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Old 05.11.2014, 12:24 AM   #18061
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The usual stuff.

More serious answer: I really didn't get that at all - funnily enough, I've had this argument elsewhere at the other place, and someone said (accurately) that this is a real Marmite film. As much as I appreciate other people liking this one, I simply can't work up the enthusiasm to have to sit through it again to give it another go. And the sci-fi element could have been much better put across, too, I feel.



I loved, loved "Under the Skin". I don't kow if the metaphors are THAT deep... really it was just Glazer paring down a sci-fi novel into its base form: alien sent to earth to destry/emulate human beings and ends up sympathizing and trying to be one. This has been the staple of sci-fi for years. The music... zombie-like performances and especially the rationalization of Johansson's "handlers" being these motorcycle meat heads was pretty amazing IMO. And Glazer has a perfect sense of mise-en-scene. Just watch the scene where the alien picks up one "unique" traveler, and the red blinking tail light just barely registers his face outside the van and we realize something is not right. Interesting this is basically the impetus that sort of forces Johansson's alien charachter to change her mind about her mission.
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Old 05.11.2014, 01:52 AM   #18062
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Old 05.11.2014, 06:44 AM   #18063
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I loved, loved "Under the Skin". I don't kow if the metaphors are THAT deep... really it was just Glazer paring down a sci-fi novel into its base form: alien sent to earth to destry/emulate human beings and ends up sympathizing and trying to be one. This has been the staple of sci-fi for years. The music... zombie-like performances and especially the rationalization of Johansson's "handlers" being these motorcycle meat heads was pretty amazing IMO. And Glazer has a perfect sense of mise-en-scene. Just watch the scene where the alien picks up one "unique" traveler, and the red blinking tail light just barely registers his face outside the van and we realize something is not right. Interesting this is basically the impetus that sort of forces Johansson's alien charachter to change her mind about her mission.

I wouldn't usually change my mind about seeing a film again that I didn't enjoy first time round, but after thinking on this (both from comments here and the other place), I'm going to give this one a second shot. Will most likely have to wait for the DVD release of course, but in typically Melly style, it looks like I've missed big chunks from my understanding on this one. See pop kids, this is what happens when you take on different viewpoints on film watching/appreciating.
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And now let us renew normal service: the two I've seen most recently:

"The Return Of Godzilla" - this is the original Toho Studios version of what New World Cinema later re-cut as "Godzilla 1985". Have to say the New World Cinema version completely baffled me when I last saw it, and now I know why: they removed 16 minutes from the original, did a big re-cut of it, and shoe-horned in loads of new footage. No wonder this kinda irritated various film scribes at the time. The original hangs together much better, I reckon, and you can't beat the big feller when he hits his stride, that's for sure. If you're into Godzilla, this is a worthy entry into the canon.

And then this one:


 


An all monster hoe-down here, with all your favourites coming together to do their thing, whilst the protagonists take on a dastardly threat from outer space. I could've done with a bit more Godzilla etc business, but the final battle against King Ghidorah is mighty fine stuff indeed. And hey, this one has a happy ending for Godzilla and co too!
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Old 05.11.2014, 06:58 AM   #18065
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Old 05.12.2014, 05:54 PM   #18066
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The Exterminator

A real stone classic from a genuine golden age for stuff like this. Still holds up today and is if anything a better film than its video nasty era cult following gave it credit.
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Old 05.13.2014, 03:35 PM   #18067
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Uses its simplicity to reach a level of sophistication. A highly underrated original version if there ever was one.
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Old 05.15.2014, 11:08 AM   #18068
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You could've copied Adam & Paul and gone out and scored some dope for you and your friends and then died only for the one who survived to log in here and post about the experience. God! Rubbish!
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Old 05.15.2014, 11:48 AM   #18069
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this was pretty great but not the best. great story and characters and all and mifune is always awesome, but some scenes are just a bunch of yap yap yap yap yap and i couldn't wait to get to the fights--and the fights weren't that great either. but the story, itself, wow-- and what an ending.
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The Prestige

Bit of a sleeper this. Very good but I suppose the subject matter put a lot of people of.

 


Gravity

Brilliant.
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Old 05.15.2014, 03:00 PM   #18071
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Gravity

Brilliant.

really? i make a point to never watch sandra bullock movies because i assume they're complete crap.

how very very wrong was i on this one?
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Very very. Bullock is brilliant. I've never been a huge fan of her in the past but she doesn't put a foot wrong here. And hats off to both her and Clooney for doing a movie that would've been outside the comfort zone for 90% of A-listers. Very highly recommended. I've seen it both at the cinema and at home. It definitely benefits from a big screen but it's essentially a very human film and, if anything, that side comes across better on a small screen. Of course, visually, however you're watching it, it's absolutely beautiful.

Honestly, put whatever reservations you might have to one side and give it a go.
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Very very. Bullock is brilliant. I've never been a huge fan of her in the past but she doesn't put a foot wrong here. And hats off to both her and Clooney for doing a movie that would've been outside the comfort zone for 90% of A-listers. Very highly recommended. I've seen it both at the cinema and at home. It definitely benefits from a big screen but it's essentially a very human film and, if anything, that side comes across better on a small screen. Of course, visually, however you're watching it, it's absolutely beautiful.

Honestly, put whatever reservations you might have to one side and give it a go.

SOLD!

thanks.

ps- netflix predicts only 3 out of 5 stars from me but i'll give it a shot anyway.
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ps- netflix predicts only 3 out of 5 stars from me but i'll give it a shot anyway.

It would've probably said the same for me. On the surface it's not the kind of film I'd usually go for but on reflection it's actually hard to say what kind of film it is. Certainly it's the only sci-fi film I can remember that's made me cry.
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It would've probably said the same for me. On the surface it's not the kind of film I'd usually go for but on reflection it's actually hard to say what kind of film it is. Certainly it's the only sci-fi film I can remember that's made me cry.

damn!

have you seen silent running?

eta- and the end of "the wrath of kahn"? (the original, not the latest atrocity)

 
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damn!

have you seen silent running?

eta- and the end of "the wrath of kahn"? (the original, not the latest atrocity)

 

I remember liking Silent Running but not much else about it, same with Wrath of Kahn. I cry at unusual things in films, usually more out of happiness or because of the sheer brilliance of something than through any kind of sadness, or in the case of Gravity feeling overwhelmed by the intensity of it all.

EDIT: Christ I've really overhyped that now. Don't expect the greatest film you'll ever see, it isn't, but as an out of the blue little Hollywood gem, brilliantly written, amazingly shot (to put it mildly), and very well acted, you might be pleasantly surprised.
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I remember liking Silent Running but not much else about it, same with Wrath of Kahn. I cry at unusual things in films, usually more out of happiness or because of the sheer brilliance of something than through any kind of sadness, or in the case of Gravity feeling overwhelmed by the intensity of it all.

EDIT: Christ I've really overhyped that now. Don't expect the greatest film you'll ever see, it isn't, but as an out of the blue little Hollywood gem, brilliantly written, amazingly shot (to put it mildly), and very well acted, you might be pleasantly surprised.

ha ha, no worries. i've queued it up.
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