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  • evild_edd 10 Apr 2013 09:56:51 3,377 posts
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    Barry Lyndon

    (Should've been called the rise and fall of...)

    One for the Kubrick lovers, for sure. I consider myself as belonging to that group, but had never made it round to seeing this 3hr drama.

    An epic tragedy, truly beautifully shot (apparently they used special lenses and camera techniques to shoot in low light) with the entire film akin to seeing a painting come to life. Special mention must also go to the Voice Over, which was amusingly droll throughout.

    Like all Kubrick's works, it demands repeat viewings to appreciate it's subtler intricacies. And, like all Kubrick works, feels beyond such mundanities as scores.
  • HarryPalmer 10 Apr 2013 10:48:45 3,949 posts
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  • HarryPalmer 10 Apr 2013 10:53:01 3,949 posts
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    Hypnosis - 7/10

    IMDB

    Japanese horror from 1999. Suitably mental, takes it's time to get going but earns massive kudos for milking terror and suspense from an orchestra- specifically a triangle. The concert sequence is worth the entrance fee alone (granted you probably don't pay an entrance fee to your own home).

    It's camp as anything though.

    Edited by HarryPalmer at 10:54:40 10-04-2013
  • Daddy-Doom-Bar 10 Apr 2013 11:00:01 2,487 posts
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    The Men Who Stare At Goats WTF/10

    Just...wtf? Interesting and funny, but went nowhere and said nothing, really. Kept me watching for some reason.
  • Daddy-Doom-Bar 10 Apr 2013 11:05:06 2,487 posts
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    evild_edd wrote:
    Barry Lyndon

    (Should've been called the rise and fall of...)

    One for the Kubrick lovers, for sure. I consider myself as belonging to that group, but had never made it round to seeing this 3hr drama.

    An epic tragedy, truly beautifully shot (apparently they used special lenses and camera techniques to shoot in low light) with the entire film akin to seeing a painting come to life. Special mention must also go to the Voice Over, which was amusingly droll throughout.

    Like all Kubrick's works, it demands repeat viewings to appreciate it's subtler intricacies. And, like all Kubrick works, feels beyond such mundanities as scores.
    I'd really like to write a reply to this but i'm not sure where to start as I'm clearly not intelligent enough to converse with you. Think the word pretentious would have been used a few times.
  • Deleted user 10 April 2013 11:23:28
    Barry Lyndon is very pretty , however, it doesn't have the tension, or those ZOMG scenes that stay in your consciousness forever like other Kubrick films do.

    It's not one of his best imo.
  • Deleted user 10 April 2013 11:24:52
    I also find it odd to come to the conclusion that a film needs several viewings to appreciate its subtleties having seen it once.
  • Load_2.0 10 Apr 2013 11:42:44 20,842 posts
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    Philistine.
  • Load_2.0 10 Apr 2013 11:47:49 20,842 posts
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    I watched it simultaneously on three tv's in four formats, muted, subtitled and at full volume. I bathed in the delicious impalpablility and still only grasped the slightest hints of a deeper meaning.
  • Daddy-Doom-Bar 10 Apr 2013 11:50:06 2,487 posts
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    Load_2.0 wrote:
    I watched it simultaneously on three tv's in four formats, muted, subtitled and at full volume. I bathed in the delicious impalpablility and still only grasped the slightest hints of a deeper meaning.
    +1
  • BinaryBob101 10 Apr 2013 11:55:25 25,701 posts
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    It really misses its own message.
  • graysonavich 10 Apr 2013 11:59:11 7,653 posts
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    Spot the people who were first in line to see Transformers at the IMAX!
  • Gambit1977 10 Apr 2013 12:00:43 10,389 posts
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    Dark Skies
    Shit
  • Daddy-Doom-Bar 10 Apr 2013 12:15:36 2,487 posts
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    graysonavich wrote:
    Spot the people who were first in line to see Transformers at the IMAX!
    Spot the people who think they're super intelligent because they watch black and white movies.
  • Buztafen 10 Apr 2013 12:19:38 16,908 posts
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    So you're a cunt for watching Transformers...and a cunt for watching black and white movies...what happens if you've watched both?

