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Decent movie, though a bit too similar to Flight Plan, even allowing that such movies should be similar. I like Flight Plan a little more, but this was compelling all the way through. As always, it's just a bit of a let down when the revelation finally comes. And, as always, it's a bit of a cheat. Even so, I wish all thrillers this flawed were also this entertaining. It's a fun formula, and I wouldn't mind seeing more like it made in the future. The fact that we still get movies like this indicates a healthier side to the industry. It's just not particularly memorable or unique.


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The Conspiracy (2012)
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This is a mockumentary film about the (presumably abandoned) creation of a documentary about conspiracy theories and their theorists. When the key interviewee (who is a conspiracy nut) inexplicably goes missing the two film makers try to reconnect the pile of newspaper clippings left behind in the empty flat to see if maybe the guy really was onto something and perhaps foul play was involved. They eventually uncover everything ties back to some sort of shady and sinister organisation which they smuggle themselves into equipped with hidden cameras...
I found this a pretty compelling watch, and there are a number of eerie and high tension moments with a scene towards the end that is surely a homage to The Blair Witch Project. Everything is presented convincingly with solid "acting" and I never really felt like what I was watching hadn't genuinely occurred. Nicely done.
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Dallas Buyers Club

This film and Killer Joe have turned my opinion of Matthew McConauhey. I thought he was a pretty boy for a while, getting by on charm. But he has shown real depth lately, and this film in particular shows him to be an immensely talented actor. I liked this film; it's not the best film of the year and I might have given Leo the edge for the Oscar, but there's a lot of humanity and great drama in this.

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Don Jon (2013)
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"Comedy" about a porn addict who just can't give up the porn, even when asked to by his girlfriend(!). Written, starring and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who looks as sleazy as he acts (with nasty squinty eyes) is so narcissistic that you can't help but wish the movie was about anything BUT him. He and his equally superficial friends treat women purely as trophies, rating them first at the bar and then sleeping with them asap and then dumping them the next day. Enter Scarlett Johansson, who I desperately hoped was somehow going to single-handedly add some class to the macho chauvinistic nightmare I was in... but then she opened her mouth and it turns out she's just as big of a bitch as Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an arsehole that, combined with an insanely annoying accent (pretty much the exact opposite of her voice in Her), made me seriously want to hit the mute button every time she spoke. Julianne Moore is the only actor to bring anything worth seeing to this film, but it's no where near enough. If any of the material had been even remotely funny, I might have been able to at least partially forgive Don Jon's total lack of both a story worth watching and characters worth spending time with. But it isn't.
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We Are What We Are is a superior hybrid horror-drama concerning a family that annually honors their ancestry by consuming a human being. If a horror film depends on how well it creates a general mood of dread and discomfort, this is among the most effective of the past several years. And like other good horror, this has more to offer than mood and entertainment value: language, tradition, and economics get tossed into the mix of commentaries. It's really really good with a nice original score, respectable performances from the leads and a wonderfully satisfying conclusion... I waited and waited for the ball to drop and it didn't really happen. There are a few minor plot holes here and there but with atmosphere to spare and a brain in the script, it hardly matters. I didn't realize this was a remake before the end credits so hard to say how successful the original is. From where I stand, this particular version of the story deserves a nice audience. Highly recommended!

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We Are What We Are is a superior hybrid horror-drama concerning a family that annually honors their ancestry by consuming a human being. If a horror film depends on how well it creates a general mood of dread and discomfort, this is among the most effective of the past several years. And like other good horror, this has more to offer than mood and entertainment value: language, tradition, and economics get tossed into the mix of commentaries. It's really really good with a nice original score, respectable performances from the leads and a wonderfully satisfying conclusion... I waited and waited for the ball to drop and it didn't really happen. There are a few minor plot holes here and there but with atmosphere to spare and a brain in the script, it hardly matters. I didn't realize this was a remake before the end credits so hard to say how successful the original is. From where I stand, this particular version of the story deserves a nice audience. Highly recommended!

Yeah I quite liked this one too, here's the link to my thoughts (about 4 months back): viewtopic.php?p=142414#p142414
Unlike you, I didn't view this as a "horror" personally at the time - more of a macabre drama/thriller. But thinking about it more I guess that near enough to the definition "horror"...


