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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 9:18 am     Reply with quote
Returner, a few hard nuts from that era:
"The Day of the Jackal", 1973.
Gosta-Gavras' "L'aveu", "L'etat de siege"
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 9:41 am     Reply with quote
Clone wars? Any thoughts?

I liked it, Anakin get's at padawan or shall i say apprentice.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 12:45 pm     Reply with quote
Thanks for the tips Affected, liked "The day of the jackal" I'll check out the Gosta-Gavra one's. Jim Carrey's Yes Man was a mixed bag for me, his boss in that movie actor Rhys Darby outshined Carrey so much it hurt.
Carrey's range is kind of limited, playing psychopaths and/or an idiot is about it. He's acting style reminds me of Schwarzeneggers almost. No life in their eyes as they say their lines. As if they were hit in the solar plexus just before. Carrey know's his own range and he's place; over the top and twisted humour. Cable guy, Me and Irene. NOT everyday man Ben stiller type roles for god sake! Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 7:21 pm     Reply with quote
I watched Sunshine last night and it was one of the best sci-fi films I'd seen in a long time (the last one was Children of Men). Intelligent writing, great direction, great acting, exciting premise, and score had a similar vibe to 28 Days Later (which is a good thing). The only thing that bugged me was towards the end when everything was spinning and hurling, gravity appeared to be totally normal inside--WTF was that all about? It's not as if the thing was spinning in pre-designed axis for artificial gravity. Then again, the spaceship design didn't have a rotating design for artificial rotation in the first place, so I guess they had a different technology for it and it remained functional until the very end?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 12:49 am     Reply with quote
-Just watched half of Sunshine, did you notice the subliminal photos during the Icarus 1 scene? Whenever the flashlight shined into the camera, a photo of a smiling person flashed. It was pretty spooky :0
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:37 am     Reply with quote
Passengers - Pretty good movie actually, not sure I liked the interaction between the main actors but the ending was kind of surprising and something I didn't suspect, that made the whole of it better.
Fuck somehow it feels like my english sucks today, I cannot express what I mean. Nvermindire ..I mean Nevermind lol
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 2:27 pm     Reply with quote
Oh, oh - Timecrimes!
Watch it somehow. You always know what's going to happen, and still it manages to be fun to watch.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:10 pm     Reply with quote
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I watched Sunshine last night and it was one of the best sci-fi films I'd seen in a long time (the last one was Children of Men). Intelligent writing, great direction, great acting, exciting premise, and score had a similar vibe to 28 Days Later (which is a good thing). The only thing that bugged me was towards the end when everything was spinning and hurling, gravity appeared to be totally normal inside--WTF was that all about? It's not as if the thing was spinning in pre-designed axis for artificial gravity. Then again, the spaceship design didn't have a rotating design for artificial rotation in the first place, so I guess they had a different technology for it and it remained functional until the very end?


Here, here.... and I had exactly the same exceptions.

See it on Blu-ray if you have the chance... O_O
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:46 pm     Reply with quote
I looked it up--it was supposed to be a highly compressed mass in the ship, but it was never mentioned in the film. Still, that's still a big stretch.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:42 am     Reply with quote
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I looked it up--it was supposed to be a highly compressed mass in the ship, but it was never mentioned in the film. Still, that's still a big stretch.


Gravity on spacecraft is something I usually overlook, if only because however they explain it, it's usually really only budget constraints.

That explanation makes even less sense, though. If there were enough mass on a ship to create gravity that strong, they wouldn't be able to move the ship. They might as well send the moon into solar orbit.....

By the way, because you liked "Sunshine", you need to see "Voyage to the Planets and Beyond". It's essentially a pseudo-documentary drama about the first (future) interplanetary voyage. Very, very well done if you're into realistic sci-fi.

And there's weightlessness on the ship. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:24 am     Reply with quote
Oh wow, I've got to hunt that one down--totally sounds right up my alley. I love realistic sci-fi.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:07 pm     Reply with quote
It's on Netflix and amazon, if you can do either in China.

