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Last Movie You Watched

Discussion in 'Film' started by Bluemilk, May 14, 2017.

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    Finished watching this with my dad! It took two days but it was well worth the time spent. I had a lot of deja vu with this movie - characters like the old man, Yui's main character, and the village girl were all so intimately familiar to the point I could have sworn I've watched this before, but other characters and arcs I don't remember. (Although fresh on my mind, some parts do feel familiar.)

    This movie was a masterpiece, hands down. I like it so much better than the remake (I'll get to that in a moment) and even better than the original Seven Samurai to a large degree. The acting, set pieces, twists, and music were all top notch, and the story ends on the perfect note while still leaving us wanting just a little bit more. But you've all heard about this before, so I won't prattle on too much about stuff everyone knows.

    In terms of the remake, I found myself comparing certain aspects of the movie to the remake, and in doing so found myself surprised at some of the things in the original. The largest part of that is the climax of both movies. They're completely different! The OG movie's climax is far more character driven in a lot of ways, which gives the movie's ending a far sweeter aspect, as opposed to the remake's all-out action scene extravaganza.

    The remake also spent a lot of its time going around and introducing the Seven. Each is given their own identity and mini action beat in order to show who they are. This isn't entirely bad - games like Mass Effect 2 do the same thing, as does the first Avengers movie. But the differences is that Mass Effect 2 gives you a whole level to really learn about the new character, and then gives you the rest of the game for them to grow into someone memorable. And in the Avengers, we know most of the cast from previous movies, so little action beats serve as fanservice rather than full introductions. Here, those action-introductions are few and far in-between. We pick up our Seven pretty quickly with very little to distinguish them, and then they reveal themselves as the movie goes onward. It's not a wholly new approach, but it's one I found profoundly effective here.

    There's also the aspect of the characters. I think I mentioned in my talk about the remake about how Chris Pratt's character is a mish-mash of the apprentice role and Toshiro Mifune's character in the original. I was actually a little off. In the remake, he combines the two aforementioned roles with the role of the No. 2 character as well. This allowed for the village widow to be a member of the crew.

    Here we have Sonny (I think), who is the real combination of the Apprentice and Mifune's character. I like his role and his romance with the village girl, even if it's pretty...outdated, to put it nicely.

    There were other small moments that I thoroughly enjoyed in this movie as well: Bernardo's bonding with the village boys, the Seven feeding the children, how understated the revelation of Sonny's past is...it's those small moments that make us understand who our heroes are and why they make the decision they do at the end.

    Overall, as much as I love the cast of the remake - and I really do. They're all great - I highly recommend watching the OG version instead. It may be hard to understand at times, but it has better characterization, more romance, cuter (and funnier) moments, and a better score. 9/10.
    (The remake does have Denzel though.)
     
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    I watched this with my Mum, its great!
     
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    I watched the lego holiday special if that counts it was good
     
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    Mrs Lazarus and I have engaged in an A-Z of films we’ve not seen before as a distraction from the general insanity outside of these walls...

    First ‘a’ out of the hat was American Werewolf in London.
    I’d seen the tube station clip as an impressionable youngster and avoided the film ever since... so it was a bit of a mental hurdle to get over, but at least I don’t have to admit not having seen it now.

    Entertaining enough, but obviously aged.
    Baker’s effects are still amazing for a 40yr old movie.
    subjective Lazarus score: 7
     
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    Me and my gf have been doing the same thing recently, this is the most movies I've watched in quite some time!
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    This is one of the best movies I've ever seen.
     
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    Awesome - what have you been watching so far?

    ...and dare I ask if you were inspired by the Radio 1 feature like my wife was? :D
     
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    It became a habit as result of the current circumstances and being sat inside, its actually quite rewarding watching through a load of stuff you previously missed or not paid attention to, for example The Expanse is hands down my new favourite series.
     
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    I find the movie slow going.

    once it gets going.. wow. I think the scene where they have to dock the ship while the station is spinning - is one of the best movie scenes of all time. my heart was pounding out of my chest first time I saw it.

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    i was mesmerised for nearly 2 hrs.
    Charming. Delightful.. toe tapping magic.

    then.. the ending. I’m not a happy bunny
    maybe I didn’t get it lol.. but I’m not happy lol

    I mean.. it says ‘feel good movie if the year’ so why do I feel like I’ve just been kicked between the legs?
     
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    I think this was only my 5 viewing, but this movie just gets better and better. Everything is fantastic about it, and it might have the best opening sequence of any SW (although it's close tie with TFA). This one climbs in my ranking every time I watch it <3

    #MakeSolo2Happen
     
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    I think its far from one of the best SW films, but I really like it, just a fun little adventure :)
     
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    bit cheeezy, but enjoyable. absolutely beautiful score - which I’ll be humming all day tomorrow.
     
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    Watched Forest Gump. Tom Hanks is just so good on it.,
     
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    I somehow forget that it's technically not good. I think it's the best Star Wars to come out of Disney, because it's just a perfect mix of exciting adventure, wit, and fun.

    Oh, and I watched this the other night:
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    It definitely makes the film more enjoyable.
     
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    Technically not good? I say, you are wrong, sir! The writing is absolutely incredible, the acting some of the most consistantly great in SW, the world building and atmosphere spectacular, and it debuted (I believe) the Volume technology. Nope, S:ASWS is fantastic and all y'all are insane! (Just kidding... Not kidding) :p
     
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    Watching this on TCM right now. One of the best movies ever made, my 17 yr old son seeing it for the first time and loves it....
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    Ah yes, the infamous Aunt May/Tony Stark Spider-man: Homecoming prequel :D


    Team Lazarus, clearly with no need for haste in this self-imposed challenge, hit ‘B’ in our A-Z of unseen movies this weekend with the dark humour of BlackKklansman.

    A great turn from Kylo and (because we’re slow on the uptake) a surprise debut on our screen by John David ‘son of Denzel’ Washington. Brilliantly adapted and performed by all involved given the challenging undertones of the subject matter.

    SLS: 8/10
     
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    Isn't this just one of the most visually striking movies ever created? Amazing story, amazing visuals, amazing performances. An amazing sequel.
     
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