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Post by St. Gloede » May 7th, 2011, 11:09 am

*Movies posted in this thread does not have to be official checks on ICM*

Wanna share what the last movie you saw was wuith us? Maybe throw in some opinions as well? Then this is the thread for you. You can do everything from writing a 20 page analysis, to a single poster with a lonely rating below it. It's all in good fun.

Discussions about the films other members have seen are encouraged! The same goes for posting screenshots and posters to make the thread more colorful.

If you want to direct more focus to the discussion of certain films, you may start another thread.

So people. What's the last movie you saw?

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Post by St. Gloede » May 7th, 2011, 11:13 am

The last two films I saw:

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I can honestly not remember the last time I have seen this much testosterone on screen. Jesus. The plot is sketchy as hell and the pace is way too fast - you can hold a frame for more than a few seconds can't you? Furthermore all the men are constantly covered, and a lot of the time dripping of sweat. They are unsaved and rugged as hell. The women on the other hand are all 10's, though the poor souls seem to be suffering from anorexia and bulimia at the same time - and unlike the guys they are basically always clean and in full make-up. Basically every male teenagers dream. In fact I'd probably have loved it if I was 13. And you know what - despite all the ridiculousness and the extreme cheese factor it's actually quite fun.

It's definitely a step down from the last flick, which actually managed to have a good plot and above passable acting - this seemed like an extreme rush job. "Run over there, say your lines, and look cool - there will be NO retakes!!! - We need the money for special effects" - is what I imagine must have been said quite often on this set. I'll give you one thing, it will make one heck of a video game - and damn did they manage to squeeze a lot into 130 mins - no clue why they cared to make it this long - but who cares.

I can't really give it a bad rating. Despite a lot of poor acting, botched lines, a seemingly immortal henchman, and all that's mentioned above it actually managed to be really entertaining. Maybe it's my inner-thirteen year old that's talking but I liked this flick.

6/10.




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The first thing that crossed my mind was that this was a huge Planes, Trains & Automobiles knock-off. We meet the tense, serious expecting father played by Robert Downey jr. and the lonely annoyingly nice-ish wannabe actor played by Zach Galifianakis. What will happen when these two guys gets put in the same car? One thing is certain. Yet another odd couple is ready to take the big screen.

Have to say though, I had not expected this. Being from the director of The Hangover, Road Trip and Old School, he wrote the latter two as well, I knew I wasn't exactly getting anything family friendly - but this?

Due Date takes the mainstream comedy into a new high of inapropriate humor! Leave asside a lot of awkward touching, Robert Downey Jr. actually punches the air out of a kid and spits on a dog. With rapidly increasing insanity and crudeness all I could do was wonder what would happen to these guys next. It's obviously quite situational, and we get some great cameos from Jamie Foxx, Danny McBride and rapper RZA among others.

And my god. The plot enters into insanity. During the last 30 mins or so. I could hardly believe my eyes. I just sat glewed to the screen in utter shock at what could happen in what I had assumed would be a run of the mill comedy. It's a bit exploitative and it breaks quite a few tabus. If you didn't believe that this guy could out craze The Hangover, you were wrong. It gets a bit too silly sometimes, and Galifianakis characters is simply too out of this world - but overall it was a blast. A great job from everyone involved.

8/10.

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Post by ormazd » May 7th, 2011, 11:15 am

I'm at the beach this weekend, so I downloaded a few things onto the trusty Macbook before leaving.

I just watched Werner Herzog's 'The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner' from the ICM Brief Encounters list. I quite enjoyed the short (43 minutes). I'm a sports fan, so that hooked me immediately. Also love Herzog's narrations. Recommended.

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Post by AdamH » May 7th, 2011, 11:18 am

I watched Show People (1928) this morning. Very good short film. One I had been meaning to watch for a long time (along with The Wind which I saw recently and loved).

I'd have to say I preferred The Wind but it still amazes me much I enjoy some of these silent films.

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Post by St. Gloede » May 7th, 2011, 11:20 am

intothewild on May 7 2011&#44; 10:18 AM wrote: I watched Show People (1928) this morning. Very good short film. One I had been meaning to watch for a long time (along with The Wind which I saw recently and loved).

