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04-21-2016 06:07 AM
FlameOn
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

Jagten (The Hunt) - 2012 [/b]

I live for this kind of movie. I'd much rather see a well-done drama about something tragic in everyday life circumstances than most types of movie.

The incompetence of the head kindergarten teacher which made the plight almost all her fault was unfortunate but not implausible, given she was an old lady in a small village who'd probably never dealt with such a thing before. The only thing that slightly bugged me was the nature of the main character a little. In the beginning, I felt he was too passive, not protestant enough of his innocence. On the upside, as a result you could hardly call the character cliched, and later scenes made up for that. I'm also glad that there was no prison-and-release element visible on-screen, 'cause that would've just been too cliched. Basically, that's the best compliment I could give it. It could've been very cliched but it wasn't.

8/10
04-18-2016 09:23 AM
Roger the Dodger
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

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Originally Posted by Kyrgyros View Post
12 Angry Men (1957) - What a breathtaking piece of cinema, which doesn't get lost even in today's time. Perfect explanation of the term beyond the reasonable doubt without literally explaining it, very accurate social commentary, excellent camera work (notice how the film starts over their heads and then slowly goes down until the end of the movie where the protagonists actually look down on you), and perfect dialogues. I didn't like black and white movie as a teenage kid (no effects yo), but they are my favourites nowadays, because the dialogue is so good (and I'm a sucker for great dialogues), and I prefer the way they create tension. 9,5/10

Judgement at Nuremberg (1961) - Basically the same praise as for the above-mentioned film, astonishing piece of cinema. Broken country full of guilt, which most of the people hold inside themselves, because it's tough to deal with situations which your country did. Some want to advocate for their mistakes, some are just heartless bastards, some just want to forget about what happened. This film is all about those feelings and it's why it transcended the film sphere, because this situation truly showed the situation in post-war Germany. 10/10
Man, its been a while since I watched a movie.

Just wanted to say that if you like 12 Angry Men, do watch Kubrick's Paths of Glory. Highly recommended.
04-17-2016 08:21 AM
TheBigFourFTW
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

My personal rankings of all the horror movies I've seen this year.

1. One Missed Call (2003, Japanese version)
2. The Descent
3. The Babadook
4. Ju-On: The Curse
5. Audition
6. Ju-On: The Grudge
7. The Shutter (2004, Thailand version)
8. Dark Water (2002, Japanese version)
9. Sinister
10. It Follows

I found none of these movies genuinely scary or terrifying. Maybe I should look into Halloween, Alien, The Thing and Ring movies (US and Japanese)?
04-17-2016 08:19 AM
TheBigFourFTW
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

Cabin in the Woods (2012):

This film does a neat job of deconstructing the horror film genres and its cliched tropes by executing its meta/self-referential concept into something entertaining to watch. Much better than the Scary movie franchises and on par with the first Scream movie in my opinion. The only gripe is that movies like these, it won't be scary at all. But that's not the purpose here.

7.2/10


Sinister (2012):

Throughout the entire movie, I was waiting for something interesting to happen and it never did. Watching this reminded me why I decided to watch more Asian horror films these days. They're way better in terms of building an atmosphere. I particularly have a disdain for horror movies that uses situations where the characters are predictably gonna get involved in bad situations. Although this movie wasn't a huge offender for this since the crux of the film is actually quite interesting, I wish they executed the inner conflict of Ethan Hawke's character better. He makes a lot of dumb decisions throughout (aka Plot Induced Stupidity) but I will praise once again on the neat idea of a guy dedicating his life to expressing horrific stories actually getting involved in one himself. The movie follows all your typical horror cliches such as the classic "home invasion at night" style of environment and some cheap jump-scares (the ending one was pretty lame) and fake jump-scares. At least the supernatural aspects of this picture weren't that distracting for me. I have no idea who on earth was the costume/makeup designer for this movie because they did a really abysmal job and made the movie a lot less creepy when the actual horror scenes came. I didn't even care THAT much about the ending either even when it was quite refreshing since it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows. Also I felt like all this bizarre religious occult reference symbolisms near the end felt incredibly tacked on to the movie. Kind of sad since it ultimately ended up relying on it as the foundation of the whole movie.