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http://www.amazon.com/Voyage-Planets-Beyond-David-Suchet/dp/B0007Z0O04/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1230064136&sr=8-1

I'm sure you'd dig it.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 7:28 am     Reply with quote
See Wall-E and Kung Fu Panda! Great movies both of them! Panda was better than I expected, that music and sincere tone and wonderfully done visuals really chooked me up. Old turtle dispersing on the mountain top for example, wonderful! That scene really benefited from being animated. The creative staff must have been in heaven during that project.

However great Kung Fu panda is it can't really match Wall-E. It felt completely flawless, best child animation sofar?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 2:54 pm     Reply with quote
Watchmen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4blSrZvPhU&fmt=18

ah, I've been waiting for this sooo long. can't hardly wait! ( < --- is double negation correct? )
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:17 pm     Reply with quote
Three excellent films I saw recently:

The Lives of Others - A rarely seen ending that’s bittersweet and very satisfying at the same time. Definitely deserves all the awards it has won.


--------------Spoiler Begins-------------
After the film I commented to Elena that it must be a really surreal feeling to be able to sit down and read the files that the secret police had kept on you, knowing these very files could have meant your certain death or at the very least ruined the rest of your life. Then I think about the fact that we’re now living in China and in many ways, the government here is still operating in a similar manner as the old East Germany secret police. People still disappear in the middle of the night here. Maybe one day China will finally realize that’s not how a modern and civilized country should behave.
--------------Spoiler Ends------------------


Slumdog Millionaire - A very enjoyable film, although it got progressively more mainstream in its tone as the film went on, and I wish it had kept its more arthouse flavor from the first half of the film.

The Last King of Scotland -One of the better films I’ve seen in a while. Completely absorbing from beginning to end, and an outstanding performance from Forest Whitaker.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 2:30 pm     Reply with quote
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Slumdog Millionaire - A very enjoyable film, although it got progressively more mainstream in its tone as the film went on, and I wish it had kept its more arthouse flavor from the first half of the film.


God damn you!, now I have to travel all the way to the cinema yet another time. Danny Boyle is the director! Trainspotting, 28 days later, sunshine and now this. Is he lucky?? What's his secret for turning out these sensible and exciting movies? What's his specialty? Any film studen't here? Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 7:35 pm     Reply with quote
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God damn you!, now I have to travel all the way to the cinema yet another time. Danny Boyle is the director! Trainspotting, 28 days later, sunshine and now this. Is he lucky?? What's his secret for turning out these sensible and exciting movies? What's his specialty? Any film studen't here? Smile


I don't think you have to be a film student to know (some of the best directors out there are self-taught afterall).

Danny Boyle's vision as a director is one of kinetic energy. Every shot serves an important purpose--he does not waste the audience's time with pointless filler shots or scenes. His pacing is excellent, as he picks the most relevant bits of the story to tell, keeping the essential core, and if he has to cut footage for the final release, he cuts in the right places. He's also very good at character portrayal--he gets us up to speed on who the characters are and makes us care for them very quickly--something many directors and writers can't seem to do.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:38 am     Reply with quote
Luna, I was kidding about the film student comment (hard to notice it on the net, not worth taking the risk of misjudging either).

Yeah you're dead on with the kinetic energy observation. He weavs together emotional scenes marvelously. Also a great judge of character so he can maximize the emotional impact of every scene, keen eye for that as you pointed out.
How everyone lives in their own little bubble most of the time. That's his world, his playground. Like some of the good classic italian director's and Leone, scorsese. They show the full palette of life. Love Ennio Morricone's soundtracks for that reason, he heightens the emotions in such a finetunely way, and it goes both ways the music interplays with the scenes and vice versa.

(He was sadly underpaid after the good and the bad and the ugly, turning his back to hollywood for that reason´. That all changed with "the mission".... He was afraid when he saw the film footage that he wouldn't be able to do that films majestic scenes justice, but oboy he did.)

