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16:33 

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19:40 

Singam

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சிங்கம் (Singam)

The Birth of a ЛЕЩ

The remake was pretty tame and western, it had some romantic comedy and some action, but mostly it was just a cop movie with local flavour. Which is mostly similar for the most of the second world countries, the police depicted in singams is not much different from our local depictions, for example.
But the original version is raw and wild, the essence of the indian cinema. Romantic comedy part is very small, half of the movie is mostly “comedic”, while the rest of the runtime is pretty great action. While cinematography is not perfect and mostly consists of tacky early 2000s bits, it is used playfully and don’t ruin the fights. The clean fighting choreography would be perfect, but we have what we have. Also, i don’t think that a lot of those stunts can be done without cuts on this budget.

Funny thing, the villain is reprising his role in the remake.

Unlike the remake, the first part of the movie is somewhat dragging, with a lot of local small cases and is mostly “comedic” in tone, with the cheapest and oldest “jokes”. Here we meet our first sub-cop — a comedic sidekick cop, who aspires to be a superhuman supercop like Singam, but actually is an utter screw-up. This sub-cop, despite not being funny, kinda has his own thing and a couple of meta-ideas going on.
But when everything starts — it starts hard. The original Singam is much more gritty and angry, there is much more planted evidence, a lot of angry shouting and a lot more guns and sharp objects. In the remake series guns always were a loud full stop, a last resort thing, when fists and law aren’t enough. In Singam, it all goes like an anti-hero corrupt cop would be portrayed in the Hollywood, something on par with caped vigilantes or the Punisher. But here planting the evidence and threats of clan wars and mobbing by an entire village are depicted as something straightforward hero would do, when law and corrupt politicians don’t care for justice.

Overall, the remake tended to the mediocrity, while the original has higher highs and lower lows. So, they are about the same in quality and are not interchangeable in story nor entertainment.

சிங்கம் II (Singam 2)

ЛЕЩ international


So, it turns out, Singham Returns is a completely different movie and actually is loosely based on something else. Though, in the beginning, this sequel feels like it has as much common with the first movie as Singham Returns with its. They even introduce newromantic (comedic) interest for the hero. But, after some time, authors faithfully tie everything together.

Mostly this is more of the same. New sub-cop and comedic parts are even worse (seems like they are based on wordplay of local languages), and there is even more great action, which is even grittier. But this time Singam goes international — some scenes take place in south afrika with the help from the local cops. They even do play on how superhuman the Singam is.

சி3 \ சிங்கம் 3 (Singam 3)

ЛЕЩ INTENSIFIES


Again it's basically more of the same. But this time Singam met his peer in stunning looks and superhuman powers. This movie goes all-out in fighting scenes and intense angry shouting noises.

But again, we have seemingly new romantic (comedy) interest, which again neatly ties back, and a new sub-cop, which is so nonsensical and unsubstantial, that it seems that everything was lost in translation. This sub-cop was the most irritating for me out of all three.

One song seems to be more catchy than in the previous movies, and some of the songs are even kind of diegetic.

@темы: Кино, Singam

15:55 

Gorogoa

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It is a short art-house puzzle game, which avoids both moon logic from P&C, and blasting through one simple puzzle after another from HOPA.

In action it looks much better than on static screenshots, and the original gameplay is great and has good kinaesthetics, even in such small actions. Though more complex controls, with dedicated "back" button would help.

It is one of the best games of this year, but it's very hipstery and art-house in it's story-like sequence thing, so while it is great, it's not the number one from this year. On a pure gameplay field, there is another contender which also does not outstand its welcome, but has more content.

@темы: Компьютерные Игры, Gorogoa

02:53 

Приличные люди

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A body-movie in the usual mix with a road-movie, adapted to the local realities first, and to the realities of the current local scene after. It's not entirely bad, but it's rather by the numbers. It's very mean-spirited, while also toothless and tame. There are some glimpses of quazi-working jokes here and there, but they are buried under the general platitude. And due to the influence of the american overlords, it's set in the suburbs instead of tiny flats in the city, which means all of the people portrayed are beyond-extremelly wealthy thiefs of the citizen's money.

