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I personally found The Canyons to be a fascinating film with interesting characters, the statement may not exactly be originla, but it's well done enough for me to overlook it, the acting was the main thing that impressed, for someone who's only done porn, Deen did quite well, but it's Lohan who truly impressed me, a lot of the time it feels less like she's acting and more like someone just happened to catch her behind-the-scenes with a video camera, she realls sells her character, especially during the orgy scene, she definitely has a bright future if she gives more performances like his one.. Personally I think it's refreshing to see Schrader doing this type of film over crap like Dominion.


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Bullet to the Head (2012)
When their respective partners are killed, a rookie cop (Sung Kang) and a seasoned hitman (Sylvester Stallone) team up to exact revenge on the killer (Khal Drogo).
Not unexpectedly, this star vehicle for Sylvester Stallone is a violent and formulaic exploitation movie. Because of the involvement of veteran director Walter Hill, I hoped that it would at least feature interesting action sequences, but the fistfights and shoot-outs aren’t any different from those in hundreds of similar films. The buddy movie aspect to the film also fell flat and this from the director of ‘48 hours’. The film also looked remarkably poor with a lot of murky scenes, but that might have been the fault of the DVD transfer. I didn’t enjoy this film at all: 3/10

Return to the 36th Chamber aka Master Killer 2 (1980)
In this sequel to the Kung Fu classic ‘The 36th Chamber of Shaolin’, Gordon Liu (Kill Bill and loads of 70ies/80ies martial arts movies) plays a con man who pretends to be the Shaolin monk and Kung Fu expert San Te (his character from the first movie) in order to help oppressed factory workers against their evil factory boss and his Manchurian henchmen. He gets found out and beaten up, so he tries to enter the Shaolin abbey to actually learn Kung Fu training. He is rejected but allowed to help with some scaffolding work, during which he watches the monks train and practises on his own with construction materials.
As far as production values, story or plot are concerned, ‘Return to the 36th Chamber’ is nothing to write home about, but these are rarely the strong suits of martial arts movies. ‘Return...’ is a primarily comedic movie, which is a double-edged sword, because some of the comedy doesn’t translate well (or is awful in te first place), although the physical comedy works. The core of the movie is a training sequence just like in the first Shaolin movie with the twist that Gordon Liu’s character is improvising his training regime on the scaffolding, which is played for humour but also displays Liu’s acrobatic skills very well. This part of the movie is great fun to watch and reason enough for me to forgive the movie’s problems. 7/10

A Boy and His Dog (1975)
Nuclear World War IV has left America a desolate wasteland, in which people dwell in old bunkers living of canned food, while marauders roam the surface. One of these is a young man (Don Johnson) with his cynical and educated telepathic dog, who are scavenging for canned food as well as for women. Unbeknownst to them, they are being watched by observers from a bizarre underground society.
“Bizarre” is the key word to describe ‘A Boy and His Dog’. I remember having watched it years ago in a state of inebriation and finding it weird and hilarious and I still do all these years later and of sober mind. Perhaps, you could credit “A Boy and His Dog” (based on a story by Harlan Ellison) for pioneering the style of post-acopalyptic movies such as the ‘Mad Max’ movies and of computer games with a similar setting. You might also look for political subtexts. But these are not the reasons to watch the movie, it’s the humour, which, particularly in the remarkably radica ending, is often pretty dark and in bad taste (sorry for the pun). I suspect many people will hate the film and they will have good reasons for it. I think it’s pretty good for no reason other that its funny and absurd. 7/10


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Jarhead (2005) 2.5/4

Sam Mendes’ examination of the Gulf War isn’t afraid to make bold statements about the effects of warfare or even its purpose for that matter. However the film always seems to be stalling, never finding its footing in a vast sea of sand.

