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logger
I want to drink her tears.
Starscream`s Ghost
I want to stop watching it, but I can't...

Did she actually climax during that?
Outatime
Le premier jour du reste de ta vie (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life) at a free screening.
The story takes place over about fifteen years and is about five days in a family's life. Each day is framed as an episode with its own title and has a different family member as the central character. Definitely worth a look.
mcraigclark
QUOTE (sweetbutinsane @ Nov 15 2009, 02:47 PM) *
You were thinking of her, am I right?

A part of me is glad that she's found something to be so excited about. Still, it seems a little sad and the comments, in typical YouTube fashion, are rude and downright mean.
Sostie
QUOTE (logger @ Nov 14 2009, 12:38 PM) *
Twilight

Of course it's laughable to an adult, even one like me (lol Kristen Stewart's vag odour) but as a film for little girls to finger bang to I don't really see anything wrong with it. It's better than Take That. Obviously if you're an adult and you're a fan of it then you're probably retarded but conversely if you're a serious critic and you're comparing it unfavourably to Let The Right One In (as I read in one review today) then you're kind of dumb too. Apart from some clunktastic visual metaphors it looks very pretty, has lots of lovely wangst about things and stuff, it's accessible to its audience and it's empowering (kind of). Personally I found it boring, way too long and some of the special effects were silly but the thing that disappointed me most was that it was nowhere near as bad as people have made it out to be. I think it's a little sad that this film has been ragged on so much, if you're going to be upset by a film being childish then stop watching children's films.


So to summarise. You really liked it but are ashamed to admit it happy.gif

As for the Let The Right One In comparison, it certainly was relevant with the first film. Both dealing with young human/vamp love and both released the same weekend in the US. Guess which one everyone went to see? It's like Lost Boys/Near Dark all over again.


QUOTE (maian @ Nov 14 2009, 10:44 PM) *
Naked


One of the best films and performances of its decade.


QUOTE (Starscream`s Ghost @ Nov 15 2009, 01:03 PM) *
That's why I won't see it; maybe I'm just a jaded old cynic, but Up seems to have been made specifically to make people blub.


I'd say specifically to entertain, which is what it achieves above all else. Getting an audience to blub would probably be easier.
Sostie
Public Enemies
It looks good, but it doesn't live up to the expectations. Christian Bale and Johnny Depp were a little bland. Thankfully Stephen Graham is on hand as Baby Face Nelson. On the downside 20 seconds of Carey Mulligan is not enough.
Atara
I cried about five times watching Hook today but Up didn't make me shed a single tear. I loved it, and I was ready to blub my heart out, I do at everything else these days it doesn't even have to be sad sad or happy sad but I didn't. I think it was because it had been ruined for me and I was sitting focusing on not crying.
Sostie
QUOTE (Atara @ Nov 15 2009, 11:39 PM) *
I cried about five times watching Hook today but Up didn't make me shed a single tear. I loved it, and I was ready to blub my heart out, I do at everything else these days it doesn't even have to be sad sad or happy sad but I didn't. I think it was because it had been ruined for me and I was sitting focusing on not crying.


It didn't effect me as hard as I expected. When he saw the house drift off at the end, it hit me harder than the much talked about montage.. Still it deals with a lot of subjects and themes you wouldn't expect in a Pixar film, some which I've been thinking about a lot recently, so it certainly got its hooks into me a number of times.
Atara
Definately, it is a wonderful film and it certainly made me think about many things. Heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once, Up strikes the perfect balance I think.

I literally had the force myself from welling up, but as I say, a fat kid getting given a sword from Robin WIlliams made me greet today, I am weak.
logger
QUOTE (Sostie @ Nov 15 2009, 11:17 PM) *
So to summarise. You really liked it but are ashamed to admit it happy.gif

As for the Let The Right One In comparison, it certainly was relevant with the first film. Both dealing with young human/vamp love and both released the same weekend in the US. Guess which one everyone went to see? It's like Lost Boys/Near Dark all over again.

Like I said, I didn't enjoy it because it wasn't bad enough.

