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Title: Last movie watched...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 04 February, 2011, 12:40:44 pm
Because we don't have a thread along these lines- or if we do, it's buried very deeply and no one uses it.

Over the last few days ive been watching the two movies based on arthur c clarke's 'space odyssey' novels. Although that's not entirely true, bearing in mind the complicated process that led to clarke's novel and kubrick's film, but for now i'll treat 2001 as an adaptation of the book, and not treat the book as a novelisation.

2001 is just astonishing. Completely linear, lacking in any confusing subtext, and so blatant that its reputation as a 'difficult, unknowable' film can surely only come from the audience's disbelief that what is on screen is actually what you're getting. But my grud, it's beautiful in its simplicity. Long, slow sequences, accompanied by perfectly judged classical music, that just ramps up the feeling of 'otherness'. I found the movie deeply moving, and very frightening- the implications of the monolith as the movie's scientific 'god substitute' as effective to this atheist as the omen's devil child, or the exorcist's possession. The film's been discussed to death, but it needs restating just how much of 2001 was borrowed by later scifi. From dr who's slitscan title sequence, to discovery's engine parts being later mirrored in the tech of star wars. It even has the line 'i have a bad feeling about this...'. I must also sing the praises of the ape makeups at the start- i know they are men in suits, but even i was questioning that at times.
Loved it beyond words, and even the much-discussed differences between it and clarke's book (which have implications should the later novels be adapted) didnt bug me. Utterly wonderful.

2010, on the other hand, not so much. Aside from the cosmetic similarities with kubrick's film, this seemed much closer to the source, and as a result made the unfathomably strange quite pedestrian. Great cast (sheider, mirren, lithgow), cant raise this above being just another scifi movie. Richard edlund again demonstrates he's a (admittedly competent) 2nd string
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 04 February, 2011, 12:46:53 pm
(Phoned reached its capacity there) effects artist. The visuals are good, but dull.
The main issue here are the small changes from the novel that undermine it. The world war three subplot needs bowman to appear, in orbit, as the star child and blow up the orbiting weapons platform- here he has no influence until the end. The russians are movie-russkies, all potato faces and beards and sultry females, gruff and distrusting of americans, whereas the novel paints them as human. The chinese subplot, so important later in is missing, and as a result, the entitety of the europa sequences are fudged. It all comes together, just, but to no real end. The only reaction is 'so what?'.

Does anyone know if 2061 and 3001 have ever been optioned, or developed?

SBT
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Post by: House of Usher on 04 February, 2011, 01:02:20 pm
Last film I watched was The King's Speech. I don't get out much. Most of the other audience members were over 50 and about a third were over 60. I was offended by the advertising reel, which contained two cars ads and holiday ads that suggested I might like to visit Italy or South Africa. It was almost as if they were expecting that the audience for this film in particular must have money for things more expensive than mobile telephones, vodka, razor blades and antiperspirant.

The promo film for holidaying in South Africa was interesting because although it looked like an expensive do, it didn't look like an advert aimed at old people. It was all kayaking, 18-30 barbecues and bicicle tours of Soweto with other young, white trust fund adventurers.
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Post by: the shutdown man on 04 February, 2011, 01:08:49 pm
Watched I Love You Phillip Morris last night. Still one of the funniest films of recent times.

Before that, I finally got around to watching Seven Samurai for the first time. I was not disappointed.
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Post by: mygrimmbrother on 04 February, 2011, 01:17:39 pm
Watched 'The Reef' last night. Was ok.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 04 February, 2011, 01:30:44 pm
Watched Carnal Knowledge (1971) last night with Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel. Quite a poignant drama of two men who can't or refuse to form lasting relationships with women that aren't just about sex. A very confident and measured film, the type of which you rarely see these days about such a subject without going into actor histrionics of some sort. Also confirms to me Nicholson was the best on-screen actor in the 70's. He had quite a range of different performances unlike his often more touted peers. His best work was done back then:

Five Easy Pieces

Carnal Knowledge

The King of Marvin Gardens

The Last Detail

Chinatown

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest




Six brilliant yet different and unique performances in the space of five years. After the Shining I think the personality of Jack took over and he became a bit of a parody.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 04 February, 2011, 01:41:57 pm
I must also sing the praises of the ape makeups at the start- i know they are men in suits, but even i was questioning that at times.


There is the oft repeated story of how in the same year, Planet of the Apes (1968) was given a Special Honorary Oscar for John Chambers' outstanding, convincing makeup (there was no Best Makeup category until 1981) - the Academy members presumably didn't realize the superior, too-believable makeup in the opening scenes of 2001 that included both human actors with life-like masks and infant chimpanzees.


We can ramble about the greatness and ingenuity of 2001 for days but I have to say it's still the most ambitious film in both ideas and execution Seeing it one Saturday afternoon on BBC 2 in the mid 80's, around the age of 12, it's the film that got me interested in how films are made and in Kubrick and what having a style meant. That one cut between the falling bone to the satellite- between that cut lies the evolution of mankind, the ability to dream and the ingenuity to reshape the environment from those dreams, a sequence of one cut; that a huge and powerful idea could be encapsulated in a single edit made me become an editor.
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Post by: Satanist on 04 February, 2011, 01:54:42 pm
I watched "I Saw the Devil" the other night. It reminded me of a poor mans "Oldboy".


At 2.5 hrs its half an hour too long but overall was alright. Some really strange and pervy up skirt shots mind, I don't know if that's a recommendation or not?
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Post by: Albion on 04 February, 2011, 01:56:57 pm
I finally got round to seeing Toy Story 3 recently and was very pleased to find it really is as good as everyone had told me.
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Post by: Radbacker on 04 February, 2011, 02:00:22 pm
i believe my last movie was Nude Nuns with Big Guns, um title says it all really it did not dissapoint on the Nude Nuns however I expected the guns to be bigger.

CU Radbacker
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Post by: Mardroid on 04 February, 2011, 04:12:40 pm
In Bruges.  I've seen it before on the telly and loved it so when I saw it going for £4 at HMV I couldn't resist picking it up.

A brilliant film. The shots of Bruges alone are lovely (I've actually been there and it really is pleasant. I never entirely bought the main character's referece to it as a 'sh$t hole', but then again I guess that's part of the joke.)

I think I enjoyed this second viewing as much as the first. A mark of a good film in that it can take you to the extremes of emotion, laugh out loud hilarious at one point, heart breaking the next. A great film.

The film I watched before that (which I also picked up in that visit to HMV) was Let the Right One In.
Another great film. I'm not usually keen on romances, but this was actually very sweet... yet dark too. Curious how a story can be both dark yet strangely innocent as well. And of course, it's a vampire film, but don't let Twilight et al put you off. (To be fair I haven't seen all the Twilight films, and for all I know I might like them. I like other films people despise. Considering the subject matter of teen romance, though, I doubt it.)

I found the bit at the end  (don't click unless you don't mind it spoiled)in the swimming pool very amusing, a bit of an air punching moment. I also felt a bit guilty, aware I probably shouldn't be feeling that way considering what is actually being depicted. Everyone likes to see bullies get their comeuppance but.... well. That was a tad extreme wasn't it? So why was I chuckling?

I watched the film a second time with the director and writer commentary. It wasn't until I heard this that I got the second implication of Eli's statement "I'm not a girl." I took it to be a reference to the fact that
a) she's a vampire and
b) actually rather old.

It's not stated how old in the film but according to the book (which I haven't read) she is around 200! It can certainly be interpreted that way but Lidquist's second explanation was slightly shocking. It fits with the whole theme of the kid's romantic relationship being rather innocent (well to a point), asexual and pure.

I think I prefer the fact that this aspect of Eli's identity is left ambiguous in the film though rather than being spelt out clearly as it is in the book though.  It leaves it subject to interpretation, and I see her as a girl, albeit a rather strange dangerous one.


Oh, and the CGI cat attack bit was funny.

For a film which actually has a very basic plot and story, it is very layered.

My box set of Knowing, District 9 and Moon arrived a couple of days back. I've yet to watch them, but if the last two are as good as I've read online, I've been spoilt for good films lately.
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Post by: Ignatzmonster on 04 February, 2011, 04:25:03 pm

We can ramble about the greatness and ingenuity of 2001 for days but I have to say it's still the most ambitious film in both ideas and execution Seeing it one Saturday afternoon on BBC 2 in the mid 80's, around the age of 12, it's the film that got me interested in how films are made and in Kubrick and what having a style meant. That one cut between the falling bone to the satellite- between that cut lies the evolution of mankind, the ability to dream and the ingenuity to reshape the environment from those dreams, a sequence of one cut; that a huge and powerful idea could be encapsulated in a single edit made me become an editor.

2001 is incredible. I was thinking of Kubrick and editing recently when I was watching the Shining. One of my favorite scenes is where Jack begins to interact with the hotel. Him walking into the empty ballroom sitting at the bar and just talking in what you first think is him goofing off or mildly losing it. And the camera changes position and there's the bartender. No CGI will match the magic of that cut for me.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 04 February, 2011, 04:37:03 pm
I have always found 2010 a more satisfying movie experience than 2001, which I get the impression you're supposed to like so's to not be thought of as a pleb who didn't do film studies in college.  Yes it's great as a bit of film-making, but it's cold, soulless and bleak, with 2010 condescending to its audience by trying to make you care about what happens to its characters.  The bit with the monoliths swallowing Jupiter shit me up when I was a nipper, and as an adult I found the Cold War trappings to actually lend the film a kind of alternate-reality whimsy it didn't have at the time.  Not sure where SBT's getting 'sultry Russkies' from, either, as apart from a female crewmember who shows up scared shitless at one point and then pretty much sticks to the background for the rest of the film, there's only Helen Mirren and she seems more of a stereotypically pragmatic Soviet officer (a traditionally male role) who's well aware of the one thing most people tend to overlook about the Cold War - that the Soviets were simply the other superpower and not actually our enemies.

The most recent films I can recall seeing are Tangled, Never let Me Go and Masters of the Universe.  Never Let Me Go looks great, but (and I shan't spoil the specifics of the story for anyone who hasn't seen it as it's worth a gander) asks too much of its audience in letting a lot of obvious and important questions go unanswered, not least "what does Joe Bloggs make of that situation?" in a world where it's 2011 and people still don't approve of genetically modified food.  These are called 'wallbangers' in the trade, and usually denote some sticking-point in logic so huge it spoils the rest of the story, and the abandonment of logic for emotional manipulation falls rather flat for me when the rest of the film is so devoid of warmth or anything approaching personality in the main characters.  For others this might not be an issue.
Masters is a great bit of camp, though admittedly little to do with the originating franchise.  It stars Tom Paris from Star Trek Voyager, one of the annoying ones from Friends, one of the Universal Soldiers, Bruce Willis' wife from Last Boy Scout, the principal of Marty McFly's school in Back to the Future, her with the wonky eyes from They Live, and Frank Langella doing the impossible by playing Skeletor both too campy and yet somehow not campy enough at the same time.  It's a dumb as fuck film, but really hard to dislike given its main failings aren't so much the story as instances of ambition outstretching the film's effects budget and the cast's abilities as thespians.  Innocent fun, though, and not nearly as homoerotic as you might secretly hope expect.
Tangled is a good movie, but very, very firmly aimed at young girls as a collective marketing demographic.  Some spectacular use of 3D here and there help it, but you get the impression that the script isn't quite filling in the holes you expect it to, with the lead couple not entirely convincing and the male lead not showing anything to support his later heel/face turn beyond that being what you expect of the film at that point.

I'd mention The American, too, but I nodded off a couple times during it and probably missed if I was right about that serial killer in the background being Clooney's character, but I nodded off during it and felt that worth mentioning.  Seemed alright, though.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 04 February, 2011, 04:46:35 pm
Re sultry ruskies, well, you have two women on board- one of whom is mirren, looking her mid eighties best, and the other is young and pleasantly angelina jolie-esque. The rest are male, with big beards and heavy, workers' features. Except one, who has no beard but a face that is probably described in the actor's who's who as 'slablike'. The russian ship is grim and industrial, more nostromo than discovery, their worksuits are utilitarian, it's set against escalating coldwar tensions, and they get ordered to split up and go back to their ships by their respective governments- none of which is in the novel. I can see why hyams did it, but to my mind it twists a nice point clarke  was making, about the distance between 'now' and 'the future' and science and then-current politics, and turns it into a mid eighties cold war drama.
SBT
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Post by: Professor Bear on 04 February, 2011, 04:59:26 pm
You just wanted to bang mid-1980s Mirren, you dirty boy.  No shame in that.

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The russian ship is grim and industrial, more nostromo than discovery, their worksuits are utilitarian, it's set against escalating coldwar tensions

I'd put this down to the different production aesthetics of the mid-80s that came about after Star Wars and its low-budget knock-offs rather than a deliberate attempt to portray Soviet tech as visually oppressive -you'll note how other tech like Scheider's suitcase-sized laptop and medical equipment during Bowman's Earth visit look less organic than Discovery's interior, or the original movie's space station.  Cold War tensions are also a mid-80s thing, but Clarke's humanist themes remain even there, as the two crews deliberately discard politics based on nothing but trust, while the actual politicking is never portrayed in a positive light at any point.

As for potential sequels, I'm pretty sure Tom Hanks optioned 3001 as a potential movie, but don't know what became of it.
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Post by: radiator on 04 February, 2011, 05:01:21 pm
Speaking of Clooney, I rewatched Up in the Air last week - and enjoyed it just as much as the first time.

A gorgeous looking film that is funny, has a superb cast (nice appearances by first rate comic actors such as Danny McBride, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Bateman), well acted and overall is slick and entertaining to watch. If you don't like Clooney it probably won't win you over, but it's undoubtedly a role he is perfect for.

Despite the cover making it look like a sappy rom-com, the overall tone is genuinely bleak, with some hugely uncomfortable sequences. And just when it looks as if we're going to get a nice, happy, Hollywood ending, the film punches you right in the gut with a final twist (admittedly I did guess the twist on first viewing, but only did so shortly before the reveal).

Also rewatched Adventureland - a film I actually enjoyed more the second time round - I first watched it nursing a same-day hangover so had forgotten loads of things about it. A superior teen movie on the surface, but it's natural audience is probably a fair bit older than that - probably explains why it didn't do too well. While it's a very funny film the humour isn't quite what you'd expect from the director of Superbad - quite understated in comparison. I thought Ryan Reynold's character was especially well-observed - he certainly reminds me of people I have encountered in my life.
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Post by: Buttonman on 04 February, 2011, 05:33:47 pm

My last was 'The Supergrass' from 1985 which was the big screen debut of the Comic Strip cast and quite enjoyable too despite a few too many coincidencesused to drive the plot along.

I'd also recommend 'Gentlemen Broncos' by the writer/director of 'Napoleon Dynamite' which sees a young sci-fi writer getting his story nicked by an established cheezy hack straight from the Garth Merenghi school.
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Post by: Greg M. on 04 February, 2011, 05:43:42 pm
Last film I watched must have been a French horror film from 1980 called ‘Night of Death!’: at times a rather black comedy, at other times a wonderfully atmospheric piece, set in a cannibalistic nursing home for some very creepy geriatrics. Very enjoyable, with a few welcome but not wholly unpredictable twists, and some genuinely unnerving sections as the residents stalk the corridors en-masse.

Oh, and an Italian 70s zombie comedy called ‘Io Zombo, Tu Zombi, Lei Zomba’. In Italian. With no subtitles. And I can’t speak Italian. (It was pretty inexpensive and I’ve seen virtually every other 70s / 80s Italian zombie movie, so I felt compelled to seek this obscurity out.)
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Post by: Strontium Claw on 04 February, 2011, 05:47:12 pm
I watched Inception for the first time the other day and found it to be pretty disappointing. It's very well directed and has some amazing sequences, but it's let down by the screenplay which has two significant weaknesses:

1. It has no story. None whatsoever. The plot is very straight forward and nowhere near as intelligent as it purports to be.

2. The characters were poorly developed so I didn't care what happened to them, a  particular problem given the dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream scenario which  means there's no sense of threat or danger.

Tom Hardy was the best thing in it but he still wasn't given much to do. I really wanted to like it, but it just seemed cold, clinical and efficient.


Just to add:

2001 is a masterpiece, it instills a sense of wonder and awe about creation and the universe like no other movie,
I pity anyone who says they find it boring.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 04 February, 2011, 05:51:33 pm
I watched Inception for the first time the other day and found it to be pretty disappointing. It's very well directed and has some amazing sequences, but it's let down by the screenplay which has two significant weaknesses:

1. It has no story. None whatsoever. The plot is very straight forward and nowhere near as intelligent as it purports to be.

2. The characters were poorly developed so I didn't care what happened to them, a  particular problem given the dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream scenario which  means there's no sense of threat or danger.


I disagree with those points and ther relevance to the value of the film but I do not like the Bondesque snow scene which is just a silly indulgence much like the game theory boat rubbish at the end of Dark Night.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 04 February, 2011, 06:51:12 pm
Regarding the differences between 2001/2010 and the books, I made the mistake of only reading 3001, and being a bit confused. Only really have myself to blame for that I guess.

Last movie I watched was a rewatch of Grindhouse on blu-ray. I always find it interesting that people find Death Proof too slow and talky, because watched in the proper format (and granted, with a shorter cut of both films) I think it works brilliantly. Planet Terror is so energetic that by the time it ends it's been a bit exhausting really, and I find the contrast of DP really welcome. In fact I'd go so far as to say that PT loses a lot of the fun on subsequent watches but DP I think I could watch over and over again and still love. Also, there's the fact that the women are incredible and the car chase is probably the most excited I've been by cars going fast.

As a kid I thought car chases were exhilarating, but Hollywood can't seem to do it right these days. Maybe it's all the CG that goes around these days, those kind of scenes feel very sterile and empty these days. Not so with DP though. The fake trailers aren't quite as funny at home as in the cinema, but Thanksgiving is still the best thing Eli Roth has ever put his name to by a mile.
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Post by: strontium_dog_90 on 04 February, 2011, 08:01:17 pm
Last one watched was Hellraiser: Inferno. Not bad, considering it was the first one Clive Barker didn't have a hand in. And nice to see the Pinhead story crossing over into a completely different kind of genre.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 04 February, 2011, 08:25:03 pm
Last one watched was Hellraiser: Inferno. Not bad, considering it was the first one Clive Barker didn't have a hand in. And nice to see the Pinhead story crossing over into a completely different kind of genre.

I recall enjoying that one too, it was a nice change of pace after 3&4 I thought. Much better than I expected. Haven't ever got around to the later films (don't think they ever got a UK release) so Inferno was as far as I got.
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Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 04 February, 2011, 09:08:03 pm
The Evil Dead on the Horror channel.

It's clearly plasticine their using for the 'melting effects' at the end but it doesn't matter it's just one of those films like 'An American Werewolf in London' that is a cult movie classic.
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Post by: mogzilla on 04 February, 2011, 09:37:42 pm
well the last one was zatoichi but i "taped" carriers the other night which i shall watch with a brew later.
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Post by: Ignatzmonster on 04 February, 2011, 10:36:24 pm
well the last one was zatoichi but i "taped" carriers the other night which i shall watch with a brew later.

Which Zatoichi? There's a bunch of those guys.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 04 February, 2011, 10:39:56 pm
THE PRINCESS BRIDE.

Not seen it for nearly twenty years and nearly as good as I remember it. Snappy dialogue, lovely plot and characterisations and that knowing wink to camera of the story within the story all work for me.

Tiny Tips pointed out one of the weaknesses though; the final assault on the castle is too straight (nearly dark) compared to the rest of the film.
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Post by: vzzbux on 04 February, 2011, 11:29:39 pm
The last movie I watched was Tangled about 3 hours ago (again and again and again etc), at the moment it is Sophie's flavour, The last one was The princess and the frog.
What I can't understand is why they went for Tangled as the title instead of Rapunzel. Considering all the other fairy tale movies were aptly named, i.e. Snow White, Cinerella et-al.
I don't think I will be able to stomach much more as I am not a fan of the Disney mush. It keeps Sophie quiet though.





V
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 04 February, 2011, 11:40:24 pm
The Mechanic. It was OK.
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Post by: doggettX on 05 February, 2011, 12:26:05 am
Romeo + Juliet.

If he'd only waited another 30 seconds...
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Post by: House of Usher on 05 February, 2011, 12:40:24 am
What I can't understand is why they went for Tangled as the title instead of Rapunzel.

Yes, it's stupid. On Radio 4 they said it was because Disney didn't want to restrict the film's appeal to an all-girl market by giving the film a girls' name for a title. It won't work, because even little kids aren't stupid. By opting to jettison the more obvious title, Disney may have thrown the baby out with the bathwater.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 05 February, 2011, 12:45:52 am
I enjoyed Tangled. The songs weren't that great but the animation was wel worth looking at and none of the characters were annoying.
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Post by: Ignatzmonster on 05 February, 2011, 01:06:39 am
What I can't understand is why they went for Tangled as the title instead of Rapunzel.

Yes, it's stupid. On Radio 4 they said it was because Disney didn't want to restrict the film's appeal to an all-girl market by giving the film a girls' name for a title. It won't work, because even little kids aren't stupid. By opting to jettison the more obvious title, Disney may have thrown the baby out with the bathwater.

I can see why. Cinderella, Snow White, The Little Mermaid etc all box office poison.
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Post by: Mardroid on 05 February, 2011, 05:30:27 am
District 9
I know I'm late, but I get there in the end.

Great film, and a very original take. Alien Nation had a somewhat similar concept but those spotty heads were more integrated. As an extension of the apartheid premise, this was different.

I'm not clear why a bit of fluid from a ship fuel cell (or maybe it was just some kind of ignition fluid) would alter a human's DNA thought. I think they should have thought that through a bit more. I.e. It could have been something specifically made to do that, i.e an alien plot to make humans like themselves. Alternatively it might have been a defence mechanism but why do that? Wouldn't an electric shock or squirted acid make more sense?

It didn't spoil the main plot though. I'll admit, I wasn't too sure how it would be when faced with the extensive documentary style, but it ended up working well.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 05 February, 2011, 09:47:53 am
Last night pulled a double bill of Dead Snow and Alien.

Dead Snow is quite good, although it takes a while to start working. During the set-up it's not really that clear what it's going to be, it seems like a fairly straight-faced horror movie (and not a very good one), then about an hour in it settles on being a Braindead-style splatter comedy and pulls that off quite nicely. Some good deaths and a few laughs, not enough for a place in cult classic valhalla, but a fun and forgettable way to spend an evening.

And then to Alien. First time in HD for me, and it looks and sounds better than ever. The main thing that struck me this time round was that I must have seen this movie at least a dozen times (probably more like twice that) and even with that familiarity and in knowing exactly what's going to happen, I was still completely lost in it and on the edge of my seat. The tension is incredible, and it's amazing that even with it's age and that familiarity that it all (thoe Nostromo corridors, Tom Skerrits scene in the ducts, Ripley's incredible pants etc) still has the same effect on me, and while I'm not quite eagle eyed enough to spot what's been removed from this cut it does seem to roll along a lot better than the theatrical version. An astonishing movie.
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Post by: Strontium Claw on 05 February, 2011, 09:50:27 am
I watched Inception for the first time the other day and found it to be pretty disappointing. It's very well directed and has some amazing sequences, but it's let down by the screenplay which has two significant weaknesses:

1. It has no story. None whatsoever. The plot is very straight forward and nowhere near as intelligent as it purports to be.

2. The characters were poorly developed so I didn't care what happened to them, a  particular problem given the dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream scenario which  means there's no sense of threat or danger.


I disagree with those points and ther relevance to the value of the film but I do not like the Bondesque snow scene which is just a silly indulgence much like the game theory boat rubbish at the end of Dark Night.

The points I made are entirely relevant to my enjoyment of the film. As ever, your mileage my vary.  ;)

The snow sequence was silly, however it's one of the few moments where the film allowed itself to have some fun, I half-expected Roger Moore to show up and raise a quizzical eyebrow at the proceedings.
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Post by: chris_askham on 05 February, 2011, 10:36:56 am
I watched The Road last night, and really enjoyed it in a gloomy depressing kind of way. One of the few films in recent times that has lived up to my expectations.
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Post by: radiator on 05 February, 2011, 11:12:18 am
Is it just me that gets a bid fed up of people saying Inception "isn't as clever as it thinks it is"?

It's a big summer blockbuster effects movie, and comparing it to the likes of Transformers, yeah, it is pretty clever.

It's hardly purporting to be a deeply cerebral work of high art - it's a sci-fi action movie that gives you a little to think about.
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Post by: Hoagy on 05 February, 2011, 12:05:53 pm
I watched a vampire flick on beeb1 last night. Perfect Creature? Something creature...it started off visually, better than most recent vampire flicks. The Australian address and the steampunk setting were ultra-cool to begin with. The story dips a little bit with dismissal of the brotherhood material in its artillery, focussing more on the mad brother. Some unusual ideas though. And it wasn't that disappointing with its prophetic ending.
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Post by: Rog69 on 05 February, 2011, 02:04:04 pm
I finally got around to watching Predators last night and although it was better than the recent AVP movies, it was still a bit meh. Very formulaic stuff.
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Post by: Jared Katooie on 05 February, 2011, 03:43:46 pm
Yeah, Predators was a real let-down. I don't know why I keep going to see Robert Rodriguez movies. On paper they sound like exactly the sort of films I want to see, but when I see the finished product...

I did sort of enjoy Machete, but it could have been a lot better.
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Post by: chris_askham on 05 February, 2011, 03:47:13 pm
Yeah, Predators was a real let-down. I don't know why I keep going to see Robert Rodriguez movies. On paper they sound like exactly the sort of films I want to see, but when I see the finished product...

I did sort of enjoy Machete, but it could have been a lot better.

I thought Planet Terror was a work of genius.
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 05 February, 2011, 03:49:17 pm
I watched Salt followed by The Green Hornet in the wee hours this morning, mainly due to boredom.
Salt was an enjoyable action flick with some excellent action sequences, even if it was just a wee bit far fetched. On the other hand I found that The Green Bee Hornet was very of it's kind and the only thing that saved it was the Kato fight sequences.
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Post by: mogzilla on 05 February, 2011, 03:57:50 pm
well the last one was zatoichi but i "taped" carriers the other night which i shall watch with a brew later.

Which Zatoichi? There's a bunch of those guys.

the one with the tap dancing routine at the end.

we just got back from "tangled" brilliant stuff. fave character had to be te old man in the snuggly duckling


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Post by: Tiplodocus on 05 February, 2011, 04:20:51 pm
Just back from TANGLED myself.  A well above average effort with some great songs (Mother Knows Best and I Have A Dream), a believably spunky heroine, lovely use of light and colour (OK, the hero is actually orange and teal), a brilliantly evil witch who isn't an evil witch at all (and more than a little foxy) and great animal sidekicks.

They should have kept one of the three standout sequences (Flynn's first encounter with Maximus, the birthday dancing and the sky lanterns) till the end though.

And Tiny Tips points out that the hero, like Aladdin, starts off as a thief. So all of you gangster movie naysayers will hate it.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 05 February, 2011, 05:50:02 pm
Just gave Aliens and Alien 3 a watch there (still working through the new boxset. Oddly 3 seems to have dated the most effects-wise. I seem to remember even at the time thinking the Matte-lines(is that what they are) around the puppet work and the animated debris blowing around in the outdoor scenes looked a bit ropey, as does Ripley's act of sideywise. Other than that I still like 3 a lot, effects aside it looks pretty gorgeous. I always find the scene at the end where Henrikson's ear is hanging off a bit distracting and needless. I get that he needs to get an injury so you can see him bleed to prove he's not an android, but the fact that it looks so over the top makes it seem a bit fake, and has even had the opposite effect on some people I know (who think the ear hanging off is confirmation he's a droid). Would still like that Anderson fella to explain to me how Henrikson can be in AvP playing the same character.

Aliens rocked as always. I'm fully aware that Alien is the better movie (and watching the 2 so close together makes that even clearer) but I saw Aliens first as a kid and the style of it just seemed to have a profound effect on my young mind which has never worn off. I like space marines, what can I say.
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Post by: spireite68 on 05 February, 2011, 05:56:19 pm
Watched the first 3 Die Hard movies over the course of last week.
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Post by: chris_askham on 05 February, 2011, 06:17:21 pm
Would still like that Anderson fella to explain to me how Henrikson can be in AvP playing the same character.


I always thought it was one of his ancestors in AvP, although haven't watched it in a long time.
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Post by: mogzilla on 05 February, 2011, 06:37:56 pm
silent bob and pascal the chameleon seperated at birth?
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 05 February, 2011, 06:55:51 pm
Amelie. Hadn't seen it before. It's a gloriously beautiful movie, but I fear Jim may not like the colour scheme...
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Post by: M.I.K. on 05 February, 2011, 07:47:58 pm
I think the colour scheme in Amelie is one of the few instances where the choice makes sense. Reminds me of early red/green technicolor films.
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Post by: Michaelvk on 05 February, 2011, 09:25:52 pm
Amelie. Hadn't seen it before. It's a gloriously beautiful movie, but I fear Jim may not like the colour scheme...

If you think that's pretty, get a copy of 'A very long engagement' by the same bunch..
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Post by: Mardroid on 05 February, 2011, 10:16:05 pm
Would still like that Anderson fella to explain to me how Henrikson can be in AvP playing the same character.


I always thought it was one of his ancestors in AvP, although haven't watched it in a long time.

Yeah, it's definitely not exactly the same character. If the Bishop 2 of Alien 3 actually is human then Weyland is an ancestor. On the other hand, if Bishop 2 is another kind of android made to look even more human than his predecessors* (hence the red blood) then he is just another android based on the original template, Weyland. (Or a descendant.) Either way it works.

*In an interview concerning AvP Lance Henriksen seemed to subscirbe. Of course this raises the question as to why Call, an more advanced android from Alien Resurrection still has the snot-like blood. One explanation is simply that Bishop 2 was specifically designed or altered to fool Ripley. I.e. he is meant to be mistaken for human. The other android (whatever their model) weren't really, although they can pass for it as long as they don't bleed.

I'm not convinced of this though, but I thought it interesting in the scene shortly after Bishop 2 is hit. He states "I'm human!" then follows quietly with "I am!" almost as if he is trying to convince himself. In which case, maybe he was actually originally programmed to think he was human to complete the deception, and his hanging ear has cast doubts has made him question himself. Of course it could just be interpreted as a further appeal to Ripley though. It could go either way.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 05 February, 2011, 10:55:33 pm
Amelie. Hadn't seen it before. It's a gloriously beautiful movie, but I fear Jim may not like the colour scheme...

If you think that's pretty, get a copy of 'A very long engagement' by the same bunch..

Yeah someone else has recommended that one too- we've already ordered it!
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Post by: Professor Bear on 05 February, 2011, 11:03:16 pm
Silver Hawk is good fun.  It's a straight-up superhero flick where a wealthy model moonlights as a globe-trotting masked superhero and you can tell within the first five minutes if the rest of the film is for you as the first thing she does is jump the Great Wall of China on a motorcycle, then has a kung-fu fight on top of a moving truck that's absconding with a kidnapped baby panda in the back.  There's plenty of slapstick, great fight scenes, and a decent hammy turn from Luke Goss as the bionic-armed supervillain of the piece.  It's rare to see straight superhero stuff from Hong Kong as it's usually some form of emulation of Kato from Green Hornet (Black Mask) or part of an ensemble piece (Wonder Woman in Heroic Trio), but here it's exactly what you'd expect a superhero to be, with the whole enterprise shot in English for some reason, though it's clearly not some of the cast's first or second language.

Luke Goss also appears in Death Race 2 (sequel to the James Statham-starring remake of Death Race 2000), which is also a bit of a hoot to the point that you can overlook the troubling treatment of women as objects (not sex objects, mind - actual objects that come as accessories with a car) as given how the rest of it's played, you can put it down to piss-taking of the genre and to a certain extent the audience rather than some kind of insight into the screenwriter's divorce proceedings.  It's at least as good as the Statham outing, but there's a bit near the end where the main character is burned alive that reminds you this is a prequel and which is a bit audacious in how it leaves the story and characters in limbo rather than giving the DTDVD audience their expected payoff for a night of pizza, beer and DVDing.  Still good for a laugh, and I think I actually prefer it over the original - though I grant you for some this is no recommendation at all.
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Post by: Jim_Campbell on 05 February, 2011, 11:32:54 pm
the James Statham-starring remake of Death Race 2000

I genuinely can find no logical reason for why I watched this movie, but it sets out its stall early on, and proceeds to deliver exactly what it says on the tin. Accepting that, I found it ludicrously entertaining.

Most recently watched film was Up. I'd seen it before, but decided it was time to have my regular incomprehensible-Pixar-argument with my wife, whereby she decides (despite having enjoyed every Pixar movie we've watched thus far) someone she knows says something that "puts her off" the current offering. I then have to basically force her to watch the film and she enjoys it and has to admit she was wrong.

Up: no exception. Quite brilliant. I can't imagine a film from another studio encapsulating Carl and Ellie's absolute heartbreak with such economy and restraint and then go on to give us the joyful exuberance of Doug; the plaintive charm of Kevin. Quite, quite brilliant.

Cheers

Jim
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Post by: SquashedFly on 06 February, 2011, 12:50:23 am
Inception for me as well.

During the first 20 minutes or so I had a feeling I wasn't going to enjoy it that much,but it gradually pulled me in as it went on. The action scenes didn't do much for me, but same can be said of most modern films. It was good overall though.

I did see Predators recently as well, it is fine. It lacked alot for me. the Predators seemed incredibly awkward in places and it just wasn't that exciting. The nods to the original were a bit much as well. As I said, it's fine. I haven't seen Predator 2 in a long time but I remember liking it, I think I will give it a watch soon.
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Post by: Mardroid on 06 February, 2011, 04:58:20 am
Moon.

A very good film! Not the first time this particular subject matter has been dealt with, but the way it's dealt with is still interesting and intriguing. I wouldn't have minded if they'd kept the suspense a bit longer though, i.e. play on the hallucinations the character has at the start, but that's a small criticism, if even that. The short included on the DVD was interesting too. I could imagine a future shock adaptation of that.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 06 February, 2011, 09:45:04 am
Moon.

I found myself standing in my local Blockbusters yesterday afternoon, holding in one hand the DVD of Moon and in the other, the BlueRay. One was a fiver, the other a tenner, and I was weighing up which to get. In the end, neither- but I do need to actually get a BlueRay disc to test out the ps3 we've had for nearly a year.

Moon, I really want to see. But I spent my tenner on the BFI Film Classics: 2001 book.

SBT
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 06 February, 2011, 10:40:35 am
Would still like that Anderson fella to explain to me how Henrikson can be in AvP playing the same character.


I always thought it was one of his ancestors in AvP, although haven't watched it in a long time.

Yeah, it's definitely not exactly the same character. If the Bishop 2 of Alien 3 actually is human then Weyland is an ancestor. On the other hand, if Bishop 2 is another kind of android made to look even more human than his predecessors* (hence the red blood) then he is just another android based on the original template, Weyland. (Or a descendant.) Either way it works.

*In an interview concerning AvP Lance Henriksen seemed to subscirbe. Of course this raises the question as to why Call, an more advanced android from Alien Resurrection still has the snot-like blood. One explanation is simply that Bishop 2 was specifically designed or altered to fool Ripley. I.e. he is meant to be mistaken for human. The other android (whatever their model) weren't really, although they can pass for it as long as they don't bleed.

I'm not convinced of this though, but I thought it interesting in the scene shortly after Bishop 2 is hit. He states "I'm human!" then follows quietly with "I am!" almost as if he is trying to convince himself. In which case, maybe he was actually originally programmed to think he was human to complete the deception, and his hanging ear has cast doubts has made him question himself. Of course it could just be interpreted as a further appeal to Ripley though. It could go either way.

That's an interesting way of looking at it, I guess the fact that it can even be interpreted in different ways is a very, very cool thing.

We watched Forgetting Sarah Marshal last night, which I like fair bit (it's a 3 star film for me). It's an amusing and likeable romcom with an amusing and likeable cast, and if you can watch it without falling madly in love with Mila Kunis then you're a stronger man than I.

I'd seen it once before in the cinema, but the projectionist had botched it so that you could still see boom mics and equipment moving around (not to mention the 'nude suits' for some scenes) which was really distracting.
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Post by: radiator on 06 February, 2011, 12:15:57 pm
Wasn't too keen on Forgetting Sarah Marshall (though I enjoyed Brand in it), but as a rule I am a sucker for the Apatow/Rogen/Rudd school of comedies. I'd recommend I Love You, Man - very underrated film from a few years back which features a winning performance by FSM's Jason Segel (I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with this Muppets film he's doing atm).

Role Models is also very enjoyable, but avoid Observe and Report like the plague - I could only stand about 30 minutes of that before I turned it off. And don't let anyone tell you that it's "misunderstood" or "edgy" - which is what hoodwinked me into watching it - it's neither, it's just painfully unfunny. Funny People is alright, but very self-indulgent, not funny enough and insanely overlong.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 06 February, 2011, 01:04:54 pm
Wasn't too keen on Forgetting Sarah Marshall (though I enjoyed Brand in it), but as a rule I am a sucker for the Apatow/Rogen/Rudd school of comedies. I'd recommend I Love You, Man - very underrated film from a few years back which features a winning performance by FSM's Jason Segel (I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with this Muppets film he's doing atm).

Role Models is also very enjoyable, but avoid Observe and Report like the plague - I could only stand about 30 minutes of that before I turned it off. And don't let anyone tell you that it's "misunderstood" or "edgy" - which is what hoodwinked me into watching it - it's neither, it's just painfully unfunny. Funny People is alright, but very self-indulgent, not funny enough and insanely overlong.

Yeah I don't remember strongly disliking Observe and Report but I did forget it almost instantly. I do like that group of actors though, they work so well together (and I'd imagine improv a lot) so the dialogue always seems really naturally funny. Haven't seen I Love You, Man so will give it a rent. Paul Rudd especially really cracks me up so that sounds like a good shout, thanks for the tip.
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Post by: Mardroid on 06 February, 2011, 02:11:44 pm
Moon.

I found myself standing in my local Blockbusters yesterday afternoon, holding in one hand the DVD of Moon and in the other, the BlueRay. One was a fiver, the other a tenner, and I was weighing up which to get. In the end, neither- but I do need to actually get a BlueRay disc to test out the ps3 we've had for nearly a year.

Moon, I really want to see. But I spent my tenner on the BFI Film Classics: 2001 book.

SBT

You might have the other films already, but might I suggest this? (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00450AFY2%3FSubscriptionId%3D035HRQETZS3GCGBJ3F82%26tag%3Dfindhotelinth-21%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953)

It's a box-set including Knowing*, District 9 and Moon. I think I actually bought this from Zavvi for a cheaper price during the sale but it's gone up now so Amazon seems cheapest now, (according to this (http://www.find-dvd.co.uk/dvd/Knowing-District-9-Moon/1104474.htm) anyway). I still think that's a good price for three films.

That's if you don't mind going DVD instead of Blu-Ray obviously. I haven't checked to see if there's a blu-ray version of that box-set.

*I've yet to see this one, but the other two are good albeit in different ways.

Oh and appologies for the bad grammar and spelling in that previous post:
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In an interview concerning AvP Lance Henriksen seemed to subscirbe.

That should of course be:
"In an interview concerning AvP, Lance Henriksen subscribed to this view."
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Post by: Professor Bear on 06 February, 2011, 04:38:04 pm
Star Trek: Nemesis was playing in the gym today (via Film 4), and while I still think it a charmless mess of a film, there are moments it rises to the occasion, such as the remaining officers sharing the bottle of Chateau Picard (probably the last bottle in existence) given to the captain by his now-deceased brother when they toast Data's memory near the end, followed by Picard/Riker bromance underlined with Picard's parting words to B4/the audience about Data that are actually about changing and moving on, then a final shot of the Enterprise not jizzing off into a space-warp as usual but rebuilding and preparing for the future.  Not great, but has its moments.
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Post by: TordelBack on 06 February, 2011, 04:39:19 pm
Megamind.  Took the young'un to a 2D showing this afternoon, he'd been banging on about it for ages but we hadn't been able to swing the time.  Apart from being more than a little reminiscent of Doctor Horrible The Movie (no bad thing), it was pretty good fun, with more than a few very funny set-ups, including Megamind's eventual resolution to his pre-credits predicament, which bordered on genius.  On the whole it totally lacked The Incredibles' well-defined believable characters, but Tina Fey's Lois Lane analogue was surprisingly engaging.   Some of the too-infrequent superhero battles were quite spectacular, which I wasn't expecting, and there was an  endless parade of well-done movie homages from Flash Gordon to Superman I and II, and even (shudder) the 90's Godzilla.  

It also did the whole origin-thing for both 'hero' and 'villain' in the same opening five minutes - superhero reboot movies please take note.  I do wish we'd found out what Megamind's parents had actually said to him as he was being loaded into the rocket though...
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Post by: I, Cosh on 06 February, 2011, 08:30:21 pm
Saw Juno on Film4 the other night after the cheese and port was finished. I found the character and the film very endearing. However, I do have a very high tolerance for self-consciously hip references and kooky indieness. Plus I was quite drunk at the time.
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Post by: dweezil2 on 06 February, 2011, 10:33:31 pm
Not technically the last film I watched-that accolade goes to The Green Hornet 3D, which was mediocre in the extreme, but I'm looking forward to booting this little bad boy up for my bad movie night-a double bill with Leprechaun in the Hood!

Now after me-Drop that zero and get with the hero!


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A film so shit it's genius!
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Post by: Professor Bear on 06 February, 2011, 11:24:01 pm
Aw, man - Cool As Ice is craptacular!

"When a girl has a heart of stone, there's only one way to melt it - just add Ice!"
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Post by: dweezil2 on 06 February, 2011, 11:37:24 pm
Aw, man - Cool As Ice is craptacular!

"When a girl has a heart of stone, there's only one way to melt it - just add Ice!"


Youz knowz it dawwwg!
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Post by: Ignatzmonster on 07 February, 2011, 04:09:47 am
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 07 February, 2011, 09:52:46 am
Ha, I've still never seen that! I don't think it could live up to the movie in my head.

Girlfriend bought Whip It yesterday so we gave that a watch. I loathe Drew Barrymore but she used my fancying Ellen Page and Zoe Bell to get me to watch it. I knew it wouldn't be too bad as Amy doesn't really do chick flicks, and I found myself enjoying it. It's very girly, and massively predictable but actually quite fun. Barrymore's not even that bad in it, and she seems to have done an alright job with the direction (although the actual roller derby scenes seem really lifeless). A fun but unexceptional 3 star movie for me.
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Post by: dweezil2 on 07 February, 2011, 11:37:53 am
Cool as ice in an art house stylee? Brilliant!  :lol:
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Post by: radiator on 07 February, 2011, 11:38:12 am
My girlfriend likes the chick flicks so as a compromise we ended up watching The Switch the other night. I say compromise because as these things go the cast is actually pretty good - I'm a big fan of Jason Bateman and Jeff Goldblum, and Juliette Lewis is in it too.

To be fair it's a cut above 99% of chick flicks, but if I was to sum up the film in one sentence it would be "phoned in". From the script to the direction to the acting, everything about the film had the air of "Will that do?" about it. Goldblum especially seems half-asleep or drunk in most of his scenes.

It's also got one of the most unintentionally funny endings to a film I've ever seen. The finale happens so suddenly and unexpectedly and makes so little narrative sense I initially thought it was a fantasy sequence. It's like the filmmakers suddenly ran out of money and had to abandon the third act and instead end the movie with a short dialogue scene instead.

She also watched Love Actually while I was working on the computer yesterday. What a strange film that is. It somehow remain watchable because of the sheer amount of talent onscreen (and it is a fantastic cast), but there is a lot wrong with it and it is at it's heart a deeply cynical, manipulative movie.

I noticed yesterday just how many boob-shots there are in it, which seem totally out of place... until I twigged that they have been meticulously put there to pacify the 'blokes' that end up having to watch the movie with their partners. Like I said, cynical.
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Post by: dweezil2 on 07 February, 2011, 11:48:42 am
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Juliette Lewis is pretty much a good enough reason to watch any movie!
Shame about the scientology thing, but you can't have everything!

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Post by: JamesC on 07 February, 2011, 01:04:16 pm
I watched 'Cool as Ice' the other week.
I like the way he knocks on doors with one single thump and I like the way he says 'let's gee oh' instead of 'let's go'.
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Post by: Buddy on 07 February, 2011, 04:40:50 pm
Can't quite remember the last movie I watched but I'm thinking it's probably 'The Bishops Wife' on Christmas eve.

Crackin old Christmas film with David Niven and Carry Grant and one of my fave films evah!
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Post by: Professor Bear on 07 February, 2011, 07:31:40 pm
Tomorrow When The War Began, a Red Dawn rip-off based on the first volume of a series of Aussie young adult novels.  It's not terrible, but does take too long to get going and the pace for the rest of it is stops and starts.  The characters are pretty lightweight, with the only sympathetic one being the generic bible-thumper who considers the consequences of murder and ultimately accepts them by not wallowing in self-pity like the rest do even before they've actually done anything.  The rest are faceless by-the-numbers, not helped by some pretty terrible dialogue that sometimes sounds like the cast are just reading off casting notes or something.  It also ends abruptly.
Nice explosions, though, and the few action scenes have the benefit of being easy to follow rather than simply comprising of shaky camerawork and lens flares.  All in all, you'd need to have run out of anything better to watch to have to resort to this, but it's not that terrible, just banal in its competence.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 07 February, 2011, 07:39:36 pm
Not the last movie i saw, but certainly on my list to see sharpish: Titanic 2. 'On the centennial of the original disaster, a new luxury liner is named titanic 2 and sets out for new york... Into the path OF A TSUNAMI!'

This film will be mine, oh yes. And as it's only £7 on first day of release, it'll be three quid in no time.
SBT
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 07 February, 2011, 07:41:44 pm
Double bill at the picture house for me today.

The Fighter was better than I thought it would be, but that's mainly down to the performances. Bale is a bit showy at times but I won't baulk if he wins the Oscar. Amy Adams is a real titan of an actor.

Even better IMO was Rabbit Hole. I steeled myself beforehand in case OBositiy prevailed, but this was just a great movie, undercut throughout with torrents of grief that never overwhelm the script's wicked sense of humour. I know a bunch of people don't like Nicole, but she's really tremendous here and I'd like to see her do more villainous roles in future. Also there are a bunch of awesome Dash Shaw illustrations to gawp at which came as a welcome surprise. Highly recommended.
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Post by: Robin Low on 07 February, 2011, 08:25:49 pm
Had a bit of a movie day on Saturday, when I watched:

Dragonwyck (not bad, Vincent Price)

Big (didn't actually watch it all and still never seen it from beginning to end, but still a great movie)

The Man With One Red Shoe (a Tom Hanks comedy wtih Jim Belushi, which I'd never even heard of before - not great, but a few laugh out loud moments)

Jane Eyre (pretty good, nice atmosphere, great performance from Orson Welles, but I expect a lot of the original story was been cut)

Regards

Robin
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Post by: Greg M. on 07 February, 2011, 09:00:00 pm
Had a bit of a movie day on Saturday, when I watched:

Dragonwyck (not bad, Vincent Price)

Watched that as well and rather enjoyed it... some wonderfully florid dialogue, a young Vincent, and a touch of deliciously gothic ambience. Quite agreeable.
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Post by: Mudcrab on 07 February, 2011, 09:19:02 pm
How to Train Your Dragon, which I was hugely impressed with. Gotta love those Scottish Vikings  :-\

More recently The Road to Perdition. I know, it's been ages, but never caught it before, great film.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 08 February, 2011, 12:31:42 pm
I started watching STARSHIP TROOPERS 3: MAURADER on Five last night.  I'm not sure I'll make it to the end...

 (and not because they've somehow made Jolene Blalock look hideous)

Somebody please explain to me why I should watch the remaining hour and a half.
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Post by: noodles on 08 February, 2011, 08:04:59 pm
I started watching STARSHIP TROOPERS 3: MAURADER on Five last night.  I'm not sure I'll make it to the end...

 (and not because they've somehow made Jolene Blalock look hideous)

Somebody please explain to me why I should watch the remaining hour and a half.

That was incredible!!! Jolene Blalock looked unshaggable -that was an achievement surpassing any of James Cameron's visual tricks.

The remainder of the 'film' itself was unwatchable -they managed to make anything with Danny Dyer in look good...
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Post by: Mrpepperami on 08 February, 2011, 09:08:21 pm
That women has a great future in front of her. I have kept abreast of her career and even though she has her knockers, I like her front.....
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Post by: johnnystress on 08 February, 2011, 09:14:56 pm
I saw Tangled in the cinema last night. Some good laughs, nice animation, some great characters all marred by horrible, dreadful clichéd 'broadway show-tune' style songs

Oi Disney...there is no need for the songs, even kids don't like them ! just stop
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Post by: Kerrin on 09 February, 2011, 10:50:08 pm
What Johnny said. The horse and Cupid were bloody ace.
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Post by: vzzbux on 09 February, 2011, 11:08:11 pm
What Johnny said. The horse and Cupid were bloody ace.
An old stumpy sot in a nappy? What porn are Disney trying to peddle onto our kids.




V
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 09 February, 2011, 11:09:52 pm



NAZI-PORN
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Post by: Kerrin on 09 February, 2011, 11:33:44 pm
An old stumpy sot in a nappy? What porn are Disney trying to peddle onto our kids.

The whole scene in the Snuggly Duckling cracked me up.

Maybe I'm just sick.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 09 February, 2011, 11:37:40 pm
Apart from the bit he said about the songs.

You don't go see a musical and then complain there were songs in it.

(OK, except me when I went to see WICKED last year.)

But I guess if you are saying it would have stood on it's own without the songs, that's a reasonable point to make but for me, I think they gave it something you don't normally get in cartoons these days; ORIGINAL songs.
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Post by: Buddy on 10 February, 2011, 01:17:39 am
I'm watching Matrix: Revolutions at the moment and it's pretty damned good.

This film gets a lot of stick but really... what were you expecting.. it's visually stunning has great action sequences and machines designed by Geof Darow... that pretty much sums up a summer blockbuster popcorn movie in my book.

How anyone can like Avatar and piss on this.. I'll never know.
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Post by: Ignatzmonster on 10 February, 2011, 01:27:07 am

Jane Eyre (pretty good, nice atmosphere, great performance from Orson Welles, but I expect a lot of the original story was been cut)

Regards

Robin

Welles was ripped in that movie! Saw it after I watched Touch of Evil and screamed in shock.
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Post by: flip-r mk2 on 10 February, 2011, 01:32:32 am
Hellboy 2 The Golden Army, finally got round to watching it all the way from start to finish without interuptions.



filip
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Post by: johnnystress on 10 February, 2011, 02:02:35 pm
Apart from the bit he said about the songs.

You don't go see a musical and then complain there were songs in it.

(OK, except me when I went to see WICKED last year.)

But I guess if you are saying it would have stood on it's own without the songs, that's a reasonable point to make but for me, I think they gave it something you don't normally get in cartoons these days; ORIGINAL songs.

I didn't know it was a musical

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Post by: Dark Jimbo on 10 February, 2011, 02:48:20 pm
Saw Tombstone for the first time t'other night. I don't normally go much for Westerns, but the impressive cast won me over and I thought I'd give it a go. Pleasantly surprised on all counts, I don't really have a bad word to say about the film. Top entertainment.

Whatever happened to Val Kilmer?
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Post by: James Stacey on 10 February, 2011, 02:52:50 pm
Saw Tombstone for the first time t'other night. I don't normally go much for Westerns, but the impressive cast won me over and I thought I'd give it a go. Pleasantly surprised on all counts, I don't really have a bad word to say about the film. Top entertainment.

Whatever happened to Val Kilmer?

Oddly I saw Tombstone the other night too (Tuesday). Not the first time as I had the good luck to see it in the cinema. We were discussing it could well be Kilmers best performance. As for what happened to him, judging by recent photos, someone has been inflating him.
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Post by: Dark Jimbo on 10 February, 2011, 03:03:06 pm
*quick google image search*

Yikes! You're not wrong.  :o
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Post by: Wils on 10 February, 2011, 04:32:11 pm
American Splendor. Low-key brilliance.
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 10 February, 2011, 07:45:45 pm
Sherlock Holmes Faces Death.

Only vaguely acquainted with Rathbones Holmes (I'm a Brett man myself) but saw a boxset of all the films cheap in HMV and couldn't resist.

'...Faces Death' is not a great film but has a distinct advantage over it's two predescessors in that it is an actual mystery story rather than than slightly ridiculous Holmes Vs Nazi bobbins.

Rathbone is as good as he's cracked up to be and even comedy Watson has failed to piss me off just yet but I'm told he becomes even more of a cartoon as the series develops so that may change.

The commentary tracks on these films, by Holmes/Doyle experts, are a bit dry and are obviously prepared speeches being read verbatim rather than spontaneous observations or even semi-spontaneous with notes. As a newbie to the series they are telling me facinating stuff I don't know but it's just a shame they don't sound as interesting as they actually are, if that makes sense. They're sometimes a little hard to stay focused on.

Will be rationing the rest of the series. As good as some of the films (and Rathbone) are, this isn't really a 'marathon session' boxset.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 10 February, 2011, 09:10:44 pm
TOMBSTONE.   "I'll be your huckleberyy".
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Post by: Ignatzmonster on 10 February, 2011, 09:15:14 pm
Saw Tombstone for the first time t'other night. I don't normally go much for Westerns, but the impressive cast won me over and I thought I'd give it a go. Pleasantly surprised on all counts, I don't really have a bad word to say about the film. Top entertainment.

Whatever happened to Val Kilmer?

Oddly I saw Tombstone the other night too (Tuesday). Not the first time as I had the good luck to see it in the cinema. We were discussing it could well be Kilmers best performance. As for what happened to him, judging by recent photos, someone has been inflating him.

Loved Chubby Kilmer in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
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Post by: Michaelvk on 10 February, 2011, 09:22:04 pm
Top secret was kilmer's best performance..
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Post by: House of Usher on 10 February, 2011, 09:46:53 pm
Blue Valentine, this evening. Superb. Lovely, and very sad. No cheap sentimentality and manipulation, just truth.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 10 February, 2011, 10:00:41 pm
TOP SECRET is brilliant. much under rated and unseen. so many great gags (and songs)
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Post by: Mardroid on 11 February, 2011, 03:39:29 am
The Lovely Bones.
(There might not be a 'the in the front'.)

Interesting, intriguing enough film, but it felt like it was trying too hard and wasn't as good as it thought it was. I usually gobble up supernatural stuff and (while I don't like to admit it) I can be pretty sentimental but this didn't quite work for me...

To be fair, the acting, characterisation and ideas were good. And I did miss a bit. My friend started washing up during the film, bless her heart, and the sploshy sounds meant I missed some of the dialogue. I don't think I missed anything of note though.

It may well warrant a rewatch though. I just thought they could have done more with the haunting concept and bit less of the grantedly spectacular, abstract flights of fancy stuff.* And made more use out of the psychic girl. Although to be fair, the film might appear a bit of a rip off of that film with Richard Gere and Whoopie Goldberg if they did that. (And it felt slightly weird that the girl looked way younger than her 'not quite boyfriend' although to be fair, at that age, kids mature quite fast and a couple of years can seem a lot.)

I was rather unsatisfied with the ending too. (Don't look if you haven't seen the ending: Did the ghost push him? Or did he just slip? I know she had possessed the psychic girl a bit before, but this bit was unclear to me.)

To be fair, I understand this film is based on a book and maybe all this was true to that story.

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Post by: Hoagy on 11 February, 2011, 07:46:51 am
If only someone would write suprnatural like Kurt Vonnegut writes scifi. Then, I would indeed," gobble it up."
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Post by: I, Cosh on 12 February, 2011, 01:21:04 am
Saw Never Let Me Go this evening. I think I might've liked it if it the whole experience hadn't been marred by a gaggle of twelve year olds up the back yapping and sniggering through every quiet moment. Of which there are a lot.

I don't think I'd've liked it at their age but, then, I probably wouldn't've gone to see it either.
Blue Valentine, this evening. Superb. Lovely, and very sad. No cheap sentimentality and manipulation, just truth.
Yeah. I saw this a couple of weeks ago and thought it was quite marvellous. Really stayed with me, but also led to some odd conversations with people who seemed determined to see it as one or the other's "fault."
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 12 February, 2011, 01:43:25 am
Zombieland.

It runs out of steam very quickly.
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Post by: Buttonman on 12 February, 2011, 09:44:57 am
Zombieland.

The Social Network - another Jesse Eisenberg effort and a lot better than the above. Compulsive viewing but they come across as such a horrible, greedy lot that your first instinct is to delete your Facebook account.

Justin Timberlake does well as the Napster guy who arrives late in the day to grab a piece, as he's the most repulsive, manipulating weasel you'll see this year.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 12 February, 2011, 10:36:54 am
District 9- at long last.
Very good indeed, and not at all the movie I expected. Well, I'm not sure what I expected, but it wasn't this.
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Post by: radiator on 12 February, 2011, 11:32:58 am
I really liked Zombieland, though I agree that the first half is much better than the second.

Watched a bit of The Social Network recently, but got to admit that it didn't grab me at all - I just didn't find the story that interesting and it seemed too cinematic and stylised to be convincing as a true story.

They can try and make out all they want that the creation of facebook was this world-shaking event, but at the end of the day, facebook wasn't that original - it succeeded because it was like MySpace, but it looked nice so it appealed to adults. I can't help thinking that Zuckerberg, though obviously a smart guy, fluked it somewhat.
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Post by: noodles on 12 February, 2011, 05:29:49 pm



NAZI-PORN

Yeah?

Well take this!(http://images.mocpages.com/user_images/2781/1246364834m_SPLASH.jpg)

and this!
(http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQsXQOu1NtGBS3_0Cxo2N9_RCid3h5N0nEMPNI6y0lvPzAYzM7Z)

'nuff said.
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Post by: Michaelvk on 12 February, 2011, 05:40:34 pm
District 9- at long last.
Very good indeed, and not at all the movie I expected. Well, I'm not sure what I expected, but it wasn't this.

A lot of the same crew is, eh.. was on Dredd.. Just so you know..

Now,, Last movies watched: Muppets take Manhattan and Saving Private Ryan. In that order.
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Post by: Misanthrope on 12 February, 2011, 09:16:38 pm
Iron Man 2. Utter pants.
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Post by: mogzilla on 12 February, 2011, 09:18:11 pm
the empire strikes back...intersting film,i'd like to see a prequel of sorts charting that darth vaders early days .
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Post by: Albion on 12 February, 2011, 09:36:54 pm
I got Son of Rambow today for £3 in Tesco.
An enjoyable little film I thought.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 12 February, 2011, 09:39:56 pm
District 9- at long last.
Very good indeed, and not at all the movie I expected. Well, I'm not sure what I expected, but it wasn't this.

A lot of the same crew is, eh.. was on Dredd.. Just so you know..


Is it mainly the same producer, gaffers, grips, lighting, set construction or what else...?
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 12 February, 2011, 11:20:10 pm
Kingdom of Heaven directors cut- got it for £3 in Tesco. It is ridiculously epic.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 12 February, 2011, 11:21:29 pm
Yogi Bear.  Admittedly I was more distracted by Anna Faris' weight seeming to go up and down randomly during the film, but I still didn't think much of it.  Ackroyd was good as the voice of Yogi (though still clearly doing an impression of the voice from the cartoon shows), but the humans dragged the thing down by being center stage with their need for a "story" to hang their presence upon rather than the makers just doing 90 straight minutes of Yogi being a furry thieving bastard in 3d.
The CGI Yogi is pretty good, and the mix of CGI with live-action is seamless with only one back-projected bit on some rapids letting the side down.
But the kids loved it, and I imagine that's the main thing.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 12 February, 2011, 11:34:15 pm
Me and a mate have decided to have a regular movie double bill night where we pick a movie each that the other person hasn't seen.

His pick was Assault On Precinct 13, which was great. I'd seen the remake, and everything else Carpenter's done (apart from The Ward) so it was really nice to see the original. A lot of tension on a miniscule budget, good going there.

I stuck on Phantasm, which he's always wanted to see. I don't actually rate it that highly, it's got a great dreamy atmosphere going on but doesn't really stand up very well. It is again a good example of a young director with no money making something pretty interesting though. It's one of those rare examples where I enjoy the sequels a lot more because once Reggie starts kicking ass proper it's great fun.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 13 February, 2011, 01:44:48 am
True Grit. Fairly entertaining and the girl is great but I'm utterly bewildered at the over the top critical reaction to it.
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Post by: Emp on 13 February, 2011, 01:52:42 am
Watched isnt quiet right for these 2 ......21 BULLETS all going well until about 20 secs in when doubts started to form...and 45 secs when the title actually came up as L'IMMORTAL...not that i'm bothered but the wife has an aversion to reading movies....the blurb on the front is a bit of a bastard mind .. "Jean Reno..the professional is back!"..........what could go wrong i thought as i snatched it of the shelf.

And Pineapple Express....£3.so cant complain too much. Never saw the ending, after 45 mins of Seth and his dealer shouting at each other and falling over i decided that Sky and their multitude of shite would be a beter waste of my time.

Really hoping the other 3 films i bought this week will be better....44 Inch Chest, 21 & Black Death, just so i haven,t wasted all my cash.
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Post by: SuperSurfer on 13 February, 2011, 05:57:26 am
Just saw True Grit. Enjoyed it. Whole affair was spoilt by the morons who must've thought they were watching Benny Hill or something. Everything was so funny. Arrived later than wanted due to London useless bus service (6mins=20mins in London Bus time). Caught beginning but had little choice of seats and ended up in front of Mr Laughaminute. No carpet on floor and Laughaminute kept on tapping his feet. After I turned round the third time his Mrs said something to him and that stopped. Felt my chair moving and wasn't sure if it was due to people on the same row or if fuckwit behind me was pushing it with his legs. Guess this belongs in another thread but that's it for me and the cinema. Never again. Grrr.
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Post by: Hoagy on 13 February, 2011, 10:35:19 am
Ooh, just change viewing schedule SS, choose a different bus route/ time/ service and a more quiet viewing day. Sundays can be quite bare of Matinee-ers. I know you shouldn't have to, but there is some fun in turning a problem into an opportunity. I'm hopeful you will return anyway.

Young Frankenstein cracks me up still. Lest we forget a little overuse of the Nazi stereotype once again, it strikes more of a personal note in the film the older I get. Lest I forget. Marty Feldman is magical. And if he thought the task beneath then his character was the perfect vehicle to express it. Gene Wilder was more than brilliant as the good Doctor, the little girl scene, the blind man scene, the vaudeville scene and the carry on moments. Sheer sparkling madness.   
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 13 February, 2011, 11:07:07 am
I'm (re)watching Lord of the Rings. Although I've seen Fellowship before, I've never seen the 2nd and third films at all!
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 13 February, 2011, 12:32:35 pm
I hope im in time, wayne. STOP IMMEDIATELY! EJECT THE DVD AND WALK AWAY! you do not need to watch the second and third rings films, in the same way you dont need to buy a keeping up appearances box set. Just back away.
SBT
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Post by: Jim_Campbell on 13 February, 2011, 01:02:18 pm
(Note that I don't hold SBT's viewpoint against him -- and have no real interest in arguing this point: I can understand entirely why LotR is largely an all or nothing deal; both books and films although for different reasons.)

Assuming that you enjoyed Fellowship, though, there's no reason at all why you shouldn't enjoy the other two. Make sure you have the extended version of Two Towers, however. I can't stress how much better a movie the extended version is over the theatrical cut.

Cheers!

Jim
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Post by: johnnystress on 13 February, 2011, 01:08:57 pm

Young Frankenstein cracks me up still. Lest we forget a little overuse of the Nazi stereotype once again, it strikes more of a personal note in the film the older I get. Lest I forget. Marty Feldman is magical. And if he thought the task beneath then his character was the perfect vehicle to express it. Gene Wilder was more than brilliant as the good Doctor, the little girl scene, the blind man scene, the vaudeville scene and the carry on moments. Sheer sparkling madness.   

I love this film. Watched it again last night. Juts great. Not only is it very funny but it's beautifully shot too
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 13 February, 2011, 01:34:44 pm
Make sure you have the extended version of Two Towers, however. I can't stress how much better a movie the extended version is over the theatrical cut.


Ah balls! I've only the theatrical cut (the extended edition box set cost twice as much as the standard box set)  :'(
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 13 February, 2011, 01:41:10 pm
I'd only watch the extended editions for all of them, especially the first two.
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Post by: Jim_Campbell on 13 February, 2011, 01:44:24 pm
Ah balls! I've only the theatrical cut (the extended edition box set cost twice as much as the standard box set)  :'(

If you get the chance, definitely watch the EE of Two Towers out of all three. It's bizarre, the film is 44 minutes longer but the pacing is so much better, it feels shorter than the theatrical cut.

Cheers!

Jim
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Post by: radiator on 13 February, 2011, 01:49:01 pm
I'd definitely recommend sticking to the theatrical versions if this is your first time  watching LOTR - the extended editions are only for hardcore fans and they're even longer versions of already very long films.

The original cut of Fellowship in particular is much more easily digestible - the theatrical cut just rattles along at an exciting pace, whereas the extended version feels a little bloated and slow in comparison.

Though I do wish they'd get their arses in gear and release the EEs on Blu-Ray!
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Post by: Jim_Campbell on 13 February, 2011, 01:56:01 pm
I'd definitely recommend sticking to the theatrical versions if this is your first time  watching LOTR - the extended editions are only for hardcore fans and they're even longer versions of already very long films.

I disagree quite strenuously about Two Towers. I think the narrative is actively damaged in the theatrical cut. The pacing in the EE is better, and it makes more sense. That's got nothing to do with whether I'm a fan -- I'd agree that the EE of Fellowship essentially adds back hardcore fan stuff like Galadriel's gifts, but there are holes in the theatrical Two Towers that disrupt both the pace and the plot.

Cheers

Jim
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 13 February, 2011, 01:58:08 pm
In the case of the LOTR EEs I'd disagree with what the Rad says about them being "only for Hardcore fans", I think FOR has a far better opening and Rivendell doesn't get shortchanged, two things I think are rather important to the rest of the story and improve viewing. As Jim has stated for the TT, the pacing is better and I think it applies to FOR too, better pacing makes better films. A film with too many scenes/cuts badly paced will seem long and tiring  as will a slow film with bad pacing. Nothing to do with film length (that's how it's so easy to watch multiple seasons of a good box-set in a day or two, it compels through good pacing and intention) but horses-for-courses.
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Post by: Radbacker on 13 February, 2011, 02:19:25 pm
just watched All Star Superman, fricken cool, not quite on the level of the comic but pretty close.  This is the live action Superman story they should make.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zPv6DiA_eM

Cu Radbacker
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Post by: Professor Bear on 13 February, 2011, 03:22:27 pm
God I'm dreading the All Star Superman 'toon after the horrendous adaptation of For the Man Who Has Everything, which I am apparently alone in thinking a dumb, hateful and pointless reworking of a classic Superman tale by a team who arguably could have done much better if they'd gone their own way with the material rather than shoehorning the Moore original into an extant continuity.

Another vote for the EE of LotR, as I never thought I would say this but they are movies that are improved by more Sean Bean.  The strand that follows his family across a couple of generations between the three films adds a lot of heart to what in the theatrical cut amounted to a huffy teen falling out with his grumpy working-class dad.
I have to say that while I comprehend a lot of the perfectly valid criticism of the trilogy, I don't understand the idea that the films are reviled from some quarters for anything other than their accessibility and popularity.
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Post by: radiator on 13 February, 2011, 03:25:26 pm
Well imo Fellowship EE takes an age to get going - the one and only time I have tried to get my girlfriend to watch LOTR she was bored before they even left Rivendell (which is the bit when it starts to get exciting). I suspect that if I had had a copy of the theatrical cut to hand, she would have liked it more - my abiding memory of seeing FOR in the cinema was how pacy and exciting it was.

Little things like the 'concerning hobbits' opening v/o, the giving of the gifts, the bit where Frodo and Sam see the elves in the forest... they're hardly essential to the overall plot and from the point of view of the casual audience all they do is slow the pace down. The casual viewer couldn't give two shits about minor plot points, they're just there for the spectacle.

For a lot of people, just knowing a film is 3.5 hours long is enough to put them off it. Don't get me wrong, I prefer the EEs, but if I were to invite some family round to watch LOTR, it would definitely be the theatrical cuts that I put on.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 13 February, 2011, 06:39:14 pm
We just watched I Love You, Man and really, really enjoyed it. A very funny film and actually pretty touching, and most guys will probably relate to it. The whole bromance rom-com angle is pretty different and handled really well. Good stuff.
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Post by: radiator on 13 February, 2011, 07:42:45 pm
Glad you enjoyed it Keef - I thought it was a really sweet and funny film - the plot was refreshing in that it didn't at all go where I expected it to - the trailer and tagline (He Needed a Best Man, He Got the Worst) leads you to think that Jason Segel's character is going to be some sort of boorish oaf, but he's actually really likable and appealing.

Have you seen Swingers Keef? If not you should definitely track down a copy - it's broadly in the same genre of comedy as ILYM and is similarly smart and funny. The naturalistic shooting style and dialogue  makes it seem like it belongs in the Apatow/Rogen/Rudd family of comedies and gives it a fresh, contemporary feel despite being almost 15 years old. One of my favourites.

(http://img.filmous.com/static/photos/35313/poster.jpg)

Also, I've a feeling that you might like Hot Rod - a comedy vehicle by Andy Samberg (who plays Rudd's brother in ILYM) it's very, very silly and has no pretensions of being anything other than a dumb formulaic comedy, but it's well worth a watch. Shockingly it went straight to DVD in the UK, so it might have sailed under your radar...

(http://www.impawards.com/2007/posters/hot_rod.jpg)

You've probably see Office Space, but if you haven't, get hold of that too - another one that didn't make it to cinemas AFAIK. That film is absolute genius, and is such a spot-on satire of work.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 13 February, 2011, 07:58:00 pm
You've probably see Office Space, but if you haven't, get hold of that too - another one that didn't make it to cinemas AFAIK. That film is absolute genius, and is such a spot-on satire of work.
Incredibly, this is on Film4 in an hours time. It is pretty funny.
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Post by: radiator on 13 February, 2011, 08:08:25 pm
Ha! I recently watched Idiocracy, Judge's follow-up to Office Space, but it's nowhere near as good. There's the bare bones of a good film there but it never lives up to it's concept. Apparently it was a troubled production and the budgetary issues are very evident on-screen. Probably wouldn't watch it again.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 13 February, 2011, 09:57:27 pm
I think the debacle over it's release was more troubling.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 13 February, 2011, 10:15:51 pm
Not a movie but I just watched S2E2 of Breaking Bad; "Grilled". Jesus Fucking Shit.
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Post by: TordelBack on 13 February, 2011, 10:54:59 pm
Thanks for the heads-up on Office Space, peeps.  The missus and I just watched it with two bottles of our first homebrew batch of Pinot Grigot as our Valentine's substitute, and it was most amusing.  Hot Valentines tip:  some of M&S' 'Valentine Meal at Home' elements haven't been selling as well as expected in Tallaght, so they're flogging 4 Orkney crabs for €3.  I know there's cheaper ways to get crabs in Tallaght, but these are pretty nice with wine aged for a generous fortnight.
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Post by: Mardroid on 14 February, 2011, 01:05:27 am
Revolver

It lost me. Partly my own fault as I missed a bit, and it's the kind of film you really have to be paying attention. It seemed rather confused and while I'd usually find the stuff portraying characters flashing between their inner and outer worlds interesting, this was used too much and ended up grating.