I'd have to say I preferred The Wind but it still amazes me much I enjoy some of these silent films.
I prefered The Wind, but I agree that Show People is a great and really lovely silent.

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Post by St. Gloede » May 7th, 2011, 2:20 pm

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I can see why this would get banned. Great stuff. 8/10.

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Post by mightysparks » May 7th, 2011, 2:26 pm

The Palm Beach Story. Painfully unfunny like all Preston Sturges movies.
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Post by St. Gloede » May 7th, 2011, 2:34 pm

mightysparks on May 7 2011&#44; 01:26 PM wrote: The Palm Beach Story. Painfully unfunny like all Preston Sturges movies.
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I found it hilarious. Way too all over the place though. Actually thought it had to be a sequel of some sort when I first saw it. But above all it was hilarious. Are you a fan of the Coen brothers? They have stated that he is their main inspiration/comedic idol, or something to that effects. In fact their title from O Brother, Where Art Thou is the name of the fictional film the lead in Sullivan's Travels wanted to make.

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Post by mightysparks » May 7th, 2011, 2:38 pm

I hate the Coen's more than Michael Bay. :P
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Post by St. Gloede » May 7th, 2011, 2:41 pm

mightysparks on May 7 2011&#44; 01:38 PM wrote: I hate the Coen's more than Michael Bay. :P
At least you're consistent ...

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Post by Kasparius. » May 7th, 2011, 7:07 pm

The last two films I saw:

Show Boat (1936) James Whale
Footloose (1984) Herbert Ross

I really like Show Boat, it showed that Whale was good at everything. Not just horror. And Robeson's Old man River gave me goose bumps.

Footloose was horrible, heavy handed and dumb. Some of the ubber 80's sequences and montages were fun though.

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Post by ErikSchierboom » May 8th, 2011, 9:23 am

The last movie I saw was The Queen (2006). I must say I was rather disappointed after seeing it, as I found it rather boring. The acting was good though.

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Post by iCheckFlicks » May 8th, 2011, 11:44 am

Megamind (2010) - Good in parts. Not superior - content-wise.
The African Queen (1951) - Despite minimalistic casting, Bogart and Hepburn steal the show quite effortlessly. Nice visuals of the African backwaters.

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Post by Cippenham » May 9th, 2011, 9:46 am

I am about to watch Show People as its in my last two of the 1920s list for now. I have to admit the last film seen is X2, it was terrible. But I only have 3 of the most checked movies to see and at least one of them looks to be terrible also, Click ;)
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Post by MaxS » May 9th, 2011, 1:58 pm

This is the Night & The Song of Songs on TCM Pre-Code Double Feature DVD.
Both had rather messy plots, but This is the Night had interesting (surprisingly innocent) role by Marlene Dietrich and The Song of Songs had rare performance by lovely Lili Damita (even though it's best known as Cary Grants debut), so it was pretty nice double feature actress-wise. This is the Night also had pretty funny musical parody in the beginning and cool blue-tinted night scenes.

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Post by Wise Jake » May 10th, 2011, 5:52 am

Last movie I saw was: Babette's Feast (aka Babettes gaestebud)

I would warn most with short attention spans or need for something of an exciting nature in a film, do not watch a G-rated Danish movie! Anyone who has seen a Danish movie knows what I mean....

And it was slow-moving and quite trying on the patience. Some of the cinematography was gorgeous, but it was too understated to work in my opinion. Reminded me of The Dead in that it centers around a large meal and the experiences surrounding it, but it lacked an elusive, transcendent quality that that film had. Also reminded me of Fanny and Alexander because the actor (name escapes me) who played the general in this film played a principal character in that film also.

Frankly, I wouldn't recommend this film unless it's required for a list.

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Post by Knaldskalle » May 10th, 2011, 6:30 am

I own Babette's Feast on DVD.... :unsure:
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Post by monty » May 10th, 2011, 5:35 pm

Brestskaya krepost aka The Brest Fortress (2010)

Utter garbage. Historical inaccuraccies abound - for example, there's not even a single mention of the fact that the events took place on Polish soil, not the Motherland as it's referred to in the movie by Soviet forces.
The Soviet Union invaded Poland in 1939 alongside Germany and Brest was part of their loot. Nothing is said about this, of course. The movie also conviently forgets to mention that the Polish general in charge of the Polish defence of Brest fortress was killed by the Soviets in the Katyn massacre in 1940.

