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maian
Amarcord (1973)

Federico Fellini's coming of age story set in 1930s Italy. Featuring plenty of sex, hormones, fascism and slightly less surreal imagery than usual (though that giant Mussolini head will haunt my dreams) it's a warm, funny and poignant film about childhood and the death of innocence, whilst also functioning as a quiet condemnation of the institutions of Italy, most notably the Church and schools, in keeping the population in a state of adolescence that would allow the jingoism of fascism to take hold.

Of the Fellini's I've seen, this would probably be my favourite.


Satyricon (1969)

This is more like the Fellini of popular conception. Crazy imagery, dreamlike narrative and characters, it's a fever of a film that strays wantonly from reality into dream and delights in displaying the excesses of Nero's Rome. Earthy tones contrast with beautiful costumes to create a sort of nauseous glamour. The stagey sets and obvious matte paintings heighten this sense of unease and help lend the film an unreal quality that I really liked.

Not particularly good as a story, but it's hypnotic and I enjoyed it.


Kung Fu Panda (2008)

I'm not a massive fan of DreamWorks animation. I find that most of their films are stuffed full of pop-culture references without any real substance. Plus, they're just plain ugly to look at most of the time with shoddy animation.

How pleased I was, then, to see that Kung Fu Panda was the antithesis of all other DreamWorks films. There's no knowing glances to the adults, no reliance on toilet humour to make the kids feel like they're not missing out on half the jokes, it's just a good, solid story of a lazy Panda (Jack Black) who has to fulfill a prophecy and defeat an evil Tiger (Ian McShane) with plenty of kung fu. There's lots of inventive slapstick, witty jokes of its own and plenty of funny yet exciting action. It's a wonderful parody of kung fu films in general and I laughed a lot whilst watching it. It's not a great film, but it's incredibly likable and very sweet. Good fun and I hope that DreamWorks break their previous form of making good films followed by shitty sequels.
widowspider
QUOTE (Jessopjessopjessop @ Nov 17 2008, 11:55 AM) *
Punch Drunk Love

Held in high regard by some on the forum, I decided to see what all the fuss was about.

Touching but altogether too studiously quirky, the 'arty' direction felt incongruous with the odd but rather sweet comic love-story. Sandler's performance nearly works, but it is too irritating to be totally enjoyable. I could not help but compare Ryan Gosling's fantastic turn as the titular character in 'Lars And The Real Girl' (another similarly socially inept but charming man) and find Sandler's Barry Egan much less likeable. Overall, I enjoyed the love story, the quirky randomness of the details thrown into the mix, and some of the dialogue was very amusing, but it almost felt like it was directed by and starring the wrong person... I did find myself fancying Emily Watson though.

That pretty much sums up how I felt about this film too - other than the fancying Emily Watson bit.
Zoe
Never has a film made me empathise with the protagonist so completely. I think it's an extraordinary work of cinema, and without doubt one of the most romantic films I've ever seen.

Do you think they genuinely picked the quirky details at random, Adam? Because if not, that's an incorrect use of the word...
mcraigclark
The Host

It was good, despite some dodgy CGI.
GundamGuy_UK
QUOTE (maian @ Nov 17 2008, 11:30 AM) *
I did laugh a lot at the repeated use of the word 'Climax', which I felt a bit bad about.


You've ruined this film for me, now.
Crutch
A Quantum of Solace - Really enjoyable and the most daring Bond movie in terms relating the story/mood of the movie with the cineastic possibilities of the film. Everything worked out wonderfully and it got some really subtle qoutes and statements on the previous films. Overall really fantastic. I'm looking forward to the next part. The only bd thing about it is that Olga Kurylenko didn't get naked.

Max Payne - It really catches the mood of the game and has some really good working in-jokes. Mila Kunis is miscasted and Max's really gigantic gun (the one he took out of his pants being in the public toilett having fun with these junkie guys) wasn't used nearly enough. The whole Angel/Demon thing is visually worked out wondefrfully and the tricks they used for the super-super-slow-motion/bullet time effects without falling into bullet-time clichées and still keeping the sense of the game is stunning. They even put the nightmare sequences in a sensible way into the movie. If they'd put half as much afford into the dialogue than they put into the opticals than it would have been a truly great movie. That and if Olga Kurylenko would have got naked.

