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    Quote Originally Posted by KungFuJoe View Post
    Probably doesn't matter a whole lot, but what cut was it/how long was it?

    I know there was a ton cut to begin with, but I've read that it's been chopped down even more from the original 130 minute HK release.
    I think the runtime was listed at 122, but it felt like it may have been even shorter. And I do think it matters to at least some degree - perhaps the areas I felt were lacking in attention were not so in Wong's former cut(s).
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    It's pretty amazing how expectations can affect things. After being really astounded by Bronson and especially Valhalla Rising, I couldn't contain my excitement when Nicolas Winding Refn announced he was going to be releasing Drive. But the film didn't nearly meet my expectations, I should go back and watch it again but I pretty strongly disliked it.

    So, after hearing nothing but really negative things about Only God Forgives, I went in not expecting a whole lot at all. I thought it was spectacular. I totally get why it's been a really poorly received film, though. It's very alienating, incredibly violent, and the script is laughable at times. But this film is impeccably made - stylistically it reminded me a lot of The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut, of all films (I later found out the latter was shot by the same person). There were several scenes with very little dialogue and drawn out stares between characters, something that can become almost farcical if not done right, but it was really affective in this. The score and sound design were absolutely harrowing...the characters were these petrified shells that rarely spoke, but when they did it was often with complete silence around them, reminding me of David Lynch at times as well. Vithaya Pansringarm played one of the most ruthless villains in recent memory, and Kristin Scott Thomas was sensational as the crime family matriarch. This isn't a comfortable film to watch. It'll make you squirm several times throughout. But go into it with an open mind and let it overtake you.
    Man, you totally sold me on this. Gonna have to try and catch it this week.

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    Don't forget this one, from The Big Lebowski:

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    Quote Originally Posted by RageAgainstTheAoki View Post
    Man, you totally sold me on this. Gonna have to try and catch it this week.
    Don't. Nothing reedeeming or originial to see here.

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    It's definitely extremely polarizing. i can't wait to see it - i imagine I'll really like it.

    Also, i finally got to see Stoker last night and really, really loved it. it is such a technical marvel - the cinematography is incredible, the production design immaculate (the colors in this movies are insane!), some of the most impressive sound design and sound mixing I have come across in ages, and some of the most elegant editing I have ever seen. It's filled with great performances - I'm a huge fan of Matthew Goode in general and he is such a delight in this role, and Mia Wasikowska really surprised me, she really lived that role. it's a weird script to be sure, but it's such an impeccably well put together film and mood is so haunting and weird and troubling that I found it totally compelling and fascinating from the very beginning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buddy View Post
    Don't. Nothing reedeeming or originial to see here.
    How do you feel about Refn in general?
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    I like most of his work, even Drive, but not this.
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    Interesting. I've loved all his other films for one reason or another, but haven't seen Only God Forgives yet.
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    Edit: just to be clear, i didn't hate this movie, or think it was anywhere near it's terrible reviews. It seems Refn borrows so much from others Jodorowsky, Kubrick, westerns, that there isn't much of his own left.

    Definitely a beautiful movie to look at. Gosling's character again doesn't provide much, but at least in Drive the other characters maintained interest. And, a film with two main characters who make Clint Eastwood's character from The Man With No Name series seem talkative. But, by all means give it a chance maybe you'll like it.
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    So I watched Rapture-Palooza tonight. Don't get me wrong it's a cheesy Lower A High B movie that just isn't very good, but holy shit I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. If you are just looking for a stupid comedy with cheap laughs I recommend it.
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    A woman seeking out the livelihood of her son and sister in war ravaged southern Lebanon. It's a heart puller for sure, but the cab driver male character sprinkles in some humor to offset it a bit. Best movie I've seen in a while.

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    I think I'm going to fall on the positive side with Only God Forgives. It was much more effective than Drive for me; I think some of my issues with the previous film derived from Refn's half-hearted and uncharacteristic attempts at narrative structure and, for lack of eloquence, sweetness (you all know how I feel about Carey Mulligan and any film that attempts to place her in a romantic context). Only God Forgives can be accused of many, many things, but there isn't a single person on earth who would believe it to be attempting those qualities. But while the filmmaker's doubling down on his impressionistic sick-fuckery yields a form of aesthetic purity, it's a much more hollow experience than the ostensibly similar Valhalla Rising. Refn's new film matches his only great film in hypnotic sensory overload - OGF uses black space onscreen more strikingly than any film I can recall in the past several years, and contains a masterful soundscape juxtaposing Lynchian silences with one of the best scores in Clint Martinez's distinguished career - but where Valhalla had something vaguely resembling an emotional core (the paternal shadings of the relationship between One-Eye and the kid) and a potent allegory concerning a society's sacrificing values in the name of acquisition, OGF has virtually no handle on recognizable human behavior, or on any other subject beyond hacked limbs and shredded sternums. It's one of the most heinous visions of existence that I've ever seen, fueled by dread and distrust and violent torture and familial bonds that rise to the level of poisonous on Thanksgiving. Which is, I think, exactly as Refn prefers it to be.
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    I will never argue with anyone hating on Only God Forgives, because I completely understand. However, I loved it and can't wait to watch it again.
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    "The Act of Killing" was incredible. Really one of the most disturbing and thought provoking films I've seen.
    I was in Medan a few months ago. Gives me chills thinking who was walking down the streets with me. I had
    never even heard of the holocaust in Indonesia.

    Then I will hold you down and spit her percolations all over you until you're as greasy as the day she regrets pushing your big fat ass out her big fat cunt.

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    I watched two films today. Martha Marcy Mae Marlene was a spectacular film that really developed a sense of growing dread and threat through an excellent performance from the lead female and a great score that perfectly cast the film. I loved the ambiguity of the ending. Highly recommended.

