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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3285 on: April 05, 2018, 02:18:09 PM »
Beats Per Minute

One of the most tragic movies I've seen for a while. Really liked it. No idea on how historic it was but the story was beautiful in a sense. Also, it was refreshing to see a movie without a single underclad female (but with lots of underclad men though).
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3286 on: April 09, 2018, 02:03:25 PM »
Willow

A childhood favorite. Does it stand up now? Not really, but it's still very enjoyable. The second half is definitely weaker. Warwick Davis is a sympathetic lead though he maybe spends too much time being cranky. I'm pretty sure Mad Mardigan is the only Val Kilmer role I've seen and liked. The Brownies are moderately funny at first but are pretty one-note and annoying by the end. The stop-motion animations (especially the two-headed dragon) are really good. Some will say "dated" but I think it's a shame that CGI has pretty much completely supplanted stop-motion for fantasy films. It has a dreamlike quality, in its simultaneous realism/unrealism, which CGI has never captured for me.

Theeb

A coming of age story about a Bedouin boy caught in the Arab revolt against the Ottomans. It's the same period covered in Lawrence of Arabia, but at much more local, intimate level.  Lovely photography of the Jordanian desert and mountains. One scene where Theeb falls into a well, and the sun rises over the opening, illuminating the underground sandstone cavern, is particularly striking. I liked it from beginning to end.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3287 on: April 09, 2018, 02:28:37 PM »
Willow

A childhood favorite. Does it stand up now? Not really, but it's still very enjoyable. The second half is definitely weaker. Warwick Davis is a sympathetic lead though he maybe spends too much time being cranky. I'm pretty sure Mad Mardigan is the only Val Kilmer role I've seen and liked. The Brownies are moderately funny at first but are pretty one-note and annoying by the end. The stop-motion animations (especially the two-headed dragon) are really good.

My favorite part is that the dragon is called the "Ebersisk" in the script because George Lucas had some beef with Siskel and Ebert at the time. I forget what it was since they liked Star Wars (unlike Pauline Kael who got a bad guy named after her for panning it). Just reminds me that George has always been a bit of a manchild, not just in the Phantom Menace era.

Some will say "dated" but I think it's a shame that CGI has pretty much completely supplanted stop-motion for fantasy films. It has a dreamlike quality, in its simultaneous realism/unrealism, which CGI has never captured for me.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3288 on: April 09, 2018, 02:37:44 PM »
+1 on most of the comments on Willow. Also, I am fascinated by certain kinds of morbid fictional transformations from humans to something else, and it was probably the pig scene in that movie that started that particular ball rolling. I remember playing the game on the NES as a kid as well.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3289 on: April 09, 2018, 02:56:39 PM »
+1 on most of the comments on Willow. Also, I am fascinated by certain kinds of morbid fictional transformations from humans to something else, and it was probably the pig scene in that movie that started that particular ball rolling.

Yeah, same. Though I'm not sure what exactly did it for me (nowadays An American Werewolf in London is probably my favorite example, though I'm not nearly messed up enough to have seen that movie as a kid lol).

As I recall, movieguide once had a line cautioning parents against letting their kids watch the Tim Story Fantastic Four movie because fictional transformations will supposedly ruin their minds. I don't know what the reasoning for that was, if any.

I remember playing the game on the NES as a kid as well.

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3290 on: April 09, 2018, 03:25:58 PM »
Lol, I don't remember the game being awful, just confusing after a certain point, but YMMV.

I'm not familiar with the particulars of movieguide, are they creationist by chance? Maybe afraid of filling young minds with ideas that would come too close to apes becoming men? ???

I also remembered another movie with creepy transformations that I probably saw before Willow--Swamp Thing, and particularly the changing of the Big Bad and Bruno.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3291 on: April 09, 2018, 03:28:15 PM »
John Carpenter's the Thing might be the king of creepy transformations for me. Or a number of David Cronenberg films. 80's creature effects are the pinnacle, IMO.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3292 on: April 09, 2018, 03:44:21 PM »
Lol, I don't remember the game being awful, just confusing after a certain point, but YMMV.

