Last movie you watched



  • @bam541 said in Last movie you watched:

    I might start with 13 Assassins first.

    It's real good. Very influenced by Seven Samurai (like a lot of other movies are) but one of Miike's very best films IMO, and I've seen like 50 of them.



  • I was digging through my old stuff earlier when I found a copy of Dredd (2012), still unopened. It's a pretty fun watch. Story's nothing special but I'm all here for the badass action moments, and there's certainly some here. The pacing is pretty good, when it goes slower it's actually quite tense and the actions scenes are exciting. I like how violent it is, it gets pretty brutal at times. I don't know how to feel about how the film looks, it's quite stylish and grimy but there some sort of fake feeling in certain parts that I can't get over with. The slo-mo sections are pretty neat though. I'm entertained by Karl Urban's performance as Dredd, in both good and bad ways. It's a shame that Lena Headey didn't get more screen time. (6/10)



  • It's really inspired by / a knockoff of The Raid: Redemption, but Dredd is one of those movies that I'll watch whenever I happen to see it while scrolling around on my media server looking for something to watch.



  • Finally watched Avengers: Endgame. I'm giving this a very biased, totally emotion-based 10/10.



  • I've been doing the whole Marvel thing. I'd seen a few here and there, but in the last week I watched:

    Spiderman Homecoming
    Hulk 2008
    Avengers: Age of Ultron
    Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2



  • I’m watching Shoah on Blu-ray, a French documentary film about the Holocaust. It’s disturbing how calculated the German’s mass murder was. Like, how the gas vans should be designed in order to kill the victims as efficiently as possible. Something as simple as putting a light in a van had to be calculated. If you don’t put a light inside the van, the victims tend to run towards the door on the back of the van, because being sealed in darkness scares them. But having them crowd in the back evens out the weight on the axle, which keeps the van steady. A drain in the bottom of the van so that waste can be easily disposed of after the bodies have been removed. Feed a steady supply of gas into the back of the van by driving at a steady pace so that the victims are dead by the time the van reaches the destination where the bodies are disposed of. One of the witnesses describes a van making a hard turn, which causes the door to swing open and bodies to fall out. Some of them are still alive, crawling weakly, so a gestapo steps out and shoots them with his revolver. It was filmed in the eighties, so there are interviews from witnesses, survivors and perpetrators while they were still middle-aged. It has a lot of captivating scenery of Poland in the (then) modern day. I don’t think I ever really appreciated just how evil this all was until now, or maybe I just became desensitized to it until I learned all this new information. I can only imagine how shocking it was in the ’80s, before the subject became so known. The documentary is mostly dispassionate about it, which makes it sadder and more real. The first half has been really good.



  • Long Shot:
    I appreciate this as a movie in which the protagonist basically appears like he has one or two sets of clothes, because that's basically how I roll. Coordinating outfits is so much easier when you pretty much only have a couple of outfits. The ease with which white people in these movies seem to procure drugs in an unfamiliar place seems like it would be immersion breaking - but it's Seth Rogen. If anyone could get ahold of some Molly in Paris with like ten minutes notice - I would bet it would be Seth Rogen. Charlize is too hot. She's such a cool person though that I think she genuinely likes and has a good time hanging out with Rogen - so the chemistry in the film is believable. My favorite exchange in the film "You shaved your neck!" "Yeah... i got it cleaned up all the way down my back too".
    3/5

    Detective Pikachu:
    I got a Pikachu and a Bulbasaur card. The big twist in the film is kind of spoiled by the entire premise of the film. Other than that - this thing is pretty glorious. Pikachu is OP tho.
    3.5/5



  • @tokyoslim Jealous you got that Bulbasaur card. I was able to snag four packs - 2 Lickitungs, 2 Jigglypuffs.



  • Finally saw Shoplifters. As with After the Storm, I'm amazed with the performances Koreeda was able to wring out of his performers. He's made me realized that what I previously saw as stereotypical bad Japanese acting (i.e. overwrought melodrama with almost no nuance) is really just a result of poor direction. If people know Japanese directors that can bring out similarly naturalistic performances from their actors, please let me know. He's really in a league of his own for me right now. I'm also amazed by how grounded his storytelling is. What could've easily come off as overly quirky or fantastical in the hands of a less-skilled director is instead beautiful, sad, and honest. Avoiding spoilers, I have some issues with the resolution of the movie, but that's also part of the point. Highly recommend if you have a couple hours to spare. It's on Hulu right now. A-



  • @naltmank

    I've been trying to catch more Japanese live-action movies. One recent one that I have seen that I really liked was "Radiance" (dir. Naomi Kawase). I thought that the performances in that one were very good.