Good ideas, but after all, not very good. I guessed one of the twists though. And the bit when the accountant looking hit-man character decided he'd had enough was brilliant.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 14 February, 2011, 08:55:04 am
Glad you enjoyed it Keef - I thought it was a really sweet and funny film - the plot was refreshing in that it didn't at all go where I expected it to - the trailer and tagline (He Needed a Best Man, He Got the Worst) leads you to think that Jason Segel's character is going to be some sort of boorish oaf, but he's actually really likable and appealing.

Have you seen Swingers Keef? If not you should definitely track down a copy - it's broadly in the same genre of comedy as ILYM and is similarly smart and funny. The naturalistic shooting style and dialogue  makes it seem like it belongs in the Apatow/Rogen/Rudd family of comedies and gives it a fresh, contemporary feel despite being almost 15 years old. One of my favourites.

(http://img.filmous.com/static/photos/35313/poster.jpg)

Also, I've a feeling that you might like Hot Rod - a comedy vehicle by Andy Samberg (who plays Rudd's brother in ILYM) it's very, very silly and has no pretensions of being anything other than a dumb formulaic comedy, but it's well worth a watch. Shockingly it went straight to DVD in the UK, so it might have sailed under your radar...

(http://www.impawards.com/2007/posters/hot_rod.jpg)

You've probably see Office Space, but if you haven't, get hold of that too - another one that didn't make it to cinemas AFAIK. That film is absolute genius, and is such a spot-on satire of work.

Yeah, have seen those ones (I loved them though so your recommendations are spot on). Hot Rod is pretty fun, like you say it's very very silly, but I like how it pushes that in some more bizarre directions than your more generic teen comedies ('cool beans' is a bit of a catchphrase round here now).

Swingers and Office Space are both fantastic, it's been a while though so will need to give them a rewatch. Even if it means hearing Vince Vaughn's laugh again.
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Post by: radiator on 14 February, 2011, 10:41:38 am
Watched Burn After Reading last night. I'm not an aficionado of the Coen Brothers - if I'm honest I tend to find their films to be pretty overrated in general. I liked Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski, but stuff like Oh, Brother... just flies over my head.

I enjoyed it - twisty turny plot, some funny bits, great cast - JK Simmons is amazing in everything, isn't he?

This sounds like a massively back-handed compliment, but one of the things I most liked about it was that it was short and sweet - pretty much 90 minutes on the nose. Too many films are too long these days, it's refreshing to see a film that doesn't outstay it's welcome. 90 minutes is the perfect length for a movie, and should be the standard.
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Post by: Jim_Campbell on 14 February, 2011, 11:04:59 am
Too many films are too long these days, it's refreshing to see a film that doesn't outstay it's welcome. 90 minutes is the perfect length for a movie, and should be the standard.

Whilst I don't think any film should be made to a 'target' length, I will cheerfully agree that there are a great many two-hour films that could quite comfortably see 20-30 minutes trimmed out of them, and that Burn After Reading* is perfectly paced to its refreshingly compact running time.

Cheers

Jim

* Once I overcame my disappointment at discovering that it wasn't about an arsonist's tour of the dormitory towns of Berkshire…
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Post by: radiator on 14 February, 2011, 11:18:47 am
I reckon that the reason that most cult 1980s movies are still held in such high regard is, nostalgia aside, that they're by and large quite tightly written and generally about 90 minutes long, which seemed to be the standard back then. Strange that, when attention spans are shrinking, the average running time of movies seems to be creeping ever upwards.

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there are a great many two-hour films that could quite comfortably see 20-30 minutes trimmed out of them

Yeah - take Inception - I really enjoyed it, but have never felt the urge to rewatch it because it was so bloody long - anything longer than 100 minutes and it seems like a big time commitment to sit down and watch it. Someone made a point earlier about bingeing on TV series box sets - I think a large part of the appeal of them is the low commitment factor - each episode of something like The Sopranos is like a bite-sized movie.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 14 February, 2011, 11:31:50 am
Absolutely. I have a hard line cut off point of 100mins. If something is longer than that, i probably wont rent or buy it, largely because we watch films between 8.30 and 10pm, give or take. I no longer watch films because im massively interested or obsessed with the medium. I watch them, as most people do, for easy entertainment in the evenings. From time to time, something will come along that briefly fires the long lost cinephilia i used to have (a new romero zombie, a new carpenter, etc) and then id bend those rules as appropriate. But mostly, not.
SBT
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Post by: radiator on 14 February, 2011, 11:43:43 am
Now that physical media in general seem to be winding down and I have plenty of options for renting or viewing things online, I tend to try and limit myself to only buying DVD/Blu-Rays that are either all time classics, or films that I can watch again and again without tiring of them (and thus are actually worth owning) - the latter tend to be those classic Sunday afternoon comfort films - 1980s/1990s comedies and family films mostly...
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 14 February, 2011, 11:45:24 am
My kids have taken to saying "Apart from it being twenty minutes too long, what did you think?" when we come out of the cinema because that's pretty much teh first thing I say.

Noteable exceptions being The Lord of The Rings films, the Nolan Batman films and Inception all of which I just wanted to carry on and on (especially fellowship).

The problem I had with BURN AFTER READING was that it just seemed to stop dead. In an amusing way.  But I got the impression they just thought "Quick wrap it up with the bloke telling us what happened."  (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN also seemed to end dead in the middle of a great monologue.)  I've not seen these for a while so could be mistaken.
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Post by: radiator on 14 February, 2011, 11:58:12 am
Yeah, BAR does seem to just suddenly stop, but it worked, I thought. I was impressed by the audacity of it, and all the plot threads got nicely wrapped up.

One thing I did think was odd about it was the music, which sounded like something from the Bourne films and very at odds with the off-beat, largely light-hearted sensibility of the rest of the film.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 14 February, 2011, 12:14:52 pm
I've often found Coen Brothers movies don't really resolve in the traditional sense. I still haven't seen one I haven't enjoyed (but I did avoid their Ladykillers remake), but you often get the impression they don't come up with the structure before writing. 'The Man Who Wasn't There' in particular seems to go off on some tangents, it's almost like they start writing the script with a general idea, rather than having the major plot points mapped out first, which I'd assume is the more common approach. It's part of their charm I think, but it does mean the endings sometimes feel like they're tying things up a bit quickly, as if they've written themselves in a direction they hadn't expected and need to wrap it up.
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Post by: radiator on 14 February, 2011, 12:37:51 pm
Since we're on the subject of LOtR, I've just been informed that Play.com are currently offering the whole trilogy on Blu-Ray for the insanely bargainous sum of £9.99.

It's only the theatrical cuts, mind. I'm waiting on the Extended Editions to be released myself.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 14 February, 2011, 06:21:59 pm
I watched Alien Resurrection today (finishing off the blu-ray boxset) and quite enjoyed it to be honest. It's definitely my least favorite, and isn't even playing in the same ballpark as the first two, but it's kind of fun. Also I like the look of it (although of the blu-rays the first movie actually looks the best, this one's a tad grainy). I wish they'd had the guts to do something without Ripley, and dramatically I've always thought of Alien as a trilogy ending with 3, but I still think of this as fun in the same way as I do the comics, not canon but alright as it's own separate thing.

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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 14 February, 2011, 08:38:40 pm
Saw True Grit today which means I've now seen all but one of the Best Picture noms so now I'm going to rank them from worst-to-best because I have nothing better to do. Didn't get round to seeing 2010: A Lesbian Odyssey :(

9. King's Speech - TBH I enjoyed all of the noms, but this was the most obvious OB, and that Hitchens takedown did sour me on this somewhat. I have no problem with Col winning Best Actor as it's the best performance technically as well as artisticlikeally.

8. 127 Hours - Franco is fantastic but jeebus is Danny Boyle's directing style in this fucking annoying. It worked in Slumdog but here he just seems to take it too far. TOO FAR. Appropriately enough the best scene He finds some help whilst the music goes all GYBE on us is the one which most glaringly highlights the weaknesses of the film No dialogue, yo.

7. The Fighter - Somewhat OB, but hugely amiable and entertaining with a stellar cast. If anything, I think it felt a bit safe, but in doing so it prolly avoided some pitfalls.

6. Inception - To me, this feels most like the film making up the numbers. Nolan still hasn't made his masterpiece, but this is an excellently stentorian film, where the pieces that listen to their director obey to the listen and where the parts that are compelled to reject such an imposition don't get up to too much mischief.

5. True Grit - A long way off from the Coen's best work (and a steep step down from Larry's travails IMO) but I can't find any real faults with this. What I find to be the unifying theme in all of the best Coen films is the sense of transience. No matter how monumental the events we see depicted are, there is always going to be something else that comes along that we, as observers, are going to find more gawp worthy, even as we leave our protagonists to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives.

4. Winter's Bone - If this was nominated to make up numbers, I'm glad they did it as it deserves to be seen by all. I guess what I really like about this movie is it's steadfast refusal to cast judgements on those kerazzy hillbillies whilst still allowing us to cast judgement and not casting judgements on our casting of judgements. The only bad aspect of Jennifer Lawrence's performance is how she is way more attractive than everyone else. John Hawkes should get Best Supporter.

2 co-habiter. Toy Story 3. Very close to number 1. A great way to introduce children to the wonderful world of melancholy.

2 co-habiter 2. Black Swan - Far from perfect, and I probably wouldn't even say it's "better" or maybe even "as good as" my 4 and 3, but this is easily the most gleefully chaotic and fun of all the nominees, even as it takes it self so very seriously. It would clearly fall apart without our liddul preencess, but Portman just does an amazing job in holding it all together and is the easy pick for Best Actress in a very strong category. The ending is absolutely magnificent and marks this as a film with the most sincere desire to uphold its principles.

1. The Social Network. The snarky tone is what most obviously stops this film from holding up as truth, but as fiction it compels a film with flawless foundations to dizzying heights. Just a perfect movie.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 14 February, 2011, 10:59:13 pm
We've just had a very romantic evening with 'The Last Exorcism'; an in your face mocumentary following a fundamentalist preacher with a crisis of faith as he attempts to use tricks and psychology to 'help' a girl in louisiana, whose father believes her to be possessed.

Absorbing, very clever, convincing and very frightening in turn, only to make one narrative turn too many in the last ten minutes, riunding it all up in a brilliantly deranged manner that'll have long time fans of hammer and dr who's metal dog chum grinning from ear to ear, while sensible people moan.

SBT
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 15 February, 2011, 07:46:34 am
We've just had a very romantic evening with 'The Last Exorcism'; an in your face mocumentary following a fundamentalist preacher with a crisis of faith as he attempts to use tricks and psychology to 'help' a girl in louisiana, whose father believes her to be possessed.

Absorbing, very clever, convincing and very frightening in turn, only to make one narrative turn too many in the last ten minutes, riunding it all up in a brilliantly deranged manner that'll have long time fans of hammer and dr who's metal dog chum grinning from ear to ear, while sensible people moan.

SBT

Yeah, I moaned! Was quite enjoying it up to a point, but I didn't ever find it scary to be honest. It was also guilty of the old sin of throwing in some creepy shots in the trailer which weren't in the film, always annoys me a bit. Not bad, but a bit disappointing.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 15 February, 2011, 08:18:41 am
Yeah, I moaned! Was quite enjoying it up to a point, but I didn't ever find it scary to be honest. It was also guilty of the old sin of throwing in some creepy shots in the trailer which weren't in the film, always annoys me a bit. Not bad, but a bit disappointing.

I didn't see the trailer- I rented it entirely based upon a review I read somewhere (may have been the Meg, or may have been elsewhere) and the cover. I didn't even read the back of the box, except to check the running time! It's just the kind of movie made for Valentine's Day chez-BlueThing.

As for the end, I was just impressed with their audacity- as I honestly thought that an ending like that was thirty years dead. Didn't expect to see that again, and it made me very happy. But I can see why others would be annoyed or let down.

SBT
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Post by: Professor Bear on 15 February, 2011, 02:49:56 pm
All Star Superman.
Far too literal in places yet stitches those moments together with bad dialogue and clumsy animation.  It also omits the standout emotional moments that made the source material something other than a cold repackaging of Silver Age silliness ala the horrendous Batman/Superman: Public Enemies - though fair play that was coming from an awful story with no redeeming creative value and there's only so much turd-polishing even talented film-makers can accomplish.
The episodic nature of ASS is especially noticeable where it becomes obvious something has been omitted (the Bizarro segments, the death of Johnathan Kent, Jimmy Olsen's Doomsday turn) as Superman makes a really big deal about going off into space to save the Bottle City of Kandor and makes a big farewell to Lois, then less than five seconds later he's back on Earth two months later and doesn't mention what happened in the interim.  Jimmy Olsen's plot arc being omitted is also problematic as the script still retains moments where he wears women's clothing and it's treated as a joke, giving proceedings a slightly hateful undertone that wasn't in the comic.
The rest is a condensation of a lot of the comic joined by improvised improvements (sic) that only holds together for me because I've read the original and know what's missing, but as an objective bit of animated film-making this is a mess.  It comes so close here and there because there's so much potential in the book to work from, but the end result is a pointless work devoid of the joy of the original, with the complete destruction of the Lex Luthor/Leopold Quintum subtext a sad indication of just what a journeyman effort it all is.

Still, nice explosions, and Supes manages to have some fights here and there.  I imagine that's all that really matters.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 15 February, 2011, 08:31:27 pm
Gnomeo and Juliet.

On paper it probably looked good. The computer animation vibe of Toy Story, the dramatic writing of Shakespeare and the songs of Elton John

What you get is the dramatic writing of Elton John,  the computer animation skills of Shakespeare and the songs of Toy story (sorry Randy).

Utterly. Fucking. Dire.
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Post by: Kerrin on 15 February, 2011, 08:36:56 pm
Gnomeo and Juliet.

Utterly. Fucking. Dire.

Shit. And I had such high hopes after watching the trailer.
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Post by: radiator on 15 February, 2011, 09:06:06 pm
Was it twenty minutes too long?
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Post by: Jim_Campbell on 16 February, 2011, 09:12:08 am
Reported.
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Post by: Bolt-01 on 16 February, 2011, 10:17:13 am
Gnomeo and Juliet I really enjoyed- and I was opposed to watching it walking in. However it was delightfully silly in places and good fun.

However last night I trekked to Leicester to Watch True Grit with Mini-Bolt. Awesome film with superb performances all round.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Post by: Van Dom on 16 February, 2011, 10:34:08 am
Megamind.

Like Tordelback, I loved it. Lots of good laughs, nice twist on the superhero/villain thing,and just good fun all around. Even my 3 year old sat quietly in his seat for the whole thing and only asked once if it was "nearly over" that was a first (he usually asks that question about fifty times from about minute 3 onwards).

I didn't know Will Ferrel was the voice actor until the closing credits. Damn, another Will Ferrel movie that I loved, the guy can do no wrong for me. The last movie I watched before this was The Other Guys and that had me in stitches as well.

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Post by: Professor Bear on 16 February, 2011, 01:52:23 pm
Damn, another Will Ferrel movie that I loved, the guy can do no wrong for me.

I can cure you of this affliction quite easily: Bewitched.
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Post by: Van Dom on 16 February, 2011, 04:58:00 pm
Damn, another Will Ferrel movie that I loved, the guy can do no wrong for me.

I can cure you of this affliction quite easily: Bewitched.


Haven't seen it!!! Better not!!!
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Post by: House of Usher on 17 February, 2011, 11:02:55 pm
Last film I watched (this evening) was a Mexican film called Leap Year.
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Post by: The Big Man on 18 February, 2011, 10:45:57 am
I watched The Haunting In Connecticut yesterday and I'd really like those 90 minutes back. The extras on the DVD were a lot better than the film. Modern horror film-makers are so bloody lazy with their insistence on using sudden music stings and fast cuts to tell the audience when to be scared.  >:(
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Post by: House of Usher on 18 February, 2011, 10:55:13 am
Gnomeo and Juliet I really enjoyed- and I was opposed to watching it walking in. However it was delightfully silly in places and good fun.

I'm curious to know: in the end, does Gnomeo commit suicide by poison, having killed Paris in a knife fight, and does Juliet do herself in with Gnomeo's dagger upon seeing his lifeless corpse? Just wondering.
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Post by: TordelBack on 18 February, 2011, 11:07:33 am
I'm curious to know: in the end, does Gnomeo commit suicide by lawnmower, having killed Paris in a Fishing Rod fight, and does Juliet do herself in with Gnomeo's pointy hat upon seeing his lifeless corpse? Just wondering.

This is what the wife and I concluded after some speculation.  Cheery stuff.
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Post by: mygrimmbrother on 18 February, 2011, 12:30:17 pm
I watched The Haunting In Connecticut yesterday and I'd really like those 90 minutes back. The extras on the DVD were a lot better than the film. Modern horror film-makers are so bloody lazy with their insistence on using sudden music stings and fast cuts to tell the audience when to be scared.  >:(

Agreed. I've pretty much given up on US horror, but therre have been some real gems from Europe in the last few years - Rec & Rec 2, Rare Exports, Martyrs, Frontiers... the French in particular are producing some truly disturbing stuff lately.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 18 February, 2011, 12:32:43 pm
The ending to Gnomeo and Juliet...

After chatting to a statue of William Shakespeare about the tragic ending of his play(a phoned in performance by Patrick Stewart), Gnomeo heads back to Verona Drive where all hell is breaking loose. The Blue Gnomes are seeking vengence as they believe Gnomeo was crushed by a truck and have unleashed a Terrafirminator Lawn Mower on the Red Gnomes.  The lawn mower goes mental and starts destroying all in it's path.  

It's heading for Juliet when Gnomeo arrives on the back of a plastic pink flamingo. He leaps to save her... and fails.

There is a massive explosion and the gigantic water feature on which Juliet was fixed is destroyed, half the garden levelled.  Miraculously none of the gnomes are hurt. Not even Gnomeo and Juliet who were slap bang at the heart of the explosion.  

Everybody gets up and for some reason agrees to live happilly ever after.  

They don't even go to the abandoned garden that was set up as a possible home for them in reel two.  There's no reason given as to why they survived the explosion (just luck) or why everyone decides to live together (they just do).  

They then make some jokes along the lines of "See, I told Shakespeare we could come up with a happier ending" and do a very poor song and dance number in which dead characters (Tybalt) come back to life.


The credits list about 8 writers (Shakey is notably absent from the list) none of whom could even be arsed to apply the slightest bit of logic or thought to the ending.

As a parent, you often get dragged along to films taht you don't want to see. Pixar have totally raised the bar over the last dozen years so when you end up at something as cack-handed as this, it really grates.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 18 February, 2011, 09:30:49 pm
Disney's The Black Hole.

First time since original cinema release in 1980, this was. I only got a copy because I'd read they were gearing up for a remake, and I figured they may well follow the same pattern they did with Tron, and make it unavailable to the paying public beforehand. So, Ebay was my friend.

As a ten year old, I remember this as being alternately boring and terrifying in equal measures. It was the one sci fi movie I didn't beg my mum to take me to see multiple times- once was enough. Though I also remember having and loving the action figures- which lived in my Star Wars figure box quite happily for years and probably dissappeared when I flogged them all to Polly Lewis's little brother so I could buy a BMX. Never rented or bought it on VHS and didn't even know it was available on DVD.

It was only when I read about the possible remake that I started thinking about it again. A quick check revealed it was only 95 minutes long, so I thought I may as well get it.

Oh bejeezus. Yes, the script is toss. Yes, the acting is an exercise of watching nominally "good" actors give up the will to live gradually over the course of an hour and a half- though Tony Perkins comes out more or less intact and Roddy MacDowell is consistently great as the voice of VINcent. And yes, the science is just ridiculous... but, bloody hell!

The visuals! So many gorgeous, terrifying and terrifyingly beautiful pictures! The ship- the Cygnus- is all girders and horrifyingly bleak industrial gubbins... then the lights come on, and suddenly it's a glorious caged lantern in space. The actual effects are wonderful- there's barely a shoddy shot, barring a couple of obvious matte lines. It's still hard to work out just how did the floating robots.

But it's the incidental nastiness that impresses- there's some very vivid imagery that seems designed to scare the hell out of little boys. Despite having no conscious memory of most of the film, every single image turned out to be burned into my brain at a depth of thirty years- and every one popped up as the movie unfolded. Too much to go into here, but the visuals in conjunction with the sound design are just so impressive- The humanoid reveal, Maximillian screaming like a baby as he meets his end, the jaw-dropping meteor sequence and most especially the ending, with the merging of Maximillian and his creator (Actor Maximillian Schell, in Maximillian's shell, in Maximiliian's Hell) to stand like a demonic spider atop a humanoid-infested rocky outcrop in a literal Inferno, while the "goodies" follow an angel to... somewhere else.

Breathtaking in it's attempt to be a cross between 2001 and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Unbelievable that they got so much right- so much resonates over thirty years. But also amazing that so much is so wrong. A better script, a more convincing cast- it could have been a kid's Alien.

But, just pure mentalist brilliance, of a kind, I thought.

SBT
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Post by: TordelBack on 18 February, 2011, 09:56:56 pm
Disney's The Black Hole.

Did you say Disney's The Black Hole?  I'm truly shocked.  ;)

I don't think I've seen this film since I saw it in the cinema, but I still have vivid memories - possibly due to having numerous bubble-gum cards to remind me of the highlights.  Must track down a copy. 
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Post by: Emp on 18 February, 2011, 11:28:23 pm
Up to me to lower the tone a bit....with Knucklehead.

A complete load of unoriginal tosh.....but highley enjoyable (if you dont expect much)and/or have kids to amuse.
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Post by: Mardroid on 18 February, 2011, 11:49:50 pm
The Black Hole has a great sound track too.

I remember my mum won the record. (I can't remember how or why she entered the competition.) Very atmospheric music.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 19 February, 2011, 12:24:35 am
That movie had a pretty intense effect on me as a kid too. I wasn't born when it came out so must have seen it on video, but I remember the ending sticking with me for years (I even get chills thinking about it now). Think it's because I was probably too young to have really thought about where you go when you die, and I took the ending to be a heaven/hell scenario and there was something really disturbing about it to me because I hadn't really visualized hell at that point.

For a Disney film it's definitely pretty harrowing for a youngster!

Can't remember much else about it to be honest so it might be worth a re-watch.
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Post by: SquashedFly on 19 February, 2011, 12:50:27 am
I watched Predator 2 finally earlier today. It's been a long time since I have seen it.

I enjoyed it alot. Much better than Predators at least, and..well at least it wasn't set in fucking Antarctica. I really like the way it is shot, and it's attempts at fleshing out the actual Predator.
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Post by: Emp on 19 February, 2011, 01:43:08 am
Excalibur.....brilliant flick.....even with the tractor going over the hills in the distance.
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Post by: TordelBack on 19 February, 2011, 07:00:34 pm
For some work-avoidance reason I watched The Butterfly Effect the other night, which I had previously studiously avoided, understanding it to star Ashton Kutcher, and taking it to be a college rom-com with added time travel 'hilarity'.  Other than the Kutcher thing I was way out.  It's a relentlessly downbeat but rather involving Quantum Leap affair.  Kutcher still irritates the crap out of me (although I suspect he's meant to here), and the premise was far from original, but I confess to being gripped from quite early on, particularly from the point where the unlikeable protaganist has successfully faced down a couple of serious problems, only to create other far more intractable ones.  Surprisingly good stuff.
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Post by: M.I.K. on 19 February, 2011, 08:18:00 pm
The bit with the fake stigmata scars made no sense.
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Post by: TordelBack on 19 February, 2011, 08:42:13 pm
The bit with the fake stigmata scars made no sense.

Thought that too, but it was never very clear how the whole thing worked - in the same way that the former GF sort-of recognised him in the final scene (beyond having met him at a party when she was 6), and that he appeared to have carried the same number of brain-damage episodes between 'lives', I think there's some wiggle room in how 'impermeable' the timelines actually are: possibly by involving the cellmate so closely, there was a gap in readjustment to the new 'reality'.  Or something.
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Post by: Jared Katooie on 19 February, 2011, 09:23:51 pm
If you enjoyed The Butterfly Effect, I suggest you check out the Director's Cut ending; which is very, very different from the ending shown in cinemas/on TV.

The "real" ending makes a lot more sense, and is much more original, but bizarrely I actually preferred the one the producers insisted on. Probably because I saw that ending first.
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Post by: Kerrin on 20 February, 2011, 09:16:56 am
Actually got round to watching a couple of DVDs that have been collecting dust on the coffee table last night. First up was 'The Social Network' which was excellent. Superb performances all round with Timberlake particularly good as the chief douchebag. Next up was 'Black Dynamite'. I was in absolute stitches. Not really a spoof of 70s Blacksploitation movies but a loving homage. Hugely quotable and well worth a watch if you haven't already.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 20 February, 2011, 10:07:56 am
Yesterday we watched True Grit in the cinema, then got Chinese food and came home and watched Inception on dvd- both were astoundingly good.
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Post by: El Chivo on 20 February, 2011, 10:17:07 am
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Pretty cool!

Chi
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Post by: I, Cosh on 20 February, 2011, 06:17:26 pm
Went to a screening of Silent Running last night with a live musical accompaniment. The whole experience was a bit of let down. The screens were neither big nor bright enough for the size of the hall (a major problem during the long outside shots of the ships) and the music, enojoyable as much of it was, often overpowered the film, particularly when they were playing over some of the dialogue.

On the bright side, I do have a more positive impression of the film now. The only time I'd seen it before was watching it on telly with my dad when I was about ten when I had concluded it was boring rubbish with stupid robots regardless of the moral rectitude. Rewatching now, Bruce Dern gets a handful of great scenes in it. I still hate the stupid robots though.
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Post by: TordelBack on 20 February, 2011, 06:53:10 pm
I still hate the stupid robots though.

That soul of yours must be a small, dark affair indeed. 
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Post by: Emp on 20 February, 2011, 07:13:34 pm
RED.

Thoroughly enjoyable brain in neutral sort of flick.

Plus I was surprised to see Ernest Borgnine in it, I thought he'd died years ago!
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Post by: DrJomster on 20 February, 2011, 10:19:34 pm
Saw "Confessions" in the cinema today. A Japanese film about revenge set in a secondary school. It made me realise how glad I am not to have gone to school in Japan!  Japanese school kids are scarily good at bullying, not to mention scarily into extreme acts in a bid to find some sort of meaning or status in the grind of life.  :o

They unnecessarily blew a wedge of budget on some sfx near the end for some reason too.

The film's good but up against some stiff competition at the moment and so gets the prize for Third Best recent film after King's Speech and Black Swan.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 20 February, 2011, 10:24:17 pm
I still hate the stupid robots though.


 :'( Why do you hate so much?
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 20 February, 2011, 10:46:46 pm
The Prestige is on BBC 2 now.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 21 February, 2011, 01:05:47 am
Faster, starring The Rock as a crim who does his dime for armed robbery and then sets out to murder everyone who got him banged up in the first place.  It started well until the words "Billy Bob Thornton" appeared onscreen but that didn't ruin things in the end.  While it's a very Grindhouse affair, at one point when the Rock stands at the back of a church I got the impression we're supposed to view him as the Devil or summat, only the direction was a bit too journeyman for that and the rough edges that might have made it a cult classic are instead replaced with a bland competence where the whole thing works just fine, but there's no distinctive character to any of it that might have shone through in flaws in ability or failure of ambition.
It's a solid revenge flick rather than an action movie, though it's not quite essential.  Still worth a watch, all the same.
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Post by: radiator on 21 February, 2011, 10:46:51 am
This weekend I watched Paul - which was good, but too hit and miss to be truly great - and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, which I thought was superb. It pretty much won me over from the title sequence onwards, where it is trumpeted as "A Film By... A Lot of People".

The whole thing is shot through with this absurd, irreverent, and smart sense of humour - kind of what you'd expect from a film that has the likes of Bruce Campbell, Mr T and Bill Hader in it's voice cast. Certainly the best non-Pixar cg animation I've seen.
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Post by: James Stacey on 21 February, 2011, 10:48:52 am
The only time I'd seen it before was watching it on telly with my dad when I was about ten when I had concluded it was boring rubbish with stupid robots regardless of the moral rectitude. Rewatching now, Bruce Dern gets a handful of great scenes in it. I still hate the stupid robots though.

You have no soul. That film still makes me cry.
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Post by: TordelBack on 21 February, 2011, 11:05:30 am
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, which I thought was superb. It pretty much won me over from the title sequence onwards, where it is trumpeted as "A Film By... A Lot of People".

Surprisingly fun film that, especially the final gag with Eyebrow Dad.  Another terrific joke was the weather forecast that predicted that the food-based devastation of the planet would commence in cities with famous landmarks before moving onto less well-known areas later... Mind you I was left pondering the fate of the island, which had gone from pretty f'ed to utterly f'ed over the course of the film.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 21 February, 2011, 11:26:43 am
Saw "Confessions" in the cinema today.

ooh which one? Window Cleaner? Holiday Camp? I think Driving Instructor was my favourite.
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Post by: Spaceghost on 21 February, 2011, 11:30:01 am
Saw "Confessions" in the cinema today. A Japanese film about revenge set in a secondary school. It made me realise how glad I am not to have gone to school in Japan!  Japanese school kids are scarily good at bullying, not to mention scarily into extreme acts in a bid to find some sort of meaning or status in the grind of life.  :o

I think you'd have been ok. I'm pretty sure it's not a documentary. :-\
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Post by: Buddy on 21 February, 2011, 11:43:06 am
The Prestige is on BBC 2 now.

Watched that (seen it before) with the girlfriend and we both came away with completely different views on what was going on.

I thought that the machine worked and Angier was making duplicates of himself (well, I actually think there are three Angiers 'alive' at the moment he's doing the trick - the original who appears on the balcony at the end of the trick - the duplicate that is created in the process of the trick and the duplicate that is drowned in the process of the trick.

I believe it is this new duplicate that is then drowned when the trick is next performed... and in fact it is only duplicates that are drowned and the original Angier is always there to receive the prestige of doing the trick.

Until last night I thought Broden had duplicated himself but now take it that they are twins.

She thought that the machine didn't work and that it was all done with doubles, although that doesn't explain who that was that appeared when Angier first used that machine, and who was in all those tanks at the end of the film.

Confusing but still a great film.
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Post by: radiator on 21 February, 2011, 11:55:12 am
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Surprisingly fun film that, especially the final gag with Eyebrow Dad.  Another terrific joke was the weather forecast that predicted that the food-based devastation of the planet would commence in cities with famous landmarks before moving onto less well-known areas later...

Ha, must have missed that. The line "You can't run away from you own feet" pretty much summed up the tone for me - so refreshing to see a 'kids' movie that is genuinely funny - a lot of the attempts at humour in these sorts of films are just dire and irritating - Shrek and the like (again, excepting Pixar - Toy Story 3 especially has some hilarious moments).

Also: Spoiler tags, people - I would actually like to watch The Prestige at some point!
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Post by: Buddy on 21 February, 2011, 12:17:19 pm

Also: Spoiler tags, people - I would actually like to watch The Prestige at some point!

Ah yes... noted.
Sorry 'bout that.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: radiator on 21 February, 2011, 01:11:50 pm
Another movie that I watched for the first time recently was Rocky. I'd never been remotely interested in seeing it before, but my girlfriend convinced me, and I must say - I thought it was great. It actually left me with a much greater admiration for Stallone than I have had previously - the young Sly is really charismatic and cool in the film, and the fact that he wrote the script is also impressive.

Overall I really liked it - it has a really nice tone and it feels very evocative of a specific time and place. The characters were well drawn and I found the training montage, despite being so heavily referenced and parodied, still really effective and powerful....  BUT I have zero interest in watching any of the sequels. To me, the ending was perfect - and the trailers I have seen for the other films look very cheesy compared to the sparse, gritty and largely downbeat original. Balboa becoming a successful boxer (even world champion?) seems totally at odds with what is established in the first film - after all, he is no great fighter - he doesn't even win the fight at the end, but holding his own against Creed is a personal victory for Rocky, and is all the more effective for it.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 21 February, 2011, 01:26:01 pm
rE: THE PRESTIGE.  My take was:

The machine does work. It makes a double of Angiers.  When the machine first works, Angiers immediately shoots and kills the double it creates.  Then he resolves to set up Borden for murder. He does this by doing the trick every night.  A double is created on the balcony (who takes the applause), the original falls into the water tank below to drown.  Every night, Angiers effectively walks to his death just to get back at Borden. But nobody cares about the man in the box.

The only bit that confused me was how he knew on which night Borden would turn up and go back stage so he could be set up (I'm guessing he looked out for him every night and on the night when he sees him on-stage examining the kit, he resolves not to reveal himself for the prestige.

Also, a bit of a coincidence that the Tesla wild goose chase Borden sends him off on, actually ends up with a working machine and the whole doom of both of them.


But I liked it a lot; intensely unlikeable but understandable, driven characters. (But twenty minutes too long)
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Post by: House of Usher on 21 February, 2011, 01:52:13 pm
I really do not like Silent Running. I thought it was superb when I was a kid, but after three or four viewings it lost most of its charm for me and is just a big downer. It's a bunch of hippy crap, and the plot makes little sense.
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Post by: TordelBack on 21 February, 2011, 01:56:03 pm
It's a bunch of hippy crap, and the plot makes little sense.

That's the weltschmerz talking!  What doesn't make sense about moving giant greenhouses to space and then blowing them up?
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Post by: Buddy on 21 February, 2011, 02:01:00 pm
rE: THE PRESTIGE.  My take was:

The machine does work. It makes a double of Angiers.  When the machine first works, Angiers immediately shoots and kills the double it creates.  Then he resolves to set up Borden for murder. He does this by doing the trick every night.  A double is created on the balcony (who takes the applause), the original falls into the water tank below to drown.  Every night, Angiers effectively walks to his death just to get back at Borden. But nobody cares about the man in the box.

The only bit that confused me was how he knew on which night Borden would turn up and go back stage so he could be set up (I'm guessing he looked out for him every night and on the night when he sees him on-stage examining the kit, he resolves not to reveal himself for the prestige.

Also, a bit of a coincidence that the Tesla wild goose chase Borden sends him off on, actually ends up with a working machine and the whole doom of both of them.


But I liked it a lot; intensely unlikeable but understandable, driven characters. (But twenty minutes too long)

Re The Presitge...

Scarlett Johansson... is a complete BABE!
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 21 February, 2011, 02:35:49 pm
I really do not like Silent Running. I thought it was superb when I was a kid, but after three or four viewings it lost most of its charm for me and is just a big downer. It's a bunch of hippy crap, and the plot makes little sense.


I suppose you hate Joan Baez as well?
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Post by: Mardroid on 21 February, 2011, 05:20:10 pm
Ghost Rider. Well, the last part of it, but I have seen it all the way through before.

Daft. Almost wince-worthingly* corny in places. So why did I enjoy it?

I also found it amusing how the attractive love interest had the first 2-3 buttons of her blouse undone exposing her lovely cleavage. Seeing young ladies in low cut tops in films is quite normal, but this wasn't a low cut top!  Not that I'm complaining.

Yes the film was ridiculous but I found it a lot of fun. I wish they'd made more use of the cowboy dude at the end though. 'One last ride' turned out to be just that. Cool sequence though it was.

*yep, I invented a new word!
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Emp on 21 February, 2011, 06:55:12 pm
44 inch chest.

Another recent purchase that i'll never get see the money or get the time back for.

Its not that its really bad, i actually managed to get the whole way through it, but it just wasn't memorable and will now sit in the area "films we will never speak of again".

Looking at the dvds i have watched and not been overly impressed by i have noticed a common theme. All of them proudly boast on the cover that they have been awarded 4 stars and acollades such as "awesome","great" etc by NUTS and/or LOADED. Think i will now use this as an indicator that the movie contain is going to be,lets say,less than brilliant.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Roger Godpleton on 21 February, 2011, 07:14:06 pm
Here's to you, House of Usher and Joe Soap
Rest forever here in our hearts
The last and final moment is yours
That agony is your triumph


Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Darren Stephens on 21 February, 2011, 08:40:17 pm
I recently watched (or should I say sat through...)a film called 'the Humanoid'. A terrible Star Wars rip off that you just have to see to believe. It was on the SyFy channel, I think. It's also on Youtube. Witness the shitness...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qRFFU4kp7o (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qRFFU4kp7o)  :lol:
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Post by: Robin Low on 21 February, 2011, 09:27:07 pm
I recently watched (or should I say sat through...)a film called 'the Humanoid'. A terrible Star Wars rip off that you just have to see to believe. It was on the SyFy channel, I think. It's also on Youtube. Witness the shitness...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qRFFU4kp7o (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qRFFU4kp7o)  :lol:

Was it really on SyFy? It was on the Horror channel the other day, too.

Regards

Robin
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: mygrimmbrother on 21 February, 2011, 11:37:55 pm
Burning, the Mogwai live film. Stunning. In fact, I immediately whipped out the plastic and bought a couple of tickets to see them in Manchester this saturday.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Darren Stephens on 22 February, 2011, 05:53:52 am
I recently watched (or should I say sat through...)a film called 'the Humanoid'. A terrible Star Wars rip off that you just have to see to believe. It was on the SyFy channel, I think. It's also on Youtube. Witness the shitness...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qRFFU4kp7o (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qRFFU4kp7o)  :lol:

Was it really on SyFy? It was on the Horror channel the other day, too.

Regards

Robin
Heh, yeh, might have been the horror channel. Certainly makes sense...it was horrible!  :lol:
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: TordelBack on 22 February, 2011, 08:18:39 am
When I was 8 I had a school friend who was obsessed with The Humanoid.  Nothing was as good as The Humanoid, not Star Wars, not Raiders, not Close Encounters - The Humanoid was where it was at.  Indeed, there was a distinct suspicion that many of these films might be rip-offs of The Humanoid, chronological evidence be damned.  One of my abiding memories of watching The Black Hole is having him turn to me in the cinema and say "these robots are just copied from The Humanoid".  I of course had never seen The Humanoid, but after a while I was fairly sure that (a). it was a deeply cerebral high-quality adult entertainment and (b). I hated it. 

I blame Galixana.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 22 February, 2011, 09:23:37 am
Burning, the Mogwai live film. Stunning. In fact, I immediately whipped out the plastic and bought a couple of tickets to see them in Manchester this saturday.

It really is a brilliant film, captures them perfectly. I'm particularly pleased that it's got 'Batcat' on it, I've always thought that song sounds pretty tame on record compared to how apocalyptically incredi-huge it is live. Enjoy the gig!
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Post by: mygrimmbrother on 22 February, 2011, 01:26:00 pm
Cheers Keef!
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Post by: Albion on 26 February, 2011, 10:06:10 pm
........Inception.

Or did I?
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 26 February, 2011, 10:07:55 pm
I'm performing Inception on you right now.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 26 February, 2011, 11:18:48 pm
Fool's Gold, which is a tropical treasure-hunting movie that doesn't have much action, isn't terribly funny, and I don't know about anyone else but for me the leads didn't seem to have much chemistry - in fact the only chemistry seemed to be between two actors playing a father and daughter and the guy playing the father is Donald Sutherland not looking a day over a thousand - but y'know, it was alright - it didn't offend me and came across at worst as aimless and a bit clumsy.
Seems to have been panned something rotten, but I've definately seen worse.
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Post by: Radbacker on 27 February, 2011, 01:42:19 am
LifeForce, man what were my parents thinking letting me watch that on video when i was 8, nightmare city.  Watching it now the young space vampire lass is rather tasty and some decent effects for its time with a suitably apocalyptic story.  Oh and you cant go wrong with PATRICK STEWART in your movie.

Cu Radbacker
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 27 February, 2011, 02:10:58 am
LifeForce, man what were my parents thinking letting me watch that on video when i was 8, nightmare city.  Watching it now the young space vampire lass is rather tasty and some decent effects for its time with a suitably apocalyptic story.  Oh and you cant go wrong with PATRICK STEWART in your movie.

Cu Radbacker

That was Tobe Hooper was it not? I seem to remember it being mentioned in his Masters of Horror doc and thinking I'd like to give it a watch.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 27 February, 2011, 09:36:34 am
Absolutely love Lifeforce. Saw it when it came out and it immediately appeared to me to be "Doctor Who, on the big screen, crossed with a 2000AD story, and directed by a pervert.". How could I not love it? Mind you, haven't seen it for twenty years, so who knows what it's like now. I may have to pick up a copy.

SBT
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Post by: Jim_Campbell on 27 February, 2011, 09:53:48 am
Absolutely love Lifeforce.

Mathilda May certainly appeared to be in possession of a world-class pair of breasts, and the rest of the movie is splendidly silly. Very hard not to like it, TBH.

The wife and I watched Public Enemies last night -- Bale and Depp were excellent. The movie could have been 20 minutes shorter, but really only through some very judicious pruning rather than the wholesale excision of padding, of which there was very little. Also refreshingly short on the orange and teal, although I thought the digital video showed its inferiority to film in a couple of scenes.

Cheers

Jim
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Post by: satchmo on 27 February, 2011, 11:02:35 am
I watched Monsters last night. I watched it again this morning. What an incredible film. I'm about as predisposed to giant monster films as a human can be like  :D but this wasn't what I was expecting at all. Intimate and thoughtful and scary, it's the best film I've seen in ages.
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Post by: BPP on 27 February, 2011, 01:45:18 pm
Trolljegeren / Troll Hunter

Absolutely excellent and reminded me of Alpha's time travelling escapade.

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Post by: Ignatzmonster on 27 February, 2011, 03:42:30 pm
The Road. Not horrible but not quite right. The performances were uniformly good as was the cinematography, but there was something not clicking. Can't quite figure it. Maybe it was the voice overs, maybe too many flashbacks, but it couldn't communicate the drive the book had. Yes the book was dismal but it was a page turner no question.

The Sting. Confessed to my bro I hadn't seen it and he was appalled. A classic for a reason. All charm though I had my doubts while they were setting up Redfords motivation. Robert Shaw did seem to have a sixth sense for getting into good 70's thrillers: The Sting, Jaws, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.

First part of Carlos. Its a five and a half hr movie about Carlos the Jackel, a famous terrorist from the seventies. It's been filling in a sense of context for films or books I've enjoyed in the past: The Little Drummer Girl, The political/plotless films of Goddard, Cortazar's Hopscotch, Bolano's Distant Star, One Day in September etc etc. Makes me think Speilberg should have left Munich to a Frenchman. 
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Post by: Mardroid on 27 February, 2011, 05:14:50 pm
The Road. Not horrible but not quite right. The performances were uniformly good as was the cinematography, but there was something not clicking. Can't quite figure it. Maybe it was the voice overs, maybe too many flashbacks, but it couldn't communicate the drive the book had. Yes the book was dismal but it was a page turner no question.

I just saw that recently. I think my response is the same. I did like it, but it certainly wasn't a favourite.

I also found myself (perhaps unjustly) annoyed at the wife/mother from the flashbacks. She seemed selfish. She might have gone outside because she felt the others would have more chance of surviving but that didn't seem to be the impression. It looked like she just gave up. Of course that's easy for me to say, not being in her situation, but  I just felt she should have fought more.

I mean, I didn't entirely like the man's hard heartedness at times, but I understood where he was coming from and why he would act like that, and his son was at least a softening influence, but I found her hard to empathize with.


I don't think that's what I dislike about the film as a whole though, as such people do exist and we don't have to like every character in a film to enjoy it (which to be fair, I largely did).

LifeForce, man what were my parents thinking letting me watch that on video when i was 8, nightmare city.  Watching it now the young space vampire lass is rather tasty and some decent effects for its time with a suitably apocalyptic story. 

LifeForce! I've seen it a couple of times (although I'm not sure I've seen it all the way through) but I can't remember all that much except the space vampire lass wandering around through a large portion of the film in the noddy. Trust my one trek mind...
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 27 February, 2011, 05:25:50 pm
Was at Frightfest this weekend, so....(deep breath)

Little Deaths - 3 short stories, all with a bit of a kinky side. They were all pretty decent, little terror tale type affairs, with more cock and spunk than I'm used to seeing outside of specialist cinema.

I Saw The Devil - Was a bit blown away by this. Is about 20 minutes too long, which could easily have been fixed, but it's a really nice spin on the serial killer cat and mouse game in that it's about a cop out for revenge who torments a serial killer. Very violent and very, very funny in places. It's got that chap from Oldboy in it but even without that connection it would sit very nicely alongside the Mr Vengeance/Oldboy/Lady Vengeance movies.

Machete Maidens Unleashed - Doc about Filipino-shot exploitation movies. It's by the guy who made 'Not Quite Hollywood' (a doc about Australian exploitation movies) and is perhaps even more entertaining. It's snappy, funny and has some great talking heads from John Landis, Joe Dante and Sid Haig.

Rubber - Absolutely brilliant, and easily ten times more bonkers and surreal than the trailer makes out. The fact that it's about a psychic, head exploding evil tyre and that's one of the least odd things about it is commendable. Really unique and funny stuff.

Territories - Apparently this is getting renamed 'Checkpoint' when it gets a release, which isn't as good a title for it imo. It's a really powerful film, which manages to cover the horror of a Guatanamo Bay type situation without actually going for torture porn levels of gore. The torture is far more mental, and it's a pretty upsetting downer of a movie. Hard to forget.

The Shrine - Didn't think I was going to like this one, about half an hour in the dodgy exposition and cheap tv-film look had turned me off, but it turns out to have some really good ideas up it's sleeve, even if it doesn't quite have the budget or the directorial flair to do them justice. Basically a variation on the 'evil small town cult' movie, I ended up really enjoying this.

Mother's Day - Thought this would stink up the place, as it was the most mainstream-looking movie shown. It's got some recognizable faces and has that Hollywood gloss to it, but is actually pretty nasty in places. It's one of those old school home invasion movies where some innocent folks having a party find some fugitives descending on them and forcing them into all kinds of horribleness. The worst movie of the weekend, but given that it was actually alright shows how strong the fest was this year. It's also got Deborah Ann Woll in it from True Blood, who I could look at until my eyes stopped working. And they might.

Hobo With A Shotgun - Fucking brilliant. It's the grindhouse, Planet Terror deal, but made with a genuinely low budget and a hell of a lot of love and energy. It's really, really funny, and Rutger Hauer plays it brilliantly. It reminded me a lot of Troma films at their manic best, a really exhilaratingly crazy movie. The director seems a nice chap too, he suggested we all took off our shoes and trousers to watch it. No-one did, but like a trooper he took off his anyway. I'll be buying this when it gets a release, instant classic.
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Post by: brendan1 on 27 February, 2011, 06:49:55 pm
Kick-Ass.

Christ knows why it took me so long to watch it.

No idea how similar it is to Millar's comic - I don't really have much interest in his comic work since some of the shit he served up on 2000AD - but I might check it out after this.

Absolutely delirious ultra-violent genius. Loved it!

Although obviously, it would only be about 65% as good without Hit Girl.
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Post by: JUDGE BURNS on 27 February, 2011, 06:53:58 pm


The wife and I watched HOT FUZZ last night .....brilliant funny film.
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 27 February, 2011, 07:44:46 pm
I've watched more films in the last week than the  year previously I reckon.

Including: The Spider Woman   Probs the best of the Rathbone Holmes that I've watched so far. At least he Universal ones.)

 All Quiet On The Western Front which took me a little whie to settle into early style with the overacting and strange cuts - I'm a philistine I know - but yo can't help but be sucked in and moved by it)

Race To Witch Mountain. The new one with The Rock. Thought the kids were good and the denoument was surprisingly violent for a Disney movie. Carla Gugino sadly seems to be starting to show her age.

Last One I watched though as The Strangers, this very afternoon. Nicely creepy in places and quite gruelling to watch in the last 10 minutes or so but I was kinda pulled out of the moment by the fact that the villains seem to have taken it upon themselves to change Liv Tylers outfit between knocking her out and tieing her to the chair.  Enjoyed it over all though.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 27 February, 2011, 07:45:14 pm
I think I'm in a minority of people who preferred the film to the book of The Road. The book was good, and a page-turner as Ignatz said, but I simply didn't get the emotional charge from it which so many did while the film I did find very affecting. I actually thought the flashback scenes to the wife added poignancy to The Man's (NB my biggest problem with the book is that I have a real dislike of works where the characters are only referred to by deliberately-distancing-but-supposedly-universal and portentous soubriquets) situation and showed another approach to the situation they find themselves in.

I think they've both given up, but she decides she can't live when there is no hope and the only purpose is to delay the inevitable whereas he can even if there is no point. I don't think either way was really preferable.
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Post by: Jim_Campbell on 27 February, 2011, 08:02:04 pm
All Quiet On The Western Front which took me a little whie to settle into early style with the overacting and strange cuts - I'm a philistine I know - but yo can't help but be sucked in and moved by it)

I think we all acknowledged this as being an issue with the film -- you absolutely have to accept it as a product of its time, but I think the bare decade between the end of the war and the film being made brings it a certain amount of immediacy that a more recent production would (and, indeed, did) lack.

There are a thousand and one things a modern film maker would choose, possibly rightly, to do differently, but the mud, the machine gun pan, the hands on the wire… there's real power here.

Cheers

Jim
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 27 February, 2011, 08:23:38 pm
Oh absolutely. I think it was only really the very early sections,in the schoolroom and training barracks, that caused me any problems (the schoolroom especially, with the teachers naive but patriotic rant).

Once Paul and co reached the front you'd need to be dead inside not to be able to overlook those - I almost typed flaws but not even that really, just products of the time.

It's just a shame that I know most people of my acquaintance wouldn't even sit down to try. The fact that it's b/w would be enough to put most of them off.

   
 
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Post by: Hoagy on 27 February, 2011, 08:53:49 pm
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Last One I watched though as The Strangers, this very afternoon. Nicely creepy in places and quite gruelling to watch in the last 10 minutes or so but I was kinda pulled out of the moment by the fact that the villains seem to have taken it upon themselves to change Liv Tylers outfit between knocking her out and tieing her to the chair.  Enjoyed it over all though.

Based on the French/Romanian film is saw on Film 4 last night. Which itself is based on a true story.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 27 February, 2011, 09:02:57 pm
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Last One I watched though as The Strangers, this very afternoon. Nicely creepy in places and quite gruelling to watch in the last 10 minutes or so but I was kinda pulled out of the moment by the fact that the villains seem to have taken it upon themselves to change Liv Tylers outfit between knocking her out and tieing her to the chair.  Enjoyed it over all though.

Based on the French/Romanian film is saw on Film 4 last night. Which itself is based on a true story.

Is that 'Them'? I remember seeing the trailer for 'The Strangers' and thinking it looked really similar, but didn't think it was actually based on it.
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Post by: Hoagy on 27 February, 2011, 10:03:35 pm
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Last One I watched though as The Strangers, this very afternoon. Nicely creepy in places and quite gruelling to watch in the last 10 minutes or so but I was kinda pulled out of the moment by the fact that the villains seem to have taken it upon themselves to change Liv Tylers outfit between knocking her out and tieing her to the chair.  Enjoyed it over all though.

Based on the French/Romanian film is saw on Film 4 last night. Which itself is based on a true story.




Is that 'Them'? I remember seeing the trailer for 'The Strangers' and thinking it looked really similar, but didn't think it was actually based on it.

Yes, 'Them' or 'Ils' as it's known as. It is quite a well made, harrowing portrait. Sorry about disregarding those spoilers.:-[
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Post by: Dandontdare on 27 February, 2011, 10:18:31 pm
Human Centipede. As the person who lent it to me put it: "Why? Why would anyone make this?"
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 27 February, 2011, 10:33:08 pm
Human Centipede. As the person who lent it to me put it: "Why? Why would anyone make this?"

That's on syfy this week, twice  :D
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Post by: Mardroid on 27 February, 2011, 11:21:02 pm
That's on syfy this week, twice  :D

Heh. I saw it advertised. I'm wondering if I should watch it. It comes across as a really sick idea... but its likely the type of thing to make me chuckle. Puerille, warped person that I am.
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Post by: Ignatzmonster on 28 February, 2011, 03:27:06 am
While the wife and I were watching The Sting I made the pointless comment, "Fuckin' Robert Shaw was a legend." To which she asked what else he'd been in, and I ended up discovering she'd never seen Jaws. So guess what we watched for breakfast? Her screaming and spilling tea all over herself did my husbandly heart proud.

Have to say Robert Shaw wasn't the only legend in that pic. Always thought Roy Scheider was criminally underated as an actor. Take for instance his delivery of one of the best comebacks in film history:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSo5fNkNKlw  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSo5fNkNKlw)
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 28 February, 2011, 09:08:15 am
The human centipede is brilliant. It's not peurile, or 'so bad its good', it's an amazing little horror film, with an astonishing central performance from deiter laser, a shockingly nasty conceit, a lot of interesting things to say, and a hell of a bitter aftertaste. It's not "torture porn", it's like something hammer amicus or tigon might have made, if censorship had been different. It's utterly glorious, and by far my favourite horror film of the last few years.

SBT
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Post by: Mudcrab on 28 February, 2011, 01:19:30 pm
Yes! Everyone should see the Human Centipede. You know, if you want to. Pretty much what SBT said.

More recently, just watched Splice. Another splendid (slightly emo) Adrien Brody performance, with some really creepy genetic engineering stuff. Exec produced by Guillermo Del Toro, which showed more than I thought it should really, was reminded a lot of the "eyes on hands" creature from Pan's Labyrinth, as well as something spoilery so I won't say what that was.

Pretty good, not brilliant, definitely very creepy. Also a bit Cronenbergish I guess.
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Post by: Buddy on 28 February, 2011, 03:47:12 pm
Hancock... liked it.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 28 February, 2011, 05:41:39 pm
I went to see Animal Kingdom, an Aussie crime film about a family of MURDEROUS THUGS. I thought it was really good, even better than Winter's Bone or Un Prophete.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 28 February, 2011, 07:56:52 pm
I watched 'Thirst' today, which was really good. I did get a bit bored at points mind you, but I think when the last movie you watched was 'Hobo With A Shotgun', going to something like this next is a huge change of pace. I liked the humor, and despite not liking the characters a great deal I still found myself very touched by the end.
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Post by: vzzbux on 28 February, 2011, 08:36:15 pm
Watched Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey with the son yesterday and we both enjoyed it, Robbie got a bit scared when they were sent to hell.
It has been well over 15 years since I last watched this.




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Post by: Ignatzmonster on 28 February, 2011, 11:23:00 pm
I went to see Animal Kingdom, an Aussie crime film about a family of MURDEROUS THUGS. I thought it was really good, even better than Winter's Bone or Un Prophete.

That's one good recommendation. Wanted to see it the second I heard about it. My kind of monster movie.
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Post by: Jim_Campbell on 01 March, 2011, 09:27:20 pm
True Grit. What was that -- an hour and forty-five? Definitely not twenty minutes too long. Quite splendid; a real sense of desolation and wildness, in both the landscape and the people, a pleasing undercurrent of character-based humour punctuated by bursts of unglamorous violence and the inevitable sense of an age passing.

"I have grown old."

Indeed.

Cheers!

Jim
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Post by: Ignatzmonster on 01 March, 2011, 10:05:26 pm
True Grit. What was that -- an hour and forty-five? Definitely not twenty minutes too long. Quite splendid; a real sense of desolation and wildness, in both the landscape and the people, a pleasing undercurrent of character-based humour punctuated by bursts of unglamorous violence and the inevitable sense of an age passing.

"I have grown old."


Thanks Jim. With so many of my fellow boarders were speaking of True Grit dismissively I was starting to think I was the only one who liked it. Didn't think it was so-so either. Thought it was fuckin' brilliant. Oh well, I championed Big Lebowski when it came out to a muttering of "meh"s. 
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 01 March, 2011, 10:10:27 pm
We live 75 miles from the nearest cinema, so go rarely- but we made the trip to see True Grit last week, and boy was it worth it.

Just watched A Mighty Wind, which I haven't seen in years. It is magnificent.
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Post by: Mardroid on 02 March, 2011, 08:20:09 pm
The X-Files (second movie)

It didn't strike me as very good. To be fair, being at a friend's house I did miss some bits though, but I don't think my assessment will be changed.  The main story elements weren't that bad though. If they'd removed the fluff and corny stuff and shrunk it down it would have made a decent episode. Not that they're making those any more, but I'm sure you know what I mean.

Oh and The Human Centipede is on tonight at 9 on the Syfy channel.


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Post by: Mardroid on 02 March, 2011, 08:26:24 pm
Oh and The Human Centipede is on tonight at 9 on the Syfy channel.

Scratch that. It's on at 10pm. (Sorry for repeat post, I timed out before noticing my error.)
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 02 March, 2011, 08:51:46 pm
I wasn't keen on that X-Files movie either, it struck me that even if it had been an episode it wouldn't have been a particularly memorable or noteworthy one. Seemed really strange that given the one-off chance to do another slice of X-Files they went with that story. It did reawaken some Scully emotions though. Mmmmmm.
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Post by: Mrpepperami on 02 March, 2011, 11:36:00 pm
Watched double bill of true grit and then drive angry 3d afterwards. True grit was superb although thought the ending was slightly sloppy. Drive angry I think was total shit but also enjoyed it as it knew it was and went with it( if that makes sense). Girl in was really fit as well which probably helped offset watching nic cages' gurning mug for 2 hours.
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Post by: Kerrin on 03 March, 2011, 12:04:55 am
Late to the party I know but I just saw 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' at the cinema. Absolutely fucking brilliant. Noomi Rapace is a real turn up for the books as Lisbeth and the whole thing was filmed in those wonderful washed out Swedish tones I love so much from Wallander, (the Swedish one, not that Brannagh bollocks). Not surprising when it was made by the same people, Yellowbird. Must see the other two now.
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Post by: Daveycandlish on 03 March, 2011, 08:05:51 am
If yo can Kerrin, see them as  a double bill because the second one is slow with no definite end - very much a to be continued.

Worth persevering with though as all the threads come together in the third which is almost as good as the first
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Post by: Dandontdare on 03 March, 2011, 02:16:55 pm
Finally picked up a copy of Big Man Japan after seeing a clips here yonks ago. Brilliantly bonkers - bizarre monsters, great fights, and the between-fight interview bits were much funnier than I expected; but the last ten minutes - WTF was that? Can anyone explain that dreadful ending to me?
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Post by: radiator on 06 March, 2011, 03:55:59 pm
Went to see The King's Speech yesterday - wasn't too fussed about going, but my girlfriend was very keen. Really liked it, much to my surprise. Extremely well made film, with great performances throughout. A shameless crowd-pleaser through and through, but a charming film - I'm glad it has done so well.

When we got in we watched Thank You For Smoking, which I picked up for £1.50 on PlayTrade the other day. It's a black comedy about the tobacco industry with a top notch cast featuring Aaron Eckhart, William H Macy and - JK Simmons, who seems to be in every other film I watch these days (but he's so cool I don't mind!).

We both really liked it - it's actually broadly similar to Jason Reitman's other movie Up in the Air, but a little less accomplished. Still great though, and very much recommended. Again - central to my enjoyment of it was that it clocks in at under 90 mins, which just zips by.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 06 March, 2011, 04:23:12 pm
Last night we watched (I'd seen them, my mate hadn't) Doomsday and The Orphanage.

I was actually pretty rough on Doomsday when I saw it in the cinema, but watching it with a pizza in good company I actually enjoyed it a lot this time. It's ripping off Escape From New York, Aliens, Mad Max 2 and Gladiator, but it's not shy about it and just managing to combine all that stuff is pretty impressive. And Rhona Mitra is quite something.

And The Orphanage is still one of the best horror movies of the last few years, brilliantly creepy and with a fair bit of emotional substance in there too.
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Post by: Albion on 06 March, 2011, 05:34:06 pm
Cloudy with a chance of meatballs. Insane but fun.
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Post by: Roger Godpleton on 06 March, 2011, 07:17:00 pm
The Adjustment Bureau. More like The Adjust-MEH-nt Bureau, amirite fellas?


Seriously though, this would have been a lot better off as a low-budget comedy.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 06 March, 2011, 07:31:29 pm
Bram Stoker's Dracula. The frankie Coppola version, which i listened to more than watched as my service users put it on this afternoon. Despite its obvious keanu, winona and hopkins-shaped flaws, i cant help loving it. Nearly twenty years old (which means reeves is twenty years closer to retirement, yay!) but it's still the best vampire movie since, oh i dunno, Scars of Dracula, he says arbitrarily.
SBT
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Post by: Albion on 06 March, 2011, 08:47:16 pm
Bram Stoker's Dracula.

I still have the comic adaptation of that featuring art by Mike Mignola.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 06 March, 2011, 08:49:21 pm
So do i, along with the little plastic bags they came in, and the trading cards. Although, thinking about it, i may have sent them to locusts for his war effort.
SBT
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Post by: TordelBack on 06 March, 2011, 08:54:11 pm
Bram Stoker's Dracula.

I love that movie, hopeless garish noisy mess that it is.  In my mind it captures the same level of OTT gothic romance that the original must have had at the time. And like a positron meeting an electron, Tom cancels out Keanu in an energetic burst of boobs.
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Post by: vzzbux on 06 March, 2011, 10:42:42 pm
Me and the missus watched The Human Centipede tonight, Karen fast forwarded quite a few bits of it but we still managed to reach the end. Still unsure what I make of it.





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Post by: JOE SOAP on 06 March, 2011, 11:00:50 pm
The Adjustment Bureau. More like The Adjust-MEH-nt Bureau, amirite fellas?


Seriously though, this would have been a lot better off as a low-budget comedy.


Not a romantic bone in your body, even the semi-floppy one.
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Post by: Jim_Campbell on 06 March, 2011, 11:07:15 pm
Tron: Legacy … which, I have to say, I didn't think sucked as badly as the reception it received here led me to expect. Perhaps having my expectations pre-lowered accounts for this, but there seemed to be enough plot to carry me through two hours, and a couple of times I found myself thinking: this is something I genuinely I haven't seen before… parts of the Light Cycle sequence and particularly the dog fight sequence at the end, combining with the soundtrack into something remarkable and unusual beauty.

Digital Flynn didn't bother me as much as some, either. Rather, digital Flynn did and I wish they'd found another way to do those sequences. The slightly unnerving edge of unreality the CGI conferred on CLU, however, seemed entirely appropriate.

Cheers

Jim
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Post by: Mister Pops on 06 March, 2011, 11:31:18 pm
Dark City.
Watched this with a mate of mine, who despite being a huge film buff, had suprisingly never seen it.
I haven't watched this since it first came out to rent. Bloody good fun. Much superior to its contemporary The Matrix. I like its style.
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Post by: Van Dom on 07 March, 2011, 01:07:47 pm
Me and the missus watched The Human Centipede tonight, Karen fast forwarded quite a few bits of it but we still managed to reach the end. Still unsure what I make of it.


V

I watched this the other night. Wasn't as bad as I thought it might be. Think it was relatively well done, though the acting by the two girls was atrocious. Not that good acting is what you come to a movie like this expecting to see. The guy who played the doctor was pretty good though, as was the Japanese guy. Some terribly frustrating horror-movie cliches though - the main girl had a perfectly good opportunity to escape and go for help after getting out of the pool and she blew it by going back to try and bring her buddy with her , and why the Japanese dude didn't just kill the bastard when he had the chance instead of leaving him alive with the knife stuck in his leg I don't know... If I'd just gone through everything he had and had a chain of chicks stitched to my asshole, I wouldn't have hesitated to slice the fuckers throat!!
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Post by: Buddy on 07 March, 2011, 02:12:52 pm
Watched INCEPTION on Saturday night.

Very average.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 07 March, 2011, 05:36:31 pm
Watched INCEPTION on Saturday night.

Very average.


In what way average, what would you measure it too?
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Post by: davethomson on 07 March, 2011, 05:50:11 pm
Finally picked up a copy of Big Man Japan after seeing a clips here yonks ago. Brilliantly bonkers - bizarre monsters, great fights, and the between-fight interview bits were much funnier than I expected; but the last ten minutes - WTF was that? Can anyone explain that dreadful ending to me?

I saw the film a few nights ago thanks to you reminding me about it. I had heard about it ages ago and then totally forgot about it. I agree that it was excellent.

The ending (as far as I can tell) is a piss take of Ultraman, a very popular series in Japan that never made it out to the wider world apart from a SNES game.
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Post by: Buddy on 07 March, 2011, 06:07:46 pm
Watched INCEPTION on Saturday night.

Very average.


In what way average, what would you measure it too?

Very average in that I was expecting a powerful psychological thriller full of twists and turns with the whole dream within a dream... is what I'm watching a dream or reality kinda thing.

What I got was a reasonably straightforward thriller in which they 'traveled' to various 'levels' of dreams to reach their goal with each dream level having it's one wee set piece (a freight train traveling up the city street, the zero G corridor fight... the James Bond like attack on the fortress).

I don't think it's a bad film at all. Just not as good as I was expecting after all the praise that had been heaped on it.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 07 March, 2011, 06:37:35 pm
Rango- went to see it with the children having no idea what it was about- I only knew that Depp did a voice.
Bloody incredible. Astounding animation and a cracking script.
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Post by: Michaelvk on 07 March, 2011, 10:56:35 pm
The rutles.. Classic..
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Post by: Kerrin on 10 March, 2011, 12:07:49 am
Rango- went to see it with the children having no idea what it was about- I only knew that Depp did a voice.
Bloody incredible. Astounding animation and a cracking script.

I concur yer Lordship. Incredible animation and great fun. Loads of little film references and Depp is superbly funny. The textures, realism and lighting in this are a new level for what I've seen. There's a beautiful moonlit desert shot where I honestly couldn't tell if it was film or CGI. Great stuff.
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Post by: SMOKESCREEN:ED:9 on 10 March, 2011, 12:58:34 am
UM BUNGO! the musical...Laconic. :o
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Post by: Jim_Campbell on 12 March, 2011, 02:25:15 pm
X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Now, I'm remarkably tolerant of put-your-brain-in-neutral-and-watch-stuff-go-BOOOOOM movies, but that was fucking rubbish.

Mind you, I'd stopped reading comics when they introduced the whole "bone claws" thing, the brain-melting idiocy of which still stops me short every time.

Cheers

Jim
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Post by: Professor Bear on 12 March, 2011, 04:00:15 pm
I think you're being overly harsh, Jim.  Wolverine goes through hundreds of years of life without ever having to bend his wrists - once you accept this, and that he has those same muscles the rest of us have that make things extend/retract from our arms, the film makes perfect sense.  I'm also pretty sure that the US government has already developed a magic amnesia bullet, too.  And that the human brain actually does heal itself.  And that if you hit an 'impenetrable' metal with another bit of impenetrable metal one bit will pierce the other - that's just common sense.
Gymkommentary do a great Wolverine 'director's commentary' that veers between disbelief at the levels of stupidity on show and outright admiration for it, and it's very friendly to the comics buff.

Tron: Legacy.  Pretty good atmosphere, but Tron himself was hardly in it (Rizler not counting in my book) and her off House was a singularly useless action hero to the point it detracted from enjoyment.  Liked the end, too, which thwarted expectations of the usual hero/villain pagga, though I suspect this had more to do with technical limitations than design.

The Day After, which is one of Steve Guttenberg's funnier films.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 13 March, 2011, 06:53:47 pm
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, which was recommended to me by my mum. There were several points where I felt awkward just knowing she'd watched it though, pretty brutal in places! Very good film though, and I have to say I fell a bit in love with the lead actress. Will definitely be watching the other two asap.
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Post by: Radbacker on 14 March, 2011, 02:41:11 am
Chronicles of Narnia - Voyage of he Dawn Treader.  servicable fantsy guff but not outstanding (pretty much like all the Narnian movies so far) think it erred a bit too much on the whole christian anolagy thing at the end when Aslan just basicly says he's known by another name (God, Jesus?) in our world. I know the books have a whole christian thing goign on in them but is it ever specificaly stated?

CU Radbacker
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Post by: House of Usher on 14 March, 2011, 08:19:01 am
Young Frankenstein. So familiar, it's like a comfort blanket.
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Post by: Mardroid on 14 March, 2011, 10:36:53 am
think it erred a bit too much on the whole christian anolagy thing at the end when Aslan just basicly says he's known by another name (God, Jesus?) in our world. I know the books have a whole christian thing goign on in them but is it ever specificaly stated?

He says a similar thing at the end of the book too, although he doesn't mention Jesus by name. I think he adds something along the lines 'you will have to travel across a wide river to find me'. That's off the to top of my head, and I read the book a long time ago. In fact Dawn Treader was the first of the Narnia books that I read.  It's the only place where it's that explicit I think. (Well apart from the obvious death and resurrection in the first story.)

I've yet to see the film, but I get the impression it's a major departure from the book otherwise, (doesn't the White Witch feature in the film? I think I spotted her in the trailer, Heh.) so it's interesting that they left that bit in.

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Post by: radiator on 14 March, 2011, 10:47:29 am
Jurassic Park: The Lost World (the watered down ITV2 edit) - which reminded me what a piss-poor sequel it is to the wonderful original. Though it does at least have some effective action sequences and it's still better than the truly awful JP3.

The problems with it jump out much more now that I'm a bit older - what the hell were they thinking when they dreamt up the silly ending? It makes literally no sense whatsoever  (who or killed the people on the boat?) and just seems like a desperately tacked-on and contrived way of getting to see a T Rex run amok in a city - presumably to try and compete with the 1997 Godzilla movie.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 14 March, 2011, 11:23:32 am
heh, yeah I watched that last night too. It's amazing how after the boat crew are slaughtered by a giant T-rex (which then puts iteslf conveniently back into it's cargo hold), the boat continues to steer itself precisely onto the very pier it was heading for. That was some pretty accurate course-plotting there!
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 14 March, 2011, 12:05:29 pm
I think they were killed by Velociraptors that stowed away and then jumped ship afterwards. Duh. Been thinking lately of reading the first novel again, that was brilliant.

We watched Salt last night. It wasn't my pick, and I thought it would be awful. It is pretty bad, but alright for a bit of mindless sub-Bourne fun on a Sunday night. It's unintentionally very funny in places too thanks to some ludicrous ideas that should never have got off the drawing board (particularly chuckleworthy is where Angelina Jolie puts on a rubber face, fake eyebrows and a Tom Cruise wig in one of the least convincing disguises in movie history. Biggest problem isn't the mental plotting but the fact the action scenes show no directorial flair or dynamism at all. A bit like watching a fight scene in a tv show or something. There's a ton of really obvious wire-work too, it seems like anytime she takes a step she's assisted by a full wire-fu team. 
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Post by: radiator on 14 March, 2011, 12:21:20 pm
I Googled it and came across a hilariously in-depth and far-fetched discussion on a Jurassic Park fan site, where the consensus seemed to be that the T Rex killed them all, but a few survivors managed to lure it back into the cargo hold before succumbing to their injuries.

I think also that someone seriously posits Keef's theory, that raptors stowed aboard, killed everyone, then jumped off the ship!

