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post #15601 of 16082

The Intouchables- 9/10

 

Nice change of pace from the usual F bomb movies I watch. Not gonna make anyone explode with laughter or sadness or have you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Its one of those movies that just find yourself smiling at most of the time

 

post #15602 of 16082

Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-up (1966). 8.75/10

 

I mean, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck smashing his guitar to pieces on stage.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSJGEn4FDys&feature=player_embedded

post #15603 of 16082

I will be watching some Antonioni works in the coming times as well, probably starting by Red Desert, which I've never seen yet. Highly curious.

post #15604 of 16082
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I will be watching some Antonioni works in the coming times as well, probably starting by Red Desert, which I've never seen yet. Highly curious.

 

I started with Red Desert (1964), his first color film. Next was L'Aventura (1960), followed by The Passenger (1975), then Blow-up (1966). All of them above 8/10, which I consider a high rating (4 out of 5 stars).

 

Blow-up is his first English language film. Funny, I looked up his filmography and saw Blow-up, which I kept hearing about, and I recalled seeing it in my collection. Found the dvd after some searching through my stacks and I don't recall buying it or watching it. Looked it up on Amazon and I purchased it March 12, 2005.

 

I'm in the middle of watching Blow-up for the second time, back to back, with the commentary.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Several famous scenes: Vanessa Redgrave topless, the blow-up sequence, the ending with the tennis match, and the final scene with the disappearance.

 

Of course The Passenger, with Jack Nicholson, has the famous 7 minute long take at the end. You can view it if you google The Passenger - penultimate shot. I watched it back to back also, second time with Jack Nicholson's commentary, which was actually (surprisingly) very, very well done.

 

I will need to rewatch his films.


Edited by fractus2 - 5/7/14 at 5:22am
post #15605 of 16082
L'Eclisse is my favorite Antonioni.
post #15606 of 16082
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L'Eclisse is my favorite Antonioni.

 

That is in my queue. :)

post #15607 of 16082

A Brighter Summer Day (1991) - 9,5

 

A Brighter Summer Day is a terrifying film, showing the harsh reality of Taipei's streets in the 60s after the Chinese Civil War, that took place between 1946 - 49, forced millions of Mainland Chinese to flee to Taiwan. Hauntingly ruthless reality as if it had been rescued from the memories of someone who lived it as a teenager. The film focuses at this stage of life of a boy, the collapse of illusions, search for identity, paving way through emotional turmoil, learn to grow from marking experiences, all this becomes more urgent in the severe struggle for survival within the sea of street gangs that instigate a culture of violence and transgression among the youngsters. The teenage mob, permeable to external factors by nature, has in Taiwan multicultural melting pot a major influence for either the better or worse. Without the strong lead from previous generations, youths can find themselves helpless in a volatile and merciless world.

A Brighter Summer Day is usually labelled as a Drama. In my opinion, the experienced world is too stark and ruthless to have a merely neutral attitude towards it, any glimpse of hope or optimism is fleeting and soon turn mirage. I'd say this is a fine Horror specimen in equal measure, probably one of the very best I've seen. It does remind me of Kurosawa's Ran in its disenchanted view of the cruel human nature. The difference is that Ran softens (in a counter-productive manner) the impact of violence and brutality depicted on the screen by way of Kurosawa's style and for the fact that it is an allegorical fiction while Yang's work, on the contrary, enhances even more what could have been a real experience through very raw, yet intelligent and subtle cinematics. Some scenes evoked in me genuine feelings of horror and despair like no other film has done in a long time, City of God (2002) from Fernando Meireles is similar in this aspect, or at least has the same potential, and I wouldn't be surprised if the Brasilian director had taken inspiration from the Taiwanese work. It's frightening and deeply heartbreaking to imagine myself living those worlds in my own skin as a child or teenager.

Yang has great cinematic skill and this film easily immerses, curiously the bad picture quality enhanced even more the power of persuasion making the experience all the more haunting to me, for once I'm glad I didn't watch a film in HD. The acting is surprisingly accomplished taking into account that more than 100 amateur actors were used, it didn't actually seem to me that so many actors were ever on the screen, the film felt quite consistent and uncomplicated on the whole. The only thing that I would change are some of the last moments, I didn't feel as involved as in the rest of the film, the persuasive factor decreased very quickly. I felt there was a bit of dragging and the expression of religious disappointment towards the main character's tragic fate seemed redundant to me. This won't irk my appreciation for this work, but it wouldn't hurt to edit away a few minutes of redundant footage at the end of a film that is virtually perfect over 4 hours, only my opinion. It makes sense to say this is a technically perfect work.

This is the second work of Edward Yang to get printed in my memory, another masterpiece. The heritage of A Brighter Summer Day inherited by Yi Yi is easily recognizable in the plot, style, the way that thematics are developed and even in the brilliant moments of cinematic introspection, but this doesn't decrease Yi Yi's value in my eyes because both films have very different qualities. Yi Yi focuses on broader themes without the gloominess that plagues A Brighter Summer Day and the visuals are more polished. Yi Yi makes me feel like I experienced a whole life filled with bittersweet enchantment, A Brighter Summer Day makes me feel like I experienced a living nightmare during the brief period of a troubled youth. Both works are rich in thematic substance and equally epic, but they're completely different worlds. A Brighter Summer Day is wonderful and deeply moving, highly recommended!


