Nim
Yeah, I don't do well with change.
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Nim
The Congress is apparently already out on VOD. Updates to come.
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Flax
I watched Man of Steel today.  We're all agreed that it pretty much sucks, right?
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Thrillhouse
Even with this title it doesn't feel right. It should be Everything You Watch This Year 2014, dammit.  There are RULES.
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Infinitus Corsair
I saw Snowpiercer.  It's all right.
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Moses
Infinitus Corsair wrote:
I saw Snowpiercer.  It's all right.


Thanks.
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Thrillhouse
Lawrence of Arabia: I'm glad I got to see this in 70mm on a big screen. There really can be no other way.  Omar Sharif and Anthony Quinn have mad swag.  I have to admit though that by the third act I was highly conscious that with intermission and overtures, this was a 4-hour experience.

Manhunter: While they are visually nothing alike, Manhunter provides an aesthetic experience that's right up there with NBC's Hannibal. It might not have the cast that Red Dragon had, but it's better in just about every other way.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: I liked it but it's very much the middle film in a series. The first left the door wide open for a sequel but felt like it told a complete story; here I'm waiting for the inevitable finale.  The human cast contributes little (at least Gary Oldman gets one scene to act in, while Keri Russell is interchangeable) so the apes and Andy Serkis get to do the heavy lifting and do it well.
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Zuben
Rob the Mob: 6/10. Can't recommend it, despite good performances by the leads. Mostly, it just sanitizes violence, which is something I can't stand in a crime drama. Garcia playing a cry-baby pussy of a mob boss was also awful.
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Glittergrrl
Life Itself, also known as the Ebs movie.

I've been wanting to watch this for the longest time, but then I found myself putting it off. I've been such a fan of Roger Ebert's since middle school. When he passed, I had been reading his blog almost everyday. I expected Life Itself to be very sad, but it really wasn't. Ebert had such a rewarding and fulfilling life that it's hard to feel bad for him. There were certainly moving parts, particularly hearing how he encouraged young film makers and how he fell for his wife. She was so strong and inspiring. I hate myself for saying this, but it was a difficult watch. Ebert's appearance was kind of jarring. It's a little unnerving to see a nurse come in and suction Ebert's orifice.


The Immigrant - on Netflix instant now.

Gosh the Tomato-meter is through the roof on this one. Can't understand why. The whole movie is Mariom Cotillard sulking over her sick sister. She's so sick! Jeremy Renner is terribly miscast as a charming musician. He's supposed to be charming, but he's Jeremy Renner. The final shot is pretty awesome, if you make it that far. Did not like it.

Maddie's been having some issues with her health, so I've been up most nights for two reasons: to give her medicine and I've just been really worried and unable to sleep.
I'm using this time to revisits 80s favorites.

Can't Buy Me Love

I can't believe I'm going to admit this... I love this movie! It's on Netflix instant now, I might have to watch it again tonight, 3 words: African anteater ritual. It is 80s gold.

Breakfast Club

It holds up. I think BC is a legitimately good movie. Why isn't there a John Hughes equivalent today? Is there? I don't think so. Someone needs to make a teen comedy drama in the John Hughes vain. Kids would eat that up.
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Little Irish
Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist. Not a bad film, but you have to have some knowledge of the sport to truly appreciate who Pantani was and what he achieved as a mountain climber as it's not fully captured by the film. It fails to connect the viewer emotionally with Pantani, unlike a sports-doc such as Senna. Senna was engaging, even to people with no understanding/interest of F1. The story of Pantani, and it's tragic end, should have been much more hard hitting than this. 6/10
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Putu
I watched a few episodes of "Under the Dome" (season 1), and now I can't see colours anymore. If TV could shit its pants, this is what it would look like.
That's...not what I meant at all.
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Mistoffelees
I only kept watching for the redhead.

[ever-happened-rachelle-lefevre--large-msg-135312013966] 
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Sparkle
Inside Llewynn Davis

It was good but not in my top Coen by far.
"We think it is more important to be right than it is to appeal to the humanity of people we disagree with." ~Hannah Gadsby
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Nim
Sparkle wrote:
Inside Llewynn Davis

It was good but not in my top Coen by far.


Me either, I guess, but more than just about any of their films, it improves hugely the second time around.
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wirthling
Putu wrote:
I watched a few episodes of "Under the Dome" (season 1), and now I can't see colours anymore. If TV could shit its pants, this is what it would look like.


