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Re: What's the last film you watched? (2)

#22401  Postby Spinozasgalt » Sep 22, 2018 6:04 am

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Spinozasgalt wrote:I mean, it's the same as when a film makes me sad or happy or feel anything else. if it's character-based fear, then maybe I'm not feeling fear for your my sake but more so on behalf of someone in the film. If I identify with, or even just come to like the characters, I get scared of the situations they're put in because I sort of feel as if I've placed myself in there. That's what happens with good horror films, anyway. But you also have other aspects of films that work at you. A creepy mood and unpredictability can put you on edge even if you couldn't care less about the people in the film. Jump scares work on you this way.

I remember one of the found footage films I recommended to Fallible and UncertainSloth here one day (Scandinavian, I think) creeped me out near the beginning very simply. It wasn't anything bloody or things jumping out in the dark. It was just a scene where a messy-looking guy stood out on the road surrounded by trees while the focus characters drove around him. And he just stared with his mouth open as they passed close by and drove off. That's all it was. But the mood from the normalcy up until that point, and the lack of an immediate explanation for this sudden detour into weird human behaviour, gave it a sense of something being suddenly very much off. It turned out to be something about aliens and had a bunch of other scares in the dark, but the opening one was the the image that stuck around. Maybe because my brain knew that that was something that could happen for real: some weird guy could stand out on the road staring at me like that and I would be creeped out by it.


For me, the It Follows beginning scenes are very creepy, and in fact the whole film carries that vibe successfully. At the start you have a young woman fleeing in terror from something on a suburban street, but we have no idea what. We just follow her as she tries to escape and eventually runs to ground on a beach to wait for something. I think it's the idea of a relentless malevolence that you can't get a handle on because it just looks like a series of people which does it. You have this awareness that somewhere, maybe miles away, or maybe just around the corner, it's coming and it won't stop. I found myself trying to work out in my mind through the film how long it was likely to take her pursuer to get from point A to point B...

I liked It Follows. It had a lot of retro style in there, too. But its success with me was still down to its creeps.
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Re: What's the last film you watched? (2)

#22402  Postby aliihsanasl » Sep 22, 2018 6:38 pm

Animavore wrote:The cinema I was in was howling with laughter by the end of Hereditary. It was a massive misstep.


Yes ending was weird in a funny way for a horror movie :?
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Re: What's the last film you watched? (2)

#22403  Postby Skinny Puppy » Sep 23, 2018 5:56 pm

This is a fun movie if you like shark films. The acting is good all-round and the storyline is very interesting.



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#22404  Postby Ironclad » Sep 24, 2018 1:26 am

Watched both Paddington movies and was plesently surprise. The second movie ending had the wife on the end of tears
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Re: What's the last film you watched? (2)

#22405  Postby willhud9 » Sep 26, 2018 4:21 pm




So this video was worth the watch. I love to discuss films. When I watch a film I tend to watch it from a perspective of viewing it as art and entertainment with its own form of art theory. Does it follow a 3 act structure? Does it take an deviations away from the typical story structure? Is this a buddy film, a hero's journey film, a chosen one film, etc.? Does it do a good job conveying the story?

One of my grievances I always have is with nitpicks. People who try and point out "plot holes" as if they ruin the movie. This video is a pretty good summation of my opinion on that subject.

One of the key points that the creator makes is that too often people watch these movies with an expectation that logic must be followed. That characters, villains, and the structure of the story's life must follow a pattern of logic. But movies are art and art itself does not have to follow laws of order or logic. When a character does something I would not do that does not make the movie bad. When a sequence of events happen which could be avoided had some other "obvious" event happened that does not make the movie bad. In fact, it makes it more realistic. Life isn't always logical and orderly. Oftentimes I find myself dealing with events that could have been avoided had I remembered to do something days, weeks, months ago. Human nature is to err.

Plot contrivances are understandable and when a movie has too many to suspend disbelief that is an issue, but not a plot hole. Anyways, hope you guys enjoy the video the same way I did.
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Re: What's the last film you watched? (2)

#22406  Postby NamelessFaceless » Sep 27, 2018 3:28 pm

I finally watched The Babadook last night. I had literal chill bumps watching it. Of course, it didn't help that I was alone in bed in the dark.
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#22407  Postby Scot Dutchy » Sep 27, 2018 5:17 pm

NamelessFaceless wrote:I finally watched The Babadook last night. I had literal chill bumps watching it. Of course, it didn't help that I was alone in bed in the dark.


