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Evil Dead

10/10

 

Didn't pull any punches; didn't rely on nudity as a pull. A seriously bloody cringe worthy gut wrenching horror movie....cant wait to see the uncut-unrated edition. The characters were believable and the Deadites were...well disgusting and twisted. Horror movie of the year? Yes, of the Decade....well this and The Cabin in the Woods are nominated for sure.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Groovy


Edited by WhiteCrow - 4/5/13 at 9:12pm
post #12992 of 15938

So glad to hear it's good. I'm excited to see it. Hopefully very soon.

 

Nice nod to Cabin in the Woods. The movie was definitely something special.

post #12993 of 15938

From Up on Poppy Hill (2011): 8/10

 

With Poppy Hill, Goro Miyazaki has redeemed himself (Tales from Earthsea was a such a dull effort), proving that he can, with the right material (and no doubt some help from his father, master animator Hayao Miyazaki), put out material truly worthy of the Studio Ghibli name. Ghibli seems to be in good hands for the moment--between the younger Miyazaki and Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who directed the wonderful and charming 2010 film Arietty, the future of the legendary studio seems assured--not that the two founding directors (Miyazaki the Elder and Isao Takahata) are showing any signs of going anywhere--both are scheduled to be releasing films this year. 

 

[Here is where I would talk about the plot--but it's late and I'm tired. :-P Read a quick summary online instead--just be sure to avoid spoilers.]

 

While the characters and plotting are arguably somewhat pedestrian, the fantastic English dub, period-appropriate Japanese pop soundtrack, and honest script and good-natured humor make up for the film's shortcomings elsewhere. On top of which the film is truly a visual marvel--its character designs are largely unimpressive, but everything else about the look of the film is completely gorgeous, with the true star (and lead character of the film) being the old school club-house affectionately referred to as the 'Latin Quarter.' What always sticks with me about Studio Ghibli's films on the whole is how powerfully they express the feeling of certain places. The house from My Neighbor Totoro, the forests of Princess Mononoke, and even Howl's fantastical walking castle from the aptly named Howl's Moving Castle and the massive bath house from Spirited Away all feel as real to me as the room in which I type this. From the mundane to the surreal, Ghibli films nearly always exhibit a powerful sense of place. It's as if each of Ghibli's best films crafts a new home for you to inhabit during the film's length, and returning to these homes, whether by watching the film itself or just by visiting them in my mind's eye, evokes powerful nostalgia and sensations that feel like memories generated by physical experience. It's unmatched by anything else I've encountered in animation, or even really in film, period. From Up on Poppy Hill, I'm happy to report, is a film I'm already thinking of warmly--and I just watched it mere hours ago. 

 

If it shows up in a theatre near you, please check it out. Not that you Ghibli fans out there need any additional prodding--you're already familiar with the studio's singular brand of enchantment. The rest of you though--if you're not familiar with the studio's work, then this would make for a fine starting place. I would also highly recommend, in addition to the films mentioned above, Whisper of the Heart, Grave of the Fireflies, and Laputa: Castle in the Sky, though all for very different reasons.

post #12994 of 15938
Cat Run (2011) 8.9/10

This movie didn't fare that well on release,so I just got to watching it last night with an old friend.
We enjoyed this like a pair of wide eyed youngsters and found the action anything but wearisome.
Entertained the hell out of us,the articulate female assassin was epic.
Included everything a committee of teenage boys could hope for in a movie.
Never mind the naysayers,cue this up on Netflix and enjoy John Stockwell's gratuitous nudity and gruesomely creative violence.
Action/Comedy all out fun,we both loved it.


Edited by 5aces - 4/6/13 at 3:54pm
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Lincoln - 6.5/10

 

Every scene with Lincoln (err, Daniel Day Lewis) or Tommy Lee Jones was good. The scenes on the house floor with all the arguments were the only entertaining parts. Were they really like that back then? Figured it was over-dramatized in this section.

Every other scene was an incredible bore. It did give me a couple things to think about. Basically it felt like the movie was an incomprehensible mess most of the time.

I don't have a short attention span, but maybe I couldn't enjoy this because I'm not really into Civil War era history or politics. If they had Lincoln telling stories the whole movie I would have been more entertained (he's quite the storyteller).

 

Only thing that kept me watching this was the acting.

 

A movie about Lincoln deserved a better story I think. Didn't learn much from this one and I'd much rather have seen a PBS documentary on the subject. Should have just read a book.

 

BTW the movie "W." (which I liked) is a thrill ride compared to this. For that movie a lot of people walked out of the theaters. Maybe if Olive Stone directed this it might have been better? He makes good movies about the presidents.

 

Oh yeah, Tommy Lee Jones is in the new movie called "Emperor" about the days after Japan had surrendered. He plays General Douglas MacArthur. Too bad it never played in any of my theaters. I love movies about WWII history.

 

He's quite an underrated actor.

post #12996 of 15938

"The Master" [7.9/10]: I find this movie difficult to rate. The story was dramatic, but it was an intense dual character study that advanced very slowly. My wife was asleep at about twenty minutes in. The film struck me as an actors movie. Performances were clearly expert, but I don't know that I would recommend this movie as entertaining...

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Lincoln - 6.5/10

 

Every scene with Lincoln (err, Daniel Day Lewis) or Tommy Lee Jones was good. The scenes on the house floor with all the arguments were the only entertaining parts. Were they really like that back then? Figured it was over-dramatized in this section.

Every other scene was an incredible bore. It did give me a couple things to think about. Basically it felt like the movie was an incomprehensible mess most of the time.

