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Brick Mansions: Disappointing final film from Paul Walker, and he's the best thing about it. Apart from his usual energy, this movie is pretty blaaaahhhh. The action has competence, as does the cinematography, but overall this one lacks the B-movie gravitas that can actually make this type of thing memorable. The action itself is edited decently, but it's the plot points that fly by too fast, making the entire film feel like a 90 minute run-on sentence.


THANK YOU!!! Paul Walker was not the most versatile actor around, but he had more talent than people gave him credit for. And when it came to playing Southern California surfer-types, there was no one better. But yeah, this was a terrible epitaph.

I actually think it was pretty damn good for a final film, it was a pretty solid remake of District B13 and seemed to have about the same pace of the original, so it didn't feel "too fast" to me.

Also it was cool that they got one of the stars of the original to act in this one.


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Note to self: Don't care for Paul Thomas Anderson. Vastly prefer Wes, or Paul WS, or even Michael Anderson, but not PT.
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Have you fucking SEEN Boogie Nights, man? COME ON!



I did see Boogie Nights and tried to like it, but viewing damaged individuals harm themselves and others just wasn’t entertaining for me. Make this a sport movie and not centered on the world of porn and it would've been similar to Everybody's All American.

It seems that people are drawn to the porn elements as though they should be erotic or titillating*, but I couldn't shake the feeling that these are broken individuals.



Characters I never want to meet in reality- CHECK
Characters I really don't or can't give two shits about- CHECK Minus -This one pulled at me a bit, but does pity = entertainment?
Plotline that ends with no or frustrating resolution- CHECK
Makes me wish I had 3 hours of my life back- CHECK Minus -Slightly less regret on this one.
Fly on the wall view of intersecting downward spirals- CHECK
Spot-on casting in what can only be considered "an actors film"- CHECK


*or am I misinterpreting people's view on this movie? It seems every time someone is conversing about BN, they are talking about how hot Julianne Moore or Tara Reid is or how what's-her-name (Nina Hartley) is really a porn star, and overlooking the presentation of these characters as too damaged for intimacy or real love.

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The Taming of the Shrew, the one with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Lively version that helped keep the actors in shape with a lot of running and climbing as Petruchio tries to woo Katarina and she's having none of it. There are a lot nice little touches, including Kate's double takes when Petruchio first tells her he intends to woo her and later at their very strange wedding. I was struck by how, when Petruchio is leaving the city gates and calling Kate to follow, and she's looking around for support and there is absolutely nobody there to support her. (I also smiled at how quickly she starts to subvert Petruchio's household staff.) Taylor finds a way to deliver the problematic final speech to suggest that Kate has lost none of her fire, but is aiming it in another direction.

Altogether a pretty good version, and any problems are with the original play. They even got rid of the Sly section and found a better way to suggest it is a farce. (7 of 10)

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JamesKunz wrote:
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Note to self: Don't care for Paul Thomas Anderson. Vastly prefer Wes, or Paul WS, or even Michael Anderson, but not PT.
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Have you fucking SEEN Boogie Nights, man? COME ON!



I did see Boogie Nights and tried to like it, but viewing damaged individuals harm themselves and others just wasn’t entertaining for me. Make this a sport movie and not centered on the world of porn and it would've been similar to Everybody's All American.

It seems that people are drawn to the porn elements as though they should be erotic or titillating*, but I couldn't shake the feeling that these are broken individuals.



Characters I never want to meet in reality- CHECK
Characters I really don't or can't give two shits about- CHECK Minus -This one pulled at me a bit, but does pity = entertainment?
Plotline that ends with no or frustrating resolution- CHECK
Makes me wish I had 3 hours of my life back- CHECK Minus -Slightly less regret on this one.
Fly on the wall view of intersecting downward spirals- CHECK
Spot-on casting in what can only be considered "an actors film"- CHECK


*or am I misinterpreting people's view on this movie? It seems every time someone is conversing about BN, they are talking about how hot Julianne Moore or Tara Reid is or how what's-her-name (Nina Hartley) is really a porn star, and overlooking the presentation of these characters as too damaged for intimacy or real love.