But then again some viewers don't want to participate that much in a movie, they wan't to eat popcorn and see some explosions and that's enough. Smile nothing wrong in that,like comparing a big mac with a good 5 star dinner.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 6:51 am     Reply with quote
"Let the right one in" or "Låt den rätte komma in" is one of the best films I´ve seen in a long while, one of those few films that I utterly fall in love with. The soundtrack is also one of the best I´ve heard. Sadly I heard that some hollywood guys want to make an American version of it. So I urge you to watch the original.

Slumdog Millionaire is also fantastic.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:14 pm     Reply with quote
I loved "Let the Right One ..." also. Was not expecting it to be such a sweet, touching movie.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:41 am     Reply with quote
I never thought in a million years that I would get to say this, but Watchmen was great.

Highly recommended.

But be warned; like the graphic novel it's not for children.

I really, really thought it was going to be a watered-down, cheesy star-filled PG version, but it's surprisingly faithful and uncompromising. There is a change, but I can at least understand why now.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 7:57 am     Reply with quote
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I never thought in a million years that I would get to say this, but Watchmen was great.

Highly recommended.

But be warned; like the graphic novel it's not for children.

I really, really thought it was going to be a watered-down, cheesy star-filled PG version, but it's surprisingly faithful and uncompromising. There is a change, but I can at least understand why now.


I totally agree with you!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:34 am     Reply with quote
Let the Right One In - One of the best films I've seen in a long time, and I don't simply mean it's a good film as in the kind you see several times a year--I mean this is the kind of beautiful film that you see only a few of in a decade. I'm going to let it sink in for a while longer before I decide to put it on my all time favorite films list--that's how much I loved it. It's original, beautiful, haunting, bittersweet, and one of those rare films that transcends whatever genre conventions associated with its premise and grabs you by the heart. Some people may never give this film a chance because they think it's a vampire horror film, but it really isn't--the premise is merely a metaphor, and what's deep inside the film is a moving human drama that anyone can relate to.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:33 am     Reply with quote
The book is also great, I´m reading it atm. Recommended for those that want to get deeper into the story.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:25 am     Reply with quote
Watchmen - I didn't find it that great.Too much effects rollercoaster, it was very difficult to follow. Also all the violence, which in the books was put into context and made sense as a part of the rather fascist outlook most of the "heroes" had, just seemed gratuitous in this format. I'm not one to be shocked by that kind of thing, it just didn't help the story, or rather, the story didn't get told in a way that would have allowed you to get to know the characters very well.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:39 pm     Reply with quote
I won't touch the watchmen with a stick now affected, thanks for the tip, not that i needed it. Feed up with superhero movies as we all are. But not that feed up with it that I didn't happen to see wolverine. Saw it against my will, chained to a chair with my eyes taped up "clockwork orange" style.

Anyway......maybe not as bad as the latest highlander movie, but in comparison to the first too x-men movies it sure felt "Highlanderish".
Hugh Jackman was badly directed here. But he probably didn't' care or he ain't up to the task of giving wolverine more layers than three different kinds of grunts. Thinking autopilot would do it? He should have read more of those comic books for inspiration as he did for the previous films. It
helped him find the right tone for wolvie, poses, faces etc. (I'm dead serious he really did!) Had he read the right amount of X-men comics his performance would have been right on! Wink

The film was mediocer i thought, liked the intro though, and Liev Schreiber's performance. Boxing scene was cool. What did you guys think?


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I saw Once recently and I really liked it. It's probably the most genuine and honest and moving film about the friendship between musicians I've ever seen. Total shoestring budget, but totally effective.[/b]
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:18 pm     Reply with quote
Slumdog Millionaire is super sweet.

I was thinking throughout the whole movie "Wow, the Indian films really came up." And then at the end I just laughed out loud when everybody started dancing. I swear... It was the most hilarious part of the movie! "Nita, I will love you forever.. NOW EVERYBODY DANCE!!!" Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:40 am     Reply with quote
Knowing" was pretty cool. And "Butterfly effect revelations" (the third)
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 7:59 am     Reply with quote
I saw Gran Torino. Awesome movie. Clint Eastwood spends half his time on screen scowling and growling*. Funny as hell, too.


*The other half is spend scowling without growling.
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