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Wayoftheredpanda

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Saw the Oscarswinner, Parasite, by Bong Yoon Ho. There is something here, something that could have been great but stops at good. Its about a poor family that cons their way into a rich familys service. I guess you could xall it a dark comedy. It is an intelligent and interesting movie, wellacted. I think the ending could have been bettered but well worth seeing. 4 out of 5.
Really wanting to see this and The Lighthouse
 

Kurben

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Saw IT Chapter 2. WEEELLL... I dont know, some of the changes didn't sit well at all with me. I don't mind changes but when it seems the changes has no purpose i dont like it at all. The Finale was good, the build up not as good. I think i preferred the first one even if it had its flaws too.
 

Edward John

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Saw IT Chapter 2. WEEELLL... I dont know, some of the changes didn't sit well at all with me. I don't mind changes but when it seems the changes has no purpose i dont like it at all. The Finale was good, the build up not as good. I think i preferred the first one even if it had its flaws too.
Tone wise it is a weird movie, too much comedy when things are supposed to be serious.
 

Dana Jean

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I went and saw Parasite.

Terrific movie. I loved it. The story is intriguing. The setting in Korea is fascinating. I am so curious and love watching things from other countries as their lives, their landscapes, their customs are all characters for me. I pay much closer attention to that in foreign films than I do American settings. Not that I can't be appreciative of the backdrop of Americana. I just like the peek into other cultures. The camera shots were art. The pace, the way shots were set up, the colors and sounds.

I loved watching the movie in Korean and reading subtitles. You have to stay very focused to catch all the nuances of the performances plus read what they are saying. It is very easy to get caught up in the words and miss the visual and vice versa. You have to take your A game to this movie and stay on task.

The actors were perfect for their roles. Really enjoyed their performances.

Of the nine films nominated for the Oscar, I saw 5 of them. So, I can only judge my choice by what I saw, so the other 4 could be better, I just don't know.

I really liked every single one of the ones I did see. They were all well acted and each one was worthy of the award. I definitely see why Parasite was a unique choice and I can get behind it as the winner.

We went from slapstick to unsettling violence with great skill. It was a good movie.
 
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fljoe0

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I went and saw Parasite.

Terrific movie. I loved it. The story is intriguing. The setting in Korea is fascinating. I am so curious and love watching things from other countries as their lives, their landscapes, their customs are all characters for me. I pay much closer attention to that in foreign films than I do American settings. Not that I can't be appreciative of the backdrop of Americana. I just like the peek into other cultures. The camera shots were art. The pace, the way shots were set up, the colors and sounds.

I loved watching the movie in Korean and reading subtitles. You have to stay very focused to catch all the nuances of the performances plus read what they are saying. It is very easy to get caught up in the words and miss the visual and vice versa. You have to take your A game to this movie and stay on task.

The actors were perfect for their roles. Really enjoyed their performances.

Of the nine films nominated for the Oscar, I saw 5 of them. So, I can only judge my choice by what I saw, so the other 4 could be better, I just don't know.

I really liked every single one of the ones I did see. They were all well acted and each one was worthy of the award. I definitely see why Parasite was a unique choice and I can get behind it as the winner.

We went from slapstick to unsettling violence with great skill. It was a good movie.
I saw it a couple weeks ago in the theater. After I saw it, I kept thinking about it for days. I want to see it again now that it's on streaming. I love foreign movies but not speaking the language is such a handicap because you can miss so much of the visual aspect of the film because you're reading subtitles. So, I like seeing a good foreign language film more than once so I can concentrate a little more on the visual the second time around. Also, with subtitles, how much of the translation is not what it's meant to be? I'm going to have to learn Korean (yeah, right :) ) because I like Korean cinema.
 

Wayoftheredpanda

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Joker (2019): Mentally handicapped clown and wannabe standup comedian begins a dark transformation after he slowly becomes fed up with being continuously beaten and mistreated by those around him.

I don’t know why news outlets are concerned with it glorifying violence, it really doesn’t. At the beginning you feel pity and sympathy for Joaquin Phoenix’s character, Arthur, but the more and more he changes the less human connection you feel. This is a disturbing movie showcasing just how far someone can be pushed past their limits, and it does so excellently.

Don’t watch the movie expecting a whole lot of Joker, he only really steps fully into the persona in the last 30 minutes or so.

As for flaws, it really wears its influence from Taxi Driver on its sleeve, heck, they even got Robert Deniro to play Arthur’s comedian idol.

I feel it could have been a lot more subtle about how it loops into the Batman story
instead of explicitly showing the murders of Bruce Wayne’s parents in the alleyway by a guy inspired by Joker’s movement, it could’ve just been a background thing you noticed with a keen eye

And one of the earlier twists could’ve been better if it didn’t explain itself midway through.

