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    I heartily recommend THIS page for loads more posters from that canon. A lot of surrealist imagery and photo collage. Excellent!
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    Elysium. Oof. A perfect example of how not to do world building. Which is extremely disappointing after District 9 being the perfect example of how to do world building.
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    Guys, forget Planes. WINGS is apparently already out. And it's got Rob Schneider and Hilary Duff in it.
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      CommentAuthorsebfowler
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2013
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    Just emerged from a film festival binge, so I should probably make use of myself here. {checks tickets to remember what I saw}

    THE CONGRESS - New one by Ari Folman, director of Walt With Bashir, about an actress uploading herself to be used by the studio however they see fit. An odd film with some stunning animated sequences, but overall a bit confusing and I didn't really know what to make of it.
    DRAGON GIRLS - Doco following a handful of girls at the Shaolin kung-fu school. Pretty incredible.
    APPROVED FOR ADOPTION - An animated auto-biography of a Korean guy who was adopted by a Belgian family, following his childhood growing up in Belgium.
    A BAND CALLED DEATH - I found out about Death via WC, so I assume many of you know the band. A fascinating, often hilarious story full of great people.
    PUSSY RIOT - A PUNK PRAYER - Following the 3 members of Pussy Riot who were arrested for the cathedral stunt. Those women are awesome. Worth it for their speeches alone.
    IN A WORLD... Hilarious film about the voiceover industry, written, directed by and starring Lake Bell, who is definitely one to watch out for. A lot of fun.
    BLUE RUIN - A dark, violent, intense thriller about a guy who has nothing seeking revenge. Very restrained storytelling and well executed. Not for the squeamish.
    AIM HIGH IN CREATION - An anti-fracking campaigner/filmmaker goes to North Korea to learn the art of DPRK style propaganda filmmaking, taking back what she learns to make a propaganda film of her own. A unique and often hilarious documentary.
    THE ACT OF KILLING - An incredible documentary about the Indonesian communist purges of the mid 1960s. Unlike anything I've ever seen. I was compelled to go and see a Q&A with the director just to process and come to terms with the film.

    And, as previously stated by me and others, A Field in England is brilliant. See it.
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    @sebfowler

    Unless I'm mistaken, THE CONGRESS is a very loose adaptation of Stanislaw Lem's novel THE FUTUROLOGICAL CONGRESS.

    THE ACT OF KILLING I caught this weekend and was utterly shaken by it. The subjects may have been the gangsters and paramilitaries who purged Indonesia of "communists" decades ago. But I could see the subjects' attitudes repeated in other countries such as the US by other powerful men who've never been held accountable for their crimes.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2013
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    The Butler, thoughts? It looks pretty intriguing, I might actually have to travel to the cinema for this one. Also, my ladyfair is going away for the weekend so I am planning a marathon as well, if interested, I will give a list.
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      CommentAuthorsebfowler
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2013
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    @Miranda's Eyes - I'd be interested to track down The Futurological Congress. The film was interesting, visually stunning and had it's moments, but it just lacked coherence in parts.
    You can't see The Act of Killing without coming away affected. I still find myself thinking about it at odd moments and whenever I try to explain it or talk about I'm unable to express myself adequately. So powerful.
    I've spent some time in Indonesia and knew a little of the history and cultural context, so I was interested from that perspective too, but it is frighteningly universal as you pointed out.
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    Bruce Willis wanted $1 million per day for four days work on EXPENDABLES 3, and so has been replaced as the handler by Harrison Ford. Stallone called him "greedy and lazy." Willis responded by saying he's bored with the action genre.

    Don't know if this impacts the prospects for RED 3, especially after the last one underperformed...
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    When I'm wrong, I admit it. ELYSIUM is a disappointment. Heavy-handed and predictable. And in danger of falling off the cliff in its second week out.

    I'm biting my nails for KICK-ASS 2 now. The air has gone out of the cinema balloon this season, especially where genre sequels are concerned.
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    I caught the Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs biopic JOBS at a preview screening. It's skippable unless you like watching a film whose message seems to be "Yeah, Steve Jobs was a lying sexist hustler asshole, but he gave the world the iPod so it's all good."

