Paul LeMot came to our show last year to sign autographs and brought that car.....Burnt toast Very odd man to say the leastAhah!....THX 1138.....which begat......
However, I also rented Children of Men, which was far better - better acting, better direction, more imaginative, better music, lighting and suspense. Not as good as 28 Days Later, but there were some memorable scenes. Michael Caine as the aged hippie was worth the price of admission.
I was left with several very vivid cinematic moments - the brother walking through the enormous drain system, the creature on the bridge... - that I also took from Alien. Alien is a scary monster movie, and is a very well made film all around. I didn't come to The Host with the same expectation, but I was very happily surprised by it.
And most ironically, maybe, is your comment about the movie being bent on portraying Americans in a very bad light. For one, this coming from you is its own sort of cinematic gold, but more than that, when I watched it, I didn't see this as a central or even peripheral element of the movie. The Korean authorities are easily as bad as the (2?) American characters who make an appearance.
Funny thing, movies... Very subjective stuff. The Host will remain on my favourite recent films list either way. I'm hopeful that like me, you'll wake up tomorrow thinking about the film. For me, it left an impression. Too often films are just not impressive at all.
Not ironic at all. I have no problem at all with Americans. I do have a problem with their govt au jour.Mark in Vancouver wrote:And most ironically, maybe, is your comment about the movie being bent on portraying Americans in a very bad light.
My goal was not to knock a movie that you liked or try & convince you that you shouldn't like it. And from what I've read on the net it gets very good ratings on IMDB, RottenTomatoes & Metacritic so I'm not suggesting I'm "correct". I just didn't find the story was anything special. I didn't expect to see Alien either. But now that I've compared the two I must go & watch Alien again.
p.s. I had a hard time continuing to watch the Host after the funeral scene. Not going into specifics but the mix of sadness/humor/downright stupidity was too much for me.
Now that's Korean humour. You have seen news footage of Koreans in mourning, no? That was Korean black humour, nothing more. Aside from that, I respect your point of view on it. Not for everyone.p.s. I had a hard time continuing to watch the Host after the funeral scene. Not going into specifics but the mix of sadness/humor/downright stupidity was too much for me.
But it's "du jour."
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Alien is one of those movies where brilliant sets and lighting give such an air of the sinister that you really get drawn into the movie. Even though we're on a vast spaceship the atmosphere is claustrophobic and entrapping. I saw it first after reading the book and the imaginings in one's head when reading the story were far scarier than the movie version ever got to be.
That's because it's a well written Sci-fi book.
In my original post after seeing The Host I commented on liking the movement of the creature because it perfectly shows that aquatic creatures have adaptations to their environment that make them clumsy on land so in that respect the monster's movements were quite realistic. The hanging under the bridge, Ninja style flipping from girder to girder movement I found elegant but on further thought maybe it's intention was more Korean humour parodying Ninja type movies?
That first sight of the monster unfurling under the bridge and dropping into the water I found totally Alien like. That was my initial impression of it. I take your point on Tremors(which is a movie I could watch over and over). Certainly the basis of the movie is in the same genre, but there's a whole lot more going on for those who can see.
Do tell. I certainly saw more potential themes in the movie then I stated... man's indifference & negative influence on the environment... a possible connection re: the virus that wasn't a virus to other worldwide threats that weren't true threats... govt cover up of a threat rather then facing it. Stuff like that. But any possible theme was blown away by some of the silliness going on. Like trying to kill what looked like a 15ft fish/reptile by throwing a brick at it, no that doesn't work, try hitting it with a sign... the govt is unable to catch or kill the monster yet it is easily killed using a rifle, a bow & arrow and a few Molotov cocktails... a charging 15ft seemingly 300-400lb fish is stopped/killed by a single man holding a pole. I don't want to argue about the merits of a movie that you obviously liked, but if you're going to suggest that I didn't like it because I'm unable to "see" something in the movie you could at least explain your thinking.Certainly the basis of the movie is in the same genre, but there's a whole lot more going on for those who can see.
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