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Re: Last movie watched...
« Reply #945 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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« Reply #946 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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« Reply #947 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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« Reply #948 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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« Reply #949 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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« Reply #950 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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« Reply #951 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.

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« Reply #952 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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« Reply #953 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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« Reply #954 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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« Reply #955 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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« Reply #956 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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« Reply #957 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).

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« Reply #958 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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« Reply #959 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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