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 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 9:15 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Apparently the other thread is taking a long time to load, so I thought I'd go ahead and start the sequel. Why not? For posterity, the old thread is here: http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=14202

Diving right in, the most recent movies I've watched are:

José Padilha's Elite Squad (2007). I was curious to see what the director bringing us the new RoboCop had done, and I was quite impressed. It turns out that Elite Squad, while the director's first feature film, is the second in his trilogy about Brazilian urban violence, following 2002 documentary Bus 174 (and followed by 2010's Elite Squad: The Enemy Within). This is a nasty movie, in which crime is rampant, law enforcement extremely corrupt, and the few who aren't corrupt are (by necessity, they'd argue) extremely brutal in their methods. It's not always easy to watch, it doesn't offer easy answers, and I'm not sure there's a single character I actually liked, though some where less awful than others. Nevertheless, it was a captivating film, and I'm now very curious to see if Padilha can carry his sense of social dynamics into a Hollywood actioner.

The Black Stallion (1979) dir. Carroll Ballard -- Thanks to my ongoing best-of threads I recalled the films of Carroll Ballard, which I have not seen since I was very young, so I thought I'd start revisiting them. Just a bit of trivia: Ballard was a second-unit photographer on Star Wars, filming many of the desert scenes before behind hired by Francis Ford Coppola to direct this movie. Anyway. In my book this is a good movie but falls shy of being a great one. The first half is great, carried by wonderful visuals coupled with some excellent music by Carmine Coppola, but the second half is merely pretty good -- nothing wrong with it, but very standard stuff. I will say this movie definitely deserves better than to languish in its current non-anamorphic DVD availability -- I'd love to check it out again cleaned up and remastered, because I have to believe it could look better than the very soft picture on the current release.

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 9:23 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I'm hesitant to post this since I gave up after 30 minutes or so but maybe it will save someone from renting this one.

The Mill and the Cross (2011) - 5/10
I won't give this a purely negative score because I don't know what if anything I missed in the second half. The first 30 minutes were pretty much dialog-free watching the daily lives of Spanish peasants. After a while I started to wonder where it was going and I couldn't see it getting interesting so I stopped after about 30 minutes.

Has anyone seen this in full and enjoyed it?

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

"Star Trek: Into Darkness" -- Wonderful re-imagining of "Wrath of Khan". I'm very much into the entire J.J. Abrams take on Trek. It's fresh, and its alternate timeline gives us unexpected twists and turns.

The effects are absolutely awesome!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 10:25 AM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

Hellboy
Guillermo del Toro's 2004 adaptation of the comic, of course. Incredibly, I hadn't seen it until just a couple days ago, when my girlfriend finally showed it to me.

What can I say? I enjoyed it immensely, though I'll always wish my first viewing had been in a theater. A lot of fun, anyway.

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 10:39 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Hellboy
Guillermo del Toro's 2004 adaptation of the comic, of course. Incredibly, I hadn't seen it until just a couple days ago, when my girlfriend finally showed it to me.

What can I say? I enjoyed it immensely, though I'll always wish my first viewing had been in a theater. A lot of fun, anyway.


Check out Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, highly recommended!

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 10:42 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

4,451 more posts and we can start Part Trois! I'm excited for that.

Seriously, I do think this new thread is a good idea, the old one was taking too long for me to load too.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 10:54 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

I will second Hell Boy 2, it is really good, pretty amazing stuff.
I liked Planes a lot, and Pacific Rim.

Oh yeah, I have this love hate thing with Into Darkness, it is not the Trek of my childhood, but an entertaining picture nonetheless. I will be getting it this Friday and cranking up the surround sound as loud as I am allowed.

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 4:13 PM   
 By:   Michaelware   (Member)

Oh I didnt see this. I made another one but there's tons of data left in the world!

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 4:14 PM   
 By:   Michaelware   (Member)

glitch

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 4:24 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

I asked in the old thread but it got buried in another discussion: does anyone use http://letterboxd.com/ ? I started using it recently to track what I watch, since it seems to be gaining popularity and a few of my friends are using it now too.

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 4:39 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Haven't started it yet, but getting ready to start my Friday the 13th marathon. Prolly won't post ratings of each one after viewing because well...they're not really the kind of movies you rate. You either like 'em or you don't! You might have a preference list in order from favorite to least favorite, but otherwise...

