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!0/!0              A reminder of what movies could be like.

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Love that Skyfall "poster"...those scenes in Bangkok at night were truly STUNNING. I loved the film overall, but wow...that whole sequence just blew my mind. Worth the price of admission right there!

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Metropolis (2001) : 8/10

All in all, a great little anime. Throughly interesting. Those who liked Akira would probably like Metropolis as well.
It feels like classic Japanese animation (like Lupin), though it has modern 3D backgrounds.
The music is pretty good; American-style music. Well integrated.
The story is solid. I think it's great for a first viewing, though I doubt I will watch it again. Not really complicated enough to rewatch.
Free on Hulu. (I swear I'm not a shill; I just end up going there when I feel like watching something)
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Love that Skyfall "poster"...those scenes in Bangkok at night were truly STUNNING. I loved the film overall, but wow...that whole sequence just blew my mind. Worth the price of admission right there!

 

Yes, the movie started to give me that feeling of amazement that I had watching movies as a kid. Hard to describe, but real emotion. I would guess that's what watching movies is about after you strip it all away.


Edited by Redcarmoose - 1/12/13 at 10:06pm
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Scenery porn galore. Possibly the most visually gorgeous anime I've ever encountered--I take it out every year or two and watch it, and love it each time.

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Metropolis (2001) : 8/10

All in all, a great little anime. Throughly interesting. Those who liked Akira would probably like Metropolis as well.
It feels like classic Japanese animation (like Lupin), though it has modern 3D backgrounds.
The music is pretty good; American-style music. Well integrated.
The story is solid. I think it's great for a first viewing, though I doubt I will watch it again. Not really complicated enough to rewatch.
Free on Hulu. (I swear I'm not a shill; I just end up going there when I feel like watching something)

 

Match Point (2005): 8/10

 

Top-notch potboiler from Woody Allen. It takes a while to get going, but once it does, the tension is unrelenting. And that final act. God. What a payoff.

 

Trainspotting (1996): 8/10

 

Best 'drug movie' ever? I think so--at least, I've never encountered another film that captured the highs and lows of drug addiction as powerfully (and as humorously) as this one does. One of my all-time favorite black comedies. 

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!0/!0              A reminder of what movies could be like.


I agree, this movie has style AND substance. It seems movies can now only look amazing and the story or characters take the back burner.  I'm talking to you avatar.

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Zero Dark Thirty

 

I was surprised with this film. It wasn't what I had expected honestly. It was reminiscent of The Hurt Locker, but it had its own twists and turns. I want to give it a four out of five, but I still felt something was missing.

 

Overall rating is a 3.9 out of five.

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Maybe not exactly a movie but a great concert. 9/10

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Moonrise Kingdom 2/10. Lot of celebrity actors on a coffee break. Poorly filmed. Disastrously bad child actors and little redeeming factor. It´s supposed to be feel good I suppose but I felt sick watching it!

 

Submarino. Danish "Dogma" movie. 10/10. Loved it. Feel good or feel bad I don´t know it´s both at the same time. Fascinating.

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Moonrise Kingdom 2/10. Lot of celebrity actors on a coffee break. Poorly filmed. Disastrously bad child actors and little redeeming factor. It´s supposed to be feel good I suppose but I felt sick watching it!

 

Submarino. Danish "Dogma" movie. 10/10. Loved it. Feel good or feel bad I don´t know it´s both at the same time. Fascinating.

 

I was a bit disappointed with Moonrise Kingdom, as well. 

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Moonrise Kingdom 2/10. Lot of celebrity actors on a coffee break. Poorly filmed. Disastrously bad child actors and little redeeming factor. It´s supposed to be feel good I suppose but I felt sick watching it!

 

Submarino. Danish "Dogma" movie. 10/10. Loved it. Feel good or feel bad I don´t know it´s both at the same time. Fascinating.

Yeah, I can't stand any movies Wes Anderson has his name on. They all seem to just be pretentious things happening with no real connection to anything; but people can still say "oh you just don't get it". The acting is always just disastrously bad and the filming is ALWAYS migraine inducingly poor.

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You guys are all nuts. :-P Moonrise Kingdom was the best movie I've seen in theatres this year (excluding The Artist).