Weirdly, no-one suggests that it's simply because the script is a plot-hole laden, lazy rush job.


I remember really enjoying the original Crichton novel too - in fact it may have been the first 'proper' book I ever read from start to finish. ISTR that loads of chapters in it were rather shamelessly repurposed into the movies of The Lost World and JP3, like the girl on the beach being attacked by the little dinos, the Pterodactyl aviary and the T Rex/waterfall scene - perhaps even the Allosaurus chase too.
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Post by: Van Dom on 14 March, 2011, 12:57:01 pm
Paranormal Activity 2....was okay, I guess, though a bit of a damp squib.
Had a couple of freaky moments but overall seemed to lack as much punch as the first, which was genuinely frightening. I didn't really like the way they tried to 'explain' the reason behind what was happening, and what that reason was. Think it works better when there is no reason, you don't know why its happening, it just IS.
Still, the addition of the dog and child made for a couple of tense scenes so it wasnt a waste of time and was a good enough watch.

Also watched Yogi Bear with the kids. God that was dire. Even for a kids movie, its target age range didn't extend past 4 or 5 years old, it was nothing more than pre-school fare. My two boys got bored and went to bed, and even they are only 3 and 4 years old! I watched it for Anna Faris, who is usually great in stuff, but even she couldn't save this. The Scooby Doo live action movies, as derided as they were, are ten times better than this.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 14 March, 2011, 01:36:24 pm
Also watched Yogi Bear with the kids. God that was dire. Even for a kids movie, its target age range didn't extend past 4 or 5 years old, it was nothing more than pre-school fare. My two boys got bored and went to bed, and even they are only 3 and 4 years old! I watched it for Anna Faris, who is usually great in stuff, but even she couldn't save this. The Scooby Doo live action movies, as derided as they were, are ten times better than this.

search for "Booboo kills yogi" on youtube (can't find link as I'm at work just now) - and then show THAT to the kids. They'll probably cheer!
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Post by: zombemybabynow on 14 March, 2011, 03:44:45 pm
On Sunday I watched, (yet again,) The remake of The Time Machine starring Guy Pearce - fantastic film, perfect Sunday viewing
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Post by: Professor Bear on 14 March, 2011, 04:25:49 pm
Also watched Yogi Bear with the kids. God that was dire. Even for a kids movie, its target age range didn't extend past 4 or 5 years old, it was nothing more than pre-school fare.

"I demand my money back!  I expected more from a film about talking bears voiced by Dan Akroyd and Justin 'The American Robbie Williams' Timberlake!"
See also: "I expected more of a remake of a 1980s television show featuring a talking car driven by David Hasselhoff" and "I didn't expect that movie based on the A-Team to be so silly."

Seriously, I can't tell you how low my expectations were going in to Yogi Bear (I had resolved to see it because of my hastily-conceived New year Resolution to see all movies that I know to feature bears), but it was pretty much what I expected apart from not recognizing Anna Farris until about halfway through.  Nowt against the woman, I think what she's doing with her career - picking the most horrendously unfunny project she can and then starring in it so she acts as a sort of human signpost so I can avoid it - is very noble, a bit like that priest who insisted on being shot by Nazis because Jesus was Jewish.  Kids loved it, all the same.  Guess it's a bit like Where the Wild Things Are, where enjoyment differs upon gender and age of the audience.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 14 March, 2011, 08:43:33 pm
I quite like JP3. It's just one great big chase used as an excuse to get cool dinosaurs on screen. And has a great Barney gag.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 14 March, 2011, 08:49:42 pm
Saw Battle: Los Angeles this evening. Expectations were low but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Cheesy, formulaic and explodey. It was like a fun version of Independence Day.
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Post by: Mrpepperami on 14 March, 2011, 08:50:33 pm
Watched taken on channel 4. Plot was terrible but was good mindless action. The girl was played the 17 year old daughter completely overacted the role. At the start in the cafe running to her dad like a goofy 13 year old. Don't know about you guys but the 17 year old  I see dont wanna be seen dead with their parents and are too adult for their own good. Also what happened to luv besson? He only writes mindless pap now.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 14 March, 2011, 09:37:39 pm
Saw Battle: Los Angeles this evening. Expectations were low but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Cheesy, formulaic and explodey. It was like a fun version of Independence Day.

Good to hear, I like the look of that.
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Post by: The Legendary Shark on 14 March, 2011, 09:43:01 pm
"Arn: Knight Templar." Based on a trilogy I've never read by a writer I've never heard of, but really rather good.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 15 March, 2011, 01:08:51 am
Also what happened to luc besson? He only writes mindless pap now.
Well, to be fair, even his best stuff was always supremely stylish pap, he's written or produced half the most fun B movies of the last ten years and his most recent effort looks like a lot of fun although it's only really played at the odd arthouse cinema over here:

Adele Blanc-Sec (http://www.adeleblancsec-lefilm.com/)
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Post by: TordelBack on 15 March, 2011, 09:08:19 am
I (tried to) read the first few Tardi Blanc-Sec books years ago, they were great - must try to see the film.  Trailer has the most gratuitous booby shot in the history of cinema, but it was anticipated and much appreciated.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 15 March, 2011, 12:40:12 pm
I quite enjoyed taken.  There was a nice simplicity and brutality about it that gets obscured in a lot of movies.  And compare and contrast it's depiction of the mechanics that support prostitution to that seen in most Hollywood movies.


Caught most of I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY.  Still trying to figure out who it offended most.  (Not previously a fan of almond faced  Jessica Biel but she is awesomely hot in this)
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 15 March, 2011, 01:02:17 pm
I quite enjoyed taken.  There was a nice simplicity and brutality about it that gets obscured in a lot of movies.  And compare and contrast it's depiction of the mechanics that support prostitution to that seen in most Hollywood movies.


Caught most of I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY.  Still trying to figure out who it offended most.  (Not previously a fan of almond faced  Jessica Biel but she is awesomely hot in this)

I've never seen it, but I remember the tv spot playing a lot around it's release. I'd just had a bit of an operation so had to refrain from certain activities for a couple of months, and the sight of Jessica Biel's arse constantly appearing on tv was a torment like no other. Too much information?
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Post by: Ignatzmonster on 15 March, 2011, 03:03:03 pm
Carlos Parts Two and Three: Finally got to finish this on break. Long as it is, I do suggest it. Illuminating but never boring. Part three should be called Aaaaand Shit Does Not Go Well. I spent a great deal of time talking at the movie. The three things I said the most were, "Holy Shit!" "Are you kidding me!?" and the most frequent, "Well what the fuck did you expect?"

A Single Man: Good melancholy movie. You can tell the director is a fashion designer and an OCD sufferer.

The Thing: Love this movie but hadn't seen it in over a decade and the wife had never seen it. When the wife asked worriedly during the opening sequence if the dog was going to live I had the pleasure of saying "Baby the dogs going to be just fine." Oh the looks of hate I got later. So worth it.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 15 March, 2011, 04:28:14 pm
Quote
I'd just had a bit of an operation so had to refrain from certain activities for a couple of months, and the sight of Jessica Biel's arse constantly appearing on tv was a torment like no other. Too much information?


Certainly understand.  I was in a similar situation and thought I'd be safe watching gritty death row drama MONSTERS BALL.  It cost me six stitches.
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Post by: Mangamax on 15 March, 2011, 05:17:57 pm
Saw "Battle Los Angeles" yesterday. It was okay in a turn-your-brain-off way and the effects were good.
But could've done without all the gungho BS, the constant jerky camera motion and, yet again, Michelle Rodriguez alternating between blankface and scowlface.
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Post by: El Chivo on 15 March, 2011, 05:29:23 pm
Quote
I'd just had a bit of an operation so had to refrain from certain activities for a couple of months, and the sight of Jessica Biel's arse constantly appearing on tv was a torment like no other. Too much information?


Certainly understand.  I was in a similar situation and thought I'd be safe watching gritty death row drama MONSTERS BALL.  It cost me six stitches.


Don't watch 'Pirahna'
Not for a while yet, & defo take the 3d glasses off

Chi
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 15 March, 2011, 08:57:52 pm
Ouch Tips, I'm squirming in sympathy! I'm happy to say it was a while back, I can look at all the boobs and bums I like now. And I do.

And do get back on-topic (and to spare me embarrassing myself further), Biel is lovely. She might be the reason I even enjoyed Blade Trinity (I fear I've just embarrassed myself again).

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Post by: Albion on 15 March, 2011, 10:00:12 pm
The Book of Eli.
Good story, a few ridiculous moments, some good actors involved and always a pleasure to see Tom Waits.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 15 March, 2011, 10:19:27 pm
And do get back on-topic

That should have read to get back on topic. Otherwise it looks like I'm telling you off.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 15 March, 2011, 10:54:21 pm
Battle: Los Angeles - given my review of it's main competition can be summed as "Fuck Skyline in the ass", I wasn't going to need much from this beyond that I leave the cinema without the overpowering need to punch the makers in the face, and while it delivered on that front there's still a good old-fashioned gung-ho action movie about Our Boys giving it to the space-Nazis to be enjoyed if you can make it past the Fucking Omnipresent And Inappropriate Shakycam that reduces action scenes to visual noise where you simply have to wait until it's all done or wait for audio clues to figure out who's winning or who bought the farm.  I enjoyed B:LA, but from now on I'm not paying a penny to see anything with shaky camerawork.  I'm past "over it" and now onto "detracts from enjoyment to the point I can do without anything that features it."

Otherwise, good matinee or pre-pub entertainment.
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Post by: Jared Katooie on 15 March, 2011, 11:00:14 pm
Certainly understand.  I was in a similar situation and thought I'd be safe watching gritty death row drama MONSTERS BALL.  It cost me six stitches.

Did you have a monster's ball afterwards?
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 16 March, 2011, 12:30:06 pm
I don't understand why so few people can manage to do shakycam correctly?

It's been around for donkeys and there are fantastic mainstream examples of how much you can get away with while still allowing the viewer to figure out what is going on. (I thought "Saving Private Ryan" was a great use).


Is BATTLE: LA suitable for a birthday party of 11 year old boys? Or will they end up too confused?
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Post by: Professor Bear on 16 March, 2011, 01:20:17 pm
There's only one f-bomb that I can recall and not much in the way of gore beyond seeing alien innards.

Shakycam at this point isn't being used for contextual effect, it's being used because everyone else is using it, a bit like slo-motion panning around something in the foreground or jumping towards the camera while something blows up in the background.  For a good few minutes at the start of BLA it looks suspiciously like a Found Footage movie is gearing up, but it's just the overuse of shakycam to film scenes like some guys drinking beer, someone running along a beach, and in possibly the worst moment, two middle-aged men sitting at a desk talking in a laid-back fashion.
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Post by: Mudcrab on 16 March, 2011, 01:21:45 pm
Saw "Battle Los Angeles" yesterday. It was okay in a turn-your-brain-off way and the effects were good.
But could've done without all the gungho BS, the constant jerky camera motion and, yet again, Michelle Rodriguez alternating between blankface and scowlface.

More Michelle? That's me sold! Which brings me to the last films I watched...

Nightmare on Elm Street remake. Kind of what you'd expect. Rorschach not being as good as Rorschach or indeed, Robert Englund. Seemed like a mix of the first 2 originals. Brainless fun I guess, probably better than...

Saw, the FINAL chapter, thankfully. More of the same where it's got to the point where that you just don't care about the clever(?) twists. So thankfully "that's the end of that chapter". Neither as good as...

Machete. Bloody fantastic! Completely over the top Rodriguez brilliance! Also, I found that Michelle Rodriguez (any relation?) was actually hotter than Jessica Alba! Have I gone insane???  :o Maybe it's a crossover thing, Michelle looks like a boy in that boxing film but gets sexier as she gets older, whereas Jessica was incredibly hot in Dark Angel and she's losing the looks a bit as she gets older? Surely not. More research definitely required  :D
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Post by: klute on 16 March, 2011, 04:15:07 pm
Well i watched best of the best  and invasion usa yesterday, both classics in the cheese department. Not as good as i remembered them being first time around.

But still worth a watch.
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Post by: Kerrin on 16 March, 2011, 11:23:54 pm
The Adjustment Bureau, puts the Guff in MacGuffin.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 17 March, 2011, 12:50:34 am
Currently watching Hard Target on ITV4.

Sometimes Jean Claude Van Damme kicks people, and then he shoots them.

Sometimes Jean Claude Van Damme shoots people, and then he kicks them.

Since it's a John Woo movie, doves/pigeons flutter all about the place occasionally. And people get out of cars in slow motion.

Incredible stuff
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Post by: Buddy on 17 March, 2011, 01:35:20 am
Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire.. tonight with my 13 year old son... he loved it.... I thought it was very entertaining.

He's been getting into Potter a lot lately and I have to say, not being a fan, the films are rather good.... four more to go!
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Post by: TordelBack on 17 March, 2011, 09:19:12 am
Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire..

Mmmmm Clemence Poesy...


(22 at time of filming, honest)
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Post by: radiator on 17 March, 2011, 09:20:47 am
I've always wondered whether the later films (4 onwards) would make any kind of sense to someone who hadn't read the books.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 17 March, 2011, 12:21:40 pm
Mostly - Harry and gang have something to do and some baddies get in the way.

But there are an awful lot of things that I am taking for granted will be explained later (and if they aren't, they are ridiculous coincidence or holes in plot).
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Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 17 March, 2011, 12:56:47 pm
Soloman Kane

It could have been better.
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Post by: locustsofdeath! on 17 March, 2011, 01:49:44 pm
Cannibal Holocaust, while drinking Grim Reaper ale.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 18 March, 2011, 11:28:58 pm
Just watched Alphaville. Either I wasn't in the right frame of mind or it was mostly a lot of hoary old toss. What is this thing called love and so forth. Well made toss, to be fair, with a couple of brilliantly staged and lit scenes to prove the shonky looking bits are deliberately so.

Also, being French and from the sixties, the leading lady is absurdly gorgeous.
Is BATTLE: LA suitable for a birthday party of 11 year old boys? Or will they end up too confused?
If they can make sense of Dragon Wars then I don't think they'll have a problem.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 20 March, 2011, 08:24:39 am
Me and my mate had our regular movie day yesterday (I pick something for him, he picks something for me and we pick a 3rd movie that we both want to watch). We watched...

Clerks - This was my pick because he hadn't seen it. I hadn't watched it either in years, and I have to say I found it even funnier than I remember. When I was shopping for it I was pretty gobsmacked that the blu-ray is £29 in HMV. £29 for a film which blu-ray will add nothing to. Still, classic.

Pontypool - His pick. I really liked it, it's a horror movie of the 'something awful and zombie-esque happens in a small town' variety, but with the neat twist that the whole film takes place in a tiny radio station so the characters (and viewers) only know what you learn from call-ins and reports. It's not going for all out horror, it's a bit quirky and funny in places, but the set-up made for the odd moment that I found amazingly creepy. The idea behind what's going on reveals itself slowly and could either be seen as barmy and stoopid or really unique and clever. I liked it a lot.

Hellraiser - The joint pick, and because we'd both seen it it was ok to banter through it. Most of the banter related to which effects still hold up and which look dated (pretty much the only really ropey ones are the animation moments), where the hell the thing is supposed to be set (it seems obvious the american daughter is over visiting her dad who has married an English woman and moved to Britain, so why is everyone in Britain dubbed by American actors?!), and how genuinely stunning Ashley Laurence is. Gorgeous. It's a total classic movie too, still holds up brilliantly, and I'd be keener on them doing a bit of a George Lucas on the ropier effects than doing a remake, which I can't imagine being any cop.


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Post by: dweezil2 on 20 March, 2011, 10:16:25 am
The missus and I went to see Fair Game last night. Compelling fact based political thriller with some excellent performances from Sean Penn and Naomi Watts.
Well worth a watch.
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Post by: Buddy on 20 March, 2011, 10:58:54 am
The Happening. Channel 4 last night.

Utter, utter pish.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 20 March, 2011, 11:05:32 am
Slumdog Millionaire- it really is very very good.
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Post by: Albion on 20 March, 2011, 11:31:37 am
Despicable Me. Also very good
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 20 March, 2011, 11:39:11 am
The Happening, on ch4. Have seen this already, but couldnt be arsed to turn over. Terrible nonsense from the briefly mighty Mid.Night Shaggerman, featuring a blissfully panicked Marky Mark who visibly cannot believe what he's signed up for and so has no idea how to pitch his performance.
That said, i find the movie hugely enjoyable, as it's basically a seventies BBC serial writ large, and like the seventies BBC day of the triffids/ nightmare man, is now hilarious. Sadly, this one never had its moment in the sun, never was at the cutting edge of adult sf, and has always been stilted and laughable.
But i watched it all the way through and no doubt i'll watch it again some time.
SBT
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Post by: Buddy on 20 March, 2011, 12:07:43 pm
I watched The Happening all the way through... mainly because I couldn't actually believe what I was watching and just wanted to see how bad it got.

I'll not be watching it again.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 20 March, 2011, 12:14:12 pm
I watched The Happening all the way through... mainly because I couldn't actually believe what I was watching and just wanted to see how bad it got.

That was my experience the first time too. "I'm talking to a plastic plant!", "I'm still doing it!". It's shockingly bad, no question.

However...


I'll not be watching it again.

Inevitably, you will. Sometime it will be on again. Time will have elapsed. Surely it can't have been quite as awful as you remember? It's M Night Shyalaman for goodness sakes- didn't I watch The Sixth Sense the other week, and wasn't that quite good? Isn't it about a myseterious "terrorist attack" that turns out to be something far more environmentally sinister? Vague images of wind rippling eerily through fields of corn will spring to mind, people walking backwards, spouting nonsense, jumping off buildings, The End of The World... "Oh, I'll just give it ten minutes", you'll think.

SBT
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Post by: Professor Bear on 20 March, 2011, 01:16:52 pm
To be fair to the Happening, the writer of Outcasts clearly thought it was worth stealing from.

Invaders From Mars - the Tobe Hooper version from 1986, which I watched based entirely upon its reputation as a horrid, horrid piece of cinema, which is pretty much a red rag to a bull as far as I'm concerned.  I thought "how bad can it be?" and for a while it was okay, if not quite managing the air of surreality needed for a film where ultimate danger exists OVER THE HILL OUTSIDE TIMMY'S WINDOW but then it just goes fucking mental and stuff just seems to happen and the invaders are revealed to be one of the baddies from the videogame Doom and some leftover Muppets from Dark Crystal - though never more than the same two Muppets onscreen at any one time.  In the latter portion of the film it actually seems like no-one even bothers to act except the General, who plays things strictly panto-level, and the relationship between the little kid and the school nurse is just bizarre, like the kid was originally written as an adult and one point it even looks like he and the nurse are going to make out.  I can't shake the notion that it was deliberately made to be awful to emulate B-movies, but that doesn't help it any as the end result is still a bad film - a straight-up fucking terrible film.
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Post by: Van Dom on 20 March, 2011, 03:58:44 pm
I watched The Happening as well last night and was very non-plussed by it. I'd hard all about it but wanted to see for myself if it was as bad as it was made out to be. It was. I dont get how anyone thought this would make for a rivetting movie experience. Thank God I didn't shell out to see this in the cinema. And yeah, I was waiting for the big, trademark Shyamalan twist at the end (who doesn't when watching one of his films, as unfortunate as that is for the poor guy) and there was nothing. It was such a limp film.

Also watched Land of the Lost which was also pretty poor, sadly. I recently stated how much I love Will Ferrel and that his presence in a movie usually guarantees I'll be happy. Not in this case. It looked fab and everything but was a very weakly scripted affair. The kids (8 and 4) thought it was hilarious though (cos of all the childish potty humour) and they love dinosaurs so they enjoyed it. For me though, it was a rare Will Ferrel movie that didnt put a smile on my face.
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Post by: The Legendary Shark on 21 March, 2011, 01:34:32 am
"Death Race" on 5.

What a load of rubbish! But glorious rubbish. I didn't expect to finish it, but I did. All that iron and all those guns would weigh so much that the cars would be lucky to get to 16mph and would handle like rhinos on roller skates. Still, you don't watch films like that for their engineering accuracy, do you?
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 21 March, 2011, 10:43:09 am
I was really disappointed with Death Race, went to the cinema excited about seeing some cars smush into each other and twirl across the screen, but it was all shot super close-up with so many edits you didn't get a chance to enjoy the smushing when it did happen!

We watched Daybreakers last night. I'd seen Undead and thought the guys had potential to do a Peter Jackson and become Hollywood darlings, and someone else must have thought so too because this looks like it cost a fair bit of money. I think they did a good job, it was a more interesting take on the vampire thing than I'd seen for a long time. Just an example of a good glossy popcorn flick really, I thought on several occasions that it was a bit like what Ultraviolet would have been like if Ultraviolet hadn't been utterly abominable.
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Post by: Van Dom on 21 March, 2011, 10:52:02 am
Death Race was alright - Death Race 2 (which is a prequel about Frankenstein) was great though. It was only a TV movie but you'd never know by looking at it. I enjoyed it a lot more than the first one (by which I mean the remake not the original Stallone one).
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Post by: Michaelvk on 21 March, 2011, 10:52:57 am
"Death Race" on 5.

What a load of rubbish! But glorious rubbish. I didn't expect to finish it, but I did. All that iron and all those guns would weigh so much that the cars would be lucky to get to 16mph and would handle like rhinos on roller skates. Still, you don't watch films like that for their engineering accuracy, do you?

"5 inches of solid steel armour.." TONGGG TONGGG TONGGG.. Priceless..
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 21 March, 2011, 08:50:29 pm
Kill Bill, vols 1 and 2, with my wife this afternoon. Finally managed to convince her to watch after literally years of trying- and she really enjoyed them. Her natural revulsion to anything connected to Quentin Tarantino softened somewhat by him not actually being in these at all.

I share her horror and hatred of the man, and these are the only two I can stand- please don't tell me the others are great, I've seen Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction and loathed them, and have no interest in the others. But I caught KB1 on BBC THREE one night and was really impressed, went out and bought them both for a pound each, and they've sat on the shelf ever since.

I know all the best bits are lifted from elsewhere, but I'm not that into the kinds of movies the pilfering is from, so this kind of 'glossy best of' works well for me. The swordfight in the snow at the end of Vol One is a masterpiece of set design, lighting and choreography; utterly beautiful, and the clincher when it came to me actually parting with cash for them. Nothing in Vol Two is independently quite as good, but on the whole it's the stronger film, with the eyeball snatching and Chinese training sequences particularly noteworthy.

More importantly, I can't believe I've actually watched two discs from our 'to watch' pile! If this carries on, I may have gotten around to Moon, Predator, Predator II and Candyman before Xmas!

SBT
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Post by: Robin Low on 21 March, 2011, 08:52:35 pm
Saw Despicable Me on Saturday night and rather enjoyed it.

On Sunday I watched The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp for the first time, and it's a rather good film. Not at all what I expected it to be about - only partly about war (and not really anti-war or anti-military), but more concerned with growing old, regret, change, and the passing of time.

Regards

Robin
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 21 March, 2011, 09:03:45 pm
On Sunday I watched The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp for the first time, and it's a rather good film. Not at all what I expected it to be about - only partly about war (and not really anti-war or anti-military), but more concerned with growing old, regret, change, and the passing of time.

It takes the long view all right -reminds me of Pal's the Time Machine- and has that great Technicolour/B&W thing goin' on and plenty of nutjob scenes.
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Post by: Misanthrope on 21 March, 2011, 09:04:38 pm
Paranormal Activity 2.

Please don't make me watch again.
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Post by: johnnystress on 21 March, 2011, 09:23:44 pm
I finally got to see The Searchers

loved it
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Post by: vzzbux on 21 March, 2011, 10:14:09 pm
Just finished watching Bad Taste on you tube. Classic B movie.
"Suck my spinning steel shithead"





V
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Post by: exilewood on 21 March, 2011, 10:33:34 pm
I finally got to see The Searchers

loved it

That's a great film.

I just saw the Scott Pilgrim film. (I know, slow or what? Maybe not in comparison to having just seen The Searchers.) - that's a good film too.



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Post by: The Legendary Shark on 21 March, 2011, 11:41:26 pm
The Big Lebowski.

Because sometimes you just want to spend the evening with an old friend.
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Post by: Daveycandlish on 22 March, 2011, 07:25:10 am
Flash Gordon. On the big screen. My local independant cinema has had a Mike Hodges retrospective and shown some fantastic films.

Dragged the wife to this after she admitted she had never seen it all the way through (she's not a sci-fi fan) and even she liked it
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Post by: Radbacker on 22 March, 2011, 08:01:04 am
didn't quite make it through to the end (late night) and had the chaos of a house move so haven't managed to see the end but watched Dragon Slayer the other day.
Never seen it before had never even heard of it (which is strange because i've seen or at least heard of most 80's fantasy good and bad), suprised that its a Disney movie bit violent (quite a graphic burning early on) and nice bit of 80's PG nudity.  Seems to be played fairly straight and the Stop motion Dragon FX are pretty much as good as they come.  Does anyone know if this was a massive flop as i really am supprised i've never heard or seen it before.

CU Radbacker
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Post by: Van Dom on 23 March, 2011, 11:29:51 am
Nightmare on Elm Street remake---which bored me silly. How??? I was a huge Freddy fan back in the day, have all the Robert Englund series on DVD, even the crappy Freddy's Dead (they saved the best for last my bollox). Thought the big budget remake would at least keep me interested but it was terribly bad. For a start, the cast  - both the characters and the actors playing them - were the blandest, most uninteresting, lamest collection of horror movie 'teens' I've seen in a long time. The girl playing Nancy was particularly snore-some. I didn't care about any of them as none of them had any personality and just moped around from the get-go. It was like a great big emo-fest. The story itself was basically a plotpoint for plotpoint redo of the original movie, a few changes here or there but essentially the same thing. Iconic moments such as Freddy coming out of the wall over Nancy's bed, sticking his hand up out of the bath water between her legs, Tina (Chris in this film) being dragged up to the ceiling to be killed are re-created....poorly. How a 2010 film can make the ceiling death scene look less visually interesting than a 1984 film is beyond me. This movie put me to sleep and I wasn't even tired. I got as far as the bit where Nancy goes to the hospital to have her dream patterns analysed - another lift from the original. Why do they bother doing these remakes if all they are going to be is a pale imitation of something that already exists and DOESN'T NEED remaking. Why not just throw a shed-load of money at the existing movie, polish it up, add in a few snazzy CGI effects if you want to, and re-release it? Or if they really want to target a new generation who might not be keen to watch an 80s movie, at least come up with a new goddamn script.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 23 March, 2011, 11:56:14 am
Oh dear, I was unaware that this had been remade. Is Englund in it?
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Post by: Van Dom on 23 March, 2011, 12:02:20 pm
Not that I could see. Whoever plays Freddy is atrocious at it. He tries to be a bit Englund-y but doesn't have the charm or charisma (as much charisma as a burnt, scarface monster can have) to pull off any of the "witty" one-liners. Even on Englund's worst outing he was better than this!!! Well, clearly I'm not the target audience for this, its probably aimed at the current 17 year old dating scene, but still, they have to assume when making this kind of movie that people who liked the originals will watch, and that audience should also be considered. I will endeavour to get through the second half of it tonight, as painful as that proposition seems!
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Post by: Professor Bear on 23 March, 2011, 12:44:20 pm
The Elm Street sequels are a matter of diminishing returns and the remake is no exception.  I can at least admire that they stepped back from the outrageous dream scenarios that followed Dream Warriors to make something more intimate and potentially frightening, but otherwise the latest effort is those involved making a franchise rather than a movie, all lip-service to what they think constitutes 'scary' or 'creepy' from other, better films, yet no effort is made to integrate all these elements into a seamless whole.  Still, kudos to those involved for making a worse Elm Street movie than Freddy's Revenge.

Watched Rango on Sunday.  Brilliant kiddie-western.  That cameo might have been a bit forced (though understandable given John Wayne was unavailable), but the mix of the outright surreal with events happening in the 'real' world is a great touch.

Slipstream - not sure what to make of it.  Didn't know why people were doing the things they were doing.  Maybe the movie was an improv thing?
It was not great.
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Post by: Mudcrab on 23 March, 2011, 12:51:26 pm
Not that I could see. Whoever plays Freddy is atrocious at it. He tries to be a bit Englund-y but doesn't have the charm or charisma (as much charisma as a burnt, scarface monster can have) to pull off any of the "witty" one-liners. Even on Englund's worst outing he was better than this!!! Well, clearly I'm not the target audience for this, its probably aimed at the current 17 year old dating scene, but still, they have to assume when making this kind of movie that people who liked the originals will watch, and that audience should also be considered. I will endeavour to get through the second half of it tonight, as painful as that proposition seems!

It's the guy who played Rorschach in Watchmen. As you say, he wasn't very good, despite being awesome as Rorschach. No one could out-Freddy Englund.
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Post by: Mudcrab on 23 March, 2011, 12:53:19 pm
Just finished watching Bad Taste on you tube. Classic B movie.
"Suck my spinning steel shithead"





V

He he, one of the best films ever! Very much paid tribute to in Return of the King  :D
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Post by: Radbacker on 24 March, 2011, 06:55:57 am
Season of the Witch - I think its quite confused this one, script is a total mess but hey I like Nick Cage and Ron Pearlman so i gave it a go.  The tone swings from weird buddy cop vibe to well I've got no idea what its trying to be by the end but it involved a very unconvincing CGI demon and people reading from a book, weird.

CU Radbacker
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Post by: Kerrin on 24 March, 2011, 07:54:20 am
Battle: Los Angeles. Bloody awful. The effects were good, the firefights were good but the script and dialogue sucked shit so badly it cancelled out any visual positives. Way, way too much shaky camera work. And people reckon Skyline is even worse? Holy shit.
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Post by: El Chivo on 24 March, 2011, 09:23:36 am
Buried
Pretty cool. Impressed how they kept the tension throughout the film with the limited setting.

Chi
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Post by: Professor Bear on 24 March, 2011, 12:28:50 pm
And people reckon Skyline is even worse?

I came out of Battle: Los Angeles quite happy.

That is how bad Skyline is.
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Post by: mygrimmbrother on 24 March, 2011, 01:06:48 pm
I'm really hoping I don't hate Battle LA. TBH, I didn't hate Skyline... it wasn't a great film or even a good film, but it wasn't as bad as I was led to believe.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 24 March, 2011, 01:26:04 pm
That is because your mind cannot process how bad it was.  It's essentially laying in a prison shower sobbing right now after being bummed by Nazis, but it will come out the other end stronger.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 25 March, 2011, 07:41:46 am
Zombieland. I'd seen it but Amy hadn't, we had a good laugh. It's a fun film, not as witty or funny as it aims to be, but it's got it's moments and overall it's an enjoyable romp.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 25 March, 2011, 09:56:29 am
That 'Legend of Ron Burgandy' thing on the telly the other night, with that bloke in from those American comedies. It was alright.

SBT
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Post by: SMOKESCREEN:ED:9 on 25 March, 2011, 01:39:38 pm
Baywatch the movie. Directors cut. Wet.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 28 March, 2011, 12:09:34 am
Pearl Harbor.  Very, very funny, and probably my favorite Michael Bay movie.  The Affleck/Beckinsale love letter scene was hilarious, as was seeing xenophobic Japanese imperialists keep track of the days with a huge English-language calendar, A Japanese soldier not seen before or after praying to his ancestors in Engrish, and there's a jaw-droppingly funny moment when Kate Beckinsale's face lights up as she sees the best friend of the guy she's waiting for get off a plane, then he turns and starts pulling the guy's coffin off the plane with impeccable comic timing.  It's just hysterical, and my main gripe is that it has the Pearl Harbor attack slap bang in the middle of things.  "Here's a half hour of cool-looking footage of Our Boys being exploded by terrorists" Erm... okay.
The black guy shoehorned into things for no reason whatsoever was also kind of funny, as was the brave yanks off to avenge Pearl by firebombing civilians and then being captured by the human versions of the goblins from Lord Of the Rings - because seriously, do not let anyone tell you the Japanese are portrayed as anything other than cowardly subhuman scum in this - and then the whole internment thing is not even remotely addressed even though the poor treatment of black soldiers... well, okay, that wasn't addressed either, it was just sort of alluded to.
Then to cap it all off, a craptacularly awful Faith Hill song that is somehow also funny, even though it is actually quite terrible.

The Incredible Hulk.  Hulk's a bit rubbery, there's far too much "yak yak yak" and Leonard Samson is played by Ed O'Neill's son-in-law Phil from the tv show Modern Family so I simply cannot take him seriously at all, but when it stops winking at the camera - which it does far too much - and gets to the Hulk snapping a car in two and then wearing it like boxing gloves to wail the shit out of Abomination, or pulling the bone out of someone's arm to stab them with it, it's great fun.  The space between the fun stuff is just too large, and it really needs a massive Hulk wobbler to start things off rather than waiting twenty minutes to only give us a glimpse.
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Post by: The Legendary Shark on 28 March, 2011, 12:15:59 am
"Burn After Reading" on ITV1.

Better than I thought it would be - basically intelligence guys trying to make sense out of things that make no sense. Clooney really has that mildly insane thing off to a tee, now.
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Post by: House of Usher on 28 March, 2011, 01:21:44 am
"Burn After Reading" on ITV1.

Me too!
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Post by: Mardroid on 28 March, 2011, 01:45:15 am
Kick-Ass.

They're more costumed vigilantes than super-heroes in my mind considering the death toll, (particularly  Big Daddy and Hit Girl). I suppose that makes sense when you carry the theme through to it's conclusion: i.e. if you have no powers and you are outnumbered by armed mafioso, it's basically a case of kill or be killed.

It's not just the armed guys who get slaughtered though! What about the hand-cuffed guy in the car? Sure he was a scum-bag, but it wasn't as if he was doing anything.


That's not really a criticism though. I enjoyed it a lot. Great film. I just have an idea my concept of superheroes might be a bit outdated.

I've yet to read the collection. So far I've just read a chunk of Kick-Ass 2 as shown in Clint, (up to the rottweiler 'sic balls' scene) and the very first comic issue of the first run. (The DVD came with a mini version of the first issue. Unfortunately they seem to skimp on the DVD extras for this particular release.)

I'm watching a curious film at the moment. It's one of those low budget films on the Syfy channel: Paradox. It's a kind of film noir type film about a world who's technology is based on magic instead of science. Then a dead body turns up killed by a mysterious projectile that was forced through the air at high speed without magic! Shock, horror!

Actually it's quite fun. I've missed bits though. That's what I get for reading stuff on this site and typing posts at the same time. (Muli-tasking isn't my strong point.) I wonder if it's based on a comic. They keep showing comic book style panels on certain changes of scene.
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Post by: Mardroid on 28 March, 2011, 02:15:05 am
Ugh. Sappy ending. I love the concepts though.

Oh, and one google later, turns out it IS based on a comic. But then a lot of you probably knew that already.
(http://backseatcuddler.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/paradox_cover1_12299767881.jpg)
 

(Bear with me, I like comics but I'm a bit behind on a lot of them.)
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Post by: Radbacker on 28 March, 2011, 02:48:11 am
there is a new Asylum (you know the company that release low budget but similar name mockbusters straight to DVD just as the big name blockbuster is on at the cinema
0 relaease called Battle for (or of) LosAngeles, this is now ready to watch tonight and i dare say it wont be any good.

CU Radbacker
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Post by: Professor Bear on 28 March, 2011, 02:56:00 am
there is a new Asylum (you know the company that release low budget but similar name mockbusters straight to DVD just as the big name blockbuster is on at the cinema
0 relaease called Battle for (or of) LosAngeles, this is now ready to watch tonight and i dare say it wont be any good.

CU Radbacker

Seriously, don't watch it.

A beyond terrible film, it's not just an Asylum film, it's an Asylum co-production with fucking Syfy - you'd think it impossible to accelerate once you hit the bottom of the barrel, but they found a way.
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Post by: Radbacker on 28 March, 2011, 04:51:43 am
thanks for the warning Prof but I like to liquify my brain with seriously bad movies, its like an S & M thing i enjoy the pain.  ;)

CU Radbacker
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 28 March, 2011, 11:50:07 am
Fantastic Mr Fox, which I enjoyed a lot. I'd actually forgotten that as a kid I adored the book and read it over and over again, but it all came flooding back watching this. It was also pretty interesting how much it felt like one of Wes Anderson's live action films, despite being about stop motion animals.
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Post by: TOMMIE on 29 March, 2011, 05:21:26 am
I have watched many Movies last time, I would like to share all these movies in form of list below


China Cry
Troy
The Chronicles of Narnia
Evil Dead
 
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 29 March, 2011, 08:12:40 am
THE CLONE WARS
It looks like it's 3 or 4 episodes of the first anuimated series stitched together (do forgive me, I am a little behind the times here) and has a plot (of sorts) about Anakin having to rescue Jabba the Hutt's son (Stinkie or Punkie or something) from the droid seperatists who are trying to manipulate things here and there and make people be bad.

Despite the massive amount of fights and explosions and cool spaceships and hardware and lightsabres, a couple of enjoyable set pieces aside it really is quite tiresomely dull. (These are the same issues I had with the prequels in general)

I like the vertical assault on the monestary, Anakin's pupil taking on those four droids that have anti-lightsabre staffs but that's about it.

There's something wrong about Tatooine being the centre of so much action; I do recall a very clumsily constructed line in Star Wars "If there's a bright centre to the universe, your on the planet that it's farthest from" and having Jabba THe HUtt be a massivly influential galactic criminal and having Jedi and Sith and everybody visit the planet every ten minutes just doesn't seem right.

Interesting to hear an actor doing an impersonation of Ewan macGregor doing an impersonation of young Alec Guinness.

Still, it was only £3 for Tiny Tips birthday and he seemed to enjoy it more than me so job done, I guess.

THE A-TEAM (pilot episode/movie - Mexican Slayride)
Another purchase for Tiny Tips birthday - he loves THE A-TEAM (not the recent movie) which is convenient because during the early eighties (when I was old enough to know better) so did I.

As ever, they end up working for next to nothing to free a captured american journalist and a whole village who have been forced into growing marijuana for local mexican bandits and rebels.  Various gun fights, a short and good natured bar fight and armoured car shenanigans ensue with Hannibal doniing plenty of disguises, Mr T "ain't getting on no plane", Murdoch bbeing howling mad and Face scamming everything they need to right wrongs by pretending to be a film producer.

I'd never actually seen this before and it is still remarkably good fun. Some of the stunts and action seem a little off compared to today's standards but they do throw jeeps (and stereotypes) about with gay abandon.  Mr T is much more talkative than in the main show.  Triple A is as cute as I remember her and has a brilliant line about "And I have access to a computer for research" which I had to explain to Tiny Tips who probably has more computing power on his 3DS than she has.

A curio is the original Faceman.  Tim Dunnigan, I think, poor fella ditched from a series that went on for five or six years. I wonder what happened to him.  It's hard to tell because obviously Dirk Benedict is just sooo good as Face but they probably ditched the fella for being slightly too young looking.  He certainly didn't have a charismatic impact that you'd expect from a Faceman.  I (don't) wonder what happened to him.

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Post by: TordelBack on 29 March, 2011, 08:34:59 am
Still, it was only £3 for Tiny Tips birthday and he seemed to enjoy it more than me so job done, I guess.

My eldest loves the movie, but I agree, it's a bit of a disaster.  I'm not sure what possessed Lucas to literally re-edit three existing episodes with some additional material and present it as a cinema release (he supposedly described it himself as 'an afterthought') - it's a fabulous cartoon in a 22 minute format, but exposing a cobbled-together version of its earliest efforts to critics on the big screen was madness.  

I'd strongly recommend the First Season boxset of the series if you can find it cheap, the five episodes on the first disc alone are pure gold.  For a real visual shock, I'd also recommend the two-parter that has just closed the third season - the quality, depth and range of the animation has exploded, plus it has a note-perfect turn by Chewbacca in his chronologically-earliest adventure.   It's a strange show, with all sorts of discordant angles being tried (a mid-season episode where R2 and 3PO go to a market to buy fruit and R2 ends up being pampered in a pervy droid spa while 3PO is horribly tortured seems to be a particualrly bizarre homage to the Droids cartoon), it often seems to be let down by bad editing within episodes, and it seems to jump the shark almost every second episode but somehow to recover in time for next week, but it's seldom dull (except when it is).

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Post by: Buddy on 29 March, 2011, 01:56:19 pm
Sucker Punch.

It's like a 110 min pop video made by a 15 year old horny schoolboy... with LOTS of slow-mo.

Lets hope he grows up a bit for Superman.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 29 March, 2011, 02:26:19 pm
It's like a 110 min pop video made for a 15 year old horny schoolboy... with LOTS of slow-mo.

Fixed that for you.

Also, you have to appreciate that without comic panels to emulate, Snyder has to use slo-mo to emulate the storyboard.  Personally, I think this dedication to the limited repertoire of his particular equine is to be admired - he's consistent in pushing Snyder the brand rather than Snyder the talent.
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Post by: Buddy on 29 March, 2011, 03:45:32 pm
It's like a 110 min pop video made for a 15 year old horny schoolboy... with LOTS of slow-mo.

Fixed that for you.

Also, you have to appreciate that without comic panels to emulate, Snyder has to use slo-mo to emulate the storyboard.  Personally, I think this dedication to the limited repertoire of his particular equine is to be admired - he's consistent in pushing Snyder the brand rather than Snyder the talent.

Good point.
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Post by: Kerrin on 30 March, 2011, 11:47:31 pm
The Lincoln Lawyer, very enjoyable with a nice twisty plot and some excellent performances.
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Post by: The Adventurer on 31 March, 2011, 03:09:00 am
Watched Evangelion 1.11: You are (Not) Alone, in anticipation for Evangelion 2.22: You can (Not) Advance's immanent release on Blu-ray. I'm not a fan of the show, but the movie is pretty good. And I hear 2.22 deviates from the TV series significantly.

I've also been jonesing recently to rewatch Akira. Its been a while.
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Post by: TordelBack on 31 March, 2011, 08:49:22 am
Daredevil, admittedly while digitising drawings.  Oh dear.  A pompous, whiny, overly serious mess that still might have been almost worth watching were it not for the execrable faux-metal soundtrack.  What were they thinking?  Two Evanecsence numbers in the space of 30 minutes?  

Affleck's Murdock was perhaps surprisingly okay, even if he's an utter charisma void only highlighted by Jon Favreaus's amusing Foggy; Colin Farrell's twitchy Bullseye was very entertaining and he seemed to be the only person having fun in the entire film; Michael Clarke Duncan's Kingpin was basically unexplained and largely inexplicable as a character ("I was raised in the Bronx.  This is something you wouldn't understand" -nor I, as it happens).  The gorgeous Jennifer Garner's Elektra should have been great, but she basically did nothing but hang around waiting for her father to be killed so she could take to the rooftops and get killed herself in short order.  She also spent a great deal of the film being irritatingly miserable.

While I can forgive the ropey CGI (who really cares), and physics-defying leaps somehow permitted by 'radar senses', the film is also bloody sloppily made - they can't seem to decide if Murdock has scaring around his eyes or not, it seems to come and go randomly, as do his various cuts and other scars; the dialogue looping also seems completely out of sync in several places - characters' mouths continue to move after they've finished speaking, presumably due to re-writes without re-shoots.  Bah!

Oh, and the great Joe Pantaliano's hat was so annoying I could barely look at him.
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Post by: Jim_Campbell on 31 March, 2011, 09:03:23 am
She also spent a great deal of the film being irritatingly miserable.

Give the Elektra movie a wide berth, then -- that's basically a summary of the whole two hours.

Cheers

Jim
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Post by: TordelBack on 31 March, 2011, 09:58:55 am
I suppose I should have noted the few things I did like.  The Daredevil costume, while looking pretty awful on posters and such, worked well with the film's lighting to look scary and intimidating - I hadn't really thought about the devil aspect of the get-up before, having thought of it more as an impish circus acrobat's costume.  This worked well with the murderous character that Daredevil is in the first part of the film - a properly homicidal vigilante, and pretty unlikable (always a good combination with Affleck), providing a good base for a journey to a more enlightened hero. That was a refreshing change, and along with the not-badly done origin story and nice effects used for Young Matt's emerging senses in the hospital, it gave me short-lived hope for the rest of the movie.  Ah well.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 31 March, 2011, 10:01:23 am
She also spent a great deal of the film being irritatingly miserable.

Give the Elektra movie a wide berth, then -- that's basically a summary of the whole two hours.

Cheers

Jim

Indeed- Miss Garner is so gorgeous that it makes my brain hurt, but I could not watch more than the first few minutes of the Elektra movie.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 31 March, 2011, 10:08:43 am
Daredevil, along with the second hulk film, is my favourite of the marvel movies. If only because it's not as relentlessly cheerful and homogeneous as the spidey or fantastic four efforts, or as irritating as the xmen. I love the aesthetic of daredevil, and colin farrel's a laugh, especially in the 'irish pub scene', complete with 'im a leprechaun' gangsta rap in the background.

One caveat is that i dont really give a monkeys about any of the marvel films, or comics films in general, so it's no big deal either way. To me, there isnt a huge difference between something like iron man and, say, judge dredd. Though of them all, i'll take v for vendetta and watchmen thanks.

SBT
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 31 March, 2011, 10:26:35 am
I remember the theatrical release of Daredevil being excrement but seeing the original cut, it is a vast improvement. The Electra/Murdock stuff was badly handled but when he's Daredevil the film works really well, surprisingly so, and the costume is on-the-nose. It's an under-rated, maligned film -a lot due to going with the wrong cut for theatrical release- but it's got more going for it than Superman Returns. As has been noted it's got a more original ending, handled in an unpretentious way, than most other superhero flicks whose endings bore me to tears ie. Iron Man 1 & 2, Batman 1 & 2.


The non-metal/incidental music works really well too- strikes a great character tone.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 31 March, 2011, 10:31:56 am
I agree with most of the DD comments, a pretty good film, but both DD and Eleektra were pretty charisma-free characters; and no I didn't understand why growing up in the Bronx meant you should dismiss your guards and take on a superhero one to one (or why the Kingpin had to be black for that matter).

Colin farrell ws the ebst thing in it as Bullseye, though when he said "I want a costume" I was hoping for the traditional balck and white mask, not just a long leather coat. And why was DD's costume an odd purple colour rather than striking scarlet?
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Post by: TordelBack on 31 March, 2011, 10:48:22 am
...or why the Kingpin had to be black for that matter...

I imagine that was more a specific desire to cast MCD for his sheer mass and signature easy turn from charm to menace and back again than any decision about race.  He was good in the role, I just got no clue from the movie as to who, why or what Fisk was.  

I can't agree that it was anything resembling a good film, but there were good solid elements, hidden somewhere under the ghastly music, strobe-lit fight scenes and pouting. 
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Post by: Professor Bear on 31 March, 2011, 01:49:29 pm
There's no reason for the Kingpin to be white.  His race has nothing to do with the character, it never has.

I liked the Daredevil movie and think it's just as good as the first Spidey outing.  Yes, it's a little overblown and melodramatic and wallows relentlessly in misery, but these things are what the comic book is known and revered for, from Frank Millar's iconoclastic but borderline-parody noir, to more recent runs like Bendis and Brubaker's that treat the thing like a telemovie about breast cancer but without the upbeat ending - just more misery leading into more misery leading into more misery and stories about THE PAIN and THE ANGST of being a super-lawyer by day and a radar man who looks like Satan and punches supervillain drug lords in the head by night, though only if he's not fighting zombie ninjas, being king of the zombie ninjas, hanging out with Thor and Iron Man, or beating up genocidal space-robots with a club on top of a mountain of skulls.

The movie is aimed at teenagers.  Most forget that, and the trappings (wangst, moping, soundtrack) are entirely appropriate for something that's just supposed to be flashy and kill an hour or two of their time so they aren't out doing knife crimes for their next fix of Red Bull.  Director's cut is much better, all the same.


For those not willing to watch Elektra, which I imagine are many, at least check out the 'Making of' featurettes if you can.  Some of the actors - particularly the lass who plays the poisonous lass - are so hilariously vacuous that I'm not sure that the documentary is some kind of Spinal Tap-style meta-joke I'm incapable of comprehending.  God Bless Terence Stamp for keeping a straight face as Stick, though.  Dude's a trooper.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 31 March, 2011, 03:00:39 pm
Just watched Martyrs. It'll probably be a while before I know exactly how I feel about that one, but I know I don't feel particularly happy.
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Post by: mogzilla on 31 March, 2011, 07:26:43 pm
ridley scott's robin hood... not too bad a film but could have been called anything as it was a sort of prequel that felt all the gang shoehorned in there for bums on seats puposes only...

   a bit of a let down after alien,black hawk down and the hovis ad.
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Post by: The Adventurer on 31 March, 2011, 07:30:11 pm
ridley scott's robin hood... not too bad a film but could have been called anything as it was a sort of prequel that felt all the gang shoehorned in there for bums on seats puposes only...

   a bit of a let down after alien,black hawk down and the hovis ad.

They way I hear it, the move was suppose to be called Nottingham, and it was suppose to be from the Sherif's perspective. But that changed during the preproduction/script writing phase. Which is why its such a hodgepodge of a movie.
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Post by: mogzilla on 31 March, 2011, 10:20:10 pm
i would ve liked that hte sherrif was probably the best character in it.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 31 March, 2011, 10:33:15 pm
I can't agree that it was anything resembling a good film, but there were good solid elements, hidden somewhere under the ghastly music, strobe-lit fight scenes and pouting.  


Quite, and I've yet to see a moment as interesting in any other super'ero flick as interesting as DD standing atop a roof saying to himself 'I'm not the bad guy, I'm not the bad guy...'. He is Marvel's 'Batman' after all and it dramatised that 'moral' conflict in a simpler, better way than the Nolan flicks.
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Post by: Hoagy on 01 April, 2011, 02:11:10 am
I just watched Choke. By the first ad beak I thought, the writing is really good. So, on checking Wiki about it, it turns out its based on Chuck  of Fight Club writer's book Choke. And Sam Rockwell fast becoming the laid back, US version of Gary Oldman, he's great in it.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 01 April, 2011, 09:50:48 am
I just watched Choke. By the first ad beak I thought, the writing is really good. So, on checking Wiki about it, it turns out its based on Chuck  of Fight Club writer's book Choke. And Sam Rockwell fast becoming the laid back, US version of Gary Oldman, he's great in it.

Really enjoyed that movie, I reckon Sam Rockwell's massively underrated as he's brilliant in everything he does.
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Post by: chris_askham on 01 April, 2011, 01:32:59 pm
I saw Where The Wild Things Are the other night, which was pretty strange.

I was originally going to watch it with my 7 year old daughter, but she found the first 20 minutes or so too freaky and wanted to watch something else, so not really a kids film I don't think (which is pretty bizarre considering it's based on a picture book). I think the themes of the film are too incomprehensible for kids, and the monsters aren't funny or cute enough.

In fact, the monsters are down right scary. There's is something deeply unsettling about all of the Wild Things. They're dangerous, unpredictable and violent. Wild things, basically. I really enjoyed the film, but it was too much for my 7 year old. And if she was any older, she would probably dismiss it as being too childish without attempting to watch it(kids today...!). Maybe I'll try again when she's 20 or so, and can maybe appreciate Spike Jonze.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 01 April, 2011, 02:29:06 pm
I took girls aged 4, 6 and 10 to that film and they loved it.  Found it a bit bleak myself, but then again that ties into Max's isolation after alienating himself from his mum and not being able to entirely separate the eventual shape of his imaginary world from the influence of his guilty conscience (the only female presence on the island being a calming and rational voice who lives in isolation, for example).
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Post by: Dandontdare on 02 April, 2011, 01:33:18 am
I'm currently watching Excalibur on ITV2 - I've loved this movie a long time! (Adolescent crush on Helen Mirenn notwithstanding)

I really love versions of classic stories that can be constantly retold (King Arthur, Robin Hood, Romeo & Juliet, Alice in Wonderland etc) and this is my favourite of all the Arthur films.

PS:
Fvourite Robin: the one with Sean Connery as an old Robin, or the TV Robin of Sherwood
Favourite Romeo & Juliet: Baz Luhrman's version
Favourite Alice: Jan Svankmajer's 1988 animated freakfest
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Post by: Emp on 02 April, 2011, 01:37:22 am
Watch out for the tractor
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Post by: Emp on 02 April, 2011, 04:07:48 am
Some shat Vampire flick with Burnside out of The Bill as the villian......i should have known better but i watched it all the same.

Tedious is the best word for it.
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Post by: Orlok on 02 April, 2011, 10:22:41 am
Battle: Los Angeles.

Not too bad. The battle sequences were fairly realistic and the effects were top notch.

A few plot mehs and some schmaltzy American ID4 stuff in the last third spoiled it a bit, but the performances were ok.

When the officer died, I couldn't help feel it was playing out like an episode of Sharpe.

I don't understand why the mission had to end in a war turning revelation, either. IMO I think if they had ended it with the rescue of the civs and then getting stuck back into the alien slotting that would have been a more sobering end.
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Post by: Radbacker on 02 April, 2011, 11:25:38 am
Lethal Weapon, man thats a arsom piece of action they just dont make movies like it anymore even the sequals while enjoyable (well number 2's ok but dont think much of 3 or 4) pail.

CU Radbacker
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Post by: The Legendary Shark on 02 April, 2011, 04:01:40 pm
Wake Wood: Boring.

Troll Hunter: Magnificent!
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Post by: dweezil2 on 02 April, 2011, 04:30:24 pm
Battle for los angeles: Rubbish!

Probably my favourite line of dumb dialogue in a film stuffed with dumb dialogue gems was "I'm a veterinarian."

The ghost of Leslie Nielsen stalked this movie.
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Post by: Hoagy on 02 April, 2011, 06:27:51 pm
Dead Snow. Hah! What a horrid little film that turned out being! Brilliant from beginning to end. Some genuinely scary moments in the build up and just pants down in the pub tastelessness followed it. As nasty as cold creamy cabbage. And, I liked greatly, the logic of why the situation had come about.

Halloween H20 was drab and mediocre and we all wanted Lee Curtis to get her life back. No real stand out moments unless you count pertness. Well I can say its been watched now.

Usual Suspects and Hannibal and Once Upon A Time... In the West for some classic advert dodging aswell.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 02 April, 2011, 09:58:34 pm
His Girl Friday. I wish people still talked like that, ya hear me?
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Post by: Jared Katooie on 02 April, 2011, 11:09:50 pm
Probably my favourite line of dumb dialogue in a film stuffed with dumb dialogue gems was "I'm a veterinarian."

That was hilarious, though I did feel a niggling doubt afterwards over whether that was an intentional joke or not. Still, given that the whole rest of the movie was fairly po-faced, I'm guessing not.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 03 April, 2011, 09:14:15 am
Three movies yesterday. Gleaming The Cube, which is a lot slower than I remember. I'm surprised I had the attention span for it as a kid, but I guess the fact that it was totally radical and tubular etc. still made it super cool. Total eighties cheese  :)

Trick 'r Treat, which I'd never even heard of, which is odd considering it's got a recognizable cast and was produced by Bryan Singer. Don't remember it ever getting a release. It's actually a lot of fun, an Creepshow style anthology where the stories all run alongside one another and cross each other's paths. Very glossy and not scary, but fun.

Survival of The Dead, which while I agree with popular opinion is Romero's weakest zombie movie, is still great I think. The acting is ropey, the dialogue is cheesy and the poor CG makes you wish badly that he'd stick to physical effects. I think I mainly like it because in terms of story and setting it's very different from any other zombie films out there, which isn't easy at this stage. I find it pretty touching actually. Plus zombies make anything Win.

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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 03 April, 2011, 09:39:17 am
Of Romero's 'second trilogy' (though of course, it's actually a fourth thematic original, then a reboot and a direct sequel) i have to say that Survival is possibly my favourite. It's funny, has some great characters, i love the script, the effects are exactly what i wanted to see, the music is the best since his masterpiece (Day) and he breaks his own rules, therefore throwing the industry of hangers-on that slavishly follow everything he does into panicked disarray. "Lets have zombies ride horses! That'll fuck with their heads!" he seems to be saying. And it has a hilarious and audacious plot twist. Excellent, Romero more or less invented the zombie, let him play if he wants.

I'm more of a fan of Land/ Diary and Survival than i am of just about anything else in the world. I love that Alan Van Sprang is in them all, and is now more closely linked to the series than anyone except Romero himself. I love that Romero took it back to the start (in so many ways) following his epic Land. I just wish we had a clear notification that he was doing a seventh, with AVS, to wrap up. Then an eighth, to begin a third story...
SBT
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 03 April, 2011, 09:48:11 am
In fact, and as usual, merely discussing Survival of the Dead has made me want to watch it again. It always happens. I think Romero has made his equivilent of The Wicker Man with this. His movies are always hated on release. Day was a 'massive disappointment' in 1985, and it took years and years before people began to treat it as his masterpiece. Nearly ten years on, Land is beginning to be reassessed; Diary and (more especially) Survival will have their day in the sun.
SBT
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Post by: Greg M. on 03 April, 2011, 10:14:32 am
Just been watching 'Day of the Dead' yet again (as in, just finished watching it 10 minutes ago.) For me, it is indeed the greatest of all Romero's zombie films: the effects are stunning, the atmosphere is second to none, it has some of the choicest, most endlessly quotable dialogue (although 'Dawn...' would rival it in this respect.) It's the one I return to time and time again.

As for the most recent three... I like 'Land...', it's a great film. 'Diary...' on the other hand strikes me as a weak film. There is so little in it that does anything for me, much as I would want it to. I detest the CG effects: like Keef Monkey, I only want to see physical effects in a zombie film. There are flashes of genius (zombies in the swimming pool) but they are few and far between. 'Survival'.... well, it's better than 'Diary'. Once more, some strong moments and some great ideas, but I found it very uneven, and again, I am no fan of CG in general, least of all in a genre that relies in part on its viscerality for impact. I can see 'Survival' might grow on me, but 'Diary', probably not.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 03 April, 2011, 11:56:27 am
Day is simply one of the best horror movies ever made, on a par with  The Thing, Halloween and The Exorcist. Its atmosphere reeks of oppression, its genuinely nightmarish and yet has flashes of high comedy throughout. It's without any doubt the strongest of Romero's zombie film and is an absolute masterclass of genre filmmaking. Everything, every note, is spot on perfect.

But it was loathed on first release, and bombed. We had it for five and a half days at our local cinema in 85, as snow delayed its arrival. I saw it three times; most memorably with five friends, who were visibly shaken on leaving, one complaining 'it was like being in a morgue for two hours'. It's always been my favourite; a real, proper, horror film that scares the absolute shit out of you, stays with you, and makes you think. Ive lost count of the times ive seen it now, and id imagine i'll never stop rewatching.

SBT
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Post by: Mardroid on 03 April, 2011, 03:19:03 pm
Interesting reading this. I tend to get the impression Dawn...was most people's favourite from the original trilogy! (Mind you, it probably still is. 2 or 3 blokes on a thread expressing love for Day... hardly sways that after all...) And while it is a very good film, I think Day...has always been my favourite of the original trilogy too!  Loved the trained zombie in particular.

Of the new trilogy, I quite like Land.... I've never really seen Diary... all the way through. Either my mind wandered, or likely I was doing something else while it was on. (I often visit web sites on my computer while there's something on in the background. The idea being, if there's something decent on, I can switch between the two. Turns out,my mind can't multi-task that way.) I've yet to see Survival....

Strangely, of the Romero films, the only one I actually own on DVD is  Night. Good film though.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 03 April, 2011, 04:14:26 pm
Funnily enough, of them all, Dawn is the one i like least. I find it massively overlong, and it doesnt deliver the prerequisite grue, having as it does some pretty basic makeups from an early Savini. I discovered Romero (and zombies) in the prosthetic-heavy Day, so the blue-faces of Dawn were never going to impress. I also find it all over the shop, tonally. I understand why it's so popular, but feel it's so of its time that 'you really had to be there'. To the generation who discovered Day first (of which i am a member) i think Dawn is simply wayyyy too seventies.
Heresy it may be, but id honestly prefer to watch Snyder's remake, even if the fuckers run.

SBT
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Post by: Greg M. on 03 April, 2011, 04:31:19 pm
I believe I am a wee bit younger than SBT, so saw none of the original three in the cinema: ‘Dawn’ was the first one I saw, and for a long time I would have called it one of my favourite films ever. The length didn’t put me off... to be honest, I would happily have had another hour of it. That said, 70s US horror is one of my favourite genres of cinema, particularly low budget stuff like Messiah of Evil, Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things and Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural, so the 70s-ness of the whole affair only makes it more endearing to me. But... as the years have rolled by, I find that I revisit ‘Dawn’ more rarely and yet come back again and again to ‘Day’, which simply seems more resilient to repeated viewing. It's tighter, nastier and has more Joe Pilato. (He's in 'Dawn', of course, but as a bit-part.)
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Post by: Buddy on 03 April, 2011, 05:09:41 pm
Source code.

Very, very good.
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 04 April, 2011, 02:36:11 am
Battle for Los Angeles: For an action packed film it was yawn inducing!

Many things made me laugh, including the Chinooks that were quiet enough to have a chat in, the squad being bunched up in the alley, etc...

Best bit was near the end when they advance on the enemy and the Staff Sgt is firing his side arm and in the next shot we see him ditch is rifle and bring the side arm into the aim  :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 04 April, 2011, 09:18:34 am
All this Romero talk has got me wanting to watch them all again! My girlfriend has only seen Survival, so maybe I'll subject her to them.

Day has always been me and my brother's favorite too, Dawn is great but you just can't beat how massively bleak Day is. You really feel like you're watching the last humans on earth, and the fact that all is pretty much lost from the get-go makes for a really dark film.

I do hope that Diary and Survival go on to gain respect, as my immediate reaction to Diary was disappointment but watching it recently it's already grown on me in a big way. It's got a nice balance of humor and darkness, and I like how in the last act they more or less wind up making the movie they were shooting at the start but for real, gives me a chuckle. Survival I liked straight away, CG aside.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 04 April, 2011, 12:25:58 pm
TAMARA DREWE - Quite enjoyed it actually. Gemma is loveliness on a stick and there are some good gags and, though everything ends up as you'd expect, it takes a few twists and turns on the way to the end that lift it above your average rom-com.  In fact, quite refreshing that there is lots of "Well, sod that, I'll just sleep with this person instead."  And note how Tamsin Greig has moved from quirky girlfirend to quirky mother character.


I really do struggle to see where the love for LAND and DIARY OF THE DEAD come from. Both pretty much pointless exercises that I didn't think added anything worthwhile to zombie moviedom.  And both with some utterly appalling writing and dialogue. But yeah, DAY is great and you've convinced me to rewatch (though if I recall, it was a bit suss that everyone was a crackshot taking out zombie brains from 200 yards with pistols while on the run).
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Post by: TordelBack on 04 April, 2011, 12:43:09 pm
TAMARA DREWE -

Wow, didn't know this existed, and I really enjoyed the comic graphic novel book.  Posey Simmonds is a massively underrated comics creator.   I also make a point of following the careers of the Black Books alumni, so that's two reasons for giving this a look...
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 04 April, 2011, 12:52:00 pm
All this Romero talk has got me wanting to watch them all again! My girlfriend has only seen Survival, so maybe I'll subject her to them.

Oh, good god! That's an emmergency situation right there - please, please show the poor girl some *proper* Romero. Survival was not his finest hour...
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Post by: mygrimmbrother on 04 April, 2011, 02:35:18 pm
Wake Wood - disappointing after all the glowing write-ups I read. Was hoping for a genuinely creepy low-budget indie horror but I didn't get one. Plus the old theme of a couple grieving for a lost child in these sort of films is just too tired now.

Somewhere - I've adored Sofia Coppola's efforts so far - including Marie Antoinette - and this was... ok. Just sort of washes over you (even more so than her previous films), but I wouldn't say I adored it. But never mind.

Spawn - saw it last night for the first time in about 13 years - man it hasn't aged well! It had it's moments though. I still think Leguizamo made a good clown, and I'd completely forgotten that Merlin from Excalibur was in it. All in all, a bit poo, but I'd still like to see a really visually dark & moody Spawn movie, a la the Ashley Wood Hellspawn comics.
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Post by: Buddy on 04 April, 2011, 04:01:10 pm
I think McFarlane is/was working on a follow up film... but it never seemed to materialise.
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Post by: El Chivo on 04 April, 2011, 04:10:07 pm
Probably reckon all this 'Dead' stuff needs it's own thread, but out of curiousity, what is the 'new'(ish) version of 'Day Of The Dead' like? Mite go pick it up it's pretty cheap

Cheers

CHi
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Post by: mygrimmbrother on 04 April, 2011, 04:38:12 pm
Incredibly bad. Utterly shite. Please don't put yourself through it Chi.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 04 April, 2011, 05:00:11 pm
Incredibly bad. Utterly shite. Please don't put yourself through it Chi.

Seconded, it was on telly a while ago and I lasted about 20 minutes. It's ridiculously bad, and bears no resemblance whatsoever to the original.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 04 April, 2011, 05:03:48 pm
Incredibly bad. Utterly shite. Please don't put yourself through it Chi.

Seconded, it was on telly a while ago and I lasted about 20 minutes. It's ridiculously bad, and bears no resemblance whatsoever to the original.

Don't even consider it. The closest link is that some of the characters have similar names and the climax takes place in an underground bunker. Other than that it has running, jumping, wall-crawling super-zombies, and is a whole bucketful of shit.

SBT
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 04 April, 2011, 05:07:51 pm
And if I recall, the good looking characters don't even take their tops off.

TIME BANDITS - not seen this for ages.  A bit slow by today's standards, and given it's episodic nature it is very hit and miss but David Warner is just class throughout and overall it gets a big thumbs up.
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Post by: El Chivo on 04 April, 2011, 05:18:25 pm
Duly warned!!

Cheers guys

Chi
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Post by: Jared Katooie on 04 April, 2011, 08:19:33 pm
Winter's Bone.

It was alright, but I wouldn't call it a masterpiece.
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Post by: Greg M. on 04 April, 2011, 08:32:23 pm
TIME BANDITS - not seen this for ages.  A bit slow by today's standards, and given it's episodic nature it is very hit and miss but David Warner is just class throughout and overall it gets a big thumbs up.

There is almost no film that can't be made better with a dose of David Warner. Even that colossal abomination men know as 'Titanic' is livened up when he starts taking shots at Di Caprio. As for Time Bandits, the line that is indelibly burned into my brain remains Warner's delivery of: "Of course you can't, you silly little man. I control them."
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Post by: I, Cosh on 04 April, 2011, 08:58:23 pm
Very hungover yesterday I watched Before Sunrise for about the ten millionth time. It is still absolutely wonderful.

Saw Source Code on Friday night and was underwhelmed. Despite everything I've read about it mentioning an emotional core, it left me cold and unengaged.
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Post by: TordelBack on 04 April, 2011, 10:44:01 pm
There is almost no film that can't be made better with a dose of David Warner.

Star Trek V benefits from his presence not one jot.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 04 April, 2011, 10:56:43 pm
There is almost no film that can't be made better with a dose of David Warner.

Star Trek V benefits from his presence not one jot.


That's the film's fault rather than his.
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Post by: TordelBack on 04 April, 2011, 11:02:56 pm
There is almost no film that can't be made better with a dose of David Warner.

Star Trek V benefits from his presence not one jot.

That's the film's fault rather than his.

Well indeed.  After all, he owns Star Trek VI. 
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Post by: Jim_Campbell on 05 April, 2011, 10:13:55 pm
Ghostbusters on DVD (well, rip from DVD to the digital library). This was a Christmas prezzie from the missus that we've only just got round to watching this weekend. Not seen it in a decade, and I'd forgotten what a fucking brilliant movie this is. Enjoyed every minute of it.

Rango tonight at the cinema. Bloody brilliant. The CGI animation is superb, the design, characters, sets and costume (no, really, the attention to detail on the costumes is breathtaking -- check out the bank manager's frayed shirt collar) are excellent. The humour alternates between broad and very funny, and sharp and sly. The western tropes are riffed on effectively and with obvious affection, and I thought I detected a couple of sly visual jabs at Verbinski and Depp's previous Pirates of the Caribbean movies into the bargain.

Cheers!

Jim
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Post by: Professor Bear on 05 April, 2011, 10:52:44 pm
Armor of God.  Lauded as a minor classic in action cinema, I'm surprised by how bloody slow it is, with long and unfunny comedy scenes that I am admittedly prepared to overlook given that star and director Jackie Chan probably had to pace himself a bit after self-knobbling during one of the earliest stunts - and you can see where it happened onscreen as his hair is actually several inches longer between scenes filmed before and after he had to slow down a bit to concentrate on not being dead by having his head's contents fall out the brand new hole he'd made in it.  When the action scenes kick off, mind, it's great fun - not just the kung-fu stuff but even the car chase through a town made of empty cardboard boxes and just-offscreen ramps.

Lost In Space.  A total mess, I'd forgotten how bad this actually was.  So much of it is  actually objectively good, it's just that none of it gels with any of the rest of it and almost every last bit that strikes you as impressive is undermined by an atrocious script that cannot at any point of the production ever have been good, the characters interacting like the writer has never in his life met an actual human being.
But there's lots that I enjoyed, like the Jupiter 2 racing through a collapsing planet, the now-anachronistic but still impressive use of models and huge sets over CGI, even some matte background paintings that lend the thing a charm that admittedly evaporates seconds later when characters open their fucking mouths but is still there nonetheless.  The production design is great, just all over the place and never creates a coherent visual whole, though with a hefty does of comedy that actually worked and a Will Robinson that was not terrible, this might have been much more fondly remembered than it is.
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Post by: Jim_Campbell on 05 April, 2011, 11:15:43 pm
Lost In Space.  A total mess, I'd forgotten how bad this actually was.  So much of it is  actually objectively good, it's just that none of it gels with any of the rest of it and almost every last bit that strikes you as impressive is undermined by an atrocious script that cannot at any point of the production ever have been good, the characters interacting like the writer has never in his life met an actual human being.

I have to say, I rather like Lost in Space. ISTR at the time a lot of SF films seemed to be other genres given a bit of science-fiction set-dressing, and I gave LiS a lot of credit for being a movie that could only have been a science fiction movie: space travel, time travel, robots, aliens… it was actually an SF movie. And, having watched it quite recently, I was surprised how well the FX stood up.

But, yeah, the character work is woeful.

Cheers

Jim
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Post by: Kerrin on 05 April, 2011, 11:45:27 pm
I remember seeing an interview with one of the cast members (can't recall which, Hurt I think) when Lost in Space came out that said they'd all signed up for 5 films! They're certainly taking their time on the second one, I should imagine it will be mindblowing.

