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Old 05-16-2019, 04:04 PM   #11081
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Trying to get through "Synecdoche, New York" and it is tough going...

This is probably the most pretentious film I have ever seen. I don't mind grand standing when it comes to something but this is just that old trick of putting one mirror facing towards another one and seeing infinity so far.

I hope it pulls together in the next half hour or it's going in the pile of films which I keep as a reminder never to trust reviews.

Synecdoche sort of reminds me of "Filth" the film from a few years back... intelligent but cluttered and unappealing with some of the strongest performances ever seen in a disappointing film.
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Old 05-16-2019, 04:16 PM   #11082
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Nope... there's no saving it.

Charlie Kaufman must worry about death a lot. I do, so I think I'm going to stop watching his films.
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Old 05-17-2019, 10:18 AM   #11083
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John Wick 3- 10/10

Easily the best movie of the series. Action scenes were great. There were some moments that were done that you could see as a reference to the Matrix movies. Very well done movie.
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:51 PM   #11084
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John Wick 2 8/10 better than the first although apparently there's no need for storyline although the ending set up 3 absolutely perfect and I'm hoping to see it Monday after I get needles jammed in my arm all morning
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:35 PM   #11085
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Pokemon: Detective Pikachu-6/10

Fun premise. Has a couple of nice emotional beats. The Pokemon are fun to see in a live action movie. The villain is whatever and twist is seen a mile away. But it was a decently fun and enjoyable ride. I'm sure the kids will love it.
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Old 05-22-2019, 12:18 AM   #11086
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Mule: 6/10

Perfectly fine film. No major critique. Film was just flat. Eastwood rarely misses as a director but this film just didn't resonate.
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Old 05-23-2019, 10:57 AM   #11087
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Picked up some films today:

Tokyo Gore Police
Yakuza Apocalypse
Visitor Q
Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance

I like Takashi Mike, the dude is nuts.

Unfortunately I spent a long time trying to find Mob Psycho 100 but I reckon I might as well order it online.
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Old 05-23-2019, 01:44 PM   #11088
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Pretty sure I saw that Mr Vengeance one....
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Old 05-23-2019, 02:45 PM   #11089
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It's by Park Chan-Wook the director of Oldboy, part of the Vengeance trilogy. I tried to find Mrs Vengeance but it wasn't in.
Still, a good find.

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Old 05-23-2019, 02:50 PM   #11090
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Old 05-23-2019, 02:52 PM   #11091
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their movies are confusing cause they all look the same

pretty sure i've sen you in one, Lock Jaw.
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Old 05-23-2019, 03:01 PM   #11092
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Pretty sure the vengeance trilogy is Korean.
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Old 05-23-2019, 03:08 PM   #11093
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Old 05-23-2019, 03:15 PM   #11094
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All of the South Korean films I have seen are emotionally exhausting, psychologically troubling and/or incredibly stylish and violent in a more unnerving and impressive way than almost any other type of film.

I'll bet despite the basic title, "Mr. Vengeance" is actually way more shocking than "Tokyo Gore Police", "Yakuza Apocalypse" and "Visitor Q" and the last two are by Takashi Mike, the dude responsible for "Ichi The Killer".

South Korean films man... You just can't go wrong.


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Old 05-23-2019, 04:16 PM   #11095
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Other than Oldboy, I think the only other South Korean film I have seen was, R-Point. It was a tad bonkers from what I remember.

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Old 05-23-2019, 06:18 PM   #11096
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I did not have sympathy for Mr. Vengeance.
This was a great story told with some jarring tonal shifts that spread from scene to scene.

Always play a film like this dead straight unless the emotional shifts are staged and paced in a way that builds as well as enthrals... in many ways the filming style of this was too accurate a representation of real life behaviour. Every main character seemed atypical of what I expected and the intrusion of inappropriate or undermining behaviours in or around important scenes irritated me more than once.

There is a weight of realism to it, the twists and turns are surprising but the performances were slightly too angering to be enjoyable. Aside from that everybody in it is making dreadful decisions with increasing regularity but in a way that deflates rather than fascinates.

It's effective, it makes sense and I invest heavily in storylines that homage how (almost)unbelievably screwed up things can become but in the end I think it broke too far from character convention, at least in terms of keeping anybody likeable enough to follow for two hours.

In short - Clusterfuck. But a well made one that was obviously intended to be exactly as it is and I can respect that, it just didn't do much for me.

Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance - 2.5/4
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Old 05-23-2019, 07:10 PM   #11098
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Mr. Vengeance is the weakest of the trilogy in my opinion. Oldboy being the best.

Agreed on South Korean movies as a whole. I always enjoy them.

From what I’ve read, John Wick comes from Keanu Reeves’ appreciation of Korean action flicks.
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