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Title: Movies and such
Post by: Andtheodyssey on April 01, 2010, 05:00:28 pm
Well, we've already established a book section, so I figured it's time to make a section devoted to movies.

Just watched The Fountain. Loved it, especially the soundtrack. Oh lord, the soundtrack is fantastic. It was written by Clint Mansell, whom I believe also wrote the music for Requiem for a Dream. I think the story was beautiful, fascinating, and definitely food for thought. Anyone else seen it?


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Ritla on April 01, 2010, 07:24:27 pm
I have not seen it, although I loved the Requiem for a Dream soundtrack. The movies I've seen most recently were in Spanish and both were only mildly good and slightly disturbing, one at the Cleveland International Film Festival and one in my Spanish class.

Well, I did watch the Last Samurai with my roommate last night, as she'd never seen it before, too. She liked it. It's a good movie. The cavalry charge into the Gatling guns at the end is just painful.


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Karin Low on April 06, 2010, 02:16:52 pm
The Fountain was such a trippy movie... the composer was the same because it was the same director as Requiem. Really great music!


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Janeway on April 06, 2010, 09:19:20 pm
Last movie I saw in the theatre was Alice in Wonderland in 3D. It was a visually stunning film!  Wasn't as impressed with Johnny Depp as I usually am. Felt his Mad Hatter was too much like his Willy Wonka.

Also saw The Hurt Locker on DVD. While I liked the movie and thought the main star did a stand-out acting job worthy of Best Actor Nomination, I'm still not sure the movie was a "Best Picture"


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Karin Low on April 06, 2010, 10:23:19 pm
I just saw Repo Men, with Jude Law. Loved it. Hella bloody but great script and acting.


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Ritla on April 07, 2010, 06:44:32 am
I really want to see Repo Men. I'm really fond of both Jude Law and Liev Schreiber as actors and the concept seems kind of awesome. I'll have to scrounge up some money for that...

I saw Alice in Wonderland in 3-D. It was very visual impressing and the story was interesting, but I didn't think Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham-Carter were at their best. I wasn't impressed with Anne Hathaway, either, but I'm never impressed with her, so that doesn't particularly matter. The movie was good enough, except that the 3-D gave me a headache after an hour.

I haven't seen all of the Hurt Locker. I saw scenes of it while my dad was watching it, but I was packing for school at the time, so only saw bits and pieces. What I saw struck me as very much like Jar Head only not so good, but I can't really judge without seeing more than a few five minute snatches.

 


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: grisel on April 07, 2010, 01:12:41 pm
Also saw The Hurt Locker on DVD. While I liked the movie and thought the main star did a stand-out acting job worthy of Best Actor Nomination, I'm still not sure the movie was a "Best Picture"

I like the movie very much because I felt that it was such a, hm, "silent" movie for one about wartime. I cannot really put it into words. Apart from the one fighting scene there is not any action in the usual sense and it lacks all the parts, war movies usually have.
Ah, words, where are they, when I need them???
The cover of my DVD compares it with "Black Hawk Down" which IMO is a very silly comparison because those two movies could not be more different. Watching BHD you are on adrenalin most of the time, but HL is much different but I was not bored one second.
I have no idea if it is a "best picture", but it is a very good one, nonetheless. As it was the very first time the movie I was keeping my fingers crossed for that won, I was very happy. But especially about the award for Katherine Bigelow.

As the Academy Award made some people watch it, who normally never would watch a movie about war, I finally have a great example when I try to explain what kind of movies I like, movies about war and military, but only the good ones, not about fighting and action in the first place, but about the people fighting and what it does to them. Nowadays I can say, movies like "The hurt locker".


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: mocknot on April 07, 2010, 10:45:40 pm
Hmm, I was kind of on the fence about if I wanted to see Repo Men, but then, I'd somehow missed that Jude Law was in it. The last movie that I saw in theaters was Sherlock Holmes, actually. Lovely fun, though I think I may be the only person who wants to re-watch it so that I can pay more attention to the pretty scenery (literally the scenery, not the actors, not that they're displeasing, but I've got a Thing for Victorian London).

One movie that I like to recommend whenever possible is The Fall (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460791/ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460791/)). It's so, so pretty, the acting is fantastic, and almost no one's heard of it :-P.


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: mikebrennan on April 08, 2010, 01:52:03 pm
Yes, the Fountain soundtrack is stunning (I freelance for Soundtrack.net and you can read my review here http://www.soundtrack.net/albums/database/?id=4278&page=review)

My 3 favorite movies are: Batman Begins, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and Kingdom of Heaven - The Director's Cut (a totally different movie from the one released in theaters.

