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Thread: What have you watched lately?

  1. #401
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    Location: Switzerland
    Just watched The Wrestler yesterday evening. While it's a good movie, I don't think it was as great as people said it was; yes, the acting is great, but in the end I didn't see why I should feel more sympathy for Randy than for any poor, pathetic shlub who is pretty much the root cause of his own misery. If anything, I felt more sympathy for the Pam character (the stripper); at least Randy was probably able to make money off wrestling until well into his 50s, whereas she's a hasbeen in her business at the age of 40.

    Perhaps it's that I don't really like or indeed get wrestling. I find it more or less impossible not to look down on it as a tacky, tawdry form of gladiatorial combat. Yes, the guys take a hell of a beating, but somehow that's not enough for me to respect the biz.

  2. #402
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    Registered: May 2001
    Location: Finland
    Angels & Demons, Extended version. It was totally forgettable.

  3. #403
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    Registered: Jun 2006
    Location: canaustralia
    I was astounded by how violent Angels and Demons was, I was not astounded by how bad it was.

  4. #404
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    Registered: Dec 2007
    Location: Finger paintings of the insane
    We watched Dangerous Beauty and A Scanner Darkly. The first a very good period piece, the second a visually stunning reimagining of a great story.

  5. #405
    Cuddly little misanthropic hate machine
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: 4 doors down, bad side of town
    Confession: A Scanner Darkly makes me bawl my eyes out.

  6. #406
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    How that, dethtoll? I think it's a good film (and I love the way it looks), but it also kept me at an emotional distance throughout.

  7. #407
    Knows his stuff
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Watched Run Lola Run last weekend. Although it looks like it'll be insufferably artsy-fartsy at the beginning it quickly pulls itself into shape and is a thoroughly entertaining movie.

    Also watched Boondock Saints and Michelle Yeoh/Yuen Woo-Ping wire-fu flick Wing Chun. Entertaining action in both although what people say about BS is true, the moral righteousness really makes the main characters unlikeable.

  8. #408
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    Registered: May 2001
    Location: Finland
    Lola rennt (Run Lola Run) is really good! Been years since I saw that, but I very much enjoyed it. Recommended.

  9. #409
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    Registered: Mar 2006
    Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
    Quote Originally Posted by Thirith View Post
    Just watched The Wrestler yesterday evening. While it's a good movie, I don't think it was as great as people said it was; yes, the acting is great, but in the end I didn't see why I should feel more sympathy for Randy than for any poor, pathetic shlub who is pretty much the root cause of his own misery. If anything, I felt more sympathy for the Pam character (the stripper); at least Randy was probably able to make money off wrestling until well into his 50s, whereas she's a hasbeen in her business at the age of 40.

    Perhaps it's that I don't really like or indeed get wrestling. I find it more or less impossible not to look down on it as a tacky, tawdry form of gladiatorial combat. Yes, the guys take a hell of a beating, but somehow that's not enough for me to respect the biz.
    I agree with your general feeling, that it's good but has been astonishingly over-rated by the critics but for different reasons. There is a lot to like in the film, the acting, the raw way in which it is shot, the behind the curtain stuff but it is prevented from reaching the emotional highs it should be hitting by a mediocre script. It's frustrating that such well-rounded characters are shoe-horned into such paint-by-numbers plotting.

    Regarding Randy, I personally found him to be very sympathetic, although it must be said that I do have a bit of track record for empathising with big-dumb losers. (I even have sympathy for an asshole like Jake LaMotta. ). No doubt Randy is a bonehead and his own worst enemy but he is essentially a good guy. The turning point for me, as well as being my favourite scene, was his first shift at the deli counter. It's here we see a guy who just loves to entertain, more just to make people smile than for an ego boost and I respect that.

    I guess Randy reminds me a bit of some of the self-destructive people I've known. Great people but they can never quite get their shit together. I don't make excuses for their flaws and behaviour but it's equal parts maddening and heartbreaking to not see them tap into their potential.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sulphur View Post
    I just saw Tell No One. It's been a long, long time since I've seen as taut and well-written a thriller. Enthralling throughout, and none of the performances hit a single false note. What is it with the French and their uncanny ability to act so well?

    Goes down as one of the best movies I've seen all year.
    Watched this myself last night and much like Sulphur here, found it to be a cracking thriller. Very well acted and while there were lots of twists and turns they were always grounded in believable human motivations so it never crossed into that silly territory that most thrillers end up in. The only issue I had, and it really is nitpicking, is that it did rely on the song + muted sounds sequences maybe a little too much at times. Personally I don't think the French have any edge on acting over any other country but I do think that do truly adult thrillers better than most.
    Last edited by Angel Dust; 17th Nov 2009 at 05:54.

  10. #410
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    Location: Switzerland
    As I mentioned, I usually find it easy enough to have some sympathy for big-dumb losers. Perhaps I draw the line at people who bring it on themselves 100%; thinking about it, I feel more sympathy for a Travis Bickle (who, in objective terms, is much, much worse than Randy could ever be) because he's been fucked up by the world as much as he fucks it up. Does that make sense? To a large extent I felt about Randy roughly the way I feld about Mark Wahlberg's Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights - it's fascinating to watch the two, in that driving-by-a-horrible-car-crash way, but they fully embraced the things that brought them low. Perhaps it's that I didn't feel all that much of a struggle to adapt in those two characters; more so with Randy, but even his struggle remains pretty weak. Does that make any sense? (I'm afraid my thoughts are all over the place at the moment.)

