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Mononoke-hime - Princess Mononoke [21 Mar 2005|06:17pm]

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Two days ago I watched this film once again. I've seen it a couple of times before, but it fascinates me again and again. So I ordered with my last DVD order and I'm so glad I have it now. I've never seen it dubbed in English before, just in German. And I must say that the English dubbing's better than the German one. The voices just fit better with the characters.
Now about the story: it's a prince from a smal tribe who gets hurt by a demon and thus has to leave his village. He tries to find out why the boar became a demon and where the iron ball which was found inside him comes from. He then reaches the forest where the animal gods live and he also finds that there a iron town was built to make iron from the ore.
It's a very moving story and I love the way it's animated. It looks so real, but in the animated way. I don't love the "trying-to-copy-real-faces" type of animated films, cuz they never really manage to do that properly. And the score is extremely beautiful.
If you like animated Japanese films, you've surely seen this one, because it's one of the best. If you're not into animated Japanese (yet), watch this movie once, I'm sure you'll like it.
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Memento - 3 Disc Special Edition [19 Feb 2005|03:52pm]

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I've seen the film for the first time almost a year ago and I immediately liked it. This summer I had to make a talk on a film together with a classmate and we chose this film and made a brilliant talk on it. I got me the new 3 Disc Special Edition now and in this review I will not only write about the film but also about the bonus material.

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas [19 Feb 2005|12:21pm]

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We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of uppers, downers, laughers, screamers... Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can. The only thing that really worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge, and I knew we'd get into that rotten stuff pretty soon.

There's not much to say about this movie. The plot is not really important and could be summarized in some sentences. But the way they filmed and edited the film is cool and the actors are great. You don't recognize Johnny Depp as well as you do in other films and I only realized that the hitchhiker was Tobey Maguire because my boyfriend told me.
The movie is hard to describe. Maybe the two quotes can show you the mood of the film a bit. One is from the very beginning when they are driving to Las Vegas, one from their return trip. The stuff in between is just fun and being stoned. So if you haven't seen it yet watch it once, it's fun!

We had abused every rule that Vegas lived by -- burning the locals, abusing the tourists, terrifying the help. The only chance now, I felt, was the possibility that we'd gone to such excess that nobody in the position to bring the hammer down on us could possibility believe it.
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Shi Mian Mai Fu - House of Flying Daggers: Ambush From 10 Sides [19 Feb 2005|12:05pm]

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I watched this film two days ago in the cinema together with my boyfriend. It was a pity they showed it in one of the smaller theaters. And the audience was horrible. They were giggling all way through, especially when they were fighting. The average spectator was about 30 years old and I was wondering why this person goes to watch such a film... maybe they had expected something else, but I got so annoyed at their giggling. I'm sure they did it because they thought the fights were to violent or so and they giggled to hide their feelings or so.
The lead actress, Ziyi Zhang, was so great. She's a lead in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon too and I'm getting really fan of her.
The plot is very nice too. In a way it's stereotype but still it's not boring at all. It's a perfect mix of fighting, love, drama and tradition.
I especially liked the ending. And I DO NOT bother if she dies for hours. And I DO NOT giggle because of that. I know it's not very likely to happen like this but this IS A MOVIE and not real life. Otherwise I wouldn't go to the movies, would I? But those people who were giggling and saying "well that's a bit exaggerated" when she got up again to throw the dagger are so dumb *stabs them*.
The only thing I missed a bit was the flights. In Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon the characters fly a lot during the fight scenes and when they 'walk' over the water and I liked that so much. But the fight in the bamboo forest evens it all out, it's brilliant.
So if you like Chinese films, this one is a must-be withour giggling.
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K-PAX [18 Feb 2005|10:10pm]

