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Last night I watched Bullet to the Head (2013) and Stallone 'saves the cat' 3 times in the first ten minutes! And one of those times it is an actual cat.

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Chugyeogja (The Chaser)

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Damn. I am new to korean movies, so I wasn't expecting getting so repeatedly hit on the head with a hammer (which is very appropriately said consdering the movie). This movie is tough, but the characters are very well developed, and it kept me thrilled the whole time.

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I love The Chaser so much. Scorsese was going to remake it and it was getting a lot of buzz for a few months, but I think it fell through as I've not heard any more about it in the last couple of years. I'm relatively new to Korean flicks myself, but most of the action / crime flicks I've seen coming out of there in the last several years have been pretty great overall. "The Man From Nowhere" was another really good one, and people seem to have gotten all hot & bothered over "I Saw The Devil". I thought it was OK, but I don't like how improbable most of it was. Same with "Oldboy". Lots of people love it, but aside from the visuals and the one big fight sequence, I thought it was pretty dumb.

I've heard good things about "Yellow Sea" and "Mother", but I've not seen either of them yet. The Man From Nowhere is a pretty decent action / thriller with a couple of pretty awesome action sequences.

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I'm a huge fan of Korean movies, in the last decade they've really stepped up on the quality. A Bittersweet Life, A Tale of Two Sisters, Sympathy for Mr Vengeance, 300 Pounds Beauty, My Boss My Hero, My Wife is a Gangster, The Chaser, I Saw the Devil, Musa, My Sassy Girl, and JSA are among my favourites.

As a general rule, Korean movies do tend to dip into tragedy (or melodrama depending on your cynicism) in the last act, even their comedys and romantice comedies punch you in the gut.

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"Mother" is totally worth seeing. It's a quiet, intimate slow-burn of a film. In some ways, it doesn't feel very Korean if what you're used to is stuff like "Oldboy" and "The Host". I really enjoyed it. My guess is it's not for everyone, though.

What I love so much about Korean movies in general is their ability to seamlessly move between dark drama and lighthearted humour and then back again without ever losing the overall tone of the film. There's something going on deep down on a cultural level, I think because I've noticed that happening on a number of different films by a number of directors. They have their own flavor. And to me, they often feel more cinematic and sometimes more fulfilling than a lot of Western films because they don't attempt to follow any of the usual Hollywood conventions and it's a really refreshing experience.

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Alright you guys have officially got me interested. Short list for the absolute newbie to Korean cinema (Aka me)?

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I'd like to get more into Korean cinema. My only real experience is with The Hist, which I don't really like.

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Perhaps a thread for Korean or Asian film in general is called for? There's a "suggest a movie" thread somewhere on here, wasn't there?

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BigDamnArtist wrote:

Alright you guys have officially got me interested. Short list for the absolute newbie to Korean cinema (Aka me)?

I think auralstimulation mentioned some good ones above—Mother and The Host, plus Oldboy, which is part of the Park Chan-wook "Vengeance" trilogy (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance). People really like Oldboy a lot. The special edition DVD I have of it is tremendous: it has three discs, multiple commentaries, booklets, physical pieces of film, and other detritus related to the movie. It comes in a big cookie tin.

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Watched Re-Animator last night. It was good old fashioned over the top body horror type of flick. Little slow at points, but I'd call that a product of its time and budget. Thoroughly enjoyed it though.

Jeffery Combs is awesome, it's nice to know that he can just generally do batshit creepy and that's not just a product of Weyoun.

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What did you think of Minority Report? I remember thinking it was good, and that I hadn't any complaints whilst watching it (even thought it was reasonably clever), except that I came away thinking that it missed being 'great' and was somehow unremarkable (if that makes sense).

Makes perfect sense. I agree, pretty good but falls short. VFX and the techy stuff is superb, but the script and acting (Sam Morton's performance falls into the "Nell" category) have always bugged me. Spielberg seems unsure if he's making a dark sc-fi thriller or a lighthearted summer flick... or was trying to have it both ways.

As cheesy and dated as it is, I prefer Verhoeven's Total Recall to Minority Report. It's a better story and script, takes itself less seriously, and is more fun to watch.

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Watched Zero Dark Thirty last night. Decent flick. Left me feeling kinda weird, tho, in the same way that every military action video I've ever seen posted on youtube or liveleak has made me feel dirty.

For me, this movie demonstrates how unethical a lot of the things we do are, and people seemed to get hung up on the fact that the movie shows them getting some decent intel by torturing a few people, like it's a defense of it or something. The main character basically says she wants to carpet bomb dozens of children on the theory that UBL might be living in the same compound. I didn't see that little tidbit mentioned in many reviews of this movie. Doesn't get much more "kick the cat" than that.

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I just got back from The Hangover III. It felt like a cash in movie. There are a few laughs, but not enough to make you forget it's a bad movie. It's a much darker film than the first two, and never quite gets off the ground.

