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The Green Mile

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Related: I hereby resolve to work the phrase "I think this boy's cheese done slid off his cracker" into regular use.

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It's kind of cool that everyone's watching Eyes without A Face. I love it, and it's been one of my favorite horror films for years. I think it's great that its stature grows more and more as the years go by.

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Today I revisited one I hadn't seen in quite a few years. I hadn't seen Fargo in probably more than 10 years, even though I remembered loving it and for the most part I had always considered it my favorite Coen film. But after No Country for Old Men, I slowly started bumping that one to #1. But after revisiting the former, I gotta say it's the best one. That film is so entertaining, so much fun in a very creepy way. Great performances all around, great script, great directing. What more can be said? Grade: I would say an A, but in all honesty, it probably is an A+

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I've let my thoughts on recent watches slip...

Eyes Without a Face (1960) 3.5/4

A truly beautiful horror film. Those words don't typically go together, but there is little other way to describe the poetic charm and earnest humanity of Eyes Without a Face. Not only does Eyes Without a Face function as superb early body horror, it also examines aspects of the human condition, mainly identity and societies fixture on beauty. Although these aspects of Eyes Without a Face elevate its material, the examination of the causation of "evil" is captivating. Generally speaking, villains portrayed in cinema may not have the best reasons for their evil acts, however this is not the case here. Characters have deep rooted reasoning for their actions, and the films exploration of evil is way ahead of its time. Eyes Without a Face is one of those films that begs to be given the 4 star stamp, but some questionable police work towards the end of the third act brings up a circumstance that is questionable and problematic. Ultimately, Eyes Without a Face is a pretty terrific film and it comes highly, highly recommended.


One of my favorites ever. There's some pretty unexpected (but little) gore for a film of its age, and it's a truly lyrical film; the way the girl moved seems like she's floating.


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Definitely. The face extraction scene is something else :shock:

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We Are What We Are (2013)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2309021/
An extremely grim and very dark drama (definitely not a horror) about a family of cannibals. Once a year, for religious reasons, the Parker family has consumed human meat, but it all starts to unravel after the mother dies (this is not really a spoiler, all this is set up very early in the proceedings). It is the duty of the oldest child (there are two teenage girls and one younger boy) to carry on the family tradition (which she is not all that keen on) as mandated by the extremely oppressive father. Meanwhile, the very wet weather is unearthing bones of previous victims and are soon discovered... The film is wonderfully shot and remarkably well acted from a mostly no name cast (not for me anyway). It is certainly one of the bleakest films I have seen this year - although the final scene seemed a little bit over the top. BTW, you don't really need a strong stomach for this one - the grisly details are thankfully mostly not shown. Recommended for those that like 'em bleak and dark.
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The 400 Blows (1959)
Ground-breaking movie of the French Nouvelle Vague about adolescent Parisian Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), who is neglected by his parents, picked upon by his teachers and drifts into juvenile delinquency.
I was a bit concerned that Francois Truffaut's breakthrough movie would be boring, arty or sentimental, but it is neither. 'The 400 Blows' might be the best movie about troubled youths, at least I can't think of a better one just now. It is very realistic and believable, particularly the lead actor is fantastic. The movie is engaging throughout and very poignant. The direction is great with a few exquisite scenes, such as Doinel spinning around in some sort of carousel or a PE excercise, in which pupils jog in a group through Paris and one after the other runs off into side streets. On top of that, there are some very good-looking street scenes of 1950 Paris. An excellent movie: 9/10

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Parts 1 & 2 (2012)
Direct-to-DVD animated movie adaptation of Frank Miller's seminal superhero comic book.
I was surprised how faithful the adaptation was to its source material, which isn't only quite violent and politically charged, but also firmly rooted in 1980ies concerns. I was also surprised how well the story of Batman's return after having retired 10 years ago translated to the screen. The animation emulates Frank Miller's style and uses state-of-the-art techniques, which gave it an odd look at times, but that's quibbling. Overall, 'The Dark Knight Returns' is a very good superhero movie and does justice to the best Batman story. 7/10 (Part 1), 8/10 (Part 2)