I think you're dead wrong. I don't find the pornography aspects titillating much at all, nor do I think they are meant to be. And the appeal of the movie isn't the characters damaging each other, but the strange-yet-loving family that the characters develop. The characters in Boogie Nights are all flawed, but they're all human and almost all strangely lovable.

Also, I assume by your logic that you aren't a fan of Goodfellas either?

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Awf Hand wrote:
JamesKunz wrote:
Awf Hand wrote:
The Master
Note to self: Don't care for Paul Thomas Anderson. Vastly prefer Wes, or Paul WS, or even Michael Anderson, but not PT.
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Have you fucking SEEN Boogie Nights, man? COME ON!



I did see Boogie Nights and tried to like it, but viewing damaged individuals harm themselves and others just wasn’t entertaining for me. Make this a sport movie and not centered on the world of porn and it would've been similar to Everybody's All American.

It seems that people are drawn to the porn elements as though they should be erotic or titillating*, but I couldn't shake the feeling that these are broken individuals.



Characters I never want to meet in reality- CHECK
Characters I really don't or can't give two shits about- CHECK Minus -This one pulled at me a bit, but does pity = entertainment?
Plotline that ends with no or frustrating resolution- CHECK
Makes me wish I had 3 hours of my life back- CHECK Minus -Slightly less regret on this one.
Fly on the wall view of intersecting downward spirals- CHECK
Spot-on casting in what can only be considered "an actors film"- CHECK


*or am I misinterpreting people's view on this movie? It seems every time someone is conversing about BN, they are talking about how hot Julianne Moore or Tara Reid is or how what's-her-name (Nina Hartley) is really a porn star, and overlooking the presentation of these characters as too damaged for intimacy or real love.


I had sympathy for Dirk Diggler. He had an innocence about him.

And i even felt sorry for William H Macy's character

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Interesting that my humble thoughts on 'American Hustle' provoked such a passionate discussion on the merits of David O. Russell. Having only seen 'Silver Linings Playbook' and 'American Hustle', both of which are really good without being great, it seems I'll have to dig deeper into his filmography. I guess I'll start with 'Three Kings'. Any other suggestions?

As for lately watched movies:

Get Carter (1971)
This gritty revenge thriller is often named one of the best British movies of all time. I wouldn’t go that far, but it is an outstanding genre movie indeed. Michael Caine plays Jack Carter, a London mobster who is returning to his north-eastern hometown of Newcastle(-upon-Tyne) in order to bury his brother, who died in a car accident. Suspecting foul play, Carter investigates into his brother’s death by intimidating the local hoods, who are suspiciously keen on him returning the London. When Carter makes a shocking discovery, he wreaks bloody vengeance on them.
With all the sex and violence in this movie, it could easily be classified as an exploitation picture and it works well as such. Jack Carter, as terrifically played by Michael Caine, is one of cinema’s nastiest, most intimidating and cold-blooded antiheroes. But there’s more to ‘Get Carter’ than just being a mean revenge flick. Director Mike Hodges films the story against the backdrop of dingy pubs, grey skies, seedy working class areas and rusting industrial sites and, although the colours aren’t muted, everything has a greyness about it. Newcastle, an industrial city in decline at the time, provides an excellent location to further enhance the atmosphere of realism and grittiness. (Interestingly, Hodges’s most notable other movie is 1980ies‘Flash Gordon’, which is anything but gritty and realistic!) Very good: 8/10



Three Kings is in fact my top third favourite film of Russell so good choice ! for his pre "The Fighter 2010" . 6 years back of this film , he had different directing style prone to alienate actors and crew (Call George Clooney and/or Lily Tomlin for details ;)) . So besides "Three Kings" which I truly enjoyed despised the internal problems I wouldn't recommend any other than "The Fighter" as I really like this new style of Russell where he cast well in the first place and then provide more breathing space to his actors than most other directors 8-)

I just re-watched "Get Carter (1971)" last night after reading this glowing review and I couldn't be happier, very slick film indeed and you forgot to mention the cool background music ! 3 3/4 stars for me !


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Whether you enjoy PTA's films or not, it can't really be argued that his works are generally challenging and unique. He's advancing the art form in interesting ways.