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Dogville (2003)

Confrontational, self-indulgent, but completely riveting. The stage gimmick is genius in theory but could have easily gone off the rail. Thankfully, the terrific performances help sell it. The stage set and the film's narration strengthen its fable feeling, and with most normal filmmaking aspects stripped down, we stare at its nasty, thought-provoking message directly. Despite its unpleasantness, it's a unique and powerful piece of work. 9/10

Black Narcissus (1947)

Being a film with a psychological edge, the histrionic acting lacks the nuance necessary for the build-up to feel organic. It is aided by the spectacular set though, full of glorious colors and its feeling of nature's harshness bearing down (even though it is filmed in a studio). The histrionics turn out to work well in the film's second half, when the emotions blow up and everything resembles an operatic horror set piece, right down to the gripping, tense climax. 8/10


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Yeah I quite liked this one too, here's the link to my thoughts (about 4 months back): viewtopic.php?p=142414#p142414
Unlike you, I didn't view this as a "horror" personally at the time - more of a macabre drama/thriller. But thinking about it more I guess that near enough to the definition "horror"...


We'll agree it's not a comedy. Elements reminded me of Dogtooth and A Tale of Two Sisters with maybe a more sympathetic edge. The only people I recognized were Bill Sage (he used to do Hal Hartley movies but I haven't seen him for about a decade) and Quentin Tarantino semi-regular Michael Parks. I did not recognize Kelly McGillis, she of Top Gun and Witness fame, now in her 50s and looking more like my next door neighbor.

We'll also agree that the end was over the top though I always like when symbolism verges on the literal. Or, in this case, the two meet and chew on a fellow.

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Dogville (2003)

Confrontational, self-indulgent, but completely riveting. The stage gimmick is genius in theory but could have easily gone off the rail. Thankfully, the terrific performances help sell it. The stage set and the film's narration strengthen its fable feeling, and with most normal filmmaking aspects stripped down, we stare at its nasty, thought-provoking message directly. Despite its unpleasantness, it's a unique and powerful piece of work. 9/10


I don't agree with the 9/10, but yeah, it's loathsome and gripping in equal measure

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Being a film with a psychological edge, the histrionic acting lacks the nuance necessary for the build-up to feel organic. It is aided by the spectacular set though, full of glorious colors and its feeling of nature's harshness bearing down (even though it is filmed in a studio). The histrionics turn out to work well in the film's second half, when the emotions blow up and everything resembles an operatic horror set piece, right down to the gripping, tense climax. 8/10


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Kill Bill, Vol. 1 & 2 First time I ever see both films back-to-back. It was an interesting experience and the films felt more similar than I remembered. Tarantino throws everything but the kitchen sink at you, but for the most part, he succeeds. It's a sensory overload at times, but there's also an operatic beauty to it all. I'm still not much of a fan of the Pai Mei bit mostly because I found it too much on the cartoonish side, but then again, I'm not that familiar with whatever films they're doing a homage so there's that. But that's a small complaint in what is otherwise an excellent duo of films. Plus that last act is easily one of the best things Tarantino has written/directed. Kudos to him, but kudos also to the great David Carradine, who IMO deserves more the praise for his acting. Grade: both are A's

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Nymphomaniac Vol. 2
The second chapter was considerably darker, less enjoyable and a bit less successful than the first one in that it tended to get tedious and repetitive.
I believe the points JB made about the first chapter are also and even more valid for the second
(It is a fantasy that could never happen in the real world and it is anti-porn).
If vol.1 was just unerotic, then after viewing vol. 2, one should consider giving up sex entirely. :lol: :lol:
I wonder if Trier is getting any! :lol:

Aside from that, I think Trier used a Tarantino-esque approach for this movie, collecting bits and pieces from other movies and sources.The outline of the story is reminiscent of Black Snake Moan. The structure of the film is similar to Kill Bill, being released in 2 volumes and containing chapters, each one with a different tone and look, and also starring a powerful female character. The debt collecting story could have been lifted directly from a Tarantino film , the lesbian subplot reminds us of Blue is the Warmest Color and so on. I wonder if all those influences are conscious.


