Anton Corbijn. 'Nuff said.
Anton Corbijn. 'Nuff said.
I Saw the Devil
Wasn't this a pick me upper?
Anyways, I rather liked it, but I was in a psychotic mood last night. evil:
I should update my movie watching more here, but lazybones often wins. *shrugs*
I saw you saw I Saw the Devil.
Cinema Paradiso - I remember Mr Irreverent/Pagliacci saying once that this was his favorite movie of all time, so I decided to give it a shot when I saw it on TV in HD. It was pretty good. I really enjoyed the first 1/3 of the film when the main character is a kid especially.
Yakuza: Like A Dragon - Got this cheap on eBay and felt like it'd been too long since I'd seen a Miike movie. It's sort of bland for a Miike flick, but it has it's moments. Wouldn't recommend it unless you're a hardcore Miike fan or a fan of the game it's based on.
Late Spring - Turner Classics has showed a bunch of Yasujiro Ozu movies lately and I've recorded them all. This is great because I've only seen a couple of his flicks and now I can watch them without paying a lot of the Criterion releases. This movie is about a widowed father living with his 20-something daughter. Everyone wants her to get married, but she doesn't want to. The father then sets up a fake marriage for himself so his daughter will get married. It's a pretty good movie, but there is some seriously disconcerting **** going on, specifically with lead actress Setsuko Hara. She smiles through so much of her dialogue, even when hearing or saying things people don't smile about. It's very weird. The film is really slow, but if you stick with it, the final scene is ****ing incredible. Sad as hell and worth all the build up, I thought. But Ozu's movies are slow and not for everyone.
Sword Of The Beast - Just another great samurai flick by Hideo Gosha. Loved this movie. Loved the themes, loved the idea. The swordfighting choreography was better than a lot of the films of the time, too. Great ****in' movie.
So, the original Payback has been on cable...a lot...lately. Love the movie. Gregg Henry dripping sleaze(hubba hubba hubba), Lucy Liu just looking white hot, Mel pre-meltdown, great casting(Coburn/Devane/Kristofferson/John Glover/Bill Duke/David Paymer), lots of other cool stuff to love too including great tough guy dialogue. Really, on the scale of Gibson flicks one of my faves. Dirty dirty little movie.
So I had the 'Director's Cut' on the shelf forever and always wanted to see the difference. Man...I don't usually side with studios over talent...but the did the right thing. First off, I am not adverse to a bummer/vague ending, but the contrast between the original/DC is startling. Gone is Kristofferson, Glover and in their place the voice of Sally Kellerman. No thanks. They do flesh out the scene between Mel and his wife who screws him over, but that's about the only tolerable difference. The music(whish is awesome in the original) is tampered with and the pre-Len Wiseman saturated blue tone is removed for an orange/reddish tone overall. NOT good changes. the real beauty is in the special features. You get some pre MELtdown Mel(with giant Jehovah beard) discussing the scene where he beats his ex-wife. Some uncomfy moments where he says 'nobody advocates beating women' and it rings as honest as 'some of my best friends are _____'.
So yeah. Sorry to go on, but if you are into movies and you want to see a clear case of studio interference done right, check the two versions out.
I really like the Yasujiro Ozu films I have seen so far including that one. Ozu films are well acted, but yeah, slow paced, but so have
other Japanese films from that era that I have watched. Kurosawa's more action oriented pace seems to be somewhat unique in that
FINALLY saw Zero Dark Thirty. Jessica Chastain is a damn good actor. I personally loved Bigelow's decision on how to film the actual raid - dark, sound only, bits of night vision. Created a lot of tension. IMO, quite brilliant. She's good.
Saw this last week. REALLY suspenseful through the use of quiet. Quiet which was RUINED by the worst audience I have ever suffered. Maybe this is a tad out of line, but I almost welcomed an appearance from the nutjob who showed up during the Batman movie in Colorado. If ever an audience deserved it. Anyway, back to the movie...solid acting for the most part and just enough unexpected bits to differentiate this from all the other movies you have seen like it(the Strangers mostly). Wait to watch it at home, where you can control the noise and get caught up in the almost hypnotizing silent moments.
Solidly funny movie. And they didn't use the Apocalypse just as a setup. Legit jump scares and some good seriousness for a movie that was basically 90 minutes of dick jokes. Sometimes it was obvious that 'improv' was going on, but for the most part, a movie that seems so self indulgent really wasn't. Danny McBride STEALS the movie. From his entrance to, well...I don't want to spoil it. If you don't catch it in the theater it is CERTAINLY prime for home viewing. Oh...and my quota for Demon penii is now fulfilled.
Oh, and there is a cameo in this that rivals Bill Murray in Zombieland. See it before someone ruins it for you.
Decided to clear a movie off my DVR.
Solid comedy, funny throughout and didn't wander in an attempt to pad the length. Jason Bateman plays Jason Bateman, Charlie Day plays Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston plays an actress going through a midlife crisis between this an her upcoming movie and we are all better off for it even if her character in this would make more sense if she were less attractive, Jamie Foxx steals his scenes even though it is weird seeing freaking Django in a minor supporting role. Also, wetwork.
B+, maybe even an A-