@темы: Приличные люди, Кино, Индустрия Развлечений

19:00 

The Proposition (2005)

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A slow gay cowboys eating pudding movie in the unusual location with some okayoid music. But also unremarkable (literally, we watched it mostly in silence) and borderline boring.

@темы: Кино, The Proposition (2005)

18:36 

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

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A common execution of a common idea. Mostly unremarkable but serviceable and enjoyable.

@темы: Кино, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

17:57 

Bāhubali \ బాహుబలి \ பாகுபலி

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A one movie in two parts, with such strange structure, that you can't really separate them without re-editing. In fact it's an entire prequel movie enveloped by the sequel movie.
Even if we re-edit them by the generations, there will be the question which one you should watch first, since the present time is building up for the reveal from past. Anyway it would go against the artistic intent, so just prepare yourself for one great three hundred and thirty minutes ride with two stories.

Part one.
"Baahubali: The Beginning"

Film starts with tame premise, which goes into a small skirmish, leading to the start of the first part of the prequel story. Mostly it is a one really good pure action movie with crazy weapons, epic battles and bizarre strategies.

The cinematography in it's purest is great, but in reality it's muddied with rather poor slow motion. The shots are great but it's that kind of old and cheap slo-mo, which is achieved by slowing down of the footage instead of using higher frame-rate camera for low frame-rate movie. So it's look stuttering and choppy. Also there is a little of lens flare in environment shots. Also there is a little bit distracting "CGI" markings on the shots with animals.

Part two.
"Baahubali 2: The Conclusion"

So... Saying that an indian movie is mostly a pure action didn't sound right for anyone who know indian scene, right? Well, here it is. The second part of the prequel starts with a mandatory cheesy romantic comedy, goes into one deep drama on the scale of The Lord of the Rings and concludes with one great long action sequence.

The slow-motion effect is improved and is less distracting. The "CGI" mark is gone, but here we can witness the indian censorship of minor gore in a brief scene.

@темы: Кино, Baahubali

22:42 

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

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It is a fun enough movie with kind of great acting from Rock and Black. The rest of the cast is fine too, but they don’t go against the type that much, nor have a meta-established type.

It picks up about at the same place first one has ended and goes from there by the numbers, and yet it has absolutely zero memeberries, which is surprising with the current american filmmakers’ state of mind.

The universe allows to make an updated new movie every ten or so years easily. With canonically bad sub titles like re-roll, reloading or virtual unreality.
The movie could be more gamey (like how could they forgot about the zero life?) including all game-logic jokes, but on the other hand that would make it on par with awful bad “gaming” web-comics. And i’m not sure if a movie could pull that off. If only those kids would mention BTC to Alex…

@темы: Кинотеатр, Кино, Jumanji

23:52 

Alien Shooter 2: Reloaded

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Posted: 20 Apr, 2015 @ 12:57am

A dumbed down casual version of the Alien Shooter 2.

But as much as i hate all of the changes - core mechanics are still amazing, solid and satisfying. So i have to recommend even this castrated version.

Also you can play at custom resolutions or even in surround if you edit some files.

@темы: Энтропия, Компьютерные Игры, Индустрия Развлечений, Alien Shooter 2: Reloaded, Alien Shooter

22:27 

Larry Niven — The Ringworld Engineers

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I accidentally stumbled upon this story when i still read translations from english and i found it really interesting, but all i remembered from it was the ring and the conclusion. Recently i read the first book and it was exceptional. In it’s core it’s like a road movie, but where nothing much happens and there is a lot of talking. In its sequel there is a lot of bonking. And strangely, for a book with so much bonking outside of the finale, it’s extremely puritan and avoids anal, oral, gay and group bonking, when those things would really solve some minor problems. It’s not like it makes the story worse, but in >>the current year the lack of free-for-all bonking is rather noticeable.