For me comparing it to LTROI is like comparing Mighty Ducks to Slap Shot.
Sostie
QUOTE (logger @ Nov 16 2009, 12:35 AM) *
For me comparing it to LTROI is like comparing Mighty Ducks to Slap Shot.



Except they were released over a decade apart, the gap between the target audience was larger and the plot similarities are less specific.
maian
QUOTE (Sostie @ Nov 15 2009, 11:17 PM) *
As for the Let The Right One In comparison, it certainly was relevant with the first film. Both dealing with young human/vamp love and both released the same weekend in the US. Guess which one everyone went to see? It's like Lost Boys/Near Dark all over again.


Shouldn't that be, "Guess which one everyone was able to see?", since Twilight was released in several thousand theatres and Let The Right One In was released in a handful.

Anyway, last film I saw was Ponyo at a special screening day for independent cinemas to decide what films they want to show over the coming months.

It was typically magical, as all Miyazaki's films are, though it does seem more overtly geared towards kids than his more recent output. It's been compared to My Neighbour Totoro in that respect and the lack of a villain and nonchalant pacing back that up. I don't think that it as good as Totoro (my favourite Miyazaki film) because there is nothing in Ponyo that carries the same emotional heft as the ill mother in Totoro. However, it's a gorgeous and charming film nonetheless.
Sostie
QUOTE (maian @ Nov 16 2009, 04:09 PM) *
Shouldn't that be, "Guess which one everyone was able to see?", since Twilight was released in several thousand theatres and Let The Right One In was released in a handful.


Nah! Whether through the public's preference or the distributor's assumption of the public's preference, I stand by my original statement. And will defend it to the death.
maian
I've just realised that I misread your original post as saying "Guess which one everyone wanted to see?" My mistake.
logger
QUOTE (Sostie @ Nov 16 2009, 02:21 PM) *
the gap between the target audience was larger.

I'd disagree with that.

Nothing changes the fact that comparing a film for adults and a film made specifically for children is dumb. If the comparisons had been about how good LTROI was compared to how mediocre Twilight was as a children's film then that would be fair criticism. But to criticise Twilight for being less mature and sophisticated than LTROI just seems a little pathetic.
Atara
I wouldn't call Twilight a childrens film but I do agree that a comparison between the two is a bit silly.

LTROI was more of a disapointment than Twilight, I expected the latter to be the worst film ever and it wasn't quite, and the former to be great and it wasn't very.
Sostie
QUOTE (logger @ Nov 16 2009, 06:18 PM) *
I'd disagree with that.

Nothing changes the fact that comparing a film for adults and a film made specifically for children is dumb. If the comparisons had been about how good LTROI was compared to how mediocre Twilight was as a children's film then that would be fair criticism. But to criticise Twilight for being less mature and sophisticated than LTROI just seems a little pathetic.


It's not a children's film.

Comparisons of quality are valid

Comparisons of maturity and sophistication I've not seen/read

I'm spending too much time on the subject of Twilight
logger
Planet of the Apes

It's a decent enough film but is hardly a classic. Apart for the budget and some great photography in the desert sequences it's basically a glorified episode of Star Trek. Whilst it's good that a film made for a mass audience can explore the ideologies of fear and intolerance, it's still a silly premise camply executed with Charlton Heston his usual uncharismatic self carrying so much of it. At least it taps into every man's fantasy of having a hot, mute, retarded girlfriend.

As for the twist, if you haven't seen it before and you don't know it's coming, the position I was luckily in the first time I saw it, is genuinely surprising and compelling. Although it's been referenced and parodied so often that I'd be surprised if anybody didn't know what was coming.
Serafina_Pekkala
QUOTE (Sostie @ Nov 17 2009, 10:40 AM) *
I'm spending too much time on the subject of Twilight


I think Sosters really likes all the Twilights and the intense, tender passions of Pattingsons.

Michael Sheen places a sexy vampire in the new one. Think about New Moon instead.
Ade
QUOTE (Serafina_Pekkala @ Nov 17 2009, 08:11 PM) *
Michael Sheen places a sexy vampire in the new one.