    BLUE JASMINE at least had a great lead anti-heroic performance by Cate Blanchett as the former society lady who's dealing badly with living among the proles. Wish Allen's idea of working class men didn't sound like West Coast versions of Bronx stereotypes. Also, there is more to San Francisco than what you do see in the film.

    DRUG WAR is your must-see crime thriller of the summer. Veteran Hong Kong director Johnnie To delivers the goods big-time in this riveting and suspenseful co-production with Mainland China. The plot's pretty straight-forward: Meth manufacturer Timmy Choi has been caught by the cops. Because manufacturing at least 50 grams of meth earns you an instant death sentence in China, Choi decides to rat out his former cartel associates to save his own life. But as fortune swings back and forth between cops and criminals, the meth manufacturer's ultimate loyalties will determine who comes out on top. Since it might be hard to know where to catch this film, the official website offers screenings info here.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2013
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    I was going to see ELYSIUM, but now I'm not too sure. Pity, as I really loved DISTRICT 9.

    I'm not going to bother with KICK-ASS 2. I don't know - when I saw the trailer at the cinema, I just got a bad feeling about it. I may be wrong. I often am.

    I can't believe it's taken me all these years to watch MULHOLLAND DRIVE. I wish there where more Lynch films for me to watch.
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      CommentAuthorStoto
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2013
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    I just watched The Conjuring at the cinema. Textbook horror with flaws, nothing groundbreaking. But, holy balls, I'm patting it on the back. It shitted me up way more than a roller coaster.
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    Oooh damn. I just watched The Sound of My Voice and Another Earth, and they were both pretty damn awesome. Checked out the background of the films and realized they were in fact written by Brit Marling who also played the main role of the second film and a central role in the first. The background story with how she started writing that can be found in IMDb is pretty awesome.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2013
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    @ Miranda's Eyes

    I'm with Something Awful regarding Jobs. Just watch Pirates of Silicon Valley. As for Kickass 2, Kickass had only two things going for it in terms of jokes: 1) The lead kept getting his own ass kicked by regular thugs 2) The cute little girl killed the shit out of people. Well, two and half things. Nicolas Cage as a psychotic Adam West was truly awesome. However, that doesn't leave anything for Kickass 2 except some version of more of the same.
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    13 million opening weekend in fourth place. Yikes!

    Be interesting to watch Millar spin this one...
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    Go see PRINCE AVALANCHE when it hits your town. It's basically a twofer comedy starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch in the backwoods of 1988 Texas painting lines on a highway. But the movie isn't about their job, it's about how their antagonistic and slightly complicated relationship changes. Alvin (Rudd) is this know-it-all outdoors type who loves the isolation of the work. Lance (Hirsch) is the slightly dim would-be stud brother of Alvin's girlfriend. Aside from its culture shock moments (hey kids, remember a time when there weren't cell phones and people played music on audio cassettes), the visuals of the forest-fire damaged forest and the acting of Rudd and Hirsch kept me riveted.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2013
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    So I saw Kickass 2 and it pretty much what you'd expect. Although Jim Carrey was pretty well unrecognizable and I kept think he was Gary Cole. BTW, can Chloe Moretz just please go away for five years so I so I can read her IMDB profile without wanting to take a flamethrower to the internet?
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    Man Of Tai Chi, Keanu Reeves' directorial debut, doesn't suck anywhere near as much as you'd think.

    Reeves has a light hand with the direction (and has a lot of fun playing the baddie), the story (though a classic Hong Kong fu-a-rama) touches on some nice themes about Chinese urban life and even pulls off some meta around the whole subject of martial art movies. The fight direction is by Yuen Woo Ping and light on the wire-work. And it's even got some reasonable Taoism going on. Not a wasted hour and a half, at all.
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2013 edited
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    13 million opening weekend in fourth place. Yikes!

    Be interesting to watch Millar spin this one...


    Obviously it's edgy and raw and not for everyone, unlike The Avengers which was also totally his idea, for reals!

    Or:

    They took out the gang rape and animal mutilation, so it wasn't true enough to the source material!
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2013 edited
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    So, remember how Ryan Reynolds was Green Lantern?

    Well, they topped it.