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post #15226 of 16390

Watched Dallas Buyers Club a couple of days ago. 9/10

post #15227 of 16390

Down By Law (1986) - 7

 

A "neo-Beat noir comedy" by Jarmusch own words, I think it's an accurate description of this movie blessed with fabulous cinematography.
In Down By Law, Jarmusch shifts away from the minimalistic method employed in Stranger Than Paradise seeking to explore new ground of cinematic expression.
Despite some common aspects between both works, Down By Law has a different imprint to it's nature, the plot is given more emphasis, it's a bigger melting pot of ideas with high potential for a conceptually sophisticated and gratifying experience and it has more technical workmanship, especially in the editing department.
The cinematography dressed by German Expressionism is very polished and beautiful, numerous deliciously comical and admirable moments abound, the camera work is, at times, brilliant and even evocative of other films, but in general Down By Law didn't seem a technicaly coherent work, it seemed just an outline of what it could actually come to be in my opinion...
The cinematic heritage of Stranger Than Paradise is obvious: the deliberate choice of Black and White picture, the lame acting, the highlight of the comical side in human relations, the way music is employed... but while some technical aspects made a coherent qualitative shift (I say qualitative not in the sense of "better" but rather "more appropriate"), other aspects didn't follow suit and this distracted me quite a bit.

 

For example, the lame acting of the main characters which made so much sense in Stranger Than Paradise contrasts sharply with the relatively high level of workmanship of other technical aspects in Down By Law, I feel like it takes away from the potential of this movie.
It basically comes down to the cinematography, editing and camera work, this aspects are so worked out that they sort of enhance the lame nature of the acting in a bad and distracting way, it makes it all look very artificial and inorganic, precisely the opposite of what the low-fi cinematography and minimalistic approach of the previous film did.
It's as if Down By Law's mise en scéne is too good for it's own good, but I'd rather say it's the acting that doesn't fit well with the rest, it gives this movie an almost amateurish quality in my eyes. Roberto Benigni did pretty well in this movie, I'd say perfect, but Tom Waits and John Lurie seemed so dead and out of context in comparison... pretty bad because they're the other two main characters in a character-driven narrative. Seems like Jarmusch didn't care for this or even wanted it... well it didn't work for me, Lurie and specially Waits distracted too much and impoverished the experience.

Stranger Than Paradise works much better because it's simpler and more consistent, it's closer to what I'd call a finished work, it provides a more authentic and immersive experience to me, even though nothing happens... because it makes sense as a whole.
Bottom line being Down By Law is limited by it's own (not that big) complexity which Jim Jarmusch didn't manage as well as the marvelous simplicity of Stranger Than Paradise.
So even though both movies have different premisses, I think it's case to say less is more.


Despite all this I want to say that I like Down By Law very much, it's a beautiful and very funny movie capable of engaging and entertaining me despite all it's technical inconsistencies/awkwardness... then again this might contribute to the charm of the work for other viewers, I guess it depends on perspective...
I might revise the rating in the future since I have somewhat ambiguous feelings towards this work which can either slide for the better or the worst... I'll have to re-watch.
Despite all my qualms, I like this film and recommend it!


Edited by kkl10 - 3/4/14 at 8:22am
post #15228 of 16390

Non-Stop - 8.75/10

 

I went to see this without having read any reviews. I just knew it was a suspense/thriller on a plane..had to see it for that reason alone! It's definitely a popcorn flick and I really enjoyed it. Got a little ridiculous at times but that's alright.

It was exactly what I need after a long day at work.

 

I actually think "Executive Decision" is a little bit better, but this has more action/suspense.

 

You can also check into the Airport series. The first one is actually the worst. "Air Force One" is probably a 6/10 movie IMO.

post #15229 of 16390

12 Years A Slave: 10/10.

 

As good the movie is, I dislike watching this genre because of all the anger it stirs up.

post #15230 of 16390
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12 Years A Slave: 10/10.

 

As good the movie is, I dislike watching this genre because of all the anger it stirs up.

Is it really better then Rush? I am astonished Rush didn´t win a single Oscar... I haven´t seen 12 years a slave so can´t comment on that one.

post #15231 of 16390
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Is it really better then Rush? I am astonished Rush didn´t win a single Oscar... I haven´t seen 12 years a slave so can´t comment on that one.

 

I'm surprised it won, actually. The movie is nothing I haven't seen before plot-wise. The performances were great, but that's about it.

