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100% agree with this sentiment Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I'm completely in love with every Wes Anderson movie up until MK (I don't really count Fantastic Mr. Fox, which rightfully felt more like Roald Dahl than Anderson). I'm the kind of rabid fan that forces people to watch Darjeeling Limited or Bottle Rocket while I sit and stress over the fact that they aren't laughing at the right parts.

I still haven't quite put my finger on it, but ultimately I think MK just feels really shallow. It's missing all of the character development and melancholy that his other films had. It had all the visual fluff and knolling and quirky immature adults/overly mature kids without making any attempt to point out how fucked up that sort of behavior is or establish context for why all these characters are outcasts.

IMO putting children in both lead roles was also a bad choice because Anderson's flavour of humour depends so much on its delivery. Most of their lines came off as awkward instead of dry or sardonic. It kind of made me realize how important repeats like Murray, Wilson, Schwartzman, Dafoe etc. are to Anderson's films.

That took way too long to type out and I still don't feel like it came out right. I agree that this newest trailer makes me a bit nervous, but I'm still excited to see the film

I've only seen the movie once, but I don't agree with this statement. I love the kids in Royal Tenenbaums and I think that the children characters in MK are natural extensions of this experience.

Re: Bolded Part - I've had this experience with so many films, it's never a pleasurable experience.

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Where do you guys watch/get most of your films from? Torrents? Rapidshares? Streaming?

I don't have Netlflix because my internet sucks + I heard the Canadian version doesn't have a very good selection. Will probably check it out this weekend

Not sure how libraries are in Canada, but libraries in major American cities have almost every piece of media you'd want to consume. It's awesome.
post #32 of 450
speaking of films
post #33 of 450
Regarding Besson who has been discussed over the RFT thread; I think he's a wonderful and imaginative writer who doesn't direct films very well. The Fifth Element holds up pretty well, IMO, but many others have really good moments, but don't make for good films.

Also on the topic of post Y2K action films that rock, you can add: Taken, Crank, and Crank 2: High Voltage.
post #34 of 450
The entire fast and furious series is gold.

except for maybe 2fast 2furious
post #35 of 450
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That film felt so soulless and cold. It's visually impressive to some extent and the director is good at juggling but I can't help but see it as Nolan very much (too much ?) enjoying crafting nice little mechanisms --all shiny and imbricated and rational -- that offer a cracking veneer of supposed complexity to an otherwise pretty lackluster story. I mean, he's good at it no doubt, and I feel like many ppl enjoy the film more for the post-viewing disentangling/analysis/nerdery opportunity it offers than for the film itself.

Is that any less valid of a reason to enjoy a film, or a less valid level on which to enjoy it?
post #36 of 450
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The entire fast and furious series is gold.

except for maybe 2fast 2furious

Also gold are the Simmons/Carolla podcasts that go with each new movie.
post #37 of 450
this dude is really into Inception:


I've only seen it once and enjoyed it.

Last couple I saw:

The Act of Killing - Thought it would be some abstract shit from the trailer but it was fairly straight forward. It's just unsettling how openly and nonchalantly they discusses murder.

Incendies - Probably one of my favorite movies from 2010. I highly recommend it.
post #38 of 450
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speaking of films
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I couldn't actually see what you'd posted until I got home from work. SF is not blocked but embedded videos are. All I can say is fuck this movie. The assholes making this movie shutdown a major freeway in Cleveland for 2 WEEKS!
post #39 of 450
Arte playing Naomi Kawase documentaries in the middle of the night was what got me into films.
Shara should have won something at Cannes, but that was the year of Elephant...
post #40 of 450
Is there anything from Kitano worth watching besides Hana-bi and Sonatine. I've seen those two and his Outrage movies, but is there anything else that should be watched?
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Is there anything from Kitano worth watching besides Hana-bi and Sonatine. I've seen those two and his Outrage movies, but is there anything else that should be watched?

Kids Return, Kikujiro, a Scene at the Sea, Brother and Violent Cop, in that order in my opinion. I never cared too much for Dolls or Zatoichi. Getting Any, if you can find it, is weirdly interesting and supposedly much closer to his tv work.
post #42 of 450
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Is there anything from Kitano worth watching besides Hana-bi and Sonatine. I've seen those two and his Outrage movies, but is there anything else that should be watched?

 

I like Kikujiro but it's def. more on the the sentimental side. Terrific score by Kitano

 

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Arte playing Naomi Kawase documentaries in the middle of the night was what got me into films.
Shara should have won something at Cannes, but that was the year of Elephant...

 

cool find, didn't know there were good full-length movies on youtube like that. I still vividly remember watching the festival dancing scene at the end of Shara when I saw it in theaters. Terrific stuff

 

Speaking of Japanese movies, anyone else excited for Kore-eda's new one Like Father Like Son?

 

post #43 of 450
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Speaking of Japanese movies, anyone else excited for Kore-eda's new one Like Father Like Son?

 

Seen it already over here. It's nowhere near his best, but still quite enjoyable. He seems to be aiming in a much more commercial international direction now, something that started with Air Doll and continued with I Wish, and I think the quality of his work is suffering. I still think that Distance is his most interesting film (loosely about the fall-out from the Aum Shinrikyo attacks) followed by Still Walking, Nobody Knows and and Afterlife.

 

Naomi Kawase is a director I really like, documentaries and features - The Mourning Forest is just such a moving piece of work.

 

I'd agree with the suggestions from Octopanda on Kitano, but I can't agree on Zatoichi not being one of his best films. It's worth it just for the audio engineering. Seriously, it's amazing. Plus it's so rooted in a particular lineage of Zatoichi retellings...

 

Finally, don't even talk to me about Inception - one of the most overhyped films of all time and typical bloated over-FX'd fare - it's such a shame because Nolan was a great director before Hollywood got its claws into him competely - Memento and Following are both excellent. I like to compare Inception's superficial cleverness to really clever SF films like Pi or Primer, both of which were made for a tiny fraction of the cost...

post #44 of 450
I can't cosign Zatoichi cgi bullshit. I say skip it and go straight to 13 Assassins.
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I can't cosign Zatoichi cgi bullshit. I say skip it and go straight to 13 Assassins.
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