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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:05 am 


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Leaving Las Vegas

A gem from the 90's. This one is generally considered one of Nicholas Cage's top performances. Anyone that hasn't seen this or the handful of other good things he's done would rightfully assume it's a low bar. Anyway, neither he nor Elizabeth Shue just phone it in here. Some of the aerial shots of Vegas are a bit cheesy looking back, and the sound mix is pretty awful (maybe that's just in the recent conversion). While I'm at it, there were a ton of artifacts while watching it (on Prime). But, still a very dark, enjoyable tunnel.

Back to Cage, he's an easy target to hate on, but Raising Arizona was a huge part of my formative years. I can never fault the guy.
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Night Moves (1975)
Neo noir movie with Gene Hackman, with young Melanie Griffith and James Woods. Some weird dialogue, but the plot and characters are ace.
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The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum.

9/10

An emotionally draining masterpiece from Mizoguchi.
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Last weekend was Godzilla Fest, so me and my future brother-in-law went over to catch some kaiju movies.

Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidora: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
Never had seen this one before - was honestly surprised at how good it is. A lot of Godzilla films in the 2000s are weak both in plotting and pacing, but this one's script is a really fresh take on the Godzilla-attacks-Japan template. I have to hand it to Shinsuke Kaneko: between this and his Gamera trilogy, he's probably got one of the best handles on the genre than most others who have tried to make a monster movie. Kaneko was even there to give some brief comments before the movie, which was cool. He said it's hard for him to watch his older movies because the effects haven't aged as well. To that I say: bullshit! These movies still look great, outside a few unconvincing (but still decent for early 2000s) CGI shots.

I think the only downside to it is that outside of Barugon, who steals the show, it settles on the somewhat rote inclusion of Mothra and Ghidorah, whereas Kaneko's original concept called for Barugon to be joined by two of the lesser-known monsters, Varan and Anguirus. Apparently they were 'not marketable' enough. :roll: Godzilla is also so refreshingly evil that it's pretty shocking to see the wanton disregard for human life (something also in the Gamera trilogy). The crowds were cheering this evil demon Godzilla killing people/monsters while I was going :(

Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Seeing this a second time. Still enjoyable, though now some of its pacing problems are a bit more evident on second-viewing. Still, it's pretty clear the director loves Godzilla movies, so it's funny to see a multi-million dollar production made specifically for fanboys. Its lackluster American box office is disappointing, though the movie seems to have solid footing in Asian markets (cue the insertion of the Chinese scientist lol).

The movie is dumb but still hits a lot of highs and the monster scenes do not disappoint. Might have to get it on blu ray later this summer.

Speaking of fanboys - yuck. As my friend said, the audience "crawled out of their dungeons" to be there. A theater packed with round, greasy, long-haired nerds, shouting incessantly and cheering over EVERY LINE. Holding up signs. Singing along. This was pissing off my friend 'cuz he just wanted to watch the movie. I suspect that there were a lot of wannabes in the crowd (see: Marvel fanboys). Where were all these fanboys to see GMK, with the director in attendance?
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Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidora: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack


I've been on a pretty serious Godzilla kick as well. At this point I've seen all of the Hesiei-era movies except the last one (Destroyah!!) and have throughly enjoyed every one, even Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla. I also watched some of the well-regarded Showa-era movies such as Mothra vs. Godzilla, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, and Terror of Mechagodzilla. I might be shooting myself in the foot by saving the lower tier G movies (such as Son of Godzilla and All Monsters Attack) for last.

I haven't watched any of the Millennium series of films yet but am planning to watch Giant Monsters All-Out Attack with my my G-curious brother as I suspect that one might be good for beginners. I was thinking of showing him the Hesisei Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah but the time travel and campiness might put him off.

I want to see Godzilla: King of the Monsters again. I was disappointed when I first saw it but it's been sticking with me as I keep thinking about some of the scenes and plot points.


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Godzilla probably has the most divisive fanbase around. Son of Godzilla is actually one of my favorites. I love the old formula that mainly features the monsters and then some pulpy side plot that eventually comes together, while I think most of the Millennium stuff is pretty boring, much like any of them with a heavy emphasis on the military against Godzilla, or overreliance on CGI. I don't see how anyone couldn't love when Kamacuras, the giant mantids, throw a rock at Minilla's face.


