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Old 10-19-2010, 12:17 PM   #8301 (permalink)
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Lesse Fincher... Fight Club is sort of... it's a good movie, I think I just overdid it as a teenager, so it can be a little much for me now. Se7en is up there with The Usual Suspects and Silence of the Lambs as one of the best thrillers of the '90s. Alien 3 isn't a great movie, but it has its moments, especially if one looks at is as sort of a film noir experiment. Zodiac and Panic Room were both enjoyable but didn't strike me as anything particularly special. The Social Network was great--I really want to see it again to go into a better analysis of it. I haven't watched Benjamin Button yet. And I've always considered The Game underrated, but that might just be because I like seeing Michael Douglas get what for.

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There's an interesting message about sexual responsibility buried in that somewhere (rabbits are a fertility symbol, for example) and Lyne does some interesting things with mis en scene (a lot of white), but man... it's SO DAMN '80s it kind of hurts. Like Glenn Close's hair... whew. She's typically great in this though--she exudes crazy without even saying anything. And I love Anne Archer here too.
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Old 10-19-2010, 02:54 PM   #8302 (permalink)
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Kind of slowly paced, but goddamn is it funny.
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Old 10-19-2010, 02:56 PM   #8303 (permalink)
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Funny, tragic, somehow familiar. Loved it.
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:11 PM   #8304 (permalink)
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A dark, morbid and gloomy atmosphere of the film combined with Cronenberg's slick glossy direction makes for a really entertaining film.
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:55 PM   #8305 (permalink)
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And I've always considered The Game underrated, but that might just be because I like seeing Michael Douglas get what for.
Yes! The Game is great. I really enjoyed it when I watched. Can't believe you ranked it below Zodiac Cunningstunt. that movie was so.... long. I felt like it could have been an hour shorter.

I've recently watched this:



It's just a guy. With a camera. Running around Russia. Filming things. And it's pretty ****ing awesome. Has a really excellent score that accompanies the film so well (especially because it's silent, so the music is all you're gettin) and the way it manages to build climax with just shots of people doing people things is pretty amazing. I would definitely recommend it if you're in the mood for something that's unscripted and random, but really brilliantly put together.
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:14 PM   #8306 (permalink)
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^ I've wanted to see that for a while.

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That might be my favorite Cronenberg film--it's definitely the one that unsettled me the most. Jeremy Irons is ****ING AMAZING in it, too.




I really had no idea what to expect going into this--the entire reason I went to see it is because of the cognitive dissonance involved in the fact that Ben Affleck (co-)wrote and directed a film with a 95% rating on RT.

So, okay. It's not the world's most original plot--go into it expecting to be surprised and you'll be disappointed. But it's actually pretty well executed; the action scenes are tense, the emotional scenes work without being overwrought and the cast is pretty solid. Jon Hamm in particular stood out. It would be very easy to overplay that character and make him too despicable to be believable as an FBI agent, but he hits a really great balance there--he's just despicable enough to have that edge that makes you not like him, yet still be kind of sympathetic as a guy doing a job.

It's not exactly essential viewing, but it was thoroughly enjoyable.
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Old 10-20-2010, 04:35 AM   #8307 (permalink)
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I've recently watched this:



It's just a guy. With a camera. Running around Russia. Filming things. And it's pretty ****ing awesome. Has a really excellent score that accompanies the film so well (especially because it's silent, so the music is all you're gettin) and the way it manages to build climax with just shots of people doing people things is pretty amazing. I would definitely recommend it if you're in the mood for something that's unscripted and random, but really brilliantly put together.
It truly is awesome. Don't think I've watched anything like it.
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Old 10-20-2010, 03:58 PM   #8308 (permalink)
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^ I've wanted to see that for a while
Do it! you might be blown away.

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It truly is awesome. Don't think I've watched anything like it.
Yeah neither have I. It's like a cross between a documentary and... something else. Obviously not eloquently put but it is great.
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Old 10-21-2010, 09:09 PM   #8309 (permalink)
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Wonderful film, really funny yet extremely thought provoking.
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Old 10-21-2010, 09:16 PM   #8310 (permalink)
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some like it hot! i just watched this in my music and film class!
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