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Double Indemnity
Billy Wilder, 1944
I basically knew nothing about this before deciding to watch it tonight, but since I could watch it instantly for free, I just watched it. I see it's on AFI's top 100, but I'm not completely sure how it got on there. I mean it definitely wasn't a bad movie, but I don't know if I'd call it a good movie either. I know it's more than just average, but not much. I think it just did nothing for me, like I could've honestly cared less if I ever saw this movie. I guess I'm glad I did, because at least now I know that I don't really think that much of it. It's good seeing a bunch of older movies, though, so that's one plus about this.
The acting itself was actually pretty good, especially Fred MacMurray. It really seemed like he was paraniod throughout some of the movie. Besides that the acting, like the movie as a whole, did nothing for me. I guess if you're bored one day and have this there to watch, I'd give it a try. It's not something that I'd go far out of my way to watch, though.
I didn't think too much of it on my first viewing either. I'm far from a Billy Wilder fan, but after a few viewings of this it has grown on me. Maybe it's just one of those films that takes multiple viewings to enjoy, but the quality of it certainly deserves more than a rating of 3. I also think it is completely deserving of a spot on AFI's top 100 films list. It sounds like you didn't enjoy it much if at all, a 3/5 sounds like you were going easy on it. Try watching Sunset Boulevard. One of Wilder's best as well as it's easy to enjoy on the first viewing.

Eh, best Kubrick film? Full Metal Jacket. Definitely.
I've always thought of Full Metal Jacket, while still a great film, to be Kubrick's weakest. 2001: A Space Odyssey gets my vote for best Kubrick film, though it is an acquired taste it is hard to deny the brilliance of it. The Shining gets my vote for favorite.
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V For Vendetta


OK im not over the moon about the acting or the accents but I love the script. While it does of course borrow an awful lot from 1984 it doesnt feel like an homage or a rip off but more of a continuation of it. The film has a wonderful look to it too, simplistic but effective.
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Well I'm keeping it and I'm going to rewatch it because it's Kubrick, for one, and I think the more I understand it the more I will enjoy it.
Well there isn't a whole lot to get , other than the Cold War (you know that one right ?) , it's easily my favorite of his by a long shot. I suppose those who like deranged stories with interesting characters will get the most out of it

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30 Days of Night (Slade, 2007)





This was pretty solid for the first hour or so, then it got pretty silly. Still, I liked the premise and the vamps, so I enjoyed it to a certain extent.
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The Lives of Others

More interrogations and injustices for me. Set initially during the Chernenko period of Soviet rule, when extra repressive methods were again 'spreading like an ill wind', we see the Stasi spies of East Germany plundering their populace for dissident information with galvanised zeal. The film focuses on the shadowy affection a hardline spy develops for an artistic couple who seem to be Good Communists, but are brought into the web of surveillance nevertheless.

It's beautifully shot, and acted with powerful understatement throughout. I wasn't completely sold on a couple of the artier influences our thespian couple had on our moribund spy, but everything else lived up to the director's aspirations for me - namely recreating the paranoia and lurking brutality of those times with fidelity, while championing the role art has in vocally taking on repressive taboos.

It was interesting to hear in the commentary that the lead actor himself had been watched by four Stasi spies in his theatre company during his heyday as a stage actor - and to this day has only discovered the names of two of them - meaning some of his friends of that period could well have been informing against him. His accusation that his wife was also a paid up Stasi throughout their marriage has been challenged in court it seems. That gives you an idea of some of the ongoing effects of that scurrilous phase.

(The science of interrogation via sleep & sensory deprivation, with its power to break people regardless of guilt, of course still resonates with some of the more scurrilous practices of our own days)
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Australia (2008) ... I really wanted to like this a lot more... but it was just a bit too much to me... Jackman did okay with what he had to work with... and the kid was cute... but Kidman was so not believable to me... and I normally really like her...




