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Author Topic: Seen and not seen's, recommendations and queries on top films in general.  (Read 602807 times)
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« Reply #2535 on: March 15, 2019, 05:49:05 PM »

Blue Velvet - after finding out my friend who I watch 90% of my movies with had never seen this, we had to rectify the situation immediately. it remains one of my favorites, partially because I saw it pretty young and it made a big impression. Laura Dern is such an incredible babe too. it was oddly fitting than my friend's newborn son was in the room, crying for about half of the movie. felt like it somehow made it sleazier...

he's never seen Cronenberg's Dead Ringers either, so that's coming up soon.
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« Reply #2536 on: March 16, 2019, 05:23:01 PM »

Every once a year it's time for the Pusher trilogy again. Still not bored. Like all three.
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« Reply #2537 on: March 16, 2019, 05:32:19 PM »

ELEPHANT - In the light of a recent school shooting down here and the killings in New Zeland I finally watched this one and liked it a lot. It's a simple idea at surface executed with style and empathy, Gus Van Sant is one of the best contemporary film makers in my opinion, at least when he goes more "artsy", and that's what he does here. He has his style that may put down some but I am really into it, I think he portrays the youth greatly, not just realistically and/or stylish, but somewhere in the middle like showing the memory of what has happened instead of the "truth" (for lack of a better word) of it. Slow motions and long takes and spiral "storytelling", wonderful movie.

EYES WITHOUT A FACE - I have to start getting to the shameful holes in my cinephilia and this one was just becoming ridiculous, I just lusted for it for so long but then end up watching "Overlord" and other ok/whatever movies instead. So I finally got to it and of course it didn't lived fully to what I was expecting but that says more about my own expectations than the movie itself. The beginning is great, the movie is stylish as hell and the problem to me was that the middle kind of dragged a little, midway art movie and horror film (but also a reflection of it's time period I guess, and today), but the end is spetacular, truly haunting and poetic in a very particular way. I suppose that watching this one in 1960 (or even some time later) would be a lifechanging cinema experience in a lot of ways, when you were not burdened by all the influence it had on the films that came after. It is still a gem, and when it is good it is great and I can see myself watching it again for sure.
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« Reply #2538 on: March 16, 2019, 06:13:22 PM »

The Territory (1981)
two families get lost on a hiking trip, gradually lose their shit, yield to the dark forces of the psyche
a low key psychological thriller with loads of super-dark straightfaced humor, disturbing and hilarious at the same time

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« Reply #2539 on: March 16, 2019, 06:51:36 PM »

Blue Velvet will be getting the Criterion treatment soon.

I've got Orgies of Edo, Audition, Stone Cold Dead, & Antropophagus waiting in a pile for viewing. SCD is about a sniper murdering prostitutes then sending photos to the police. The trailer looks good & I'll probably check it out tonight.
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« Reply #2540 on: March 17, 2019, 05:04:27 AM »

Watched The Favourite tonight and fuck, I don't usually hit up the current crop of Oscar favs but this one friggin' ripped so hard. Super weird, super funny, super out there and everything hit just right - acting (Emma Stone was amazing!), costumes, cinematography, music.... what an oddball movie!
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« Reply #2541 on: March 17, 2019, 05:06:21 AM »

ELEPHANT - In the light of a recent school shooting down here and the killings in New Zeland I finally watched this one and liked it a lot. It's a simple idea at surface executed with style and empathy, Gus Van Sant is one of the best contemporary film makers in my opinion, at least when he goes more "artsy", and that's what he does here.

I hated Elephant and Van Sant's body of work. My Own Private Idaho maybe gets a pass.
 
Nocturnal Animals (dir. Tom Ford, 2016)
     Surprisingly good story-within-a-story (a bleak and violent one wrapped in an empty and sad one) with great performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams, and one of Michael Shannon's best roles. Dunno if I'd watch again, but I was pretty impressed with how dark and committed all the acting was.

Detachment (dir. Tony Kaye, 2011)
     This could have been like "the mild-mannered type's Taxi Driver," but Kaye's direction approach ruined everything - arty interludes, breaking the fourth wall, pointlessly brief scenes, all that stupid shit. If you edit down performances by Bryan Cranston to two lines and edit out literally all of William Petersen's dialogue, you're an idiot. Decent enough performances by Adrian Brody and Sami Gayle, but still pretty much a dud.

The Founder (dir. John Hancock, 2016)
     Weirdly charming despite it's blandness, sort of like the fast food empire the film is about. Michael Keaton plays the investor who wrested the McDonald's name away from its founders. I don't really know what to say about this film but that it was funny and sort of mesmerising. Laura Dern, however, deserves much bigger roles than afforded here.
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« Reply #2542 on: March 17, 2019, 05:25:46 PM »

ELEPHANT - In the light of a recent school shooting down here and the killings in New Zeland I finally watched this one and liked it a lot. It's a simple idea at surface executed with style and empathy, Gus Van Sant is one of the best contemporary film makers in my opinion, at least when he goes more "artsy", and that's what he does here.

I hated Elephant and Van Sant's body of work. My Own Private Idaho maybe gets a pass.

