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Sci-fi, Horror, and Sci-fi Horror


Okay, I've been watching a lot of movies lately. I mean a lot, like 2 a day.

I only watch these two genres though.

I'm going to post about some movies I liked, maybe like ramble a bit about them. I hesitate to call any movie a favorite, but sometimes I like certain things and like to talk about them.

Let me see, I'll just start listing some, no particular order (just whatever pops in my mind):

Pandorum.

I like certain parts of the movie, especially the ending, though parts of it are cheesy. It is an underrated movie imo though. I've never heard about it except when looking into this particular genre. I watched it twice I think.

I've heard people saying it's like "Event Horizon". I've watched that one recently too, but I didn't really like it at all. I think it was trying too hard.


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I watched this one twice too, and really enjoy it. It's just different from most movies, you don't really know what's going to happen. Also pretty cool to look at certain sequences. I think what made me really like it though is the ending, and that music in the end is pretty cool it gives me goosebumps. Also, the ending is just really good imo. I hope they don't do a sequel.

This is not a spoliler, just the music with a different video:


Cube

Also twice? I guess I watch all movies twice at least, lol. Anyway. I just like how this movie is made, and how the mystery is set up and how the characters evolve. It's a pretty interesting concept. I can't believe why movies like this are less popular than "SAW" for example. I mean it's a similar concept, sort of, but done better imo.

There is a horrible, terrible, extremely bad sequel though "hypercube" and a prequel too. Just stay away from them. (Or don't. I sort of enjoy bad sequels / prequels for some reason).

Hostel 1 & 2

I was always embarrassed for liking these movies. And honestly I haven't watched them in a while, so maybe they are trash and I don't remember. But I like their idea. Also, I just watched a youtube video about how deep they are, so my opinion is validated and now I can say I like them , without feeling I just like torture porn.

Time Lapse

I like movies with time loops and anything involving time travel in general. I don't like the characters in this movie or the plot as much, but I like the concept of the future-seeing camera. Interesting idea.

Triangle

Okay, I really like this movie for some reason. It creeps me out. Also, time loops, different versions of yourself, etc. Something about these setups I enjoy.

Coherence

Pretty low budget movie. Parallel worlds, different versions of you, etc. Haven't watched it in a while, but I remember it being different and liking it.

Passengers

I don't really like this movie, but I'm going to put it anyway, because I think I've watched it more than twice actually . I have a weird fascination with the dilemma, though the movie doesn't really add any meaningful commentary and generally feels very rape-y to me. I always feel very morally frustrated at the end, lol, which is why I don't like the movie. If I were to write a movie about that concept, hmm, it would probably have ended a lot darker?


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I'll probably post more random unheard of movies later.

Also feel free to post your own. I'm literally scraping the bottom of the barrel at this point, because I've watched pretty much all movies with the themes that I enjoy, even like the really bad ones.

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I assume you're familiar with Primer.

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I assume you're familiar with Primer.
Yeah. I'm conflicted about it though. I mean I feel it's impossible to understand from the first viewing, and I'm not really sure if that's intended, or just the movie aiming too high. I like things about the movie (the machine itself is pretty awesome and feels more realistic than most time machines, also transporting a machine within a machine is pretty cool).

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I hate Looper though. I mean definitely my least favorite time-travel movie so far. It's almost the opposite of Primer. I always think of these two movies as polar opposites when it comes to how to make a story with time travel.

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Yeah. I'm conflicted about it though. I mean I feel it's impossible to understand from the first viewing, and I'm not really sure if that's intended, or just the movie aiming too high. I like things about the movie (the machine itself is pretty awesome and feels more realistic than most time machines, also transporting a machine within a machine is pretty cool).
I watched it twice in 2014, then again in 2016 and again just a couple weeks ago. The first two times I really liked it but I haven't been as into it these last two times. I think the fact that it was made for $7000, despite Carruth doing a ton with that, sort of hindered the kind of plotlines he could have, what he could do, and even the length of the film (a tad too short). After we're aware of the "twist", I think the movie becomes a little muddled and moves too quickly. The one plotline with Granger and also what happens to Aaron's ear and the inability to write is supposed to be confusing because the characters are confused. However, I don't think the Granger thing or the party stuff is really well directed or edited, possibly a result of rushing.