Moreover, all Soviet soldiers - even the NKVD officers - are virtuous saints. The same cannot be said of the German bogeymen.

I'd rather see a vintage Turkish comedy than having to sit through this propaganda exercise again.

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Post by Kasparius. » May 10th, 2011, 8:57 pm

That sounds horrible, Monty. Would you rather watch a Soviet comedy though?

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Post by St. Gloede » May 10th, 2011, 9:25 pm

monty on May 10 2011&#44; 04:35 PM wrote: Brestskaya krepost aka The Brest Fortress (2010)

Utter garbage. Historical inaccuraccies abound - for example, there's not even a single mention of the fact that the events took place on Polish soil, not the Motherland as it's referred to in the movie by Soviet forces.
The Soviet Union invaded Poland in 1939 alongside Germany and Brest was part of their loot. Nothing is said about this, of course. The movie also conviently forgets to mention that the Polish general in charge of the Polish defence of Brest fortress was killed by the Soviets in the Katyn massacre in 1940.

Moreover, all Soviet soldiers - even the NKVD officers - are virtuous saints. The same cannot be said of the German bogeymen.

I'd rather see a vintage Turkish comedy than having to sit through this propaganda exercise again.
Your only complaint here seems to be factual errors/propaganda though. How are the other aspects of the film.

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Post by monty » May 10th, 2011, 10:20 pm

Crinderman on May 10 2011&#44; 08:25 PM wrote: Your only complaint here seems to be factual errors/propaganda though. How are the other aspects of the film.
Well, this movie falls short in most respects. Overlong and tedious battlescenes, one-dimensional characters, pompous music and shoddy acting. And yes, Kasparius, I'd even watch a Soviet comedy than rewatch this sorry excuse for a film.

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Post by St. Gloede » May 11th, 2011, 1:52 pm

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Finally watched a Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack film I found great. Their sensibilities usually remind me of Michael Bay to be honest. However - Chang was great. It had some of the feel that made Nanook of the North so fantastic. Albeit a lot more simplistic and making the animals "talk" was a bit silly, I couldn't stop laughing when the monkey was running from the leopard. Priceless. It definitely deserved it's BP nom. 8/10.

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Post by swoon » May 11th, 2011, 4:46 pm

in a better world (2010) - has an unnecessary third act that kinda takes away from the wonderful start and the calm and nonjudgmental hand the director has with her characters.

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Post by Knaldskalle » May 11th, 2011, 11:04 pm

Crinderman on May 11 2011&#44; 05:52 AM wrote: Finally watched a Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack film I found great.
Have you seen Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life? That one took my breath away when I saw it last year.
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Post by St. Gloede » May 11th, 2011, 11:18 pm

Knaldskalle on May 11 2011&#44; 10:04 PM wrote: Have you seen Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life? That one took my breath away when I saw it last year.
I have not. Thanks for the rec! Besides this I have only seen their 3 hige adventure films:

The Lost World, King Kong and The Most Dangerous Game. All around 5-6/10. I'll definitely check it out : )

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Post by St. Gloede » May 11th, 2011, 11:20 pm

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A pretty sweet film about a group of cool senior musicians, Howard Armstrong in particular. It has it's shortcomings and you can see that it's Zwigoff's debut - but it thouches a lot of essensial strings and manages to be alive and vibrant.

If theres a list of directors who need to make more films Zwigoff should most certainly be close to the top. He has only made 5 films since his debut in 1985 - Wish he had stuck with documentary making though - He truly had something there. Crumb is my favorite documentary! Ghost World is great and Bad Santa is pretty good, but it's obviously gone down hill. I've seen bits and pieces of Art School Confidential - which didn't look to great - but I will watch it at some point.

Anyways, Louie Bluie gets an 8 from me.

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Post by monty » May 12th, 2011, 10:02 pm

Just rewatched Javier Fesser's short El secdleto de la tlompeta (1995) - what a brilliant piece of moviemaking!

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Post by Kasparius. » May 12th, 2011, 11:47 pm

Never seen it. Will have to give it a try.

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I just watched Dalla Nube alla resistenza (1979) by Straub & Huillet. It was insanely boring. I've only like Straub's Not Reconciled, everything else by them I found incredibly dull.

