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Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 4:23 pm
by the_wolfs_howl
Kaori wrote:That's a lot of Hitchcock there. What did you think of I Confess?

Yeah, I was on a bit of a...Hitchkick *badum bum tish!* :bootout:

*cough* I really liked I Confess - it was a fascinating premise, of a priest being suspected of murder because he can't reveal what he knows about the murder since it was revealed to him in confession. I thought it would have been more suspenseful if the audience didn't know the priest was innocent right from the start, but then I'm not exactly sure how you'd work that out. Maybe if everything was from the police's POV or something. Not my favorite Hitchcock movie, but still a good one.

Well, I finally got around to watching The Hunger Games (because I was busy with college during the height of this fandom, I decided to wait until all the movies were out before getting started). I can certainly see why it's so popular, though I have major problems with the Hunger Games themselves. (Even setting aside a couple of logical issues, I would much rather have seen something like Liar Game, where the rules are given exhaustively at the beginning and then all the contestants have to work within those rules to become the only winner, rather than the ones running the game just changing the rules willy-nilly whenever they feel like it.) At first I wasn't sure I liked Jennifer Lawrence (lookswise; her acting is fine)...but then she smiled. And she's beautiful when she smiles. And I've been a huge Josh Hutcherson fan for years, so it was definitely a plus to see him - though I do not think he pulls off blond hair very well >_< I think my favorite thing about this movie is that, while I don't know if it's a good adaptation or not (having never read the books), it's a pretty good movie in its own rights. And that's an achievement to be proud of for any book-to-movie adaptation.

Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 7:13 pm
by Kaori
I Confess is actually the only Hitchcock film I have seen, but although it has its problems and obviously isn't perfect, I liked it quite a bit, so I'm glad to hear you also enjoyed it.

Occasionally I think about maybe watching some other Hitchcock films, but I don't have a particular interest in the thriller/suspense genre and such, and most of my interest in and enjoyment of I Confess was tied to the premise and the themes that were explored: the moral dilemma of a priest who has a dilemma between protecting the secrecy of the sacrament of confession and saving his life; the integrity of the main character, his commitment to the priestly vocation, his self-sacrificing love; the parallels drawn between the priest and Christ; the religious symbolism; and so on. So as classic as they are, I just don't think that Hitchcock's other movies would have the same interest to me.

Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:11 pm
by the_wolfs_howl
Just watched Last Knights. My thoughts, from the first time I saw the trailer to now, are: "Epic sword fights + Morgan Freeman = YES PLEASE AND THANK YOU." :cool:

Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2016 11:11 pm
by John_Smith
Captain America: Civil War. Go team Capt! But Black Panther managed to be amazing. Move over Spiderman!

Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 2:50 am
by ClaecElric4God
My roommate has introduced me into a genre I never thought I would partake in: romance comedy. I get the feeling I should be appalled or depressed that I've actually found that I like it. We watched She's the Man, which I absolutely loved, and laughed a little bit too much.

On the other hand, finding things she likes is quite the challenge. Plus finding things that aren't PG-25 is a little difficult anymore. I did manage to introduce her to Father of the Bride, which she loved. The last time I watched it was with my family when I was like 5, so I didn't remember it at all. It was fun and a little ironic, because both the first and the second hit really close to home for me. SPOILER: Highlight text to read: My dad is not only notorious for pretty much freaking out whenever any guy comes into the lives of me or my sisters (Part 1), but he also had some of us kids pretty late in life (Part 2). When me and my dad go out to eat people always mistake him as my grandpa!

Does anyone have good suggestions for things that fit into the genre/same general concept or setting as Father of the Bride, Cheaper by the Dozen, etc?

Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 9:30 am
by the_wolfs_howl

There are no words. I am obsessed, and loving it.

Other movies I've seen recently:
Law-Abiding Citizen
Ex Machina
Saving Grace

Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:31 pm
by SincerelyAnomymous
I've recently seen the Zootopia movie. I thought it looked kinda corny at first from the trailers, but then it surprised me with the message it delivered and the depth it had. As usual, the visuals were good for a Disney movie. It was also pretty funny as well!

Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:51 pm
by Thunderscream872
Captain America Civil War - 8/10. Team Iron Man all the way!
X-Men Apocalypse - 7/10. Pretty good.
Batman v Superman 4/10...yeah, I didn't really care for it.

Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2016 1:58 pm
by the_wolfs_howl
Thunderscream872 wrote:Captain America Civil War - 8/10. Team Iron Man all the way!

<_< ........ >_> Team Cap 100000000000000000000000%

I've recently watched Shadow of a Doubt, another good Hitchcock movie. After Earth was actually pretty good - the only good M. Night Shyamalan movie I've seen in a long time :sweat: And then I watched the Warcraft movie, which was awesome for a big Warcraft fan like me.

Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 5:27 pm
by SincerelyAnomymous
I saw Finding Dory! I thought it was pretty good, but nothing could come against the original one. I felt Dory was kinda funny here, but she was much more random and hilarious in the previous one. Overall, pretty good movie :D

Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2016 6:23 pm
by the_wolfs_howl
A quick list of the movies I've seen since my last post:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Here Comes the BOOM
The Hunger Games (all)
Man on a Ledge
The Martian
Crimson Peak
The Book of Eli
Star Trek Beyond
I Am Not a Serial Killer
Empire of the Sun
The Scorch Trials

Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:38 pm
by SierraLea
I just saw the live-action Beauty and the Beast a few days ago. It's gorgeous and brilliant transition from animation to live-action and the new musical numbers are breathtaking.

Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:11 pm
by Furen
I just watched Mean Girls again.
I've watched it before, but I didn't pay a whole lot of attention before. I knew it was funny before, but not remembering it was great.

Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:45 pm
by the_wolfs_howl
Also saw the new Beauty and the Beast recently! Loved it! Totally unnecessary, but completely awesome, remake XD Other movies I've seen in the interim:

Finding Dory
X-Men: Apocalypse
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Cinderella (most recent live-action version)
Rogue One
Saving Mr. Banks
Total Recall
Taking Chance
In the Heart of the Sea
Jane Eyre (William Hurt version)
A Dog's Purpose
LEGO Batman
Doctor Strange

Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 4:11 pm
by SincerelyAnomymous
I saw Beauty and the Beast ^.^ Such a excellent remake and definitely fixed some plot-holes and added more depth to the characters, with the back story and such. I actually don't mind Disney making live action remakes, as long as they make them differ enough from the original and fix problems with it.

I also saw Rogue One. While it was enjoyable and so much more original than The Force Awakens, character development was almost non-existence (Except for maybe Jyn Erso and Cassian) and other characters felt kind of useless. If it didn't have Star Wars attached to it, it probably wouldn't be so critically acclaimed and successful.

Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 9:01 pm
by the_wolfs_howl
^It also had absolutely astounding visual effects. I still can't believe they didn't get an Oscar for that, because they more than deserved it :wow!:

Movies I've seen recently:

Gifted - The heart-wrenching and beautiful tale of a man raising his niece, who is gifted especially in mathematics, and the custody battle he ends up in the middle of. Ugh, I cried so much because of Chris Evans and his stupid wonderful acting abilities :sniffle:

All the Way - The story of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency and the passing of the Civil Rights Act. I didn't particularly like it; it focused more on presidential politicking than I liked, and had too many old white men pontificating, rather than focusing on the issue at hand, I thought. Anthony Mackie made a great MLK, though :thumb:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - Much like the first one, this was fun and full of dazzling action and beautiful CG and lots of laughs, but nothing terribly deep that will stick with me for very long. I did think Chris Pratt's acting has improved over the years, though.

The Impossible - Oh my goodness, this movie was hard to get through. Not because it's bad, oh no. This movie was so well done, and all the actors did such a great job (especially Ewan McGregor and Tom Holland - this was Tom Holland's on-screen debut, and it's just about the best debut I think I've ever seen). But it's so realistic that it's kind of hard to watch. It's based on the true story of a family who went through the tsunami in Thailand back in 2004. It follows their experiences through the event itself, and how they struggled to survive and find each other again. A beautiful, gritty movie.

Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:24 pm
by Kaori
Silence (2016)

Based on Shusaku Endo's novel by that name, which is about the persecution of Japanese Christians and missionary priests in the early 17th century.

I have one minor complaint which is that Rodriguez (Garfield) looked way too clean and well-preserved most of the time: other than getting sunburned once his skin was perfect the rest of the time, his hair was made to look sort of handsomely unkempt but was always clean and soft, never greasy or tangled or dirty, and so on.

Other than that, I think the movie was well-done, and you can take this with a grain of salt because it has been a long time since I read Shusaku Endo's Silence, but to the best of my memory the movie was pretty faithful to the book (there were a few clunker lines that I imagine were put in there by the script writer, not by Endo).

It's hard to say whether I would recommend watching this movie or not watching this movie, because I think that's going to be a personal decision for everyone, whether or not you want to watch this kind of thing, so I will just describe a my impressions of it so hopefully people can get an idea of whether this kind of movie is something they want to see or not.

It was very harrowing to watch, I would say a little bit above Romero and below Schindler's List. I will put this in spoilers just in case, but I think that anyone considering watching it should be aware from the beginning that this is a story about SPOILER: Highlight text to read: a missionary priest who apostatizes and renounces in order to save Japanese Christians, who had themselves already apostatized, from being tortured. The first two thirds of the movie or so came across to me as seeming to have an anti-Christian tone, as the main character, Rodriguez, was rather full of himself, comparing himself to Jesus and so on, and his talk about faith seemed to ring hollow. It's only towards the end of the film that there are some strong messages of faith amidst very dark circumstances: SPOILER: Highlight text to read: God speaking to Rodriguez in the silence, the tiny crucifix that he holds in hand as his body is being taken to be cremeated.

Cultural comments:

I heard about this movie by going to a talk by a Christian artist (Makoto Fujimura) who is (I think) a second-generation Japanese-American and was also a special advisor for the film. He commented that the actor who plays Rodriguez (Andrew Garfield) becomes so unobtrusive in the end of the movie that he vanishes off the screen, and he said that this movie did not do well in the United States because American's can't understand that, but Japanese people understand that to make oneself nothing is true heroism. Having seen the movie, I understand what he meant by that comment and am pretty inclined to agree with him.

To those comments I can also add the reactions of my Japanese friend who watched this movie. My friend's take on the movie was that Rodriguez finally got it during the climax scene (more literally, he became enlightened), and that by making the choice he did, he finally took responsibility--"responsibility" being a concept in Japanese that has much deeper and more far-reaching consequences than we typically tend to associate with it here in the States. So it resonates very deeply with Japanese values and outlook in ways that I think are probably pretty hard to grasp for the typical Westerner (since some of them are the complete opposite of Western thought-patterns and ideals).

So, I really can't say I would recommend that absolutely everyone ought to watch this film. But for anyone who does want to see it, it can be viewed for free if you have Amazon Prime.

Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:50 pm
by ClaecElric4God
I started to watch Silence, and for some reason only got halfway into it and just lost interest. I haven't read Silence, but I read and wrote a paper on "Unzen", which is a short story of Endo's based on Silence, so I'm really interested in Endo's work and thought I would love the movie. I really can't put my finger on what I didn't like about it, either. I think maybe I didn't like the way it felt like the story was focused on the foreigners more than the Japanese. Although the Jesuits did some amazing things and I'm sure suffered unspeakable things, to me the stories of Nagasaki and the events following the ban on Christianity is a story that belongs to the Japanese, and when they took that idea and made it about two handsome, white foreigners (who happen to be famous actors?), it felt like the goal of the movie was off a little bit. Granted, Endo himself is the one who made the story about a Jesuit missionary rather than Japanese, so maybe that's just me being a grumpy old badger. But I think that's why I prefer the story of "Unzen" to that of Silence, because it focuses on Kichijiro's story instead.

Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:57 pm
by Kaori
@Claec: Thanks for mentioning "Unzen"; I'll have to put it on my back burner of things to read sometime.

