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> Cinemexperience: part deux., Some more filums you saw.
maian
post Apr 26 2009, 04:53 PM
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Aguirre, Wrath Of God

I wonder if any actor/director team created work more completely perfect than Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski? Every film they made together seems so infused with energy, passion and madness. In their first collaboration, Kinski stars as Don Lope de Aguirre, a member of a group of conquistadors looking for El Dorado. A small group is sent ahead, and Aguirre starts to take over the expedition.

A study of obsession and madness, it's driven by the twin engines of Herzog's poetic direction and Kinski's creepily sedate performance as Aguirre. Astounding cinema.


Chungking Express

I finally watched it after owning the DVD for about two years. A yearning, heartbreakingly beautiful film about love and longing set against the neon backdrop of a major, bustling city. The handheld style, combined with what seems like lots of on-location shooting, gives it a feeling of claustrophobia that heightens the frisson between the characters. I never liked California Dreamin', but I do now.


Batman and Robin

Hypnotically shit. My housemate turned on the TV and started watching it as a joke, then we both just found ourselves marveling at its colossal awfulness. Completely terrible, but that kind of makes it worth watching; if you ever forget how bad films can be, pop it in.
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post Apr 26 2009, 05:30 PM
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QUOTE (maian @ Apr 26 2009, 05:53 PM) *
Chungking Express

I finally watched it after owning the DVD for about two years. A yearning, heartbreakingly beautiful film about love and longing set against the neon backdrop of a major, bustling city. The handheld style, combined with what seems like lots of on-location shooting, gives it a feeling of claustrophobia that heightens the frisson between the characters. I never liked California Dreamin', but I do now.


yeah, it's all location shot, as far as i remember. the kebab shop is on lan kwai fong, which is where a lot of the bars and restaurants that westerners frequent are located. my bro used to work in a restaurant on there - post 97; and here he is, after finishing work and staring at the cop who he thought looked rather relaxed, not clocking that it was tony leung or that he was being filmed by christopher doyle and that he would end up in a wong kar wai film...

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post Apr 26 2009, 05:36 PM
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QUOTE (dandan @ Apr 26 2009, 06:30 PM) *
yeah, it's all location shot, as far as i remember. the kebab shop is on lan kwai fong, which is where a lot of the bars and restaurants that westerners frequent are located. my bro used to work in a restaurant on there - post 97; and here he is, after finishing work and staring at the cop who he thought looked rather relaxed, not clocking that it was tony leung or that he was being filmed by christopher doyle and that he would end up in a wong kar wai film...



I remembered that you posted that a while ago so once Tony Leung showed up I started looking out for someone who might be your brother. He certainly seemed perplexed by Leung's relaxed demeanour.
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post Apr 26 2009, 05:42 PM
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Wow that's brilliant! Chungking Express is one of my favourite films ever. Might have to watch it again tonight.
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post Apr 26 2009, 11:19 PM
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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Still, in my not particularly humble, somewhat self-inflated and egotistical opinion, the best film of 2007.
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post Apr 26 2009, 11:52 PM
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Love Chungking Express. WKW made it in 23 days during the gaps between shooting Ashes Of Time.

Crank 2: Hight Voltage
Bad tagline. As Q says, "this story is, frankly, preposterous." They decided to just go mental - I loved the Godzilla sequence, despite it not having any relevance to anything. I didn't like them having an american to play young Chev, although it's hardly a film in which that kind of thing matters!
I laughed my arse off the whole way through. Looking forward to Crank 3: Brain Dead, in which Chev has an artificial brain and has to do thinking every 10 minutes.

Fast And Furious
Fairly inoffensive action movie about some guy and some other guy and a woman and some bad guys and a load of cars. Apparently it's not as good as the second one, but better than the Tokyo one.

Knowing
Nicolas Cage doing his miserable bit in a spooky film about the argument between free will and determinism. I love Alex Proyas movies, so I kind of knew what to expect right from the beginning. What I found unacceptable was about ten minutes from the end, when a weedy little shit rude person sitting in front of me took a phone call, then five minutes later his fat twat mother/girlfriend companion did exactly the same thing. I kicked their chair.
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post Apr 27 2009, 07:15 AM
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Rollerball

God, the seventies were a golden period for filums. Even a schlocky b-movie like this would turn out to be great socio-political sci fi to justify itself. Not only is it a good sci fi film, it's also one of the best sport films. Sure it's really dated, or maybe they thought people would wear flared, polyester jump suits in the future, and it obviously doesn't have a huge budget but it can be forgiven these things because it has an interesting and involving story. The reason the action sequences work so well is because of the emotional investment we have in the characters, with the actors and director really coming to the fore. I'm not the greatest James Caan fan but he is perfect here as a simple, goofy jock, professional athlete who becomes more and more vulnerable as he finds himself in a situation he doesn't understand.