This book focuses more on technicalities, events and drama, and it was written somewhat reluctantly so it feels less grandiose than the first one, despite using more resources: more characters, more events, more happenings. It’s still really good, but doesn’t reach that level of constant huge revelations, one after another, in the entire span of text, of the first one.

I don’t really remember the translator’s artistic language, so i can’t compare it to the original, but this time there is an original artistic language. Yah.

@темы: Книги, The Ringworld Engineers, Larry Niven

06:40 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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(Eh, eh! Me-member Chewbacca again?! I member!) Eh, eh! Me-member Chewbacca again?! I member! (Eh, eh! Me-member Chewbacca again?! I member!)


Well, this is not a good movie. But then again, none of Star Wars ever were. They are even mostly notorious for the exposition dump in the form of plain text on screen. While it's not good — it's good enough. Just like most of the Star Wars (Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) it exists only to have some random aliens do some explosions and some poorly choreographed fights with space-wizards. In the end, it still remains a mash-up of Flash Gordon with some weaboo garbage, and is equally poor in the plot.

The story is overly complex, and not in the sense of a lot of things happening at the same time, but in the sense that it has a couple of basic bits, and repeats them over and over and over again. And when they are not repeated — the film fills those spaces with plot, which is even worse. Half of the thing do not make any sense and are really stupid. Because of that, the movie drags for too long. They should've either cut off the entirety of Finn or entirety of Rey, but since Finn was making dumb unsuccessful swashbuckling and Rey was involved in some drama-like events and had some nice cinematography — i vote for her. That would result in something like The Empire Strikes Back scenes with Yoda (so it would be like poetry — it would rhyme), but actually an entire wholesome movie with talk-talkie and philosophical musings on force and that "freedom vs. religion" thingie from the expanded universe. The one where siths are not just boring nazi regime, which is so boring it can't compete even with Necromongers as an entartainment. The Luke parts in The Last Jedi even have some themes tangential to the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic series (especially expanded Revan, where he rejected the Jedi Order as unquestioning traditionalist conservators who don't care for truth). It always takes some random people, to make at least anything worthy out of the Star Wars universe.

And they should've kill off all of the old characters, while they had a chance, or don't even bring up that matter. How they handled the explosion is plain retarded and is laughable.

"this time... SHALL BE DIFFERENT!!"
"IT'S NOT DIFFERENT AT ALL!! IS IT, STEVE?!"


Member Star Wars? Well now you can member it all over again. The whole movie is extremely derivative. Remember, all those people who are really believed that seventh movie can get away with anything just because it's a transitional one, and next one will be totally independent?

The wipe transitions are awful and outdated, for a reason. First movies were made in ye olde times and can somewhat get away with them, but wipes already were just memeberries for ye oldier times. The second movies, disregarding the quality, used them as memeberries memeberring memberries for fan-service sake, but even there were some "invisible wipes" and some wipes at least trying to synchronize with the flow. Even second movies tried to make something new in the cinematography department. The Force Awakens had some, but they were at least nonintrusive. Now imagine three-layered conservative cake being fed to the movie-centipede, where the The Last Jedi is the tail. There is not that many of classic wipes, but each one makes it count. They are extremely jarring and pace-breaking, sucking you back to the past, to watch the shitty films that suck ass.

This movie repeats directly or indirectly so much, that it even wastes screen-time explaining to the viewer, that this time shall be different. When they show you another Hoth setup, one characters turns to the screen and says: well, it's salt, it's not snow, so it's okay. (And that entire part of the movie leads nowhere, anyway).

Star Wars was always at its best in short gifs, small snippets and minor characters. Member Darth Vader? He had whole twelve minutes of the screen-time in the first movie. Outside of good things recurring from the first of the third movies (Kylo Ren's ship, for example), this one has General Hux; the mirror scene; that "spark" bit from the trailer; and even those rusty speeders had some serviceable shots. All talks between Rey and Ren are kinda nice (despite non-jokes), and they handled that particular story-arc rather okay. Also the suicide-ram had kinda good cinematography (stolen from asian cartoons)... Until everything was ruined by out of nowhere weeaboo ass-crack of everything. (Also, why nobody used that before, since it basically is a BFG 9kkk? Change all your weaponry for that thing.)