I think Carruth meant it to be less about the details of what happened and more about the discovery of the phenomenon and the relationship between the guys, but the Abe actor David Sullivan isn't as strong a presence as Carruth who surprisingly didn't even originally intend to act in it. So it kind of ankles that aspect.

Looper sucked, I agree. It's the same kind of thing as Back to the Future where they have characters disappearing when time is messed with. It works well in Back but not in Looper. Primer is great because it confines the time travel to the machine activity which makes it feel more realistic, like someone could actually have discovered this and is using it.
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I watched it twice in 2014, then again in 2016 and again just a couple weeks ago. The first two times I really liked it but I haven't been as into it these last two times. I think the fact that it was made for $7000, despite Carruth doing a ton with that, sort of hindered the kind of plotlines he could have, what he could do, and even the length of the film (a tad too short). After we're aware of the "twist", I think the movie becomes a little muddled and moves too quickly. The one plotline with Granger and also what happens to Aaron's ear and the inability to write is supposed to be confusing because the characters are confused. However, I don't think the Granger thing or the party stuff is really well directed or edited, possibly a result of rushing.

I think Carruth meant it to be less about the details of what happened and more about the discovery of the phenomenon and the relationship between the guys, but the Abe actor David Sullivan isn't as strong a presence as Carruth who surprisingly didn't even originally intend to act in it. So it kind of ankles that aspect.

Looper sucked, I agree. It's the same kind of thing as Back to the Future where they have characters disappearing when time is messed with. It works well in Back but not in Looper. Primer is great because it confines the time travel to the machine activity which makes it feel more realistic, like someone could actually have discovered this and is using it.
Yeah, I agree with all that. I think having a consistent way for time travel to work that doesn't depend on plot convenience is cool. I think the idea of being able to go back only as far as the machine being turned on is a pretty cool trick that reduces the range of the time travel idea and makes it seem more realistic.

I think it definitely the time travel movie for nerdy people. If I remember the first part too, they go into a lot of science stuff that seems more realistic than most movies. Also, the actors seem like real engineers discussing a real passion project (I remember reading that they were actual engineers? they definitely talk in the first part like engineers, lol).

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Have you seen Tenet btw? I haven't but the reviews I've seen aren't very encouraging.

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Yeah, I agree with all that. I think having a consistent way for time travel to work that doesn't depend on plot convenience is cool. I think the idea of being able to go back only as far as the machine being turned on is a pretty cool trick that reduces the range of the time travel idea and makes it seem more realistic.

I think it definitely the time travel movie for nerdy people. If I remember the first part too, they go into a lot of science stuff that seems more realistic than most movies. Also, the actors seem like real engineers discussing a real passion project (I remember reading that they were actual engineers? they definitely talk in the first part like engineers, lol).

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Have you seen Tenet btw? I haven't but the reviews I've seen aren't very encouraging.
I haven't been to Tenet but might go next week. I have lost most of my faith in Nolan because all of his movies after The Prestige have sucked with the possible exception of Dunkirk. I admire what he stands for as far as classic filmmaking techniques and being a proponent of the theatrical experience, though. I wouldn't be surprised if Tenet is a bloated mess.

Carruth decided not to simplify any of the language because he came from an engineering background of some type and wanted their jargon to be realistic. However, it's so realistic and doesn't explain anything that it's hard to realize that the original intent of the machine was to decrease the weight of objects. I didn't quite realize that; a first I thought it was about coolant or something.

Carruth has made one other movie - Upstream Color, which is totally different in tone and subject than Primer. It's pretty good, quite abstract and surreal. He had two "passion projects" which he has been unable to make because he has some kind of hang-up internally about compromising on anything or dealing with "the money people". I actually think Carruth might have some mental issues because he has said he's "retired" or might retire after making one more movie and might have an overinflated sense of his own gifts. His former girlfriend, the actress Amy Seimetz, is claiming that he abused, stalked, and threatened her, and he behaved erratically at a court hearing this year. So it could be a case of a very promising filmmaker who crashed due to personal issues.
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I haven't been to Tenet but might go next week. I have lost most of my faith in Nolan because all of his movies after The Prestige have sucked with the possible exception of Dunkirk. I admire what he stands for as far as classic filmmaking techniques and being a proponent of the theatrical experience, though. I wouldn't be surprised if Tenet is a bloated mess.
Hm. I liked the Prestige (watched it a few times). I watched Memento a long time ago, and I think it was good too. I wasn't a big fan of Inception. I can't really explain why. It had some cool effects (the city that was falling apart, etc), but something was missing I didn't really emotionally connect with the characters.

