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Posted by Psy-T on Jun-27-2011 23:05:

quote:
Originally posted by Jarvmeister
Watched this. Don't think I've ever seen a bigger piece of shit in my life.

Random for the sake of being random. Utter bullshit.

quote:
Originally posted by LeopoldStotch
i have to agree. this was showing at the local theater a couple of months ago, and walked out after 20 minutes. i thought i would enjoy it, because of mr. oizo, but i was terribly wrong.

quote:
Originally posted by Renzo
After watching the trailer for Rubber, you three still thought it was worth checking out?




Rubber was fucking awesome. Instant top-10 material in my book. I couldn't wait to see it once I first saw the trailer, and it more than delivered once I saw the whole thing.

I love it as goofy B grade horror.
I love it as a spoof.
I love it as metafilm and metacriticism.

Particularly surprised Butters didn't like it, having seen you express appreciation of fine movies earlier in the thread.


Posted by Psy-T on Jun-27-2011 23:15:

quote:
Originally posted by jdat
any recommendations for something similar to

Glengarry glen ross


Be it in the subject matter, or the timeline(being "realtime")

I like these pseudo-realtime movies like My dinner with André etc


Both mode and subject matter, and really the perfect recommendation for your request: The Big Kahuna (with Kevin Spacey)

Movies in the same mode (it's my favorite, really), but different subject matters and genres:
Deceiver
El Metado
Hard Candy
Phone Booth
Tape
The Man From Earth
Before Sunrise
Before Sunset
Mindwalk


Posted by LeopoldStotch on Jun-28-2011 01:17:

quote:
Originally posted by Psy-T


Rubber was fucking awesome. Instant top-10 material in my book. I couldn't wait to see it once I first saw the trailer, and it more than delivered once I saw the whole thing.

I love it as goofy B grade horror.
I love it as a spoof.
I love it as metafilm and metacriticism.

Particularly surprised Butters didn't like it, having seen you express appreciation of fine movies earlier in the thread.


i don't know. i might give it a second time around. the thing that interested me the first time when i saw the trailer was mr. oizo was involved with the movie, and i thought it would be pretty cool listening to his soundtrack and watching random artistic motions go by. maybe it was because i do remember having 1 or 2 too many beers that night and i was pretty hungry so that kind of got me in a grouchy mood (which may explain why i walked about early ).

// edit

oh and thanks for the complement!


Posted by Psy-T on Jun-28-2011 01:23:

Okay then, now that I went through the whole thread, here's the recommendations I've got for you, which weren't mentioned previously, this time with added trailers/synopsis/mini-reviews.

Oh, btw, the fuck is it with you people and Inception? Pretty generic Hollywood action with slightly over-par writing. Doesn't even come close to Nolan's better stuff like Memento, and you were all up in that shit, both before and after its release. Probably the most mentioned movie in this thread, and highly unworthy of that status.

Top:
Deceiver
Tim Roth kicking ass in the role of a highly intelligent murder-suspect.

Dogville
Mentioned once before me, but still. It's 3 hours long, and the first half will severely test your patience. The payoff is worth it. One of the first (and only) movies to make me cry since childhood.

El Metodo
A group of candidates for a desirable job need to eliminate each other to get the job.

Hard Candy
Mentioned twice before, but still. A fucking awesome picture. I don't want to reveal anything, so if you trust my taste in films, just do yourself a favor and watch it without reading anything more about, and of course, avoid trailers.

Natural Born Killers
Awesome in all aspects. Surprised it wasn't mentioned anywhere. Here's a trailer from one of the international releases, spoils far less than the original trailer, and gives off the vibe nicely.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_67t6I_beg

Phonebooth
I often get the impression that people don't really care for this movie, and I never get why.


Rubber
Best post-modern film out there.

Tape
Richard Linklater totally knows his shit and doesn't even need the gimmicks he utilized in Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly to get it across. One room, 3 people. All you need for an awesome film.

The Big Lebowski
How the hell was this movie not mentioned here? I'll give the benefit of the doubt and assume everyone's seen it already.

