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Old 02-04-2014, 07:58 AM   #13821 (permalink)
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Has anyone seen the Oldboy remake? How was it?
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Old 02-05-2014, 08:22 AM   #13822 (permalink)
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Old 02-05-2014, 09:13 AM   #13823 (permalink)
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That's a shame, but I figured it would be after its publicity dwindled right after it came out.
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Old 02-05-2014, 09:48 AM   #13824 (permalink)
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That's a shame, but I figured it would be after its publicity dwindled right after it came out.
I figured it would be after Spike Lee decided he was going to remake Oldboy.
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Old 02-09-2014, 05:01 PM   #13825 (permalink)
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No idea what took me so long to see this but I saw it for the first time this weekend. I love how meta it is and how it stacks layers on top of layers to mix fact and fiction together in a wonderful way. It also pokes fun at itself mulptile times. I was surprised by this film because I didn't know what to expect but it hooked me within the first 10 minutes. I'm also getting the urge to plan a Nicholas Cage marathon weekend and plow through most of his films:the good, the bad and the ugly.


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Eric Robert is at the helm of this b-movie action thriller about a mob hitman that gets set up and betrayed so he ends up going after the guy that set him up while taking in a lovely waitress that he meets. If you are in the mood for some action and want to see heads exploding in a bloody mess then this is the movie for you.
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:02 PM   #13826 (permalink)
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Antichrist

That was the worst handjob of all time. I’m not going to explain this. This is my way of having fun with you.

So tonight I sat down to watch “Antichrist”, a film which I have been putting off for some time now. Why was I putting it off? Well, Lars Von Trier makes a living out of tearing my heart out of its chest, spitting on it, and throwing it overhand back into my rib cage without any form of courtesy or apology. My first exposure to the man was “Dancer in the Dark”. What a wonderful film to start what would be an on going love affair with the man. I’ve always been drawn towards music and film that go against the grain. I like when people think out of the box and present us with something new. I also appreciate going to dark places where most filmmakers are afraid to go in fear of alienating their audience. Lars Von Trier doesn’t give a ****. He’s going to make his films the way he wants to. The man is a mad genius. He’s constantly pushing the envelope to new heights and I’ve always appreciated that. While my admiration for him is still as high as it has ever been, this film unfortunately did not further heighten my opinion of the man. This was my first Von Trier miss.

After viewing the film I did a little research and found out that Von Trier was going through a hell of a depression when writing/making this film. Holy **** did it show. The story revolves around a couple who had recently lost a child because they were too busy having loud sex in snowstorm. I had no idea Willem Dafoe was so well endowed. No I do. Thanks Lars Von Trier. I had always wondered what the mans package looked like and you have delivered on all fronts. The couple soon realizes that they are in a world of misery and Willem Dafoe’s character, who is a licensed therapist, decides that they should both go into the woods and live in a cabin for a few days. This is where the horror begins. This is where I stop describing the plot.

If you have ever had a messy room before then you’ll understand what I mean when I say this film is messy. All the parts of a coherent story line are in the film except they are in places that just don’t make much sense. I lost a lot of the surprise and meaning of the film because I was being bombarded by random acts of supernatural occurences involving animals and plants. The film is about the evil of nature. I understand this. I understand it more since the film ended however. During the film they hinted at it a couple times but eventually went into full on “spelling it out” mode by the films end. I would have appreciated a little more subtly, by which I mean letting me figure it out by myself, towards the end of the film. I didn’t get that. Instead I got some very disturbing images that I’m not going to be able to scrub thoroughly enough from my brain. I’m am going to have nightmares tonight and I don’t even own a vagina. Again, I’m not going to explain that.

Going through depression is hard. I’ve been there. Lots of people have been there and I’ll venture that most of them have had it worse than me. I was willing to stick with the film during the first half where we see the stages of grief in full play. Once we took our trip to the woods however, the stages of depression suddenly jumped a few gears into full blown lunacy. I was honestly taken aback by it. It was like a light was switched and all of a sudden we have a grotesque horror film. Perhaps this was intended? I know serious depression comes in waves. Sometimes these waves come in with more intensity as time goes by. If Von Trier was going for that then I can say I honestly get what he was trying to do albeit he decided to do so in an odd fashion. Again, subtly would have been nice here.

A lot of people compare this film with “Melancholia”, which is a film that I loved. I get this. Both deal with depression and it’s different forms. “Melancholia” however was a slow burning descent into the illness where “Antichrist” was like a slow jog into depression that turned into a dead sprint to hell. Insanity finally turned its ugly head and I found myself just wondering where my slow paced character study went. Now, this isn’t to say I hated the film. I didn’t. I just had major issues with the foundation of the film.

One thing about Von Trier is that he is incredibly gifted behind the camera. Like all of his films, the cinematography is gorgeous. His usually opening of a slow mo prologue was one of the prettiest intros I’ve seen in a long time except for that wonderful shot of Dafoes dong. I could have done without that. The film was dark. There were very few colors involved and I think this was intentional given the nature of the film. The acting was also very good. Both the leads had great chemistry and while they were trying to sex each other during about half the film, the other half was a great back and forth of body language and eye movement. Gainsbourg deserved her award. Hell, I’d say that any actress that has to work with Von Trier deserves an award after reading so much on what he puts them through. I guess that is the mark of a great director though. Alfred Hitchcock was notorious for destroying the souls of his actresses and now I guess Von Trier has grabbed the torch.

Overall I can’t say I’d watch the film again. I’m glad I got it out of the way but disappointed I didn’t enjoy it nearly like I enjoy his other films. The insane train that the film turned into was too much for me and eventually I just wanted to get off it. Also, if you have genitalia of any kind, do not watch this film.

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Old 02-09-2014, 09:55 PM   #13827 (permalink)
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It's too bad you didn't like it as much as I did but all of your criticisms are valid.
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:49 PM   #13828 (permalink)
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I'm also getting the urge to plan a Nicholas Cage marathon weekend and plow through most of his films:the good, the bad and the ugly.
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It was really good, lot of good actors, great songs treated nicely and a wild synthesizing and symbolic replacing of actual moments and people making a very unique story. It's a lot of fun to watch and listen to, and uses that 70s drastic zoom in like nobody's business which is always a plus. It has a not exactly chronological storyline - it's more dictated by memory of the Christian Bale character (so adorable) and the people he interviews. Actually it reminded me a lot of Citizen Kane in that way, along with the journalism aspect and the positioning of some of the characters (the old feeble first manager = Kane's guardian from childhood, Maddy Slade = Kane's second wife and possibly the first, etc.); if anyone else has seen this and Citizen Kane, would you say they're comparable at all? Anyway, it's extremely interesting, charismatic, has Brian Eno and Brian Ferry melded into one dude (fucking nuts and too god damned cool), Thom Yorke AND Johnny Greenwood are in the Spiders from Mars equivalent (Venus in Furs (christ that's so genius)) that also performs great Brian Eno songs, and Ewan McGregor whips it out as an Iggy Stooge in a Kurt Cobain lookalike contest. Basically, it's a beautifully arranged mess, like the 70s, a postmodern mythologizing of a fantastic era in pop culture, entirely worth your time as historical document, brilliant film, music education (of sorts), and entertainment, so check it.

Also, Ron Asheton, Thurston Moore, AND Mike Watt are in the Stooges equivalent Wylde Ratttz. Jesus, stop reading and watch the fucking thing Right Now.
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^I haven't seen that since the theater but I remember really liking it. It's one of those movies I still find myself thinking about quite a bit.
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Old 02-10-2014, 08:05 PM   #13830 (permalink)
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