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Thread: What have you watched lately?

  1. #1151
    Taking the Death Toll
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: they/them mayhem
    realdoll comes to life, learns about this thing called love

    paging Evaunit

  2. #1152
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2000
    Location: sup
    The terrible finale to cap off the woefully bad final two seasons of Big Love.

  3. #1153
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    Quote Originally Posted by Martin Karne View Post
    Air Doll, a Japanese movie about a blow up doll that becomes, alive surprising her owner and going around town discovering true love, or that is what she thinks love is... you gotta see it to understand.

    http://www.alivenotdead.com/derektsa...le-143509.html

    This kind of doll, looks almost alive.
    Is that the one by Kore-Eda? If so, that in itself is a reason to check it out - he's a brilliant director.

    @Scots: Are the early seasons of Big Love worth it? It sounds interesting, but my problem is that I now expect HBO series to be up to the standards of Six Feet Under, Deadwood, The Sopranos and The Wire, which isn't really fair since no one can live up to such standards...

  4. #1154
    Member
    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: I think I've been here
    Seems to be. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Doll
    Sounds like a modern version of the Pygmalion myth.

  5. #1155
    Member
    Registered: Nov 2004
    Location: Mu
    Sounds to me like a less interesting version of Chobits.

  6. #1156
    Member
    Registered: May 2001
    Location: Stir Crazy
    Quote Originally Posted by PeeperStorm View Post
    Sounds to me like a less interesting version of Chobits.
    Geez everyone is a cinema critic this days.

  7. #1157
    Moderator
    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    The theme is all over the place in Japanese media though.
    It's a little too transparently a reaction of an entire generation of men (the herbivores) that can't deal with women becoming more independent or having their own needs and having to work for their affection, that they literally have to have some artificial girl always falling out of the sky that can't exist independently without the guy around (she exists for him), but still the woman is taking all the initiative to go after them, which is supposed to be hilarious and shocking because real women would never... And then they play that trope over and over and over again. I mean we have it in the West too, like Weird Science. But it's like at epidemic levels in Japanese stories.

    Of course the typical alternative is a generation of men that are aggressive & emotional blackholes that treat women like shit and make a whole lifestyle out of unfunny one-liners, being annoyed, and having a stiff drink. So I guess it could be worse. But surely there is a happy medium there.
    Last edited by demagogue; 24th Mar 2011 at 16:03.

  8. #1158
    1937-2018
    Gone, but not forgotten

    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: Seaside, Oregon
    Sometimes a great notion

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067774/

  9. #1159
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    Quote Originally Posted by dethtoll View Post
    realdoll comes to life, learns about this thing called love

    paging Evaunit
    Surely you people have seen Mannequin. This looks like that, but with the 80's warmth and humour replaced by Japanese edginess that would be a good fit for the other 'what have you lately' thread.

  10. #1160
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2005
    Location: Netherlands
    Unstoppable - Full of clichés (a train full of kids in danger, a guy estranged from his wife who has to do something heroic to win her back, the grizzled veteran vs. the upstart rookie, the corporate suits who care only for profit and don't care about people's lives, etc.) but still a gripping, well done movie. Tony Scott does this type of stuff well.

    Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - Sometimes a little too clever for its own good but still hugely entertaining. I imagine it's even more fun if you get all the video game references, I only got a few, I'm a little too young to have played all those 80s arcade and console games.

    X-Files Season 1
    - Just got done with the last episode. Fun show, tomorrow I'm buying Season 2.

  11. #1161
    PC Gamering Smartey Man
    I <3 consoles and gamepads

    Registered: Aug 2007
    Location: New Zealand
    Battle: Los Angeles
    I was dragged along to this film. It wasn't as bad as I was expecting, better than either Bayformers film at least. That being said, it was still pretty bad. It felt like it was written by Activision FPS game designers.

    Given the large ensemble cast, a lot of the characters are defined by a single quality.

    After a while I started listing in my head tropes/archetypes/cliches to keep myself entertained:-
    • Disgraced veteran, haunted by the past.
    • Veteran on the verge of retirement gets thrown back into the fire.
    • Inexperienced commanding officer who freezes up. Veteran has to take charge.
    • Hudson, the trigger happy idiot.
    • Inexperienced rookie who dies early.
    • Tough action chick.
    • Jive-talking minority race character, who dies early.
    • Character who escaped the ghettos with knowledge of criminal practices.
    • Heroic sacrifice.
    • Character with a young family, asks for a letter to be passed onto them on his behalf.
    • Women and children escort mission.
    • A blonde child.
    • A minority child.
    • Lone leader decides to go on suicide mission. All his underlings choose to ignore orders and tag along.
    • USA IS DOMINATE.
    Last edited by EvaUnit02; 25th Mar 2011 at 03:41.

