What movies did you recently watch?

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  1. El Muerto

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    I saw Black Swan. It was ok. 7/10
     
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    Downloaded a week ago. Just waiting for the right mood to hit me.

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    Tron: Legacy - 1.5/5
    I thought this movie was pretty inconsistent in terms of themes. For a movie that set itself up as a pretty high concept piece of work, it had quite a bit of clashing ideas. Firstly, there were some really bad attempted humor, that just didn't go with the setting of the movie. Also, there were times when it felt like a Star Wars movie with the huge army of programs and whatnot... but that too seemed to contradict with it being a hard sci-fi film. Speaking of the programs, I didn't like how they acted almost like normal humans. Like that one program called Zuse... he was basically like a flamboyant over-the-top entertainer. It didn't make any sense for frigging computer programs to be like that. Came across as really silly.

    The character traits they gave Jeff Bridges' character seemed out of place too. Every time he said "man" I chuckled because it reminded me of Big Lebowski. The other lead character, Kevin Flynn's son, was just the most bland lead ever. Most of the characters in the movie were actually very underdeveloped.

    With all that said, I'd say that I quite enjoyed the visuals. They introduced some cool things here and there. Despite all the negative things about the movie, I still kind of went along with the plot. But yeah, the whole thing was very lackluster.

    Jackass 3D - 3.5/5
    I laughed, but not as much as I did during the other two movies. Some of the stunts in this one seemed quite uninspired to me. Also, for some reason I thought it ended too fast. I was expecting some big elaborate final stunt like they did with the other movies. But it was still a fun watch. I think laughed the hardest during the Bam's snake pit stunt haha.

    Bad Santa - 4.5/5
    I fucking loved this movie! It had a great balance of dark comedy and actual heartfelt moments. There were times when I thought it'd go to the "cheesy" territory, but thankfully it steered away. Billy Bob was great, so was the rest of the cast.

    Hiroshima (BBC Documentary) - 4.5/5
    I never really get emotional during movies but this shit... oh man... I was on the verge of tears watching this. And a lot of it has to do with the fact that it actually happened! Just thinking about what those people went through blows my mind. This documentary was extremely well made too. The reenactments were very well done. It covers everything that led up to the bombing and the aftermath. Although, it doesn't cover much on the latter and skims through some of the key things. I'd have liked to know more about the effects of the radiation and all that. Still a very powerful documentary.
     
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    I Saw The Devil - 7/10

    There were aspects of the plot that just bugged me. Otherwise, the film was shot wonderfully and it was an interesting movie.
     
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    I'M ON MY FUCKING LUNCHBREAK, OKAY? :awesome:




    Last movie I saw was The Wackness - 7.5/10

    It's a good movie. A little too many awkward moments though.
     
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    Dumb and Dumber. Such a classic movie. Haha.
     
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    Oldboy - 7/10

    There wasn't much keeping this from an easy 9/10. One of the more enjoyable movies I've seen recently.
     
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    I fucking love you for recommending this. I've always been a big history geek at heart and downloaded both parts based on your review of this extraordinary documentary.

    I almost cried by the first fifteen minutes of the second part it was so moving and so well done. Unbiased as well, which is even better and the fact they didn't sugar coat it was even better. I also knew what they did in Hiroshima was bad, but I never knew it was to this extent. The eye witness accounts made it more compelling. I actually felt so sorry for the Japanese, and got red in the face when I saw the Americans celebrating at Japan's surrender. Even more at the comment at one of the military commander's comments about how it wasn't the American's choice but the Japanese's choice to have two of their cities bombed. The sheer fact that the aftermath was so bad as well, just not the bombing itself - seeing people walking around disorientated, skin hanging off them, and crowded hospitals made me watery in the eyes.

    10/10
     
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    One of my favorite movies of all time!

    Glad you liked it! The American soldiers who carried out the actual bombing really had no idea of the level of damage the bombing would cause. Same goes for the Japanese government. The real culprits were the men who carried out the operation behind closed doors. The American govt. had full knowledge of the bombing and its aftereffects, but they still carried through with it.

    I'll soon get through a Vietnam War doc followed by some WWII ones. Will let you know how they are once I'm done. :)

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    Boogie Nights (1997)- 4/5
    This film depicts the porn industry the way Goodfellas depicted crime families and gangsters. Having seen both movies, it's clear that PT Anderson was heavily influenced by Scorcese's work in Goodfellas. Starting from the long camera takes and interesting shooting techniques, to amazingly well written characters, Boogie Nights has it all. Just like Goodfellas, you start watching this movie and it's like you're taken on a journey into these characters' lives. That's something that really pulled me in. Story-wise, there isn't any direct plot, but rather it twists in and out of the lives of all the main characters. Mark Wahlberg was really great in it and so was Burt Reynolds. But, given its length, I don't see myself re-watching it ever again. It's great for a one-time-watch.

