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Repulsion directed by Roman Polanski - 10/10
This film really surprised me and shocked me. I didn't know what horror film to watch tonight since I didn't have much time to watch one so I decided to give this one a chance. At first it drew me in but I didn't see the horror in it and felt that I should've waited to watch this one when it wasn't Halloween. Fortunately, I stuck through! One of the unique qualities of the film is that it brings genuine common scares that everyone has had, the film's main character often gets scared just by footsteps but she continues to hallucinate. The film builds up its atmosphere through its silent moments, and when the music comes in it is crazy experimental jazz dragging us with Catherine Deneuve's character Carol in her descent towards madness. The film balances surreal shocking moments with scenes of the interaction between characters or just Carol alone. The cinematography is great and the film just has a great Sixties feel to it. I didn't expect this film to even be good, yet it turned out to be the most horrifying film I've ever seen. You will never forget the last shot in this film. Anyone into horror (esp. psychological horror) should check it out!
 
Insidious 9/10

The film felt like venturing into a nightmare. There was a creeping sense of dread throughout, and it kept up until it's final shots. I wasn't looking forward to the film after reading the reviews and hearing what people said about the film, but I was creeped out. It was so oddly paced and scripted, there was no turning away from the.... bizarre visuals and ominous sounds. The tearing strings and the booming piano. The detuned and discordant score really brought the film to life. All in all, a very underrated and nightmarish fright fest. The Conjuring meets The Shining meets 1408.
 
I know. What a great film.

Also, if you can get your hands on it, I highly recommend you check out the films Chinatown and Carnage.

Thanks for the recommendations. I've been dying to see Chinatown for a long time now, I'll try to pick up a copy of it the next time I go to the U.S. I'm planning on watching his film Cul De Sac next. Have you seen it?
 
Don't Look Now 8/10

I watched expecting a horror film, but the film was much more of a thriller. There was a very depressing and dreadful vibe throughout, and the editing (especially near the end) is fantastic. Overall a well done film.
 
The Tenant has always been my favorite Polanski. Highly recommended.

Finally saw Pacific Rim. Was hesitant, because I love del Toro, but don't like giant robots or kaiju. If I had any taste for the latter two, this would have been my favorite film of the year, hands down. Even still, I had a lot of fun. It did seem to use and/or reference each and every giant robot cliche in the book. Hell, the two scientists acted like cartoon characters. It's a straight up anime love letter, and while I appreciated it, the things that grate for me in those cartoons grated in this movie. Fun, maybe 6/10 way to spend an afternoon, but my least favorite del Toro film (edging out Blade 2. Mimic is AWESOME.) Probably won't watch it again, but I can understand those who would want to. It IS fun.
 
This was a great weekend, I got to watch a lot of films.

The Goat directed by Buster Keaton & Malcom St. Clair - 10/10
Just brilliant, this film reaffirmed my belief that Buster Keaton is the most accomplished filmmaker of the three great silent comedians (Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd). The chase scenes are awesome and the film just drew me in from the very beginning.

My Wife's Relations directed by Buster Keaton - 7/10
Not among Keaton's finest, it sure gets some laughs and I liked the way it used multiple languages in the beginning but the film isn't that strong. I did enjoy the sound effects that were present in the version I watched.

Gravity directed by Alfonso Cuaron - 8/10
I saw this at the movie theater last night and it was just an incredible cinematic experience. I loved the special effects, cinematography, sound, and the acting. I didn't like the script all that much, especially its dialogue. I think the film worked best when it was just Ryan trying to survive both emotionally and literally. I prefer the film as a cinematic experience at the movie theater than as a standalone film, but this is definitely the best commercial film I've seen in years.

La Pointe Courte directed by Agnes Varda - 8/10
After watching several of Agnes Varda's shorts I was excited to finally watch her first feature film. Although the film was good, I couldn't help but feel a bit disappointed. As always Agnes Varda's films have some of the best cinematography (esp. compositions) I have ever seen. The film is kind of split into two parts, one is a story of a marriage that is falling apart and the other is an almost documentarian look at life in the small town French setting. The marriage story is handled very well with very great emotionally genuine scenes. But I feel that the scenes focusing on the other townspeople are not nearly as engaging even though they are technically done well. I think Varda did a better job at blending fictional narrative and "documentary" in her short film Diary Of A Pregnant Woman. Overall though, the film was really good with extraordinary cinematography, good use of editing and sound, and a great depiction of marriage. I look forward to watching Varda's second feature film which is considered to be her masterpiece.

Spring In A Small Town directed by Fei Mu - 10/10
This is one of the best films I've ever seen, and I can see how influential it is to a lot of films. Anyone who is into Wong Kar Wai or Jia Zhangke will instantly notice how this film inspired cinema with emotional restraint. The film's cinematography, acting, minimal plot, and characters are all superb. I love that this film has no real antagonist and doesn't give in to any cliches. Very early on in the film I forgot I was watching a movie and just started inhabiting it and actively viewed the relationships unfold. Anyone into classic Asian films, or the two directors I mentioned should watch this film, there's no reason not to since it's in the public domain and can be found on archive.org
 
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Finally saw Pacific Rim. Was hesitant, because I love del Toro, but don't like giant robots or kaiju. If I had any taste for the latter two, this would have been my favorite film of the year, hands down. Even still, I had a lot of fun. It did seem to use and/or reference each and every giant robot cliche in the book. Hell, the two scientists acted like cartoon characters. It's a straight up anime love letter, and while I appreciated it, the things that grate for me in those cartoons grated in this movie.

Stupid, stupid film. Quite entertaining though. Favoutite quote from my GF while watching one of the final scenes: "Look, actual goosebumps!".

Well, there you go then. :D
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vThuwa5RZU

The film that till the final day of the production didn't actually know how the film should end

Really? That's impressive especially considering it has one of the best endings I've seen in my life! I've gotta read more about this masterpiece!
 
[re. Casablanca] The film that till the final day of the production didn't actually know how the film should end

That is so cool. The ending is amazing, I can't imagine the film any other way.

Last film I watched;
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II: THE SECRET OF THE OOZE
Ohhhh man! 10/10. I hadn't seen this film in years. The costumes, the voices, the one liners, the sound track, the fight scenes. :yes: Really fun film, my favourite of the trilogy (though its been even longer since I saw the third one). I still envision New York City to be like it was in the opening montage of this film; everyone standing around eating big cheesy slices of pizza.
There is a reboot of the franchise coming out next year, I really, really wish they'd use those same Jim Henson outfits from the early 90's, kids would love them, but you can bet your backside they wont, it'll be an overly CGI'd affair.
 
The raid: redemption.

8/10

The action in this film was superb, ok it's not ongbak but it features a guy who the director saw when filming a documentary at a school in Indonesia I believe.

The concept of the film was good, story was a bit weak, but the action was just pure blood fest.

Can't wait to watch part 2.
 
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