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Kobayashi had a streak of about eight years where he may well have been the best director in the world and made those six movies. I'd like to see some of his other films. Samurai Rebellion's my favorite of his movies.


For me, it's a close call between Harakiri and Samurai Rebellion, but I haven't seen a Kobayashi film yet that was anything less than exceptional.

I'm just starting to go through that Eclipse collection now. It has four of his lesser-known films: The Thick-Walled Room, I Will Buy You, Black River, and The Inheritance. I'll have something written on them when I get through them all.

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Airport came out in 1970, and a few years later releasing a movie like this would be unthinkable.


well there were 2 sequels to Airport. and Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno. those disaster movies lasted a bit longer than a 'few years.'


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Airport came out in 1970, and a few years later releasing a movie like this would be unthinkable.


well there were 2 sequels to Airport. and Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno. those disaster movies lasted a bit longer than a 'few years.'


What about good disaster movies. They only lasted til the Towering Inferno.


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World War Z 3 1/4 Stars
I loved the zombies here who are faster and nastier than in The Walking Dead TV series ! Brad Pitt is very good as the UN investigator looking for a cure to the epidemic. The first 2/3 of the movie is a cool roller-coaster ride with the last 1/3 in slow pace but more plot oriented.
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Whoa, didn't expect that, not because of its almost complete departure from the book (though I thought it's kind of irritating that they just want the cool name so they got the right and then thought up a completely new story, as opposed to let another who might want to express the book's many intelligent and intriguing ideas on another movie, or maybe more suitingly, a TV series), but because of the long, expensive, and tortured history behind making that film.


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Whoa, didn't expect that, not because of its almost complete departure from the book (though I thought it's kind of irritating that they just want the cool name so they got the right and then thought up a completely new story, as opposed to let another who might want to express the book's many intelligent and intriguing ideas on another movie, or maybe more suitingly, a TV series), but because of the long, expensive, and tortured history behind making that film.


I have not read the book so I can not compare. Now, the movie is quite entertaining and with better plot than most in the Zombie genre. Brad Pitt who also produced it, was very convincing as an U.N investigator searching for a cure of the pandemic.

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Man of Steel (2013)

Zac Snyder’s brand is all over Man of Steel. Unquestionably a capable filmmaker, but prone to some serious bouts of ADHD.
Man of Steel is not as complex (and therefore not as conflicted and drawn out) as Watchmen. But it still has many of the same issues – both good and bad.

Firstly, I did like the individual performances in Man of Steel. Everyone did well. Cavill nails it as both a potential Christ-like saviour, and an innocent blue-eyed boy … with a herculean physique. Crowe is very good and quaintly believable as his natural Father; Shannon puts in a solid shift as the Fascistic, but with just enough comic lunacy, “Zod”. Adams offers a nice combination of grit, ambition and humanity as Lois. And even better, Costner … wow … I had him down as a piece of Tarantino-like stunt casting. But in his scant screen time he really gives a gritty, down to earth side to the film. I was impressed! He was sorely needed here.

And the overall plot works pretty well as a kind of other timeline/prequel to the existing franchise. The downsides of the film, for me, are synonymous with how well you can tolerate Snyder’s seemingly cocaine-fuelled excesses. Sometimes I had no idea what the hell was going on. It’s so big; and fast; and chaotic, I sometimes felt overwhelmed in the extreme. At one stage I went into a trance and thought I was playing a computer game. StarFox on a cocktail of speed and acid. Snyder clearly has a lot of vanity, and some of it is justified, but some of the flourishes are simply too much. They make Peter Jackson look austere in comparison. You really do get the feeling that you are on the inside of a child’s mind as he plays with his toys … which is fine you might say … but this kid has just necked a gallon and a half of full strength coke and is on the maddest sugar rush in the history of reckless consumerism. Kinda fits Snyder really - a supernaturally youthful-looking 47. The intelligent, hyperactive kid who never grew up.

Overall I did like it. At nearly 2 and a half hours, it’s break-neck almost all the way through. The opening on Krypton (like the opening of Watchmen) was quite superb.

A worthwhile, but far from flawless, entry.

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peng wrote:
Whoa, didn't expect that, not because of its almost complete departure from the book (though I thought it's kind of irritating that they just want the cool name so they got the right and then thought up a completely new story, as opposed to let another who might want to express the book's many intelligent and intriguing ideas on another movie, or maybe more suitingly, a TV series), but because of the long, expensive, and tortured history behind making that film.


