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Old 11-10-2012, 10:04 AM - Thread Starter
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This little sci-fi mystery earned a big Thumbs Up here.

No SFX, no big names, no budget...just smart writing and good acting.

If only more little gems like this would fall from the sky more often....

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Old 11-12-2012, 04:10 PM
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The actress/writer also co-wrote Another Earth, which I enjoyed. This one isn't available form BB on BD so no joy here (it's a 25 mile round trip to the closest one which makes it 4 bucks in gas for me.)

Eve: I thought I was through getting involved with men who were trouble. Falling in love on a look. I can't look at you.

Mickey: You have perfection about you. Your eyes have music. Your heart's the best part of your body. And when you move, every man, woman and child is forced to watch.
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The actress/writer also co-wrote Another Earth, which I enjoyed. This one isn't available form BB on BD so no joy here (it's a 25 mile round trip to the closest one which makes it 4 bucks in gas for me.)
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Okay, I'll just restart it then biggrin.gif I was going to long time ago, but didn't like their process - not even showing you that they had rentals available.

So now I'm back to NF - and have to go through the whole thing again, sigh (populating the queue.) Got the BB ones over, but that was down to 20 or so! Half of them unavailable. There's nothing in the NF availability column, but I guess it takes a bit - or maybe they're all available? That would be weird.

Eve: I thought I was through getting involved with men who were trouble. Falling in love on a look. I can't look at you.

Mickey: You have perfection about you. Your eyes have music. Your heart's the best part of your body. And when you move, every man, woman and child is forced to watch.
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I was disappointed by this movie. After seeing the preview, I had hoped that it would be a good counterpoint to the equally disappointing Martha Marcy May Marlene, but this film had a whole different set of problems.

it started out promising. The setup was sound, and the two main protagonists were believable, at least in the beginning. As the movie progressed, though, it really started to unravel.
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The character of Maggie never felt developed enough to inspire leadership. While she had an interesting, if unbelievable backstory, she really lacked the charisma and power to control a group of people. Which leads to the next problem, which was a lack of menace. The movie touched on this a bit, such as when Peter's transmitter was almost discovered during the vomit episode, but the movie was mostly void of that helpless and tense feeling that could have benefitted the movie.

It didn't help that we never got a strong sense of any real following. We only witnessed a small group of cultist, most of whom were allowed so much freedom that it was hard to justify the involvement of the feds.

Which leads to another problem - the dishonesty of the narrative. We're meant unnecessarily meant to wonder about the character of Carol. When we see her going through the thorough step-by-step process of retrieving the carefully hidden documents that she was traveling with. By the end of the movie, we know that she's legit, so why all the subterfuge? Who might have been spying on here during her travels? Or in the hotel room? The cult isn't so widespread that they would present a reasonable threat to her or her investigation. It's not as though she was trying to infiltrate the group, so showing her paranoia felt like a cheap hook to heighten tension.

And then there's the ending, which really felt like a grafted-on, artificial shock ending.

I really wanted to like this movie, but just couldn't. Filled with potential, but falling under it's own fractured structure, it just can't deliver on it's promise.

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I was disappointed by this movie. After seeing the preview, I had hoped that it would be a good counterpoint to the equally disappointing Martha Marcy May Marlene, but this film had a whole different set of problems.

it started out promising. The setup was sound, and the two main protagonists were believable, at least in the beginning. As the movie progressed, though, it really started to unravel.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The character of Maggie never felt developed enough to inspire leadership. While she had an interesting, if unbelievable backstory, she really lacked the charisma and power to control a group of people. Which leads to the next problem, which was a lack of menace. The movie touched on this a bit, such as when Peter's transmitter was almost discovered during the vomit episode, but the movie was mostly void of that helpless and tense feeling that could have benefitted the movie.

It didn't help that we never got a strong sense of any real following. We only witnessed a small group of cultist, most of whom were allowed so much freedom that it was hard to justify the involvement of the feds.

Which leads to another problem - the dishonesty of the narrative. We're meant unnecessarily meant to wonder about the character of Carol. When we see her going through the thorough step-by-step process of retrieving the carefully hidden documents that she was traveling with. By the end of the movie, we know that she's legit, so why all the subterfuge? Who might have been spying on here during her travels? Or in the hotel room? The cult isn't so widespread that they would present a reasonable threat to her or her investigation. It's not as though she was trying to infiltrate the group, so showing her paranoia felt like a cheap hook to heighten tension.

And then there's the ending, which really felt like a grafted-on, artificial shock ending.

I really wanted to like this movie, but just couldn't. Filled with potential, but falling under it's own fractured structure, it just can't deliver on it's promise.

Scott

What I enjoyed most about this movie was the Slow Burn.
I was never really sure where it was going....just when I thought I did, it went the other way.
I think the performances may have helped make that uncertainty real for me.

Sorry you didn't like it....frown.gif

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It was a little hard to search for this one accurately, given the name is a not so uncommon phrase, but I didn't see a thread for it. This one is from a couple years ago. It's a fairly trippy semi-scifi psychological thriller with a very odd vibe to it, which works very well for this type of movie. It keeps you off balance and jittery the whole time, never quite sure what is going on and which characters know the truth and which don't, and who are the good guys and who are the bad. Even in simple establishing type shots, they would sometimes have some sort of potentially dangerous or creepy uncertainty.

It's the story of a young couple who have decided they want to do something significant before their twenties slip away from them, and decide to do a documentary about a cult. So they have to infiltrate the cult in order to do so. The cult is lead by a woman who claims to be from the future. She is played by Brit Marling, who has an appropriately ethereal quality about her for that sort of role. She is also the co-writer, and her husband directed. As with everything else, she plays it very ambiguously, giving you plenty of reason to believe either way.

It's an odd movie, but strangely compelling. There are different undercurrents coming in from multiple directions that are all sort of weaving together, and you don't know what or who to believe, and after a while neither do the couple. The ending is purposefully left vague so that you can draw your own conclusions, and maybe some folks will feel disappointed that it's not a wrapped up in a bow ending, but I prefer it like that.

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Oops, I didn't find this thread, so I posted a new one, which was moved to here.

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It was a little hard to search for this one accurately, given the name is a not so uncommon phrase, but I didn't see a thread for it. This one is from a couple years ago. It's a fairly trippy semi-scifi psychological thriller with a very odd vibe to it, which works very well for this type of movie. It keeps you off balance and jittery the whole time, never quite sure what is going on and which characters know the truth and which don't, and who are the good guys and who are the bad. Even in simple establishing type shots, they would sometimes have some sort of potentially dangerous or creepy uncertainty.

It's the story of a young couple who have decided they want to do something significant before their twenties slip away from them, and decide to do a documentary about a cult. So they have to infiltrate the cult in order to do so. The cult is lead by a woman who claims to be from the future. She is played by Brit Marling, who has an appropriately ethereal quality about her for that sort of role. She is also the co-writer, and her husband directed. As with everything else, she plays it very ambiguously, giving you plenty of reason to believe either way.

It's an odd movie, but strangely compelling. There are different undercurrents coming in from multiple directions that are all sort of weaving together, and you don't know what or who to believe, and after a while neither do the couple. The ending is purposefully left vague so that you can draw your own conclusions, and maybe some folks will feel disappointed that it's not a wrapped up in a bow ending, but I prefer it like that.
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