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#44692 - 12/07/10 01:47 AM Movie Recommendations
HeimiricIX Offline
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I've been watching a lot of movies recently, some old and some new and I wanted to share a bit of them here.

Call of Cthulhu

I just watched this movie which is a adaptation of Lovecraft's story by the same name by these guys and I have to say is by far one of the best Lovecraft adaptations I have seen.

It's loyal to the original story and captures a bit of the atmosphere of the same as well, which is a lot to say since most Lovecraft adaptations look mostly like parodies.

Without giving into big story changes or great FX this movie finally does it.

Totally Recommend it.

The Midnight Meat Train

Now from another master of Horror comes this. Adaptation from the short story of the same name this is a movie that really gets Barker essence into it.

A few changes were made from the original story but nothing too big nor too important, it's enjoyable, crude, and beautifully well done.

A great horror movie to watch on a dark night.

Trick R' Treat

This is a bit out of season but nevertheless, this movie has something most modern horror movies lacks, a good entertaining story.

Four interwoven stories that tells you what happen if you find yourself breaking a Halloween rule.

It's a great, great watch. A instant classic, at least in my book.

Best.
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#44945 - 12/15/10 03:53 AM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: HeimiricIX]
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I have to agree with you and also say so many people are so caught up into todays movies that they could learn a lot from the oldies. I still have to say my favorite is The Exorcist. The old Friday the 13th adn Halloween's are good too and then there are the cheaper ones like 976-EVIL.
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#44983 - 12/15/10 09:33 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: HeimiricIX]
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If you're big on Lovecraft style horror , you'll love John Carpenters In the Mouth of Madness [contains whole sections of uncredited HPL text]. Much like Lovecraft, this film left me quite uneasy on first sitting. A rare thing.

Cigarette Burns is in a similar vein, possessing something of a King in Yellow feel. Well worth a look.

I'm a great fan of early Wes Craven - Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyse, The People Under the Stairs, Nightmare on Elm St [I just can't bring myself to watch the remake. Robert Englund = Fred Krueger. Period] etc.

George Romero was great, but his recent efforts have left me cold. I really enjoyed the various Return of the Living Dead films. ROTLD3 was like a zombie apocalypse take of Romeo and Juliet - and bloody brilliant for that absurdity.

Of more recent times, the Ginger Snaps trilogy seemed to be heading in the right direction. The series was so successful that a shameless big budget [relatively, anyway] ripoff was commissioned - Jennifer's Body. Despite my bias for Megan Fox [an angel! ], it was great horror movie.

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#45048 - 12/16/10 09:38 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Harvey]
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I have seen In the Mouth of Darkness which is an obvious hommage to Lovecraft yet I do not believe it does capture Lovecraft's essence in it. It is a fun movie to watch but not that good.

Cigarette Burns, now that is a movie I enjoy, though I recognize it is not a great film either, the story degrades at some point (lack of imagination? Or of budget?) yet for the most part it is well done. I recommend this one completely, if you can find it, over here is a bit difficult to find.

Wes Craven's golden age, totally agree, recent attempts (and not so recent, ehem, like with Scream) are far from being even shadows of what Craven originally did. I believe I'll schedule some friday night Craven soon.

As for Ginger Snaps, I only watched the first one, it was fun, but nothing special and had no idea of the others, I'll look for them. And Jennifer´s Body, I wasn't able to watch it, my wife promised to castrate me if I did. Still not sure why.

Best!
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#45050 - 12/16/10 11:10 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: HeimiricIX]
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Temple of Set Reading List #7: HPL/Films:

F7A. The Curse. 1987. Claude Akins. MA: “Interesting treatment of HPL’s The Colour Out of Space.”

F7B. Die, Monster, Die! 1965. Boris Karloff, Nick Adams. MA: “Another shot at The Colour Out of Space, much more stylized and remote from the original than #F7A.”

F7C. Re-Animator. 1985 Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott. MA: “A charmingly horrible adaptation of HPL’s early series of short stories Herbert West-Reanimator.”