Where does he place it? On the mantel? On a pedestal?
maian
In Bruges

A film that gets better every time I watch it. Everything about it is so precise; the intricate writing, the characterisation, even Carter Burwell's music (apart from the bit towards the end when they stick some shit guitars on to no noticeable gain) all serve to create a pristine jewel of a film. Not sure if I'd put it in my Top 20 of the decade (its possible inclusion being a primary reason for rewatching it) but it is a strong contender.
logger
Serial Mom

Not John Waters' best film but enjoyable enough fun. I'm sure I must have been a 1950s gay in a previous life. Made me want to write Kill the Famous even more.
curtinparloe
Seen a few while I've been away...

Some good ones:
Up
Surrogates
1 Day
Harry Brown
An Education
The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus
Pandorum
Zombieland
Dil Bole Haddipa!
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
(500) Days of Summer
About Schmidt
The Man With One Red Shoe
I Love You, Beth Cooper


and some less good ones:
Gamer
The Invention Of Lying
Main Aurr Mrs Khanna
Sorority Row
Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Dorian Gray
Inglorious Bastards
Aliens In The Attic
The Time Traveler's Wife
dandan
chaw - this is not the time or the place to perform some kind of a half-assed autopsy on a fish...



imagine 'jaws'. that should be quite easy. now, instead of a beach that is popular with the city folk, you have village which has fashionable, hillside, weekend allotments. and, instead roy scheider you have a cop from seoul, officer kim (tae-woong eom), who has just been moved to this village and a detective (josiah d lee). then, instead of richard dreyfuss and robert shaw, you have a female scientist (yu-mi jeong), and two hunters (yoon jae-moon and ?)...

and, of course, instead of a great white, you have a giant wild boar, which has a taste for human flesh...

and, there you go. the film is a fun watch, although not a great movie. there's quite a few laughs, a little bit of silliness and some slightly sketchy cgi-wild-boar-action.

a bit of fun.



ander - omlette?

aah, a film about the homosexual awakening of a middle-aged basque farmer (joxean bengoetxea) and his relationship with a peruvian immigrant (christian esquivel) who is lending a hand on his farm, as he recovers from a broken leg. film festival fare indeed...

of course, i'm poking fun...

still, that pretty much sums the film up. despite the often predictable nature of the narrative, which is populated by archetype that verge on stereotypes, it is an enjoyable film. the sweet nature of the film, the scenery, the amusing script and fine performances save what could have been something pretty dreadful.

a sweet film.



wolfy - found in a bag in a cemetery...

a daughter (polina pluchek) is born after her mother (yana troyanova) is taken into custody after a violent attack on another woman. it is seven years before the daughter sees her mother again, falling in love with her, despite the string of "uncles" she spends her time with, increasingly away from her. how long can you love someone who doesn't love you?

an entertaining film, made all the more watchable by polina pluchek who pretty much carries the film on her back, despite her youth. the film looks and sounds very good, there's humour and drama, and it just kind of ticks along in an enjoyable fashion...



north - i know a trick that a polish guy showed me...

jomar (anders baasmo christiansen) has suffered a breakdown and is now living and working in a pretty isolated ski station. after an old friend (?), who also happens to be the person who is not seeing jomar's ex, visits and tells him that he now has a four year old son, jomar sets off on an epic trek north, via snowmobile and skis, to see his son. along the way he suffers snow blindness, drinks a lot of booze and has a few encounters with people along the way. oh, and he seems to have a habit of accidental setting buildings on fire...

this was excellent. this is the debut feature film from rune denstad langlo, who looks like another norwegian director who i shall have to keep my eyes on. a great central performance from christiansen, an amusing, touching and engaging script, and wonderful scenery make this a winner.

great stuff...



kimjongilia - love, wisdom, justice and peace?

a documentary about the internment camps in north korea, told by those who have managed to escape the regime, even though escaping from north korea wasn't the end of the ordeal for most of those involved.

a well made and interesting documentary, nothing really new for those who have a good knowledge of the nation but, nevertheless, a fascinating watch, due to the first hand testimonies. and, it goes without saying that it's a pretty harrowing and upsetting watch.

good stuff...



la tigra, chaco - you drink terere?

