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#50034 - 02/27/11 06:33 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Jake999]
SkaffenAmtiskaw Moderator Offline
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I wish I could do what you do, Jake. Sometimes the thinking gets to me. It's what I do. Some films encourage thought. Others are pure popcorn. Sometimes, you get both. And on rare occasions, you get that film that makes you root for the villain unintentionally, like Judge Dredd.

I understand suspending disbelief and going along with the story. Hitchcock was the all-time master of legerdemain at this. It served up a slice of the best pie you ever tasted, warm, with a scoop of ice cream and assorted berries on the side.

However, Hitch is the only filmmaker who has been able to do this to me. Everything else makes me think and ruminate. Nothing made me think quite so furiously as "Valhalla Rising". That thing stayed with me for months. My wife lost interest in five minutes, though. Read an entire magazine and fell asleep as I was thoroughly engrossed.

Movie theatres? They're crowded, smelly, noisy and uncomfortable. I prefer home, or a theatre with a crowd vetted by me.

I do have a question, though: No Talking During The Film or Share Your Every Thought On This Film As It Comes To You?
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#50043 - 02/27/11 07:12 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: SkaffenAmtiskaw]
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I don't usually say anything during movies at all, unless it's "Hey, your chair is on fire," or "While you're up, get me a Coke."
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#50071 - 02/28/11 12:21 AM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Jake999]
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 Originally Posted By: Jake999
I don't usually say anything during movies at all, unless it's "Hey, your chair is on fire," or "While you're up, get me a Coke."

If I were sitting behind you, I'd probably say, "Excuse me, sir, but would you mind removing your hat?"
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#50072 - 02/28/11 12:25 AM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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LOL! I've never worn it to a movie theater... maybe the time has come.

I did sit behind a woman once long, long a go who had BIG HAIR.
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#50074 - 02/28/11 01:36 AM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Nemesis]
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It’s a very solid and effective adaptation, but I’d recommend the opposite: see the movie first, then read The Road. As bleak and pessimistic as the film is, the novel is probably ten times as grim, with maybe only one-tenth the prospects of any kind of hope for anyone at the end. Beyond that, the film lacks much of the distinct language of Cormac McCarthy, as expressed mostly in the internal monologues of the father. I’ve always found most of what I’ve read by McCarthy quite spare, yet he effectively conveys a great deal of mood and emotion thru those words he does offer.

I hesitated for some time before adding “The Road” to my Netflix queue, mainly because from the trailers, and comments of those I know who saw it, the movie’s score seemed totally inappropriate and overbearing to me. I’m glad I viewed it at home, with DVD remote control always in hand, so I could quickly cut the volume nearly every time the soundtrack swelled. The viewing experience would probably have been insufferable in a theater. If there was ever a film that should have no musical score, The Road is it.

Similarly, the film adaption of No Country for Old Men is quite good, but as engaging and entertaining as it is, once again (as almost always) the book is superior.

I’ve read the majority of Cormac McCarthy’s work, and can recommend it all. Blood Meridian, as well as The Border Trilogy are essential for anyone who’s found his material at all interesting.

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#50075 - 02/28/11 01:51 AM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: unrested]
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I'm just about to try and find kokuhaku to watch online.

My type of film.

Zatoichi, Old Boy, Audition, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Ichi the Killer, Reincarnation, Tetsuo, Gurotesuku.
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#50095 - 02/28/11 07:54 AM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Tesseract]
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The reasons you stated are the reasons why I would say to read the book first. Otherwise, one might have an overly cheery impression from the movie adaptation, which is quite the opposite effect of the book. Of course they made the movie have a somewhat hopeful ending--it IS Hollywood, after all ;\)

I usually love soundtracks, but they were just...inappropriate in "The Road". There should have been no music at all, just a man and his son, experiencing the horrors of a post-apocalyptic world.
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#50096 - 02/28/11 08:05 AM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Hegesias]
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 Originally Posted By: Hegesias
Zatoichi, Old Boy, Audition, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Ichi the Killer, Reincarnation, Tetsuo, Gurotesuku.

Major props for Park Chan-Wook. I think he's the best filmmaker working today.

If you like Tetsuo I suggest the films of Shozin Fukui. He had a hand in making Tetsuo and seeing how many aspects of that film went on to Fukui's work and not Tsukamoto's makes me believe it was a larger part than he was accredited for.

His most known work is 964 Pinocchio, a film unusual in every way imaginable. This movie looks strange, is shot in strange camera angles, sounds strange, is sequenced strangely, is strangely timed, and just what's going on is anyone's guess sometimes. I actively search for strange and unusual entertainment and I haven't seen anything quite like it.

I would also suggest it's semi-prequel Rubber's Lover. While less absurdly abstract than 964 this film pushes Tetsuo's mechanical fetishism aspects into an extreme work of bondage horror.

Unfortunately few of Fukui's films have been translated. I hope to see subtitles to his latest S-94 which clearly carries on his theme of gritty and sexual cyberpunk.

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#50126 - 02/28/11 12:43 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: TV is God]
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I watched Bronson last night, and I liked it. The first analysis is a man who will be his own man, regardless of flaws (real or perceived), come what may.

I found it inspirational in this respect. I chuckled out loud at the soundtrack of Pet Shop Boys' "It's A Sin" when he was almost-permanently drugged up.
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#50128 - 02/28/11 12:49 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Autodidact]
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The movie was indeed great and the Pet Shop Boys dance scene was hilarious. I have been reading upon the real Bronson and even when he is (slightly) more nuanced, it is an inspirational person.

A guy taking someone hostage and demanding an inflatable doll, a helicopter and a cup of tea as ransom, can't be but great.

I especially loved the last "art class" scene, combined with the music, it was awesome.

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#52079 - 04/02/11 02:04 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Diavolo]
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I watched this movie yesterday and it was quite good. A warning to those preferring action and such; the whole movie is situated in one room and the sole action is the dialogue between two guys with opposing beliefs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0MSitTAYyA

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#52234 - 04/05/11 10:18 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Diavolo]
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Found an old movie that I haven't seen since the 60s. Tom Poston in ZOTZ! It's just a fun movie about a klutz professor who finds a magical coin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IPspjgrZ_8&feature=related
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#52238 - 04/05/11 11:49 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Jake999]
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Nice, both these look good Jake and Diavolo, I'll watch them both.

I like movies that have only a few actors. My favourite are ones like The Shining, Antichrist, Silence of the Lambs, Valhalla Rising, anything where there is strong character development with the mood setting based on psychological events.

I really don't mind black and white movies because I like black and white photography as well. Nosferatu, I like minimalism and things I can focus on finding depth.

I recommend this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjMB06SAWJ0
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#52276 - 04/06/11 12:10 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Hegesias]
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Another great although quite strange movie is the Russian "Stalker".

Available online:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4947870279914964017#

Description: Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers. Over his wife's numerous objections, a man rises in the dead of night: he's a stalker, one of a handful who have the mental gifts (and who risk imprisonment) to lead people into the Zone to the Room, a place where one's secret hopes come true. That night, he takes two people into the Zone: a popular writer who is burned out, cynical, and questioning his genius; and a quiet scientist more concerned about his knapsack than the journey. In the deserted Zone, the approach to the Room must be indirect. As they draw near, the rules seem to change and the stalker faces a crisis.

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#52318 - 04/06/11 08:18 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Diavolo]
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One that I watched recently, courtesy of Netflix:

The Stoning of Soraya M.

It's basically a dramatized version of the real thing.

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