Tabloid (2010) 3.5/4

Last year, a little documentary called Searching for Sugar Man left me speechless—it was undoubtedly one of my favorite films of the year (if you haven’t checked it out; shame on you!). Having not explored too much of the genre itself, Sugar Man showed a young film buff that documentaries can weave tantalizing narratives that are on par with some of the best dramas out there. In many ways Errol Morris’ Tabloid, a film that was released two years before Sugar Man, accomplishes the same manner of storytelling. Morris’ direction in Tabloid is pretty fantastic. Talking heads do more than simply answer questions or deliver slivers of insight into the tale being discussed—they allow viewers to see their personalities, and their baffling mindsets. Overall, Tabloid delivers a fascinating story of deception and truth, and while its story never completely pays off; this is a film that comes highly recommended.

Elysium (2013) 2/4

It’s hard to write something neat and completely original about this film because its practically all been said. I found little to like in Elysium. The SFX were solid, but that’s all I can really say. This film beat me over the head with its central message until I was utterly dizzy. Politics aside (I don’t even know if that’s possible), when people are sick I think they should have some form of care—for me it feels like the moral thing to do. Tackling the issues of healthcare in our current society through the means of science fiction opens up many doorways of creativity, but Blomkamp shuts them, locks them, and throws away the keys. Our lone Caucasian hero played by Matt Damon lives in a world where the poor (all minorities) live on a polluted Earth, while the rich white folk live high above in a placed, filled with healing boxes, called "Elysium." There is little to no explanation given to the present conditions on Earth, or why no one on earth ( not even hospitals) have a magic healing box of their own. All the viewer knows is that the rich live on Elysium, where inhabitants leisure around all day in their pools while looking down on Earth humming the beat to MC Hammer’s most famous song. In all honesty, Damon’s character has a neat journey, but there is way too much baggage for his trip—by the third act Blomkamp’s health-care shuttle simply cannot reach its desired heights.

All throughout the film I was looking for something to grab onto, something that I could enjoy getting me through the ride. Sadly, this never happened. With two-dimensional villains, a poor script, and weighted themes that Arnold couldn’t lift—Elysium left me angry. Its one thing to see a bad film with no potential, but its deadening to see a film that has so much promise simply wasted away by a lack of subtlety and overall intelligence.

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Dark City

Wow! One of the best films of the 90s. Truman Show meets The Matrix meets A.I. A nearly perfect film with a perfectly executed concept. The only potential problem is that the lead actor is a bit weak. This movie is far beyond what I was expecting. A pleasant surprise. I see now where Inception and Man of Steel got some of their ideas.


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Dark City

Wow! One of the best films of the 90s. Truman Show meets The Matrix meets A.I. A nearly perfect film with a perfectly executed concept. The only potential problem is that the lead actor is a bit weak. This movie is far beyond what I was expecting. A pleasant surprise. I see now where Inception and Man of Steel got some of their ideas.


Isn't it wonderful though? Stylistically as well; doesn't feel like it has aged a day.

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Seems like maybe Alex Proyas has had a tough time in his career because of what happened on The Crow. But I really like I,Robot as well.


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Jarhead (2005) 2.5/4

Sam Mendes’ examination of the Gulf War isn’t afraid to make bold statements about the effects of warfare or even its purpose for that matter. However the film always seems to be stalling, never finding its footing in a vast sea of sand.
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How can you criticize a movie for stalling when the entire film is about a group of men who want nothing more than to participate in action, but all they get to do is stall?

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MGamesCook wrote:
Dark City

Wow! One of the best films of the 90s. Truman Show meets The Matrix meets A.I. A nearly perfect film with a perfectly executed concept. The only potential problem is that the lead actor is a bit weak. This movie is far beyond what I was expecting. A pleasant surprise. I see now where Inception and Man of Steel got some of their ideas.


My only issue (and I consider the film a masterpiece) is that the final action scene is disappointing in a movie that's been about more than mind powerz

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JamesKunz wrote:
JackBurns wrote:
Jarhead (2005) 2.5/4

Sam Mendes’ examination of the Gulf War isn’t afraid to make bold statements about the effects of warfare or even its purpose for that matter. However the film always seems to be stalling, never finding its footing in a vast sea of sand.
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How can you criticize a movie for stalling when the entire film is about a group of men who want nothing more than to participate in action, but all they get to do is stall?


