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Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« on: February 16, 2013, 12:37:09 AM »
Seen a good (or bad, or indifferent) movie lately (not so lately, sometime in recorded history)? Let us know what you thought of it here.

Please, please, please use spoiler tags around any spoilers.
"We should admire Prometheus, not Zues...Job, not Jehovah. Becoming a god, or godlike being, is selling out to the enemy. From the Greeks to the Norse to the Garden of Eden, gods are capricious assholes with impulse control problems. Joining their ranks would be a step down."

From "Radiant" by James Alan Gardner

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2013, 12:56:56 AM »
The Hobbit.

I can't really say I saw it though, I slept through almost all of it.

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2013, 02:12:20 AM »
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
6/10
It was pretty good, but they could have swore less and cut out one 10 second nudity scene for a slightly lower rating without messing up the story at all. That would have increased the audience and they would have made more money.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
~ Arthur C. Clarke

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2013, 02:17:50 AM »
I'm glad you restarted this thread, thanks!

Just re-watched "the Lorax" with my daughter.  She loves it, one of the few movies that really seems to impact her emotionally.  For adults, it's a little bit more beat you over the head anti-capitolism,but still enjoyable or tall that.  The story was true to the original in spirit and rhyme.  Hard to rate.  If you have kids to see it with 8/10, if you are an adult with little interest in kiddie type miovies, 6/9.
"A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.  LLAP"
Leonard Nimoy

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2013, 09:48:35 AM »
De doc'men'try 'bout Texas, "Killer Joe". It be a bahrrul uh laffs, y'all. Don't mess wif Texas-- or Joe fer dat matt'r.. y'all..

*** 1/2

Mayhaps nex' tam Friedkin kin make a doc'men'try 'bout Texas patriot Andy Mendozee... Cawl it "Saddlin' up tuh Love"...
"It was then I understood my mission. I knew I must overthrow the white man and all he stood for. But that would not be easy. I would need the help from my organizing brothers and sisters. But most of all, I\'d need the help of Allah. All thanks be to Allah, praise be his sweet and blessed name."
    -- From "Dreams From my Father: The Unexpurgated Version THEY don\'t Want You To Read". By B. Obama Hussein, Forward By Jerome Corsi"

"Syphilis is the algebra of infection."

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2013, 09:54:39 AM »
Quote from: "NitzWalsh"
but they could have swore less and cut out one 10 second nudity scene for a slightly lower rating without messing up the story at all.

Or... They could have added more nudity and maintained the rating. Movies can always use more good looking naked chicks...
"It was then I understood my mission. I knew I must overthrow the white man and all he stood for. But that would not be easy. I would need the help from my organizing brothers and sisters. But most of all, I\'d need the help of Allah. All thanks be to Allah, praise be his sweet and blessed name."
    -- From "Dreams From my Father: The Unexpurgated Version THEY don\'t Want You To Read". By B. Obama Hussein, Forward By Jerome Corsi"

"Syphilis is the algebra of infection."

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2013, 10:01:04 AM »
Quote from: "rickcopeland648"
Or... They could have added more nudity and maintained the rating. Movies can always use more good looking naked chicks...
And simulated sex scenes.  I LOVE a good simulated sex scene.  I also love porn, but for a whole different reason, believe it or not.

Offline PJS

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2013, 09:42:26 PM »
Silver Linings Playbook

5/10

Saw this about a week ago. Some funny parts in first hour, but the plot sort of stalled in the second half. The primary relationship did not develop on screen and the whole betting scenario seemed a bolt-on gimmick to bring in the entire cast for a formulaic non humorous ending. It tried hard for "dysfunctional humor" but more of the latter and less of the former needed here.

History of the Eagles  (Showtime)

9/10

Anyone familiar with the band will likely enjoy this story. Interesting blend of antagonism and creative collaboration with very talented artists meandering over four decades. Some very straight-forward takes from Henley, Frey, Walsh, et al. The story almost tells itself and the writers were careful in avoiding hyperbole.  I highly recommend this documentary.
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Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2013, 05:08:34 AM »
Quote from: "rickcopeland648"
Quote from: "NitzWalsh"
but they could have swore less and cut out one 10 second nudity scene for a slightly lower rating without messing up the story at all.