F7D. From Beyond. 1986. Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton. MA: “Since audiences survived #F7C, the same gang returned with this somewhat more startling HPL-theme film - not very true to the story, as Howard was not into black leather S&M, but reasonably Yuggothy.”

F7E. The Dunwich Horror. 1970. Sandra Dee, Dean Stockwell, Ed Begley, Sr., Sam Jaffe. MA: “The first ‘modern’ HPL film. Sandra Dee was added to the story to give it a female victim, and there is nothing physically unusual about Wilbur Whateley, although Stockwell portrays him weirdly enough. The only appearance by the ‘Old Ones’ is as a group of hippies dancing through the meadows, which is a new one for this HPL-fan.” [Note: There was a recent TV-remake of TDH, of which a cameo by Stockwell was its only redeeming feature.]

F7F. The Haunted Palace. Vincent Price, Lon Chaney Jr. MA: “For some odd reason, this film is fully titled ‘Edgar Allen Poe’s The Haunted Palace. In actuality it has nothing to do with Poe; the story is adapted from HPL’s novel The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward. It is a loose adaptation, fun for CDWophiles.”

F7G. The Resurrected. Live Home Video, 1991 (ISBN 1-55658-765-1). MA: “A superb rendition of The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, true to the original except moved forward to contemporary time.”

F7H. Dagon. 2001. MA: “Director Stuart Gordon, who gave us #F7C & #F7D, really outdid himself with this one, which is essentially HPL’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth reset [interestingly/convincingly] to a decrepit Spanish fishing village. As is usual with HPL protagonists, things start creepy and get progressively worse. Don’t watch this one late at night, alone, or if you’re planning a Spanish coastal vacation.”

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#45052 - 12/17/10 12:57 AM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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Oh boy, I really hope I can find those, I have only seen the last one.

You can add these others there, Dr. Aquino, both worth it.

Call of Cthulhu - 2005

And.

Cthulhu - 2007
This one is a very interesting take of the Shadow over Innsmouth on modern times, I was a bit sceptical about this one but it was worth it in the end.

Best.
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#45092 - 12/17/10 07:51 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: HeimiricIX]
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And here comes HPL's The Whisperer in Darkness.
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#45121 - 12/18/10 10:26 AM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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And another one is "The House Of Usher". Old but good.
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#45135 - 12/18/10 01:18 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: manofsteel]
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 Originally Posted By: manofsteel
And another one is "The House Of Usher". Old but good.

That would be Poe, not Lovecraft. I agree that the 1960 Roger Corman film is one of the most exquisite portrayals Vincent Price ever did.

Then there is this recent remake, which I haven't seen but sounds hilarious:

 Originally Posted By: Amazon reviewer "dustydog"
This movie is a letdown in many ways, but some may find it amusing. The story updates Poe's classic short story, which is fine enough to do, but the result is flat. The dialog is leaden, the acting wooden. Overall the emoting is high school thespian club caliber. The lead actor, Michael Cardelle, is certainly a beauty but he seems more suited to be starring in an underwear catalog. Others have commented on how the house and the Usher siblings look like they are deteriorating, but you may disagree. Roderick Usher (Frank Mentier) looks rather healthy and only talks of his sensitivity to light (hence the fashionable dark glasses). His interest in photographing the hired help shirtless and then they seem to become ghosts is an odd twist, especially since the ghosts in various shades of tight boxer briefs don't seem to be able to touch the living, but merely do some sort of hand and mouth hovering, inches away from Victor's luscious torso. Friend/lover Victor calls Usher, "Ush" but considering the absolutely awesome bulge in Roderick's tight black briefs, "Rod" may have been a better nickname. The actress playing Madeline (Jaimyse Haft), looks unhinged, mentally over the top, but not physically ill--unless you don't like Shelly Duvall types. She seems to be wearing the gooiest, stickiest lip-gloss, but the kissing scenes are mainly between the two male leads anyway. As for the house, no attempt is made to make it look like a face, as in Poe's story. It looks like a very nice mansion. The only sign of "deterioration" is that at one point two planks of wood and a piece of plaster suddenly fall onto the floor (evidently from above, but we are not shown even where). The rest of the place is bright, spanking new. Even the outdoor sculptures look pristine, not weather beaten at all. The movie is shot on HD video, so there is only sharp focus, none of the lovely depth of field inherent in actual film and the so-called fall of the house is done with cheap CGI. There is, however, a surprise ending that is actually rather cool.

