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Old 02-14-2012, 06:28 AM   #11121 (permalink)
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Expendables would have been better if they'd made fun of the fact that there was no plot whatsoever, rather than trying to manufacture this ridiculous story. These guys are known for one thing - their ability to star in scenes where **** blows up. Trying to add some sort of emotion to it failed horribly in my opinion.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:54 AM   #11122 (permalink)
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So, I saw this and couldn't help but comment. Holy Mountain WAS filmed on Acid. One of the rules on the set was that everyone had to be on acid at all times. It's no accident the entire thing is so ****ed up.
Don't forget that the director ended up deleting scenes because they were "too normal." You know you're in for an acidic mindfuck if that is one of the key elements of the film that you're watching.
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:33 AM   #11123 (permalink)
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I'm about five years late on this one, just watched it last night. I thought it was excellent, all the awkwardness of Napoleon Dynamite except with real character development and amazing subtleties.
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:11 AM   #11124 (permalink)
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I'm about five years late on this one, just watched it last night. I thought it was excellent, all the awkwardness of Napoleon Dynamite except with real character development and amazing subtleties.
Liked it a good bit myself...

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Loved when he attacks the dude in the wheelchair, when you expect him to apologize... and then gets his ass whooped. Character development came as an after-thought there at the end, but it did come. Inspired by his beating.
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:15 AM   #11125 (permalink)
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Don't forget that the director ended up deleting scenes because they were "too normal." You know you're in for an acidic mindfuck if that is one of the key elements of the film that you're watching.
I wonder if they did El Topo the same way. I just got done watching El Topo for the second time, and I think I enjoyed it more than Holy Mountain. Now on to Santa Sangre, which should be slightly different, as I understand it's a horror flick. I enjoy the messages Holy Mountain and El Topo send. I also enjoy that they contradict each other a bit. One is advocating against organized religion and one for. But that's a nutshell. They're far more involved than just that.
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:15 AM   #11126 (permalink)
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Solomon Kane, aka Diablo the movie, wasn't THAT bad. Sure it was dumb, but esthetically it was superb imo. The mud, the dirt, the pain - the perfect dark fantasy setting, the world could have as well been the Old World from Warhammer.
I saw 3 movies this weekend
Ides of March - if you're interested in politics, you'll love it. If you don't need boobs, machinegun fire and explosions but value a good plot, decent directing and a story that is not yet another Hollywood cliche, you'll love it.
Adjustment Bureau - being a huge Philip K. Dick fan I might be biased, but I really enjoyed it. Shows just how paranoid Dick was The movie itself is both funny and sad, has some romance, a lot of running, several "wtf" scenes, but it's digestible despite being a weird mix.
And finally - Johnny English Reborn. It wasn't as bad as I was expecting it to be, but the movie was a rollercoaster. There are some great scenes but they're usually between really embarrassing or stupid ones.
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:18 AM   #11127 (permalink)
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I wonder if they did El Topo the same way. I just got done watching El Topo for the second time, and I think I enjoyed it more than Holy Mountain. Now on to Santa Sangre, which should be slightly different, as I understand it's a horror flick. I enjoy the messages Holy Mountain and El Topo send. I also enjoy that they contradict each other a bit. One is advocating against organized religion and one for. But that's a nutshell. They're far more involved than just that.
Santa Sangre was produced by Dario Argento's company and it's supposed to be more "mainstream horror" but it's not, really

it's still pretty much a Jodorowsky movie, and the main theme here is Oedipus (surely you know what I'm talking about here)
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:37 AM   #11128 (permalink)
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Ides of March - if you're interested in politics, you'll love it. If you don't need boobs, machinegun fire and explosions but value a good plot, decent directing and a story that is not yet another Hollywood cliche, you'll love it.
I saw that in December, really enjoyed it. One does wonder how exact a portrayal it is of campaigns in the US. Not to say that it being inaccurate would take away from the film, purely from a curiosity perspective!

@MrD00d, personally I found Holy Mountain a bit... much. I think any real message it might have contained was lost in the utter insanity of it all. Like many films these days are rather gratuitously violent, this was gratuitously insane. The re-enactment of the Battle of Tenochtitlan using toads and iguanas? The Robot Vagina? That entire section where "Jesus" was being told about the various different superpowers of the solar system was just... what? If the entire film was meant to be an exhibition of pointlessness, then fair enough, but I would consider the entire film to be rather self-indulgent.
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