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Just got this on DVD. One of my favorite childhood movies.

"Belay myself off? ..... BELAY MYSELF OFF?!?!"

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I watched "Upstream Color", the latest Shane Carruth film (the guy who made "Primer").

It is definitely an art film, and it is not very accessible when you are watching it. Shot on a Panasonic GH2 DSLR, and the budget was probably very low, which makes it very interesting from that angle.

The movie has very little dialog and long passages of only visuals guiding you through the story, and it has a disjointed style to the storytelling following two protagonists and their relationship to each other and others. While it might not seem like it for the first half of the film, it does have a point. But unlike Primer which had so much information you tried your best just to keep up and sort thigns in your head, this has almost the opposite approach, not giving you much information at all, making you constantly grasp at straws to find meaning in it. Unfortunately this makes subsequent viewings less rewarding, possibly even tedious, unless you fall in love with the cinematographic or acting aspects of it.

I just watched this over the weekend and I adored it.

I guess my opinion about it, along with Primer for that matter, is that Carruth's films tend to invoke reactions more like musical albums than typical movies (even typical art house movies). There's a lyrical and rhythmic aspect to everything that seems more important than any particular shot, line of dialog, or plot point.

An extreme example would be Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon'. It's widely considered one of the best albums of all time, but it's chock-full of lengthy soundscapes and meanderings that make it generally tough to just pop in and listen to. However, when you actually sit down, listen to the whole thing, and let yourself get engrossed, it becomes something remarkable.

That said, I do agree that Primer is more accessible, even with it's complexities. There's simply more information there to process, so it's easier to stay focused. Upstream Color requires the viewer to let themselves be pulled in and swept away. It's also a much stranger and sort of vague magic bean, which I'm sure will turn a lot of people off just because it's so abstract.

I, however, ate that shit up.

PS - For the more hardcore Carruth fans among us, there is (what I believe) a really fun 'A Topiary' reference around the beginning of Upstream Color.

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I also loved Upstream Color. It's definitely a better film than Primer, which was Carruth at his roughest and least filtered. It's also a more emotionally engaging film. Primer gets a little bit too caught up in the science to actually be about anything. Upstream Color shows exactly the kind of film that Carruth wants to make, and I'm so excited about where he goes next.

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Doctor Submarine wrote:

I'm so excited about where he goes next.

Check THIS interview out.

Lots about UC, but near the end they ask about his next project "The Modern Ocean"...more "connectivity" stuff. Also a depressing note about 'A Topiary' being shelved.

Also HERE is a more extensive interview...some of which feels like the interviewer is trying pretty hard to seem high-concepty...but it does have a lot of interesting tibits if you're a Carruth fan.

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Upstream Color is pretty wild. For me, it felt like riding the Tilt-A-Whirl. The whole time I'm sitting there saying "This is kind of insane. Am I supposed to be enjoying this?" Then when it's over I say "Yes, totally insane. I didn't realize it, but that actually was me enjoying myself back there."

The first 15-20 minutes are really quite well done—beautiful filmmaking on all fronts. The film never fully regains the sense of urgency it had during that opening stretch, which was my only major criticism of it (other than Carruth as a leading man).

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I watched Shane for the first time this past weekend. It was surprisingly by-the-numbers, I felt, altho if you're interested in seeing ONE old, pre-Eastwood western, this is the one.

  • Mysterious stranger arrival? Check

  • Idealistic kid? Check

  • Farmer vs rancher feud? Check

  • Sweeping music? Check

  • Thug mockingly spilling drink on hero? Check

  • Notorious killer arrival? Check

  • Country dance? Check

  • Saloon brawl? Check

  • Funeral on cemetery hill? Check

  • Villain offering to hire hero? Check

  • Gunfight showdown? Check

  • Hero riding off into sunset? Check

The only things missing are a slipknot hangin' party and a pretty gal whose pa gets shot. Ripe for a remake, too.

Warning: I'm probably rewriting this post as you read it.

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Oh, and I watched Dogma yesterday. Interesting and not bad, but also not really funny. It's slightly overwritten and underdirected.

Warning: I'm probably rewriting this post as you read it.

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Zarban wrote:

Oh, and I watched Dogma yesterday. Interesting and not bad, but also not really funny. It's slightly overwritten and underdirected.

I think the idea of God as a skee ball fan is one of my favorite bits from that otherwise odd movie. Also, without it, we wouldn't have this, for good or for ill
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  • Hero riding off into sunset? Check

Wait what? Didn't Shane die at the end of the movie?

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The story goes that he's dead in the saddle as he's riding off...

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That's a myth. I was waiting for it, but he's clearly reining his horse as he rides over the hill.

That doesn't mean he'll survive the wound, but he's definitely not dead.

Warning: I'm probably rewriting this post as you read it.

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You never seen The Negotiator?

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere. - Carl Sagan

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