I have not read the book so I can not compare. Now, the movie is quite entertaining and with better plot than most in the Zombie genre. Brad Pitt who also produced it, was very convincing as an U.N investigator searching for a cure of the pandemic.

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I'm trying hard not to criticize movies for not being like the book, but this book is the War and Peace of zombie writing. It transcends genre and becomes Literature.

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Man of Steel (2013) 2.5/4

I’m not entirely sure how anyone can come out of this feeling that they have seen a truly successful film about one of pop cultures most revered heroes. Synders opening in Man of Steel introduces viewers to a pure visual spectacle of Superman’s home world, and sadly its all-visual spectacle--much like the rest of the film. Don’t get me wrong, this is a beautiful film; with visual tones that evoke a very Malick-y feel. However, this tone doesn’t feel even. It seems as if Snyder is only using these tones to tell his audiences to feel a certain way during early childhood scenes with the boy wonder. The structure of these childhood scenes never worked for me. Essentially, the origin of Clark Kent is never allowed to unfold organically; the viewer is given a series of flashbacks instead of a linear origin. Eventually I found myself simply not caring for these characters. Emotion isn’t well conveyed, and characters feel largely underdeveloped. This is especially a problem with the secondary characters in the film. Characters such as Perry White and Jenny are shown going through trying ordeals, but the audience isn’t given any real reason to care for these characters.

With that said, David Goyer’s script is the true downfall of this film. Dialogue at times is cringe worthy, with Russel Crowe uttering lines like “We’ve had a child, a boy-child.” A lot of the conversation is yelled, repeated, and yelled some more. It’s hard to convey emotion when dialogue is this rough. Overall, Man of Steel has some great action set pieces, and it’s a perfectly enjoyable film to watch—just don’t expect much warmth from the Son of Krypton.

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013) 3/4

The title may be a little misleading here. I wouldn’t say this is a full-fledged story of WikiLeaks and its creation, rather its an examination of its founder and highlights a particular leak given to the website by Bradley Manning. While We Steal Secrets may be a little long winded with its 130 minute run time, the doc gives viewers a pretty encompassing look at Julian Assange and his constant contradictions on the art of journalism. Assange declares that the public must know the truth, but when it comes to the man himself, he may not necessarily follow his own rhetoric. The doc force-feeds this notion a bit, even outright audibly stating the point, instead of giving viewers the time to make their own inferences. Despite a few flaws here and there, We Steal Secrets is a satisfying documentary that is well worth your time.

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Uwe Bollanza

Far Cry (2008)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0400426/
Like many of Boll's movies that are based on video games, Far Cry falls well short and does the source material absolutely no favours. Basically it's a blatant Universal Soldier rip-off, but not nearly as good... yeah. The acting at times is unbelievably cheesy and at best uneven, horrific dialogue abounds, the direction by and large is terrible, poorly choreographed fight scenes etc. This is exactly the the kind of movie that has given Boll such a bad name. Come to think of it, why is Boll the go to guy for movie adaptions of video games in the first place? Why do game publishers let him keep making these awful films from their game IP? And to think that a studio ponied up $30M to make this crap is just incredible to me - the money certainly can't be found anywhere on the screen. Another solid sharp kick in the bolls of video game fans by Uwe.
3/10.

1968 Tunnel Rats (2008)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0970462/
This is a Vietnam war movie, written, produced and directed by Boll. The story is almost non-existent: a group of soldiers find an entrance to a Viet-Cong tunnel and they decide to go in. Chaos both above and below ground ensues and...
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EVERYONE dies. The End.

To be fair this is definitely at the higher end of the Uwe Boll film stable (which isn't saying much of course). The directing and acting is actually fine, nothing spectacular mind, but completely acceptable. If there had been an actual story with fleshed out characters we actually cared about, this could have been a good film. As it stands it's just average.
5/10.

