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    "you are left with a feeling of emptiness when the film ends and you discover you have lost those people. That you never had them" - the way I interpreted it was that this is exactly how Victoria feels about these people who she has only met a matter of hours earlier, once the adrenalin has subsided, and so you as the viewer are sharing in that emptiness with her.
    Exactly.

    By about 30 minutes I found my attention wandering a bit,
    I think that this is a necessary consequence of a realistic portrayal of some kids meeting in the street in that way.

    But overall you enjoyed it?

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    Yeah, I enjoyed it a lot - thanks for the recommendation. In the end I would have been quite happy if the film had gone on an hour longer, which is always a good sign. I really believed in the character.

    Another thing that just occurred to me - this was that rare film that, had the episode turned out to be 'all a dream/fantasy/reverie' in the mind of the main character, it would have been interesting (as an investigation of her state of mind) rather than annoying.

    (The club scenes had a dreamlike quality themselves of course - I thought they were extremely well done.)

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    stranger by the lake.

    though the ending seemed to come from a totally different film.

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    Not unreservedly recommended, but I think Creed did as good a job as could be expected. Some decent montages.

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    'Creed' is great, except that the final fight was really anticlimactic IMO.

    The first fight he has in front of a crowd was absolutely thrilling, though.

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    creed was cool, though i didnt know why they had to make the fight scenes look like boxing on TV. if i wanted to watch boxing on tv, id stay at home and watch boxing on tv. stallone actually DOES deserve the oscar nomination i reckon. michael b jordan is def good, but his performance/character is a bit too understated i think to really get more plaudits (which makes sense as the film feels a bit indie at times). also, he only fought that british boxer, not a big bear like dicaprio, so yknow, something they could think about for creed 2.

    interesting thing about creed though is how it turns the rags to riches story on its head though. first film about a middle class boxer?

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    The first fight wasn't like boxing on TV, the camera was in the ring with them. Can't remember but I thought the second fight was like that too?

    Unless you mean that it was presented fairly realistically, as opposed to the absurd way it was depicted in 'Rocky'. I preferred it that way, personally - makes it seem more credible and I got more invested in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubberdingyrapids View Post

    interesting thing about creed though is how it turns the rags to riches story on its head though. first film about a middle class boxer?
    Yeah, that was a nice twist on things. If 'Creed' is intending to present things in that archetypal way that 'Rocky' did (ultimate instance of this is probably Rocky 4: the man of the people 'merican vs the evil commie robot), then what is it 'saying'?

    I guess money ultimately doesn't 'matter', is part of the take-away. After all, when he's living in the LA mansion he's miserable, and he has to go and train in a really tough area in order to find his inner champ.

    Interesting to consider these things. One presumes there IS a social message of some sort, given the Director previously made Fruitvale Station http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2334649/ (anyone seen that, btw?)

    I liked the thing where he would size up an opponent and their stats would come up on screen. A fun reminder that the film IS entertainment, not strictly realistic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    Interesting to consider these things. One presumes there IS a social message of some sort, given the Director previously made Fruitvale Station http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2334649/ (anyone seen that, btw?)
    Yeah, FS's a ridiculously good film. Interesting that Ryan Coogler decided to make Creed, definitely a little unexpected - must remember to watch it

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    Watched Philomena and spotlight over the weekend. Philomena is Coogan's worthy moment, and Spotlight was packed with good actors and sturdy enough - but strangely detached.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdleRich View Post
    So... Victoria... I hate to add my name to the list of people saying what an incredible and immersive experience it is, but it fucking is... Just watch it if you haven't seen it.
    I watched this last night, without subtitles up until the last 30 mins due to a technical hitch which, if anything, made it more immersive (my patchy knowledge of German probably being about the same as Victoria's). And the Mephisto bit in the café... amazing.
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    that was a fantastic scene, wasn't it? arguably the best of the film imo. I like the immersive theatre twist you added to it...

    A very different type of film - It's a Disaster is one of the few I've seen that manages both to be consistently funny and also dramatically involving. A bit of a bizarre triumph, I thought. I saw it as a kind of companion piece to Coherence - two great indie films in the apocalyptic-bourgeois-dinner-party niche (channelling Buńuel)...

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    New to here so apologies if this has been discussed/dissected. Intrigued to know any thoughts?

    I thought it was great, seemed to articulate the atomising and alienating 'tech-mod' world of interfaced relating,(stunted face-to-face engagement) online dating (things in 'common'). The orchestrated fear of being left on the shelf etc.

    Didn't understand the visits to the Chief Loner's parents, mind

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    Welcome! I haven't seen the Lobster, but the subject matter is incredibly interesting, given that I've had plenty of exposure to the (potential?) horrors of online dating. I was slightly put off because I found Dogtooth a real grind, but I may well give this a watch...

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    Watched Kill List again and liked it even more. I think The Witch looks good.

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