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    A new quarter! A new bunch of movies to talk about. Come here if you want to sound off on anything from the righteous asskicking of THE RAID 2 to the virtues (or lack thereof) of NYMPHOMANIAC and all points in-between or outside them.
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2014
    I'm hoping to see The Lego Movie this weekend. Or Grand Budapest Hotel.
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    Rewatched Kung Fu Hustle the other day, since I realized I hadn't watched it in years. (Plus, you know, it's TEN YEARS OLD. God, I feel old.)

    That movie's still huge amount of fun. The pacing's a bit of a mess at first, but it doesn't matter when it gets into the groove, because it's one big ol' live-action cartoon.

    I mean, when a guy getting accidentally hit with several knives is one of the most subtle scenes, you know you're watching... something.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2014
    The new Captain America movie is definitely worth your time. In between the kick-punch-splode bits there's a lot of quite thoughtful stuff going on.

    And yes, I do find it hilarious that we got a Captain America movie in the UK before it screens in the US...
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    CHILD'S POSE takes the sentimental subject of a mother determined to save her child from trouble and turns it into an utter horror show. The mother, Cornelia by name but referred to as Controllia by her husband, is one of the most chilling anti-heroes I've seen this year. She happens to be a well-connected architect who does everything from calling in a local councilmember to trying to bribe a witness to keep her layabout son out of jail after he hits and kills a teenager. This is not the film to watch if you're already on crappy terms with your mother.
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    The Wind Rises was a pretty awesome experience. Animations are for kids, yeeeeah - about that. The story was beautiful, sad, engaging and melancholy. The sound design probably divides opinions wildly, but I really fucking loved it! Not going to spoil what's awesome about it, but damn! Well worth watching.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2014
    I watched Dallas Buyers Club and found it a good flick. Quite moving, actually. Since True Detective I've got a new found respect for Matthew McConaughey.
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    I saw Captain America:The Winter Soldier yesterday and can't wait to see it again. This has the smartest script for a Marvel movie to date. I can see why someone like Robert Redford wouldn't feel like he's "slumming it" by being in this and I liked how the political themes in the movie aren't being beaten over your head. Tons of stuff for fans of the comics like
    Batroc the Leaper (in name only), the origin of Crossbones, Zola starting to look more like how he did in the comic, Baron Strucker, a Doctor Strange name drop and a cameo of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
    I can't think of an obvious flaw in this movie. Loved it.
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2014
    The Grand Budapest Hotel was perhaps my favourite movie of the year so far. Visually beautiful, well performed by so many amazing actors, and a hell of a fun story. I even love that it took place in a Princess Bride-style "European" setting where many of the characters speak with different accents from German to New Jersey. Will definitely be watching it again.

    Also saw Winter Soldier last night and really enjoyed it. I personally loved the first Captain movie more, but it was pretty damned good with a few actually surprising moments in them.

    I'm not aware of any of the Marvel Universe stuff, so what Zola ended up becoming was a bit of a shock. Scary as fuck.
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    Currently previewing The German Doctor. Lucia Puenzo adapts her novel WAKOLDA in telling this slightly fictionalized tale set in 1960 Argentina of a dwarfish 12-year-old girl and her relationship with a German emigrant doctor. But neither she nor her family realizes the doctor is actually fugitive Nazi war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele.

    What makes the film special is that it doesn't play the Nazi element for simple good vs. evil value. Instead, it shows the banal seductiveness of the Nazis' evil through its playing off peoples' fear of difference.
    • CommentAuthorSteerpike
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2014
    I am envious of all the people in LA and NY who get to see Only Lovers Left Alive, because it is Jim Jarmusch, damn it. Is this the first time a film has had an official Tumblr, or has this been going on for ages?
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2014 edited
    I can't resist it: Son of Batman is going to be watched.

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    @flecky - I don't think you'll be disappointed. I think it's one of the best DTVs we've done since "Under the Red Hood".
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2014
    Under the Red Hood is fantastic. If it's that level, I'm in. And I don't even like Damian.
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    Go see THE RAID 2. It's simply the best action movie you'll see this year. You won't miss much if you haven't seen THE RAID: REDEMPTION. But in the interest of fairness: Rama is a cop who's the sole survivor of a raid on the compound of a drug dealer his brother works for. By the end of the first film, he learns the highest levels of the police department are on the payroll of the biggest gangster in town.

