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16  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: August 09, 2016, 11:27:50 AM
I really don't like Midnight in Paris. The emptiness of the movie ruins all the "charm" it could have had. Blue Jasmin was ok but has no rewatch value (as in: I couldn't watch it for more than a few minutes the second time) and I haven't seen Irrational Man.
I saw Irrational Man like two months ago. I think it belongs in the Top 3 of Allen films in this millennium (the others being probably Match Point and Vicky Christina Barcelona).
17  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Last Book You Read on: April 27, 2016, 12:55:54 PM
I recently finished Infinitine Jest by David Foster Wallace after more than a year of reading (and in English!). Mostly enjoyed it (huge chunks of it enormously) but apparently you can't write a 1000+ pages long novel without including some seriously unnecessary parts.

I guess next I'll try to finish Walden by Henry David Thoreau (in Finnish, though). I don't actually find it that good but I have this stupid habbit of not leaving books unfinished, and I'm over halfway through it...
18  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: April 03, 2016, 06:09:55 AM
Yes it is. Only the 6th season is a bit weaker, offers a bit more routine instead inspiration. I'm just watching the 7th season, and try to stretch it over the whole year (but I have already watched half of it), cause it is very sad that it ends, and it is sad not to follow the protagonists over another decade as they get older and dumber and so on.
Funny. I was just going say that it becomes better and better, the sixth season being the pinnacle (and the 7th a good but lesser season). When I watched the 6th season, I remember thinking that it must be one of the best existentialist works in the history of moving images.
19  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Werner Herzog Thread on: October 10, 2015, 05:50:19 AM
Of his documentaries How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck, Land of Silence and Darkness and Lessons of Darkness are among my personal favorites. I remember also liking Echoes from a Somber Empire, Ballad of the Little Soldier and White Diamond a lot. On Death Row is also good.

Of his fiction films I'd recommend Stroszeck, Woyzeck and The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser.

As a kind of a disclaimer I must say that Aguirre is one of my favorite films.
20  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: September 20, 2015, 03:35:42 PM
Pasolini (2014) - 6.5/10
"A kaleidoscopic look at the last day of Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini in 1975." Willem Dafoe as Pasolini. I kinda wish I liked this more.

The End of the Tour (2015) - 8.5/10
"The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'" Based on David Lipsky's book.

 Coincidentally I'm in the middle of Infinite Jest. I hesitated about seeing the film at least before finishing the book because I didn't want to hear Marshal From How I Met Your Mother's voice in my head when reading. But the film was showing at a festival where I got a free badge, so I thought WTF. And overall I really liked the film, I was almost crying when it was over. But still I can't decide whether I approve of it. Because I can really imagine (based on his writings) that David Foster Wallace would find a film like this very troublesome. Part of the problem is that he is not the protagonist so he doesn't have to change basically at all which leads to a kind of an Eternal Saint kind of a character. Making a film which strenghtens a saint kind of a picture of an artist who is already generally hailed as a genious sounds like a very stupid goal, so I'll assume it wasn't the filmmakers' intention. But if the goal of the filmmakers was to present him as a human being with failings, they, while not doing a terrible job, could have done a lot better by making him actually the main character. Now he is presented as a genious writer whose greatest asset is his regular-guyness but somehow in this process his regular-guyness becomes the opposite of itself: he's more regular, plain and unsexy than any of us, so in the end what was supposed to unmystify him becomes exactly his myth. But at the same time I find this approach of making Lipsky the protagonist the only possible one because how the fuck could you pretend that you know what Wallace's experience was like? Lipsky's account of the events is fairly believable because it's supposedly based on his interview recordings and his account of how it was / what it meant for him can be trusted to be based on at least some kind of a real first hand experience. Sorry for the babbling. Go see the film. EDIT: I forgot to mention the heavy gay subtext.
21  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Alfred Hitchcock Discussion Thread on: August 20, 2015, 04:51:55 AM
I agree with everything but to me it's a 7/10: the flashback is incredibly haunting. It's one of the most disturbing thing I have ever seen and the fact that it was shot 70 years ago is unbelievable.
yeah, that flashback was certainly very effective and disturbing. A flash of great filmmaking in otherwise mediocre film.
22  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Alfred Hitchcock Discussion Thread on: August 17, 2015, 01:45:47 AM
Spellbound 1945 - 5/10
Moves between mildly entertaining and utter shit. It certainly hasn't aged well, mostly because in the last 70 years the Freudian stuff the film is filled with has become first mainstream and eventually totally clichéd. Most of the film is spent on clumsy exposition of how psychoanalysis works, and since today everybody knows all this by preschool anyway, we spend 110 minutes on mostly uninteresting (or alternatively: totally unbelievable) babble. On top of that the acting is pretty bad by any standards (I blame Hitch's lazy directing more than the obviously talented actors), the lighting is far from the best of Hollywood and the unnecessary rear-projections bugged me more than ever. There certainly were some mildly entertaining moments too, but right now I can't remember what.
23  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: July 27, 2015, 12:20:46 PM
Touchez pas au grisbi (1954) - 9/10
24  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: July 23, 2015, 02:36:50 PM
The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962) - 6.5/10
I prefer Dryer's version. I like Bresson's three previous films, though.

