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Old 03-27-2017, 11:39 PM   #24051
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Re: Movies: Talk About What You've Seen Lately--Part 3

Herzog's Queen of the Desert is finally being released
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Old 03-28-2017, 08:25 AM   #24052
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Re: Movies: Talk About What You've Seen Lately--Part 3

Watched a couple of really good movies yesterday

Ratcatcher was ugly and beautiful at the same time, interesting use of slow motion in some scenes. Child actors were good. Opening credits/scene is great:



House of Tolerance was a strange and disturbing look into life at a Parisian brothel around 1900. Very curious structure with some gambles style-wise that worked imo, plus beautiful to look at. I liked it a lot but yeah pretty bleak this one also. This trailer for it is cool but NSFW:

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Old 03-28-2017, 03:17 PM   #24053
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Life

Yawn! If you've seen the trailer, you know exactly what you're getting with this Alien rip off. Deep space, claustrophobic environment, alien life form who's really strong and smart, and crew members getting picked off one by one. Now they have to stop the alien before it reaches earth.

The special effects are good, but I just didn't find the alien all that scary. It looked like an angry flower from one of my old JRPG video-games. The acting is fine by the A-listers (Gyllenhaal and Reynolds), but there's only so much acting you can do around a sinister alien. The movie would've been just as strong with 2 more no names thrown in instead (though I imagine the marketing for the movie would've been more difficult).

The ending was just about as predictable as you could get. Like 3/4 of the way thru the movie, I'll bet half of you can actually tell me the exact last scene of the movie.

Overall, it's not a bad movie, but I wouldn't shell out your $12 to go see it either.
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Old 03-28-2017, 03:51 PM   #24054
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Solaris (2002)

Steven Soderbergh re-imagining of the 70's cult classic, Solaris is a psychodrama set in deep space. I think the luke warm reception at the time of release is likely due to the fact that you see George Clooney in a spacesuit, and yet nothing gets blown up the entire movie. I think people may have had different expectations walking into this movie.

What it really is, is an examination of faith, life choices, depression, our place on earth/this universe, and just a damn fine character study.

Clooney plays Dr. Kelvin, a 'nihilist psychologist' as he is described in a flashback scene, who is sleepwalking through life because of a recent tragedy. He is recruited for a strange mission. His friend is on a spaceship orbiting Solaris, and something odd is happening, though his friend won't elaborate much, other than to say they aren't leaving.

When Clooney arrives, he finds his friend has committed suicide, and the 2 remaining crew members are acting odd. When he goes to sleep that first night, he dreams of his late wife, and when he is awoken, he finds her in his room on the spaceship.

The journey really starts there, as we explore his relationship with his wife through flashbacks, and through his interactions with her on the spaceship.

The filming of the movie is expertly done. With long conversations, Soderbergh was smart enough to know who the important character was, and to just keep a still camera on their centered face the entire scene, which for actors of this caliber, was a good choice. Everyone puts in stellar work, and let's not discount Viola Davis' work. She just crushes every single role she takes.

Yes there's some scientific gobbledygook with the Higgs Boson whathaveyou, but that aside, this is mainly a story about Dr. Kelvin's journey into his memories, into his lack of faith of a higher being, and into his guilt. This is a somber movie, from the melancholy look of the planet, to the score, to the dialogue, to the actual subject matter. This is a science fiction movie, that uses the science fiction only to dig deeper into the souls of these characters, because a conventional love story wouldn't have allowed this. This is a masterpiece.
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Old 03-28-2017, 04:40 PM   #24055
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Only movie I've ever fallen asleep at the cinema during. Not interested in revisiting either i remember being bored witless.
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Old 03-28-2017, 04:44 PM   #24056
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When movie tickets were $6 a person can justify seeing anything, now people are more selective.
Plus lag until they are available at home is less, better TVs at home, no need to spend $ to see crap movies in the cinema.
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Old 03-28-2017, 05:10 PM   #24057
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Soderberg's Solaris is definitely close to a masterpiece...probably my favorite of his films and my favorite Clooney performance.
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Old 03-28-2017, 05:25 PM   #24058
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Don't know about sodenberg s solaris but the one by tarkovsky was amazing. Don't think that it can be recreated.
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Old 03-28-2017, 06:00 PM   #24059
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I had good times watching the Soderberg version, although I was drunk on absinthe at the the time, so ymmv. It is a bit slow in terms of pacing. Never seen the original; maybe I should Netflix it.
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Old 03-28-2017, 10:04 PM   #24060
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The original IS a masterpiece
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Old 03-28-2017, 10:10 PM   #24061
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My film watching in theaters has dramatically increased since I quit my job and started targeting $5 Tuesdays.
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Old 03-28-2017, 10:37 PM   #24062
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I actually prefer the remake to the original... its a bit more accessible for me personally.
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Old 03-28-2017, 10:38 PM   #24063
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Life

Yawn!

The special effects are good, but I just didn't find the alien all that scary... It looked like an angry flower...

Overall, it's not a bad movie, but I wouldn't shell out your $12 to go see it either.
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Old 03-28-2017, 11:18 PM   #24064
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I actually prefer the remake to the original... its a bit more accessible for me personally.
I do, too
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Old 03-29-2017, 12:49 AM   #24065
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I've seen both Solari and preferred the old one. It was more interesting to me. I neither hated nor loved either of them though.
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Old 03-29-2017, 01:58 AM   #24066
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I'm a big fan of Stanislaw Lem, and a big fan of the original but I prefer the second film. I think it better reflects the book, plus I think it is visually stunning. I've never understood the dislike for it, but a lot of people just don't seem to like it.
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Old 03-29-2017, 07:52 AM   #24067
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On the subject of Soderbergh, Side Effects doesn't get the attention it deserves, but it's a very smart, interesting thriller that I plug here from time to time.
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Old 03-29-2017, 10:00 AM   #24068
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On the subject of Soderbergh, Side Effects doesn't get the attention it deserves, but it's a very smart, interesting thriller that I plug here from time to time.
I felt like it was two different movies, with the first movie being far more interesting. Once they started doing all the double-crosses and twists, it sort of fell off the rails for me. But that first half had me fully engrossed.
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Old 03-29-2017, 03:17 PM   #24069
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I liked Side Effects, too. I also quite liked Haywirw and Contagion.
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Old 03-29-2017, 05:31 PM   #24070
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Can't wait... seeing the iMax version of Ghost in the Shell tomorrow.
Let's see how badly they messed this Comic up... I mean beyond Scarlett Johansson.
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Old 03-29-2017, 06:49 PM   #24071
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I think Scarlet will be alright. I am more saddened by the lack of a Kenji Kawai soundtrack.
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Old 03-29-2017, 07:51 PM   #24072
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I see no point in remaking this sci-fi classic as a live-action affair, but if it's got Scar Jo in a bodysuit in imax, go ahead and take my money.
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Old 03-29-2017, 10:02 PM   #24073
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I think Scarlet will be alright. I am more saddened by the lack of a Kenji Kawai soundtrack.
I thought he did a new one for the new movie...
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Old 03-29-2017, 10:30 PM   #24074
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He did... as far as the main theme. But the song has been reworked.
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Old 03-30-2017, 01:21 AM   #24075
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Side Effects

It was one of those movies I felt coerced to go see because nothing else at the time seemed to be any good and it appeared to have the most potential overall. It turned out to be an enjoyable viewing experience.
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