    Like the first film, the second film has tons of bone-breaking action and displays of the Indonesian martial art known as silat. But unlike the close confines of the first film's apartment complex, the action sequences in the new film are broader in scope and intensity. The prison riot sequence and a combination car chase/speeding gun battle/car interior fight are amazingly choreographed. There are also some truly unforgettable baddies, my favorite being a team where the guy turns bean balls into murder weapons and the gal shows that hammers need not be used on the head to be lethal. Don't be surprised if later action films steal ideas wholesale from this Indonesian actioner.
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    @ Miranda's Eyes - yeah, Raid 2 is fucking bananas! I do think it's better to see the first one first though, just to see how they up the action in the second one.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2014
    I saw "The Wind Rises" on Saturday. Miyazaki's biographical tribute to the nerdy, passionate engineer who designed the "Zero" fighter.

    Beautiful, but sad. So much detail on and affection for the quaint countryside which has melted away.

    Jiro's obliviousness to the larger world picture is probably similar to that of software engineers working on monstrous projects.

    The ending seemed a little abrupt. I wonder if there was a scene or two cut for the American release.
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    I hate to disagree but I thought the ending to The Wind Rises was about right. At that point in the movie everything that needed to be said had been said, and the final conversation explained neatly what happened afterwards and the effect it had on Jiro. The wind rose, Jiro lived, and even managed to create something beautiful in the process while also losing so much. Just a stunning movie overall.

    In the more warm & fuzzy department, I got to see Ernest & Celesting last night and loved every second of it. Funny, sweet, lovely, and adorable, from beginning to end.

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    JODOROWSKY'S DUNE is a fun and must-see documentary. It's a re-telling of the failed efforts of famed cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky ("El Topo," "The Holy Mountain") to make a film adaptation out of Frank Herbert's "Dune." Part of the fun of the film is hearing how fate seemed to bring Jodorowsky some incredible talent in making the film. Working on the project were Dan O' Bannon, H.R. Giger, Moebius, Pink Floyd, Mick Jagger, Orson Welles (as Baron Harkonnen), and Salvador Dali as the Galactic Emperor. Jodorowsky, even at 85, is still incredibly lively, and you'll laugh when you hear some of the stories of how he got some of the folks listed above to work on the film. Dali, for instance, said he wouldn't do it unless he was paid $100,000 an hour.

    Jodorowsky's comparing the act of creating art to raping a woman does cast a pall over the rest of the film, though.
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    Watched Amazing Spider-Man 2. It's one of those movies where the more you discuss it, the more you realize just HOW MUCH wrong there is about it.

    However, I enjoyed it overall. The good stuff is actually very good. Just... expect to roll your eyes a lot. A LOT.

    Review synopsis with spoilers in the hidden text:

    Worth seeing overall, but too long and too overstuffed. Not because of the number of villains, as some feared, but ironically because of everything else. The villains do fine. There are just too many other plotlines. And so. Much. Time. Spent. Talking about them.
    Peter talks about his parents to Mary. Mary talks about being stressed out over raising him and getting an extra job. Peter and Gwen talk SO VERY MUCH about their relationship and maybe they should be together and maybe not and she's going to London and and and. Norman Osborn expositions to his son Harry. Harry Osborn talks to his lawyers in the board room. Peter and Harry talk about old times.

    It got to the point that midway through the movie, a roughly ten-year-old kid behind me asked his dad what time it was. When your colorful designed-for-mass-appeal superhero movie has the kids downright BORED, you're doing it wrong. And it's not like these conversations have an adult appeal either. They're just too much.

    Which is a dang shame, because there's a perfectly fun, entertaining movie buried in there. Electro looked dumb in the trailers, but he works both as a (comic-book-style) character and as a villain. I even don't mind his super-cheesy soundtrack, because it feels... actually wonderfully comic-booky. Goblin works well too, and I get his motivations and his descent into crazy. The current Peter/Spidey incarnation I actually like a lot. He's jokey and awkward, the suit looks awesome, he moves well. Gwen works as a character, even if their whole romance subplot gets too long and complicated for the number of subplots present in the movie.
    The fights are pretty great, once you get used to the fact that they run on comic-book logic. Which they so very much do. But that's okay, because this is an unabashed comic-book movie on the high points.

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