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General movie thread

gaijinkaiju

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Just making a general movie thread. Favourites/recomendations/ what have you seen lately, etc.

Recently saw:
Joker - Thought it was really good. Liked the plot-twist(not sure if that's the right word but close enough) around the middle part. Wasn't expecting it, especially when they then switched it round again. Seeing Arthur's slow descent into the joker was great. I'd recommend seeing it, even if you're not a comic fan.

Godzilla II: King of The Monsters - Didn't think the previous Godzilla was that great, just kinda alright, so I wasn't super interested in seeing a sequel. Then they released the trailer and my opinion changed. Was really curious to see how they portrayed the classic godzilla monsters or if any others would show up (none others did). Plot felt like it moved a little bit too quickly, but that didn't really ruin my enjoyment of it too much. Would've liked to see some more of the other muto's, but aside from mentions in the credits, you don't really see or learn much about them. Guess they'll be saving them for later films. Really looking forward to seeing future Monsterverse films.

Frozen 2 - Its just more Frozen. If you enjoyed the previous one, or animated Disney in general, you'll likely enjoy this too.

Some recommendations:

Shin Godzilla - Hands down the best Godzilla movie. Period. Great soundtrack, featuring both classic godzilla and evangelion tracks. Great portrayal of Godzilla, especially seeing him evolve over the course of the film. Highly recommend see it.

A Silent Voice - Poignant and really resonated with me

Wolf Children - Really touching film about how sometimes you just have to let your kids choose their own path

Garden of Words - Watch for the visuals more than the story
 

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Last one I saw was Joker. Didn't like it.

Before that was My Life as a Zucchini. A somber yet cheerful animation of a group of kids in child services.

Alita Battle Angel was a butchered work.

Personal favorites:
Chicken Run - I don't want to be a pie
The Illusionist (2009) - Lapin
Children of Men - I just don't think about it

Honorable mention: Cloverfield - I really digged how they fleshed out the attack by making IRL websites for the in-universe companies and Myspace accounts for the characters all sharing the last sign in date. That type of shit really appeals to me.
 

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My tastes in movies these days seem to be turning, slowly but surely, as utterly weird as my choices in reading material.

Recently watched The Hourglass Sanatorium (Sanatorium pod klepsydrą - Poland, 1973).... and really, it's a masterpiece; it has instantly earned a place in my BEST EVER list, along with the likes of Wake in Fright, Mad Max 1 & 2 and Drive. Now, granted, that may very well be because it's an adaptation of Bruno Schulz's work, with which I've recently fallen in absolute love, and if I hadn't read it (or enjoyed it) it might very well have struck me as nothing but self-indulgent, willfully obtuse artsy-fartsy drivel... or perhaps not - its gorgeous portrayals of dust-covered, cobwebbed, at once completely alien and strangely familiar dreamscapes alone might have been enough to win me over.

I've also been watching a lot of Japanese cinema, among which I must say Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (Yume - Japan/United States, 1990) stands out. I'm not a fan of Kurosawa, personally (he definitely has a very strong directorial "voice", so to speak, but as it happens it's not one I particularly appreciate), but this anthology of eight short films, each supposedly inspired by a dream Kurosawa actually had, does perfectly capture the nature of its subject matter - at once beautiful, poetic, eerie and unsettling.
 
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Last one I saw was Joker. Didn't like it.
Why is that?

Recently watched The Hourglass Sanatorium (Sanatorium pod klepsydrą - Poland, 1973).... and really, it's a masterpiece; it has instantly earned a place in my BEST EVER list, along with the likes of Wake in Fright, Mad Max 1 & 2 and Drive. Now, granted, that may very well be because it's an adaptation of Bruno Schulz's work, with which I've recently fallen in absolute love, and if I hadn't read it (or enjoyed it) it might very well have struck me as nothing but self-indulgent, willfully obtuse artsy-fartsy drivel... or perhaps not - its gorgeous portrayals of dust-covered, cobwebbed, at once completely alien and strangely familiar dreamscapes alone might have been enough to win me over.
Why exactly is it the best then?
 

Gauche

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Why is that?
It was boring. Didn't laugh at the slapstick. Considering the tone I was surprised when others did.

Didn't believe the relationship at all. One could say it was real to him but all that comes of it aside from additional disappointment is a single scene post having devolved into a killer and me concluding a lot could of been cut. At that point everything may as well not have happened. Despite Gotham being such a shit city you only hear sirens go off when he returns from the wrong room, go figure.

Doesn't help that the citizens don't do much aside from being angry with signs/masks. Maybe they went that route to emphasize the murder of Wayne but the people of Gotham may as well not exist but to praise Joker by the end.

Expected the childhood. Smothering the mother had the biggest bang to it despite the other three gun kills.
Best scene was the washroom confrontation.
 

Ogoid

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Why exactly is it the best then?
Well, like I said, basically because Bruno Schulz. More than just an adaptation (though the overarching plot roughly follows his short story of the same name), it's a love letter to all of his writings, and almost a game of spot-the-reference for those familiar with them.

It's also, visually speaking, a stunningly beautiful representation of the dreamlike places and events he describes, even though I personally think Schulz's tone tends more towards the whimsical and nostalgic, rather than the somewhat gloomy and decrepit ambience the director was clearly going for.

For anyone who isn't familiar with the man's work (or simply does not like it), though, I'd imagine the film's meandering, apparently haphazard weirdness could quickly become just tiresome.
 
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