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post #316 of 499

You don't even like "La Strada"? I agree with you on all of his other films.

 

I don't like any of Gus Van Sant's films. I can't stand Aronofosky, nor even be bothered how to spell his name.

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i really enjoyed it, not because of any novelty (or lack thereof; multi-timeline story blah blah something the watchowsky brothers overcomplicated and butchered recently with cloud atlas) nor its predictability nor the cliched message, but because it was visually stunning and the fact that it used microorganisms to create the special effects rather than cheaply producing a billion things with cgi
i'm not saying it wasn't good, it just seemed all too familiar. Majid Majidi has made 3 good (but also similar) ones: children of heaven, color of paradise, song of sparrows.
bab'aziz, but written/directed by a tunisian (his other ones in the trilogy were too slow), raffi pitts' zemestan, half-moon, turtles can fly, a time for drunken horses, and if you really want frustration, about elly.

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post #318 of 499
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You don't even like "La Strada"? I agree with you on all of his other films.

I don't like any of Gus Van Sant's films. I can't stand Aronofosky, nor even be bothered how to spell his name.

nope. virtually nothing in his films resonate with me. maybe i should do some rewatch when i'm older.
post #319 of 499
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Ernest and Celestine...saw the English dubbed version with Forrest Whittaker voicing the bear. Enjoyable as expected.

I watched the French version a long time ago and it's a looooooot better. It's hard to really put into words, but the english dub doesn't have a lot of the je nai se quoi you get when you're watching a film from a different culture/language than your own. Highly recommend the French version.

Also check out A Town Called Panic if you enjoyed E&S. By the same animation studio and it's fun flick
post #320 of 499
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A Town Called Panic is great. Can't help but feel that a big chunk of the comedic effect is sadly lost on a non-French speaking audience that won't enjoy the hilarious thick Walloon accent of the characters. Glad to know it still works despite that.
post #321 of 499
Our little neighborhood crew of kids (and parents) watched TCP probably a dozen times the last two summers. Hands down favorite of everyone. I thought this was much more like Triplets of Bellvile...and while I respect the integrety of the original language version this is what happened to be at the theatre and admittedly I welcomed the break of someone doing the work for me.
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I watched the French version a long time ago and it's a looooooot better. It's hard to really put into words, but the english dub doesn't have a lot of the je nai se quoi you get when you're watching a film from a different culture/language than your own. Highly recommend the French version.

Also check out A Town Called Panic if you enjoyed E&S. By the same animation studio and it's fun flick

 

I usually hate dubs (and I'm French) but I saw E&S this weekend in English and thought it worked v well. Now English-language version of Miyazaki flicks, on the other hand...

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nope. virtually nothing in his films resonate with me. maybe i should do some rewatch when i'm older.


8½ might be my most favorite movie - I've seen it 26 times. Amarcord is, to me, really wonderful as well. I really enjoy most of his work, although I do prefer his movies when he finally broke with the neorealists.

post #324 of 499

How someone could not like Nights of Cabiria is beyond me

post #325 of 499
need a rewatch tbh.
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You don't even like "La Strada"? I agree with you on all of his other films.

I don't like any of Gus Van Sant's films. I can't stand Aronofosky, nor even be bothered how to spell his name.

Come on, dude. The Wrestler? You gotta like that (at least I do, a lot. My life from elementary school thru middle school on Thursdays and Mondays pretty much revolved around pro wrestling), and he made Mickey Rourke seem like a person instead of a slab of rock?? That's impressive on at least some levels. Black Swan is good too, though is more polarizing I think.
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A Town Called Panic is great. Can't help but feel that a big chunk of the comedic effect is sadly lost on a non-French speaking audience that won't enjoy the hilarious thick Walloon accent of the characters. Glad to know it still works despite that.

I always find myself really asking what subtle stuff I'm missing while I'm watching foreign films, and it makes me really want to understand it. Considering there is plenty of english stuff that I miss myself, I can only imagine the ridiculous amount of things that are Lost in Translation. There's a mystique to it though, not really knowing the "whole" picture, that makes it still enjoyable. When I watch Viet films (unfortunately not too many quality ones out there) it's quite a trip.

Though I also always wonder what stuff people miss in English films. Like what tiny things that really give away character origins or stereotypes like accents, dress, etc. One example that always happens is in a lot of Japanese animated comedies, if there's an American character in the film, the dude always has the deepest, hill-billy redneck beer-gut marlboro southern accent dubbed over. When I watch it's awesome, but I wonder how much of Japan can pick it up ?
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When I watch Viet films (unfortunately not too many quality ones out there) it's quite a trip.

Any recs that arent Tran Anh Hung? My viet is pretty good but I still miss a lot of what people say when it's the northern dialect.
post #328 of 499

The Wrestler was interesting in some ways, but the cliche of missing his daughter's birthday destroys the film in my opinion. I liked pro wrestling when I was a little kid, too, and I've got some time for Mickey Rourke in general. I liked how he used the song "Balls to the wall" by Accept in it!

 

Does anyone else totally hate what Tarantino has become (but likes his stuff like Jackie Brown and, to a lesser extent, Pulp Fiction)?

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Any recs that arent Tran Anh Hung? My viet is pretty good but I still miss a lot of what people say when it's the northern dialect.

Check out Cú và chim se sẻ (2007) - Stephane Gauger, Ba Mùa (1999) - Tony Bua, and of course Vượt Sóng (2006) - Ham Tran. If you only end up watching one, watch Vượt Sóng first. There's not much in directors, really, in Vietnamese cinema, more single but notable and enjoyable films. Most of it deals with capitalism/communism, war/post-war Vietnam, and immigrant life, etc. Speaking of Tran Anh Hung, I really wish Norwegian Wood was better than it was.
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The Wrestler was interesting in some ways, but the cliche of missing his daughter's birthday destroys the film in my opinion. I liked pro wrestling when I was a little kid, too, and I've got some time for Mickey Rourke in general. I liked how he used the song "Balls to the wall" by Accept in it!

Does anyone else totally hate what Tarantino has become (but likes his stuff like Jackie Brown and, to a lesser extent, Pulp Fiction)?

Yeah, that particular part of the storyline was pretty cliche, but you know, that stuff happens irl, so it doesn't bother me that much. It's such a minor part of the movie though, that I think it's kind of goofy to let it ruin it for you! Underneath the cliches of the film is a really great story of acceptance and pride in your life's work that I really enjoyed.

I really did not enjoy Django Unchained as much as I would have liked (I hated, hated, hated the one Ricky Rozay song in it, totally knocked me out of the atmosphere which is what Tarantino does best with his music selection, and I disliked Jamie Foxx in it), but his other stuff is still really enjoyable to me. I liked Basterds a lot, and Kill Bill 1+2 are my favorites of his work. Jackie Brown was good, no doubt, but I don't find it to be as entertaining and often don't find myself re-watching it ever. I feel like he's got a good niche now, whereas in his earlier stuff he was just starting to explore and dabble around it. Still, lots of old Tarantino fans hate his new work and only praise Jackie and Pulp Fiction, which I don't really think is fair. With his name, he has much more freedom to do crazier and crazier stuff, and I think that just takes a different mindset and approach to enjoy his movies these days. It's like, if you go in watching Fast and the Furious, don't expect a thrilling storyline or amazing acting, but appreciate it thru because it's Fast and the Furious, not by another set of standards, (re: Tarantino-- his work as an early director). There's still lots of old Tarantino in his new stuff, just a lot more polished.
Edited by g transistor - 4/16/14 at 8:36am
post #330 of 499
The wrestler arguably has the best movie ending of the 21st century.
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