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PostSubject: Re: Movies 2: Electric Boogaloo   Thu 20 Apr 2017 - 20:07

I just watched the film "Tickled", a documentary by a reporter from New Zealand. I remember thinking it sounded fascinating when Alice Bell, editor at videogamer, mentioned it last year. It is quite funny and weird, but it goes to some dark, unpleasant and ultimately rather sad places as it investigates a weird little operation to get fit young men to tie up and tickle one another. Well worth a watch if you've got Amazon Prime.
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PostSubject: Re: Movies 2: Electric Boogaloo   Sun 23 Apr 2017 - 21:46

Double post: just watched Troy (2004), I think for the first time since seeing in the cinema. It's the only film I ever watched at the pictures while underage!

It holds up really well. It does as well as any film could with such an unenviable task: all the key moments of the war of Troy play out and it handles events smartly to avoid the constant involvement and reference to specific gods in the Iliad. The wider picture of the war makes more sense with this portrayal of Agamemnon and Menelaos, the former here merely using the latter's wife as an excuse for his war.

The visuals and music and everything are sumptuous. This is probably the last truly great film of its kind we'll ever see. This is a properly grand historical epic with big sets and practical effects all on show for the eye to see. CGI is presumably used to paper the cracks and for long shots that couldn't realistically be achieved in real life, and maybe they're more obvious if you're not watching a DVD of dubious origin your uncle gave you, but for the most part what you're seeing was really in front of a camera. Troy's walls, the horse, the ships, thousands of extras and a cast of great actors in unbelievably buff shape.

The casting here is absolutely on point. Obvious stand-outs include Orlando Bloom and Eric Bana, capturing Paris and Hector absolutely perfectly and Sean Bean as Odysseus. He was so perfect he made me long to see him in a film version of the Odyssey, though of course that wouldn't make sense with the more grounded approach Troy took. The big one, of course, was Brad Pitt as Achilles. Sure, his British accent slips every time he shouts, but I genuinely don't think anyone else could play the role. Pitt's a good actor, with all the world-changing emotions of Achilles playing out on his face, but most importantly he's got the look. The jawline, the hair, the physique: Pitt looks godlike here, like the hero of the age he's meant to represent. He looks like Achilles and he moves like Achilles: I really think this film captures his fight with Hector perfectly.

Honestly, 10/10, 5 Star, Thumbs Up! Thumbs Up!

Massively underrated film.
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PostSubject: Re: Movies 2: Electric Boogaloo   Yesterday at 17:19

I saw both The Wolf of Wall Street and The Departed over the weekend. They're both bloody excellent, but if you're not a fan of Martin Scorsese directing Leo di Caprio to do horrible things on film, then neither of them will be for you. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Movies 2: Electric Boogaloo   Yesterday at 19:34

I haven't been watching many films recently. Sorry 'bout that. However, during a small TV Tropes ramble today, I ended up on the page for my favourite film, Amélie. I clicked on the 'Headscratchers' link - a thing I've never done before - and came across this exchange:

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I never realised that last bit! Shocked Have you ever had any realisations/learned something amazing about any of your favourite films, fellow forumites?
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PostSubject: Re: Movies 2: Electric Boogaloo   Yesterday at 22:41

I did write about Terminator 2: Judgement Day in a philosophy and ethics A-Level exam. Got an A, as well.
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