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BigBone

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Marketa Lazarová (1967)



An incredibly ambitious avant-garde movie and a very elegant and beautiful medieval Czech tale at the same time, pre-1968 so plenty of free spirits wandering about, set in a time when Christian morality and rule was clashing with paganism and banditism. It's about a bunch of thieves clashing with some feudal lords, and one of the bandits stealing the beautiful, young titular girl and the consequences of it.



It's not an obvious parable or modern-day allegory, and it has an entirely original audiovisual language that both distances the viewer from the setting and characters, and places them extremely close. It's very, very original, perhaps spiritually connected to Andrey Rublev, Woman in the Dunes and some 60s Bergman. The faces, the props, the backgrounds, everything looks awesome here.



It's definitely very long, but you want to stay with it, and the stunning cinematography, beautiful sound design and great music helps. Not even sure if it has a coherent plot or an obvious message, meaning or reference. All I know it's completely unique and that's what's movies are for, to take out of your comfort zone and place you in an entirely immersive audiovisual world. SUPERB!

 

AntG

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Nov 16, 2012
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Iron Man 3

I can take or leave the Marvel films, some of them I enjoy, some of them I find dull, this is one of the better ones. Probably watch a few more this week.
 
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Joker.

8.5/10

Amazing performance by Phoenix. You leave the movie not feeling good as this movie is purely negative. But I liked it. It shows the factors that contribute to why a man does what he does. And I think to some extent, every human being is a result of their circumstances/environment, etc. When I was younger, I believed in free will. As I get older, I am starting to think there really is no such thing. I digress. But if you are looking for action, this isn't the movie for you.
 

AntG

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Easily one of the best if not the best Marvel film, action packed, spy style thriller.

Fuck it I may as well watch the rest of "phase 2" now I'm half way through.
 
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The Hard Way 1979

Slow brooding 70's film with very little dialogue starring Patrick McGoohan and Lee Van Cleef about a sniper forced to do "one last job". Fimed in Ireland, it has that gritty grain interlaced with windswept landscapes that Get Carter has but lacks something in its story to make it memorable.
 
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Just (re)watched a double feature of Roger Corman retellings of Edgar Allan Poe stories.



House of Usher

The movie that ushered (no pun intended - OK, maybe it was) in a series of films loosely based on EAP stories. I wasn't particularly fond of this one, though. It seems to me that the writer(s) struggled to flesh out Poe's story into a full-length movie, and the result is a lot of tedious and repetitive filler. The ending wasn't particularly well-done either, IMO - it comes off as more weird or campy than scary.

Rating: 5.5/10




The Pit and the Pendulum

Corman's follow-up to HoU, and a MASSIVE improvement over it IMO. The story is MUCH more engaging and thoroughly developed (although funny enough, it does have a lot in common with Usher's), and the characters are more numerous and better developed as well. The finale involving the pendulum is one of the most tense and gripping scenes in horror film history.

I'd go out on a limb and say this is Corman's masterpiece.

Also, prime Barbara Steele was hot. :yep

Rating: 8/10.
 
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Castle Duckula.
30 Days of Night

Josh Hartnett, Mellisa George, Ben Foster and Danny Huston star in this gore filled terror set in a remote Alaskan town during the annual 30 days of night. Hartnett appeared to be heading for real star power at this time back in 2007, he's great in this and would go onto fight more vampires in the brilliant Penny Dreadful TV series. This was probably the first time I had seen Ben Foster, he's now a go to actor of mine. Can't say much for Mellisa George, but Danny Huston is one scary mofo in this.Taken from a comic the film gives us some very atmospheric looking scenes no doubt taken straight from the page, the typical thing that looks great in print but not quite in film. The action is more brutal than fun, even if the use of a combine harvester type vehicle is pretty awesome.

7/10 A good Halloween night horror for all the family.

 

AntG

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Nov 16, 2012
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I intend to watch most of the Marvel films, some of them that are over 2 hr 30 can get bent though.
As far as I'm aware Endgame is the only one over that time. I've not seen that though, I've actually not seen any after CA: Civil War. Anyway I'm all Marvelled out for now, probably won't watch anymore for a while.
 
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BigBone

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Scorsese is right: Marvel Movies are like soap-operas. Not that it's degrading, Twin Peaks is one (with a very dark twist), so is Soapranos whether you admit it or not. It's a never-ending story about the main characters living their lives (just being superheroes you know), some new get in, some old get out, absolutely no risks sitting down in front of the telly where it belongs with many laughs and completely forgettable villains, story or CGI. While most DC movies are ridiculously bad in comparison, Wonder Woman and Joker managed to stay with me more than any MCU flick. Winter Soldier is the only good one in terms of film qualities. Scorsese was about to produce Joker before doing The Irishman BTW, and you definitely feel that Mean Streets, Taxi Driver influence, and stay afterwards for discussion. So long movies like that exist (and I'm not even saying it's great or anything), I guess I don't mind the Superhero Movie Era, I just choose carefully what to pay for.
 
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AntG

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Scorsese is right: Marvel Movies are like soap-operas. Not that it's degrading, Twin Peaks is one (with a very dark twist), so is Soapranos whether you admit it or not. It's a never-ending story about the main characters living their lives (just being superheroes you know), some new get in, some old get out, absolutely no risks sitting down in front of the telly where it belongs with many laughs and completely forgettable villains, story or CGI. While most DC movies are ridiculously bad in comparison, Wonder Woman and Joker managed to stay with me more than any MCU flick. Winter Soldier is the only good one in terms of film qualities. Scorsese was about to produce Joker before doing The Irishman BTW, and you definitely feel that Mean Streets, Taxi Driver influence, and stay afterwards for discussion. So long movies like that exist (and I'm not even saying it's great or anything), I guess I don't mind the Superhero Movie Era, I just choose carefully what to pay for.
While not truly a superhero film I've always thought The Crow was the best comic book inspired film.
 
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Pedderrs

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Scorsese is right: Marvel Movies are like soap-operas. Not that it's degrading, Twin Peaks is one (with a very dark twist), so is Soapranos whether you admit it or not. It's a never-ending story about the main characters living their lives (just being superheroes you know), some new get in, some old get out, absolutely no risks sitting down in front of the telly where it belongs with many laughs and completely forgettable villains, story or CGI. While most DC movies are ridiculously bad in comparison, Wonder Woman and Joker managed to stay with me more than any MCU flick. Winter Soldier is the only good one in terms of film qualities. Scorsese was about to produce Joker before doing The Irishman BTW, and you definitely feel that Mean Streets, Taxi Driver influence, and stay afterwards for discussion. So long movies like that exist (and I'm not even saying it's great or anything), I guess I don't mind the Superhero Movie Era, I just choose carefully what to pay for.
That does not accurately describe Twin Peaks or The Sopranos.