The Man From Earth
Low production values including acting, but I still love it. This is a movie about "What if a man from the upper-paleolithic had survived until the present day?" More accurately, this is a movie of a bunch of teachers discussing that question.

The Signal
Awesome collaboration. 3 parts to this movie, each by a different director, and all connected. The first is not too far from your typical zombie stuff, the second is a sitcom with violent psychotic characters, and I'm not too sure how to characterize the third (not because it's , just not sure), but it gives resolution with a tiny bit of mindfuck. Worth getting on DVD for very nice extra content.


Good:
$9.99
Stop-motion animation, cute stuff.


Before Sunrise
Before Sunset

Again, Richard Linklater totally knows his shit. This time he applies it to a romantic comedy, and comes out with the best two movies of the genre, in my book.

Blindness
A significant portion of the world's population loses their eyesight. The first to suffer that are quarantined. What happens in the quarantine facility? Harsh stuff.

Boiler Room
Ignore Ben Affleck, he has a lot more presence in the trailer than in the movie, fortunately.


Choke
Same guy who wrote Fight Club wrote this. This isn't as good, but it's still a fun watch.


Edmond
William H Macy goes to get his fortune told, and is told he is at the wrong place. This prompts him to leave his wife, with no particular destination in mind. The only thing he's after for most of the film is a fuck. Shit goes from bad to worse to worse to (open to interpretation.)

Fracture
Anthony Hopkins kills his wife and confesses. He messes with Ryan Gosling (The prosecutor going against him) in court.

Frailty


Freeway
This trailer is loaded with way too many spoilers, but I don't really have a good description for it without spoilers.


Home
Gorgeous stuff.
The full thing is right here, and legal, at that: http://www.youtube.com/movie?v=jqxE...U&feature=mv_sr

Humpday
Two friends who happen to be straight guys decide to do a porno film of them fucking each other for a porn film festival.

I Love You Phillip Morris
Jim Carrey had a car crash which led him to leave his wife and previous job and get out of the closet. He becomes a con man, and after falling in love with Ewan McGregor in prison, does everything he can to stay with him.

I Sell The Dead
I could give you my synopsis, but in a rare turn, the trailer here doesn't spoil anything much.


Idiots and Angels
A movie-length Bill Plympton cartoon. Do you really need to know more?

Look
"There are an estimated 30 million surveillance cameras in the United States. On any given day, the average American is captured approximately 200 times. Every one of us is constantly being observed at our jobs, on the street, while shopping, and sometimes even in our own homes. Every one of our secrets, lies, crimes and most private moments are all being recorded."
You might worry it doesn't have narrative, but I can assure you it does, and a well woven one at that.

Man On Wire
Documentary about the dude who walked on a wire between the twin towers. Edited to give off the vibe of a heist film. Successfully.

Miller's Crossing
The Coen Brothers' second best film imo, after The Big Lebowski.

Motorama
Surreal stuff. 10 year old kid steals a car and goes on a quest to win some sort of lottery game.

Ong-Bak (1 & 2. Fuck 3.)
Martial arts, obviously, with Tony Jaa, who's pretty much the best we've got for the genre, in case you didn't know.

Orgazmo
Matt Stone & Trey Parker. Trailer says it all.


Pentagon Wars
This clip from the movie was the reason I tried it out. The rest of the movie didn't disappoint.


Sleuth (Both versions. Slight preference to the original)
In the original, Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier square off,
In the remake, Michael Cane plays the second role, opposite Jude Law, who reprises Caine's role from the original. Due to this fact, if you watch one of the versions and like it, you're bound to like the other one too.


Strapped
Slightly surrealist art-house (but acting and production values in general are good, which isn't always the case in the genre), bordering on gay porn. A 'hustler' (meaning male prostitute in this context, apparently) finishes off with one customer, and can't find his way out of the building. Instead he follows offer after offer, as everybody in that place is apparently homosexual. The movie does have a point, and it's definitely worth the watch, in my book, but you may be disturbed by the over sexuality, it definitely does border on porn.