esteban (ezequiel tronconi) returns to his home town, la tigra, from buenos aries to see his father. his father is out on the road, he's a trucker, so esteban stays with his aunt (?), visits his younger half brother for the first time but, most of all, spends his time with vero (guadalupe docampo); and old flame, who he is trying to woo, despite the fact she is currently attached...

this was a nice surprise. an amusing, quietly observed and very well executed film. the performances are uniformly excellent, shunning melodrama and embracing a very nicely understated realism that makes it very easy to watch and enjoy. oh, and terere, according to wikipedia, "an infusion of yerba mate, similar to mate but prepared with cold water (rather than with hot water), and in a slightly larger vessel".

good stuff...



sun alley - once upon a time in the east...

sonnenalle (sun alley) is a street which runs through berlin. until the fall of the wall, it ran mainly through the west, terminating just over the wall in the east. the film tells the story of michael (alexander scheer), who lives on the ddr (east) side of the wall, on sonnenalle, in the 1970s. he hangs out with his friends, listens to banned western music and lusts after miriam (teresa weißbach)...

this film rode the crest of "ostalgie"; a nostalgic view of east germany that materialised around the then of the nineties. it is, in essence a coming of age comedy, set in this bygone world, poking as much fun as it it expresses affection. it's not a great film, but it is a fun watch and there are plenty of chuckles throughout.

pretty good...
Atara
2012

Semi-decent disaster porn which quickly turns into a sloshy sloppy turd.
Sostie
QUOTE (Serafina_Pekkala @ Nov 17 2009, 08:11 PM) *
I think Sosters really likes all the Twilights and the intense, tender passions of Pattingsons.


He is like, so like, gawjus.

Time Out this week had 3 different Twilight covers..I got Eob.

Did you know a new edition of Wuthering Heights is being printed in the States with "Bella & Edward's Favourite Book" printed on the cover!
Serafina_Pekkala
^ I will avoid this one I think. Sloshy turd - ew. smile.gif

QUOTE
joxean bengoetxea


Those Basques love their x's.

QUOTE
rune denstad langlo


This is the coolest name I've ever heard. It sounds like an anagram. If I ever have twin boys, they will be called Darko (as per my Bosnian mate) and Rune. I expect them to do my ev0l bidding.

Will look out for North if it ever comes to teh 'Burgh. I love snowy Scandic movies.

QUOTE
Did you know a new edition of Wuthering Heights is being printed in the States with "Bella & Edward's Favourite Book" printed on the cover!


Fuck that. I hope they highlight the bit when Heathcliff kills a puppy by hanging it on a hook and digs up a dead body to make out with it (after 20 years).

WH is not sexy. At all. Sometimes I wonder if people read the same book as me.
GundamGuy_UK
QUOTE (Sostie @ Nov 18 2009, 02:09 AM) *
Did you know a new edition of Wuthering Heights is being printed in the States with "Bella & Edward's Favourite Book" printed on the cover!


I saw that in a Waterstones in the UK way back in July.

And on the subject of all this...

Twilight - It's not very good. It's not bad as such, it's just very average. It certainly doesn't deserve even a fraction of the hype that surrounds it.

Cracked raises a good point:

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You have to wonder: How many high schools has Edward attended? How many high school girls have mooned over him? And here's the real question that we've been dancing around: How many Bellas have there been? After all, a man doesn't go to high school for 90 years without dating.
Atara
Don't they make a point in the film and book that they don't date and stick to their own little group? In the movie they make the others all couples, I don't know if that happens in the book, I think not.

Isn't the whole thing about no sex before marriage.
logger
The whole thing is about wanting to fuck.
GundamGuy_UK
QUOTE (Atara @ Nov 18 2009, 05:08 AM) *
Don't they make a point in the film and book that they don't date and stick to their own little group?


Yeah, but Edward has no partner. Are we supposed to believe that he was the first to be converted and then went through 90 years of going through high school over and over, and never once showed any interest in any girls until Bella walked into his biology class one day and he practically threw up he was so desperate to have her?

Doesn't Edward drink her period blood in the books, or something? I'm sure someone told me that in complete seriousness.
Serafina_Pekkala
QUOTE (GundamGuy_UK @ Nov 18 2009, 01:19 PM) *
Yeah, but Edward has no partner.