It started being easier for me to watch when I stopped taking it seriously and treated it like a mindless Syfy show that's fun to laugh at. And the redhead is nice to look at even if her stupid dialogue is an occasional boner-killer.
"I am very poorly today and very stupid and hate everybody and everything." - Charles Darwin
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Mistoffelees
Hemlock Grove

Finished it! Had several Deus Ex Machinas, which took out most of the little suspense there was. Most of the characters are bland and/or assholes. Still fun to watch and instantly forgettable.

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HoboJoe

Happy Gilmore:  7.5/10.  Still entertaining, a startling reminder that Adam Sandler used to make genuinely good movies.  

Billy Madison:  5.5/10.  This was one of my favorite movies as a kid, but it sadly doesn't hold up as well as Happy Gilmore or the Wedding Singer.  It lacks any kind of emotional hook and it's a lot stupider watching at 25 than when I was 12.  Still entertaining for nostalgia purposes, but that's about it.

Tommy Boy:  8/10.  An endearing story, a solid performance by Chris Farley and an underrated performance by David Spade.  Holds up quite well.


All three of these movies were on in am 8 hour span yesterday. What a world we live in.

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Glittergrrl
Continuing my 80s Insomnia Theatre marathon

Pretty in Pink
This one is so terrible. It didn't even make sense. Blaine is all, "I never gave up on you," but he totally gave up on her. He stopped taking her calls and he avoided her at school. This is one of John Hughes' worst.
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Crow T. Robot
Hubble (2010)

Stunning. I saw it on the biggest Imax screen in Virginia, at the Chantilly Air and Space Museum, and even at about 40 minutes it was wonderful (and did feel short, but so what, in a way). Having starfields completely take up your field of view was amazing. A little environmental message and stuff about the possibilities of alien life felt kind of shoe horned into a movie that was mostly about the repair of the Hubble telescope. Yes, the Hubble has implications for both of these, but the movie didn't really make them fit in. And Leonardo DiCaprio's narration is dull. He drolls on like he's skimming through the script for the first time over dinner.

Still, it was a stunning experience.
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Jean
I'll probably dump the stuff I've watched while banished to forum purgatory into one post once the new site is up, but I couldn't wait to say that I'd seen True Detective, that it's absolutely fantastic, and that the finale is satisfying on just about every level that matters.

I guess I should watch more TV that doesn't involve superpowered cartoon heroes teaching me about the power of friendship. (Fuck).

On the other hand, how are Space Dandy and Terror in Resonance, Det?
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neumdaddy
Nim wrote:
The Congress is apparently already out on VOD. Updates to come.

So did you ever see this, or was its availability a false alarm?
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Nim
neumdaddy wrote:
Nim wrote:
The Congress is apparently already out on VOD. Updates to come.

So did you ever see this, or was its availability a false alarm?


Oh, I have it, I just haven't had time to watch it. Stay tuned, neum, stay tuned.
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Detrimental
Jean wrote:
I'll probably dump the stuff I've watched while banished to forum purgatory into one post once the new site is up, but I couldn't wait to say that I'd seen True Detective, that it's absolutely fantastic, and that the finale is satisfying on just about every level that matters.

I guess I should watch more TV that doesn't involve superpowered cartoon heroes teaching me about the power of friendship. (Fuck).

On the other hand, how are Space Dandy and Terror in Resonance, Det?


I haven't seen either, i've never even heard of Terror in Resonance. But i'll try and check it out and report back.
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wirthling
I haven't seen Boyhood yet but I think Linklater has already wrapped up an Oscar.
"I am very poorly today and very stupid and hate everybody and everything." - Charles Darwin
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Nim
Boyhood - Ultimately, I didn't really like this film, and that's incredibly disappointing, but it also doesn't really tell the whole story.  The thing is, this movie was a sort of rollercoaster of reactions, scene-to-scene.  One scene I would find myself thinking, "Wow, loving this" and the next scene I'd cringe as Linklater tried to inject some cartoonish conflict and the next scene I'd be incredibly bored and the next scene I'd be admiring a certain performance or poetic moment or somesuch.  And so on.  Given the nature of how the film was made, it's no wonder it really does feel like a string of scenes--and this is touched on in a meta moment that almost reaches profundity in the last line of dialogue of the film--but the catch of that is you're really in the movie or out of the movie a scene at a time.

Theoretically, a great movie would have made this work in it's favor where, like life itself, it achieves transcendence through a cumulative power of those moments.  And it just doesn't.  There are wretched choices here and there--a completely one-dimensional father figure character is worst on this list--and great ones: characters that were central, friends that were made, girls that were longed for, often just slip away and are there one moment and not the next, as our main character's life progresses on without them.  People come and go, and things happen, and sometimes they inform the future and develop into something, and sometimes they don't.  That stuff works, and for the most part, the best scenes are the ones where people just sort of hang out and do stuff, as is the case often with Linklater.  But not even all those work.  I think the kid just isn't interesting enough, honestly, so as he gets older and starts waxing poetic in a very, very familiar and teen way, I didn't get nostalgic, I just rolled my eyes.

