Topic: Random Movie Talk That Probably Doesn't Deserve Its Own Thread

So have you ever watched a movie and wanted to:
A) Recommend it
B) Just go what the fuck was that?
C) See if you were the only one who went wtf?

But didn't really feel like it deserved it's own thread?

Well this is the place for you!

I guess I'll start.

I just watched The Ninth Gate. And while I was really digging it pretty much all the way through, (And I mean really 90's Depp directed by Roman Polanski in a supernatural mystery flick, who wouldn't) Until about the last 10 minutes when everything just go a little fucked up and then stopped and faded to white, and the credits started to roll. And I pretty much went, "I...Wait...it's over now? Gaahokay hmm"

I'm still trying to figure it out, but I think... I liked it on the whole. I don't know, the first hour and fifty is a pretty awesome mystery flick (from the director of Chinatown, gee I wonder why).

PS. We'll see how this turns out, it may just wind up as a giant tangled mess of 60 different conversations but I hope not.

EDIT: Pandorum. Not what I was expecting going in, but what I got was soooo much more freaking awesome. I loved the shit outta this one. One hell of a haunted house thriller monster movie in space. And nice to meet one of the inspirations for Ark (And if it wasn't, what the hell were you doing with your life Trey?) and finally nice to meet the Reavers we should've gotten for Serenity.

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I recently watched a movie called "Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge"

It's a romantic comedy about a highschool (?) dude who falls in love at first sight with this semi cute girl.

Then a scary demon guy wielding a huge chainsaw falls out of the sky and tries to kill them both.

I thought it would be a really trippy action/horror/comedy, but it's actually got a really cute and funny 'teenage romance' thing going on. I was impressed with it. There should be more movies like this.

As far as the Ninth Gate, I had the same reaction as you. It's all moody and weirdly compelling for the first half and then it starts to get a bit silly, but somehow manages a creepy sort of silliness, and then it goes totally bonkers in the last bit. The part where the woman slides up the handrail symbolizes that movie for me. It's kinda stupid and funny, but the movie's all "Look how creepy that is! That she just did that! Can you believe that!?" It's trying to take itself so seriously and yet not at all.

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I just watched Super 8 and the deja vu was almost unbearable. It is the Surrogates of Spielbergia.

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SUPER 8 was awful.

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Havn't seen Super 8 yet, no real desire to either.

Watched the Tournament last night. It was a ridiculously fun little actiony flick. Not completely brainless either, which was a plus! Though, I mean really though, throw Ving Rhames, Kelly Hu and Robert Carlyle in a movie together and I'll probably be guaranteed to like it at least a bit (Ooooh gods her accent slays me)

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Now I've just watched Pirates 4. It was fairly fun, but the storytelling was weirdly inept. Characters waft about on the perimeters for most of the movie and then are trumped up as important. Motivations and loyalties are murky at best. Magic beans are sort of hand-waved into existence (zombiefied deck officers? a prophecy?).

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I got about halfway into Pirates 4 and literally, no joke, passed out on my keyboard. And I've just never really had any strong desire to go back and finish it. Kinda gives you an idea the level of impression it left on me, lol.

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And now I've just watched Nic Cage's Season of the Witch. I liked this more than it deserved. I think with a little better director and another pass at the dialog (and three months of dialog coaching), it could have been quite good.

If this is as close as we get to proper Dungeons & Dragons movies, I'll take several more of these.

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Of course, given that pretty much everybody dies, there won't be any sequels to this particular story.

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Last night I watched the 2003 live-action version of Peter Pan and the fairly recent silent film versions of Call of Cthulu.

Peter Pan was a fairly mediocre take on the story that would erratically swing from "that's too goofy and slapsticky for this movie" to "That's way too dark for this movie". Tinkerbell is insanely annoying throughout the film and there's a lot of silly adult over-acting and slapstick in the beginning of the film. Then you get to Neverland and the first thing you see is Hook putting on his hook. It's kinda disturbing. He's got a pretty ragged stump and he straps the hook-recepticle-thing on and tightens it and he's all grimacing in pain and shit, they have a parrot that looks like it fell into a blender, and you find out it looks like that because Smee keeps shooting it and otherwise generally abusing it. It's weird. It's occasionally very pretty to look at, tho.

Call of Chtulu is a pretty cool little flick, tho. I imagine they shot it with the barest of budgets and just had friends and family play all the roles, but it's actually pretty slick looking with some really nice mattes and camera tricks that definitely fit in with the silent movie / 1920's look they were going for. There are a few unfortunate electric lamps in use, however...

Definitely watch Call of Cthulu if you get a chance. It's on netflix streaming and probably other places as well. There are a few scenes that impressed me with how well done they were.

I kinda liked Super 8, but there were things that they could have definitely done better. I didn't like that the monster was destroying shit on purpose and not just misunderstood, and I didn't like how enormous it was. It could have been regular human-sized. Probably would have helped it go undiscovered for so long. Kinda hard to miss a monster that big, you know? I didn't like how huge and over the top the train derailment sequence was (and the fact that the guy in the truck survived the crash), I didn't like how heavy-handed and obvious the metaphors were... But I liked that it had a more realistic take on family life, and the acting from the kids was way better than I was expecting it to be. There were some scenes that were really great. I like the opening scene a lot.

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I liked that little Call of Cthulu flick. Very impressive for what they had to work with.

I just watched Gremlins 2 for the first time with my 9-y-o niece and nephew, and we all went nuts. They were picking their favorite gremlins and acting out their antics and generally being goofy. They had gone to an audience-participation play at the local college earlier in the day and so were primed for silliness.

There are parts that are just cartoonishly dumb—even more so than the first one—but also parts that are just hilariously gruesome. Good, goofy fun. Altho, what was with Tony Randall's Brain Gremlin accent? It varied wildly from Connecticut to England to Australia.