I'm fond of "Jarhead" for that reason, but I can see how it would drive viewers (and soldiers) nuts.

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JamesKunz wrote:
JackBurns wrote:
Jarhead (2005) 2.5/4

Sam Mendes’ examination of the Gulf War isn’t afraid to make bold statements about the effects of warfare or even its purpose for that matter. However the film always seems to be stalling, never finding its footing in a vast sea of sand.
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How can you criticize a movie for stalling when the entire film is about a group of men who want nothing more than to participate in action, but all they get to do is stall?

I agree with you, but more because that "war" lasted for like 2 minutes before it was over. Hell, just look at the 2nd runaround they had during the War on Terror, as they pretty much walked in and took the country in the blink of an eye.

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JamesKunz wrote:
JackBurns wrote:
Jarhead (2005) 2.5/4

Sam Mendes’ examination of the Gulf War isn’t afraid to make bold statements about the effects of warfare or even its purpose for that matter. However the film always seems to be stalling, never finding its footing in a vast sea of sand.
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How can you criticize a movie for stalling when the entire film is about a group of men who want nothing more than to participate in action, but all they get to do is stall?


So if a film about a group of friends stuck in a house for an entire weekend contains characters who are bland, who continuously do stupid things for some sort of comic relief, etc. I cant criticize the film for being bland or dull? Even if all they want to do is go out to their local amusement park?

In my opinion Jarhead did stall. Long stretches of waiting don't necessarily add anything new to what viewers had literally seen seconds ago in different scenes, they only compound them. Sure the antics change; Jake G dances around in a Santa thong for a while, and there is a good deal of concentration on infidelity and its effect on soldiers. Yet none of this really made it a compelling piece of cinema for me. I'm fine with the soldiers standing around, gleaning in a heat that bakes their anxieties and fears--but when a film idles on the same instances for too long, without further developing the narrative, I take issue with that.

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Total Recall

You have to love Paul Verhoeven: anytime somebody gets shot in one of his movies, it comes accompanied with a squib the size of a golf ball that blows out a blood pack the size of a pudding cup.

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Nine Queens: delightful Argentinian film about the efforts of two petty con men to sell a block of nine counterfeit stamps. We have the ruthless con artist taking the youngster under his wing and showing him the ropes, and both of them are so clever except they get to face even cleverer con men. I love this kind of twisty caper movie, and in the end, I guessed maybe a quarter of it. This was remade in English as "Criminal." again proving that there is no such thing as a foolproof story, because fools are so ingenious. Check out the original and you won't be disappointed. Docked a half point because the ending is too clever by half, so I give it 8.5 of 10.

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JackBurns wrote:
JamesKunz wrote:
JackBurns wrote:
Jarhead (2005) 2.5/4

Sam Mendes’ examination of the Gulf War isn’t afraid to make bold statements about the effects of warfare or even its purpose for that matter. However the film always seems to be stalling, never finding its footing in a vast sea of sand.
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How can you criticize a movie for stalling when the entire film is about a group of men who want nothing more than to participate in action, but all they get to do is stall?


So if a film about a group of friends stuck in a house for an entire weekend contains characters who are bland, who continuously do stupid things for some sort of comic relief, etc. I cant criticize the film for being bland or dull? Even if all they want to do is go out to their local amusement park?

In my opinion Jarhead did stall. Long stretches of waiting don't necessarily add anything new to what viewers had literally seen seconds ago in different scenes, they only compound them. Sure the antics change; Jake G dances around in a Santa thong for a while, and there is a good deal of concentration on infidelity and its effect on soldiers. Yet none of this really made it a compelling piece of cinema for me. I'm fine with the soldiers standing around, gleaning in a heat that bakes their anxieties and fears--but when a film idles on the same instances for too long, without further developing the narrative, I take issue with that.


I just fundamentally differ on the nature of the movie. The point, to me, is that there is no narrative to develop. The movie would not have been improved by inventing commando missions for them to do to fill the dead time -- the movie is about the dead time.