The Midnight Meat Train - Everything involving the subway and Vinnie Jones is a little masterwork. The whole girlfriend storyline is shit. But at least it's all visiually beautiful. The splatter is harsh but at the same time really fun to watch and not as cruel as in movies like The Hills Have Eyes. They made the best possible film out of the story and combined it with a lame mundane thriller. Fun nontheless. Vinnie Jones is really great in his role.

How to lose friends and alienate people - Completeley different than the book. But they managed to put a really complex story with many, many characters into the personal restrictions such a movie requires. In the end it's beautiful people doing wank and Simon in the middle working every inch of his comical genius to enlight us. Plus you even get to see the tranny's dong, which was a surprise and really funny.

Le Serpent - Starting with lots of nudity from Olga Kurylenko turning into a nightmarish and perverted thriller. Really good. With Asterix as a baddy.
Shack
Quantum of Solace

Noisy, flashy, confusing and a bit dull.

I wanted a lot more than just big action sequences and a lack of any empathy with yer man Bond.
Jimmay
QUOTE (Shack @ Nov 18 2008, 09:09 PM) *
Quantum of Solace

Noisy, flashy, confusing and a bit dull.

I wanted a lot more than just big action sequences and a lack of any empathy with yer man Bond.


I'm glad I'm not the only one who couldn't figure out what the heckity flip was going on. I liked the actions sequences which were epic but I was expecting more after the change of pace that was Casino Royale.
logger
Casino Royale was like a Ferrero Rocher advert.
Jimmay
QUOTE (logger @ Nov 18 2008, 09:42 PM) *
Casino Royale was like a Ferrero Rocher advert.


Which reminds me, I have a bag of free Ferrero Rocher in my kitchen. Two new flavours to try. Yum.
maian
Two thirds of Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad) (2007)

Annoyingly I only found out as I got to the screening that this was the second half of a double bill with Cicade de Deus (City of God) which is one of my favourite films of all time and would have made a really great pairing with this, which is essentially a story about the other side of life in Rio's slums.

Set in 1997 and supposedly based on true events, it follows the lives of several members of the BOPE, a sub-section of the Brazilian police force that actually goes into the slums, which are more or less run by the pushers and the dealers, when crime needs to be fought. The leader of the team is searching for his replacement and we see the sort of training that is required to weed out the people who ''do what Satan dares not do''. That's about all that I can say about the film in terms of plot since it was during the training that technical problems led to the screening being canceled and rescheduled and I was gutted about that since I thought the film was fantastic.

It won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and it's easy to see why. It's an exciting, tense and morally ambiguous film that places the audience right in the heart of the war between the BOPE and those who run the slums. It doesn't shirk away from the fact that the BOPE do horrible things, including torturing and murdering informants, but also suggests that they are only a response to the corruption of the main police force and the lack of any control on the part of the systems of government on huge swathes of the population. It's morally ambiguous in the best possible way and asks tough questions of its audience in a way which does not get in the way of the drama or the action sequences, some of which are really claustrophobic and terrifying, and which never feels patronising or preachy.

A great film that I'd recommend to anyone, but for all I know the last 30 minutes could suck balls.
GundamGuy_UK
QUOTE (Jimmay @ Nov 18 2008, 09:19 PM) *
I'm glad I'm not the only one who couldn't figure out what the heckity flip was going on. I liked the actions sequences which were epic but I was expecting more after the change of pace that was Casino Royale.


From what I can figure, the whole "top secret organisation that's everywhere and nobody knew about it" that they made such a fuss about at the end of Casino Royale and in trailers/the start of Quantum of Solace was a water company. What was the Q for on their jackets?

It wasn't SPECTRE, like I'd been secretly hoping since 2006.
maian
The Q stands for QUANTUM, the name of the organisation that Dominic Greene works for and the plot of the film was just one of their various schemes.
melzilla
The Wackness

Drama about a teenage hip-hop-loving dope dealer growing up in NYC in the early nineties. This could have just been a simple coming-of-age type film, with familiar 'teenage' scenarios and emotions, but this film provided something much more interesting and different. Apart from the awesome soundtrack and great photographic direction on top of a quirky script with some really interesting characters and relationships, it really took you back to the early nineties and played on the nostalgia of growing up in that era. The excellent performances from the two leads, Josh Peck and Ben Kingsley, were also notable and their odd relationship as a confused and sexually repressed teenager, and an equally confused and sexually repressed ageing shrink, was really engaging and interesting to watch.

