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I watched half a trailer. There's definitely a Birdemic vibe as far as acting goes.

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I watched a few minutes of 7 Colombian Kilos. I want an video specifically explaining why this looks like a YouTube video and movies look like movies. That's something that fascinates me about film making. Is it just lighting?

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

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Lighting definitely brings cinematic feel, yeah.

If lit correctly, you could easily bring a DSLR to a film set and have the film-feel on the footage.
And if lit largely incorrect, a cinema camera could produce pretty bad images.

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Lighting does a lot, but there's plenty of other factors. Dynamic range, 24 against 25/30 fps, compression, rolling shutter, aspect ratio, grain...

Grading is probably the major player (aside from lighting), but your grading capabilities depend on two of the factors mentioned above: compression (H264 leaves little to no room for grading) and dynamic range (great dynamic range = good signal from low to high lights = have some fun with your picture).

CineStyle is a nice feature to have on a DSLR, because it flattens your image (brightens the darker areas, darkens the brighter areas), giving it a more filmlike feel instantly (the primary goal being to get a greater dynamic range, allowing for better grading).

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Of course you'll want to work on it a bit, but you'll soon realize how little room you have with a DSLR shooting in H264.

(you could still get an external recorder to shoot in ProRes, but it'll still be no match for RAW cameras).

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Spectre (2015) - 5/10 (7.1)

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Unfocused enough to lack immersive qualities, and the tone is all over the place. Sometimes goofy, tension-less action mixes with fairly long stretches of time where the, admittedly, nice cinematography is the only really impressive thing on display. Multiple villains, techno-babble plot, and a criminally underused Christoph Waltz playing a character lacking any depth on paper.
I'm trying to think of a scene from the film, but most of it is already gone from my memory.
Highlight of the film is the sweeping opening section with some very impressive camerawork and choreography, and atmosphere.


American Ultra (2015) - 5/10 (6.1)

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Has a certain charm at times, but this is not a tight film. Direction seems generally aimless, Only some good performances, one which belongs to Kristen Stewart. Writing is derivative, and whatever wit exists on paper either direction or the actors often fail to really sell.


The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) - 7/10 (7.4)

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Quite enjoyable. Feels generally conventional, safe, and sometimes artificial in plotting, character dynamics or presentation in a kind of "Oceans Twelve - we're just cool dudes riffing and having fun" kind of way. However I was not bored watching this, and I wouldn't mind a sequel at all.


Ringu (1998) - 7/10 (7.3)

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Today not as mind-blowing as it might have been when it came out, but it's a tight horror story with a refreshingly sparse, downtuned and relaxed feel. Very well directed for the most part. Often much is conveyed with very little.


Poltergeist (2015) - 3/10 (5.0)

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This remake can go die in a pool filled with skeletons. Astonishingly inferior in every single way to the original. Uninspired, lazy, flat, anorexic film.



Madeo (2009) - 9/10 (7.8)

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Bong Joon-Ho is probably in my top 3 favourite directors at the moment. I really like "Snowpiercer" and I love "Memories of Murder", and this film is pretty much a perfect gem aswell. A mother must try to clear her son of murder charges. Acting is superb, cinematography is just so damn good. Story has twists, and yet feels natural and not convoluted.

Direction however is the highlight. Bong Joon-Ho is a real master of tone. It's a surreal mix of drama, comedy, absurd situations, slapstick, gripping emotion and violence. The movie can effortlessly have several of these existing simultaneously in a scene, and it's effortlessly clear what the intention of it is.

Very, very recommended.

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3-Headed Shark Attack

My sister picked this on Netflix. An Asylum film, as you might expect. What you might not expect is it's rather fun. Stupid? Yes. But, it's the entertaining kind. A three headed shark attacks a research station that is in a building with three underwater levels despite being located on a shallow reef island. Action quickly moves to a boat, where the shark attacks any three people standing in a row. Lots of girls in bikini's, some nudity, and shots of sharks eating limbs galore. Play "Who dies next?" with your friends. I especially liked their almost successful attempt to make it look like Danny Trejo spent more than a day on set and had interaction with the main cast.

Over all, it's the only Asylum film I've enjoyed without a commentary or Rifftrax.

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I was right there with him, giggling gleefully as he kicked me out of the film and made me aware of my role as an audience to his silly story about people in a blizzard in the old west.

Yes! He made that clear-as-hell in Inglourious Basterds, but for some reason we still aren't treating these most recent 3 movies as anything other than surface (which is bullshit, 'cause they're very smart films). All this talk of "[such-and-such] is played for laughs and it's disgusting" is just malarkey and says more about the audience than the film.
I think The Hateful Eight is an excellent film, but I also have a feeling that I know there's certain people I'll enjoy talking about it with, and certain people I'd hate trying to talk to about it!

