I've noticed there are many film threads that are aimed at something very specific, but I've found there isn't a general "what did you see recently" thread regarding films. So I've started one for everyone. If you saw a movie recently (old or new) and want to put it here, put it right here.
I remember on the very first Geekchat I took part in when Emily was there, I told her what directors and films I liked and she suggested I expand a bit into indie and somewhat obscure films. It's taken me a while to do so because I had to see other movies first. I guess I've finally started on that recommendation by starting off with a film that, for the first time ever, has truly frightened and horrified the fuck outta me. I've gotten really scared at films before, but this just takes the cake. As a side, I take a stance to try to not be offended by anything I see on the screen as I feel that would either distract me from the film itself or cause me to completely miss the message that a film is attempting to make, it isn't worth it, but I digress.
I'm sure, quite a few people here know the name of the director well, but this is not only his first film, but also his most surreal and disturbing. That man is David Lynch, and the film is none other than the underground cult classic Eraserhead. A friend of mine recommended it to me and told me to watch it in the dark, alone, and with the volume all the way up. The first thing I have to say about this film is "Holy...Shit". I can appreciate the suffering that Lynch went through to get this movie made, as that is common amongst most directors that start out, but it baffles me that a distribution company actually distributed it to any theaters, if not for that lucky break, this film would have been unreleasable.
The content in it is so disturbing and unnerving, that I actually had a hard time finishing it. I don't think anyone can figure out what this movie is trying to say, and I've learned that Lynch has said that no one ever has, and he has never heard a single interpretation that was correct. He also said he probably never will reveal what this film really was about. This is quite possibly one of the most bizarre films I have ever seen in my life. Artistically though, the film is a masterpiece concerning surreal, warped, and totally fucked up imagery. I liked it overall, but I have to say that it takes a very specific and targeted taste to enjoy Eraserhead, and is absolutely not for everyone. If you are faint of heart, get nauseous easily at seeing very disturbing and/or vile things, or are expecting to have children in the not-too-distant future, avoid this film under any circumstance whatsoever, as you will most likely not like it or revile it.
I won't be putting this on my blog, as I don't think I could give a fair enough review and it plegged plagued with vagueness and not actually make a concrete thought.
I leave you with the following remark "What the hell was that creature?"
And if you think Eraserhead is disturbing, you should watch Gummo(no you shouldn't).
Where does Inland Empire, another film of Lynch, find itself among those two movies? Because of Empire I felt pretty fucked up for about a day, but then again, that might be my personal tolerance.
@Magnum_Opus: I watched the first half hour of Inland Empire and was so bored I had to shut it off. Eventually I'll need to actually watch it, but I never feel up for it.
I watched the new Herzog movie last night, Bad Liutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. I think it's his funniest movie. It's very interesting to see Herzog's unique stylistic elements in the context of what is basically a Hollywood thriller. One of the best examples of this:
Herzog used the same song in the chicken scene in Stroszek.
Still, like I said, Christian McKay at the very least makes this worth seeing, and if you're a drama nerd, the recommendation goes doubly.
So me and my roommate have long time planned doing a tortillas + movie -night and last wednesday we finally did. For a while we wondered what we should watch, I would have liked Ghostbusters, because I'm still shocked that my roommate hasn't seen it (But he will, I'll promise), but roommate didn't want it. In my movies folder I also had 28 Days later as well as 28 months later, that I had got from a friend. Now, I'm not really into horror movies and neither is my roommate. I dislike cheap scares and gore and I think my roommate has similar reasons. Still for some weird reason we decided to watch 28 Days later, as we had both heard good things about it.
So, about my thoughts towards the movie then. Short answer: I liked it. How I saw it, it really wasn't horror movie at all, but it was zombie movie definitely, two different kinds at that. Beginning was cool, post apocalyptic survival in zombie occupied city and I liked that how little there actually was zombies around, I don't remember seeing a single zombie attack that didn't have some importance for story, no zombies just for the sake of zombies. Then there was the last half of the movie that showed classical situation where external threat (that is ofter zombies) makes people turn against each other.
Personally I liked first half of the movie more. It's slower pace and situational suspense worked more than soldiers in the end witch weren't detailed enough.You didn't really have any reason to feel sad for deaths of the soldiers, and I think that if some of them had been shown in a light other than "Here's a bunch of Army-assholes" the action scene at end could have been more dramatic. Now you just wished that zombies get all of those bastards.
I could talk a bit about characters, but don't really have extra time on my hand now, so shortly, liked the main characters, soldiers weren't detailed enough.
I saw it in 3D and I have to say that the 3D was perfectly used. Rather than using the same old "stuff flying at you" 3D this movie used it to add depth to scenes.
Parts of the script and plot were a bit heavy handed and the allegory is obvious. Still a great movie.
Just seeing the planet of Pandora with it's unique wildlife, plant life, and landscapes were really amazing.
It's another great James Cameron film of stunning visual effects with mediocre story, but still worth watching.
We were also amazed at how well the CGI characters were done. The facial expressions were full of emotion without being exaggerated (Shrek).
When we saw the first group of native life chasing Jack we both looked at each other and said, "look, displacer beasts!"
A movie I'm very excited for is My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? Herzog directs, David Lynch produces. Of course the trailer looks like ass, but I am quite sure the film will be amazing. In one Q&A;, Herzog talked about how, three minutes into the film, he wants the audience to know everything about the murder, who the murderer is, and where the murderer is, and from then on the audience will be completely unable to predict anything.
However, I just watched Avatar. The visuals were incredible, as I expected, but the plot just wasn't that great. Honestly, everything it did District 9 already did better and with a fraction of the budget. I think Avatar will end up being a very important film because it'll either be the point where very realistic CG films become the norm or where people finally realize that CG can't save a mediocre plot. Unfortunately, I think the former is more likely.
Also, the concept of "disabled man controlling a remote body, likes remote body more than human form" is really, really, like Call Me Joe. Startlingly so.
For me, most recently, I'd have to say "Master Killer (The 36th Chamber of Shaolin)"