Overall, I found the movie to be a bit disappointing and everything that featured within Sinister was done without a sense of purpose; just a bunch of ideas being thrown in just for the sake of it (my biggest problem with this "horror" movie). Even worse that the all the ingredients to make a good horror: Atmosphere (obviously), a coherent story and scares (duh) were nearly non-existent when being meshed together.

Oh did I forget to mention the film isn't even that scary? A few attempted jump scares ain't going to cut it for me. Actually, I'm more impressed with horror movies if don't use it in the first place which the movie did in some parts. But it wasn't enough.

5.5/10
04-16-2016 08:37 PM
Kyrgyros
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

12 Angry Men (1957) - What a breathtaking piece of cinema, which doesn't get lost even in today's time. Perfect explanation of the term beyond the reasonable doubt without literally explaining it, very accurate social commentary, excellent camera work (notice how the film starts over their heads and then slowly goes down until the end of the movie where the protagonists actually look down on you), and perfect dialogues. I didn't like black and white movie as a teenage kid (no effects yo), but they are my favourites nowadays, because the dialogue is so good (and I'm a sucker for great dialogues), and I prefer the way they create tension. 9,5/10

Judgement at Nuremberg (1961) - Basically the same praise as for the above-mentioned film, astonishing piece of cinema. Broken country full of guilt, which most of the people hold inside themselves, because it's tough to deal with situations which your country did. Some want to advocate for their mistakes, some are just heartless bastards, some just want to forget about what happened. This film is all about those feelings and it's why it transcended the film sphere, because this situation truly showed the situation in post-war Germany. 10/10
04-14-2016 11:54 PM
Ragnar Lothbrok
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

Goosebumps (2015) - 6/10 - Kinda funny, but what exactly this has to do with the TVSeries? Only monster in the movie I remember was also in the TVSeries was Slappy.
04-07-2016 11:35 AM
FlameOn
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

Winter's Bone (2010) -

Calling it a thriller was false advertising, and the story was so basic there was not a lot of mystery and twist. And usually with a story about a missing family member there's a little more emotional impact too. I actually think a little bit of ham would've helped this a little. Maybe it just wasn't what I expected, but anyway, wasn't a fan.

5/10
04-07-2016 11:13 AM
TheBigFourFTW
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

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My wife's favorite horror movie
What is the difference between two endings?
The UK ending is a little longer with a better psychological depth to it compared to the US one where the latter just cuts it to a typical "twist horror" ending.
04-07-2016 11:01 AM
Andrej
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

Star Wars - the Force Awakens 3/10. I felt it just went downhill after the opening crawl.
Everest 5/10. I've seen documentaries that were more engaging.
04-07-2016 10:56 AM
retister
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

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The Descent (2005):
My wife's favorite horror movie
What is the difference between two endings?
04-03-2016 06:19 AM
TheBigFourFTW
Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

The Descent (2005):

A great title for the movie since it has a double meaning behind it. The premise for this film is so simple, straight-to-the-point that it doesn't hide itself that the setting will obviously be scary. Yet, the execution is quite amazing. The movie is very dark and claustrophobic and that is ideally suitable for a depiction of an unknown cave with unspeakable terrors lurking within it. The more we get into the movie, the more I realized of how much of a tragic drama it had become which gave a lot of humanity to the whole film. The ending might not exactly show that (its different between US and UK) depending on how you see it.

While I can praise on the humanity of the film (the double meaning of the movie I mentioned is a clue), it was also a bit of a flaw since I never exactly felt the characters in the film were completely hopeless in the situation that they're in. Because that kinda loses its scary atmosphere but I'm not saying it lacked atmosphere which it certainly did from the cinematography I discussed earlier. Talking about the ending again, it didn't do this but what led to it was the case. Besides, the soundtrack at the end was a little too "emotionally happy" for my liking. The actual drama itself wasn't perfect and could've developed a little better in the middle between the characters but the start and end parts were sound.

