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#441 Online Prowl Nightwolf

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Posted Jan 22 2015 - 05:05 PM

You may be right on that one. One would have to be well induced to be able to follow and enjoy the plot line.


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Posted Jan 22 2015 - 08:53 PM

Ashes of Time

 

Probably one of Wong Kar-Wai's weaker films, although that doesn't mean much when even his worst films are still pretty good.

It's visually stunning as usual, has some very interesting dialogue and the telling of the story is sequenced in an engaging way, but it feels lacking as far as actual characters are concerned. Apart from the main character, they're not very fleshed out. Which in a way makes sense, since a lot of the movie is about how the main character meets and spends a short while with various people only to soon never see them again, and how he attempts to keep distant from them, but that doesn't stop it from feeling lacking.

Still, I enjoyed it quite a lot. It's interesting to see Kar-Wai work make a wuxia film, even if there's very little action in it for the genre, and the actual interactions between characters are very well done despite my complaints.


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Posted Jan 23 2015 - 02:56 AM

Oh, I forgot: Before Buckaroo Banzai, I saw the award-winning independent film, "Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan"

 

This was a great movie, and i am thankful that I got it for Christmas as i have been wanting to see it for a while now. Let me just say that i am thankful i did that completely voluntary report on pre-Ottoman/Osmanreich Turkish Peoples back in 12th Grade (High School Senior), because without that I would have wondered, who this 'Tengri' deity is, how does this culture work, etc. Anyway, the film centers around the early life of Temujin (or Temudgin, as the film spelt it; everything is in subtitles as they all spoke their native tongue), from birth, to exile after his father is slain by a rival tribe, making Temujin swear that he will unify the lands the ensure that all Mongols will be safe under a one world government. The rest of the movie follows his quest to pacify Mongolia and his struggle with a blood brother.

 

The character development in this film is excellent, the battles are good but not too bloody, and you can really see why the people of Mongolia and Khazakstan see Temujin (later given he crowning title High King, or Chengiz Khan of all of Mongolia) as a great and noble hero, but, if you know history, the man will fall from grace and become a walking contradiction, speaking of honor and commencing the death of millions of innocents if they do not give up their independence for Temujin's 'destiny' for 'world safety'. Which is funny, for all the people that was slain and raped at his hands (another contradiction, since he swears to his wife that he will only love her and take no concubines), the land he governed went from total war and fear of death to prosperous security (revolts were dealt harshly, even upon inhabitants that had nothing to do with the rebellion) and freedom of religion, something unheard of in the Medieval Age.

 

 

 

 

I give this movie a 4.5/5, and I cannot wait for the sequels to come out, how i get to see this exile turned noble hero transform into a tyrannical monster seeking world domination.

 

 

 

Fun fact: Chengiz Khan is the true way of spelling the aforementioned title. Genghis is an Arabic corruption, which because the lands surrounding Shinar are closer to England then the Gobi, we learned the name like that. :P


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Posted Jan 23 2015 - 02:26 PM

watched Cold in July last night

 

might be my one of my top three favorite 2014 films along with Interstellar and The Babadook

 

a couple nights before that I watched Gone Girl as well, which was completely not what I was expecting it to be (having never read the book) but still a pretty great film


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Posted Jan 23 2015 - 04:18 PM

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Posted Jan 23 2015 - 06:14 PM

Perfect Blue

 

A very interesting and surreal anime psychological thriller, exploring the boundaries between reality and imagination. Satoshi Kon definitely improved by the time he made Paprika, but Perfect Blue was a fantastic start to his directing career. It's grim and gruesome, always tense with some really interesting ways of building the narrative.

With the main character's deteriorating mental state the distinction between reality and imagination constantly blurs, as it becomes harder and harder to tell the two apart. Much like his later work, it's a film that's really great at screwing with the viewer's mind and that's what makes it so appealing.


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Posted Jan 25 2015 - 07:03 AM

The Legend of Vagar Bance. Gosh I love that movie.


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Posted Feb 04 2015 - 12:20 AM

If I Stay

 

The main issue with the movie is that it tries to meld a coming of age story with a supernatural drama, and the director couldn't make it work. Not just because of the tonal shifts between the two stories, but because it required me to get invested in two compltely unrelated stories. Things get better in the third act when the stories start to become thematically relevant to each other, but by then it's too late to save the movie overall.

 

On top of that, the central premise of the movie is that the character has to decide wether she's going to go on living, or let herself die. And I'm not entirely sure the writing justified her final decision.


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Posted Feb 04 2015 - 10:59 PM

Well I did just finish off the first Smokey and the Bandit. Wow Deja-vu. I am not sure but I think that was the last movie I posted here watching... I need a larger movie pool... Where is the "Movie I want to watch next" topic?

EDIT: Yep it was...

Well I'd have to say Smokey and the Bandit as I am currently still watching the second and it is not over thus "watched". They are at the part were "Frog" leaves Bandit because of the support net idea for the elephant.


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Posted Feb 06 2015 - 11:22 AM

Wasted on the Young

 

The first 70 minutes function quite well as a no holds barred look at bullying and its reprecussions. The main problems are with the editing, which led to some confusion with the narrative, and the script which could have definitely used a little more polish. The first problem is easily thrown aside once you figure out who's who. The script problems are harder to ignore, but I think the director's approach to the material makes theme easier to swallow.

 

The real issues come in the last twenty minutes, when the screenwriters throws aside the story about bullying and segways into a weird revenge story that's more reminiscent of the Saw movies than the previous 70 minutes. It's a huge detriment to the rest of the movie because it doesn't make any intelligent statements about bullying or violence and instead exists just to shock.