If you like the original Poe story, you might want to pick up a copy of Robert McCammon's Usher's Passing sequel, which does full justice to the eerieness & decadence of the Poe original. [Note that used paperback copies can be had very inexpensively.]
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#45302 - 12/20/10 11:50 AM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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Thank you very much for I will have to check it out. There a lot of them out there that many people have never discovered. I know that it is a different writer but I do think Lovecraft had a better broad spectrum of movies. Thanks a lot for your reccomendation.
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#48183 - 02/06/11 05:52 AM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: manofsteel]
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if i may i would like to contribute a few of my favorite asian films:

4bia - 4 indonesian tales of horror. the first one about knocked me out of my chair.

thirst - a korean tale of a vampire in love with a mortal but extremely depressing and twisted. no twilight glitter vamps here only the super gritty type.

kokuhaku - also known as Confessions. entered into international film contests world wide by japan. last year was Okuribito (Departures). its a psychotic murder mystery with incredible plot twists and an atmosphere that thrusts the viewer into the most depraved depths of mental illness.
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#48585 - 02/10/11 06:44 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: unrested]
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If you speak spanish you can also check out "La Herencia Valdemar" and its sequel, they are not the best HPL based movies but they are entertaining to say the least.
The best movie I´ve seen lately is Valhalla Rising, I can only recommend it to everybody. It reminded me of "Aguirre: The Wrath of God" but with vikings and a mysterious one eyed main character.

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

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#48669 - 02/11/11 12:13 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Gueheriet]
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I watched Valhalla Rising yesterday and it blew my mind. To me, it is a Nietzschean tale and I can't express the depth it has. Of course, depth is largely subjective when it comes to movies and often entirely depends upon its viewer.

Many will be bored while watching it, expecting vikings and fast-paced action. It doesn't provide that at all.

Still, I was mesmerized from the beginning to the end. That doesn't happen very often.

A must see for any satanist that prefers content, even if he delivers it himself while watching.

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#48714 - 02/11/11 09:46 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Diavolo]
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I saw clips for Valhalla Rising a while back and wanted to see it. Now I'm going to have to see if the local video store has gotten it in. I'll let you know how it is from my perspective. ;\)
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#48725 - 02/12/11 03:16 AM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Diavolo]
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I think my opinion of VH is congruent with Diavolo's. The film follows a very severe structure, and it's recommended that you turn off all expectations towards what you're going to see. It's reminiscent of "Kooyaqatsi" and "Powaqatsi" (spelling Inuit names from memory isn't my strong suit) in that it presents a sequence of events and mise-en-scenes, but the narrative in VH is more directed and intentional.

Not to be watched while tired and inattentive, when you would much prefer something light and entertaining. Watching it in the right mindset will blow your mind. I was fortunate.
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#48754 - 02/12/11 03:10 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Diavolo]
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I saw that a couple of months ago and had the same reaction. Definitely not the typical movie. It's brutal and relies heavily on facial expressions and body language. The scenery tells the story more than the characters do. It was a very strange movie, perhaps that's why it had such appeal for me.

One-Eye with his axe. I loved how he broke his opponent's neck in one of the fights. Epic.
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#48756 - 02/12/11 03:21 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Nemesis]
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I love the first chapter.

It is very symbolic about how society keeps us chained and caged and only utilizes us to its benefit. We are even allowed to kill, as long as they control it, and it is to their advantage.

It is through our disgust and hatred to all this that we will find a manner to break free, destroy all that controlled us before and walk our own path.

It is only then that we transcend the status of cattle.

