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post #241 of 428
I can't imagine people other than 20-something "indie/hipster" chicks liking frances ha.
post #242 of 428
I'm not afraid to admit that I didn't really understand A Serious Man when I watched it for the first time last night. shog[1].gif
post #243 of 428
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Can't do a top but here's a list, in no particular order

Like Father, Like Son (Hirokazu Koreeda)
Michael Kohlhaas (Arnaud des Pallières)
Mud (Jeff Nichols)
No (Pablo Larraín)
Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie)
Museum Hours (Jem Cohen)
All Is Lost (J.C. Chandor)
Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
Nobody´s Daughter Haewon (Hong Sang-soo)

Also, I was prepared to thoroughly hate Frances Ha but ended up enjoying it.




And lots of stuff I need to catch up on

Need to watch asap : The Immigrant, Snowpiercer, Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater, Inside Llewyn Davis, Stories We Tell, Jimmy P.

Need to watch eventually : 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Drug War, The Wind Rises, At Berkeley

Good list. I enjoyed No quite a bit, but I struggled to get through Museum Hours and had to stop it halfway through. Will have to revisit it sometime in the future. I feel like I should watch all of the Before trilogy since I hear it's pretty damn incredible. Quite liked Mud, too, Tye Sheridan is an actor I'll have to keep an eye on and see how well he does. Pretty excited for Joe that's coming out with Nic Cage.

I need to watch The Immigrant asap too. Would like to watch The Wind Rises, and I have a feeling you won't like Gravity even though I enjoyed it quite a bit hah.
post #244 of 428
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I am also not ashamed to admit that having failed several times to see the original (due to poor DVD/download quality) the Oldboy remake held my interest all the way through.

Really? I watched it recently and it was complete drivel. Spike Lee is terrible and hasn't made anything good in so long, and it is a shame how shitty Oldboy (2013) was considering Josh Brolin still gave a good performance despite everything else about the film.
post #245 of 428
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I feel like I should watch all of the Before trilogy since I hear it's pretty damn incredible.

They're pretty engaging considering they're just about 2 people talking. Haven't seen Before Midnight yet though.

Also saw Oldboy 2013 the other night and didn't like anything about it. That dude from District 9 was terrible.
post #246 of 428
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They're pretty engaging considering they're just about 2 people talking. Haven't seen Before Midnight yet though.

Also saw Oldboy 2013 the other night and didn't like anything about it. That dude from District 9 was terrible.

edit: i got the sequence wrong :embar:  that would be sunrise haha.  (the one i think is the best out of the 3)

post #247 of 428
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Really? I watched it recently and it was complete drivel. Spike Lee is terrible and hasn't made anything good in so long, and it is a shame how shitty Oldboy (2013) was considering Josh Brolin still gave a good performance despite everything else about the film.

I thought it was suitable light fun. I've been reading so many ponderously classic novels lately, and coming off headscratchers like Primer and Upstream Color and feeling as though anything decent is also bound to be slightly depressing, I've been on the hunt for films that entertain, but don't lure me to simultaneous phone use. Oldboy fit that bill. Sure, it was ludicrous, but I still wanted to know why he was in that box (maybe the answer was nothing you could remotely piece together -- somewhat annoying -- but by then, it was too late, I was already invested). I felt zero need to view it as a Spike Lee Film. It was a violent cult remake. I awaited slit throats and Freudian shockers. It delivered!

I have been wondering what effect it would have on your media consumption if you stopped any one thing: books, movies, comic books....music. If you cut out film, would your reading become more genre-y? If you burned your books, would you demand 100% incisive character dramas, filmed in natural light? The mind reels....
post #248 of 428
don't like before midnight. the interactions feel awkward and forced.
post #249 of 428
Thread Starter 
Definitely my least favorite of the 3 but I think it's more a matter of not being able to relate as much on a personal level than anything else. Before Midnight is settled in, it lacks the sense of urgency and immediacy of Sunrise/Sunset and it feels more distant and less involving as a result, more like a 'normal' film. That being said, to me, the writing and the way the characters are handled is still light years ahead of the usual fare.

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Really? I watched it recently and it was complete drivel. Spike Lee is terrible and hasn't made anything good in so long.

Have you seen 25th Hour ?


Before Sunrise/Sunset are definitely worth a watch, there's quite literally nothing else like it.
post #250 of 428
Yeah, I saw what G Trans said about Spike and initially I was sure he was wrong, but Inside Man was 8 years ago. 25th Hour is even older than that.
post #251 of 428
@noob

I loved the original one so it was difficult for me to go in without comparing it. It was a little too similar for my liking, and the ending I felt was much weaker than the original Korean film. I guess if you go in fully expecting something like you said it wouldn't be bad, but for most people it's gonna be compared to the old one, which is infinitely better in almost every aspect. I just couldn't enjoy it at all, and I'm not even one of those people who simply hate remakes; I loved The Departed and felt it was better than Infernal Affairs. Anyways, for me it still felt waaay too Spike Lee without adding much to the film, like it was too reminiscent of Lee but didn't show or play on any of his strengths.

@sipang

I haven't seen 25th Hour, although it looks like I should. I like Edward Norton. Is it worth watching? I just know I've watched some of Lee's recent movies and...I gotta say they're just straight up bad movies. Nothing like some of his old stuff.
post #252 of 428
@g transistor Yes, you should watch 25th hour. Will give you a chance to mourn Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Every time I rewatch it, I always think to myself, "Why doesn't Barry Pepper work more?"
post #253 of 428
Yeah, 25th Hour was really solid, a lot of it due to the tightness of its themes, creeping in from the Daviod Benioff novel. (Kind of a shame he traded a small but respectable literary career for Hollywood). And of course the acting. At the time, I remembered thinking it was a bit weird the way Lee's directorial flourishes could muddy up an otherwise transparent narrative, but I enjoyed it all the same.

Looks like I'll have to continue the search for original Oldboy on blue ray....
post #254 of 428
Anyone reading this who has not seen The Fountain...now is the time...trust me.
post #255 of 428

Anyone who has seen Old Boy but hasn't seen Sympathy for Lady Vengence is missing out (the best of the trilogy, IMO). Or any of his other films (except Thirst which sucked) - Joint Security Area is fantastic

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