I don't have a short attention span, but maybe I couldn't enjoy this because I'm not really into Civil War era history or politics. If they had Lincoln telling stories the whole movie I would have been more entertained (he's quite the storyteller).

 

Only thing that kept me watching this was the acting.

 

A movie about Lincoln deserved a better story I think. 

 

In my opinion Lincoln is a totally moral story and Spielberg didn't really bother to entertain viewers ( contemplation won over action). I would say that we were even more bored than Americans while watching this movie because we have no emotional connection to American history and we know very little about it. 

 

On the other hand Lincoln is a very useful movie of ideas for post-soviet countries. Such figure as Lincoln seems to be impossible here. People think that only ruthless dictators without moral principles  can survive in our environment. 

 

Spielberg portrays Lincoln as a leader who managed to succeed having a very strong moral principles. He wasn't afraid to undermine his reputation for the sake of humanistic ideals ( in this case abolition of  slavery).


Edited by mutabor - 4/7/13 at 8:37am
post #12998 of 15938
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Originally Posted by DLeeWebb View Post

"The Master" [7.9/10]: I find this movie difficult to rate. The story was dramatic, but it was an intense dual character study that advanced very slowly. My wife was asleep at about twenty minutes in. The film struck me as an actors movie. Performances were clearly expert, but I don't know that I would recommend this movie as entertaining...

 

The Master was probably my favorite movie of the last year. It is not particularly entertaining but the movie can be gripping depending on how closely you can relate to the story. 

post #12999 of 15938
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Originally Posted by DLeeWebb View Post

"The Master" [7.9/10]: I find this movie difficult to rate. The story was dramatic, but it was an intense dual character study that advanced very slowly. My wife was asleep at about twenty minutes in. The film struck me as an actors movie. Performances were clearly expert, but I don't know that I would recommend this movie as entertaining...

The Master was probably my favorite movie of the last year. It is not particularly entertaining but the movie can be gripping depending on how closely you can relate to the story. 

Absolutely, it had its moments...the characters were interesting

post #13000 of 15938

Loved Magnolia and There will be blood so definiatly need to try the Master.

post #13001 of 15938
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Lincoln - 6.5/10

Every scene with Lincoln (err, Daniel Day Lewis) or Tommy Lee Jones was good. The scenes on the house floor with all the arguments were the only entertaining parts. Were they really like that back then? Figured it was over-dramatized in this section.
Every other scene was an incredible bore. It did give me a couple things to think about. Basically it felt like the movie was an incomprehensible mess most of the time.
I don't have a short attention span, but maybe I couldn't enjoy this because I'm not really into Civil War era history or politics. If they had Lincoln telling stories the whole movie I would have been more entertained (he's quite the storyteller).

Only thing that kept me watching this was the acting.

A movie about Lincoln deserved a better story I think. 

In my opinion Lincoln is a totally moral story and Spielberg didn't really bother to entertain viewers ( contemplation won over action). I would say that we were even more bored than Americans while watching this movie because we have no emotional connection to American history and we know very little about it. 

On the other hand Lincoln is a very useful movie of ideas for post-soviet countries. Such figure as Lincoln seems to be impossible here. People think that only ruthless dictators without moral principles  can survive in our environment. 

Spielberg portrays Lincoln as a leader who managed to succeed having a very strong moral principles. He wasn't afraid to undermine his reputation for the sake of humanistic ideals ( in this case abolition of  slavery).

The thing is that most people want movies to be at its climax the whole time. They care more about action than the story itself.
post #13002 of 15938
My Name Is Modesty (2004) 6/10

If you are a fan of Modesty Blaise books,you already know this film is a disappointment but better than the earlier attempt.
Quentin Tarantino has a hand in this surprisingly pedestrian action/crime/drama.
Beloved characters in books often have a hard time coming across on the big screen.
Alexandra Straden has the enigma but not the physical prowess to complete Modesty as a whole.
More of a thriller,it's unfortunate they couldn't develop the franchise further than this.
post #13003 of 15938

The Sessions (2012): 8/10

 

A sweet, simple, and well-acted film about disability and sex (and religion, and love), with an intelligent and mature adult audience in mind. Its gentle humor and accomplished actors help to gloss over some of the film's flaws: several subplots don't accomplish much, the drama is Hollywoodized some, and most of the supporting cast are either reduced to spouting lines from self-help manuals or stick around just so that they can be uncommonly good-natured and warm. Still, it manages to be a wholly pleasant movie without ever becoming unpleasant, and that's worth a lot these days. How often do feel-good movies like this come and go without leaving a bad taste in your mouth? Not frequently enough. 

 

Recommended.


Edited by metalsonata - 4/7/13 at 10:02pm
post #13004 of 15938
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Evil Dead

10/10

 

Didn't pull any punches; didn't rely on nudity as a pull. A seriously bloody cringe worthy gut wrenching horror movie....cant wait to see the uncut-unrated edition. The characters were believable and the Deadites were...well disgusting and twisted. Horror movie of the year? Yes, of the Decade....well this and The Cabin in the Woods are nominated for sure.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Groovy

 

Watched it today in a movie theater. I think that I wasted my money. Did we watch the same movie? It felt like an average horror movie, absolutely predictable and not scary at all.

 

 

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The really scary thing about Fede Alvarez's Evil Dead is its failure to shock. Are we all now completely desensitized to movie horror?
post #13005 of 15938

Anybody here seen Oblivion? I don´t think it look all that promising but have a ticket and find no movie I can watch. Local cinema only show wreck it Ralph with swedish voices :(

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