And of course in the >>current year we would use film, so the whole screen would be cowered in crawling maggots, while you are trying to see what it supposed to represent.
The 3D was plain abysmal, of course.

Four alien tits out of eight. This is not as bad as some say, and Star Wars were never as good as amurikans say.

@темы: Энтропия, Кинотеатр, Кино, Индустрия Развлечений, Star Wars

21:03 

Obituary: A Grave Beginning

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How is it even humanly possible to watch american “entertainment” about schools? The characters are always so unbelievingly artificial — it pains. Like who would in their live use the word “popular” near kids? That’s like asking to be beaten up. And it’s living on the edge if you say to anyone that you are “rich kid”.

Well at least South Park is okay in regards to the school life.

@темы: Мультипликация/анимация, Obituary: A Grave Beginning

21:00 

Vincent (1982)

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An animated short gothic stop-motion film with interesting style and imagery.

@темы: Мультипликация/анимация, Vincent (1982)

20:59 

Вовка в Тридевятом царстве

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An iconic animated short with good writing and a very nice delivery. Though VO by Рина Зелёная in her typical style goes more jarring by the year, especially compared to the modern real child actors.

The plot itself is obviously preachy and represents the time of the creation, with a lot of things not common for the free market and civil liberties, even compared with remaining ones which we do have.

@темы: Мультипликация/анимация, Вовка в Тридевятом царстве

20:58 

Ma vie de Courgette

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An utterly generic oscar-bait think of the children sappy claymation film, which barely warrants being in the kinematographic medium.

The movie treats the foster home as something positive, while it’s just a barrack without a speck of privacy with jail hierarchy and unchecked disrespect to the authorities, which is never discouraged by the staff. Which doesn’t seem to be really interested in what kids think anyway. And so called romance between kids, which is more akin to sexual harassment, became illegal anyway, since law is now treats them as relatives. Well, not all laws, but most countries are strictly forbid such relations and treat foster people as blood related. Yes, his advances did work out this time, but what if she was against it while he read her personal file and touched her in her sleep? Which is happened in the same space where there already lives a girl who is possibly been unconsentedly molested by her father. What if he decided to kiss her in her sleep and fright her to complete mental breakdown? As i said, this foster home is a part of the system, which turns people into criminals. Spend childhood in foster home barrack; got conscripted into military barrack; lived in the dorm during education; had to rent a room in the communal apartment; got a job in the open space office; married some chick and has to live in the tiny flat with her ten relatives; died without ever discovering privacy, personal space or ownership, and therefore spent whole life without any respect to those things of other people.
What purpose it serves to put kids into the barrack? They have money to visit an expensive snow resort, but they cannot afford some drywall or at least make cubicles? If they just have to have surveillance (which they don’t do anyway even with barracks) it’s very cheap to have monitoring and several cameras.
All those think of the children products are always end up being absolutely creepy and about harmful decisions depicted as good ones.

@темы: Мультипликация/анимация, Ma vie de Courgette

20:57 

Seuls

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ПРАЗДНИК НЕПОСЛУШАНИЯ

Well, This movie… is.

It’s kinda ok, but is one of those pointless, with unexisting metaphors, not cohesive endings and with random out of nowhere twists with no actual weight.

Even the semi-regular foreword complex pseudo-joke is based not on the actual content of the movie, but on the bits and pieces of quasi-research on the source material comics.

@темы: Кино, Seuls

20:56 

Легенда о Коловрате

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50 первых свитсулек

It is a grimdark fantasy action, with some nice visuals with colourful horde and an ok plot. It is a focused movie about small things and small events. It picks-up siege machines from one of the versions of the legend, but for some reason it uses hamster-wheel trebuchets with “morning napalm”. Such complex engines are not really fitting for the orkz style depiction of the horde.

