Discussion in 'Movies & TV' started by BIV, Jul 25, 2013.
They left off Dark Horse.
Also post titles or post the link, don't try to bolster your post count by posting it in full across multiple posts.
Also, you can spoiler particularly long passages.
I'm not bolstering my post count. I hate it when people just post the link. I spread it over four posts because the shitty software limits us to 1,000 characters.
Since each is just one paragraph long, I think you'll live.
Actually speaking of the list. I've seen exactly none of these. Really not seeing anything of interest here, either.
Are any of these actually gems? Or are they the snorefests they appear?
5 Broken Cameras is a piece of propagandist shit. Yes, I know I'm predictable. But it is.
Cloud Atlas was definitely ambitious and “felt” epic, but Tom Hanks was terrible and only one of the stories worked for me- the one with the composer and where Hanks and Berry played the smallest parts. It also had the “Old British People Acting Randy” thing I despise. I do know that some people adore that movie in a serious, serious way. Maybe I should see it again.
I really liked Bernie and Imposter.
I loved Holy Motors. I went into it completely blind (other than seeing its name suddenly beginning popping up on movie sites) and it was one of my favorite theater experiences. (Being blind had a lot to do with that.)
I want to see Sleepwalk with Me, Robot and Frank, and Smashed.
I've heard horrible things about How to Survive a Plague and Liberal Arts.
Also, nobody saw Pitch Perfect? $65 million box office + sequel talk Pitch Perfect?
Such a fuckin' jew.
I haven't seen any of these.
Bernie and Smashed sound good.
Bernie and Casa de mi Padre I'll definitely be watching soon. I speak pretty decent Spanish so the subtitle thing won't bother me as much probably. And Sleepwalk With Me sounds good too. I remember when Birbiglia was in studio plugging his one-man-show on/off Broadway that it sounded interesting and it was getting really great reviews.
And I tried getting into Cloud Atlas but it just didn't happen when I was watching it. I think it's one of those movies you need to watch a couple times to appreciate it.
Don't bother. It's worth it the first time just because you're convinced it's going to come together in a good way - that's the epic 'feel' you're talking about. Then it ends and it doesn't, and taking a closer look doesn't make it any better. But it's still a perfectly fine way to pass those first 2 hours, when your hopes are still up.
I'd guess reading the book first would help a lot, but it's too late for all that now.
Surprised not to see The Place Beyond The Pines there
A) It was released in 2013.
B) It wasn't that great.
Well, you've convinced me.
"How To Survive A Plague"
"Save The Date" - Mmmmm Allison Brie and Lizzy Caplan
"Sleepwalk With Me"
Is "Cloud Atlas" an Indie Gem?
I'm gonna watch the Indie Games thing
I watched half of it a while ago and forgot all about it.
Rewatched and finished it after your and GS's posts reminded me, it's actually pretty good. It has some flaws for sure. There's kind of a who-gives-a-shit factor (I guess that's the main problem with indies). But it's one of those rare movies that doesn't ruin itself with the third act. As much as it's a stretch to abandon main character focuses, that's the kind of thing it takes to come up with a decent ending anymore.
I'm also coming to appreciate, more and more, that understated and unpretentious terseness that minimalist movies have. I gained a lot of respect for that when I saw how tastefully done United 93 was.
I liked Bernie a lot. I tapped out halfway through Cloud Atlas. Awful, except for when the guy gets tossed off the roof.
I thought the third act was the weakest. I also thought all three of the stories could have sufficed as a movie on their own, but combining them lessened their impact. In particular, I thought the second one/the Bradley Cooper story really had the ability to be a damned good film. And I understood what they were doing, but I don't think the "Sins of the Fathers!" motif was handled all too well. It was more blatant and "factual" than emotional.
It hadn't really occurred to me yet to break them down into three sub-movies, but I can see that. All I know is I'm tired of movies ruining everything because they have to have an ending. It's a horrible epidemic what happens when you only have 2-3 hours to tell a story and need to leave the audience content with a nice tidy package. It's why I pray for the end of all movies and the transfer of all their resources to television.
Anyway it stands out whenever I'm looking at the time and it's 5 - 15 minutes before the end, and things are still going well, ie they're still interesting and haven't started going down some formulaic predictable path. That hardly ever happens.
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I've only seen Robot and Frank and The Intouchables.
Robot was okay. The Intouchables was a feel good story but I liked it a lot.
I looked at the 2011 list and no Killer Joe?
Killer Joe was released in 2012. So you looked at the 2012 list and no Killer Joe.
Was Intouchables good? I saw the trailer/commercials and hated it because of what you said.
That too. Imdb and wiki both said something about 2011 so I was covering my tracks. It should be on 2012 then.