I was really impressed with this film, although it was a little predictable and had hints of a typical teen drama, it offered a lot more than the usual and was funny, touching and also pretty dark in places. It was great to look at and had some quality performances and an even more quality soundtrack and atmosphere.
Jessopjessopjessop
QUOTE (Zoe @ Nov 18 2008, 12:53 AM) *
Never has a film made me empathise with the protagonist so completely.

Weirdo.

QUOTE (Zoe @ Nov 18 2008, 12:53 AM) *
Do you think they genuinely picked the quirky details at random, Adam?

Ha ha. I'm sure they're not actually 'random', it was the illusion of randomness I was trying to describe and which was one of the reasons I found it pretentious and studied. If I thought too long about it I could end up hating it - the colour 'art' between scenes, even the DVD booklet is like something from a film student's final project - but I don't.
Zoe
I think it's the very clever (and much copied) score, in combination with the general sound design and shooting style, that's so effective at recreating Barry's emotions in the viewer. I found myself more than ready to throw a chair through a window.

PTA pulls off a very similar trick in 'There will be Blood' I think.

He's a clever boy.

That's that!
Sostie
QUOTE (Shack @ Nov 18 2008, 09:09 PM) *
Quantum of Solace

Noisy, flashy, confusing and a bit dull.


But enough about you, how was the film?
ipse dixit
QUOTE (melzilla @ Nov 19 2008, 01:28 AM) *
The Wackness

I can't help but think this movie really sold itself short with a crappy trailer and stoopid title. From those it looked terrible, but everything I've read about it since makes it sound like I'd probably rather enjoy it. Hm. Maybe it's just my fault for being put off too easily.
Crutch
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - The title is still a little anoying but having the right expectations for the movie really helps to purely enjoy as big pile of fun. I had a big smile on my face most of the time and found the last bit in the pyramid even quite tense. Once you accept all the CGI it's a really entertaining movie.
Sir_Robin_the_brave
QUOTE (ipse dixit @ Nov 19 2008, 11:06 AM) *
I can't help but think this movie really sold itself short with a crappy trailer and stoopid title. From those it looked terrible, but everything I've read about it since makes it sound like I'd probably rather enjoy it. Hm. Maybe it's just my fault for being put off too easily.


Nah, that's exactly what I thought when I saw that crappy trailer in the cinema. Whoever was marketing the film is an idiot.

The Wackness has got to be one of the worst film titles I have come across. Although I'm sure the resident forum film gurus will know of a few that I don't know about.
Ade
QUOTE (logger @ Nov 18 2008, 09:42 PM) *
Ferrero Rocher

If they made cars, they'd make a Ferrero Testa Rocha.



"Q, with this Ferrero Testa Rocha you're really spoiling me."

"Shut up, 007."
NiteFall
I was wondering if the huge evil organisation being called Quantum and giving its members little Q badges so they can nod at each other smugly at cocktail parties is a foreshadowing of Q Branch being brought into the films as some kind of dedicated anti-Quantum trickery department.
Jimmay
QUOTE (NiteFall @ Nov 19 2008, 02:40 PM) *
I was wondering if the huge evil organisation being called Quantum and giving its members little Q badges so they can nod at each other smugly at cocktail parties is a foreshadowing of Q Branch being brought into the films as some kind of dedicated anti-Quantum trickery department.


Q stands for Quartermaster doesn't it?

EDIT: I mean with regards to Q department, not the Q on the jackets.
NiteFall
More than likely, but it does seem like a neat way to suddenly bring in a group that has been noticably absent from the first two films into a third one. Well. To me it does anyway.
Shack
QUOTE (Sostie @ Nov 19 2008, 10:23 AM) *
But enough about you, how was the film?


Well, I'm rubber and you're glue...
sleeping_pirate
Constantine

Very average.

Suspiria

Boring.
curtinparloe
Karate Kid
Just as good as I remember.


Karate Kid Part II
Erm... exactly as good as I remember.
Shack
The Transporter

Classic Stath.

Plenty enjoyable.