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The Conversation (1974)

To direct both this and The Godfather Part II in the same year is kind of staggering. Coppola's gripping psychological thriller also works very well as a character study of a fascinating individual. Gene Hackman gives maybe his best performance here. How the visual glides from frame to frame, combined with using "the conversation" as the aural background throughout the film, really digs deep under the skin and enhances our understanding of Harry Caul's psyche. There are some noticeable coincidences, and the girlfriend character is so brief and too obvious a story's device, that keep me from loving it fully, but the meticulousness of character details, direction, and sound design is still brilliant and mesmerizing. 9/10

THX-1138 (1971)

Not that entertaining to watch, but it's very interesting. Its world and situations are intriguing and well-realized. The problems are that the characters in them are not very compelling to watch, and the story's flow not smooth. There are stretches, most noticeably during the "white room" sequence, where my mind wanders a few times (Is that CP3O they're making? So is this prequel to The Prequels? And does "Hold me, hold me" here lead to "Like you did by the lake on Naboo"?). That said, the low budget forces Lucas to be creative with his direction and design, resulting in a stylistic and visually fun film. The action near the end is fairly exciting, and the ending unexpectedly gives some warm texture and closure to the cold, austere world. 6.5/10


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The Conversation (1974)

To direct both this and The Godfather Part II in the same year is kind of staggering. Coppola's gripping psychological thriller also works very well as a character study of a fascinating individual. Gene Hackman gives maybe his best performance here. How the visual glides from frame to frame, combined with using "the conversation" as the aural background throughout the film, really digs deep under the skin and enhances our understanding of Harry Caul's psyche. There are some noticeable coincidences, and the girlfriend character is so brief and too obvious a story's device, that keep me from loving it fully, but the meticulousness of character details, direction, and sound design is still brilliant and mesmerizing. 9/10


I love that there's a movie whose entire plot hinges on where the emphasis is placed in the sentence "He'd kill us if he got the chance"

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I love that there's a movie whose entire plot hinges on where the emphasis is placed in the sentence "He'd kill us if he got the chance"


Oh yes. Brilliant really.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
It almost seems like a cheat but not quite, since the movie's style puts us insides Harry Caul's head space so much. With his past, of course he would hear it like that, and so do we.


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JamesKunz wrote:
I love that there's a movie whose entire plot hinges on where the emphasis is placed in the sentence "He'd kill us if he got the chance"


Oh yes. Brilliant really.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
It almost seems like a cheat but not quite, since the movie's style puts us insides Harry Caul's head space so much. With his past, of course he would hear it like that, and so do we.


Agree completely. That used to be listed as a goof on IMDB (I don't know if it still is) but I never agreed -- his perspective warps things

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peng wrote:
JamesKunz wrote:
I love that there's a movie whose entire plot hinges on where the emphasis is placed in the sentence "He'd kill us if he got the chance"


Oh yes. Brilliant really.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
It almost seems like a cheat but not quite, since the movie's style puts us insides Harry Caul's head space so much. With his past, of course he would hear it like that, and so do we.


Agree completely. That used to be listed as a goof on IMDB (I don't know if it still is) but I never agreed -- his perspective warps things


Amazing. How could that possibly be listed as a goof? It's really the point that what we hear by eavesdropping doesn't necessarily mean what it does in context. My favorite Coppola film, easily.

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Zero for Conduct.

Apparent influence on Truffaut's 400 Blows and Lindsay Anderson's If..., two movies that lack a dwarf. Zero for Conduct has a dwarf. My heart isn't in writing anything on this. It's about 40 minutes. My mind frequently wandered and I missed a good 15 or so minutes right in the middle. Just zoned right out. Flipped through a Guinness Book of World Records for the last 20 minutes. The most tattooed man on earth has tattoos covering 100% of his person. Gums and everything. I missed the first 5 or so minutes of the movie because I started feeling listless, wondering if there was something I should be doing. I also didn't really pay much attention to to the first 40 minutes because I Googled "bees hive hexagon" and that eventually lead to something around owning a pet lynx. You know how the internet is. The one minute of Zero For Conduct I did watch was pretty intense. It was definitely on. On mute. I started it with the best intentions.