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#48758 - 02/12/11 03:41 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Diavolo]
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Well it better not suck, because after reading the first couple of reviews I put it on my Netflix thing, and should be getting it early next week.
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#48769 - 02/12/11 11:39 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Asmedious]
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I'm hitting the store and then the video store tomorrow. I'm working on getting some things up and running, a business of my own, yet again, and need to pick up just a couple more things. But since I've been itching for a good movie, I plan on watching that tomorrow evening. I'll post my thoughts after I'm done watching it.
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#48770 - 02/13/11 12:32 AM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Nyte]
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Yup, I'll bite. All of the reviews have, indeed, caught my interest as well. My impression after reading you all talk about it, is that it is not your standard Hollywood-ized movie. I like strange and I like depth in my movies, personally. A good example would be The Fountainhead or Donnie Darko.
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#48780 - 02/13/11 08:32 AM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Diavolo]
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 Quote:
It is only then that we transcend the status of cattle.

And then proceed to go stark raving mad ;\)

Asmedious: The key is to not go into this movie with any preconceptions. This isn't "Too Fast, Too Furious: Nordland Drift" or "Gladiator" with Vikings instead of Romans (well, sort of). It's a very indie film, and there's a reason why it didn't open in any theaters here in the US (as far as I'm aware of). It won't appeal to the vast majority of moviewatchers.
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#48781 - 02/13/11 10:19 AM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Nemesis]
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Indeed, this is one of those "like it or hate it" movies. I've seen reviews range from "best movie ever" to "euro-trash".

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#49054 - 02/17/11 04:42 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Diavolo]
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I watched it last night. Didn't like it. If there was some kind of deep meaning to it all, I completely missed it.

Non the less it had some good parts at the beginning.
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#49057 - 02/17/11 05:27 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Asmedious]
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 Originally Posted By: Asmedious
If there was some kind of deep meaning to it all, I completely missed it.


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ZARATHUSTRA’ DISCOURSES
I. THE THREE METAMORPHOSES

THREE METAMORPHOSES OF the spirit do I designate to you: how the spirit becometh a camel, the camel a lion, and the lion at last a child.

Many heavy things are there for the spirit, the strong load-bearing spirit in which reverence dwelleth: for the heavy and the heaviest longeth its strength. What is heavy? so asketh the load-bearing spirit; then kneeleth it down like the camel, and wanteth to be well laden. What is the heaviest thing, ye heroes? asketh the loadbearing spirit, that I may take it upon me and rejoice in my strength.

Is it not this: To humiliate oneself in order to mortify one’s pride? To exhibit one’s folly in order to mock at one’s wisdom? Or is it this: To desert our cause when it celebrateth its triumph? To ascend high mountains to tempt the tempter? Or is it this: To feed on the acorns and grass of knowledge, and for the sake of truth to suffer hunger of soul? Or is it this: To be sick and dismiss comforters, and make friends of the deaf, who never hear thy requests? Or is it this: To go into foul water when it is the water of truth, and not disclaim cold frogs and hot toads? Or is it this: To love those who despise us, and give one’s hand to the phantom when it is going to frighten us? All these heaviest things the load-bearing spirit taketh upon itself: and like the camel, which, when laden, hasteneth into the wilderness, so hasteneth the spirit into its wilderness.

But in the loneliest wilderness happeneth the second metamorphosis: here the spirit becometh a lion; freedom will it capture, and lordship in its own wilderness. Its last Lord it here seeketh: hostile will it be to him, and to its last God; for victory will it struggle with the great dragon. What is the great dragon which the spirit is no longer inclined to call Lord and God? “Thou-shalt,” is the great dragon called. But the spirit of the lion saith, “I will.” “Thou-shalt,” lieth in its path, sparkling with gold—a scale-covered beast; and on every scale glittereth golden, “Thou shalt!” The values of a thousand years glitter on those scales, and thus speaketh the mightiest of all dragons: “All the values of things—glitter on me. All values have already been created, and all created values—do I represent. Verily, there shall be no ‘I will’ any more. Thus speaketh the dragon.

My brethren, wherefore is there need of the lion in the spirit? Why sufficeth not the beast of burden, which renounceth and is reverent? To create new values—that, even the lion cannot yet accomplish: but to create itself freedom for new creating— that can the might of the lion do. To create itself freedom, and give a holy Nay even unto duty: for that, my brethren, there is need of the lion. To assume the right to new values—that is the most formidable assumption for a load-bearing and reverent spirit. Verily, unto such a spirit it is preying, and the work of a beast of prey. As its holiest, it once loved “Thou-shalt”: now is it forced to find illusion and arbitrariness even in the holiest things, that it may capture freedom from its love: the lion is needed for this capture.