I will now add 2 to my Lovefilm list.
melzilla
QUOTE (ipse dixit @ Nov 19 2008, 11:06 AM) *
I can't help but think this movie really sold itself short with a crappy trailer and stoopid title. From those it looked terrible, but everything I've read about it since makes it sound like I'd probably rather enjoy it. Hm. Maybe it's just my fault for being put off too easily.


You do have a point. I never actually caught the trailer so I can't comment, but I read about the film a while ago and thought it sounded interesting so perhaps not seeing the trailer was a good thing. The title is crap, but unfortunately, it is the kind of thing teenagers (particularly of that period) came out with, and still do, which is why it was used. Perhaps it didn't necessarily need that title, but I think the film did really well in conveying a slice of teenage life from that era.
gulfcoast_highwayman
QUOTE (curtinparloe @ Nov 19 2008, 06:29 PM) *
Karate Kid
Just as good as I remember.


Karate Kid Part II
Erm... exactly as good as I remember.



Ah, but part 2 had the song!
melzilla
QUOTE (gulfcoast_highwayman @ Nov 20 2008, 11:24 AM) *
Ah, but part 2 had the song!


and a miniature drum (kit).
maian
Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix (2007)

Didn't go and see this in the cinema because Goblet of Fire was such a poor film and I'm sad that I didn't now since this was easily the best in the series after Prisoner of Azkaban. They really cut the chaff from the wheat of Rowling's most brickesque novel and presented a fun, streamlined narrative. The performers are as good or bad as they ever were (Good: Rickman, Oldman, Thompson. Bad: Watson) and Imelda Staunton is really great and loathsome as Dolores Umbridge.

Some of the action scenes in the final act are confused but they're still fun and stylish, it hits all the right notes emotionally and the whole thing is a really solid package.
Rebus
Les quatre cents coups (The 400 Blows)

Considered one the godfather of the French New Wave movement is still a powerful and skilfully executed piece of filmmaking. Its rawness is still palpable and there is much to appreciate in Truffaut’s direction, as was his intention as auteur. It is because of films like this that we have, or had, a more real sense of the story portrayed on screen. It’s just such a shame that the new wave was so absolutely incorporated into the mainstream, which although influenced great directors like Mann, Soderburgh and the rest, has in many ways been subverted into many thinking “if we shake the camera a bit and go out of focus occasionally it’ll look really real!” 400 Blows however, looks more like Truffaut simply filiming what Antione Doinel is actually doing on the streets of Paris and the film is more striking for it. As for the story, Doinel’s struggle with himself is much more compelling than his struggle with the society he finds himself in, which again is a visionary technique that now seems to be the norm. If you’re in any way interested in French New Wave then watch where it began, with this film, if you don’t like it then it’s best to give the whole genre a miss.
curtinparloe
QUOTE (gulfcoast_highwayman @ Nov 20 2008, 11:24 AM) *
Ah, but part 2 had the song!

QUOTE (melzilla @ Nov 20 2008, 06:18 PM) *
and a miniature drum (kit).


'Tis true. I do like it, just not as much as the first one. Oh well, Part 3 next, which I expect to be no better than I remember!
Ade
QUOTE (curtinparloe @ Nov 21 2008, 07:21 AM) *
'Tis true. I do like it, just not as much as the first one. Oh well, Part 3 next, which I expect to be no better than I remember!

Warning: Contains Extreme Bonsai Pruning!
Hobbes
Quantum of Solace

Much better than I thought it would be, much better that Casino Royale, which just felt like a Bourne film, not a Bond one. Action scenes were good if a little too frequently hand-held, Craig is definitely a good Bond and Mathieu Amalric's Greene was an excellent baddie in the old school sense: not physically scary, but very clever and manipulative. Bond's enemies were never strong or fast, they were always just very intelligent and good at controlling masses of people (see: Auric Goldfinger, Blofeld). They've set things up nicely for a follow-up or two, and I'm glad to see that they're getting a little bit more towards the original spirit of Bond.

One problem: not enough quips. Other than that, a good addition to the Bond canon, it's definitely better than some existing Bond movies (coughdiamondsareforevercoughlicencetokillcough)
Rebus
Oi! License to kill wasn't that bad!





























Was it?
Sir_Robin_the_brave
Licence to Kill is quality. Bond and Q make a hell of a team.

