Seen Life of Pi?
Friday the 13th, parts 1-3 - Somehow I'd never seen these classic horror movies before(never seen the Halloween or Nightmare on Elm Street series either, for that matter). First one is pretty good. I like what they do with the camera work, showing the first murders from the killer's perspective, then building suspense later on by using voyeuristic camera angles to make you think you're seeing from the killer's POV. Second movie is mostly just repetition, and the third one even more so. The third movie is like 90% suspense-building, fake outs, and kill-scenes, and 10% plot and character development. It is so effing lazy. There's another 5 or so Friday movies on Netflix but I think I've seen enough.
All Is Lost - You'd think a whole movie about a guy stuck on a boat would be super-dull, but 2 minutes in I was hooked, and on the edge of my seat till the end. This was really good!
Seen Life of Pi?
Yup! (and read the book when we had the TTLG Book club) Loved em.
All is Lost is way more minimalist than that though. No animals, no build-up to the events. Just one guy, and barely even any narration.
I quite liked the 2nd one of the Friday the 13th films. Ties into the first one nicely (other than the age jump that Jason must have had from the end of part 1 - 2).
The fourth one is my favorite of the lot. Be interesting to see what you think of it. It's the only one in all of the films where you'll actually give a shit about the people/victims.
1 - 6 are good (1-4 more so, since the series takes a different slant once Jason becomes a undead zombie from 6 onward). After that it just gets really stupid. Though Jason Goes to Hell and Freddy vs Jason are both excellent films.
Oh and the remake is awesome also. Captures much of the spirit of the earlier films. I'll admit that I got hung up on the name of it for a long time and so didn't see it, since I kept saying "how the fuck could it be called Friday the 13th if Jason's on the cover WITH the hockey mask, he's not in the original films till part 2, and he didn't get the friggin mask till part 3. They really needed to have done their checking on the films." And then I actually got around to watching it and was like "Ahhhhh, I like what you did there compacting films 1-3 into the first 30 minutes of it and then continuing off in your own direction from there." A remake done very well. Only read the spoilers above if you've watched movies 1-3 of the originals.
Jason Takes Manhattan and Jason X are just complete crap. Warnings in advance.
Oh and once your done I'd highly recommend watching "Crystal Lake Memories" which is a documentary on the entire Friday the 13th franchise.
Jason X is great.*
*Actually, no, it's not.
Not sure how many of the people here are into more artsy fare, but while I thought it would have been better if a bit shorter, Berberian Sound Studio is intriguing, atmospheric and has a great performance by Toby Jones at its centre. It's about an English sound engineer who goes to Italy to work on a trashy, exploitative giallo movie, and it can well be described as Lynchian. The ending is divisive, I'd imagine, but if you're not the kind of person whose go-to criticism is that a film is pretentious, you might like this one. Nine out of ten water melons stabbed with a big-ass knife.
Oh and Nightmare on Elm Street 2-5 tends to forget the rules setup in the 1st. Then they bring the rules back for the 6th. Very odd.
Re: All is Lost, imo JC Chandor is most definitely a director to look out for. His first, Margin Call, was pretty great too, and I've heard very good things about A Most Violent Year.
The last film I saw was "A History of Violence" which I hadn't even realised was directed by David Cronenberg. I missed it the first time around, as nothing about the way it was marketed had really grabbed me at the time. It's very good.
Oh, don't take my "9 out of 10 x" quip seriously - it was a throwaway joke, not a score that I genuinely meant.
There Will Be Blood. And there was. Interesting case study in rage and misanthropy. Daniel isn't made to like people to begin with. But it was interesting how much his loathing of others was really self loathing. But also a healthy amount of justified righteous rage thrown in. The finale was inspired, like the ending of The Stranger (aka The Outsider) kind of inspired.
Great film. DDL (no relation I'm guessing) put in a stellar performance.
Sorry, no relation to whom exactly?
You mean to Hugo Day-Louis? Since I just made that name up, I'm guessing no. =V
Yeah, his performance was right on. You could feel the emotion building like steam in a boiler taken to its limits. Edit. Or a derrick on the brink of gushing I should say.
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"I drink your milkshake!"
I have nothing further to add.
Well, not entirely true. I must admit, with the exception of Boogie Nights, I don't find many of PTA's movies particularly accessible. They're all critics' darlings, but I find them all a bit emotionally remote and hard to relate to. With TWBB, though, that's kind of the point, I guess, which is why it blew me away. Very much holds up to repeat viewings, too.
DRAINAGE, YOU BOY. You can really feel the hate.