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Divergent (2014)
Similar in style, substance, themes etc to The Hunger Games. So much so imo it's almost a ripoff:
Post-apocalypse totalitarian future: check
Megalomaniacal leader: check
Weird rituals/culture: check
Numerous trials that first must be completed to progress: check
Plucky heroine who doesn't buy into the bullshit: check
Token hunky male love interest: check

The character of Tris (Shailene Woodley) is essentially a carbon copy of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence). Still it's slickly produced and packaged and entertaining enough I 'spose.
7/10.


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Divergent (2014)
Similar in style, substance, themes etc to The Hunger Games. So much so imo it's almost a ripoff:
Post-apocalypse totalitarian future: check
Megalomaniacal leader: check
Weird rituals/culture: check
Numerous trials that first must be completed to progress: check
Plucky heroine who doesn't buy into the bullshit: check
Token hunky male love interest: check

The character of Tris (Shailene Woodley) is essentially a carbon copy of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence). Still it's slickly produced and packaged and entertaining enough I 'spose.
7/10.


Giving this a 7? Fuhhhhhhhhhhhh come on man.

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Giving this a 7? Fuhhhhhhhhhhhh come on man.

I know what you're saying. I really do (I think I gave Z a 6.5, wasn't it?). But I try and rate based on artistic merit AND entertainment value - and frankly I favour the latter over the former. Divergent was definitely not a "great" film that will find a special place in my heart, but for the sort of film it is, I don't care. At least I wasn't bored - there is no excuse for being put to sleep by a film imo, ever.
BTW, if you think this rating was wrong, you're going to hate the rating I give the film I watched just today (although I very much doubt you will have seen it).


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The first part dealing with the training is fairly entertaining enough (because it relies on Shailene Woodley's performance the most), but then it moves to the real story and its wobbly world...


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I think 7 is about the right rating for that film, I slightly prefer it over the Hunger Games films, which I found to be decent but not amazing.


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Twenty-Four Eyes is a 1954 film by Keisuke Kinoshita, who is not as well known as Ozu, Mizoguchi, Naruse and Kurosawa, and I'm wondering why. This is a film about a Japanese schoolteacher and her twelve students, taking the kids from 1928 though 1946, which tells you immediately that you're going to have some tears jerked. This is especially true because I love these kids and their teacher, and cringe as the hymns of war emerge, and the jingoistic bastards shut down intelligent discussion in favor of glorious idiocy. The only questions are whether any of the five boys is going to survive his patriotic adventure, and whether any of the women will survive intact.

The setting is a poor fishing village in the Inland Sea of Japan, remote enough that the teacher has to bicycle 50 minutes to work. (Why she doesn't just move to the village is never explained. Maybe her mother thinks the villagers have cooties.) Eventually the kids will go from elementary school in the village to the main school which apparently is slightly less rustic, and can be reached by boat. (She was bicycling because you know what teachers' salaries are like. Actually, she was expected to walk, but bought a bicycle on--Satan be damned--credit!)

It would be easy to nitpick the film --it's often sentimental and is sometimes predictable--but I loved these characters, and there are wonderful scenes such as the six-year-olds deciding to go visit their injured teacher, not realizing it's a five-mile journey. I was that age once. I'd do that too. Or a teacher visiting the parents of a student, and knowing damned well that their plans will be disastrous, but not being able to say anything explicit, just give some unheeded hints.

Then, near the end, the teacher goes back to school in the small village, and reads the roll, which includes children and siblings of her former students, and earns a new nickname, "Mrs. Crybaby," which she bears with honor. The ending goes on a bit, but I really wanted to know what happened to these people. And sadly, one at least we never learn. (9 of 10)

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Guardians of the Galaxy - **** out of *****

This is the most fun I've had watching any film in a long time. It didn't take itself too seriously as it mixed in numerous humorous moments, but overall it did a good job of maintaining a good emotional balance while keeping the story moving along. I liked that it mixed in known elements of the Marvel Universe, like Thanos and the content of the orb itself:
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one of the Infinity Gems, though they were called "Infinity Stones" in the film
The cast did a great job in bringing the characters into our consciousness, starting with Chris Pratt in the main protagonist role and going right down to Dave Batista who more than did his job as the powerful Drax. Bradley Cooper stole the film for me with his voice work as Rocket while Vin Diesel did a great job with dialogue that consisted of one line repeated numerous times throughout.