Låt den rätte komma in (Let The Right One In)
(2008) ... awesome little vampire tale... and I'll probably say a little more about it later on...


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In the Beginning...
Kubrick is my favorite director, I'm interested in politics, and I want to like Dr. Strangelove. I own it on DVD, I've watched it twice. Both times, I was bored out of my mind. I keep it in hopes that one day I will like it, but as it stands, it's the only Kubrick film I really don't like.
Yeah, I feel this way about 2001: A Space Odyssey. I really want to like it, but it just doesn't do anything for me. I get what the big attractions are, and how I'm supposed to be enthralled... I'm just not. It's painfully scientific and methodical, and I feel like the narrative is only ever at a low boil. There's no up and down.

Originally Posted by Sedai
30 Days of Night (Slade, 2007)

This was pretty solid for the first hour or so, then it got pretty silly. Still, I liked the premise and the vamps, so I enjoyed it to a certain extent.
You know, I tried to watch this last night too, and just couldn't get through it. I read and enjoyed the graphic novel, but this film... I don't know. I like the setting, I like the feral quality of the vampires, and I really like some of the overhead camera work. It just didn't click for me. I think the story is essentially just too unsubstantial to enjoy in live action.



I didn't think too much of it on my first viewing either. I'm far from a Billy Wilder fan, but after a few viewings of this it has grown on me. Maybe it's just one of those films that takes multiple viewings to enjoy, but the quality of it certainly deserves more than a rating of 3. I also think it is completely deserving of a spot on AFI's top 100 films list. It sounds like you didn't enjoy it much if at all, a 3/5 sounds like you were going easy on it. Try watching Sunset Boulevard. One of Wilder's best as well as it's easy to enjoy on the first viewing.
I'll probably try giving it another watch a couple of months down the road. I didn't really think it was a bad movie, but it just didn't do anything for me. It's a good movie, but not much more than that. I'll be sure to check out Sunset Boulevard, and I guess I'll go add it to my Netflix queue right now.



Watchmen (2009)



I finally got around to seeing Watchmen and I'm glad I waited a few weeks for all the hype to wear off and just see it for what it is. Perfect and I've never read the comic books. What makes it so perfect is the way it doesn't compromise. You know they weren't in this for the money, everything is polished down to the littlest detail, nothing is there to fill in the gaps. The visuals are grand, the story epic and the characters have depth and significance, there true beauty being in the way they relate to each other. If this hasn't strayed from the source material, Allen Moore is a genius and Zack Snyder a miracle worker for getting it so right. Truly entertaining, meaningful and intelligent. A masterpiece.

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I'm on a dystopian kick

1984

soul destroying story...i love it

A Scanner Darkly


I found it hard to get into Linklater's 'Waking Life' but I much prefer this effort, even if it trails into weirdness at the end. The animation is perfect, so fluid and gorgeous to watch - the best part was the scatter suit, it looked incredible but i wouldnt have liked to have been an animator on that. It was also good to see Winona Ryder back in the swing of things. I do really like this film but i think its first half serves it better.





The Exorcist
William Friedkin, 1973

While I don't quite think that this is the scariest movie ever made, like some people make it out to be, it's still a damn good movie. I wouldn't even classify it as 'scary', at least to me, I'd call it 'creepy'. Maybe I'm just saying that because it didn't scare me, but the more older horror movies I've been watching, I've been finding out that barely any of them are actually scary. I don't know why I put off watching these old horror movies for so long. Someone told me before that if you're a christian, it'll be scarier to you. Which may explain why I didn't find it that scary, because I'm not a christian. At first, the first 15 minutes really seemed pointless to me, but then it got towards the last 30 minutes and then it all suddenly made sense.

The effects were really great for this, namely the head turning all the way around. That was pretty cool to see, especially for when it was made. Jason Miller and Linda Blair did great job acting in this, but they're the only ones that really stood out to me. I still think this is a movie everyone just has to see because of how popular it is. I still can't quite give it that full perfect score because I thought it took a little while to actually get interesting.




