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lol...I can understand that. I actually thought it was a very interesting character study of the female lead, and the end was a very redemptive moment. I also have worked with a lot of vets - mostly vietnam and earlier - so I have always been particularly sensitive to their struggle in terms of re-integrating back into society...and in this case, a family unit, as well.
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Someone mentioned depressing movies? At one point in time I actually TRIED to seek out depressing movies. Why? Not sure.

Once I got older I would avoid them.

 

Don't ever watch the Takeshi Kitano movie "Blood and Bones". It's 2 hours of him making everyone around him miserable. He even beats up his own family.

 

"The Reader" kept me up until 5am. I just wanted to get that movie out of my head. Had me thinking a million different things. It's good though but I'll never watch it again.

 

Then there is "Poetry". When I was driving home it hit me like a ton of bricks when I thought of what happened.

 

"Dancer in the Dark" makes me hate the singer in the movie and the director. Just brings me bad memories. It's not a good movie though.

 

Oh and luckily i've only had to experience "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" once. It's like inflicting pain on myself. Old Boy was much easier to sit through.

 

I was so angry with the russian masterpiece "The Ascent" that I shattered the disc into a million pieces. It's not gory at all (could be PG-13) but manages to be terribly depressing.

 

I love those movies that really affect you and you can't stop thinking about them for days or weeks. Not due to shocking material or whatever. The kind of movie i'm talking about is rare.

Some of them really blow you away and you keep thinking during the movie that you can't believe how good it is and just hope that they don't ruin it! I could see 100 movies and not find one like this.

It's almost as if someone had made your perfect movie and you would not have changed a thing.

 

Someone also mentioned Michael Shannon. I loved his movie "Take Shelter". The director's next film "Mud" is also good.

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Wolverine - 5.5/10

 

The whole WWII storyline was just awful and then it just got too ridiculous towards the end. They obviously borrowed tons of ideas from video games. I felt like I was watching a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie towards the end. They should have made him fight KRANG instead. Why? Just to make it funnier! Who cares if it makes no sense!

 

The fight scenes were very badly shot. I might as well have been watching them with my eyes closed. Hollywood doesn't know how to make good fight scenes (still). The viper is possibly the lamest movie character i've seen in a long time.

 

Oh at least there is some nice scenery of Japan. During parts I felt like I was watching "The Last Samurai" (which is a million times better).

 

SUGGESTION: Watch the Japanese film called "Twilight Samurai" instead. It has Hiroyuki Sansada in it also.

 

BTW halfway through it was at around a 6.5/10 but then went way downhill.

 

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Someone mentioned depressing movies? At one point in time I actually TRIED to seek out depressing movies. Why? Not sure.

Once I got older I would avoid them.

 

Don't ever watch the Takeshi Kitano movie "Blood and Bones". It's 2 hours of him making everyone around him miserable. He even beats up his own family.

 

"The Reader" kept me up until 5am. I just wanted to get that movie out of my head. Had me thinking a million different things. It's good though but I'll never watch it again.

 

Then there is "Poetry". When I was driving home it hit me like a ton of bricks when I thought of what happened.

 

"Dancer in the Dark" makes me hate the singer in the movie and the director. Just brings me bad memories. It's not a good movie though.

 

Oh and luckily i've only had to experience "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" once. It's like inflicting pain on myself. Old Boy was much easier to sit through.

 

I was so angry with the russian masterpiece "The Ascent" that I shattered the disc into a million pieces. It's not gory at all (could be PG-13) but manages to be terribly depressing.

 

I love those movies that really affect you and you can't stop thinking about them for days or weeks. Not due to shocking material or whatever. The kind of movie i'm talking about is rare.

Some of them really blow you away and you keep thinking during the movie that you can't believe how good it is and just hope that they don't ruin it! I could see 100 movies and not find one like this.

It's almost as if someone had made your perfect movie and you would not have changed a thing.

 

Someone also mentioned Michael Shannon. I loved his movie "Take Shelter". The director's next film "Mud" is also good.