Have you read Endo Shusaku's The Samurai? I myself haven't and have only heard secondhand that it is about a samurai who initially doesn't understand how Jesus, someone whom he sees as being weak and defeated, could be an object of worship or even respect, but his thinking changes later on. From the description I heard, I wonder if that one also is focused more on the Japanese side of things, but not having read it myself, I don't know.

And back to the topic of the movie, of course it is Hollywood, so it's not too surprising that there's a lot of focus on the handsome face of main character. Image I was just grateful that the movie wasn't totally full of handsome and beautiful faces and that mostly the cast was full of a lot of ordinary people who weren't glamorized.

. . .

The Prestige. This was on my watch list because a friend of mine who is a huge movie buff considers it to be a significantly better film than Inception, but to be honest, it really was not my cup of tea.

The plot was about two stage magicians who are continually trying to one-up each other. I can understand why my friend thought this movie was better and more complex than Inception, with all its double-deceptions, but I would disagree with her because I have several problems with the plot: SPOILER: Highlight text to read: why Angier's wife drowned after not being in the tank for extremely long, even though resuscitation of drowning people was a known thing during that era; the way that the fact that Borden turned out to have a twin was used to whitewash the grief he caused his wife by seeming to (or perhaps actually) having an affair with Olivia because "each one of us loved one of them"; how Borden could possibly have been convicted of Angier's murder if he was pounding on the glass and trying to get him out of the glass tank while he drowned (surely there were witnesses); that viewers are meant to be left with warm fuzzy feelings about Borden being reunited with his daughter at the end although in my opinion he was also a Not Very Good Person, not much better than Angiers, and did some fairly nasty things to his rival. Other than that, it had an obviously "meant to be ambiguous and leave both possibilities open" ending just like Inception, not surprising since they are both by the same director. I am okay with movies that portray atrocities or graphic violence if there is a serious purpose behind it, for example showing actual atrocities that really happened or happen in real life (like Silence or Romero), but to me this movie just came across as two people both doing horrible things to try to one-up each other, and the movie didn't seem to me to have a higher purpose to it, it was just a fictional story for the sake of entertainment, so my personal assessment of it is "a horrible story about horrible people doing horrible things," and I really did not enjoy it.

The plot twists and deceptions are, however, arguably more intricate than those in Inception, so people who like movies like that that make you think might enjoy it.

Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:24 pm
by shooraijin
The Prestige weirded me out in a big way because the "twist" was so outlandish. I'm a fan of Christopher Nolan movies generally, but I think this was one of his lesser efforts. (For the record, I adored Inception.)

Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:38 pm
by Kaori
I'm glad I'm not the only one! (I also highly enjoyed Inception and would consider it a better film.)

Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:59 pm
by Davidizer13
Heard you were talking about Silence. Having only read the book, I can't comment on whether things got changed for the movie, but here's what I got:

Kaori is right in saying that Rodriguez is too full of himself - you see it in all the moments where he's concerned that the people he is serving will replace Jesus with him, and all the moreso with the Catholic idea that the priesthood is meant to be God's representative on earth. I shared the book with a pastor friend of mine and he worries about avoiding that in his own congregation. But somewhere along the line, Rodriguez crosses from representative of Jesus, to being Jesus himself to these people. He has to be their messiah. It's a fine boundary, one that's so easy to cross with a little pride in the right direction...
SPOILER: Highlight text to read: But in that pride, in crossing that line, believing the declarations from the government ministers that Christianity in Japan is dead, he takes his own personal failings to be God's failings and the silence he struggles with to be God's actual silence. And then he misses the people like Kichijiro and the other martyrs, to which God is actively working. God is silent to Rodriguez because he stopped listening and took it on himself to be God. Obviously, being human, he fails at that job.

From interviews with Endo, he wanted to play up the aspect of Jesus as someone who came down to earth to suffer with us and understand us. That's what came across to me, because of the struggles that Rodriguez goes through, and for the way he responds to those struggles.

Re: What Movies are you Watching?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:24 pm
by Kaori
Davidizer13 wrote:From interviews with Endo, he wanted to play up the aspect of Jesus as someone who came down to earth to suffer with us and understand us.

Yes. That comes across very strongly in the climax scene.