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November 18, 2016 3:06 am  #761


Re: Recently watched movies.

Just got back from seeing Hacksaw Ridge and am feeling quite traumatised. I don't like that much realistic blood and gore. The story was very good, particularly as it was based on the true heroic deeds of Desmond Dodds who joined the US army as conscientious objector, to work as a medic. I just couldn't watch the grisly battle scenes, I was literally crying and shaking after a few minutes of it. I kept my eyes down and only looked up again for the scenes in between all the killing, but the screaming and horrific sound effects were bad enough. So I recommend this movie for those with a strong stomach!


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December 19, 2016 12:10 am  #762


Re: Recently watched movies.

As some of you may know, a couple months ago I read the book, and this today I watched the movie of The Man Who Fell to Earth.  It was interesting to me how it moved back and forth between the plot of the book and plot elements unique to the film.  I think it's interesting that the novel is not long as books go (about 20 pages below 200), but the film is on the longer side (2 hrs 19).  What was added was mostly sex, but there were some other things added too.
I think I liked the book better, but I still liked both of them.  The book drew me in from the very beginning, whereas the movie drew me in more in its second hour than its first, though I thought the beginning was still pretty good.
Sometimes the sex seemed excessive, but it didn't bother me as much as I thought it might (perhaps because I had prepared myself for it).  
There were some WTF moments with some of the stuff that was not so linear, but having seen the film all the way through, I think some of those relate thematically to the rest of the film.  Though I think there were still some things I didn't quite get.
One reason I found out of about the film in the first place was David Bowie, but I found myself forgetting it was him a good part of the time (except for the parts where I wasn't sure whether it was bad acting or he was trying to seem vacant).  I was watching Thomas Jerome Newton.  I think I perhaps connected more to the character in the book, but they were different enough that I didn't feel the character was really "wronged" or misrepresented in the film.  Different characters, in a way.  Certain things that were left to our imagination in the film perhaps would have been better left in, but were not critical to the way the film told its story vs. the book.  
There were moments I had seen out of context or in trailers and photos online that I expected to take place later in the film than they actually did, which was a pleasant surprise for me (because it meant there was more that I hadn't seen yet).  One moment I found interesting is when we see Newton and Mary-Lou in a close shot, first looking at each other and then looking straight at us, the viewer.  There were others of course, but the implication of us, repeated at one point later in the film, is a reminded not to stay too distant from this, we can't stay distant, even if we are to feel a sense of alienation at other points.
The ending left me with a similar sad feeling.  In some ways the book was more tragic, but in other ways the film was.  I'm not sure which really was sadder overall (though I don't think either one is a complete downer, at least in my experience).

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February 7, 2017 3:44 pm  #763


Re: Recently watched movies.

Last night for one of my film classes we watched the Brazilian film City of God.  It was a great film, albeit a bit violent at some parts, but a lot of the violence is shown from a distance or the actual act is offscreen and you just see the aftermath.  It's not as gory as other films might handle the topic of gangsters.  The stories of different characters are shown at different points in the movie, and the editing is quite create.  There's one sequence called "The Story of the Apartment" that shows the different people in the apartment over time from the same spot and the same angle, but the people fade in and out.  
As some of you might know, gangster films have not done much for me in the past, but this one, while it has some of the conventions of other gangster movies, is different in feel and the topic is different since it's not an American story.  The opening sequence drew me in right away and it kept me interested the rest of the way through.  The lives of the characters in the film, most of them children and teenagers, are tough, but the film manages to have a couple moments of laughter.  But it's also very exciting.


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August 2, 2017 10:31 am  #764


Re: Recently watched movies.

A few days ago I watched "Dunkirk".
Great, beautiful and terrific masterpiece. Definitely a  "must see".
I'm still overwhelmed, it’s like being drunk with emotions.
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August 2, 2017 2:45 pm  #765


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Thank you for the rec, I am planning to watch this one, too.


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August 2, 2017 5:33 pm  #766


Re: Recently watched movies.

DramaQueen wrote:

A few days ago I watched "Dunkirk".
Great, beautiful and terrific masterpiece. Definitely a "must see".
I'm still overwhelmed, it’s like being drunk with emotions.💔

I totally agree.
Christopher Nolan never ceases to amaze me. I had quite high expectations and they were more than fulfilled. The atmosphere in this movie really kept me on the edge of my seat. It's a masterpiece both visually and emotionally. I had tears in my eyes more than once, probably also thanks to Hans Zimmer's score. Especially the piece which is based on Edward Elgar's "Nimrod" from his Enigma Variations is so haunting... just amazing.
I'll probably watch it again, this film really needs a big screen.
 


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August 2, 2017 6:11 pm  #767


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Good to hear. I've been wanting to see it since it came out. I'm hoping to see it this weekend, and I'll be listening for the music (because you mentioned it, but also because I might be writing a blog entry about it).

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August 3, 2017 6:18 am  #768


Re: Recently watched movies.

