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« #10680 : July 03, 2012, 08:58:43 AM »

The Amazing Spiderman (2012) 7/10. Saw it flat, in 4K. Not so amazing, but definitely entertaining, at least until the turgid action finale. Lots of laughs, too--Stan Lee's cameo had me chuckling--until the turgid action finale. Why are we supposed to care about CGI-characters battling, again? It's like looking over a friend's shoulder while the guy is on his Playstation. Without interactivity, those images mean nothing. The story isn't bad--the filmmakers went back into the mythos and resurrected Gwen Stacy, PP's girlfriend before MJ. She's played by Emma Stone whose usual annoying brashness works well for her character here. Andrew Garfield makes a pretty OK PP; as Spiderman he can't keep his mask on, which, I guess, is a concession filmmakers have to make to superhero-playing actors these days. The Lizard was never very high on my list of favorite villains, but at least in this telling his origin is tied in with Spidey's, which keeps the plot tight (there's no sense here of two stories being told, the hero's origin, and THEN the adventure). The picture runs 137 minutes, well-paced, and didn't drag at all until the turgid action finale. A nice innovation: they don't make you wait through all the credits at the end to see the teaser--they start and then interrupt the credits, play the teaser, then resume the credits (This is particularly nice in the case of this film because the teaser isn't worth waiting for.) James Horner supplied his usual sonic crap.



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« #10681 : July 03, 2012, 10:07:35 AM »

Did you bother seeing The Avengers Jenkins?



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« #10682 : July 03, 2012, 10:52:04 AM »

Yeah, I didn't like it. It was OK for the first half, but the Trash Manhattan sequence bored me to death. And the teaser reveal of Thanos felt cheap.



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« #10683 : July 03, 2012, 12:23:55 PM »

CGI battles seems to be a bugaboo of yours. Yet in superhero films, what do you expect? I don't mean this derisively, but as you're a comic fan and don't seem opposed to these movies I'm curious how you think it could be better-rendered?



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« #10684 : July 03, 2012, 12:56:05 PM »

Make them shorter.

Superman 2 had the big set piece where Supes and the baddies hurled cars and whatnot at each other. No CGI was used. It went on forever.

Whether CGI or practical, effects shots have to be cut together to create the illusion of reality. And one thing we know about reality: it's over all too soon.



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« #10685 : July 03, 2012, 02:01:10 PM »

I'd agree if we're talking run-of-the-mill action flicks. I wouldn't say most comic books approximate "real-life."



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« #10686 : July 03, 2012, 02:04:28 PM »

Well, the action scenes have to look like they're really happening, that's what I mean.



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« #10687 : July 04, 2012, 09:44:04 AM »

Thanks to TCM, I caught the end of The Scarlet Letter which I've seen a few times before. My God, what amazing color! Someone give it a DVD/BR release stat!

Also...

Declaration of Independence (1938) - 6/10 - Amusingly quaint Technicolor short about the Continental Congress. Stiff and talky but has its moments: nowhere else, I imagine, will you see Caesar Rodney depicted as an action hero!

The Devil's Disciple - 7/10 - Colonial troublemaker Kirk Douglas is mistaken for preacher Burt Lancaster and arrested for treason. Laurence Olivier plays a cynical Johnny Burgoyne, in the midst of mismanaging his Saratoga Campaign. Talky but amusing Shaw adaptation, with some clever action towards the end. Fun animation provides exposition a la The Charge of the Light Brigade. Too bad about the B&W photography.



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« #10688 : July 04, 2012, 12:25:19 PM »

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Seen it a few times. As much as my hipster-hating self hates to admit it, I think this is a damn great, incredibly unique film.

Also, second episode of The Newsroom was all right but a huge, huge, huge letdown following the pilot.

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« #10689 : July 04, 2012, 03:08:30 PM »

If the articles I've read are any indication, The Newsroom only gets worse from there.



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« #10690 : July 05, 2012, 07:25:27 PM »

Marley (2012) - 6/10. Bob Marley's memory gets the talking heads treatment. Somewhat interesting at first before it descends in hagiography. And the film is 144 minutes long! Even if you think he wrote some of the greatest music ever made (I don't particularly) his personal life was not very interesting. This definitely needed another edit.



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« #10691 : July 06, 2012, 01:27:36 AM »

Street Law or (Il cittadino si ribella-original title)

Directed: Enzo G. Castellari

Starring: Franco Nero, Barbara Bach, Giancarlo Prete, Romano Puppo

Good revenge thriller with good action scenes. Franco Nero is over the top in a few scenes but is otherwise very good and at the top of his form. Stroy line is intriguing .Awesome music. Drivin' all around is especially noteworthy.

My rating- 8.5/10

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« #10692 : July 07, 2012, 01:16:17 PM »

Crazy, Stupid, Love
The pretty good cast and surprisngly good reviews made me give it a chance. Awful decision. A very poorly written, cliche-ridden, generic chick flick that gets worse as it goes on.

The American Friend
Interesting 'thriller', but often times boring and not quite up to par with Paris, Texas or Wings of Desire.

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« #10693 : July 07, 2012, 02:52:41 PM »

Crazy, Stupid, Love
The pretty good cast and surprisngly good reviews made me give it a chance. Awful decision. A very poorly written, cliche-ridden, generic chick flick that gets worse as it goes on.

The American Friend
Interesting 'thriller', but often times boring and not quite up to par with Paris, Texas or Wings of Desire.

You started this thread and still don't know how to handle it.


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« #10694 : July 07, 2012, 02:55:19 PM »

Pheww, I just got the idea to re-watch Quantum of Solace, and it must be the 5th or 6th time now. And it incredibly gets better with every viewing, being meanwhile a pure watching pleasure in which I can enjoy every pretty second (well nearly every). I'm now easily ready to give it a 10.

It is probably one of the best edited films I have ever seen, and I have seen quite a lot. and the visual beauty of nearly every single shot of the film is just amazing, and the film contains a damn lot of shots. not only the action scenes have a fast editing frequency, also nearly every scene is resolved into fast changing shots from different angles, and it is the editing which doubles the beauty. And it not the showy beauty of films by directors like Ridley Scott or his brother. Not the braggy beauty of the academy award winning films, the hollow beauty of advertisements, no, there lies a deeper beauty in them which is mirrored by the intelligence of the elegant dialogues the inspired acting in which every mimic and every gestic movement seems to be in complete accordance with the story, their inner and outer motives, the film's politics (it has some), the overall narrative flow. Quantum of Solace is a never expected miracle.


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