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Who's That Knocking at My Door? (1967)

Promising debut from director Martin Scorsese, with potent thematic material and some dynamic direction. The story doesn't quite justify even its slight length though, and the fact that this started as a student film shows often in the form of repetitive montages and overdone camerawork (although it works splendidly in the couple's first encounter; all the excitement and jittery of a chance meeting). It is more interesting as for seeing how many of his tropes started out than as a fully formed film. 6.5/10

The Fountain (2006)

Finally dusted this off the shelf. Way less vague than I expected, but still a lot to digest. It strives for the profound and imo misses the mark, albeit tantalizingly so; not sure if the message fits the treatment of those sweeping narrative thrusts. Still, the film is intensely felt, with great direction (the editing and visuals are just superb) and glorious soundtrack. I have not seen Hugh Jackman this intense outsides of Prisoners. Rachel Weisz has a difficult role that could have tipped over into pretentious, but she manages to sell it beautifully. And man, that ending... one of the many instances that the film reaches for the star, and finally gets it just right. 8.5/10


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Goodfellas

Hadn't watched this in several years. It's overrated, as so many movies inevitably are, but it's good. The pretension doesn't come from either Scorsese or the movie itself. It doesn't pretend to be deeper than what it is: Scorsese's personal, ambivalent romp through the gang world that doubles as a musical jamboree. Only after this viewing do I see how much the movie owes to Walter Hill's The Warriors. Like Warriors, Goodfellas is hyper-masculine, borderline to a fault. It might be the only movie ever made to bridge the pumped up romp vibe with a formal aesthetic vibe. It's like Michael Bay at his most overt meets Brian De Palma at his most understated. It's hardly a traditionalist masterpiece; more like a genuine cinematic oddity. But in a good way. Despite the intimacy, this really is not a character-driven film. It's driven by Scorsese and his personal obsession with the underworld. That's okay. What's less okay, and kind of unfortunate, is the sheer number of rip-offs that have tried to copy it in the last 23 years. For me, it's the same as trying to rip off The Warriors: it's the kind of thing that only works so many times.

The Social Network

Also been a few years, and while my opinion for it has gone way down, it's a lot different from how I remembered. It feels like for the first time I'm discovering Fincher's bizarre style: he makes everything look black and hazy. Not dark, just BLACK. That's his color scheme, with sickly yellow-greens in the background. In other words, it's a lot like marijuana. Because of this, the film now evokes, for me, a jolly trip through either Hell or some post-apocalyptic alternate universe where you're either a demon or you're standing around waiting to die. Many of the background extras in a Fincher film keep their heads down and expressions dour, while the kids in this particular film wear frozen smiles wider than the Joker's. In other words...kinda like marijuana. :roll:

That's my take on the visual aspect of the film. I have no feeling for the script one way or the other. Fincher's an auteur for sure, but almost by accident. Scorsese, when he's good, is like a Virgil, giving a tour through the layers of Hell. Fincher creates his Hell, and leaves you alone to take your own tour. His focus seems to be on that, while his narratives just feel like they're running on automatic.


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I was waiting for my new fridge to be delivered this morning, so turned on Netflix and rewatched -

Never Back Down (2008)

And thoroughly enjoyed it. What a colourful, funny adrenaline ride this 90210-meets-Kickboxer is. Some films just work in spite of themselves ... and this is one of them.

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Goodfellas

Hadn't watched this in several years. It's overrated, as so many movies inevitably are, but it's good. The pretension doesn't come from either Scorsese or the movie itself. It doesn't pretend to be deeper than what it is: Scorsese's personal, ambivalent romp through the gang world that doubles as a musical jamboree. Only after this viewing do I see how much the movie owes to Walter Hill's The Warriors. Like Warriors, Goodfellas is hyper-masculine, borderline to a fault. It might be the only movie ever made to bridge the pumped up romp vibe with a formal aesthetic vibe. It's like Michael Bay at his most overt meets Brian De Palma at his most understated. It's hardly a traditionalist masterpiece; more like a genuine cinematic oddity. But in a good way. Despite the intimacy, this really is not a character-driven film. It's driven by Scorsese and his personal obsession with the underworld. That's okay. What's less okay, and kind of unfortunate, is the sheer number of rip-offs that have tried to copy it in the last 23 years. For me, it's the same as trying to rip off The Warriors: it's the kind of thing that only works so many times. .


What I love about Goodfellas (and to a lesser extent, Casino) is how the kind of quickfire, storyboard-type narrative presented by Scorsese meshes seamlessly with the characters and the performances of the actors. It's cinematic opium.