Ok, i really haven't posted here in a while or writen up the ones i have done, been far too busy. So now i've got a laptop and can multitask here's some words on selection of flicks from last few months...

The International- generally good attempt to combine a political thriller with an almost Bourne-film action sensibility. Did probably rate it higher for having a decent shoot-out in the Guggenheim which had recently visited. Otherwise it was an enjoyable romp that wasn't overly smart or overly testosterone packed.-


The Fall- combines elements of Pan's Labyrinth childs perspective fantasy and Holy Mountain experimental road movie. There's a lot of stunning visuals that serve extremely well to hold the film up, and that is meant to imply the plot needs holding up as it never really reaches the emotional intensity or interest of Pan's Labyrinth. -
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Crank- got the DVD on the cheap in honour of the sequel coming out soon. Think i like this film more and more each time i watch it. I'm a sucker for Statham and the film is just pure unadulterated action. Love it. -


Eden Lake- i'd been interested in seeing this one for a while, even more so after hearing mixed reviews from people on here. To start with, i thought it was a straight up horror, didn't realise it was aiming to be believable. Maybe it's my age or social groups but a lot of the behaviour of the chavs bordered on understandable, only occasionally verging on ridiculous. I didn't have any problems with protagonists logic in returning (maybe in going into the house) and didn't think the violence was anything as bad as had been lead to believe. Overall i liked the film, maybe i'm bias towards the lead chav (he's also in Skins) who even if you don't like his character, still think the actor has a lot of power and charisma. -


Semi-Pro- Will Ferrell films are by now standard affairs churned out following a simple formula. I'd have hoped, especially having Will Arnett in, that this one would have least been ok if not great. Unfortunatley it was pretty awful and wholly unnecessary, seemed bit too obviously trying to cash in on the Anchorman 70s vibe. -


Step Brothers- ironically, after the last flick, i thought this one was up there with Anchorman. There's nothing particularly special about the plot but it mainly rates on the two lead performances and their chemistry together. A lot of the ad-libbing is the same from his other films but if you haven't seen them then was would be even more enjoyable. -
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Feast- not gonna win any Oscars, borrows a lot from other similar film but works well within the confines of it's simple premise and in turn delivers a nice cheesy little horror flick. -


Green Wing: Season 2- one of the best comedy TV shows to grace the screen in as many years. Some fantastic characters and offbeat, surreal, twisted humour. Highly recommended for any comedy fans, far better than Scrubs for my money. -


Repo: The Genetic Opera- random little horror musical this one. Giles from Buffy is class, the rest hard to say one way or the other, i mean, Paris Hilton is in it. Some of it works, some of it doesn't but it's quite unique and that's a reason alone to watch it even if you don't think it's any good. -
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Quantum Of Solace
Marc Foster, 2008

I heard that this was basically just a movie with no plot and a lot of action before seeing it, but since I could see it for free, I though I'd still check it out. I'm glad that I did, though, because I ended up liking it. I'm no big bond fan, but then again the only other bond movie I've seen besides this is Casino Royale. I guess I'll have to Netflix the other 20 bond movies, because they're very enjoyable movies. I really love sitting down and watching some good action too, so I'm sort of surprised I haven't seen more bond movies. From what I remember of Casino Royale though, this wasn't quite as good as that. It's been awhile since I've last seen it though, so I'm not really sure.

The action scenes were very well made, and very stylized at the same time. When I said the latter, I'm mainly referring to the action scene that happened at the opera house. The opening credits sequence was amazing, and it's probably one of the best opening credits sequences that I've ever seen. You could tell they put a lot of thought into it. Still any action fan needs to check this one out sometime, because it certainly is a great action movie. Once it goes down in price, I'll probably pick up the DVD.