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« Reply #2543 on: March 17, 2019, 06:46:47 PM »

Come on people, Good Will Hunting is a wonderful film.
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« Reply #2544 on: March 18, 2019, 06:15:27 AM »


I hated Elephant and Van Sant's body of work. My Own Private Idaho maybe gets a pass.
 

Yeah, that happens a lot and I am not one to argue with that at all. Have you seen "Drugstore Cowboy" tho? You may like it better than the rest.

A SCANNER DARKLY - I found it good but it seems like I should like it more, must say I am not a fan of the rotoscoping style after 15 minutes of it or so even if it suits the material nicely. Anyway, it's an intriguing mix of black comedy, stoner movie, sci fi psychdelics and cartoon (the acting is very "Bugs Bunny esque" or something).

THE ROAD - I like Hillcoat "The Proposition" a lot, "Triple 9" is good if somehow clunky and haven't seen his other stuff yet. "The Road" is another great movie and everyone must have already seen it by now I guess. Very realistic depiction of what post apocalypse should become (as far as I can especulate), it starts bleak as fuck, gets very tense and works it's way under your skin so that it's optimism (or glimpse at that) doesn't feel too heavy handed in the end. I am a loser so I haven't read the book yet and I kinda regret it but at the same time I am very curious as to how the subtle (and oh so meaningful) details in the movie get treated. The sparse cast is all around top notch.
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« Reply #2545 on: March 18, 2019, 03:35:33 PM »

Puppet Master - The Littlest Reich- fun movie with some pretty good gore and kills
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« Reply #2546 on: March 18, 2019, 03:58:43 PM »


I hated Elephant and Van Sant's body of work. My Own Private Idaho maybe gets a pass.
 

Yeah, that happens a lot and I am not one to argue with that at all. Have you seen "Drugstore Cowboy" tho? You may like it better than the rest.

A SCANNER DARKLY - I found it good but it seems like I should like it more, must say I am not a fan of the rotoscoping style after 15 minutes of it or so even if it suits the material nicely. Anyway, it's an intriguing mix of black comedy, stoner movie, sci fi psychdelics and cartoon (the acting is very "Bugs Bunny esque" or something).

Actually, I've never seen it, spoke too soon! Forgot about that one, and will check it out - liked Matt Dillon in Factotum so good starting point. Thanks for the reminder.

Agree on Scanner, it's almost like that film is more personally important to me than it is actually great, although looking back I can't imagine any other treatment pulled off, either. I had a friend pretty much exactly like RDJ's character, but who hasn't? One of the few films whose DVD commentary is worth watching - Reeves has some interesting comments about Ryder's performance and her absence from the commentary.
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« Reply #2547 on: March 18, 2019, 05:05:45 PM »

THE ROAD - I like Hillcoat "The Proposition" a lot, "Triple 9" is good if somehow clunky and haven't seen his other stuff yet. "The Road" is another great movie and everyone must have already seen it by now I guess. Very realistic depiction of what post apocalypse should become (as far as I can especulate), it starts bleak as fuck, gets very tense and works it's way under your skin so that it's optimism (or glimpse at that) doesn't feel too heavy handed in the end. I am a loser so I haven't read the book yet and I kinda regret it but at the same time I am very curious as to how the subtle (and oh so meaningful) details in the movie get treated. The sparse cast is all around top notch.

For me this is another case where the book is vastly superior to the film. Unlike No Country for Old Men where the book and film are pretty much on the same level.
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« Reply #2548 on: March 23, 2019, 02:22:06 PM »

Noroi (2005)
a found footage j-horror dealing with black magic and demonic possession, kind of like Hereditary if it was a mockumentary instead of a family drama
a journalist investigates some paranormal events involving people with psychic abilities, things get progressively more sinister as he goes deeper down the rabbit hole
found footage is usually crap and j-horror is usually crap
this one turned out to be very good despite being both at the same time
main reasons why it works
- reliance on slowly building up the atmosphere of dread through subtle details; most of the time it's just people behaving weird, legit supernatural stuff is very limited; little jump scares and no stupid SPOOKY GHOSTS
- a normal sceptic guy actively trying to solve a mystery, gathering & analyzing clues etc., which makes the story feel more 'real' and more exciting due to the twists and turns in the investigation
- goes out with a bang in super dark final sequences

all in all, a very pleasant surprise

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« Reply #2549 on: March 23, 2019, 05:26:37 PM »

Noroi (2005)
a found footage j-horror dealing with black magic and demonic possession, kind of like Hereditary if it was a mockumentary instead of a family drama
a journalist investigates some paranormal events involving people with psychic abilities, things get progressively more sinister as he goes deeper down the rabbit hole
found footage is usually crap and j-horror is usually crap
this one turned out to be very good despite being both at the same time
main reasons why it works
- reliance on slowly building up the atmosphere of dread through subtle details; most of the time it's just people behaving weird, legit supernatural stuff is very limited; little jump scares and no stupid SPOOKY GHOSTS
- a normal sceptic guy actively trying to solve a mystery, gathering & analyzing clues etc., which makes the story feel more 'real' and more exciting due to the twists and turns in the investigation
- goes out with a bang in super dark final sequences

all in all, a very pleasant surprise



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