Strangely, as I watched this I thought it would make for a good remake. I've always avoided to the 2002 version, is it true that they don't even bother with the dystopian future and just focused on the exxxtreme sports angle? And this is the problem, studios are now so concerned with making money that they're actually afraid of making a film that isn't lowest common denominator. The original isn't the greatest film ever made, although a lot of its faults seem to make it all the more endearing, but in the right hands it could have been a sister film to Clockwork Orange. Even in its worst scene it still manages to have Ralph Richardson pop up and work his comedy socks off to save it. Would Ian McKellen have been allowed to appear in Death Race or would it have seemed too gay? The Hollywood film industry is depressing if it can make me rant like this about Rollerball.
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post Apr 27 2009, 09:10 AM
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Knocked Up

I watched this up until the point that the women turned into completely unreasonable pricks and then I watched something else instead. Great film up until that point.

Big I just watched this for the big keyboard bit for a bit of "I've been there" factor but ended up watching the whole thing. I'd forgotten how creepy some of the scenes are, especially any romance bits in there. The woman in it must have taken the hottest longest shower in history after the end of the film!
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post Apr 27 2009, 01:21 PM
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Face/Off
Incredibad. I love this film.
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post Apr 27 2009, 01:26 PM
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QUOTE (Jimmay @ Apr 27 2009, 10:10 AM) *
Knocked Up

I watched this up until the point that the women turned into completely unreasonable pricks and then I watched something else instead. Great film up until that point.



That annoyed the hell out of me when I went to see it at the cinema. I rewatched for the first time when pregnant and, oddly, it didn't bother me as much.
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post Apr 27 2009, 09:26 PM
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Transporter 2

Stupendous car chases and arse kicking fighting. It was pretty ok.
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post Apr 27 2009, 10:46 PM
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Nid de guÍpes (The Nest) (2002)

French action film that very clearly wants to be Assault On Precinct 13 with a bit of Ocean's Eleven thrown in. Surprisingly enough, it manages it.

The plot revolves around a group of armed police who are escorting an Albanian mafia leader when they are attacked and forced to seek refuge in a nearby warehouse. Coincidentally, the warehouse is being robbed by a group of criminals who then find themselves forced to work with the police in order to survive the night.

There are some major problems with it, mainly to do with the enemies' seeming desire to only attack the warehouse in the most dramatic way possible (e.g. why not use the bulldozer right at the start, rather than when it is most tense to do so?) but other than that, it's a really exciting and well crafted genre film.


Mo' Better Blues (1990)

Good, but like a lot of Spike Lee's films it was too long and a bit poorly paced. They should have reached the crucial event in the first hour then spent more time on the aftermath. Other than that, it was a fun look at the life of a jazz musician (Denzel Washington) and how his obsession with his art impacts upon his relationships with his bandmates (including Blade and Radio Raheem), his two girlrfiends and his family.
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post Apr 27 2009, 11:43 PM
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QUOTE (curtinparloe @ Apr 27 2009, 12:52 AM) *
Love Chungking Express. WKW made it in 23 days during the gaps between shooting Ashes Of Time.

Crank 2: Hight Voltage
Bad tagline. As Q says, "this story is, frankly, preposterous." They decided to just go mental - I loved the Godzilla sequence, despite it not having any relevance to anything. I didn't like them having an american to play young Chev, although it's hardly a film in which that kind of thing matters!
I laughed my arse off the whole way through. Looking forward to Crank 3: Brain Dead, in which Chev has an artificial brain and has to do thinking every 10 minutes.


I'm a little put off after the Collins review of it http://www.wherediditallgoright.com/BLOG/2...04/for-him.html

I've watched nothing lately bar Panorama *whistles* The hospital I used to work in was on there though. Which was nice....
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post Apr 28 2009, 06:24 AM
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QUOTE (logger @ Apr 27 2009, 08:15 AM) *
Rollerball

God, the seventies were a golden period for filums. Even a schlocky b-movie like this would turn out to be great socio-political sci fi to justify itself. Not only is it a good sci fi film, it's also one of the best sport films. Sure it's really dated, or maybe they thought people would wear flared, polyester jump suits in the future, and it obviously doesn't have a huge budget but it can be forgiven these things because it has an interesting and involving story. The reason the action sequences work so well is because of the emotional investment we have in the characters, with the actors and director really coming to the fore. I'm not the greatest James Caan fan but he is perfect here as a simple, goofy jock, professional athlete who becomes more and more vulnerable as he finds himself in a situation he doesn't understand.


i love 'rollerball'...
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post Apr 28 2009, 10:00 AM
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MEMORIES OF MATSUKO

Coming from the man that gave us the wonderful embroidery/biker gang movie Kamikazee Girls, I was sort of expecting much of the same - beautiful looking, and kinetic visuals and a huge dollop of weird humour. Sort of got that. Visually it is quite lovely, and there is quite a bit to smile at, but overall it's a heartbreaking little movie.

An aimless youth is asked by his father to clear out the apartment of the murdered aunt, Matsuko, he never knew he had. In the process he learns about his aunt's life - from beautiful schoolteacher to lonely, mentally ill, tramp. Matsuko's life is a very sad one, lightened up only by the occasional song and dance number! The (fantasy) musical sequences are lovely to look at, a combination of Disney and 40's Hollywood (the credits too are also "old Hollywood"). The switch between light and dark helps to emphasise how shitty Matsuko's life became. Without the musical interludes this could easily have turned into a pretty hard going film full of misery. It all ends with a Magnolia-esque sing-a-long.

Beautifully made, wonderfully acted, it's an entertaining, moving, sometimes funny little film, but at it's core is a very very sad story indeed.
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