Or... They could have added more nudity and maintained the rating. Movies can always use more good looking naked chicks...

True, but it was a rather kiddy movie so it made me think it would be great for PG13 or even G audiences.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
~ Arthur C. Clarke

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2013, 11:41:21 AM »
Call of Cthulhu.

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This is a black and white silent movie produced by the H P Lovecraft Historical Society. In other words, it's essentially a fan film. Taken as such, it's not a bad little gem. I don't think it crosses the line to great or to objectively good, though. I found my attention wandering now and again. Maintaining interest these days when you don't have dialog to hook the viewer is difficult. Also, while I'm sure the actors in this production are skilled, they do not have the skills necessary to do well in silent film. Without dialog, everything needs to be communicated via body language and facial expression. Extensive skill in mime and gesture is necessary, but they simply do not have it. The deliberateness of their actions because it was in the script showed through. Often they felt like actors hitting their marks instead of real people living their lives. But this is forgivable in a fan film, although it would be dishonest to not mention it.

The director tried his best, making use of light and shadow whenever he could. Although nothing was particularly striking. But it wasn't completely boring to look at, either. It could have been all flat angles and such.

One place they could have done more but didn't was during the climax on the island of R'lyeh where perspective is supposed to be all wonky. They just built odd-looking sets, but they could have used things like forced perspective to make this point more clear. But they didn't and the film is poorer for it.



Plotwise, it appears to be a faithful to a fault adaptation. This is expected considering the people behind it. It's just not a very compelling narrative for a visual medium. lots of reading and flashbacks. The entire film is a flashback, in fact, where a dude in a booby hatch gives all his papers to his doctor and tells him to burn it so that no one else will come to know what he does and thus suffer the same fate. So, naturally he tells the guy everything he knows in a parade of flashbacks.

that all said, the HPLHS put a lot of effort into this. There's a cult scene with quite a few extras in it that must have strained their budget or personal relations a bit. You can tell there's love put into it, which makes up for the lack of skill in other areas.

But ultimately this film is a curiosity. It's not great. It may not even be good. But considering its an overgrown fan film done in a gimmicky style, it's worth a look just to say that you've seen it. I can't say that it will stick with you after the credits, though.

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2013, 02:34:02 PM »
I kinda liked it.  Not half bad for a fan film.  (I've seen worse)  Yeah, pretty bad acting, but I liked the period style and faithfulness to the source material.

The same people did another film, The Whisperer in Darkness which veers a lot from the original story but makes up for it with a suitable ending.

I'd love to see them make Shadow Out Of Time or Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath.

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2013, 01:36:57 PM »
Tucker and Dale vs Evil. 8/10

Surprisingly funny.  I laughed a lot during the first half, hard enough to almost fall off the couch.  The second half was a little slower on the laughs, but still good.
I would totally recommend this to anyone with a dark sense of humor.
"A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.  LLAP"
Leonard Nimoy

Offline SGOS

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2013, 04:15:28 PM »
Thanks for getting this thread up and running again.  Money Ball with Brad Pitt.  Not your usual sports movie.  He plays the manager of the "Oakland A's".  Supposedly a true story, with doubtless additions by Hollywood. 9/10 (and I'm not a baseball fan, but the movie is very good).
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Offline gussy

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2013, 12:50:32 AM »
Oz the Great and Powerful

If you liked The Phantom Menace you might enjoy this too.  They are basically the same film.  Prequels to technological and creative masterpieces that use far too much CGI to make up for their dull story and characters.

Re: Rate the latest movie you've seen.
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2013, 01:37:48 AM »
Quote from: "gussy"
Oz the Great and Powerful

If you liked The Phantom Menace you might enjoy this too.  They are basically the same film.  Prequels to technological and creative masterpieces that use far too much CGI to make up for their dull story and characters.
NOOOO!!!

I wanted to like the new Oz film.  Don't tell me it's crappy!   :(