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'Les Miserables' (Hooper, 2012) * out of ****
God was this monotonous as shit. Everything that's good about Hooper's long awaited adaptation is outshown by horrible cinematography and editing, a seemingly unending and entirely unwieldly storyline and characters that aren't developed enough for us to give a fuck. The design is gorgeous but distractingly stagey and the camera framing keeps us from getting any real detail out of the shots. Also, did virtually every fucking line have to be sung? This is a movie, don't treat it like Broadway.

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'Les Miserables' (Hooper, 2012) * out of ****
God was this monotonous as shit. Everything that's good about Hooper's long awaited adaptation is outshown by horrible cinematography and editing, a seemingly unending and entirely unwieldly storyline and characters that aren't developed enough for us to give a fuck. The design is gorgeous but distractingly stagey and the camera framing keeps us from getting any real detail out of the shots. Also, did virtually every fucking line have to be sung? This is a movie, don't treat it like Broadway.


I don't hate it nearly as much as you do, but this movie surely had problems, didn't it? Singing every line isn't *necessarily* a problem, but it certainly is when your two leads aren't equal to the role, and in Russell Crowe's case, are really really underqualified.

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Also, did virtually every fucking line have to be sung? This is a movie, don't treat it like Broadway.

Haven't seen the movie, mind, but you might as well take a shot at the tradition of recitative in opera while you're at it.

Honestly, one thing that always bugged me about musicals was how the connective scenes could be dramatized conventionally, then someone just spontaneously breaks into song and it transforms into a whole other reality.

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After Porn Ends

This documentary is pretty much what its title says it is...the filmmakers few former porn stars about their lives in the porn industry and what happened to them after they left. Some regret their porn days, some don't. It's interesting but not earth-shattering.

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JJoshay wrote:
'Les Miserables' (Hooper, 2012) * out of ****
God was this monotonous as shit. Everything that's good about Hooper's long awaited adaptation is outshown by horrible cinematography and editing, a seemingly unending and entirely unwieldly storyline and characters that aren't developed enough for us to give a fuck. The design is gorgeous but distractingly stagey and the camera framing keeps us from getting any real detail out of the shots. Also, did virtually every fucking line have to be sung? This is a movie, don't treat it like Broadway.


I don't hate it nearly as much as you do, but this movie surely had problems, didn't it? Singing every line isn't *necessarily* a problem, but it certainly is when your two leads aren't equal to the role, and in Russell Crowe's case, are really really underqualified.


Parts of it were really strong. Hathaway was deserving of all praise in her performance as well as her rendition of I Dreamed a Dream and Carter and Cohen were two of the only people who actually felt like they actually belonged in the movie. My rating is mainly because of Hooper's truly awful turn behind the camera. He has his cinematographer frame nearly every shot close in on a characters face and the consistent, purposeless canted angles grow wearisome early on. For a film set on such an epic scale and attempting at such a grand scope it feels completely minor. Repetitive shots give way to repetitive motions as too many dull frames are shuffled through as if on slideshow mode, with many good shots that give depth and scale to the production cut woefully short and thinly distributed among the ever constant close ups. Also, Ken, this isn't an opera, it's a movie and it should have been approached as one, but if the scope of a movie adaptation is what Les Miserables fans have been waiting years for then Tom Hooper owes them all an apology because you're better off just watching a recording of the show on Broadway.

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Parts of it were really strong. Hathaway was deserving of all praise in her performance as well as her rendition of I Dreamed a Dream and Carter and Cohen were two of the only people who actually felt like they actually belonged in the movie. My rating is mainly because of Hooper's truly awful turn behind the camera. He has his cinematographer frame nearly every shot close in on a characters face and the consistent, purposeless canted angles grow wearisome early on. For a film set on such an epic scale and attempting at such a grand scope it feels completely minor. Repetitive shots give way to repetitive motions as too many dull frames are shuffled through as if on slideshow mode, with many good shots that give depth and scale to the production cut woefully short and thinly distributed among the ever constant close ups. Also, Ken, this isn't an opera, it's a movie and it should have been approached as one, but if the scope of a movie adaptation is what Les Miserables fans have been waiting years for then Tom Hooper owes them all an apology because you're better off just watching a recording of the show on Broadway.


I actually appreciate that Hooper downsized the story to focus on its earthier elements, emphasizing intimacy over scale. I always get bored at broadway shows, and Hooper, through his own weaknesses, managed to capture that feeling. The feeling of a big musical drifting in and out of interest, which is how I've felt at most big shows I've ever attended. The performances take on a very self-orbiting quality in this movie, which is also in line with my impression of opera stars. I really like the bar scene (red, blood of angry men, etc.). I thought that was pretty rousing.

I don't mind Hooper's odd photography because in the end, you don't just want the story, you want the director's version of the story. Flawed vision is better than no vision.