And at least they make jokes about same dilemma in Angel and he had Darla.

I've swanned (haha) around for centuries till I met you 17 year old high school girl with very insular existance. You are just that special.

Really? Hmmm. Twilight not for me and I know it so I can only prod so much. It's obvious Mary Sue style fiction for 14 year old Mormon virgins. At least they are reading and may progress to something more insidious and thought provoking.

QUOTE
Doesn't Edward drink her period blood in the books, or something? I'm sure someone told me that in complete seriousness.


rEDWings

I blame Amy Poehler on the UCB DVD commentary for that one. Sorry.
GundamGuy_UK
One thing I still don't understand is why Bella falls for Edward in the first place. He's a complete arse.
empathy-with-beast
It's not about him at all. This girl-porn is all about how special and interesting the girl is. The men are just shop dummies with a card saying "Attractive boy" hung around their necks and a tape player stapled to their heads repeatedly saying "Bella, you cypher character for the reader, you're so amazing."

Mary-Sue is right.
logger
Yeah, she's such a shit character compared to say, Bruce Wayne.
Serafina_Pekkala
QUOTE (empathy-with-beast @ Nov 18 2009, 02:56 PM) *
The men are just shop dummies with a card saying "Attractive boy" hung around their necks and a tape player stapled to their heads repeatedly saying "Bella, you cypher character for the reader, you're so amazing."

Mary-Sue is right.


And the "Attractive Boy" doesn't have nasty boy-thoughts about lovely-girl - or he keeps them under wraps because he is both passionate and a gentlemen. She is too lovely for such baseness. Hence they get often get gay actors to play this person. Christian from Clueless syndrome. They keep going on about how special this Bella is when really - she is 10 a penny in every school in the US and beyond. Hence the mega-success of Twilight. It's quite sweet really.

I am just looking forward to Sheen as a vampire sexxor complete with a Malfoy pinstriped smoking jacket and cane. Bella Schmella.
Atara
Bella is rubbish. Edward is rubbish. Sheen is awesome. I will totally be seeing New Moon at some point purely for Sheen.




....What?
Raven
Star Trek

I'm enjoying this film more every time I see it.
logger
Rescue Dawn

Was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I was a little wary at first, it all seemed a little awkward on the air craft carrier, the crash looked cheap and once Christian Bale was captured I was worried it was going to turn into dehumanisation porn but it actually turned into quite an old fashioned escape film. Easily Bale's best performance since Empire of the Sun, although I wish instead of dramatic weight loss and eating maggots he would just emote more naturally.
dandan
trash humpers - make it, don't fake it...

made very swiftly, shot on vhs and edited on two whs players, 'trash humpers' is a return to harmony korine's 'gummo'-esque roots. the film has no narrative, instead it simply chooses to follow round three figures, including mr and mrs korine, who are donning grotesque latex masks that make them look like aged, ugly figures. the three characters masturbate tree branches, torture plastic dolls, smash tvs and strip lights and hump wheelie bins... cackling as they go...

the positives... i like the look of vhs and there are a couple of moments of reeves and mortimer-esque comedic gold.

the negatives... korine rams the vhs down your throat, deliberately flaunting his lo-fi credentials in his attempts to make it look like 'found footage'. the pudding is, well and truly, over-egged. it is also extremely dull, uninspiring and treads ground which has been well walked in the past. there's probably a thirty minute exercise which would have been a greater watch, but the desire to irk the audience and the trite guff which some of the characters come out with, instead of coming across as clever devices, just come across as boring and lame.

considering how well korine used similar devices in both 'gummo' and 'julian donkey boy', both films which i really like, 'trash humpers' is a massive faliure.

poor...



can go through skin

marieke (rifka lodeizen) lives in amsterdam and has just split from her boyfriend, an act which is punctuated by a violent attack, by a pizza delivery man (chris borowski), in her flat. she moves to zeeland, to a isolated, country house, which can be generously described as a 'fixer upper'. hiding away, trying to keep warm, having panic attacks, marieke suffers greatly from the trauma she has suffered. only the friendly nature of her helpful neighbour, john (wim opbrouck), saves her from complete isolation...

