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Re: Last movie watched...
« Reply #1035 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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Re: Last movie watched...
« Reply #1036 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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Re: Last movie watched...
« Reply #1037 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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Re: Last movie watched...
« Reply #1038 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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Re: Last movie watched...
« Reply #1039 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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Re: Last movie watched...
« Reply #1040 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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« Reply #1041 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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Re: Last movie watched...
« Reply #1042 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.

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Re: Last movie watched...
« Reply #1043 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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« Reply #1044 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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Re: Last movie watched...
« Reply #1045 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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Re: Last movie watched...
« Reply #1046 on: 08 September, 2011, 09:10:18 am »
I rest my case.

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« Reply #1047 on: 08 September, 2011, 09:50:22 am »
I rest my case.

Not really. You're just lazy.

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Re: Last movie watched...
« Reply #1048 on: 08 September, 2011, 11:50:30 am »

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« Reply #1049 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.