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Man of Steel

I did however like one thing that seemed straight out of the x-men films, which was the idea that the world would reject Superman if they found out who he was. Nice queer subtext there that I appreciated.



Especially if his romantic interest is now called Louis Lane.

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I'm just wondering who this Louis Lane character is. Is it the transsexual brother of Lois? Lois Lane's alter ego? I'm confused.

I haven't yet seen the film, so I guess I'll find out.


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The first intriguing possibility has to do with Louis Lane, specifically a brief sequence where she does some hard investigating reporting into Supermans history on earth. Personally, I found myself wondering what this movie would have looked like if the first half (post krypton) had been told entirely through the eyes of Louis Lane going through and doing research on this enigma/urban legend. The flashback sequences would have at least made more sense that way and it would have given the film a "fresher" feel. Well maybe not, but having a superhero film borrow the main structure of Citizen Kane would certainly have been different.
This would have been a cool idea. There's a short comic collection called A Superman For All Seasons that does something similar. There are four chapters, each one about Superman but told from the perspective of a supporting character. Man of Steel achieves some of that sensibility in its better moments, but on the whole, it only flirts with it.

It's tempting to blame this on Snyder, Nolan, et al, but the simple truth is that nobody's going to finance a big-budget superhero movie that strays too far from the conventions of the genre.

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The Clinic (2010)

Horror/mystery from Australia. The horror was pretty good, the mystery plot was pretty cheesy. You can tell from the limited settings that this probably wasn't a high budget film. The actors did a respectable job portraying characters for the circumstances of the story and the director mixed in a few artfully shot landscape and sky scenes. Not nearly as effective, but slightly like an above ground version of The Descent with the bulk of the story centered around young, resilient, and athletic women. 6/10


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Justice Leauge: War (2014)

Might be a tall order to wish for the nuance of The Dark Knight Returns' adaptations, but even going without that this is all too (often grating) surface and no subtlety at all. Still contains some fun dynamics and teamwork though, especially between Batman and Green Lantern. 5.5/10

Moebius (2014)

File this under "quite an experience, but not again", except maybe to watch with others and see their reactions. Kim Ki-duk's latest is almost too overwhelming and graphic in theater, coming complete with severed body parts, self mutilation, genital transplant, and a few other kinds of depravation. The first act is pure squirm-fest, when it doesn't become apparent yet that Kim's intent is black comedy, albeit painting with the deepest shade of black and provocative social commentary about male sexuality. Dogtooth seems almost subdued by comparison. That he does it without a single word of dialogue spoken (barely noticeable) is genuinely impressive, not to mention a precise control over tone and momentum. One of the tamer scenes depict a darkly comedic chase in which one desperately tries to regain his severed genital back, so it's worth stressing that the film is not for the faint of heart. For those on Kim's wavelength, it will provide some of the most uncomfortable laughs you will have this year. 9/10


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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) - 4 out of 4 (Second Viewing. Spoilers Below!)

A lot of people have admired Belfort's life and said they'd like to be him causing the film to be mired in controversy. The one thing that struck me during this viewing was how the film is structured to exactly do the opposite of that. For the first 3/4th, TWoWS is relentless in its pacing and execution. It has a manic energy to it that reflects the characters' lifestyles. They constantly live on the edge and keep pushing the limits. It's all fun and fancy. While it lasts.

TWoWS is all about the notion of the bigger they are the harder they fall. I found the last fourth of the film to be completely devoid of any humor. None whatsoever. It was almost the exact opposite of what has come before. At times, it felt like I was watching a different film. No crazy pop songs to set the mood. No laughing at things I am not supposed to be laughing at. The film had entered deeply dark territory that, while at times felt out of place for this film, was perfectly at home for Scorsese. The main reason I noticed this was because the mood in the theater was palpable. We spent the previous two and a half hours laughing our asses off, and suddenly the theater fell eerily silent.

The point is that while you might want to live like Belfort did - what with all the unlimited supply of booze, drugs, money, and babes, (and deep down, every man might fantasize about such a life, especially the babes part) - when reality comes crashing down, it comes down hard; and you will have nowhere to run. If you think escaping with 3 years jail time is a success, think again. Belfort loses most of his wealth, his wife and children, and eventually the very people who looked up to him because he rats them all out. He is left with nothing in the end.

That is why it surprised me all the more that people are suggesting Scorsese should've displayed more morality. I mean, with the exception of a sign saying, "This guy is reprehensible and will get his comeuppance eventually.", what more can an artist do. And if takes such a sign to tell you that what Belfort did is wrong, it is your moral compass that needs testing, not Scorsese's. (BONUS READING: Sheila O'Malley's brilliant rant against the stifling of art.)

It's funny because that structure is almost perfectly applicable for Goodfellas. And I couldn't help but notice how much both films share in common, despite the wildly different presentations. TWoWS is the second film to look to Goodfellas for inspiration, the other being American Hustle. The talk of the town has been whether David O'Russell has out-Scorsesed Scorsese. For me, the answer is a clear no. Despite leaning back on familiar tropes, Marty is still fucking King of the town.

It is also a pity that Dicaprio's best performance of his career should come in the year Ejiofor has produced a tour-de-force of his own (not seen it, but I'll take Ken's word on it), and that it should come in a film that polarizes opinions so much. The one sequence where he stuffs quaaludes down his throat and gets high is as good an example of sustained physical comedy as any I've seen since the days of Jim Carrey. The sequence - along with any number of sequences where Belfort gives pep talks to his crew - is my favorite of any film from 2013. Absolute genius. Pity, real pity!

