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Old 02-23-2013, 05:37 PM   #51
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"Tooken 2: with Liam Neesons."
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:27 PM   #52
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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is one of my all time favorites. This film is perfect. I don't think there's a single flaw in the whole movie, which is pretty rare... I usually have at least one thing to comment about at the end of every movie...but maybe since I like it so much i'm overlooking something?

In order to find a really good film I find myself having to keep going back to older films instead of watching the recent releases. There's so many good movies in the 90's and early 2000's that I didn't/ really couldn't fully appreciate since I was just a kid. I'm actually kinda jealous for anyone who got to see these awesome movies in the theaters.

I'm not saying the new movies are awful, but they're different.

edit: Haha I didn't mean to make anyone feel old when I said movies in the 90's and early 2000's, I guess I'm still a "kid" at 22.

I saw this when I was ~10 at the theater. Then recently re-saw it and liked it way more. It is a very good film imo. Any recommendations similar to it?
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:55 PM   #53
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there is no movie quite like CTHD.

I have no idea how it lost to Gladiator at the 73rd academy awards.

This Chinese movie is extremely lush in presentation in that story lines run several important characters deep... unlike many American films that concentrate on main protagonists of two or three main characters, and those characters usually do not exists in divergent story or time lines.

Tarantino seems to be one modern director that has broken this mold for America.

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Old 02-23-2013, 08:31 PM   #54
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Killer Joe

I didn't get this at all. Not funny enough to be a black comedy, not noir enough to be a neo[noir, and not written well enough for me to give two ****s about any of the stupid ass characters. Emile Hirsch is a horrible actor.

I did like Thomas Haden Church, tho.

But really...wtf was with that drumstick scene?
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:49 PM   #55
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runs and googles killer joe
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:52 PM   #56
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Killer Joe was great! The eff? I would have thought you'd be the target audience for that flick, Dom.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:07 PM   #57
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Drumstick/BONER scene!
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:26 PM   #58
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I'm just tired of movies about scumbags, I guess. I mean, who gives a ****? Why is seeing Gina Gershon beaten to a bloody pulp and made to simulate fellatio on a drumstick entertaining? Especially when there is no further meaning to the movie beyond, "yuck yuck, let's laugh at these rednecks?"
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:30 PM   #59
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No meaning? NO MEANING? Perhaps... BUT!

It is so effective. The jokes hit at the right moments, and it's astonishing how something so disgusting can be so intriguing.

Did you hit your scumbag threshold with Compliance?
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:37 PM   #60
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Compliance was fascinating. And we get to sympathize with both the victim and the idiots who degrade the victim. They're human. Dumb, but human.

With Killer Joe, there isn't one character that isn't a ridiculous caricature. And the problem with that is that these caricatures are not representing anything else. They're devoid of meaning or interpretation. There is no social commentary going on here.

What exactly was funny to you? And why in the world would you think I'd be the target demographic??

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Old 02-24-2013, 12:32 AM   #61
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The book The Finish by Mark Bowden was so much better than zero dark thirty
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:55 AM   #62
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Two friends wanted to take me out to dinner and see a movie last night, so we saw Silver Linings Playbook. Normally, I wouldn't see it, but it wasn't bad. Sure it was formulaic and the parlay thing contrived, but I liked Jennifer Lawrence, and the movie was funny in spots. I liked the Farewell to Arms scene. I suppose the biggest problem, though, is that you never get the feeling these are really tormented souls struggling to regain a place in the world.

But the best joke was the wife's lover was a history teacher--with tenure.
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:07 AM   #63
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I watched most of Beverly Hills Cop 2 on Comedy Central this morning, and it was even worse than I remembered it. The first one was also truly wretched, of course.

They had a lot of cheesy 80's songs that weren't even as good as the original's. It was like a parody of a very bad movie.
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:13 AM   #64
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just watched Robot and Frank.

I was pleasantly with this one.

Frank Langella is great as usual.
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:27 AM   #65
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movies i've seen in the last week (4 movies in a week is probably my personal best (most) in the last year):

Life of Pi - wasn't great. also wasn't fully paying attention. possibly because it wasn't great, possibly because of hot chic.

Silver Linings Playbook - went into this movie having zero idea what it was about. so had no expectations and was pleasantly surprised. i quite liked it.

Bridesmaids - decent comedy. watched it partially drunk with 5 of us. had some laughs, but was sooo tired that i fell asleep on the floor during the last 15 minutes.

The Impossible - just watched this. not much dialogue in it. more of a gripping tale that tries to make you feel like part of it. i was very skeptical about the movie during the first 10 minutes because the script/acting was terrible. but then once the tsunami happened the acting/script was kind of replaced with emotions.

