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    The BBFC's app is also pretty damn good.
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    Watched the Turkish film Kosmos last night and it was both beautifully shot and well-acted.

    A brilliant, weird allegory I encourage you all to watch.
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    @davidlejune "I don't see how they can squeeze in Tony coming to grips with his alcoholism and doing it justice."
    Very easily really, the only relevant part of the Demon in a Bottle storyline is that he sucumbs to alcoholism.

    In the end, the story is about a hero losing control of himself, sucumbing to a vice at expense of everything else.

    I just think it will strenghten the story, if on top of his battle with Mandarin, he starts succumbing to alcoholism, so in the end, he wins the battle, but may have lost the war. Hell, it would be even greater, if Bruce Banner was their to point out his alcoholism to continue the relationship that started in the Avengers movie.
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    The Raid is as good as everyone is saying. I don't think I have ever winced at a film so much, so many things just looked insanely painful - and yes, I have seen a lot of HK movies and a bunch of Korean and Thai.
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd 2012
    My goodness I am looking forward to seeing The Raid.
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    I am looking forward to seeing The Raid a second time and getting the DVD.
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    A "G" rating isn't the box-office poison it used to be. Pixar and Disney Animation put out almost entirely G-rated movies and usually make pretty good money from them. But of course that's only for movies aimed (primarily) at kids. It's been at least 30 years since a film intended for adults could be released with a G and still have people to show up to see it.
    • CommentTimeMay 24th 2012 edited

    I second that - I was poked by a movie buff pal to go and see The Raid: Redemption. It's as pure an action flick as there can be, and goddamn the stunts and the fight scenes. It takes some doing to make me genuinely wince after all the desensitization of horror flicks and shock sites, but that happened more than once during the movie.

    Like the landing back first on the balcony edge and the throat being ripped open with a piece of a fluorescent light...
    • CommentAuthorCrusherJoe
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2012
    I will buy The Raid on dvd for sure, and there were a few pick-my-feet-off-the-floor-in-sympathetic-pain moments. The biggest ones were the landing on the back already mentioned, and realizing the fate of one minion during the prep for the next minion: he didn't get his neck snapped... OUR HERO DROPPED HIS NECK ONTO THE JAGGED "LOWER JAW" OF THE EXPLODED DOOR.

    For dvd, I'm very behind but finally got to enjoy Tintin as much at home as I had in the theater. I liked the BTS of Spielberg in the volume, getting used to the gear and tools, and Peter Jackson collaborating a world away, but I would've loved a commentary track.

    From the sublime to the ridiculous, for five bucks I got Sucker Punch on bluray and don't know what everyone's complaining about. I expected hot chicks kicking special effect ass and got it. I thought it was a hoot.

    Maybe this goes in the teevee thread, but I've avoided watching SHERLOCK season two on PBS since learning they have been horribly edited. I've seen them already, but will wait for dvd for a rewatch.
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    Midnight in Paris came out recently in Japan. I've been avoiding it when I was in Europe, but decided to see it finally, seeing as a lot of people have said it isn't so bad. They are all wrong, and it's terrible. Wrote more here, but just to summarise: I wanted to smack Owen Wilson every time he opened his gob.

    Watched Dark Shadows recently as well. Burton, like Allen, well past his prime. But for reasons I don't quite fully understand, I'm prepared to indulge his little escapades.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2012 edited
    I just watched The Killer Inside Me. It's very dark in parts, but I love hard-boiled pulp stuff.

    Damn, it's only a few days till Prometheus comes out. Looking forward to that.

    Oh, and Cosmopolis as well.
      CommentAuthorcity creed
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2012 edited
    @Ben Gwalchmai - that Russian sci-fi film you posted a couple pages back (MOCKBA 2017) seems to have the English title "The Mad Cow" as far as IMDB is concerned. Looks fun.

    eta: oops, I just finished reading your comment. Disregard me.

    Now I feel guilty. In other news related to this thread:
    Saw Avengers and Cabin In The Woods, greatly enjoyed both but Cabin probably edged it for me on snickering alone.
    Finally got round to seeing Drive and have gone back through this thread to read what other chapelfolk thought of it. I like the Scorpion and Fox/Frog reading a lot, it feels right. I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas about the 80s aesthetic, how did it serve the story? It almost seemed like a dissociative out-of-place/time touch to me.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2012
    In the mood for something funny, I went to the theatre intending to watch the Aardman Pirates movie, but the listings were wrong. So I went to the "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," about British pensioners living in a shabby Indian hotel. Meant for older folks, I suspect, but I enjoyed it a lot.
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2012
    Warning: I have a burning love for musicals and taste that may be suspect, but damn, do I want to see this crazy melodramatic spectacle:

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    @ J. Brennan - you know what's mad? I hate the stage play. To me, it's bloody awful. [I also hate Phantom of The Opera: so hate me now fans and we shall forever be at an understanding.]
    HOWEVER, I love film musicals and that looks interesting. Their are only 2 possible faults I can see in that trailer: Eddie Redmayne & Amanda Seyfried, neither of whom can act their way out of an invisible, quantum-phasing bag. Even when there's nothing in their way, they get stuck inside it all big eyed and half-smiled. I won't look that up too much because a part of me [the part that was once the boyfriend to a relation of its executive producer, Cameron MacinTosh's] wants it to succeed.

    @ city creed - I think Drive's 80s aesthetic is both a political and a cinematic commentary: it uses the 80s aesthetic as a filter that we see through but also one that we knowingly see [because he includes small mobile phones and an iPhone/smartphone, we know it's not the 80s for all its 80s looks] because there is a lot in American life and movie-making that hasn't changed since the 80s; people are still isolated by urban living; many are still insistent on free-market capitalism as the only way; movies are still made that tell us we want fast cars, faster women, and bigger explosions. I think the director is saying, "This doesn't work; it didn't work through the 80s filter and it doesn't work now even though we've hindsight. Here is the unfortunate cycle in all its terrible wonder." Am I, as a European, bias toward this view? Perhaps. As a film goer, I'd like to think he's commenting but I can only know through American films, I don't know American life. Any USA-icans want to pitch in their 2cents?
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    oops. June, now.