 

Some rapid-fire rebuttals:

 

1. Poorly filmed? Poorly filmed how? I thought the cinematography was quite lovely (all those golds, browns, and greens), and the production design was fantastic. Maybe a bit dollhouse-esque, but this being Wes Anderson, that just sort of goes with the territory. 

 

2. Bad child actors? What was bad about them? They seemed better than most child actors I see in movies. Yes, they did have to contend with Anderson's dialogue, which he didn't tone down much despite giving it to children, but within the context of Anderson's take on reality, I thought they gave great performances. Not necessarily naturalistc performances, no--but would performances like that work in a movie like this?

 

3. Pretentious things happening? Like what? And if pretentious things are happening, why is that a bad thing? What about pretension makes it a negative trait?

 

4. No real connection to anything? Ok--so, hurricanes, first love, running away from home, depression, scouting, love of fantasy literature, infidelity, etc. have no real connection to anything?

 

I'm not challenging your opinions necessarily--I just want more reasoning behind them lol. :-P

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Personally I found it boring throughout...lol

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You guys are all nuts. :-P Moonrise Kingdom was the best movie I've seen in theatres this year (excluding The Artist).

 

Some rapid-fire rebuttals:

 

1. Poorly filmed? Poorly filmed how? I thought the cinematography was quite lovely (all those golds, browns, and greens), and the production design was fantastic. Maybe a bit dollhouse-esque, but this being Wes Anderson, that just sort of goes with the territory. 

 

2. Bad child actors? What was bad about them? They seemed better than most child actors I see in movies. Yes, they did have to contend with Anderson's dialogue, which he didn't tone down much despite giving it to children, but within the context of Anderson's take on reality, I thought they gave great performances. Not necessarily naturalistc performances, no--but would performances like that work in a movie like this?

 

3. Pretentious things happening? Like what? And if pretentious things are happening, why is that a bad thing? What about pretension makes it a negative trait?

 

4. No real connection to anything? Ok--so, hurricanes, first love, running away from home, depression, scouting, love of fantasy literature, infidelity, etc. have no real connection to anything?

 

I'm not challenging your opinions necessarily--I just want more reasoning behind them lol. :-P

1. Bad scenography and poor flow. Appeared like the director had no clue what he was after.

 

2. They can´t act and don´t appear neither real or funny. But it´s probably as you suggest Wes that can´t direct child actors as he can´t get anything out of the adult cast either.

 

3. I wouldn´t call it pretentious just entirely pointless or perhaps harmless is the right word.

 

4. I don´t connect with any of the characters at all. Very flat all of them I feel.

 

Obviously a love or hate movie. 7,9 on IMDB is just plain twilight zone :)

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I would counter that the director got exactly what he was after--especially considering as how he's been working in the same 'tone of voice' for very nearly his entire career. Individual scenes are sometimes weirdly staged (thanks to Wes's love of right-angle camera movements), but I enjoy his deliberate, mannered directing. If by lacking 'flow' you mean that his films appear inorganic, then I'd agree with you there.

 

I know that a common criticism of Anderson's films is that the characters often seem to be muted or static--but I find myself becoming more emotionally involved with them than I do the characters of many of Wes's contemporaries, because I  *really* have to pay attention to them. I have to move to them of my own accord, rather than be moved to them via the filmmaker's manipulations. And their emotions, when they do break the surface, contain extra power that they wouldn't otherwise have--it might be somewhat of a cheap move on Wes's part to almost universally present his characters as if they were living in a daze just in order to lend each character arc that extra 'oompf' when their protective shell finally crumbles away, but it works well for me. And it helps that he uses actors with wonderfully expressive eyes to their fullest potential: Anjelica Huston and Bill Murray stand out, in particular.

 

I will fully admit that part of the reason I'm so attached to Anderson is because I see myself in his characters--the social awkwardness, the intense interests in off-color subjects, the repressed emotionalism, and the struggles with romanticism and naivete are all traits I have recognized in myself and readily admit to possessing, and I admire a director who can purposely evaluate people like this (people like myself) without trading sincerity for quirky, twee cuteness. (I'm looking at you, Miranda July.)

 

Thanks for expanding on your criticisms!

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