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I like Super 8 but the ending is shite.

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Saw Bridesmaids on the premise that it was "The Hangover but with women". It was not. The Hangover was about (mostly) normal people in absurd situations. Bridesmaids was about an insecure self-centred person making things worse for herself and others in otherwise relatively normal situations. Cats were barely saved, and only late in the movie at that. The romantic interest dude really could have done better.

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I got about 10 minutes into Bridesmaids, after being told by EVERYONE that it was the most amazing piece of comedic gold handed down by the gods, before promptly shutting it off going wtf is this shit?

Then when I went home for christmas I was forced to sit through the bridesmaid dress shop scene (If you've seen it you'll know what I'm talking about), and all I could think of was how I felt like I was watching The Village spoof from Scary Movie. Except, somehow, worse.

I will never understand how anyone with more than 3 brain cells in their body can legitimately like that piece of fei-oo if that's the peak of it's comedy.

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Since they're both nominated for screenplay Oscars and i'd never heard of either one, I recently rented Margin Call and The Ides of March and watched them back to back.  Liked 'em both.

They're actually rather similar, they're both about people living in a world most of us don't (Presidential campaigning/mega-billion-dollar stock trading) and how those institutions can seduce people into doing some pretty awful things.  Not a single Hero's Journey to be found in either flick, and neither movie tells you how to feel about what happens.  Both just show you what the characters do, you have to draw your own conclusions.

Margin Call is especially interesting because - according to the director's commentary - the total budget was an amazing three million dollars.   It has an incredible cast, all of whom clearly did it for love and not money.  Any one of their normal salaries would probably be more than three million.

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I decided to go back and revisit Burn After Reading after it was brought up in the chat today. I only ever saw it once, and I must have been completely exhausted and out of mind. The movie I remembered going in was some sort of dense mesh of incomprehensible nonsense, and the movie I saw was a ridiculously fun little movie.

It was a wonderfully refreshing trip back to the glory days of the quirky bat-shit-crazy Brad Pitt, and a reminder that George Clooney kinda knows his shit about this whole acting thing. And through repeated arguements with everyone on the face of the planet I know I'm alone in this next one, but another glorious chance to marvel in the beauty that is Tilda Swinton.... even if she does make the most terrifying pediatrician known to humankind. And well JK Simmons just makes me grin like a lunatic.

In conclusion, fuck that was fun!

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Just saw Inkheart, it looked mildly interestly and I had added it to my Lovefilm rental list months ago. It's this odd tale of a man who can bring characters (and more) to life when reading aloud from books. I had expected an American film, what with Brendan Fraser as the lead, but it's a British film by all accounts.

It's based on a novel, which I've not read but I'm sure is wonderful and has a lot of fans, and I can't help but feel that this was shortchanged as an adaptation. It didn't feel especially like a childrens' film, not in the way, say, the Narnia films are, but it sort of felt like it should have had that vibe. And judging from the Wikipage on the book, it seems that the novel is much more told from the perspective of the child heroine, as opposed to the film's adult hero. Also seems to have had a bit of a panning by critics.

Amazingly, it starts with a mystery and doesn't tell you what it is until the end of the first act. Which is unusual in this day and age where films like Green Lantern obnoxiously tell you everything up front. Too bad Inkheart handles it a little clumsily.

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If you can't tell I've been trying to catch up on a lot of the apparently really good sci-fi that I missed because I was like... 7 at the time. And todays instalment was!!!...

Event Horizon.

I think my feelings for this movie can pretty much be summed up in what I exasperatedly managed to gasp out when the credits started to roll.

Daaaayum. Why isn't more of this?

Yep, I loved everything about this movie.  And just because, squuueee, more Laurence Fishburne as grungy spaceship captain (we really need more of that btw)!! Just the balls out, fuck you audience we're doin this shit attitude, just, frackin, rocked man, we desperately need more of it.

Although this pretty much wraps up the list I had for good scifi stuff to catch up on (Mostly cause I have no clue what else I don't know exists) , so suggestions would be nice.

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Too bad we won't ever see Event Horizon uncut.

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I really like Event Horizon, it's very underrated, I feel. It's Anderson's best work by a long shot.  And Fishburne is badass. Obviously, it's Fishburne. I remember seeing Event Horizon at the cinema and it was quite a scary experience on the big screen. Surround sound works wonders for that flick.

They mention The Three Musketeers in that clip above and, boy, that's a pile of shite.

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Just got done watching Take Shelter. I highly recommend it. It's extraordinarily suspenseful and it has some great performances. The last 25 minutes or so were alternately heartbreaking and tense. It's like someone took the word "dread" and said, "Let's make a movie that's nothing but that for 2 hours."

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Watched 'In Time' the other night. Cool concept, weirdly done, and the payoff was kinda boring. Also, Justin Timberlake did a bad role for once, Kieran Murphy didn't fit in the "25 forever" theme, Amanda Seyfried was cute as ever.... and then there's the problem with the actual 'draining time' thing. I mean, why on earth would they make clocks that take that long to drain?

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That movie bothers me on a fundamental level. If you lost a bit of life every time you bought something, I would never buy anything. Also, no one would go for that. There would be massive civil unrest and governmental upheaval. Also, there is no technology that can't be fooled about with, so you'd have criminals going around stealing time from people (probably the plot of the movie?). Your society would literally be nothing but 'rich' people and criminals.

It's the sort of magic bean that I just can't swallow.

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Finally got around to watching Mission Impossible.

Yep, I get it.

I'm sure the next 3 will be viewed in very short succession.

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I HATE MI II,... but I Love the other 3.

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The first one is still my favourite, it's the most spy-like and grounded.

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