Mike


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Ritla on April 08, 2010, 03:23:17 pm
I love the Director's Cut of Kingdom of Heaven. It is a totally different movie than the theater version. They deleted entire subplots (and, come to think of it, a rather significant portion of the main plot) to make the theater version. Like Batman Begins, too. I've never seen Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, though...

My favorite movies are Black Hawk Down, The Hours, the two Kill Bill movies, Starship Troopers, and Event Horizon. Maybe LA Confidential makes that list, too, but a bit behind the others. 


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: mikebrennan on April 08, 2010, 05:40:37 pm
Touche on the Black Hawk Down. I like pretty much everything Ridley Scott has done! I tend to collect dvds by director. His is the largest, but I also really like Francis Lawrence (Constantine, I Am Legend - he has a lot of broken glass imagery) and David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night). Slade is also doing the next Twilight film (which I think is beneath him). But I do think it's funny that his first film was a horro movie that took place entirely during the day, his second was entirely at night, and his third is entitled Eclipse....


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: grisel on April 09, 2010, 09:37:37 am
Favorite movies? Those come to mind first:

-In the name of the father
Finally bought and rewatched it a few weeks before. Tends to break my heart over and over again. Daniel Day-Lewis and Pete Postlethwaite are so brilliant.

-Interview with a vampire
Just beautiful. Beautiful people, beautiful pictures, beautiful music.

-Tigerland
One of those movies that changed my mind about an actor radically. Before, I had detested Colin Farrell, afterwards I was a fan of him.

-Lawrence of Arabia
Doesn't have to be explained I think.

-Master and Commander
I think if you love Patrick O'Brian's books, it would be hard not to love this movie.

-Francesco (Italian movie about St. Francis)
There are so few good movies about the middle ages and this one always stood out for me.


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Andtheodyssey on May 08, 2010, 01:29:39 pm
I watched Wristcutters: A Love Story and Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner last night. Both were great; the former for being cute and witty and the latter for being epic and fascinating. The reason I even found both of these in the first place is because I've been looking into overtone/throat singing and these movies featured Inuit throat singing.


Title: KICK-ASS
Post by: Karin Low on May 09, 2010, 12:52:05 pm
LOVED IT.


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Zodiac_Kitten on May 14, 2010, 10:42:29 pm
k so i'm not usually a sci fi fan but I watch Pandorum last night.

Best.sci-fi movie.ever. Period


It had THE best mix of horror, and plot that i've seen in that type of movie in ages...and great graphics, and even the tech level wasnt to bad, it wasnt over the top.

(and i was so excited to see tat scanners made me wanna read warchild etc again XD )


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Andtheodyssey on May 15, 2010, 08:19:06 pm
I love Pandorum! It was surprisingly good, considering how picky I am about science fiction mixing with the horror genre. The trailer didn't do it any justice.


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Zodiac_Kitten on May 22, 2010, 09:33:06 am
I love Pandorum! It was surprisingly good, considering how picky I am about science fiction mixing with the horror genre. The trailer didn't do it any justice.

Likewise i'm really picky as well, we only decided to watch it cause the description on netflix sounded funny XD and we wanted a godo sci fi movie to laugh  at how bad it was. But it surprised us with its goodness lol


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Andtheodyssey on May 22, 2010, 09:44:33 am
The only reason I saw it was because I was at a friend's house and he put on a movie, which happened to be Pandorum. At first I was half-expecting him to make fun of it, as we often watch Mystery Science Theater 3000 together, but then he gave a glowing review of it, so I decided to give it a chance.


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Andtheodyssey on July 26, 2010, 08:56:51 am
Gosh, it's so quiet around here. Better start posting stuff again.

Anyway, has anyone seen Inception yet? I saw it yesterday and thought it was fantastic. Not only was the plot great, but the execution was such that I didn't get confused at all throughout the movie which, considering the subject matter, is an impressive feat. The the pacing was slow enough to build up to the main "mission," develop the characters, and set up the situations, but fast enough to keep me engaged the whole time. And the musical motif throughout the movie was my favorite Edith Piaf song "Non, je re regrette rien." I would recommend this movie to anyone.


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Karin Low on July 29, 2010, 04:08:15 pm
Gosh, it's so quiet around here. Better start posting stuff again.