He's right about Diamond are Forever though, that was pony.
dandan
20th century boys - talk like a rat...

kenji (toshiaki karasawa) was once a child; he turned into a rebellious teenager and a rock star wannabe. now, in his thirties, he works in a struggling convenience store with his mom (?), whilst looking after his absent sister's child, kanna (airi taira). suddenly, some weird shit starts going down: people disappear, a virus kills people in africa, a strange symbol starts appearing and kenji gets an invite to his school reunion. after some discussions with friends, 'friend'; the anonymous and mysterious head of a new cult is tied to these events and people keep asking kenji about his prophecy.

kenji doesn't remember anything about a prophecy, but as a child he wrote a story which told how the world would be threatened by an unknown force, who would release a virus that would wipe out humanity. now, 'friend' seems to be following the exact series of events from kenji's story and only he and his friends can save the world...

well, this film seems to divide audiences: if you've read the manga on which it is based, you'll probably love the film. it is, apparently, an excellent adaptation, but only if you are able to fill in all the gaps and see the bigger picture that is slowly being revealed. if, however, you haven't read the manga - like me - then you might not be so positive about the film.

for me, it managed to maintain my interest, but only just, and, when it ended, i wondered how it had managed this. apparently, the big reveal, at the end which sets things up for the second and third films, is a moment of excitement and awe; but, only if you have read the manga. for a non-reader, who didn't realise that this was the first part of a trilogy, there was a extended moment of flatness and a conclusion that i had absolutely no interest, whatsoever, in seeing the next two instalments.

i suppose it was the prospect of a pay-off which had held my interest, despite the fact that kenji's lapses in memory, and the recurring jogging that was to occur throughout the film, soon became an extremely tiresome device. when this was combined with a 'lost'-esque promise of more and more being revealed, only to be drip-fed the bear minimum, the expectant crowd didn't seem too pleased. the fact that an extremely dark projection meant sections the giant robot finale were simply a black screen, also didn't help.

so, it would seem that no matter how much money has been spent on these films, the fact they spent seven years planning and they have chosen a cast who mirror their two-dimensional counterparts, if you haven't read the manga, you may just end up thinking that it's a bit rubbish...

not recommended, unless you're already a fan of the source material...



gachi boy - wrestling with a memory...

igarashi (ryuta sato) is a student prodigy who passed the bar exam at the end of his second year of study. now, as a final year student, with time on his hands, he decides to take the plunge and join the student's professional wrestling club as he has always wanted to. the club has fallen on hard times, especially after their star turn, "drop-kick sato" (?), left them at the end of last year; thus, the gangly, slightly clumsy, igarashi is welcomed with open arms.

igarashi's enthusiasm is infectious and the fact he is always making notes and taking photographs doesn't seem strange: however, when he has his first fight, something is amiss. after freezing up a couple of minutes in, igarashi begins to improvise; something which is quite dangerous in the highly choreographed world of professional wrestling. still, no one gets hurt and the crowd, particularly the representatives from the local wrestling federation, love the show, which catapults the group into the limelight of the local wrestling circuit...

however, when it is revealed that igarashi's improvisation is the result of a condition he sustained after an accident, and that he cannot form new memories, the club's "saftey first" ethos comes into conflict with the popularity that they are now achieving...

well, i had some time to kill, i wasn't too keen on seeing this, but it plugged a two hour gap between 'welcome to the quiet room' and '20th century boys', so i decided to give it a go. i was expecting something quite silly, which would be reasonably entertaining at best; what i got was quite surprising...

the film starts out, as a light comedy and, as it goes through the motions of the classic underdog story, it adds more drama and emotion. the arc of igarashi's character travels this road well; starting off as a goofy, shy and enthusiastic, the darker and deeper elements of his character; pain, loneliness, helplessness and even desperation all come to the surface at one point or another. by the film's climax, you should find yourself completely wrapped up in the world that has been created on screen and a tear or two may be brought to the eye. unless you're dead inside...

sato does a great job in the central role, with the veteran shigeru zumiya and newcomer riisa naka, providing a solid and convincing support as father and sister, respectively. saeko is great as asako asaoka, the club's cute physio, whilst the likes of chihiro okudera, the club captain, leads a cast that do well whether flexing the comedic or melodramatic muscles.

