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Today 01:04 PM
FlameOn
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

Ex Machina (2014) -

Rather glad I hired this, but I wouldn't buy it. Not a whole lot of meat on these bones TBH. In the end, the story's unfolding was rather unsurprising and rather reminiscent of many films with the 'man VS machine' aspect. Not a lot of real specifics to add except the film's setting was effectively claustrophobic and Oscar Isaac is bitchin' as usual.

7/10
Today 12:15 PM
TheBigFourFTW
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

Zootopia (2016):

As expected from an animated picture of Disney's caliber, I like it a lot. The animation and the different settings they showed throughout the movie were amazing; the chemistry between Judy and Nick was interesting enough. The anthropomorphic characters are entertaining because they're relatable and the film balances the human elements with the whole "animal world" very well. I think that's where the film shines the most and hence the high reviews it's getting. Usually for Disney films (and even Pixar) they only focus on one aspect; human condition or a fantasy premise. So you can say Zootopia is sort of breaking new ground by trying to do both. The only comparison I can think of that tries to match what Zootopia is doing is Pixar's Monsters Inc.

Of course, like most good Disney pictures where it can be appreciated by both kids and adults alike; but through other reasons, Zootopia's brilliance lies in the important message that the film offers. It's straight-forward since aspects of it such as the "under-dog" story is something you see in a lot of animated movies. However, I liked how the plot manages to develop beyond that into a/the bigger picture.

My only criticisms about the movie is the humor might not cut through enough to people as it's mostly witty banter and subversive. Besides that, I think a film like Zootopia, it would work MUCH BETTER as a Pixar film rather than a Disney film.

Pixar films like Inside Out and Wall-E manages to deal with important themes more intelligently than Disney films like Zootopia while at the same time making the film entertaining to watch as an animation. I'm not saying those 2 films are necessarily better than Zootopia; but I'm saying they (Pixar) handle the aspect of trying to get a real-life applicable point across better. Personally for me, I prefer it when the film doesn't info-dump you with stale exposition especially if it's within one scene and keep the subtext conveying subtle across the whole picture. It might sound contradictory to what my main point is compared to the end of my opening paragraph since relating to that, I know the film-makers were trying to mesh out both a dazzling and subversive animated flick but the 2nd half of the film greatly focuses on the latter aspect. So my first impression when I was watching the ending was it tried to "hammer in" too much on the human subtext and should've mix it up with the fun animated stuff like in the middle parts of the film. To sum up what I'm saying, the tone of the climax (of the film) could've been handled a bit better so that way Zootopia's themes can be addressed as a wider scope for an enhancing experience.

Overall, this film is on my top 10 list of my favourite animated movies and I enjoyed the technical merits more than my own personal enjoyment of the film since the humour didn't strike me that well at times. And to be honest, the funniest scene in Zootopia was already shown in the preview trailers (which I saw prior). I still found it hilarious the second time when watching the actual movie. So maybe that's actually a compliment to the execution of the film's humour despite what I said otherwise earlier?

Zootopia is quite possibly the best Disney movie of the last decade since The Lion King.

9/10
Today 09:25 AM
Lazyguy
Re: Last Movie you watched, and what you thought about it?

prisoners ( 2013 )

50 minutes into the 2hours33min movie and I knew how it will end , not sure if I am that smart or it was THAT obvious anyways , the acting was incredible especially hugh jackman I felt the changes in the character's personality pretty damn well , though some characters were completely useless to the story , other characters were not dynamic enough for a kidnapping story , many mediocre scenes , a scene or two didn't feel logical , it was entertaining anyway

6/10 for the fun .
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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Originally Posted by retister View Post
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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Originally Posted by TheBigFourFTW View Post
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
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