I thought the effects and design were good but a great deal of it sucked shee-it. The teenage girl should have been jettisoned from an airlock at the soonest opportunity.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 06 April, 2011, 12:51:36 am
The girl who played Penny was alright, she just didn't have a character with anything to contribute to the story.  The kid actor who plays Will Robinson, mind - he is fucking terrible.  He delivers lines like "have you met our parents?" without any cadence, which simply isn't how kids talk, he just has this flat delivery all the way through the movie while his older sis seems to be making a decent fist of things with emotional highs and lows, however unconvincing some of those may be in practice - plus she had horrible, horrible hair, which for some reason I quite liked about the character's appearance.
Matt LeBlanc is all over the shop with his portrayal of Don West, too.  Sometimes he's sharp and laconic, sometimes he's blathering and dumb as a post, like they changed his thick-headed military man halfway through filming to be more like his character off Friends.  Hurt is one-note and his arc is unconvincing mainly because suddenly the film is revealed to be all about him rather than the family as a whole, Oldman's Dr Smith is the wrong kind of panto villainy, Heather Graham is a bit flat but, again, has nothing to do, and Mimi Rogers... well, she's more convincing here than she was in that film where she spent ten years as some dude's beard, but that's not saying much.
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Post by: klute on 06 April, 2011, 12:24:13 pm
The social network  i enjoyed it but not as much as i thought
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Post by: mygrimmbrother on 06 April, 2011, 12:34:41 pm
My best mate raved about it and we watched it, na denjoyed it too. However I had the unshakeable feeling that I'd find it very irritating second time round, and I was right. A bit too smug and self-satisfied (but that's Sorkin dialogue for you).
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Post by: klute on 06 April, 2011, 12:38:47 pm
My best mate raved about it and we watched it, na denjoyed it too. However I had the unshakeable feeling that I'd find it very irritating second time round, and I was right. A bit too smug and self-satisfied (but that's Sorkin dialogue for you).

In all fairness i was going use C**T in my post but smug would do just as well. it appears to be a film where all people involved say its accurate and the people its based upon say its all but fiction. either way i didnt feel i could invest any emotion to the characters.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 07 April, 2011, 09:41:05 pm
Zu Warriors of the Magic Mountain. Crazy Kung-Fu madness. The Special Effects were very special.
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Post by: Mardroid on 08 April, 2011, 12:26:24 am
Not so much 'watched' as 'watching'. Excalibur. It's just started on ITV3. I've seen it a couple of times before. It was a good while ago though.
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Post by: mygrimmbrother on 08 April, 2011, 01:36:00 am
Helen Mirren's well slutty as Morgana.
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Post by: Mardroid on 08 April, 2011, 05:39:01 am
Helen Mirren's well slutty as Morgana.

Isn't she just! Her own brother, no less!

I enjoyed that, although some parts feel a little clunky at times. (I don't intend that as a big criticism. It does lend to the charm somewhat. Not meaning that to be patronising.)

I love the depiction of Merlin. Remains the best Arthurian Legend film adaptation there is, I reckon. Possible exception being Monty Python and the Holy Grail, but that's a different kind of film altogether.
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Post by: Michaelvk on 08 April, 2011, 06:51:18 am
...

But that's a different kind of film..
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Post by: Noisybast on 08 April, 2011, 10:08:15 am
But that's a different kind of film!
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Post by: The Adventurer on 08 April, 2011, 10:20:06 am
Watched: Evangelion 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance (Blu-ray)

Got my Blu-ray copy (via Amazon) watched it, and... welp. That happened.

I've pretty much gone into Rebuild of Evangelion cold, the few episodes of NGE that I watched left me cold. I thought the characters were annoying, the premises boorish (oh boy, ANOTHER anime about 15 year olds intrusted with super robots), and the symbolism over done. Also the complete collection boxsets have always cost a small fortune, so I've never felt the need to spring for the DVDs.

I picked up Rebuild 1.11 on Blu-ray because I'm a HD animation junky, also... might as well see what all the fuss was about, since I never gave original much of a chance. Surprisingly I liked 1.11. A lot actually. A lot of my problems with the the series seemed to have been addressed. Characters and reasonings seem a tad more believable this go around. However in watching the first movie, with the 3 Angel attacks, it really felt like three episodes of a TV show glued together, with some character stuff slipping through the cracks (mostly concerning Shinji's school friends, which is actually fine, since 'High School Drama' is one of my larger annoyances with 'Teen's with super robots' anime). But overall it flowed well.

Now we have 2.22. And... well... things seem a little more, I don't know.. rushed? Slapped together? The movie's got so much going on it never seems to find time to breath. New characters are showing up left and right, and never given time to develop very much. There never seems to be a sense of time between Angel attacks. And then the ending sort of goes bananas.

BUT. And this a big but. I'm still intrigued by what's going on. To the point I'm sort of pissed that Rebuild 3.03 hasn't even premiered yet in Japan. So... that's a long ass way off to see what happens next.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 08 April, 2011, 10:46:44 am
Someone loaned me an Evangelion movie once (think it was called Death And Rebirth). It looked nice and was quite disturbing in places, but I couldn't work out what was going on at all.
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Post by: Tombo on 08 April, 2011, 12:05:21 pm
Someone loaned me an Evangelion movie once (think it was called Death And Rebirth). It looked nice and was quite disturbing in places, but I couldn't work out what was going on at all.

That's because you'd missed out 22 episodes and another movie (or two, can't remember).  The two new Rebuild Movies (with a third on its way) start off following the same basic story as the original show but from 2.2 onwards its a totally new show.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 08 April, 2011, 12:46:23 pm
Watching the series might not have helped much given Gainax's penny-pinching and the most significant events having a tendency to happen offscreen.  When you're talking about stuff like where the embryonic angel is being hidden you can probably get away with that, but the deaths of several main characters and the extinction/forced evolution of the entire human race happening offscreen is arguably another matter entirely.

It is a good show, but highly overrated.
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Post by: The Adventurer on 08 April, 2011, 07:06:21 pm
Someone loaned me an Evangelion movie once (think it was called Death And Rebirth). It looked nice and was quite disturbing in places, but I couldn't work out what was going on at all.

As Tombo said, Death & Rebirth is the conclusion movie of the TV series, so you might have missed out on a few... details.

Rebuild of Evangelion is a retelling of the TV series in four feature length films, only 2 have come out so far Evangelion 1.11 You are (Not) Alone & Evangelion 2.22 You can (Not) Advance. While the movies follow the TV series, they soon start to deviate from the original so they start to become their own thing.  If you're at all interested in EVA, I recommend checking out Eva 1.11 and 2.22.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 08 April, 2011, 08:23:36 pm
Thanks, I might actually do that. I liked what I saw, just couldn't comprehend it! Not sure why someone would loan me that as a starting point actually...
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 09 April, 2011, 07:56:17 am
Doublepost, but watched The Good The Bad The Weird last night and absolutely loved it. Rented it on the strength of Tale of Two Sisters and I Saw The Devil, and I would now consider Jee-woon Kim one of my favorite writer/directors. This was so different to those movies but still pulled off with the kind of flair and energy you know Hollywood wishes it could muster. Really funny, action-packed stuff.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 09 April, 2011, 11:29:12 am
THE EAGLE - Solid if unspectacular with a charisma void at the centre. Good roman stuff, nice scenery but goodness me it's violent for a 12a.

HUBBLE 3D at IMAX - It's a while since I've seen a space shuttle take off on telly let alone on a cinema screen let alone on an IMAX screen let alone in 3D so consider me gobsmacked. The 8 to 11 year olds I was with also thought it was awesome.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 09 April, 2011, 11:51:04 am
THE EAGLE - Solid if unspectacular with a charisma void at the centre. Good roman stuff, nice scenery but goodness me it's violent for a 12a.

Tookey was right!!!
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 09 April, 2011, 12:59:10 pm
There's a pretty full on decapitation (you even see a spurt of blood) and the effects of blades on chariot wheels on legs is also shown.  Tiny Tips (now 11 so I'll have to stop referring to him as Tiny) didn't have a problem with it as the context was fine. 

(As compared to say the gleeful punching through of a chest and driving a car with you hand through the abdomen in the 12a Terminator 3).

Anyway, I remember Eagle of the Ninth being one of my favourite books back when I was 11 (even though I can't remember any of the detail of it) so it was nice to move it along a generation.

Oh and finally saw the last two episodes of OUTCASTS as well. They made the last episode exciting in a way that only the whiteout episode had managed.  It was just too slow.  And Liam Cunningham has the appearance of gravitas (that voice, that worn face) but not the actual charisma to go with it; which means again, there was a void at the heart of the show.
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Post by: BPP on 09 April, 2011, 01:17:33 pm
SOURCE CODE - Hugely overrated. Its a future-shock without an editor, inception-lite. Very disappointed . Lots of nice bits (the kiss had a few ladies present weepy) and well acted etc but it clunked due to its unconvincing inconsistently carried out clunky premise. Moon has similar scripting problem (why did he save the robot then go on earth media to reveal the big bad which would implicate the robot again) so maybe Mr Jones needs a tharg as much as tharg could do with a mr jones.
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Post by: Ignatzmonster on 09 April, 2011, 03:50:04 pm
Doublepost, but watched The Good The Bad The Weird last night and absolutely loved it. Rented it on the strength of Tale of Two Sisters and I Saw The Devil, and I would now consider Jee-woon Kim one of my favorite writer/directors. This was so different to those movies but still pulled off with the kind of flair and energy you know Hollywood wishes it could muster. Really funny, action-packed stuff.

Jee-woon Kim is great. I think three of my favorite living genre directors are Korean. They remind me of what a med student friend of mine complained about psyche patients: Those guys will NOT play by the rules!! Hugely envious you've gotten to see I Saw The Devil, Keef. I am crazy geared up to see that film.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 09 April, 2011, 06:04:54 pm
I like that description of Korean directors! I particularly love it when they seem to be setting out to make something that sounds pretty standard on paper (like The Good, The Bad, The Weird) but it comes out skewed. There's often a particular balance between humor and darkness which you don't really find anywhere else.

I Saw The Devil is a good example, I'd never heard of it and saw it at a horror festival and it blew me away! It's horrifically dark and you know you should be appalled but it somehow manages to be laugh out loud funny pretty often. I definitely can't imagine even a great Hollywood director managing to pull it off. I'm particularly impressed that the 3 Jee-woon Kim movies I've now seen have been 3 different genres, all handled brilliantly.

Hope you like it when you do catch it, will be interesting to see what you think because I can imagine the unpleasantness making it a real love/hate movie.
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Post by: TordelBack on 09 April, 2011, 08:56:06 pm
Cave of Forgotten Dreams.  If you have the faintest interest in either: art, prehistory, the human condition, charming French and German weirdos, Herzog's bizarre documentary style or albino crocodiles that live in the heated water from nuclear powerplants (and that's 6 out of 6 for me), you must see this in 3D, and in the cinema.  Go, now.  Don't delay.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 10 April, 2011, 11:12:13 am
Had the flat to myself last night so spent it in the dark watching Blade Runner: THe Final Cut. Hadn't seen it on blu-ray yet (and hadn't seen The Final Cut version at all), it's total eye sex. The 5.1 mix is stunning too, I couldn't quite believe how fresh and amazing the movie looks.

Similarly to the Alien director's cut I love how Scott tweaks and perfects things when he revisits his movies, instead of doing a Lucas and getting over-excited and pooping all over it. The adjustments he makes suggest he genuinely has a considered eye for what made the movie special in the first place. Although changing the line 'I want more life fucker' to 'I want more life father' now means it's not the same as the lyric in 'More Human Than Human' by White Zombie, so maybe they should do a special edition of that for continuity.
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Post by: doggettX on 10 April, 2011, 12:02:58 pm
Mamma Mia

It was on ITV1 and I had nothing better to do.
I feel no shame.
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Post by: radiator on 10 April, 2011, 02:08:10 pm
Went to see Submarine last night - really enjoyed it, but it's obviously one of those films that is only ever going to appeal to a niche audience (two blokes walked out of the cinema halfway through).

I was surprised at how funny it was, and it reminded me of Wes Anderson's work, at least on a superficial level, though it is shot in a more energetic way.

The two leads are very sweet - the main character having previously appeared as the teenage vampire in Being Human, and the cast overall are superb - especially the deranged performance of the ever-reliable Paddy Considine.

My only criticism would perhaps be that it does fall into cliched 'indie' movie territory from time to time, and that it possibly drags a little towards the end. Still - well worth a watch if you're a fan of this sort of thing.
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Post by: Van Dom on 10 April, 2011, 10:03:56 pm
Cabin Fever 2:Spring Fever.
Which was confusing to me , as I only ever saw the last ten minutes of the first Cabin Fever and I never sought it out to see it all. By all accounts, Cabin Fever 2 was a bit of a mess, with the director disowning it and everything, but I thought it was pretty enjoyable. The cast were mostly good, the main guy was likeable and not your usual American High School pretty-boy type. His nerdy friend was cool too. It had a really wierd vibe about it, pretty funky directing (Directed by the same guy who made House of the Devil, a GREAT film although it ends too abruptly after a looooooooooooooong build up). The gore was off the chain but despite all the people exploding, melting, coming apart etc, it was the scene where one guy pulls a fingernail off that just got to me and made me turn away from the screen. Can't handle the 'so real it could be real' scenes at all. Good music in this one as well. The ending was an oddity though - the main story didn't seem to really end at all, just segued into a totally different 'side' story for the last ten minutes. Having read about this online, it seems that the director bailed before finishing the shoot and so the producers ended up shooting a totally different ending to tack on. Shame though. I dont get the directors problem really, it wasnt THAT bad.

Enjoyed.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 10 April, 2011, 10:28:25 pm
Cave of Forgotten Dreams.  If you have the faintest interest in either: art, prehistory, the human condition, charming French and German weirdos, Herzog's bizarre documentary style or albino crocodiles that live in the heated water from nuclear powerplants (and that's 6 out of 6 for me), you must see this in 3D, and in the cinema.  Go, now.  Don't delay.


Can't wait to see this. Herzog has improved so much over the decades.
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Post by: TordelBack on 10 April, 2011, 10:37:28 pm
Can't wait to see this. Herzog has improved so much over the decades.

It is fucking brilliant.  Haven't stopped thinking about it since*.  It's the first time I've seen 3D put to entirely indispensible use.




*I should add that I went to see Chauvet Cave last year, even though you can't get in - just to see the entrance, just to see where it was, and I've previously been to most of the publicly accessible decorated caves in France.  So I may not be the most neutral reviewer when it comes to the subject matter.  Even so, the style of the documentary is so unique, so completely outside my expectation, that it was way more interesting than I was hoping.

The fact that it was the first time I've ever been in a completely full, completely silent cinema suggests I may not be that biased.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 10 April, 2011, 10:38:39 pm
Even more annoyed about missing this now.
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Post by: Ignatzmonster on 10 April, 2011, 11:12:38 pm
Cave of Forgotten Dreams.  If you have the faintest interest in either: art, prehistory, the human condition, charming French and German weirdos, Herzog's bizarre documentary style or albino crocodiles that live in the heated water from nuclear powerplants (and that's 6 out of 6 for me), you must see this in 3D, and in the cinema.  Go, now.  Don't delay.


Can't wait to see this. Herzog has improved so much over the decades.

Once this hits wide release in the US I'll be there opening night. I've loved every single documentary of his I've seen, and could not get enough of Encounters at the End of the World. Good on France for having the sense to hire Werner for this job.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 10 April, 2011, 11:21:15 pm
Even so, the style of the documentary is so unique, so completely outside my expectation, that it was way more interesting than I was hoping.


Considering his older doc-films about mirages and the burning oil-fields of the first Gulf-War, it should be interesting...


Whatever about aul Werner, he still has tireless artistic integrity.


and I love 'Even Dwarfs started Small', Time Bandits on Ibiza.


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Post by: Mardroid on 11 April, 2011, 04:30:09 am
Thir13en Ghosts

I've seen it before, but it was still fairly enjoyable.

Classic quip from the Nanny character:

"So the lawyer had to split, huh?"

And the bit when she actually saw what had happened to the lawyer:

"Is that half a lawyer?... He's looked better."


Guess I have a sick mind.
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 11 April, 2011, 01:16:12 pm
Thir13en Ghosts

I've seen it before, but it was still fairly enjoyable.

I've been meaning to grab this one for quite a while. It gets mixed reviews, which may have put me off...

I watched WHISPER, starring Josh Holloway (Sawyer from LOST).

Basically, an okay horror/ thriller flick.

I give it a quick review here:

http://waynesimmons.org/blog/?p=408
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Post by: James Stacey on 11 April, 2011, 01:26:59 pm
Zu Warriors of the Magic Mountain. Crazy Kung-Fu madness. The Special Effects were very special.
Did you watch the original or the butchered westernised version?
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Post by: vzzbux on 11 April, 2011, 02:44:24 pm
The Hole. (keira Knightly).
I was expecting a horror but still enjoyed this one.





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Post by: Keef Monkey on 11 April, 2011, 04:02:47 pm
Just watched Dangerous Days, the 3 hour plus documentary on Blade Runner. I had to sit in while our new boiler got fitted and it seemed a good way to pass the time. A great doc, with a ton of unseen footage in it (including a saucier love scene with some Sean Young booby action for anyone who's into that, I'm above such things).

Harrison Ford comes across as a right grump about the whole thing, although it is amusing to hear the voiceover recording sessions where he's very vocal about how ridiculous it is that he's having to do it, and rightly so. There's a talking head from Guillermo Del Toro where he defends the voiceover though and says he specifically watches the old laser disc version because he prefers it to the director's cut. Madness.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 11 April, 2011, 05:13:12 pm
I always reckoned Blade Runner needed the voice over for teh first 45 minutes or so and then it could quietly fade away.  It's needed for some basil early on, otherwise a fist time viewer wouldn't have a clue what was going on but by the time Rutger is releasing doves into the sky, it's completely un-necessary.

But I shall have to watch the documentary to confirm this. And not to look at Sean Young's breasts. Oh no.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 11 April, 2011, 07:34:36 pm
Zu Warriors of the Magic Mountain. Crazy Kung-Fu madness. The Special Effects were very special.
Did you watch the original or the butchered westernised version?

It had subtitles. Is the butchered, westernised version a variant cut? Or did the yanks remake it because reading's too difficult?
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Post by: The Adventurer on 11 April, 2011, 09:31:50 pm
I always reckoned Blade Runner needed the voice over for teh first 45 minutes or so and then it could quietly fade away.  It's needed for some basil early on, otherwise a fist time viewer wouldn't have a clue what was going on but by the time Rutger is releasing doves into the sky, it's completely un-necessary.

But I shall have to watch the documentary to confirm this. And not to look at Sean Young's breasts. Oh no.

I've only ever watched the Director's Cut and the Final Cut and have never heard Harrison Ford's narration. Ever. And I have never had a problem following what was going on. The text scroll at the beginning is plenty of exposition.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 11 April, 2011, 09:48:14 pm
I don't think the narration is vital to the plot of Bladerunner. But I would say it has an effect on the mood and tone. Gives it a bit of a gumshoe vibe.
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Post by: Kerrin on 11 April, 2011, 09:57:09 pm
Legion, the evil granny was great but that was about the only highlight.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 12 April, 2011, 01:04:49 am
Police Story. Like a Bollywood movie bunging in songs, Jackie Chan's 1980s Hong Kong efforts crammed in far too much broad comedy mid-movie, but when they kick off, they kick off big time and it does not pay to be a pane of glass in this movie.  There's this bit right at the end where Chan is basically furious with this dude who walks into the scene wearing unbroken glasses and slaps the shit out of him, then uses another guy to break a display case in another part of the building.
The bloopers reel is as entertaining as ever, with comedy moments like paramedics rushing to see if the guys who flip their car driving downhill through an occupied shanty town are dead, paramedics rushing to see if Jackie has been electrocuted, paramedics rushing to see if Jackie has broken someone's neck, paramedics rushing to see if Jackie has broken his own neck, and on the paramedics' day off, some random guys from the crew trying to extinguish a house they've accidentally set on fire and they could not look more bored because for them this is like Tuesday or something.  It's very entertaining.

Reign of Fire.  Not sure about the dragonslayers' skills - they pretty much just show up and the dragon goes "rargh" and they die and Matthew McCaugnaghy looks a bit sad and then they kill the dragon.  Not much of a story but as a film it's alright.
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Post by: Emp on 12 April, 2011, 07:00:51 pm
THE BLEEDING - Bloody atroicious flick. To be honest i wasn't expecting much as the "stars " are Michael Matthias (who he?)and Vinnie Jones (as Lord of the Vampires, Vinnie the Vamp who thought that would work?).There was a hope that Michael Madsen and Armand Assante might make it watchable but the former was obviously a bit strapped for cash and needed the work and the latter had 3 lines.

Utter bilge, its like a really really bad B movie.Script,editing,acting,everything is woeful.The only plus to it was the run time of 79 minutes.
 Everyone involved should pay any money they made into a fund to gather up every copy of this film and burn them,then bury anything that reamins, on the sea floor.
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Post by: klute on 12 April, 2011, 09:29:05 pm
Legion, the evil granny was great but that was about the only highlight.

Watched this yesterday...the highlight for me was the credits,tbh im not a fan of the actor that played jeep.
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Post by: The Adventurer on 13 April, 2011, 07:00:34 am
SOURCE CODE. Pretty good, not as great as Moon was. But solid science fiction at its most heady.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 13 April, 2011, 09:32:25 am
Legion, the evil granny was great but that was about the only highlight.

Watched this yesterday...the highlight for me was the credits,tbh im not a fan of the actor that played jeep.


Rented this a while back, we knew it wouldn't be particularly great but were still a bit disappointed. There were some cool moments (the ice cream van was quite creepy), but I kept being reminded of The Terminator and Night of The Living Dead constantly and it could only suffer in comparison!
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Post by: James Stacey on 13 April, 2011, 10:43:57 am
Zu Warriors of the Magic Mountain. Crazy Kung-Fu madness. The Special Effects were very special.
Did you watch the original or the butchered westernised version?

It had subtitles. Is the butchered, westernised version a variant cut? Or did the yanks remake it because reading's too difficult?

IIRC the westernised cut has an added start and end to try and make more sense of it, setting the original film in a dreamworld, and various other cuts throughout. Apparently just being batshit crazy isn't enough reason for a film.
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Post by: zombemybabynow on 13 April, 2011, 01:43:34 pm
The Prestige - twists and turns at every step, are you watching closely?!

amazing
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Post by: radiator on 13 April, 2011, 01:44:29 pm
My girlfriend got me for my birthday (amongst other things) the DVD of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the original 1971 version, not the 2005 remake).

Always a favourite of mine, I hadn't seen it in years and was an absolute joy to watch again. It's weird how films you grew up with seem so much shorter when you watch them now!

I really appreciated the songs and music a lot more on this viewing, whereas I used to fast forward through most of them as a kid - admittedly I did still skip over Mrs Bucket's Cheer Up Charlie song (it's interminable and stops the film dead imo), but Pure Imagination - in fact the whole scene featuring that song - is just perfect.

It's a pretty weird film to look at (weren't character actors ugly back in the day?) and it has that old school effect of over-saturating the colours which gives everything a sickly feel, but it's all part of the charm. My girlfriend and I especially appreciated the film's attitude to (and treatment of) children - a pretty cathartic watch in today's world of spoiled brats - I suspect a modern film wouldn't dare to be so scathing - most children's films are so bland and sugar-coated these days.

By contrast, I find the aforementioned Tim Burton remake utterly unwatchable - everything about it is deeply off-putting, especially the art direction - generally a highlight of any Burton movie. I didn't even like Depp in the role, and he's usually great.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 13 April, 2011, 07:06:36 pm
I have a t-shirt of Gene Wilder as Wonka, flanked by 2 Oompa-loompas. Printed beneath is the word DRUGS

Burton's remake is terrible, but at least he didn't do it in his cliched faux-victoriana style
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 13 April, 2011, 07:08:28 pm
Burton's remake is terrible, but at least he didn't do it in his cliched faux-victoriana style

Surely Burton is the perfect choice for a Steampunk movie... or am I forgetting one he has done already?
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Post by: klute on 13 April, 2011, 07:13:28 pm
Well today i watched the crazies and zombieland....im not really a zombie/horror fan but found both entertaining and enjoyable to watch and wound recommend watching them.

few questions though

1. Sky + screwed up at the end of zombieland what happened after woody and jesse turned up at the amusement park?? i got up to the bit with jesse running to help the girls

2 I assume at the end of the crazies the sheriff and wife were killed? or were they just contained?

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Post by: TordelBack on 13 April, 2011, 07:47:45 pm
By contrast, I find the aforementioned Tim Burton remake utterly unwatchable - everything about it is deeply off-putting, especially the art direction - generally a highlight of any Burton movie. I didn't even like Depp in the role, and he's usually great.

Perversely I like them both - they're sufficiently different that each can be appreciated on its own merits.  Whereas the edge is much sharper in the '71 version, and Wilder is deeply weird in it, the '05 one has Deep Roy, squirrels, and some great songs and dance sequences.
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Post by: The Adventurer on 13 April, 2011, 08:39:38 pm
Eh. Just read the book both movies are pretty poor representations of the original material. Same goes for Wizard of Oz.
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Post by: radiator on 13 April, 2011, 09:07:43 pm
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what happened after woody and jesse turned up at the amusement park?? i got up to the bit with jesse running to help the girls

They rescue the girls and all ride off into the sunset together, Columbus breaking his rule of 'Don't Be The Hero' in the process.

It feels to me as if the makers were intending to kill off Talahassee at the end (it certainly seems to be heading that way) but then realised that he's by far the best thing about the movie and decided that they might want to wring a few sequels out of it so they best keep him alive.


I think Zombieland previously appeared on this thread - my take on it was that it's a very enjoyable film that falters slightly in the third act, which veers slightly too far into comedy with not enough horror - the Bill Murray section especially. The first half is truly great, though.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 14 April, 2011, 09:29:28 pm
Eh. Just read the book both movies are pretty poor representations of the original material. Same goes for Wizard of Oz.
This. When I was a kid I absolutely loathed the film of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I never knew there was a cartoon version of Pooh until I was quite a bit older, but I probably wouldn't have liked that much either.
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Post by: The Adventurer on 15 April, 2011, 08:56:28 am
Strangely enough, the upcoming Winnie the Pooh Disney film (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRNi6GUs1BU&) is looking to be AMAZING. It looks like they're adapting several of the stories in the book that haven't been adapted yet.
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 15 April, 2011, 07:59:31 pm
Think we might be watching LET ME IN later on (the remake of John A. Lindqvist's LET THE RIGHT ONE IN for those unversed). I've medium to high hopes for it, even though it's a remake... 
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 16 April, 2011, 07:31:19 am
We watched Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland last night. I enjoyed it more than I expected, but still did nothing for me really. Depp was good value in places, although whenever he slipped into his Scottish accent I couldn't understand a word (and I'm Scottish). That bit at the end where he did a weird dance made me cringe massively for some reason. I shouldn't be too harsh on it, it's a kids film and not an awful one at that.
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Post by: TordelBack on 16 April, 2011, 08:52:39 am
Shopgirl. Watched while trying to work last night.  I have a soft spot for Clare Danes, and few people have made me laugh as much as Steve Martin has over the years, but this seemed to be an oddly-pitched attempt to make another Lost in Translation.  Odd elements of farce sat badly with the rather tragic main plot.  Couldn't seem to decide whether it was a romance or a rom-com, but it was nicely shot and mildly diverting. 
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 17 April, 2011, 09:42:35 am
Blade Runner, again. But with Scott's commentary for added trivia.
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Post by: vzzbux on 17 April, 2011, 08:19:11 pm
The missus is watching Space Camp at the moment. Just recognised the snotty little kid as Joaquin Phoenix.




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Post by: Albion on 17 April, 2011, 10:04:14 pm
Clash of the Titans, the new one.

I enjoyed it but the set up and narration dragged a bit for me at the start and I thought that Ralph Fiennes, as Hades, was just playing Voldemort again.
Very interesting to see the location in Wales that was also used for Judge Minty.
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Post by: Jared Katooie on 17 April, 2011, 10:24:20 pm
Watched Limitless.

I expected a thriller by numbers type thing, but it was quite good. The opening sequence was very impressive as it zoomed down a long street, through car windows, on and on. I remmeber thinking "this would look great in 3D", and then feeling ashamed of myself.

I'm glad the plot wasn't like the trailer made it out to be, but it does contain annoying semi-spoilers for the film, so if you want to see the film, don't watch the trailer.
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Post by: klute on 18 April, 2011, 01:38:58 pm
Hawk the Slayer and inseminoids  both worth a watch if you like a bit of cheesy cheap budget horror and fantasy
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 18 April, 2011, 01:41:41 pm
The Girl Who Played With Fire. I haven't read the books but I fucking love these movies.
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Post by: The Legendary Shark on 18 April, 2011, 08:33:02 pm
Eyes Wide Shut. Kubrick may have been a genius, but he didn't half make some weary-arsed films.
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 18 April, 2011, 08:37:26 pm
In honour of he who posted above, I watched this today

(http://www.blogomatic3000.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/S-Shark-Poster-450x578.jpg)

I think it took 15 minutes, as I fast forwarded through most of it! It was on SYFY (or whatever they call the channel now) and I was waiting for the stage when it went from being so bad that it was good but that stage never arrived  ::)
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 18 April, 2011, 08:51:10 pm
I can't see a film title there, but are you talking about Swamp Shark?! I was channel hopping and landed on it just as it launched through the air and munched someone in one of the greatest displays of awful CG I've seen in a while! Kept popping back to it to try and catch more awesome, but didn't get any.

I was sure I recognized the actress though, and a quick imdb check confirms that Kristy Swanson has fallen on hard times. Sad.
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 18 April, 2011, 08:52:57 pm
That's the one, didn't the amazing movie poster appear!
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Post by: Mister Pops on 18 April, 2011, 09:13:40 pm
Cool Hand Luke

I really want a boiled egg now
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 18 April, 2011, 09:15:47 pm
Cool Hand Luke

I really want a boiled egg now

Just one?
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Post by: SMOKESCREEN:ED:9 on 18 April, 2011, 09:50:20 pm
Mork and Mindy, the Bollywood Edit.

(With a Hindi version of Ice Ice Baby to boot.)
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 18 April, 2011, 11:03:05 pm
THE HURT LOCKER

Ooh, there's a bomb but it's OK, I'm a maverick.
Ooh, there's a bomb but it's OK, I'm a maverick.
Ooh, there's a bomb but it's OK, I'm a maverick.
<Repeat until any tension is eroded>
Wonder "What was that all about?"

With only one tiny little piece of humour ("I was at a whorehouse") and a nice touch where Renner's character keeps a collection of bomb parts under his bed (I assume in an attempt to understand who the enemy really is because it's not meant to be the people on the streets), it was good but I don't think I'll watch again.

And top marks for the DVD jacket people showing a cast of Guy Pearce (two minutes screen time, half a dozen lines, one of which is "Aaaargh!"), Evangeline Lily (two minutes screen time, two lines, one of which is "Pass the cereal") and Ralph Fiennes (two minutes screen time, 5 lines - one of which is "Aaaargh!")
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 18 April, 2011, 11:05:10 pm
Oh and my nephew is working through Lord of the Rings with his dad (Big Al, who says that dogs can't look up).  He gets to the flashback with Elrond and Isildur where Isildur is corrupted by the ring and decides to keep it:

He asks: "Did he not destroy the ring so they had something to do in the other two films?"

The boy knows how Hollywood works.
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Post by: Mardroid on 19 April, 2011, 01:03:38 am
To be fair the novels did it before Hollywood (although I don't think Isildur went right to Mount Doom with Elrond. He just took the ring for himself there and then, but I guess that's less dramatic).

Last film I watched was and Indian film called 3 Idiots. (Or something like that.)

It was kind of corny in places and the hero worship of Rancho got on my nerves...

... yet I genuinely liked it. It was very funny in places and an all round warm good natured film. It had it's sad* tragic bits but they actually aided the warm stuff rather than pull it down. And yes, I liked the corny dance numbers too.

*I use the word 'sad' in the literal meaning of the word. That goes for all the words that are taken nowadays to mean the opposite, such as 'wicked' (that started when I was a kid), sick (that's a pretty new one) and bad.
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Post by: TordelBack on 19 April, 2011, 08:00:54 am
That goes for all the words that are taken nowadays to mean the opposite, such as 'wicked' (that started when I was a kid), sick (that's a pretty new one) and bad.

Don't forget gay.  Has any word ever experienced such a transformation of meaning in under a century?  Bright and cheery, to homosexual (derogatory), to homosexual (celebratory) to a general condition of pathetic crapness.
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Post by: Kerrin on 21 April, 2011, 08:15:34 pm
The Eagle, bar the fact that the vocal track kept crapping out at the showing we went to, not bad. It's a fairly small Film 4 production and the main action scenes show that up, lots of shaky camera to hide the fact there only three people on screen. Barring that, the camera work is quite arty but in a nice way. The performances are good, not amazing, but there's no real stinkers. For some reason the Romans all have American accents, even the British actors playing Romans have American accents. So we're treated to Legionaire Mark Strong of the Bronx. Ha ha haa! Jamie Bell is the stand out act but my favourites were the Seal tribe, nice lads but they could do with a wash.
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 21 April, 2011, 09:24:27 pm
Watched The Wrestler. Wasn't as good as the reviews would suggest but better than I expected, given just how 'wrong' most mainstream media get it when they touch on pro-wrestling, even the well intentioned ones who don't set out to take the piss.
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Post by: fresno bob on 22 April, 2011, 06:33:22 am
Up The Academy (1980) The one and only film produced by Mad Magazine. A guilty pleasure to be sure.Stars Ron Leibman,Ralph Macchio,Ian Wolfe, Barbara Bach,and Tom Poston as a gay Sgt major.Directed by Robert Downey Sr.
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Post by: Orlok on 23 April, 2011, 10:06:25 am
Having just endured the Mordor-Manchester trip and back again I took in a few movies on the flight.

The remake of True Grit was pretty good. I'm not a huge John Wayne fan (apart from The Searchers) so anything was an improvement on the original for me. That said, it was a good film with more than a hint of Deadwood about it.

The American was a passable thriller with a somewhat predictable ending.

The Expendables was bloody awful. I can see what they were aiming for, but all of the characters were pricks and I honestly didn't care if they lived or died. The big scene featuring Arnie, Sly and Bruce seemed too forced and pointless.

Red was ridiculously over the top but funny in places so killed a couple of hours.

Megamind was probably the best film I wathed on the first leg and though it didn't hit all of the buttons, it was still quality stuff with some cracking moments.

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel could have been done in 15 minutes. Most of the jokes fell flat and I just wanted the logic police to raid the story about an hour in so I wouldn't have to watch the rest. The plot had more holes in it than a Christchurch street.

Monsters was an interesting premise, but poorly executed. Maybe it was the jet lag, but I just didn't understand what point it was trying to make. It was just dreary for the most part.

Tron I had never seen until the flight. Typically 80s, it skimped on character depth and went straight for the cool nerd vote. I know people who have said it was better than The Matrix. Without any nostalgic reflection, it clearly isn't and I thought it was highly overrated and dated. Depressingly, David Warner seemed to phone in his performance.

Tron Legacy was visually impressive if only for Olivia Wilde's ass, but the story seemed to lack passion and logic and replaced these with quick fix CGI-porn and Michael Sheen (no, I have no idea either). Quick thought- The discs worn on the backs are essentailly the memory/essence of the user so why are they being hurled about the place like shit in a monkey house? Awful.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 23 April, 2011, 10:24:06 am
PREDATORS.

Meh. It was okay, I guess. Although there only seemed to be two predators in it, and they moved so slowly they may as well have been from a fifties 'b' movie. Silly set design too- at one point they wander into a knockoff from original Star Trek/ Plain of Stones from Planet of the Daleks. Lots of times the human characters react to something and the camera cuts to a cg-augmented wideshot that makes no sense visually and you just cannot tell what they are supposed to be looking at. It's also not very gory, which was a massive letdown.

SBT
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Post by: Buddy on 23 April, 2011, 12:46:51 pm
Raiders of the Lost Ark or as it's called now Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark which has to be one of the longest film titles ever... (well maybe not)

It was on BBC4 or 3 or some BBC channel last night and a welcome surprise as I was looking at an early night as telly was looking so crap.

It's still a crackin film and the must have broadcast a digitally remasterd version as the picture quality was pin sharp and squeeky clean!

Foed is great in this and genuinely looks like he's having a ball making it... the rest of the cast are faultless... Karen Allen, Denholm Elliot, John Rhyse Davies and the rest played it to a tee.

Temple of Doom is on tonight with the other two following the next two nights... no coincidence they are showng The Last Crusade on Easter Sunday as it's all about the baby Jesus pint mug.

And for all it's flaws I still very much enjoyed The Crystal Skull.

So that's my Easter telly sorted.

Came across this just now on youtube...... very cleaver.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUPDuQq9GsM
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Post by: klute on 23 April, 2011, 12:54:58 pm
Prince of persia-the sands of time,not a bad film though not quite what i was expecting...what was i expecting? i dont know this just wasnt it.

Not a bad film but not a good one either, i wouldnt wish for a sequel.

Some of the actors just didnt feel right in there roles and felt a little like a miscast. but thats just a personal feeling.

Would recommend it just to say you have.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 25 April, 2011, 05:09:06 pm
THOR. I raved about it in the dedicated thread, over there ->, but it really is the best movie I've seen in ages and ages. Can I go again now, please?

SBT
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Orlok on 25 April, 2011, 06:26:14 pm
Prince of Persia-Sands Of Time.
Bad move.
Negative points- Plot holes you could ride a dinosaur through, miscasting and video game logic.
Plus point- Gemma Arterton

I'm really going to have to be more discerning.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Tiplodocus on 26 April, 2011, 12:37:00 pm
In between various DIY projects (800 kilos of sand and cement lugged up the garden...) I have slumped down in front of a telly at night and watched...

Source Code - see seperate thread

Planet of The Apes - Sat down with Tiny and Mrs Tips to watch this having not seen it myself for twenty five years and I don't think they had ever.  I dozed off in the slightly wordy middle but woke up to find that everyone else was still gripped. Tiny Tips was impressed with THE twist and generally thought it was a great movie.


Conan the Destroyer - no, couldn't watch it. Gave up after twenty minutes. And then deleted the recording because I didn't want to subject any of the rest of the family to it. It gets *everything* wrong.

Rocketeer - It gets *everything* right.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: radiator on 26 April, 2011, 01:50:42 pm
I got them as part of a bargain Blu Ray box set recently, so on Saturday night I watched Shallow Grave and Trainspotting back to back - having not seen ether of them in many years, maybe even a decade. I think Trainspotting especially has reached that level of being so iconic and heavily referenced in other films and media that I needed a long, long break from it to get some distance to be able to watch it again.

Enjoyed both, but Shallow Grave seems somewhat dated, and in the cold light of day, isn't a particularly well-written film - the plot seems pretty silly to me now) and I found myself very unconvinced by the character's actions this time round. I think the fundamental problem is that all three principal characters are very underwritten - only McGregor has any sort of discernible personality, and even that is very simplistic. I think the script would have worked better if there had been a lot more emphasis on the decision to keep the money - it seems like a very easy choice in the film to the extent that it seems to have a sort of 'aren't yuppies horrible?' message - perhaps that's the point? I still have a lot of affection for the film, though.

Trainspotting seems a lot fresher in every way, from the soundtrack to the clothes - I was surprised by how timeless it feels.

It also goes without saying that both films contain some pretty horrendous mid-nineties dance music - Trainspotting less so, the Underworld tracks at least still sound pretty good to my ears.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Hoagy on 28 April, 2011, 07:45:53 pm
Centurion and In Bruges.

I really liked Centurion. Nice historical details and the Witches house took me back to my school history books. There were also other things straight from the books too. The stuff about wolves. And something early on in the camp brawling.

In Bruges has Ralph in fine monstrous form. Colin does his best not to get on my nerves and Brendan does his hard man with a heart bit with aplomb. All in all a black comedy measured and poured a little stiffly.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Albion on 28 April, 2011, 08:27:04 pm
Skyline.
A rather poor alien invasion movie where nearly all the budget was spent on effects and not on decent actors or a decent script writer.
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Post by: TordelBack on 28 April, 2011, 10:31:27 pm
...not really a movie, but by the end it almost felt like one:  Doctor Who Series 31 (Relaunch series 5).  Only saw the first few last year, and have been watching the whole season over the past week-or-so:  to my pleasant surprise it's absolutely fantastic, by far the best of the new run.

I had totally lost enthusiasm for what had become a loud, screechy, nonsensical and ultimately frustrating mess in recent years, and while a re-watch of some of the better Moffatt stuff (Weeping Angels and The Library etc.) had given me enough interest to give Smith's season a go, I was about as far from a DW fan as I had been at the nadir of the McCoy years.

However, Smith's Doctor is terrific, a real mix of old and young, silly and serious.  I also think Amy works well as a companion, and while I don't like her much as either a performance or a person, the addition of Rory more than makes up for it.  The WWII Dalek one was the only mild wobble for me, largely made up for by sheer joyful silliness.  However, the real winning aspect was a collection of stories that were interesting and satisfying individually, but contributed to and fitted into a clever overall plot which was actually given time to breath. The well-paced final episode was about as good as Nu Who ever gets, and the Doctor's willful be-fezzed violation of causality in a universe that had already been destroyed was a delight.

All set to get caught up on the current run now.

Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: I, Cosh on 29 April, 2011, 12:13:11 am
Just back from How I Ended This Summer, a two-hander set around an isolated Russian weather station on the Arctic coast. It all kicks off when the younger of the two doesn't do something he should. Understandable as it is, you spend the next hour in knots waiting for him to man up and get it over with. Of course, by the time he does, it just makes things worse. It loses its way a bit at the very end but overall, especially taking into account all the nice long shots of fog and ice, this is an excellent, gripping watch. Give it a chance.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Richmond Clements on 29 April, 2011, 09:15:15 am
Source Code- whcih was utterly fantastic.

Fast and Furious 5- I had only seen a couple of minutes of the first one so had little clue what was who. However- this was bloody awesome brainless entertainment. The Rock is worth the priceof admission alone. Just don't think at all while watching this and you should have a great time.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Keef Monkey on 29 April, 2011, 10:13:11 am
I actually had a dream last night that I watched a really good Harry Potter film and then posted on here raving about it. Oddly, I really don't like Harry Potter.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Orlok on 29 April, 2011, 07:06:09 pm
Valkyrie.
Wasn't as bad as I thought although it did have a bit of a meander away from historical fact. Thought the performances were quite muted, though. Some of the conspirators came across as neurotic until Maverick stepped up to the plate.
Speaking of the couch jumping fool, I didn't really rate him in this and haven't seen him in anything good since Tropic Thunder.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Pete Wells on 29 April, 2011, 07:46:00 pm
I finally watched Red this afternoon to get a good look at Karl Urban. I was pretty pleased with what I saw, while not having any chin to speak of, he had presence in spades. Here's hoping he'll do a good job...
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Mister Pops on 29 April, 2011, 08:07:26 pm
I decided I wasn't all that interested in watching two strangers get married. So after a quick perusal of my shelves before work, I grabbed Once Upon a Time In the West and my laptop. Got into work, grabbed a chair and sat watching in the sunny (empty) car park.

It has Sergio  Leone's fingerprints all over it. I'll accept his style isn't to everyone's taste, but, as far as I'm concerned, not one single millimetre of celluloid gets wasted. Some great one liners. I should also like to add that Claudia Cardinale is very very pretty.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Ignatzmonster on 29 April, 2011, 08:11:07 pm
Saw Certified Copy last night. I tend to have expectations when going to an arthouse film that the audience will know when to shut the fuck up, but there were more jabberers than the last time I went to the dollar theater. What's worse was the awful pretension of the jabbering. At least at the dollar theater I just have to put up with three year olds running around the aisles during horror movies and people sceaming, "Look out!" at the movie.

Gorgeously shot and Binoche brings the pain to every other actress working today. Kiarostami is famous for using non-actors in his films, but Binoche feels realer than real in this pic. It felt somewhat slight and disjointed while watching it, but I'm still thinking about it a day later so I give it a thumbs up.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: kriss_kringle on 29 April, 2011, 08:13:20 pm
The last movies I saw were Source code and a french one called Malefique.Source code was good but was kind of sappy near the end and I didn't like that but Duncan Jones is on the right track with this second effort.The french one was bad,4 guys in a cell find a book about black magic and try to use it to escape.A bunch of random events happen,really horrible writing.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Van Dom on 29 April, 2011, 11:18:50 pm
I've mainly been watching stuff on the horror channel lately. I know, I like torturing myself watching low budget, z-grade crap. It's a hobby! And every so often you find a good one.

There was one on last week called Salvage. A British urban-horror thingy, which was basically like an episode of Brookside where Brookside close is suddenly swarming with trigger-happy marine types who are hunting...SOMETHING...and can't let anybody in the estate leave until they have found it...and possibly even after. It's a pretty decent little flick, well acted, nice bit of suspense. It more or less all takes place inside a couple of semi-detached houses on the estate with characters moving from house to house as they try to escape/figure out whats going on. The SOMETHING being hunted is fairly interesting - and scary - too. I enjoyed this one.

Then there was another one called Lonely Joe. This was bad. Very very bad. Took me four attempts to get to the end of it (you know you're in trouble when a movie keeps putting you asleep at the same point) but I had to see it all because I did want to know how it ended. Interesting premise I guess. But wasn't worth it after all that. Avoid.

Finally, last night I saw 11:11. This was very good. Nice spooky shenanigans, good cast, some fun deaths and it kept me guessing to the end. It porports to be based on some real-world predictions about (that old chestnut) the end of the world, and some of the stuff it came out with, frankly, freaked me out. This movie was made a few years ago but it goes on about how 2011 is meant to be the year when the world all starts going to Hell and there are going to be huge calamities and worldwide disasters, much more extreme weather etcetera. Yeah, I know you could say this about every year and it would turn out to be true, but watching this with the ongoing situation in Japan and the hurricanes in the US yesterday made me go...hmmmm! It was an enjoyable watch though...ending was a bit limp and disappointing, but I find that with most films anyway!

Now...what fresh treats will they have in store for me this weekend!!

Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 01 May, 2011, 11:38:12 am
ALIEN.

Still gobsmackingly good Geigers creature design is still mesmerizing.

The old, dark house set in space but it's story of an unhappy Haulage crew being sacrificed to a ruthless Capitilist doctrine says something to me about our time now even more than when it was released over thirty years ago.

Aresome!
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: TordelBack on 01 May, 2011, 12:57:54 pm
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which I seem to end up watching every month or two.  It starts so very well, there are some terrific set-pieces throughout, but aside from Connery and Sayle all the new cast members are awful, and after the arrival in Venice it just unravels into a disjointed inconsistent mess that even a cameo by the Sheard can't really save.  Compared to the tightly-filmed Raiders (which I watched a few days ago) it's a shambles.  But at least Kate Capshaw isn't in it.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: John Caliber on 01 May, 2011, 05:16:37 pm
I enjoyed the Last Crusade novel when it came out, and didn't see the movie until it came out on video. Very disappointed with it at the time - it had a cheap look about it, as though Spielberg couldn't be bothered and had instead saved half the budget for his next movie. Same, laid back sense of direction that blunted Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I didn't enjoy watching Marcus Brody and Sallah reduced to a pantomime double-act.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: TordelBack on 01 May, 2011, 07:37:10 pm
I didn't enjoy watching Marcus Brody and Sallah reduced to a pantomime double-act.

I actually found Brody to be one of the stronger points of the movie - you can never have enough Denholm Elliot, and he didn't have much to do in the original.  Sallah, on the other hand, is an entirely different and infinitely more irritating character than the suave streetwise charmer of Raiders.  I should say that I do enjoy Last Crusade (why else would I watch it half a dozen times a year), it's just... sloppy.  I almost hesitate to suggest that I preferred Crystal Skull, which apart from some  truly ghastly moments (you know the ones) is a far more faithful sequel to the original.  Also, Karen Allen.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Keef Monkey on 01 May, 2011, 08:17:20 pm
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_v1QOWAfK7O0/TBak5Tj46NI/AAAAAAAADgo/m9ccbxhpaac/s1600/the-big-tits-zombie-3d.jpg)

I felt the need to include the poster in this post, just in case anyone thought I was making it up. And also because it's a pretty awesome poster. The Big Tits Dragon, or Big Tits Zombie as our copy was called. Neither title is particularly accurate, there aren't any dragons and the tits are on the people fighting the zombies. And it's atrocious. Really unbelievably atrocious. It's got one real action scene, which obviously took up so much of the budget that it appears twice in full (really) and while the ladies are obviously fantastic to look at it's nowhere near as saucy as you'd think, with the (tit)ular breasties only popping out once I think.

It didn't help that we watched it in '3D'. It's the red/green old school specs style, and only tiny 20 second bursts are actually in 3D, and a cheddar countdown appears anytime you need to get your glasses ready, and then the image gets so frazzled you can't even read the subtitles anymore.

It's a good thing we'd done a rewatch of the brilliant The Good, The Bad, The Weird beforehand or the night would have been a total bust (ha)!
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: JOE SOAP on 01 May, 2011, 08:25:41 pm
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which I seem to end up watching every month or two.  It starts so very well, there are some terrific set-pieces throughout, but aside from Connery and Sayle all the new cast members are awful, and after the arrival in Venice it just unravels into a disjointed inconsistent mess that even a cameo by the Sheard can't really save.  Compared to the tightly-filmed Raiders (which I watched a few days ago) it's a shambles.  But at least Kate Capshaw isn't in it.



Tis a pity cos they had the best material but still the Temple of Doom excites and has some rather scary moments which the Last Crusade truly lacks as does the Crystal Skull.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: SmallBlueThing on 02 May, 2011, 10:56:52 am
Burlesque (2011)

I enjoyed this far more than my wife did, that's for sure. She's a burlesque performer herself, and so had been making vague noises about seeing this since it was on cinema release- but because the world and his wife loathed it (especially the Burlesque community itself, which I think would strangle each and every person involved in the film's production if they could), she was somewhat torn.

Personally, I thought it was fun- in a kind of "Moulin Rouge's cheap kid sister" kind of way. I confess I love musicals, am completely in love with Cher, don't mind Christina Aguillera, really like Stanley Tucci and was very pleased to see Alan Cumming in the cast. The trouble is, it spends much of its running time pretending not to be a musical- and so we are deprived of Cumming's 'That's Life' turn (except in the deleted scenes), which also makes a marvellous, jaw-dropping nonsense of the scene in which a very sad, money-betroubled Cher leaves the show late one night, only to bump into the lighting guy who reminds her she was due to rehearse a song, which she begrudgingly does; launching into a number about being very sad and money-betroubled. It's the single worst worst segue into a song in musical cinema history- and there's no need for it. If they'd've let the film have a few more musical numbers (that weren't just Xtina doing her pop video thing) it would have worked just fine.

Needless to say it has nothing whatsoever to do with actual Burlesque, barring one routine Xtina does with fans, which is actually not too bad. The name of the movie happens to be the name of Cher's nightclub. It may as well have been called 'Fanny's'.

Anyway, she grudgingly said it was okay but ranted for a bit about people getting the wrong idea about her chosen career. I just thought it was a pleasant enough way to pass two hours. Songs are mostly crap though, which may be why they chose to downplay the musical angle.

SBT
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: brendan1 on 02 May, 2011, 11:34:49 am
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which I seem to end up watching every month or two.  It starts so very well, there are some terrific set-pieces throughout, but aside from Connery and Sayle all the new cast members are awful, and after the arrival in Venice it just unravels into a disjointed inconsistent mess that even a cameo by the Sheard can't really save.  Compared to the tightly-filmed Raiders (which I watched a few days ago) it's a shambles.  But at least Kate Capshaw isn't in it.



Tis a pity cos they had the best material but still the Temple of Doom excites and has some rather scary moments which the Last Crusade truly lacks as does the Crystal Skull.

I seem to recall quite a lot of fanboys thinking that Doom was a retrograde step and relied too much on shock tactics and lazy racial stereotypes. Like the Nazis in the other films were anything other than charicatures. I didn't care because I was about 12 when I saw it, and loved every rollercoaster second of it.

As for being scary, I'm pretty sure it did require some cuts, and the heart scene in particular caused some minor media outrage.

In some ways it's my favourite, although obv I love Raiders and The Holy Grail is great too.

I saw Crystal Skull on a plane, shich I'm sure didn't help my enjoyment of it, but it was a bit ordinary and by far the worst of the series.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: chris_askham on 02 May, 2011, 11:48:34 am
Crystal Skull is like watching an old man going to a fancy dress party dressed as Indiana Jones.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: JOE SOAP on 02 May, 2011, 12:07:53 pm
Nothing wrong with 'old' Indiana Jones, it's old George Lucas I worry about.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: abir_ahmed on 02 May, 2011, 03:31:09 pm
The Tourist  is a 2010 romantic thriller film, starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. It is a remake of the 2005 French action film Anthony Zimmer. Despite the negative reception from the critics, the film was nominated for three Golden Globes, with a debate arising over the question if it was a comedy or a drama. But I really enjoyed the movie very much. 

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Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Albion on 02 May, 2011, 03:40:57 pm
Thor.
Saw the 2D version. Thor is one of those Marvel characters that kind of passed me by and like most here I rather enjoyed it.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: The Legendary Shark on 02 May, 2011, 04:09:29 pm
The Only Sci-Fi Movie You Need to Watch for the Rest of Your Life, apparently...

http://gizmodo.com/#!5744805/the-only-sci+fi-movie-you-need-to-watch-for-the-rest-of-your-life (http://gizmodo.com/#!5744805/the-only-sci+fi-movie-you-need-to-watch-for-the-rest-of-your-life)
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Hoagy on 02 May, 2011, 05:33:55 pm
Watching Film 4's Films for Life I uncovered a hidden gem that I was not going to watch at first. Ken Loach is largely heralded for such dreary drama for grown ups like My Name is Joe. A film I tried to be hip to but found it really difficult. Not because of the personal demons but because I could not understand some sort of documentary style drama set in echoic empty flats and sense of isolation it portrayed. I needed to suspend my disbelief more than in Empire Strikes Back when a little green man lifts a 50 tonne spacecraft, " with his mind" , to stop thinking about all the camera crew and luvvies sharing cucumber sandwiches behind the scenes.

" The Wind That Shakes the Barley" looked like more of the same. Even Cillian Murphy's been in some dire cinema. (I hate Disco Pigs). Then I read some more and... I got interested.1920's. Northern Irish disputes. A chance to actually get a more informed gauge on the troubles, from a unique perspective and period. " I'll give it a look, why not?"

Turns out it's a great film. A real drama with strategically placed action sequences and political edges with no fat on them. I don't know how accurate it is and I'm not too concerned. I trust Loach wouldn't handle this subject with too much procrastinate and would imagine many eyes are on it for its delivery. So I'm going to go out on a limb and tell you all, it was a well observed piece of cinema. From my comfortable armchair anyway.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Keef Monkey on 02 May, 2011, 06:31:55 pm
Just watched Eyes Wide Shut, which was much better than the critical kicking it got would suggest. Maybe people expected too much, because I found I was engrossed throughout. My main criticism would be the performances and dialogue were very stilted and stiff, other than that it's a decent piece of work with that very Kubrick quality of taking it's time to draw you into the frame, making the long running time go by in a daze almost. Left me on a massive downer mind you, not wholly sure if that's the point, maybe that's just the way I'm feeling today.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: The Legendary Shark on 02 May, 2011, 06:55:33 pm
Die Tür (The Door, 2009). Very satisfying little film concerning love, betrayal, murder and time travel in a leafy German town. Well worth a watch.
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Post by: Mardroid on 02 May, 2011, 07:01:53 pm
The Only Sci-Fi Movie You Need to Watch for the Rest of Your Life, apparently...

http://gizmodo.com/#!5744805/the-only-sci+fi-movie-you-need-to-watch-for-the-rest-of-your-life (http://gizmodo.com/#!5744805/the-only-sci+fi-movie-you-need-to-watch-for-the-rest-of-your-life)

Dear me. That NMA animation, insensitive as it was, cracked me up. Naughty people.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Judge Merlin on 03 May, 2011, 06:40:38 pm
Watched Harry Potter and the deathly hallows part 1. Just as boring as the book but managed to sit through it. Just glad it was on dvd and not at the cinema. Looks like I'll give part 2 a miss on the big screen.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 03 May, 2011, 10:36:15 pm
MOON - both me and the missus most impressed. Simple story, great perfromances by Sam Rockwell, reasonably happy ending.  Oh and love the  special effects. Very good and not the slightest bit flashy or intrusive.  Would CGI or bullet time have helped them tell the story any better? (No).

KNOWING - about half way through this and I think I'm tending towards the "quite good" camp despite another bland performance by Cage (he played a barely functioning alcoholic so well in Leaving Las Vegas but here seems to be channelling a soap opera.  Some nice carnage in the two disaster scenes so far (though, thankfully, the poor people in flames didn't look realistic).

(Next up is District 9. Yes, I bought that 3 films box set for about six quid (instead of an Easter Egg).
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Post by: Emp on 04 May, 2011, 01:06:05 am
Jonah Hex.....four quid from Asda....i was never going to pay full price after the reviews.

It wasn't that bad a film.....but the music didn't go well. The pacing was fractured and the direction seemed a bit shoody in places, but for £4 i aint gonna bitch too much.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Mardroid on 04 May, 2011, 02:03:42 am
(Next up is District 9. Yes, I bought that 3 films box set for about six quid (instead of an Easter Egg).

I took the 3 films box route a while back too. Knowing was the weakest for me, but only comparatively speaking. (The father/son hand gesture thing was dreadfully corny.) I think Moon was my favourite, but District 9 was good.

Never did quite work out why the fluid from an alien ship's engine systems would turn a human into an alien though...
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Post by: Orlok on 04 May, 2011, 11:09:34 am
Quote
http://gizmodo.com/#!5744805/the-only-sci+fi-movie-you-need-to-watch-for-the-rest-of-your-life

I actually saw Robot on the plane back from Blighty. It veers between madness and creative lunacy in the space of a minute, then drives the car over the cliff by the time of the ball/snake thing.
Batshit insane.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: JamesC on 04 May, 2011, 11:41:01 am
Quote
http://gizmodo.com/#!5744805/the-only-sci+fi-movie-you-need-to-watch-for-the-rest-of-your-life

I actually saw Robot on the plane back from Blighty. It veers between madness and creative lunacy in the space of a minute, then drives the car over the cliff by the time of the ball/snake thing.
Batshit insane.

What am I supposed to be looking at here? The link just seems to have loads of stuff about Osama Bin Laden.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Dandontdare on 04 May, 2011, 11:49:42 am
The Only Sci-Fi Movie You Need to Watch for the Rest of Your Life, apparently...

http://gizmodo.com/#!5744805/the-only-sci+fi-movie-you-need-to-watch-for-the-rest-of-your-life (http://gizmodo.com/#!5744805/the-only-sci+fi-movie-you-need-to-watch-for-the-rest-of-your-life)

What am I supposed to be looking at here? The link just seems to have loads of stuff about Osama Bin Laden.

Yeah, I got that too. But judging from Orlok's comment they're talking about Robot (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enthiran). I saw some of this recently and it truly is insane!

Oh and as well as Osama, the link did have a bit about lego sci-fi guns, but they kept calling them 'legos'
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Post by: Bhuna on 04 May, 2011, 01:14:45 pm
Recently upgraded to blueray, so picked up Wall E and UP during the recent 2 for 1 Disney offer (not the greatest Disney fan... Give me Warner Bros any day). Fantastic films.

I had tears in my eyes whilst watching 'Growing up together' scene in UP. Beautiful story telling at its best.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: mygrimmbrother on 04 May, 2011, 01:27:01 pm
The Rite. The Shite more like. Didn't Anthony Hopkins have a bit of a breakdown a few years back and complain that he'd wasted his life and should have worked down pit instead or something as it would have been far nobler than this acting dodge. What happened to all that guilt?
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Keef Monkey on 04 May, 2011, 06:41:53 pm
The Rite. The Shite more like. Didn't Anthony Hopkins have a bit of a breakdown a few years back and complain that he'd wasted his life and should have worked down pit instead or something as it would have been far nobler than this acting dodge. What happened to all that guilt?

For some reason whenever I hear about The Rite I get it mixed up with The Shrine, which came out around the same time and was actually a bit of a low budget gem (ropey effects aside). I'm always ready to jump to it's defense until I realize it's a different film being slagged! Will be sure to avoid The Shite Rite.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: Tiplodocus on 05 May, 2011, 12:41:53 pm
Finished KNOWING.

I was not expecting it to end like that*.  They seemed to forget the alcoholic bit in the second half and just had Cage's character looking all lost and confused (which he did well considering he has a lot of "cool" baggage that comes with him) and then when he found his solution and peace, and the reveal that there were hundreds of spaceships/angels/whatever, it was actually quite uplifing. So overall, a thumbs up from me.


* Possibly because I got this mixed up with another Nic Cage film where he can predict the future but uses the ability to dodge bullets/shage Eva Mendez or some such. Can't recall the name of that one now.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: TordelBack on 05 May, 2011, 10:30:52 pm
Crystal Skull is like watching an old man going to a fancy dress party dressed as Indiana Jones.

Oddly that was probably my favourite aspect of the movie.  I liked finding out What Indy Did Next, I liked that he had a long exciting life during and after the War, and I liked that he got the girl (and what a girl) in the end.  Combined with the better aspects of Young Indiana Jones it makes for a very complete biography.

I didn't like the fact that a man pushing 60 didn't bruise or even bleed when punched hard in the face by various Soviets.  In other words, I could have done with him being a bit older.
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: JOE SOAP on 05 May, 2011, 11:18:15 pm
Being 'old' never hurt the Wild Bunch.
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Post by: Paul faplad Finch on 05 May, 2011, 11:29:53 pm
I've yet to see Crystal Skull. If you'd told me at any poiint in my twenties that a new Indy film would come out and that it would have Karen Allen in it, and that I would have almost no interest in seeing it, many moons after it's release, I'd have laughed in your face. Not really sure what happened. I'm sure I'll get around to it one day.


Watched Final Destination 2 the other day. I quite fancy AJ Cook and Michael Landes is very underrated imo but besides their prescence the movie had little to offer. Did get a little thrill from the fact that comedy relief copper was Chief Tyrol, pre middle aged spread.
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Post by: Buddy on 05 May, 2011, 11:33:28 pm
Crystal Skull is like watching an old man going to a fancy dress party dressed as Indiana Jones.

Oddly that was probably my favourite aspect of the movie.  I liked finding out What Indy Did Next, I liked that he had a long exciting life during and after the War, and I liked that he got the girl (and what a girl) in the end.  Combined with the better aspects of Young Indiana Jones it makes for a very complete biography.

I didn't like the fact that a man pushing 60 didn't bruise or even bleed when punched hard in the face by various Soviets.  In other words, I could have done with him being a bit older.

Watched Kindom of the Crystal Skull again tonight and thoroughly enjoyed it.... it's a great film and probable my second fave after Raiders.

Yes it has silly bits but they all do.. The raft falling off the cliff in Temple of Doom... The library digging in Last Crusade.. the leap of faith in Last Crusade.. in fact Last Crusade is probably the silliest of the lot. But it's still great fun.

I thought Ford looked great in it and certainly wasn't showing his age. My biggest complaint with it is that we had to wait 20 years to see it!!

We could have had about 10 Indiana Jones movies by now if Lucas wasn't such a twat (I think i'm right in saying he was delaying things until 'the right story' came about). I'd have loved to have seen Frank Daradonds script filmed when it was supposed to be happening about ten years ago, as I'm sure he'd have dome a bang up job on it.

I like all the Indy flicks and just hope they get a few more made before Ford needs a zimmer frame to get about.
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Post by: Spaceghost on 06 May, 2011, 10:54:12 am
Watched Detroit Metal City the other night. I've never read the manga or watched the anime and if they are anything like this dreadful film, I never will.

I found it so annoying. All the characters are irritating, it's impossible to relate to the main character in any way as he's such a loser and the plot just doesn't make sense.

I get that it's supposed to be a 'zany' comedy but it's just not funny either. The best thing about it is that Gene Simmons makes a cameo appearance as a rival, old-school British metaller whose best selling album is called 'Fuckingham Palace'.
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Post by: Van Dom on 06 May, 2011, 09:58:04 pm
Just watched '9' with my 8 year old and my 3 year old. About half way through, I noticed its actually a 12s rated movie but they seemed to be totally fine with it and were thoroughly engrossed. My 3 year old especially, who cant sit still for five minutes, gave this his complete, undivided attention for an hour and a half.

It's very good. A little scary (for kids) in places and a little sad as well. No spoilers but it has a large-ish cast of characters and, as is the norm with these things, a few of them fall during the course of the adventure. And they really fall, and stay fallen, no miraculous Disney resurrections around here. It's probably the first time I've watched something like this with the kids. I remember when I was about 7 or 8 watching a movie called Space Firebird, which had a similar type of ensemble cast of cartoon characters, most of which were killed during the course of the movie. That movie has stayed with me ever since and is the one I remember most powerfully from my childhood. I got that same kind of feeling from watching 9. Brought a lump to my throat I don't mind admitting.

It wasn't a Tim Burton movie but I wasn't at all surprised to see his name pop up in the credits as a producer. It had a very Tim Burton feel.

Worth a watch.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 07 May, 2011, 12:20:26 am
a few of them fall during the course of the adventure. And they really fall, and stay fallen, no miraculous Disney resurrections around here.

Even the youngest kids have absolutely no problem with concepts like this. Fairy stories are gruesome, kids get it! The majority of child-centred 'product' is so pathetically sanitised that a 3 year old can see through it.
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Post by: Orlok on 07 May, 2011, 08:06:37 pm
Finally got to see Source Code. Very good and clever in places.
I balked a bit at the happy ending but for the most part damn good.

Loved the Quantum Leapesque mirror scene in the bogs and noted with interest that the main character's dad was played by none other than Scott Bakula.
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Post by: James Stacey on 07 May, 2011, 08:08:24 pm
13 Assassins. I was expecting some over styalized House Of Flying Daggers type affair and got a solid old school samurai epic. Takashi Miike isn't Kurosawa but he gives it a bloody good go. Some of the characters seemed to be lifted from Seven Samurai but I'll forgive him that. I'd highly recommend it to any fan of the genre.
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Post by: Hoagy on 07 May, 2011, 08:14:05 pm
13 Assassins. I was expecting some over styalized House Of Flying Daggers type affair and got a solid old school samurai epic. Takashi Miike isn't Kurosawa but he gives it a bloody good go. Some of the characters seemed to be lifted from Seven Samurai but I'll forgive him that. I'd highly recommend it to any fan of the genre.

Off to see it tomorrow James Stacey san.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 07 May, 2011, 08:34:49 pm
13 Assassins. I was expecting some over styalized House Of Flying Daggers type affair and got a solid old school samurai epic. Takashi Miike isn't Kurosawa but he gives it a bloody good go. Some of the characters seemed to be lifted from Seven Samurai but I'll forgive him that. I'd highly recommend it to any fan of the genre.
Not seen this yet, although I'm planning to. However, it is a remake of a sixties samurai film and I'm guessing there are some pretty stock characters in there.
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Post by: The Legendary Shark on 07 May, 2011, 10:07:24 pm
Endhiran. Take a bit of Frankenstein, mix it with a pinch ofBicentennial Man, add a smattering of Terminator and crumble in a couple of ounces of The Matrix before baking in the Bollywood oven at Gas Mark THX 1138 and serving with a liberal dollop of The Sound of Music and you have Endhiran, a film about a robot. With songs.

It's a pile of utter pap, but absolutely the best pile of utter pap you will ever see in your life. I loved every minute of this, but I really can't tell you why. Well, this may have something to do with it...

(http://img.xcitefun.net/users/2010/07/194382,xcitefun-endhiran-wallpapers-1.jpg)
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Post by: Orlok on 07 May, 2011, 11:54:00 pm
Yeah, I'm with you on that. It did make my viewing of Robot (obviously given an English title for the blissfully ignorant Emirates flyer) all the better for having the lovely Aishwarya Rai in it.
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Post by: Emp on 07 May, 2011, 11:55:47 pm
Those look suspiciously like original BSG Cylons in the background!
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Post by: The Legendary Shark on 08 May, 2011, 01:20:52 am
There's a background?
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Post by: James Stacey on 08 May, 2011, 11:11:32 am

Not seen this yet, although I'm planning to. However, it is a remake of a sixties samurai film and I'm guessing there are some pretty stock characters in there.
So it is, that might explain the character choices. Although according to Wikipedia it's also based on a true story which I'm surprised at unless it's 'loosely based' :)
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Post by: Kerrin on 08 May, 2011, 11:06:15 pm
Cedar Rapids, pretty good little film, an outstanding boorish performance from John.C.Reilly.

TT3D, fuckin' awesome. I was hoping for plenty of 3D onboard footage but it was not to be, I'm guessing Real3D cameras are still big old units. Conor Cummins' crash, (which he miraculously survived) elicited a collective, "F-u-u-u-u-c-k" from the audience.
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Post by: El Chivo on 10 May, 2011, 03:50:41 pm
Let Me In
The US remake of Let The Right One In
Almost exactly the same so...
Arsom!...I guess


Chi
Title: Re: Last movie watched...
Post by: klute on 11 May, 2011, 07:10:11 pm
Robin Hood (2010) not bad or good quite watchable...i enjoyed it and didnt get to wrapped up in folk lore and RH mythology.

It seemed to end in a way that would suggest sequel (to me atleast) whether they bother with a sequel with russell crowe or some one else remains to be seen.

BUT should a sequel EVER be on the cards i'd prefer to see russell take the lead role again despite the critics.
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Post by: Kerrin on 11 May, 2011, 11:38:36 pm
PRIEST, in 3D. Oh. My. God. Biblically atrocious. Heaven knows how much money they spent on this unholy abomination but every single cent of it was a sinful transgression. Bad film!

Just about the only redeeming feature is Karl Urban hamming it up in a Defoe hat.

Piss poor.
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Post by: Hoagy on 12 May, 2011, 03:38:43 am
Yeah, Jonah Hex felt similarly vacuous. I was prepared to like it best I could. But directing and editing were really stilted. Why do the after-death conjecture? And why build in a comic style prologue that's not a prologue and totally drain any Western style tension out of the film patronising the 15-year-olds desperate for this film to pull their ideals out of the doldrums?

If this film had a word that underpinned its its central narrative it has to be; doldrums.
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Post by: kriss_kringle on 14 May, 2011, 09:59:43 pm
Last night I rewatched Buffalo soldiers.Good movie and quite funny at times.
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Post by: chris_askham on 14 May, 2011, 10:09:47 pm
The original Last House On The Left - a bit disappointing really.
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Post by: Hoagy on 15 May, 2011, 05:57:35 am
Scott Pilgrim and Inception. Both enjoyable audio-visual feasts.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 16 May, 2011, 12:12:06 am
Saw Attack the Block this evening. A lot of fun with some ingenious alien effects that did a really good job of getting by on a budget. I suppose the obvious reference point would be Shaun of the Dead and I'd say it was substantially better than that.

Then made it a double bill with Fast Five. Simply glorious in its own way. From the first ludicrous set piece to the last manly cliffhanger this is B movie heaven.
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Post by: radiator on 16 May, 2011, 06:29:41 am
Saw attack the block on Friday night, a sold out screening which was followed by a q&a with the director Joe Cornish and most of the young cast. I absolutely loved it - and I'd agree with cosh to a point - I found that the characters have more satisfying narrative arcs than in Shaun, which I've always thought has a relatively weak third act.