Why did it do that to you? It is a film. I must be missing something?
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Re: What's the last film you watched? (2)

#22408  Postby Fallible » Sep 27, 2018 5:32 pm

Yep.
John Grant wrote:They say 'let go, let go, let go, you must learn to let go'.
If I hear that fucking phrase again, this baby's gonna blow
Into a million itsy bitsy tiny pieces, don't you know,
Just like my favourite scene in Scanners .
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#22409  Postby Ironclad » Sep 27, 2018 6:13 pm

NamelessFaceless wrote:I finally watched The Babadook last night. I had literal chill bumps watching it. Of course, it didn't help that I was alone in bed in the dark.
You weren't alone.. there was a monster under the bed..
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Re: What's the last film you watched? (2)

#22410  Postby surreptitious57 » Sep 28, 2018 10:56 am

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the It Follows beginning scenes are very creepy

That is a real classy psychological horror film way above the usual guff the Americans make
It works for me because it is not that gratuitous and uses horror quite sparingly and subtly
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Re: What's the last film you watched? (2)

#22411  Postby laklak » Sep 28, 2018 2:55 pm

Swimming With Sharks, Kevin Spacey and Frank Whaley, 1994. Spacey is a Hollywood mogul and Whaley is his personal assistant, who he basically tortures throughout the film. Whaley finally snaps and takes Spacey hostage. The ending is about as dark as you can get.
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#22412  Postby BlackBart » Sep 28, 2018 3:47 pm

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Quite an entertainingly gruesome little horror thriller.
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#22413  Postby Animavore » Sep 28, 2018 4:40 pm

Can we really call Nazis who have been turned to zombies "Nazi zombies"? I would've thought dead people have no ideology making them ex-Nazis.
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#22414  Postby Spinozasgalt » Sep 29, 2018 2:32 am

NamelessFaceless wrote:I finally watched The Babadook last night. I had literal chill bumps watching it. Of course, it didn't help that I was alone in bed in the dark.

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Re: What's the last film you watched? (2)

#22415  Postby NamelessFaceless » Oct 02, 2018 3:08 pm

Spinozasgalt wrote:
NamelessFaceless wrote:I finally watched The Babadook last night. I had literal chill bumps watching it. Of course, it didn't help that I was alone in bed in the dark.

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Re: What's the last film you watched? (2)

#22416  Postby Animavore » Oct 02, 2018 3:16 pm

I saw two Try Hards the last coupke of days.

The first was Final Score, which is Die Hard in a football stadium. The second was Skyscraper which is Die Hard is a, um.... skyscraper.

Both star ex-wrestlers. Neither were as bad as I thought though neither were good moviee. Both had great opening fight scenes. And both descended into utter silliness after that. The latter because it let CGI get the better of it and the former because it portrayed West Ham in a European Cup semi-final. I mean come on!
That and a really bad script, silly dialogue, and nail-on-blackboard attempts at humour.
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Re: What's the last film you watched? (2)

#22417  Postby scott1328 » Oct 04, 2018 5:44 pm

I finally watched Shape of Water last night. I hated the movie. It is NOT a good movie. It is cliched, derivative, boring, and frivolous. It has nothing to say, nothing to demonstrate, no insights, no warnings, no lessons. It fails, in my opinion, at accomplishing anything that a "good movie" is supposed to accomplish.

Can someone please explain to me what people find so laudable about this movie? What has it done that hasn't been done many times before, and better. Hell, it couldn't even be the first on-screen Amphibian/Mammal interspecies romantic scene. Kermit and Miss Piggy accomplished that 40 years ago.
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Re: What's the last film you watched? (2)

#22418  Postby Fallible » Oct 04, 2018 5:48 pm

So errrr...you didn't like it? Or..?
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If I hear that fucking phrase again, this baby's gonna blow
Into a million itsy bitsy tiny pieces, don't you know,
Just like my favourite scene in Scanners .
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#22419  Postby Keep It Real » Oct 04, 2018 5:58 pm

Agree with scott - rubbish film. But no! It's edgy 'cos it shows the female lead wanking in her bathtub!
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#22420  Postby Fallible » Oct 04, 2018 6:20 pm

Good lord, we don't need that sort of thing.
John Grant wrote:They say 'let go, let go, let go, you must learn to let go'.
If I hear that fucking phrase again, this baby's gonna blow
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Just like my favourite scene in Scanners .
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