The Big Kahuna


The Immaculate Conception Of Little Dizzle
Trailer spoils a bit, but says it better than I could.


The Last Supper


The Protector
My favorite martial arts film, so far. Again, Tony Jaa ftw.

Titus
Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus in a version with Anthony Hopkins and a healthy helping of surrealism.

U-Turn
Sean Penn in a black comedy by Oliver Stone. It's awesome, and far too few people have seen it.


Under Suspicion


Very Bad Things
I guess with movies like The Hangover and all that stuff out, this will strike you as pretty cliche'd by now, but hey, it came first, and it doesn't make it any weaker a movie.


Posted by Halcyon+On+On on Jun-28-2011 03:53:

Nice, I'm bookmarking this page. Thanks, Mel.

//And yeah, U-Turn is great. To say it's underrated is to imply that it's rated at all; as you say, fucking nobody has seen it, which is a shame.


Posted by Tasty Onions on Jun-28-2011 03:57:

I can enthusiastically recommend Lars von Trier's Antichrist, a heartwarming tale of love and companionship suitable for the whole family.


Posted by Halcyon+On+On on Jun-28-2011 04:15:

Rumour has it that they had to bring in a stunt dick for a masturbation sequence because Dafoe's cock is actually distractingly large.


Posted by Tasty Onions on Jun-28-2011 04:17:

LOL.


Posted by Psy-T on Jun-28-2011 04:43:

I watched two movies today.

1. The Frankenstein Syndrome
The trailer had a glimmer of hope that this could be superior to generic horror, and I was feeling generous, so I gave it a shot. The sound mixing in this movie was awful, I had to be with a hand on the volume dial all the way... and that, combined with the fact the movie didn't follow up on that glimmer in the first 30 minutes turned me off it completely.

2. The Nature of Existence
Docu. Guy asks questions about the meaning of life and such to his friends, neighbors, random people he encounters, religious fingers, and scientists. I liked it a bit. I think I would've liked it more had every interview played in full beginning to end, rather than a huge number of speedcuts one after the other for each question.

Not recommending either, but the latter is watchable, if that's enough for your current standards.


Posted by LAdazeNYnights on Jun-28-2011 05:04:

quote:
Originally posted by Psy-T

Dogville
Mentioned once before me, but still. It's 3 hours long, and the first half will severely test your patience. The payoff is worth it. One of the first (and only) movies to make me cry since childhood.


I thought this movie was OK, but not much more than that. After seeing it for the first time I did feel the same way - that perhaps the payoff was worth it. Looking back, I wouldn't bother watching it again. I haven't. What irks me the most about it - there's almost no real tie to reality. Lars seems to be operating within his personally constructed framework of America, and it just doesn't work.

quote:
Originally posted by Psy-T
Hard Candy
Mentioned twice before, but still. A fucking awesome picture. I don't want to reveal anything, so if you trust my taste in films, just do yourself a favor and watch it without reading anything more about, and of course, avoid trailers.


If you enjoyed this - be sure to check out Trust if you haven't already. It deals with some similar themes but does so much more realistically (IMO).

quote:
Originally posted by Psy-T
Rubber
Best post-modern film out there.

You lost me at 'best'. EEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

quote:
Originally posted by Psy-T
Before Sunrise
Before Sunset

Again, Richard Linklater totally knows his shit. This time he applies it to a romantic comedy, and comes out with the best two movies of the genre, in my book.

Totally agree with you here...Sunrise is a favorite movie of mine, and I can't think of a better, or more enjoyable, Romance movie. Sunset spent too much time in cheeesseeeee territory for me, but was still a good film.

quote:
Originally posted by Psy-T
Ong-Bak (1 & 2. Fuck 3.)
Martial arts, obviously, with Tony Jaa, who's pretty much the best we've got for the genre, in case you didn't know.

Good shit to remember for if you ever get into a bar fight, too. Just Ong-Bak somebody in the fuckin face and you won't have much else to worry about.



