We have a movie trailer thread but not a general movies thread, so here tis. Take that video games!
For any and all discussion of past, present and future movies that do not reside elsewhere on the board (i.e. Dark Knight). What'd you see this week? What have you been meaning to see but can't quite bring yourself to watch? What documentaries are flipping your trigger? Classic movies you've never seen (I just saw the first two Godfathers last year for the first time)?
I got a couple things to start off. Why the hell are they remaking The Host (South Korean)? It just came out in 2006. Why do people find the need to remake unnecessarily? More specifically to this film, it had a theatrical release here. I mean sure, you could argue it didn't get alot of exposure due to it being a foreign film but still. It already has an audience. We like the movie, it already exists. The sequel (to the original) is still moving forward as well. Plus, are they really going to SPOILER ALERT do what they did at the end of the movie in the American version? How are they going to portray the American military in our version, cause The Host was a little peeved about the real story of Americans dumping chemicals in the Han river (was it the Han? - too lazy to look up). Quick aside: funny how Asian monster movies stem from a fear or anger of US military actions. I just think this particular remake is pointless especially seeing as how Cloverfield just came out and our imported monster movies (Godzilla) don't do to hot, why can't we just make our own? Hell even D-War was in english and they couldnt get people to watch it.
I saw My Bluberry Nights couple days ago. I really liked it. I've only seen In the Mood for Love (a very "slow burn" of a movie but filled with so much visual emotion and feeling), 2046 (didn't care for) and his BMW fiilm. Even though he has a reputation of continuously massaging his films (even after release!) and some say he may have a haphazard directing style, I really like what Norah Jones, the star, had to say about the movie, "It's very loose and fluid but tightly hemmed". That description fits because it does seem like you get carried through this ebb and flow of the stories while at the same time it's very structured and with purpose.
His camera was always peeking from behind something, always a blurry book, plant or window shade in the foreground, to give us the impression that we're looking in on what's happening. We get to peek in on these people's lives. I know other movies have used this device before, but it really works here. Wong Kar Wai's style is very prevelant, but not distractingly so, it seems a necessity to tell this particular story in this way. You know how you can watch a movie, even from an acclaimed director, yet if it came right down to it, another could fill their place to tell the story and the story wouldn't be hugely affected by it? The film would look different but the story would be intact for the most part. An example would be The Fountain, a film deeply rooted in the filmmakers mind, no other person could tackle that movie and have anything close to the result we have today (not that it would be bad, just no one else could produce what Aronofsky did (can't wait for The Wrestler, early reviews are stellar)).
That's what My Blueberry Nights is, a unique vision from this director. A film about letting go. A movie, I honestly couldn't recommend to everyone, except for the middle part in Memphis. That could be a stand alone short film I would watch over and over. David Stratham and Rachael Weisz give great performances coupled with a sad tale and how it unfolds. So good.
This is getting long! I'll shut up now. Talk about anything. Movie films are the topic. Let's go.
EDIT: Son of a bitch! No sooner did I write the above, this comes out:
According to Variety, Steven Spielberg and Will Smith are in early discussions to collaborate on a remake of Chan Wook-park's "Oldboy."DreamWorks is in the process of securing the remake rights, and the new pic will be distributed by Universal.
Spielberg? Really? I can't possibly make the snide remarks I would like to make without giving away OldBoy's ending and even though it has been out for years, I still believe that for ayone who hasn't seen it, they should see it unspoiled. It's that good (and that disturbing).