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I never saw Jarhead, but I might have to take a look. "It's not about anything"/"It's supposed to be about nothing" is a pretty interesting argument to have over a movie.

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I never saw Jarhead, but I might have to take a look. "It's not about anything"/"It's supposed to be about nothing" is a pretty interesting argument to have over a movie.


Well I'd like to make clear that I'm not saying it's about *nothing,* but rather nothingness. Do check it out

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I just fundamentally differ on the nature of the movie. The point, to me, is that there is no narrative to develop. The movie would not have been improved by inventing commando missions for them to do to fill the dead time -- the movie is about the dead time.


Don't get me wrong, I don't think the movie would have been improved by adding blazes of battles or missions either. I agree the movie is about deadtime, as you called it, I just don't think that the film did all that much with said deadtime. As I said previously, scenes with soldiers horsing around and simply waiting for action never really hooked me; It simply just wasn't vey compelling IMHO. I can fully respect your opinion though.

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JackBurns wrote:
JamesKunz wrote:
I just fundamentally differ on the nature of the movie. The point, to me, is that there is no narrative to develop. The movie would not have been improved by inventing commando missions for them to do to fill the dead time -- the movie is about the dead time.


Don't get me wrong, I don't think the movie would have been improved by adding blazes of battles or missions either. I agree the movie is about deadtime, as you called it, I just don't think that the film did all that much with said deadtime. As I said previously, scenes with soldiers horsing around and simply waiting for action never really hooked me; It simply just wasn't vey compelling IMHO. I can fully respect your opinion though.

I wasn't that sold on the film either, but it wasn't the deadtime that was the issue, I just did not find the characters very interesting or compelling.

In all fairness to Syd, the trailer for this film is highly misleading(a lot of the scenes in the trailer aren't even in the actual film), it dosen't accurately portray the film at all as you can see here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEihaz6FcWs


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Jarhead

I thought this movie was fascinating. To be blunt, it's a study about young men full of semen and no place to blow it, figuratively speaking. It's such a strange thought for warfare and battle to be framed as the release rather than the source of tension, but Jarhead makes the subject matter feel natural and authentic.

As for the sense that nothing happens and that many situations replay themselves--sure, I agree if we're talking about the surface level. Purely in terms of plot points, Jarhead spends a lot of time repeating itself. But these scenes are against a backdrop of constantly shifting psychological situations. The same scene can happen over and over again, but it never says the same thing twice. Rather than cause the movie to stall, I found this to be a very effective way to dramatize the sense of crushing frustration and social deterioration of the soldiers. Each time a scenario repeats itself, it is an implicit comment on the previous time that it happened.

And wow, this movie is beautiful. Visually bleak, as it should be, but beautiful in its bleakness. They sent Roger Deakins into the desert and gave the footage he came back with to Walter Murch, and I thank them for that.

Good movie.

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I thought this movie was fascinating. To be blunt, it's a study about young men full of semen and no place to blow it, figuratively speaking. It's such a strange thought for warfare and battle to be framed as the release rather than the source of tension, but Jarhead makes the subject matter feel natural and authentic.

As for the sense that nothing happens and that many situations replay themselves--sure, I agree if we're talking about the surface level. Purely in terms of plot points, Jarhead spends a lot of time repeating itself. But these scenes are against a backdrop of constantly shifting psychological situations. The same scene can happen over and over again, but it never says the same thing twice. Rather than cause the movie to stall, I found this to be a very effective way to dramatize the sense of crushing frustration and social deterioration of the soldiers. Each time a scenario repeats itself, it is an implicit comment on the previous time that it happened.

And wow, this movie is beautiful. Visually bleak, as it should be, but beautiful in its bleakness. They sent Roger Deakins into the desert and gave the footage he came back with to Walter Murch, and I thank them for that.

Good movie.


Woot I'm clearly right because Ken agrees with me. And yeah, the scenes of burning oil wells alone should have gotten the film a cinematography nod

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