Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by jamesblakefan#1, Mar 22, 2010.
Which movie is better ?? Side effects or The Bay ? they are both suspense thrillers
Side Effects was amazing.
Ikiru (Kurosawa) - thoroughly enjoyed. An old man starts living after he discovers he has only a few months left to live. Delightful chap, the Section Officer/Head.
Also saw the 30-minute Night and Fog by Alain Resnais. Shows the current state of some old concentration camps and well as (interspersed with) chilling footage from those days.
The Bay seem like a interesting movie. entire town getting wiped out by a parasite. wonder what they did with the town, Nuke it ?
The Bride with White Hair. Free Youtube full movies.
Sentinel, if you are interested in classic films about the banality and moral quandaries of the intelligence profession, The Conversation by Coppola and Ronin by Frankenheimer are pretty good classic films in the genre.
Have you seen Vertov's Man With the Movie Camera?
Ryazanov's Enjoy your Banya! is a pretty good Cold War era film.
I previously mentioned The Firemen's Ball, which is mostly interesting as an example of a film with strong subversive undertones from that time before the Soviet clampdown in Czechoslovakia.
Hitchcock's Vertigo and Fellini's La Dolce Vita are two of my favourite classic films.
I thoroughly, thoroughly recommend Tokyo Story by Ozu
I had that on my Netflix list at one point then Netflix pulled and put it in the saved queue. I don't think they ever replaced it.
56 Up. Netflix.
The Internship. It was ok, but to be honest I feel this just about sums it up:
I saw it last week. Today I will be seeing the movie it was based on Make Way for Tomorrow.
Saw Seven Samurai (Kurosawa) yesterday.
Later, with family, saw Arsenic and Old Lace (d. Frank Capra, st. Cary Grant) a funny movie about some nutty people. Folks had quite a laugh.
Thanks for the suggestions. I've only seen Vertigo from the above, although I do have La Dolce Vita and Fireman's Ball.
I will definitely see the others.
I actually don't like westerns and similar movies. Although i enjoyed Seven Samurai, that's not exactly the genre I enjoy the most. Sadly, most of Kurosawa's works are war/rebellion/fighting related. I did really enjoy High and Low, though. I also do like the cold-war stuff, and find holocaust movies very moving.
You might enjoy Kurosawa's Stray Dog, a neorealist film in the genre of Bicycle Thieves, and The Bad Sleep Well, a film that I believe was great for an hour, but lost the plot in the second half.
Speaking of bicycles, Beijing Bicycle by Wang Xiaohuai is a pretty good film. Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries, which I just watched from my DVD collection, is also worth watching.
Sentinel, I assume you have seen the films of Satyajit Ray. I remember having jet lag in a nice hotel in Paris, wanting to sleep, unable to do so, and watching Satyajit Ray films on French television. I kept waking up, ready for breakfast, but it was dark in Paris and Satyajit Ray films were still playing on my hotel television.
Event Horizon was on TV last night. I don't know why, but I HAD to watch it again
Actually quite a good movie.
At Pacific Rim now - going to the 7pm preview!!!!
After watching it more times than I’d like to admit, I still don’t know what’s going on.
Another very good one........can't wait for part two when they get to the engineers home world.
I just saw Make Way For Tomorrow (1937) with my folks. Heartbreaking, without being sentimental. An elderly couple and how their kids have no time for them. This inspired Tokyo Story, it seems.
Later, I thought it was really a love story, and it beats the usual ones (i.e., youngsters falling in love). It has many beautiful parts but the beauty increases in the last half reaching a climactic and brutal end. The end was brutal, i felt as I lay in bed at night remembering it.
Earlier in the day i saw Tarkovsky's Solaris (1972) Really tough, ... and what a sci-fi movie should be like. Raise questions, make you ponder.
Not many know that Bergman went on to direct Caddyshack.
Thanks. I will check out Wild Strawberries after a while. I saw Cries and Whispers (Bergman) last night, and it was a bit much for me.
I think I will first check out the Russian movies you recommended which i have got (Ballad of a Soldier, Fireman's Ball and The Cranes are flying). I have also got Irony of Fate (aka Enjoy the Bath).
Regarding, Satyajit Ray, I am holding out on him. I wanted to learn to appreciate serious films before getting to the Indian classics.
The remake explains all:
Bride with White Hair is a good movie, cant find Bride 2 online full movie free.
I just finished seeing Ballad of a Soldier thanks to your recommendation. Every moment of it was beautiful. It is a wonderful tribute to a mother's love for her son, and a son's love for his mother. The poor mother scarcely knows what all he went through just to reach her. Behind the momentary joy of one mother, are all those others who will never see their sons.
Very good.....love that site - very very funny.
Pacific Rim. The first Summer movie to leave me pleasantly surprised this year.
Yesterday I saw The Cranes Are Flying.
Very moving film about the suffering of people in war. Women probably had it the worst, whether due to bereavement or abuse.
Later, also saw Stray Dog (Kurosawa). Very nice. I've found someone who has located a copy of Topaz which he will rent, and copy and get for me in a couple months.
Thanks for the excellent recommendations.
I'm hearing good things about this one.
Man of Steel, IMO is a very good movie, with a great ensemble cast.
Monsters U is pretty good; standard fare. There's A LOT of scary stuff, really macabre for a supposed kids movie.
I really want to see Pacific Rim. Looks like the ideal fun summer movie.
Man Of Steel... another pretty average superhero film which was hyped as being the next big thing.
Still, it was better than Iron Man 3 and numerous other films of that ilk.
Is this the Russian film? I got the Criterion DVD but I haven't watched it yet. I'm not all artsy fartsy film critic but I wish I was!