first of all, it's a pretty great central performance from lodeizen and the portrayal of her stress, trauma and upset is communicated with aplomb. the atmosphere, helped by dan geesin's excellent sound design and score, is very powerful and one can't help but feel a sense of marieke's discomfort and turmoil.

on the whole, the film is powerful and a success, although there are a couple of elements, mainly the finale of a sub plot involving marieke's meeting with an online friend, which just let the film down a little. still, considering the film just made me want to go home, lock the door and finally get round to fixing up my cellar, means it must have had some effect.

good stuff.



crush and blush - bigger bigger bigger bigger bigger bigger bigger bigger bigger...

yang mi-sook (kong hyo-jin) is teaching english at middle school, after losing her place teaching russian at middle school, due to a lack in it's popularity. she hasn't forgiven lee yoo-ri (hwang woo-seul-hye), a younger, prettier teacher for staying on teaching russian, although it is her affair with, fellow teacher, mr seo (lee jong-hyeok), that really gets her got. she's been in love with him for years. in an attempt to get what she wants, she teams up with mr seo's daughter, jong-hee (seo woo), to plot against yoo-ri and end her relationship with mr seo...

this is an off-kilter, comedy drama, co-written by park chan-wook. it is, at times, a little silly, at times. funny and always engaging and a fun watch. the performances of kong and seo, along with the chemistry they have as an on screen pairing really make this movie. personally, i thought it was pretty damn good and have already ordered the dvd.

good stuff, indeed...
logger
Punch Drunk Love

Just bought this for £2. Great but fizzles out a bit after Hawaii, probably why I've waited so long to buy it.
maian
Das weiße Band (The White Ribbon)

The village of Eichwald, in the year 1913, is a seemingly idyllic place in a seemingly idyllic time, home to good, honest German people who display good, honest German values. The children are well behaved, the people respect the class system and are happy to serve under the local Baron, and everyone goes to church. The village becomes uneasy, though, after the local Doctor suffers an accident that has every sign of being a deliberate attack, and subsequent bizarre incidents give the impression that someone, for some reason, is punishing the people of the village. But who is doing it, and why?

That mystery and its resolution is, ostensibly, the centrepiece of Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or-winning film. However, much like his earlier film, Hidden, the mystery is not the point of the film. In fact, it's so thoroughly unimportant to the film that even the characters forget that there is a mystery for much of the film's running time. It is not so much the point of the film as it is the framework within which Haneke can explore his chosen theme to its fullest extent. That theme this time around is the nature of the German psyche and whether or not there was something already existent in Germany prior to World War One that allowed for the atrocities of the 20th Century to occur.

Haneke has always struck me as more of an essayist than a dramatist, and in that vein it is fair to say that The White Ribbon is his most mature and fully realised essay to date. Using the villagers and their various relationships, Haneke - much like Jean Renoir in La Regle Du Jeu - seeks to create a snapshot of a society on the precipice of a period of almost incomprehensible change. Showing us how the characters interact with each other, whether with their friends, their social betters or within their own families, Haneke offers up a variety of possible explanations as to why the generation of children represented in the film would grow up to support Hitler and allow their country to be party to an epoch of brutality and violence.

Could sexual repression, demonstrated by the relationship between Martin (Leonard Proxauf) and his pastor father (Burghart Klaußner), have led to the sublimation of sexual desire until it could only be expressed through outbursts of violence or tacit approval of violence? Did the rigidity of the class structure and the willingess of people to tolerate small-scale acts of violence to maintain the status quo later find a fuller expression in the willingness of ordinary people to follow a forceful leader and tolerate large-scale acts of violence? What of the role of religion; is the refusal of the church to acknowledge possible goings on in the village reflective of the wider Church's refusal to condemn the acts of the Nazis?

Haneke offers up all of these possibilities but does not offer us any one clear conclusion, instead giving his audience the chance to reach their own conclusions from the material presented. His typically austere style - coupled with beautiful, stark black and white photography - keeps us at a distance throughout, but rather than decrying our voyerusim (as he did on Funny Games) he actively instead wants us to observe. To observe, judge and attempt to understand what it was about ths society that made it full of "malice...brutality, apathy...and perverse acts of revenge".

