Saw this one tonight, mainly because it starred two of my favorite actors - Forrest Whitaker and Adrien Brody. It also interested me since it's loosely based on a psychological experiment from the 70s where participants were divided into two groups - prisoners and guards - and went about running an experimental prison. The acting was solid, which is to be expected. The film held my attention, but I feel like it was trying to make a more profound statement than it actually made. It's a remake of the German film, Das Experiment, which I haven't seen. It was relatively well done, though.
"The Experiment" - 7.0/10
I remember watching this on television last summer for the same reason as you. I went in expecting nothing and it turned out to be surprisingly good...
No I haven't but it might be interesting to compare the two films...
That's what I was thinking, as well. Seems like there have been numerous times when I preferred the foreign film to the American (American-ized?) remake. The subject material is interesting enough that I think I'll be tempted to check it out.
This Must Be the Place, to me, feels like two great movies uncomfortably condensed into one. Yet the film revels in this clumsy welding--I was totally unsure throughout how seriously I was supposed to be taking it. I will say that I laughed quite a lot, that I enjoyed David Bryne's score for the film, and that Sean Penn playing a Robert Smith-esque rocker far past his prime is really a sight to behold, especially when walking the dangerous line between fascinating and annoying, as he does so well here. I'm not really convinced that it's a film that truly works, but there's enough spark here to make it worth a shot, however barely.
A good time for fans of Pixar. It's far from Pixar's best, but I don't see anyone exiting the theatre complaining about it, either--which people could have reasonably done (and did!) for the studio's more recent efforts.
Ruby Sparks (2012): 7/10
I feel like it concluded without actually solving the central dilemma of the film, but the territory that it does cover it covers with easy charm and surprising depth. This honestly goes to darker places than I thought it would, and at times it even thematically reminded me of Solaris. If it takes the easy way out in the end, well, that's ok. The real treat here is the journey.
When I was browsing RottenTomatoes I was attracted to a high scorer "In the Fog" ( 88%). It is a World War II movie by a director Sergei Loznitsa from Belarus who lives in Germany now. I have written about it already when it was released in the US ( Jun 14, 2013 Limited).
If you want to watch a realistic movie about WW II then it is one of the best for sure. I've read that the movie has a very slow pace but I watched it today and found it to be intense and gripping. There is nothing heroic in this movie. On the contrary the main protagonist, a good guy, was put into miserable condition. In Russia "In the Fog" was restricted to limited release if I'm not mistaken.
RottenTomatoes: "While it treads familiar narrative ground -- and is a mite predictable at times -- In the Fog proves a smart, thought-provoking antidote to Hollywood action movies."
"Hollywood action movies build up to a frenzied crescendo. Here, it's exactly the opposite. But you'll still end up holding your breath. In the fog."
"In The Fog is one of the most impressive films of this year, a brutal tale told in the most languid language imaginable."
"Possibly the slowest and most contemplative war film ever made, In the Fog is a delicately complex work of shifting perspectives."
On the other hand there will be another Russian movie: super-mega blockbuster "Stalingrad" ( 2013). Also available in IMAX 3D. It was made to please masses. It has a big budget ( $30 million). It has a lot of cheesy patriotic pathos. It is a fake.
Has anyone seen the Japanese "20th Century Boys" movie series? The first movie was good and I need to finish the rest. I guess that's kind of a superhero/comic book (well Manga) movie isn't it?
My problem with Man of Steel is that it looks as if it probably takes itself way too seriously. The trailer is kind of pretentious. I like the cast though. I really liked Michael Shannon after seeing his acting in "Take Shelter".
I think one comic book movie that bored me to tears was "Watchmen". I don't know how I got to the end of that one.
BTW you know what stinks? Not being able to watch Japanese films easily. They cost like $60 to import from Amazon.co.jp! I usually wait for the Hong Kong releases (not bootlegs).
My favorite is "Swallowtail Butterfly" with Chara.
This one is pretty much unheard of by most people I imagine. It's basically the story of what it was like onboard a Navy ship during WWII (and for training). The movie is quite slow but in the end it was worth it.
It feels like one of those movies that's based on a book and they tried to not leave out too much or go out of their way to try to entertain people. Sort of feels like a documentary.
Best part of it is when they had to defend against Kamikaze attacks near Okinawa. Two planes hit them and they managed to avoid sinking.
I think this might be one of the most realistic WWII movies along with "Battleground" and "The Pacific". No propaganda nonsense in this one either.
Clint Eastwood has a small role and I totally missed him the first time through!