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Old 02-18-2013, 06:53 PM   #12931 (permalink)
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Cul-De-Sac

Great black comedy and early film from Roman Polanski. Donald Pleasance was fantastic and the supporting characters were memorable as well. Really enjoyable in a weird black and white black comedy sort of way.

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Slacker

Basically the same set up and narrative style of Waking Life without the interesting philosophical conversations. I mean I liked it but it wasn't a Before Sunrise or Waking Life. There were some funny moments though.

7/10



Silmido

Korean film based on a true event of a unit of ex convicts trained to kill Kim Il Seung of North Korea. The whole film basically takes place in the boot camp and has a pretty good story to go along with a lot of tense moments. I feel the climax and ending was kind of a cop out but it was based off a true story so I can't really complain. Not bad.

7/10
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:56 PM   #12932 (permalink)
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Basically the same set up and narrative style of Waking Life without the interesting philosophical conversations. I mean I liked it but it wasn't a Before Sunrise or Waking Life. There were some funny moments though.

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You have just described exactly how I feel about the relationship between those two movies. I have no idea why Waking Life always seems to be the one that gets forgotten.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:29 PM   #12933 (permalink)
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You have just described exactly how I feel about the relationship between those two movies. I have no idea why Waking Life always seems to be the one that gets forgotten.
I love Waking Life. It's a movie that can be watched multiple times and each viewing experience is different. Like actually different. The people in Slacker kind of seemed forced and a bit pretentious but I really didn't get a lot of that in Waking Life. It just seemed more real to me; people having intellectual conversations in passing that seemed legitimate. It also helps that the music and animation is fantastic. I get this weird sense of belonging and understanding that I watch it that I don't get often. It's like listening to a band that you used to listen too back when iphones and wifi wasn't part of life and you're instantly transported back to that time. For me it was the 90s and Waking Life takes me back there every time. I love it.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:55 PM   #12934 (permalink)
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Watched Waking Life for the fourth time last night. Still love it dearly, a 10/10 film for sure.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:37 PM   #12935 (permalink)
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I love Waking Life. It's a movie that can be watched multiple times and each viewing experience is different. Like actually different. The people in Slacker kind of seemed forced and a bit pretentious but I really didn't get a lot of that in Waking Life. It just seemed more real to me; people having intellectual conversations in passing that seemed legitimate. It also helps that the music and animation is fantastic. I get this weird sense of belonging and understanding that I watch it that I don't get often. It's like listening to a band that you used to listen too back when iphones and wifi wasn't part of life and you're instantly transported back to that time. For me it was the 90s and Waking Life takes me back there every time. I love it.
Even though Waking Life isn't from the 90s?

Anyway, yeah, it's a great movie, one of my favorite Linklater movies and one of my favorite movies from the 00s. I actually saw it on a first date, which kind of cracks me up.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:33 PM   #12936 (permalink)
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I'd almost forgotten about Waking Life. I randomly watched it in some kid's dorm at military school and loved it. A movie that obviously should be watched while baked that doesn't lose anything when you're not is a rare thing.
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You know, I went into the cinema thinking "why am I watching this instead of Wreck-It Ralph?" (it was because nobody else wanted to see the latter) and I still came out of it thinking that, but it wasn't a bad film at all. It's fairly funny and engaging and unlike nearly every romcom ever the characters actually have chemistry and feel like real people. And no, the irony of that wasn't lost on me.
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Even though Waking Life isn't from the 90s?
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I know it's not a 90s movie. The way I said that makes it seem like I did. I just meant that it gives me a nostalgic feeling of growing in the 90s. I don't know why it takes me back there but it does. And change my avatar you dunce you!
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The Innkeepers (2011)

First off I just want say that this movie is not for everyone. I know that is kind of a lame copout that most people use as a way to justify that the film doesn't live up to the expectations of whatever the modern standards are, but all the same I feel like it needs to be said, this film is not for everyone. It's one of those rare throwbacks to films of days gone by that capture the essence and soul rather than just the superficial look but with modern tropes.

To wit, a very simple ghost story, but with a slight twist. Rather than skeptics slowly becoming believers over the course of the first and second act, we have the two leads already aware of the phantom presence of a failing inn and want to find some kind of proof before the building is torn down. It's really that simple, and the tight focus on the two leads chemistry and relationship. This allows for some really nice characterization and helps them overcome the usual problems horror movies face with characters who are more punchlines to a grisly death.

Why I say this isn't a film for everyone is because there isn't really much of what you come to expect from a modern horror film. I don't mean that in the "if you like Saw then you're too dumb to like this" kind of condescending tone, but in the sense that this is more of a melancholy drama with horror elements than a straight-up horror film.

Exo, you liked this film, what do you think, am I onto something or just full of shit?
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The Innkeepers (2011)

First off I just want say that this movie is not for everyone. I know that is kind of a lame copout that most people use as a way to justify that the film doesn't live up to the expectations of whatever the modern standards are, but all the same I feel like it needs to be said, this film is not for everyone. It's one of those rare throwbacks to films of days gone by that capture the essence and soul rather than just the superficial look but with modern tropes.

To wit, a very simple ghost story, but with a slight twist. Rather than skeptics slowly becoming believers over the course of the first and second act, we have the two leads already aware of the phantom presence of a failing inn and want to find some kind of proof before the building is torn down. It's really that simple, and the tight focus on the two leads chemistry and relationship. This allows for some really nice characterization and helps them overcome the usual problems horror movies face with characters who are more punchlines to a grisly death.

Why I say this isn't a film for everyone is because there isn't really much of what you come to expect from a modern horror film. I don't mean that in the "if you like Saw then you're too dumb to like this" kind of condescending tone, but in the sense that this is more of a melancholy drama with horror elements than a straight-up horror film.

Exo, you liked this film, what do you think, am I onto something or just full of shit?
I loved this film and you are not full of ****. I showed this movie to one of my horror film buff friends and even he didn't like it. That just goes to prove your point.

I think the movie gushes style and mood. That's the main character of the movie. Mood. They set you up with the history of the place and let you decide how scared you want to be. If you're into that sort of thing like I am then you're going to be tense when they have shots of going in and around the hotel. Ti West took a realistic approach to filming this one and I loved it. It's like you're actually there walking around this hotel while things you can't explain are happening. Great visual style and storytelling.

That and I love slow burn movies. Great film.
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