But tell me, my brethren, what the child can do, which even the lion could not do? Why hath the preying lion still to become a child? Innocence is the child, and forgetfulness, a new beginning, a game, a self-rolling wheel, a first movement, a holy Yea. Aye, for the game of creating, my brethren, there is needed a holy Yea unto life: its own will, willeth now the spirit; his own world winneth the world’s outcast.

Three metamorphoses of the spirit have I designated to you: how the spirit became a camel, the camel a lion, and the lion at last a child.—

Thus spake Zarathustra. And at that time he abode in the town which is called The Pied Cow.


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#49603 - 02/24/11 11:13 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Diavolo]
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Valhalla Rising was interesting, just not interesting enough to watch a second time. I understand the concept behind it, the problem was it drag way too much. There could have been so much more added to that movie to intensify the message within it without overloading it. I especially didn't like the ending. I would have liked to see more of what happened with the boy and for One-Eye to have at least fought instead. I won't give any more away.
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#50020 - 02/27/11 02:31 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Nyte]
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One of the better movies to see, even when slightly alien at some levels, is Bronson. The fact that it is based upon a real story might make it all even more surreal to many.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XzmR6Pmmgw

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#50021 - 02/27/11 03:00 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Diavolo]
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Hm, another Refn film ...

I liked Valhalla Rising, on a purely emotional level. I watched it late, after a hard day, and appreciated the 70's-style landscape pans - it was a beautiful movie.

I didn't bother analyzing it, or intellectualizing it at all - I just watched. It was very Zen.
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#50023 - 02/27/11 03:17 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Autodidact]
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 Originally Posted By: Autodidact
[/quote] [quote=Autodidact]Hm, another Refn film ...

I liked Valhalla Rising, on a purely emotional level. I watched it late, after a hard day, and appreciated the 70's-style landscape pans - it was a beautiful movie.

I didn't bother analyzing it, or intellectualizing it at all - I just watched. It was very Zen.


This is when I enjoy movies the most. I seldom see anything in the theaters because there are too many distractions. I like to suspend disbelief, relax in the darkness of my home with the phone off and nothing to do but watch for the sake of watching, leaving all of the analysis for another time.
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#50025 - 02/27/11 03:38 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Jake999]
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I'm not a big fan of theaters either. Too many people, those arriving too late always sitting in from of you, people eating popcorn as if chewing noises contribute to the very taste and those sweet, sweet tunes of cellphones not turned off.

Not even mentioning the breaks because the cattle needs to be fed or can't hold their fluids up long enough.

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#50033 - 02/27/11 06:28 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: SkaffenAmtiskaw]
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I'd also like to highly recommend "The Road", which is a movie adaptation of the book. Viggo Mortenson plays the lead character, and it's an incredibly bleak movie that shows how low humanity will sink when faced with starvation, never-ending cold, and no hope.



Naturally I'd recommend that one read the novel first, then watch the movie. The directors did a great job of capturing the essence of the book, and follows it pretty much to a tee.
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#50034 - 02/27/11 06:33 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Jake999]
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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

D.

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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.

D.

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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.

Allahu Akbar.
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#52331 - 04/06/11 10:59 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Diavolo]
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 Originally Posted By: Diavolo
Another great although quite strange movie is the Russian "Stalker".


I’ll second Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Stalker”, and really, just about all his films. The movie of his I’ve most recently viewed was “The Sacrifice”: strangely hypnotic, drenched in atmosphere (as with everything of his I’ve seen), and containing several remarkably long and involved scenes apparently shot in one take.

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#52339 - 04/07/11 01:08 AM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Nemesis]
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCHuSKnFYzY&feature=related

If anyone remembers the 80's movie The Thing?

