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13-12-2014, 07:00 PM
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

10/10

Great movie.

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18-12-2014, 03:27 AM (This post was last modified: 18-12-2014 03:53 AM by DLJ.)
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^^^

Ditto.

I caught the first showing here in Singapore.

For Chas:

DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE!

For everyone else:

A step up from the first two in that, as per the book, it was more serious and therefore afforded itself the luxury of some passive, non-action moments.

At least Legolas doesn't go dwarf-surfing this time but there is some obligatory and by now, eye-rolling acrobatics from that character.

The dwarf/elf affair is still criminal and the carefree abandon regarding geography i.e. the distance between locations and the ability of the characters to hear each other over these distances, is an insult to the map.

The first installment had its Transformers scene and this one, to lamely excuse the distance-abuses, had us visiting Arakis for a moment.

I think I might have said "fer fucksake!" out loud at that point.

The sad bits (deaths) and poignant bits (family/home stuff; hints of things to come in the 'sequel') were causing some sniffles from fellow audience members.

The non-book scenes were semi-acceptable as there was an attempt to tie in to the LOTR appendices.

Praise goes to the Bard and Thranduil actors/characters.
Excellent graphics, costumes, sound etc. as one would expect.

End song by Merry... nice touch.

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18-12-2014, 06:38 AM
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(18-12-2014 03:27 AM)DLJ Wrote:  ^^^

Ditto.

I caught the first showing here in Singapore.

For Chas:

DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE!

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27-12-2014, 06:06 AM
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I've been avoiding this section of the site for a little while because; "I watched a movie, it was alright" isn't particularly interesting. But I've come across a couple of gems today that I'd like to share.

Redline: Trailer.

This movie is beautiful in an entirely artificial way. Every frame looks like what you'd get if you took one of those high gloss publicity shots Oda loves to do so much and stripped out all the extraneous detail, cut it right down to the figures that actually matter and framed it properly.

Which is an apt comparison as the two works have a very similar feel of tightly controlled manic energy and share the same underlying theme: A focus on personal goals and boundless optimism in the face of terrifying, uncontrollable adversity is the best way to live.

Because no matter how good it feels, how much childlike joy it brings; this is an extremely dark story.

Every single named character is going to die and there is nothing anybody can or will do about it.

The film doesn't say that explictly (or at least it doesn't do so in the dub) but it does cut just before JP (the protagonist) and Sonoshee (his love interest) die in pursuit of their dreams. They won the Redline. Their character arcs have concluded, Their mutual ambition literally shaped the world around them (that kickass golden muscle-car you may have noticed in the trailer) into something better, faster and wonderful and then destroyed it.

The movie cuts away as their affirming their love; traveling faster than the speed of sound, less than a metre above the ground, with no vehicle and no safety net. That's only going to end one way but they get to die on their own terms.

I haven't talked much about the plot thus far. That's because it's largely unimportant: The characters qualify for the race. There's some character development that is well done but I'm not going to get into. They run the race. They win.

Except there's also an interplanetary war going on, which nobody cared about or was prepared for, a disco themed kaiju (seriously) was unleashed an hour or so outside of the planets only spaceport and the only armed forces in the region (the enemy in that war I mentioned) is completely unable to fight it.

So yeah. That's pretty nihilistic.

But it's fun despite that. Childish glee really is the best way to put it and it's supported by what I'd call jankey animation if so much effort hadn't been put into it.

There is not effort made to simulate gravity or realistic motion aside from what's required for character movement to stay out of the uncanny valley. The cars(?) bounce and accelerate in impossible ways. Limbs distort and faces stretch. Missiles sway, turn at right angles and float across the screen. (And are then shot out of the air with a handgun because fuck physics.)

It's like watching a kid play with a set of dolls action figures, except the *pttshu* *grrrrrrrr* and *vroom* sound effects that s/he is making with his/her mouth is magically bringing them to life. I honestly can't recommend the film enough.

Also: Get the dub. It's good.


The Divide: Trailer.

This may actually be a better film about sexism than Gone Girl. I say that because Gone Girl's structure is built entirely around familial power dynamics, how we effect each other in relationships and how we play off our understanding of stereotypes.

The Divide is more like watching people reenact an sociology textbook while reading excerpts from The Lord of the Flies. (I honestly wouldn't be surprised if that's how they started the first draft.)

Without the feminism angle it's just an above average "civilization is slowly stripped from people in desperate circumstances without adequate supplies" movie but with it it's actually very engaging.

I think I used up all my gush on Redline. I've tried a couple of times to elaborate on why the movie's good but I just keep falling back into dry, sociological theory that I don't have the best handle on. You should still probably watch it; it's good.

I'm just not sure how to properly articulate that.

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27-12-2014, 10:17 AM
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I watched The Interview over my Xbox yesterday.