Edited by kkl10 - 5/8/14 at 4:42pm
post #15608 of 16082
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A Brighter Summer Day (1991) - 9,5



 



A Brighter Summer Day is a terrifying film, showing the harsh reality of the streets of Taipei in the 60s after the Chinese Civil War, that took place between 1946 - 49, forced millions of Mainland Chinese to flee to Taiwan. Ruthless and haunting reality as if it had been rescued from the memories of someone who lived through it as a teenager. The film focuses at this stage of life of a boy, the collapse of illusions, search for identity, paving way through emotional turmoil, learn to grow, all this becomes more urgent in the severe struggle for survival within the sea of street gangs that instigate a culture of violence and transgression among the youngsters. The teenage mob, permeable to external factors by nature, has in Taiwan multicultural melting pot a major influence for either the better or worse, without the strong lead from previous generations youths can find themselves helpless in a volatile and merciless world.



 



A Brighter Summer Day is usually labelled as a Drama, in my opinion, the experienced world is too sad and ruthless to have a merely neutral attitude towards it, any remains of optimism or hope are fleeting and soon turn mirage. I'd say this is a fine Horror specimen in equal measure, probably one of the very best I've seen, it reminds me of Kurosawa's Ran in its disenchanted view of the cruel human nature. The difference is that Ran softens (in a counter-productive manner) the impact of violence and brutality depicted on the screen by way of Kurosawa's style and for the fact that it is an allegorical fiction while Yang's work, on the contrary, enhances even more what could have been a real experience through very raw, yet intelligent and subtle cinematics. Some scenes evoked in me genuine feelings of horror and despair like no other film has done in a long time, City of God (2002) from Fernando Meireles is similar in this aspect, or at least has the same potential, and I wouldn't be surprised if the Brasilian director had taken inspiration from the Taiwanese work. It's frightening and deeply heart-breaking to imagine myself living those worlds in my own skin as a child or teenager.



 



Yang has great cinematic skill and this film easily immerses, curiously the bad picture quality enhanced even more the power of persuasion making the experience all the more haunting and unforgettable to me, for once I'm glad I didn't watch a film in HD. The acting is surprisingly accomplished taking into account that more than 100 amateur actors were used, it didn't actually seem to me that so many actors were ever on the screen, the film felt quite consistent and uncomplicated on the whole. The only thing that I would change are some of the last moments, I didn't feel as involved as in the rest of the film, the persuasive factor decreased very quickly. I felt there was a bit of dragging and the expression of religious disappointment towards the main character's tragic fate seemed redundant to me, this won't irk my appreciation for this work, but it wouldn't hurt to edit away a few minutes of redundant footage at the end of a film that is virtually perfect through 4 hours, but that's just my opinion. It makes sense to say this is a technically perfect work.



 



This is the second work of Edward Yang to get printed in my memory, another masterpiece. The heritage of A Brighter Summer Day inherited by Yi Yi is easily recognizable in the plot, style, the way that thematics are developed and even in the brilliant moments of cinematic introspection, but this doesn't decrease Yi Yi's value in my eyes because both films have very different qualities. Yi Yi focuses on broader themes without the gloominess that plagues A Brighter Summer Day and the visuals are more polished. Yi Yi makes me feel like I experienced a whole life filled with bittersweet enchantment, A Brighter Summer Day makes me feel like I experienced a living nightmare during the brief period of a troubled youth. Both works are rich in thematic substance and equally epic, but they're completely different worlds. A Brighter Summer Day is wonderful and heart-breaking, highly recommended!


 



Nice review. Did you see the print that was restored a couple of years ago or the really crappy vhs rip?
post #15609 of 16082

Oh, I don't know.

I got this from a torrent, the file is actually two video files, each is around 1,5-1,9GBs and the picture quality is really crappy...

I suspect I saw the VHS rip, it looks like it, black levels and detail are quite poor, resolution is 704x416 ... but the digital copy is pretty bad as well...

Is there a way to find out? Is there a big difference in picture quality between both versions?

post #15610 of 16082
It's probably the old rip that's been floating around the torrent sites. Criterion was supposed to release the restored print - this has been a not so secret rumor ever since the restoration, but still nothing is officially confirmed. I suspect it's because the restored picture quality is still quite flawed in many parts of the film, quite short of Criterion's usual standards.
post #15611 of 16082
Lone survivor 10/10 IMHO
the Hobbit desolation of smaug 9/10
post #15612 of 16082

"All is Lost"

 

Ones rating may be affected by the complete and absolute absence of any words.

 

I liked it 7.5/10

post #15613 of 16082
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"All is Lost"

 

Ones rating may be affected by the complete and absolute absence of any words.

 

I liked it 7.5/10

 

There were a couple.  :)

 

Spoiler (Click to show)

"13th of July, 4:50 pm. I'm sorry... I know that means little at this point, but I am. I tried, I think you would all agree that I tried. To be true, to be strong, to be kind, to love, to be right. But I wasn't. And I know you knew this. In each of your ways. And I am sorry. All is lost here... except for soul and body... that is, what's left of them... and a half-day's ration. It's inexcusable really, I know that now. How it could have taken this long to admit that I'm not sure... but it did. I fought 'til the end, I'm not sure what this worth, but know that I did. I have always hoped for more for you all... I will miss you. I'm sorry."

post #15614 of 16082

"South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut" -- 9/10. Packed with the crudest humor and the most f'd up songs in history. You just know it's South Park.

 

"Pompeii" -- 6/10. Still follows the history books. Storyline is boring, Kit Harington's love interest looks like utter crap, and Kiefer Sutherland, whom we all know to be totally badass, sound really f'ing gay in this movie. 

post #15615 of 16082

 This wasn't a movie but it's funny.. p.s you have got to keep watching to get to the funny part!

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