I actually think Ethan Hawke is the best thing going in this film.  I've always liked him with Linklater, and here he is always engaging and completely believable and self-aware about where he's been and the changes that happen to him that he never expected.  

There are things to like here, and I'd recommend seeing it because it is a different film, at the very least, and often interesting to watch if sometimes only to wonder about the process and logistics, but unfortunately, I don't think it's that great a movie.
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Glittergrrl
No! I refuse to believe this!
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Nim
Glittergrrl wrote:
No! I refuse to believe this!


Hey, I'm way in the minority.  I'm, like, Pacific Islanders during the census.
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Meowzers
Under the Skin was so very frustratingly opaque.  Who is this creature?  What does she know about sex?  Who are these men?  What is this movie trying to tell me?  I don't want everything spelled out for me, but some motivation-- beyond what's gathered in the first part-- would be nice.  There's nothing for me to latch onto, which becomes even more frustrating as the movie shows that her ease with the job changes.  But we don't every know why, really.  We can deduce, but what I supply to the specifics isn't anywhere as interesting as what the movie could have provided.  Because I am constantly at an arm's length.  It was beautiful, though.  
With Love And Kisses!
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Nim
Meowzers wrote:
Under the Skin was so very frustratingly opaque.  Who is this creature?  What does she know about sex?  Who are these men?  What is this movie trying to tell me?  I don't want everything spelled out for me, but some motivation-- beyond what's gathered in the first part-- would be nice.  There's nothing for me to latch onto, which becomes even more frustrating as the movie shows that her ease with the job changes.  But we don't every know why, really.  We can deduce, but what I supply to the specifics isn't anywhere as interesting as what the movie could have provided.  Because I am constantly at an arm's length.  It was beautiful, though.  


I just don't know how to disagree with this more.  Like, should I take a class to learn the best approach?  Should I murder your family?  What do I do??

More than many films I can think of that take a more 'opaque' approach, as you call it, this one absolutely demands that very approach.  It's what I call 'fragile'.  The moment you pile stuff onto it--explanations, more obvious plot, a more cohesive narrative--that's the moment it collapses under the weight.
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Meowzers
Nim, I was wondering if I was crazy but via Rotten Tomatoes (RIP) I found the New Yorker review, which I'm going to paraphrase out of laziness.  The movie runs for an hour on the sexual vanity of these men but never explores it.  The movie also skips the crucial steps between flirtation and the sexual encounters, which I would like to see, partly because Glazer seems as if including the full cause and effect of the story would ruin its aesthetic purity, and that pissed me off.  I mean, there were large parts of this movie were I was entranced, and I always appreciate having to dig deeper myself, but the movie lacked friction or momentum.  
With Love And Kisses!
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kgaard
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1981) 6/10

Starts off great, in spite of the D-level acting and Z-grade effects (which actually have a certain amount of charm in a show of this kind), but loses a lot of steam after they reach the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. The animated Guide bits are the highlight throughout. Anyway, it’s still infinitely superior to the dreadful 2005 movie.
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AlmasyCR
On Demand had Snowpiercer, so I finally caught it.  I'm not sure all of it works, but there's enough there to enjoy, even if nothing is particularly demanding of much thought.  Evans, Swinton and Song are very good, but there isn't much there for anyone other than them.  Glad I got the chance to see it, at the least.
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kingelessar8
Flax wrote:
I watched Man of Steel today.  We're all agreed that it pretty much sucks, right?


I actually hated it.
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wirthling
El Topo

I fell asleep about two-thirds of the way through it. I don't know where El Topo left off and my dreams started. Later today I'll try to watch the rest, but I liked what I saw so far. Very Jodorowsky, unsurprisingly.
"I am very poorly today and very stupid and hate everybody and everything." - Charles Darwin
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wirthling
Happy Endings (2005)

Lisa Kudrow and Steve Coogan are great. The plot and dialogue are largely ho-hum. The footnotes interspersed throughout added some editorial depth. This is the fourth sentence in this paragraph.

Kudrow (or a body double) shows a nipple.
"I am very poorly today and very stupid and hate everybody and everything." - Charles Darwin
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wirthling
wirthling wrote:
El Topo

I fell asleep about two-thirds of the way through it. I don't know where El Topo left off and my dreams started. Later today I'll try to watch the rest, but I liked what I saw so far. Very Jodorowsky, unsurprisingly.