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 5:48 PM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

Check out Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, highly recommended!

I will second Hell Boy 2, it is really good, pretty amazing stuff.

Oh, don't worry about that - both movies have been on my "to see" list for quite some time. I do want to see everything Guillermo del Toro makes, eventually.

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 7:04 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Check out Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, highly recommended!

I will second Hell Boy 2, it is really good, pretty amazing stuff.

Oh, don't worry about that - both movies have been on my "to see" list for quite some time. I do want to see everything Guillermo del Toro makes, eventually.


My favorite of his is actually Blade 2. One hell of an action-packed, grotesque, gothic carnival ride.

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 7:19 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Just finished watching The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid for the first time. Cliff Robertson as Cole Younger, Robert Duvall as Jesse James and a whole cast of eccentric characters and character actors. Some of the jocular male humor that writer/director Philip Kaufman wrote for his later "The Right Stuff" is evident here as well. There are some crazy setpieces in this - a hilarious baseball game circa 1876 (it's like the first Seattle Mariners game!), a night with Russian whores, one of them singing a mournful tune throughout, and a wild, wild bank robbery in which Kaufman finds an 1870s version of a blaring car horn to add to the mayhem and confusion. Very wry with some handsome atmospheric lensing by Bruce Surtees. Dave Grusin's score is not one of his more captivating ones however.

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 8:00 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Check out Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, highly recommended!

I will second Hell Boy 2, it is really good, pretty amazing stuff.

Oh, don't worry about that - both movies have been on my "to see" list for quite some time. I do want to see everything Guillermo del Toro makes, eventually.


My favorite of his is actually Blade 2. One hell of an action-packed, grotesque, gothic carnival ride.


I actually have never seen the blade movies. Should I just stick to the first two?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 8:15 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I actually have never seen the blade movies. Should I just stick to the first two?

For me, the first Blade is the only one worth watching. I thought the second one was terrible, and I've only seen parts of the third, but none of them enticed me to watch the whole thing.

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 11:03 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

Blade 2 is my fav of the series. A complete monster fest. 3 is the one I just couldn't make it through.



MUD 7/10- Excellent movie with Matthew Mcconaughey. Rustic and laid back, with a bit of a thriller thrown in. What impressed me the most were how natural the kids were. I grew up with kids like this.

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2013 - 3:41 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Getting in on the Blade discussion -- definitely skip the third would be my recommendation. I go back and forth on the first two. The villain is weak in the first -- Dorff is just not a credible foil for Snipes -- and there's a bit too much of Vampire the Masquerade to it as I recall, but Snipes is great, his supporting cast is good (leading lady N'Bushe Wright is certainly far better than Leonor Varela would be in the sequel), and the movie itself works the best of the three. The sequel works because of del Toro's style, because Perlman is always fun, and because it's different rather than just a bigger rehash, but it's definitely not without its own silliness, although it's been long enough since I've seen it that I can't articulate much. I do think I've probably seen the original more times than the sequel.

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2013 - 4:57 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Here is a review of Blade 2 by the late Roger Ebert, who gave it 3.5/4 stars:

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/blade-ii-2002

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2013 - 10:02 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Just finished watching The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid for the first time. Cliff Robertson as Cole Younger, Robert Duvall as Jesse James and a whole cast of eccentric characters and character actors. Some of the jocular male humor that writer/director Philip Kaufman wrote for his later "The Right Stuff" is evident here as well. There are some crazy setpieces in this - a hilarious baseball game circa 1876 (it's like the first Seattle Mariners game!), a night with Russian whores, one of them singing a mournful tune throughout, and a wild, wild bank robbery in which Kaufman finds an 1870s version of a blaring car horn to add to the mayhem and confusion. Very wry with some handsome atmospheric lensing by Bruce Surtees. Dave Grusin's score is not one of his more captivating ones however.

Nice review mark. With your film knowledge i wouldve expected you to have seen this already!!
nice steady 70s western. Always liked it.
Im fond of the little touches like luke Askew - whose character has previously been shot in the mouth - lowering his scarf to eat. R G Armstrong is great and Duvall is at his peak here with anothr believable portrayal.

 
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