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LAdazeNYnights
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Registered: Nov 2009
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Most popular scary movies now aren't scary at all- I think that's totally true. I haven't seen Insidious (I never really cared to, but given your recommendation I'll likely check it out) so I can't comment on that one, but the slew of Paranormal Activity type flicks lately rely on cheap shock value and easy screams. Those things don't do anything for me.

Two horror movies, relatively recent, that I found to be pretty damn scary and altogether great films are Trick r Treat and House of the Devil. The thing about the genre as a whole is that it doesn't produce many great films by its very nature. I don't think there are many things comparable in cinema to the feeling of watching a horror/thriller that really gets it right.The Shining is a prime example of this.

It's a shame that most horror movies are so shitty and just play on cheap thrills - recently I saw Devil and Priest. Both were quite bad. I was really excited for a Mountains of Madness flick for all of the aforementioned reasons.

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GoSpeedGo!
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Registered: May 2006
Location: Eisenstein's laboratory

quote:
Originally posted by Jarvmeister
That being that some people don't simply seem able to go to the cinema and watch a film for what it is. It has to be taken in context with a handful of films before it.


Well, if you've seen those films, how exactly can you erase them from your memory so they don't interfere with your watching this new movie?

This isn't some kind of a recent trend; cinephiles have always been movie savvy and could distinguish between movies that just recycled some overused genre cliches and those that were somehow innovative. Postmodernity made the context more important for the movie-watching experience by incorporating it into the film itself, but that's a whole another story.


As for good horror movies Amer is probably unlike anything you've seen, definitely worth watching if you want something little bit more experimental.

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jupiterone
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Jarvmeister
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Registered: May 2001
Location: Trancentral

quote:
Originally posted by GoSpeedGo!
Well, if you've seen those films, how exactly can you erase them from your memory so they don't interfere with your watching this new movie?


It's not like they're an episode in a series of films, you should go into a movie with an open mind. I feel that if I don't I'm really not getting the most out of them.

LAdazeNYnights, interesting you mentioned Trick r Treat, I tried watching it and it's tongue in cheek factor made me switch it off after half an hour. Now you've just mentioned it I might try watching it again.

I'm really bad at switching things off if I don't find them instantly gratifying. Something I should really try and stop doing.

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Jarvmeister
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Originally posted by LAdazeNYnights
I've been watching a lot of movies lately...what else is new.
Tonight I watched "Trust" and I think it's the most unsettling movie I've seen in a long time.

I've watched gory movies, some sick twisted and demented shit, but it's tough to compare to something so real. The acting was mostly spot on. The girls performance especially was really fucking good.


I have just finished watching Trust having read your recommendation. A truly harrowing story, and although I know no one who has been affected by the topics covered in the film, I sense it was an extremely accurate and true to life representation of not only the act of sexual assault on a minor, but also the knock on effects it can have for those immediately surrounding the victim during the aftermath. An excellent film, difficult to watch and not necessarily something I can say I enjoyed watching, but I am pleased I watched it.

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LAdazeNYnights
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Registered: Nov 2009
Location: Los Angeles, CA

^That was quick . I felt almost exactly the same way about it. I'm glad you liked it, in that way. I agree that it seemed very accurate - I read a couple reviews of the film and found out that the director, David Schwimmer (yes, of Friends fame), is an outspoken advocate for rape awareness. I'm still amazed at how well the girl acted...for someone of her age to be able to run through those emotions perfectly amazed me.

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Cloudburst
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A Serious Man was very funny, and typically quirky in Coen style. I liked it a lot.


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Saw Enter The Void yesterday.. that's one trippy movie.


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Psy-T
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Registered: Jan 2003
Location: Haifa

Looking over my collection, here's a bunch of recommendations, some of which may have been already mentioned, only avoiding mentioning the most likely targets (with a few exceptions, at the top). I'll read the thread later.

Top:
Deceiver
Dogville
El Metodo
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
Hard Candy
Memento
Natural Born Killers
Phonebooth
Pulp Fiction
Rubber
Tape
The Big Lebowski
The Man From Earth (Low production values including acting, but I still love it)
The Signal

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12 Angry Men (1957)
A Life Less Ordinary
Adaptation
Almost Famous
Arlington Road (Just excellently creepy characters/acting. Not believable, but still.)
Barton Fink
Before Sunrise
Before Sunset
Black Dynamite (Decent blaxploitation parody, done with lots of subtlety, considering what the hits of the parody genre have been doing in the past decade or two)
Blindness
Boiler Room
Choke
Cube
Edmond
Event Horizon
Fracture
Frailty
Freeway
Frozen (An actually scary horror film? Unbelievable)
Home (The free docu - just for the visual excellence)
Humpday
I Love You Phillip Morris
I Sell The Dead
Idiots and Angels
Into The Wild
Ip-Man (Only the first one. Avoid the sequel and the cash-ins that followed)
Kick-Ass (Haven't enjoyed a generic action popcorn flick like this in ages until this showed up)
Leon The Professional
Look
Lost Highway
Man On Wire
Miller's Crossing
Motorama
Ong-Bak (1 & 2. Fuck 3.)
Orgazmo
Pentagon Wars
Requiem For A Dream
Se7en
Sleuth (Both versions. Slight preference to the original)
Strapped (Homosexual in the extreme. )
The Big Kahuna
The Immaculate Conception Of Little Dizzle
The Last Supper
The Prestige
The Protector (My favorite martial arts film, so far.)
Titus (The version with Anthony Hopkins)
Tucker & Dale VS. Evil
Twelve Monkeys
U-Turn
Under Suspicion
Very Bad Things
Waking Life
Wall-E
Whatever Works
Zombieland


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Location: Trondheim

quote:
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Black Dynamite (Decent blaxploitation parody, done with lots of subtlety, considering what the hits of the parody genre have been doing in the past decade or two)


"HAHA, I threw that shit before I came in here mother******!"
also, the microphone bump.


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Ryder
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Registered: Jun 2011
Location: NYC

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is the Movie I want to recommend to all those who haven't seen it yet..Brad Pitt is the leading actor and he performed his role excellently in the movie..I hope you guys will really enjoy watching it...!!!


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nefardec
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finally saw 'purple rain'. would yuri or yaoi for prince fabulous movie.

going to check out the movie 'repo man' (not to be confued with repo men) tomorrow, which i've heard is pretty awesome.

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