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Old 08-02-2013, 03:45 PM   #13431 (permalink)
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I saw 2 Guns last night and if you want to see a funny action movie this weekend. You should definitely check it out. Also ignore the trailer, it doesn't do the movie justice.

It has all the one liners and riffing off of each other that buddy cop comedies have but with none of the lame Ebony and Ivory type jokes. Even if you don't like that aspect of the movie, you should see it anyways for all the action sequences and the intrigue about what's going on in the movie. Both of them are undercover agents and think that the other is a real deal trafficker and that's all I'm going to say about it. Don't want to spoil too much.
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:23 PM   #13432 (permalink)
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Why do you call it a love it or hate it film? Like me, you're in the middle. I suspect many viewers are the same. Also, maybe I'm being dense but I didn't see many questions - maybe one or two. I'm surprised that you found it ambiguous, the mystical part I can see. Also we agree on the GORGEOUSness of it. I suppose that's the best part.

Btw, I previously praised the violence of this film, but then I went back and re-watched Drive and found the violence in Drive to be much more brutal and entertaining.

Not that the two films should necessarily be compared, but I felt that the violence in Only God Forgives is probably its best feature (gorgeous brutality). So I was kinda sad for it when I found that Drive wins in the violence category on top of everything else.
I think that as time goes by it's going to be love it or hate it but that's a general term to describe films. There's always going to be people in the middle.

The questions that aroused for me are in spoiler territory...

I forget how to put spoiler tags on sh*t so just highlight

Was the cop really God? Was the murdered brother ****ing the mom? Why did Gosling want to be near his mothers uterus? What was his childhood like?

These aren't huge questions, but just holey-y narrative. Also I'd call the violence even with Drive. The ice pick scene made me squirm more than anything in Drive. Drive was more shocking though. It was quicker.



I saw this is a packed theater in an urbanized area. I expected to have a horrible time but I think the fact that I saw it with so many people better’d my experience because I ended up really enjoying the film. This is a tame rated R film but also a very creepy one that capitalizes on scares the never come off cheap and had me jumping on more than one occasion. The biggest reason I enjoyed this was because it actually had good acting. Horror movies always have interesting ideas that are either carried out half assed or are ruined by cheap “talent”. None of those factors were present here as Vera Farminga, Patrick Wilson, and Lilli Taylor were all fantastic in this. It made the film more believable and ultimately more watchable. James Wan gave us the first Saw which I’m grateful for because I still think that’s a great film and he’s now given us one of the better horror films to come out in the last couple years. Lets just see if his next film which comes out in two months (Insidious II) lives up to his recent success.

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Old 08-02-2013, 09:35 PM   #13433 (permalink)
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I think that as time goes by it's going to be love it or hate it but that's a general term to describe films. There's always going to be people in the middle.

The questions that aroused for me are in spoiler territory...

I forget how to put spoiler tags on sh*t so just highlight

Was the cop really God? Was the murdered brother ****ing the mom? Why did Gosling want to be near his mothers uterus? What was his childhood like?

These aren't huge questions, but just holey-y narrative. Also I'd call the violence even with Drive. The ice pick scene made me squirm more than anything in Drive. Drive was more shocking though. It was quicker.
I know what you mean about the 'love or hate' thing but I disagree. I think film buffs will quibble forever about it, and that the neutral territory will win out.

I also believe that non-film buffs will deem it a "mediocre Gosling film" but, admittedly, I'm not great at predicting the future. And I feel that the ice pick scenes are only remarkable because of the talent of the actor who got the picks.

RE your spoiler points..

Spoiler for answers?:
Of course the villain was not God but he was the god of his region. He is a badass cop who defeats whatever he considers evil. The mother probably did not have actual sex with either of her sons but she did treat them like sexual partners. They competed for her love. Gosling may have killed his father. We don't know why - that is a question. Perhaps he, his brother, and his father all vied for the attention and approval of his mother.
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Old 08-02-2013, 10:10 PM   #13434 (permalink)
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The Science of Sleep (2006)
I'm a pretty big fan of Michel Gondry and have been wanting to see this movie since it came out. I'm happy to say, after all that waiting, I'm not disappointed in the least. It's maybe not quite as good as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but then it doesn't boast a Charlie Kaufman screenplay so how could it be. Nevertheless, it's still a great movie that feels a little like a companion piece to that movie. Both Gael García Bernal and Charlotte Gainsbourg are excellent in here, helping ground this very surreal movie with somecreal emotional weight.
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Old 08-03-2013, 11:42 PM   #13435 (permalink)
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The Man from Nowhere (2010)
I'm kind of a sucker for a good revenge story and this is great one, maybe not quite as amazing as Chan-wook Park's vengeance trilogy, but pretty close. It's the classic "messing with the wrong guy" tale told with with heaps of mood and gorgeous cinematography. I'm not surprised to learn it was the number one movie in South Korea the year it came out, it really is that good.




Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
I hadn't seen this is ages and figured it was high time to revisit it. I'm happy to report it's held up well. Maybe not my favorite Spielberg movie but still a very good one. I was a little shocked by some of the actors in it. I expected Richard Dreyfus and Terri Garr of course, but was surprised to see Melinda Dillon (A Christmas Story) in a major role, Carl Weathers in a brief cameo, Bob Balaban in a major role, and weirdest of all, François Truffaut in a major role.




Night Watch (2004)
Continuing my little streak of extremely popular movies in their home country, this movie was (and possibly still is) the highest grossing Russian movie ever. The premise, which concerns the battle between light and dark superhuman forces in contemporary Moscow while regular people remain totally unaware, has some pretty strong echoes of Harry Potter, though much more dark and violent. Pretty damn enjoyable though. I especially appreciated seeing a big blockbuster type movie that wasn't afraid to have a not very likable main character and a thoroughly downer ending.
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Old 08-04-2013, 01:44 AM   #13436 (permalink)
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I watched this recently. It's not as intense as when I first watched it.

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I watched this recently. It's not as intense as when I first watched it.

My favorite movie of all time.

Well **** now I can never use fav movie for security questions again. Oh well.
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I know what you mean about the 'love or hate' thing but I disagree. I think film buffs will quibble forever about it, and that the neutral territory will win out.

I also believe that non-film buffs will deem it a "mediocre Gosling film" but, admittedly, I'm not great at predicting the future. And I feel that the ice pick scenes are only remarkable because of the talent of the actor who got the picks.

RE your spoiler points..

Spoiler for answers?:
Of course the villain was not God but he was the god of his region. He is a badass cop who defeats whatever he considers evil. The mother probably did not have actual sex with either of her sons but she did treat them like sexual partners. They competed for her love. Gosling may have killed his father. We don't know why - that is a question. Perhaps he, his brother, and his father all vied for the attention and approval of his mother.
Spoiler for spoiler:
The sons definitely banged their mom.
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I've been watching musicals all weekend, Moulin Rouge was the last one.



It's probably one of my favourite musicals ever.
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I finally got around to watching this and I enjoyed it for what it was. I don't know if I would want to see a sequel though. Also Abigail's acting in this bothered me in certain scenes. It just didn't feel believable normally she gives a really good performance but I don't know what happened with this movie.
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