Anyway, has anyone seen Inception yet? I saw it yesterday and thought it was fantastic. Not only was the plot great, but the execution was such that I didn't get confused at all throughout the movie which, considering the subject matter, is an impressive feat. The the pacing was slow enough to build up to the main "mission," develop the characters, and set up the situations, but fast enough to keep me engaged the whole time. And the musical motif throughout the movie was my favorite Edith Piaf song "Non, je re regrette rien." I would recommend this movie to anyone.

I saw it this week. I enjoyed it but it left me a little cold. Didn't really attach to any of the characters (and I tend to love everything Leo has ever done), besides Cobb, none of the others were developed.  It didn't blow my mind like The Matrix did, and people have been kind of touting it on that level...so I don't know.


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Aziraphale on August 09, 2010, 12:53:02 pm
I feel like everyone has seen Inception but me. o_O;

I just had to say I now have "Non, je re regrette rien." playing in my head and it wont stop. Argh. That happened after I watched 'La vie en rose' and lasted for five days straight. x__X

The last movie I watched at the cinema was... Sherlock Holmes I think? I dragged my mother and my sister (who fell asleep halfway through cause she had a very hard day) with me cause I don't like going to the cinema alone. I think. Never even tried.

/random post is random.


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Andtheodyssey on August 11, 2010, 02:58:32 pm
Nonsense, your post is relevent. :)

Funny that you mention 'La Vie en Rose,' as that movie is the reason why I can recognize some of Edith Piaf's songs (and how I know who she is).

What did you think of Sherlock Holmes? I enjoyed it for it's steampunkishness (oh look, I made a new word! ;)) and it's stays closer to the original crime-solving eccentric and his trusty sidekick.


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Aziraphale on August 12, 2010, 07:09:16 am
Heh, it's the same with me. I knew 'Non, je ne regrette rien' (love it) and 'Milord' before, but know I recognize her and her songs everytime they play one in the radio. ^_^

I loved 'Sherlock Holmes'! They got Watson right, so I never could've hated it. It was so much fun and they were indeed closer to the original than many other Sherlock Holmes Movie. The only thing that was really different was that Holmes (if I remember the books right) was a very clean person. Oh and of course Irene Adlers role was bigger than in the books. Again. *eyeroll* I'm already waiting for the sequel. *_*


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Aziraphale on September 22, 2011, 07:19:25 pm
*dusts the thread*

Sooo since I just watched a movie I waited years for (Soukyuu no Fafner- Heaven & Earth (anime)... in japanese... I have NO idea what everyone said (except some random words one picks up after some years), but it was awesome! *waiting for the subs*) I thought I'd ask what movie everyone else here is waiting for? Or which movies you just know you're going to watch. Or just wish they would make already.

My (short) list:

Sherlock Holmes II
The Avengers
Batman - The Dark Knight Rises
Star Trek 2


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Aziraphale on February 23, 2012, 05:36:43 pm
Talking to myself... ~

Is anyone going to watch Prometheus? I thought about it, but... this new trailer is just so... not my taste. Much too scary.

http://www.movies.spoilertv.com/2012/02/prometheus-new-teaser-trailer.html

Does someone no what it is about exactly? I always saw just promo pics.


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Andtheodyssey on February 23, 2012, 06:20:02 pm
I think I will go see Prometheus because I'm a sucker for that kind of scifi movie. Space suits! Scary aliens! Michael Fassbender! And it's an Alien prequel-not-prequel-maybe(?)-prequel that looks like it has an interesting story. I like both Alien and Aliens, but I didn't watch the other sequels because they looked, well, like gratuitous killing with a semi-plot. Perhaps this isn't true, but that's the impression I got. I hope this movie is well-written.


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Aziraphale on February 24, 2012, 03:31:27 pm
I actually am not really scared by horror movies and such... I just can't stand people begging for their lives and crying... I immediately start to bawl. So yeah... but I do kinda want to see some Sci Fi in the cinema. >.< I'm torn.

Random advertising ahoy:

I bring you the trailer for a film Chris Colfer (aka Kurt from Glee) wrote himself. He also plays the main role:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ql1c3fs20SI


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: grisel on February 24, 2012, 05:13:41 pm
Is anyone going to watch Prometheus? I thought about it, but... this new trailer is just so... not my taste. Much too scary.

I'm afraid I'll have to because it is such a nice coincidence that it has both actors in its cast that were the latest addition to my collection of (more or less) gorgeous and talented Brits, Idris Elba and Sean Harris. But it won't be in the cinema, I think. Funnily I never cared for the "Alien" movies, no. 1 bored me senseless.
But I think the trailer looks kind of nice. Not nice-nice, but, cool, somehow.

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Does someone no what it is about exactly? I always saw just promo pics.