speaking of muscles; the film also has a lot of affection for the world of professional wrestling. despite deriving a lot of humour from it and poking more than a little fun, all of the wrestling is undertaken by the cast and i'm sure there must have been quite a few bruises by the end of the shoot.

all in all, it is a surprisingly good little film, blending elements of drama, comedy and classic underdog genre staples, with a genuinely affecting twist and warmth.

great stuff...



welcome to the quiet room - these are coconut flavour...

asuka (yuki uchida) wakes up, after a night of beer and sleeping pills, feeling very rough. her state of mind isn't improved when she becomes aware of the fact that she is strapped to a table, in the quiet room of a hospital's secure unit. apparently, they think she tried to kill herself last night: well, actually, it was three nights ago, but she's been unconscious for a couple of days.now, whilst settling in to the unit, asuka tries to settle in and remember what happened a couple of nights ago...

written and directed by suzuki matsuo, 'welcome to the quiet room' is a drama, with touches of comedy thrown in. the film treats its topic with respect, but isn't afraid to add a level of heightened reality and poke a little fun. yuki uchida is great in the central role, with solid support from the yu aoi, as a fellow detainee and kankuro kudo as tetsuo, asuka's boyfriend.

good stuff...
dandan
my name is bruce - mr campbell makes soup...

after accidental freeing an ancient and violent chinese god, guan-di (jamie peck), bruce campbell uber-fan, jeff (taylor sharpe) brings bruce campbell (bruce campbell) to the small oregon town of gold lick to fight him...

yep, it's like 'the three amigos' meets 'the evil dead', or at least that's what i'd write if i was reviewing it for a tabloid and wanted to appear on the dvd case. co-produced, directed by and starring, fine b-movie actor, bruce campbell, the film is pretty much everything you'd expect it to be. bruce plays himself as loud mouthed, quick talking, ass.

fun, laughs, some decapitation and, mainly, an excuse for bruce...



detroit metal city - he's like some creepy stalker...

soichi negishi (ken'ichi matsuyama) moves from the country to attend university in tokyo and pursue his dream of becoming a "trendy" pop star. after finishing university, negishi has not had any luck with his dreams of crafting sweet, trendy pop music, but he is in a band. unfortunately for him, the band is 'detroit metal city' - dmc - a death metal outfit, led by negishi in the form of his alter-ego: johannes krauser II. despite hating the vile nature of the band, negishi is finding that dmc are a success. however, when yuri (rosa kato), who negishi has loved since they were at university together, comes back into his life he finds himself struggling with his bizarre double life...

well, this works out pretty much as you'd expect it would and, thankfully, it's a real fun trip. the film is laugh out loud funny, with ken'ichi matsuyama (who is unrecognisable from 'l') carrying the film squarely on his shoulders. matsuyama is incredibly convincing as both the gawky young pop star wannabe and the cape-wearing, make-up donning, krauser; a brutish overlord on stage, a reluctant, star off it. this struggle causes no end of comedy, whilst, like 'gachi boy', it gains a lot of comedy mileage from the world of death metal, as well as showing affection for it.

backing up matsuyama, kato does a good job as yuri, with yasuko matsuyuki having a whole lot of fun as the band's boss, who has thrown them together because of her own love of death metal. yoshihiko hosoda and ryuji akiyama are also worth a mention, as dmc's bass player and drummer, who are both fun and freakish. and gene simmons shows up, for good measure...

good fun...
maian
Der Letzte Mann (The Last Laugh) (1924) with live accompaniment and original score by John Law

F. W. Murnau's silent classic about a hotel porter (Emil Jannings) who is demoted to a toilet attendant as a result of his advanced years. The loss of his job and the prestige which he had attributed to it then causes him to spiral downwards as his friends, family and society in general heap scorn and humiliation upon him.

For the most part, I found myself thinking ''Never mind the last laugh, where's the first one?'' since The Last Laugh is a really dark film, even if it is also quite over the top and melodramatic as a result of its style and the era when it was made. Towards the end I started thinking of it as 'It's A Wonderful Life' without the 'wonderful'. The hotel porter just goes through absolute hell and doesn't really get any redemption at all, and what little he does get is only because 'the author' feels sorry for him and decides to cut him some slack in the final reel.