To any hackers out there, you have my permission to try and remove this movie from the world.

I can't believe that someone at Sony actually read this script and said yet let's spend $44 million on this piece of shit.

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27-12-2014, 12:20 PM
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(27-12-2014 10:17 AM)unsapien Wrote:  I watched The Interview over my Xbox yesterday.

To any hackers out there, you have my permission to try and remove this movie from the world.

I can't believe that someone at Sony actually read this script and said yet let's spend $44 million on this piece of shit.

I'd give it 6/10. I was laughing my ass off at a few parts, primarily:

where multiple fingers are bitten off in a single fight

Besides, telling me I can't see it worked exactly as the Sony conspiracy division had planned... Except I may not have contributed to any monetary gains.
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27-12-2014, 08:39 PM
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.1 out of 5... or 10! Doesn't matter.
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27-12-2014, 08:41 PM
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Unbroken, 7/10. Tough to watch because of content but well acted and scripted.

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27-12-2014, 09:18 PM
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(27-12-2014 08:41 PM)Full Circle Wrote:  Unbroken, 7/10. Tough to watch because of content but well acted and scripted.

'Unbroken' is absurd myth-making of the highest order. Hillenbrand's book (beloved by many millions) portrays Louis Zamperini as a kind of demi-god, to the point of utterly implausibility.

He had pneumonia as a two-year-old and shinnied down a drainpipe and sprinted naked down the street ... ho-ho, what a little rebel!

After weeks of starvation and sun exposure on a raft in the Pacific, SuperLouis literally punches out shark after shark.

Louis the Great runs a 4:12 minute mile ... in the sand.

The man of steel endures hundreds of full-force blows from fellow inmates at a Japanese prison camp ... but never falls. Muhammad Ali couldn't bring this hero down!

That is a bare smattering of the kind of hyper-exaggeration Hillenbrand engages in. She claims that it's all supported by eyewitnesses and so on, but even Zamperini's own 1956 version, "Devil on My Heels"—itself dubious and grandiose—doesn't push his supermanity nearly that far.

It's also interesting how we now see Zamperini as a "hero"—he certainly endured and survived appalling suffering, but since when did mere survival become the stuff of heroism?

Not sure, but it accelerated when Tom Brokaw—cursed be his name—created the myth of the "greatest generation." Silly horseshit, that. The "greatest" rose in the face of incredible adversity, but the broad-brush worship is ridiculous and there is no reason to think any other generation would have failed to rise.

It's also hard to ignore that Zamperini's heroic status despite his impish beginnings—some of that's myth-making, too—is embraced because—ta da!—he found Jesus through frickin' Billy Graham. Redemption! He became a fundamentalist wingnut. (Hillenbrand, smart enough to seek the broadest possible audience for her fairy-tale, downplayed the Christian stuff, but Z himself did not in '56.)

And "American Sniper": Just more war porn. Read up on Chris Kyle and see how he compares with this portrayal. And when, exactly, did it become cool to brag and boast about killing in war? The "greatest generation" types mostly came back and kept their mouths shut, but now people write books.

And no, I'm not "anti-military." Just the opposite, actually. I'm anti-myth, anti-jingoism, and very much anti-propaganda and citizen cheerleading that sends American troops to war—other people's kids for 99.5% of the population—with so little thought for them during or after the fighting. As if yellow fucking ribbons and "they are all heroes" is enough.

Sorry. This probably should have gone in the Rant Corner.

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But I really like the movie "Wild" — 8 out of 10.

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28-12-2014, 06:38 PM
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The latest of Marvel Studio's creations and it's highest grossing effort yet (until Avengers 2 Avenger Harder comes out) First off if you are a hardcore fan of Nova core or GotG this is probably going to offend you on a deep level. Star Lord is the star and this is a buddy cop movie. The A team in space. If you are a casual comic movie fan and know nothing of these characters or the setting don't worry this film was made with just you in mind. They give a brief overview of the situation and introduce all the mains rather quickly, Dave Bautista's Drax the destroyer is the last to be introduced and he is there 25 mins in. Star Lord's Mix tape of "Awesome Songs" is the soundtrack and it is a good one. 70's rock and pop very iconic and worked into the film in fun and creative ways. Action scenes are good special effects are top notch. Xandar (the home of Nova Core) is beautiful and there are solid performances from all involved Story is as cookie cutter as it gets but given the obscure subject that is not necessarily a bad thing.

As a film 8/10 very enjoyable with a few touching moments.

As a true adaptation of the source material 1/10 Nova Core looks like a bunch of Morons who can't find their asses with both hands, none of the characters really acts the way they do in the comics and the unique flavor of this series is lost in the transition.

So fair warning if you feel about Guardians of the Galaxy how Chas feels about J.R.R. Tolkien skip this one. If however you don't know who or what Nova Core or Xandar is enjoy a well made blockbuster.

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