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Post by Pettytyrant101 Wed Jun 09, 2021 9:04 am

{{ Havent seen the film but it seems to have lifted scenes pretty whole from the games. }}


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Post by halfwise Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:53 pm

Huh....I thought that was an example of the writers reaching for something random to add excitement, now I see it was fan service. I'm always amazed at how realistic modern games are.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:45 am

{{ Watched the Lighthouse, with William Dafoe and Robert Paterson. Its pretty much an art house film, set in a lighthouse in the late 1800's off the US coast near Maine. And its sort of an exploration of madness, isolation, repressed sexuality, alcholism, good and evil, duplicity and has an added touch of Lovecraft as an undercurrent to it. I say sort of about those things because precisely what its about is as much up to the interpretation of the viewer as anything forced by the writer/director Robert Eggers. And its, well I enjoyed it, that I will say. A lot in fact. I especially enjoyed the performances, both are raw and powerful and in particular Dafoe's cross between Captain Ahab and Long John Silver as the senior lighthouse keeper is cant take your eyes off him stuff.
But, there is always a but, its one of those films that doesnt seek to resolve anything, or explain anything, and like all these films it walks a fine line between thought provoking and going up its own arse. And occasionally for me it strayed a little to close to the later, but not on the whole and it never fortunately gets there.

Its interestingly shot too, not just the direction and cinematography, both very good, but also it has an aspect ratio not used for a very long time, its not only not in widescreen, its not even in 4:3 the image is almost a perfect square at a 1.19:1 ratio. A style once favoured for creating a sense of claustrophobia and to conceal stuff from the viewer. And its all in black and white too shot on 35mm film using a technique that evokes 19th century photography.
They also apparently built the entire lighthouse, strong enough to withstand 75mph winds, and its a superb bit of set construction as if I hadnt discovered this after watching I would not even have considered the possibility it was faked and not just an old lighthouse they had found to use.

Would I recommend it? Yes, most certainly, just go in expecting an art house film and assuming you dont mind films that could also be plays ie its largely imagery, two characters talking and a make your own mind up about whats going on style, and you'll be fine.
You might want subtitles too, I did have to rewatch a few bits here and there, as the dedication to following speech patterns and dialects of the time period from the Maine area can make catching all the dialogue tricky sometimes (apparently the style was inspired by the works of Sarah Jewett, who wrote with heavy use of the local Maine dialects and speech patterns in working class folk at that time).
Oh and the way the fog horn is used reminded somewhat of the Silent Hill games and its use of the air raid siren. }}


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Post by halfwise Thu Jun 10, 2021 1:26 pm

Robert Pattinson has been trying to shake the flimsiness of his Twilight launching pad for some time. Playing opposite Willem Dafoe is a good move for him. I saw Dafoe in a one man show about war reminisces a quarter century ago, and even then his performance was emotionally staggering. If Pattinson can hold up against what Dafoe has grown into then he can handle anything.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Thu Jun 10, 2021 1:40 pm

{{ Having never seen any of the Twilight films this is I think the first thing Ive ever seen him in, so my impressions of him as an actor are rather good. The entire film pretty much relies entirely on the perfomances of the two main characters to work, as they are the only two characters in the film, and it all hinges on their performances. And they are both compelling, the only reason I'd say I prefer Dafoe here is not because he outperforms Pattinson but solely because his character his richer in dialogue, and Ive always had a soft spot for crabbit old sea dogs in stories.}}

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Post by halfwise Thu Jun 10, 2021 1:49 pm

He wasn't flimsy in Twilight, he just had a flimsy platform to show off his deeper acting skills. Those vampires didn't have the introspection of Anne Rice vampires, or even the menace of Underworld vampires. They tried to have a bit of both, but in the end couldn't escape being teenage love story vampires.

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Post by Mrs Figg Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:12 pm

In twilight he just had to stand around looking broodingly handsome at his girlfriend.
This film reminds me a bit of The Mill and the Cross. A bit depressing but interesting.

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Post by halfwise Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:45 pm

Never heard of the Mill and the Cross.  Happy to see Ratguer Hauer get a lead role, I think his last lead was Ladyhawke.

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Post by chris63 Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:07 am

Just watched Rays and the last Dragon on Disney plus. The film was ok, but the picture quality in 4k was brilliant. Dont think I've seen better.

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