When on hiatus from my game playing, I love to watch movies. Considering this is a game site, we generally don't muse too much about the subject unless the movie is related to video games. By now I think its time that we did.
Personally, I'm into cult classic movies, I absolutely love them both good and bad. I'm not sure which one really is my favorite, but if it counts as one, Shaun of the Dead is my absolute dead favorite movie.
I'm interested in hearing your guys tastes as well.
Matt Neuteboom Wrote:
Interesting. My imagination is interpreting this into several different meanings...
Any game that makes violence secondary to the much-much more deeper meaning that the violent graphics showed:
Dislikes. Movies with violence and that's about what its talking about: violence. ie. SAW, etc.
Shaun of the Dead was cool... but I liked Army of Darkness more.
I wouldn't say that Saw is all about violence. It's got a very interesting back-story (a toy-maker who thinks that people don't appreciate the gift of life until it gets threatened, and is trying to prove himself wrong) and a lot of tricky what-would-I-do-if-I-was-in-his-position decisions to make. But seriously, I don't get what they're going to with the fourth movie, as all the main characters died in the third.
I thought the first one had a pretty smart ending, so I never watched the sequels, as I don't see the point in extending the story any further. In any case, from what I've been able to see of 2 and 3, you have to admit they're EXTREMELY gratuitous in the gore dept, and that is what most of the people that watch them is attracted to.
In any case, I'm more about movies which break the boundaries of regular storytelling, with most of David Lynch's work being right up there among my favorites of all times. I guess my list would be something like this:
• Mulholland Drive
• The Machinist
• Session 9
• Lost Highway
• Barton Fink
• Fight Club
I also like those movies with cool and even funny gangsters, that turn to some sort of comedy right in the middle of a fairly violent situation:
• Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
• The Usual Suspects
• Pulp Fiction
And then I have a couple of old-school sci-fi movies which have been longtime favorites of mine for pretty much my entire life. You know, the 80's-era nerd's starting kit:
• Blade Runner
Lost Highway? The worst movie ever.
What is it anyway? All I hear from anybody that likes it is "it's not for everyone", "it's an art film, very intense", and "it's like a dream, interpreted to film". But I haven't found anyone to tell me exactly what the point of the movie is, rather all I hear is that it's a work of art, etc. When I ask anyone about that movie, instead of describing the movie they praise it, perhaps because the fans themselves don't know what to think but figure that it plays into fashionable eclecticism to respect the film. Ha!
David Lynch... anyone that cranks out four movies in one year must not be dedicating much time to any individual one.
ugh I just re-read that and it's awfully harsh. Didn't mean anything personal.
D Michael Wrote:
Not to mention somewhat dumb-ish...
I still think it's a good assessment, my regret is that I should have been more friendly and courteous to a fellow moby gamer.
You need to get to know Takashi Miike.
Might want to put a *Spoiler* warning before mouthing off stuff like that pathogen.
Now that 2006 is drawing to a close, I think it's safe to say my favourite movies of the year were:
My movie taste is subject to change at a moments notice, and I'm wondering what was released this year (if anything) that I forgot about...
A Scanner Darkly was indeed an excellent movie. My friend got it for Christmas and we both watched it.
I saw Cars but my reaction was meh-ish. Excellent animation combined with good jokes, but a predicable plot.
The rest I wanted to see, but didn't get the chance to.
Cars??? That movie was Doc Hollywood all over again... probably the worst Pixar movie regardless of the technological achievements.
Cars bored me as well. I hear Monster House is really good...
Hmm, actually loved cars. not quite sure why, probably because i was in a good mood with good company.
I wonder how accesible world cinema is in the US. Of all the films I've seen this year, there was only one American (+ Mexican) I really liked: Babel. In Europe, most mainstream US releases have a stigma I can compare to the EA releases in the gamers world: huge budgets, huge box office, but not a lot of people to take them seriously for obvious reasons.
The feeling is pretty much the same here. As for foreign films in the US, as far as I understand it, they don't exist unless dubbed.
they do, it's just rare to see on the big screen.. It's a Beautiful Life was one but more limited basis. Many of the independent theaters will have foreign flicks, it's not worth it for the big theaters to show foreign films unless it was a super block buster overseas
Corn Popper Wrote:
Do you mind if I share another spoiler? In The Passion of the Christ, JESUS DIES.
No, He didn't. That was His stunt double who died.
"I wonder how accesible world cinema is in the US."
Depends where you live; non-Hollywood movies rarely play in most theaters, you typically need to find an independently owned theater or art house chain like Landmark to see them -- depending on where you are these may be plentiful or downright non existant.
I am more of a horror fan myself. Slashers, zombies, ghosts and stuff like that. One zombie series worth mentioning is Romero's zombie movies. I absolutely love his work.
I also love Die Hard trilogy and The Machinist.
But I guess there are a lot of movies, what I consider good. Never-ending Friday the 13th series, A Nightmare on Elm Street etc.
Ofc. I can't say that I watch ONLY horror movies. I watch all, even romantic comedy, if it's good.