Apart from that bit of weirdness, I really liked the film. I thought that it was great technically, given the use of moving camera, a major innovation at the time, and lack of artifice throughout and I really felt for Emil Jannings as the hotel porter.

The main reason for seeing it, though, was the fact that it was accompanied by a live score performed by jazz pianist John Law, whose composition for the piece was fluid and exciting, weaving in beautiful melodies in the opening that gradually became more and more dissonant as the life and mind of the hotel porter began to fall apart. I'd never seen a silent film in a cinema before and having someone actually playing the music in the theatre, even if it was only three people, was really special and I'd recommend that everyone try and do this at some point.

I wonder why it's called The Last Laugh when 'Der Letzte Mann' literally means 'The Last Man'. Admittedly it sort of makes sense with regards to the ending, but it's kind of like the whole 'Pan's Labyrinth' translation issue.
curtinparloe
QUOTE (dandan @ Nov 21 2008, 09:34 PM) *
my name is bruce - mr campbell makes soup...

after accidental freeing an ancient and violent chinese god, guan-di (jamie peck), bruce campbell uber-fan, jeff (taylor sharpe) brings bruce campbell (bruce campbell) to the small oregon town of gold lick to fight him...

yep, it's like 'the three amigos' meets 'the evil dead', or at least that's what i'd write if i was reviewing it for a tabloid and wanted to appear on the dvd case. co-produced, directed by and starring, fine b-movie actor, bruce campbell, the film is pretty much everything you'd expect it to be. bruce plays himself as loud mouthed, quick talking, ass.

fun, laughs, some decapitation and, mainly, an excuse for bruce...


Relieved to read that, I've been rather worried about disappointment.
Omniscia
The Thingy of Whatsis

Not bad. Plenty of action, some great set pieces, lots of picturesque, exotic locales... It's too bad it's almost undone by a murky plot made even more opaque by the manic, quick-cut editing that makes the Bourne films look like Russian Ark by comparison.
PrincessKate
Superbad
It was ok, as Apatow/Rogen-productions go I definitely much prefer Anchorman, 40 year old Virgin and Undeclared.
Bill Hader and Seth Rogen as the cops were the best bit, definitely the best lines.
maian
Once (2006)

Superb. Loved every minute of it. A realistic, heartfelt love story wrapped up in beautiful songs and warm, endearing performances. It avoids all the pitfalls of sentimentality and schmaltz that it could easily have stumbled into and the whole package is just so lovely. I will be buying a copy of the film (as opposed to renting it) and a copy of the soundtrack as soon as is humanly possible.
logger
Balls of Fury

Watchable. You get the feeling that they were originally going for something like Dodgeball but then went for a younger target audience. Could have been a lot better but there was a decent slapstick gag every so often to keep you going till the end.



Mr Brooks

Very entertaining, didn't feel contrived even though the script is very. I felt Demi Moore's story petered out a little towards the end and the design and overall look of the film could have been better, but this didn't detract from the film too much. It was also good to see a a mainly older cast.
Zoe
QUOTE (maian @ Nov 23 2008, 01:34 AM) *
Once (2006)

Superb. Loved every minute of it. A realistic, heartfelt love story wrapped up in beautiful songs and warm, endearing performances. It avoids all the pitfalls of sentimentality and schmaltz that it could easily have stumbled into and the whole package is just so lovely. I will be buying a copy of the film (as opposed to renting it) and a copy of the soundtrack as soon as is humanly possible.



Yes, yes, yes.

I'm going to see Glen and Marketa tomorrow night! At the Albert Hall no less, they'll seem somewhat incongruous to their surroundings.
maian
QUOTE (Zoe @ Nov 23 2008, 01:16 PM) *
Yes, yes, yes.

I'm going to see Glen and Marketa tomorrow night! At the Albert Hall no less, they'll seem somewhat incongruous to their surroundings.


I am incredibly jealous. And trying to justify buying The Swell Seasons album and the Frames entire back catalogue.
Zoe
So far I only have the Once soundtrack, and the film of course, I've listened and downloaded a few other tracks online, but I'm sure tomorrow night will have some wonderful surprises. I'm also going with a nice young man I haven't seen for a while, which is how it should be.

I'm very excited.
maian
Hope you have a nice time, even as I quietly hate you for it.
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