Joaquin Phoenix is phenomenal in this role, 8/10
 

Wayoftheredpanda

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Sonic the Hedgehog (2020): Hedgehog from another dimension is exiled to Earth as a baby and begins to aggressively stalk a young couple in order to fill a want for companionship in his heart. He then frames the husband for an international terrorist attack he committed, whom he then begins to travel with to Los Angeles in an attempt to evade a government agent with hits on their heads

I saw this with my friends for my birthday because I thought it would be a fun stupid movie we could all enjoy, and it was exactly that. This movie was mostly self aware at times and had a few surprisingly good jokes spaced few and far between.

This movie featured some of the most blatant product placement I’ve seen in years
Sonic’s reward from the government of the United States is a $50 Olive Garden gift card for stopping Dr. Robotnik

Also, this movie is weirdly progressive, I can barely think of any big budget blockbusters that have an interracial couple as leading characters, much less kid’s movies, so that’s pretty neat.

This movie is nowhere near perfect, but it was fun to watch expecting nothing but a stupid movie about a blue hedgehog that runs fast from a near 30 year old video game franchise. It’s not the worst compared to other recent kid’s movies and is certainly better than most video game movie adaptations. A fun stupid movie to watch for the sake of watching a stupid movie, 6/10
 

Dana Jean

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I saw it a couple weeks ago in the theater. After I saw it, I kept thinking about it for days. I want to see it again now that it's on streaming. I love foreign movies but not speaking the language is such a handicap because you can miss so much of the visual aspect of the film because you're reading subtitles. So, I like seeing a good foreign language film more than once so I can concentrate a little more on the visual the second time around. Also, with subtitles, how much of the translation is not what it's meant to be? I'm going to have to learn Korean (yeah, right :) ) because I like Korean cinema.
Yes to all of that.

When watching a foreign show on Netflix or wherever, I always watch it in the language it is filmed in and read subtitles. So, it might be a skill you acquire when you do that enough. Not saying I'm some super foreign video watcher, just saying I'm kind of used to doing it so I think I did pretty good following the performances. I felt they were judicious in pacing of subtitles. They didn't come at you rapid fire where you were dizzy trying to read fast before moving onto the next frame.

But definitely, you can't see both things at one time, so you have to be reading quick and watching expressions quick and for sure, you are just going to miss small gestures or glances, frowns, smiles. I will also watch it again to catch details I lost because there is a lot that you have to visually take in with this film.

With this big movie, I am hoping that they were very careful with the subtitles. On Netflix, it's a crap shoot because I have actually watched English language things with subtitles (because sometimes a person's accent is difficult for me) and I have heard the actors words, and read the subtitles and they were totally different!!! WTH. So yeah. When I catch the mistakes in my own language and the skill of the transcriptionist is lacking, what mess ups are happening with foreign translations? I'm sure we will hear about them if people are fluent in Korean and English and start showing us the mistakes.

But I loved the film.
 
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Kurben

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Yes to all of that.

When watching a foreign show on Netflix or wherever, I always watch it in the language it is filmed in and read subtitles. So, it might be a skill you acquire when you do that enough. Not saying I'm some super foreign video watcher, just saying I'm kind of used to doing it so I think I did pretty good following the performances. I felt they were judicious in pacing of subtitles. They didn't come at you rapid fire where you were dizzy trying to read fast before moving onto the next frame.

But definitely, you can't see both things at one time, so you have to be reading quick and watching expressions quick and for sure, you are just going to miss small gestures or glances, frowns, smiles. I will also watch it again to catch details I lost because there is a lot that you have to visually take in with this film.

With this big movie, I am hoping that they were very careful with the subtitles. On Netflix, it's a crap shoot because I have actually watched English language things with subtitles (because sometimes a person's accent is difficult for me) and I have actually heard the actors words, and read the subtitles and they were totally different!!! WTH. So yeah. When I catch the mistakes in my own language and the skill of the transcriptionist is lacking, what mess ups are happening with foreign translations? I'm sure we will hear about them if people are fluent in Korean and English and start showing us the mistakes.

But I loved the film.
You're quite right DJ, I have watched subtitled movies all my life and now i dont even think about it. In sweden we dont dub movies (except childrens movies like Disney) so there is always a subtitle in swedish for every movie from the US, UK, france or spain or whatever. At this point i usually skip reading the subs because my english can usually keep up. I somerimes see mistakes the subtitler has made, misheard a word or missed the meaning totally. But they are usually quite good. Depends a bit on a movies expectations. I guess some movies has to do with second rate translators.
 

Gerald

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I'm fairly surprised there are still blu-ray/dvd distributors that deliver films not restored and/or only partly restored. This happens so little anymore that it really stands out when they do. My main concern and worry is often getting the packaging undamaged through the mail (especially when the packaging is cardboard), but I hardly worry about the image quality of the films anymore, because nearly always it is good.

