March 16th, 2013, 04:03 AM
I loved Panic Button. A taut little horror/thriller about four people thrown into a horrendous situation. Had my adrenaline really going by the end.
March 19th, 2013, 10:10 PM
Got mine @ Best Buy so...don't know about the exclusive. But you should have this. STILL a terrific and hilarious flick. Oh PeeWee!!!!!!
March 19th, 2013, 11:25 PM
Originally Posted by jerseydevil
March 20th, 2013, 06:27 AM
March 25th, 2013, 06:50 AM
I thought the part at the beginning when the dwarfs invited them selves to Bilbo's place was too long and the bits with that crazy brown wizard was stupid but overall it was pretty good.
March 25th, 2013, 12:38 PM
Stoker - Ok, so... where to start? This movie is very strange. I read a couple of reviews that said it was Chan-wook Park's most conventional film to date, but I didn't get that from it at all. Maybe when I see it again I'll feel differently, but this movie had me disoriented and bewildered a lot. I had no idea what was going to happen next most of the time. Initially, the way the camera moves and the shots that are chosen felt very strange to me, like something I'd never seen before. I don't know why that is. It just felt very foreign to me, and I don't mean international.
Overall, I really liked the movie. It's far from perfect and there is very obviously layers of subtext that were not apparent to me on first viewing, but hopefully will be more so when I see it again. There are a lot of questions left unanswered, most importantly the motivations of the characters for doing some of the things they do. A lot of it is not explained, or not explained well. I tend to give Park the benefit of the doubt and say that he was operating on a level I was not, but many reviewers would, and have, called it sloppy. I wouldn't argue it at this point. The film seemed to be pointing toward a revelation about the... nature of the characters that I don't know I should spoil, but if you read some of the plot details when the movie was still in the planning stages or if you read into the name of the film (and family), you might be able to figure out what I mean, that never came. I think if that revelation had occurred, it would have answered a lot of the questions left lingering and maybe been more satisfying for a lot of the audience, although some other things would have had to be changed.
Having said that, the performances were great, the level of tension and atmosphere is excellent and some of the scenes are just incredibly great. Some of the scenes. I really need to watch it again because I feel like I missed so much. I'd love to read a review written by a Psychology professor or psychoanalyst, because I bet they'd have a field day with it.
For me, I really just want to watch it again. My dad, who has seen Oldboy but has no real attachment to Park (and so is maybe less biased about the movie) just said the movie was "weird". My mom asked him if that was good or bad, and he said "yes." So... there you go.
Admission - A little formulaic, maybe, but it has a lot of funny bits and it's just 90 minutes of Tina Fey and Paul Rudd doing what they do best. Neither of them seemed to have to step out of their comfort zone much (although Tina gets more emotional than I'm used to seeing), but since I like both of them being themselves, it didn't bother me. I enjoyed it.
Grand Prix - Said to be the best race car film ever made by a whole bunch of IMDB reviews, I decided to watch this 3 hour flick solely because Toshiro Mifune is in it. His part was smaller than I'd been hoping, but it was enough I didn't feel cheated. And the movie was pretty good, too. It's about the lives of a few Formula 1 drivers and how what's happening to them off the track affects them on the track.
Like I said, it was pretty good. Bonus points for being the first time I've seen a young Jessica Walter since becoming an Arrested Development fan. Damn, she was pretty. I need to watch Play Misty For Me again sometime...
High Noon - Put simply, this is probably the best pre-Clint Eastwood western I've ever seen. I don't know why I waited so long to see it.
Burden Of Dreams - A documentary about the making of Fitzcarraldo, my favorite Werner Herzog movie. The filming of it was a serious goddamn adventure and the documentary was fascinating. I really think Herzog is probably the single most interesting guy on the planet and I could listen to him talk all ****ing day. Still haven't checked out the commentary, but will do so soon.
Justice League: The New Frontier - Great comic, meh movie. For running time's sake, a lot is left out and the story suffers for it. It still has some great bits and pieces, but overall... ehh. Read the book instead.
The Duellists - Ridley Scott's first full length feature film about two French military men who have numerous duels over the period of their military service. Very interesting to see Scott's early stuff have so many of the trademarks of his great stuff. The lighting, the close-ups, the fog in every room. I really liked the look of this movie, and I liked the story quite a bit, too. The climactic battle scene is really well done. Definitely recommended.
March 25th, 2013, 11:15 PM
only seen a couple movies worth writing about
I read adgy's review, and I have no idea how people think this movie is Park's most conventional. In my mind it's certainly less conventional than Thirst, for instance. It was, though, the most slow-paced film by Park's I've seen. But at no point does the film drag. The pace is simultaneously slow and deliberate, no easy feat for any director. At its heart Stoker is a deep, intense character study, and in a twisted sort of way a coming of age tale for an enigmatic, introverted and seethingly intense girl. I know a lot of people think it's a mess, but I don't really see it that way. It doesn't throw the plot in your face, it uses ambiguity effectively. And as the film progresses the characters' actions make more sense. I got an on-screen crush on Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode was creepy as ****. He seems to get cast in those types of roles a lot. Nicole Kidman doesn't get as much screen time as the aforementioned stars, but her on-screen presence commands almost every scene she's in.
Watched Law Abiding Citizen again. I liked it a lot better the second time. One of the better thrillers out there.
Gangster Squad isn't bad, but I wasn't exactly blown away either. Great cast but only a mediocre story. Probably won't watch it again.
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