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Re: Last movie watched...
« Reply #600 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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« Reply #601 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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« Reply #602 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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« Reply #603 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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« Reply #604 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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« Reply #605 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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Re: Last movie watched...
« Reply #606 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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« Reply #607 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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Re: Last movie watched...
« Reply #608 on: 19 May, 2011, 10:34:59 am »
This is now on my list...

http://youtu.be/PdnnC43Cotw

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Re: Last movie watched...
« Reply #609 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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« Reply #610 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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Re: Last movie watched...
« Reply #611 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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« Reply #612 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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Re: Last movie watched...
« Reply #613 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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Re: Last movie watched...
« Reply #614 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.

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