  12. #1162
    Taking the Death Toll
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: they/them mayhem
    yes god forbid an american movie set in an american city under attack by hostile forces have a pro-american message

    seriously what is wrong with you

  13. #1163
    member
    Registered: Jun 2006
    Location: canaustralia
    Quote Originally Posted by dethtoll View Post
    yes god forbid an american movie set in an american city under attack by hostile forces have a pro-american message
    Fine, so the premise is tired, leading to boring patriotic tropes. I don't see what's outrageous about the concept, it's just fucking boring.

  14. #1164
    Member
    Registered: May 2001
    Location: Stir Crazy
    Journey to the center of time, man sometimes childhood memories are best left alone.
    Memories can be way better than the real deal.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journey...Center_of_Time

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBHDZ7e1SFc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU8o3AjdHr0

    Bad is not good enough to define this movie, all action is done inside a lab, yes even those 2 outside areas in this movie feel cramped and seem to have been done inside a small sound stage anyway.

  15. #1165
    Member
    Registered: Oct 2002
    Location: Lafayette, Colorado
    Paranormal Activity...

    I never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever want to watch that movie again.

    Jesus christ. that was...no sleeping for me tonight.

  16. #1166
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2002
    Location: Edmonton
    I saw Enter The Void, which started out as a promising psychedelic drug movie (although it was still almost excruciatingly anxious and uncomfortable—this is acceptable given the subject matter) but slowly devolved into one of the most self-indulgent and tedious things I've ever watched, culminating in

    (this is an actual spoiler, though I recommend you view it anyway)

    an ejaculation shot from inside the vagina, leading to CGI insemination shot

    Given how incredibly dark the film had been up to this point, a lot of people (including me) sure laughed out loud.

  17. #1167
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2005
    Location: Netherlands
    X-Files Season 2. That creature from The Void... *shudder* My kind of episode!

  18. #1168
    1937-2018
    Gone, but not forgotten

    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: Seaside, Oregon
    Quote Originally Posted by ercles View Post
    Fine, so the premise is tired, leading to boring patriotic tropes. I don't see what's outrageous about the concept, it's just fucking boring.

    Of course it is. The point you miss is that EvaUnit02 has a hard-on against anything promoting the USA or its politics.

    In fact nearly anything the USA does, says, or its founders thought.

    So, dethtoll's sarcasm is well-founded.

  19. #1169
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2009
    Location: Situation's changed, Tom.
    I think there's a difference between a 'pro-american message' and the crap they throw at you at such movies. When I read EvaUnit's post I see a list of clichés that when being used in those movies make me chuckle, and not words by someone who hates the USA.

    Maybe you're just too much pro-american?

  20. #1170
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    Scots, you mentioned Touching the Void when you posted your opinion on 127 Hours, didn't you? We watched that one yesterday (I love being able to watch Film Four), and while I think that 127 Hours does enough differently, I can definitely see where you're coming from with the comparison. I wonder whether I'd like Boyle's film less if I'd seen Touching the Void first. (In some ways it felt like 127 Hours and Planet Earth had run off and had a child...) Amazingly impressive story and very good film. It also makes for a weirdly apt companion piece to Man On Wire, which we also watched recently.

  21. #1171
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2000
    Location: sup
    I sure did. Thanks for reminding me to finish Man on Wire. I got about halfway through one night really late and fell asleep.

    Oh, and Community is pretty much the funniest sitcom I've run across since Arrested Development!

  22. #1172
    Member
    Registered: Dec 2007
    Location: Finger paintings of the insane
    Quote Originally Posted by dethtoll View Post
    realdoll comes to life, learns about this thing called love

    paging Evaunit


    Quote Originally Posted by Scots Taffer View Post
    The terrible finale to cap off the woefully bad final two seasons of Big Love.
    How is Big Love as a whole though? I have been looking into starting a new show and this one piqued my interest.

  23. #1173
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2000
    Location: sup
    First three seasons are fairly novel and entertaining with some great acting, not in any way undone by the later sloppy writing and characterisation of the last two seasons.

  24. #1174
    Member
    Registered: Oct 2002
    Location: Lafayette, Colorado
    Watched Summer Wars. Really really good. i was quite surprised. First good anime film ive seen in awhile.

  25. #1175
    Member
    Registered: Jun 2007
    Location: Davenport
    The Adjustment Bureau was a pretty good movie. It's definitely not what I expected, but there is a fair bit of dialogue on existentialism and fatalism, which I enjoy quite a bit. If you liked the Matrix more for it's philosophical questions than the special effects, you'll like it...oh, and the girlfriend might like it too.

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