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Re: Which movie(s) have you watched lately?

Postby Varislintu » 2014-08-22, 9:30

Dark Wolf (2003).

What the hell was this soft porn werewolf crap!? :lol: Why the heck was it shown on TV?

But I have to admit, it kind of was crappy enough to be funny. I laughed and laughed at how the hybrid werewolf was briefly explained to have come about when a Saxon knight fucked a werewolf 900 years ago. Well okay that makes sense!! :lol: :rotfl:
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Postby mōdgethanc » 2014-08-22, 11:22

Oh man, the tagline to this film: Half man. Half beast. Pure evil. How original.

Rating: 2.8/10. Yep.

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Postby Lur » 2014-08-22, 15:50

mōdgethanc wrote:I have Solaris. I'm kind of turned off of his work by how much of a prima donna he seems like, but I'd be willing to overlook that to read more.


His short stories are fine. The Star Diaries, Cyberiad, Robot Fables, that stuff.

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Postby Lada » 2014-08-23, 20:40

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Movie simply shows people who don't know what to do with their lives, so they have sex with each other. I would call it a propaganda of free relationships and eternal idling which main characters regard as "art" or use "art" to hide their idling... I'm not sure that I want to recommend this movie. Art is not like that, yeah, the movie is shit. :mrgreen:

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Postby loqu » 2014-08-23, 21:06

Last Wednesday I watched Guardians of the Galaxy at the cinema because my boyfriend and his friends wanted to.

At the end it got me thinking the plot was a bit quite weak. But hey, the main actor is handsome, his character is cool, and looks good in that leather jacket, so it wasn't that bad. Wouldn't pay to watch it again though.
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Postby mōdgethanc » 2014-08-23, 22:40

I keep hearing that Guardians of the Galaxy is really good but it looks incredibly dumb. It has a fucking talking raccoon and a sentient tree. (On the other hand, it does have Zoe Saldaña, albeit covered in green body paint.)

The last movie I saw was Lucy, which was even stupider than I thought it would be. Scarlett Johansson plays a woman who is abducted by Korean gangsters who want to use her as a drug mule. She gets exposed to a high dosage of some experimental drug and somehow develops psychic powers from it. Morgan Freeman plays a supposedly brilliant neuroscientist yet almost everything that comes out of his mouth is total bullshit. I don't think the writers did any research at all but just wanted an excuse to make a cool action movie with a hot chick who's invincible. Limitless was much better.

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Postby Marah » 2014-08-25, 18:59

 (fr) (ar-ma) Né quelque part

I liked the topics this movie tackled: how to define your identity when your parents come from a foreign country, why migrants migrate, etc

70% of the dialogues are in Algerian Arabic, 30% in French
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Postby linguoboy » 2014-08-25, 19:23

Lada wrote:Vicky Cristina Barcelona

People disagree on what Allen's last really worthwhile movie was, but most agree it was sometime in the 90s.
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Postby mōdgethanc » 2014-08-26, 4:21

Midnight in Paris was alright, but not one of his best. I think he started to jump the shark as early as the 80s myself.

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Postby linguoboy » 2014-09-04, 2:21

Freier Fall (Free fall). Ugh. Spare us these turgid gay dramas. I'd rather have watched Echte Kerle again. The gay storyline from The Streets was also a superior treatment of very similar material.
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Postby Varislintu » 2014-09-23, 9:23

It's the annual Helsinki International Film Festival again, and I've seen three movies so far. :)

Giovanni's Island (Jobanni no shima). It's a Japanese animation about two Japanese boys from the Kuril islands when it was occupied by the Soviet Union. It was good, quite captivating. It carefully refuses to demonize the Soviets, even if a lot of bad things happen. The children's imaginary story world creates a nice counter balance to the heavy stuff in the movie, so it's not as depressing as say, The Grave of the Fireflies was :P. 9/10.

Love at First Fight (Les Combattants). A French movie that was a love story between a tough, no-nonsense girl and a directionless boy. They decide to go to army training camp. I really liked the premise, and it was a different take on the usual boy-meets-girl. It kept my attention all the way through; however, I feel that in the end the makers didn't know what exactly to say with the movie. I also felt that the young woman character was a bit inconsistent. 6.5/10.

The Fake (Saibi). A Korean adults' animation movie. I'll just copy-paste what I said on FB: It was really good, I recommend. Some sources describe it as being critical of organised religion, but I don't think that was the theme at all. In fact, if you asked me to boil down the lesson of the movie, it'd be: "It doesn't help to be a skeptic if you're also a misogynist." The anti-hero of the movie is a very unlikable character, which is a brilliant touch. Also, the religion featured in the movie is more of a cult than mere "organised religion". The movie features people who are "bad with religion" and "bad without religion", and then good people who kind of get crushed between both kinds of bad people. Religion, in the end, plays little part in what happens to them. However, one could say the movie is critical of bullies, cults, conmen and gullibility. 10/10.

About The Fake, I'd also say that it was scary how domestic abuse was depicted in the movie. It was completely nobody else's business, and nobody ever thought that the cops might be called because of it, or that non-male family members might have some kind of basic human right not to be physically abused. :|

Tonight I'll hopefully be seeing a Hungarian movie. :D
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Postby Varislintu » 2014-09-24, 19:57

Sooo, more reports from the movie festival.