Really great atmosphere in the packed out cinema, and the q&a after was a lot of fun too - Cornish was hilarious and the cast were
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Post by: radiator on 16 May, 2011, 06:46:19 am
Arse, having a bit of trouble posting on my phone! Can't seem to edit in tapatalk.

...the cast were sparky and entertaining. I've seen a lot of negative comments about the trailer around the net - largely based on the fact that the characters are hoodies and speak in slang, and it would be a real shame if that puts many off going to see the best British sci fi film in years. It's a really smart little film, and I'll be buying th blu ray on day one. Can't wait to see what Cornish does next.

By contrast, watched Get Him to the Greek last night - a film that probably cost ten times what AtB did, but was lazy, bloated and largely unfunny in comparison to the tight as a drum AtB script. Shame as I really wanted to like it - and usually enjoy any apatow production. There are moments where you get glimpses of the film it might have been, but overall, dont bother. Ended up very relieved that i didnt pay any money for it!
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 17 May, 2011, 08:27:43 am
30 DAYS OF NIGHT: There's nothing like a good horror film just before you go to bed. And that was...

THE DIARY OF ANN FRANK meets PIRANHA but with Vampires.

There is some good gore (sometimes casually done as opposed to a look at me set piece) and there are a couple of nice ideas in there (the main story conceit, the bloke who does NOT want to live for ever, how different people react to the vampires, the fact that the ending does not consist of the hero luring the vampires to one spot and destroying them with a large bomb/solarium/vat of holy water as is the norm for these pack monster films) but it's a bit of a mess really with a very, very silly ending.

I know most people have their own take on vampires adding or taking away from the myth as they see fit but this pack of ravening monsters with only one of them seemingly able to converese intelligently doesn't suit them.

The internal logic seems slightly skewed: they start out all powerful and fearless gorging on the buffet of a whole town laid out before them but then appear to sit back and do feck all for thirty days.  Their strength and abilities seem to vary  and if they can smell blood, how come they never chased the survivors down earlier.

There's a big jarring tone jump early on as well when all of a sudden, the vampires are in full on attacking mode after a few bits of sneaking around in shadow. I'd like to think it was the film maker turning my expectations on their head but it just seemed poorly thought through.

And why didn't they just make a stake out of Josh Hartnett; he's wooden enough for the job.

I think less would definitely have been more here in this case: a smaller town, a smaller group of vampies and smaller more suspenseful individual attacks over a period before the heroes realise they have a problem and definitely a less silly resolution.

I know they are cut off a bit but does nobody really come visit or get in contact with these towns in the thirty days of night?

What's the comic like? I can imagine it being a bite sized walking dead style treat.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 17 May, 2011, 01:30:17 pm
Another double bill yesterday. First part was 13 Assassins which I thought was okay but disappointing after the enthusiastic reviews I'd read. Ultimately, the cast is too big (nearly twice as good as the Seven Samurai!) for all of them to be developed to the point where you care; it would perhaps have done better to make the central group smaller but there you go. The central dynamic between Shinzaemon and Hanbei was very good, full of all that respect between opponents and ties of honour bollocks that makes a good manly film work.

The burning cows were good too.

Followed that up with Hanna, which I thought was fantastic but a friend was put off by the odd pacing and lack of action in a film about a teenage assassin, so it might not be to everyone's taste. For me the weird little touches and occasional self-conscioulsy arty shots, while they did get a bit out of hand towards the end, elevated it above the average and helped give an interesting backdrop to the thumping fight scenes when they come.

Even the "What is this thing called love, Captain?" subplot which takes up a good part of the film is handled in a far more interesting way than the mawkish tedium of something like Unleashed.
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Post by: Hoagy on 17 May, 2011, 08:34:22 pm
Play Misty for Me. A very early instalment of the obsessed girlfriend/fan slasher. Handled really well by Clint in his first departure as a director.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 17 May, 2011, 09:25:13 pm
Play Misty for Me. A very early instalment of the obsessed girlfriend/fan slasher. Handled really well by Clint in his first departure as a director.

I attempted to download this about a year ago. I got a porno instead. This fact has been a running joke ever since
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Post by: Hoagy on 17 May, 2011, 10:07:11 pm
Play Misty for Me. A very early instalment of the obsessed girlfriend/fan slasher. Handled really well by Clint in his first departure as a director.

I attempted to download this about a year ago. I got a porno instead. This fact has been a running joke ever since

Ha! Well Clint mentioned he'd been "working on some other stuff" with the screen-writer. It had crossed my mind.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 17 May, 2011, 10:22:05 pm
CATFISH: Interesting but I was expecting much more of a reveal. Or did I miss something?  After all, we know that Queen Bou is actually a 55 year old trucker called Bob.

Incidentally, it was in C4s TRUE STORIES slot which made me think it was pukka real but then seeing some of the names in the credits (JJ ABRAMS) made me think it may have been some elaborate but very convincing take on the "recovered film" genre. If they were actors, they were very good actors.
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Post by: Orlok on 19 May, 2011, 10:34:59 am
This is now on my list...

http://youtu.be/PdnnC43Cotw (http://youtu.be/PdnnC43Cotw)

 :o :o :o :o :o :o
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Post by: Buddy on 19 May, 2011, 11:38:57 am
Thor.

Liked it but was expecting more.

Left the cinema with a real motherfucker of a headache. Not sure if it was the 3D or just my bad head.

Thor sequel? I'd go see that.
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Post by: BPP on 22 May, 2011, 04:05:07 pm
Saturday Double Bill:
Cargo - German Sci-Fi which is part Alien, part Bladerunner. Very good, very 2000AD. Sadly runs out of steam the last ten minutes but definitely deserving a wider audience

The Black Swan - hilariously bad. If it had been about Jazz Dance or Street Dance nobody would have paid it a blind bit of notice.. well aside from the sex scenes.
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 22 May, 2011, 07:25:42 pm
The Disappearance of Alice Creed.

It was good in a twisty-turny, low-key thriller kind of way. I had read/ listened to some really good reviews, though, prior to watching it and it kinda built it up for me - perhaps unreasonably. Some lovely direction going on, especially at the beginning and end of the film. I'd definitely recommend it. 
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Post by: Professor Bear on 22 May, 2011, 11:33:33 pm
The Warrior's Way.  Quite dreadful, I have never more appreciated the PS3's ability to play films at 1.5 times their normal speed, as this was the only way I could make it through the constant slow motion.  There is actually a decent no-brainer action film in there somewhere, it's just lost behind the unnecessary bandwagon-jumping filming techniques that make it look like a 5 year old episode of Smallville.

City Hunter.  Forgettable Jackie Chan actioner from the early 1990s, I think this was actually one of several he made purely as favors to mates in the Hong Kong director's guild or something.  It's all over the place in terms of tone, with one subplot being the main character agonizing over the fact that he promised he'd never shag the girl he's raised as his own daughter making me go "What? WHAT?" for longer than I'd like.  The scraps are fun even if the Street Fighter homage was painful to watch, and there are reliable 80s/90s action movie vets like Gary Daniels and Richard Norton padding out the cast of villains.

Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country.  I remember this being a lot better, but it really is a goofy big cartoon adventure that's hard to dislike even if everyone is now playing a parody of their own characters.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 23 May, 2011, 12:23:53 am
Saw Point Blank for the first time the other night. An interesting and striking film with an entertaining amorality at its heart. Lee Marvin is a bad bastard!
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Post by: Radbacker on 23 May, 2011, 02:24:32 am
housemates G-friends choice on Saturday night - The Tourist, these friggen things are designed to make women just grab them of the shelf and scream this'll be good look its got these two stars in it - STARING JOHNY DEPP & ANGELENA JOLIE, needless to say five minutes in I was on the PC making a bid for Shogunite of Japan in Total War.

CU Radbacker
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 23 May, 2011, 07:48:05 am

Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country.  I remember this being a lot better, but it really is a goofy big cartoon adventure that's hard to dislike even if everyone is now playing a parody of their own characters.

I felt that about The Voyage Home as well. I mean, Spock with an 80s headband - What's not to like?
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Post by: TordelBack on 23 May, 2011, 11:10:38 am
Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country.  I remember this being a lot better, but it really is a goofy big cartoon adventure that's hard to dislike even if everyone is now playing a parody of their own characters.

Mmmm, I remember taking this quite seriously in the cinema, subsequent rewatchings have exposed its many flaws - notably a completely nonsensical plot.  It is however great fun, and you can't go too far wrong putting William Shatner in a bearskin, Christopher Plummer in an eyepatch, and David Warner in a lumpy forehead.  Still think the zero-G assassination sequences are pretty cool looking, and Captain Sulu is a hammy delight.
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 24 May, 2011, 08:21:04 am
Wristcutters: A Love Story

Watched this last night. It was a pretty random pick from LoveFilm by my wife based on the fact that she's going through all the films with the mighty Tom Waits in them at the moment (I stirred her away from Dracula) and my oh my what a fantastic film this is. Love it when a film you've never heard of and have no preconceptions about gives you a warm hug and peck on the cheek like this. Best film feel good film about suicide I have ever seen.

Fantastic stuff and highly recommended.
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Post by: radiator on 24 May, 2011, 10:22:13 am
Not a film, but I've been working my way through The World at War, which I picked up a few months back. I've ripped it all onto my iPhone and watch a couple of episodes a day on my commute.

Despite being almost 40 years old, it's still a really powerful series - utterly chilling and absorbing. It's really shaken my somewhat romantic view of WWII. Hard to believe that ITV used to broadcast this sort of thing!

Being a fairly broad overview, it has kind of left me wanting more information and context - a lot of things are really brushed over, but there is a lot of supplementary material on the DVDs, so hopefully this will help flesh things out a bit.

Band of Brothers up next.
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Post by: James Stacey on 24 May, 2011, 10:53:56 am
OK so I'm a bit behind the curve on this one but .. Van Helsing. Not sure which was worse, the acting, the CGI or the accents. Either way it was shite
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Post by: Buddy on 24 May, 2011, 11:44:26 am
OK so I'm a bit behind the curve on this one but .. Van Helsing. Not sure which was worse, the acting, the CGI or the accents. Either way it was shite

I quite liked Van Helsing... but that may have something to do with Kate Beckinsale in a corset and tight pants.
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Post by: James Stacey on 24 May, 2011, 01:06:04 pm
OK so I'm a bit behind the curve on this one but .. Van Helsing. Not sure which was worse, the acting, the CGI or the accents. Either way it was shite

I quite liked Van Helsing... but that may have something to do with Kate Beckinsale in a corset and tight pants.

Yeah that kinda kept me watching to the end
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Post by: Professor Bear on 24 May, 2011, 01:16:49 pm
Kate Beckinsale does nothing for me - the end result of never starring in good films is that a section of your audience will develop a Pavlovian response to your presence in anything that eventually overrides the need to fawn over the human form.  See also: Stuart Townsend, Milla Jovovich, her that played Terminator 3.

Drive Angry, which has Nic Cage on cruise control if anything.  A pretty enjoyable grindhouse movie that's not quite as funny, clever or inventive as it thinks it is, it is still very good in places, and to its credit will make you wonder why you're still watching the rather hateful and juvenile Supernatural.
The motel shootout really grates, though.  I'm pretty sure I am not the only one thinking that entire action scenes shouldn't take place in slow motion.
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Post by: Michaelvk on 24 May, 2011, 03:22:31 pm
 I'm pretty sure I am not the only one thinking that entire action scenes shouldn't take place in slow motion.

Ooh dear.. Then maybe skip Dredd..
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Post by: TordelBack on 24 May, 2011, 04:26:06 pm
Ooh dear.. Then maybe skip Dredd..

I'm hoping for Green Hornet-style slo-mo action scenes, rather than 300 pecs-and-spittleporn variety.  The GH stuff was amazing, and best of all the techniques used varied in almost every scene so it never got dull.
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Post by: klute on 24 May, 2011, 05:06:23 pm
OK so I'm a bit behind the curve on this one but .. Van Helsing. Not sure which was worse, the acting, the CGI or the accents. Either way it was shite

I quite liked Van Helsing... but that may have something to do with Kate Beckinsale in a corset and tight pants.

I also quite liked Van Helsingnot for the same reasons ofc i think sometimes it just helps not going into watching something like that and expecting much from it.
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Post by: HdE on 24 May, 2011, 05:56:03 pm
Ven Helsing is brilliant fun. I'd deck anyone who said different if I didn't have this chronic case of RSI.

Last movies I watched were Green Hornet - I had low expectations, and it was utterly fantastic. Also saw 'Grown Ups', which was a fun slice of good natured nonsense, and 'Due Date' which was a helluva lot better than reviews had led me to believe. Robertt Downey Jr plays those sorts of roles really well. he's uncomfortably believable as an irascible  douchebag.

Ow. My hands.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 24 May, 2011, 06:26:41 pm
Ooh dear.. Then maybe skip Dredd..

You just put me off it, Mick.
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Post by: uncle fester on 24 May, 2011, 06:46:06 pm
Last movie I watched (last night) - LA Confidential. Never seen it before. Great story, great cast.

Yep, that's me, finger on the movie pulse...  

And the other night we went to see Attack The Block. Which rocks.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 24 May, 2011, 06:50:27 pm
Ooh dear.. Then maybe skip Dredd..

You just put me off it, Mick.

What? Wasn't a picture of a car with wheels enough to tell you it was going to be pish?
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 24 May, 2011, 07:12:11 pm
Watched Panic Room for the first time the other day, not exactly Fincher's best but a good tight little thriller.

Also went to see Julia's Eyes, from the people who brought you The Orphanage. It's no Orphanage, but it's still a pretty decent movie. Like The Orphanage it's more of a mystery than a horror, although it's got some very creepy ideas in it. And some very cheesy ones, that negate the good work a tad. It's got the same actress too, who looks blooming gorgeous throughout.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 24 May, 2011, 07:45:13 pm
Ooh dear.. Then maybe skip Dredd..

You just put me off it, Mick.

What? Wasn't a picture of a car with wheels enough to tell you it was going to be pish?

I liked the idea that the production seemed to be deliberately emulating the aesthetics of my favorite 70s and 80s post-apocalyptic movies, but constant slow motion puts that notion to rest as those films had a gleefully anarchic energy that slo-mo saps whenever it's used onscreen.

I have come to absolutely hate slow motion because no-one who uses it seems to know what it's for beyond emulating other movies and/or music videos.  If it was necessary to make the 3D effect work or something, that I would understand, but as it is it's not even used to make sure the audience is in no doubt as to what's going on in a scene, it is just there even in visually incomprehensible films like Battle: Los Angeles and Transformers.  I will likely download Dredd for the Playstation so I can watch the slo-mo bits in 1.5, but I think I'll be giving the cinema version a wide berth.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 24 May, 2011, 08:08:46 pm
John Woo is the master of slo-mo. For some reason even though he is blatantly over-using it, it is never not awesome. For some reason I've never found it has much impact elsewhere.
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Post by: radiator on 24 May, 2011, 08:13:37 pm
I must admit that I was a little concerned when I heard about the 'Slo-mo' scenes in Dredd, and worried that it might be a 'bullet time' kind of deal, but I have faith that the people making Dredd (and there are some very smart people involved) are too clever to be merely imitating something that was all the rage 12 years ago.

I think the slo-mo scenes are going to be quite different visually - indeed they should be something special as the whole plot apparently revolves around the concept. The word 'painterly' has been mentioned, and I believe the script suggests that the 'slo-mo' effect will be hazy and iridescent, transforming the scene from urban hell into something strikingly beautiful.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 24 May, 2011, 10:52:05 pm
At Tiny Tips request:

Back to the Future.

Go on, say a bad word against it? You cannot, can you?
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Post by: Kerrin on 24 May, 2011, 11:21:53 pm
At Tiny Tips request:

Back to the Future.

Go on, say a bad word against it? You cannot, can you?

The dog was unconvincing. I mean, he's called Einstein, but he doesn't really look that clever.

Other than that, perfect.
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Post by: radiator on 24 May, 2011, 11:50:36 pm
BttF is perfect - was even better when we saw it at the cinema last year.

I know it probably won't have many fans around here, but Knocked Up was on when I got in, so ended up watching that again. Seth Rogen tends to divide people and Judd Apatow's output has kind of nosedived in recent years, but I love Knocked Up - it's probably one of my favourite movies in the last few years, and one of those rare films that I can watch again and again.

I especially like the characters of Debbie and Pete - apparently, Apatow's next film is going to be a spin-off based on them - hope it's better than Funny People!

Very much looking forward to catching Bridesmaids this summer.
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Post by: Daveycandlish on 27 May, 2011, 09:21:11 pm
As it's the centenary of Vincent Price's birth, my local cinema has just shown The Tingler - not many screams to be had during the blackout, just a few shrieks of laughter, but a damned fine tribute to the man himself just the same!
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Post by: House of Usher on 27 May, 2011, 10:11:31 pm
The last film I saw was THOR tonight!!!! That was great. It had loads of great elements from the comics, in a story that made sense, with some really spectacular action scenes, in which the Destroyer was a stand-out special effect. And isn't Chris Hemsworth a handsome fellow? My goodness.
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Post by: Emp on 27 May, 2011, 10:19:26 pm
CENTURION
Nowhere near as bad as i was especting for a straight to DVD release.Granted some of the plot a blind man on a galloping horse could see coming but enjoyable nonetheless.
Pity that it tells the story of the 9th legion in Britain and will be swallowed up and forgotten by the release of The Eagle.
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Post by: radiator on 27 May, 2011, 10:20:10 pm
Having a lovely night in, drawing up a comic strip and enjoying a double bill of Escape From New York and Tremors!

Hmmm, what to watch next?
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Post by: Mudcrab on 27 May, 2011, 10:31:30 pm
CENTURION
Nowhere near as bad as i was especting for a straight to DVD release.Granted some of the plot a blind man on a galloping horse could see coming but enjoyable nonetheless.
Pity that it tells the story of the 9th legion in Britain and will be swallowed up and forgotten by the release of The Eagle.

I enjoyed that too. Plenty action compared to King Arthur (kind of similar) and just very convincing all round. Less of a story as you say, but well, plots are for TV shows these days it seems.

'mon the Picts! Or Norts if you prefer  ;)
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Post by: The Legendary Shark on 27 May, 2011, 11:13:45 pm
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Dead Black Man's Pearl Chest at the End of the World's Strange Tides - in 3d. Watchable, but disappointing. There's not much of the exuberance, imagination and downright good fun of the prequels on show here. There's a lot of wandering around in jungles, presumably to give the characters something to do while the film makers decide what's going to happen next - which turns out to be not much. Ian McShane is good value as always, but every time I see him I expect Tinker to turn up and try to sell him a kettle.

The biggest saving grace? Well...

(http://0.tqn.com/d/movies/1/0/N/Z/X/pirates-stranger-tides-photo-penelope-cruz.jpg)

Ah, Penélope (in 3d)...
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Post by: Emp on 27 May, 2011, 11:18:06 pm
Thanks for that Lovejoy reference...i now will be unable to see McShane in anything without thinking the same :D
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Post by: The Legendary Shark on 27 May, 2011, 11:40:37 pm
Thanks for that Lovejoy reference...i now will be unable to see McShane in anything without thinking the same :D

It is quite distracting. Every time a mysterious c0<£$*<£ing stranger walked through the c0<£$*<£ing saloon doors in Deadwood I expected it to be Tinker with a c0<£$*<£ing kettle.

Ruined it for me.
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Post by: Emp on 27 May, 2011, 11:50:28 pm
and now so it shall be for me........misery loves company....thanks
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 28 May, 2011, 12:25:42 am
Yeah Chris Hemsworth was awesomely handsome as kirk's dad but if anything he is even more shaggable as Thor.

there are big things ahead of him (and I don't just mean my erection).
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Post by: Orlok on 28 May, 2011, 01:58:14 am
Saw3
Indescribably awful.
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Post by: Emp on 28 May, 2011, 02:01:55 am
Only Saw3...you have a load of shite to trawl through yet
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Post by: klute on 28 May, 2011, 06:43:45 pm
Watched the new tron film and scott pilgrim vs the world (early fathers day presents)
enjoyed both,and pleased there in my collection.

Would recommend atleast watching them once...though ive watched it 3 times now (tron) with my son.
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Post by: Orlok on 28 May, 2011, 09:28:21 pm
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Only Saw3...you have a load of shite to trawl through yet

Saw the first 2 pretty much as they came out and had this bastard on the hard disc for years as the missus recorded it. Needless to say she has resolved to quit while she is behind and go back to her love of the Twilight and Final Destination series. Here's hoping they make a crossover.
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Post by: Emp on 28 May, 2011, 09:33:25 pm
Think its on 6 now and they keep leaving it open for more.

After killing of the main protaganist you'd think they's stop but no...the cash cow obviously has not run dry.

Once films start geting to "5" its usually a sign that they are going through the motions (some don't even make it that far without turning to shite).
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Post by: Van Dom on 28 May, 2011, 10:16:11 pm
Rob Zombie's Halloween 2.
Man. This has to be one of the ugliest pieces of shit I've ever seen. It was just. So. Bad. Now, I wouldn't be the biggest Rob Zombie fan but House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects were at least watchable. I saw his first Halloween movie when it first came out and while I didn't think much of it - HATED the girl they got to play Laurie Strode and she was such an unlikeable character - it didn't completely piss me off like 2 did. How the heck do you make a movie in which every single character is a detestable, obnoxious asshole. Apart from, possibly, the Sherrif but he didn't have much to do in it anyway so it doesn't matter. The lead heroine in a horror movie like this is supposed to be likeable, the whole point is you are supposed to want her to live. My god, this incarnation of Laurie Strode....I just wanted Myers to turn up and kill the miserable bitch already. As for Myers, okay, I get it, hes a killer, but there was so damn much killing in this thing that I just got bored after about the fiftieth bludgeoning. I ended up fast forwarding through the end I'm afraid.

Oh dear.
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Post by: Emp on 28 May, 2011, 10:18:09 pm
That much killing?
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Post by: Van Dom on 28 May, 2011, 10:40:01 pm
Yes! Really!Every single person he meets!!! (Sounds brilliant, but it honestly gets tiresome as hell!)
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Post by: Emp on 28 May, 2011, 10:41:10 pm
i suppose there are only so many ways it can happen...
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Post by: TordelBack on 28 May, 2011, 10:51:39 pm
The Green Hornet.  Why was I not informed?  Why isn't this the top-grossing film of 2011?

That was absolutely brilliant, I had absolutely no idea what it was going to be about or like, had never seen any older Green Hornet stuff - I actually got the DVD from my brother-in-law for my 40th and was, well, nonplussed...  but I just loved it.  I'm no fan of Seth Rogan, but he now has a free pass as far as I'm concerned - his affable ad lib style of delivery works so well (and so inconrguously) here it's scary.  Constantly visually inventive, technically accomplished, beautifully designed, genuinely funny and unpredictable, and most importantly Christopher Walz gives the best bad guy I've seen in years.  It's Batman meets Inspector Clouseau and Jackie Chan.  I've never regretted not seeing a film in 3D before.  F'ing top. 

I liked it.  It's good. 
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Post by: Emp on 28 May, 2011, 10:57:42 pm
Was also featured in Mythbusters.....as well, erm...every big scene being a load of crap. Still it wont stop me watching it :D
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Post by: TordelBack on 28 May, 2011, 11:20:51 pm
Oh, it's utter crap alright.  But in the best possible way.
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Post by: Emp on 28 May, 2011, 11:27:03 pm
Sure you don't work in government? Cus that sort of U turn is usually reserved! :D
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Post by: HdE on 28 May, 2011, 11:29:57 pm
and most importantly Christopher Walz gives the best bad guy I've seen in years. 

He's bloody brilliant, ain't he? His first scene was absolute genius!

Top movie. Well worth a watch for those who haven't seen it!
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Post by: Orlok on 01 June, 2011, 07:02:36 am
Whip It.

I approached this film with a measure of caution as it was picked by the missus. Directed by Drew Barrymore it tells the story of a 17 year old girl’s (the gorgeous Ellen Page) efforts to find her own path in the world, hampered by small town life and the expectations of her parents (a football mad father and a pageant obsessed mother). Standard tropes follow, girl meets a boy in band, boy becomes a douche, she has to overcome adversity and win the respect of her parents and peers.

All standard stuff, except...it explores these themes using an all girl roller derby.

Girls in hotpants beating the shit out of each other, Juliette Lewis looking like a spaced out skanky ho, a sleazy compere, good soundtrack and a tactics obsessed coach.

It’s a masterpiece.
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Post by: HdE on 01 June, 2011, 07:25:14 am
...Juliette Lewis looking like a spaced out skanky ho...

Wait - is that the part she's acting, or are you just speaking generally? Coz either works, in my opinion. ;)
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Post by: Dandontdare on 01 June, 2011, 08:43:39 am
Saw Benjamin Button on the telly the other night - a great film, reminded me of Vonnegut in it's scope and atmosphere; but those fantastic aging effects that everyone was raving about weren't that impressive - he seemed to turn overnight from being a grey-haired old man to, well, Brad Pitt, and then stayed the samme for about 30 years, whilst Daisy reached her 30s and then aged the next 30 years by putting on a pair of glasses.

Also watched Clash of the Titans again - Haryhausen rocks!
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Post by: radiator on 01 June, 2011, 12:14:04 pm
Working my way through Band of Brothers atm. It's just amazing isn't it? Only on episode 5, but can already see myself rewatching this in the near future.

So many likable actors keep turning up (Damian Lewis, Marc Warren, Ron 'Office Space' Livingston - never knew James McAvoy was in this, and I just recognised one of the Lost Boys from Hook!) - it's heartbreaking to know that most of these characters probably won't be making it til the end of the series...
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Post by: mygrimmbrother on 01 June, 2011, 12:19:56 pm
Yep, a true classic of modern TV. Is it your first time Rads? I'd also recommend The Pacific - doesn't have the cameraderie of BOB as the story is cobbled together from the autobiographies of a couple of guys and what is known of Purple Heart winner John Basilone, who operated in separate units ISTR, but still really powerful stuff. It builds real momentum too as the US forces island-hop ever closer to Japan, with the defenders' tactics growing ever more desperate.
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Post by: zombemybabynow on 01 June, 2011, 12:21:43 pm
got clerks and love & death today.

want to get clerks 2 but apparently miramax has been sold so i'll have to wait for a re-issue.

not a film but currently watching season 9 box set of smallville - can't wait to get to the JSA episodes
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Post by: radiator on 01 June, 2011, 12:54:59 pm
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Yep, a true classic of modern TV. Is it your first time Rads?

Pretty much - I remember watching the pilot and a coupe of odd episodes when it was on BBC2 about ten years ago, so I keep remembering little bits of it as I watch, but it's so so much better watching it right from the beginning. I'm watching it on the train on my iPhone, which is actually a really good way to watch stuff I'm finding - the headphones really help to immerse you, and it's rare that I'd sit down and give something my full attention at home - too many distractions!

It kind of goes without saying that the battle scenes are incredible - it's made me wonder why so far videogames have yet to even remotely capture that sort of Saving Private Ryan atmosphere and aesthetic. The closest I've seen was an old Xbox game called Brothers in Arms (a rather shameless BoB rip-off admittedly), but even that was compromised somewhat. It was quite a brave game in that combat was limited to small skirmishes and the emphasis was on suppressing and outflanking the enemy. It managed to nail that feeling of running to and from cover with bullets zipping around your head, and the sight of a tank rolling into view was genuinely panic-inducing. Completely unlike Call of Duty which seems to cast you as some sort of superhuman fighting in WWII as directed by Michael Bay.

I've heard mixed things about The Pacific - have heard that it's kind of just one relentlessly grim battle scene after another with very little character stuff in between - will still probably give it a go after BoB though.

What I really love about BoB is the characters though - you get surprisingly little backstory about who they are on civvy street, it's all down to the individual actor's charisma that makes you root for them and hope they survive.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 01 June, 2011, 01:06:18 pm
I only saw a couple of episodes of Pacific but it just seemed more... "written" than Band of Brothers. And that didn't seem right.

I think the third episode CARENTAN is just about my favourite hour of telly ever. It packs sooo much in that I keep remembering it as 3 different episodes.
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Post by: klute on 01 June, 2011, 02:51:49 pm
I only saw a couple of episodes of Pacific but it just seemed more... "written" than Band of Brothers. And that didn't seem right.

I think the third episode CARENTAN is just about my favourite hour of telly ever. It packs sooo much in that I keep remembering it as 3 different episodes.

Band of Brothers is by far the better of the two IMHO i like both...but found that BoB gave people time to fall in love with the characters,pacific didnt appear to do that seemed more of a rush to get straight in.
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Post by: klute on 01 June, 2011, 02:53:38 pm
Last film watched Star Runner horrible simply horrible wouldnt recommend this serenity/pitch black/firefly rip off to anyone.

Give it a miss.
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Post by: Mardroid on 02 June, 2011, 02:21:11 am
Triangle.

Very confusing but interesting stuff.
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Post by: Orlok on 02 June, 2011, 07:01:45 am
Band Of Brothers still tears me up.

Tom Hardy (soon to be Bane) appears too.

Best bit? Lots to choose from, but loved the transition of everyone's war story villain Ronald Speirs to the hero they all could rely on when the shit hit the fan.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 02 June, 2011, 07:09:11 am
I only saw a couple of episodes of Pacific but it just seemed more... "written" than Band of Brothers. And that didn't seem right.

I think the third episode CARENTAN is just about my favourite hour of telly ever. It packs sooo much in that I keep remembering it as 3 different episodes.

For me 'Why We Fight' is the one- every single person should be made to watch this. And the last line tears me up every single time.
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Post by: radiator on 02 June, 2011, 10:16:23 am
I think what has made watching BoB even better is that I watched The World at War immediately before it, so I understand the context and timeline of all the battles.

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Tom Hardy (soon to be Bane) appears too.

Wow - didn't know that. Damian Lewis, Michael Fassbender, Simon Pegg, Tom Hardy, Dexter Fletcher, David Schwimmer, Marc Warren, James McAvoy, Stephen Graham, Ron Livingston,...

That is one hell of an ensemble cast!
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Post by: The Adventurer on 02 June, 2011, 09:32:59 pm
Kingdom of Heaven - Director's Cut

Surprisingly good, and looks amazing on High-Def Blu-ray. Glad I was the DC first, as I hear the Theatrical Cut is a pile of shit.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 03 June, 2011, 08:38:24 am
Yeah - I think I enjoyed Kingdom of Heaven. I assume I saw (most of) the directors cut because it was very long (and I missed the last 20 minutes due to a recording glitch).

BOOGIE NIGHTS - Paul Thomas Anderson's love letter to the 70s porn film (as opposed to video) industry. It's billed as a comedy drama on the EPG but it's closer to tragedy.  He seems a little too fond of his subject matter and I didn't like the notional happy ending but it is brilliant, sprawling stuff. 

My favourite bits are mostly silent; the director and the cameraman and their understated reaction to when Dirk Diggler first shows his stuff & then Dirk himself at Alfred Molina's pad realising where he is in his life. The camera lingers on Mark Wahlberg for nearly a minute and you see his eyes darting about, remembering, worrying and nearly breaking down.   And of course the money shot at the end "I am a star!" is ludicrously in your face. 

I'd seen it years ago but I can't recall if you ever see Little Bill's wife in the movie; I missed the first half hour and she's a functional shadow in the bits I saw. I think I'd be disappointed if you actually did see her. 

Flaws: If any it's ambition undoes it. There are so many character to cram in that some of them come off as trite and seen that before. And also, by the end, it seems to lose that authentic sense of time and place that it had at the start. And yeah, that does look like a happy ending. That can't be right.
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Post by: TordelBack on 03 June, 2011, 08:47:13 am
I'd seen it years ago but I can't recall if you ever see Little Bill's wife in the movie; I missed the first half hour and she's a functional shadow in the bits I saw. I think I'd be disappointed if you actually did see her.  

Prepare to be disappointed!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTvWZn95mZQ

It's a good film, but I can't say I actually like it.  Apart from a radiant Julianne Moore.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 03 June, 2011, 09:42:18 am
Really liked Boogie Nights, and also found it really tragic. It seems to walk a pretty fine line between really funny caricature and genuinely distressing stuff when the dream starts collapsing. I don't know how many things Tom Jane has to be great in before he gets some recognition (although I guess he has a regular tv gig now).

I didn't find the ending particularly happy to be honest, I was left miserable! Haven't seen it in a while though so I may have read it wrong.

I watched Mic Macs the other night and reeeeeeally enjoyed it. Of Jeunet's stuff I've only seen Amelie (which I forgot pretty quickly to be honest) and Alien Resurrection (which probably wasn't his comfort zone) but I'll be watching more after this. Like an Oceans 11-esque caper movie but so surreal and quirky that it's nothing like that.
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Post by: Colin Zeal on 03 June, 2011, 03:11:48 pm
I don't think Boogie Nights has a happy ending. The only character who does is Buck when he opens his stero store. Everyone else is basically in exactly the same place as they were at the start of the film. Except for Dirk, who can't even manage an erection so won't have porn films to be in.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 03 June, 2011, 11:49:30 pm
Ish.

That whole tour around Jack Horner's home scene, Reed doing his magic tricks, everybody back as a happy "family" together in the place and doing the things they did when they were at the top of the curve. And given that Eddie is back in role as Dirk as Brock, isn't he just about to "perform" again.  I read the flaccid penis simply as "we can't show you an erect one" rather than he can't get it up.

But yeah, it's not entirely happy (I think I did put "notional" somewhere above).

Just seen Jolene Blalock on CSI. Now that gives me "motivation"
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Post by: I, Cosh on 04 June, 2011, 01:06:28 am
It's a long time since I watched it, but I remember the ending of Boogie Nights being everything crashing down to the tawdriness it was. Dirk giving it handjobs in carparks and Roller Girl going from a sexy free spirit to a tired whore*.

* I have terrible problems using that word because of its connotations which, oh fuck I can't be arsed to try and tease out here.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 04 June, 2011, 01:51:21 am
I could go on about how great I think Boogie Nights is-probably the best American film of the 90's- but the end is quite a, dare I say, profound one. I'm sure life in the porn-industry can be a miserable, degrading affair but not everyone ends up dying of AIDS, a drug addict or getting-fucked to-death and while the enjoyable flair of Boogie Nights may allow some viewers to mislead themselves as to the point of Boogie Nights, Dirk does really lose and eventually find himself at the end. He returns to the only family he has, as dysfunctional as it is, made completely of surrogates acting out their familial roles.

Dirk's reveal of his cock at the very end -the only time we see it- is as powerful a scene as it should be. Affirmatively Dirk accepts his role in a family of underachievers/underdogs wanting to be a little more than they are, Jack Horner wanting to be a 'film-maker', Reed Rothchild a 'magician', DIrk an 'actor', Amber a 'mother' and so forth. They aren't particularly smart characters but they're survivors.

There's plenty of desolation, despair, some paedophilia and a little suicide along the way while they reach for their ideal lives some of which are ordinary domestic fantasies of a 'normal' life. Happy/sad ending is a rather bland description of it.

If the cock scene had come anytime before the very end it would have meant nothing, as in, it's not just a cock by then and that's the point, it's his identity and a little more, he's accepted it and his place in the world. Whether he dies a á la John Holmes after that is another story.


All that and it works in a secret history of the death of celluloid and the birth of video, embraced by the underdogs of cinema, the porn industry much like how embraced the older cinematic underdogs, super 8 & 16mm.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 04 June, 2011, 01:58:29 am
...plus it made this song famous:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZKpByV5764&feature=related
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Post by: I, Cosh on 04 June, 2011, 02:01:40 am
...plus it made this song famous:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZKpByV5764&feature=related
Your first post made me really want to go and watch the film again so I could have an informed opinion about it.

Luckily, I can save time and effort by hating you for this shite. <insert smiley if you need to>
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 04 June, 2011, 02:06:29 am
Shite has been sublimated, ignorance is your etenal loss.
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Post by: Daveycandlish on 04 June, 2011, 08:10:31 am
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I watched Mic Macs the other night and reeeeeeally enjoyed it. Of Jeunet's stuff I've only seen Amelie (which I forgot pretty quickly to be honest) and Alien Resurrection (which probably wasn't his comfort zone) but I'll be watching more after this

Track down City of Lost Children (starring Ron Perlman) and his earlier Delicatessen for more quirkiness!
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Post by: HdE on 04 June, 2011, 01:01:05 pm
Delicatessen is FANTASTIC!

I love the rooftop fight. Dominic Pignon is always great!
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Post by: Professor Bear on 04 June, 2011, 11:39:59 pm
X-Men First Class - pigging awful.
There's a real problem with criticising it because as soon as you do you'll get "OH SO YOU WANT A FILM ABOUT THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS BEING STOPPED BY MAGIC FLYING MUTANT CATMEN TO MAKE LOGICAL SENSE DO YOU?" but there's only so much that can excuse from a film's terrible dialogue, painfully unfunny 'comedy' moments (Wolverine cameo aside), unconvincing characters and just plain bad marriage of script and visuals.  It looks fantastic but a polished turd is still a turd, and any movie whose central premise is 'posh guy who's never worked a day in his life and lived in luxury through the war thanks to his parents' money lectures death camp survivor about why he doesn't have the right to kill the Nazi scientist who shot his mum in front of him while laughing' is in trouble long before you even realise what an unlikable prick Charles Xavier is, setting himself above everyone else morally despite our only seeing him until that point drinking or using his powers to pick up chicks and this is the guy who's going to teach a Nazi hunter how to do things?  There is no reason on God's green Earth to listen to a word the guy says yet the film takes it as read that he's in the right despite his great philosophy being "it's okay to be different as long as you don't rock the boat" so I imagine he's not a big supporter of gay marriage, while Magneto's philosophy is that society should accept people that are different and get on with its day - the bad guy is the only one making any kind of sense, the good guys at best preach about the virtue of lies, conformity and isolation.
And then there's basic internal logic like three guys falling for about half a minute so a teleporter saves them by... making solid ground appear underneath them.  Seriously, I can understand not taking physics in high school, but if you've managed to get to middle age without playing Portal or Angry Birds at least once you're doing something wrong.  Likewise there's a scene that hinges on explaining that a character uses wings to glide because he can't actually fly under his own power, yet later he carries someone one-handed while staying aloft using only one of those wings - which isn't even extended or even catching the wind - to fly horizontally through mid air: I am pretty sure the laws of physics that you have just explained twenty minutes ago onscreen do not work like that.  Then the wing becomes a plot point by being shot out so the guy has to crash - the logic flip-flops and is neither one thing or the other and it doesn't even try to pretend to be camp to escape criticism, it puts on a very serious face and tries to bluff it out and somewhere along the lines things just become terrible or hilarious depending on your temperament.
Personally, I was in hysterics when Prof X was wheeled out in his wheelchair for the first time and it has these huge Xs on the wheels like you'd see on a small child's plastic bicycle, then they star going on about "We're like G-Men - but without the G--" and my brain pretty much just gave up, though not before it offered "hang on now, we saw magneto kill two Nazis by crushing their tin hats when he was 8 years old and didn't know how his powers worked, but an hour later as a grown adult he doesn't know how to kill someone who is wearing a metal helmet that covers all of his head?"

An awful, awful fucking film that at least looks fantastic so broadsheet reviewers can pretend it's 'brainless entertainment' or whatever it is they call something palpably bad but which looks like it might be popular with the oiks.
So yeah, I thought it was pretty good.
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Post by: Peter Wolf on 05 June, 2011, 12:12:34 am


An awful, awful fucking film that at least looks fantastic so broadsheet reviewers can pretend it's 'brainless entertainment' or whatever it is they call something palpably bad but which looks like it might be popular with the oiks.


 :lol: :lol:

10/10

Thank you.
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Post by: Pete Wells on 05 June, 2011, 09:46:20 am
Well, me and the missus sat and watched Toy Story 3 last night and it was great. What a perfect ending to the franchise, Mrs Pete blubbed like a baby for the last five mins.

The scene in the incinerator when they all accepted their fates then held hands had my heart pounding! Masterful stuff!
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Post by: Albion on 05 June, 2011, 02:01:01 pm
X-Men: First Class for me too.

Professah Byah makes some good points about this in his post but hey, it's a movie based on comics and I enjoyed it.
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Post by: radiator on 05 June, 2011, 02:05:04 pm
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Well, me and the missus sat and watched Toy Story 3 last night and it was great. What a perfect ending to the franchise, Mrs Pete blubbed like a baby for the last five mins.

The scene in the incinerator when they all accepted their fates then held hands had my heart pounding! Masterful stuff!

Yep - pretty much a perfect movie imo. My girlfriend got me the Toy Story trilogy Blu Ray box set for Christmas last year - just an amazing set of films, and they all look arsom in HD.

We watched Ferris Bueller's Day Off last night - still a smash!
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Post by: Buddy on 05 June, 2011, 04:40:49 pm
Kung Fu Panda 2.

Very enjoyable.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 05 June, 2011, 11:02:26 pm
X-Men First Class. Really good, and probably my favorite of the X-Men films (certainly much much better than the last couple).
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Post by: radiator on 06 June, 2011, 11:36:12 am
X Men: First Class for me too. Overall really enjoyed, with a few caveats. I thought the film was a little too long, there were slight problems with pacing (too much plot crammed into the running time at the expense of character development), a dodgy cut here and there, and I thought a lot of the sfx shots were pretty cheap and naff-looking - evidence of the rushed production?

It also suffers from the usual problems of being a prequel - there's something a bit mechanical and contrived about things being 'set up' for the existing movies - reminded me of Revenge of the Sith a little in this regard. I'd agree with other comments that the film doesn't make enough use of it's period setting - was expecting it to be a lot more stylised and evocative of that era. It felt a bit half-hearted, like they didn't want to alienate the audience. They could at least have had an authentic 1960s soundtrack rather than the likes of Take That and Gnarls Barkley!

Finally, I didn't really like how, once again, Mystique is center stage - a rather marginal character in the comics from what I gather. She is a completely different character from how she is portrayed in the other films, and loses some of her 'mystique' as a result.

Still, hugely enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. Fassbender - dodgy accent aside - is superb. His Magneto is a total badass. Rest of the cast also very good indeed - obviously the casting director is a big fan of 80s movies - not only Kevin Bacon and Oliver Platt, but Michael Ironside too! Haven't seen him in anything in years! Bonus points for that.

Here's hoping this one does well enough to warrant a sequel, and it's a completely bonkers silver-age lycra camp-fest, as seems to be hinted at with the glimpse of fully caped-up Magneto at the end. Vaughn has said they want to do a trilogy, and have the second film kick off with Magneto guiding the bullet that kills JFK.

Out of Prof Byah's nitpicks, the only one that is genuinely valid is the one about Xavier's moral superioty - though tbh it's not something that really occurred to me as I watched the film.

It's a fair point, and to an extent they are relying on the audiences' prior knowledge of the character to trust what he says.

As for this:

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"hang on now, we saw magneto kill two Nazis by crushing their tin hats when he was 8 years old and didn't know how his powers worked, but an hour later as a grown adult he doesn't know how to kill someone who is wearing a metal helmet that covers all of his head?"

Shaw is pretty much invincible - it was pretty clear to me that Magneto is only able to kill him very slowly - using the coin - so that Shaw is not able to absorb the attack. I doubt crushing his helmet - even if he'd had the time and opportunity - would have done the trick.
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Post by: mygrimmbrother on 06 June, 2011, 12:47:50 pm
The Breakfast Club - Judd Nelson is f*@king harsh man, Molly Ringwald pouts, Estevez power-dances around the library, Anthony Michael Hall needs looking after and Ally Sheedy is just plain adorable (until the makeover). Still a classic.
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Post by: Michaelvk on 06 June, 2011, 12:51:41 pm
Saw X-men first class and Hangover II over the weekend. X-men was cracking and did a pretty good job of redeeming the franchise after the abhor-rations that were the second two.. Hangover II wasn't as good as the first one, no surprise there, but there is an extremely, extreeeemely wrong moment about halfway through.. Toe curlingly wrong..
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Post by: SuperSurfer on 06 June, 2011, 01:01:02 pm
Few days ago I watched the Big Lebowski on a flight back from New York. I tried watching it on the flight from the UK but nodded off so I watched it from the beginning on the way back. I didn't know a thing about that film – I think one of you guys recommended it. Fantastic. Totally nuts of course. It cracked me up many times. Surprised to read it had mixed reviews when it was released.
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 06 June, 2011, 01:10:02 pm
Rambo 4 and Soldier I flipped between them and realised they were in fact the same movie. Utter tosh yet I guffawed  anyway at the more and more inventive and horrible deaths of the "baddies" versus the psycho/supersoldier "goodie" saving da community.

At least Soldier had a nuke in it aka Aliens. The lead "actors" (I use the term loosely) Sly Stallone and Kurt Russell were completely interchangeable. One was at least pretending to a sociopath. But I just couldn't ya which.
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Post by: Hoagy on 06 June, 2011, 01:11:58 pm
Misery again. What a movie. Little did I know about Spinal Tap man, Rob Reiner producing and directing it. I still think the search in the snow by the ancient sleuths in that film was ripped by the Coens in Fargo.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 06 June, 2011, 04:37:23 pm
Out of Prof Byah's nitpicks, the only one that is genuinely valid is the one about Xavier's moral superioty.

That's not really a nitpick as much as it is a failing of the script to realise that the film is essentially the story of an old-money white protestant conservative telling a jewish death camp survivor to get over it.

A nitpick would be pointing out that the film establishes very firmly within it's own internal logic that falling from a couple of dozen feet will kill you dead (in the attack on CIA headquarters) - then later three characters fall several hundred feet through the air onto solid ground with no ill effects.
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Post by: radiator on 06 June, 2011, 06:05:56 pm
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That's not really a nitpick as much as it is a failing of the script to realise that the film is essentially the story of an old-money white protestant conservative telling a jewish death camp survivor to get over it.

You can make pretty much any film's story sound dodgy if you spin it a certain way. What's that one about Batman? 'Millionaire playboy gets his kicks by assaulting the disadvantaged and the mentally ill'...

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A nitpick would be pointing out that the film establishes very firmly within it's own internal logic that falling from a couple of dozen feet will kill you dead (in the attack on CIA headquarters) - then later three characters fall several hundred feet through the air onto solid ground with no ill effects.

But the scene with the attack on the CIA compound demonstrates that Azazel can survive a fall if he teleports in time... Unless you're referring to Angel, Havok and Banshee, in which case the fall isn't hundreds of feet from what I recall - and they land on sand rather than concrete.
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Post by: Michaelvk on 06 June, 2011, 06:42:30 pm
Few days ago I watched the Big Lebowski on a flight back from New York. I tried watching it on the flight from the UK but nodded off so I watched it from the beginning on the way back. I didn't know a thing about that film – I think one of you guys recommended it. Fantastic. Totally nuts of course. It cracked me up many times. Surprised to read it had mixed reviews when it was released.

I watched it for the first time a week ago.. Couldn't understand what the fuss was all about..
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 06 June, 2011, 06:59:29 pm
Rambo 4 and Soldier I flipped between them and realised they were in fact the same movie. Utter tosh yet I guffawed  anyway at the more and more inventive and horrible deaths of the "baddies" versus the psycho/supersoldier "goodie" saving da community.

At least Soldier had a nuke in it aka Aliens. The lead "actors" (I use the term loosely) Sly Stallone and Kurt Russell were completely interchangeable. One was at least pretending to a sociopath. But I just couldn't ya which.

Caught bits of Soldier last night, there were a couple of references that sounded familiar (the Tannhauser Gate being one) so I gave it a wiki, and learned it was apparently written and intended as a spin-off from Blade Runner. The soldiers are essentially supposed to be the replicants, keeping the peace on the off world colonies. Didn't watch the whole thing so don't know if that angle was done away with, but it looked like fun in a cheddar sort of way.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 06 June, 2011, 07:02:14 pm
Caught bits of Soldier last night, there were a couple of references that sounded familiar (the Tannhauser Gate being one) so I gave it a wiki, and learned it was apparently written and intended as a spin-off from Blade Runner. The soldiers are essentially supposed to be the replicants, keeping the peace on the off world colonies. Didn't watch the whole thing so don't know if that angle was done away with, but it looked like fun in a cheddar sort of way.


It's a sidequel plus it was written by David Peoples, the script-doctor on BR.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 06 June, 2011, 10:21:11 pm
You can make pretty much any film's story sound dodgy if you spin it a certain way. What's that one about Batman? 'Millionaire playboy gets his kicks by assaulting the disadvantaged and the mentally ill'...

Except the Burton flicks were fucking terrible films, too, so I'm not sure what your argument is.  The only movie that comes close to being deconstructed with this description is Dark Knight, which is actually all about Wayne dealing with the mentally ill people he inspires one way or another and how he'd rather stop doing it - it is about Batman and how he impacts his world, while First Class is not about anything.  It starts by creating a juxtaposition between Xavier's privilege and concentration camp victims, yet does nothing with it - in fact, against all reason it's the guy we first see explaining to us that his servants usually bring him hot chocolate who ends up being the voice of experience and wisdom, rather than the man who's survived the Holocaust, successfully integrated into society, and uses his powers to track war criminals.  First Class has nothing to say, it's just some stuff that happens and I already admitted that it looks fantastic - my issue is with its - intentional or unintentional - subtext where a rich white conservative tells an Auschwitz survivor to get over it and do what society wants him to do rather than what makes him comfortable, even though what makes him comfortable is preventing a Nazi from starting a nuclear war.

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But the scene with the attack on the CIA compound demonstrates that Azazel can survive a fall if he teleports in time... Unless you're referring to Angel, Havok and Banshee, in which case the fall isn't hundreds of feet from what I recall - and they land on sand rather than concrete.

That scene also establishes internal logic for the film - you fall and you go splat and die.  Later, the characters you mention do indeed fall for hundreds of feet through the air because acceleration of a free falling object is 32 feet per second per second and they had time enough to have a wee chat before teleporting several feet above solid ground.  Unless you're suggesting the sand made a difference - but hitting water at terminal velocity would kill you just as sure as hitting solid steel.  Sand?  You're also pizza if you hit that.

I have no idea why I'm dissecting the logic of this piece of shit movie: there's a bit where the lass says "I'll never tell them where you are, Charles" despite the fact that Charles is quite clearly living in his family mansion.
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Post by: Van Dom on 06 June, 2011, 10:25:47 pm
Took the boys to see Kung Fu Panda 2 today - great movie, really enjoyable, and even my 3 year old sat still for the lot of it and didn't start running up and down the steps and in and out of the aisles like he usually does.

I was a bit disappointed though. Being a big Jean Claude van Damme fan, I was happy to hear he was finally branching out a bit and doing a bit of voice-acting work. And he did a good job of Master Croc...there just wasn't much of it. I'd say he had 4 or 5 lines tops. I was expecting way more.

But nevertheless - top flick! Will watch again.
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Post by: Robin Low on 06 June, 2011, 11:07:03 pm
That's not really a nitpick as much as it is a failing of the script to realise that the film is essentially the story of an old-money white protestant conservative telling a jewish death camp survivor to get over it.

Alternatively, it's a story about one man understanding another man's pain and begging him not to be consumed by it, but still believing in him and calling him friend even when he is consumed.

Mostly, however, it's yet another story proving that comic and movie writers don't have the first fucking clue about evolution or science beyond a few buzzwords... but also proving that some of them are rather good at providing a couple of hours of worthwhile entertainment.

Regards

Robin
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 06 June, 2011, 11:14:50 pm
First Class has nothing to say, it's just some stuff that happens and I already admitted that it looks fantastic - my issue is with its - intentional or unintentional - subtext where a rich white conservative tells an Auschwitz survivor to get over it and do what society wants him to do rather than what makes him comfortable, even though what makes him comfortable is preventing a Nazi from starting a nuclear war.


What is your issue with that though, is it just that you don't personally like it? I don't see a problem with those characterisations, it's what fuels their personal conflict or maybe you'd prefer they were more black and white morally? X-Men, Fantastic Four & Avengers et al. have always been about maintaining the status quo, they aren't radicals, it's always the villains who are the radicals in comics that's why they're more interesting. Superheroes are like council members, city fathers and mayors...boring fucks.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 07 June, 2011, 12:30:36 am
Just watched a claymation film on Film4. It was called Max and Mary. It was perfect
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Post by: Professor Bear on 07 June, 2011, 01:22:00 am
Mostly, however, it's yet another story proving that comic and movie writers don't have the first fucking clue about evolution or science beyond a few buzzwords

Is that really an issue with any kind of entertainment in and of itself?  If you apply actual working real-world science to all entertainment rather than its own internal logic, you'll pretty much render all sci-fi invalid.  I just watched a movie where a dude with a bionic heart kung-fu'd his way from San Fran to LA and which ended on a shot identical to the final shot from Rush Hour 3, and I'm about to watch the season 1 finale of Buck Rogers in the 21st Century - I have no problems with dumb entertainment, but I do have a problem with entertainment that thinks I'm dumb.  By all means be a stupid movie, but trust me to be able to keep track of how your fantasy world works, please.

What is your issue with that though, is it just that you don't personally like it? I don't see a problem with those characterisations, it's what fuels their personal conflict or maybe you'd prefer they were more black and white morally?

I didn't like it, as it happens, and said as much.  As for the characterisations, they're pretty black and white, certainly: Magneto wants revenge on a man who
1 is a Nazi
2 killed Magneto's mum in front of him while laughing
3 tortured magneto as a child to see what would happen
4 murders a child in front of his friends
5 murders dozens of CIA agents for pretty much no reason at all
6 wants to start a nuclear war
7 fails so he decides to wipe out the Russian and American fleets
8 aided in genociding the jews
9 is actively trying to genocide humanity

That's pretty black and white, but from the wrong direction, as Magneto is clearly in the right yet it's Charles we're supposed to sympathize with despite his doing nothing to earn that indulgence beyond that he is Professor X from X-Men, except this being an origin story he isn't even that.  Magneto here is entirely justified and if he doesn't kill the baddie millions will die - there's a deep and complex moral argument to be explored here, but the entire story hinges on your accepting that Magneto is bad because he's Magneto and Prof X is good because he's Prof X and I am sorry but I think that this is weak sauce.

Not all bad, though: Michael Ironside's delivery of "God help us all" was great.  As was the Rooskie cap'n's "Congratulations, Comrade, you have saved us all from a nuclear war - take him to the brig."
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Post by: Dandontdare on 07 June, 2011, 05:26:51 pm
Human Centipede. As the person who lent it to me put it: "Why? Why would anyone make this?"

Just read that the BBFC have refused a certificate for Human Centipede II - They said that no amount of cuts would make it suitable, and that it poses a "real, as opposed to a fanciful, risk that harm is likely to be caused to potential viewers"
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Post by: Robin Low on 07 June, 2011, 06:01:30 pm
Mostly, however, it's yet another story proving that comic and movie writers don't have the first fucking clue about evolution or science beyond a few buzzwords

Is that really an issue with any kind of entertainment in and of itself? 

No, not really, which was why I included the follow-on comment about entertainment.

Regards

Robin
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Post by: Robin Low on 07 June, 2011, 07:50:09 pm
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That's pretty black and white, but from the wrong direction, as Magneto is clearly in the right yet it's Charles we're supposed to sympathize with despite his doing nothing to earn that indulgence beyond that he is Professor X from X-Men, except this being an origin story he isn't even that.  Magneto here is entirely justified and if he doesn't kill the baddie millions will die - there's a deep and complex moral argument to be explored here, but the entire story hinges on your accepting that Magneto is bad because he's Magneto and Prof X is good because he's Prof X and I am sorry but I think that this is weak sauce.

That's not what happens though. It's clear from the very first scene that we're intended to sympathise with Magneto, and it's reinforced throughout the movie - it's blindingly clear where he's coming from, and given what we know of human nature in the real world, and human nature in the movie, we can easily understand his reasoning.

Also, Magneto's reason for killing Shaw is ultimately revenge, not saving millions of lives. He could easily have slowly bound and secured Shaw with metal just as he did Emma Frost. Even so, it's hard if not impossible to condemn him for it.

By contrast, Xavier is not set up simply as a good guy for us to root for - he's egotistical, inconsiderate of his sister's feelings (perhaps because he genuinely has kept out of her mind), and has a remarkably naive faith in human, and mutant, nature. And then there's more than a touch of arrogance. Arguably, his faith in human nature is one of his redeeming features... and that is shown to be clearly diminished by the end the film as evidenced by his final action.

The story quite clearly does not hinge on Xavior good, Magneto bad. The story, at the points where it is most interesting, hinges on a man who is being consumed by his pain, and the man who will always be his friend, even when they fight.

Outside that, the film has some other interestings things going on. There are issues of misogeny (women are the playthings of powerful men, they get seduced by cheesy lines, patronised by their brothers, they fetch ice for drinks, and they have no place in the CIA). There's criticism of the military (they mindlessly follow orders, are incabable of acting without new orders, when they avert WWIII they are punished for it, and when cowardly bureaucrats order them to commit murder they do it without hesitation). Sadly, there's no time for these things to be developed, as least not if you want to satisfy the target audience.


Regards

Robin
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Post by: radiator on 07 June, 2011, 08:01:11 pm
The sexism point is a fair one, which initially troubled me, but I kind of saw it as an homage to the swinging 60s/Austin Powers/Bond girl vibe they were going for. It doesnt excuse it though to be fair. As for the 'women have no place in the CIA' line, were clearly supposed to be laughing/rolling our eyes at the men in that scene.

Regarding the observation about xavier hiding out in his family mansion, this is a man who can wipe people's memories and create mental projections.
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Post by: Robin Low on 07 June, 2011, 09:33:53 pm
The sexism point is a fair one, which initially troubled me, but I kind of saw it as an homage to the swinging 60s/Austin Powers/Bond girl vibe they were going for. It doesnt excuse it though to be fair. As for the 'women have no place in the CIA' line, were clearly supposed to be laughing/rolling our eyes at the men in that scene.

I felt that it was an attempt to make a point about the attitudes of time rather than being a homage, but that there was no room (or need or willingness) to develop it as a theme.

Regards

Robin
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Post by: Professor Bear on 07 June, 2011, 11:44:04 pm
Arguably, his faith in human nature is one of his redeeming features... and that is shown to be clearly diminished by the end the film as evidenced by his final action.

I agree if you mean that bit on the beach after he's been accidentally shot and needs to be the better man he keeps harping on at Magneto to be, yet instead gets on his high horse with a clearly repentant Magneto and tells him in no uncertain terms to go fuck himself, completely undermining any kind of moral authority he might have possessed until that point.  The entire movie he tells Magneto to get over it, yet when the shoe's on the other - now crippled - foot, it's "fuck you, buddy - NO FORGIVENESS!"

Also, Shaw couldn't be restrained because it wasn't the fact that he was free that made him a danger, it was the nuclear energy he'd stored and intended to release after having his natter with Magneto.  He was going to explode to kill as many people as he could and that's why he had to buy the farm.  Regardless of his motivations, Magneto had little choice in the matter.

His immediate and unconvincing heel turn after he leaves the sub and puts on an Irish accent, on the other hand?  I have no idea what prompted that.  He just does because he's Magneto and Magneto is the bad guy.
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Post by: Robin Low on 08 June, 2011, 06:05:59 pm
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Arguably, his faith in human nature is one of his redeeming features... and that is shown to be clearly diminished by the end the film as evidenced by his final action.

I agree if you mean that bit on the beach after he's been accidentally shot and needs to be the better man he keeps harping on at Magneto to be, yet instead gets on his high horse with a clearly repentant Magneto and tells him in no uncertain terms to go fuck himself, completely undermining any kind of moral authority he might have possessed until that point.  The entire movie he tells Magneto to get over it, yet when the shoe's on the other - now crippled - foot, it's "fuck you, buddy - NO FORGIVENESS!"

You're rephrasing - as negatively as possible - what's actually said to suit your argument. The point Xavier is trying to make to Magneto is much simpler and quite clear: his actions will have consequences and he cannot shift the blame to others.

The bit I was referring to was Xavier's final action of the film, namely the memory wipe, demonstrating his lessening trust of humans.



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Also, Shaw couldn't be restrained because it wasn't the fact that he was free that made him a danger, it was the nuclear energy he'd stored and intended to release after having his natter with Magneto.  He was going to explode to kill as many people as he could and that's why he had to buy the farm.  Regardless of his motivations, Magneto had little choice in the matter.

I'd need to see the film again, but given that Xavier didn't want Shaw killed and was also fully aware of the situation one presumes there was another option. While Xavier obviously didn't want Magneto to kill him, he was hardly going to let Shaw go.


Regards

Robin
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 08 June, 2011, 08:42:35 pm
His immediate and unconvincing heel turn after he leaves the sub and puts on an Irish accent, on the other hand?  I have no idea what prompted that.  He just does because he's Magneto and Magneto is the bad guy.


I don't think Fassbender needs to 'put on' an Irish accent, he is Irish.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 08 June, 2011, 09:43:08 pm
I intended to give up arguing this, but as the Smallville thread proved, Joe - you love it, you tart.  For the record, I'm not saying people aren't allowed to enjoy the movie, I'm just saying that it's a dumb film and liking it makes you worse than Hitler.

I'd guessed Fassbender was Irish, but that bit near the end is the only time his accent really slips onscreen.  I assume they shot that scene before others and he hadn't nailed the accent he used in the rest of the flick.  Well, that, or Fassbender was rendering a meta-commentary on the idea of Magneto at that point becoming a terrorist by using the language of terrorism - an Irish accent.

You're rephrasing - as negatively as possible - what's actually said to suit your argument.

I rephrase for humorous intent - clearly those words are not from the film.  I do however explain my point, and those words sum the matter up: Xavier tells Magneto to be the better man and forgive, yet fails to do just that himself when the time comes.
A dick and a hypocrite.

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The bit I was referring to was Xavier's final action of the film, namely the memory wipe, demonstrating his lessening trust of humans.

I dunno... Superman did it, so can it really be that bad an action to take?  If Superman raped a nun I'd give him the benefit of the doubt.

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I'd need to see the film again, but given that Xavier didn't want Shaw killed and was also fully aware of the situation one presumes there was another option.

If there was, the script failed to enlighten us - it did however go out of its way to reinforce that Shaw needed to die.  Killing him was hardly the means to convincingly demonise Magneto, though his wobbler with the missiles and the fleets did at least offer further explanation - albeit one slightly marred by the presence of a teleporting chap and at least two people capable of flight.
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Post by: Robin Low on 09 June, 2011, 07:16:07 pm
You're rephrasing - as negatively as possible - what's actually said to suit your argument.

I rephrase for humorous intent - clearly those words are not from the film.  I do however explain my point, and those words sum the matter up: Xavier tells Magneto to be the better man and forgive, yet fails to do just that himself when the time comes.
A dick and a hypocrite.

At what point does Xavier fail to forgive Magneto? As I remember it, Magneto blames MacTaggert for the bullet that hits Xavier, but Xavier, bluntly but truthfully, points out that it's Magneto's fault. Pointing out the truth is not the same as failing to forgive. Also, another reason for him to be so blunt is not to be unforgiving, but to bring the point home to Magneto (his actions have consequences) and also save MacTaggert from his anger, grief and guilt (the emotions that are ultimately controlling him).

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I'd need to see the film again, but given that Xavier didn't want Shaw killed and was also fully aware of the situation one presumes there was another option.

If there was, the script failed to enlighten us - it did however go out of its way to reinforce that Shaw needed to die.  Killing him was hardly the means to convincingly demonise Magneto, though his wobbler with the missiles and the fleets did at least offer further explanation - albeit one slightly marred by the presence of a teleporting chap and at least two people capable of flight.

It's likely there there's a problem with the script at this point. However, as it stands I still don't think the dialogue or the actions of the characters supports what you're saying about them.

Regards

Robin
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Post by: Professor Bear on 09 June, 2011, 11:22:16 pm
A good thing, then, that I have proved it with science.
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Post by: Rogue Reader on 10 June, 2011, 02:26:21 am
I saw x-men the other day was a bit disapointed maybe expected too much after kick-ass. Was it just me or were the fight sceens a bit flat?
I saw Triagle yesterday the horror film set on a criuse ship it was not scary but had some good idears init.
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Caught bits of Soldier last night, there were a couple of references that sounded familiar (the Tannhauser Gate being one) so I gave it a wiki, and learned it was apparently written and intended as a spin-off from Blade Runner. The soldiers are essentially supposed to be the replicants, keeping the peace on the off world colonies. Didn't watch the whole thing so don't know if that angle was done away with, but it looked like fun in a cheddar sort of way.
Talking of Soldier wasnt it ment to be the Rogue Trooper film we were promised in the Rogue Trooper annual?
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Post by: Orlok on 10 June, 2011, 09:01:12 am
On the subject of Soldier I remember reading somewhere that it was set in the same universe as Blade Runner (with the Tannhauser Gate ref) and Event Horizon as well as Aliens/Predator/Terminator. Apparently there is a Blade Runner spinner and a T-800 endoskeleton in the junkyard scenes, but I never looked that closely.
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Post by: Orlok on 10 June, 2011, 09:13:54 am
The Bourne Ultimatum
Enjoyed it, but was a bit freaky that Bourne is not only a super-assassin but also apparently part Terminator. He was blown up, fell off a building and was apparently drowned (but came to and just swam off). The fuck?

Escape From New York
Not seen this film in about 15 years so sat down to watch it with the missus.

10 minutes in she was pointing out that it was so hammy it probably could only be watched by infidels. She was right. And she thinks Twilight is "cool", so that's how wrong she usually is.

Looking at this with new eyes it's full of truly remarkable coincidences.

Snake just happens to be at Liberty awaiting his transfer (due in 2 hours) when the President's plane takes a tumble.

The Doctor at Liberty just so happens to have those micro charges on standby. Why do they have them in the first place?

Snake is just getting friendly with a girl when the Crazies break through the floor exactly where she is standing.

After being chased by said Crazies, Snake blindly zig zags through a building and down a back alley. Astonishingly, Cabbie (who he had met several blocks away) just so happens to show up at the end of that alley to save him.

Cabbie has been driving the same cab in NY for 30 years. How is he in a Max Security prison that has only been in place for 9 years? Did they just wall him in and he didn't notice?

Cabbie takes Snake to see Brain, who just so happens to be a buddy of Snake's and knows exactly where the Pres is. Handy.

Snake flew the Gullfire over Leningrad and amazingly Bob Hauk just happens to have one on standby. What are the odds?

The scrutiny doesn't end there.

I found it puzzling that everyone in the prison seems to know who Plissken is and assumes he is dead.
Now, consider this. Cabbie knows him by sight and reputation (presumably from the fabled bank job which took place right before this film according to the deleted scene- Plissken is even wearing the same clothes in said scene). Cabbie remarks he has been driving the same cab in NY for 30 years. This implies he has been there since the prison's inception in 1988 as for him to have left the cab in 1988, been naughty enough to warrant a Max Security stretch and imprisoned eight and a half years later seems utterly ridiculous. So, how does he know who Snake is and what he looks like if he has been banged up in NY for the last 9 years? The same goes for every prisoner who knows Snake. How could they possibly know anything about him unless he has been on the run for nearly 10 years after becoming public enemy numero uno?

Brain has a map of the bridge mines from a bloke who got all the way across and was shot dead. How did they get the map if he didn't make it back? If somebody went back for it, then they must have navigated the mines too so why don't they just rely on this person's info as they seem to know where the mines are? Unless the map was on a very long piece of elastic.

The Gullfire is a "jet glider". The name makes it sound like Airwolf and cutting edge military tech but it doesn't seem to have a jet engine (it even has to be towed to take off) so is pretty weak as a rescue vehicle.
It also seems to have one seat so how is the President meant to get out with Snake? Is he going to hang on the tail?
The safest bet would have been to parachute Snake in to land on the WTC, get him to rescue the POTUS and then airlift the pair of them off the roof. Too simple and won't involve an explosive cab ride?

The secret safety catch on the tracker bracelet is visible from Mars.

How do the prisoners eat? Even a Max Security prison feeds the inmates and a lot of them look well fed (especially Cabbie and Isaac Hayes), so where is the grub coming from? It ain't rats or dead bodies, either.

Women and men are confined in the same prison which seems utterly ridiculous. And if this place is Maximum Security, what are Cabbie and Maggie doing there? They don't look like hardened crims.

In short, fond teenage memories pissed on.
Now, where's my copy of Commando...
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Post by: TordelBack on 10 June, 2011, 09:38:49 am
Orlok man, you got it bad.
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Post by: Emp on 11 June, 2011, 01:11:00 am
THE MECHANIC

did exactly what it said on the tin and showed Statham off to his best, not too much heavy dialouge and people getting fucked up.
Long as yer not expecting greatness but mereley eye candy you cant go wrong.
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Post by: Orlok on 11 June, 2011, 03:01:42 am
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Orlok man, you got it bad.

I just found AvP Requiem on the hard drive. Maybe that will shake me out of my depression... ;)
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Post by: radiator on 11 June, 2011, 12:48:33 pm
Currently two episodes into State of Play - the BBC TV series from 2003 - not the (inferior) Hollywood movie adaptation from a couple of years back.

It's a really slick and polished conspiracy thriller with a pretty incredible cast and crew. Directed by David Yates (Harry Potters 5, 6, 7 and 8), written by Paul Abbot (Shameless, Cracker), and with a hugely likable cast including David Morrissey, John Simm, Philip Glenister, James McAvoy, Kelly MacDonald, Bill Nighy, Marc Warren, Benny Wong and Sean Gilder.

It's surprisingly funny too - lots of nice little character moments amongst all the serious stuff.
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Post by: HOO-HAA on 11 June, 2011, 11:04:42 pm
Just wrapped on THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE. Pretty decent thriller. Couldn't get on with the books at all but - so far - really enjoying the flicks. Bit of Scooby Doo action at the end, with the reveal, but overall a decent flick. Definitely worth a spin.
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Post by: Rogue Reader on 12 June, 2011, 02:53:19 am
I watched all three they are good but the first is the best by miles.
I saw the trailer for the remake the other day looks goods but for some reason I thought they would be setting it in the US to give it a new spin but no it looks like its going to be a sceen by sceen remake for thick people who dont want to read sub titles.
Has anyone here seen the blue ray of Payback I got it the other day, I have been going about it to my girl friend saying it is a good revenge film and one of the last good Mel films before he really went "Mad". We watched the directors cut over the theater cut as I thought it would just cosmetic changes how wrong I was it started off with just a few sceens that were different and it seemed slower and not as cool as I remebered then I relised they had gotten rid of Kris Kristofferson completely replacing him with a womens voice on an intercom so the whole ending is different, it now ends with a crap shoot out on a train station. My girlfriend now has no idea why I liked the film, I did think this must have been the first draft that went to preveiw sceenings and had changes made before release but there is a doc on the disc which I still have to watch that seems to be saying this cut was made for blue ray.
 
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Post by: Professor Bear on 12 June, 2011, 08:18:32 pm
On the subject of Soldier I remember reading somewhere that it was set in the same universe as Blade Runner (with the Tannhauser Gate ref) and Event Horizon as well as Aliens/Predator/Terminator. Apparently there is a Blade Runner spinner and a T-800 endoskeleton in the junkyard scenes, but I never looked that closely.