I just got Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970/Czechoslovakia), which is one of the most beautiful films ever made. It looked to be released by a totally reliable distributor, with all the usual signs of quality - there is a booklet, there are plenty of extras, including three short films from the same director, there are two audio commentaries.
The distributor (Second Run) claims it's a brand new transfer from the original materials from the Czech National Film Institute, but it is scratched and damaged the whole way through. On top of that the sound of the dialogue is really bad, with voices hissing constantly (especially on the 's's).
The most positive thing that can be said is that the image is quite sharp and colours look mostly bright, but in every other respect it's very disappointing.
Really it's a shame, as there seems to be a perfect restoration from Criterion, but it's not in region B.

It only makes me realize how little this happens anymore and I don't understand why they do this, because nobody's served by it. I'm thinking strongly of trying to get a region free player to avoid things like this, but, as I said, it hardly happens anymore.

I still watched it, but it's painful, when you realize how great it would look properly restored. Strangely the trailer which also looks good in region A is damaged also in region B.
I can't praise and recommend the film itself highly enough, but I wish companies like Second Run didn't exist anymore.
 

Dana Jean

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I'm fairly surprised there are still blu-ray/dvd distributors that deliver films not restored and/or only partly restored. This happens so little anymore that it really stands out when they do. My main concern and worry is often getting the packaging undamaged through the mail (especially when the packaging is cardboard), but I hardly worry about the image quality of the films anymore, because nearly always it is good.

I just got Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970/Czechoslovakia), which is one of the most beautiful films ever made. It looked to be released by a totally reliable distributor, with all the usual signs of quality - there is a booklet, there are plenty of extras, including three short films from the same director, there are two audio commentaries.
The distributor (Second Run) claims it's a brand new transfer from the original materials from the Czech National Film Institute, but it is scratched and damaged the whole way through. On top of that the sound of the dialogue is really bad, with voices hissing constantly (especially on the 's's).
The most positive thing that can be said is that the image is quite sharp and colours look mostly bright, but in every other respect it's very disappointing.
Really it's a shame, as there seems to be a perfect restoration from Criterion, but it's not in region B.

It only makes me realize how little this happens anymore and I don't understand why they do this, because nobody's served by it. I'm thinking strongly of trying to get a region free player to avoid things like this, but, as I said, it hardly happens anymore.

I still watched it, but it's painful, when you realize how great it would look properly restored. Strangely the trailer which also looks good in region A is damaged also in region B.
I can't praise and recommend the film itself highly enough, but I wish companies like Second Run didn't exist anymore.
I have the Criterion Channel. Going to look and see if they have this on offer. Sounds intriguing even though you don't say much about the story itself. ;)
 

Dana Jean

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Apr 11, 2006
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I'm fairly surprised there are still blu-ray/dvd distributors that deliver films not restored and/or only partly restored. This happens so little anymore that it really stands out when they do. My main concern and worry is often getting the packaging undamaged through the mail (especially when the packaging is cardboard), but I hardly worry about the image quality of the films anymore, because nearly always it is good.

I just got Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970/Czechoslovakia), which is one of the most beautiful films ever made. It looked to be released by a totally reliable distributor, with all the usual signs of quality - there is a booklet, there are plenty of extras, including three short films from the same director, there are two audio commentaries.
The distributor (Second Run) claims it's a brand new transfer from the original materials from the Czech National Film Institute, but it is scratched and damaged the whole way through. On top of that the sound of the dialogue is really bad, with voices hissing constantly (especially on the 's's).
The most positive thing that can be said is that the image is quite sharp and colours look mostly bright, but in every other respect it's very disappointing.
Really it's a shame, as there seems to be a perfect restoration from Criterion, but it's not in region B.

It only makes me realize how little this happens anymore and I don't understand why they do this, because nobody's served by it. I'm thinking strongly of trying to get a region free player to avoid things like this, but, as I said, it hardly happens anymore.

I still watched it, but it's painful, when you realize how great it would look properly restored. Strangely the trailer which also looks good in region A is damaged also in region B.
I can't praise and recommend the film itself highly enough, but I wish companies like Second Run didn't exist anymore.
I have the Criterion Channel. Going to look and see if that have this on offer. Sounds intriguing even though. you don't say much about the story itself. ;)
It's there! I've added it to my queue.
 

Gerald

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I have the Criterion Channel. Going to look and see if that have this on offer. Sounds intriguing even though. you don't say much about the story itself. ;)
I don't know if I can get the Criterion Channel, but I've never heard of it before. There is not a lot of story, just a series of beautiful images. It's awful when they do this, especially with an art film like this. When it's more of a B-film I can be okay with it, as it adds to a grindhouse feel. But this is high art. I don't get why they do this, there is just no point.

The other three short films of the same director are also very good.
 

Dana Jean

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I don't know if I can get the Criterion Channel, but I've never heard of it before. There is not a lot of story, just a series of beautiful images. It's awful when they do this, especially with an art film like this. When it's more of a B-film I can be okay with it, as it adds to a grindhouse feel. But this is high art. I don't get why they do this, there is just no point.

The other three short films of the same director are also very good.
I'll check them out.
 
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