    On the complete opposite end of the spectrum is Charade, an early 60s Cary Grant/Audrey Hepburn spy thriller/romance that has tons of twists and turns and laughs. I've seen it before but I just adore the film and the bizarre humor throughout it. I also love that, until the last minute, you don't know what exactly is going on in the movie. Great stuff.
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    Room 237, a documentary about the theories about the meaning and symbols in The Shining, was the equivalent of watching a movie made my Radiohead wackos trying to relate the color of Thom's pants to the quality of the band's setlists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TallGuyCM View Post
    Room 237, a documentary about the theories about the meaning and symbols in The Shining, was the equivalent of watching a movie made my Radiohead wackos trying to relate the color of Thom's pants to the quality of the band's setlists.
    I haven't seen it, but yeah, I've heard enough that it's just a bunch of lunatics rambling that I don't want to.
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    I'm sold!
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    Room 237, a documentary about the theories about the meaning and symbols in The Shining, was the equivalent of watching a movie made my Radiohead wackos trying to relate the color of Thom's pants to the quality of the band's setlists.
    I really want to see that.

    Meanwhile, Grabbers is a really fun and quite hilarious Irish horror/sci-fi film, in the vein of Attack the Block, about a small island community inundated by some weird, tentacled alien creatures. They discover that the blood-sucking aliens are averse to - get this - alcohol, so the grand plan is to quarantine the entire town into the bar for one night of intense boozing in order to ward off the creatures. It's a good entertainment, calling to mind early Spielberg (had he been Irish & fond of jokes about hard alcohol).
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    Today I watched three films:

    Unfaithfully Yours is one I've seen and adored, and it was every bit as fantastic as I remembered. This time I was better able to understand how each movement of music the conductor used influenced his visions of his and his wife's demises. What I didn't appreciate as much the first time through is Sturges' absolutely stellar dialogue, which is his true hallmark as a filmmaker and what makes his movies. He was so quick with lines that their humor is lost on first viewing, but repeated sittings reveals so much comic relief that these films are true hallmarks of slapstick and insane comedy.

    McCabe and Mrs. Miller is a fantastic take on the Western genre as well as a great study of a community and how its growth affects those who live there. Warren Beatty absolutely destroys as McCabe, an entrepreneur moving to a Pac Northwest mining town to establish a whorehouse and saloon despite his forthcomings as a businessman and general intellectual, and Julie Christie is perfection as Mrs. Miller, the high-class whore who truly establishes his business and convinces him to build beyond what he would have ever envisioned. She becomes his downfall, sure, but the film is great at showing a whole community in full relief and is so refreshing for not falling into the traditional heroism roles that plague westerns. I loved it.

    42 is all about heroism. That said, I'm a huge Dodgers fan and watching Jackie Robinson's rookie career so adeptly portrayed was great. I thought the whole film was well made as far as sports dramas go, that they did not shy away from the brutality of the racism that Robinson fought through early in his career, and that, while it didn't show nuance to his character (he was known as a hot-head and an egotist) it was satisfying as a fan of his story. I enjoyed it.
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    Man With a Movie Camera was fucking mind-blowing. It essentially weaves an entire catalog of camera and editing techniques (circa 1929) into a slice-of-Soviet-life documentary. It also manages to make cinema seem both unencumbered by logistical boundaries and inextricable from daily life, with many of its vast array of subjects composed to resemble, on some level, the moving parts of a camera. Required viewing for any cinephile.
    This. Just watched it tonight. If you were to call this the greatest film there is, I wouldn't argue with you. Every frame was just dripping with energy and feeling. Absolutely essential.
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    Many recent Sight & Sound voters agreed with your assessment. I really need to watch that again. Is it still streaming on Netflix?
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    Oh yeah, i watched that in a "history of the Documentary" class in college. it's amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmack86 View Post

    42 is all about heroism. That said, I'm a huge Dodgers fan and watching Jackie Robinson's rookie career so adeptly portrayed was great. I thought the whole film was well made as far as sports dramas go, that they did not shy away from the brutality of the racism that Robinson fought through early in his career, and that, while it didn't show nuance to his character (he was known as a hot-head and an egotist) it was satisfying as a fan of his story. I enjoyed it.
    Watched it on my flight. I liked it too. But I felt like the story ended too soon. I wanted it to keep going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Down Rodeo View Post
    Many recent Sight & Sound voters agreed with your assessment. I really need to watch that again. Is it still streaming on Netflix?
    Yes, still streaming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drinkey McDrinkerstein View Post
    Oh yeah, i watched that in a "history of the Documentary" class in college. it's amazing.
    I've watched it in every. single. fucking. film. class. ever.

    I loathe the announcement of it and groan as lights go out but about 3 minutes in i'm hooked all over again. its great to watch it with different scores attached to it (depends on the copy you watch or you could even find another and start it at the same time) as you get a whole different kind of energy.

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    Watched it on my flight. I liked it too. But I felt like the story ended too soon. I wanted it to keep going.
    My mom said the same thing, but my dad and I agreed that was the point to end the story. It really is the tale of his first season and the post-script tied that up perfectly, with the photo of Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella joining Robinson on the Dodgers and showing that Ben Chapman (Phillies manager) was fired in the 1948 season and never managed again. Robinson had tons more story left in him, but that was further than the reach of the film, which really was about that iconic season.
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    Guy Maddin's Careful was much more of a hardcore art house film than I had anticipated, after having only seen My Winnipeg of his films before tonight. I did like it a good bit though, and now I'm chuckling at reading how some refer to him as "the Canadian David Lynch."
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    Although Careful reminded me much more of Greenaway than Lynch.
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