If you look at the main character's war record on the computer screen, you'll notice even more references, including refs to levels from the original Doom as past campaigns in which the soldiers were deployed.
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Post by: Van Dom on 12 June, 2011, 09:41:53 pm
Rec 2.
Was initially a bit disappointed when it began because somehow I'd gotten myself confused with the originals and the re-makes and thought this was a sequel to the American one. So when this came on in Spanish, after I was all set with my tea and choccie piccies, I was a bit..awwwwwwwwww.... Wasn't really in the mood for subtitles! But, as it happened, this was bloody brilliant. And flippin' scary. Good job I seen it too, as seemingly the sequel to the American re-make (called Quarantine) isn't going to follow the plot of Rec 2 at all and instead will be a new story altogether.
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Post by: mygrimmbrother on 13 June, 2011, 12:39:05 pm
Have to agree with you there Van Dom - Rec 2 is one of my favourite horror movies of recent years. The first one was pretty good but I didn't find it to be particulalry memorable, whereas the second one just blew me away. I'm aware that statement sounds odd - especially when the second film picks up exactly where the first one left off and is basically a retread of the same sets and situations. But there's just something so frantic, urgent, and downright terrifying about it.

I'm sure I'll watch the US remake, but I'll probably regret it.
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Post by: Mardroid on 13 June, 2011, 11:08:14 pm
The Clone Wars.

I've seen some of the episodes from the series that run on Cartoon Network, but I'd never seen the animated movie that spun it off.

Very enjoyable! I understand that it pretty much started out as 3 episodes strung together, but it works well as a film. Only thing negative I'd say is that it's perhaps a bit padded. A snip here and there (boom boom) to tighten things up wouldn't go amiss.
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 14 June, 2011, 07:37:52 pm
I watched X-Men first class today and quite enjoyed it. Some very dark scenes amongst all the fun and action. Loved the cameo  ;)

P.S. I have not left the house  :o!
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Post by: The Adventurer on 14 June, 2011, 08:41:45 pm
Super 8. It was pretty good, yeah.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 14 June, 2011, 09:09:36 pm
Watched a good chop socky film the other night. It was called Ip Man, and was loosely based on the life of Bruce Lee's mentor. I learned two things from this movie; Ip Man was a one man punching festival, and I really should find out more about the Sino-Japanese wars
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Post by: I, Cosh on 14 June, 2011, 11:51:45 pm
Watched a good chop socky film the other night. It was called Ip Man, and was loosely based on the life of Bruce Lee's mentor. I learned two things from this movie; Ip Man was a one man punching festival, and I really should find out more about the Sino-Japanese wars
I would highly recommend Flashpoint, by the same director and star. Donnie Yen isn't quite in the Tony Jaa spectacular stakes but he's still totally nails.
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Post by: exilewood on 15 June, 2011, 12:44:03 am
Just watched two films by Jacques Rivette - La Belle Noiseuse & Historie de Marie et Julien - both starring Emmanuelle Beart.

The first of the two (twenty years old now - I think it's fairly famous; hadn't seen it before) is a fantastic film about art, the creative process & the implications & effects of that process. It's a wonderful film & not just because Beart spends much of it as God surely intended.

The second was very dull indeed & I'm not sure what it was meant to be. Beart was still staggeringly gorgeous though, but even that wasn't enough to save it.
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Post by: BPP on 15 June, 2011, 12:51:37 am
if you just watched the two then take it you watched the shorter version of La Belle - the 5 hour one is a weekends viewing in itself. If your a Beart fan then Un Coeur en Hiver from the same period as La Belle is a very good film.
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Post by: exilewood on 15 June, 2011, 01:03:04 am
if you just watched the two then take it you watched the shorter version of La Belle - the 5 hour one is a weekends viewing in itself. If your a Beart fan then Un Coeur en Hiver from the same period as La Belle is a very good film.

Yes - Divertimento. I'll probably seek out the longer version soon.

Interestingly, Bob Dylan made a film - 'Renaldo & Clara' that explored very similar themes that also ran at over four hours, later followed by a re-cut two-hour version that was nowhere near as good. Dylan did the re-cut under duress though, I think, (or it may have been done by someone else, against his wishes) whereas Rivette's (as far as I can tell from the liner notes) is more than just an edited version.

Oh - ta for the recommendation too.
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Post by: BPP on 15 June, 2011, 03:04:21 am
no worries, suddenly remembered the name of another I'd not seen since its original release - J'embrasse Pas - which has her looking foxy as a ingénue with gangster connections who leads a farm-boy astray.  Warning tho, it does contain an fairly shocking 'midnight cowboy by force' moment that may leave the male viewer slightly 'eeks!'.

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Post by: mygrimmbrother on 15 June, 2011, 09:02:28 am
Watched Mysterious Skin for the first time last night - brilliant, poignant and very well acted. A hugely difficult theme to tackle, but it drifted along with a dreamlike quality and the final scene left me with a lump in my throat. Gorgeous soundtrack too.
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Post by: the shutdown man on 15 June, 2011, 11:42:41 am
Saw The Runway last night, lovely little Irish film, loosely based on a true story of a small plane crash landing in a small town in Cork in the 80s, and the whole town getting together to build a runway so the pilot could take off again. If anything, it's a lot like the Dish, similarly quirky, small-town humour.
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Post by: TordelBack on 15 June, 2011, 07:46:09 pm
The first of the two (twenty years old now - I think it's fairly famous; hadn't seen it before) is a fantastic film about art, the creative process & the implications & effects of that process. It's a wonderful film & not just because Beart spends much of it as God surely intended.

Mmmm, I watched the long version many years ago - I came for the gloriously nude Beart, but ended up really enjoying the film too.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 20 June, 2011, 08:46:21 pm
I watched Star Trek: First Contact again. It occured to me that it's a lot like a Zombie Movie. Except the Zombies have robotic attachments and lazers.
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Post by: Michaelvk on 20 June, 2011, 09:23:04 pm
Herself rented two movies yesterday. First on was The sorcerers apprentice. Pretty enjoyable, nice effects and impressive how they can stretch a 15 minute single scene short into a 90 minute movie..

Second up was what I refer to as 'Hetero Male Teflon".. Twilight eclipse.. After 10 minutes of vapid, pointless, boring tedious crap I was feeling very emasculated and decided to right all things wrong by grabbing one of my airsoft rifles and field stripping it in the bedroom just to do something manly.. Oh dear God! It was so horribly, horribly bad! They should have everyone who has anything to do with the production of those films tarred, feathered and shot.. Except for the grips. They don't know any better..
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Post by: Professor Bear on 20 June, 2011, 09:31:36 pm
I thought X-Men First Class wasn't too good and I'm alone in that, so that means that most of you can look forward to really liking Green Lantern because I thought it was a fucking terrible film.  Ryan Renolds doesn't do any of his usual smartass schtick and comes off as charmless, there's a painful lack of comedy or wit to the script, the big baddie is a space octopus made of smoke and fear that actually looks good in one or two bits but they don't know what to do with it, and there's no character arc to speak of to make this anything other than a collection of videogame intro scenes strung together - is Hal afraid and needs to conquer fear to beat the octopus?  If so, why does the octopus still affect him?  And why kill it in the sun?  That's just a big asplosion, they could have killed it from afar by shooting a space nuke at it if that was the case, but earlier in the film there's no clear indication that the space octopus is a physical entity that can be sun-asploded, he's supposed to be made of smoke that comes from people when they're ascared.  And what's with the Leader from the Hulk?  He destroys a top secret military base that he's being held in by the US military and murders servicemen and a US senator, gets beaten by Green lantern and then... he goes back to his apartment, gets into bed and goes to sleep?  WHAT?

Writers have shown you can make this material interesting, or at least animators have as recently as the last couple of years proven you can do a half-decent Green Lantern origin story, but this film... man, this film bites dick.  They want really bad for the lead to be their Tony Stark but there's no levity or charm in the character and he just comes off as vapor, the script is everywhere, and it just comes off as something you want to hate or pity.  I can't believe so many people were involved in making something this sub-par, but here we are.

But like I say, I hated X-Men, so y'all might like this anyway.

They should have everyone who has anything to do with the production of those films tarred, feathered and shot.. Except for the grips. They don't know any better..

"I was only doing what I was told.  I didn't know the big picture" didn't work at the Nuremberg trials, Mike.
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Post by: Michaelvk on 20 June, 2011, 09:42:50 pm
Have you ever met a grip? I still can't work out if they're listed as crew or equipment.. But point taken, Prof..
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Post by: Mister Pops on 20 June, 2011, 11:58:47 pm
I declare this thread to be spoilerific.........
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Post by: Dandontdare on 21 June, 2011, 09:23:05 am
I declare this thread to be spoilerific.........
Indeed - Thanks to Prof Byah for concealing about 5 words while spoilering the rest of the film!
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Post by: Colin Zeal on 21 June, 2011, 11:27:35 am
Fire In Babylon - documentary on the great West Indies cricket sides of the 70s/80s. Really excellent film, could have done with being a bit longer and containing more match footage but I'd still advise people to go and see it.
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Post by: El Chivo on 22 June, 2011, 01:36:44 am
The Horde
French Zombie Die Hard
Does exactly what it says on the tin
Pretty rockin'

Chi
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Post by: mygrimmbrother on 22 June, 2011, 12:57:18 pm
Kaboom!

On a bit of a Gregg Araki tip lately, after finally watching Myserious Skin (and rating it very highly) I managed to track down to of his earlier efforts - the Doom Generation (which I'd seen about 15 years ago) and Nowhere (which was new to me), and now his latest effort.

I must say, everyone is so highly sexed and attractive in his films and yet they couldn't be further from your typical lusty teen fare. I dig him! And the soundtracks are fantastic too.

Back to Kaboom - I felt this wasn't quite as successful as his earlier efforts, although I enjoyed Juno Temple's character 'London.' Thomas Dekker of John Connor fame wasn't too bad either, although he's no Gordon Levitt. It was a shame in a way too to see regular contributor James Duvall as an older, more grizzled stoner has-been. As time has moved on and the actors gotten older, Araki's obsession with the rawness of youth has remained, meaning his semi-regular stable of actors need replacing.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 22 June, 2011, 01:36:21 pm
Is Nowhere the one with the running joke about "there's this guy in my Global Pandemics class" and so on? If so, that was great fun. I also remember one of his films opening with about five minutes of some guy having a wank in the shower to the sound of a Slowdive record.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 23 June, 2011, 01:10:51 am
A Town Called Panic was on Film4 tonight. The Meg said some nice things about it, so I gave it a go. It was bloody bonkers, difficult to describe really. I think it inspired that cravendale milk advert. Really clever, eccentric,surreal animation
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Post by: radiator on 23 June, 2011, 10:10:14 am
Lock Stock and two Smoking Barrells was on the telly when I got in from work the other night, so I ended up watching that for the first time in about ten years. Used to love the film when it first came out and always thought that it never deserved the bad rep it got tarnished with. Its predictably pretty dated now, and borderline irritating at times but worth a watch for old times sake. What really struck me about watching it was the shocking level of acting. Most of the cast can't act for shit, and a lot of the line deliveries are excruciating. Was surprised to see a young Rob Brydon playing the traffic warden!

Watched Labyrinth with some mates on Friday night. I have a huge amount of affection for it as it was the first film I ever saw at the cinema. I won't try and defend it as a great film, but it has so much charm that it's immune to criticism in my eyes. When it finished we put on the making of documentary on the DVD, and I was delighted the following morning to hear Adam and Joe discussing the film and doc on their 6 Music show!
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 23 June, 2011, 08:49:02 pm
Lock Stock and two Smoking Barrells was on the telly when I got in from work the other night, so I ended up watching that for the first time in about ten years. Used to love the film when it first came out and always thought that it never deserved the bad rep it got tarnished with. Its predictably pretty dated now, and borderline irritating at times but worth a watch for old times sake.


Never liked 'flashy Guy Geezer films, he should be tied to a pole and made watch Get Carter until he knows better...and irritating is the word.
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Post by: exilewood on 24 June, 2011, 12:42:57 am
Just saw the Coen's True Grit - a great film. Can't be arsed to go any deeper than that right now.

Jeff Bridges is in so many of my favourite films. That cat is a true star.
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Post by: Ignatzmonster on 24 June, 2011, 02:00:37 am
A Town Called Panic was on Film4 tonight. The Meg said some nice things about it, so I gave it a go. It was bloody bonkers, difficult to describe really. I think it inspired that cravendale milk advert. Really clever, eccentric,surreal animation

Yeah, really liked that one. Half way through my wife walked into the room and asked WTF and I had one Hell of a time explaining how the characters had gotten to that moment. A bit like El Topo in that regard.

Super 8: Quite liked this even if it does kind of get too soppy at the end. I'd rather more people emulate 70s-80s Carpenter, but Speilberg did do three of my favorite movies of the time period: Jaws, Close Encounters, and Poltergeist (I know it's Tobe Hooper but...). The bit with the kids making their film was the best part, kind of wished the monster had fucked off or that he had been more interesting.

Tree of Life: If you can take slow and gorgeous like say Solaris, Russian Ark, or Double Life of Veronique, then you should go see this and see it on the big screen. I knew that it was going to place a kitchen drama along side the workings of the cosmos, but I was surprised at what I came away with after the juxtaposition.
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Post by: Hoagy on 24 June, 2011, 02:55:31 am
Burke and Hare; Not funny but a great film.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Bob Ford; At about the same time this is happening across the water. I love the music by Nick and the *other Warren Ellis? The sepia filters and cinematography aren't bad either. I shrivel a little at Bradgela's portrayal sometimes but his psychopathic and sinister silences/easiness makes up for this.

Unbreakable; Just love Sam L. J.'s depiction of Mr Glass and his advocacy of comic art. " Do you see any tellytubbies in here?" Heh.  I think its a very under-rated film too. Come to think of it Shylaman (sp)and Bruce need to finish the Semi-hero trilogy.
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Post by: radiator on 25 June, 2011, 03:45:48 pm
The Terminator is currently on iPlayer! Just watched it - still awesome.

I'm working my way through A Game of Thrones at the minute. Wasn't sure what to make of it after the first episode, but I'm on ep 6 now and thoroughly addicted. I just love it, so many cool characters. Current favourite is Tyrian Lannister - that guy rules. In all honesty I could do without some of the more gratuitous 'shock' moments of boobies etc - the show doesn't need them.

It blows my mind that a series like this can actually get made - thank God for HBO! Really hope they're going to adapt all the books - I know series 2 is already in production. I would quite happily stump up hard cash to pre-order every series right now on the strength of this one.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 25 June, 2011, 06:33:13 pm
I find it hard to believe that something as good and gorgeous as Game of Thrones is edited and post-produced in the heart of Dublin, we usually taint anything TV-cinematic round here.
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Post by: Buddy on 25 June, 2011, 11:21:36 pm
SENNA

Fucking brilliant.... tragic end to an incredible sportsman.

So many incidents came together that resulted in the loss of his life... so many what ifs... the race he died in should never have happened, anoher driver was killed the day before during practice... that race should have been cancelled... the change in regulations that banned driver aids for that season... even the crash at the start of the race impacted on what was to come.

Add to that what Senna was doing to fight poverty in his home Barzil, setting up charities to aid children get a better life in a shocking city. So much was lost to millions of people when he lost his life.

Even if your not an F1 fan this is a great story, go see it.
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Post by: Orlok on 26 June, 2011, 01:10:59 am
Happy Go Lucky- A Mike Leigh special about fuck all that I had to endure with the wife. Even she turned to me at the end (I was flicking through the latest Prog) to say "that was shit!", so it must have been dire.

Punisher War Zone- Exraordinarily violent. An opportinity missed as they never quite seem to get Frank Castle right on screen. Also, plot holes you could drive his van through and Julie Benz being annoying.

Eden Log- Crazy, crazy shit. Very atmospheric and clever in places but something you should never watch while intoxicated.
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Post by: blackmocco on 26 June, 2011, 01:17:00 am
Black Death with Sean Bean. Great stuff. Thought it was going to be absolute shite but far better than you'd believe. Very creepy in places...
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Post by: Dandontdare on 26 June, 2011, 02:04:51 am
Happy Go Lucky- A Mike Leigh special about fuck all that I had to endure with the wife. Even she turned to me at the end (I was flicking through the latest Prog) to say "that was shit!", so it must have been dire.

Whaaat? Apart from that strange interlude with the tramp, I loved this film.No-one can make 'fuck all' as engrossing as Mike Leigh. Although I really couldn't decide whether I wanted to marry Poppy or slap her silly.
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Post by: Orlok on 26 June, 2011, 08:42:14 am
I wanted to slap her annoying face after the first 10 mins. It had moments of humour but I like a film to have a few bare essentials, the first of these being plot. Maybe I am just being greedy there.
I thought it was going somewhere when the kid in her class was being abused but that soon fizzled out.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 26 June, 2011, 10:32:37 am
As I get older, I find I have less and less time for these "quirky" characters and Happy did indeed need a good slap.  The driving instructor chap was good though.

GOLDEN COMPASS: As beautiful as it looks, it's just scene after scene of relentless basil. Case in point of how not to adapt a dense idea filled book.

GIRL WITH DRAGON TAT: Enjoyable stuff - was slightly disappointed that it ended up in serial killer territory
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Post by: JamesC on 26 June, 2011, 10:46:18 am
Watched 'The Mechanic' starring Jason Statham which was great fun - I was actually quite surprised when he shot Donald Sutherland in cold blood

The DVD had a trailer for another Statham film called 'Blitz' which also stars Paddy Considine and David Morrissey - I think I'll have to try to get hold of it - it looks like a good old over the top 'cop on the edge' film.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 26 June, 2011, 10:55:05 am
Last movie i watched was Moon, on my birthday last week. I confess to being disappointed and bored by it. Started off well enough, but as soon as the main thrust of the story was revealed (and revealed to be the least interesting way the story could have gone) it went rapidly downhill. All very pedestrian, and i was left scratching my head over who the dark haired girl he saw at the start was supposed to be. Meh. Though the Space 1999 style effects were neat.
SBT
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Post by: Mardroid on 26 June, 2011, 02:00:52 pm
All very pedestrian, and i was left scratching my head over who the dark haired girl he saw at the start was supposed to be.

I believe it was his (well not strictly 'his', but you know what I mean) daughter all grown up.... but it's been some months since I've seen it.  As he has only seen her as a child on the video I think it was meant to be a bit of foreshadowing of the twist to come.  As to why he saw her... I'm not totally sure, but I think it was meant to be a kind of psychic cross pollination if that makes sense, possibly triggered by the start of his deterioration. You know how twins sometime feel each others pain, etc?

I'll admit that's a bit of a stretch for a sci-fi film, and I'm not sure that quite works for the more realistic world they're portraying, but as it's just brief I don't think it messed things up.


I enjoyed Moon, although I can see why others didn't. I think if the film had ended with the twist that he is a clone, that would have been poor, but the fact they ran with it and the implications worked for me.
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Post by: TordelBack on 26 June, 2011, 05:10:18 pm
GOLDEN COMPASS: As beautiful as it looks, it's just scene after scene of relentless basil. Case in point of how not to adapt a dense idea filled book.

What's worse, despite becoming mind-numbingly dull in spooning out the exposition (which is notably absent in the book), it then has an ending which is the exact opposite of the book's, and retrospectively changes the entire plot into something utterly pedestrian and predictable.  Apart from looking gorgeous it's a complete disaster. 

This is a film that has ARMOURED PLOAR BEARS FIGHTING EACH OTHER, EVA GREEN AS A SEXY WITCH IN SEE-THROUGH CLOTHES and TEXAN SHARP-SHOOTERS FLYING HOTAIR BALLOONS ACROSS THE ARCTIC (sounds like a Pat Mills pitch actually...) and it's still boring as hell - in many ways that's a serious achievement.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 27 June, 2011, 12:06:34 am
I think I know where you are coming from but please expand.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 27 June, 2011, 12:57:26 am
Where Eagles Dare. No further explanation required, I should hope.
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Post by: TordelBack on 27 June, 2011, 01:03:04 am
I think I know where you are coming from but please expand.

Assuming you aren't pulling my leg (very poor sarcasm detection abilities this weather), the book ends with Lord Asriel murdering Roger (by excising his daemon) to make a gate between worlds - making him the villain rather than the 'Daddy will make it all better' figure the film leaves us with as the chums sail merrily into the aurora borealis. In the book Lyra thinks she's bringing her father the alethiometer, and rescuing Roger  - in fact what she's bringing him is Roger, to kill.  In the book Asriel also reunites with Mrs. Coulter, somewhat undermining the conflict with the (declawed) Magisterium, and a betrayed and defiant Lyra heads through the gateway into another world...

I'd say that leaving that little out lot turns the underlying plot of the book completely on its head.  The argument made was that these scenes would "work better" at the start of the putative second film - although allegedly they were shot as part of this one.  There might actually  have been a second film if they'd left the powerful and shocking ending in rather than the sugary nothing they ended up with. 
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Post by: HdE on 27 June, 2011, 01:32:15 am
Just caught the second half of 'Heat', with Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro.

Thi sfilm's amazing. It has that special quality of being able to still involve me every time I see it, even though I've seen it God-knows-how-many times.

That scene where Pacino finds Xander Berkely in his apartment is just classic, classic stuff.
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Post by: Orlok on 27 June, 2011, 08:12:41 am
Doubt
Cracking film with quality performances from the big three (Streep, Hoffman and Adams). If you want a thoughtful film with a great plot and top notch cast, have a butcher's at this.
Unless Indiana Jones IV is on, in which case, just shoot your TV.  ;)
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Post by: radiator on 27 June, 2011, 08:35:09 am
Yep, The Golden Compass was an absolute travesty of a film. Art direction = good, everything else = totally misguided and wrong. What do you expect when you hand a treasured property like this to a hack director like Chris (American Pie) Weitz? Presumably Weitz was given the job because he was the sort of director-for-hire who would do as he was told by the studio - hence the fatal compromises made to the story...

The only good bit of casting was Sam Elliot as Lee Scoresby - everyone else was totally miscast, especially Ian McKellan as Iorek, Daniel Craig as Asriel (always imagined Terence Stamp in the role) Nicole Kidman as Mrs Coulter but most of all the girl playing Lyra was wrong, wrong, wrong. Just so 'stage school' and lacked any of Lyra's charm, charisma or attitude. The casting of child actors can make or break a film, and in this case they messed up badly.

Would have liked to see The Subtle Knife (my favourite of the books) on the screen - though if it was anything like the film of Northern Lights it would have been totally watered down and toothless. God knows how they would have made a family film out of The Amber Spyglass - would have been fun to watch them try though!

Thinking about it, the whole series would have worked far better as a BBC TV series - the BBC audiobook versions are superb. They wouldn't have had the budget to do much in the way of spectacle, but they could have stayed far truer to the source material. They could have ran it at Christmas like they used to do with The Box of Delights and The Chronicles of Narnia.
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Post by: TordelBack on 27 June, 2011, 09:02:39 am
One of the things I did enjoy about film of The Golden Compass were the attempts by cast and crew to refute allegations that the book was anti-Christian and anti-religion.  It might be a teensy bit veiled in the first one, but read on...
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Post by: Eric Plumrose on 27 June, 2011, 12:08:01 pm
I s'pose yesterday I did technically sit through THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE but I'll say STAKE LAND. Which, unlike the former, is pleasingly nasty in parts; in particular, some casual horror at the beginning involving a baby.

The very inclusion of vampires at times almost undermines the all-pervading grim realism but they're of a non-supernatural nature (except, for shame, when the film decides to ignore all that for a bit of heightened drama towards the end). A coupla of subtle subversions (such as the rescue of a middle-aged nun which, on a subconscious level, seems to preclude the idea of any romance between the main characters) suggest a film that, at least for the first half, fancies doing something a bit different to most studio fare. The ending's a touch unsatisfying (and doesn't really make sense when you consider it's the whole point of the film), but hey! Vampires that are neither broodingly good-looking nor mope!
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 27 June, 2011, 12:48:29 pm
Oh I actually just wanted you to talk more about Eva Green as a sexy witch in a see through dress.

I didn't realise that they's filmed the proper ending - just assumed that they were heading into a happy fantasy quest type world and if they had made sequels then these two would have just used the characters and design elements to spin their own tale from.

I personally thought Nicole Kidman did a reasonable job in her role.  James Bond seemed shoe-horned in to up the box office chances (as probably was Gandalf). And did I spot Derek Jacobi and Christopher Lee?  It's an incredible cast they have available to them; just the wrong cast for a film of the book.


TRANSPORTER 2: You probably know the drill for these by now. A loosely connected set of set piece fights and stunts. The level of violence and gore is slightly off (too much for a 12, not enough for a 15).  And similarly for the "sexiness". For my mind it could do with having more light-hearded ness, more slapstick and meanness and less birds.

Some set pieces work better than others and Statham deserves an oscar for holding it all together through sheer force of will (not quite in the same way that Bruce Willis holds most films he appears in through sherr charisma but nearly). 

Some very ropey special effects make for a less than convincing finale but a great piece with a hose pipe could have been pure Jackie Chan.

Transporter 3 is on Tuesday night - I think I'll be turning in and vetting it in advance for the little fella.
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Post by: Batman's Superior Cousin on 27 June, 2011, 04:58:17 pm
Oh I actually just wanted you to talk more about Eva Green as a sexy witch in a see through dress.

I didn't realise that they's filmed the proper ending - just assumed that they were heading into a happy fantasy quest type world and if they had made sequels then these two would have just used the characters and design elements to spin their own tale from.

I personally thought Nicole Kidman did a reasonable job in her role.  James Bond seemed shoe-horned in to up the box office chances (as probably was Gandalf). And did I spot Derek Jacobi and Christopher Lee?  It's an incredible cast they have available to them; just the wrong cast for a film of the book.


TRANSPORTER 2: You probably know the drill for these by now. A loosely connected set of set piece fights and stunts. The level of violence and gore is slightly off (too much for a 12, not enough for a 15).  And similarly for the "sexiness". For my mind it could do with having more light-hearded ness, more slapstick and meanness and less birds.

Some set pieces work better than others and Statham deserves an oscar for holding it all together through sheer force of will (not quite in the same way that Bruce Willis holds most films he appears in through sherr charisma but nearly). 

Some very ropey special effects make for a less than convincing finale but a great piece with a hose pipe could have been pure Jackie Chan.

Transporter 3 is on Tuesday night - I think I'll be turning in and vetting it in advance for the little fella.

Saw all three (I think), the third one is by far more enjoyable!!!!!
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Post by: Dandontdare on 30 June, 2011, 12:30:23 am
A Town Called Panic - wonderfully insane full length French animation by the guy who did those Cravendale adverts. Loads of laugh-out-loud moments - I was LOLing all over the place!
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Post by: Michaelvk on 30 June, 2011, 06:24:00 pm
Transformers 3.. I loved it, but I'm a shameless fanboy..
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Post by: HdE on 02 July, 2011, 01:38:21 am
I just saw Transformers: Dark Of The Moon as well. And I enjoyed it! Crash bash action, to be sure, but dear lord, 'twas gnarly as hell!

However, most definitely NOT a fan of my favourite character's death scene. utterly pointless, and had zero impact on the rest of the movie.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 02 July, 2011, 09:13:49 am
Little Big Soldier. I love me a bit of Jackie Chan, and this was wonderful.
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Post by: radiator on 03 July, 2011, 11:24:44 am
Funny People.

As with all of Judd Apatow's films to date, I warmed to this a lot more on the second viewing, having not seen it since it's cinema release a couple of years ago. In many respects a lovely film; sweet, brutally honest and funny (it's more understatedly amusing than laugh out loud, though there are some great lines).

Its a much more mature film than either Knocked Up or The 40 Year Old Virgin - and I can totally understand why it failed to find a mainstream audience.

It's also - sadly - an insanely self indulgent and overlong film. With such a bloated story and gargantuan run time it's unlikely to be a film I'll revisit often which is a shame - if the 145(!) minutes was cut down to 90 or 100 (and its easy to see where the cuts should have been made) it would probably be up there with my favourite recent comedies.
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Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 03 July, 2011, 11:49:30 am
Christine.

I forgot how good it was though maybe it felt a bit slow in places. My attention span is obviously going.  John Carpenter of The THING fame directed it. Trouble was Verhoevans blast-a -thon Total Recall was on Sky 1 so I kept flipping the channels.
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Post by: auxlen on 03 July, 2011, 05:53:41 pm
session 9. watch immediately. a chiller.
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Post by: Buddy on 03 July, 2011, 10:32:43 pm
Transformers 3.

Pure pish. Pishness enhanced by the most wooden, forced performance by anyone allowed to call themselves an actress.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 03 July, 2011, 10:53:22 pm
Transformers 3.

Pure pish. Pishness enhanced by the most wooden, forced performance by anyone allowed to call themselves an actress.


...and after two other previous pieces of shit, you went to see the third installment?
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Post by: Rog69 on 03 July, 2011, 11:46:26 pm
Transformers 1 on channel 4 tonight, just had it on in the background while we farted around doing other stuff.

It was utter crap, the only highlight being the wife saying "Is that Samantha Fox" while pointing out the more orange, less chesty Megan Fox.
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Post by: Buddy on 04 July, 2011, 12:02:22 am
Transformers 3.

Pure pish. Pishness enhanced by the most wooden, forced performance by anyone allowed to call themselves an actress.


...and after two other previous pieces of shit, you went to see the third installment?

I was taking my son... You don't honestly think I'd willingly go and put myself through that.

Though even he said he was bored about half an hour from the end. I thought we've come this far, may as well sit it out.

But never again.
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Post by: Buddy on 04 July, 2011, 12:04:37 am
Just watched sunshine on c4.

Thought it was great. If Garlands script for Dredd plays put half as good it'll be a cracker!
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Post by: I, Cosh on 04 July, 2011, 12:13:22 am
Yesterday I went to see A Separation, an Iranian film about a couple looking to get divorced. A slightly unlikely event leads to things getting completely out of hand and into a spiral of injured pride, stubbornness and all too believable reactions and overreactions. Reasonably grim, but two excellent performances from the main couple would commend it to the interested.

This evening I half watched Transformers on telly because I never had. Didn't seem to be as awful as I was expecting, but I was mainly rereading Shakara while it was on in the background.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 04 July, 2011, 12:17:00 am
Hey, I will go to bat for Transformers 3 - it's not as terrible as Transformers 2.
It's far, far too long, though, and I am not even joking when I say that losing the slow motion would solve that problem.


Also, it's hard to blame the actress for that performance as she isn't actually an actress, she's an underwear model Bay took a shine to.
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Post by: HdE on 04 July, 2011, 05:54:48 am
Hey, I will go to bat for Transformers 3 - it's not as terrible as Transformers 2.
It's far, far too long, though, and I am not even joking when I say that losing the slow motion would solve that problem.

I'll second that. For me, the problem was extended sequences of human characters doing their stuff. BOOOORRIIIING!!!

Also, Rosie is absolutely dreadful.
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Post by: JamesC on 04 July, 2011, 01:05:19 pm
I saw Transformers last night and thought it was great fun. Loads of great action sequences, great eye candy a a couple of nice nods to Leanard Nimoy's past.

I can't believe people are still criticising these films for the bad acting.
It's so bad it's good - even John Malcovich turned his usual over the top 'wacky' turn up a notch. I really think Bay is just ticking boxes for character archetypes he likes to see in action films - Cocky Hero (Shia)? Check, Super hot bimbo (Rosie)? Check, Comedy double act (the parents and the little robots)? Check, Government arsehole (Francis and that skinny bloke out of the last two)? Check .

I really think Bay is just having fun pushing this stuff as far as he can, and lets face it he's never going to get a better opportunity than when he's at the helm of a multi-million dollar franchise based on a set of transforming toys. Give me this crash bang wallop style over the pompous animated movie any day. I think the bits where they are being pompous are just a piss take.
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Post by: bluemeanie on 04 July, 2011, 02:17:30 pm
Last movies watched? Home Alone 1 & 2 on Saturday night. LOVED both of them. Forgotten how much fun they were

And Transformers 3 on Wednesday, cant wait.
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Post by: The Adventurer on 04 July, 2011, 02:30:05 pm
WATCHED
Seven Samurai

I'd never seen it before, at 3 hours 45 minutes it is the definition of EPIC. I now see why its so revered. Amazing film.
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Post by: James Stacey on 04 July, 2011, 02:32:23 pm
WATCHED
Seven Samurai

I'd never seen it before, at 3 hours 45 minutes it is the definition of EPIC. I now see why its so revered. Amazing film.

Hidden Fortress next if you haven't seen that.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 04 July, 2011, 02:44:03 pm
The Road. Bloody hell that was grim. I'd read the book so knew what to expect, but still...
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Post by: Spaceghost on 04 July, 2011, 03:27:18 pm
Instead of seeing Transformers 3 I will be repeatedly smacking myself in the balls with a wooden ruler. For 3 hours.

I watched Sucker Punch at the weekend and while the cartoon plot, unrealistic characters and predictable storyline were all pretty dire, (me and the wife laughed out loud at the simplistic opening featuring the ridiculous 'nasty uncle') the fit lasses in stockings, fighting robots, dragons and nazi zombies more than made up for it.

Warning - do not attempt to watch this film sober. Your brain will reject it outright.
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Post by: HdE on 04 July, 2011, 05:15:03 pm
I saw Transformers last night and thought it was great fun. Loads of great action sequences, great eye candy a a couple of nice nods to Leanard Nimoy's past.

I can't believe people are still criticising these films for the bad acting.
It's so bad it's good - even John Malcovich turned his usual over the top 'wacky' turn up a notch. I really think Bay is just ticking boxes for character archetypes he likes to see in action films - Cocky Hero (Shia)? Check, Super hot bimbo (Rosie)? Check, Comedy double act (the parents and the little robots)? Check, Government arsehole (Francis and that skinny bloke out of the last two)? Check .

I really think Bay is just having fun pushing this stuff as far as he can, and lets face it he's never going to get a better opportunity than when he's at the helm of a multi-million dollar franchise based on a set of transforming toys. Give me this crash bang wallop style over the pompous animated movie any day. I think the bits where they are being pompous are just a piss take.

I like this post a helluva lot!

I have a regular argument with one fella online about how (he claims) the 1980s animated Transformers movie was a 'masterpiece'. It's not. It's rubbish.

I think Bay's Transformers movies have been good fun for the most part. But I DO wish there was more emphasis on the Transformers as characters themselves. They seem pretty one-dimensional in most of the movies. It's telling, I think, that I know people who have seen all three movies, and can't remember the names of the robots. If I have to answer the question 'Which one's Ironhide? ' one more time, I'll scream.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 04 July, 2011, 06:14:05 pm
Hey, HdE- which one's Ironhide?
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 04 July, 2011, 06:53:24 pm
Thankfully, as mr forces arranged the sourhern contingent forum meet for Saturday, i got out of seeing transformers 3 and wife had to go instead. Result!

Eldest boy said 'it was awesome!'. At which point i battered him with a plank shouting 'ITS ARSOM! ARSOM! HAVE I TAUGHT YOU NOTHING!'. Youngest boy said he liked it but 'it was very, very long'. And wife hasnt spoken to me since except to say 'the divorce papers are in the post' while stamping on my bleeding scrotum with her six inch stilettos.

No, she said the 3D was good and didnt give her a headache.

SBT
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Post by: nev on 05 July, 2011, 12:48:22 pm
My friend was trying to drag me to the cinema but there was no way I was going to sit through Green Lantern so we ended up seeing something called The Conspirator which was actually very good.

I didn't even want to punch James McAvoy in the face. Much.
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Post by: House of Usher on 05 July, 2011, 04:36:00 pm
All Quiet on the Western Front. Vintage TV movie starring John-Boy Walton, with Ian Holm and Donald Pleasance in supporting roles.
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Post by: Noisybast on 05 July, 2011, 04:40:57 pm
GI JOE: The Rise Of Cobra.

It was rubbish.
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Post by: HdE on 05 July, 2011, 06:12:00 pm
Hey, HdE- which one's Ironhide?

AHHHH! YOU WENT AND DID IT! DAMN YOU!!! DAMN YOU TO HEEEEELLLLLLL!!!
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 05 July, 2011, 10:40:59 pm
World of the Dead: The Zombie Diaries 2.

The first one was bloody awful, and sticks in the mind only for some misjudged sexual violence, and while this one takes that particular aspect and runs with it, the result is a far more cohesive film. It manages to be moderately suspenseful from time to time, has proper, shambling, zombies and some army men shooting guns.

Yes, the handheld camera is as annoying as always, and here so contrived as to make little sense. But, in amongst the shaky shit, people and things partially illuminated by only the camera's built-in light or the nightvision, lots of 'fucking hell, you cunt! fuck off!' dialogue, and (let's be kind) 'naturalistic actors' running around, it manages to tell a nice little story, and has a wry ending, that will disturb the easily-upset.

A huge improvement over the first, but again take no notice of the dvd art. Never happens, and no cities are seen-overrun by zoms or not.

SBT
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Post by: TordelBack on 05 July, 2011, 10:53:32 pm
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  Both wife and mother have been nagging me to read the book for ages, which naturally makes me physically unable to do so, but I thought we'd give the (original) film version a go.  Good stuff, a nice simple murder mystery, well told, with a clever twist.  Wife informs me the book is far better, and far deeper, but well, it was a movie adaptation, what can you expect.  I certainly enjoyed what we got, unpleasant rapes aside.

For those that know the book and remember the details better than my missus, I have a few questions:

How come Bloomkvist is allowed into Australia when he's waiting to serve a prison sentence in Sweden? 

By the same token, how come every police dept. they visit cheerily opens their unsolved murder files to a disgraced journalist and convicted libel, and a convicted murderer on (what appears to be) lifetime probation?

Is there any explanation in the book as to why nobody noticed the bible references in 40 years?  'Cos I got them straight off, and I'm pretty dumb.


Finally, should I go back and read the book or would I be okay starting into the second book now?
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Post by: Orlok on 06 July, 2011, 07:03:20 am
88 Minutes[/
Fucking preposterous.

I will complete this review by simply looking at Al Pacino and silently shaking my head.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 06 July, 2011, 10:29:34 am
I will complete this review by simply looking at Al Pacino and silently shaking my head.

Best movie review ever.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 06 July, 2011, 02:03:27 pm
Quote from: Orlok link=topic=31824.msg615276#msg615276 date=1309932200I will complete this review by simply looking at Al Pacino and silently shaking my head.[/quote

'bout time you got your own place.
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Post by: Radbacker on 06 July, 2011, 05:17:10 pm
just got back from Dark or the Moon, my what an shit tonne of FX.  New girl looks good but completely forgetable, damn does Bay know how to film action.  Props to the poor cameraman that had to squirrel suit with a 3D camera on his head aren't those things big? best 3D i've seen yet (didn't have 3D cinema when Avatar came out).  Very violent no wonder the kids love it, lots of oil and fluid flowing as limbs were ripped off.  Mate pointed out somethhing quite funny, nearly every Transformer that died has his head pop off.
Wpouldn't mind seeing more but maybe this is something worth re-booting regularly, feels like Bay has told his story (such as it was) they do it in the cartoon al the time.

CU Radbacker
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 06 July, 2011, 07:20:59 pm
Quote
Both wife and mother have been nagging me to read the book for ages, which naturally makes me physically unable to do so

Curious, I have exactly the same problem (except wife and mother-in-law).


If I recall, Jonathan Ross reviewed I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER with "A film, and I'm choosing my words carefully, that is even worse than it's title suggests".

And some wag reviewed a Mariah Carey album with "It is enough that good men do nothing to allow evil to flourish."
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Post by: I, Cosh on 07 July, 2011, 12:31:42 am
Dersu Uzala. Something of an oddity, a late period Kurosawa film in Russian. It's about a Russian army captain mapping the eastern reaches of Siberia at the turn of the 20th century and the eponymous nomadic hunter who ends up being his guide and mate. It's got all the elegantly composed, long, static shots of something like Ran or Kagemusha, transposed from feudal Japan to the tangled forests and empty spaces of Russia. The print could've been in better condition but it was still lovely looking.

With it's unsubtle message about living in balance with the natural world and the depressing coda where the aging Dersu can't adapt to the city, you could argue for hints of both Slaine and Crocodile Dundee in there.

A deceptively simple story, well told.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 07 July, 2011, 01:17:11 am
I'm surprised nobody's mentioned what an unlikable prick Shia LeBouf plays in Transformers 3.  I guess it must be okay to treat women like that...

Les Miserables, the 1998 version starring Liam Neeson and Geoffry Rush.  Takes quite a few liberties with the novel, going as far as to omit Valjean's death and the roles of several supporting characters.  Claire Danes plays Cosette and is oddly fascinating in how she veers between awful and okay, but Rush is so detestable as Javert to the point that it's pretty much impossible to see him taking his own life when he does, or why Valjean would describe him as "a stern man, but just" when he clearly delights in the cruelty he administers via a system of inequality of which Valjean has firsthand knowledge and which the entire film is centered around his trying to escape.  Valjean is also oddly quick with his fists against Cosette in a way that I don't think is entirely faithful to either the source material or Neeson's reading of the character, but he's good, as is Rush, their parts are just a little ill-realised by the script.

Bran Nu Dae, an Australian period musical about an Aborigine kid who runs away from catholic school and begins his journey back to his shithole village accompanied by a vagrant and a couple of annoying hippies.  It's not great, but has a charm that defeats the occasionally-palpable tone of smugness and some rough edges.  Good music, too.
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Post by: Orlok on 07 July, 2011, 07:26:56 am
Conviction

Not bad. Predictable but still well made, well written and well acted by the leads. Hilary's Wank doesn't top her Billion Dollar Baby performance and Sam Rockwell does a good turn as the innocent (but still very much a prick) captive, but I enjoyed watching them.

At the end of it I was still conviced that just in The Big Meg, everyone's DNA should be on file. Yeah, there will still be fit ups by unscrupulous bastards but it'll catch more scumbags than it hurts and speed up identification of that hooker they dug out of my back garden last week. 
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Post by: Dandontdare on 07 July, 2011, 09:13:41 am
Green Lantern

It was okay. It didn't make me grin like a loon like Thor did, but on the other hand it didn't bore me like Superman Returns or annoy me like X-men 3. I didn't care for the way they mashed up so many GL story elements into one tale, but the visuals were excellent and there were enough good scenes for me to forgive them. Sinestro was excellent and this bodes well for GL2
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Post by: radiator on 07 July, 2011, 05:58:52 pm
Terminator 2 on Blu Ray.

Still just as awesome 20(!) years on.

I was watching the Extended Special Edition and wasn't expecting the very cheesy alternate ending, which is set in the future where we see Sarah Connor in old lady make up, and John Connor playing with his daughter. Never even heard such an ending existed! Much preferred the ambiguous ending of the original cut.
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Post by: Mardroid on 07 July, 2011, 07:10:37 pm
I was watching the Extended Special Edition and wasn't expecting the very cheesy alternate ending, which is set in the future where we see Sarah Connor in old lady make up, and John Connor playing with his daughter. Never even heard such an ending existed! Much preferred the ambiguous ending of the original cut.

I've seen that ending as a 'deleted scene'. Have they actually added it to the end of the film on the Blu-ray? If so... yeah I agree. Bad form. The original version was better. As an interesting deleted scene, it's worthwhile though.
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Post by: radiator on 07 July, 2011, 07:27:42 pm
There's three different versions of the film on the BD - the Special Extended cut you have to access by entering a PIN code.

In addition to the alternate ending, there's a scene where the T1000 searches John's room in a creepy way, and a couple of other bits and bobs (I think).

Harry Potter spoilers follow: Old person make up always sucks. I heard a suggestion that they'd cut the '19 years later' epilogue from the final Potter movie because the old person make up was looking too comedic - be interesting to see what makes it into the finished film.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 07 July, 2011, 07:28:05 pm
I've seen that ending as a 'deleted scene'. Have they actually added it to the end of the film on the Blu-ray? If so... yeah I agree. Bad form. The original version was better. As an interesting deleted scene, it's worthwhile though.


What would be wrong with adding it as an option on the blu-ray?
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 09 July, 2011, 09:59:01 pm
Evil Dead 2, with both my boys.

A bit of a red letter day this, as they've been a bit reticent to watch this as it looked 'way too frightening', apparently. Tonight, i told them i was putting it on and they were welcome to come down and join me if they wanted. A couple of minutes later, they sheepishly poked their heads around the door and crept in.

An hour and a half later Sam Raimi has two new fans. They absolutely loved it, beyond words. They laughed at all the right bits, got scared at all the right bits, and declared it 'awesome'.

As for me, ive not seen it in about a decade, if not longer, and its still one of the best possible ways ever invented of spending 85 minutes. Sheer brilliance for every lunatic second.

SBT
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Post by: Van Dom on 09 July, 2011, 10:44:01 pm
Evil Dead 2 is in my top 5 favourite movie list. Once again, cant imagine watching this with my kids just yet, but I think its cool you can do that with yours. Wish  my dad was as awesome as you! Wish I was as awesome a dad as you!!! :) But you know, my kids get scared of Doctor Who episodes, scared to the point of wanting to turn them off, so.....horses for courses I guess! :)
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 09 July, 2011, 11:33:09 pm
Yeah, gooses and ganders, etc. My two have had horror stuff around them since birth, and know if they want to watch something or not, and refuse if they dont. They still get scared of bizarre things- my eldest runs howling from the room if that ccbc show with the puppet hyenas is on! But both love makeup effects and seeing how they're done. Im sure i have two budding savini /nicotero /bottin wannabees on my hands.

What i tend to do is go by my gut instinct and then check it out if i cant remember the details, using the parents guide on imdb or, for a massive laugh, capalert.com. It's really the general theme and tone im thinking of, along with any sex and language. Nudity is fine, 'fuck' makes me think twice (for the record ED2 has one 'fucking', but it's quick and they missed it), but fantasy horror (poltergeist, the fog, evil dead 2, army of darkness, etc) is usually a safe bet. Sadly, American Werewolf and The Thing fail due to sex and language, which is a bugger. Bram immediately ran to the shelf and grabbed Drag Me To Hell and asked for that next...
SBT
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Post by: Professor Bear on 10 July, 2011, 10:49:09 pm
SBT - probably no help at all, but I've found digital copies watched on the PS3 to be handy for navigating around saucy bits when younger viewers are in the room as you can push the square button on the controller and it brings up a little bar along the bottom that shows tiny little thumbnails of the film in increments of 15, 30, 60, or 300 seconds.  Just enough to get around the sauce without skipping entire scenes, and the thumbnails are just small enough that if you're flicking past them nobody can make out what they are unless they know ahead of time.
You might also want to introduce them to the new Teen Wolf show, too - it might be about teenagers who want to have sex, but there's no actual sex in it and the werewolf stuff (apart from some goofy Big Wolf On Campus-style makeup on the regular cast) is done sparingly and effectively for the most part.  Not a great show (it is, after all, made by and for MTV), but clearly someone on staff at some point realised that what they really needed to do was forget about making a teen comedy about a hairy kid who wants to get laid and instead get all the 8 year old girls watching Vampire Diaries to think Teen Wolf was more of the same and then they would make them shit themselves.
But hey, it's a show made to make people stop watching Vampire Diaries - it deserves props just for that.


Space Battleship Yamato
- on one hand it's sad to see Japanese cinema lose some of it's proprietary quirks in favor of Hollywood-style bombast and asplosions, but on the other, it's fun to see how easily they make a daft, loud, overlong and visually impressive space epic that pretty much doesn't need a US remake.
The plot has been a little tweaked form the original show: Earth is an irradiated wasteland after being bombarded to buggery by evil space aliens, so beardy Captain Akito takes the planet's last starship on a desperate mission to a planet on the other side of the universe that promises an anti-radiation device to rejuvenate Earth - except the mission is nothing but bullshit concocted by the terminally-ill captain to give the people of Earth hope in their final days.  The Gamilus aliens have been redesigned, the Yamato is a new ship rather than a retrofitted wreck, and the ending has been lifted almost entirely from the terrible Arrivederci Yamato despite that being so reviled it was ignored in Yamato canon even by the people who made it, but all in all it's a good update and a decent shooty spaceship thingy with none of the questionable female objectification that usually plagues Japanese sci-fi - all the more impressive in a summer when US films like X-Men First Class can't say the same thing.
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Post by: TordelBack on 10 July, 2011, 11:13:12 pm
How to Train Your Dragon.  With the exception of a wholly inappropriate voice for the lead and the inexplicable inclusion of Jonah Hill (a ubiquity law that needs to be repealed), that was pretty much a perfect movie.  Some lovely design, and some beautiful flight-and-fire animation.  Highly recommended.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 11 July, 2011, 12:05:39 am
Machete. Expected more to be honest. Still, Michelle Rodriguez. Just...gosh.
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 11 July, 2011, 12:27:48 am
JACKASS 3 which was quite enjoyable and it helped pass the time while 3 other films finished downloading  ;)
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 11 July, 2011, 02:49:22 am
SAW 3D, please dear God let this be the last one! Obviously the death scenes are quite elaborate but the story just winds me right up but then again the deaths just draw me in, like a moth to a flame  :-[
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 11 July, 2011, 08:38:42 am
SBT - probably no help at all, but I've found digital copies watched on the PS3 to be handy for navigating around saucy bits when younger viewers are in the room as you can push the square button on the controller and it brings up a little bar along the bottom that shows tiny little thumbnails of the film in increments of 15, 30, 60, or 300 seconds.  Just enough to get around the sauce without skipping entire scenes, and the thumbnails are just small enough that if you're flicking past them nobody can make out what they are unless they know ahead of time.

When you say "digital copies", I take it you mean "not DVDs"? I'll check into it, but we ususally just stick a disc on. Thanks for that though, anyway- it's always nice to have options. It'd be good to remove the shower/bed scene from American Werewolf for them. Mind you, I'm still waiting to see the infamous "twenty minute licking-out scene" that Trevor Slater assured me was in the uncut version, back in 1984. Unless HE WAS LYING!  ;)

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Post by: Van Dom on 11 July, 2011, 01:03:10 pm
Saw Spaceship Yamato in Japan last christmas....it was the second movie in a run of two however and by that stage my internal Japanese translator was shutting down on me so I couldnt concentrate enough on the language to figure out what was going on. Looked lovely though. I've never seen the anime so not sure about how true to that it was. I need to check this out again though, with subtitles, for proper understanding. (Scifi stuff is always hard to understand in Japanese because they tend to use words and language you dont learn in books or classes!)

Seconded about Saw ....they do scream out "watch me" to me, and every time I do watch one I want to punch the screen.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 11 July, 2011, 01:24:03 pm
Chicago.

Oh, dear grud. Now, in principle, i have nothing against musicals. In fact, i quite like them, and im a big fan of the kind of sleazy, 30s chicago, murder, sauciness and songs that this promised. But, snekking drokk it was dull. You probably know the songs, but i can tell you quite honestly that each and every song ive seen better performed by drag queens in backstreet bar burlesque revues. Queen Latifa's 'momma be good to you' is utterly dismal, and cz-j's 'all that jazz' so badly choreographed as to be hilarious.
The cast are, to a man, dreadful. Cz-j is flat and completely lacking in the kind of damgerous charisma the role needs, warren beatty is just an arse, full stop. And her from bridget jones in the lead role as Roxie Hart is skeletal, gawky, saddled with unflattering hair and cant seem to decide if she's in a farce or not.
Just horrible, all told.

The big screen is kind to some of the dance routines, using cinematic techniques to lift them above their stage-bound limitations, but there's never an iota of the imagination displayed, that was spurting all over the screen in the sublime Moulin Rouge.

Mildly more professional than Burlesque (the cher/xtina one), but not as entertaining.

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Post by: Tiplodocus on 11 July, 2011, 10:38:23 pm
I remeber enjoying Chicago more than I thought I would but that's about it.  I don't recall Warren Beatty being in it at all.

Anyway, talking of dance routines, just saw ZATOICHI for the first time.  Great stuff.  So many bonkers little bits of plot and character that don't actually go anywhere and possibly the most wtf fininsh to a movie I've seen in a long time.  It took me a minute or two to realise that it was Hatochi's wife commiting sepuku and not the Naruta girl. At least I think that's what it was. 

I do love the perfectly mannered nature of these films - like English period drawing room mysteries where everybody circles each other politely rather than just going "Bugger! They are on to me" and starting a big fight.
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Post by: Emp on 11 July, 2011, 10:51:09 pm
SAW 3D, please dear God let this be the last one! Obviously the death scenes are quite elaborate but the story just winds me right up but then again the deaths just draw me in, like a moth to a flame  :-[

Story...that end about 3 films ago this is the epitomy of milking something!
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Post by: Orlok on 12 July, 2011, 07:43:08 am
Fast and Furious
Number 4 in the series, though I had only seen the very first one before watching it. I thought the first one had an advantage over this one due to factors of a story, less ridiculous stunts and originality.
And number four? I lasted about 30 minutes into this garbage before I binned it. The opening stunt of Vin Diesel driving under a poorly cgi’ed flaming fuel tanker as it rolled down a hill was preposterous enough but the next scene opened with the obligatory post sticking-it-to-the-man party with the supercars fanned out like a hand of cards as bevvies of scantily clad eye candy gyrated to the music being pumped out. You know, because it is really like that.
And then the film started to get really stupid. I just hated it so much my eyes began to bleed.
I can see why these films are popular amongst a certain breed of people (chav vermin mainly), but having seen real street racing first hand I can attest that none of the competitors looked like Vin and co but instead looked like rat boys and gang bangers. The obligatory arm candy looked less like high street honeys and more like back street crack whores.
They should screen this film in high schools and if the viewers actually enjoy it, they should report for immediate sterilisation.
Avoid this film at all costs.

The Blind Side
Being a committed misanthrope I’m not a fan of heart warming dramas so approached this with a sense of dread. The fact that it was about sport was also not drawing me in as I can't abide watching it. On the way back from the USA I was once subjected to a film called Rudy starring the Fat Hobbit and it was an absolutely pointless tale about a midget wanting to play football and gloriously making one memorable tackle as his team still lost.
However, The Blind Side was excellent. Well acted (a deserved Oscar for Bullock there) and with just the right amount of “action” to keep the story ticking over smoothly. It was a very uplifting story.
I felt they could have gone more into the investigation carried out after Oher’s appointment to Ole Miss, but apart from that it hit the mark with the right balance of drama, humour and message.
The pictures at the end also show what a man mountain Michael Oher is in real life. There is no way he could get into Mister Frodo without serious rectal trauma.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 12 July, 2011, 07:44:06 am
I remeber enjoying Chicago more than I thought I would but that's about it.  I don't recall Warren Beatty being in it at all.

That's because, my wife tells me, it's Richard Gere! D'Oh! In my defense, I really don't care one way or the other and doubt I'd pick either of those gentlemen out of a police line-up.

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Post by: Robin Low on 12 July, 2011, 11:38:26 am
Netherbeast Incorporated. Recorded this on the Horror channel at the weekend and watched it last night. An entertaining little vampire movie with quite a nice set up. Worth watching for the discussions of the general failings of scrotal engineering and the merits of the Tortoise and the Hare as an analogy, and the ventriloquist thing.

Regards

Robin
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Post by: Noisybast on 12 July, 2011, 11:57:20 am
Saw Rango the other night. Thoroughly enjoyable. Folowed it up with the first episode of Deadwood. I now have an odd compulsion to play some more Red Dead Redemption...
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Post by: I, Cosh on 13 July, 2011, 12:33:16 am
Universal Soldier: Regeneration. A surprisingly good DTV/Channel 5 addition to the franchise. I'd heard a lot of good things about this and it really is head and shoulders above the standard for this sort of fare. Both Dolph and van Damme are back for this one. Dolph's role is the smaller of the two but, like The Expendables, he really steals the show with the unhinged oddness of his character. Unlike The Expendables, the fight scenes are largely filmed in that unpopular style where you can see what's going and whose hitting who. This is a good thing.

The opening scene is gripping and well-staged, belying the B-movie budget. With just a little more cash to paper over some of the failings of the production, this would be a very good action movie. As it is, it's well worth catching when it's next on ITV4.
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Post by: Orlok on 13 July, 2011, 07:36:08 am
At the risk of spoilers, wasn't Dolph's character put through a wood chipper at the end of number one? That is a pretty good comeback...
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Post by: Matt Timson on 13 July, 2011, 12:46:09 pm
Impaled, I believe.
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Post by: radiator on 13 July, 2011, 01:07:30 pm
That could make quite a good thread topic - characters in movies who inexplicably return for the sequel despite being very clearly killed off.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 13 July, 2011, 02:10:00 pm
or Harry Callaghan now a cop again in Magnum Force after quitting at the end of Dity Harry.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 13 July, 2011, 04:05:41 pm
Good point chaps. Luckily, the basic premise of Universal Soldier involved experimenting on men who'd already died in combat, with Jean-Claude's character troubled by memories of his old life. The new one adds a side order of genetic manipulation to this, so it's not much of a stretch to come up with a plausible-ish explanation.
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Post by: Colin Zeal on 13 July, 2011, 04:46:23 pm
That could make quite a good thread topic - characters in movies who inexplicably return for the sequel despite being very clearly killed off.

Whistler in Blade 2. I don't think you see his body in the first film but the clear assumption is that he's been killed yet he turns up in the sequal.
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Post by: Orlok on 14 July, 2011, 07:32:00 am
Impaled, I believe.

True, but then he was put through the wood chipper and spread over a wide area. I do recall the movie skirt asking where Dolph was only to be told by JCVD (very Arnie like) that he was "around".

That cracks up the clean up squad at CSI every time.
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Post by: TordelBack on 14 July, 2011, 08:00:36 am
True, but then he was put through the wood chipper and spread over a wide area.

I'm sure the Eye of Zoltec could sort that out in a jiffy.
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Post by: bluemeanie on 14 July, 2011, 08:39:10 am
Conan O'Brien : Cant stop

Kinda surprised he let it go out as he comes across as a bit of a dick in a lot of it. Like theres a scene with him meeting the family of one of his backing singers and being all friendly that goes straight to him afterwards bitching about it.  Did prompt me to go online and buy the book about the story behind the whole O'Brien / Leno thing
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Post by: Orlok on 14 July, 2011, 10:15:12 am
True, but then he was put through the wood chipper and spread over a wide area.

I'm sure the Eye of Zoltec could sort that out in a jiffy.

I'm sure retcon Tharg could do an equally good job.
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Post by: Wils on 14 July, 2011, 12:06:28 pm
After falling asleep both times I attempted to watch it before, I spotted and bought Hardware on Blu-Ray for £6.07. After one of the longest hour and a halves I've ever had, I decided that I paid £6.08 too much for it. What a dull, pretentious pile of shite; desperately trying to force sci-fi into arthouse. Malchi keeps quoting the Shades bit at the end in the shower which keeps giving me flashbacks to its terrible, *terrible* script.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 14 July, 2011, 12:14:36 pm
Yep, i felt the same on its original release. Bloody awful.
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Post by: Van Dom on 14 July, 2011, 02:12:39 pm
Universal Soldier: Regeneration. A surprisingly good DTV/Channel 5 addition to the franchise. I'd heard a lot of good things about this and it really is head and shoulders above the standard for this sort of fare. Both Dolph and van Damme are back for this one. Dolph's role is the smaller of the two but, like The Expendables, he really steals the show with the unhinged oddness of his character. Unlike The Expendables, the fight scenes are largely filmed in that unpopular style where you can see what's going and whose hitting who. This is a good thing.

The opening scene is gripping and well-staged, belying the B-movie budget. With just a little more cash to paper over some of the failings of the production, this would be a very good action movie. As it is, it's well worth catching when it's next on ITV4.


Great Movie. And, yes, I am a massive Van Damme fan but that doesn't mean I have rose-tinted glasses on when it comes to all his movies. He's had some pretty shit ones out the last few years, but then you get stuff like this, JCVD, Wake of Death, After Death etc... The fights in this are bone-crunchingly awesome.

There's another installment in post-production, once again directed by John Hyams (who did this one) and starring Van Damme and Lundgren. This one's going to be released to cinemas, seemingly, and in 3D to boot, which....well, snore really, I couldn't give a toss. Although, the word is its going to be pretty cool. An MMA style action flick in 3D......If the fights are anything like the ones in this installment, it should make for some fun viewing.
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Post by: HdE on 14 July, 2011, 05:03:50 pm
Watched the movie 'Sword Of The Stranger' last night. It's anime, to be more precise, but WOWZAH does it have some brutal, stunning action towards the end! It's animated by Studio Bones, who always excel at action sequences.

Anyone else seen it?
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Post by: Professor Bear on 14 July, 2011, 08:56:22 pm
Ferocious Planet, starring Gimli from Sliders and one of the blokes from Stargate Atlantis.  Filmed entirely in Ireland and you can sort of tell from the generic forest park setting and everyone but Gimli struggling and failing for the most part to hide their Irish accents.  It's basically one of those old stop-motion FX monster movies where all the bluescreen happens in the background and the actors are in the foreground reacting to it, only with CGI instead of stop motion.  I'm not sure what the reviewing parameters are for something like this, as objectively it is quite dreadful on every level, but relative to other movies that begin with the words "Syfy Presents" appearing onscreen it's probably average.

Knights of Bloodsteel, which is one of them exhibits for the prosecution in the case of Christopher Loyd's career being deeply in the shitter.  It starts off recapping something that was never filmed, then goes about looking like a high-budget episode of Hercules: the Legendary Journeys, but without the attempts at humor.  It's not good.

When Worlds Collide.  I suspect the science in this is slightly awry, but what the hey - a sci-fi melodrama about the end of the world that's dated badly, but then anything that doesn't have computers or mobile phones in it usually doesn't look the best in a modern viewing.  Effects are a bit off, the tidal/earthquake catastrophe is oddly punctual (characters have it calculated to the minute and sit around a clock waiting for it to happen), they jump onto another planet without checking if it has an atmosphere first, and there seems to be a bias towards Christian theology in it , but it's enjoyable guff.

Blue Thunder - I don't know if this was a theatrical movie spun off into the tv show or an actual pilot and I can't be arsed Googling it, but it's an enjoyable thriller with an oddly grounded approach to conspiracies: a bloke tries to stop the hero's girlfriend from blowing the gaff by delivering incriminating evidence to a reporter by waving his gun around in a room full of people screaming "I'll kill you, you son of a bitch!" before getting the shit pistol-whipped out of him by an aging security guard who looks like Stan Lee - no elegant cover-ups here and it's all the better for it, feeling like everything is just holding together by the seat of its pants.  There's some clumsy foreshadowing with the tape, the fuse, "you looped a chopper?" and nobody wondering why the lead copper kills his partner, or why the copper doesn't turn the evidence into his superiors immediately, and so on, but it's still entertaining enough way to kill 90 minutes or so.
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Post by: Van Dom on 14 July, 2011, 09:22:55 pm
Blue Thunder is da bomb!! It was originally a movie. Roy Scheider is awesome in this.
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Post by: TordelBack on 14 July, 2011, 10:51:44 pm
Blue Thunder is da bomb!! It was originally a movie. Roy Scheider is awesome in this.

As a kid I loved the naked yoga scene.  Watched the TV series religiously hoping for more of the same, but alas!
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 14 July, 2011, 11:21:57 pm
All we got was Jaffa, undead.
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Post by: Orlok on 15 July, 2011, 07:44:09 am
Shouldn't that be JAFO?
Unless you are casting aspersions on his virility...
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 15 July, 2011, 09:07:56 am
Let's not foget his 'grounded' brother Rolling Thunder.
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Post by: radiator on 16 July, 2011, 01:32:59 pm
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two (2d).

I thought it was good, not great, and that's coming from an unapologetic fan of the films - especially the third, fifth and seventh ones.

I just thought something seemed a bit off about it. Key scenes from the book just seemed flat the way they were shot, like they were awkwardly going through the motions - and there were a few iconic moments that seemed to me to be rushed, skipped over, or lacking the requisite tension and excitement.

It's also a bloody depressing film, at times overbearingly so - with few moments of comic relief  or triumph to liven things up. There's also the usual problems inherent in trying to condense Rowling's insanely convoluted plot down to a manageable narrative - if I were in charge I would have stripped he story down much more and streamlined the fiddly details (perhaps reducing the amount of horcruxes, or making the deathly Hallows and the horcruxes one and the same).

Theres also a few curious - or even downright weird - creative decisions that have been made during the making of this film, resulting in quite a few moments of unintentional laughter from the audience i saw it with. The epilogue scene in particular will no doubt live on in infamy...
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 16 July, 2011, 08:51:06 pm
Yeah, I really liked the BLUE THUNDER movie when it came out originally. Absolutely hated the TV series.  JAFO was great and so was the "Then delete them all" line.  Was it John Badham directed it?

As for UNIVERSAL SOLDIER, I think that was the first film I saw that made me realise that I wouldn't always be entertained by fights and things blowing up. 
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 17 July, 2011, 02:40:57 pm
Nazi Dawn an incredibly below average  horror channel film. There's one bald, "ghost" nazi who appears at the end and has somehow merged with the ship and the evil can transfer to other people, or something by which time i'd lost the will to do anything other than admire the old Liberty ship it was filmed on.

Some background modern stuff about torturing prisoners (i.e  just like the NAzis kids in case you didn't get it), and Lance Henrikson  "starred" doing a great impression of himself. Some amusing deaths and father- son cliches only Hollywood could  like, vaguely interesting until the predictable indestructible- killer- is -now- on- the -loose -near you ending.

No amount of bilge pumps could really save this.

Made for a princely £ 350,000. It looks it.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 17 July, 2011, 08:26:17 pm
DOOM (or as I'm sure every review back in 2005 probably pointed out GLOOM - god it's dark).  Actually I quite enjoyed this - probably not enough to defend it in an argument but it had it's moments.

I've not played the game for many a year so can't recall much of the game plot vs. film plot. 

Not enough different kinds of monsters but a nice bit about "evil" which could spur a nature vs, nurture debate if you felt inclined and I was genuinely suprised about how they handled "The Rock".

Urban and Rosamund Pike both likeable and pretty leads and a clever ending that they'd given you just enough information about to make you think "Oh, yeah, that would work."

And the few minutes of  first person shooter view was very well done.
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Post by: HdE on 17 July, 2011, 08:49:22 pm
Saw the Liam Neeson flick 'Taken' with the family last night.

Friends had been telling me for ages 'Aw yeah! You should see that movie! It's REALLY good!'

No it isn't. There's some cringingly lazy dialogue in the script, and DEAR GOD is it a contrived set up.

'Daddy, I want to go to Paris'

'I don't want you to go to Paris, sweetie.Something bad might happen!'

'What did you do for a job, Daddy?'

'I was a double-hard bastard and I worked for the government. In fact, I might not be able to tell you exactly what I did. because it's TOP SECRET and almost CERTAINLY entailed me killing people and blowing shit up.'

Can you guess what happens?
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Post by: vzzbux on 17 July, 2011, 08:51:02 pm
Watched Despicable me today and want to watch it again properly without interruptions. Really enjoyed what I saw.




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Post by: Van Dom on 17 July, 2011, 09:50:32 pm
I quite liked Taken. Yeah, contrived as all hell of course but for a revenge thriller type thing it ticked all the boxes. Liam Neeson was great in it. I thought it felt like a super-violent, extreme version of an episode from an old 80s tv show,and as such enjoyed it immensely.

Despicable Me is also all kinds of brilliance.

Havent seen any new movies lately. I've somehow gotten hooked on Midsomer Murders and since all the episodes of that are movie-length, its eating into my movie-watching time. In fact, I'm off to watch another one now. Need my daily fix of 'quaint'. :)
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 17 July, 2011, 11:29:49 pm
I think the biggest problem with Taken was the enormous amount of overt racism in it.
Everywhere that is Not America is a dangerous place full of evil dark skinned white slavers. And they're Arabs to boot!
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Post by: Van Dom on 17 July, 2011, 11:35:44 pm
I think the biggest problem with Taken was the enormous amount of overt racism in it.
Everywhere that is Not America is a dangerous place full of evil dark skinned white slavers. And they're Arabs to boot!

That's probably another reason it put me in mind of an ultra-violent, extreme version of some random 80s tv show episode!!!
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 19 July, 2011, 03:52:01 am
Just finished watching Smokin' Aces 2 - Assassin's Ball and found it equally as mad as the first one. Vinnie Jones plays Vinnie Jones, as per the norm! The film is the same type of set up as the first one with Lazlo Soot making a welcome return alongside another batch of the insane Tremor family. Gunshots and explosions galore kept me happy for 90 minutes  :D

Followed this up with Skyline just to see how bad it was from what everyone said at the time. It had an interesting premise but I hate endings like that, so that marks the film down straight away. It's a pity because I actually enjoyed it, makes a change with such a bleak outlook but we never really know. I enjoyed the nuke scene and it's lead up, none of that Independence Day guff. Just a pity it didn't conclude the story, probably didn't know how to really!
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Post by: JamesC on 19 July, 2011, 01:24:28 pm
Taken is like an overly complicated version of Commando with the one-liners and camp baddy removed.

John Matrix would kick Liam Neason's character down the stairs and then make a joke about it. Maybe something like:

'Where's Liam Neeson's character?'

'He's Taken a nap'.
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Post by: chaingunchimp on 19 July, 2011, 02:47:06 pm
Had a bit of a film day yesterday, watched Dead Silence a final destination film(something to do with racing?), chaw, the last ginger snaps film and Woochi the Demon Slayer
I had hyped myself up quite a lot for chaw as the trailers looked brilliant but it was a bit of a letdown.
the creature designs in both Dead Silence and Woochi where brilliant, loving the goblin bunny, brilliant.
 :D
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Post by: klute on 23 July, 2011, 09:59:58 am
Ive just watched the nightmare on elm street reboot and whilst now the old nightmare films seem camp. The reboot just paled in comparison.

Would i recommend it ummm yeah just to say you had given it a chance BUT really its not one for the dvd collection

And just afterwards i watched halloween 2 Rob Zombies second outting........i felt angry in all honesty to much violence and not enough story imbetween for me at least. It didn't help that the female lead did nothing but scream and whine no real hero's in this film except for me sticking it out till the end
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 23 July, 2011, 10:13:16 am
Yeah, h2 is a real disappointment after zombie's blissful stab at the remake. I dont know exactly what he was trying to do there, and even now the story seems jumbled and messy. Not sure about 'too much violence' though. I dont remember it like that at all. This talk of mr myers does make me want to watch the remake again.

Last film watched for me was Batman Returns, with the boys last night. Better than i remember it, slightly, but still the usual tim burton boringly-designed yawnfest with the usual thin story and paper characters whose motivations never convince. So much you can rip apart it almost seems unfair to do so. Burton's a talentless shyster arse and it's best to just avoid his rubbish unless forced to watch. The boys were entertained by devito as penguin, and youngest fell in love with catwoman. But even they asked what happened to batman's mascara when he rips his mask off for no reason at the end.
SBT
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Post by: klute on 23 July, 2011, 10:22:14 am
Yeah, h2 is a real disappointment after zombie's blissful stab at the remake. I dont know exactly what he was trying to do there, and even now the story seems jumbled and messy. Not sure about 'too much violence' though. I dont remember it like that at all. This talk of mr myers does make me want to watch the remake again.

