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Old 12-24-2012, 11:01 AM   #12681 (permalink)
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:48 PM   #12682 (permalink)
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Pretty much a routine Tarantino movie, just a little bit underwhelming when comparing it to his previous efforts. There didn't seem to be quite as much classic dialogue this time around, which is the main reason I love Tarantino's movies. Still, there were some classic lines, including one scene that may be my favourite scene he's ever done as far as funny dialogue goes:

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The KKK scene where they're arguing over whether to wear the hoods or not due to visibility issues had me laughing like crazy.


Great acting though. Foxx was fine as the lead, but Waltz and DiCaprio were great as expected. Waltz was pretty much the same character he was in Inglorious Basterds (albeit with far different intentions), but he's so damn good at that role that you pretty much have to use him in that way.

My main complaint was that it was WAY too long. It still managed to be entertaining the whole way through, but in a weird way it just got to be too much and dragged on far too long. This movie also contained one of the worst cameos I've seen with Tarantino making his usual appearance. It is absolutely cringe-worthy. I almost think it could have been the point of it to be cringe-worthy, but my god, was it ever brutal.

7.5/10
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:19 PM   #12683 (permalink)
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Just saw this too. I think this movie is easily on par with Kill Bill if not better, which would put it at about a 9/10 in my book. I do agree that the dialogue here was a little less remarkable than I've come to expect, but it's still better than what most writers write. It's not as good as Basterds was, but that movie was incredible so I didn't expect it to be.

Like Basterds, this one was really good with juggling the seriousness of the subject matter and creating compelling drama while also being totally fucking hilarious and ridiculous. The
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was really touching and heartbreaking for me, but Samuel L. Jackson worked wonders in bringing comic relief, even with racially-charged dialogue. I think I like him in this movie even better than Pulp Fiction.

Another thing I loved was the structure. The first half had spurts of violence here and there, but it was more of a tease of things to come than anything. The middle was more restrained, with lots of talking and tension-building, but when all hell finally broke loose I lost my shit. The gunfights were an absolute riot in the same way that the battle against the Crazy 88's was in Kill Bill Vol. 1.

I loved it and will definitely be seeing it again.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:33 PM   #12684 (permalink)
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Pretty much a routine Tarantino movie, just a little bit underwhelming when comparing it to his previous efforts. There didn't seem to be quite as much classic dialogue this time around, which is the main reason I love Tarantino's movies. Still, there were some classic lines, including one scene that may be my favourite scene he's ever done as far as funny dialogue goes:

Spoiler for small spoiler:
The KKK scene where they're arguing over whether to wear the hoods or not due to visibility issues had me laughing like crazy.


Great acting though. Foxx was fine as the lead, but Waltz and DiCaprio were great as expected. Waltz was pretty much the same character he was in Inglorious Basterds (albeit with far different intentions), but he's so damn good at that role that you pretty much have to use him in that way.

My main complaint was that it was WAY too long. It still managed to be entertaining the whole way through, but in a weird way it just got to be too much and dragged on far too long. This movie also contained one of the worst cameos I've seen with Tarantino making his usual appearance. It is absolutely cringe-worthy. I almost think it could have been the point of it to be cringe-worthy, but my god, was it ever brutal.

7.5/10
My main issue with the film is the scene with tarantino in it. It adds absolutely nothing, actually confounds the story a little bit (django isn't killed but sold for some reason, and then runs right back to previous enviornment). It was an extra 20 minutes the film did not need.

The idea of a league of slave fighters was a little bit suspect.

Samuel L Jacksons character was nuts. The way the film lingers on grey areas is cool, no good or bad guys in the film. The film had an overall uncomfortable-ness that was great, a lot of scenes rivaled that of the torture one of reservoir dogs.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:37 AM   #12685 (permalink)
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For those who have discussed it previously; Pontypool is also one of my favorite movies. A very new and interesting twist on the semi-zombie genre. I really loved that it was absolutely character focused, predominately from the viewpoint of people who aren't quite sure what's happening. Mr. McHattie also delivers an A+ performance, I think.

Anytime someone asks for a zombie movie rec, that's the first one I throw out. I tell them, "It's not going to be like any zombie movie you've ever seen, and it's not even really zombies per say, but kind of...and you're going to be really happy you've seen it."

Not recommended it to a single person who's watched it and not raved about it afterwards.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:41 AM   #12686 (permalink)
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The Nightmare Before Christmas

This was easily my favourtie movie as a child. When I was 6 I dressed up as Jack Skellington for Halloween and I seriously wore down my cassette tape of all the songs. However for whatever reason I never bought it on DVD when I started collecting those so I can't remember the last time I saw it, and when I saw Netflix had it I decided to give it a go. I can't believe I still remember all the words to the songs and even a decent amount of lines. I'm definitely going to grab the score though, it sounds like great music to put on while studying or reading. That said though, you really can see how far the claymation style has come in recent years, especially with what Laika Studios have been doing with 3D printing. Still there's a certain quaint charm that The Nightmare Before Christmas still exhibits and for 1993 it still looks great, but a little frayed around the edges when compared to Coraline or ParaNorman.
I loved this movie dearly until I was in a stage adaptation of it. I really regret doing that, actually. It really soured the whole film for me - the show itself was a very trying and tumultuous ordeal, and I had a lot going on backstage with others in the show that tarnished it.

I did love it, though. Dark and happy at the same time.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:32 PM   #12687 (permalink)
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Just suffered through the second Sherlock Holmes movie ("A game of shadows") --- couldn't even make it through the first twenty minutes. RDJ is wired, like he's on drugs (which would be nothing new for him) and the whole story failed to engage me enough to make me want to find out what it was all about. Not to mention the fact that Watson had a motor-car! In that time period? And why did everyone in the Savoy clear out when the bad guy tapped his glass three times?

I assume the answer to that was in the movie if you persevered, but really, I want to watch a movie because I enjoy it and am drawn in, not because I feel I should struggle through it. Pass.
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:24 PM   #12688 (permalink)
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There is this arthouse cinema here in town that plays old movies all the time, and when I read they were playing "Psycho" I couldn't miss that chance to see it on the big screen. Amazing movie, even better in the theater. They also showed a preview for the original "Django" movie, which they are going to show in January. Might have to check that out too!
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:39 PM   #12689 (permalink)
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Not to mention the fact that Watson had a motor-car! In that time period?
The movie takes place in the 1890s, which is when the first cars were sold.

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And why did everyone in the Savoy clear out when the bad guy tapped his glass three times?
Because they all worked for him.

I'm not saying it was the greatest movie here by any means—I found it pretty forgettable honestly—but these seem like odd, and easily explained, faults to find with it.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:46 PM   #12690 (permalink)
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The Hobbit

Such a good movie, coming from someone who has never seen or read anything having to do with Lord of the Rings, and now I want to go back and watch all of the films. Peter Jackson is very passionate about the movie, and that always makes for a great movie so major props to him. Also the 48fps picture looks fantastic and works flawlessly with the scenery (Props to New Zealand as well) so I don't get why this film was treated to widespread bitching about the picture.
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