I have seen thousands of movies over the years and never cried once until I saw "Brian's Song" a made for TV movie albeit a very good one.  Bought it on DVD a few years ago to prove to myself that I could get thru it without crying.  I think I sobbed worse the second time around.

The only other movie that moved me to tears was Toy Story 3 confused_face_2.gif tore me up in 3D at the IMAX. I cried through those 3D glasses, my kids laughed at me.  I've avoided profoundly sad movies ever since.

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Someone also mentioned Michael Shannon. I loved his movie "Take Shelter". The director's next film "Mud" is also good.

 

Good call on Take Shelter. I'm about half way through Mud as we speak and so far it's taking it's place as one of my favorite films of the year. 

 

Rumay: Toy Story 3 was a brilliant film. I had no interest in seeing it at the time whatsoever, but I was moved to tears just as you were. I had pegged it as a kids movie, but it totally wasn't. Obviously kids will enjoy it, but the way they blended in more adult themes caught me completely off guard. 

 

And lastly, speaking of films that are depressing, the quintessential example of that for me is "Love Liza". Phillip Seymour-Hoffman is among a very small group of actors that I consider to not only be my favorites, but also among the best in the world at what they do. This movie is just plain gut-wrenching, but it's excellent. I highly recommend it for the next time you guys are in a somber mood looking to take a self-inflicted kick to the balls. 

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Good call on Take Shelter. I'm about half way through Mud as we speak and so far it's taking it's place as one of my favorite films of the year. 

 

Rumay: Toy Story 3 was a brilliant film. I had no interest in seeing it at the time whatsoever, but I was moved to tears just as you were. I had pegged it as a kids movie, but it totally wasn't. Obviously kids will enjoy it, but the way they blended in more adult themes caught me completely off guard. 

 

And lastly, speaking of films that are depressing, the quintessential example of that for me is "Love Liza". Phillip Seymour-Hoffman is among a very small group of actors that I consider to not only be my favorites, but also among the best in the world at what they do. This movie is just plain gut-wrenching, but it's excellent. I highly recommend it for the next time you guys are in a somber mood looking to take a self-inflicted kick to the balls. 

Phillip Seymour Hoffman is brilliant. "Capote," "Cold Mountain," "Almost Famous," I recall the first time I noticed him in a film was "Boogie Nights."  In my mind one of the top ten actors of my era.  I have yet to see "The Master" or "Love Liza."

 

Movies that stuck with me long after I saw them "Taxi Driver," "Castaway," "Boogie Nights'"and "Inception."

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I have seen thousands of movies over the years and never cried once until I saw "Brian's Song" a made for TV movie albeit a very good one.  Bought it on DVD a few years ago to prove to myself that I could get thru it without crying.  I think I sobbed worse the second time around.

The only other movie that moved me to tears was Toy Story 3 confused_face_2.gif tore me up in 3D at the IMAX. I cried through those 3D glasses, my kids laughed at me.  I've avoided profoundly sad movies ever since.

 

Another good one that made me get teary eyed was "Old Partner". The scene where the man's oxen dies. It's a documentary about an old man and the friendship with his Oxen that has lived 40 years (most live to 15). Luckily i've never had to witness a family pet dying. I can't imagine what it'd be like to lose one that you've had for 40 years! It's a South Korean film that even got a US release!

 

This one is a hidden gem for people that like animals:

 

 

One movie that's really memorable for me is a movie from Thailand called "Jan Dara". It's painfully sad at times. Most people are dumb and rent it just for it's nudity, which is totally ridiculously considering it's subject matter. Movies rarely show what people can become based on their past experiences. In this movie nearly everything bad you could put in a movie is there. It's a serious movie and really made me think. Christy Chung made two amazing movies within a few years and nobody seemed to care. The other one is "Samsara" which is in my top 10. NOT the documentary but the buddhist themed film from Pan Nalin. The director also made "Valley of Flowers" but that movie was way over my head.

