11 February 2012 @ 05:20 pm
I've fallen off the wagon of whatever I was wagoning. Oops.

I'm blaming all the preparations for Katsucon, work, and preparing for my mom''s visit. In the meantime, have a list of what I've managed to watch for the first time this year.

-The Road to El Dorado (don't laugh. Although I did need that).

-Europa, Europa. A mesmerizing WWII movie rife with magical realism, if you could apply that adjective to war movies. The lead had that much ingenue to him.

-Schindler's List. Again, something I haven't been able to watch for many years and for quite a ridiculous reason. I wonder if the film is still censored back home.

-Lust, Caution. The opposite of a "feel good" movie. I haven't been upset by a film before to the extent of selling it back, but Ang Lee's cinematography is breathtaking, nevertheless.

-The Artist. Utterly charming, if formulaic and predictable. The plot is familiar and comfortable if you're a fan of old Hollywood and black and white movies to begin with.

-Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Very atmospheric, if dizzying in its quick narrative. it's the acting and editing that really makes this one, rather than the plot, compacted as it is.

-Sherlock Holmes II. I went to see it with the boys, and got exactly what I expected. It was a bit underwhelming.
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Junebugღ: aph ⊕ weessst[personal profile] shaymin on February 14th, 2012 05:05 am (UTC)
i love the road to el dorado. DON'T LAUGH ANYONE. the music is so great. aaa. now i have to listen.

and i still want to watch europa europa.
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Sapphire[personal profile] swordspoint on February 14th, 2012 05:08 am (UTC)
I won't laugh! It was an adorable movie that I had underestimated before.

And you should check out Europa Europa. It's a weird little anti-fairy tale, but it does get violent at some parts.
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Junebugღ: ssbb ⊕ unsure[personal profile] shaymin on February 14th, 2012 05:16 am (UTC)
I also want to see Sherlock II too... I'm disappointed it doesn't sound as awesome. I have pics from pixiv as Arthur, Gilbert, and Elizaveta as the main trio from the first movie. Hahaha. I'll still probably see it anyway. I like going to movies.

I am intrigued. When you say the words 'anti-fairytale' and 'magic realism' do you mean it's like an AU? With magic? O_O Probably not, but all I'm thinking of is an adult version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
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Sapphire: pic#[personal profile] swordspoint on February 14th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
The Thing about Sherlock Holmes II is that if you liked the first movie, you'll certainly like the sequel, but it's almost the same in that there's nothing new. It's not a bad movie, but I felt as if the novelty had worn off. But it is enjoyable to watch.

Magical realism is when you have a story in a normal realistic settings with some magical elements happening, so it's not exactly fantasy or sci fi, but just enough to make you wonder. In the case of Europa Europa, the way the protagonist keeps escaping all the bad things happening to him seem to be unrealistic and it makes you wonder if he's being truthful telling his story.
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[identity profile] ningen-demonai.livejournal.com on February 12th, 2012 07:09 am (UTC)

Also, yes, TTSS was an interesting watch. I rather liked it in a kinda abstract way.
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[identity profile] teko-tenka.livejournal.com on February 12th, 2012 07:10 am (UTC)
A good year for movies? :D

Hey hon <3 Miss you.
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[identity profile] sodomizingjack.livejournal.com on February 14th, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
Haha, don't worry about falling off the wagon. I've been doing the same with my own resolutions. What matters is that we try our best to keep them, right? RIGHT! XD

You know, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, when I first heard of it, I automatically thought: that makes a really cool band name. Ahahaha;;; Anyway, it does sound interesting.

And believe or not, I've never watched Schindler's List and I feel it should really be one of those movies I should really see. Ah, one day, one day.
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