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July 28th, 2007
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GUH!!! >__O
Brazil is the most god awful, fucked up movie ever made!! I can't believe that Tim made me sit through that brain-crippling piece of horror... it makes me want to stuff shards of broken glass into my eyes! @__@

GHAAAA!!!! I can't remember a time when I've watched a movie that is so very brilliant in it's direction and visual effects, (visually, it is a very stunning movie...) and yet is filled with such depressing, horrific creep-factor, with absolutely NO redeeming qualities whatsoever - and a terrible twist at the end that leaves you SO PISSED OFF, you want to shoot the writer. Except that he's the same guy who did Monty Python, which is the only thing that saves him, in my book.

I have never watched a movie that has left me with such mixed feelings. I had to really sit down and give it some good, hard thought, and then promptly try to shake off the disturbing images and messages it imprints in your brain.

Cripes! I'm going to have nightmares tonight. *shudders* I want to go wash my brain out with soap right now... Fuck. >__

Current Mood: uncomfortableHorrified!

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From:chibiabos
Date:July 28th, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC)
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I haven't seen it, but I'm with you ... I've never been a fan of horror.
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From:likeshine
Date:July 28th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
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hey girl,

just wanted to see if you saw my Jindo submission for the portfolio? i tried to post it in the comm, but my post never made it out of moderation i think.
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From:iguanaartgirl
Date:July 28th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
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Apparently the way it ended is the only "happy" ending. The guy saw through what his society was and the only way for him to actually be happy after that was for him to just completely lose it. He couldn't exist in that world and be able to fulfill himself.

I believe that, but I still hated the movie.
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From:garrwolfdog
Date:July 28th, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC)
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I love that movie! It holds a dark dystopian mirror up to the insane monstrosity that is the modern world's implicit philosophical inclinations. It's like Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" with a bit of a surreal edge.
In recent years i've gained a new twisted appreciation of the film thanks to my job XD
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From:cass_rising
Date:July 28th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
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Personally I rather like that film, but then again I'm a huge fan of dystopian visions. Plus the idea of a renegade plumber just makes me giggle.
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From:iguanaartgirl
Date:July 28th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
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that guy was awesome :)
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From:acrothdragon
Date:July 28th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
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It's a very dark comedy I'm with you that the film was done beautifully with the effects works a the time.
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From:dustmeat
Date:July 28th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
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Haven't you ever worked in an office like that?
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From:geekbear74
Date:July 28th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
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Firstly, go watch Harry Potter, Transformers, and another movie to get your mind out of that movie. Cripes, i saw the illustration and that scared me as it is. Secondly....if you're feeling vengeful....go take Tim to see a movie that may burn his brain just as this movie did to you.

I can't tell you how many times me and djago do that to each other....though more him than me becuase he's really picky about the movies he sees than I do :-P.

From what you described, I rather see Pulse 5 times than this movie, lol :hugs:.
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From:wlfdog
Date:August 7th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
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I got Tim back by making him watch Turner and Hooch last weekend. :-P

*hugs a Rusty, and her brother!*
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From:brokkentwolf
Date:July 28th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
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But that's the whole idea behind art: It should stir, evoke and even provoke. Terry Gilliam did a great job of doing just that. And in a way, the ending is very Miltonian who wrote in Paradise Lost: "The mind is its own place. It can make a hell out of heaven and a heaven out of hell". I a matter of speaking, they broke the protagonist's body, but his mind was free to soar.

Oi. :) I'll send ya an e-mail with my addy. Sorry I've been really busy with work. :)
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From:scribble_fox
Date:July 28th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
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I totally agree with Brokken! *hugs to Brokken* Although the process of the movie seemed bleak and full of dark imagery, the focus of the movie was the hope that the mind is in a world appart - and in that place we can always be free.

Movies like this broaden our perspective by putting us through an artistic distilation of exagerated events. If nothing else, they do exactly what this one has - evoke a discussion! :)

Sorry it squicked you out though! *hug* See you later! :D
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From:wlfdog
Date:July 28th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
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Oh yeah, it squicked me out... especially the whole false sense of security at the end, where you think that everything is finally okay, and then they flip around on you and it's really not okay and the guy has just broken down and is only living his happy ending in his mind. Horribly, horribly depressing... it just blew my mind. The movie just made me feel completely used and toyed with - emotionally raped - not a nice feeling at all.

HOWEVER, I also totally agree with both you and Brokken. A GOOD story or movie is one that induces a strong emotional reaction from its audience. And this movie did indeed do that for me. So in many ways yes I hated the movie - but I also really liked it for it's brilliant direction and visuals, and main core focus, even though it was very bleak and disturbing.

My real issue with watching it last night was more timing than anything. Just to explain, Tim and I do our best to censor what we watch together. For example, Tim doesn't like horror flicks, or movies that have paranormal/ghost type things, because those things hit too close to home for him. So I watch those by myself, because I know he has a hard time with them. Or I censor certain movies, so if I know something might upset him, he knows in advance and can prepare himself mentally/emotionally for it. Likewise, I don't like movies with a lot of brutality or violence/meanness, and topics that hit too close to home in this world. I don't mind the Horror genre because I know it's not real - it's fantasy, fiction.

There were a lot of things in Brazil that ARE true, that CAN be very real, and I was not emotionally prepared to watch a movie as intense as that last night, and I had specifically told Tim previously that I was not in the mood to watch anything heavy/mean. Tim is supposed to protect me from movies like that, just as I try my best to do the same thing for him. In this case, I was upset because he had told me I should be fine with it (he had watched it quite a while ago and forgot just how intense it actually was...). Well, I wasn't fine with it. It affected me greatly. Hence my emotional outburst in my journal.

The movie IS brilliant, no doubt about that. My beef was just having it kind of shoved in my face when I was not in the right mind state for it.
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From:wlfdog
Date:July 28th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
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I agree with you, and this movie did just that. A GOOD movie does evoke a powerful reaction from its audience, whether that be laughter, anger or sadness.

Have you seen Pan's Labyrinth? Another brilliant piece. Very brutal, with a sad but happy ending, depending on how the audience wants to look at it.

Brazil's ending made me feel so damned cheated though. O__o

I await your e-mail. :)
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From:geekbear74
Date:July 29th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
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Yes, I saw Pan's Labyrinth as well! An awesome movie with good storytelling, despite the sad ending.
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From:geekbear74
Date:July 29th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
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Yea, you're right actually. Its just that I like to go and see a flick despite visual advertisements (posters, etc) and other people's opinions. If a preview catches my eye I definately would love to see it.

So yea, I admit I'm bit of a hypocrite here because I went to go see Transformers with an open mind since you have a lot of fanboys cry over how its made and NOT see it at all, lol.
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From:megadog
Date:July 28th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Brazil is brilliant. The more I live here in the UK [with its burgeoning bureaucracy and your ability to now be fined/imprisoned for violating some new Government edict whose existence you were utterly unaware of] the more I appreciate Terry Gilliam's visionary satire.
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From:wlfdog
Date:July 28th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
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It's the only movie that I actually both hate and like at the same time. Oh, it IS quite brilliant, and I'm very glad that Gilliam refused to censor it by cutting out the last few minutes. But dammit, what a bloody mind-wreck. O__o
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