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Also been a few years, and while my opinion for it has gone way down, it's a lot different from how I remembered. It feels like for the first time I'm discovering Fincher's bizarre style: he makes everything look black and hazy. Not dark, just BLACK. That's his color scheme, with sickly yellow-greens in the background. In other words, it's a lot like marijuana. Because of this, the film now evokes, for me, a jolly trip through either Hell or some post-apocalyptic alternate universe where you're either a demon or you're standing around waiting to die. Many of the background extras in a Fincher film keep their heads down and expressions dour, while the kids in this particular film wear frozen smiles wider than the Joker's. In other words...kinda like marijuana. :roll:

That's my take on the visual aspect of the film. I have no feeling for the script one way or the other. Fincher's an auteur for sure, but almost by accident. Scorsese, when he's good, is like a Virgil, giving a tour through the layers of Hell. Fincher creates his Hell, and leaves you alone to take your own tour. His focus seems to be on that, while his narratives just feel like they're running on automatic


I broadly agree that this has diminished since its release. I rewatched myself last August and thought along similar lines.
Still not as bad as Girl with the Dragon Tattoo though.

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Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was a great film for me, didn't care for Social Network though, being one of the younger members on this site you'd think the film's subject matter would've resonated with me, but alas it did not.


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I only saw THE SOCIAL NETWORK once. I think it missed a golden opportunity for social commentary when it comes to Facebook. Sure, the movie is about the conception of the web site, a friendship gone awry, and the question of what "intellectual property" really is, and that's solid material, but.....

The movie doesn't even touch on what the real appeal of social media, ESPECIALLY Facebook, is, namely that everyone fights so hard to be a star of sorts. Sharing, commenting, linking, being part of the know, avoiding being left behind, just begging for Likes, it's the ultimate application where you strive to be an Internet sensation while knowing virtually nothing about coding or web design. Just one-third of DISCONNECT (the cyber-bullying story thread) had way more to say and illustrate than the entirety of THE SOCIAL NETWORK. Too bad no one saw it.

Ultimately, THE SOCIAL NETWORK could've been about any "big new idea" and still told the same story.

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The Fountain (2006)

Still, the film is intensely felt, with great direction (the editing and visuals are just superb) and glorious soundtrack.


O the soundtrack! Clint Mansell needs to score more movies, dammit! I actually replayed the credits because the music is so gorgeous and haunting. I think that in a way the whole of The Fountain is less than the sum of its parts, but its parts are fantastic! Direction, editing, acting, score, effects (which were actually practical according to the commentary) are all superb. I think it's a wonderful film personally, but I get some of the more lukewarm reactions, because its reach admittedly does exceed its grasp.


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Crashing at my friend's house and he gave me a JCVD day.

Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009)

This is the first film of him I have seen, and also my first Universal Soldier film. Surprisingly good, although from what I gathered through my friend, what I liked mostly comes from the new blood that is director John Hyams. Hyams did indeed give the film a professional gleam not seen often in a direct-to-video sequel, favoring fluid tracking shots that show the smooth action clearly. The story also benefits from grim atmosphere and a bit of moral questioning: how the effect of such a program would be on a man's psyche. The climatic confrontation is nicely laced with some existentialism, when glitches in two soldiers' minds lead to a few confused but haunting questions. 6.5/10

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)

Regeneration didn't prepare me for how good and brutal the direction in this is. It is more ambitious than the last one, so the gratuitous nudity and bad acting are somewhat more detrimental to the film. However, it improves on Regeneration in all other aspects: ferocious fights, better effects, and first-rate direction. The first two acts are also unexpectedly abstract and thick on neon-fueled, nightmarish atmosphere that indicates someone is strongly inspired by Lynch or Noe. John Hyams is one talented action director; hopefully he has a career ahead of him and more freedom to stretch his legs out. 7/10

JCVD (2008)

So meta and so, so strange. The stunning long-take opening kind of promised something like a goofy action movie take on Adaptation or 8 1/2, but it went on the normal hostage situation instead. Even with that route, there are still many amusing reflexive moments and self-aware action, especially as one of the robbers is a big fan of him. JCVD himself gives a real performance after I saw him only as a stoic soldier for the past two films, with the highlight being his heartfelt monologue near the end. 7.5/10


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I only saw THE SOCIAL NETWORK once. I think it missed a golden opportunity for social commentary when it comes to Facebook. Sure, the movie is about the conception of the web site, a friendship gone awry, and the question of what "intellectual property" really is, and that's solid material, but.....