  • @sheria Just rewatched Thor: The Dark World. The villain is dreadful, and it definitely takes itself too seriously, but it's also not as bad as I remembered! The sheer quality of Endgame has allowed me to view the older MCU films in a different light.



  • Detective Pikachu

    This was everything I've ever wanted out a Pokemon movie both as a kid and now as an adult. I really can't believe how well they pulled everything off and I have a strong desire to see it again in theaters - that's something I've rarely ever done. Plus, I gotta pay more attention and see if I can spot my boy Wobbuffet anywhere.



  • @klinjon when I rewatched the MCU in the run-up to Infinity War I definitely remember thinking it wasn't as bad as I had remembered. Honestly everything up until

    the escape from Asgar

    was pretty decent



  • 4/5 if you like action movies
    2/5 if you like dialogue



  • @tokyoslim pretty much. One of my friend didn't like the dialogue and fight scenes were too much and lots of repetition while the other enjoyed a heck out of it.
    It was fun but definitely had some weird moments.





  • Blade Runner 2049, for the second time. I don't think I'm ever gonna watch this again. I just don't like Denis Villeneuve very much. Most of his movies feel cold. BR 2049 makes itself out to be too important. Not only the story, which made Deckard and Rachael bigger figures in this cyberpunk noir than they ever should have been. I feel like they tried to make those few love scenes in the original more important than they had a right to be. The movie wasn't trying to be an epic. Anyway, it wasn't just the story that made itself to be too important, but even the contemplative way scenes are shot and the bizarre way Jaret Leto's character acts. Even the first scene bothered me. K lets go of his gun just so a fight can ensue, with some dumb justification that he needs to scan the victim's eye. I mean, Deckard wasn't a good assassin in the original either, but his kills didn't annoy me like this one. He never lowered his defenses after he was ready to kill. The score by Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch is excessively loud, heavy and ugly, with the theme in which K and Joi leave greater Los Angeles and Vangelis' main theme at the end being among the only highlights. I do like a lot of the scenery, the way the city looks, but I still think Ridley Scott's team did it better almost forty years ago. I appreciate that they developed on themes of the original, like servitude, memory and environmentalism. K's story wasn't boring, but I don't like Ryan Gosling much. The movie is competent. It's not special.

    More on Shoah, which I mentioned a few posts above: There are some stories in the second part that are just horrific. One account is of how the piled bodies looked after being gassed in the chambers. The stronger, more able-bodied victims on top of the others because they tried to climb above them for air. Bodies being trampled, children's skulls crushed. Another account is of a Jewish member of a death camp's "special detail," one of the barbers who cut the women's hair telling a woman he knew from back home that she is going to be gassed and incinerated, that in about three hours she will be ashes. He told her with good intentions. The woman starts running around screaming and trying to tell the other women, who don't believe her and think she's crazy. Then she tells the men, who don’t want to hear it either after being in train cars for days. Left alone, she starts clawing her face bloody. The women are then sent off to the gas chamber, except for her. The gestapo beat and torture her, until she points to the man who told her, who is then thrown alive into one of the ovens. The others in the special detail are warned that the same will happen to them if they ever tell the new arrivals why they are here. I got teary-eyed as a barber in Israel, back then a barber in the special detail, tried to describe what it was like to cut the hair of unsuspecting women he knew from around his home town. He almost couldn't continue. The director had to remind him how important it was that he share his experience. The speed at which they gassed so many thousands of people, train after train, is mind-boggling and sickening. They had to work very fast to remove any signs of what happened there before the next train arrived, because unsuspecting Jews were easier to exterminate. A production line of death. These last two and half hours were enough to keep me from sleeping for part of the night. I just couldn't stop thinking about the barber's story and how unfair and coldblooded it all was. Only one of four segments to go now (another two and half hours).



  • The film festival has started, by the way - so I'm gonna be watching a lot of stuff over the next 24 days.