Just in case any of you guys do collect Criterions (and don't already know this), Barnes and Noble has a 50% off sale for the next week or so
Watched Batman Returns last night. Had a big crush on Michelle P. when I first watched it! Not sure what I'll watch tonight but it's getting about that time to pick one out
It's a big dumb action movie about humans in giant robots fighting giant monsters, but it never tries to be anything else and I think that's the film's most endearing quality. It's quite sweet how it just sticks to its guns, and it would be great to see it become a big hit, to prove to Hollywood that you can back a big budget movie without big name stars and without relying on big name licenses or sequels.
It's a lot more entertaining than the Transformers trilogy anyway.
Grown Ups 2 was absolutely horrid.
Sandler simply has nothing left.
Just an epic embarrassment.
Why did I waste 14.50 on that again?
So you could come here and warn us to stay away
didn't watch a movie tonight but did watch a couple episodes of Reno 911's Most Wanted.
Rottentomatoes .com is your friend. That movie got horrible horrible reviews.
Saw The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) last night.
Someone told me wrongly that it was her birth anniversary and I thought it would be appropriate to see the movie.
Hey, i am not artsy-fartsy myself, but do wish i was.
There's often a ton of symbolism in these films, esp. in "sci fi" films, which is hidden in plain sight, or cryptic, or which become more obvious when you know what to look for.
I'm not saying the hidden symbolism means the films are good, but there's often far more meaning than we may initially suspect.
Oblivion is one recent example. A so-so film, but which is more or less predictive of our relatively near future from beginning to end.
Umberto D. (d. by De Sica)
For obvious reasons, I had my heart in my mouth for the last 30 minutes.
That's what I hear. I'm up for a good big dumb movie occasionally, plus I like Idris Elba work. He may not be well known but he's a decent actor. That turn back the apocalypse line in the trailer hooked me.
Highly recommend the BBC series Luther.
Not sure what I'm going to watch tonight. Sometimes it seems like such a hastle to go pick something out. I don't have a huge collection but it's alright and sometimes I don't know what I'm in the mood for. Plus I'm kind of quirky with my watching habits.
Love this Tom Hiddleston as Loki gif from The Avengers
Sandler keeps my attention for about 30 seconds. Nothing he has done is worth seeing. So your $14.50 was a flush down the toilet. I hope the popcorn was good.
I saw this as well. It was a LOT better than I thought it was going to be. I may need to watch it again.
Sandler has nourished me many times in the past when he had to prove his talent. I believe Billy Madison is a true classic.
But now, he has nothing in the tank.
It is sad. Its obvious and I think even he knows it.
When you have $100 million in the bank it is difficult to play idiotic characters with true passion.
Grown Ups 2 is simply astonishingly putrid. I knew it would be when I walked through the doors. While I ate the disgusting Pretzel Bites from Hell with cheese I knew I should not be there. But I got 2 or 3 laughs and got out of the house. I feel ashamed for contributing to the BO receipts.
It doesn't matter anymore really. We live in an artless age. Art reached its peak in its effect on humankind about 25 years ago.
We are now in the age of anarchy, action and overthrow. Where art's place is no longer necessary to incite change.
We don't need Dylan, Bono, Sting or Springsteen anymore to tell us what's up. We need Action. But we are all closely enslaved in an Eduocracy.
Occupy Wall Street was a good start. But it must get stronger. Egypt/Libya are good examples.
In America an overthrow begins at the Federal Reserve.
There will be an epic food and water storage in the future. The police won't be able to save you. This is why Bloomberg is against guns. This isn't a doomsday philosophy. It's just what I see happening when the world's food and water supply cannot sustain. This is why American companies are corporatizing foreign water.
Soon the haves will be without the basic essentials and the have nots will be looting.
Imagine when the rich do not have access to basic essentials. It's gonna be really interesting. Paper money will be worthless. People will be fighting, shooting and stabbing for basic essentials by 2050.
Political rant over. Back on topic.
Absolute rubbish that this POS has made 42million $$$$$$ this weekend! Hurt excellent fun flicks like Pacific Rim in a big way......only good news is that Del Toros flick seems to have legs and with the excellent reviews and word of mouth it will in the end do very very well.
The rest of the world seems to have gotten it right and are supporting it in a big way and its no.1 just about in every market except the USA and OZ.
Grown Ups 2 (jeez just writing that makes me ill) has one of the lowest scores ever on rotten tomatoes. Amazing with a positive score of less than 5% that anyone would pay a dime to see it?
Pacific Rim also looked really stupid... No offense, but when I saw the previews my first thought was, oh god here comes another piece of **** directed by Michael Bay. I was surprised that he didn't direct it.
Finally got around to Looper. I'm amazed this has 90-whatever precent on Rotten Tomatoes, and critics I admire love this movie. It's not that it was bad, it was just very unclear what was going on until about mid-movie, too many characters under utilized, some characters who have way too much emphasis on them, and tons of cliches. Not even great on an action standpoint. I'd give it a C-/D+
Strangers on a Train (Hitchcock) - Nice, a lot of suspense and creeps.
You can't compare or even mention in the same sentence anything from Guillermo Del Toro to crap put out by M Bay........this flick has been on the radar for Del Toro fans for over 2 yrs.
Have you even seen the reviews and audience reaction? Scores on Rotten Tomatoes, Fandango....etc have all been excellent.
Try FRENZY ..........one of his last films and quite good as well.
The Life of Oharu (d. by Mizoguchi. 1952). One of Mizoguchi's top three works along with Ugetsu and Sansho The Bailiff.
"the morning's pretty face is a corpse by evening"
I also saw The Bells of St. Mary's (1945, Ingrid Bergman). Enjoyed it, the play enacted by the little kids almost killed me.
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