The movie doesn't even touch on what the real appeal of social media, ESPECIALLY Facebook, is, namely that everyone fights so hard to be a star of sorts. Sharing, commenting, linking, being part of the know, avoiding being left behind, just begging for Likes, it's the ultimate application where you strive to be an Internet sensation while knowing virtually nothing about coding or web design. Just one-third of DISCONNECT (the cyber-bullying story thread) had way more to say and illustrate than the entirety of THE SOCIAL NETWORK. Too bad no one saw it.

Ultimately, THE SOCIAL NETWORK could've been about any "big new idea" and still told the same story.


I agree that what you're saying is correct, but I disagree that it's a weakness, as I think the most interesting thing about The Social Network is that it's not actually about Facebook. It's about the people who made Facebook, or more precisely, a character study of them individually driven by some fairly strong performances (in particular Garfield, Eisenberg, and Timberlake).

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Gigi (1958) **1/2

What a random Best Picture winner. A trivial musical with no real impressive numbers and whose only notable features are a couple decent supporting performances and a plotline that involves a young girl being groomed to be a courtesan, it's something I can check off my "Best Pictures" list but not a memorable movie in any way.

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But... Is it better than GigLi?

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I'm both a huge Fincher fan and an IT guy, and yet I never understood the huge praises that The Social Network got. Sure, it was well made and it was a solid film. But to me, it doesn't even touch the best of Fincher.

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I'm both a huge Fincher fan and an IT guy, and yet I never understood the huge praises that The Social Network got. Sure, it was well made and it was a solid film. But to me, it doesn't even touch the best of Fincher.

Agreed, I even prefer Alien 3 to that film.


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I'm both a huge Fincher fan and an IT guy, and yet I never understood the huge praises that The Social Network got. Sure, it was well made and it was a solid film. But to me, it doesn't even touch the best of Fincher.


The material seems dry, and even drier when you realize that the real Zuckerberg is nothing like that. He's just an amiable nerd, and seeing a real life interview of him makes this film a bit unbelievable, especially the Rooney Mara subplot. I get what Sorkin/Fincher were going for, but honestly it's a bit of a stretch.

All of Fincher's other films deal with life/death situations. It's hard to make a compelling film without that, the ones that succeed are mostly comedies.


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Pacific Rim An overlong carnival of predictable clichés, bad acting, silly dialogue, and lazy writing. But well, at least special effects and overall visuals were really good. I think the third act, the first two Kaiju that come out of the water, was pretty good. Mostly because that's when the film more firmly embraced its Godzilla roots. The rest? Meh... Grade: C

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Thief12 wrote:
I'm both a huge Fincher fan and an IT guy, and yet I never understood the huge praises that The Social Network got. Sure, it was well made and it was a solid film. But to me, it doesn't even touch the best of Fincher.


The material seems dry, and even drier when you realize that the real Zuckerberg is nothing like that. He's just an amiable nerd, and seeing a real life interview of him makes this film a bit unbelievable, especially the Rooney Mara subplot. I get what Sorkin/Fincher were going for, but honestly it's a bit of a stretch.

All of Fincher's other films deal with life/death situations. It's hard to make a compelling film without that, the ones that succeed are mostly comedies.


I don't know. Being a film, I can suspend my disbelief regarding Zuckerberg's true nature. But overall, there wasn't much in the film to take it over the hump for me. I saw it, thought it was ok and that was all. Haven't felt the least bit of desire to revisit it.

Rewatchability, or at least having a desire to revisit a film, is one of the things I consider most when grading a film... and since Vexer mentioned it, I'm pretty sure I've revisited Alien3 more than I've seen this one.

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Rewatchability, or at least having a desire to revisit a film, is one of the things I consider most when grading a film


Nice, same here.


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NotHughGrant wrote:
But... Is it better than GigLi?


Probably? It certainly had fewer references to cunnilingus using turkey lingo

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Vexer wrote:
Thief12 wrote:
I'm both a huge Fincher fan and an IT guy, and yet I never understood the huge praises that The Social Network got. Sure, it was well made and it was a solid film. But to me, it doesn't even touch the best of Fincher.

Agreed, I even prefer Alien 3 to that film.


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On the other hand, I hate Seven, which gets loud praise from a lot of people.

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Thief12 wrote:
I'm both a huge Fincher fan and an IT guy, and yet I never understood the huge praises that The Social Network got. Sure, it was well made and it was a solid film. But to me, it doesn't even touch the best of Fincher.

Agreed, I even prefer Alien 3 to that film.


You are truly not like other men.

On the other hand, I hate Seven, which gets loud praise from a lot of people.

I don't like Se7en either, as far as serial killer thrillers go it's nothing special, I found the ending especially weak.


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