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Old 08-14-2014, 03:04 PM   #14391 (permalink)
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:23 PM   #14392 (permalink)
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Reeves directorial debut. Plot was a bit lame. Awesome fight scenes.
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Old 08-15-2014, 05:21 AM   #14393 (permalink)
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Journey to the West: Conquering Demons

Classic Stephen Chow style. Loved it!

Although character dev. was all over the place.
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Old 08-17-2014, 04:29 AM   #14394 (permalink)
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Saw these two :

Blackfish



Very interesting documentary about a rather shady business. The whales of Seaworld represent millions of dollars of worth and when they've injured or killed their handlers, Seaworld has deliberately downplayed the importance of these incidents, blaming the trainers and keeping their staff in the dark so they wouldn't know they were working with animals with a history of attacking and eating people.

The story may seem one-sided at first glance, but the interviews are with former staff who retell their experiences as Seaworld employees. Credible and entertaining in an interesting kind of way. Recommended!

I've read that Seaworld stock has plummeted after the release of this documentary. I can't help feeling that it is deserved.


Food, Inc.



The story of how food is made in the US. Basically, the food industry is under tight control of a few big companies, like Monsanto, who use terror tactics to shut people up and to keep farmers in line. You have to use their crops - if you don't, they sue you. The legal fees will put you out of business long before you even see a court room, so the law doesn't really help you. You have to take up loans and drive yourself into further debt to upgrade your barn to make life more miserable for your animals, otherwise you lose your contract. The industry is not regulated because they attack any attempt to do so with lawsuits and they also had representatives in the Bush administration, Clinton administration etc. Consumers are deliberately kept in the dark about this.

Unhealthy foods are subsidized, making burgers and sodas much cheaper than healthier alternatives, so it really is a matter of public health. Like Blackfish, the documentary could serve as a warning as to what can happen when capitalism runs rampant - on an even larger scale. These companies are so powerful through contracts, lawsuits and lobbying that they can basically do as they like and they're basically acting like assholes.

As a norwegian, I feel as though I am looking at a problem in another part of the world, but this still has effect on a grand human scale and we can also learn from this. Highly relevant!


Both these docs are available on Netflix.
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Old 08-17-2014, 07:19 PM   #14395 (permalink)
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Finally got to see Boyhood.

What an absolutely wonderful experience. I almost have trouble calling it a film because it's unlike anything I've ever seen and it clearly was not written like a normal film was. This was written on the fly, with Linklater taking into account all the mannerisms of people growing up during this changing time, and reflecting all of this confusion onto Mason. Just like many others have said, I almost feel like I was watching my childhood, and no other film I've ever watched was able to so accurately depict what it's like to grow up. The decision to make Mason mostly apathetic was also brilliant, as it was easy to project your personality onto him and feel even closer to his character.

Definitely one of my favorites. 10/10, a masterpiece and must-watch.
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:03 PM   #14396 (permalink)
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10/10, eh? Must watch that next.

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Old 08-17-2014, 09:27 PM   #14397 (permalink)
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Locke

I kind of want to go out and buy a BMW now. They look like they’re comfortable to drive and the whole scroll dial is pretty awesome. Yes, I realize this is a film blog and that I’m talking about a car, but Locke could really double as an 85 minute BMW commercial. The film was shot entirely in the car with Tom Hardy being the only actor to appear on screen. I’ve tackled films like this before. I actually find them supremely interesting due to the fact that the writer has to make an interesting film that takes place in only one place. Locke may actually be the most unique due to the fact that Tom Hardy never gets out of the car and there are literally no action scenes. The entire film is constructed around phone calls that our main and only character has with various people in his life. It was marketed as a thriller or at least that is how I took it, but let me assure you, this is not a thriller. This is a one man play and it’s played beautifully by Tom Hardy.

Locke has made a decision and he’s going to stick to it. The film centers around his decision to drive out to London after work in order to be with somebody. This decision is one that threatens to lose him his job and family but Ivan Locke is a good man and he feels this is the right thing to do. The theme of the film seems to be morality and what is the difference between a good and a bad thing. Do good actions made after bad decisions right the ship? I know that in my experience, it can go both ways. I’ve made mistakes before in my life and had to work extremely hard to fix them. Some things are unfixable. I’ve also had problems seemingly disappear on me as if they have never happened. Ivan Locke is a man who likes to take the practical approach to solve his problems. He’s one of the most respected and reliable men at his construction job. He’s the one people can trust because he’s going to do the job right every single time. What happens when that kind if person hurts somebody thought? The film dances around these questions and tries to find some sort of an answer that for me at least, never really came. Life isn’t that structured and Locke figures this out by the end of the film.

Fresh off his memorable role in The Dark Knight Rises, Tom Hardy, who looks much skinnier than his Bane character, pretty much knocked this one out of the park. I’ve been reading critic reviews that claim that it’s one of the better performances of the last couple years and I’m inclined to agree. The film was shot over six days in which Hardy had to recite the entire film twice a night. The actors who engage with him on the phone are really doing so in a hotel room and Hardy drives along the highway with cameras trained on him. It’s a fascinating way to make a movie but you really need that strong performance to pull it all together. Hardy did just that. His range of emotions was on full display and he really was able to sell this character as being a genuine person. Locke is a brutally honest man and Hardy was able to portray that with eye movement that didn’t come off false. There were a couple scenes involving his father that seemed a bit out of place but they were needed for back story and I was able to shrug them off.

The film overall held my attention and was able to keep me very intrigued the whole way through. Tom Hardy should, but probably won’t, get recognition for this role. It may actually be his best yet. Actually, no, Charlie Bronson can’t be matched. It’s just too good. The film is shot gorgeously in the night as well and the script ws pretty solid and fluid. It was a good watch. I’d recommend it.

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Two movies that involve copious amounts of substance abuse, with scumbag protagonists. I enjoyed them both. Trainspotting made me feel like I had just been in a junkie's filthy bedroom, which was kind of the point I suppose, so that's an artistic success story if I ever knew one.
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:24 PM   #14399 (permalink)
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Nymphomaniac Vol. I

Lars von Trier's filmography gets better with each film he releases, which I imagine is extremely difficult for him as he already has an incredible filmography. All of the elements of this film--the way it's written to tie in fishing wisdom with the protagonist's nymphomania, the editing, cinematography, etc.--add up to it becoming one of my favourite von Trier films (Dogville and Antichrist still take the cake though, but that doesn't take anything away from this film). Charlotte Gainsbourg gives a great performance (not surprising but worth noting), but Uma Thurman's acting as Mrs. H was so ****ing poignant. The scene with Young Joe, Mr. and Mrs. H and their children was so powerful especially with Thurman's performance that it made me cry like a little bitch, which is quite rare for a film to evoke such a response from me. Very VERY good film that's recently been added to Fletnix. Watch it.

I'll be queueing up Volume II sometime this week, hopefully it lives up to the first one. According to bob. it doesn't but I'm going to wait to see it until I cast any judgement on it.

EDITED TO ADD: I just found this in an IMDB thread called "should i see this with my mom ??"

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my mom and i luv to go to the movies together... our favorite movies right now are probably frozen and "we bought a zoo"... i think it would be fun to go to this one cause we really like shia leboeuf from even stevens. thoughts? should we go?
Ah that's one of the funniest things I've seen in a while.
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