestination (2014) - So creative. One of those movies that just leaves your head hurting in a good way when you think about what you just saw.

Triangle (2009) - This was like a cross between Cube (great movie), Dead End (great movie), and Predestination (great movie). A horror/thriller that's actually clever.
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« Reply #1168 on: January 25, 2017, 02:04:31 pm »
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Why do people care about the Academy Awards?

Because their lives are so empty they desperately need something to attach to.

I think the point is that this makes it obvious that the Academy awards are kind of a sham. But you know, we're also shallow people.
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« Reply #1169 on: January 26, 2017, 08:04:48 am »
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Recently watched Kubo though. Found it enchanting and full of personality, despite the predictable twists and a somewhat underwhelming finale. Also, dat While my guitar gently weeps cover.

I actually rather liked the finale. It bucked against the expected outcome of these types of movies. Kind of like how Dr. Strange's final battle was atypical.

Speaking of finales, I enjoyed the Book of Life at first, and it's a fine 2/3 of a movie, but that battle scene is just too kitschy for me. The silliness of the battle just seems at odds with the charm of the rest of the movie. Sure, the first part of the movie had silly moments, but it just seemed to fall apart in that finale. 
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Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« Reply #1170 on: January 26, 2017, 06:37:03 pm »
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So since almost everything I watch is from my own DVD/Blu-ray collection, I'm often seeing movies long after other people. That being said, a couple movies I saw recently that were amazing but not big names...

Predestination (2014) - So creative. One of those movies that just leaves your head hurting in a good way when you think about what you just saw.

Triangle (2009) - This was like a cross between Cube (great movie), Dead End (great movie), and Predestination (great movie). A horror/thriller that's actually clever.

Predestination is one of the best movies I ever saw in a way that you mentioned. Funny story is that I accidentally found the story based on that film that was like the whole plot in 2 sentences beforehand.
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« Reply #1171 on: February 01, 2017, 12:20:21 pm »
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Rogue One was cool. I was in it.
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« Reply #1172 on: February 01, 2017, 01:50:10 pm »
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I have to say, that last scene with Darth Vader almost entirely justified the whole movie by itself.
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« Reply #1173 on: February 01, 2017, 04:58:55 pm »
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I just saw Blair Witch (2016). It was good, definitely better than you would expect for the kind of thing that it is. I even thought it was somewhat better than the original. Not a mind-blowingly amazing movie though, just pretty decent. Recommended if you liked the original, also recommended if you wanted to like the original but didn't find it very scary (like me), but there's probably no point in watching it if you're not particularly a fan of horror movies.
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« Reply #1174 on: February 18, 2017, 03:10:33 pm »
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I have recently seen Session 9 and The Others. Session 9 was good and The Others was really good.

EDIT: And I just watched The Uninvited, which is funny because a couple of days ago, I was picking out movies to watch and I had considered Janghwa, Hongryeon based on some recommendations but it didn't seem that interesting so I skipped it. But somehow I ended up choosing The Uninvited, and just now I realized that it's a remake of Janghwa, Hongryeon and now I feel kind of stupid. Either way, the remake was an amazing enough movie that I'll have to watch the original as well.
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