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ah, i keep thinking it was him with planet terror since he's the one in the attempted rape scene Razz


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and reading further down to dwellers post - whoo for miyazaki!

Graeme said, "I had dreams about the ocean last night, but they made me cry."

Me: Really? Sad dreams, then?

Graeme: No, happy dreams. Really, really happy dreams about people and fish and everything being happy.


Nicely played, Studio Ghibli.


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District 9 rocked.

Not your typical summer alien flick. Will Smith didn't swoop in to save the day.

Very worth seeing on the big screen.


We watched it last night, we were lucky enough to see the panel at comic con too, they recouped the cost of the movie on the first day, and the lead guy had never acted before.

I love the grimy cgi that weta workshops produce, it actually looks real! NZ special effects have certainly come a long way since Xena


Just got back. A+ for special effects. D- for storytelling. Sooooooo many unanswered questions, plus the interrogation scene that hooked me in the trailer never appeared in the movie. It could have been a contender, but it never delivered.

Also, I've discovered that I need a hiatus from watching violent movies. I've become weary of shaky cams and bullets flying and body parts sailing through the air.

This is unfortunate, as I really do want to see Inglorious Basterds, but as it's a Quentin Tarentino flick, it pretty much guarantees non-stop bloodshed.

I just don't have it in me lately. *sigh*



Just saw District 9 today. And - wow. NOT exactly what you expect going into a scifi movie... but what an amazing commentary on human social interactions... and all those isms. Brilliant to set it in South Africa. And the actors did an amazing job even though I only recognized one from anything before. I can see why some folks wouldn't like this if they go in looking for an easy going alien flick. But my friend and I couldn't get over how well written it was. And really nice to see a movie with a seriously flawed main character.

I really can't wait to see IB either. Tarantino is hot and cold for me... but that film looks good.


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I keep wondering about the title. Why did he spell 'Basterds' with an e? Does that actually have some significance or was it just for censorship reasons?

We're probably going to see it tonight. I've just realised that I never watched the second Kill Bill. And that I haven't watchd From Dusk 'Til Dawn in a long damn time.

I assumed it was intended to distinguish it from "The Inglorious Bastards", of which it is a, um, very loose remake. A new spin on the classic, kind of idea.
Re: the macho rape scene debate, I've always seen Tarantino films as having really strong female characters, with the violence-against-women scenes doing nothing so much as making men look like idiots. Tarantino always has a sleazy, pulp aesthetic, it's true, but it tends to be the female characters who kick arse, at the end of the day. (See Jackie Brown / Kill Bill / Inglourious Basterds / Planet Terror, with the chick with the machine gun for a leg / can't remember what happens in his other films...)
 
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Inglourious Basterds was certainly .. er.. twisted? I enjoyed it because it was just so obviously alternative history. I squirmed because, had things happened just a bit differently and given human nature, that atrocities that happened aren't so far off the mark.

The first backstory backpeddle was a bit jarring, but I got used to that. The strange sex scene with wossname and his interpreter seemed utterly unnecessary. Christoph Waltz played a charming frozen hearted bastard quite convincingly.

I didn't quite understand the strudel eating scene, when he forced her to wait for the whipped cream. Did that actually have any significance or am I trying to find symbolism where there is none to be found and cream is just cream.

It's not really a movie I was to see over and over though. Or even a second time.


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This is unfortunate, as I really do want to see Inglorious Basterds, but as it's a Quentin Tarentino flick, it pretty much guarantees non-stop bloodshed.

I have to say that I don't really see where that old chestnut comes from. Apart from Kill Bill, Tarantino's films aren't all that violent. Most Scorsese flicks have twice the bloodshed. What Tarantino does, though, is create few but highly memorable scenes of violence - but non-stop bloodshed?

(I'd argue that even Kill Bill isn't all blood. Except for the Crazy 88 fight scene, there are battle scenes that are punctuated by blood, but Tarantino is pretty damn far from wall-to-wall gore flicks.)


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I think it's less to do with the quantity of the gore and more to do with how it's presented. Scorsese movies present blood and guts as something to be disgusted by, as something to find offensive and gross. The blood and violence in Tarantino's movies is something to revel in, something made much more intimate and personal. I'm not saying it's a bad idea, but it gives the violence a different flavour.


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I didn't quite understand the strudel eating scene, when he forced her to wait for the whipped cream. Did that actually have any significance or am I trying to find symbolism where there is none to be found and cream is just cream.

It's not really a movie I was to see over and over though. Or even a second time.


Well first of all, I agree about that random sex scene splice, seemed pointless and random.