I need some more comedies to have one the docket. any recommendations? i've probably seen all the mainstream ones of the last 5 years or so, but any sort of offbeat ones, or random ones would be appreciated.
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:06 AM   #66
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Just curious...Why was the other thread locked?

Anyway, I just watched Frontieres again.

Very bloody French horror movie that kept me entertained throughout. It's probably my favorite foreign horror film after Martyrs. I think it's a fun watch for fans of the genre.

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Old 02-24-2013, 02:49 AM   #67
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I need some more comedies to have one the docket. any recommendations? i've probably seen all the mainstream ones of the last 5 years or so, but any sort of offbeat ones, or random ones would be appreciated.
what my fairly quick imdb search has yielded:

crazy stupid love (prob not offbeat enough, but i've never seen it)
fat kid rules the world
in the loop
bernie
win win
jeff, who lives at home
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Old 02-24-2013, 04:15 AM   #68
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Just curious...Why was the other thread locked?
Because it was time to start Part 3.
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Jesse and Celeste Forever: A promising story that I thought experienced too many ups and downs over the course of 90 minutes, so much that it felt like 2.5 hours to me. Movie also seemed to walk a fine line of Los Angeles lifestyle versus being a caricature of it.
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:26 AM   #70
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Sound City directed by Dave Grohl. Documentary about the record studio Sound City. What a neat documentary, i've watched a few documentaries but most of them have been about awful stuff (rape, greed, animal abuse etc) so this was really nice for a change. I thought it was a little too long but it was really cool like I said, id def watch it again.

Dave Grohl recording a song with Paul McCartney.. Dave- "why can't it always be this easy?" Paul- "It is." lollll
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:25 PM   #71
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Sound City directed by Dave Grohl. Documentary about the record studio Sound City. What a neat documentary, i've watched a few documentaries but most of them have been about awful stuff (rape, greed, animal abuse etc) so this was really nice for a change. I thought it was a little too long but it was really cool like I said, id def watch it again.

Dave Grohl recording a song with Paul McCartney.. Dave- "why can't it always be this easy?" Paul- "It is." lollll
Yeah, this was quite entertaining. The first half being a history of the recording story and the 2nd half being a who's who of artists recording with Dave Grohl on the legendary sound board. Awesome stuff. I loved how Grohl didn't differentiate between artists as diverse as McCartney, Joshua Homme, Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield, and Lee Ving. All were welcome!
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I didn't realize it was a documentary, but Grohl justed hosted a "Sound City" concert in NYC that included most of those musicians (not sure if McCartney was involved).
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:57 PM   #73
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Killer Joe

I didn't get this at all. Not funny enough to be a black comedy, not noir enough to be a neo[noir, and not written well enough for me to give two ****s about any of the stupid ass characters. Emile Hirsch is a horrible actor.

I did like Thomas Haden Church, tho.

But really...wtf was with that drumstick scene?


Grizzly Man, 2005: still really good. One of my favourite doc's.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:59 PM   #74
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bringing these to the cottage to watch. Will report on them. Anyone seen them?

West Of Memphis
Searching For Sugar Man
Everything or Nothing: Untold story of 007
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:00 PM   #75
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"Cool as Ice" - as riffed by the guys at Rifftrax.
First off, the cinematography by Janusz Kaminski is really good. I'm sure he used some of this as inspiration on "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan".
And it's short. That's a plus! So, drop the zero and watch a hero - Vanilla Ice! (Again, riffed version.)

I probably wouldn't be as enthusiastic with this if I had not just seen Die Hard V - an absolute waste. Skip Woods should have his keyboard taken away (and smashed) for John McClane's dialogue.
I was sent a survey about this film a while back. It outlined the plot as asked for feedback. I suggested finding another Gruber relative. The estranged father-son dynamic did not sound good and did not end up well. (Visions of 'Crystal Skulls' family bickering - also a movie directed by Janusz Kaminski!) Also, Russia is not a great place for this sort of thing (see "The Saint". Actually, don't see "The Saint" - a mere reference is more than enough.)

"Searching for Sugar Man" was a big disappointment. It plays fast and loose with the time lines and facts, deliberately blurring them. It may be a "feel good" film, and maybe even a good film, but it's a horrible documentary.

Wait - I can't leave this post with a Vanilla Ice film being the best thing.....Oh yeah - The Master. If PTA can ever figure out how to end a film he'll be great. But if a company wants my blurb for the Blu-Ray case: "Better than 'Cool as Ice'"
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