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I didn't find this movie all that interesting. The plot was pretty transparent I thought and the ending I saw coming like a freight train in a tunnel.
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Sicario - Denis Villenueve (2016)

 

 



This thriller is about a female FIB (Emily Blunt) agent going to Mexico to fight the drug cartels and finds out that the law (Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin) is as bad as the crooks. 

 

I didn't like this movie, it feels just like an other movie, and it brings nothing to me that I can't find on any boring cable.

Emily Blunt shows her lack of acting ability, and remind me of the director who says to his star: No, no miss, not that expression, the other one!
What happend to Del Toro's judgement? He is really a outstanding actor, and even if this movie doesn't give him enough to work on, he is good - but I don't understand why he wanted to be in such a boring movie.

I did like the yellowness in some of the scenes in the dust though, but original it is not.

I haven't seen any of the other movies that the Canadian Villenueve has made. He is set to direct the follow up on Blade Runner, produced by Ridely Scott and staring both Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, so it might be that he has talents that he doesn't show in Sicario. Never easy to know.

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Yeah I didn't particularly like Sicario either.
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A most wanted man - Anton Corbijn ( UK - 2012)

 

 

 

A disappointment after Control, but maybe not a surprise after The American.

I think he ought to go back to photo where he was groundbreaking, and not make more movies where he is just ordinary - if nor below.

Philip S Hoffmann is good, but not eminent. And I think he is hyped in Hollywood because he died. But the main problem here is not him, but the director.

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Paranormal Activity part 12 or whatever.....actually pretty damn good IMO and would have been a great finish for the series except for the bad CG deaths at the end. Also, why tease Toby's human form? There aren't going to be anymore sequels, should have just shown him dammit.
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Doubt - John Patrick Shanley (USA, 2008)

 

 

Set in a Bronx catholic school in -64, this movie focus on the conflict between the authoritarian principal (Meryl Streep) who gets the conviction that the priest (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is abusing a boy. Between them is the the teacher (May Adams).

 

Topic is different views on truth, the importance of grace, how humans are biased and seek confirmation of what we believe. An other issue is rumours and how devastating they can be. 

Meryl Streep is magnificent, as always, the rest of the actors are ok. Seymour Hofman is an overrated actor, he is good - but not brilliant. 

 

Photo is average, and sometimes irritating with the use of tilting. That is not smart. 

Ligth is good though.

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Alien - Ridley Scott (USA, 1979)

 

 

 

Returning spaceship is infected with hostile alien that tries to kill the crew from within.


Took me a while, I don't fancy horror and I'm modestly interested in sci fi. But as part of my cinematic formation I could not let this go unwatched.

Nice scenery with all the long corridors and play with light and shadow.  It is quite a thriller and every once in a while I jump in the chair. 

Maybe too much Freudian symbolism both in scenery, the alien, all the references to 'mother', penises and vaginas. To me this is also a pre-AIDS movie about being infected and destroyed from within.

Actors are average, but it's not the acting that is important in this movie. It's the suspension and the scenery.

After watching this, I have no need to watch the sequels. 

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Saw this last night at a promotional showing.It was promoted as a comedy but if it is its black as hell on a cold day.

It's the tragic tale of a valley in particular two bothers whose sheep herds are condemned by a scrapie outbreak. Never mind that the brothers haven't spoken in forty years. It has its moments of comic irony but is consumed by pathos. Visually it's a stunning film and the interplay between the actors who play the brothers is great.
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The Big Heat - Fritz Lang (1953)

 

 

 

Liked this beauty about the cop who discovers that crimesyndicate has the policeforce in it's pocket. The women in this movie are just too stereotypic for me, guess it's due to the age of this movie, wouldn't got away with that 15 years later. But the lighting is just good, and the camerawork is also clever.

Re-watching tonight. Also this:

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Re-watching tonight. Also this:

 

 

That is also a classic. In Kilgour suit. 

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Alien - Ridley Scott (USA, 1979)





Returning spaceship is infected with hostile alien that tries to kill the crew from within.


Took me a while, I don't fancy horror and I'm modestly interested in sci fi. But as part of my cinematic formation I could not let this go unwatched.
Nice scenery with all the long corridors and play with light and shadow.  It is quite a thriller and every once in a while I jump in the chair. 
Maybe too much Freudian symbolism both in scenery, the alien, all the references to 'mother', penises and vaginas. To me this is also a pre-AIDS movie about being infected and destroyed from within.
Actors are average, but it's not the acting that is important in this movie. It's the suspension and the scenery.
After watching this, I have no need to watch the sequels. 

Damn. I get not watching most of the franchise, but not even watching Aliens? Pretty pretentious.
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Actors are average?

 

Yaphet Kotto

Ian Holm

Harry Dean Stanton

Sigourney Weaver

John Hurt

Verinica Cartwright

Tom Skerritt

 

Possibly the best cast of any SF movie I've seen.

 

lefty

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Actors are average?

 

Yaphet Kotto

Ian Holm

Harry Dean Stanton

Sigourney Weaver

John Hurt

Verinica Cartwright

Tom Skerritt

 

Possibly the best cast of any SF movie I've seen.

 

lefty

 

In this movie they are.

I'm not impressed - neither by the act nor the dialogue. But then this is not an actors movie. Every average actor could do these parts.

 

The strength of the movie is elsewhere; it's in the dramaturgy and the scenography/symbolism. They build up the suspension that makes this an interesting movie that stands out.

To a lesser extend there is some interesting use of lightning, but there is little new in that per se.

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This movie is made greater by its cast of journeymen actors well into their middle age. They are believable as a work crew - tired and longing for home and payday. The dialogue is nearly perfect, again, because it is authentic and not filled with false heroics. I could watch Kotto and Stanton bitch all day.

 

You couldn't make this movie today with this cast and we all suffer for that.

 

Nothing new in the lighting? Christ, man. Up until that point we had only seen shiny, pristine space movies and here was a ship that actually looked like a working mining ship - dirty and functional. Van Lint's cinematography contributed to making this movie terrifying as much as Seymour's design, O'Bannon's script, Goldman's score and Scott's direction.

 

I worked with Van Lint a few times when I was supervising an EFX house and used the bug the shit out of him about that movie. When he started his own production company he asked us to design his head title. Still thrilled by that.

 

lefty 

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I respect your view, and I understand the movie means much to you, lefty - but as I've said before, this movie is not much in my taste. And I hope you see that I I try not to flame it. Just to give my opinion.

And maybe I should not be too harsh since sci fi is not my cup of tea. It might be like the jazz entusiast speaking of folk music. I like Tarkovskij and to an extend Kubrick, but that is pretty much all I can digest of sci fi.

 

The use of dramatical shadows in this movie might be new in sci fi, I don't know the genre's history - but it certainly nothing new in cinema. Not since the days of German impressionist in the 20-ies. Then it was something new; light and shadow as a means to show what is going on inside the character. Clever. 

But it takes not the same cleverness so do something that's already been done.

 

I think even an eminent actor as John Hurt had not much to show his talent with in this movie; an octopus in his face does not demand much acting. 

The rest of the actors are rather known for the movies they've be in then their abilities as actors. But that doesn't make them bad actors, just average. 

 

The most important with this movie is the technical solutions in the scenery and the dramaturgical building of the suspense (i.e. where is the Alien, and what is this creature, what does it represent as danger to the characters?). Here are the sexual symbols important. 

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