 

Oh and to not derail this thread too much...here is my latest rating:

 

Iwo Jima: 36 Days of Hell - 9/10

 

Loved this documentary and watched the full 5 hours in one night! What makes it even better are the actual stories from WWII veterans. I don't know how old this movie is but some of those veterans looked like they were only in their mid 50s and early 60s!!

 

Few quick facts I picked up:

 

Iwo Jima had over 16 miles of tunnels. Around 1500-1600 pill boxes. If you dug a fox hole more than 1 foot you'd get burned. It was so hard to "dig in" that you had to use the holes that the Japanese previously left. Apparently you could cook soup from all the heat below the sand. Can't possibly be true! Fighting mostly went on 24 hours a day for 36 days. Can you imagine going through that kind of misery? I even feel terrible when I miss a single night of sleep. If a Japanese soldier was firing at you and you shot back they could shut the hole and move positions. That alone would drive a person nuts.

 

Have you heard the sound of napalm shooting from a tank? If I heard that all day driving a tank i'd have nightmares for months.

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Another good one that made me get teary eyed was "Old Partner". The scene where the man's oxen dies. It's a documentary about an old man and the friendship with his Oxen that has lived 40 years (most live to 15). Luckily i've never had to witness a family pet dying. I can't imagine what it'd be like to lose one that you've had for 40 years! It's a South Korean film that even got a US release!

 

This one is a hidden gem for people that like animals:

 

 

One movie that's really memorable for me is a movie from Thailand called "Jan Dara". It's painfully sad at times. Most people are dumb and rent it just for it's nudity, which is totally ridiculously considering it's subject matter. Movies rarely show what people can become based on their past experiences. In this movie nearly everything bad you could put in a movie is there. It's a serious movie and really made me think. Christy Chung made two amazing movies within a few years and nobody seemed to care. The other one is "Samsara" which is in my top 10. NOT the documentary but the buddhist themed film from Pan Nalin. The director also made "Valley of Flowers" but that movie was way over my head.

 

Oh and to not derail this thread too much...here is my latest rating:

 

Iwo Jima: 36 Days of Hell - 9/10

 

Loved this documentary and watched the full 5 hours in one night! What makes it even better are the actual stories from WWII veterans. I don't know how old this movie is but some of those veterans looked like they were only in their mid 50s and early 60s!!

 

Few quick facts I picked up:

 

Iwo Jima had over 16 miles of tunnels. Around 1500-1600 pill boxes. If you dug a fox hole more than 1 foot you'd get burned. It was so hard to "dig in" that you had to use the holes that the Japanese previously left. Apparently you could cook soup from all the heat below the sand. Can't possibly be true! Fighting mostly went on 24 hours a day for 36 days. Can you imagine going through that kind of misery? I even feel terrible when I miss a single night of sleep. If a Japanese soldier was firing at you and you shot back they could shut the hole and move positions. That alone would drive a person nuts.

 

Have you heard the sound of napalm shooting from a tank? If I heard that all day driving a tank i'd have nightmares for months.

That was a powerful movie trailer.  

post #13629 of 15883

Man of Steel - maybe 6.5/10. Maybe 7.5 for the first half, and 5 for the second.

 

Loved the first half - good story, decent characters, amazing visuals. I partly wish the movie was about Russel Crowe on Krypton.

 

As soon as supes started fighting with the other super charactes it went downhill - felt like it was an hour or so of little people smashing into big things without any threat of our hero being hurt. But then, that's a problem with superman and why he's one of my least favourite super heroes - far too over powered.

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Man of Steel - maybe 6.5/10. Maybe 7.5 for the first half, and 5 for the second.

 

Loved the first half - good story, decent characters, amazing visuals. I partly wish the movie was about Russel Crowe on Krypton.

 

As soon as supes started fighting with the other super charactes it went downhill - felt like it was an hour or so of little people smashing into big things without any threat of our hero being hurt. But then, that's a problem with superman and why he's one of my least favourite super heroes - far too over powered.