Though, while by itself the movie can be whatever it wants, it has some racist connotations based on later (to the time period of the events in the film) self-congratulatory autoffelation of misery-fiction to assume martyrdome and heroism. Also the use of this exact dude and a current state of political fanaticism, create suspicion that intentions were not exactly pure.

@темы: Легенда о Коловрате, Коловрат, Кинотеатр, Кино

20:55 

Coco (2017)

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A sequel to the critically acclaimed (58\100) animated movie Turbo (2013).

An utterly generic movie with rather ugly characters and art-style in general, which actively tries to avoid showing the colourful stuff it teases you with in the backgrounds. Get ready to see everything boring, dull and mediocre and uncomfortably uncanny textures on people. I can’t even decide what is more unpleasant — live characters or skeletons, which are supposed to be awesome and the best part of the whole film.

The plot (or rather holes which is all that left of it) is predictable, stale and tryhard. And of course there is a retarded “comic relief” unfunny sidekick. All narrative and pacing are sacrificed to have heavy spoken exposition dumps, with the knowledge, characters are already supposed to have.

All moment to moment writing and all narrative are utterly amerikan United-states-anglo-saxon. Well, what else you can expect from a writing team of exclusively anglo-saxon caucasian citizen of the USA?
The original VO cast is mostly of so-called “latino” origins, but alas, i saw this film with localization and as always it was atrocious.

The mexican afterlife is just as bad as real one, it has corruption, bureaucracy and class struggle. Even the oblivion looks stale. What’s the appeal of the afterlife, if you will continue to be a small worm and has to work on a job.

The only visually interesting thing is the deus ex machina winged tiger, who is also tonally depicted as a fearsome antagonist. Well, the whole roster of characters is filled unlikable jerks, caring only for their own agendas and pretending otherwise.

The Book of Life is generic and mostly dumb, but at least it looks like the best animated film ever made (for the most part). This is just bad and generic. Almost all recent above bad Disney\Pixar releases are “critically” panned, while cheap sloppy sappy pathetic plot-hole ridden oscar-baits are getting all the praise. Brave was nice.

@темы: Мультипликация/анимация, Кинотеатр, Coco (2017)

20:48 

Blackford Manor

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An okay animated short film with interesting style, but with stilted animation and strange audio mixing. You can’t even tell that it’s voiced by THE LITERAL CANCEROUS TUMOUR.

@темы: Мультипликация/анимация, Blackford Manor

20:45 

Fantozzi

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Fantozzi alla riscossa

With Fantozzi being on pension, this movie mostly focuses on his everyday life and adventures.
The comedy works for the most part. Outside of usual Villaggio antics it is comprised of slapstick and absurdist bizarre situations, some of which include very interesting props and decorations. Like his post-apocalyptic death race modified car, for example.

Fantozzi in paradiso

From bad to worse. No matter how horrible the Ugo is, he somehow manages to still have a moral high ground, compared to the world he lives in. And the older he gets, the worse he is treated, even by closest relatives. While i can see his relations with Mariangela not being that great, she treats her mother, the only almost positive character in the whole series (though an ultimate doormat after the pension event), just the same.

Moment to moment jokes are great, but overall tone is so dark and depressing that it's kinda sad to watch, especially if you know that this is more of aggregation of real life events than their exaggeration. Judging by italian cinematic worlds, their life is rather similar to ours.

When the series switched Liù Bosisio to Milena Vukotic as a Pina, Ugo's obsession with Signorina Silvani became absolutely unfounded. Though, even at a later age Anna Mazzamauro portraits the character owning every place she happen to be at. Even with her suicidal depression, behavioral problems and on\off clinging to Ugo since the pension event.

Fantozzi – Il ritorno

The ride never ends

After the ending of the previous movie, Fantozzi was literally resurrected (with slight retcon) and has to suffer five more years on earth.

After eight movies of being more or less it’s own thing, this one is more dirty. But overall it’s still okay and has enough good parts.

@темы: Кино, Fantozzi

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