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Post by VincentPrice » May 13th, 2011, 5:04 am

Watched a couple movies on Hulu: Ornamental Hairpin and Autobiography of a Princess, neither of which I liked but both are under 70 minutes and got me a couple checks on ICM.

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Post by Laydback » May 13th, 2011, 5:26 am

Bush Christmas-Kinda like the early live-action Disney movie that I always wanted to see but never got. I enjoyed it!

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Post by Kasparius. » May 13th, 2011, 6:35 am

I watched Bush Christmas during the last holidays, it was a refreshing change from all the fake snow in other movies.

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Post by DeanWindow » May 13th, 2011, 10:31 am

@Erik - Michael Sheen is amazing! I've heard similar things.

I'm really struggling with Don't Look Now at the moment. Getting a bit better though. Before that it was Martyrs, which became my 11th film to receive a 1/10.

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Post by St. Gloede » May 13th, 2011, 10:34 am

I just watched Cairo Station. It was ok. Between a 5 and a 6. Some of the acting was rather painful though, particulary that of the female lead. At least I have finally watched an Egyptian film.

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Post by Knaldskalle » May 13th, 2011, 6:16 pm

Crinderman on May 13 2011&#44; 02:34 AM wrote: I just watched Cairo Station. It was ok. Between a 5 and a 6. Some of the acting was rather painful though, particulary that of the female lead. At least I have finally watched an Egyptian film.
You're right, the acting leaves something to be desired. However, I thought the movie more than made up for it in directing, plot, atmosphere and suspense.
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Post by St. Gloede » May 14th, 2011, 12:48 pm

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I respect that it wants to have it's own style. And seeing live action people interant in a mostly drawn world is quite fascinating - particulary with such a minimalistic style as here(with the exception of things like the motors, etc.

However the animation isn't that great and it often seems a bit silly. It's main problem is it's horrible script though. The story is so simplistic and borderline dumb. 3/10.

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Post by swoon » May 14th, 2011, 4:21 pm

theater:

god made me: * bummer of a horror movie outside of pulsing vagina on people's chest

at home:
i saw the devil ** don't get the new wave korean hype still. seems like warmed over american movies

rewatched:

cowards bend at the knee *** love this movie. the commentary on the dvd is essential.

8 1/2 *** blu-ray is wonderful - i think i grow to love this movie more and more as i get older.

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Post by VincentPrice » May 14th, 2011, 5:03 pm

Watched these yesterday...

It's Kind of a Funny Story - Liked it quite a bit, nothing that'll blow you away but it's funny and the cast is all-around solid.

Come and Get It - Also liked it, some nice snowy scenery, too, which I haven't seen much of from 30s films.

Among the Living - My first KG movie, liked it although the quality wasn't all that good. Weird mix of Noir and some Horror elements, Albert Dekker was great.

Tangled - I remember seeing the trailer for this and thinking it looked incredibly awful, I was wrong. One of the better Disney animated movies in recent memory (NOT including PIXAR in this).

The Accused - Average Noir, had a hard time staying interested.

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Post by St. Gloede » May 14th, 2011, 6:17 pm

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Just watched my first Max Linder film. Cannot believe I haven't heard of this guy before. The film was Seven Years Bad Luck and it's basically just as good, if not better than the best films of Keaton, Chaplin and Lloyd. Apparantly he has only one other feature available. Damn it to hell :(

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Post by Knaldskalle » May 14th, 2011, 7:21 pm

The Conversation (1974). Awesome. Simply a great thriller with lots of atmosphere.
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Post by St. Gloede » May 15th, 2011, 2:01 pm

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"Here - A letter from my Daddy!" - says Knockout Dart-In-Again, our perfect Douglas Fairbanks impersenator. The sad thing might be that this jack is almost more believable than Fairbanks in the role [laugh]

But yeah. This film is quite out there:
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Welcome to a 17th century France with phones, motorcycles, cars, talk of the New York subway and where horses needs gasoline. Max Linder was a genius and it's saddening that this only has 100 or so votes on IMDb. Most cerainly one of the best parodies I have ever seen.

I had never heard of this man before yesterday when I watched Seven Years Bad Luck. Both are now among my top 5 silent comedies. Tragic that these are his only two features available today :(
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