Interstellar was a kind of mixed bag for me. I really like certain things about it. Some of the acting, the music, the visual stuff obviously.

 
The Miller planet scene where they lost time, etc. There's one part of the movie that really ruins it for me though. That speech by the scientist about how love is a force was incredibly cringe for me.


And how the movie took it seriously was even worse. It would've been a lot better if she turned out to be just a fragile human with emotions clouding her judgment.

I mean I'd rather watch a dumb sci-fi movie than this amount of trying to make love scientific. So, generally I just watch the first part, lol. The original disasters, the character fights, the Miller planet, but that's it.


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"These aren't mountains. They're waves"

+ The music obviously

I love that scene because of the whole "humans are so small and helpless in the cosmos" feeling it creates. Also, the urgency and how miserable they all failed in the mission.

Well, mostly. I do love some scenes because of how they are shot and done:


^ can't think of any space "action" scene that comes close to how cool this one is honestly



^ Interstellar rant

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Yeah, I've seen it popping up, but haven't watched it yet. Will do eventually though.

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More movies:

28 Days Later (2002) & 28 Weeks Later (2007)

My favorite zombie movies. I like the atmosphere, the despair, the moral questions, and the music. (I'm a sucker for movies with a good soundtrack, lol ). I used to really love the 28 weeks scene in the beginning, it's so scary (morally speaking):


They've been talking about making a 28 months later for years. I love the names too, lol. I mean they can still technically make a "28 Years Later", but after that :/ ?

Oculus (2013)

Okay, I liked one thing about this movie that most horror movies tend to overlook. That is, what if the protagonist tried getting prepared with cameras and alarms and whatnot before dealing with the "magic thingie". I love how certain things were done subtly enough so you're not sure what is happening and what is just an illusion. It did drag a bit though, and I wish they kept the "Is it really magic or are we just experiencing children's traumatic memories". I think that was kind of a creepy part, but they just didn't examine it enough.

Also, the apple scene:


The Mist (2007)

Okay, this movie is so dark and well done. I don't really have to add much. I haven't really seen it or read the story until recently, and I had no expectations, but it's really good. I mean it's the only time I can say someone adapted Stephen King better than the book itself. (I mean I read somewhere that even SK thought the movie had a better conclusion).

As a weird side thing. I watched the Netflix series "The Mist" before reading the book or watching the movie, and I just can't say how bad it is. Lol, why do I even do this to myself. I'm not even sure why I sometimes watch bad shows / movies.

Time Trap (2017)

This is a bad movie with bad acting. It just has a cool concept (A cave causing time-dilation). I don't think I've seen it in any other "time travely" movies. I just think the concept is cool, the acting is just too bad for it to be enjoyable.

The Descent (2005)

Speaking of caves, I think this was a good cave movie. I mean if you want to watch an okay horror movie about getting trapped in a cave, this is it. Also, pretty gory. They never made their mind about the ending though, lol. The sequel was garbage though.

The Invisible Man (2020)

I think this movie is good. I was actually surprised. I thought the movie would be cheesy given the premise. I just think it was well done. The main character was well-developed and interesting. Also, it's a unique variation from the "locked in the psycho's basement" theme and cleverly done imo.

Green Room (2015)

I think this movie is good. It's sort of standard horror. Evil guys keeping us in a room. Some things were done right though. It was sort of interesting to watch for some reason.

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By the way, I went to Tenet and put a review in the "last movie you watched" thread. It absolutely blows!
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Mandy is a pretty fun recent horror movie

But I would put 28 days later and 28 weeks later as my favorites that I could watch every year. Looking forward to October lol. Started early with Evil Dead tonight

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