Attack on Darfur (2009)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1236471/
A group of journalists investigating the genocide in Sudan are escorted by African Union peace keepers to a village and end up experiencing the atrocities first hand. Attack on Darfur is an uncompromising look at the conflict in Sudan, but is unfortunately let down by Uwe Boll suddenly finding his inner Paul Greengrass. Going for the documentary style approach with a ridiculously shaky cam and rapid fire editing almost ruins what is otherwise a realistic snapshot of the genocide in Darfur. The violence is gritty and bleak (but never quite veers into exploitation) with none spared from the massacre by the Janjaweed, including relatively graphic depictions of rape, executions, slaughter and dismemberment by machete, and people burnt alive... including women, children and even babies.
The film actually stars a few familiar faces (very unusual for a Boll film, who usually uses unknown actors), including Kristanna Loken, Matt Frewer, Billy Zane, and Edward Furlong. This would have scored higher if Boll had simply stuck to using a tripod.
6/10.

Assault on Wall Street (aka Bailout: The Age of Greed) (2013)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2368553/
Dominic Purcell (Prison Break) loses his savings, job, and house due to the evil that is Wall Street banksters and he really needed the money to care for his wife (who is recovering from cancer) after his insurance falls through. So naturally he does what he's gotta do: go postal on their asses. This is easily the best Boll film I've seen, and is genuinely a quality film in its own right, although it does recycle significant plot points from his 2nd best film, Rampage (2009). Keith David and Edward Furlong have supporting roles. Recommended.
7.5/10 (seriously).

Shamefully, I have now seen a dozen Uwe Boll movies (more than Hitchcock!). The bright side is he appears to be showing marked improvement in the quality of his productions.


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Planet of the Vampires aka The Demon Planet (1965)
Two spaceships receive a distress call from an alien planet. Once they land to investigate, the crew members of each ship turn on each other with all of the crew of one ship ending up dead. Yet, some time later the corpses of the dead astronauts are walking around attacking the survivors.
I rented this Sci-Fi Horror movie by noted Italian horror director Mario Bava, because it has been described as a precursor to and influence on the original 'Alien'. Indeed, there are some visual parallels and similar plot points, but this isn't even remotely close to 'Alien'. It's more like a Hammer horror movie crossed with an episode of the Original Star Trek show. That actually makes it sound too interesting: It's like a badly outdated Hammer horror movie crossed with a bad Star Trek episode with much lower production values. Acccording to Wikipedia, the filmmakers had to do with two leftover styrofoam rocks in order to create the illusion of an alien planet. Bava's use of mirrors, fog and particularly light is quite ingenious and admirable, but he only manages to make the movie look low budget instead of "no budget". If you're a big fan of trashy 60ies sci-fi horror, this might be a movie for you. Although I'm normally quite fond of old sci-fi, I found 'Planet of Vampires' tedious. 3/10


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Deep Water

This is a documentary about the ill-fated voyage of Donald Crowhurst in the first-ever solo sailing race around the world. The film isn't very cinematic, but it is a very, very interesting story. I recommend this.

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Deep Water

This is a documentary about the ill-fated voyage of Donald Crowhurst in the first-ever solo sailing race around the world. The film isn't very cinematic, but it is a very, very interesting story. I recommend this.


Does it go much into the other racers? Only one of the competitors completed the race (Robin Knox-Johnston, who was knighted in 1995), while another came just short and a third got so into it that when he made it back to the south Atlantic he decided to continue on to Tahiti (which means he also circumnavigated the Earth; he just didn't return to Plymouth). Crowhurst's story is very strange as well as interesting. The whole story of the race is fascinating. (The race was also non-stop. You went into any port on the way, you lost.)

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Deep Water

This is a documentary about the ill-fated voyage of Donald Crowhurst in the first-ever solo sailing race around the world. The film isn't very cinematic, but it is a very, very interesting story. I recommend this.


Does it go much into the other racers? Only one of the competitors completed the race (Robin Knox-Johnston, who was knighted in 1995), while another came just short and a third got so into it that when he made it back to the south Atlantic he decided to continue on to Tahiti (which means he also circumnavigated the Earth; he just didn't return to Plymouth). Crowhurst's story is very strange as well as interesting. The whole story of the race is fascinating. (The race was also non-stop. You went into any port on the way, you lost.)


Yes, it does mention the other racers, but Crowhurst is the main focus of the film.

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Deep Water

This is a documentary about the ill-fated voyage of Donald Crowhurst in the first-ever solo sailing race around the world. The film isn't very cinematic, but it is a very, very interesting story. I recommend this.


