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Old 08-05-2008, 02:08 AM
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Don't insult us.


Pan's Labyrinth is a GREAT FUCKING FILM!!!!!


No, it's not sci-fi, it's an adult fantasy through the eyes of a child. There's lots of war violence, and is def not for kids.
Adult fantasy hmm, I dont even think ive ever watched one in my life. Maybe ill rent it unless its sure to be worth multiple viewings.
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Old 08-05-2008, 02:08 AM
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Is it as good as cloverfield?


Totally different films.


The Host has some social commentary, and comedic moments, along with horror and action.


Cloverfield was played straight without subtext.

I like 'em both.
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A 92% on Rottentomatoes and rated very highly on many sites for not only the film in general but the Bluray A/V transfer. Its cheap at $20ish or so - what you guys think? Does it have replay value? Must have?
I thought this was a very good movie. It is Korean and very strange but it quiete good. It is rather sad also. I say go for it.
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Adult fantasy hmm, I dont even think ive ever watched one in my life. Maybe ill rent it unless its sure to be worth multiple viewings.
Yeah, it's rated R, and you'll know after watching the first 20 minutes or so, that this film DOES NOT play around!
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Old 08-05-2008, 02:19 AM
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Yeah, it's rated R, and you'll know after watching the first 20 minutes or so, that this film DOES NOT play around!
why is it scary?

I just watched the trailer for it
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Old 08-05-2008, 02:29 AM
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why is it scary?

I just watched the trailer for it

Not scary per se, but violent and brutal as hell.

"Atmospheric" is a better word.
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:28 AM
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Not scary per se, but violent and brutal as hell.

"Atmospheric" is a better word.
I think i'll rent it, thx. I cant see myself watchin a movie like this more than once - as good and intriging as it looks, I cant say that it highly interests me....but enough to at least rent it.
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If you watch this movie, DO NOT watch it with the english dub. Watch it with subtitles.
Agreed. I watched this with a friend who insisted on watching it with the english dub on. It really ruined the movie for me because all I could do was sit there thinking about how awful the dub was.
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Totally different films.


The Host has some social commentary, and comedic moments, along with horror and action.


Cloverfield was played straight without subtext.

I like 'em both.
I like them both a great deal too, and agree that apart from the "rampant monster and its impact on everyday people" angle, they're very, very different films.

But I'd disagree that Cloverfield is without subtext. It's not as directly embroiled with the kinds of colonialist and global-industrial critiques as The Host is, but it does abound with commentary on the ways in which media -- national media, and especially our personal uses of media -- have for better and worse become indispensible parts of our experience of everything, from friendship to crisis. And while it's buried in the mythology that is presented separately from the film, there is a distinct geopolitical angle to Cloverfield (how environmental/industrial disruptions to feed a global marketplace's "need" for something as silly as a "power-beverage" may have awoken the monster; how different media reports from across the globe handle the event in different, and just as importantly similar, ways; etc.), even if it's extremely "behind the scenes".

So in short, I feel that they're both commentaries in their own ways; the difference being in what kind of culture and experience the respective commentary comes from, and how the US and South Korea currently are cinematically articulating what presses on their minds most. And given that both films were quite financially successful in their respective countries and internationally, clearly folks need these kinds of films (even in an unconscious way) for what they say. They make a great double-feature, whether for "smart-dumb monster fun" or more "serious" contemplation.
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Dubs suck! Definitely ruins the experience.
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