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I don't see how anyone couldn't love when Kamacuras, the giant mantids, throw a rock at Minilla's face.


haha, nice! Well then maybe I still have more to look forward to. I hear you, you can never trust the 'consensus' on these types of things. I only heard bad things about the Heisei Space Godzilla and MechaGodzilla but ended up loving those movies. You really can't beat the focus on melee attacks in the Showa films


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The upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate will make it's North American big screen debut on November 1st, 2019. Actress Linda Hamilton was personally called by the film director of T:DF three times but answered on the fourth try and agreed to star in it. Yep, Sarah Connor is back in this 3rd Terminator sequel. Am not sure how many years later this new official Terminator sequel takes place after the events that unfold in Terminator 2: Judgement Day but with James Cameron's input story-wise, it's regarded as the official third sequel in the Terminator movie series (and not counting the Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines through Terminator Genisys films as those take place in an alternate timeline/universe). The real question is: will T:DF eclipse the high bar already set by T2:JD in terms of storyline, plot and overall pacing?

I can already see that it was a wise decision to the movie studio backing this official 3rd Terminator sequel during the 2019 Holiday season to have/own the entire USA & International box office to themselves this time around.

And will the hard-core Terminator fans finally get to see the much heard of but never shown Time Field Generator device (as mentioned in the T2 film conceptual book) that manages to take the Terminators back to the past this time around?

T2 Film Factoid: T2 was the first major Hollywood sci-fi film to have a $100 million dollar production film budget and was properly released during the July 4th, 1991 opening weekend debut for the North American film box office. Williams even released a proper T2 pinball machine and an upright arcade light gun to coincide with the theatrical release of the same name. If you headed on down to your local arcade hangout during that particular point in time, they were playable on site throughout the American arcades. Not to mention that the T2 pinball machine was the very first pinball game to feature the new DMD (Dot Matrix Display) panel setup. Could Williams gone with a dedicated color DMD instead of the traditional orange colored DMD with the T2 pinball game? -- they could've but it would've increased the overall production costs + the overall MSRP price indeed.

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To answer your question: no. Don't even need to see it to know if isn't sniffing T2.
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Not to mention that the T2 pinball machine was the very first pinball game to feature the new DMD (Dot Matrix Display) panel setup.


Almost. It was the first pinball machine designed with the DMD, but Gilligan's Island was finished and released first.


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Godzilla is also so refreshingly evil that it's pretty shocking to see the wanton disregard for human life (something also in the Gamera trilogy). The crowds were cheering this evil demon Godzilla killing people/monsters while I was going :(


Yeah, Godzilla is explicitly a mass murdering machine. The movies always tone it down by not showing the corpses. It's also easy to forget with all the humorous memes of gifs of the guy going "fuck this thing, in particular" as he tears random stuff down.

Just like how Japan doesn't want to see nuclear bombs go off in their movies even though any sane and rational government in such a situation would be lobbing them by the dozen. All about sanitizing the horrible horrific violence as much as possible, making a movie about mass death and misery good wholesome fun for the whole family. (Always remember Darth Vader murdered a few billion kids on screen in the first movie.)

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Heh heh, this is hilarious to me. Envisioning you and your friend as the only people in the room who hadn't seen these old flicks a few times. Straight-faced fish out of water.

"Shut UP!", he screams at the top of his voice at the mass of weirdos in drag. "... I'm trying to figure out how this time warp thing works."

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The real question is: will T:DF eclipse the high bar already set by T2:JD in terms of storyline, plot and overall pacing?


We know it can't because it's a Terminator movie. Even a good Terminator movie, is still unnecessary in this point and time.

A quote that always stuck with me is Bruce Campbell's comments on bringing back Brisco County Jr. - "tv shows age like old fish." Art is a product of its time and everything that came before it. A xerox of xerox of some moldy bread probably isn't going to be terribly important.

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Did somebody say Godzilla (1998)?? That's the best one of course.
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Pokemon Detective Pikachu (2019)
Surprisingly entertaining, with a surprising cast. Ryme City looks awesome, and the Pokemon designs were overall nice. The story was OK, it's hard to adapt a full adventure game and make it good. Justice Smith seemed also confused most of the time, but talking to something or someone who isn't in front of you requires some skill and experience.
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Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Spellbinding documentary of sorts. Zero-narration (the opposite of its contemporary San Soleil), but with fascinating footage (stock, time-lapse, slow-motion) of a myriad of events shown against a score by Philip Glass. Starting off with nature sequences, this may not draw in a viewer that is used to the countless nature videos we've been exposed to in recent times (on our phones, no less) with infinitely more advanced technology. However, as we get to the concrete jungle portions, we travel back in time to see large cities (mainly New York, but some Las Vegas) in very well-maintained quality and amazing points of view: Traffic, commercial montages, factory lines, demolition, and oh so much more.

According to the trivia section on IMDB, the film took over 6 years to make. However some of the footage was most definitely filmed in 1982 (it's release year) as most of us nerds here would recognize video games that made appearances: Ms. Pac-man, Q-Bert, Robotron, Defender, etc. In fact isn't the one in the gif Stargate?