Make sure to leave a link to your blog entry once you've seen the movie and written about the music, I'd love to read it.
After I saw the film I tried to find out as much as possible about the music. I actually ordered a CD with Elgar's Enigma Variations. The one that Zimmer used for the score, "Nimrod", has actually been used in other movies before. It really is a wonderful piece of music, just listen to this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aXFH47Jbqk

And here is the version from the Dunkirk score:
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August 3, 2017 7:48 am  #769


Re: Recently watched movies.

Thank you for the links, Solar, this is really beautiful. I will try to watch the film this weekend. 

When listening to this piece, it felt somehow familiar. And then I read that Elgar was paying homage to Beethoven's piano sonata no. 8 which he had discussed with the friend to whom Nimrod is dedicated. 

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August 3, 2017 8:16 am  #770


Re: Recently watched movies.

SolarSystem wrote:

I totally agree.
Christopher Nolan never ceases to amaze me. I had quite high expectations and they were more than fulfilled. The atmosphere in this movie really kept me on the edge of my seat. It's a masterpiece both visually and emotionally. I had tears in my eyes more than once, probably also thanks to Hans Zimmer's score. Especially the piece which is based on Edward Elgar's "Nimrod" from his Enigma Variations is so haunting... just amazing.
I'll probably watch it again, this film really needs a big screen.
 

 
Thank you!
And thanks a lot for the YT links! 🎼🎶

You're completely right - the soundtrack is equally a masterpiece and absolutely brilliant. But also terrific. Like a needle slowly  sliding under the skin.....almost painful, almost exciting....

I could not sleep the night after watching, so I guess, this one time is enough for me yet.

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August 3, 2017 9:09 am  #771


Re: Recently watched movies.

You're welcome, DramaQueen. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/wink.png


And I hope you'll like the film, Susi. I know that there have been a lot of quite negative reviews in the German press, and I completely disagree with most of it. What I found especially ridiculous were negative comments about the sound design... yes, it's loud and at times very dominating. But of course it's loud and dominating! That's what makes it feel real, at least as far as I'm concerned. 


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August 3, 2017 9:46 am  #772


Re: Recently watched movies.

You make me really curious. Usually I'm not keen on this kind of movies (if there isn't an actor in it  I'm longing to see) but your opinions will lure me into the cinema.


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August 3, 2017 10:47 am  #773


Re: Recently watched movies.

SusiGo wrote:

Thank you for the links, Solar, this is really beautiful. I will try to watch the film this weekend. 

When listening to this piece, it felt somehow familiar. And then I read that Elgar was paying homage to Beethoven's piano sonata no. 8 which he had discussed with the friend to whom Nimrod is dedicated. 

Thank you for sharing this.  I've heard both these pieces of music so many times, and had no idea that one was a homage to the other!  I will listen with new ears!  Both are wonderful pieces. 
 

 

August 3, 2017 11:38 am  #774


Re: Recently watched movies.

gently69 wrote:

You make me really curious. Usually I'm not keen on this kind of movies (if there isn't an actor in it  I'm longing to see) but your opinions will lure me into the cinema.

What "kind of movies" do you mean exactly? Movies about war? Then I can assure you that this is not your typical kind of war movie. There is not much dialogue. And it's not a movie about heroism (or maybe it is, but a very different kind of heroism). No "lockere Sprüche" (casual jokes). No heroic soundtrack. Do go and see it. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/wink.png

 


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August 3, 2017 12:17 pm  #775


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Yes, that's what I meant. WHEN I watch them I usually wait for them to be aired on TV.
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August 3, 2017 1:35 pm  #776


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August 3, 2017 1:40 pm  #777


Re: Recently watched movies.

SolarSystem wrote:

gently69 wrote:

You make me really curious. Usually I'm not keen on this kind of movies (if there isn't an actor in it  I'm longing to see) but your opinions will lure me into the cinema.

What "kind of movies" do you mean exactly? Movies about war? Then I can assure you that this is not your typical kind of war movie. There is not much dialogue. And it's not a movie about heroism (or maybe it is, but a very different kind of heroism). No "lockere Sprüche" (casual jokes). No heroic soundtrack. Do go and see it. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/wink.png

 

Exactly! Also, all of the characters are leading , even the ones who did not speak almost the entire time onscreen.... even the crowd on the beach felt like protagonist. Incredible...💔
 


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August 5, 2017 8:34 pm  #778


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I am very impressed by the film. No cheap heroism, interesting narrative structure, the Elgar piece is beautiful. Kenneth Branagh, one of my old favourites. Now I am going to read up about the Dunkirk story about which I do not know very much. 


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August 8, 2017 6:05 pm  #779


Re: Recently watched movies.

Interesting that many people didn't know or (very little) about Dunkirk. I've always wondered what would have happen if it didn't work out. 
Have you seen Ken Branaghs interview @ Late Show with Stephen Colbert . Was wonderful.


 


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August 8, 2017 6:10 pm  #780


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I had a little River Phoenix film night on Sunday.
First "Stand by me" and then "My own private Idaho" I haven't watched them for at least 10 years or so.
Both so wonderful and after it I thought for a very long time how would it be if River Phoenix didn't die in 1993.
He was so pure and raw in his films.

Does anyone of you remember when he died, I mean in the sense of "where were you when XY died"

I was 13 and I'm not sure how much I was aware of him at that time.


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