Heavenly Shift (Isteni müszak). A Hungarian dark comedy about, well, the weirdest ambulance team you've ever seen. :lol: It's situated in the early 90's, when a heritage-Hungarian escapes the Yugoslav war to Budapest, and gets involved with a shady ambulance team in order to raise money to smuggle his fiancé over as well. It was a very well done movie, and the actors with their facial expressions were marvellous. I can only wish Finland could produce movies/actors this good. 10/10. :yep:

For Some Inexplicable Reason (VAN valami furcsa és megmagyarázhatatlan). Another Hungarian movie, this time a kind of less dark (but still gloomy) comedy about a depressed guy just after he has been left by his long term girlfriend. He truly was the saddest thing ever, poor guy. :lol: The actor playing him was excellent. :) The director and writer as well, because despite the theme of depression, it managed to be hilariously funny and even quite touching, especially I think to anyone with a little connection to or experience of either Hungary itself or possibly other countries to the East of Europe. ;) They also used some creative ideas in the story-telling technique which I really liked. Well, this was another hit with me. :) 10/10.

It was nice to hear so much Hungarian in the audience as well -- I guess these movies attracted quite a few Finland-dwelling Hungarians. :)
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Postby Varislintu » 2014-11-07, 19:38

Kaguya-hime no monogatari / The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. Morals of the story: 1) strict patriarchy is a ridiculous sham, 2) women cannot win in strict patriarchy, 3) Buddha is as much of an asshole as God in the Old Testament, Allah, or Faerie.

Cynical plot summary: Sky-daddy (Buddha) decides to hand pick a pair of parents for the main character, a young woman. He of course does a crappy job, and also doesn't leave any instructions, and never corrects the earth-daddy when he starts treating the woman wrong. Once you've exchanged daddy-hands in a strict patriarchal culture, you're stuck with whatever daddy you got. If your earth-daddy is not the biggest daddy on earth, he will also not be able, even if he were willing, to protect you from the bigger earth-daddies. So when the biggest local earth-daddy, the Mikado, essentially tries to steal the woman to rape her, she calls for sky-daddy to help her since her earth-daddy can't/won't. Sky-daddy does help, but he decides to be a total asshole about it, presumably because deciding not to play the earthly patriarchy game is also not supposed to lead to a good outcome for women.

Basically since playing the game makes a woman lose, and not playing the game makes a woman lose, what Kaguya-hime should have done is 4) break the frigging rules as much as she can. But she had a noble Japanese spirit, so of course she didn't. She could only ever lose in this set-up.

As a final display of getting totally mowed-over, Kaguya-hime didn't even get to enjoy Nirvana blessedly purged of memory and emotion. No, for some reason she had to return there remembering and missing all of it. I bet that was also Buddha's dickery, that.


It was a touching and beautiful movie. The era it depicts was just not set up for women to have choices, so it was also frustrating to watch. 9/10.
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Postby dorenda » 2014-11-08, 22:54

I recently watched Giuseppe w Warszawie (Giuseppe in Warsaw) by Stanisław Lenartowicz (1964). A comedy about an Italian soldier who ends up in Warsaw in 1943 in the house of a girl who is in the resistance. It's mostly in Polish, but also quite a bit in Italian and German. I liked it. :)
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Postby Dr. House » 2014-11-22, 11:23

Sin City 2. There are a few plot points that just don't feel right, but I guess I'd have to reread the comics to be sure about whether they actually didn't wing it a bit in order to make it more "watchable". It was not as good as the first movie and I especially hated the fact that they had replaced Devon Aoki with Jamie Chung... :shock:
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Postby mōdgethanc » 2014-11-22, 17:46

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, a film set in a Japanese POW camp during World War II and starring David Bowie, with a strong homoerotic subtext. (I joked to my friends it should have been called The Bridge on the River Queer.) I really enjoyed it.

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Postby Lazar Taxon » 2014-11-22, 20:52

I recently watched Batman Returns, which I hadn't seen since early childhood. Man, I had forgotten how Burtonesque it was. I enjoyed it, although it did suffer from some laughable elements (notably the mind-controlled penguin army), and from Burton's characteristic poor sense of scale in outdoor scenes. In any case, Michelle Pfeiffer is totally the best Catwoman.
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Postby Varislintu » 2014-11-26, 20:47

I watched a bunch of horror movies on DVD, and just to structure the experience was going to write a bit about them, but I'll be damned if I can remember their titles anymore. What is up with English language horror movie titles anyway? They're all called The Awfulry or The Scared or The Ghouling or something. :P

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I looked it up on IMDb, and the best of the one's I watched was The Conjuring (I think this name doesn't even reflect it :hmm: ). Given how the setting was described, it sounded really clicheed, but it was a lot better than I expected.

The most recent one I saw was Insidious 2. I haven't seen the first one, but that didn't matter much. I liked it, it had some kind of old-school feeling to it. Old-school but with good taste. Like The Twilight Zone but made with movie quality.

Then there was The Awakening, which despite being a BBC movie, had some serious faults. Oftentimes the characters' reactions and interactions and lines didn't feel right -- it felt like they were acting out a bad script as best they could. I don't recommend wasting time on this one.

Yesterday they showed the documentary Room 237 on TV, where six people tell their understanding of what the "hidden meaning" in Kubrick's The Shining is. It was pretty interesting and even hilarious at times. Did you know The Shining was Kubrick's way of talking about the trauma that he had from working with NASA to help create the faked moon landing film footage? It's all there in the movie! :mrgreen:
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Postby Prowler » 2014-11-30, 2:29

Das Boot, the director's cut version which goes over 3 hours.

Considered one of the best, if not the best, submarine movies. It was definitely good and tense. Also kinda sad.
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Re: Which movie(s) have you watched lately?

Postby Meera » 2014-12-01, 5:09

Mockingjay pt 1 it was awesome.
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