    Lost In Translation (2003) - 1/5
    I don't see how this film garnered so much attention and praise. I just don't see it. I watched about half way through and had to turn it off... it was getting that boring. There wasn't really anything happening in the movie. That's my biggest problem right there. I'm willing to sacrifice plot if the movie has other interesting aspects about it (see Boogie Nights). But here the characters weren't memorable, the visuals were bland. Nothing stood out to me.
     
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    I felt sorry for the Head Scientist who was working for the American government and how shattered he felt when the government told him it was going to be used against the Japanese - right after the first testing in New Mexico. Of course, I would be frightened and shattered after knowing that I created an explosive device that had the force of 20,000 tonnes of TNT, and was able to penetrate the skin and kill all the living cells in the human body. :blink:

    You'll have to post the documentaries so I can watch them and pass them onto my dad who's also a big history nut like me.
     
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    That was Robert Oppenheimer. He's the one who gave the "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." speech. I also found the "the bomb leaving the shadow of the victim on surfaces" part insane! There are countless mind-boggling aspects of the A-bomb. The black rain creeped me out too.

    And yes, I'll be posting about more docs as I watch them.
     
  11. travz21

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    Lady Vengeance - 4/10

    The last in the trilogy, right after Oldboy. I still need to watch Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance.

    I don't know if I had a video with bad subtitles or what, but I missed like every plot point imaginable. I only understood the very basics, yet I read about how complex the story was. Seemed like a very shallow story that was shot beautifully.
     
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    Paul - 7.5/10

    I enjoyed this film, it was pretty funny. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I was a bigger fan of alien related movies as there were many references to other films.
     
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    ^ I gotta watch that.

    Green Hornet - 2.5/5
    I had a pretty good time with it, ie, I laughed. Wasn't expecting it to be as comedic as it was. But they took it too far and it ended up hurting the movie. They made Seth Rogan's character so unlikeable and naive, for comedic reasons, that I don't even know why they named the movie Green Hornet. More than half the movie, it was either Kato making some badass gadgets or saving Britt Reid's ass. I mean, aren't we supposed to see the Green Hornet himself doing some heroic shit? All of this just made me not root for him as the hero. Some of the action sequences, especially towards the end, just got ridiculous. I did however like some of the plot twists in the last act. But overall, a very forgettable experience.
     
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    Paranormal Activity 2 3/5

    It's not so much scary it's creepy. I like the camera techniques used in this but what shitted me off was that it took so long to get to the creepiest moments. I know, patience is the key to suspense. Not when you're 24 weeks pregnant with gallstones and a baby that kicks you at the most creepiest moments which sent me through the roof. I had the Ghostbusters theme song playing in the back of my head for a majority of it and the nagging question of where were the Winchester brothers? :lol: But overall quite good use of the camera, not your so called typical suspense thriller and I quite enjoyed it because it actually got me thinking several times - you had to spot the suspicious occurrences happening like how the pool cleaner moved by itself. But the ending was a bit rough for me.

    The Circuit (Mini series) 4/5

    So I thought if a documentary could be classed as a movie to be reviewed I'll review the Circuit. It's an Australian drama focusing on the discrimination of the aboriginals in the remote regions of Australia. This series follows an urban city slicker Aboriginal lawyer who seeks to defend convicted Aboriginals in front of a white judge in a make shift and transportable court house. I really think after watching this mini-series that my views on the indigenous community of remote regions of the country; not accessible to good education, good health care etc leading to more criminals. Gary Sweet does an awesome job as the white judge. It's a well liked mini-series of mine.
     
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    Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance - 6/10

    Pretty good concept. Just had some annoying things with the story. Oldboy was the best of the trilogy. I think I still like I Saw The Devil the best from that director of the 4 movies I've seen.
     
  16. Agent

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    I Saw The Devil wasn't directed by the director of the Vengeance Trilogy.

    Btw, check out Park Chan-wook's last film Thirst. It's up there with Oldboy in my books.
     
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    Good call lol. I swear they were the same, I don't know why. Maybe because they reused a couple of the actors in I Saw The Devil. Plus they were both shot really well. I'll check out Thirst tonight maybe. I'm loving the Korean films.
     
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    I Saw The Devil - 4.5/5
    My God. What a great film. I swear, these South Korean directors are on another level. It's as bloody and violent as it gets, it's raw yet beautifully shot. A lot of actors playing serial killers tend to go over-the-top, but Choi Min-sik's performance felt very real to me. My only knock against the movie is that somewhere towards the end the visual flare seemed to get lost a little bit, but only for a while. It's something that wouldn't normally stand out to me, but in contrast to the rest of the movie, it did. I really had no idea how this film would wrap up, but the way it did completely took me by surprise. The ending definitely has to be one of the strong suits of this film. Overall, an amazing watch.
     
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    Paranormal Activity 2/5

    Not as good as the prequel, could have had a lot more happen in it and could've had a better ending. But yet again, what does on expect on a low budget film that was filmed in the director's own house? But even with saying that I can't wait for #3 to hit our screens.
     
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    Monsters - 7/10

    Really cool film. Not much for a story, though. A poor man's District 9.
     
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