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This thread is all things movies. I admit, the idea came from going back and forth with Obi-wan (Benkenobi) about some movies this past summer.

I'll be using this thread to give some reviews of movies I saw.

You can use it to tell others what kind of movies you like, your favorite movies, upcoming movies, games made to movies, movies made into games, and the list goes on.

This first post is just an opener, sort of like the way the Crow Eating Thread started. Speaking of which, that needs to be resurrected soon, I'm sure dishes of delicious crow can be served ...

Anyway, Movies ... let's talk.

UPDATE: For any reviews or movies you talk about, please throw SPOILER TAGS around things that could spoil the movie, and don't be afraid to black out text if you absolutely must say something like this.. <--- That's not a spoiler, feel free to highlight it. 



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Anyone seen the Fountain by Darren Aranofsky?



No, but it's good? Is it like Requiem or Pi?



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super_etecoon said:
Anyone seen the Fountain by Darren Aranofsky?

I haven't. I've heard less than stellar things. I may rent it one day to check it out though.

To get the thread rolling, I'm going to give a super mini-review to "Shoot'Em Up", an over-the-top action flick starring Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, and Monica Belluchi.

SHOOT'EM UP

Like action films? Like cheesy one-liners? Like to see things that are impossible happen on screen? Then this movie is for you. I admit, this is a very fun movie. You will laugh, and not just at the funny parts. Some of the action is so over the top, you can't believe they actually put it in the film.

SPOILER WARNING (it will be blacked out)

The movie starts with Clive Owen sitting on a bench at a bus stop, waiting and eating a carrot. A pregnant woman walks by, obviously in a rush. She is followed by a man with a gun. Clive pursues the two, and the first kill happens when Clive jams his carrot into the guy's mouth and out the back of his head.  Crazy I know, but the movie has just begun. He ends up delivering the pregnant woman's baby while shooting many no-name gangsters coming out of the woodworks, with bullet shells bouncing off of the woman's belly. And to top it off, he cuts the umbillical cord with a bullet. This all happens in the first 5-10 minutes, and it sets the pace for the entire film. And yes, the action keeps getting more and more ridiculous.

Clive is pretty much the ultimate bad ass anti-hero, and Paul Giamatti is the clever bad guy with an endless supply of bad men for Clive to gun down. And Monica ... mmmm ...

Anyway, if this is your type of film, check it out. It won't disappoint, unless you are expecting a movie with some substance, in which case, you've come to the wrong place



I've heard good things about Shoot 'em up. I've chosen not to read your review Dolla because I like to go into a movie as cold and unaware as possible. Not for spoilers or anything like that, I just like to go in without judgments or expectations.

Fountain is not like Pi or Requiem. I think all of Aranofsky's films have been different from one another. If you go by metacritic and listen to the reviews this movie is pretentions bs. Please abstain from reading the critics on this one. They assume he is trying to say or sell some big idea. I think they miss the point. Great visually, amazing score by Clint Mansell and the Cronos Quartet (same combination that provided the music for requiem). And Hugh Jackman (also from the Prestige/XMen) gives a great performance.



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Cool guys, I'm definitely gonna see Shoot Em Up this week, and sounds like The Fountain might be a good rental for a movie night.



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What kind of movies are you into, super_etecoon?



This Saturday I have tickets to the Toronto International Film Fest to see Guy Maddin's "My Winnipeg"... What, no Guy Maddin fans around? hm... didn't think there'd be any.



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Dolla Dolla said:
What kind of movies are you into, super_etecoon?

 Hmmm...some of my faves would be:

  • Harold and Maude
  • Fight Club
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • City of Lost Children
  • Snatch/Lock Stock
  • Anything Wes Anderson: Tenenbaums, Life Aquatic
  • Reservoir Dogs (Not so much Kill Bill...although if I had to choose I would go with KB2)

 

I could go on of course, but those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.  I'm not really big on the horror genre or the over the top action films.  Too much gore or violence loses me.  I've tried to go back and watch classics, but they don't really do it for me.  For instance, I recently watched Taxi Driver and Scarface....hated both.  Figured I would love them, who knew.  And I'm kind of a sucker for animated movies in general, so Pixar, Dreamworks get my vote.



stof said:
This Saturday I have tickets to the Toronto International Film Fest to see Guy Maddin's "My Winnipeg"... What, no Guy Maddin fans around? hm... didn't think there'd be any.


okay...I have absolutely no idea who this guy is.  Makes me feel stupid considering how many movies he has done.  What kind of films does he make, and which should I watch first?