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Re: Moving Pictures: The 2012 Edition

Postby Bu Lai En » 24 Apr 2012, 15:04

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Bu Lai En wrote:Tsotsi (2005) A good South African drama about a young South African gangster thug in a slum of Jo'burg who reevaluates when he discovers a baby in the back of a car he's just jacked.

What did you think of it? I watched it when it came out and kinda liked it, but that was a while ago.


It was a good solid movie. Nothing that'd blow you away, but just well made cinema. Also, I always appreciate a film made in or about a culture that is different from what I usually see on the screen.
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Re: Moving Pictures: The 2012 Edition

Postby bismarck » 25 Apr 2012, 13:27

Bu Lai En wrote:
bismarck wrote:
Bu Lai En wrote:Tsotsi (2005) A good South African drama about a young South African gangster thug in a slum of Jo'burg who reevaluates when he discovers a baby in the back of a car he's just jacked.

What did you think of it? I watched it when it came out and kinda liked it, but that was a while ago.


It was a good solid movie. Nothing that'd blow you away, but just well made cinema. Also, I always appreciate a film made in or about a culture that is different from what I usually see on the screen.

Nice to hear you think so. :thumbsup:

It was interesting for me after a few years on the Wan to see South Africa from that perspective again, though. I loved it when his bespectacled friend said to him, "You're a Tsotsi. You have no decency." and how that sort of affected him through the movie. Good to hear you liked it. :)
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Re: Moving Pictures: The 2012 Edition

Postby Bu Lai En » 26 Apr 2012, 22:00

Taipei 21 (2004) Not a bad movie about a couple who have been together years and are considering breaking up. They go off on their own for a few days and we observe how they re-evaluate things amidst the backdrop of modern Taipei life.

The Naked Spur (1954) Fairly good Western with Jimmy Stewart as a bounty hunter bringing an outlaw in amidst squabbles over the reward money.

I saw the Devil (2010) Korean film by Kim Jee-woon who made the excellent films, A Bittersweet Life and A Tale of Two Sisters. This one isn't as good, and although I enjoyed it, I can see why some people didn't. It's basically a standard revenge flick with the main character hunting the killer of his wife (played mesmerisingly by the star of Oldboy). I didn't like the way it was going at first, but it seemed to change into something a bit more than that, actually questioning, even parodying (obliquely) the revenge premise. I liked it in the end, but not wholeheartedly.

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) I've never been overly impressed by Bunuel, but this film was different. It's a very surreal satire of the bourgeoisie, as the name implies, with very entertaining and absurdly funny twists and digressions into dreams and farcical situations.
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Re: Moving Pictures: The 2012 Edition

Postby trubadour » 28 Apr 2012, 15:23

Take Shelter (2011)

So lucky to watch this without any idea of what to expect. What I got was a vivid portrayal of a modern day Old Testament style prophet, with all the necessary psychological disturbance and social dissonance, interwoven in a way only film can. Scary and deep. Great stuff.
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Re: Upcoming Movies (2012)

Postby Icon » 28 Apr 2012, 22:05

Really bad news, folks: Pirates of the Caribbean 5 in the works. Oh, and The Lone Ranger movie took a lot of cuttings/rewritings... and we know how that ends... Just for starters, it's a supernatural kind of movie, with werewolves and such. :loco: *sigh* They are really ruining my childhood. Hope they never touch Sargent Preston of the Yukon ever for a remake. :pray:

Gael Garcia Bernal is in talks to take part in the Robocop movie, not the lead. Oh, well, a crossover is a crossover.

Remake of Dredd, based more accurately on the comics. At least, it won't have Deuce Bigolow in it. Ah, and more Resident Evil. Pity, the game was cool.

Oh, and I am really psyched for Cabin in the Woods. Who's with me?

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This sort of answers my lingering question: why, oh, why? http://www.cracked.com/article_19012_5- ... -suck.html
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Re: Upcoming Movies (2012)

Postby cfimages » 28 Apr 2012, 22:35

Samsara is getting its cinema release this summer. I really, really hope this comes to Taiwan. It's the sequel to Baraka which is the greatest movie ever made, IMO.

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Re: Moving Pictures: The 2012 Edition

Postby bismarck » 30 Apr 2012, 12:13

Saw The Avengers on Friday. If you liked The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America movies you will like this one. The story line is a bit flimsy and I thought it was more of a tribute to all those Superheroes and their individual movies, but it has several good moments, lots of hero action and plenty of humour and one liners. I also thought Mark Ruffalo was awesome as the Hulk.

Highly recommend it if you're into Super Hero movies. :thumbsup:
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Re: Moving Pictures: The 2012 Edition

Postby Icon » 02 May 2012, 15:41

trubadour wrote:Take Shelter (2011)

So lucky to watch this without any idea of what to expect. What I got was a vivid portrayal of a modern day Old Testament style prophet, with all the necessary psychological disturbance and social dissonance, interwoven in a way only film can. Scary and deep. Great stuff.


Is this already on DVD at rental stores or was this alternative means? I'm interested in seeing it.
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Re: Moving Pictures: The 2012 Edition

Postby trubadour » 02 May 2012, 22:30

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Re: Moving Pictures: The 2012 Edition

Postby Rockefeller » 02 May 2012, 22:38

My recommendations:

127 Hours (2010) Stellar performance on James Franco's part.

Fargo (1996) "Ya, you betcha!"
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