mavrach wrote:House of 1000 Corpses - My second viewing. After reading the review here and seeing the movie again, it really does look like this movie got butchered by the MPAA. Now this movie gets trashed around here, but I see the makings of a good movie in here somewhere. Rob Zombie has a passion for movies that I've only seen otherwise in Quentin Tarantino (shame that he doesn't have Taratino's ability). His references and homages are knee-deep all throughout Corpses. And I think the performances here were amazing, there are some great villains in Sid Haig's, Sheri Moon's and Bill Moseley's performances, and in a different movie they'd be iconic roles.
It's just a shame that the movie falls apart right at the point where it should be getting exciting. Zombie throws so much horrific imagery at you, yet I came away bored because too much was edited out, and you can see it. There's buildup and buildup, then where you expect to be gore, you get a cut to the next scene. And the finale made zero sense. Is it Zombie's fault, or is there missing material that would have made that all worthwhile? Here's hoping he releases a complete version to video.
Andrew Forbes wrote:I like House of 1000 Corpses a lot more--like, a lot more--than The Devil's Rejects, which lacks the comic distance that makes the brutality bearable. There's an unpretentious enthusiasm to Ho1000C which makes its glaring flaws somehow forgivable. Unpretentious is definitely not a word I would apply to TDR. The Rob Zombie of Ho1000C seems like a kid in a candy store. With TDR, he bought into his own hype. Freebird? Fuuuuu...
Also, Karen Black.
Bryan Pope wrote:The Wrestler -- This one caught me by surprise even though it shouldn't have. It had a great pedigree, and critics loved it. I just didn't realize Mickey Rourke had that performance in him.
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas -- One of mine and my family's favorites. So much fun, and the animation is fantastic.
The Last of Sheila -- Works better each time I see it.
azul017 wrote:True Grit (2010 - It's a good Western, with good performances and a nice Carter Burwell score. Roger Deakins' work on this film isn't as stunningly beautiful as The Assasination of Jesse James, but it's still a work of art. It's a technically solid film overall, it just lacks that distinct touch the Coens usually do with their films.
Steve T Power wrote: I'd consider it a top three film for them, and one of the best westerns to come out of Hollywood... ever.
Gabriel Girard wrote:
Also, Karen Black.
I have to defend The Devil's Rejects - its brutality and its excesses creates a more distinctive work than House....IMHO it's the best film Zombie has and probably ever will direct. It never came across as pretentious to me.
Also more Sid Haig= more fun!!! Na Bill Moseley is just fantastic in TDR.
Dunnyman wrote:The Whisperer In Darkness
Andrew Forbes wrote:Dunnyman wrote:The Whisperer In Darkness
I've been waiting for this since they first announced that they were making it. Did the post-screening Q&A hint at a blu release?
azul017 wrote:January Jones really disappointed me though. She may visibly sparkle as Emma Frost, but she was phoning it in. No personality at all.
azul017 wrote:Game of Thrones - My satellite provider is hosting a free preview of HBO for the weekend, and I caught one episode on HBO2. I'm hooked, and I'll try to catch the newest episode this Sunday before the free preview ends. If the next episode is as good, I'll definitely buy the DVD.
I'm glad Steve recommended this.
J.M. Vargas wrote:^^^ I don't know, I think I prefer the 'caught lightning in a bottle' Kar-Wai ("Chungking Express") over the 'height of his powers' Kar-Wai ("Mood For Love").
I mostly agree with what Harold & Azul017 about X-Men: First Class. The early scenes with Magneto hunting down Nazis to me had a PG-13 Inglorious Bastards vibe & then the rest of it was James Bond. The only two problems I had was there was too much setup toward the end & (like Azul said) January Jones’ performance. I wonder if Jones can’t act or was directed to act like a cold emotionless character like Robert Patrick’s T-1000 or Roy Dupuis’ Michael from La Femme Nikita & just couldn’t make it interesting. While everybody else is talking about the cameo from a certain X-veteran, the cameo I got the biggest kick out of was from a certain Total Recall actor.
Dunnyman wrote:OK, don't know that I agree with the assessment of Jones' performance. The character is a cold, emotionless bitch who is incredibly arrogant. I thought the snide look on her face while she was, uh, getting info from the general said it all. It's what I would have expected her to be like. (I base this on how she was written up until I quit reading around 93-94 or so) The FX I thought were pretty solid although I don't know about a sub bending, I thought it would have torn apart, but eh, it was pretty good overall. Bacon shines as Shaw, and Fassbender is Magneto, despite his native Irish accent showing up a time or two. The cameo previously mentioned was hilarious, but where was Stan? It's not a Marvel flick unless The Man shows his face! Macavoy did very well as Xavier, and he got the whole slightly cocky/caring/willing to believe the best in everyone part down cold.
My sole major gripe?
Angel's a chick now? WTF?
HGervais wrote:The Angel in the movie is a creation of Grant Morrison's from when he took over the franchise in the late 1990s. She doesn't replace Warren Worthington, she is simply an earlier character with the same code name.
My sole major gripe?
Angel's a chick now? WTF?
Andrew Forbes wrote:All that Heaven Allows. I'll have to check out more Sirk. This has to be among the most gorgeously filmed movies ever made. The only major flaw for me was the characterization of the children, which felt unconvincing even in the hyper-charged emotional landscape of a 50s melodrama.
Ball bouncing down the stairs is still one of the creepiest things I've ever seen in a movie.Andrew Forbes wrote:The Changeling. Not scary, but very creepy and heartbreaking. When the history of the house was revealed it felt as though the filmmakers had tipped their hand too early, but they manage to keep building a sense of mystery and dread for another whole third. Scott is magnificent, as usual.
X-Men: First Class. I'll have to revisit this. At the halfway mark, I was ready to declare this the best in the series. The second half is a bit rockier, but the movie is still an elegantly realized prequel that actually seems to add to the characters rather than simply giving us more plot in an established franchise. My major problem is the execution of some of the student characters. Angel and Havoc are boring characters. Banshee is irritating and realized with very poor effects work. Taken as a whole, though, the film exceeded my expectations, especially with regard to the 1960s vibe (Angel, Havoc and Banshee excepted--they are purely 21st century and ruin the period illusion whenever they are onscreen). I love the evocation of retro opticals and in-camera effects in some scenes (some of the telepathic visualization, Shaw's mirrored reactor, other odds and ends). And was that a UFO opening-title reference during the recruitment montage? Speaking of that sequence, excellent cameo, for once. The highlight of the movie was definitely the Magneto/Shaw relationship and Erik's quest for vengeance (Argentina FTW).
Gabriel Girard wrote:You should also check out Ali : Fear Eats The Soul which is a based on All That Heaven Allows...
HGervais wrote:That sonic scream is a direct lift from the comics for how his power looks and works just about perfectly.
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