La Vie en Rose (2007)
Biopic of French chanteuse Édith Piaf (Marion Cotillard).
The story Édith Piaf's life is fascinating and filled with drama. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of this movie. Director Olivier Dahan has chosen to present the story in flashback, which isn't so unusual for a biopic, but the structure is all over the place, switching back and forth between scenes from her life without any rhyme or reason. This allows the filmmakers to avoid Piaf's controversial role in WWII - she sang for German officers, but also facilitated the forging of passports for résistance fighters -, but it also means that certain scenes are never satisfyingly resolved. 'La Vie en Rose' is watchable, because of Cotillard's excellent and award-winning performance, the remarkably good make-up job and the lush period art direction - and of course because of the generally interesting subject. But it's not better than an average biopic. 5/10

Olympus has Fallen (2013)
North Korean terrorists attack the White House and capture the president (Aaron Eckhart), but they didn't count on one man: disgraced secret service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler).
This action movie is patently ludicrous (and why not). In the beginning, the presidential family is always surrounded by black suited, black tied secret service agents, who stand around them at attention even during private moments - only Banning boxes with the president, chooses dresses for the first lady and plays with the presidential family's son. His job is to be the president's best mate! While the introduction and character development are very clumsy, the action scenes are not and this is where it counts, after all. 'Olympus has Fallen' is very violent and shows a lot of destruction on screen. And if that's enough for you, you should be satisfied with this film. Personally, I'm not all that excited by machine gun fire, knifings and exploding helicopters any more, although the action scenes are competently done. With a story like this, I was also prepared for a lot of sentimental patriotism, but I still thought that the slow-motion shot of a torn American flag drifting to the ground like the bin bag in the amateur movie in 'American Beauty' was a bit too cheesy. Slightly worse than average: 4/10


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JackBurns wrote:
peng wrote:
JackBurns wrote:
I've let my thoughts on recent watches slip...

Eyes Without a Face (1960) 3.5/4

A truly beautiful horror film. Those words don't typically go together, but there is little other way to describe the poetic charm and earnest humanity of Eyes Without a Face. Not only does Eyes Without a Face function as superb early body horror, it also examines aspects of the human condition, mainly identity and societies fixture on beauty. Although these aspects of Eyes Without a Face elevate its material, the examination of the causation of "evil" is captivating. Generally speaking, villains portrayed in cinema may not have the best reasons for their evil acts, however this is not the case here. Characters have deep rooted reasoning for their actions, and the films exploration of evil is way ahead of its time. Eyes Without a Face is one of those films that begs to be given the 4 star stamp, but some questionable police work towards the end of the third act brings up a circumstance that is questionable and problematic. Ultimately, Eyes Without a Face is a pretty terrific film and it comes highly, highly recommended.


One of my favorites ever. There's some pretty unexpected (but little) gore for a film of its age, and it's a truly lyrical film; the way the girl moved seems like she's floating.


[Reveal] Spoiler:
Definitely. The face extraction scene is something else :shock:


It's funny that so many posters have seen 'Eyes without a Face' recently. If you liked 'Eyes without a Face', I would recommend Pedro Almodóvar's 'The Skin I live in' as an interesting companion piece


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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Parts 1 & 2 (2012)
Direct-to-DVD animated movie adaptation of Frank Miller's seminal superhero comic book.
I was surprised how faithful the adaptation was to its source material, which isn't only quite violent and politically charged, but also firmly rooted in 1980ies concerns. I was also surprised how well the story of Batman's return after having retired 10 years ago translated to the screen. The animation emulates Frank Miller's style and uses state-of-the-art techniques, which gave it an odd look at times, but that's quibbling. Overall, 'The Dark Knight Returns' is a very good superhero movie and does justice to the best Batman story. 7/10 (Part 1), 8/10 (Part 2)


Love this a bit more than you do. Some stuff that I am ok on pages made me quite queasy often when watched in motion, especially a lot of events involving Joker. Hope that in 2015 the live version of some epic confrontations here can be at least half impressive. :)

As for the surge in Eyes Without a Face's exposure, isn't there a Bluray Criterion just coming out? About time, I'd say.


