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    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2012
    In this case it genuinely wasn't mischievous reverse psychology. Times have changed so much and it's so genuinely unpleasant that it's a artefact of the time, at best, but has little else to recommend it.
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    Two of the most crazed, enjoyable, and disconcerting films seen in recent weeks:

    Leos Carax' insanely entertaining love letter to cinema, Holy Motors.

    Michal Kosakowski filmed over a decade people enacting their murder fantasies. The result is Zero Killed.
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2012

    A pretty genuinely devastating film about getting your heart broken. Made on a shoestring budget, looks glorious, feels wondefully ambiguous and honest. Also includes a car with a whiskey tap, and flamethrowers. I watched it with a still sore heart and a hangover. PERFECT.
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    Uah, a slight threadjack, but with Iron Sky there's been this certain quotient of utter nutbags who saw all kinds of weird references and conspiracies behind the film. I think this is the best one so far in terms of sheer elaborateness. Paranoid schizophrenia is not a laughing matter, but damn, this guy got me at the Batman logo :D

    11-3-2012 Nazi Sympathizer Sarah Palin in ‘Iron Sky’
      CommentAuthorcity creed
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2012
    Not a new release, but I just watched El Secreto de Sus Ojos and would recommend it. An Argentinian entry in the retiring-investigator-revisits-that-one-old-cold-case genre with some acutely observed character moments, strong lead performances and a terribly postmodern self-awareness in the writing and direction. This film should probably get some sort of difficulty level warning - what we see of the rape/murder at the root of the story is nothing short of stomach-churning. I found the ending a little too pat, but the rest was just so lovingly and cleverly made that I didn't care too much. Sets out to do a very specific job and, for me, succeeds rather beautifully.

    Been meaning to watch Holy Motors for a while now.


    I spend an enormous amount of time creating graphic charts, and composites to show what and how they are doing what they’re doing.

    This is surely true.
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    @city creed

    Been meaning to watch Holy Motors for a while now.

    Do. It's one of the more entertaining cinematic mind trips you'll see this year. Now if some adventurous repertory cinema programmer can pair HOLY MOTORS with MULHOLLAND DRIVE...

    Meanwhile, I caught THE SESSIONS the other night. It's a charming film which reassured me that Americans can still make mature films about sex which don't resort to leering smirkiness. The three central actors, John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, and William H. Macy riveted the screen in different ways. Hawkes' face had to carry a lot of the acting weight, as he was playing the paralyzed writer Mark O'Brien. Macy played a progressive-minded priest both supportive of Mark's efforts and warmly out of his depth. And Hunt? If her performance as the sex surrogate doesn't force a re-think on how sexuality can be portrayed onscreen, then American cinema will be the poorer for it.
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2012
    Holy Crap @Vornaskotti, I just fell down that rabbit hole for almost an hour and had to crawl back out of it. Crazy stuff.
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    Anyone see Killing Them Softly?

    I thought it was pretty good, there were a few truly excellent shots.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2012

    Pacific Rim trailer.

    Expectations exceeded.

    There is a fucking rocket punch in the damn trailer. They know what we want: giant robots rocketpunching giant monsters. Yes. This.
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    @oldcult GLaDOS voice made my inner geek do a happy dance
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2012
    I'm getting so damn grumpy these days it just made me feel I'm being pandered to.
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    @ Oddcult - my inner 7 year old self and my current 42 year old self is battling it out to see who is more excited to see "Pacific Rim". It looks like WB is at least distributing the film so I hope we get a sneak screening here.
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    So many apocalyptic films, so little time:

    After Earth
    The Mulbury Project

    However, saying all that, I watched When Harry Met Sally for the first time ever [yes, I'm 27 and no, I never got around to it until now] and it's a great film. No apocalypse; no giant monsters or hidden truths, sure, but damn is it well written and well done.
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2012
    See, if Pacific Rim wasn't a Guillermo Del Toro project, I would have looked at the trailer and assumed it would be yet another awesome trailer with a terrible film attached to it. The trailer excites me, and Del Toro means I can channel that excitement toward the film.
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2012
    I finally saw "The Master" and found it to be magnificent.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2012
    So, The Hobbit.

    Ignore the reviews, it's a good movie.
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    I too feel old and grumpy about Pacific Rim because I watched the trailer and all I could think was: Man, this would probably be a lot more successful if it was animated.

    Though, I am old and grumpy.
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2012

    Did you hear Mark Kermode mention When Harry Met Sally on the latest podcast perchance?

    (I am also 27 and haven't seen it yet.)
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2012 edited
    After the office holiday lunch this afternoon, my work-group went across the street to the movies. The consensus choice was Argo . . . which I'd seen before.

    I am happy to report it was quite re-watchable. A really nicely done film, with a grim situation balanced with just enough humor.

    In the lobby, in a roped-off aisle, were a half-dozen or so kids waiting for the midnight showing of The Hobbit.
      CommentAuthorcity creed
    • CommentTimeDec 15th 2012
    @Miranda's Eyes - watched Holy Motors, what a delicious and strange little film. I felt like the scene with the father and daughter in the car was where it was at it's most cogent and fierce, but all of those odd little vignettes have a whole lot of charm. The motion-capture dance was really unexpectedly pretty.

    Also saw The Brothers Bloom recently - a slow, sharp, sweet film which is done an absolutely horrifying disservice by its trailer.