 

 

That's very much what I experienced. As I was watching the first half hour, I was thinking to myself, "what the heck is all the negativity about?? This movie is exactly the opposite of what so many told me..."  But then, like you, the second half kicked in and all of a sudden it just lost me. I didn't understand the criticism of "too much action" until I saw the film...and even though I don't think it was "too much", I think it's the fact that that was ALL there was. 

 

A good contrast would be Pacific Rim. That movie had a TON of action, and some of the battle scenes were pretty lengthy. But Guillermo is smart enough to break it up and mix it up so that the story maintains some sort of pace and doesn't become stagnant. I liked Man of Steel enough to want to see the next installment, but it definitely could have been better after the midway point. 

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Phillip Seymour Hoffman is brilliant. "Capote," "Cold Mountain," "Almost Famous," I recall the first time I noticed him in a film was "Boogie Nights."  In my mind one of the top ten actors of my era.  I have yet to see "The Master" or "Love Liza."

 

Movies that stuck with me long after I saw them "Taxi Driver," "Castaway," "Boogie Nights'"and "Inception."

 

He's just good in everything...it's funny cause a movie that has a lot of nostalgic value for me was on cable the other day - "When a Man Loves a Woman". At the time I saw it in the theater back in the mid-90s, he was still relatively unknown, so it was funny to see him show up as I was watching it again. Boogie Nights was just an awesome flick. I remember making fun of a female friend of mine who had seen the movie at the theater and was going on and on about it to me. After I saw it I finally understood...just a very engaging, well-acted film with an incredible cast. Hell, even in Patch Adams, he has the one scene where he goes off on Robin Wiliams in the dorm room while he's trying to study...probably my favorite scene in the movie and he ramped up the intensity big time. 

 

Please let me know if you see Love Liza. It's one of those flicks where most people won't categorize it in the middle ground...they'll either hate it or think it's brilliant. Another underrated film of his that I found extremely entertaining was "the Savages" with Laura Linney. And then of course there is "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead", "Jack Goes Boating", "Pirate Radio" (lots of fun!), and "Moneyball" as manager Art Howe. The guy just never misfires, regardless of the size of his role. 

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That's very much what I experienced. As I was watching the first half hour, I was thinking to myself, "what the heck is all the negativity about?? This movie is exactly the opposite of what so many told me..."  But then, like you, the second half kicked in and all of a sudden it just lost me. I didn't understand the criticism of "too much action" until I saw the film...and even though I don't think it was "too much", I think it's the fact that that was ALL there was. 

 

A good contrast would be Pacific Rim. That movie had a TON of action, and some of the battle scenes were pretty lengthy. But Guillermo is smart enough to break it up and mix it up so that the story maintains some sort of pace and doesn't become stagnant. I liked Man of Steel enough to want to see the next installment, but it definitely could have been better after the midway point. 

 

Also was it just me or was it odd that suddenly superman was a scienfic genius that knew all about the whatever drives where if you smash them together it creates a black hole...how does he even know this?!?!
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Also was it just me or was it odd that suddenly superman was a scienfic genius that knew all about the whatever drives where if you smash them together it creates a black hole...how does he even know this?!?!

 

That's where I would agree with what you said in your post about wishing they had spent even more time exploring Krypton. I didn't expect to see even half of what we did, and as cool as it was I found myself wanting to stick around a bit longer to see what other wonders were there to discover. 

 

 

 

 

So I just finished Mud. This movie was quite different than what I was expecting, and I have to say that I found it to be a truly special film. This will be on my list of movies I revisit annually for sure...I absolutely loved it. I"m not even going to mention details, cause it's one that you guys should just see as fresh as possible. 

 

"Mud" - 9.5/10

 

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Assault on Wall Street (2013) 7.6/10


This film goes from a totally depressing drama, morphing into a slow middle act, before exploding as a thriller for the ending.
Prior to the action is how many people are treated in real life, the avenging scenes are what many people who have been robbed of their life would like to do.
A more complex Taxi Driver type movie, with relevant facts playing in the background.
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