For all this talk of the intellectual rigour of the film and its studied academic approach, The White Ribbon is almost certainly Haneke's warmest and most human film. For once, he provides us with a central character (Christian Friedel's schoolteacher, who both investigates the mystery as a young man and narrates ruefully about it from an unspecified point in the future) who remains likable throughout and even gets to take part in a surprisingly sweet and awkward love affair. Even outside of this relationship we see sparks of humanity amongst the film's wide and deep cast. Even within dynamics that are otherwise shown to be quite harsh, such as the pastor's family, we see displays of love and affection that are genuinely heartwarming and despite their clear, creepin unease about what is happening in the town, most of the people seem happy in their lives. Though this happiness could itself be part of the wider comment the film is trying to make; as long as people are happy, and no one causes too much of a fuss, they'll let anything happen.

Anyone going in hoping for a compelling and satisfying mystery will leave disappointed, since Haneke is clearly more interested in evoking a mood and a time than in sating our desire for mysteries with easy answers. He follows this approach to a fault, since the film reaches its intellectual climax a good 20 minutes before its narrative climax, which winds up feeling almost perfunctory, especially since the answer is incredibly obvious in hindsight, but if the preceding meal is so rich, why quibble over the poor quality of the after dinner mints?
Shack
Bolt

The Truman Show as a cartoon with a dog in it. Endearing, but definitely for kiddywinkles.

The Men Who Stare At Goats

Hugely disappointing. I saw it last Saturday and enjoyed it for about 45 minutes, then I lost interest, the jokes dried up ("silence of the goats" - grooooooooooan) and there was no real sense of purpose.

I was shifting uncomfortably during the final scenes and couldn't care less at the end.

A real let down.
dandan
QUOTE (Shack @ Nov 20 2009, 06:04 PM) *
I was shifting uncomfortably during the final scenes and couldn't care less at the end.


i warned you...

although i think i liked the first three quarters more than you...
maian
My recent watching of 'Thirst' reminded me that I still hadn't seen Chan-Wook Park's Sympathy For Mr Vengeance, so I decided to remedy that.

Sympathy For Mr Vengeance, whilst lacking the polish of either Oldboy or Lady Vengeance, is probably the one that I have liked the most of first viewing. The story is much less focused than the subsequent films, instead telling two plot arcs, initially separately and then concurrently. The first arc concerns Ryu (Ha-kyun Shin), a deaf mute whose sister is in dire need of a kidney transplant. At first, he tries to buy a kidney from a gang, in exchange for one of his own kidneys and a lot of money, but the gang run off with his kidney, money and don't provide him with a kidney in return. At this point, Ryu and his friend (Du-na Bae) decide that to raise money for his sister's operation they will kidnap the daughter of President Park (Kang-ho Song), a wealthy businessman. This part of the film makes up roughly the first hour, at which point the focus of the film shifts to tell the story of Park's search for his daughter's kidnappers.

As an examination of how a cruel act, done with the best of intentions, can rebound upon the person carrying it out, Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance is a great film, but what raises it up, for me, is the way that it portrays vengeance as a kind of ever-growing, terrible force that consumes everyone it touches. That particular theme is explored more explicitly in Oldboy, but I found the way in which the acts of revenge wound up having unforeseen consequences further down the line really wonderfully realised.

I also watched Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter...and Spring, which is a beautiful film about the life of a Buddhist monk, following him through five important events in his life (represented by the seasons in the title). I don't want to say any more since I'm still coming to terms with it, but it's a rich and interesting allegorical tale that I would really recommend to anyone interested in Buddhist teaching (i.e. Widdy) or anyone interested in compelling and beautiful film-making.
logger
Step Brothers

Very hit and miss but I liked it. I now wish I was John C Rilley, I wish my mum was Mary Steenburgen, I wish that I never grow up and I wish I was a dinosaur.
monkeyman
Sympathy for Mr Vengeance is great,it has such an awesome soundscape.
monkeyman
Doh
GundamGuy_UK
I've never seen Mr Vengeance. I've seen Oldboy and Lady Vengeance though, the former many many times.
monkeyman
You really should watch it. I love it. I love the whole vengeance trilogy.
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