And as for the cream, I took it two ways:

1) He said it first, and obviously doesn't like people not listening to him. It was a subtle but important reflection on how what he says, goes.

2) Her family was killed hiding with a man who had dairy, and he stressed it (asking for milk instead of wine), so this could split into two sections as well.

2a) He was trying to let her know that he remembers/knows who she is, and is invoking the memories of the milk and such while expressing dominance of the situation by telling her what to do.

2b) He has an obsession with dairy products.

Or, above all, it was just a weird Tarantino thing, meant to make the characters seem strange but real. I think it's a mix of all 3.


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I got the 'I know who you are' inflection when he ordered milk. It just seemed like he was stressing the cream thing because he knew it would somehow be offensive to her. Like, I kept expecting him to order bacon just to watch her eat it.

And I just kept feeling like I was missing something so very important that everyone else on the planet would think 'well, duh, why don't you get this?'

I generally overlook the blindingly obvious. Smile


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I saw Ponyo and loved it. It was very cute and Miyazaki, but also very, very weird. Like the scene with the baby, and just about any time the father was on screen. Weird.


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I saw Ponyo and loved it. It was very cute and Miyazaki, but also very, very weird. Like the scene with the baby, and just about any time the father was on screen. Weird.

We were all cracking up at the baby scene, because that's exactly what they do. Mothers say, "Oh, he likes you!" and then the kid fixes you with an unbreaking serial killer stare.


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Heh, true, but I can't think that an American-made children's film would go on to explain the concept of breast milk.


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I've seen (500) Days of Summer and Julie & Julia... benefits of interning at the AFI Silver Theatre

(500) Days is cute and bittersweet, with a nice soundtrack. I love the Ikea scene... it's just awesome.

Julie & Julia: Meryl Streep is pretty awesome, Hitchhiker's Guide gets quoted, and it's really funny. It will also make you hungry.

Haven't seen Ponyo yet, hope to soon... forced one of my friends to watch Spirited Away because he hadn't seen any Miyazaki... *gaspeh*


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Saw THE Final Destination in 3-d. In the FD series, I would rate it better than 3, worse than 1 and 2. The series has definitely gotten tired, but I still get a kick out of smashy smashy death sequences. And the 3-d was worth it, I thought.


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I noticed that they did the "invisible bus" death again.

Like the stealthy "ambush" done by the Rebel soldiers in Return of the Jedi; anything outside the frame of the shot is invisible to characters inside.


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(Side Note: I hear that you're not supposed to mix dairy products if you're Jewish? Might be wrong, or it might only be that you can't mix meat and dairy, or both. But that would add some more to the scene spoken of in Inglourious Basterds.)

So, I saw Halloween II. My brother told me to see the first, and I did, and I could write an essay on that movie just to rant (turning a classic psychotic killer into another head case who killed small animals and had daddy issues, original) and then we saw the second. I just felt like someone put my brain on an egg scrambler, and it's slowly starting to reform. I don't know how or why, I just know that what I saw was ridiculous and not a good movie.

Also, Rob Zombie has one way of showing death: show a knife or whatever it is get lifted into the air, zoom in to where it hits the flesh and show that, zoom back out to show it lifted, and repeat over and over to nauseate people. I think he saw Halloween get panned for being a bad movie and sat down to watch a bunch of great movies like Kubrick films, and thought that he should add random things to make his film more effective.

Blech. That man is an atrocious director, really. Realistic characters in Rob Zombie films are nonexistent.


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(Side Note: I hear that you're not supposed to mix dairy products if you're Jewish? Might be wrong, or it might only be that you can't mix meat and dairy, or both. But that would add some more to the scene spoken of in Inglourious Basterds.)


Can't mix milk and meat - I was waiting for that shoe to drop in the initial interrogation scene - glass of milk, and oh, can I have a steak?

And then again with the streudel - But I suspect it was just that - Tarantino playing with the expectation that the viewer would have that he might try to 'out' the Jew by forcing them to not keep kosher - but it's just that, a threat, designed to put us on the edge of the seat.
 
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Alex, are you going with just Halloween or have you seen Night of 1,000 Corpses and Devil's Rejects as well? I agree with you one way or another, but I'm just trying to gauge how worthless the movie is.

I heard it compared unfavourably to Dark Ride. Damning with faint damnation, right there.


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I saw a screening of 'I Sell the Dead' at the con I went to this weekend; not a bad little tale, and quite entertaining. Ron Perlman's role is quality over quantity, but the two main grave-robbers are quite the characters and hold their own.


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