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Lone Ranger (2013) Yesiree, Silver it was:
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Lone Ranger (2013) Yesiree, Silver it was:


cmon man i was eating cocoa puffs...
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Castle in the Sky (1986): 9/10

 

Even Disney's poor treatment of this classic adventure animation (who on Earth timed these subtitles?!?) can't diminish this film's beauty and imagination. Maybe Disney will eventually get around to putting out a largely corrected version, like they eventually did with Kiki's Delivery Service. If they haven't already--I might have an old copy.

 

With Kiki's and some others Disney modified the script for US/English-speaking audiences. In these cases what I've found is that the DVD/Blu-Ray discs usually have two sets of English subtitles - one corresponding with the original script, and one for the Disney-fied one.

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Got a bit of time so catching up on some DVDs:

 

The Descendants

I always enjoy watching Alexander Payne's films, this one included. The acting was particularly good. 7/10

 

13 Samurais

At the start it's a bit confronting, and then disturbing, but the final hour is totally riveting. Highly entertaining and wonderfully made by one of the most interesting and prolific film-makers around. One of Takashi Miike's best films. Magnificent! 9/10

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It wasn't really the script for the subtitles that bugged me (though yes, I'm fairly certain it was simply the script for the English dub), it was the timing on the subtitles. I think the issue is is that the subtitles may have been timed to the English dub, resulting in a lot of awkward moments where the subtitles were obviously not 'synced' to the Japanese dialogue (characters would speak a couple of lines either without a translation at all, or the translation would kick in half-way through their next set of lines, or it would kick in while no characters were talking at all, or before they even started speaking in a new 'scene'). It was a frustrating experience.

 

Harry Brown (2009): 6/10

 

In which it is proven that strong lead performances and stunning cinematography can go a long way towards redeeming a film. Without either of these two elements, I'm not entirely sure that this British revenge thriller would have much going for it. Unless you've got a thing for joyless, hollow, violent thrillers. I expected a bit of fun or at least catharsis to result from the slightly ridiculous plot, which involves Michael Caine being old and getting medieval on various young thugs. I particularly expected this to be the case when the villains were largely revealed to be wholly wretched, evil cartoons. Instead, societal problems and politics are (somewhat shakily) revealed to be the source of true evil--Caine's character can off as many unwashed drug dealers as he wants, but it won't change anything. I realize that's the point of the film, which the last shot makes poetically clear (and truly, it must be said that the camera work and shot selection throughout is fantastic), but damn. Talk about a downer. Still, I'd recommend it (with reservations)--in addition to the fine directing, Caine gives this role his all, and his performance is mesmerizing. The supporting cast don't slouch, either.

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With Kiki's and some others Disney modified the script for US/English-speaking audiences. In these cases what I've found is that the DVD/Blu-Ray discs usually have two sets of English subtitles - one corresponding with the original script, and one for the Disney-fied one.

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Pacific Rim 10/10

WOW, I was seriously just blown away by this movie! The action was incredibly well done, I liked the characters and writing. The story was pretty good especially for a summer blockbuster action flick! The otaku bate wasn't bad either ;D . If you haven't already and are a fan of big flashy action; as well as competent writing (I'm looking at you Man of Steel) see Pacific Rim. Another thing worth mention is the amazing artistic direction; and the ability to make long action sequences watchable with out being exhausting.  Del Toro also seems to realize breaking up long action sequences with pathetic comic relief it just painful to watch.


Edited by WhiteCrow - 7/20/13 at 9:49pm
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It wasn't really the script for the subtitles that bugged me (though yes, I'm fairly certain it was simply the script for the English dub), it was the timing on the subtitles. I think the issue is is that the subtitles may have been timed to the English dub, resulting in a lot of awkward moments where the subtitles were obviously not 'synced' to the Japanese dialogue (characters would speak a couple of lines either without a translation at all, or the translation would kick in half-way through their next set of lines, or it would kick in while no characters were talking at all, or before they even started speaking in a new 'scene'). It was a frustrating experience.

 

That does sound annoying. You should have downloaded better subtitles online, e.g. from subscene (you might need to go through a few to find one that works with your version of the film, and that could involve a resync in your media player).

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The Hunt

 

9/10

One of the best movies I've seen in a while. Emotionally riveting. I don't think I'll be able to get it out of my mind.

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War in the Pacific - 8/10

 

I watched this entire 10 hour series in just a few days. Last night alone I was up until 4am watching it.

It's a pretty good overview and has some good footage you'll probably never see.

The audio is much better than "World at War" despite this being made in the 50s.

 

My only complaint is that they sugar coated some things. Japanese Americans were put in internment camps after Pearl Harbor and the only thing that's mentioned is that their

"shops were closed" Huh. What? That's it?

 

They also tried to make it looks like we went out of our way to try to get the Japanese soldiers to surrender on the battlefield. Not likely! I've read lots of stories about how we rarely took prisoners on some islands because of hidden grenades etc.

I wish I knew the real story. There was no mention of us shooting prisoners. No wonder they didn't want to surrender! BTW read "With the Old Breed".

 

From my understanding the americans often did drop leaflets saying that if you surrendered you would be treated well.

 

Then they only briefly mention B-29 bombings over Tokyo. This supposedly occurred from November 1944 to August 1945.

Reading up on this is one of the more disturbing parts of the WWII, especially "Operation Meetinghouse".

 

They really need to make some more good WWII movies like "Letters from Iwo Jima" etc. One about Peleliu and Bloody Nose Rose would be interesting or about B29 pilots as POWs. Some of the most interesting stories about WWII are about captured B-29 pilots.

 

BTW they also never mentioned a thing about Japanese Americans as soldiers during WWII. I guess they had no footage of it.

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Stoker (2013) 7.9/10

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Beautifully shot, good sound and a fine psychological thriller to my surprise.
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5aces: Interesting film choice...I saw the trailer for that one and it definitely piqued my interest. I may need to move that one up the list a bit based on your feedback.
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Before Midnight ( 2013)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I haven't seen two previous movies of this trilogy which is highly rated on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite praises from American critics I felt pretty uncomfortable watching the movie and I disliked one of the two main characters Celine played by Julie Delpy.  

 

I would call the effect which this movie had on me as a glorification of miserability. I found a bondage of two main characters who fell in love to each other years ago just plain pathetic and miserable. Why glorification then? Because despite ugliness of relationship between this two people the director and some western viewers look at this as though bitter but honest and even amusing portrayal of two individuals who you can sympathize with or find much in common. I found the characters and their feelings and their experiences foreign and difficult to relate to. 

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Interesting film choice

I'd venture to say it won't be a waste of time for you, look forward to reading how you call Stoker.

Agree with you proton007, The Hunt was a really good watch, any male would be relieved for never, ever coming close to such a grotesque situation.

I'll take a look at Before Midnight, mutabor and let you know the score.
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Mutabor: I will go out on a limb here and say that the first two films are required viewing in order to appreciate the third. I have yet to see the current film, but I recently saw the first one again for about the third time and as much as I often agree with the perspectives of the two main characters, I find the dialogue to be very interesting and authentic. Sounds like 5aces and I will both be settling in for a viewing of Before Midnight relatively soon. Really looking forward to furthering the discussion, but I hope that you (Mutabor) will consider seeing at least the first one in the meantime.
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Pacific Rim - 55/10 because I'm a sucker for giant robots.
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