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Old 11-24-2012, 11:58 AM   #12541 (permalink)
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I'm assuming that's Ghost In the Shell (or at least that's what it's generally translated as)? If so, stop typing, and go watch it, and Blood the Last Vampire. They both rule, and are in no way Naruto/Bleach/Inu Yasha/etc/etc/etc style anime stereotypes.
Will do, there's nothing on TV tonight.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:20 PM   #12542 (permalink)
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This is from Columbia of all places who are not really known for their film output but what a great little film. Shot on a shoestring budget on location on top of a mountain, it oozes menace and atmosphere.

A group of soldiers have to secure a military outpost but find it deserted with evidence of mass slaughter there but only have a woman bricked behind a false wall guarded by superstitious paraphernalia as the only witness to what went on and she isn't talking.

Refreshingly free of clichéd dialogue and exposition, it is a superbly shot film and has more in common with the film Session 9 than traditional Horror. No stupid shocks, twists or excessive gore to drive the film forward, it instead relies on acting chops and atmosphere as the soldiers slowly disintegrate into internal madness and desperation.

The film doesn't provide any definitive answers as to what went on and is all the more rewarding for it. Proof again that throwing money at a film doesn't always produce the goods.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:55 PM   #12543 (permalink)
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If you liked that, check out Princess Monoke. It's by the same director, Hayao Miyazaki, and it's even better. Miyazaki is a ****ing genius, and just about everything he touches is gold.
That's his movie that's stuck with me the most, and I don't know if it's because it was my first Miyazaki movie, or if it just resonates with everything I was hoping for at that moment. In either case, I have a rule now where I buy a Miyazaki movie if I find it at the store, budget be damned!

Anyhow I watched this the other night.



On my roommate's projector and high quality speakers, whilst laying on her bed stoned out of my mind. Some of the dream sequences really grooved with the way I was, and the story was still pretty easy to follow despite all the wackiness and my inebriated state. Still didn't completely blow me away though, at least in the way I was expecting given how many people I know have hyped on about it. Overall though a very enjoyable film and one of the easier "foreign" movies to get into if you're new to them, because there's a lot of English and Spanish in the movie as well as French. The guy was a complete tool though.
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:32 PM   #12544 (permalink)
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Holy mother of god don't ever watch this piece of utter ****. It was one of the worst movies I've ever seen in my life. Ever. I'm not going to spoil key plots points, but I'm going to tell you what this movie consists of...no **** that, I'm spoiling ****.

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  • ZERO character development. It came to a point where not only did I not give a **** about the kids getting killed, but I didn't even know who they were.
  • On top of that, each kid/character got two or three lines of dying dialogue before death followed by a character who might not have even said a word to him/her flipping out over their death. Made no sense.
  • The "evil teacher" character over acting in EVERY SINGLE SCENE he is in. Every one. At one point he just sits down and viciously naws on what I can only define as anti psychotic drugs, but like 40 at a time.
  • At one point in the film it seems like there is no way anybody could have survived an explosion. Then the next shot is all like GUESS WHAT WE DID...with ZERO explanation on how they did it. None.
  • They set up these plot points and then never revisit them again. One girl needed insulin and only had two days worth. I think she died in the next scene. I actually don't know. I don't remember who she was but they never mentioned it again.
  • The whole plot is centered around an island and it's inhabitants and you could tell they've been there a ****ing while. How the hell are they eating and getting food and running electricity and getting fuel for machines???
  • MILLIONS OF BULLETS FLYING AND NOT ONE SHOT OF SOMEBODY RELOADING.

Just absolute ****. I've never seen so many plot holes. My god that was just horrible.

-10/10



A lot of people said this didn't live up to what the first one was but I think the two films are pretty much identical minus the ending to the first. This one kicks off literally two minutes after the first one ends so you literally have the truest form of a sequel. I liked it. Had some genuine scares and good effects. The ending was a bit lame but overall I enjoyed it. I might have been a bit set up to like it due to the travesty that is Battle Royale 2 but so be it.

7/10
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:30 AM   #12545 (permalink)
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^^^

Neither of those pics are showing so I don't have any idea what movies you're talking about.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:22 AM   #12546 (permalink)
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They're Battle Royale II Requiem and REC 2, and yeah IMDB sucks for hotlinking pictures, they never show up unless they're already loaded in your browser's cache.

Anyways I thought REC 2 was pretty shit compared to the first one and judging from the trailers for the 3rd one it seems to be continuing that trend. At least it's reassuring that foreign countries can also completely fuck up their horror movies by turning them into soulless franchises.
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Well, I don't know how you could make a sequel of Battle Royale without just turning into just another ****ty cash in. It's not like the concept was particularly in need of any expanding.

Also, just curious, to anyone who's seen Hunger Games, is it really just a rip off of Battle Royale for the Twilight crowd as I tend to think it probably is?
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Also, just curious, to anyone who's seen Hunger Games, is it really just a rip off of Battle Royale for the Twilight crowd as I tend to think it probably is?
Mhmm pretty much. But the books are actually decent if you can get into them. I feel like the upcoming movies are going to overemphasize the love triangle (which had a minor role in the books) to make it appeal to the Twilight crowd now that those movies are over with though. The first movie was good but I heard the director quit so I'm not so sure where the rest of the movies are headed... The first two books were pretty good though xP
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^ I have yet to see the second one but I heard it's pretty awful... I don't see how it can be as bad as reviews are saying it is but probably just more of the same. My friends who saw it liked it.

But the first one was great and apparenty there might be a third one.

Seems like you can only get kidnapped so many times though before your family might as well be cursed for life...
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:32 PM   #12550 (permalink)
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A lot of people (including my girlfriend) have described this as a full on grandma movie, meaning it plays out like a soap opera. I agree. Yet, I found the whole film entertaining and just flat out well done. It was emotional when it needed to be and funny when it could. Cruz wasn't as fantastic as her nomination might state but she was indeed very nice to watch. Overall it's a good little film and also my first taste of Almodovar.

7.5/10



That ending. Geez that ending was good. As a first watch I felt like it was a bit slow which for films that I like just means that it needs a second viewing. Those are the films that usually stick with me and leave a lasting impression. This could definitely be one of those films. The ending like I said was just very haunting and lasting and I'm looking forward to a second viewing after it sinks in more.

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