Never played it myself, heh. Probably just giving too much credence to a bad review or LP I watched once.

I'm not familiar with the particulars of movieguide, are they creationist by chance? Maybe afraid of filling young minds with ideas that would come too close to apes becoming men? ???

They definitely are, yeah. So that might be it. I recall it was only justified with a vague "psychologists say" it might be harmful. This was in 2005 when the movie came out, but I wonder if anti-trans concerns were also already on their minds.

Of course, this is also the group that openly gives movies extra praise or censure for how pro-capitalist they are or aren't, so their recommendations don't mean a lot to me in general.

I also remembered another movie with creepy transformations that I probably saw before Willow--Swamp Thing, and particularly the changing of the Big Bad and Bruno.

Now that one I did see parts of as a kid (not the mysteriously PG topless scene, though). I remember being fascinated by the "Leech Man" in particular. Thanks for reminding me!
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3293 on: April 09, 2018, 03:58:37 PM »
John Carpenter's the Thing might be the king of creepy transformations for me. Or a number of David Cronenberg films. 80's creature effects are the pinnacle, IMO.

Definitely (though in the case of the Thing, I sometimes wonder about James Rolfe's criticism that the effects are so gruesome that they actually disrupt the movie's atmosphere a bit).


Oh, on a different note, I wanted to ask you something else about Ready Player One. Does it include the book's little side comment about how Kevin Smith is one of the greatest directors ever lol?
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3294 on: April 09, 2018, 04:03:52 PM »
No, and good gosh how did I miss that in the book? I would have burned it and utterly boycotted the film.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3295 on: April 09, 2018, 04:06:19 PM »
No, and good gosh how did I miss that in the book? I would have burned it and utterly boycotted the film.

Well, it was only like three words in the middle of Wade's holy litany of the homework that Halliday's vlogs gave him.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3296 on: April 09, 2018, 04:17:50 PM »
John Carpenter's the Thing might be the king of creepy transformations for me. Or a number of David Cronenberg films. 80's creature effects are the pinnacle, IMO.

Definitely (though in the case of the Thing, I sometimes wonder about James Rolfe's criticism that the effects are so gruesome that they actually disrupt the movie's atmosphere a bit).

I feel like the effects are integral to the atmosphere. I read Who Goes There? a few years back and was struck by how fairly faithful Carpenter was in the essentials. As far as the gore goes I felt like Campbell was being a bit restrained but a certain gruesomeness seems inherent to the alien's activity.
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« Reply #3297 on: April 09, 2018, 04:21:57 PM »
Ah, ok. That makes sense.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3298 on: April 09, 2018, 04:47:18 PM »
Saw "Isle of Dogs" yesterday. It was very good.

Also saw "The Limehouse Golem" yesterday. It was good too.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3299 on: April 14, 2018, 07:27:48 PM »
The Princess Bride

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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3300 on: April 16, 2018, 02:53:57 PM »
The Assassin AKA 刺客聶隱娘 (2015). For a wuxia film featuring imperial intrigue, black magic, and a killer Daoist nun, this is very, very understated. The dialogue is sparse and most of the soundtrack consists of bird cries. It's set in the Tang dynasty, with one slow, beautiful scene after another, ranging from sumptuous silk-curtained courts to pastel forests and rustic villages. The plot is almost besides the point. The politics in the background seem almost deliberately obscure and a lot of the action has fairly ambiguous motive. I loved it; others might be bored to tears.
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Re: What movies are you watching?
« Reply #3301 on: April 24, 2018, 03:15:41 AM »
My dad and I have been going back through the episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 that I own. Something I never really noticed about 1948's Last of the Wild Horses (not a good movie at all- far longer than it needs to be, badly plotted, so boring that the riffs barely even save it) is that one of the characters remarks that the deputies are basically using "resisting arrest" as "legalized murder."

Maybe I'm myopic or something, but it was really interesting to me that someone in the 40s would make an argument like that anticipating a lot of conversations we have today.
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