6.5/10
03-29-2016 05:58 PM
LCYD
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

A few days ago I watched in the cinema Gods Of Egypt. Was really impressed, I didn't expect that it'll be so good! I liked the plot very much (but I don't recommend to watch it those people who know the mythology of Ancient Egypt very well ), the special effects and the actor's play. Besides the main idea of the movie wasn't stupid at all, as it usually happens in such movie genres. I would like to see it again in the cinema but for now it's impossible
03-29-2016 02:11 AM
TheBigFourFTW
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

Se7en (1995) - 8.5/10

This is a perfect example where a movie is good and/or got better due to its ending. Three-quarters of the whole film is pretty much stock standard crime, mystery thriller and the "senior-rookie" relationship between the characters that Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt portray is straightforward but not generic and narrow-minded since their chemistry is so natural. The reason for the latter is that the character, Mills while impulsive, his short-tempered and foul-mouth personality doesn't detract his presence and overall viewing experience of the movie. He's kept in check by William; the archetypal "calm and collected veteran" but during moments like these, they actually have interesting, contrasting discussions in how they see the world, the people and the crimes within a detective's perspective. The film sets up so they avoid Mills' emotional outcries as the focus of the scene which I appreciate. It makes Mills a more multi-dimensional character because we can clearly see him and William are presented as different people on the surface. But the film takes an effort to establish how they're different.

The actual methods and scenes of the murders are indeed quite graphic but the most effective and disturbing one takes place at the end. It's the classic case of not showing that makes it more frightening because it's when our endless imagination takes stage. Speaking of the ending, the reason I view it with high praise is because it's not phoned in and artificial. The film put in some key clues in earlier scenes to justify the killer's methods validly. Its impact is strengthen by the fact that the serial killer is shown quite early and the film uses the remaining sequences well to establish the character. Of course, the actor that plays the killer at the end puts on a a remarkable, chilling performance that only makes the last quarter of the movie better. Normally, the 'mystery' aspect to a film like this would be gone and thus detract our enjoyment (Julia's Eyes is an example that it did) but it didn't for me because we're clearly more interested by the end of WHY the killer kills. It's a natural, organic progression when we're all sucked in to the elaborate ways that the victims are killed at the start. While the actual killer's motivations is a little simple-minded and its all explained in one convenient scene, I just love how the VERY last sequence of the movie refused to venture on a black-and-white "good guys beat bad guys" type of ending and sticked to its guns on what the film is about by using the killer as the subtext.

Overall, I enjoyed this modern hard-boiled flick and the only problems I had with the movie is that its a little too reliant on the ending to be a deciding factor on whether or not you would enjoy this picture. Lastly, when I referred to the killer's intentions as slightly one-sided, I felt like it was a bit self-indulgent at times and wasn't all-encompassing enough when the film needed to foreshadow more on its underlying message during sections of the film before the killer was revealed. We only see a few glimpses from the interactions between Freeman and Pitt as well as the dark, grim setting (neo-noir) portrayed in the movie but I need more still. I thought if the film executed on the "why" part of the killings a bit better and not just "how" (which I already explained it's done admirably) then it would've easily pushed my rating from a 8.5/10 to a 9 or higher.
03-12-2016 06:15 PM
Droog
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

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I didn't know that. Interesting
Features more jamming between Glennie and Frith (in a more conventional manner too) if you ever feel like watching it
03-12-2016 01:16 PM
MWW
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Touch the Sound: A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie (2004) - 8/10 I saw this a while ago but didn't mention it due to BSG. This documentary is more of an examination of sound on a personal level (for Evelyn Glennie who is profoundly deaf) rather than a social level but interesting nonetheless.

Meadowland (2015) - 9/10 Olivia Wilde's performance as a character descending into a maelstrom of pain and grief is engrossing. The cinematography is dreamy in a very nuanced kind of way.
I didn't know that. Interesting
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