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Toy Story 2 (1999) - 9/10

A Field in England (2013)

Director Ben Wheatley has a couple of well-praised films, Kill List and Sightseers, both of which I haven't seen, but I really like his new trippy one. A B&W film about a group of English deserters during civil war, it started out innocently enough in the first act as a comedic and profane romp. But by the time it introduced mushrooms into the equation, the surreal and nightmarish scenarios started to ramp up, before being full-blown by the final act. Although it is not the clearest of plot, through all this the film still retains its comedic age, atmospheric cinematography, and well written dialogue. That last act's beginning also has one of the most unnerving, out-of-body sequences I've seen all year. Don't watch this one high. 8.5/10


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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

The wife wanted to watch something funny last night, so we turned this on. It is close to the holiday season, after all. Christmas Vacation has always been my favorite of the series; I think it is the most consistently funny and always get a few laughs out of it no matter when I see it. I'm sure most if not all of you have seen it, so I won't ramble on here.

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The 400 Blows (1959)
Ground-breaking movie of the French Nouvelle Vague about adolescent Parisian Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), who is neglected by his parents, picked upon by his teachers and drifts into juvenile delinquency.
I was a bit concerned that Francois Truffaut's breakthrough movie would be boring, arty or sentimental, but it is neither. 'The 400 Blows' might be the best movie about troubled youths, at least I can't think of a better one just now. It is very realistic and believable, particularly the lead actor is fantastic. The movie is engaging throughout and very poignant. The direction is great with a few exquisite scenes, such as Doinel spinning around in some sort of carousel or a PE excercise, in which pupils jog in a group through Paris and one after the other runs off into side streets. On top of that, there are some very good-looking street scenes of 1950 Paris. An excellent movie: 9/10
(Part 2)

La Vie en Rose (2007)
Biopic of French chanteuse Édith Piaf (Marion Cotillard).
The story Édith Piaf's life is fascinating and filled with drama. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of this movie. Director Olivier Dahan has chosen to present the story in flashback, which isn't so unusual for a biopic, but the structure is all over the place, switching back and forth between scenes from her life without any rhyme or reason. This allows the filmmakers to avoid Piaf's controversial role in WWII - she sang for German officers, but also facilitated the forging of passports for résistance fighters -, but it also means that certain scenes are never satisfyingly resolved. 'La Vie en Rose' is watchable, because of Cotillard's excellent and award-winning performance, the remarkably good make-up job and the lush period art direction - and of course because of the generally interesting subject. But it's not better than an average biopic. 5/10



Agree completely on both. Why is La Vie en Rose shown out of sequence? Whyyyyy?

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Naked

Mike Leigh's film focuses on Johnny, a misogynistic, vulgar street hustler. We follow him around for a few days and experience his encounters with various people around London. Like a lot of Leigh's films, Naked isn't plot-driven so much as it is a display of human interaction (and as usual, Leigh gets great performances from his cast). Whether one will want to watch this film really depends on how much time they want to spend with a group of unpleasant individuals.

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Naked

Mike Leigh's film focuses on Johnny, a misogynistic, vulgar street hustler. We follow him around for a few days and experience his encounters with various people around London. Like a lot of Leigh's films, Naked isn't plot-driven so much as it is a display of human interaction (and as usual, Leigh gets great performances from his cast). Whether one will want to watch this film really depends on how much time they want to spend with a group of unpleasant individuals.


My least favorite Leigh.

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The Grandmaster (2013)
Biopic (of sorts) of Wing Chun master Ip Man (Tony Leung).
Hong Kong's celebrated arthouse director Wong Kar-Wei made a martial arts movie in his particular style before, but 'Ashes of Time' (1994) didn't work, in my opinion. Wong's movies are primarily about the visuals and he pulled every directorial trick out of his sleeve, but the fight scenes were chaotic and impenetrable. In 'The Grandmaster', however, it works and the fight scenes, choreograpühed by Yuen Woo-Ping, are filmed inventively and beautifully. The film is great to look at anyway, but I would have preferred a little more narrative or presentation of characters. It's quite impossible to say what the film really is about and nonsensical subtitles about hanging a monkey on a coathanger didn't help either. Overall, it's a better than average martial art movie. 6/10