 

I really wanted Wolf of Wall Street to win.

post #15232 of 16390

Wolf of Wall Street is too cynical to win Oscar which winners usually have a positive message. Scorsese's movie is just declarative. It is a "f*** you, I'm the greatest as*hole" movie. And nothing else. Really.

 

Philomena ( 2013) 7.8/10

 

It failed to make an impact. Sure it is nice, a little bit sentimental balanced with a bit of drama but overall it was a forgettable experience. Julie Dench's eyes and face expressions is the only thing which I will remember about this film.


Edited by mutabor - 3/4/14 at 2:56pm
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Oblivion- 7/10

It was pretty good, the few plot twists were some what predictable, the characters were interesting if not slightly one dimensional visually it was very impressive though.

 

Line of Sight- 10/10

Beautifully captures the chaotic world of messenger/fixed gear cycling, and will definetly inspire you to get on your bike and go places in town and around the world! Not for those easily scared.

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As I was a bike messenger for six years, I need to see that! Nice, thanks. It can be scary at times for sure but what a great job it was. My favorite, even in the gnarly Ohio winter days. That cold weather on your hands, cheeks and nose can really hurt! Especially when soaking wet for eight hours!

Never got old, in the elevators in the big buildings downtown, "Oh is is crappy outside?"

Nah, just sweating a lot cause it's so nice outside.
post #15235 of 16390

Ah, I've seen it before.  Remembered when I saw the Michael Schumacher looking guy with the helmet cams.  Guatemala ending bit is cheesesauce.  Watched it again, though.  

 

I rode fixed gear no brakes for about three years.  Feels awesome.  The movie conveys that well.

 

It's on Youtube.

 

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Originally Posted by Eee Pee View Post
 

Ah, I've seen it before.  Remembered when I saw the Michael Schumacher looking guy with the helmet cams.  Guatemala ending bit is cheesesauce.  Watched it again, though.  

 

I rode fixed gear no brakes for about three years.  Feels awesome.  The movie conveys that well.

 

It's on Youtube.

 


Eee Pee, did you get a chance to see Premium Rush starring Gordon Levitt? I thought it was pretty good and suspenseful at times with some narly white knuckle riding.

post #15237 of 16390

Yep, I've watched it.  Good, I guess.

 

Here's an earlier vid of Brunelle's.  Case anyone cares.  

 

 

 

 

Keep it relevant with a rating of a, sweet outta 10.  :D

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The Perfect Human Diet - 7/10

 

Basically it felt like an endorsement/ad for the Paleo diet. I'm not convinced. How do we even know the early humans were so healty, not fat and disease free? Didn't they live to like 40 or something? I imagine they got a heck of a lot more exercise due to hunting Wooly Mammoths and not sitting in front of the TV all day.

 

I do like the idea of how it suggests not eating highly processed grains/carbs or milk. Not sure if it's really a high protein diet like Atkins, but if so I could never suggest it.

 

It's weird to think I was once a believer in high protein diets (not Atkins!), but definitely not anymore. Only due to different movies, books and studies i've checked into.

 

I think my perfect diet would be mostly plant based and limited animal protein (like 10%) if I ate meat.

 

One of our Aircraft in Missing - 6.5/10

 

Old British WWII movie from 1942 about a plane that gets shot down over Holland and the pilots are in hiding and escorted to safety while the Germans are looking for them. Interesting story but they made it as boring as they possibly could.

It was free on Amazon Prime and I was desperate for a WWII movie.

 

What a stupid name for a movie and an even more stupid ending to a movie. At the end it goes something like this:

 

"That was going to be the end of our story, but FIRST....our actors:"

 

So it lists the actors and then ends. What the heck.

post #15239 of 16390
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Originally Posted by Eee Pee View Post

As I was a bike messenger for six years, I need to see that! Nice, thanks. It can be scary at times for sure but what a great job it was. My favorite, even in the gnarly Ohio winter days. That cold weather on your hands, cheeks and nose can really hurt! Especially when soaking wet for eight hours!

Never got old, in the elevators in the big buildings downtown, "Oh is is crappy outside?"

Nah, just sweating a lot cause it's so nice outside.

I have been in one of these taxi bikes from central park to 5th avenue..it was on a nice summers day..what a way to see the city!

post #15240 of 16390

Cool video, he did a good job.  That can't be easy to pedal around two extra people and a cart and not kill everyone.

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