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The Revenant - now that's a movie
And the Academy Award for Best Cinematography should be renamed The Chivo

not long to go now...

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Snail recommended "Thirteen Days" which is about the Cuban Missile Crisis with Bruce Greenwood as Kennedy. For a film about old guys having meetings it was really well done.

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Inside out.

Meh.

It had a few laughable moments, and some really, really dark moments, but all in all it was very forgettable.

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Faldor wrote:

Snail recommended "Thirteen Days" which is about the Cuban Missile Crisis with Bruce Greenwood as Kennedy. For a film about old guys having meetings it was really well done.

Non-stop, Edge of you're seat... Meetings...

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Inside out.

Meh.

It had a few laughable moments, and some really, really dark moments, but all in all it was very forgettable.

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Tomahawk wrote:

11/10.

That score is a little low Tomahawk ;P

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Holy fuck. This is what I've been waiting for: a great Mars movie.

A while back, I mentioned that I don't like most Mars movies that have been thrown at us. Mission To Mars, Red Planet, Doom, The Last Days On Mars, John Carter and Ghosts Of Mars were all unsatisfying to me. The Martian, on the other hand, fires on all cylinders - there's some humor, lots of thrills and magnificent scenery porn. Ridley Scott is cool again.

Highly recommended.

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Marty J wrote:

there's some humor


..Which was enough to have it win Best Comedy at the Golden Globes.

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Crimson Peak - it's all production design. Victorian Gothic imagery cranked up to 11. Same ol' plot as dozens of other supernatural horror stories, and lamely executed at that. Not sure what the point was. But nice to look at. Graded to an inch of its life. If you like the lead, see her in Stoker - a better story.

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Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

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We've had a doozy of a day!

Hilarious movie that completely turns the cabin-in-the-wood type flick upside down. Obvious setup shots purposely let you know a mile ahead what's gonna happen and you're still laughing out loud because of the sheer absurd nature of the premise. Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk as hillbillies are incredibly fun to watch.

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Saniss wrote:

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

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We've had a doozy of a day!

Hilarious movie that completely turns the cabin-in-the-wood type flick upside down. Obvious setup shots purposely let you know a mile ahead what's gonna happen and you're still laughing out loud because of the sheer absurd nature of the premise. Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk as hillbillies are incredibly fun to watch.

I finally watched this one a couple months back and it pretty much immediately became of my favorite "these" movies. There's this and Cabin in The Woods, that's about it.

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Remember 1995? It was the year that saw the O.J. trial and the premiere of Star Trek: Voyager. The Internet entered public consciousness and Kevin Mitnick was arrested for something called "hacking". Just a few months earlier, Iain Softley (the future director of K-PAX) started shooting a movie called Hackers.

Hackers is a flick that needs to be seen to be believed. Its ridiculously mangled computer jargon rivals the "romantic" dialogue in Attack Of The Clones, but, unlike AOTC, Hackers actually manages to be entertaining. It's an epitome of Hollywood's silly approach to science, a spiritual predecessor to The Core.

Check it out, it's really quite something.

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BigDamnArtist wrote:

I finally watched this one a couple months back and it pretty much immediately became of my favorite "these" movies. There's this and Cabin in The Woods, that's about it.

I have to admit I didn't care that much for Cabin in the Woods (liked it, didn't love it) but Tucker and Dale could quickly become one of these comfy movies I could watch again and again (thus joining Die Hard and The Princess Bride, amongst others).

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10 Cloverfield Lane

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Nice little thriller scoring over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. The less you know 'bout it the better. John Goodman never phones it in. First time director inverts the usual B-movie genre tropes before it 'goes to the mansion' - good for a discussion after everyone has seen it and it can't be spoiled.

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Hardcore Henry

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Fun. I don't really get motion sick, so I didn't have any issues with that, though my wife was uncomfortable by the end. The movie would have done well to slow down a few more times - let the plot stew a bit more at times, and take a breather in the middle of a few action scenes (especially the last one) to let us regain our spatial awareness. The movie doesn't try to hide cuts, though time flows well through the movie, but the cuts are disorienting in the two darker fight scenes.

Now I said I didn't get motion sick, but during one of the climbing sequences I did get a tiny bit of vertigo. If in doubt, sit towards the back of the theater.

The two best bits in the movie were the horse and Sharlto Copley.

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I recall liking it. I will now watch it again. Thanks for the reminder.

Human communication seems to be working pretty well, yeah? As an institution, y'know?

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Sing Street

My favorite movie of 2016 so far. It's a pretty formulaic coming of age tale, but it still felt fresh to me. It's a ton of fun, with great performances across the board. The aspect that grabbed me the hardest was the relationship between the main character, Connor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), and his older brother, Brendan (Jack Reynor). Really great, heartwarming stuff. If you like John Hughes movies (i.e. you are a living, breathing, human person) I think you'll like this movie.

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