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Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Spellbinding documentary of sorts. Zero-narration (the opposite of its contemporary San Soleil), but with fascinating footage (stock, time-lapse, slow-motion) of a myriad of events shown against a score by Philip Glass. Starting off with nature sequences, this may not draw in a viewer that is used to the countless nature videos we've been exposed to in recent times (on our phones, no less) with infinitely more advanced technology. However, as we get to the concrete jungle portions, we travel back in time to see large cities (mainly New York, but some Las Vegas) in very well-maintained quality and amazing points of view: Traffic, commercial montages, factory lines, demolition, and oh so much more.

According to the trivia section on IMDB, the film took over 6 years to make. However some of the footage was most definitely filmed in 1982 (it's release year) as most of us nerds here would recognize video games that made appearances: Ms. Pac-man, Q-Bert, Robotron, Defender, etc. In fact isn't the one in the gif Stargate?


I remember watching this many moons ago while in Germany during my BA years, at some "cine-forum for self-important snobs" weekly event (eugh, humanities' students!). I remember being the only one not being asleep by the time The Grid started (i.e. the very fast-paced, 20+ minutes long piece near the end). It did help that I had, and still have, a deep unmitigated passion for most works that Philip Glass composed from his beginnings up to this movie.

Follow up from another thread: I should watch this movie again next time we hit the park. Now, if only I could find my cane and hat...
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I remember watching this many moons ago while in Germany during my BA years, at some "cine-forum for self-important snobs" weekly event (eugh, humanities' students!). I remember being the only one not being asleep by the time The Grid started (i.e. the very fast-paced, 20+ minutes long piece near the end). It did help that I had, and still have, a deep unmitigated passion for most works that Philip Glass composed from his beginnings up to this movie.

Follow up from another thread: I should watch this movie again next time we hit the park. Now, if only I could find my cane and hat...


Oh man, you missed out. I'm sure cinephiles jerk it to this. However, I'm not sure how anyone feeling superior for enjoying it would have any ground to stand on. It's a very easy watch. Clocks in at under 90 minutes, the music is fantastic, and as stated, some of the footage magical. (I do argue that it starts a bit slow). I recently watched The Seven Samurai and due to sheer length alone would fear introducing it to an undedicated movie-goer. San Soleil as well, which is the only thing in memory that I would try to compare this with (sans other entries into the series, and similar ilk by it's creators) is definitely not for everyone. There's even about 3-4 frames (yes, out of 24 fps) of tits!

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Top Gun (1986)
I don't know how I never watched this before, at least beginning to end, because I sure as hell missed a fucking masterpiece of the 80's. 8)
Adrenaline filled dogfights, powered by one of the best soundtracks ever, incredible amusing gay undertones by two of the hottest guys in that era (no homo), this movie has them all.
I honestly hope that the sequel is at least decent: Tom is getting on in years, but maybe he can deliver one more, like he did as Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder.
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Wondering if rewatching Hot Shots! is worth wasting another couple of hours of my life now. If I don't remember if it was funny or not, well, I probably shouldn't...
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Wondering if rewatching Hot Shots! is worth wasting another couple of hours of my life now. If I don't remember if it was funny or not, well, I probably shouldn't...

Ehhh, maybe. I like 80's/90's parody movies, and this one fits the bill.
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Oh man, you missed out. I'm sure cinephiles jerk it to this. However, I'm not sure how anyone feeling superior for enjoying it would have any ground to stand on.


I recall that the audio system was not particularly good, but the screen was some top technology of the time (2004). Somehow, whoever organised the event thought that the movie being relatively obscure meant that only the true, sophisticated cinephiles would know about it. Humanities BA students and all that jazz.

Personally I was irrationally excited because of the soundtrack and the fact that it was the first time I could watch it on the big screen. I saw it a few times as a kid on a videotape, became absolutely mesmerized by the OST, and then bought said OST as my first Philip Glass' CD a few years later, which I literally played to corruption.