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The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 & 2 (2013)

It was disconcerting in the early goings to see the exact style from the graphic novel in movement, but the film gained so much momentum as it went on. It was very faithful but also made some clever adapting choices in what to omit or add in. The voice works are amazing all around, with Peter Weller and Michael Emerson really inspiring choices. The hard-hitting action scenes did justice to the book, as were the darker aspects: what was merely disturbing in the source material turned into stomach-churning stuff when seen in motion. The two final showdowns between Batman and his two main opponents were executed in grand style and really satisfying. Great adaptation of (imo) the best Batman book. 9/10

Ikiru (1952)

At first I was a little apprehensive from the cover and brief synopsis that it might be akin to embarking on misery porn. But during the film's grim framework, it contained many instances of, if not exactly joyful, at least deeply humane passages (some parts of the novelist's trip; most of the cheerful Toyo's segments). The lead is great in his submissive personality; his face was so succumbed to gloom that any rare moment he cracked a smile, you felt the film lights up with him. The last act of the film utilized some of the director's own Rashomon touches from two years earlier, but was also very effective and touching in showing how a person's passionate commitment could have a far-reaching impact. It feels like Kurosawa's answer to It's a Wonderful Life: inspiring and hopeful, yet more clear-eyed in its social commentary about human nature. Certainly one of his greatest works. 10/10


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I've seen The Place Promised in Our Early Days and 5 Centimeters per Second. The first is the better, but 5 Centimeters per Second is full of breathtaking images. Netflix still doesn't have Voices of a Distant Star. I may have to buy a copy.


Yeah, I've only seen Voices Of A Distant Star throughout YouTube; well worth watching though. I'm fortunate the Phoenix library system has all the others; they're tough to track down, although it looks like Netflix has finally made a couple of them available, which hadn't been the case before.

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The Tree of Life (2011)

I appreciate and have some respect for this attempt to define existence at both a macro and micro level; but it doesn't quite work. That isn't to say it's a poor film, it isnt. And the the visuals really are spectacular. But there are missing ingredients here. This might sound odd considering the subject matter, but there is a dintinct lack of humour and self-awareness about the whole affair. I mean, if life is anything, it's a comedy right? A painful one at time, but still. The Tree of Life ignores the tragi-comic elements to our existence, and instead wallows in nostalgia and melancholia for the whole duration.

The Tree of Life ... no ... one branch on the tree of life. I'd like to see others

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This might sound odd considering the subject matter, but there is a dintinct lack of humour and self-awareness about the whole affair. I mean, if life is anything, it's a comedy right? A painful one at time, but still. The Tree of Life ignores the tragi-comic elements to our existence, and instead wallows in nostalgia and melancholia for the whole duration.

The Tree of Life ... no ... one branch on the tree of life. I'd like to see others


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I don't want to sound like I hate the film, I don't. But how perfectly cast was Sean Penn - as a rich man mooching around in self-pity?

Uncanny!

The real skill to this project would have been tastefully injecting the brevity needed to make it not only more human, but more realistic. Edgar Wright shoud have made it!

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Edgar Wright would have filmed the whole thing in some old English pub with Simon Pegg in the Brad Pitt role.

Which actually sounds great, now that I think about it.

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Edgar Wright would have filmed the whole thing in some old English pub with Simon Pegg in the Brad Pitt role.

Which actually sounds great, now that I think about it.


True.

And whatsmore, Wright would have been right to do so!

F*ck it, I have a real vision now of a borderline smashed Pegg explaining to his young lad how he wanted to be a musician, whilst eating pork scratchings - interspersed with the Dinosaurs being wiped out et al.

Now that, I would pay to see

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I don't agree that the movie should have a comedy element to it, but I am enjoying the humor in the discussion. :)

I think it is a one branch movie, focusing primarily on the Sean Penn character and how being raised between two different perspectives (self reliance vs fate) and an added tragedy really causes him some issues. Actually, now that I think of it, that probably should mandate some pub therapy and reflection.

What I couldn't figure out is whether he managed to work it all out or whether he decided to end it all and was experiencing the passage of life and going into the light. Since it is supposed to be based somewhat on the director's personal experience I always presumed he worked through the conflict.


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I happened to watch my first Malick film today.

Days of Heaven (1978)
Certainly one of the most beautiful cinematography ever, and the score complemented the visual fully. However, although the story matched and added to the lyrical nature of the film at times, most of it is pretty banal, especially the voiceover, and failed to hold interest in some spots. 7.5/10

This being only 90 minutes, and all his films after this over 2 hours, makes me apprehensive a little for the rest of his works (though to be fair, those films' subjects looked far more interesting than this, and from the trailers I like his directing flourishes with more moving around, rather than static shots in this film).


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I happened to watch my first Malick film today.

Days of Heaven (1978)
Certainly one of the most beautiful cinematography ever, and the score complemented the visual fully. However, although the story matched and added to the lyrical nature of the film at times, most of it is pretty banal, especially the voiceover, and failed to hold interest in some spots. 7.5/10

This being only 90 minutes, and all his films after this over 2 hours, makes me apprehensive a little for the rest of his works (though to be fair, those films' subjects looked far more interesting than this, and from the trailers I like his directing flourishes with more moving around, rather than static shots in this film).