Posted by Psy-T on Jun-28-2011 15:08:

quote:
Originally posted by LAdazeNYnights
If you enjoyed this - be sure to check out Trust if you haven't already. It deals with some similar themes but does so much more realistically (IMO).


It's on my watchlist. Stuff I have ready to watch on the HD, but haven't had the time yet. Along with:

Cell 211, Dancer in the Dark, Dial M for Murder, In Cold Blood, Kafka, Life as a House, The Informant, The Loved Ones, The Rebel, Paranormal Activity 2, Wild Target, The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela, The Big Bang, Down Terrace, Four LIons, Four Stories of St. Julian, Camp Hell, Somewhere, Essential Killing, Mindflesh, The Wild Hunt, The Wrath of Cain, Toy Story 3, The Trotsky, Legacy, Slave, Soulboy, The 7th Hunt, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, The Town, Freebie, Violent Blue, Macmodel, Trapped, Held Up, Wall Street 2, Held Hostage, You Don't Know Jack, The Rite, The Speed of Thought, Caged, Blooded, The Unforgiving, Chatroom, The Scientist, Fair Game, The Chameleon, Fathers of Girls, The Adjustment Bureau, Shadows and Lies, Henry's Crime, Battle Los Angeles, Transcendent Man, Second Apart, The Encounter, Vanishing on 7th Street, Elephant White, Megan Is Missing, Lucky, Sanctum, The Assistants, and Black Swan.


No order to the list above, and I just watch in the order random.org tells me to.
And I realize many of those are likely to be crap. Still had call to give them a chance.

Next up is actually The Assistants.
Edit: nothing special, worth a watch if it's randomly playing on TV, but I wouldn't hit the cinemas for it, nor rent it out on DVD.

Next was Megan Is Missing.
Two teenage girls get kidnapped, raped, and killed. The characters are cliche cut-outs and the investigation is handled in retarded unrealistic fashion.


Posted by justin on Jun-28-2011 22:37:

Exclamation NSFW

"This Ain't Avatar III" - I love this title

I doubt its been posted yet but it is definitely worth watching if you havn't seen it already.
fkn A right, and its 3-d too. Yeah this is where its at. I can't believe this has been out almost an entire year and nobody has mentioned it yet.


Posted by Psy-T on Jun-29-2011 06:12:

And I just saw Trust. Just because it deals with the same subject matter as Hard Candy (and vaguely at that) doesn't make it a valid recommendation for someone who enjoyed the latter. One is a melodrama, the other is a thriller. Both are well done for what they were attempting to do, but I just think Hard Candy had a lot more to it.

Trust was enjoyable, and it's something I'd recommend to drama fans without a problem, but it's not good enough to be in my big recommendations list above, for instance. Not even something I'd watch a second time.


Posted by LAdazeNYnights on Jun-29-2011 08:13:

You are undoubtedly right that it was unfair of me to recommend Trust based solely on your admitting that you really enjoyed Hard Candy. You didn't note what you really liked about Hard Candy though, so it was more of a shot in the dark than anything else. I think you're assertion that Hard Candy has a lot more too it is baseless, though.

I feel that in my response to your previous post, some denouncements may have come off as being tainted with vitriol but that really wasn't my intention and I'm sorry if you took it the wrong way. Suggesting that Trust "isn't even something [you'd] watch a second time" seemed to reference my comment regarding Dogville. Perhaps I was a bit harsh? I'll say this - I appreciated that film, as Von Trier is undoubtedly a master of the craft and it shows in nearly everything he does, but, as an American, I just can't identify or agree with what he was trying to do with that movie as it was just so...unreasonable.

On the issue of the first two movies - it's just a case of 'different strokes...' I suppose. I will say this - both movies were very well scripted and well acted. Also, for what it's worth, Trust is sitting somewhere in my favorite movies of the year so far list.

