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Re: Moving Pictures: The 2012 Edition

Postby adguy » 02 May 2012, 23:11

I actually really enjoyed Chronicle http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chronicle/ on a flight from Singapore. I thought I was just going to go on a mindless ride during the flight, but it ended up being an intense and satisfying film. I was also skeptical about the fact that it used the whole "we're using a camera to film our real lives and it's like, totally real" convention... but I went with it and was glad I did.

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Re: Moving Pictures: The 2012 Edition

Postby trubadour » 04 May 2012, 16:28

Rockefeller wrote:My recommendations:

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



great movie! Fargo, too, of course.
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Re: Moving Pictures: The 2012 Edition

Postby Dougster » 05 May 2012, 02:34

"Shame" is worth watching. Steve Mcqueen directs, Michael Fassbender gets to shag around, uncomfortable viewing at times.
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Re: Moving Pictures: The 2012 Edition

Postby bismarck » 05 May 2012, 08:41

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Really enjoyed it, especially seeing as my son is 1/4 Bunun. Found myself getting drawn in to it, but as part 1 came to an end, I couldn't help thinking, "Oh shit! They're in for a hammering!!"
But it is nice, with hindsight of history, to be reminded that whatever happens (I haven't read about the Wushe incident), the Japanese are in for a huge comeuppance for their Imperial Arrogance in about 11 years from that point, and counting!! :America:

I hope to watch part 2 this week.

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Re: Moving Pictures: The 2012 Edition

Postby trubadour » 06 May 2012, 23:43

Kid with a Bike (2011)

First few minutes in, I presumed I was watching a docu-drama i.e. a well-meaning film with human interest but without being actually humanly interesting. Luckily, I was wrong. A story - a real, properly dramatic and unpredictable story emerges manifestly out of the instance of each characters' actions. Refreshing characters, too - especially the heroine. They manage to be real without being clichés. The film, too, manages very nicely to be creative in an area of life where film-making so often becomes 'dealing with issues'. Thus contrary to the norm, Kid on a Bike is an original and realistic drama. Deceleration of interest: I happen to relate a lot to the main character. Maybe you will, too?
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Re: Moving Pictures: The 2012 Edition

Postby Bu Lai En » 07 May 2012, 22:35

Margot at the Wedding (2007) Noah Baumbach's dark comedies are certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but to me he's a genius. Once again, in Margot, he exposes the horrible human frailty of some not particularly pleasant individuals, in this case, focusing on two sisters getting together for a wedding, played brilliantly by Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Jack Black is also very good in an atypical role.

The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) This film about a missionary in China, kept by a Warlord, is interesting for the fuss it created due to the rising hatred against miscegenation, but unfortunately the movie itself is pretty dull.

Migratory Bird (2001) Very good film about a Taiwanese family living in Canada.

The Right Stuff (1983) One of a large number of 80s blockbusters I never got round to seeing, but this was one of the rare cases where it was worth it. A little too 80s for my tastes here and there, but overall it's a great story of the test pilots who became America's first astronauts.

The Seventh Victim (1943) Excellent atmospheric mystery about a boarding school girl who goes to the city to find her missing sister. Some great unexpected plot directions.
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Re: Moving Pictures: The 2012 Edition

Postby Rockefeller » 09 May 2012, 06:10

Just heard The Avengers grossed less than 700 million in less than two weeks... shits crazy. I gotta get my ass to the movies and see what the huge deal is. :popcorn:
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Moving Pictures: The 2012 Edition

Postby headhonchoII » 09 May 2012, 06:55

God the last time I thought something like this was a good idea I was 12.
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Re: Moving Pictures: The 2012 Edition

Postby urodacus » 09 May 2012, 07:14

Just watched Kurosawa's RAN again. Man, it's slow and stately, like a supertanker running aground at speed. I had not remembered how slow it was. But the sets and locations are stunning, and the Bard (almost) never looked so good.

I love Shakespeare adaptations.
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Re: Moving Pictures: The 2012 Edition

Postby Bu Lai En » 20 May 2012, 22:29

urodacus wrote:Just watched Kurosawa's RAN again. Man, it's slow and stately, like a supertanker running aground at speed. I had not remembered how slow it was. But the sets and locations are stunning, and the Bard (almost) never looked so good.

I love Shakespeare adaptations.


Ran is one of the greatest movies ever.

Whispering Corridors (1998) OK Korean horror set in a girls' school.

Scenes by the Sea(2000) Fairly uninteresting documentary about the great Japanese director Takeshi Kitano.

The World of Apu (1959) Great end to the Apu trilogy. Where I'd found the second movie not as good as the first, this was a great return to form.

Come, See, Become (2005) In the mid 80s Israel airlifted a bunch of Sudanese Jews to resettle there. This is the story of one Sudanese pretending to be Jewish and growing up in the strange country, embracing it, but feeling isolated by his lie. Excellent film.

Hanging Garden (2005) Strange but very good Japanese film about a family who appear normal but are far from happy.
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