I saw this film in an IMAX theater in 3D, and while the added visuals didn't in any way detract from the film, neither did they add to it in any significant way. Basically, if you see this film, I would advise against paying the extra surcharge for the 3D unless it is of utmost importance to you. The CGI work in the film was well-done, as the characters of Groot and Rocket were seamlessly worked into the rest of the film. This is one of the few films that I can say I would look forward to seeing a sequel of, which of course it left room for.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God (2005)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0406728/
I decided to check this out on a whim after seeing it featured on the Movie Defense Force web series. If you can keep an open mind (I'll be the first to admit that this can be a tough ask) and don't simply discard low-brow (and make no mistake, this is VERY low-brow) films as automatic garbage and are a fan of D&D books/fantasy RPGs (e.g. Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Dragon Age etc) you could do a lot worse than this. It's bad, for sure, but without any pretentiousness (it's far too low budget for that), resulting in a surprisingly fun film. This is no Lord of the Rings, but I prefer Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God over the bloated and boring The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey any day.
Watching this I appreciated where Vexer, MGamesCook and others are coming from when they enjoy and advocate what are by most accounts "bad" films.
6/10.


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Blue Ruin (2013)
Drama/thriller about homeless man Dwight (Macon Blair) who decides to murder the convict who killed his parents after he is released from prison. This results in a sort of feud with the surviving members of the convict's family and events spiral out from there. I guess the key difference between this and other films of this ilk, is that the Dwight is not the sharpest knife on the block - his actions are very haphazard, spur of the moment and generally very poorly thought through - putting not only his life, but also the lives of his sister and her children in danger. While Dwight is not a particularly sympathetic protagonist, the film is imo still overall a compelling a watch.
7.5/10.


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Blue Ruin (2013)
Drama/thriller about homeless man Dwight (Macon Blair) who decides to murder the convict who killed his parents after he is released from prison. This results in a sort of feud with the surviving members of the convict's family and events spiral out from there. I guess the key difference between this and other films of this ilk, is that the Dwight is not the sharpest knife on the block - his actions are very haphazard, spur of the moment and generally very poorly thought through - putting not only his life, but also the lives of his sister and her children in danger. While Dwight is not a particularly sympathetic protagonist, the film is imo still overall a compelling a watch.
7.5/10.


I liked this one a lot. It's rough in places, but I love thrillers that seem to be set in the real world, or at least a passing facsimile. And it's more than .5/10 better than Divergent :D

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And it's more than .5/10 better than Divergent :D

Yeah, nah. It is, however, a full point better than Z. Why? 'Cos I said so ;) .


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And it's more than .5/10 better than Divergent :D

Yeah, nah. It is, however, a full point better than Z. Why? 'Cos I said so ;) .


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Ace in the Hole (1951)
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Kirk Douglas stars as a ruthless newspaper reporter in this incredibly cynical film produced, written and directed by Billy Wilder. Out of work Chuck Tatum (Douglas) talks his way into a job for an Albuquerque newspaper. On the way to his first story, he sniffs out what he thinks will be a better one: a graverobber in a cliff side Indian burial tomb is pinned after a cave in - Tatum knows that these sort of personal interest stories can be spun into massive stories (think trapped miners!). Never for a moment considering the repercussions, Tatum manipulates both the engineer charged with releasing the hapless victim and the local sheriff thereby securing for himself exclusive access to the rescue now set to last at least a week (originally a 12-16 hr job).
Having had no idea that critique of media hype was already relevant in the early 50's, I found this film incredibly eye-opening. Needless to say, everything about this film is still true today - manufactured stories, spin, hype, the media circus (in this film literally), "tourists" etc. Douglas is fantastic as Tatum: confident, arrogant, egotistical, highly cynical and utterly ruthless. Compelling from start to finish, this is a great watch.
8.5/10.


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