Finished it. Definitely the most comprehensible Jodorowsky I have seen yet. I had some idea some of the time what was going on.
"I am very poorly today and very stupid and hate everybody and everything." - Charles Darwin
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Mistoffelees
Have you seen Santa Sangre yet? They butcher an elephant in it.

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wirthling
Mistoffelees wrote:
Have you seen Santa Sangre yet? They butcher an elephant in it.



Yeah. I have now seen El Topo, Holy Mountain, and Santa Sangre and lost the ability to taste mint.
"I am very poorly today and very stupid and hate everybody and everything." - Charles Darwin
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wirthling
A Most Wanted Man

Philip Seymour Hoffman and some other top-shelf talent trot out some dodgy accents (a couple of times it sounds like Hoffman slips into a Deep South accent) for a quasi-realistic look at how post-9/11 counter-terrorism operations work. Hoffman is kind of a fat, slouchy James Bond. Robin Wright proves once again that she has the ice queen thing nailed down hard. If you like talky espionage movies like I do, it's a worthwhile watch. 
"I am very poorly today and very stupid and hate everybody and everything." - Charles Darwin
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wirthling
The Raid 2

Indulgent, gratuitous, has nothing to say about anything, and 100% awesome.
"I am very poorly today and very stupid and hate everybody and everything." - Charles Darwin
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Moses
Hey, Wirthling?  I value you, friend.
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wirthling
My organs are probably worth upwards of $10 on the black market.
"I am very poorly today and very stupid and hate everybody and everything." - Charles Darwin
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Moses

wirthling wrote:
My organs are probably worth upwards of $10 on the black market.

 

Quit running down yourself, Wirthling.  You're beautiful.  You have the ability to touch others' hearts.

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wirthling
Moses wrote:

wirthling wrote:
My organs are probably worth upwards of $10 on the black market.

 

Quit running down yourself, Wirthling.  You're beautiful.  You have the ability to touch others' hearts.



But I want to be able to touch their hearts with my penis.
"I am very poorly today and very stupid and hate everybody and everything." - Charles Darwin
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whic
I just watched Nightcrawler, you guys think Angelo has seen this?
nothing.
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Crow T. Robot

whic wrote:
I just watched Nightcrawler, you guys think Angelo has seen this?


I loved it!



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wirthling
Just watched Brawl in Cell Block 99. Kind of a strange little face-smashing film. It's probably Vince Vaughn's most naturalistic performance yet and I loved it. The film feels like a throwback but the attention to detail and little flourishes like Bradley's insistence on being called Bradley and his deadpan gallows humor raises it up a notch. Still, it is pulp. Fun pulp.

I feel like I also need to talk about the awkward fight choreography. I'm not sure if it was supposed to be weird, but it was. Vaughn is slow af but Bradley is apparently impervious to injury and so in every fight he just kind of slowly, methodically manhandles people, shaking off their various chair smashes and baton blows, until the inevitable stomping on their face. I am not saying it's bad, though.

Also worth noting Don Johnson's performance in this. It now seems apparent that Johnson from now on is a hammy character actor who is fun to watch. I like this Don Johnson a lot better than Miami Vice Don Johnson.
"I am very poorly today and very stupid and hate everybody and everything." - Charles Darwin
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Zuben
wirthling wrote:
Just watched Brawl in Cell Block 99. Kind of a strange little face-smashing film. It's probably Vince Vaughn's most naturalistic performance yet and I loved it. The film feels like a throwback but the attention to detail and little flourishes like Bradley's insistence on being called Bradley and his deadpan gallows humor raises it up a notch. Still, it is pulp. Fun pulp.

I feel like I also need to talk about the awkward fight choreography. I'm not sure if it was supposed to be weird, but it was. Vaughn is slow af but Bradley is apparently impervious to injury and so he in every fight he just kind of slowly, methodically manhandles people, shaking off their various chair smashes and baton blows, until the inevitable stomping on their face. I am not saying it's bad, though.

Also worth noting Don Johnson's performance in this. It now seems apparent that Johnson from now on is a hammy character actor who is fun to watch. I like this Don Johnson a lot better than Miami Vice Don Johnson.


I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and posted about it in either Slack or RT. It's a little rah rah America at one or two parts, and there is a face scraping scene where the special effects look terrible, but it is a very fun movie. 
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Infinitus Corsair
I put on King Kong as background noise while I do some stuff. It's 45 minutes before the ship's foghorn sounds to herald the approach to Skull Island. This is the longest movie ever made.
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Infinitus Corsair
Infinitus Corsair wrote:
I put on King Kong as background noise while I do some stuff. It's 45 minutes before the ship's foghorn sounds to herald the approach to Skull Island. This is the longest movie ever made.


It takes them three more minutes to spot land.
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