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Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Unread post by HungFist » 08 Feb 2019, 14:07

Guro Taku wrote:
08 Feb 2019, 13:47
You left out the most important part: How were the subtiles for the German parts handled? English or Japanese only?
Japanese only. Had to rely on my reading skills (which usually got me halfway through the 2nd line/row, minus occasional difficult kanji).

My German is limited to "Guten tag" and "Heil Hitler" (which, according to a German friend, is all you need :lol: ).

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Unread post by Markgway » 08 Feb 2019, 18:28

The Survivalist (2015) **½
Sombre drama in which an Irish survivalist's existence is threaten by the presence of a mother and daughter.
Pretty grim, but not without interest.
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Unread post by Markgway » 08 Feb 2019, 23:20

Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) ***
UHD viewing.
Overlong and overstuffed, but great cinematic entertainment.
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06 Feb 2019, 06:58
Suspiria (Italy/USA, 2018) [DCP] - 4/5
One of the most unique remakes of all time, Luca Guadagnino's bleak, socio-political depiction of feminism in a school of witches in divided late 70s Berlin shadowed by the memory of Nazi war crimes. It’s also a deliberation of art and humanity. Almost impossible to digest on one viewing, it's hard to cast the final judgement yet on whether it’s deep or just trying, but it is interesting as hell. Decidedly different from Argento's original, it stands firmly on its own two feet except the gory ending where some of Argento's audio-visual bravura might have been welcome after all. Oh, and half of the film is spoken in German, including Jessica Harper's entire role (she doesn't have a single English line).
Suspiria (Italy/USA, 2018) [DCP] – 4.5/5

Second viewing and I’m starting to lean towards a 4.5 rating. Last time I saw a film twice in theatre it was Blade Runner 2049, which did not improve on the 2nd viewing (due to strong plot focus, I think, which made some segments boring) where as Suspiria did.

I’ve seen some people say the film is overlong and pretentious, even question if Dr. Klemperer’s character is necessary. I think that’s only true if you mistake Susie for the main character! The main character, well, the most important character at least, is of course Dr. Klemperer, and the movie is about 1977 Berlin which features a school of witches, not about a school of witches in 1977 Berlin.

I can see where the criticism is coming, this is a new version of an Argento fever dream after all (even I longed for an Argento style climax on my first viewing). But at the same time I think it’s absolutely insane to wish a remake to be a copy of the original. We don’t need such a film, and we don’t need such restrictions imposed on filmmakers. Thankfully Suspiria 2018 only shares two or three scenes with the Argento film. Isn’t that the best thing that could happen to any original?

Why call it Suspiria then? Because, why not?

It’s cool that the new film excels on the exact areas that Argento’s film ignored: dance and location. In Argento’s film dance really didn’t matter – it could’ve been a gymnastics or swimming school just as well – whereas in the new film dance becomes a form of self expression for oppressed women. Likewise, few people probably even remember that Argento’s film was set in Berlin because it made no difference at all, while in Guadagnino’s film the location is the most important thing in the whole film. Divided, Nazi-traumatized Berlin of course goes extremely well with the oppression and feminism theme.

Beautiful, fascinating film, and not a minute too long. My only gripe: few seconds of nasty CGI at the end.

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The Karate Kid (1984) ***
It's ironic that the karate fights are the weakest element in this enjoyable teen drama.
The cast is good, and timid youngsters will appreciate the anti-bullying message.
Kove's 'I want him out of commission' still makes no sense though...
wasn't the whole point of the tournament so he can face Johnny one on one?
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The Karate Kid, Part II (1986) ***
Superior sequel adds depth of characterisation and new found maturity,
which makes the regressive Part 3 all the more painful.
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Unread post by Markgway » 19 Feb 2019, 06:33

The Pelican Brief (1993) **½
Overlong, slightly muddled adaptation of John Grisham thriller has plenty studio polish, but neither the suspense (restricted to a few scenes) or meat to justify it's run time. Denzel is fine, Julia has been better.
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Markgway wrote:
14 Feb 2019, 21:52
The Karate Kid, Part II (1986) ***
Superior sequel adds depth of characterisation and new found maturity,
which makes the regressive Part 3 all the more painful.
I watched a couple of the Cobra Kai epsiodes on youtube (the first two are free) and they were pretty enjoyable in beginning the story of how those two characters end up...

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Unread post by chazgower01 » 19 Feb 2019, 11:36

A Prayer Before Dawn (USA, 2018) Amazon - 4/5
Based upon the International Best Seller by Billy Moore, it tells his story as a British boxer in Thailand, who gets thrown in prison for Yaba (he's a deep addict, also heroin) and all he goes through.
I really like prison movies when they're well done, and this is... really well done. Most of the time they don't even subtitle the Thai language, adding to the same confusion as Billy is going through. Nothing is sugar coated here... it's ugly and real and shot that way.
But it's beautiful... you just sort of follow along without any voiceover or much-recognized dialogue... you don't need it. The fighting scenes are up close and in your face and Moore uses his abilities to try and gain some traction in his life.
Joe Cole's performance in this is astounding, and director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire's look and feel is perfect for it.

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