    Gigacunt?
  • Deleted user 10 April 2013 12:21:09
    I think my taste in cinema reflects my intelligence, as opposed to justifying it :)

    Transformers represents everything that's shit about the film industry these days, however I'm inclined to agree that suggesting something like Barry Lyndon is somehow "beyond such mundanities" as a simple rating is fucking pretentious.
  • Gambit1977 10 Apr 2013 12:21:45 10,389 posts
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    I like watching transformers with the orange turned down
  • Dangerous_Dan 10 Apr 2013 12:32:24 2,390 posts
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    I prefer it with the contrast and sound turned down - less is more.
  • beastmaster 10 Apr 2013 12:39:04 12,889 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    I also find it odd to come to the conclusion that a film needs several viewings to appreciate its subtleties having seen it once.
    Just like The Dark Knight Rises?
  • Deleted user 10 April 2013 12:39:42
    Eh?
  • beastmaster 10 Apr 2013 12:41:21 12,889 posts
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    Never mind.
  • evild_edd 10 Apr 2013 14:19:41 3,377 posts
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    Nice. My post inspired some random backlash. I did warn that I consider myself a Kubrick fan. Rereading it, I'll admit that my post did come across as (unintentionally) pretentious, but I'd point out:

    1. This thread regularly gets comments along the lines of "not sure what to make of (Film A)" or "no idea whether it was brilliant or shit" or "no idea what score to give" etc. etc.
    2. Plenty of people also say that they'd need to re-watch to correctly judge a film, and/or admit that they feel they missed things on a full viewing.
    3. Plenty of reviews also don't attach a score, or do a betterthantaken/10 type remark.
    4. A number of those that do score feel as though they've just attached arbitrary, token marks to tick a box in the review - and this is what I meant by the (clearly poorly worded) mundanities.

    I don't think I'd judge the film in a traditional sense as it's an atypical film. LeoliansBro nailed it by saying that it's a very literal translation - the story flowed much like Dickensian novel, without the traditional pacing or layout we've come expect in films - whilst the visuals are like watching a moving painting. It feels very different from other films out there.

    As for LeoliansBro's comment of:

    "Overlong, meandering, at times incoherent, driven by a million small details and a cast of thousands, and for the modern audience's attention span just boring."

    You could argue that not just of Barry Lyndon but pretty much every Kubrick film. I suppose that's the reason why he remains a director who's either loved or treated with indifference (Mrs Evild thinks 2001 the worst film ever made, and found A Clockwork Orange boring). Personally, even as a fan, I need to be in the right mood to watch a Kubrick film.

    Fair point on calling up the snobby/pretentious lingo, though. I'll come back with a more traditional review once I've had the chance to watch it simultaneously on three tv's in four formats, muted, subtitled and at full volume, with the orange and contrast turned down.

    Oh, and I resent being called pretentious by anyone who claims to have enjoyed TWBB ;P
  • HarryPalmer 10 Apr 2013 14:25:33 3,949 posts
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    There Will Be Blood is fucking brilliant.
  • Deleted user 10 April 2013 14:27:27
    Thackeray would not have appreciated being called Dickensian.
  • disusedgenius 10 Apr 2013 14:33:05 6,210 posts
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    Never Let Me Go - 9/10

    Rather good and not what I expected from my position of complete ignorance, bar the poster. It somehow managed to be the most powerful sci-fi film I've seen since District 9, only with much more twee.
  • Blakester 10 Apr 2013 14:41:48 3,754 posts
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    disusedgenius wrote:
    Never Let Me Go - 9/10

    Rather good and not what I expected from my position of complete ignorance, bar the poster. It somehow managed to be the most powerful sci-fi film I've seen since District 9, only with much more twee.
    And I would add, likely to leave you in a bleak mood for a number of days.

    I reckon a double-bill of Never Let Me Go and Martha Marcy May Marlene would finish most people off.
  • evild_edd 10 Apr 2013 14:43:31 3,377 posts
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    @kalel

    Thackeray would not have appreciated being called Dickensian.
    Was there huge animosity between them? I know they were the same era. You know what I mean about the comparison though. This following of a young lad through formative years and tough experiences reminded me a little of David Copperfield, only without the Dickensian happy ending.

    Assume that most of the narrator's words (and probably most of the spoken dialogue) would have been plucked straight from Thackeray's original work...? I've never read any of his stuff. Might have to give Vanity Fair a go one of these days.
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