Haunting story. Glad you liked the film too

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

My first time seeing this. I must say, I have to agree 100% with JB's 2.5 star review. All his criticisms of the whodunnit plot and anti-climax are correct. I'm a little puzzled as to why people are fond of this one. Truly, it can be said that Final Frontier is way too hoaky and chummy, but I think Country goes too far in the opposite direction. Too serious to the point of being drab and droll. I couldn't help but be reminded of A View to a Kill. Nicholas Meyer instills this film with a sharp sense of discipline, but a sense of adventure is absent. Plummer is cool, but bogged down by the seriousness of the movie. I would have preferred a gaudier send-off, complete with humor and over the top adventure. I love Wrath of Khan as much as anybody, but honestly, I think I prefer Final Frontier to Undiscovered Country.


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The Bling Ring

In some ways, Sofia Coppola's latest comes off as a less nihilistic Spring Breakers. However, it's true crime basis also brings to mind Pain And Gain.

On the whole, this is a minor but well-dine and entertaining entry in Coppola's filmography. It depicts the protagonists as criminals driven by desire for material possesions. Yet even as she doesn't heroize them, she doesn't condemn them either. There's also more humor in here than there was in the aforementioned Spring Breakers.

A solid ***

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Creepshow 2

I'd seen the first Creepshow, so I decided to watch the sequel. Like the first, it's an anthology film, and this one has three stories. The first is about a wooden Indian statue that comes to life and avenges the murders of people loyal to the Navajo tribe. The second is about a group of teens that go swimming in a lake, only to find themselves harassed by a mysterious, gelatinous monster. The best is the third, which is about a woman who runs down a hitchhiker with her car, and is haunted by his spirit.

On paper, this sounds good. But this doesn't have the dark humor the first Creepshow did, and the direction is not as good. The stories don't build to any kind of horror (though the third one comes close), and the end result is very bland. I can recommend the first Creepshow, but not this one.

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Sexual Chocolate wrote:
Syd Henderson wrote:
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Deep Water

This is a documentary about the ill-fated voyage of Donald Crowhurst in the first-ever solo sailing race around the world. The film isn't very cinematic, but it is a very, very interesting story. I recommend this.


Does it go much into the other racers? Only one of the competitors completed the race (Robin Knox-Johnston, who was knighted in 1995), while another came just short and a third got so into it that when he made it back to the south Atlantic he decided to continue on to Tahiti (which means he also circumnavigated the Earth; he just didn't return to Plymouth). Crowhurst's story is very strange as well as interesting. The whole story of the race is fascinating. (The race was also non-stop. You went into any port on the way, you lost.)


Yes, it does mention the other racers, but Crowhurst is the main focus of the film.


I just got done with it. Sad story. They did Knox-Johnston and Moitessier justice (considering it's Crowhurst's story), but I wish there had been more on Nigel Tetley, the one whose boat sank in the North Atlantic on his way back. Tetley's boat was failing, but he thought he had to race home to beat Crowhurst. It he had taken his time, he would have won the cash prize for fastest circumnavigation. (Moitessier would have won it if he had continued on to England. Knox-Johnson was a bit of a slowpoke.)

Two of the failed competitors, Ridgeway and Blyth had earlier rowed across the Atlantic. Blyth was the first person to do a solo non-stop solo circumnavigation in the opposite direction, which is more difficult.

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Early Summer: This is the second of Ozu's "Noriko Trilogy," so called because Setsuko Hara plays (different) characters named Noriko in each movie. In order, these are Late Spring, Early Summer and Tokyo Story. Although this doesn't seem as well-regarded as the other two, I enjoyed it the most, mostly because it was the most accessible to me, and also because it made an excellent bridge between the other two. Besides, I liked these characters. As in Late Spring, Noriko is in her late twenties, still unmarried. This time her family wants her to marry a 40-year-old businessman of their choice. However, Noriko has a choice of her own
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, being willing to struggle for a while to marry someone she trusts and has liked for a long time,
and if her family doesn't agree, well, Noriko is famously stubborn.

Flawlessly directed even by Ozu standards, and here's not a single weak performance in the film, although the older nephew is a brat. Unlike in Late Spring, Noriko has a sizeable extended family who love her, a good job and a wide circle of friends.

By coincidence, I saw Late Spring before the solstice and Early Summer two days after the solstice. I guess that means I'll have to see Early Spring in late March of 2014. (9 of 10, maybe even 9.5)

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