Night Of The Living Dead
George A. Romero, 1968

I had expected something completely different before I watched it, like this was nothing like I expected one bit. I'm not really sure if that's a bad thing or a good thing. I can definitely say that I don't think this is quite as amazing as people make it out to be, I mean it's a great movie, but just not as much as people say. I'd probably call it a little overrated. For one thing, I thought it was going to be in color, and not in black and white. I mean I don't have a problem that it was shot in black and white, but I just didn't expect it to. I really loved how they established all the main characters and they actually didn't even start dieing up until the end of the movie. I think my main problem with this is it didn't focus enough on the zombies, but instead it's main focus was the group of characters in the house.

There was some of it that was quite slow, but the ending seemed to really make up for it. The ending just started killing off the entire cast, and the pace really seemed to pick up. I still think any horror fan needs to check this one out, especially fan of zombie movies. Hopefully you won't end up being disappointed like me, but that was mainly because I was just expecting something different than I got.




Bright light. Bright light. Uh oh.
The Emerald Forest (John Boorman, 1985)




Boorman has always had a strong, mystical relationship with the land, as well as an experimental side which leads him to sometimes make films which some complain are incomprehensible or just plain silly. Combine this with Boorman's visionary use of spectacular visuals, especially of the green kind, and you get the strange, yet wonderful convergence which is The Emerald Forest. I remember watching this film and Back to the Future on the same day in 1985 just before I drove home for a family vacation, and all I could think about was getting my family to go with me to watch both of these at the largest theatre imaginable. We did and everybody liked both. At the time, I would have considered the two movies comparable in both being excellent, but nowadays, I can see Back to the Future as a more-perfect film, but The Emerald Forest is for those film buffs who are willing to dive off the deep end and just become immersed in the inexplicable things which cinema can accomplish, even when working in something seemingly "commercial".



The Emerald Forest is about an American hydroelectric engineer named Bill (Powers Boothe) who lives at the edge of the Brazilian rain forest with his wife (Meg Foster) and their young boy and daughter. The boy is very adventurous and always walking off, and one day he disappears right from under his parents' noses. After 10 years of constant searching, they are no closer to finding their boy, but Bill and a sarcastic Brazilian journalist agree to make a dangerous trip along the river because Bill has learned of an unheard-of tribe. Boorman reinforces many of his themes from earlier films during this journey into "the heart of darkness" (although in many ways, it's a journey into the light). As expressed in Deliverance, we see man's voracious appetite to utilize natural resources, this time by destroying the rain forest for profit and modern expansion but we also see the price it has on native human and animal populations. We also see, as Boorman demonstrated in Excalibur, how the Land and the King (or any Ruler or aware human for that matter) can be one. When the Land is healthy, so is humankind, and the opposite is very often also true. What Bill eventually finds is a world in the Emerald Forest, where the Invisible People (the tribe which kidnapped and now harbors his son as the tribe's Prince) attempt to maintain one with nature, including the use of natural hallucinogenic drugs to come more in contact with oneself and the environment. However, the cannibalistic Fierce People are the Dark Side of this Paradise, and they come in contact with Bill's own machine gun which they use to trade with the European Brazilians in order to become more violent and capable of enslaving the peaceful Invisible People. So, even when Bill can do something as seemingly-benign to the native culture and environment as try to find his long-lost son, he ends up corrupting the Emerald Forest and helping to turn it into a world rampant with blood.



