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Part 5 of 6. 
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Part 6 of 6. Series never lowers in quality, though unfortunately despite six movies this didn't present a definite ending. It's a really fun finale though, feeling much more on the verge of just going all out batshit insane for the hell of it. It also added some fantasy elements which weren't present before, in line with that more wild abandon. 
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Wasn't sure I'd like this, but I thought I'd give it a go. Turns out, it's brilliant. Compellingly told across two time periods and beautifully shot in black and white. 
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Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

Goodfellas is one of my all time favourites. Clap

IO I can't remember shit about other than Anthony Mackie was in it. Kept wondering why the guy who could land blockbuster roles like Marvel's Falcon was in such tripe. 

It had a really good premise, but was just a bit too slow, and went for a brooding, moody feel, and missed. The Quiet Earth is a far better movie of this oeuvre (my pretentious wanky word for the day!). 
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Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

Goodfellas is one of my all time favourites. Clap

IO I can't remember shit about other than Anthony Mackie was in it. Kept wondering why the guy who could land blockbuster roles like Marvel's Falcon was in such tripe. 

It had a really good premise, but was just a bit too slow, and went for a brooding, moody feel, and missed. The Quiet Earth is a far better movie of this oeuvre (my pretentious wanky word for the day!). 


I can recommend the Australien movie "These Final Hours" if you enjoy "end of the world" type films.
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For a movie called How It Ends, the end is quite... open ended! Loved Forest Whitaker as a badass ex-marine. I thought this was going to be a bit crap when it started, but it got better and better.
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This was really good. Basically a crime film interlaced with fantasy and horror elements, and being a Mexican production feels right out of the school of classic Del Toro.


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This was surprisingly decent for a film so many seem to be talking total trash about. A slow burn, and a bit light on explanation, but really quite solid. 
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"light on explanation" is a good thing though
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Loved this cartoon. I'd heard John Kricfalusi was a bit of a psycho, but never realised quite how fucked in the head he actually is. This is equal parts fascinating and horrifying.

Be warned if you watch this you might never want to watch the cartoon again.
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I enjoyed this a little more but I'd still say it's not a great movie by any stretch of the imagination. It's also made in that same plodding along way as Solaris. Might be better drama if in English to be honest. These are the first times subtitled movies have made me wish that. I normally don't notice once a movie gets me engrossed within it. These just left me wondering why I wasn't just reading a book. #8 movie of all time on RYM? Fuck no. And considering that this was a movie I'd been excited to see for a long time now, I'm bitterly disappointed by it. 

Is this plodding pace and little plot a Russian thing? Or just this director? I don't think I'm going to touch any of this man's work ever again after these two. 

Dragging up an old post here. It's been nearly a year since I watched this movie that I didn't like.

So why the hell am I still thinking about it at least every other week?

When I watched it last year, the quality was rather shit.

Picture looked more like this, but not even in HD (these images won't hotlink, sorry):


The same shot on the Criterion release looks like this:


Shocking difference IMO.

I don't care for slow films in general. Some just click, most just bore. This was one of the latter when I watched it last year. And the crap picture meant I wasn't even appreciating the long take shots and was overall definitely a distraction in hindsight.

So, to those here who like the movie (I think someone even said it was their favourite movie), do you honestly think that, if I were to buy the Criterion blu-ray, that an improved picture would change my mind? Or will it be a case of boring me once, will bore me again?
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Small number of mutants have super powers and are discriminated against. Sounds familiar... Seemed like a cut-price X-Men. And I don't like X-Men...


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Adam, probably the thing most likely to make you appreciate Stalker would be to read the source material (Roadside Picnic by the Strugatsky brothers)

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Originally posted by Triceratopsoil Triceratopsoil wrote:

Adam, probably the thing most likely to make you appreciate Stalker would be to read the source material (Roadside Picnic by the Strugatsky brothers)

I've read a summary. What I recall of the film after a year is that it's an extremely loose adaptation. When I go from book to film/TV and its like that, with so much changed and striped out (Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth TV show is a prime example) I usually get pissed off. 

No, if I am going to come to appreciate the film, then I think it will be because the film in its own right won me over. I couldn't appreciate The Shining until years after the book had faded from memory. 

What I'm really looking for is an honest opinion on whether improved picture quality would really make a difference in appreciate Tarkovsky's long takes, especially regarding lingering shots of the Zone, or whether it ultimately wouldn't make a difference in a film that runs for over 2.5 hours. Nothing worse for me than a film that isn't holding my attention and makes me want to keep getting up to check my email or something. 
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Anyway, this was last night's film pick of of Shudder:



A very British horror outing. The special effects were shit and looked extra shit when the rest of the movie was in crystal clear HD. The movie as a whole was pretty decent, if corny. 
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Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

Originally posted by Triceratopsoil Triceratopsoil wrote:

Adam, probably the thing most likely to make you appreciate Stalker would be to read the source material (Roadside Picnic by the Strugatsky brothers)

I've read a summary. What I recall of the film after a year is that it's an extremely loose adaptation. When I go from book to film/TV and its like that, with so much changed and striped out (Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth TV show is a prime example) I usually get pissed off. 

No, if I am going to come to appreciate the film, then I think it will be because the film in its own right won me over. I couldn't appreciate The Shining until years after the book had faded from memory. 

What I'm really looking for is an honest opinion on whether improved picture quality would really make a difference in appreciate Tarkovsky's long takes, especially regarding lingering shots of the Zone, or whether it ultimately wouldn't make a difference in a film that runs for over 2.5 hours. Nothing worse for me than a film that isn't holding my attention and makes me want to keep getting up to check my email or something. 

As chance would have it, there's a Used - Like New copy of the Criterion on Amazon right now for a decent price. I decided to snag it. Worse case scenario I will just sell it on again and hopefully recoup most of my money. 


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Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

Anyway, this was last night's film pick of of Shudder:



A very British horror outing. The special effects were shit and looked extra shit when the rest of the movie was in crystal clear HD. The movie as a whole was pretty decent, if corny. 

This is on my "to watch" list. I saw it about 30 years ago, and all I can remember is Catherine Oxenburg in her undies...
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