I think nobody knows yet what it is about because there seems to be a ridiculously strict no information policy.


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: TabulaRasa on February 26, 2012, 08:35:00 pm

I bring you the trailer for a film Chris Colfer (aka Kurt from Glee) wrote himself. He also plays the main role:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ql1c3fs20SI

I'm kind of looking forward to that.  It'll be interesting to see him on something other than Glee.

I'm also looking forward to the Hunger Games


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: grisel on March 18, 2012, 10:31:04 am
Have you seen the new trailer for "Prometheus"? Nice! I have not been to the cinema for a long time, with the DVDs coming so soon, but maybe I'll make an exception for this one.


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Andtheodyssey on March 19, 2012, 10:16:50 pm
I concur, grisel. That was a good trailer and the movie looks worthy of a pilgrimage to the cinema. :)

Admittedly I haven't read the Hunger Games books yet (I'm almost always late to jump on the bandwagon when books/movies become really popular), but the trailers do look amazing and I would be willing to see it before reading the books.


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Aziraphale on March 20, 2012, 06:30:27 am

Admittedly I haven't read the Hunger Games books yet (I'm almost always late to jump on the bandwagon when books/movies become really popular), but the trailers do look amazing and I would be willing to see it before reading the books.

I've read the books and while I didn't like the end (for reasons I won't tell, because of spoilers  ;) ) I would love to watch the movies. Especially the first one, because I think it's the best out of the three. Why is going to the cinema so expensive these days?  :'(


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: grisel on March 20, 2012, 12:04:33 pm
I concur, grisel. That was a good trailer and the movie looks worthy of a pilgrimage to the cinema. :)

I had to convince myself through the trailers that I really want to see this in the cinema. Because at first I was on board only because of my two current favorite Brits, fangirl that I am.  ;D But it does really look nice. It's a pity that we'll get to see it so much later, in August, I think.  :-\


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: TabulaRasa on March 20, 2012, 05:44:19 pm
I only read the first two books, and thought they were okay but not amazing.  The trailers for the movie are amazing though, and I think I might like the movie better than the books.


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Aziraphale on March 20, 2012, 08:43:52 pm
I only read the first two books, and thought they were okay but not amazing.  The trailers for the movie are amazing though, and I think I might like the movie better than the books.

I will certainly LOVE to see the other characters viewpoints/emotions ect. Especially in the third book, having only Katniss' POV (in the first person no less) was pretty frustrating.


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Karin Low on March 26, 2012, 03:31:55 pm
CHRONICLE was amazing. Goooo see it. Even if the handycam thing didn't work for all of it, it was still fantastic.


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: TabulaRasa on March 27, 2012, 07:51:42 pm
CHRONICLE was amazing. Goooo see it. Even if the handycam thing didn't work for all of it, it was still fantastic.

I've been wanting to see that!  Unfortunately I'm stuck at college in a small town with no car, so i couldn't get to a theater that had it.


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Otter on June 16, 2012, 08:29:15 pm
I only read the first two books, and thought they were okay but not amazing.  The trailers for the movie are amazing though, and I think I might like the movie better than the books.

Agreed.  I took my girlfriend (who read the books) to see it, and we both thoroughly enjoyed the movie.  She wouldn't settle until I started reading the first book, so to avoid being ignorant about the story and to add boyfriend points, I gave it a shot.  I really couldn't read more than 50 pages before I simply got bored.  There just wasn't enough depth.  In a movie its hard to portray the non-physical aspects of a story: emotions, themes, overtones, etc. so I expected that, but not from the book.  In so many places, I felt vast amounts of context and emotion were missing, especially for such a dystopia in which the story takes place.  Great book for younger teens, but it didn't live up to the hype in my opinion


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Aziraphale on June 18, 2012, 06:47:09 am
In the end, I didn't watch the Hunger Games movie... I know I said I'd love to watch the movies despite my disappointment with how the books ended, but I thought about it again and... yeah, I'll wait for the DVDs. I enjoyed it, while I read it (except the end, obviously), but it's nowhere near my "Favourite Books" list. I'm glad you liked the movie, Otter. Maybe I can hope the end won't irritate me there, because we get to see how the other characters react and not only


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Katniss being all cataconic, while the whole revolution-thing is going on. Urgh, it was so frustrating... and it's not even my only problem.



