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Old 10-29-2013, 03:02 PM   #13601 (permalink)
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Watched Man of Steel the other day. So many inconsistencies, which ultimately ruined it for me.

Edit: Also, Gravity was amazing. Although I only watched it in 3D, and not IMAX. I can only imagine what IMAX 3D would be like....
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:38 PM   #13602 (permalink)
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Just watched Bad Grandpa. Incredibly funny. Incredibly stupid.
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Old 11-01-2013, 01:08 PM   #13603 (permalink)
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Last film I watched was Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter... and Spring - a lovely little tale about a Buddhist master and his child pupil, living on a floating temple on a lake in rural Korea.

It's easily one of the most beautiful, profound and meaningful films I've seen (but then I only watch 4 or 5 films a year, so make of that what you will).

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Old 11-02-2013, 05:57 PM   #13604 (permalink)
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12 Years a Slave

“…and they STILL won’t let us shop at Barney’s!”

This was the exclamation of an elderly gentleman to the theater as the credits began to roll and he started his way out of the theater. It’s been a 150 years but the sting of slavery still has a lasting effect on our society no matter how hard we try to douse it in petrol fuel and light it on fire. There isn’t any forgetting what heinous and unspeakable things human beings did to one another back then. All we can do is try to understand what happened and how it can never happen again. 12 Years a Slave for me was a window into what happened all those years ago. It was a raw viewing experience as there ever was and completely unapologetic to people it may offend. The offenses on the screen are what should be apologized for and it is an important film to see.

Steve McQueen burst onto the scene with Hunger, a film about Bobby Sands and his hunger strike in a Northern Irish prison. The film dealt with standing up for what you believe in even when facing a slow and painful death. McQueen utilized some of the best uses of unbroken camera work I’ve ever seen which includes a twenty plus minute take with star Michael Fassbender and Liam Cunningham. His next film Shame, also starring Fassbender, dealt with the subject of addiction and how it can infest a person to the point of near madness. The film also showcased McQueen’s natural talent behind the camera as we were taken through the streets of New York City in an un-blinking fashion. 12 Years a Slave is McQueen’s tour de force film. Even with a minimal budget, the film feels like culmination of years behind the camera. There are many scenes in this film that show the brutality of slave owners. They are hard to watch and continue longer than they should but this is not a negative. McQueen is forcing us to watch what happened back then. There was no cut scene when somebody is getting lashed within one inch of their life and there is no cut scene here. 12 Years a Slave is a force that will open your eyes whether you like it or not. It really is important cinema.

The acting is also something to be grateful for. In my mind there are definitely two, possibly three performances that will be recognized come awards season. Chiwetel Ejiofor leads this film. He is in nearly every scene and the emotion on his face never leaves or lets us catch our breath. Michael Fassbender is an animal. There is no doubt in my mind that he is going to be one of the best actors of our time. He unleashes such hate and evil from his character that even though I wanted to smash in his face the entire time, I still couldn’t take my eyes off him. Lupita Nyong’o is the darkhorse. She didn’t didn’t do it quietly but she gave one of the more emotionally powerful performances from a small but important character. All three were fantastic and real.

I guess the only negative thing I could really say about this film is that the story was a bit lacking. It didn’t carry the film like the performances or theme did. I understand it was a true story but I was more horrified and enthralled by what I was seeing then wondering where it was going to all end up. It was a small negative from and overall excellent film that is going to be required viewing for years to come as we advance as a society.

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Old 11-03-2013, 11:04 AM   #13605 (permalink)
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^I didn't need any convincing on seeing this film because, well, it's Steve McQueen. But now I'm even more excited to see this one.

Going to see Gravity today, pretty stoked for that.
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Old 11-03-2013, 11:20 AM   #13606 (permalink)
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Meh, I was completely not impressed by Gravity. Before when they were just showing the trailers. I was always disgusted by it and told myself I wouldn't see it. After all the praise from different people, critics and the fact that it was number one for like 3 to 4 weeks in a row. I said why not I'll check it out. It is a movie strictly for film nerds. It's pretty much only good for one viewing imo. I will never watch that movie again in my life.
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Meh, I was completely not impressed by Gravity. Before when they were just showing the trailers. I was always disgusted by it and told myself I wouldn't see it. After all the praise from different people, critics and the fact that it was number one for like 3 to 4 weeks in a row. I said why not I'll check it out. It is a movie strictly for film nerds. It's pretty much only good for one viewing imo. I will never watch that movie again in my life.
Sounds right up my alley then, I eat that ****e up.
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Sounds right up my alley then, I eat that ****e up.
yeah you'll love it.

It is the type of movie that I would only recommend certain people see it. It isn't for everyone.
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:14 PM   #13609 (permalink)
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The East

I was really meaning to catch this in theaters earlier this year but ending up procrastinating like I usually do and missing it. I’m sorry I did. I would have loved to contribute to this film in a box office way because I really am a huge fan of anything Brit Marling puts her hands on. She’s gifted as an actress but I just love her writing style as all three of her films that she’s had a hand in now have been great.

The East is set up like your typical run of the mill political thriller. Marling’s last film Sound of My Voice focused on the functions and routines of cult culture and she picks up where she left off when we are first introduced to the left wing activist group called The East. Skarsgård plays the enigmatic leader whom almost resembles Marlings’ cult leader in her previous film. The difference between this film and other political thrillers however is a great sense of pacing and character development. I think there is a difference between giving a hefty amount of backstory on a character and just building an emotional bond with one. The East achieves the latter. The characters we are introduced to blossom into people that we care about when the story progresses for good and for bad. The group that we are supposed to be viewing as an antagonist group becomes the focal point and driving point of the story and it was very interesting seeing where it all went.

Like Sound of My Voice and the criminally under watched Another Earth, The East is a smart ambiguous piece of writing that while lacks a bit on the acting side (nothing really to write home about, just nothing spectacular) is a fully successful thriller and covers serious issues that could be applied to society today. I’m going to be looking forward to Brit Marlings next film, and the next one, and so forth.

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yeah you'll love it.

It is the type of movie that I would only recommend certain people see it. It isn't for everyone.
Roger that, I really did like the film. I was quite stoned off from a medical grade brownie and the visuals (of the film, that is) were astounding; they built up suspense quite well. My only complaint is what I thought were a few cheesy lines. Also
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I think that the island that Ryan crashes onto sets the show up for a sequel. I see a Gravity and Lost hybrid in the future .
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