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Escape Plan (2013)
I remember the days when Schwarzenegger and Stallone teaming up in an action movie would have been the movie event of the year. It is a little bit (a very, very little bit) sad that these former box office behemoths appear to be forced to work together in order to being able to open a movie at all. Of course, audience’s tastes have changed and who could blame them in the light of the dubious quality of Schwarzenegger’s and Stallone’s recent outings (even going back to the mid-90ies). I thought that the 2013 releases ‘The Last Stand’ and ‘Bullet in the Head’ were particularly bad movies featuring former action stars way past their sell-by date, so I was pleasantly surprised that this prison escape movie isn’t half bad. Make no mistake: ‘Escape Plan’ isn’t ‘Escape from Alcatraz’ or even ‘The Shawshanks Redemption’, it’s more in the vein of early 90ies futuristic prison movies such ‘No Escape’ (with Ray Liotta) or ‘The Fortress’ (starring Christopher Lambert). It is stupid and the plot doesn’t make sense. And yet, it has some fun with its premise of Stallone as an escape artist who tests the security of prisons and reluctantly takes on the job of trying to break out of a high-security extraterritorial black site. Schwarzenegger seems to enjoy himself in a role, which requires a little bit more acting than what we’re used from him and he acquits himself nicely. I believe that, given the right role, he might even do well in a dramatic role. The cast is completed by actors such as Jim Caviezel, Vincent d’Onofrio and Sam Neill, all of whom do decent jobs and should really be in more movies. (And why aren’t they? And why do they only take roles like this? ) As a bonus, you get some slight political messages concerning extraodinary rendition, black sites and Guantanamo Bay and an interesting depiction of Muslim radicals, whose leader is allowed to be a character and not a cypher, much more so than in more ambitious productions. While I’m sounding really enthusiastic about this film, this is more the result of me worrying that ‘Escape Plan’ would be terrible, which it isn’t. It’s not good by a long shot, but decent, throwaway entertaiment. 5/10

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
I honestly don’t get the popularity and critical love of the ‘Hunger Games’ movies. I already found it hard to get into the world of ‘The Hunger Games’ and forgot most about the dystopian society depicted therein, apart from the fact that, in an ill-defined dystopian future, rich people with elaborate and bizarre costumes and hairdos are oppressing the impoverished masses, some of whom are annually selected to participate in ‘Battle Royale’ style gladitorial games. I’m not sure that I ever understood the purpose of these hunger games and I sure didn’t understand it while I was watching the sequel, although Donald Sutherland and Philip Seymour Hoffman show up every 15 minutes or so to explain the plot to each other. Apparenty, the idea is similar to that of ‘Rollerball’ (1975). Of course, my lack of understanding might well be the result of me not paying attention in the first movie, but ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ makes absolutely no attempt at all to take in an audience, which isn’t familiar with either the source material or the first movie. A gaggle of name actors and celebrities appear in minor roles with inexplicable purposes (what exactly is the function of Leny Kravitz’s fashion designer?), which indicates that the movie tries to include as many details from the novel as possible, resulting in a lot of confusion for the uninitiated. There is a love triangle (or two), which doesn’t work because one of the love interests is hardly in the movie at all. At least, once the proper contest starts, there is enough action to keep things interesting on a purely visceral level. Like its predecessor, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ deserves some praise for not shying away from showing violence as ugly and sickening. And the character of Katniss Everdeen is indeed interesting and very well-played by Jennifer Lawrence, much better than the material requires or, in my opinion, deserves. Overall, I don’t think that this is a bad movie, just a below average one. 4/10


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Zero for Conduct.

Apparent influence on Truffaut's 400 Blows and Lindsay Anderson's If..., two movies that lack a dwarf. Zero for Conduct has a dwarf. My heart isn't in writing anything on this. It's about 40 minutes. My mind frequently wandered and I missed a good 15 or so minutes right in the middle. Just zoned right out. Flipped through a Guinness Book of World Records for the last 20 minutes. The most tattooed man on earth has tattoos covering 100% of his person. Gums and everything. I missed the first 5 or so minutes of the movie because I started feeling listless, wondering if there was something I should be doing. I also didn't really pay much attention to to the first 40 minutes because I Googled "bees hive hexagon" and that eventually lead to something around owning a pet lynx. You know how the internet is. The one minute of Zero For Conduct I did watch was pretty intense. It was definitely on. On mute. I started it with the best intentions.

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I love both the movies it inspired. But sounds like I don't need to make much time for this.

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Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Die Hard in the White House as the Koreans have taken the President hostage and it is up to lone secret service agent (and ex special forces member) Gerard Butler to save the day. Lots of blood and carnage and bullets/knives to the head here. The plot is audacious and probably ventures too far into "over the top" territory a few too many times, but the performances are largely solid. The sub-plot involving the President's son and his relationship with both the POTUS and Butler's character was fleshed out just enough to make me care about his safety. While there is plenty of spectacle on screen, there were too many suspensions of disbelief required for me to truly enjoy it throughout. 2.5 / 4.0


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