  11. #411
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    Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
    Don't get me wrong, I think Randy is a complete idiot and he brings it all on himself but I think my sympathy for him comes from the fact that he seems like genuinely good guy. Diggler didn't have that and obviously Bickle doesn't but he is, as you pointed out, sympathetic for other reasons and more importantly that film also does a great job of getting you to empathise with him as well. I also agree that Randy's struggle was weak and the weak script is largely to blame. It was too concerned with getting the characters from Plot Point A to Plot Point, particularly during the scenes with his daughter, than with just exploring them.

  12. #412
    Cuddly little misanthropic hate machine
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: 4 doors down, bad side of town
    Quote Originally Posted by Thirith View Post
    How that, dethtoll? I think it's a good film (and I love the way it looks), but it also kept me at an emotional distance throughout.
    I'm having a hard time understanding how anyone could not be depressed/upset by that film. (Or the book, for that matter.)

    Granted, I pretty strongly relate to Bob Arctor on some level, so maybe that's colouring my perception.

  13. #413
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    I guess I didn't really care about any of the characters all that much. Like many of the Philip K. Dick stories that I've read, they affect me intellectually but not emotionally.

    Edit: I've only read his short stories, though, and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, which I didn't really get into all that much.
    Last edited by Thirith; 17th Nov 2009 at 06:50.

  14. #414
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    Location: canaustralia
    I think Dick's novels exist far more as emotional works than cerebral ones, especially in the context of sci-fi as a genre. His narrative is so drenched in paranoia and loneliness (a theme that pops up in a lot of his books), I can certainly understand how they can be very upsetting.

    With A Scanner Darkly being so autobiographical, I think it is an especially raw experience, and in particular is more deeply effecting than other works of his. It's a fairly terrific film, and one I felt was much closer to his style than Blade Runner or Minority report.

  15. #415
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    Quote Originally Posted by dethtoll View Post
    I'm having a hard time understanding how anyone could not be depressed/upset by that film. (Or the book, for that matter.)

    Granted, I pretty strongly relate to Bob Arctor on some level, so maybe that's colouring my perception.
    Not yours alone. We felt pretty mute after.

  16. #416
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    Quote Originally Posted by PotatoGuy View Post
    Going through all episodes of Scrubs, one by one. Damn that show is good.
    And now I'm finally done. It had some minor points, but still (films not included) it is one of the best things I've seen on tv

  17. #417
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    Registered: Jun 2001
    Location: Tatry Mountains, Poland
    Quote Originally Posted by Scots Taffer View Post
    Finished s3 of Dexter, that was funnnnn. s4 here we go.
    You will be even more satisfied with s4. It's better.

  18. #418
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    Registered: Jan 2000
    Location: sup
    So far (3 episodes in) has been very fun, though the Trinity Killer is a bit more grisly than I'm used to for Dexter.

  19. #419
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    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Europops
    Yeah I thought that too. Then I thought about how grim the whole concept is and remembered how Dex behaved in series 1&2 and he was just as bad, they've backed off from showing his exhilaration when he kills.

    Also Rita is a useless wife but a total fox.

    I've recently seen Bruno, which had a couple of great set ups, and Star Trek which was totally implausible regarding the insta-promotions but an interesting reboot in that they really rebooted. No Klingons though

  20. #420
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    Registered: Dec 2007
    Location: Finger paintings of the insane
    Anyone remember Meet the Feebles? Peter Jackson's best work, lol. I have been SICK today, and this was my medicine (laughter being the best...and all that).

  21. #421
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    Location: sup
    Oh yeah, I went on a DVD spending spree recently and picked up Cidade De Deus, Gomorrah, Night Watch / Day Watch and Star Trek (blu-ray).

    Only rewatched ST so far and still enjoyed the shit out of it. It's my daughter's new favourite movie. I'm going to pick up Khan and First Contact on BR this week.

  22. #422
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    Location: sup
    The hunter sequence was uncomfortably staged.

  23. #423
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    Guy who is famous/rich for outrageous "real" footage isn't going to immediately admit to staging shit? Really?

    The swinger party was also edited together to convey a series of events that didn't actually happen.

  24. #424
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    Registered: Dec 2007
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    Quote Originally Posted by Queue View Post
    I heard an interview with Sacha Baron Cohen on Fresh Air today, and now I can't wait to see Bruno, and will do so tomorrow--the hunter bit sounded uncomfortably hilarious.
    .
    It is really bad compared to his earlier stuff. We hardly chuckled, and that is saying something. We crack the fuck up at him usually.

  25. #425
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    Quote Originally Posted by Queue View Post
    Why listen to the guy who made the thing, when you have the word of someone on the internet who has the inside scoop.
    lol, don't be ridiculous - obviously he's not going to sell his "real people/real reactions" shit out immediately by saying "oh yeah, that bit was staged and so was that bit, but the rest is real!".

    I'm just saying to an observer there were very noticeable differences in the reactions to what one would've expected in certain segments that led me to strongly believe they're staged.

    Just an opinion, bub.

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