Bit of a tangent: I know that the guy who directed Watchmen decided to use some pieces from Koyanisqqatsi (I have vague memories of the latter movie). So, I am biased enough to believe the director of Watchmen was not completely hopeless :lol:


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More entertaining than any of the other DC Murderverse films I've seen, but that seems to be because A) this one seems to hardly count as a Murderverse film at all, and B) all the other ones I've seen have been grimdark slogs. That said, even the darkest of Marvel films (probably a tie between Civil War and Infinity War, actually haven't seen Endgame yet to compare though) are still a lot lighter than the lightest of DC films, and even this one spends its fair share of time showing us how miserable Billy Batson's life is. Suffers from the usual "Every other hero is on vacation" trope where if Silvana is really as much of a threat as the film makes him out to be you'd think the Justice League would send out at least a second-stringer (probably Cyborg, maybe Flash if they're feeling fancy) to deal with him and not rely on the guy who just showed up out of thin air to take him down. Surely Metropolis or Gotham can't be more than a couple hundred miles away from Philadelphia, right? And Superman even makes a (very dubious) cameo at the end, so it's not like he's hiding out in the Fortress of Solitude or anything...

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GaijinPunch revisiting all the hits lately I see, haha. Always loved Koyaanisqatsi... there's also two sequels that I remember being a little disappointing. One other movie I could recommend along those lines, with a different but similarly emotional throughline, is Man With a Movie Camera (from 1929, amazingly enough). I believe I saw it with Michael Nyman's score, which I really liked.
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Those would be Powaqaatsi and Naqoyaqaatsi, I believe. The first has a bland world music/new age score, the second a really "mainstream" classical score (both by Glass). Both Reggio and Glass lost almost all of their edge the moment they became popular ("mainstream", perhaps), I would say.
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GaijinPunch revisiting all the hits lately I see, haha. Always loved Koyaanisqatsi... there's also two sequels that I remember being a little disappointing. One other movie I could recommend along those lines, with a different but similarly emotional throughline, is Man With a Movie Camera (from 1929, amazingly enough). I believe I saw it with Michael Nyman's score, which I really liked.


That one is indeed on the list as well. Guess I should move it up a notch!

It does seem that the two sequels don't live up to the original, which I guess is fair enough. The 2nd one seems to be worth watching at least, if I'm to believe what I'm reading on the internets. Samsara is available on Prime, and seems to be in the same vein. Might give that a go as well.

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Those would be Powaqaatsi and Naqoyaqaatsi, I believe. The first has a bland world music/new age score, the second a really "mainstream" classical score (both by Glass). Both Reggio and Glass lost almost all of their edge the moment they became popular ("mainstream", perhaps), I would say.


Always the case... you should paste that in the New Akira TV thread.
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Always the case... you should paste that in the New Akira TV thread.


...I hate being right on this kind of matter.

I would say that whenever artists decide to end their own cycle of experimentation and innovation, and start caring about money, they tend to lose their artistic spirit in one fell swoop.

Philip Glass had good reasons. He spent a spell driving taxis during the day and rehearsing during the night, since his works were simply not commercially viable (...they played less than X concerts per year to qualify for unemployment support).

I think that Reggio also experienced really hard times. I believed that both started being popular enough to avoid crazy choices by their late '30s or so (ouch!), and had dramatic changes in style.

The harsh truth is that sometimes the choice is between either eating, paying rent and feeding your kids, or following bold creative trajectories and sharing a room with a poor grad student well into your 60's. Sometimes, though, people simply seem to finish their innovative steam and fall back within the background noise (Otomo is one of many examples: I am sure he was selling well before Akira).

The third way could be that an artist shines brightly early in his/her career, forms a loyal fan base and goes on with life and experimentation without alienating their base with too much experimentation, but also seemingly disappearing from the spotlight. I cannot quite come up with concrete examples, but I believe that there are some.

All of this wild musing has been written while listening to Prince's early hits. I am half tempted to watch again his movies: I recall absolutely nothing except that my late parents adored them and his music, and brought me to one of their concerts as a toddler. Oh, and that they should be absurdly camp.

Maybe I will wear a purple jacket, a shirt overflowing with frocks and a tank top underneath...

OK, I promise that I will be on-topic, in the next few days. My wife is forcing me to watch all the '80s classics she missed as a child (S. Korea wasn't exactly the freest country, in the '80s).
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Always the case... you should paste that in the New Akira TV thread.


...I hate being right on this kind of matter.

I would say that whenever artists decide to end their own cycle of experimentation and innovation, and start caring about money, they tend to lose their artistic spirit in one fell swoop.


The cherry on top for the topic at hand: it was financed by Francis Ford Coppola. :|

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 Post subject: Re: Movies you've just watched
PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:17 pm 


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GaijinPunch wrote:
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Always the case... you should paste that in the New Akira TV thread.


...I hate being right on this kind of matter.

I would say that whenever artists decide to end their own cycle of experimentation and innovation, and start caring about money, they tend to lose their artistic spirit in one fell swoop.


The cherry on top for the topic at hand: it was financed by Francis Ford Coppola. :|

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Which one? Koyaanisqatsi I think but making sure.
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So many great 80s flicks to choose from.
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