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I was positively surprised by The Avengers ! I expected to enjoy it, but I didn't expect to enjoy it that much. I was especially happy about how they treated Black Widow. She was part of the team! Yay! She was allowed to fight and be badass and wasn't the damsel in distress! Yay! It says something about superhero/action movies, when you're surprised about something like this. -.- I am, however totally not surprised that she's left out of most of the merchandise. LE SIGH. (Little) Girls watch superhero movies, too you know?


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: grisel on August 08, 2012, 04:08:34 pm
I've seen "Prometheus"! It has started just today here in Austria and I had not planned to go on the very first day, but my best friend, who had been listening to me talking about this movie with the patience of a saint, suggested it spontaneously. Good girl!  :-*

I was a little bit afraid, because I had read so many negative reviews but I am happy to say that I really liked it and now I am very much looking forward to the DVD. Although the cast in general did a good job, Michael Fassbender by far was the best. The man still does not do anything for me visually (especially in the same movie as gorgeous Idris Elba!), but he is quite a good actor, oh yeah. And the Lawrence thing was a nice touch, too, as "Lawrence of Arabia" is one of my favorite movies.


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Otter on August 12, 2012, 06:58:08 pm
I really enjoyed Prometheus too!  Without giving too much away, to benefit those who haven't seen it, I began noticing all the...features...shared in other sci-fi movies, and that made me kind of upset, but once my suspicions were confirmed at the very last scene, I thought it was great.  Also, I believe Michael Fassbender did a great job too.  I appreciated the attention to detail on his character, seen with his fingerprint showing "W" on it for Weyland Company.  (thats not spoiling anything, right?  Since when is a finger a crucial part of a movie haha)

I would say my only complaint is the very beginning - the biology major in me felt like I was the only one who knows how DNA works, since there clearly was not too much consultation on it for the opening sequence.  Regardless, that's just me picking out the biological details.  I won't let it ruin anyone elses experience ;)

Has anyone seen Total Recall yet?  I absolutely loved the Ahnuld version (what's not to love about exploding faces?), and even though this 'remake' really isn't one, I'm still curious as to if it is any good   


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: grisel on August 13, 2012, 10:53:29 am
I really enjoyed Prometheus too! 

I am quite relieved that there are other people who like that film, too. Besides matters of taste, I really do not understand what a problem so many people and critics have with "Prometheus". Not that they did not like it, that's understandable, but usually it is not criticized, it is slaughtered as if it was the worst movie ever and I so do not get that.

Now I am going to give "Alien" another chance because the first time I saw it, I am afraid that I was quite bored.  :-[


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: Otter on August 13, 2012, 12:04:20 pm
exactly.  No movie is perfect; every single one has it's faults and errors, but critics seem to operate in a world of black and white.  I feel that if a movie does not live up to its hype, it's a failure.  Prometheus was not the best movie I have ever seen, but that doesn't mean it still wasn't decent.  I don't understand why critics have a hard time saying "you know, it wasn't the greatest, but still a well put together flick"

In any case, I'm done ranting.  I think we share the same viewpoint haha. And definitely give it another chance!  Any sci-fi movie list has Alien on it, and truly is one of the more influential films of the genre.  I also love when prequels are made after the movies they lead in to, especially if it is a large time gap.  Chronologically, the technology goes from space age holographics and touch interfaces to...DOS operating systems with green text on black screens :P hmmm... lol


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: grisel on August 14, 2012, 09:52:28 am
In any case, I'm done ranting.  I think we share the same viewpoint haha. And definitely give it another chance!  Any sci-fi movie list has Alien on it, and truly is one of the more influential films of the genre.

I have already bought "Alien" (all 4 movies in fact, there was this nice box set ...), so it is just a question of when. I'm actually looking forward to it! Who would have thought?

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I also love when prequels are made after the movies they lead in to, especially if it is a large time gap.  Chronologically, the technology goes from space age holographics and touch interfaces to...DOS operating systems with green text on black screens :P hmmm... lol

Maybe it was an old-fashioned ship in the original movie?  ;D


Title: Re: Movies and such
Post by: grisel on August 16, 2012, 08:55:01 am
50 % of my gap in Alien-education have been closed now.  ;D

OK, now I can see what people see in "Alien". It is a good movie, not exactly my cup of tea, though, but I knew that before. Those *running away from unfriendly creatures, nearly everyone getting killed one by one and then it's "let's kill it back!"*-stories tend to bore me, unbelievable as that may sound, but in "Alien" it was done differently und exciting enough to keep me interested. This movie I might want to watch again, which always is a good sign.

As for "Alien II - Aliens" ... Ah, no!  :D This one really horribly bored me. It's never a good sign when I grab a magazine while watching!

So, let's see what no.s III & IV have to offer!