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First, it's great that there is a scene after the final credits. It should be a law that one has to watch the final credits and one should be punished for getting up before the real end in the cinema and block other's views.
Now bout the movie. The two leads just act in a wonderful way. Especially Kevin Spacey. I also liked the plot a lot. There's enough evidence pro and contra that Prot is from K-PAX, or is not. I don't want to say too much bout the film, just watch it if you haven't yet.
But I want to write my own humble opinion bout whether Prot is or is not frm K-PAX. I believe he is. Because Bess just disappeared and because he can see UV rays and knows the things bout space etc. The evidence they give you bout this Robert Porter could be something else. I mean this is just human and could be another human. But all the stuff that is inhuman can't be just put aside. Then why is his body left there? Now this may sound odd to you, but it is clear to me: when he entered planet Earth he needed a Earth-body. So one was 'created' and he lived in it. So when he leaves he doesn't need it anymore and the corpse, the mortal frame, is left behing with some sort of life in it, the life that is connected to the body and not to the soul. Then why isn't Bess's body left behind? Her true 'body' is the Earth one. So she takes it with her, then gets an own body on K-PAX which she will leave behind when going back to Earth. But Prot left nothing behind on K-PAX. Maybe my theory is confusing. But you just need to have one body, don't you? And you can't have 2 nor can you keep the second one nor can you just destroy it. It may also be that Prot just got the body from Robert Porter, because this one died and thus didn't need his body anymore. They never found the corpse anyway. He may just have arrived on Earth on the very day Robert Porter died (what actually IS true) and then have gotten this corpse.
Hm... of course there are weak points in my theory and you could find arguments against it. But there is no 'true' one, and I believe in mine.
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The Aviator [16 Feb 2005|12:23am]

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My boyfriend and me watched The Aviator in the cinema tonight. I didn't want to watch it at first because I got an anti-leo-attitude but we watched it anyway because it's nominated for a bunch of Oscars and I have to know my enemy (I'm pro Finding Neverland). The topic doesn't appeal to me a lot, I'm not interested in planes at all, as I'm not interested in cars or so.
The Cast is incredible: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale (shame on me! I realized I know this person during the film but didn't get that it was her and I've seen quite some of her latest flms), John C. Reilly (I know him from TheHours and Chicago only, but immediately realized that I know this guy), Ian Holm (cute little Bilbo :) ), Jude Law (but only in a very small part), Willem Dafoe (smile, but small part too). And some others but I didn't know them though some may be famous too. It was really fun seeing all those people in small parts and some only appeared towards the end and we didn't know that they were all starring in that picture. I always was taken aback: uh... don't I know that guy from somewhere?
Now the plot. It's good. But it didn't appeal to me, I wasn't touched when this damn plane finally did fly or when he finally managed this or that. But I'm sure others were.
The film is just done in a great way. The actors act greatly, the costumes are good and the decor was brilliant.
There really isn't anything negative I can say about this film right away. But it didn't touch me. That's it.
I hope it doesn't get too many Oscars because Finding Neverland touched me much more. But unfortunately I'd understand it if they gave a lot of Oscars to this film.
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Wo Hu Cang Long - Chrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon [15 Feb 2005|12:38pm]

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Yesterday evening I watched 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'. I've wanted to watch it for quite some time but never did it. Because my boyfriend and me are going to watch House of Flying Daggers on Thursday, I finally watched it, so that I have a bit more 'experience' in Chinese films.
I liked it a lot. I love their martial art, especially the way they move. Not sword-related but the jumping and flying. I'm really wondering whether there are people that are able to do this in real life, or well, a bit of it. And the sound is incredible too. I didn't really listen to the soundtrack, I was too absorbed in the film. But the fights are not too loud, it's all calm.
At first it was very strange, because I watched it in the original language (of course) with German subtitles, but I had to read all the time, because I don't know a word in Chinese. And I got very confused because I couldn't remember the names of the characters, they all sounded the same and in the very beginning they even looked the same :/ but after some short time it was ok and I knew who was who. I'll surely watch this movie again some time, it's incredible and beautiful. And the love scenes aren't corny at all, but just wonderful.
The ending was rather confusing again. I didn't think she commited suicide, but what else? Maybe she can make a wish too, like this boy who jumped off the mountain for his sick parents. But I'm not quite sure, could also be something else, I dunno.
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opening credits [15 Feb 2005|12:50pm]

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By now my movie database is quite empty but I hope it'll be full one time. Because it may be difficult to find a certain movie then, I'll keep an alphabetical list of all the movies I write about in this post and give you the link to the particular entry.

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