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    Taxes and other craziness kept a new movie thread from being started, so here goes.

    Take a look at "Leviathan," a documentary partly directed by one of the guys behind "Sweetgrass." It's set in and around a fishing boat at sea, but the setup isn't as important as how the film chronicles the workers, Nature, and the relationship between them. Trailer and official Website are all in one place.

    No idea how hallucinogens would change the experience of watching the film.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2013
    I want to see Trance the other week. To be honest, I didn't really enjoy it that much; I guess I was expecting something different from Danny Boyle.

    The best films I've watched lately have been Mysterious Skin and Shame. Both were, for me, excellent.

    Stuff I've had to watch again because I needed them: Blue Velvet and Bubba Ho-tep.
    • CommentAuthormanglr
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2013
    Caught the indie release 'Upstream Color' last night. This is the second feature from the fellow who created 'Primer' some years ago. Wonderfully beautiful, odd, and more than a little pretentious. Well need a second viewing to come to more conclusions about it...but well worth seeking out if you'd like to get in on the ground floor of a cult worthy film

    Upstream Color
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    I just saw "The Place Beyond the Pines". Easily in my top 5 movies of this year. The movie is almost 2 and half hours, and has three parts to it.
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2013
    (Oooo, Upstream Color is something I've been waiting for with baited breath, since Primer is one of my absolute favourite scifi films of all time.)

    Meanwhile, I finally saw "Synecdoche, New York", and oh boy. All of the previous Kaufman films have retained a very delicate balance between darkness and a glimmer of hope, and at least some characters tend to come out on top at the end. Not so here, it's just one very slow inevitable decay for everyone. A collapse of the mind and the body, of relationships and society.

    And it is absolutely wonderful. Philip Seymour Hoffman once again delivers a stunning performance, but that's to be expected, really.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2013
    Oh . . . "Synecdoche, New York" was too much for me. Beautifully realized and acted, but it seemed so pointlessly sour. The stand-out was the daughter's over-the-top rebellion and bitterness. And Hoffman's character's search for insight went from entertainingly absurd to irritatingly absurd far too soon. Tastes vary, Your Mileage May Vary.

    (I had a similar reaction to "Greenberg." Really nicely done, well acted, but it seemed like an awful lot of trouble to go through to profile such an unlikable putz.)
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    I liked Synecdoche but it was a bit crushing. I like Charlie Kaufman's writing very much but it was quite as crystal clear as his other movies.

    Also hella jealous of anyone who's seen Upstream Colour, @manglr. Those small little movies don't usually wind up in my city so I'll probably have to wait until it hits the net or VOD.
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    The Cosmonaut is coming in mid-May. People in the Iron Sky team have seen that, and according to them "We've had a chance to see the film in advance and it's really, really good, beautiful and intelligent scifi flick that's going to be in the very top of science fiction films released this year, I can guarantee that!"

    You can help The Cosmonaut to get screenings in US in Tugg:

    The trailer and more information:
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2013
    I couldn't believe how much I loved Synecdoche New York. I'd heard so many bad/mixed things about it befor I saw it but thought it was just wonderful.

    IRON MAN 3 - Shane Black did a great job with it (and it works as a reasonable adaptation of Warren's extremis run - I thought "President Ellis" was a nice nod to the man.)
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2013
    With Iron Man 3 there's also quite a bit taken from Matt Fraction's run on Invincible, specifically the story
    'The Five Nightmares'
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2013
    Yeah, I quite enjoyed Iron Man 3. Ben Kingsley's character was good for a laugh.
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    Iron Man 3's big, funny, event cinema and I enjoyed it. It was an interesting satisfaction coming out of the cinema because I went in with the knowledge I was in safe hands. It felt like I'd been given over to trustworthy craftsmen and they'd guided me through the process with ease and comfort.

    I'm So Excited on the other hand had me dancing out the cinema in some sort of unexpected euphoria like a drugged character from the film. It's a utopian vision in a way and all utopias are critiques of the context they're created in. I can't recommend it enough: touching, beautifully shot, and bitingly funny.
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    Went to see Cloud Atlas yesterday and hmm, it made me feel pleasantly melancholy, the story had a lot of the sort of themes and tones that really appeal to me in any sort of fiction. Overall it feels like something I shouldn't have liked, but did, quite a lot actually. A thing that annoyed a lot of people apparently, recycling the actors throughout different period pieces, worked for me.
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    Really enjoyed Iron Man 3. It starts to drag just a little bit eventually... And I mean just a LITTLE. For its running time, it moves along surprisingly briskly, and I was never, ever bored. It's big and just smart enough and loud enough, and it actually benefits from being part of the whole Marvel movie universe rather than that being a distraction. Some reviewers have complained about the finale being too... big, but I loved it.

    Going to be interesting how they do him in the next Avengers movie.
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    I saw Iron Man 3 yesterday. I thought it was just "O.K." and liked it less the more I thought about it.
    There is a twist that at first thought was clever that I later thought was a missed opportunity.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2013
    I'm probably going to see the new Star Trek flick in a couple of days. Not that I was a great fan of the last one; I just like hanging around cinemas :)

    Trying to find the correct time to watch The Place Beyond The Pines.
  9.  (11051.17)
    @ flecky- definitely make time to see "The Place Beyond The Pines", I think it's the best movie so far this year.
  10.  (11051.18)
    Finally saw Upstream Color.

    It was good, I kind of want to watch it again. The score was very cool.
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2013
    @ William Joseph Dunn

    I know what you mean, but I rather liked it. What strikes me as funny about the Iron Man pictures is the counter-intuitive solutions that are presented for the heros problems. In Iron Man, Tony Stark feels guilty that his company makes weapons, some of which end up in the wrong hands. So, he creates a far more powerful weapon, the Iron Man armor to solve the problem. In Iron Man 2, his power source is slowly killing him, so he discovers/invents a far more potent energy source and that fixes things. In IM3
    Tony is haunted by the idea of losing himself to the armor, so he remotely activates an army of Iron Man suits to defeat his foes.

    Given that trend I look forward to the following conversation if they ever do the "Demon in a Bottle" story.

    Pepper: Tony, you're an alcoholic.
    Tony: I know, Pepper, but I have a plan.
    Pepper: What is it?
    Tony: I'm going to beat my alcoholism by smoking an absolute shitload of crack cocaine!
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2013