The Professionals (1966)
Rich Texan J.W. Grant hires four specialists (Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode) to rescue his kidnapped wife (Claudia Cardinale) from the Mexican revolutionary Jésus Raza (Jack Palance).
This is a very solid Western, which follows in the footsteps of 'The Magnificent Seven' and foreshadows 'The Wild Bunch'. The plot kept me interested, the main characters were three-dimensional, the movie looked good and the action was well-filmed and exciting. No complaints, a good movie. 7/10

Welcome to the Punch (2013)
During a chase after a heist, Professional robber Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong) shoots his nemesis, detective Max Lewinsky (James Mc Avoy), in the leg. Three years later, Sternwood is forced to return to London when his son is shot and apprehended. Lewinsky, now an embittered, crippled cop, is waiting for him.
This English crime thriller isn't exactly original, but modern London filmed at night makes for a good-looking background and Mark Strong is very good. Other than that, it's a pretty unremarkable (although by no means bad) action thriller. Mediocre: 5/10


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Naked

Mike Leigh's film focuses on Johnny, a misogynistic, vulgar street hustler. We follow him around for a few days and experience his encounters with various people around London. Like a lot of Leigh's films, Naked isn't plot-driven so much as it is a display of human interaction (and as usual, Leigh gets great performances from his cast). Whether one will want to watch this film really depends on how much time they want to spend with a group of unpleasant individuals.


My least favorite Leigh.


David Thewlis gives a great performance as a really nasty character, but the film's really hard to like. I do like the scene with Johnny and the security guard who's watching an empty building.

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Naked

Mike Leigh's film focuses on Johnny, a misogynistic, vulgar street hustler. We follow him around for a few days and experience his encounters with various people around London. Like a lot of Leigh's films, Naked isn't plot-driven so much as it is a display of human interaction (and as usual, Leigh gets great performances from his cast). Whether one will want to watch this film really depends on how much time they want to spend with a group of unpleasant individuals.


My least favorite Leigh.


David Thewlis gives a great performance as a really nasty character, but the film's really hard to like. I do like the scene with Johnny and the security guard who's watching an empty building.


Funny, that's my favorite scene too.

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Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0342172/
Lauded documentary about about an unassuming middle-class family embroiled in a child pornography scandal. The film begins on documenting the fairly clear-cut case of the father, and then moves on to the less convincing case of a son (Jessie). To my surprise, I frankly found this film generally uninteresting. What it sorely needed, dare I say it, was a twist - a curve ball you didn't see coming (and I honestly thought, given the film's high ratings, I was going to get one). Unfortunately, no such twist is forthcoming. I realise this is a TRUE story (i.e. a documentary), so obviously it's not like they could have incorporated something interesting out of thin air. My point then is that this story wasn't compelling enough to make a documentary out of in the first place - the people involved aren't even interesting. Overall, Capturing the Friedmans is an overlong, uninformative and imo somewhat boring examination of a family coping with pedophilia accusations. Take it, or leave it.
5/10.


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Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0342172/
Lauded documentary about about an unassuming middle-class family embroiled in a child pornography scandal. The film begins on documenting the fairly clear-cut case of the father, and then moves on to the less convincing case of a son (Jessie). To my surprise, I frankly found this film generally uninteresting. What it sorely needed, dare I say it, was a twist - a curve ball you didn't see coming (and I honestly thought, given the film's high ratings, I was going to get one). Unfortunately, no such twist is forthcoming. I realise this is a TRUE story (i.e. a documentary), so obviously it's not like they could have incorporated something interesting out of thin air. My point then is that this story wasn't compelling enough to make a documentary out of in the first place - the people involved aren't even interesting. Overall, Capturing the Friedmans is an overlong, uninformative and imo somewhat boring examination of a family coping with pedophilia accusations. Take it, or leave it.
5/10.


Oh wow I disagreee completely. The evidence against the father is not, in fact, clear cut at all. That's what made the movie so compelling to me. The fact that he DID have pedophilic tendencies, and yet some of the allegations against him were so obviously false. So where did the truth lie?

And demanding a twist in a documentary? You sir, are looking at this the wrong way

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