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Old 09-30-2012, 04:37 AM   #12301 (permalink)
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This one should be a treat for lovers of good old-fashioned sci-fi. It's got a very b-movie look and feel to it, but a very clever and polished narrative. Its first half reminds me a lot of Blade Runner, while the second half kind of diverges from this. I'll have to watch it again because it's a lot to take in, but I can feel good recommending it. 8/10
Can't wait to see this one. Next day off I have's gonna be a day out to go watch this.

Erm, so, like, films I've seen lately and stuff...

Total Recall

I won't say I was dismally disapointed, but I did think this'd be ok. Turns out Colin Farrell gives a nothing performance, Kate Beckinsale was bloody annoying, the action (barring a zero-gravity gunfight that was way too short) was far from memorable, and Michael Ironside wasn't in it.

Yawn.

Pandorum

This, on the other hand, is my kinda sci-fi/action movie.

Looks beautiful, superbly acted, interesting characters, great mystery concept that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout and a real sense of both physical and psychological menace to keep the plot interesting.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:00 AM   #12302 (permalink)
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Good film. Thought the pacing was off and the actors besides the main two were sub-par. Other than that, Jake Gyllenhal and Michael Pena were great, the action was intense, and the story was fresh. Solid B.
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:05 PM   #12303 (permalink)
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That's a great movie, but far from Miyazaki's best. His best is definitely Priencess Mononoke, which is pretty much the best animated movie I have ever seen. A truly dark look at good and evil, human nature, love, war, environmentalism... it's just brilliant, it really is.

EDIT- Oh damn, forgot Grave of the Fireflies. Although what I said above is totally true, Grave is much better, if only because it's an autobiography of the maker of the film and his childhood in WWII. And he was so depressed about it he had himself die in the movie. Pretty much the most perfect piece of animation there is.
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:55 PM   #12304 (permalink)
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Lake Mungo (2008)

This is the third time I've watched this little Australian psychological horror mockumentary movie that is very unlike any other horror movie I've seen. Because of the style of the movie, a mockumentary rather than found-footage, there's really only one scary card they can do, and that's closeups on ghastly images in the background of photos as disquieting music plays in the background. However, considering this is a documentary style film, you already know the scary moment has passed so it gets old pretty quickly. But again, this isn't your typical horror movie, it's more of a movie about grief and how people handle hard situations. There are some paranormal elements thrown in towards the end to give it a little mystery, but it's pretty obvious that the ghastly conjurations were the result of either video/ picture tampering, or scientific explainable phenomenon. A lot of people would be quick to dismiss this film because it's not really that scary, but there's one thing it does really well and that's leave you emotionally drained when the movie is over. The family is very relateable and act like a normal family so it's very easy to empathize/ sympathize with them, and with that emotional connection you really do get sucked into their grief.

Not a perfect movie, but if you're a longtime horror fan who wants something that stays true to the emotional side of the genre, then this is definitely the film for you.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:15 PM   #12305 (permalink)
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Can't wait to see this one. Next day off I have's gonna be a day out to go watch this.

Erm, so, like, films I've seen lately and stuff...

Total Recall

I won't say I was dismally disapointed, but I did think this'd be ok. Turns out Colin Farrell gives a nothing performance, Kate Beckinsale was bloody annoying, the action (barring a zero-gravity gunfight that was way too short) was far from memorable, and Michael Ironside wasn't in it.

Yawn.

Pandorum

This, on the other hand, is my kinda sci-fi/action movie.

Looks beautiful, superbly acted, interesting characters, great mystery concept that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout and a real sense of both physical and psychological menace to keep the plot interesting.
WB Bulldog. Pandorum is a decent enough flick and had some really great ideas and Antje Traue is in it. Gorgeous woman! Well worth a second watch.

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Lake Mungo (2008)

This is the third time I've watched this little Australian psychological horror mockumentary movie that is very unlike any other horror movie I've seen. Because of the style of the movie, a mockumentary rather than found-footage, there's really only one scary card they can do, and that's closeups on ghastly images in the background of photos as disquieting music plays in the background. However, considering this is a documentary style film, you already know the scary moment has passed so it gets old pretty quickly. But again, this isn't your typical horror movie, it's more of a movie about grief and how people handle hard situations. There are some paranormal elements thrown in towards the end to give it a little mystery, but it's pretty obvious that the ghastly conjurations were the result of either video/ picture tampering, or scientific explainable phenomenon. A lot of people would be quick to dismiss this film because it's not really that scary, but there's one thing it does really well and that's leave you emotionally drained when the movie is over. The family is very relateable and act like a normal family so it's very easy to empathize/ sympathize with them, and with that emotional connection you really do get sucked into their grief.

Not a perfect movie, but if you're a longtime horror fan who wants something that stays true to the emotional side of the genre, then this is definitely the film for you.
Sold! Added to my Blockbuster queue and talking of Aussie flicks, watched this tonight:

A generic plot (backwoods cannibals) is given a decent shot in the arm due to decent acting, camera work and a refreshing lack of obvious cliches. The fact that it uses Tasmanian folklore as it's backdrop (Alexander Pearce - the pieman and the Tasmanian tiger) adds a dose of realism. Great little flick.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:20 PM   #12306 (permalink)
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want to watch the Indonesian film The Raid : Redemption

not sure it's still showing, though
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It's out on DVD over here.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:45 PM   #12308 (permalink)
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Last night I watched Disney's Cinderella. It made me cry when the ugly step sisters ripped apart the dress she was wearing for the ball to stop her from going.
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:54 AM   #12309 (permalink)
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ahhh but cute little Gus comes to the rescue for Cinderelleeeee!
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:57 AM   #12310 (permalink)
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'Surrogates' loved the concept.
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