Les diaboliques (1955) - 6.5/10
Overrated. Can't see what's the big deal. The twists came as surprises and all in all the script is the strongest part of the film. But the directing (blocking, camera angles, acting) is mostly run of the mill, save a few scenes.
25  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Revenant (2015) on: July 22, 2015, 02:17:52 PM
It appears that while the film isn't all struggling, the shooting of it was:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/how-leonardo-dicaprios-revenant-shoot-810290
26  Films of Sergio Leone / Other Films / Re: The Revenant (2015) on: July 22, 2015, 02:15:09 PM
I'm not a fan of the excessive use of wide angles
Yeah, I also found them a bit off-putting in the trailer the first time I watched it. They've become a trademark for Lubezki but I think he's a little bit excessive with them. In The Tree of Life he really mastered them but in Birdman they were distracting at times (when the nose of the actor is three times wider than his eyes). But overall I really like the "being there" sensitivity his use of the wide angle lenses brings to the films. But I was surprised at how slick the film appears to be in spite of all the mud and what not. When I heard Inarritu talk about a gritty film I imagined a Texas Chain Saw Massacre meets the Dardenne bros. meets The Wrestler kind of look.

I was also surprised at how action heavy the trailer was. I was expecting more struggling and less fighting, but I can't complain.
27  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: June 13, 2015, 02:55:27 AM
The Hunt (2012) - 9/10
Vinterberg movie. Absolutely fucking phenomenal. It's an obvious masterpiece, only not a 10/10 because it's far too depressing and harrowing for me to ever watch again. anyone see it?
I remember giving it an 8/10. Basically I recognize it's as well made as they get but I was somewhat lacking a personal connection to the story. Also the script (which has become the go-to reference in terms of script writing) feels almost too good, too well structured to feel authentic or alive but that's a minor complaint.
28  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: May 24, 2015, 03:05:30 PM
Ex Machina - Alex Garland

Garland's directorial debut tells in cool elegance about the men-machine relation ship. The robot is sexy and I was never sure if the 3 main characters are what they seemed to be. 8/10
This gets 7/10 from me. It's pretty good generally speaking but lacking a little something. It's got really interesting bits mixed with pretty basic thriller genre stuff. The ending was surprising, though, at least to me.
29  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) on: May 15, 2015, 04:33:04 AM
Going tomorrow.
30  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: April 06, 2015, 04:24:32 AM
Eight years, 1,000 pages, 14,993 posts and 1,038,530 views on this thread. Probably the most worthless achievement of the whole human civilization.
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