mister bacon's powerful (...or haunting) film thread

mister bacon's powerful (...or haunting) film thread

Postby mister bacon » 10 May 2010, 15:38

as mentioned in the box, here is a new thread about powerful films.. so i guess this thread is about dramas.


one movie i always liked was jacob's ladder. it always catches me off guard with its imagery and pacing. i love the way it flips between the scenes in vietnam and in the hospital. the end rules. so here it is, post some stuff about powerful films.

have at it.
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Re: mister bacon's powerful (...or haunting) film thread

Postby 700 Level » 10 May 2010, 15:51

mister bacon wrote:as mentioned in the box, here is a new thread about powerful films.. so i guess this thread is about dramas.


one movie i always liked was jacob's ladder. it always catches me off guard with its imagery and pacing. i love the way it flips between the scenes in vietnam and in the hospital. the end rules. so here it is, post some stuff about powerful films.

have at it.


You posted a movie I find powerful AND haunting, well done. I really liked Jacob's Ladder too, it's more unsettling than scary, but it's one of those movies that sticks with you. Which I guess is the definition of haunting. Either way, great movie.
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Postby BostonSucksMyBalls » 11 May 2010, 13:59

my favorite dramas are 25th hour and american beauty. i dont know if i have any others. Thanks
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Postby Frank the Tank » 11 May 2010, 14:05

Two Girls One Cup was both powerful and haunting.
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Postby mister bacon » 11 May 2010, 14:10

BostonSucksMyBalls wrote:my favorite dramas are 25th hour and american beauty. i dont know if i have any others. Thanks



bostonsucksmyballs, please elaborate re 25th hour. what did you like about it? what made it powerful?
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Postby BostonSucksMyBalls » 11 May 2010, 14:21

mister bacon wrote:
BostonSucksMyBalls wrote:my favorite dramas are 25th hour and american beauty. i dont know if i have any others. Thanks



bostonsucksmyballs, please elaborate re 25th hour. what did you like about it? what made it powerful?


I like Ed Norton. i like the way its shot, with like, slower paced - deliberate camerwork. Mary B Minus D'Annunzio is good. Phil Seymour Hoff saying he liked DJ Dusk's earlier work was powerfully hilarious.
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Postby ComplexLitigations » 19 May 2010, 21:41

Powerful like...Crash?
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Postby nova » 20 May 2010, 08:32

ComplexLitigations wrote:Powerful like...Crash?


I think Crash would have been a lot more powerful if it was 10,000,000% more subtle. I liked the movie, but I think they went a bit too far trying to hammer home the message of the movie.

Gran Torino, on the other hand, handled the message a little bit better. Maybe it was the realism of the characters, but it seemed that I enjoyed Eastwood's casual racism and that thick Asian actress a hell of a lot more than the high profile star power of Crash.
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Postby the cheese » 20 May 2010, 08:58

nasty nova wrote:
ComplexLitigations wrote:Powerful like...Crash?


I think Crash would have been a lot more powerful if it was 10,000,000% more subtle. I liked the movie, but I think they went a bit too far trying to hammer home the message of the movie.

Gran Torino, on the other hand, handled the message a little bit better. Maybe it was the realism of the characters, but it seemed that I enjoyed Eastwood's casual racism and that thick Asian actress a hell of a lot more than the high profile star power of Crash.


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Re: mister bacon's powerful (...or haunting) film thread

Postby ComplexLitigations » 20 May 2010, 11:32

nasty nova wrote:
ComplexLitigations wrote:Powerful like...Crash?


I think Crash would have been a lot more powerful if it was 10,000,000% more subtle. I liked the movie, but I think they went a bit too far trying to hammer home the message of the movie.

Gran Torino, on the other hand, handled the message a little bit better. Maybe it was the realism of the characters, but it seemed that I enjoyed Eastwood's casual racism and that thick Asian actress a hell of a lot more than the high profile star power of Crash.


Yeah. Crash simply just tried too hard. Plus they DID enforce a lot of racial stereotypes which doesn't help. They had black people stealing, asian people getting into car crashes, arabs failing to understand english, etc.
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Postby Briandong79 » 14 Jun 2010, 21:20

I'd put The Road up for nomination in this thread. Depressing as hell but very well made and beautifully shot, I don't know exactly how much CGI they had to do to make earth look depressing but they did an awfully good job.
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Postby Rodney Farva » 30 Jun 2010, 05:17

mentioned already in the movies you've seen recently thread, but the lovely bones definitely belongs in this. maybe the level of power/haunting is a sliding one, parents of girls>>>parents of boys>>>>>>>>people with no kids, but damn, that one kind of rips you up.
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Postby TVF wannabe » 07 Jul 2010, 14:32

I'm nominating Inglorious Basterds.

Brad Pitt was over the top but his character not with standing it's pretty powerful/haunting. The scene at the restaurant with Landa and Shoshana and her breaking down as he leaves was definitely haunting. Her tape playing as the place burned down was as well.

My wife was bothered a little by the the portrayal of Jewish-soldiers mimicking German atrocities and turning into Nazis.

Shoshana was played by a jew Mélanie Laurent, I'll try and post a better pic after work.
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Re: mister bacon's powerful (...or haunting) film thread

Postby mister bacon » 08 Jul 2010, 00:51

TVF wannabe wrote:The scene at the restaurant with Landa and Shoshana and her breaking down as he leaves was definitely haunting. Her tape playing as the place burned down was as well.



i am kind of tired so i am going to keep this pretty brief (this might also be a rumsfeld) but there is meaning in a jewish artist burning down a theatre full of nazi's. this is almost the ultimate point of the movie (even beyond the literal plotline)

tarantino did a brilliant job of playing with the analogies in this respect. there are many verbal and visual allusions to german/nazi cinema throughout the film. german cinema was considered avant guard in the 30s and 40s. it is now forgotten because of the public's distaste for the artistry of nazi filmaking (reifienstahl was considered ahead of her time back then), combined with the incredible success of so many jewish artists in film which overshadow what the germans achieved. many of these jews who made theses movies came to america after their families left europe fleeing the nazis. the brutality in the cinema symbolizes their destruction and ultimate triumph. it was fantastic.
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