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Re: Watched any good movies recently?

Unread postby Zyzyfer » Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:08 am

Watched Florence Foster Jenkins and Neon Demon on VoD.

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Florence stars Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, and Simon Helberg. Based on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins who was a socialite with a passion for the musical arts, but not the voice to match.

They do take a few liberties with the story for narrative purposes but overall it stays fairly true to the source. Helberg as the pianist McMoon was sneakily good, Streep is dependable as can be expected and somehow managed to keep a straight face while singing and wearing those garish outfits - I suspect there are quite a few outtakes of her cracking up somewhere. And Grant also does an all right turn here as St. Clair Bayfield.

The film isn't exactly paced in a way that kept us glued to our seats, it's a good story, a fun story, but not a great and compelling one. I did my obligatory read-up after watching the movie and didn't really find Ms. Jenkins' story all that intriguing, more just...weird.

Verdict: Fine performances, kind of weak source material, still worth a casual watch.

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And then there's The Neon Demon...where do I begin? Stars Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee Kershaw, with Keanu Reeves making a relatively brief appearance. Directed by Nicolas Winding Rfen, who I had been unaware has a reputation for making some bizarre films. This was no exception.

On the one hand, there are some interesting attempts at using cinematography to give off particular effects and visuals, and although it can be somewhat heavy-handed at times, I always enjoy seeing a new spin when it comes to this. Most of it was lost on me but the film supposedly is rife with symbolism.

And then on the other hand, it doesn't matter because the story is just awful. Dreadfully paced to the point you want to strangle the movie, with a main character that is impossible to care about, and themes that get beat over the viewers' heads. By the time the story begins its inevitable descent into morbidity, all of the characters have been revealed as flimsy caricatures which leaves what could have been powerful, shocking scenes as nothing more than mindless schlock.

There is also one quite disturbing scene where
Jena Malone's character has a long and uncomfortable necrophilia scene
which may not sit well with some.

But in the end, schlock and unique cinematography can't save the weak, weak script.

Verdict: It's a classic exercise in beautiful disaster, watch at your own risk.
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Re: Watched any good movies recently?

Unread postby dymlos timbre » Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:56 am

recently went to see "Your Name" beautifully done and hit me in the feels id give it a 9/10
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Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue May 09, 2017 10:36 am

Watched western horror Bone Tomahawk . Premise: Deputy Sheriff Nick (Evan Jonigkeit) and doctor's assistant Samantha O'Dwyer (Lili Simmons) are kidnapped from small western town of Bright Hope. Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Kurt Russell), his elderly assistant Chicory (Richard Jenkins), injured husband Arthur O'Dwyer (Patrick Wilson) and hunter John Brooder (Matthew Fox) go to their rescue.

I can see why people like it, there is some good parts to the film. A sense of humour with some great insults, good performances and partnerships, some enjoyable dialogue, violence and brutality is very well done, the baddies aren' great but do their job and some neat twists. However my sister left it early and if not for someone else wanting to continue, would have left as well becuase it's pace is achingly achingly slow. One will enjoy a passage of the film then suffer through 15 minutes where everything is dragged out, then a good bit then a long slow patch, so on and so forth.

5.5
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Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun May 21, 2017 1:37 pm

Tried Steven Spielberg's attempt at Roland Dahl The BFG, I remember enjoying but not loving the other film. Visually impressive and Mark Rylance's gets a good accent, managing to pull off strange words with a natural ease yet it all felt so empty, it never came alive. We then tried Hollywood Shuffle about black typecasting but the long long long intro fell flat
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Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:27 pm

Watched the 1961 Roger Corman adaption of Edger Allen Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum with Vincent Price as Nicholas Medina. For most of the film, it is alright but not much more, costumes and location don't seem very 16th century Spain, Price performance as the grieving widower several levels above everyone else particularly Luana Anders as his sister, it lacks tension and the nice little mystery takes awhile to get going. Yet as time goes on, it does get better with the mystery, tension starts to mount in the end phase and it has a good ending.

Both: 5.5

Rewatched Robin Hood: Men in Tights which isn't as funny as I recall Prince of Thieves being. Slow start with a lot of the comedy not working, does pick up when figures like blind servant Blinkin (Mark Blankfield), Marian (Amy Yasbeck having fun with the role) and Sheriff of Rottingham (Roger Rees) who provide a lot of the good comedy, one or two nice songs. Nice bit of fun at times but nothing remarkable and sometimes dragged

Both: 5.5
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Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:02 pm

Watched X-Men: Apocalypse which started really well, has a great opening scene but though it is a bit hit and miss afterwards, for the first third it goes along nicely. The school segment has a fair bit of humour, new characters like Scott Summers, Jean Gray gets a bit of build up I liked the new figures like those two and Caliban. Also enjoy returners like Moira, Hank and Magneto while Apocalypse gathering his tribe worked well with some good scenes. Yet there were so many strands it was hampering the film till it began to knit together, the smaller action scenes were good but the big ones lurched into silly, an accomplished cast were not at their best.

At a certain point
around the attack on the school
, it forgets that X-Men is best when it concentrates on characters and goes action heavy. There is good stuff, Quicksilver remains a lot of fun and Nightcrawler (after initial "I prefer the old trilogy version") comes along nicely thanks to his gentle and religious side, there is a section of the film that plays to it's strengths
a few X-men locked up by army. It is small, self contained action, allows for character stuff
. However generally it goes for big, dramatic action which is not the film or the franchise's forte including the sometimes ridiculous, it drops doing character stuff, some questionable logic, bad pacing. It also relies on the baddies but once team evil is gathered, they stop developing the characters with three of the five might as well be statues who are only active when they fight and lack of development at all. Apocalypse gives a glimpse at a figure that could be so intriguing but they don't build him up enough and relies very much on a sense of power and Oscar Isaac's performance. Which is fine but isn't a compelling performance that it needs given other issues in the film.

Me: 5.5, Sis: 6.0

Second X-Men trilogy overall: Doing the same characters with new cast and redo runs many many many risks but they pulled it off. Going young with a good young cast (though I felt the older cast's expirence gave them the edge), doing enough to change the dynamics without going too far, relegating some figures while bringing through others like the awesome Quicksilver, going further with Magneto's past. The films did have a tendency for going slightly too overboard with action scenes so they lost impact. I enjoyed seeing the start of their adventures in First Class which I really liked, Days of Future Past was certainly different but had same problem as the last film: first half builds up characters and is intresting, second half action heavy. Like the first trilogy, dislike 3rd one and other two likeable but forgettable. Will watch the next trilogy certainly!
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