I hadn't seen all of the movies that you recommended and a few managed to really pique my interest. I'll certainly let you know what I think of em

W/r/t your 'to watch' list - I've seen a couple, haven't ever heard of some of em, and hated some of them. Keep us updated on which you really enjoy. I think Cell 211 was fucking awesome. I want to type out more about the film, but anything I say could very well give stuff away. I loved how the movie progressed - it was almost impossible to guess what was coming. Another thing I loved, and something that I love about many foreign films, is how it didn't prescribe to any typical Hollywood formula. There's no true 'hero' and no true 'villain' in this one - just people who make reasonable decisions based on the situations they find themselves in. Enjoy it


Posted by Psy-T on Jun-29-2011 13:35:

quote:
Originally posted by LAdazeNYnights
I think you're assertion that Hard Candy has a lot more too it is baseless, though.


I didn't mean it as an objective judgment, rather a personal one. I was significantly more interested in what Hard Candy wanted to say and show than what Trust did.

quote:
Originally posted by LAdazeNYnights
I feel that in my response to your previous post, some denouncements may have come off as being tainted with vitriol but that really wasn't my intention and I'm sorry if you took it the wrong way.


Only as far as Rubber goes.

quote:
Originally posted by LAdazeNYnights
Suggesting that Trust "isn't even something [you'd] watch a second time" seemed to reference my comment regarding Dogville. Perhaps I was a bit harsh?


Not at all. It wasn't something I said spitefully, nor was I prompted to it by your opinion of Dogville. Most often I enjoy watching good movies more than once, I was just clarifying the same doesn't carry over in Trust's case, partially because I feel there's nothing to gleam from a second viewing. The writing is good in that everything makes sense, but it's not great in that there's nothing deeper to it.


Posted by Psy-T on Jul-01-2011 01:36:

Watched Shadows and Lies.
Great acting, good cinematography, cliched story, and a way too limited incidental soundtrack.
Imagine if you took a normal gangster film and attenuated it... the action, the dialog, the speed... everything. You'd get Shadows and Lies.
It had one scene I absolutely loved, and two more I enjoyed quite a bit too. Those should've served as some introspective contrast in a normal gangster film, but as they are, they were just some nifty highlights of a huge borefest. The movie also asks you to fill in a lot of the important details by yourself, and I just don't think it deserves the effort.
Interesting experiment, but not much entertainment value.


Posted by LeopoldStotch on Jul-05-2011 07:40:

i don't know if it hasn't been brought up or not, or why ....

but why didn't anyone tell us Nou is in the hit movie 'Bridesmaids'?



we have a successful movie actor on TA people!

btw, Bridesmaids get my 2 thumbs up. fills all the points in my checklist for a successful "you are an over 35 female, not married, feel under the hill, and you want to either use the world as a way to lash out your personal miseries" type of comedy. i like it. yes it's geared for the chics, but i think the dudes will enjoy it just as much.


Posted by Joss Weatherby on Jul-05-2011 20:59:

LOL you guys didn't know I was Matt Lucas. Actually, I am wearing a beard so lately I've been confused as Tim Harrington...











ANYWAYS.


Watched Hanna this weekend. Was bad ass. Killer soundtrack, amazing action, fucking crazy visuals, and a decent story to boot.


Posted by bananas on Jul-22-2011 00:32:

I recommend Senna and you don't have to be a F-1 fan to enjoy it.


Posted by Vernon Wanderer on Jul-22-2011 03:08:

I recommend "Chuckie's Seed" (something like that) to anyone looking for a good idiotic mindless, not-so-standard dark comedy. Full of win, son.


Posted by Jarvmeister on Jul-22-2011 14:55:

I watched Take Me Home Tonight.

Enjoyed it, it was like a tribute to John Hughes films in a way. Set in the 80s, 80s soundtrack, centering around one party.


Posted by nchs09 on Jul-22-2011 16:41:

Saw IP man the other day. gut.


Posted by The17sss on Jul-24-2011 02:41:

Saw this trailer in the movie theater this afternoon. This one is definitely a must see for me:



Posted by bamski on Jul-24-2011 02:47:




Posted by The17sss on Jul-29-2011 04:30:

Saw this tonight in the theater. Looks pretty heavy... and awesome. Gotta love creepy Michael Shannon!


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