I've always maintained that I suck at coming up with the best film of any year, and 2013 was a ridiculously good one in general. Having seen TWoWS for a second time, I would say it is in the uppermost echelon of 2013 films. Hell, I might even go as far as to say that it is better than The Departed (which I consider an unabashed masterpiece) and the best thing Scorsese has done since Goodfellas. (Not having seen Casino yet.)

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^^^^
I've seen it 5 times and agree with everything you said.

I would murder somebody if it meant I could give Margot Robbie the best 10 seconds of my life.


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^^^^
I've seen it 5 times and agree with everything you said.

I would murder somebody if it meant I could give Margot Robbie the best 10 seconds of my life.


Man, you are such a boy

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roastbeef_ajus wrote:
^^^^
I've seen it 5 times and agree with everything you said.

I would murder somebody if it meant I could give Margot Robbie the best 10 seconds of my life.


Man, you are such a BAWSE


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roastbeef_ajus wrote:
JamesKunz wrote:
roastbeef_ajus wrote:
^^^^
I've seen it 5 times and agree with everything you said.

I would murder somebody if it meant I could give Margot Robbie the best 10 seconds of my life.


Man, you are such a BAWSE


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I am very heterosexual today.

Eh, lads? Eh??

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I am very heterosexual today.

Eh, lads? Eh??


I am so heterosexual that I refused to even use a urinal, lest anyone think I was there to see other men's phalli

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The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013)

Heartrending tale about two bluegrass singers who have a kid with illness. The first half is really strong. Even though it's arguable if the fractured time jumps are necessary (but interesting) or the tone a touch heavy-handed, the direction is vibrant throughout and the two central performances feel so lived-in and very heartfelt. Even one plot point that I think will be stretched out happened so suddenly that I was taken aback in a nice way. But then George W. Bush showed up, and the heavy-handedness really began in earnest. Great music though. 6.5/10


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Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985) Interesting film about two very different prisoners and how they become friends. Based on a play, one can feel the stage-oriented narrative and flow. Raul Julia's performance, in particular, felt better suited for theater. William Hurt, on the other hand, was excellent. Great performance from him and a well-deserved Oscar. Grade: B

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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) - 4 out of 4 (Second Viewing. Spoilers Below!)


Honestly, I'm not even bothered by the morality anymore so much as the extreme length and resulting boredom (I was personally bored). But also I really hated the way people talked in this movie. There's really nothing immoral about much of the dialogue. It comes off as an attempt to be more real. As if to say, "this is how real people talk." Except that's really NOT how real people talk, so it's just stupid. It's like Scorsese is trying to outdo Todd Solondz in terms of uncomfortable intimacy. But Solondz films exaggerate and make fun of themselves. Whereas I think Scorsese is being dead serious here.

The Deep Blue Sea

I found this Terence Davies film to be good, maybe not great. It's uncompromisingly miserable, but it's a different film than I expected it to be. It subverts the usual "impossible affair" formula, which I found surprising, interesting, somewhat powerful. Its message seems to run counter to the messages of other films of this kind, and I really appreciate that.


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Honestly, I'm not even bothered by the morality anymore so much as the extreme length and resulting boredom (I was personally bored).


The Godfather is 3 hours long, and the Godfather II is 3.5 hours long. Das Boot is 4 hours long. Were you personally bored?

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But also I really hated the way people talked in this movie. There's really nothing immoral about much of the dialogue. It comes off as an attempt to be more real.


What exactly are you referring too? Give an example.


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But also I really hated the way people talked in this movie. There's really nothing immoral about much of the dialogue. It comes off as an attempt to be more real.




What exactly are you referring too? Give an example.


Well, Solondz is probably a bad analogy. Judd Apatow is more what I'm referring to. The whole first date with Margot Robbie. Aside from the infidelity, there's nothing immoral about it. It's just really intimate and I take it to be an attempt at realism that I found unnecessary:

[Reveal] Spoiler:
"I came after 11 seconds, but don't worry, I'm still hard"
and all that. That's really quite a departure from all of Scorsese's previous work. It feels forced. This is from a director who has never done a graphic sex scene in his career before. Now, all of a sudden, we have Wolf of Wall Street. It feels like a too-deliberate/conscientious attempt to raise the level of adult content in his movies.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
Jonah Hill whipping his dick out at a casual afternoon party.
I don't believe that would really happen, even given the world Scorsese is depicting. And even if it did, that's really not immoral so much as just plain weird.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
You have to jerk off twice a day.
Again, not immoral, just weird.

I've said this before, but there's just such a disconnect in this movie. We see Belfort engaging in endless debauchery, which some claim is meant to shock us. But Belfort didn't get arrested for any of that in the end. Goodfellas focuses squarely on Henry Hill's crimes, but Wall Street seems to be about everything BUT his crimes.


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This is from a director who has never done a graphic sex scene in his career before. Now, all of a sudden, we have Wolf of Wall Street.


Someone hasn't seen Who's That Knocking At My Door...

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MGamesCook wrote:
This is from a director who has never done a graphic sex scene in his career before. Now, all of a sudden, we have Wolf of Wall Street.


Someone hasn't seen Who's That Knocking At My Door...


No I haven't, but I've seen every major work of his from Mean Streets onward save one or two. I think it's a valid observation.


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MGamesCook wrote:
Sexual Chocolate wrote:
MGamesCook wrote:
This is from a director who has never done a graphic sex scene in his career before. Now, all of a sudden, we have Wolf of Wall Street.


Someone hasn't seen Who's That Knocking At My Door...


No I haven't, but I've seen every major work of his from Mean Streets onward save one or two. I think it's a valid observation.


But there's pretty graphic male and female nudity in Who's That Knocking, all in the context of a sex scene. You get to see Harvey Keitel's whole frank and beans. So your observation is wrong.

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