 

So, all in all, not a bad movie, but one that badly needed some script revisions.


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Posted Feb 06 2015 - 07:20 PM

Terminator Salvation

 

That movie was Epic! Some people disliked the absence of androids from the future killing people in the present and time travel in general, but I thought it was a good change. :) Not to mention i loved the homages they made to the previous films, especially the first Terminator. Overall, it was a cool movie to watch.

 

After that, I watched the third Terminator, then the second one. The first didn't pop up, which disappointed me and my backwards movie watching binge, but I did see the trailer for the fifth one. Genesys has an unneeded typo in the title, and the plot seems a tad confusing; like i got the plot (they revealed) in the trailer, but trying to explain it just felt like I was chucking day old mental poopies at my broham. :confused:


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The King's Speech, one of my favorite all time movies. 


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Posted Feb 14 2015 - 11:54 PM

Guardians of the Galaxy

 

Despite not being a fan of comic book movies, or action movies in general really, I have to say this one was a rollicking good time. It's humor, environments, and unique characters made it stand out from everything else we're getting these days in the genre. I have some issues with some of the unclear exposition, but after a while it wasn't too hard to figure what was happening. Very much enjoyed it!


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Posted Feb 15 2015 - 04:17 AM

Interstellar. That movie was quite breath taking, the celestial sights and foreign planets, not to mention that black hole, are forever etched into my mind; and the use of predestination and the help of outside forces to aid a dying human race was great. Overall, it was just literally awesome: struck me with a sense of pure awe and wonder. And I absolutely loved that there were no noises in scenes that lacked oxygen, and how the chaotic sound of an explosion hit you like a wave as oxygen poured into the room.

 

There were some moments where I was just attached to my seat and forgot to breathe.


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Posted Feb 18 2015 - 10:23 AM

Cast Away.

 

I watched it a couple of times when I was a kid, but didn't get much out of it besides "plane crashes and guy learns to survive on island." What an amazing movie, the entire plane crash scene had me at the edge of my seat and there were a couple of tearjerker moments towards the end. Sorry Wilson. =(

 

It also reminded me of how much I love Tom Hanks, so I'm going to watch some more of his movies. I could go for some You've Got Mail right about now.


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Posted Feb 18 2015 - 08:20 PM

1980's Dune. It was a cool looking movie and epic in some parts (especially the ending), but overall I was sometimes lost and confused, also the ending seemed extremely abrupt compared to all the build up the movie had. I now have a slight headache from the movie. I recommend watching it, but only if you feel like putting all other thoughts out of the way and you are sure to have no distractions; if you miss one detail you will feel quite lost.


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Posted Feb 20 2015 - 05:22 PM

Today I watched You've Got Mail and Mission: Impossible.

 

You've Got Mail was cute, the acting was silly over-the-top but I enjoyed it. When I was a kid we listened to the movie's soundtrack a lot, so it was fun to hear those happy tunes again.

 

I hadn't seen Mission: Impossible before, and I'm glad I finally watched it. That vault scene... :0 I'll definitely be watching the second one.


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Posted Feb 20 2015 - 05:58 PM

1980's Dune. It was a cool looking movie and epic in some parts (especially the ending), but overall I was sometimes lost and confused, also the ending seemed extremely abrupt compared to all the build up the movie had. I now have a slight headache from the movie. I recommend watching it, but only if you feel like putting all other thoughts out of the way and you are sure to have no distractions; if you miss one detail you will feel quite lost.


You know what's pretty much a 2015 version of Dune? Jupiter Ascending, which I just saw and is, contrary to other reviews, the BEST movie I've seen this year.


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Posted Feb 21 2015 - 02:13 PM

Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark.

 

What an exciting movie. I'm going to watch the other three now. Then I'm going to watch all six Star Wars movies.


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Posted Feb 21 2015 - 04:27 PM

The Raid 2: Berandal

 

More stylish ultraviolent martial arts goodness. Didn't like it as much as the first, but it was still really good.

There's more focus on story and characters this time around, and although that's nice to see, it's also mainly why I think it's not as good.

The first film had a simple and well executed premise. Even though the plot was little more than an excuse for all the action and violence, the way it all took place within a single building which the main character was trapped in made it carry a real atmosphere of isolation and desperation, which I feel added a lot to the film.

The Raid 2 on the other hand goes for a more fleshed out story and characters, and in the process loses the atmosphere and tension. It also doesn't help that the plot basically feels like a cheap imitation of films like Infernal Affairs.

Still, it does the job and it's not like anyone's watching The Raid for the story. The fighting is where its purpose lies, and it absolutely delivers in that regard. The fight scenes are still excellently choreographed, and often even more vicious than the original. At points they do require a rather strong suspension of disbelief, but are very fun to watch as a result.

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Posted Feb 21 2015 - 06:30 PM

Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark.

 

What an exciting movie. I'm going to watch the other three now. Then I'm going to watch all six Star Wars movies.

 

It is, until you realize that whether Indie was there or not, the Nazis were going to open that and die. He just put both himself and others at risk.  :P

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Posted Feb 24 2015 - 03:18 PM

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

 

George Clooney was practically perfect for the main character.

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Posted Feb 27 2015 - 05:20 PM

rewatched Drive the other night. still a fun movie. perfect soundtrack too.


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Posted Feb 28 2015 - 09:25 PM

Just earlier today I finally got around to watching Birdman.  Everything about it was absolutely phenomenal, and it definitely deserved its Best Picture win.  10/10.


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