I'm going to check out this 2011 version for sure.
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#52351 - 04/07/11 02:46 AM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Nemesis]
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Thanks for the link. Just watched the YouTube clip of the CNN segment; as reprehensible as christianity is, islam is even more vile by orders of magnitude. Obviously, any number of apologists will claim the young woman’s death is due more to Kurdish tradition than islamic decree, but I can’t bring to mind any recent (20th century, let alone 21st) “honor killing” enacted in a “Western”, non-muslim society. Although, if a 600C member cites one such homicide somewhere in Latin America, as I have vaguely skirting the periphery of my memory, I’ll readily concede the point.

The young woman in the (presumably accurate) clip was a stranger to me, and I will not feign any deep personal sorrow at her death -- strangers die every day. But any religion that demands “submission”, and has its adherents prostrate five times daily is even more of an enemy to me than christianity.

Most muslims I’ve known here in the U.S. are similar to xtians I’ve known, in that they are fairly hypocritical when it comes to living up to the ideals of their professed religious convictions, and to this point pose a manageable “threat” to my way of life. But when bad comes to worse, I’ll side with Christopher Hitchens (http://www.hitchensweb.com/) in condemnation and contempt for fundamentalist islam as a serious threat to the basic foundations of Western “enlightenment”.

Beyond that, any religion that forbids the use of alcohol can seriously fuck off. And on that note, I believe I’ll have another shot of vodka just for allah...

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#53028 - 04/16/11 09:29 AM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Tesseract]
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"Restrepo" - a documentary of the Airborne Infantry in Korengal Valley, Afghanistan. It paints a very accurate portrait of life in the 'working mans' Army. Anyone with an opinion on this war should see this movie.

"The 9th Company" - a drama of the Soviet experience in Afghanistan. I give it top marks for technical accuracy and character development.
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#53228 - 04/20/11 08:06 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Fist]
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110420/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_libya_photographers

“Restrepo” has been in my Netflix queue for a while now, and now the film’s co-director Tim Hetherington has just been killed in Libya.

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#98992 - 04/24/15 12:07 AM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Tesseract]
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My current top 10 (in no particular order) are:

1.) The Rocky Horror Picture Show
2.) Night of The Living Dead (the original)
3.) Hellraiser (all of them)
4.) Poultrygeist - Night of The Chicken Dead
5.) The ABC's of Death 1 & 2
6.) The Human Centipede 2 (full sequence)
7.) Amadeus
8.) A Nightmare On Elm Street (all of them
9.) Friday The 13th (all of them)
10.) Hallowe'en (all of them)

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#101779 - 07/23/15 06:24 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: MReynolds]
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Electra Glide in Blue


1973 flick with Robert Blake as an Arizona motorcycle cop


Edited by Carcosa (07/23/15 06:39 PM)
Edit Reason: changed 'william' to 'robert'

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#101783 - 07/23/15 11:35 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Carcosa]
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For sad dog movies; can't go past Red Dog. About a dog who loves his owner so much that he can't bear to be without him. Good show of the loyalty. This is also a local movie from where I grew up \:\)
True story.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTExiWzvJlo
^ Trailer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEu7n4wew_A
^ My favourite scene "Have you seen John?" (it does give away the movie a bit). Tugs on my heart strings more than Hachi and Marley combined).
http://www.streamovies.net/play.php?movie=0803061
^ Full movie if anyone's interested. Safe site, my sister uses it all the time.

Here's a trailer to another movie i love. An oldie but a goodie.
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgFDIinCeYI
^Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bRrufvzaWc
^Full movie.
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#101815 - 07/25/15 12:27 PM Re: Movie Recommendations [Re: Satanic Princess]
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Mad Max: Fury Road was very good -- a rare case of a modern movie made by whites, with no non-whites and NO Jew sentiment of any kind. Just primal white pagan genius, beauty and vitality on display. Not surprisingly, it did very well at the box office. If Hollywood wasn't controlled by pathological Jews with an agenda, they'd make many more movies like this, instead of the PC, jewified and negrified garbage they spew out. But cultural engineers gonna engineer, at least until the industry goes bankrupt and they're driven out of our lands. Hail Satan!

Edited by Brother Nihil (07/25/15 01:17 PM)

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