Last film watched for me was Batman Returns, with the boys last night. Better than i remember it, slightly, but still the usual tim burton boringly-designed yawnfest with the usual thin story and paper characters whose motivations never convince. So much you can rip apart it almost seems unfair to do so. Burton's a talentless shyster arse and it's best to just avoid his rubbish unless forced to watch. The boys were entertained by devito as penguin, and youngest fell in love with catwoman. But even they asked what happened to batman's mascara when he rips his mask off for no reason at the end.
SBT

Maybe were the violence was concerned i meant that it seemed that at times it was there for the sake of it MM would randomly turn up to kill some one that really played no part to the story IE the 2 kids in the van yeah maybe MM stumbled upon the guy but the girl was in the van out of the way and just seemed like one of the old 80's horror cliches kids having sex must die.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 23 July, 2011, 10:30:02 am
Ah, i seem to remember that was my response too: that it was a number of different films wodged togerther. It was trying to be a legitimate sequel to zombie's more realistic, psychologically-driven remake, a bizarre ghostie-show with dream women and white horses, and a very nasty eighties-style slasher, all rolled together. Didnt really work for me, but i'd have to see it again.
SBT
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Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 23 July, 2011, 11:14:01 am
Jaws followed by Blade Runner. Perfect viewing a Friday night to die for.
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Post by: Van Dom on 23 July, 2011, 11:47:52 am
Agree about H2 I think I have a post about it further back in this thread. A complete shambles and too many OTT murders just for the sake of having OTT murders --- got very bloody boring to be honest! And YES the lead 'heroine' was so damn annoying, I would have killed her myself if I could have climbed in to the telly.

Nightmare on Elm Street remake was similarly pants. Took itself way too seriously.
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Post by: DrRocka on 23 July, 2011, 01:53:47 pm
I've had a week off this week, so have been catching up on the mountain of back progs and stack of dvd's that have been building up over the last few months, when I clearly should have been doing something constructive.
Watched The Ghost with Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor - good, but some real nonsense plot points and a bit of a cop out at the end. Recommend it, though.
Also Edge Of Darkness with Mel Gibson - again, very good, some plot holes but a nice turn by Mel.
And Little Big Man, with Dustin Hoffman. One of my favourite Westerns of all time!
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Post by: Van Dom on 23 July, 2011, 10:05:30 pm
Cars 2 today with the kids. Man. How disappointing was that. We all LOVE the first movie, my sons watch it over and over again. Love the "Cars Toons" 5 minute shorts they have out as well. We were all really looking forward to this, have been all year......it pretty much sucked! They came up with this ridiculous story, not at all suitable for young kids, an espionage thing about eco-sabotage that even I struggled to follow. Got off to a good start but about 20 minutes in it was losing me and when I looked at my kids ---- they were just so visibly bored and confused by it. It was so disappointing, when they'd been so excited about seeing it. Normally we come out from a movie and talk about it for ages, reliving the funny moments, discussing our favourite bits.... came out of this one and although I attempted a half-hearted "who was your favourite character" "what was your favourite bit" I got ZERO response from the kids, they just looked at me blankly before mumbling "Mater". Of course. Cos Mater is all they saw for the whole 2 hours.

This must be the first dud Pixar have come up with. Its so cynical. I could tell, halfway through, that the only reason this film exists is to introduce new vehicles that they can make toys out of and sell.... Bah!
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 23 July, 2011, 11:23:05 pm
Pathfinder, with our future Dredd Karl Urban. Wasn't too bad, had vikings and lashings of stabbings and beheadings.
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Post by: klute on 25 July, 2011, 02:05:36 pm
Jennifer's body and Inglorious Basterds

Jennifers body wasnt a bad film neither a good one would i recommend it? only if you dont have anything else to watch.

Inglorious Basterds i enjoyed and would recommend ive been putting off watching this for sometime which now seems a shame. its always nice  to see the good guys getting a kicking aswell as the bad guys.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 25 July, 2011, 02:29:22 pm
Waltz with Bashir - bloody hell that was hard going. A brilliant, brilliant movie though.
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Post by: radiator on 25 July, 2011, 02:36:33 pm
My sister and her husband came to stay this weekend, and chatting to my brother in law as we wondered round Forbidden Planet, he said that he'd never seen District 9, which I resolved to put on when we got home.

I had a strange feeling of anxiety as we sat down to watch it later that evening - the pair of them have a rather.... conservative taste in movies - they only tend to watch the big blockbusters like Bond/Pirates etc. Was fun to watch my brother in law shaking his head in disbelief and my sister turning away from the screen and covering her eyes during the more gruesome bits (I always forget just how much gross-out stuff there is in the film!).

Thankfully, the result was that they ended up enjoying it quite a lot - my brother in law actually seemed quite dazed afterwards, mumbling how it wasn't anything like he expected, and that he couldn't think of anything to compare it to!

As for me, I enjoyed it just as much as I always do (third time watching it now). A tremendous film - one of my absolute favourites of recent years. If DREDD (which shares a few cast and crew members with D9) has half of it's energy and style I'll be very happy indeed!

Put on Rocky II last night at my girlfriend's request. I really enjoyed the first one, but thought it stood alone as a nice little slice of life and had no interest in seeing the sequels, which from what I've seen just get more and more ludicrous. As it turned out Rocky II just seemed very, very cheesy and lacked the charm of the original. Seemed like a low budget TV movie in comparison to the first one. About half an hour in there was a problem with the streaming, and we were unengaged enough not to bother trying to fix it.
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Post by: Colin Zeal on 25 July, 2011, 02:39:00 pm
nanny McPhee when I was babysitting over the weekend. I wasn't paying much attention to it but it seemed ok from what I saw.
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Post by: Buddy on 25 July, 2011, 03:54:07 pm
Cars 2 today with the kids. Man. How disappointing was that. We all LOVE the first movie, my sons watch it over and over again. Love the "Cars Toons" 5 minute shorts they have out as well. We were all really looking forward to this, have been all year......it pretty much sucked! They came up with this ridiculous story, not at all suitable for young kids, an espionage thing about eco-sabotage that even I struggled to follow. Got off to a good start but about 20 minutes in it was losing me and when I looked at my kids ---- they were just so visibly bored and confused by it. It was so disappointing, when they'd been so excited about seeing it. Normally we come out from a movie and talk about it for ages, reliving the funny moments, discussing our favourite bits.... came out of this one and although I attempted a half-hearted "who was your favourite character" "what was your favourite bit" I got ZERO response from the kids, they just looked at me blankly before mumbling "Mater". Of course. Cos Mater is all they saw for the whole 2 hours.

This must be the first dud Pixar have come up with. Its so cynical. I could tell, halfway through, that the only reason this film exists is to introduce new vehicles that they can make toys out of and sell.... Bah!

Agree 100%

Took the boy to see this at the weekend.

Pixars first dud movie.... I fear they may be beginning to believe they can do no wrong and just put out anything and everyone will lap it up.

You mentioned the Cars Toons... this is like one of those but filled with crap to stretch it out to almost 2 hours.

Was really looing forward to seeing this but ended up very, very disappointed.
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Post by: Van Dom on 25 July, 2011, 04:55:26 pm


You mentioned the Cars Toons... this is like one of those but filled with crap to stretch it out to almost 2 hours.



Exactly,you hit the nail on the head right there.
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Post by: Albion on 25 July, 2011, 09:53:10 pm
Lemmy - The Movie.
It was on BBC4 last week. I've been meaning to get the DVD but it came on TV before I got round to it. I'll probably get it eventually as I believe there is lots of extra stuff on there.
I'm a big fan of Lemmy and Motorhead and this documentary on the great man was excellent. He came aross exactly as I expected him to be. Clever, witty, sometimes grumpy and very likeable and approachable too. He has certainly lived his life his own way and it's not totally a life I'd choose but my hat goes off to him once again. Long live Lemmy.
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Post by: El Chivo on 25 July, 2011, 10:09:43 pm
Harry Potter 7
Glad i had my 3d glasses on, i was filling up on Severus' scene
(Who u calling a jessie?)
and 127 Hours
a tough man's film i tell ya!
(both Arsom)

Chi
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Post by: HdE on 27 July, 2011, 12:13:58 am
Saw the Liam Neeson flick 'Unknown' last night. Surprisingly good stuff! I could see the 'surprise twist' a mile off, but it was well staged and didn't feel out of place. I wish i'd watched that last week instead of 'Taken'!
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Post by: HatefulCactus on 27 July, 2011, 01:15:48 am
I had a Paprika and Inception double feature.
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Post by: HdE on 27 July, 2011, 03:33:33 am
By 'Paprika', do you mean the Satoshi Kon movie?
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Post by: HatefulCactus on 27 July, 2011, 04:09:56 am
Yup. Sorry about the confusion.
(http://www.bollycircle.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/paprika1.jpg)
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Post by: HdE on 27 July, 2011, 06:25:58 am
Nah, just checkin'. Saw that movie last year. Can't say as I enjoyed it much, but there was undeniably a TONNE of visual cleverness in it!
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Post by: JamesC on 27 July, 2011, 10:30:02 pm
Super8

Really enjoyed it. It probably helped that I had very little idea of what to expect.
I think some people will say it's a bit mawkish and there were probably a ton of plot holes but I never seem to notice them on first viewing. It definitely gets a recommendation from me and I'd say it's quite evocative of films I watched as a child in the 80's.

I'm not sure if it's supposed to have anything to do with Cloverfield - there were rumours that it was related early in its development and the alien definitely looks like it could be related even though its much much smaller. 
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Post by: Buddy on 27 July, 2011, 10:38:00 pm
By 'Paprika', do you mean the Satoshi Kon movie?

But what did you think??
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Post by: Mardroid on 28 July, 2011, 01:29:22 am
Wolverine.

Most of the reviews I've read of this have been negative. I rather enjoyed it though. I'm not sure I buy the idea they came up with for Logan's loss of memory at the end though.

I can understand why a sure tough substance could penetrate another less tough. But two substances the same? Okay, even if it were possible if one of those objects were  moving at a fast velocity, what did that mean at the end? That he has now healed but now has a permanent hole in the metallic covering over his skull?

I think they could have kept with something else, even if were only the trauma of having his body flooded with liquid metal that caused his memory loss. Of course, that would mess up the final act somewhat and would require some restructuring...
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Post by: Mister Pops on 28 July, 2011, 03:08:17 am

I can understand why a sure tough substance could penetrate another less tough. But two substances the same?


Clearly you've never played Minecraft
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Post by: Emp on 28 July, 2011, 06:58:55 pm
THE EAGLE

Starts off well enough, some nice fight scenes with the Roman army doing what it did best - trampling undisciplined barbarians and the like and then it just goes downhill.

It suffers from that old problem of the trailer showing the best of the film and the rest is really a bit wank.

Think the greatest crime in is that although the 9th were wiped out to a man and then they find one survivior who managed to escape and hide from the tribes who were mercilessly hunting down any fleeing Romans. I have no problem with that at all, but when he turns up later with 30 others who also managed to escape the ambush,the subsequent hunting of those that fled, lived behind enemy lines for near 20 years and still have their fucking kit is when i start looking for things to throw at the TV. the endings pretty predictable too.

All in all I think THE CENTURION is a better film.
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Post by: HatefulCactus on 30 July, 2011, 04:43:56 am
A Rango and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas double feature. Here's why. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0ehoco2acQ&feature=related
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 01 August, 2011, 09:33:25 am
PIRANHA 3D (but in 2D)

Just... wow! I'd been putting this off, as i thought it'd be unbearably shit, but much to my surprise the opposite turned out to be true.

You know the story: teenagers get eaten by fish. But what we have here is a tour de force from greg nicotero and howard berger giving the gore an edge and, for me, finally pushing them out of savini's shadow. Much carnage ensues, all lovingly crafted and for the most part seemlessly merged with the convincing cgi.

It is, of course, a titty flick- and there are multiple tremendous gnorks on show; most notably our own kelly brooke (ex of big breakfast), who really should receive the queen's award for industry, or the nobel prize, or something. She's gorgeous, and she's naked a lot of the time, canoodling with another naked lady underwater in scenes reminiscent of the creature from the lagoon. But with more potential for trouser damage.

Christopher Lloyd and Richard Dreyfuss turn up at various points, to lend the movie some genre cred, it has plenty of jumpy bits, and all the right buttons are pressed.

There's even a glorious cgi cock-eating sequence which is the one and only time ive ever wistfully rued not having the crowded cinema shared experience of seeing a 3D penis floating in front of my face.

Plot holes galore, but if you're the type who cares about that then just stay away. The end promises a sequel, and i'll be first in the queue. Magic!

SBT
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Post by: Pete Wells on 01 August, 2011, 09:41:10 am
I'm currently watching Disney's Jungle Book with my little girl and she's absolutely spellbound! I'm thrilled, it's bringing back so many of my own memories...
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Post by: Dandontdare on 01 August, 2011, 06:20:32 pm
I'm currently watching Disney's Jungle Book with my little girl and she's absolutely spellbound! I'm thrilled, it's bringing back so many of my own memories...

My dad (now 80) absolutely loved this movie, and in the pre-VHS days, whenenver this came back around at the local cinema, he'd drag us all down, whether we wanted to go or not!
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Post by: klute on 02 August, 2011, 04:27:58 pm
PIRANHA 3D (but in 2D)

Just... wow! I'd been putting this off, as i thought it'd be unbearably shit, but much to my surprise the opposite turned out to be true.

You know the story: teenagers get eaten by fish. But what we have here is a tour de force from greg nicotero and howard berger giving the gore an edge and, for me, finally pushing them out of savini's shadow. Much carnage ensues, all lovingly crafted and for the most part seemlessly merged with the convincing cgi.


It is, of course, a titty flick- and there are multiple tremendous gnorks on show; most notably our own kelly brooke (ex of big breakfast), who really should receive the queen's award for industry, or the nobel prize, or something. She's gorgeous, and she's naked a lot of the time, canoodling with another naked lady underwater in scenes reminiscent of the creature from the lagoon. But with more potential for trouser damage.

Christopher Lloyd and Richard Dreyfuss turn up at various points, to lend the movie some genre cred, it has plenty of jumpy bits, and all the right buttons are pressed.

There's even a glorious cgi cock-eating sequence which is the one and only time ive ever wistfully rued not having the crowded cinema shared experience of seeing a 3D penis floating in front of my face.

Plot holes galore, but if you're the type who cares about that then just stay away. The end promises a sequel, and i'll be first in the queue. Magic!

SBT

Ive cast a quick look at this due to the fact im about to watch this now.

Ive just watched a film documentry called Catfish i was hooked all the way through. ill have to watch grizzly man again another film documentry i would recommend watching.

Both flawed but equally good
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 02 August, 2011, 04:45:13 pm
Monsters- what a load of shite. It's not often I say that about a movie, but I was bitterly disappointed in this. And blah blah yadda yadda low budget. Don't care- the story made absolutely no sense at all. 
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Post by: Dandontdare on 02 August, 2011, 05:00:53 pm
Anyone catch Frankenstein on telly last night? I switched over hoping for a version of Mary Shelley's classic, maybe the 1931 Universal picture or the 60s Hammer one; but it turned out to be a  pilot for an American cop show featuring a pretty detective and her partner hunting down Dr Frankenstein and his murderous creations, assisted by the original monster, who's gone all deep and poetic and lives in an abandoned theatre with a wise old black woman.

I hope to Grud this never got made into a series. MY eyeballs still hate me for watching it to the end.
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Post by: mygrimmbrother on 02 August, 2011, 08:14:05 pm
Monsters- what a load of shite. It's not often I say that about a movie, but I was bitterly disappointed in this. And blah blah yadda yadda low budget. Don't care- the story made absolutely no sense at all.

Aw, I liked it!

Watched Captain America last night and bloody loved it. Got 'Super' lined up for tonight's viewing - I've heard good things.
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Post by: klute on 03 August, 2011, 08:03:13 am
Anyone catch Frankenstein on telly last night? I switched over hoping for a version of Mary Shelley's classic, maybe the 1931 Universal picture or the 60s Hammer one; but it turned out to be a  pilot for an American cop show featuring a pretty detective and her partner hunting down Dr Frankenstein and his murderous creations, assisted by the original monster, who's gone all deep and poetic and lives in an abandoned theatre with a wise old black woman.

I hope to Grud this never got made into a series. MY eyeballs still hate me for watching it to the end.

In all honesty i didnt really know what the hell i watching was it a pilot for a american cop show along the same lines as X-files but not as good or was a watching a tv movie that featured 2 promising actors that whose careers seem to have took a dive?

The end was sh*t and left me wondering if there was going to be another episode/movie of this abomination....apparently not,as my  4year old would say "What a mess"
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Post by: Robin Low on 03 August, 2011, 08:45:52 am
Watched Captain America last night and bloody loved it.

Enjoyed it here too. I think my favourite moment was the bit with the grenade.

Regards

Robin
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Post by: Orlok on 03 August, 2011, 09:41:44 am
It's been a busy week in the Orlok household...

Predator
A rescue team (and not assassins) kill about 100 people and are picked off by an alien Jeffrey Dahmer.
Caught bits of this the other night and I forgot how homo-erotic it is in places. Dutch and Dillon obviously had a thing going on in the past and can't resist holding hands there for about a minute. Seriously, it couldn't have been more obvious if this reunion was re-enacted by John Barrowman and Andi Peters doing jazz hands at each other while shrieking.
It's still a good movie but you see it with different eyes once you get past the cheesy one liners, Dillon's extra arm in his death scene and people running around on fire. My main problem is that I simply cannot watch this without hearing the Predator Rap (http://youtu.be/tpnUP_tWEyc (http://youtu.be/tpnUP_tWEyc)) in my head all the way through.
'Before triggering a timer to set off a bomb, cos they're all bad losers where the predator comes from"

Best moment? Get to the chopppaaahhhhh! or Hawkin's massive specs. Tie.


Airforce One
Die Hard on a plane.
Harrison Ford is a bad actor. There I said it. He can do Deckard, Indy and Solo and that's it. In every other film I have seen him in he has been utter pants. He's that generation's Keanu Reeves.
This is a terrible, terrible film. Cheesy Americanism, feckless terrorists and utterly ridiculous scenes make this one to be avoided at all costs. The opening speech about the US not putting profit over morality must really have upset the director when the Iraq thing kicked off.
A mere 30 minutes in I was shaking with rage at plot holes, preposterous situations (secret service agents who are worse shots than Stormtroopers) and really bad dialogue.
Gary Oldman does a decent Russian accent (though a mate of mine says the spoken Russian is waaaay off) and tries his best to lift the film, but that is about it for the credibility stakes.

Best moment? The MIGs fire just one missile at the fleeing plane, sportingly let it try countermeasures instead of peppering it with a barrage of air to air death. Fortunately an F15 is able to fly into a missile to take the hit for the Commander In Chief. Sniff. No really, it did happen. I saw it.

 
Kill The Irishman (aka Bulletproof Gangster)
An Irish American takes on the mob.
An intriguing tale of Cleveland hoodlum Danny Greene and his rise to union boss and mob enemy. Some nice set pieces and touches in there and Ray Stevenson does well in the role.
This was interspersed with actual footage of the Cleveland mob war aftermath, which I found more disturbing than the filmed brutality.

Best moment? Christopher Walken fails to drive away safely.

 
The Taking Of Pelham 123
Scientologist whack job holds a train hostage and attempts to woo a married father of two.
Not a bad update of the original, which still ranks as a fondly remembered classic in my book. By making the heist more about a Wall Street deal than a simple extortion plot and the character of Garber not so squeaky clean it was an interesting diversion.
Denzel was good (as usual) and Travolta kept himself in check for once and didn't seem to overact too much. Maybe his Thetans were aligned that day.

Best moment? The sudden realisation that a helicopter is faster than New York traffic. No shit.


X Men Origins Wolverine
Immortal mutant loses memory, girl, shirt.
Entertaining but ridiculous tale of inexplicable shirt loss, forgotten prequel interaction and plot devices so far fetched you'd have to have them air mailed to you. From Pluto.
Things I noticed...
1. A kindly old couple take in a super-powered individual and form a bond with him for the son they lost/never had. I may have read something similar in a comic once.
2. Logan leaves his girlfriend apparently dead in the woods after the obligatory screaming at the sky bit. I suppose it would have been less of a twist at the end had he have buried or cremated her.
3. Wolverine is a cool guy who doesn't look at explosions.

Best moment? Stryker's realisation that the bullets he has been espousing for most of the film won't actually kill Wolverine but will in fact...take away his memories? Seriously?

12 Rounds
Terrorist gets revenge on the cop who put him away and killed his woman.
The most implausible film I have seen this year, and that takes some doing.
At the end of this film the hero should be facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit for property damage and trauma. He should also pull in a lot of prison time.

Best moment? Helicopter debris failing to land on the hero and his beau.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 03 August, 2011, 09:55:23 am
Love your reviews, Orlock!

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Dillon's extra arm in his death scene

My understanding is that this is only seen because of the screen ratio on TV screens..?

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Aw, I liked it!


And you're allowed to be wrong!
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Post by: Steve Green on 04 August, 2011, 10:24:53 am
Yup, the arm effect is normally matted off when projected, or transferred as a widescreen print.

1.85 aspect ratio movies are either shot hard matted or open matted for 4:3 TV Broadcast, so you often end up with effects showing up (there's a shot in Gremlins where you can see 2 puppet Gizmos for example)
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 04 August, 2011, 10:27:05 am
And famously multiple boom mics in Out of Africa, and the rod operating the hero spider's attack at the climax of Arachnophobia.
SBT
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 06 August, 2011, 02:10:34 am
Watched The Expendables last night, it was okay. Does what it sets out to do pretty well, and I was surprised at how pleased I was to see Dolph Lundgren again. I did spend most of the movie feeling disappointed that there wasn't as much action as I'd expected, but then the grand finale was pretty spanking in that regard.

One thing that really stood out was Stallone's face, he appears to have had some work done and has wound up looking oddly like his mum.
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Post by: Orlok on 06 August, 2011, 08:22:11 am
I saw The Expendables on a plane during my last Mordor-UK run and wasn't that impressed. I dunno, I expected a dumb action movie but thought it would be funnier somehow. The much touted scene between the 'big three in the church' failed to live up to the hype. Maybe they will do better with the sequel.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 06 August, 2011, 08:39:26 am
Yeah there weren't really any laughs to be had, it probably takes itself way too seriously for what it is. Even that scene you mentioned is so forced and so desperate to make you chuckle that it just falls flat sadly. I'll still watch a sequel though, because if nothing else I did genuinely find some thrills in that last chunk of action.
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Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 06 August, 2011, 11:00:02 am
Mad Max 2. Still great after 31 years.
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Post by: Dr Feeley Good on 06 August, 2011, 04:42:50 pm
Watched Super the other night and really enjoyed it !
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 06 August, 2011, 06:26:18 pm
Yup, the arm effect is normally matted off when projected, or transferred as a widescreen print.

1.85 aspect ratio movies are either shot hard matted or open matted for 4:3 TV Broadcast, so you often end up with effects showing up (there's a shot in Gremlins where you can see 2 puppet Gizmos for example)

I only found out about that stuff when I went to see Forgetting Sarah Marshall and a projectionist error meant mics were moving around all over the place, crew members were standing around at the edge of screen and the actor's 'nudey tights' were always visible. It was mental.
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Post by: The Legendary Shark on 06 August, 2011, 07:23:01 pm
The A-Team.

Somebody force-lent me this a month ago and so I thought it was about time to return the thing. I watched it out of politeness, thinking I'd probably give up on it half way through and say "I tried."

So I approached this apparent travesty with no expectations at all. But, bless my soul, it was enormous fun. Flying a tank was just hilarious and inspired. Sometimes, it's good to be wrong!
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 06 August, 2011, 07:27:42 pm
Been to the DVD shop for the first time in years. I mean years; my membership had expired.

Went for a Blockbuster 5 for £5 deal. Got the following for the next week:

1) Splice
2) The Losers (don't tell the wife it's based on a comic)
3) Repo Men
4) Unthinkable
5) Hot Tub Time Machine

As I handed over my money, I couldn't help but think that I would be better off with Source Code, and that in any event it and the five chosen would all be shite.

Highest hopes are for Splice. The hope is I get to the end. Dark horse could be Hot Tub Time Machine - at least it doesn't pretend to be anything that it isn't.

Reports may follow. If they don't, assume I gave up on them all.
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Post by: maryanddavid on 07 August, 2011, 12:54:27 am
Watched Paul tonight, good amiable fun, a few laughs, not as good as their first two films but still worth a watch.

Source Code, enjoyable film, but I had an idea of what was going on from the time the oxygen went out in the capsule. Something different, and that is rare for any film, its a cross between Groundhog Day and Inception, kinda.

Limitless, I really enjoyed. Remindes me of 2000ad for some reason, its about a guy who takes a smart pill and the conquences. best thing about the film is the end. You know when you are watching a film and you are thinking 'this is really good, the end better match'! recommended.

David
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Post by: TordelBack on 07 August, 2011, 01:41:22 am
Incredibly this is my Eleventy-Eleventy-First post, and vaguely like Bilbo I had intended to mark it with an indulgent Post of Special Magnificence, possibly replete with remarks about liking half of you half as well as you deserve (but it's generally the bottom half), and possibly even some sub-contracted fireworks from Istari Inc.

However, I just finally watched Watchmen, a film I've been avoiding for about 2 years now, and had more-or-less convinced myslelf I would never watch.  But y'know, working late in front of the TV, too much wine, Malin Ackerman's thighs, and it just sort of slipped in there, so to speak.

Feck me jeebus crust almighty I HATED IT.  And I'm not a man much given to hate.  If ever there was a cast-iron proof that comics and film are not interchangeable media, this appalling waste of time, talent and not a little genius, is it.

The visualisation is almost pure majesty, so many scenes are exquisitely recreated, so much detail is squirrelled in despite the crippling demands of a reasonable running time, some of the performances are fabulously authentic (Jon, Laurie and Rorshach in particular), so much love and care and respect for the source is lavished on every shot... for absolutely no return in my enjoyment.

It's the cinematic equivalent of Frankenstein's monster:  intelligence, inspiration, labour and daring poured into a singular creation, all the right bits acquired and assembled in the right order, a perfect imitation of life, the switch thrown, and see!  It moves!  It lives!  But it's a f**king abomination, destroying everything it touches that actually matters in its relentless efforts to be loved.

Did no-one involved stop to ask themselves even once why there are bloody superheroes in a film of Watchmen?  Not some rather tragic costumed vigilantes and one inhuman freak, but actually f**king superheroes? Superheroes that kill muggers and walk off, for that matter?  Madre de grud, I despair.

Would the absurdity of everyone's superpowered kung fu cool have actually mattered if the film had been less slavishly worshipful of the comic?  I doubt it.  An actual adaptation, rather than a frame by frame recreation, might have been its own enjoyable thing (in fact I thought many of the more elaborate changes to the plot worked reasonably well, whereas some of the visual recreations, particularly the ones involving the smiley, were actually utterly laughable).  Something so close, yet so utterly missing the point, indeed almost all the points, was a soulless disaster.

Anyone who suggests that a big-screen big-budget Dredd movie should look and sound and act exactly like the comic, well, I hope this piece of unnatural foulness pisses in their eyes and sets them straight.

Yes, yes, I know.  I am going.  I am leaving now.  Goodbye.
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Post by: HdE on 07 August, 2011, 02:03:01 am
Wowzah, TordelBack! I can't believe the timing of that post!

I saw Watchmen for the first time a couple of nights ago. now, I've not read the book, as it just never appealed to me. But for £3.00 at Tesco (with beer, sushi and other assorted snackums) I felt like I could afford to indulge some mild curiosity.

And DEAR GOD -- I honestly think it's the worst film I've seen all year. It starts really well, but quickly barrells downhill. Besides Rorschach, I honestly felt nothing for any of the characters, and I found myself thinking at several points 'Uh... what's going on with the narrative here?' Really NOT a fan of the device of 'characters discuss predicament shortly before random outbreak of violence.' 

I did wonder if maybe Watchmen would have made a better TV series than a movie, because it's obvious there's an expansive story there to be told. A 2-hours-plus movie just ain't gonna capture it. I just didn't feel at all involved in what was playing out on my TV.

Also, I've never been so irritated by a performance as I was by the guy who played Ozymandias / Adrian Veidt.
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Post by: Robert Frazer on 07 August, 2011, 02:09:37 am
An actual adaptation, rather than a frame by frame recreation, might have been its own enjoyable thing (in fact I thought many of the more elaborate changes to the plot worked reasonably well, whereas some of the visual recreations, particularly the ones involving the smiley, were actually utterly laughable).  Something so close, yet so utterly missing the point, indeed almost all the points, was a soulless disaster.

I suppose the reaction to Watchmen proves the observation of Yahtzee from the Zero Punctuation series - "fans are clingy complaining dips**ts who will never ever be happy for any concession you make." (and, God help me, I should know, I've been a fannish geek since I first read Sonic the Comic) After years of simmering outrage from the comic's self-appointed protectors, they were given the painstakingly, agonisingly faithful film version that they had clamoured for... and then had to contend with the discomfiting realisation that the translation, actually, was rather underwhelming.

Still, I think that it's important not to be too downbeat about Watchmen - despite the mixed critical response (and I have a certain suspicion that a clique of tastemakers were plagiarising each other's opinions there), it was a reliable success. It made 150% of its budget at the box office, and when you add on DVD and merchandising sales it will still have turned a healthy profit for the studio.
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Post by: TordelBack on 07 August, 2011, 02:23:25 am
After years of simmering outrage from the comic's self-appointed protectors, they were given the painstakingly, agonisingly faithful film version that they had clamoured for... and then had to contend with the discomfiting realisation that the translation, actually, was rather underwhelming.

Well put (although I personally never wanted to see a film version of Watchmen, and now wish I never had) but the problem with an 'agonisingly faithful' version (which this isn't, in many more important ways than it is) is that almost everything that's good and special about Watchmen is that it's a comic.  Maybe a film that tried to do the kinds of things Watchmen did with comics but with film (and I have no idea what that even means), rather than trying to film the things the comic does, would have been a lot more interesting.
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Post by: Mardroid on 07 August, 2011, 03:45:17 am
I rewatched Watchmen today too, (actually I missed the start), the first time being at the cinema.

I enjoyed it then and I enjoyed it this time as well.

I do have mixed feelings concerning the level of violence in the alleyway scene, mind you. On one hand, having these particular characters kill people was rather extreme, and I'm sure they just beat the guys up in the comic. On the other hand, if you're going for realism and your that far outnumbered (and bearing in mind these two have no powers...  supposedly) you might well do whatever it might take to protect yourself. It was way too cold though.
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Post by: JamesC on 07 August, 2011, 09:33:23 am
I really enjoyed Watchmen. I've read the comic loads of times so I know the story pretty much inside out and I think the film did a pretty good job.
I was never looking for anything deeper than the basic plot of trying to foil a baddy who turns out to be a strange sort of goody.
Watchmen is, in part, a comic about how comics work but the film isn't a film about how films work. I wasn't looking for that though.

Last night I watched 'Drive Angry' with Nicholas Cage. It was a right load of old bollocks but quite a good laugh - it was very much like Ghost Rider in fact. I was intending to rent 'Driven' but all the copies were on loan at Blockbuster.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 07 August, 2011, 11:05:09 am
It made 150% of its budget at the box office, and when you add on DVD and merchandising sales it will still have turned a healthy profit for the studio.


Which makes it a flop. Successes are films that make about 3-4 times budget. 50% profit doesn't justify the investment if Watchmen even got that. Consider that District 9 cost $30 million, made $210 million and Kick-Ass cost $28 million and made $96 million and these are moderate successes compared to the Dark Knight with a budget of $185 million and earnings over $1 billion.

Even more scary is Avatar: Budget of $240 million and current earnings are approaching $3 billion and it ain't that good.

Watchmen cost $130 million and made $185 million.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 07 August, 2011, 12:08:33 pm
After years of simmering outrage from the comic's self-appointed protectors, they were given the painstakingly, agonisingly faithful film version that they had clamoured for... and then had to contend with the discomfiting realisation that the translation, actually, was rather underwhelming.


...but Watchmen is not a 'faithful' adaptation, it's a xeroxed copy that looks more contrasty and lacking detail, important detail that let's people know when and where they are in the story and who and what's important, textually and subtextually. Yes, no one should expect a 2-3 hour adaptation to contain everything but Snyder's attitude seemed to be, just copy the iconic comic panels and whatever we leave out of the story doesn't matter as long as we keep the bigger bits everyone remembers most.

There was no effort to tell the story cinematically which does not just mean nicely composed moving pictures with music, but should include structure, pace, character, beats...all the things Snyder seems to ignore -adding bits of Apocalypse Now doesn't make it cinematic either. What's worse is that they added superfluous scenes with Nixon et al which are caricatures?

The best test of Watchmen the film is to show it to someone who has never read the comic, if they can follow it and understand it, it's a success, if they can't, it's not and that seems to be the general case with it. No one knows what the fuck is going on and an audience shouldn't be expected to be primed with a 400 page comic before they watch a film. Snyder didn't care enough or understand enough about the story to communicate it properly. As an example, the jumps in time are not clear enough -playing KC and the Sunshine band under a scene is not enough to say 'we're now in the 70's'- nor is there any real attempt to make the differences in period feel different, the whole film feels like a pastiche of other movie sets new and old that forgets the characters and to tell the story of Watchmen.

Watchmen the film -unlike Watchmen the comic which is about comics and comic heroes- shouldn't be referential to other films like Apocalypse Now, Dr. Strangleove, Raging Bull, Man Who Fell to Earth etc. because the story of Watchmen is not about other films.

The translation to film doesn't translate as 'well if Watchmen is about 'comics' then Watchmen the film should be about 'films' and we should really point up how we reference them...which is wholely unfortunate cos there is some really good stuff in the film that works but the story is forgotten.


Snyder makes pastiche films, that have no interest in the audience or compelling them, he didn't understand how Watchmen could be a film and what that meant. A pity Greengrass didn't follow through with it after it collapsed at Universal, his direction was on the right course. We don't need direct translations of comics, that's pointless, we have the comic, now expand it a little, make it breathe in different ways that films do better than comics and tell us the same story from a different vantage point and that shouldn't mean sacrilege.

Fans would be far richer with 2 versions of Watchmen rather than 1 and it's poorer imitation.

Never give the fans what they think or you think they want...they'll hate you for it.
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Post by: JamesC on 07 August, 2011, 12:28:35 pm
Just watched Saturn 3.

I'd seen this years ago when I was a kid but couldn't remember much about it other than it had a killer robot and you saw Farrah Fawcett's boobs.

It's one of those films where everyone looks a bit uncomfortable and it has the crappest robot since that one in Logan's Run.
The special effects and designs are really terrible. It's hard to believe this was made three years after Star Wars. Forbidden Planet had better effects and a more believable robot about 25 years earlier.
The screenplay is a bit of a mess and it's badly directed but I got the feeling that this is one of those rare polishable turds. I really think this film could be remade into a pretty good thriller. It mainly depends on the robot being believable and scary which is much easier to do these days.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 07 August, 2011, 12:47:47 pm
Well, i really like watchmen. Im not a particular fan of the comic- bought it when it came out, bought it again in trade, but each and every attempt to plough through it leaves me bored and unfulfilled. And the ending is shit.

The film though, is beautifully realised, makes just enough sense to keep you watching (except the sudden glut of what can only be super powers- even rorscharch is the amazing leapy man) and is faithful ENOUGH to the good bits of the comic (Dr Manhattan on mars, etc) that it doesnt feel like Snyder's taking the piss. The cast is good, it feels like an intelligent event movie (even if it's not really) and i'd definitely put it in the higher bracket of comics adaptations.

And the ending's better than the comic, too.

As for people not knowing the comic being unable to follow it- nonsense, my wife really enjoyed watchmen. If asked, she'd probably say it was her second favourite film based on a comic ("but dont ask me to read it!"). Her first being V For Vendetta, which is as it should be.

SBT

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Post by: TordelBack on 07 August, 2011, 12:52:52 pm
...the whole film feels like a pastiche of other movie sets new and old that forgets the characters and to tell the story of Watchmen.

'Ride of the Valkyries' playing over Jon disintegrating Viet Cong on a crappy greenscreen soundstage may just be the most misjudged thing I have ever seen committed to film.  Instead of being a flashback to SE Asia in an alternate 1971, it's a flashback to a cinema in 1979, or more properly Hotshots Part Deux in 199X.  And let's not even mention Tears for Fears playing as a wimpy sneery Adrian fails to monologue his backstory to the Bilderburg Group.  And then there's Nixon and Kissenger, who seem to have wandered in from a Pete and Dud sketch, with a similar make-up budget.  There is no bottom to my dislike of this movie, despite so much that it does right.  I'd best draw a line.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 07 August, 2011, 01:06:13 pm
'Ride of the Valkyries' playing over Jon disintegrating Viet Cong on a crappy greenscreen soundstage may just be the most misjudged thing I have ever seen committed to film.


The worst for me is old Nite Owl punching his way through Cavalleria Rusticana and Knot-Tops slo-mo in the long version.
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Post by: TordelBack on 07 August, 2011, 01:30:31 pm
The worst for me is old Nite Owl punching his way through Cavalleria Rusticana and Knot-Tops slo-mo in the long version.

At least I was spared that.  I did wonder though, why was anyone surprised that Vedit caught the bullet when it looked like any of them could have done it before breakfast? 

On the subject of Veidt, who was the the victim of the one really terrible piece of core casting (Robert Wisden's Nixon aside) amongst otherwise solid choices, I have no idea why they denied him any kind of backstory (beyond 'I like Alexander, me') and took his ending (heh) away.  I have no real problem with the squid switcheroo, it was just a different answer to the same problem, but the failure to even try to communicate the process or the horror, the essentially global nature of the response, in a medium that surely is well suited to depicting exactly that sort of thing.  Replacing the aftermath with a crater, another terrible Nixon impersonation and some mumbling - and then handing Jon's closing verdict to Laurie so that Adrian never even receives his final judgment... hrrrnnnghhh.   

Lawks, I suddenly know exactly how you-know-who feels all the time.
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Post by: Eric Plumrose on 07 August, 2011, 03:30:46 pm
Lawks, I suddenly know exactly how you-know-who feels all the time.

Then for Dog's Sake, don't read this (http://forums.2000adonline.com/index.php/topic,24366.0.html)
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 07 August, 2011, 03:36:48 pm

On the subject of Veidt, who was the the victim of the one really terrible piece of core casting


Yeah he was shite and was misguided in his performance by Snyder. Surprised they didn't go for such a decent actor like Baker as a candidate for Ozy, his star was rising at the time too:


(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ELlQu4X_KBM/TgJR_eQrZaI/AAAAAAAABQs/YT3VbVhrR5g/s1600/600full-the-mentalist-photo.jpg)


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Post by: Buttonman on 07 August, 2011, 03:56:35 pm

I saw 'Watchmen' at the cinema and although I enjoyed it I wasn't inclined to have a second look. It was just too faithful to the book meaning there were no surprises and I found myself anticipating dialogue before it was said.

With the wife away for the weekend I had a great old movie fest watching double bills of 'Casino Royale' and 'Quantum of Solace' and a salesmen under pressure double feature of 'The Boiler Room' and 'Glen Garry Glen Ross'.

I'd recently read a few of the bond novels on my Kindle so it was interesting to see what was kept - quite a lot really although they change the carpet beater to a knotted rope for the torture scene - did keep the 'The bitch is dead line' which was nice. Hadn't seen 'Quantum' since the cinema and it was better than I remembered - title song for a start. Lots of chases - why doesn't he set off earlier? and some cracking set pieces. The ending with an exploding hotel was a bit of a let down but over all good stuff.

'The Boiler Room' was enjoyable too although I wasn't buying Vin Diesel as a smooth talking broker. Giovanni Ribisi was good in the lead and it's a pity he's not been seen more - 'Flight of the Phoenix' remake was the only other thing I could place him in. End was a bit of a cop out and it's a shame they didn't go with the alternative ending of the bankrupted investor going on a shooting spree.

Glen Garry was as great as always and if you see a better cast and dialogue you'll be a lucky person. When Spacey blows Pacino's deal you almost wince in anticipation of his reaction - turns out to be quite a measure deluge of extreme swearing.
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Post by: HdE on 07 August, 2011, 04:07:17 pm

Oh, I freakin' LOVE Glen Garry Glenn Ross!

The amazing thing about the movie is that it's not onlya great cast, but they're all on top form. And, given the subject matter, you'd not expect it to be so riveting.

Good stuff... and I'm reminded I need to buy the DVD.
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Post by: Mardroid on 07 August, 2011, 04:28:34 pm
As for people not knowing the comic being unable to follow it- nonsense, my wife really enjoyed watchmen. If asked, she'd probably say it was her second favourite film based on a comic ("but dont ask me to read it!"). Her first being V For Vendetta, which is as it should be.

Yeah. I watched Watchmen with a girl who'd never seen the comic as well, and I don't think she had any trouble following it, either.

When I told her Mr Manhattan was the only one who actually had powers, I think she was a tad surprised though. (After watching it, I mean.) ;)

I've yet to watch the film adaptation of V for V all the way through, although I think I've seen most of it.

A little aside, but I think I prefer the GN of V for Vendetta to Watchmen.
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Post by: Ignatzmonster on 07 August, 2011, 06:56:38 pm

A little aside, but I think I prefer the GN of V for Vendetta to Watchmen.

Y'know what? Me too. Or at least I tend to reread it more. Maybe because I'm more of a David Lloyd fan overall, or maybe because Moore is more heartfelt in it, or maybe because its the perfect comic to read while listening to punk-synth tracks of the past. Liked it's movie adaptation better too, even if it did pull too many punches. Compared to Watchmen it was just more-whats the word?- watchable.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 07 August, 2011, 08:21:03 pm

Oh, I freakin' LOVE Glen Garry Glenn Ross!

The amazing thing about the movie is that it's not onlya great cast, but they're all on top form. And, given the subject matter, you'd not expect it to be so riveting.

Good stuff... and I'm reminded I need to buy the DVD.

Absolutely, love that movie. I'd never heard of it and it came free as a newspaper insert a few years ago so I stuck it on and was completely lost in it. Great writing brilliantly performed by fantastic actors. Need to watch that again!
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Post by: Van Dom on 08 August, 2011, 10:44:43 am
The Medallion, Jackie Chan film set in Ireland. It was atrocious.Jackie is just way too old for his jumping around schtick now, all he could manage was jumping on a few walls, or climbing a few fences. The acting was diabolical as well. I don't mean Jackie, you don't watch Jackie Chan for his acting, but everybody else was dire - Lee Evans, Claire Forlani  and Julian Sands in particular.  Claire Folani has lovely eyes. And hair. Lee Evans...can rub his head quite well. I had to keep watching to see how much worse it could get. The answer was - a lot. Travesty.

Anyone know what was the last good Jackie Chan flick. And when I say "good" I don't mean "good", I mean....an entertaining Jackie Chan flick!
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Post by: radiator on 08 August, 2011, 11:01:30 am
I agree with a lot of points made about Watchmen.

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After years of simmering outrage from the comic's self-appointed protectors, they were given the painstakingly, agonisingly faithful film version that they had clamoured for... and then had to contend with the discomfiting realisation that the translation, actually, was rather underwhelming.

If you thought Snyder's Watchmen movie was a faithful adaptation, perhaps you don't really 'get' the comic book. It was so close visually, but the tone was dead wrong. For me, making all of the characters into superpowered murderers just killed it - especially in the case of Silk Spectre II and Nite Owl - unforgivable. The fight scenes actually reminded me of a Mortal Kombat videogame.

There is violence in the comic, but it is a brutal, shocking, deeply unpleasant thing. In the movie it's gratuitous, glorified, fetishistic - almost played for laughs. Having Nite Owl scream a Hollywood "NOOOOO!" when Rorschach is killed feels like a betrayal, and is just one of many little things that indicate that the filmmakers didn't really understand the source material.

It's an interesting watch - the art direction fantastic, the casting - one or two bad choices aside - is almost perfect and there are some stunning cinematic moments (the Dr Manhattan montage is largely excellent, as is the opening title sequence), but that's all it is - a series of individual moments with little to connect them or give us reason to care about any of it. Cutting all of the street-level civilian stuff takes away any sense of what is at stake.

As with the Star Wars prequels, I'm willing to forgive it a hell of a lot, and will still watch it, but I would find it hard to recommend to anyone else. It's a fascinating failure - a bold attempt with a lot going for it, but ultimately a seriously flawed movie.

Anyway, yesterday we had some friends over and we watched a double bill of Ghost World - one of my favourite films. It's a film that really resonates with me - it's still excellent and went down well with everyone. Then after dinner we watched Super. My word, what a bonkers film that is! Definitely not for everyone, and arguably it goes a bit far at certain points (not one to watch with you in-laws, let's say!), but we were all in stitches throughout. Hilarious, outrageously violent and oddly sweet. I keep watching the animated opening titles over again on Youtube. Just great, I'll definitely be buying the Blu Ray, possibly the soundtrack too.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 08 August, 2011, 11:09:06 am
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Anyone know what was the last good Jackie Chan flick. And when I say "good" I don't mean "good", I mean....an entertaining Jackie Chan flick!

Little Big Soldier is brilliant. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1319718/
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 08 August, 2011, 11:13:08 am
30 days of night: dark days.

It was shit.

but the head vampire woman was a bit saucy.

SBT
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Post by: James Stacey on 08 August, 2011, 11:13:50 am
The problem with the Medallion was it was shit, not that Jackie Chan was shit. It was, I seem to remember done as a favour by Chan and filmed over a long period whenever he had a break in whatever he was doing.
Also don't watch the Tuxedo. The Rush Hour films are the only passable Chan films he's done in the states (anyone remember 'Battle Creek Brawl' ? ugh)
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Post by: Van Dom on 08 August, 2011, 11:30:58 am
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Anyone know what was the last good Jackie Chan flick. And when I say "good" I don't mean "good", I mean....an entertaining Jackie Chan flick!

Little Big Soldier is brilliant. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1319718/

Cheers Richmond, I'll check that out.
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Post by: Buttonman on 08 August, 2011, 01:18:02 pm


Oh, I freakin' LOVE Glen Garry Glenn Ross!

The amazing thing about the movie is that it's not onlya great cast, but they're all on top form. And, given the subject matter, you'd not expect it to be so riveting.

There was a funny line in the IMDb triva that during filming the cast refered to the film as 'Death of a Fucking Salesman'.
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Post by: Orlok on 09 August, 2011, 08:01:40 am
The Day The Earth Stood Still
If it wasn't for the original being seared into my brain, this wouldn't be too bad film, but it did suffer from several weak points.
Firstly it depicted the US Govt as utter cocks that go all shooty bang bang when faced with someone from a different cult-, oh, hang on that's probably accurate. Strike that.
Next it had Keanu Reeves playing Klaatu as a disassociated galactic exterminator. You might think that Keanu would be perfect in this emotionless role as he is usually so wooden he is sponsored by Cuprinol, but he is really terrible in this. It amazes me how he is still employed so he must have the same agent as Harrison Ford.
The special effects were a bit ropey in places, too. I know that you can't get it perfect every time, but as they skimped on character development I thought they might throw a bit of extra cash at it.
The family unit of the heroine was also a pointless move and the kid served no purpose whatsoever except to dob in the alien and bitch about stuff. Pointless.
Lastly, the bit at the start set in 1928 made no sense to me with regard to the rest of the film. I thought that Sherpa Reeves would be abducted and serve as the spokesperson but it seems they just borrowed a bit of his DNA or something. This was never explained, though. It would have made more sense if this were James Hong's character who was "touched" by the sphere and became an observer, but it was clearly "Da Plank" with a snowy beard. Again-pointless.

 
Capitalism- A Love Story
Michael Moore's eye opener on the state of the US Economy, the bail out and the deregulation of banking. It made me both depressed and angry at the same time, much like reading Junker or Dry Run. It can be said that Michael Moore is a Socialist (he has never publicly admitted this to my knowledge) and that is a phrase often bandied around like a dirty word. To many a brainwashed American, Socialist=Commie=Bad guys from Red Dawn.
Michael Moore's view of things is that from a Democratic perspective, the people are getting shafted by the elite. If the reversal of that can be called Socialism, then we should all sign up for it. I'd rather see a dozen gobshites who show off their fleets of cars on Cribs whacked with a 90% tax bill than see a single family forced out of their homes due to "hidden" interest hikes.
The revelation about the complex banking equations, insurance policies taken out by the company to cash in on the deaths of workers and the poorly paid airline pilots is jaw dropping stuff. You wonder just how they got away with this, and then you see the vacuous chops of Ronald Reagan and the grinning monkey face of George W Bush and know full well how it all came to pass.
The very start of the movie comparing Rome to modern America also rings truer than I would like to believe is happening.
Good film but it made me teary eyed to see the little people stamped on by folks who are only in it for the benjamins.

Star Trek
Really enjoyed the reboot.
Chris Pine shines as Kirk (especially if you watch the extended Kobayishu Maru scene with extra green cleavage), Zachary Quinto hits the mark as Spock and future Old Stoneyface Karl Urban channels the spirit of DeForest Kelley to pull off a brilliant McCoy.
Though I love Simon Pegg to bits, his Scotty was the one weak point in the film. Well, that and Eric Bana's underdeveloped Nero.
The SFX was top notch, the opening scene with the USS Kelvin was great (though probably upset the purists more than the Spock/Uhura thing) and the fan service moments were well executed.
Here's hoping the next one is as good.
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Post by: Emp on 09 August, 2011, 06:59:01 pm
SUPER

Not exactly what i was expecting - the trailer made it look quite funny & light hearted in places and blurbs on the box proclaim it to be better than Kick Ass. Neither of these things are true.

Other than a few scenes which could be considered moderatley funny its is unrelentingly bleak and more than a little tedious.
After it was over i actually watched a documentary about the Rev Jim Jones and the Jonestown massacre which seem like light relief in comparrison.

Paid £8 for Super and it was seven quid too much.
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Post by: Robin Low on 09 August, 2011, 07:17:29 pm

Star Trek

Though I love Simon Pegg to bits, his Scotty was the one weak point in the film.

I felt much the same way. I recently discovered that this chap auditioned for the part:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carson_Beckett

Personally, I think he would have suited the role and done a much better job (although to be fair to Pegg, I think Scotty was scripted very badly).

Regards

Robin
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Post by: Robert Frazer on 09 August, 2011, 07:41:10 pm
...Super. My word, what a bonkers film that is! Definitely not for everyone, and arguably it goes a bit far at certain points (not one to watch with you in-laws, let's say!)...

Oh, good grief. It reminds me of one fatal evening when I was hit particularly hard with the derp-stick and thought that it'd be a good idea to watch Kill Bill 1 with my grandmother. I think we reached meltdown a little before Buck showed up to... uh... weave baskets at an evening class.  :-[

Wonderful film, one of my favourites, and one that elevates action into art (The Showdown at the House of Blue Leaves should be in film textbooks for how neatly it encapsulates the principles of cinematic combat) but at times you think the rating should read 18-30, not 18+!
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Post by: klute on 09 August, 2011, 09:15:29 pm
Pandorum and Resident Evil: Afterlife not bad films to be honest considering ive only watched the first RE it wasnt bad and if i had played the games and/or watch the other RE films have a better idea of what was going on.

Pandorum ummm an odd one for me i liked it but not enough to have in my dvd collection i read there was a possibilty of sequel's yeah i'd watch them but i wouldnt go out of my way to do so.

No Country for old Men ive yet to watch it fully but the first half was brilliant a bad guy i can believe is bad!!! that makes a pleasant change.
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Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 09 August, 2011, 10:53:22 pm
Splice: Predictable as a bad futureshock. But with an oddly sexy human hybrid thing.

The Losers: Sorry. Wanted to like it, what with Andy Diggle and Jock and all that, but it felt like a bad pilot for an A Team reboot. Dunno how faithful it is to the comic and put off enough not to find out.
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Post by: radiator on 10 August, 2011, 11:13:48 am
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SUPER

Not exactly what i was expecting - the trailer made it look quite funny & light hearted in places and blurbs on the box proclaim it to be better than Kick Ass. Neither of these things are true.

Other than a few scenes which could be considered moderatley funny its is unrelentingly bleak and more than a little tedious.
After it was over i actually watched a documentary about the Rev Jim Jones and the Jonestown massacre which seem like light relief in comparrison.

Paid £8 for Super and it was seven quid too much.

Ireally liked it. If it's the Blu Ray you have I'll buy it off you if you want?
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Post by: Emp on 11 August, 2011, 06:42:57 pm
Sadly its only dvd and as such will join that part of my collection in the bottom right hand corner known as "lets never speak of it again"!
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Post by: Dandontdare on 11 August, 2011, 06:49:45 pm
Dark Star - haven't seen this for about 20 years - rather dated and a bit slow in retrospect, but still has some brilliantly funny moments.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 13 August, 2011, 01:10:56 am
Finally got around to watching Black Swan. Holy shit! Aronofsky has an extraordinary ability to create such a fevered intensity in his films that the ludicrously OTT excesses of the plots are rendered completely inconsequential. My heart was in my mouth for the last twenty-five minutes. I recommend it.

Which reminds that I watched Book of Eli the other night. I really only watched it because of Chris Weston. It had the potential to be a good looking and interesting sci-fi action film, but it was simply dull. A couple of stylish touches around one or two of the action scenes didn't make up for an overall lack of excitement or sensible plot. What went wrong for Denzel and the Hughes brothers? From Malcolm X and Menace II Society to this rubbish. I wouldn't recommend it.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 13 August, 2011, 01:27:41 am
Mila Kunis double bill though. Mmmm.
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Post by: Mardroid on 13 August, 2011, 05:31:02 pm
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  Just a couple of days back.

I've seen it before, but I'm not sure I've ever watched it all the way through. A very good film.

It was interesting recognising certain actors among the inmates, which passed me by the first time I saw it.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 13 August, 2011, 09:10:56 pm
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  Just a couple of days back.

I've seen it before, but I'm not sure I've ever watched it all the way through. A very good film.

It was interesting recognising certain actors among the inmates, which passed me by the first time I saw it.

One of my favourite films of all time. Worth reading the book too - the film is rather ambiguous about whether the Chief is really mentally ill, but as the narrator of the book you're left in no doubt he's absolutely batshit crazy.

I watched Clockwork Orange and Lethal Weapon 1 last night, a very satisfying double bill.
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 13 August, 2011, 09:21:25 pm
Under the Red Hood DVD- A Batman animated film. I always liked the dark deco animation and whilst this isn't quite up to that it's still a very good watch and in a similar vein. A fight sequence between the Reddie Hood, Bats  and mercs is a particularly fun one.

Quite dark with torture, "real" death (well real as in various types get offed not just hurt or injured) and as I had no idea as to the content a neat-ish twist.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 13 August, 2011, 11:32:03 pm
Paranormal Activity 2.

I admit, i'm a sucker for this kind of thing, this 'found footage' mockumentary nonsense. Ghost Watch, Blair Witch, Diary of the Dead, Zombie Diaries, Last Broadcast, etc, and the Paranormal Activity films are up there with the best of them.
Now, i have no belief in the supernatural whatsoever, and they always spark the same arguments with my more credulous wife, but i'm happy to admit for the course of the running time i'm completely enthralled and as scared as the most fervent paraninny.

This one doesnt have a single scene to equal the woman being dragged out of bed in the first one- though it tries hard at one point by ramping the same idea up a couple of notches. But equally nothing this time is as stupid or drags you out of the narrative as much as the spontaneously combusting ouija board last time, so it all evens out.

Again, we have a family attacked by an evil presence in their house. This time they have a baby, to increase the tension and have a slightly more convincing reason to have cameras all over the house after a suspicious 'burglary'.  Nothing particularly frightening happens for an age (and nothing particularly clever happens for its entire length) but when it kicks off- and listen for the low barely-audible rumble on the soundtrack to cue you in- it's briefly terrifying.

They're making a third; which will be much the same or will flop. These things can't go too far past their initial limited premise or they lose their impact. They are all about isolating the audience from logic and sense and beating them with the scary stick before they have time to think. I love that, you may not. I'll be buying 3 when it comes out and no doubt cacking it and then arguing with my wife all over again.

Now you'll have to excuse me, i just heard a noise in the kitchen and i've got to and investigaaaAAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGHHHH! FUCK! RUUUUUN!!!!

SBT
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Post by: Mardroid on 14 August, 2011, 01:18:31 am
One of my favourite films of all time. Worth reading the book too - the film is rather ambiguous about whether the Chief is really mentally ill, but as the narrator of the book you're left in no doubt he's absolutely batshit crazy.

That's interesting, because by the end of the film, I came to the conclusion The Chief probably wasn't crazy (although as you say it's ambiguous).  I figured he was a guy who perhaps had been through some terrible things early in his life then got himself committed to escape the world. Although arguably, that's a bit insane too.

One curious bit in the film is that bit when we find out that most of the main character, many who do seem rather nutty, are at the asylum voluntarily. Although they have a genuine reason for being there, there's the suggestion by Jack's character that the real reason they're there is because they think outside is worse. That maybe they're hiding away from the real world too.  At that spectacular ending I got the impression the chief was the one who finally did something about it.


I think I'll have a look for the book. It would be interesting seeing things from The Chief's POV.
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Post by: Misanthrope on 14 August, 2011, 12:16:33 pm
Paranormal Activity 2.

I admit, i'm a sucker for this kind of thing, this 'found footage' mockumentary nonsense. Ghost Watch, Blair Witch, Diary of the Dead, Zombie Diaries, Last Broadcast, etc, and the Paranormal Activity films are up there with the best of them.
Now, i have no belief in the supernatural whatsoever, and they always spark the same arguments with my more credulous wife, but i'm happy to admit for the course of the running time i'm completely enthralled and as scared as the most fervent paraninny.

This one doesnt have a single scene to equal the woman being dragged out of bed in the first one- though it tries hard at one point by ramping the same idea up a couple of notches. But equally nothing this time is as stupid or drags you out of the narrative as much as the spontaneously combusting ouija board last time, so it all evens out.

Again, we have a family attacked by an evil presence in their house. This time they have a baby, to increase the tension and have a slightly more convincing reason to have cameras all over the house after a suspicious 'burglary'.  Nothing particularly frightening happens for an age (and nothing particularly clever happens for its entire length) but when it kicks off- and listen for the low barely-audible rumble on the soundtrack to cue you in- it's briefly terrifying.

They're making a third; which will be much the same or will flop. These things can't go too far past their initial limited premise or they lose their impact. They are all about isolating the audience from logic and sense and beating them with the scary stick before they have time to think. I love that, you may not. I'll be buying 3 when it comes out and no doubt cacking it and then arguing with my wife all over again.

Now you'll have to excuse me, i just heard a noise in the kitchen and i've got to and investigaaaAAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGHHHH! FUCK! RUUUUUN!!!!

SBT

You hated Batman, but you love Paranormal Activity?

I would have been more scared watching an episode of the Royale Family that was interrupted now and then by some one shouting boo.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 14 August, 2011, 12:29:17 pm
Well, no you wouldn't- because glib generalisations aside, The Royle Family doesn't go out of its way to show absolutely nothing happening without even the distraction of amusing dialogue, simply to set you up for some creepy moments. And it's not a horror film.

Being scared by a horror film is not a sign of decreased masculinity- it's the appropriate response, if it's been done well. PA is very effective in what it does- as is PA2. The telling point to make is it's business- both were extraordinarily popular, and both received incredibly good word of mouth. That doesn't happen, usually, with horror films unless they are genuinely effective.

As for Batman: It's shit. End of.

SBT
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Post by: Albion on 14 August, 2011, 03:13:07 pm
Limitless.
Which had a rather limitless ability to make a good story rather boring. I didn't mind it but thought that with a different director and some changes to the script it could have been a much better film.

I also watched Gnomeo and Juliet. We get lent these kids films by by my partner's grandsons and we always make the effort to watch them. Some are great, some not so great. But....I have to say I was expecting nothing from this and rather enjoyed it.

Next up is Yogi Bear, not expecting much from that either but I'll give it a go. It can't be as bad as the second Chipmunks movie........can it?
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 14 August, 2011, 05:49:32 pm
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As for Batman: It's shit. End of.
No, it's not. End of.  (THis might go on for some time).


Anyway, EXCALIBUR - John Boorman's well mounted (fnar, fnar) Arthurian fantasy wasn't as awesome, rude or gory as I remembered it but still pretty damned good. Helen Mirren is weapons grade sexy.

ERAGON: I know that, given Lucas' and Star Wars proclivity to nick things from other sources it would be churlish to point out that this is just Star Wars done with dragons but, really. Fuck me, it's Star Wars done with dragons.  It matches up almost exactly in terms of characters, back story, themes, plot points.  Except it's really pretty poor with a charisma less lead, no ambition and anachronistic dialogue all over the shop. I reckon John Malkovich shot his scenes in one afternoon he puts so little effort into it.

Even Tiny Tips started nitpicking. "Hang on, half an hour the dragon couldn't carry three people and now it's wearing and flying in a full suit of armour." "Hang on, they said dragon riders couldn't do magic if their dragon was dead but he just lit the fire with magic.  Can I be a film critic like you, Dad?"

Amusing that they set themselves up for a sequel that never appeared.

(Only if he starts all critiques with "20 minutes too long.")
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Post by: El Chivo on 14 August, 2011, 11:20:46 pm
300
Haven't watched this in a while, it fukn ROCKS!

Chi
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Post by: I, Cosh on 15 August, 2011, 12:06:19 am
Watched The Good, The Bad, The Weird this evening. A tremendously entertaining Korean pseud-Western made with a whole barrelful of style, panache and fun. Watch it.
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Post by: Radbacker on 15 August, 2011, 04:15:06 am
The Green Hornet - very entertaining but missing some ingredient to make it special.

Eragon has got to be the worst movie I've ever seen (and i really like some shite movies).

CU Radbacker
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 15 August, 2011, 06:46:02 am
I watched Almighty Thor on SyFy the other night and it only took me about 10 minutes, as I fast forwarded through most of it.

This was one of those films that are so bad that they actually really are that bad  :-[
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Post by: Radbacker on 15 August, 2011, 08:10:28 am
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I watched Almighty Thor on SyFy the other night and it only took me about 10 minutes, as I fast forwarded through most of it.
I'm friken starting to hate this lot, asked a mate the other day if he'd seen Thor said yeah but he couldn't bleieve it had actually got a cinema release, the biggest load of toss he'd ever seen, of course it was the Asylum Thor.  F%$k you asylum.

CU Radbacker
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Post by: Spaceghost on 15 August, 2011, 08:42:29 am
Watched Super over the weekend. Really funny with lashings of the old Ultraviolent. It actually manages to grab you emotionally towards the end too, which came as a surprise.

And Ellen Page is 'Super' hot. Am I too old to fancy her?
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Post by: radiator on 15 August, 2011, 09:07:03 am
Me and my girlfriend have finally got round to watching the cult 1999 Judd Apatow Tv series Freaks and Geeks. It never got a DVD release in the UK, and I think it's only ever been shown over here on E4 back when that channel first launched.

It's really amazing, and the cast is like a who's who of modern comedy talent - including Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, James Franco, Jason Schwarzman and Rashida Jones. The subject matter is nothing especially original - high school life in 1980s USA complete with geeks, jocks, cheerleaders etc, but it's handled with such confidence and lightness of touch that the result is utterly charming and joyous. It's also laugh out loud funny while somehow being subtle - the humour is always underplayed, and never feels artificial or OTT as in something like The Inbetweeners. Its also very sweet and touching but never feels manipulative or overly sentimental. Great use of music, too.

It's a crime that a show of this quality only gets given one series, while the likes of the bloody awful Big Bang Theory go on to great success.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 15 August, 2011, 09:16:51 am
The A-Team. Bloody brilliant entertainment. Loved it.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 16 August, 2011, 12:20:18 am
Machete. I enjoyed it but it was more of a missed opportunity than anything else. I'm sure it's a barrel of fun for Rodriguez and his mates to sit around planning out where to incorporate absurd cuts and so forth but with the cast and enthusiasm here they could easily have made a legitimately good action film.

Cheap old films are good in spite of their limitations not because of them. I'm sort of deliberately missing the point, but the whole enterprise seems a bit like getting together a bunch of great old artists and writers for a new comic and deliberately printing it on bog roll and including lengthy recaps at the start of every story just because that's how stories you used to like were presented.
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Post by: Mardroid on 16 August, 2011, 03:18:03 am
I watched two films in Film 4 horror season, thing tonight. (There were actually three but I have Let the Right One In on DVD, and I tend not to watch what I can grab at any time. Which is probably silly, but anyway.) Cracking film though that is.

Okay, I watched Near Dark and British film The Disappeared.

I've seen Near Dark before a couple of times, but last time was a while back. I remember it not being very good, but I thought I'd give it another chance.  I still don't think it's particularly good, although it was watchable, and it was interesting recognising certain actors who passed me by last time.

For example, I suddenly recognised that the girl who plays Henricksen's character's girlfriend is she who played the lady with the huge gun in Aliens and the foster mother in Terminator 2, Jenette Goldstein. Just checked her Wiki, to catch the name and she's 51 now. My time flies! Oh and I recognised a young Adrian Pasdar (I had to look his name up again, I'm good with faces but not names so much), he who played the older Petrelli brother in Heroes as the main character Caleb.

Anyhow, an interesting modern(ish) take on vampires but not very good, as I said.

The Disappeared turned out to be rather good. It only came out a couple of years ago and it somehow passed me by. A mixture of ghost story, murder mystery and drama about emotional trauma. I guessed some of the outcomes including the killer (I actually wished they'd chosen someone else considering relatively recent headlines, but anyway,) , and it sometimes fell into cliche territory but it was genuinely creepy and had some good twists and turns.
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 22 August, 2011, 06:44:06 pm
The Humanoid 1979. An Italian Star Wars rip off starring Richard Kiel ("Jaws" in the Bond movies) as the Humanoid -mind meltingly mad with special effects by Kellogg's and dialogue by Chip 'n Dale.

Beyond description really. The shock of it still hasn't worn off. True trash film fans should see this utter celluloid train wreck. Even Barbara Bach in leather can't save it. :o


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Post by: Richmond Clements on 22 August, 2011, 07:07:32 pm
Ridely Scott's Robin Hood. It really is indescribably bad. And I do not enjoy saying that- I like most of old Ridley's stuff, but this was a total mess. And it was the apparently better director's cut we watched too.
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Post by: The Legendary Shark on 22 August, 2011, 07:21:42 pm
Hobo With a Shotgun.

I know this is supposed to be ironic and all, but that's no excuse for something this abysmally bad. Awful, just awful.
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Post by: Hawkmumbler on 22 August, 2011, 07:31:36 pm
Xtro
Yeah, as far as schluck movies go, this was prity good.
By low budget sci-fi-horror standerds, it was probably one of the better examples.
But by movie standards it was a mess.
I still kinda liked it though.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 22 August, 2011, 07:46:52 pm
Ridely Scott's Robin Hood. It really is indescribably bad. And I do not enjoy saying that- I like most of old Ridley's stuff, but this was a total mess. And it was the apparently better director's cut we watched too.


It's no wonder he's goin' back to the well that granted him his career. Hopefully his next efforts are more than an old crooner singing cover versions with a lyric prompter.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 22 August, 2011, 08:15:35 pm
Ridely Scott's Robin Hood. It really is indescribably bad. And I do not enjoy saying that- I like most of old Ridley's stuff, but this was a total mess. And it was the apparently better director's cut we watched too.


It's no wonder he's goin' back to the well that granted him his career. Hopefully his next efforts are more than an old crooner singing cover versions with a lyric prompter.

Funnily enough, I did comment last night that it was no surprise his next work is a not-sequel to his best loved work. Funny he picked that now, just after a string of flops.
Although I will say that I love the extended cut of Kingdom of Heaven.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 22 August, 2011, 08:57:39 pm
The cosmetics/sonics/aesthetics of Blade Runner are relatively faultless and these are the main- I would say only- reasons admirers return to it. Certainly they're the only reasons I stuck with it since it's release and they're the elements that have been most influential in the sci-fi produced by the generation that followed.

Most of the enduring conversations/discussions concerning story/meaning are generally of a philosophical bent mostly because of it's connection to Dick and the source material rather than it being particulary developed dramatically in the film. The is he/isn't he a replicant has always been a red-herring and messy add-on that brings nothing to the film and more than likely reduces any message it has.





As far as Blade Runner goes I hope Scott recognises the film's biggest faults:

Virtually no pacing- for a slow film not having a sense of pace/rhythm is death. Believe me I like slow, measured films but BR is not a good example of one, Ridley Scott isn't Bill Forsyth and Blade Runner is no Local Hero. Takeshi Kitano films and 70's films like Electra Glide in Blue, Chinatown are excellent examples of the slow-burner.


Lacking in incident- stretching what feels like enough material for an 80/90 minute film out to 2 hours doesn't help.


Make the mood/opressivenes/aesthetics of the scenes an asset rather than a hindrance that weigh the film drama down too much in artistic voyeurism. Se7en is a nice example of the aesthetics being a character of the story rather than just being a nice picture that's more interesting than the drama.






One of the underused elements of Blade Runner was the animal factor -the sense of magical realism in the background akin to Night of the Hunter- Scott seemed to draw little out of this or exploit it in the narrative which is a pity since animals play such a major part in the book and had the most interesting dramatic possibilities concerning status/plot.










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Post by: Keef Monkey on 22 August, 2011, 09:03:31 pm
Watched a handful over the weekend (I got mild food poisoning so was on the couch in between voms for most of the weekend).

Dreamscape, which I think I first saw mentioned on here so put it on my rental list. It's very dated, in that way that '80s movies just seem to be a different language to current movies. Still enjoyably cheesy though and with some nice moments (I liked the Harryhausen-esque effects in places and the ideas are very proto-Inception). Good fun.

The Road. Everyone was heading out clubbing for Amy's birthday but as I still felt awful a mate offered to stay in too and watch a movie with me. It was very thoughtful, and the sentiment cheered me up, even if his choice of movie didn't. Seriously, that's a real downer of a movie. I'd read the book and found it a bit of a chore, aside from the admittedly powerful writing the story just didn't get me the way I thought it should. With the movie missing that prose it just felt empty, even if it did look stunning in places. I've never been one to criticize a movie for being too much of a downer (and I've been known to wallow in some dark films when I'm feeling blue) but for some reason The Road just lacks something to me. I find the ending, as with the book, far too convenient and a bit of a cop-out too. There was a lot right there though, like the brilliant Cave/Ellis score, some nice cinematography and a fantastic performance from Mortenson. Part of me suspects that the reason I don't like it is because it strikes some sort of nerve in me that I can't put my finger on, which would probably suggest it's actually brilliant. It confuses me basically.

Black Dynamite, which I'd seen and Amy hadn't. She fell asleep halfway through, and to be honest I didn't find it anywhere near as amusing as I did the first time, but it still has some great moments. For an 80 minute movie the joke definitely wears surprisingly thin though.
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Post by: Albion on 22 August, 2011, 09:06:20 pm
Next up is Yogi Bear, not expecting much from that either but I'll give it a go. It can't be as bad as the second Chipmunks movie........can it?

Oh yes. Yogi Bear is even worse than Chipmunks 2. Awful, just awful.
Still waiting for the "grandsons" to lend us Rango. I likes the look of that.

I have also recently seen Bob The Builder in 4D at Legoland. Much better than crappy Yogi and a lot shorter too.

