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Love this time of year, scary horror flicks seem so much better around Halloween!

Watched The Exorcist, hadn't seen it in a long ass time. Shit still freaks me the fuck out.

Especially this:

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Edit: the fact that you only see this image for a fraction of a second makes it even more effective. Crazy.

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Shit looks so wack. I can't believe people are falling for this bullshit. Music =/= sports.

I wouldnt call Whiplash bullshit, i just wouldn't call it a music movie. It's not about drumming. it's definitely a teacher/student movie, and the music is merely setting. The JK Simmons character Fletcher all but says this himself in a scene where he basically explains his character. His character reminds me of the Sgt in Full Metal Jacket.

I get what you're saying though - it looks a little like oscar-bait. This upcoming film with Steve Carell playing a coach looks like the same thing.

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I get what you're saying though - it looks a little like oscar-bait. This upcoming film with Steve Carell playing a coach looks like the same thing.

^This.

And I don't deny that it happens, but now a bunch of people are gonna go see the movie and go home and think "wow I have a newfound respect for musicians since they have to heroically put up with abuse and torture and pressure just like the other male role models we're used to (soldiers, athletes, etc)."

I mean, maybe the movie is good. I haven't seen it and won't. But it's just lame that they're gonna give the whole Hollywood-campus life "social-network" treatment to jazz.

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I mean, maybe the movie is good. I haven't seen it and won't.

great review, very helpful.

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does he yell about how Spiderman's a menace to New York at any point in the film?

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^This.

And I don't deny that it happens, but now a bunch of people are gonna go see the movie and go home and think "wow I have a newfound respect for musicians since they have to heroically put up with abuse and torture and pressure just like the other male role models we're used to (soldiers, athletes, etc)."

As bad as that sounds it's probably infinitely better than the usual ignorant view that it's all luck of the draw (talent wise) and the notion that most musicians don't work hard... Like they just take drugs, shit out albums and then watch the money roll in.

Plus it's pretty impossible to make a watchable movie on this subject (non-documentary) without extreme over-dramatisation... I mean imagine a movie about some kid with a teacher who slightly raised his voice a few times but then apologised... That shit'd be whacker... For reals reals.

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Though I wouldn't mind seeing it just to see J.K. scream for 90 minutes straight. Dude is one of the best when it comes to bat shit crazy.

That's all I'm saying. I'm a fan of this role, and I love seeing a character actor take the spotlight and kill it.

not a bad article

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i just watched Frank last night. i really liked it, it was quirky and had a lot of personality.

Michael Fassbender plays a surprisingly complex role as the titular character

I saw Frank, knowing nothing about it ahead of time. First 10 minutes of the film I was about to walk out – seemed like the protagonist is this indie rock geek who tries to write indie songs, and spends too much time on twitter. I felt embarrassed watching this.

The unexpected happens by the end of the film -- turned out this guy is not the protagonist at all -- he's the asshole of the film. He's the guy who is surrounded by creativity and doesn't get it. I loved that the film felt like a big Fuck You to youtube & sxsw.

And Fassbender was very good despite having a bubble on his head the whole time. I'm impressed, and never really noticed this dude.

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I saw Frank, knowing nothing about it ahead of time. First 10 minutes of the film I was about to walk out – seemed like the protagonist is this indie rock geek who tries to write indie songs, and spends too much time on twitter. I felt embarrassed watching this.

The unexpected happens by the end of the film -- turned out this guy is not the protagonist at all -- he's the asshole of the film. He's the guy who is surrounded by creativity and doesn't get it. I loved that the film felt like a big Fuck You to youtube & sxsw.

And Fassbender was very good despite having a bubble on his head the whole time. I'm impressed, and never really noticed this dude.

what'd you think of Maggie Gyllenhal's role?

did you think she was...funny?

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what'd you think of Maggie Gyllenhal's role?

did you think she was...funny?

nah she wasnt funny. she was just believable as an anti-social theremin player - the character who gives you a cold shoulder, but who ends up being on the right side of the story. that's enough an accomplishment without being funny.
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yeah, that movie was a weirdly written comedy. i did not care at all for like 90% of the humor -- but overall, structurally i love how it played out. but yeah, i'm not that much of a fan of this new-age, awkward, Parks and Rec-inspired quirky Juno humor where everyone plays their parts straight and dry as they say goofy, fucking wannabe quotable dialogue. it always comes off as so unnatural and forced, and it's a dead giveaway that this guy who wrote/directed this does not come from a background in comedy.

actually, from what i understand his previous films are bleak and depressing, which made this film all the more strange. i liked it though, i just didn't laugh at any of the jokes i was supposed to laugh at...but i will admit though, Fassbender played his part so well that i had to chuckle sometimes just from his mannerisms and speech patterns because i have so much personal experience dealing with my little bro, who acts similarly.

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just saw Rosemary's Baby for the first time the other day...

i thought it was really good, Mia Farrow is amazing in that role.

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City of God is great, read the book. It's a long read but well worth it. Based on real people and events.

I'm also a big fan of Elite Squad 1 & 2. Don't sleep on those.

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If you like City of God, you'll probably like La Haine too, great French movie with some memorable scenes.

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City of God might be the best Brazilian film ever made. But also check out Black Orpheus! Great film with a great soundtrack!

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any silent film buffs here?

The best part of WALL-E, for me is the first half, that is without dialogue. The director based much of this on Charlie Chaplin. Speaking of silent films. The director of Gravity (forget his name) first considered it as a silent movie. Becuase it is in the vacuum of space. No noise is possible.

Hm.

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yo just saw all is lost-- great flick... its basically a silent film. one actor and one line of dialog? tough to pull off

Is that the one with Robert Redford? I gave it a shot, but couldn't take it. On,y made it about 30 minutes in. I suppose if you are in the right mood it could work. I kept expecting him to hit land or something, have some sort of story development. Anyhow, just my opinion.

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Kidding. Anything with Michael Keaton generally is amazing. Can't wait too, looks great!

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yo just saw all is lost-- great flick... its basically a silent film. one actor and one line of dialog? tough to pull off

Yeah I enjoyed it too, the filmmaker also made another pretty great film called 'Margin Cool'. Some of the character development is a little amateur, but overall the direction is great and the writing is really solid. Margin Call is more of a legal/corporate thriller, where as All is Lost is more of man vs nature affair, but they're both really solid works.

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