I believe you'll find that Malick's weaknesses (which I would sum up as an utterly pretentious treatment of actually rather banal subjects) are even more pronounced in his later movies, such as 'The Tree of Life'. 'Badlands' is excellent, though. And all of his movies are at least ambitious and much, much better than the movie, which I watched recently:

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
There is a recent trend (I dare not call it a subgenre) of adapting fairytales into action-heavy fantasy movies, as is evidenced by “Mirror Mirror”, “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Jack and the Giants”. I think this approach doesn’t work: Most fairytales are morality tales directed at a very young audience. Their appeal is in their imagination and bizarreness and less their action and plot. So while I think that fairytales can provide fertile ground for making horror movies, an action movie based on a faerietale will inevitably be ludicrous.
To be fair, the people behind ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’ occasionally seem to aim for a comedic vibe similar to Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Brothers Grimm’, which didn’t work either, it should be said. The humorous approach shining through at the beginning is soon abandoned in favour of staid action movie tropes, though, and we are left with a patently ridiculous movie which takes itself way too seriously and doesn’t offer any laughs. It offers little else, too. The direction is pedestrian, the special effects and design are adequate but unremarkable, the action is boring (pump gun shooting at witches, basically) and the dialogue is awful (“You’ve got to be fucking kidding me” is the height of eloquence here). The acting varies from okay (Femke Janssen finds the right tone by overacting while playing a witch) to “meh” (Jeremy Renner in bland action movie hero mode) to absolutely terrible (Gemma Arterton, who is certainly photogenic and good-looking, but made me wince anytime she opened her mouth. She’s best suited to perfume commercials, I think.). Overall, a very bad movie 2/10


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peng wrote:
I happened to watch my first Malick film today.

Days of Heaven (1978)
Certainly one of the most beautiful cinematography ever, and the score complemented the visual fully. However, although the story matched and added to the lyrical nature of the film at times, most of it is pretty banal, especially the voiceover, and failed to hold interest in some spots. 7.5/10

This being only 90 minutes, and all his films after this over 2 hours, makes me apprehensive a little for the rest of his works (though to be fair, those films' subjects looked far more interesting than this, and from the trailers I like his directing flourishes with more moving around, rather than static shots in this film).


I believe you'll find that Malick's weaknesses (which I would sum up as an utterly pretentious treatment of actually rather banal subjects) are even more pronounced in his later movies, such as 'The Tree of Life'. 'Badlands' is excellent, though. And all of his movies are at least ambitious and much, much better than the movie, which I watched recently:

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
There is a recent trend (I dare not call it a subgenre) of adapting fairytales into action-heavy fantasy movies, as is evidenced by “Mirror Mirror”, “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Jack and the Giants”. I think this approach doesn’t work: Most fairytales are morality tales directed at a very young audience. Their appeal is in their imagination and bizarreness and less their action and plot. So while I think that fairytales can provide fertile ground for making horror movies, an action movie based on a faerietale will inevitably be ludicrous.
To be fair, the people behind ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’ occasionally seem to aim for a comedic vibe similar to Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Brothers Grimm’, which didn’t work either, it should be said. The humorous approach shining through at the beginning is soon abandoned in favour of staid action movie tropes, though, and we are left with a patently ridiculous movie which takes itself way too seriously and doesn’t offer any laughs. It offers little else, too. The direction is pedestrian, the special effects and design are adequate but unremarkable, the action is boring (pump gun shooting at witches, basically) and the dialogue is awful (“You’ve got to be fucking kidding me” is the height of eloquence here). The acting varies from okay (Femke Janssen finds the right tone by overacting while playing a witch) to “meh” (Jeremy Renner in bland action movie hero mode) to absolutely terrible (Gemma Arterton, who is certainly photogenic and good-looking, but made me wince anytime she opened her mouth. She’s best suited to perfume commercials, I think.). Overall, a very bad movie 2/10

Normally I strongly disagree with many of your reviews(I.E. Killers, Bullet To The Head) but in this case I agree with you 100%, Witch Hunters is easily one of the worst films of the year and it's no wonder it's been sitting on the shelf, I don't really blame the actors though, not much they could do with such a terrible screenplay.


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My Own Private Idaho

River Phoenix plays a street hustler with a dark, damaged home life. Keanu Reeves is the son of a wealthy politician doing a bit of class tourism. The film is about their travels and the people they meet. I like the film's style, but I also found it hard to connect emotionally with the characters. This isn't a plotless film, but it has a very loose structure that may be off-putting to some. Phoenix is superb, and Reeves is a bit more animated than a tree stump.

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My Own Private Idaho

River Phoenix plays a street hustler with a dark, damaged home life. Keanu Reeves is the son of a wealthy politician doing a bit of class tourism. The film is about their travels and the people they meet. I like the film's style, but I also found it hard to connect emotionally with the characters. This isn't a plotless film, but it has a very loose structure that may be off-putting to some. Phoenix is superb, and Reeves is a bit more animated than a tree stump.


Basically my reaction, although I thought Reeves gave a fairly strong performance.
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Kick-Ass (2010) - 8 (rewatched)

Kick-Ass 2 (2013) - 6 It's a good thing they beefed up Hit Girl's presence, because Chloe Moretz, along with Jim Carrey, were the two strong bright spots that elevated every scene they're in (shame about the minimal use of Carrey's Colonel then though).


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