Bill's teenage son Tommy ("Tomme") is played by Boorman's son, Charley Boorman, and he gives a terrifically naturalistic performance. Most of the film is in Portuguese or native Brazilian dialects and therefore it's subtitled. However, the acting is even more specifically physical and quite similar in many ways to silent film acting. In this way, it's very impressive, especially from all the native actors who spend most of the film in various states of undress and seem quite natural in doing so. The society, culture and basic manner of living their life is all very believeable in the Invisible People's world, and yes, it does involve a manner of drug-taking, at least for the warriors of the tribe who use their "trips" to gather information important to their people by utilizing what each warrior's spirit animal is able to pass on to their human counterpart. Yes, The Emerald Forest casts a wide net; not only does it depict Western Civilization's encroachment on native peoples and their lands, but it does it in the context of an adventure film which turns into a suspense/revenge flick. Add the fact that the film is deeply about family and having to make difficult choices about family from both the perspective of the parent and from the child trying to grow up and start his own new family, and you can see how some viewers might think that the film bites off more than it can chew or that it is just too unfocused. However, for those who fall under the hypnotic imagery of Phillippe Rousselot, the intense sound effects, the offbeat music by Brian Gascoigne and Junior Homrich, the utterly convincing acting, and the exotic world depicted, it isn't a big leap for all but the most-jaded filmwatcher to go along with the film to its conclusion. I'm sure that even in our own paradise here at MoFo that there are a few unbelievers who feel that The Emerald Forest falls into Boorman's category of the ridiculous, right next to Zardoz and Exorcist II: The Heretic. I'm getting to this in the next paragraph.



There is no way the exhilarating drug-tinged scenes in The Emerald Forest where the hawk flies to the waterfall and finds the tribe's sacred stones and Tomme experiences it can be compared to the utter idiocy in Exorcist II where a "possesed" group of African moths invades Washington, D.C. There's no comparison between Sean Connery roaming the countryside in an oversize diaper in Zardoz and Tomme wearing a similar piece of clothing in this film to cover his private parts. Boorman is a visionary, but I admit that sometimes he crosses the line from visionary to lunatic, but The Emerald Forest stays firmly on the side of rationality, plausible storytelling, and if you don't believe those two, at least it fits safely into the realm of films which have the courage of their convictions whether "rational" minds question what the hell is going on. Just relax, kick back and throw away your preconceptions and you should have absolutely no problems with The Emerald Forest. That is unless you have one of those twitches or nervous reactions to seemingly-unrealistic actions in movies. In that case, I suggest you turn this movie off and never watch another one again because you don't really enjoy films. Just look out your window and be overjoyed with the monotony of what's outside. You never know; maybe even in this day and age you can make some money writing about, sketching or photographing your neighbors. Just be sure to get their permission and hope that nobody else thinks that your life's work and its expression is unbelievable and/or unrealistic.



I now want to mention a random list of things I like about The Emerald Forest:

Tommy walking away in the opening scene to strange music;
"Momme" saying "Hallelujah";
The Brazilian journalist's smartass comments and utter insensitivity to the family's loss;
What happens to the Braziian journalist;
The swimming snakes;
The cannibals;
The search for the Sacred Stones;
The meeting of Tomme and Dadde;
Tomme's Mating Ritual;
The way the Native Girls gossip;
The "Trips";
Surprising action scenes;
"Dadde's" Recovery;
"Tomme's" return to the Dead World;
Father's discussions with "Dadde";
The Whorehouse;
The Electric Wires;
The Bar;
The Frogs;
"Maybe I made a mistake" "You?";
The Dam;
The Lightning;
The Hawk Soaring;
The Tribal Drums;
The Final Scroll.

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How to loose friends & alienate people

With a lineup of Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunce, Gillian Anderson & Megan Fox and director Robert B.Weide the perfect comedy was on the cards.
With disappointment from the off set i found the movie to very flat and out to find petty, cheap laughs.
Pegg has tried to play the 'arrogant' type roll before in 'Hot Fuzz' and pulled it off to slight perfection but here i found myself hating the character and getting annoyed at the mear sight of his actions to try and woo his fellow colleague Alison (Dunst).
With the story line relativley simple and prodictable from the word go there isn't really much to keep you gripped to this movie even the short scenes with Sophie Mayes (Fox) i found myself cringing at her 'bimbo-esc' effort to pull off a budding movie star.
With the exception of the odd giggle and the only piece of good acting i could spot from Jeff Bridges it wasn't a great movie just a plod along typical romantic comdey(ish) but there are better out there by miles.



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