This makes a positive change from your normal reaction to my choices!richardw42 said:It's been over 3 months since I watched the film, I enjoyed it at the time , it's a film I can see me buying or at least renting again.
I agree, it's quite thought provoking as to how volume and expression and emotion can be represented in writing. Because it's unusual it's quite noticeable at first, but becomes almost subliminal as you get washed into the film.At first I wondered what all the gimmick was with the subtitles and how they were presented, but soon realised it was critical for the film.
I found it incredibly striking visually. As I said before, the only film I could really compare it with was Sin City. However, this film wasn't trying to be stylish for the sake of it, on the hand it was integral to the message and on the other it acted as homage to old b & w and silent films. A bit like The Artist in that regards, but obviously related to expressionist films, which I have a soft spot for.I really liked the use of back projection even where it obviously wasn't need, and the overall style of the film is a massive tribute to Metropolis not just in visuals but in relationship between father and son, and the comparison between The Voice when she is connected to the machine, and the transformation of Maria in Metropolis.
Yeah, I didn't have a simple answer to that either. Just that makes him especially creepy and unpleasant?Also,what's with the Rat Man ?
I'm not sure it's fair to say 'as many as possible', that suggests they're indiscrimate, whereas every one that I spotted seemed to have a thought and an intention behind it. There was a lot going on, but it was because there was enormous attention to detail of every possible but of imagery going on. I certainly didn't spot or understand all of them, but that's the beauty of a film that has more to give on repeat watching!expat_mike said:A lot of thought had obviously gone into including as many visual effects as possible, but I didn't understand all of them:
Yes, I didn't have a simple answer to this either. My recollection is that the very first time you seem him is on TV and you can't tell it's painted on - so it may be that he is choosing the minimal necessary artifice for the medium on which he will be portrayed? And that he either has no interest in the people he will have personal interactions with and who will notice it or that he knows they could not be disrespectful in any event?2 - I can understand that the owner was given a sweaty complexion, to signify that he was untrustworthy, and the baddie. But why the painted-on black hair? There must be a reason, because surely it would have been easier for the guy to wear a wig.
Obscuring her face I guess depersonalises her. The shape of the mask / headress would also appear to have some sexual symbolism!3 - Why did the voice have to wear that headress that obscured the face? was there some symbolism that I didn't understand?
Seems overly harsh if that's a criticism. Even if it is that simple, most films are reworkings of essentially simple plotlines. (Okay, maybe not The Trial!) However, I felt there was a lot more going on. Jaws is not about a shark!But when all is said and done, and the visual imagery removed, it was a simple reworking of an everlasting plot. The world is threatened by an evil monster, then an unassuming character is put in a difficult position, and "cometh the hour, cometh the man". This character performs heroic deeds, to defeat the monster, and wins the heart of his princess.
I just haven't had a chance to rewatch Metropolis. My best recollection is the rather naff resolution of the 'hands and heart' thing from the beginning of the film. Can you give us a clue?!strapped for cash said:Lang was particularly unhappy with the ending of Metropolis, and I've observed before that the film concludes with perhaps the most offensive platitude in cinema history.
To compare the Metropolis and La antena endings, it's necessary to understand why Lang was so upset by the former film's denouement.
I apologise, as I feel a bit like I'm setting an essay question, which I've no right to do!
I like Kick Ass a lot, although less having watched it a few times a bit less than I first did. I also like Scott Pilgrim too I'm afraid! I've heard Kick Ass 2 is terrible and have no intention of watching it.BIGBERNARDBRESSLAW said:Having owned the blu ray for over a year, I thought it was about time that I watched Kick-Ass. Not exactly arthouse I know, but I enjoyed it so much more than say the Dark Knight films, or Scott Pilgrim vs The World (which I genuinely hated), and it also gave the surround system a good work out.
Having heard a few bad things about Kick-Ass 2, I'm not sure I'll be watchingit, but you never know, it might happen, though I doubt I'll be proposing it as one of my film choices.*smile*
I have the boxset, I think we got through about six episodes a few years ago but despite thoroughly enjoying it ground to a halt.BIGBERNARDBRESSLAW said:Watched an awful British (I think) horror film the other night on BBC1, Wake Wood, and then a pretty frustrating French film on BBC4 called Goodbye First Love.
Not a great weekend for movies.
Did manage to get the complete box set of the original series of The Prisoner from a charity shop on Saturday, and watched the first episode. Just 16 more to go.
I think it's gonna be a struggle for me too TBH.BenLaw said:I have the boxset, I think we got through about six episodes a few years ago but despite thoroughly enjoying it ground to a halt.BIGBERNARDBRESSLAW said:Did manage to get the complete box set of the original series of The Prisoner from a charity shop on Saturday, and watched the first episode. Just 16 more to go.
I have put this to the top of my lovefilm list, so hopefully should get my hands on it next week.BIGBERNARDBRESSLAW said:It seems the discussion of La Antena has come to an end, so I just want to remind you all to watch Mike's film choice 'The Girl From Nowhere' by the end of February (2015) *biggrin*.
I ordered a copy the other day, so should arrive within the next few days.BenLaw said:I have put this to the top of my lovefilm list, so hopefully should get my hands on it next week.BIGBERNARDBRESSLAW said:It seems the discussion of La Antena has come to an end, so I just want to remind you all to watch Mike's film choice 'The Girl From Nowhere' by the end of February (2015) *biggrin*.
It was not meant as a criticism, just an observation. As you point out most films are reworkings of simple plotlines. In the same vein of thought, it is said that there are only 6 or 7 basic plotlines for detective novels, but it is the characterisation/context etc which is used to make them all seem different or "new".BenLaw said:Seems overly harsh if that's a criticism. Even if it is that simple, most films are reworkings of essentially simple plotlines. (Okay, maybe not The Trial!) However, I felt there was a lot more going on. Jaws is not about a shark!
Good call. I bought this blu ray pretty recently. Not normally my sort of thing but I saw the first film / part on film 4 a while back and thought it was really well done.BIGBERNARDBRESSLAW said:Watched the first disc of Red Cliff tonight, hopefully I can find time to watch disc 2 tomorrow.
I think he's just too busy watching other films, or buying and listening to records. *smile*BenLaw said:So, so, so. We need some nominations from David. And indeed he hasn't said a single thing about La Antena!
http://www.film4.com/whats-on/science-fiction-season-on-film4richardw42 said:A sci fi season starts on Film 4 on Monday.
First up is Serenity. Still haven't seen it although I thought Firefly was great.
I think I've seen Source Code, but not sure if I watched it all the way through. I probably did, just can't remember. *blush*BenLaw said:Thanks for the link. Bit of a mixed bag there but some good stuff. Metropolis is well timed given our discussions. Limitless, The Adjustment Bureau and Source Code are all good.