I might watch a film for people over 5 soon too but I'm not sure I want to tax my brain too much.
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Post by: Van Dom on 22 August, 2011, 09:34:12 pm
Yogi Bear is diabolical. Really. Eventhe lovely Anna Faris couldn't help me get through this one. Even my kids got bored and went to bed.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 23 August, 2011, 02:28:32 am
Why oh why did John Hammond breed Velociraptors? No one had ever heard of them, they were never popular, and they are evidently evil, vicious bastards who deserved extinction. He should have stuck to Brachiosauruses. Maybe just one T-Rex.

Super.
Now there's a film that is very very wrong in many many ways. It's very funny one minute and then the tone shifts in very jarring fashions. It was good craic nonetheless.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 23 August, 2011, 09:16:19 am
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Super.
Now there's a film that is very very wrong in many many ways. It's very funny one minute and then the tone shifts in very jarring fashions. It was good craic nonetheless.

It's a strange on. My review should be going up in the next couple of days.
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Post by: TordelBack on 23 August, 2011, 09:32:28 am
Why oh why did John Hammond breed Velociraptors?

He didn't though, did he?  The ones in the book are clearly Deinonychus, the ones in the films more like a small Utahraptor (infamously only discovered during the film's production).  Velociraptor mongoliensis* was about the size of a large turkey, but Crichton liked the name.  Also, as all the animals in the book are actually a cross between dinosaurs/pterosaurs and frogs, species may be irrelevant...

And Deinonychus was always pretty popular round my way!



*The species name used in the book.
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Post by: Hawkmumbler on 23 August, 2011, 12:32:14 pm
Why oh why did John Hammond breed Velociraptors?

He didn't though, did he?  The ones in the book are clearly Deinonychus, the ones in the films more like a small Utahraptor (infamously only discovered during the film's production).  Velociraptor mongoliensis* was about the size of a large turkey, but Crichton liked the name.  Also, as all the animals in the book are actually a cross between dinosaurs/pterosaurs and frogs, species may be irrelevant...

And Deinonychus was always pretty popular round my way!



*The species name used in the book.
Utahraptor's discovery was just about 22 years before Jurassic park was released.
Acording to some resorces I have read claim said Dromeosaur played a big role in the design of the Velocoraptors in JP.
What interested me was how in JPIII the Raptors had feathers, as if the production mean had payed attention to revolutions in China when some species where found with feathers. Doesn't stop the fact i HATE JPIII!
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Post by: TordelBack on 23 August, 2011, 01:17:17 pm
Utahraptor's discovery was just about 22 years before Jurassic park was released.

As far as I can remember, Utahraptor elements were indeed first recovered in the '70s by 'Dinosaur' Jim Jensen (along with just about every other North American dino), and thus these would be the type-specimen, but the genus wasn't named or described until a spate of finds in the early '90s. The story sticks in the mind because the species (I think there's only one) was to be named U. stephenspielbergus or something similarly cringeworthy, in return for research dosh and reciprocal publicity.  Mercifully I don't think this ever happened.

You may well be right about the Dromaeosaurus - still a good bit smaller than the ones in the film, though.

And welcome, Hawkmonger - I think I missed your intro thread last week.  I trust you're salivating at the prospect of the new Flesh trade as much as I am?
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Post by: Professor Bear on 23 August, 2011, 05:38:28 pm
Nerds.

The Bonds in order over a slow work week, and so far I've got through Dr No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her majesty's Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, Man With the Golden Gun, the Spy Who Loved Me, and Moonraker.
All terribly dated in technology, politics (not just the Cold War stuff, but DAF's pro-South African diamond miners plotline) and attitudes (such as Bond's "run along now, love"/slaps bottom "man talk"), but I'm more resolute than ever that Connery's Bond wasn't all that, if only because he never smoked a cigar while hang gliding as Moore's did.
The thing that strikes me about the films is that they tend to drag on a bit, especially OHMSS, which could have been much better if it was at least forty minutes shorter so stuff like the stock car race and bobsleigh showdown could make it seem like the ludicrous action movie it really is rather than an unconvincing espionage thriller.  I get the impression Diana Rigg isn't held up as one of the better Bond girls but I don't know why as she looks great and her response to being threatened isn't to call for Bond's help but to smash the end off a bottle and try to stab the nearest thug in the face with it, while the look on her face as she drives some crappy eurocar into the middle of a stock car rally is fantastic - not worried in the slightest beyond winning the race.  Lazenby is okay as Bond, but the lengthy middle of the film where he's impersonating someone else goes on forever and distracts from his decent turn.  Moonraker is still pretty good fun, but marks where the series had overtly lapsed into cartoonish self-parody, particularly in Jaws turning from a menace into a buffoonish foil.

Machete - not enough of the grindhouse sensibility to be a stone classic, but full of moments like Machete abseiling down a building via a still-living thug's intestines and some funny deaths.  Worth a watch at least once, but only if there's nowt else on.
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Post by: Hawkmumbler on 23 August, 2011, 08:23:54 pm
Utahraptor's discovery was just about 22 years before Jurassic park was released.

And welcome, Hawkmonger - I think I missed your intro thread last week.  I trust you're salivating at the prospect of the new Flesh trade as much as I am?
Of cause!
Can't blooming wait!

I watched three episodes of Mystery science theator 300o today!
622-Angels revenge
903-Pumaman
319-war of the colossal beast
"Bless you mr Servo"!
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 25 August, 2011, 11:45:26 am
Watched Possession this morning, and it was pretty interesting. I was maybe a bit too dazed to get a great deal out of it though, as I did find it a bit of a slog. It's definitely a unique movie, and there's plenty in there to chew on, but I expected to be a bit more riveted than I was.
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Post by: radiator on 25 August, 2011, 12:02:15 pm
We watched the final episode of Freaks and Geeks the other day.

Can't quite express how much I love that series, it's just amazing. Just so well observed, well acted and authentic. Laugh out loud funny, but so sweet and heartfelt. Unbelievable that it got pulled off the air before the season even ended. Bittersweet that there are no more episodes to watch, but perhaps it's for the best that it stands alone as a perfect TV series. The 'ending', while obviously left open for a continuation, actually works perfectly as it is, capturing that transient, melancholic sense of being a teenager and making your way in the world.

Highly recommended!

Keef - I know you're a fan of the Apatow movies - if you haven't seen F&G, you really, really need to see it!
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 25 August, 2011, 12:16:18 pm
There was the 'sequel' Undeclared, nowhere near as good but worth a look.
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Post by: radiator on 25 August, 2011, 12:20:48 pm
Yeah, I'm watching Undeclared next, and I've heard very mixed things about it so hopes aren't high. Someone told me that it follows some of the characters from F&G to college, but then I read somewhere that it's set in contemporary times rather than the 1980s period setting of F&G, so that doesn't really make sense...
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 25 August, 2011, 12:21:48 pm
No, it's not related character/story-wise but some of the same actors are there that's the only continuity.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 25 August, 2011, 02:26:22 pm
Keef - I know you're a fan of the Apatow movies - if you haven't seen F&G, you really, really need to see it!

Actually, I haven't! Something else to stick on the rental list, ta!
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Post by: radiator on 25 August, 2011, 02:37:13 pm
It isn't available on R2 DVD so you'll have to torrent it or track down the R1 box set I'm afraid!

Well worth the hassle though - I'm sure you'll love it.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 25 August, 2011, 02:47:21 pm
Or watch it all on youtube.
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Post by: Colin Zeal on 25 August, 2011, 02:59:26 pm
F&G is really great. I can't believe I haven't watched any of it in years. I'll have to put that right and dust off the box set.
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Post by: Buddy on 25 August, 2011, 03:55:10 pm
The Inbetweeners... very good.

Watched The Smurfs last week with the son and found it surprisingly not rubbish!
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 25 August, 2011, 06:17:17 pm
The Inbetweeners Movie, which was superb. Much laughter, great characters, genuinely touching at times (especially with regard to Jay and the very lovely Jane) and just the right level of absurdity. I sincerely hope they leave it there, but at the same time i demand a sequel. Perhaps Jay and Neil to go visit the others in their first term at university?
SBT
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Post by: radiator on 25 August, 2011, 06:48:53 pm
I've yet to see the film, but in an interview with all four of the guys I heard the other day, three of them seemed to have a 'wait and see' attitude, but the guy that plays Jay - who, it must be said came across as a little spiky throughout - was pretty adamant that he won't be doing any more Inbetweeners, ever.

I'm sure they'll end up doing more, though - that film is making silly money at the box office.

I'm sure I'll end up seeing it at some point, but I do find The Inbetweeners a bit broad for my tastes, I prefer my comedy to have a little more subtlety these days. Sometimes implying or hinting at something is actually funnier than showing it explicitly, or repeating the joke again to really hammer it home. I think it would be a much better show if the writers showed a bit more restraint, but then I guess going for the big laugh every time is what has made it so popular. For it's target audience, thouh - it's perfect.
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Post by: Hawkmumbler on 25 August, 2011, 07:03:05 pm
Although im really quite old school comedy, Dad's army, Open all hours, sorry!, Last of the summer wine (Especialy the Compo and Cleggy years) ETC, The Inbetweeners is rediculously funny.
Along with Outnumbered, The IT crowd, and The big Bang theory it is perhaps amongst the few modern comedy's I would happely watch anytime.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 27 August, 2011, 01:51:55 am
THE PARENT TRAP - the one from around a dozen years ago with Lindsay Lohan and Dennis Quad and one of the Richardson girls (possibly the one that died recently, I'm not sure).

Either way, it's actually pretty enjoyable. Lohan is a precocious young talent, Dennis Quaid really should be more famous than he is,  and the movie doesn't have any of the false "Oooh they break up twenty minutes before the end" crap, it all follows nicely and logically*.



* Once you accept that loving parents can split up twins and never let them know of each others existence.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 27 August, 2011, 11:09:07 am
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but I'm more resolute than ever that Connery's Bond wasn't all that

Absolutely agree with you on that.

The Host - again we're late to the party. Bloody hell this was a great movie. I now want to steal the trick of revealing your monster in an offhand way at the beginning of the first act for something I witre.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 27 August, 2011, 12:18:09 pm
Swamp Shark

Bought for three quid from tesco, along with MONSTERWOLF, i wasnt expecting much. Ninety minutes later, id had a fantastic ninety minutes in the company of a great cast, a fun story, some scary bits, some tolerable cgi and practical effects and a brilliant cajun soundtrack. A real surprise, top stuff.

SBT
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Post by: Van Dom on 27 August, 2011, 12:24:48 pm
All The Boys Love Mandy Lane.
Well!
Thought this would just be another average "teens go on a weekend away to get slaughtered one by one by some sadistic killer" movie. It WAS, of course, but a little bit more as well. The ending really caught me off guard, completely so,and turned a ho-hum "seen it all before" movie into something just that little bit different. I ended up really enjoying this one. And Amber Heard is awesome.
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Post by: johnnystress on 27 August, 2011, 12:46:55 pm
Columbo - Prescription: Murder

One of the original pilot tv movies

I had the pleasure last year of seeing the theatre version with Dirk (Face) Benedict playing the part of Peter Flak playing the part of Columbo. Great stuff
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Post by: Hawkmumbler on 27 August, 2011, 01:36:23 pm
Manimal- Pilot movie
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Post by: Professor Bear on 28 August, 2011, 01:38:58 am
In my Bond marathon I've reached Licence To Kill, the gritty and more realistic Bond movie in which Bond does wheelies in an oil rig, hijacks planes in mid-air using a helicopter, fights ninjas, and narrowly avoids being shot in the face by a laser hidden in a camera.
Like a lot of the 1980s Bonds, the action sequences in this have become retroactively more impressive because of the lack of CGI and occasionally journeyman direction that lets it sink in just how epic some of what goes on actually is, like the ludicrously large explosions at the end that you realise someone actually made happen in real life rather than on a computer in post production.
I sort of see why people didn't take to Dalton's version of the character as he plays it quite cold, though this is deliberate, I think, and it otherwise can't all be laid at his door as there was clearly a paradigm shift in the way the films were made that happened when he took over the lead.  There's the odd moment when he really nails it for me, like the end of LTK when Bond has killed the baddie and he just slumps, and it becomes clear from Dalton's expression that the character takes no pleasure in it and you remember earlier in the film when there's a reference to his late wife and how he never found any fulfillment when he killed Blofeld for her murder in Diamonds Are Forever and For Your Eyes Only, and in fact he actually dissuades someone from setting out on revenge in the latter - Dalton plays it at the final hurdle as a man who already knows revenge is hollow and has simply done what needed to be done according to his own brutal and practical view of the world, but it's a brief and passing moment before the facade goes back up when he's rejoined by his latest bedwarmer.  There are other little touches, especially the constant re-use of "Universal Exports" to reinforce that this is a man playing a carefully-crafted and maintained character at all times just so he can better go about his business of killing people and the James Bond characters meet is a bluff on them but also a bluff on the audience, as the whole premise of Licence To Kill is that Bond goes rogue seeking revenge when he's more likely just seeing an end to the job he started.
But it's also a damn good mid-80s actioner in its own right.
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Post by: Spikes on 28 August, 2011, 01:55:56 pm
At the piccies, watched and enjoyed Rise of the planet of the apes ....... and last night on dvd, Dawn of the Dead '78 (again)
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Post by: willthemightyW on 28 August, 2011, 10:49:11 pm
Conan the barbarian. I've tried slamming my head on the key board until something interesting to be said about this movie would come out. It didnt work. I then tried slamming my head on my desk hoping to forget the last 112 minutes of my life (although it's more like 140 now, I've literally just come back from the cinema). It didnt work.
However, a couple of days before this I had the pleasure of seeing rise OF THE planet OF THE apes.
I thought that was great, especially The little snippets we saw on various tv screens about a mission to the dark side of mars in a ship called icarus (the ship from the original) had gotten lost, and a cleverly edited clip of Charlton Heston in a space station or something, obviously just edited stock footage of him. These were blink and miss 'em moments though.
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 28 August, 2011, 11:27:05 pm
Just watched Going To Pieces - The Rise And Fall of The Slasher Movie, wasn't a brilliant documentary and most of the insights and anecdotes will be pretty familiar if you're already a big fan of horror, but was pretty good fun as a bit of a nostalgia trip through stabby movies.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 29 August, 2011, 12:58:40 am
Wolfhound, a pretty entertaining Russian fantasy effort which could make for a half decent entry in the 100 movies starting with W blog. Nothing much unexpected happens (young boy sees his whole village massacred, is sold into slavery, grows up to be hard as nails with a burning sense of what's right and comes looking for the bastards responsible) but it's done with fair amount of verve and ingenuity and the central relationship between our man and the inevitable princess works well enough to offset some ropy CGI backgrounds.

Probably better than the new Conan and, at two quid from Fopp, I was able to justify buying a copy on the grounds that it was cheaper than renting it.

Oh, and he has a pet bat, but it's not really like Beastmaster or anything.

During the week  I caught Last Year at Marienbad, a film so willfully open to interpretation that interpretation should be wary of going off with something so desperate. Nothing is properly explained, multiple potential histories emerge. Visually it alternates between long shots of elegant hallways receding away into the distance, mirrored salons and uncomfortable tableaux vivants. Scenes are repeated from different perspectives; present and possible pasts are deliberately confused; one incident is described in voiceover while another unfolds on screen only for the first to be played out later; narration obscures what characters are saying and there are frequent scenes where it seems that not all the characters are aware of each others presence.
After putting all that down, it sounds great to me. Sadly, the cumulative effect was one of overwhelming tedium.
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Post by: Hawkmumbler on 29 August, 2011, 11:32:28 am
Captain America: The first Avenger
It's not as funny as the 99 movie, but it's probably one of the best marvel movies I have ever seen (That can easily be achieved by not having the Director of Evil Dead introduce a dance scene with an emo Peter parker).
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Post by: Professor Bear on 29 August, 2011, 04:50:18 pm
Cowboys and Aliens, which is neither particularly good nor particularly bad, it just sort of exists.  If it had jammed in a bunch of cliches about cowboys and/or aliens in a Silverado fashion, it might have been a great romp, but as it is it comes off as a competently made SyFy movie from back when SyFy weren't just making shit like Piranhaconda and pretending it was supposed to be bad.  That probably sounds harsh but it's not meant to be - as I say, it's neither bad nor good and you'd have to be a particularly grumpy and/or snobby sod to begrudge it for moseying on into the cinema and keeping you occupied for an hour and a bit.  One thing it gets right in my book is not showing the cowboys having steampunk technology, which has worn out its welcome for me, but again this feeds back into the whole thing being unexceptional in any particular area of production.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 29 August, 2011, 10:17:05 pm
MONSTERWOLF

Another three quid movie from tesco and the syfy channel. Nasty oil people headed by star trek's hologram doctor reawaken a vengeful native american spirit: a massive wolluff that then kills everyone connected to the company, manifesting as either vaguely competent cgi or a comedy puppethead with snaggle teeth. Mixed-parentage lawyer girl, recently returned to louisiana to work for the oil people has to work out where her allegiances lie, before the woolluff kills everyone she loves.

Again, a likeable cast, a not too shit script and a couple of directorial decisions- including a blatantly budget saving animated segment- render it nowhere near as bad as you'd expect.

Connossieurs of not-very-special effects will enjoy the woolluff. I did.

SBT
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Post by: I, Cosh on 29 August, 2011, 10:27:44 pm
Saw The Inbetweeners Movie this afternoon and found it to be very entertaining. Maybe two episodes worth of jokes across three episodes running time, which is pretty good going when they have to sustain the plot for feature length.

Yesterday afternoon, I didn't switch over while Charlies Angels: Full Throttle was on. I find these films silly and fun. They take the right approach to unconvincing CGI in action movies, playing up the absurdity of it rather than trying to fake realism. NB I don't really have anything against CGI in action movies, it's the "unconvincing" part I'm opposed to.

Also, the Angels look nice in outfits.

Something I forgot to mention about Wolfhound. He is so hard, he always takes a minute to tie his hair back before getting stuck into the battle, safe in the knowledge that nobody will try to fuck him up until he looks his best.
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Post by: Mister Pops on 30 August, 2011, 01:46:53 am
Your battle with the guards was magnificent. Your skill is extra-ordinary
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Post by: Bhuna on 30 August, 2011, 12:29:17 pm
Watched 'Watchmen' yesterday. Now there's three and a half hours of my life I'll never get back  :(
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 30 August, 2011, 01:01:48 pm
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Licence To Kill - I'm a huge fan of this. I like the way it applies epic Bond film values to what is essentially a television show problem.

I would have loved to have seen more of Dalton. It's often little bits of mime that show the bext bits of Bond (even Brosnan mananges a couple of nice silent tics in Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies)

Strangely, it's not the ludicrous action that jars with the "gritty and realistic" bit of this for me, it's the use of women. They are written as if they belong in an entirely different movie altogether and I just cringe with embarassment especially in the coda.  Lupe, in particular, has the least going on inside her head of *any* female character ina Bond movie. No, really. 

And as mentioned, they do drop the ball on a couple of the action sequences (the shark and the warehouse could be much better) but the helicopter fishing for plane, the barefoot waterskiing escape and the completely OTT oil tankers exploding at the end more than make up for it.

The villains, despite the fact you could accuse them of being Miami Vice knock offs, are very funny - Robert Davi has some great lines.  And my hasn't Bencio Del Toro eaten some pies since making this movie.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 30 August, 2011, 03:33:56 pm
I'd argue Rosie Carver, Kissy Suzuki or Mary Goodnight were the most anemic Bond girls for various reasons, but Lupe is supposed to be pretty vacuous as she serves little purpose in the story beyond ultimately being second choice to Bouvier - who admittedly isn't particularly interesting either - and on that level she's functional as a plot device.  Though fair point as a character not so much.
It's only now I've hit the Brosnan era that I find the women to be suspiciously easy faced with Bond's charms, though at this stage the films were a little more involved in their characters so perhaps it's just that "Bond shags X girl because he is Bond" isn't a convincing argument anymore, but we get that rationale with pretty much every Bond conquest from thence onward up until Casino Royale showed him putting in a bit more effort to get his oats.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 31 August, 2011, 12:29:29 pm
Oh I'd forgotten about Mary Goodnight. Point conceded. 

Anyway, one welcome change that came with Brosnan was the rejuvination of the opening titles.  Whether you like the songs or not is an entirely other debate but the Maurice Binder stuff had descended into a pale rip off of himself. 

But with Goldeneye and Die Another Day we get brilliant little pieces of storytelling nehind the titles.  Goldeneye in particular shows the Soviet Union coming crashing down by having scantilly clad models take chunks out of statues of Stalin and Lennin while weilding the tools of soviet industry. Just a pity about Tina Turner.
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Post by: Spaceghost on 31 August, 2011, 12:42:07 pm
Watched The Troll Hunter at the weekend. It's another Blair Witch/Cloverfield handy-cam mockumentary featuring a group of young film students investigating, initially, illegal bear hunting in Norway.

There's very little in the way of characterisation which is traded off for a more realistic and naturalistic style. Now there has been a few of these handycam films, you start to notice that similar techniques are used such as the 'night vision reveal', and you sometimes think "why is he still filming? RUN!" but if you can suspend your disbelief slightly, it's very enjoyable.

The special effects are great and the Trolls all look distinctive and believable, despite the fact that they also look like they've stepped out of the pages of a story book. Particularly impressive is a battle with an absolutely enormous Troll in the frozen moors.

Definitely recommend.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 31 August, 2011, 01:38:01 pm
Anyway, one welcome change that came with Brosnan was the rejuvination of the opening titles.

Fair point, but in Binder's defence the opening credits were always just some sort of visual stuff happening rather than something actually related to the rest of the film - don't get me wrong, there's never ever a bad reason to have a naked girl using a trampoline in your film, but what this has to do with the story for Spy Who Loved Me is anyone's guess.

I didn't mind Tina Turner's theme as much as Madonna's, which was so terrible that if you watch the opening credits of Die Another Day it actually looks like the Koreans are torturing Bond by making him listen to it for 14 months.

The Fast And The Furious I had never watched until now because I dismissed it as a male fantasy, and it pretty much is just that.  I can't remember the names of a single character mere hours removed from viewing but the basic plot is that Smolder Bluebadge is an undercover cop with greasy hair who infiltrates the street-racing gang of Drives Fastington (Vin Diesel) and they work out their daddy issues by driving really fast until someone crashes and then they exchange a bromance look and go their separate ways.  It's not complicated to the point that Speed Racer owes it a huge visual and storytelling debt, though for me the biggest sticking point wasn't the stupidity of the plot or the thin characters but the fact that everything hinges on a racing event featuring a different ethnicity of driver in every car that is called Race Wars, which is unfortunate, but not deliberate, I think, because it's that kind of flick.
Dumb, but oddly enjoyable.
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Post by: brendan1 on 06 September, 2011, 02:14:36 pm

Particularly impressive is a battle with an absolutely enormous Troll in the frozen moors.


How is that a spoiler?

"Oh, I'm not going to bother watching Trollhunter now, I already know they fight one in it so there's no point"
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Post by: Spaceghost on 06 September, 2011, 02:20:23 pm

Particularly impressive is a battle with an absolutely enormous Troll in the frozen moors.


How is that a spoiler?

"Oh, I'm not going to bother watching Trollhunter now, I already know they fight one in it so there's no point"

Better safe than sorry. Relax.
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Post by: brendan1 on 06 September, 2011, 02:25:12 pm

Particularly impressive is a battle with an absolutely enormous Troll in the frozen moors.


How is that a spoiler?

"Oh, I'm not going to bother watching Trollhunter now, I already know they fight one in it so there's no point"

Better safe than sorry. Relax.

I am relaxed, I was gently taking the piss out of you for over-zealous - but comedically pleasing - adherence to Forum conventions
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Post by: Spaceghost on 06 September, 2011, 03:45:05 pm

Particularly impressive is a battle with an absolutely enormous Troll in the frozen moors.


How is that a spoiler?

"Oh, I'm not going to bother watching Trollhunter now, I already know they fight one in it so there's no point"

Better safe than sorry. Relax.

I am relaxed, I was gently taking the piss out of you for over-zealous - but comedically pleasing - adherence to Forum conventions

No bother. The only reason I spoilered it was because it's the final scene and it sort of builds to it. Didn't want to ruin it for anyone.

Anyway, it's really good.

Watched Attack the Block this weekend and that's another winner. Laaahdan kiddie-gangsters take on aliens in a council block of flats.

Funny and action packed. The kids seem like despicable little thugs at first, but as the film goes on and you get to know them, you start to sympathise with them, and then root for them.

And the music is bare good innit. You feelin' me?
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Post by: Judge Olde on 06 September, 2011, 03:58:10 pm
Attack The Block was a very good, well paced & acted film. Only gripe, it was all wound up a little too neatly & quickly at the end.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 06 September, 2011, 10:58:33 pm
Just watched Escape From Alcatraz, for the very first time, after reading up about 'great escapes' at work the other day and becoming fascinated with how they did it. What a great movie! Barring a couple of niggly bits where siegel plays a bit fast and loose with it (especially the fake head/ here comes the guard/ oh its really clint bit) it's seemingly pretty close to what happened. Except they probably drowned and there were no chrysanthemums.

SBT
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Post by: Dandontdare on 07 September, 2011, 10:02:05 am
I once tried to do that welding trick with coin-scrapings and matches - it doesn't work!
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Post by: radiator on 07 September, 2011, 10:42:51 am
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Watched Attack the Block this weekend and that's another winner. Laaahdan kiddie-gangsters take on aliens in a council block of flats.

Funny and action packed. The kids seem like despicable little thugs at first, but as the film goes on and you get to know them, you start to sympathise with them, and then root for them.

And the music is bare good innit. You feelin' me?

Really liked that film, a real shame it didn't do better at the box office - hopefully it will find a bigger audience on DVD/BD/VoD. I've heard so many people dismiss it simply because "the main characters were horrible thugs and I wanted them to die", which I find quite shocking and reactionary. As if the audience is never asked to sympathise with or root for with a morally ambiguous protagonist (Snake Plissken, Dirty Harry, Judge Dredd). My theory is that because AtB feels quite authentic in it's portrayal of the youth gang, the characters perhaps feel a little too close to home which brought people's prejudices into play, and sadly a lot of them couldn't get over that to enjoy the film.

I thought it did a very good job of presenting the flawed 'heroes', with perhaps one or two moments where it felt a little like an apology (in particular the moment when one character says of the mugging at the start of the film "We were more scared than you", which didn't ring true), and possibly the build up to the finale, where Brewis gets 'accepted' by the gang. Overall it didn't cop out and make them too cuddly or likable, which I admired. And besides, the one character who we clearly are supposed to root for - Moses - had a very satisfying story arc. While the other gang members will probably revert to their previous lifestyle after the events of the film, there is no doubt that Moses makes the right decision, takes responsibility for his actions, and comes out of the film a man rather than a boy.

Great film, looking forward to getting my hands on the Blu Ray - I'm sure Mr Cornish has stuffed it full of extras. And yes, the soundtrack is superb - like a blend of 50s alien invasion movie, John Carpenter soundtrack, and bassy dubstep. Been listening to it quite a bit.
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Post by: brendan1 on 08 September, 2011, 09:07:23 am

Really liked that film, a real shame it didn't do better at the box office - hopefully it will find a bigger audience on DVD/BD/VoD. I've heard so many people dismiss it simply because "the main characters were horrible thugs and I wanted them to die", which I find quite shocking and reactionary. As if the audience is never asked to sympathise with or root for with a morally ambiguous protagonist (Snake Plissken, Dirty Harry, Judge Dredd). My theory is that because AtB feels quite authentic in it's portrayal of the youth gang, the characters perhaps feel a little too close to home which brought people's prejudices into play, and sadly a lot of them couldn't get over that to enjoy the film.


"Shocking and reactionary"?

Not really. Most normal people don't really like the "type" of characters in ATB, because they are rather too close to the tooth-sucking, slang-talking, illiterate, feral halfwits that they encounter all too often in their day-to-day lives, most of whom I'd quite happily watch being killed by aliens.

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Post by: radiator on 08 September, 2011, 09:10:18 am
I rest my case.
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Post by: brendan1 on 08 September, 2011, 09:50:22 am
I rest my case.

Not really. You're just lazy.
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Post by: Goaty on 08 September, 2011, 11:50:30 am
I rest my case.

Not really. You're just lazy.

You sounds like a nice guy(!)
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 08 September, 2011, 12:08:09 pm
I rest my case.

Not really. You're just lazy.


Yes, it really was quite lazy to write a polite, intelligent and considered reply outlining his thoughts, rather than making a glib, ignorant and reactionary Daily Mail style comment.
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Post by: Ghastly McNasty on 08 September, 2011, 12:19:15 pm
I can confirm Troll Hunter is a film worth watching. Better than Cloverfield, more akin to Blair Witch. The Trolls are a nice touch. It's almost like a new genre in itself. Thumbs up from me.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 08 September, 2011, 12:44:37 pm
I've heard so many people dismiss it simply because "the main characters were horrible thugs and I wanted them to die", which I find quite shocking and reactionary.

We've had twelve Friday the 13th movies made on the assumption that audiences want to see kids get skewered with a swordfish by the mentally disabled - it might be pissing in the wind to hope that a film full of ASBO yobs would be viewed in a different light.

Although I never understood why we're supposed to take delight in the deaths of the cast of Starship Troopers, so what do I know?
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Post by: Hawkmumbler on 08 September, 2011, 08:00:33 pm
I was always under the impresion that the slasher genre was only intended to induce shock (or very least surprise) as apposed to develope a bond between the viewer and the charactors.
Having seen most of the 13th films (I have yet to watch the remake, dont have high hope's for it) I would say that the Nightmare on Elm street films and Pumpkinhead where far superior supernatural thrillers, with predator (Yes, I do count it as a slasher film) toping the list.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 08 September, 2011, 10:55:14 pm
The Friday the 13th remake is not good.  it stars on of them off Supernatural, but it's not even as good as most of the bad episodes of Supernatural.

Slasher flicks do indeed trade in shock value, but they still need lead characters and once you have leads you have an investment in how things turn out.  In theory, anyway.  I don't think anyone believes that people were watching the Elm Street/13th flicks for any reason other than their murderous antagonists and the increasingly inventive ways they went about killing teenagers.
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Post by: I, Cosh on 08 September, 2011, 11:13:36 pm
I find it quite a strange attitude. Does it follow that you wouldn't watch Assault on Precinct 13, Escape from the New York or The Warriors as the heroes are all criminals?

Personally, I thought Attack the Block was great and what it brings to my misty mind's eye is something like Stand By Me (group of kids forced to stick together and confront the way their lives are going while having a fun adventure) but more realistic. The setting was one of the things that made it stand out too. Recognisable British kids as opposed to the American variants of spoilt rich kids, smouldering emo teens, comical stoners or mouthy gangbangers.
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Post by: radiator on 08 September, 2011, 11:49:42 pm
Exactly. I was going to mention The Warriors. Quadrophenia too. I suppose the 'feral' youths in those films are acceptable because they wear fruity 1970s costumes or 60s clobber and the scenes of brutal gang violence are bathed in cosy nostalgia?
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Post by: Professor Bear on 08 September, 2011, 11:59:30 pm
I find it quite a strange attitude. Does it follow that you wouldn't watch Assault on Precinct 13, Escape from the New York or The Warriors as the heroes are all criminals?

Well, apart from Batman or Ace Ventura you don't watch movies just because of characters, you watch them for the story in which those characters appear.  In theory I shouldn't like Goodfellas because everyone in it is a total dick, but the story isn't about them being dicks, it's about how their being dicks is their undoing.  Context is everything: the Warriors are scumbags, for instance, but they're also victims of circumstance and the underdogs in the movie's story, making them sympathetic.  Snake Pliskin is a terrible human being, but his quest is a worthy one, his foes much worse than he is, so while he's not entirely sympathetic in Escape From New York (his only motivation is self-preservation, after all), you're still invested in his story and hope he succeeds.
Of course, these are good movies that you mention - if you'd only mentioned shit movies, people would likely have pointed at unsympathetic main characters as part of the films' problems.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 09 September, 2011, 12:00:13 am
Growing up I never watched films like 'the Goonies' cos I hated the kids, they were too 'nice', cocky, talkin' shite most of the time and the worst thing about 'Temple of Doom' was Short-Round, cocky little fuckers like that made me cringe back then. E.T. had a great and measured approach to the young 'uns but I just about made it to teen-fest 'Back to the Future'...if it hadn't been for Doc Brown...

Give me cynical middle-aged men any day.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 09 September, 2011, 12:19:47 am
Snake Pliskin is a terrible human being, but his quest is a worthy one, his foes much worse than he is, so while he's not entirely sympathetic in Escape From New York


Agreed, I've said it before, if the foe is worse than the protagonist, character-nastiness can be a sliding scale for all personae in a film. Plissken, his cynicism/lack of respect for all things except himself is still the better alternative for the viewer than the Duke of New York. This is something the producers of Dredd '95 always seemed to miss/avoid. It was a trope of many films in the past -film noir et al.- that had somehow fallen-down-the-back-of-the-sofa during the atrocious 80's and irregularly pops-back-up.

People can be easily led into getting behind a questionable protagonist and with a character like Dredd pulling the old switcheroo on the audiences' expectations of what they find acceptable can be interesting. Unfortunately we've yet to see somone -other than Wagner in the comics- really exploit this vital element of how Dredd as a character and story-device can function in a film.
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Post by: brendan1 on 09 September, 2011, 09:33:03 am
I find it quite a strange attitude. Does it follow that you wouldn't watch Assault on Precinct 13, Escape from the New York or The Warriors as the heroes are all criminals?

Personally, I thought Attack the Block was great and what it brings to my misty mind's eye is something like Stand By Me (group of kids forced to stick together and confront the way their lives are going while having a fun adventure) but more realistic. The setting was one of the things that made it stand out too. Recognisable British kids as opposed to the American variants of spoilt rich kids, smouldering emo teens, comical stoners or mouthy gangbangers.

I can relate to the kids in The Goonies or Stand By Me, because they seemed vaguely familiar to me.

However, I've occasionally sat on the top deck of a South London bus - Not often, thankfully - and the tooth-sucking retards garing sullenly at me over the shit, tinny, r&b racket emanating from a mobile phone rather depress me, and therefore a film featuring an entire cast of these dead-eyed dimwits doesn't appeal, unless I can watch them all get killed.

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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 09 September, 2011, 11:22:46 pm
The Last Broadcast

Oh, i cant be bothered. Just utter drivel. Badly conceived, badly made, laughable bollocks, with a voice over that makes you want to hurl rocks at the screen. No wonder it only magically appeared after the infinitely superior Blair Witch Project had broken records.

Some people apparently think this is the 'better' film. I think those people shouldnt ever be allowed to watch a film again.

Just shit. In every way.

SBT
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 10 September, 2011, 09:13:06 am
Well, I watched the first 20 minutes of Time Crimes before the disc become unreadable. I don't blame lovefilm, it's surprisingly rare that it happens and they'll send you out a replacement and an extra film as soon as you report it. Pretty damn frustrating though, I was getting right into it! Also, if you treat a DVD with respect and care then there isn't really any reason it should ever become scratched, some folks are just morons.
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Post by: Radbacker on 10 September, 2011, 01:00:03 pm
please dont start to hurl things at me, its not something I'd usually watch but as I'm visiting the parents we decided to take in a family movie and watched Zoo Keeper.  I feel bad about it but i haven't laughed so much at the cinema in a long time, maybe it was because i was with the family (they live 3000kms away so i dont see them often).  Very predictable but less pee and poo jokes than i'd thought there'd be and some fairly funny slapstick, the gorilla ruled.

CU Radbacker
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Post by: HdE on 10 September, 2011, 03:59:14 pm
Re-watched Steamboy the other day with my pal and his little lad, who enjoyed every minute of it.

I see a LOT of negative, super-nitpicky crap talked about this movie, but it's bloody brilliant!
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 10 September, 2011, 06:00:32 pm
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However, I've occasionally sat on the top deck of a South London bus - Not often, thankfully - and the tooth-sucking retards garing sullenly at me over the shit, tinny, r&b racket emanating from a mobile phone rather depress me, and therefore a film featuring an entire cast of these dead-eyed dimwits doesn't appeal, unless I can watch them all get killed.

What a thoroughly unpleasant sentiment.  It looks like the ignore files were also lost in the server move.  Back in you go.
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Post by: Albion on 11 September, 2011, 05:20:46 pm
Another kids film for us......Legend of the Guardians.

I was expecting to hate this computer animated tale of owl armies battling each other but to my surprise I liked it. It was like Star Wars and Lord of the rings....with owls.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 11 September, 2011, 05:35:27 pm
KARATE KID with Jackie Chan.

I actually enjoyed this despite the annoying little Will Smith clone running around. A bit too mushy; it should have just stuck to bullies plus kung fu and lost the love interest for the 12 year old leads.

Needless to say that when Chan struts his stuff it is a great scene but it is only ONE scene.  I could also have done with him slapping down the bad sensei even though I guess the point was that he doesn't do Kung Fu to fight.

Oh and the routine with the jacket and it's pay off is inspired.


(Modified to spell Jackie Chan correctly. Jakie Chan would be in an entirely different (but also entertaining movie - The Buckfast Boy)
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Post by: Hawkmumbler on 11 September, 2011, 08:05:30 pm
I'm a die hard fan of the original so I was a bit hesitant about the remake with Chan. But to my surprise I found it stood by itself as a decent movie. Sadly I can concern that we do live in a world where twelve year olds take there relationships to seriously, but putting that aside it was a dream come the Jackie having a bunch of scummy bullies hit each other. XD Classic Chan.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 11 September, 2011, 10:28:41 pm
Hatchet.

What we have here is a man who wishes they still made Friday the 13th films like they used to, teaming up with Kane Hodder- a man who has in the past demonstrated a worrying degree of paternal demand about the character of Jason Voorhees (a character he played multiple times on screen, but notably not in the good ones) and together making what's basically an alt.world F13, where Jason looks as good as he did at the end of part one/ part two (sans bag on head) and goes through the motions of offing the cast in ways the original movies couldnt do.

A decade is a long time in practical effects, and here Hodder gets to wallow in some oldskool non-cgi slaughter, and is clearly having a whale of a time in his full bodysuit of hilarious Joseph Merrick-inspired prosthetics.

It's set on the bayou, and the swamp is as good a location as any if you're trying to recall Camp Crystal Lake and at the same time be a thousand miles away.

Hodder plays Victor Crowley- who is Jason (no more needs to be said) and also Crowley's dad in flashback, which must have pleased him no end. Robert England (Freddy) has a brief cameo at the start, and Tony Todd (Candyman/ Final Destination) pops his head out of a door and mugs for the camera a bit.

Quite a lot of tits are shown, the cast do their best to highlight the script's direct referencing of various Friday movies (I got seven laughs out of this, but my days of being a True Fan are well past), and there's some quality grue. However it's all a bit lighthearted and knowing for my taste, and while it never succumbs too much to parody, it does get close on occasion. If they'd've stuck a mask on Victor, it would have been a far better F13 movie than the boring remake, and i'll be picking up Hatchet 2 this week.

It only cost me £3 from HMV too. Worth it for the special features and the lengths the director went to indulge Hodder when filming. I have noticed the sequel shares the same writer/director, which automatically loses it points as a Friday homage.

SBT
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Post by: Professor Bear on 11 September, 2011, 11:08:21 pm
but notably not in the good ones

Gonna ask what F13s you rate, as I'm wondering if I'm the only one reckoned Freddy/Jason was a bag of shit.
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Post by: Hawkmumbler on 12 September, 2011, 07:01:44 am
I would take Fredy vs. Jason over the F13 remake anyday.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 12 September, 2011, 09:12:27 am
Well, that's the question isnt it. When i was 14/15 and had just discovered a nearby newsagent that sold Fangoria, the F13 movies were obviously very important to me. No one ever claimed they were 'good films', but to be honest, being 'good' isnt what they're about. You have to be of a certain mindset to even tolerate them, and even now a damn good way to get chucked out of my house is to sneer at my dvd collection and say 'neuh, you have friday the thirteenth films but i dont see goodfellas/ the godfather/ lord of the rings/ whatever.'

Some are better than others. The original is as close as they came to actually frightening, but time hasnt been kind and it now seems very second-rate. Part 2 is a quickie cash-in with much of what made the first so entertaining taken out. Part 3 is probably the leanest, most oiled-up and ready to rock of them all. Even 'flat', the 3D is hilariously effective and its still the benchmark by which i judge 3D movies. Part 4 is notable because they killed jason off (ha ha) and for the still censored in the uk climactic slide down a machete.

Part 5 tries to be funny, but isnt (not a criticism, none of them are) and does at least try something different within its narrow remit, but only inasmuch as it jettisons the one character people were willing to pay to see.

Jason Lives! is my favourite, and is still the one i watch most- entirely due to its marvellous pre-credits sequence, where it gets all postmodern and sets Jase up as a hero in the mysogenistic Bond mode. Audacious use of a grave, too, as he was 'cremated'- or so we were told last time. Jason Lives! is largely rubbish in all other respects however, but C J Graham's Jason is probably my favourite.

Then it all goes wrong for a while, Part 7 is a mess, adding psychic powers to the mix and giving Jason a typically dreadful John Carl Buechler makeup job. He directs as well, and it's not pretty.

Part 8 (takes manhattan/ does dallas/ on the love boat/ goes to vancouver) is very boring for much of its length, and is (cont)
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 12 September, 2011, 09:28:55 am
(cont) notable only in my house because my wife is apparently in it, but in eleven years of knowing her, we've never checked.

Jason Goes To Hell again plays with the form, trying to be an entirely different movie with Jason possessing people. It doesnt work at all, and its offputting so far into a franchise to change the rules so badly and with little thought. Jason X is massively fun, but is hamstrung by the 'new' Jason and an 80s Dr Who aesthetic. Which brings us to Freddy Vs Jason- a movie that should tick lots of boxes, but misses every one, winking at the audience all the way and never once considering that what they were making was effectively 'scarface vs bob monkhouse'. Freddy had become a cuddly, bumbling gagster by this point, and jason was still an unstoppable killing machine. It was never going to work. And the remake is, as ive said, just boring.

None of them are 'good'. Of the lot, the remake is the most competent and stylish, but it fails dismally because the maniac in the woods ceased to be scary once blair witch showed how it should be done. If they'd've taken that approach, we may have had a genuinely terrifying film. As it is, Jason was shown to be an anachronism; a reminder of more innocent days when we were scared of being away from our parents and home comforts, and people who were 'different' were threatening.

SBT
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Post by: Colin Zeal on 12 September, 2011, 10:40:19 am
It's been a long time since I last saw it, but doesn't Jason Takes Manhattan end with him being covered in toxic waste and being somehow changed back into a little boy? How did they get round that in the next film or did they just not bother?
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 12 September, 2011, 11:15:58 am
They just didnt bother. I suppose you could argue that many of the Fridays exist in parallel universes- certainly post part four, or five. (six where he wasnt cremated, seven where psychic powers exist, nine where he didnt get turned back into a child, jason x where he didnt go to hell, fvsj where dream demons are real, and the remake where none of the others happened), but you'd have to be mad to do so.

SBT
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Post by: Spaceghost on 12 September, 2011, 11:26:34 am
I used to absolutely LOVE the Friday the 13th films. To the extent where I drew my own comic book adaption of Jason Lives. (I only got as far as doing a 4 page comic based on the intro). I've seen all of them and went to the cinema to see Freddy vs Jason, just for old times sake. I enjoyed it on a nostalgic level I suppose but it didn't make me want to see any more.

I haven't seen any of them for a while but the last time I watched one (Part 3, in 3D on Channel 4), I found it very boring.

Just like He-Man, Transformers and Findus crispy pancakes, the Friday the 13th films are an 80's phenomenon that I've simply grown out of. 
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 12 September, 2011, 12:14:13 pm
I agree entirely, and i find them a chore to watch beyond a gleeful 'fastforwarding to the effects' evening of gore. That said, in principle i love them intensely, and would happily see the series continue past the point where it stalled at the crap remake. If movies like Hatchet, Baghead and Backwoods Maniac (or whatever its called) can still get made and released, what is thete to stop whoever owns the rights ignoring the last one and making 'the thirteenth friday'? But if they do, i want a credit for that title.

SBT
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Post by: Dandontdare on 12 September, 2011, 12:41:42 pm
I really don't undferstand this - you say they're not good films and they're a chore to watch and yet you love them intensely - as old scifi robots used to say - DOES NOT COMPUTE. I can understand loving a film that isn't technically good, according to generally accepted film criticism, but only if you enjoy watching it. If it's crap AND not enjoyable to watch, what's to love?
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 12 September, 2011, 01:05:36 pm
Ahhh, DDD, (leans back on his rocker, takes long drag on dogend, faraway look in his eyes), you had to be there man. The eighties- finding out who was doing the next one, and more importantly who was doing the effects, the advance word in fango, rumours of fx sequences that would 'never make it to the uk', and the films themselves almost unobtainable legally. Clustering round a well-thumbed copy of fango in the common room, grossing the girls out, writing potential sequels in school exercise books, realising that with a camera and some ketchup it was entirely possible to actually make something like it and then doing so (interesting fact: director mark davis, of noel clarke's 4.3.2.1 'fame', made his first movie, with me, in his shed in eastbourne. It was a friday the thirteenth-inspired short, to see if we could do it).
It was the posters, the trailers, the sheer volume of the films- 5, 6, 7, no sign of stopping... when only Bond and Carry On could claim high numbers. But most of all it was the transgressive nature of them. Cinematic excrement to most, we used to giggle at the thought of barry norman reviewing one and exploding, we'd imagine jason interviewed by russell harty or wogan, where his only word was 'bum', or ocassionally 'bumbum'. They were just glorious in abstract- and always, always, disappointing in actuality. But the iconography kept us coming back: the hockey mask, machete and that logo, crazy ralph, kevin bacon with an arrow through his neck, crispin glover, corey feldman in a bald head wig... Ah man, you just had to be there.

SBT
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Post by: Albion on 12 September, 2011, 01:52:59 pm
Season of the witch. A rather bland knights and witchcraft thing with Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman.
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Post by: Hoagy on 12 September, 2011, 06:43:38 pm
After reading all about them I picked The Goonies up from The Works for 2.50.

You know it still makes me laugh. The penis thing on the miniature David is outrageous comedy. Chunk's, " starting from the VERY beginning?" and it just begins to peter out and bore me just in time for the end to roll on.

Girl at The Works had to say how she enjoyed it as a KID to the whole shop. So I said, so did I and wasn't it on such a long time ago? YOU'RE REALLY SHOWING YOUR AGE NOW!!

It could've been a gift for all she knew. Anyway still enjoyable and anybody who can't define children in movies and the unscripted ones from real life really ought to get over themselves.
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Post by: mogzilla on 12 September, 2011, 07:08:47 pm
"carriers"  starring chris "kirk" pine ...it wasnt great...

 watchimg "jarhead" tomorrow.
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Post by: MikeONeill on 12 September, 2011, 08:44:13 pm
...was the Judge Stallone movie (don't hit me). I was morbidly curious to re-watch it after all this time and see what I thought of it.

To be fair on the movie, I must have been about 8 or 9 when I first saw it (I think we rented it on video) and I remember it being pretty cool. It had cool robots, guns that electrocuted people and had lots of different rounds, awesome futuristic cities with flying cars. I didn't really come away with much of the plot - but that was probably for the best. It was after seeing the movie that I started getting my parents to pick up the Megazine for me in our local newsagent and from there I started reading 2000AD. So no matter how bad the film is, I suppose I have to give it credit for getting me on to Dredd proper. A gateway movie if you will.

Re-watching it as an adult, it's of course not very good. I still enjoy the 'Block War' scene - silly version of the Judge uniform notwithstanding there's at least something recognisably 'Dredd' in that scene. Blasting into a block, blowing perps away with a variety of rounds, handing out an inordiately long sentence to the film's comic sidekick-to-be (Dredd clearly knew what was coming). It was cheesy and watered down, but at least there was something of the comics in it, however scarce.

Of course from that point on it just becomes a Stallone action flick. The specific problems have been gone over on these message boards enough, no doubt. Then of course there's the ending - which to me bears all the hallmarks of a hastily written conclusion trying to tie up all the loose ends the film has left dangling. One youtube comment I saw summed it up nicely:

'Wait... why is everyone cheering when nothing has been resolved?'

So in conclusion... I enjoyed it at the time, and I can watch it as a brainless action film now... but roll on 2012!
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 12 September, 2011, 10:36:07 pm
Hatchet 2.

Same lot behind the camera, but a change of lead actress as she magically becomes Danielle Harris from the middle Halloween films. Tony Todd gets a proper go this time, and is joined by a cameoing John Carl Buechler (dir. F13pt7) who's actually better portraying a piss-drinking one eyed hick than he is at making movies. R A Mihailoff turns up (keen eyed viewers will know him as Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw 3) along with a bunch of other folk known to we Fangorians.

Kane Hodder gets to play both Victor Crowley and his dad again, only this time in scenes shot four years apart. It would be unkind to Hodder to point out that the interim time has resulted in massive physical changes in the man, as it could well be as a result of some illness- but he's basically grown an enormous flabby neck and this does rather detract from the carefully edited sequences somewhat.

Lots of splashy gore, some inventive use of powertools (sander, chainsaw, etc) and a man being strangled with his own intestines til his head comes off.

Basically, despite fewer overt references to other films (no one says 'do you want some candy, man?' to tony todd, which is a shame i feel) it's brilliant. Really liked that one. Hope they do a third.

Oh, and excellently, someone gets beheaded while fucking his not-fiance from behind. A lesson to us all there.

SBT
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Post by: Professor Bear on 13 September, 2011, 01:24:31 am
(no one says 'do you want some candy, man?' to tony todd, which is a shame i feel)

Richard Roundtree in Steel while holding the main character's magic space hammer and commenting "just admiring (pause) THE SHAFT" remains the benchmark in stupid references in films.

Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
is an immensely stupid film, but my main complaint is that it just isn't as stupid as it could be.  The story is every plot from any 1980s/1990s low-budget kung-fu flick about a teenage protagonist learning fighting arts and then challenging the guy who kills his master at the end of the third act, except instead of martial arts, he learns drifting (briefly releasing the accelerate button on your controller when you hit a corner), which he has somehow never heard of despite being a race jock.  There's a bit in the second act where he even learns the secret technique of drifting on a remote Japanese mountain so I'm going to go ahead and assume the writers at some point were doing it on purpose, but somewhere along the way got lost in tropes left over from their days writing some sort of American teen drama, and that shit is just dull, overloads the ludicrous elements to the point they become obscured by emo whining and eventually drags the whole thing down by seeming to want to be seen as a sensible drama even though the plot is inescapably batshit insane and should be fast and funny and exciting rather than too long and full of dull races - there are some effective shots of the cars burning about, but otherwise the race sequences tend to drag on a bit.
The treatment of women also remains reliably problematic for a racing movie, with at least one girl who stars in every scene featuring the main characters new Japanese chums not having a single word of dialogue in the entire film, the first scene features a girl offering herself up as a prize to the winner of a car race and the main beef of the flick boiling down to who gets to possess a schoolgirl, but I'm reasonably sure that the misogyny is part and parcel of how these films are marketed towards boy racers first and foremost.

An okay third entry in the series, I guess, but like I said above, it's not overtly stupid enough to be really entertaining.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 13 September, 2011, 02:52:45 am
Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is an immensely stupid film,


You really are asking for it.
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Post by: Beaky Smoochies on 13 September, 2011, 04:29:32 am
Of course from that point on it just becomes a Stallone action flick. The specific problems have been gone over on these message boards enough, no doubt. Then of course there's the ending - which to me bears all the hallmarks of a hastily written conclusion trying to tie up all the loose ends the film has left dangling.

That wasn't the original ending, supposedly, Mike, what I heard was Stallone took over the show and demanded changes in the script, including the ending - whilst they were onset and about to shoot the thing - leading to Danny Cannon becoming so disdainful of the Stallone-mandated changes, he very nearly walked off the whole project, which he probably should have, and publicly let it be known what happened behind the scenes, not to mention have his name taken off the director credit, I know I would have...
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Post by: MikeONeill on 13 September, 2011, 09:02:57 am
That wasn't the original ending, supposedly, Mike, what I heard was Stallone took over the show and demanded changes in the script, including the ending - whilst they were onset and about to shoot the thing - leading to Danny Cannon becoming so disdainful of the Stallone-mandated changes, he very nearly walked off the whole project, which he probably should have, and publicly let it be known what happened behind the scenes, not to mention have his name taken off the director credit, I know I would have...

Yeah you can tell that something wasn't right with the ending - even by the pretty low standards of the film up to that point. The culmination on the movie also relies on an event that wasn't foreshadowed before or explained afterwards - 'Central broadcast the Janus plan after Rico's death!' - why?! The film-makers have clearly realised that at no point have they given any reason for the other Judges to stop pursuing Dredd, so they just make something up to cover themselves.

Still, I console myself with the fact that by movie's end Rob Schneider is still guilty of having absconded from a prison shuttle, re-entered MC1 as a convict and murdered at least one SJS Judge while resisting arrest. So when he gets carted off on the stretcher you can rest safe in the knowledge that he was patched up and then sent to Aspen for a 40-year stretch.

And everyone lived happily ever after.  :D
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Post by: James Stacey on 13 September, 2011, 10:34:02 am
Book Of Eli I'd heard vastly conflicting reports of it so thought I'd better make up my own mind. I actually really enjoyed it. The story is a bit bunkus but the imagery was beautiful. Makes me want to pick Fallout 3 back up again. Didn't see the twist coming and will have to watch it again to see how it works knowing it.
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Post by: radiator on 13 September, 2011, 10:36:56 am
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That wasn't the original ending, supposedly, Mike, what I heard was Stallone took over the show and demanded changes in the script, including the ending - whilst they were onset and about to shoot the thing - leading to Danny Cannon becoming so disdainful of the Stallone-mandated changes, he very nearly walked off the whole project, which he probably should have, and publicly let it be known what happened behind the scenes, not to mention have his name taken off the director credit, I know I would have...

Yeah, there are quite a few contradictions in the Ezquerra-drawn comic adaptation that came out at the time. For one, Fergee dies while reprogramming the ABC Warrior (as per the original script I believe). And I'm pretty sure that Hershey kisses Dredd on the cheek, instead of full-on snogging him. Still a crime against the comic, but at least it's a sign of friendship rather than romance between them, which as others have pointed out, seems to spring from nowhere at the end of the film - there's no obvious attraction between the two up until that point.

If you ask me it's all indicative of the schizophrenic tone of the finished film - it doesn't know whether it wants to be sci-fi adventure, R-rated action or crowd-pleasing blockbuster and so falls awkwardly somewhere between all of them.

The one thing that can be said of the new film is that the makers know exactly what sort of film they are making (and the lead actor this time seems to want to put the story in front of his own ego!).

Still, you have to feel sorry for Cannon - he was a very young man at the time - still in his twenties IIRC, and he was working on his dream project, which ended up getting totally compromised by studio inteference and Stallone's ego. There's no doubt in my mind that what made it onto the screen isn't the film he wanted to make.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 13 September, 2011, 12:23:00 pm
Didn't see the twist coming and will have to watch it again to see how it works knowing it.

I rewatched it recently, and the main character is clearly looking at stuff and interacting accordingly during the film - the looter's boots, his ipod, and the contents of the pawn shop come to mind.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 13 September, 2011, 01:52:10 pm
That wasn't the original ending, supposedly, Mike, what I heard was Stallone took over the show and demanded changes in the script, including the ending - whilst they were onset and about to shoot the thing - leading to Danny Cannon becoming so disdainful of the Stallone-mandated changes, he very nearly walked off the whole project, which he probably should have, and publicly let it be known what happened behind the scenes, not to mention have his name taken off the director credit, I know I would have...


I think the flaws were inherent in the script, it never really worked (clones being added/humour/romance? etc) and it became apparent on-set and in editing. I know there were some re-shoots/re-edits Stallone directed in Vancouver involving Fergie according to the studios wish to make it 'funnier' -the 'kiss' by that stage was trivial to the mess- but who really knows, blame can apportioned to all and according to celebrity status. It really comes down to one person being in charge which there clearly wasn't and it should've been the producer sticking to one vision and managing the relationship between Cannon & Stallone accroding to it as such.

Danny Cannon was never going to walk off the film, not at such an early point in his career, if he did he most definitely wouldn't have continued working in much, if any capacity in Hollywood again. At that stage no one knew if Dredd would be a success or not despite the quality of the end product so he as much as anyone else was hoping it'd at least bring 'em in at the box-office and his own name would be made. It's idealistic to suggest walking-off. It would've been career suicide for someone so young to shirk the responsibilty of such an expensive studio film so late in the day or even to take his name off afterwards, especially since Cannon had no real directors bio to fall back on.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 13 September, 2011, 03:31:51 pm
I wouldn't feel too sorry for Cannon given he went on to write, direct and produce a great chunk of CSI in all its various forms.  Apart from the cash and the pull it's given him in Hollywood, it's also a fair bet that more people have seen one of his many episodes of CSI than watched Judge Dredd.  From Cannon's point of view - and I suspect it is a point of view formed in a giant vault full of money through which he swims like Scrooge McDuck - Judge Dredd was a learning experience he probably needed and to some extent expected at the time, as regardless of his enthusiasm for the project he must surely have known there'd be interference given the money being spent, problematic main character and the average IQ of a Hollywood blockbuster.

Plus, y'know, the movie could easily have been much, much worse if someone else had been making it.  Imagine Tim Burton's take on Mega City One and the resultant knock-on effect it may have had on the comic "I see it as a city of hedonism and no rules, so everyone is no longer ashamed to be openly goth like I am, and the Judges are like the fashion and fun police, with glowing batons and neon badges and Dredd has frizzy hair and wears mascara" and so on.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 13 September, 2011, 04:02:14 pm
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regardless of his enthusiasm for the project he must surely have known there'd be interference given the money being spent, problematic main character and the average IQ of a Hollywood blockbuster.


Knowing and realising are different things especially for 25/27 year olds. It probably didn't really sink in for Cannon till he heard Stallone was directing re-shoots. He was more than likely badly advised in the first place...and cocky. He had to do it to learn it, there was nothing he could've done while shooting it and he was well in over his head but he's still a young man and may prove himself yet on the big-screen.
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Post by: Beaky Smoochies on 14 September, 2011, 08:03:49 am
I know there were some re-shoots/re-edits Stallone directed in Vancouver involving Fergie according to the studios wish to make it 'funnier' -the 'kiss' by that stage was trivial to the mess- but who really knows, blame can apportioned to all and according to celebrity status.

Danny Cannon was never going to walk off the film, not at such an early point in his career, if he did he most definitely wouldn't have continued working in much, if any capacity in Hollywood again. At that stage no one knew if Dredd would be a success or not despite the quality of the end product so he as much as anyone else was hoping it'd at least bring 'em in at the box-office and his own name would be made. It's idealistic to suggest walking-off. It would've been career suicide for someone so young to shirk the responsibilty of such an expensive studio film so late in the day or even to take his name off afterwards, especially since Cannon had no real directors bio to fall back on.

I never said he was going to walk off the movie Joe, I said he very nearly  walked off, which he very nearly did, but you are right that his career would've been over if he bailed on an $80m mega-project, which is probably why he stayed to the bitter end - although he was very vocal about his utter disdain for the script changes at the time - as far as me saying he should've walked, that's just a bit of hyperbole on my part!  On the re-shoots in Vancouver, I NEVER heard about that, Joe dude, I always heard Stallone just took over principal photography and re-shot scenes while still at Shepperton studios, where the hell did they find time to re-shoot scenes in Vancouver, shooting on Judge Dredd wrapped in late January 1995 and the film was released in North America on June 30th that same year, where did you hear/read about re-shoots in Vancouver, would love to know...
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Post by: mogzilla on 14 September, 2011, 04:36:11 pm
watched on stranger tides last night ....meh

and, "13 assasins " which was bloody good
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 15 September, 2011, 10:02:56 am
The Devil Rides Out

Following a read of 'devil worship in great britain', i got hold of this to see what causal links i could find in the early sixties satanism panic. Basically, Dennis Wheatley, the hackmeister general, has a great deal to answer for.

Richard Matheson's script is a lark- and through the lips of chris lee, patrick mower, charles gray and paul eddington (yes, basically played jerry) every alarmist and portentous utterance becomes swathed in serious meaning. Matheson must've had a laugh when he saw the cast, knowing how they'd play it.

It's hamstrung by what they couldnt show; the ritual orgy scenes look like a disco, and there's no nudity at all. Not even a solitary tit. The only bloodletting happens offscreen, and the scenes of demonic attack in the early part of the film are melodramatic and uneffective.

However, following an exciting car chase, from the moment 'the goat of mendez' appears on the rock, it steps up a gear. Even now there's a frisson at the realisation of satan, as if it's somehow transgressive even to show him, despite looking as if he's just stepped out of the bbc's narnia adaptations. I remember as a small boy finding the idea that a film 'showed the devil' very frightening indeed.

The final battle is nicely done, but better in concept than in execution; though the giant spider is very well done. The angel of death is pathetic however- did they run out of cash, or was Matheson having an offday?

The resolution's at least ten times dumber and more mawkish than it first appears to be, and actually elicited a groan chez-sbt.

Wheatley, and Hammer, were largely resposible for the moral outrage surrounding 'satanism'. He responded to the permissive society by placing it in a mystical, satanic context, literally putting the goat of mendez at the heart as a threat to english values. Hammer rightly made it ludicrous, but the public ignored that and used it to fuel their own fears. Hammer had a hit, and fifty years later i had an entertaining night in front of the telly.

SBT

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Post by: Spaceghost on 15 September, 2011, 10:41:45 am
"13 assasins " which was bloody good

You're not wrong there. Fantastic it was.

The guy who played the evil and sadistic Lord who the assassins are out to kill was played by Goro, a member of SMAP, Japan's long running, wholesome and family-friendly boyband (and my wife's teenage crush). The English equivalent would be to have the villain played by Howard from Take That.

He did a bloody good job though.
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Post by: James Stacey on 15 September, 2011, 10:59:07 am
Really enjoyed 13 Assassins. Ticked almost every box for me. They just don't make movies like this any more. . well they clearly do, but only when it's a remake.
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Post by: Greg M. on 15 September, 2011, 03:46:59 pm
Hammer had a hit, and fifty years later i had an entertaining night in front of the telly.

'The Devil Rides Out' is undoubtedly one of my all-time favourite films – pride of place in my living room goes to a big, red, lurid original quad poster for the movie. The story is slightly hindered by lopping off the last section of the novel where, divorced from linear time, the heroes travel to Paris and then onto a damned monastery (in Greece, I think… I re-read it quite recently). The book’s ending is still a bit of a near-literal deus ex machine, but it is foreshadowed fairly effectively. That said, the film just about gets away with it - "Yes, Simon. He is the one we must thank" - though the fact they have to commune with Tanith to find out where Richard’s daughter is and it turns out to be exactly the same place they were the other night   seems like rather a waste of necromancy. But by God, Lee lends that film a remarkable weight (portentous utterances is indeed the perfect description of his delivery), Eddington is the perfect Richard Eaton, Patrick Mower is wonderfully tormented as Simon and Gray as Mocata is sublimely sinister (it’s all in the eyes - he's far superior to the novel’s Mocata, a shameless Crowely-lite figure.) The ‘inside the circle’ sequence is one of the great horror cinema set-pieces, only marred by the fact they forgot to stick in a background for the bit when the Angel of Death is revealed. (I don't mind the comparative naffness of the Angel - by that stage, the film, and Lee in particular, has sold the idea so well that it almost doesn't matter.)

An absolute classic.
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 15 September, 2011, 04:15:38 pm
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'The Devil Rides Out' is undoubtedly one of my all-time favourite films

Mine too.
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Post by: Hawkmumbler on 15 September, 2011, 05:45:41 pm
Street Fighter- Legend of Chun Li
Oh dear sweet god this fucking sucks.
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Post by: Albion on 15 September, 2011, 08:09:53 pm
Only eight years behind most people but last night I watched Daredevil.

Mrs Albion turned the TV on to BBC3 just as it was about to start so I decided to finally watch it.
Oh dear.....not the best Marvel movie is it? I've never really been a fan of Daredevil so didn't expect much. I have heard about the longer and apparently much better directors cut so maybe in another eight years or so I'll watch that.
I thought Colin Farrell as Bullseye was bloody awful.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 15 September, 2011, 08:15:53 pm
The longer version is better -not great- but unfotunately Ben Affleck is still in it. What is really stupid is that the director had the choice which version to release theatrically. Even though he believed the longer version to be better, he released the other.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 15 September, 2011, 08:18:33 pm
Only eight years behind most people but last night I watched Daredevil.

Mrs Albion turned the TV on to BBC3 just as it was about to start so I decided to finally watch it.
Oh dear.....not the best Marvel movie is it? I've never really been a fan of Daredevil so didn't expect much. I have heard about the longer and apparently much better directors cut so maybe in another eight years or so I'll watch that.
I thought Colin Farrell as Bullseye was bloody awful.

In the spirit of disagreeing with everything you say this week Mr Albion  :D  I have to admit to really liking Daredevil. It used to be my favourite of all the Marvel movies- back when the best they could manage was Spidey or XMen. Of course nowadays we've had the far superior THOR, Captain America and arguably (well, I love it) The Incredible Hulk. Also, I haven't seen it in years, so memory may cheat.

Anyway- I remember it as being dark, fun, grimy and with an excellent villain in Bullseye. I especially liked the rap music that introduced him in the pub scene; "I'm Irish! I'm a leprechaun!". Oh, and Michael Clarke Duncan as Kingpin is class. I liked that it used all the religious iconography of the more recent Daredevil comics (that I had read at that point), and that it reminded me of 'Man Without Fear', or whatever that series was called- the JRJR one.

Anyway, each to their own and all that!

SBT
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 15 September, 2011, 08:32:23 pm
I watched that Fast and Furious 5 the other night and thoroughly enjopyed the mindless spectacle paraded across the screen in front of me. I watched the first one in the series and didn't bother with the rest. The only reason I wanted to 'eventually' watch this was because I knew The Rock would have to have a fight with Vin and their confrontation didn't disappoint.

The start of the film with the bus scene was hilarious as everyone survived, which was amazing. We then had the train action piece which was fun but let down with the editing as the bridge approached but still I found it entertaining, especially the climax. Then we have the robbery with the safe, I absolutely loved the utter balls out madness to this, the carnage was fun to watch. Even though I enjoyed these sequences I thoroughly enjoyed the shoot outs and all the weapon play.

Overall this was a decent Friday night film (although I watched it on a Wednesday)
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Post by: Albion on 15 September, 2011, 08:32:49 pm

In the spirit of disagreeing with everything you say this week Mr Albion  :D
 
Of course nowadays we've had the far superior THOR, Captain America and arguably (well, I love it) The Incredible Hulk. 

Oh, and Michael Clarke Duncan as Kingpin is class.

And disagree we shall my friend. I haven't liked either of The Hulk movies.  :)

But I will agree that the Kingpin was very good.
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Post by: Professor Bear on 15 September, 2011, 11:07:33 pm
It used to be my favourite of all the Marvel movies- back when the best they could manage was Spidey or XMen.

/nerd
Spidey was a Sony Pictures movie, X-Men a Fox product.  Marvel now have a studio to make their own movies like Captain America, Thor, Avengers, Iron Man, and to me, this explains why Spidey 3, X3, Wolverine and First Class were the messes they were - the studios literally had to make any movie at all within a certain time frame or the rights revert back to a rival studio.
Oddly, I am still looking forward to Amazing Spider-Man.  Shitty costume and all.

I like Daredevil a lot, especially the Director's Cut.  I have no idea why it's hated beyond that some of the cast inspire an emotional reaction from some pundits - and that's fair enough, because whatever the reasons you don't like it you don't like it and that's that - but find the notion that it's a benchmark in bad superhero movies an odd one.
Mind you, I don't rate Daredevil much beyond one or two stories from the 1980s and a run by Ann Nocenti that gets ignored because she committed the crimes of remembering that (1) Daredevil is a superhero comic and (2) was a woman.  Since then every story seems to be about how Matt Murdoch's life gets suckier and then he became the king of the zombie ninjas and I figured it was time to call it a day.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 15 September, 2011, 11:24:44 pm
It is quite a difference between both versions of Daredevil, not the same films at all. When I saw the theatrical version it just felt like half the film was missing and as I found out later that's actually what it was, half of another film mixed with some sex scenes. Although it still has many problems, the director's cut is in no way the worst of the hero flicks but the theatrical version probably is.


I would consider it on a par with the last X-Men flick which suffers from far too many useless/uninteresting/superfluous secondary characters -all X-Men films do- and a sloppy plot.


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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 15 September, 2011, 11:31:47 pm
/nerd
Spidey was a Sony Pictures movie, X-Men a Fox product.  Marvel now have a studio to make their own movies

Yes... I actually meant "Movie about Marvel characters", you big nerd.

SBT
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Post by: Colin Zeal on 16 September, 2011, 11:35:05 am
I enjoyed both versions of Daredevil. The Directors cut is probably the better of the two but the original cut is still a very enjoyable film. I might even watch it tonight in a double bill with X Men 3.
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Post by: SmallBlueThing on 16 September, 2011, 12:26:16 pm
Haha! Excellent, Colin- that's right, goad them, GOAD THEM!!

In fact, i myself may watch a double bill of my new favourite MARVEL MOVIES: Man Thing and Ghost Rider. No, hang on, Punisher: War Zone and Electra! Haha! Yes, this is fun!

SBT
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Post by: Ghastly McNasty on 16 September, 2011, 01:20:56 pm
I caught the end of Daredevil on TV the other night. Terrible.

Don't know if it's been mentioned yet but I saw Super last night. I thought it was absolutely brilliant.

A real grown up version of Kick Ass with much deeper and more interesting themes. Ultra violent and chocked full of gore. Great acting, crazy characters. Very disturbing and very emotional. Proper hardcore superhero film.
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 16 September, 2011, 01:30:10 pm
I also saw FAST & FURIOUS FIVE (bought as a blu ray to test my new player) and it is indeed ludicrously entertaining.  The opening bus crash sets the tone for the rest of the movie and like CF says, the big set pieces don't disappoint: Train Heist, Million Dollar Quarter Mile, Vin vs. The Rock and the final heist.

Picking holes in the plot (there are many WTF? moments) would be pointless; it's all about the muscle whether that's in the cars or on the leads and all is shown magnificently so (The Rock is especially good).

I think it's down the the sheer belief the crew, director, producer and actors have in what they are putting on the screen. They genuinely believe that the cars and the Vin/Rock fight tell you a bit about the characters.  And they are right, they do.

I'm actually going to go so far as to RECOMMEND it.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 16 September, 2011, 01:55:22 pm


Don't know if it's been mentioned yet but I saw Super last night. I thought it was absolutely brilliant.

A real grown up version of Kick Ass with much deeper and more interesting themes. Ultra violent and chocked full of gore. Great acting, crazy characters. Very disturbing and very emotional. Proper hardcore superhero film.

I enjoyed 'Super' all right but it'll more than divide an audience. The tone is unexpectedly well handled throughout for what could have been a completely awful viewing -watching clips of it isolation hints at that- but