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« Reply #1200 on: July 12, 2010, 08:01:16 PM »
Not the Messiah: Eric Idle's comic oratorio (I had to look up  :oops:) pastiche of Handel's Messiah based on The Life of Brian (IMO the funniest film ever made). I'm a big Python fan so I was always going to like this but it does start quite slow and the humour is often low key. However I though the music was great with 'We Love Sheep' getting big laughs from me. If you dislike Opera or The Python... avoid.

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« Reply #1201 on: July 12, 2010, 09:09:27 PM »
Watched A Perfect Getaway earlier.. rubbish! It was getting kind of interesting until the "twist" which ruined it as the script and characters completely changed from that point on in order for it to work. It was as though they expected you to have forgotten what happened earlier on :lol:

edit - just been watching a few episodes of the E4 comedy/drama called Misfits. It's actually pretty good - kinda like Heroes but better imo.
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« Reply #1202 on: July 14, 2010, 07:20:05 AM »
yeah, i found myself watching the start of misfits the other day and it was completely not what i expected so i am going to give it a proper go

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« Reply #1203 on: July 14, 2010, 10:28:52 AM »
Recent films would be Sherlock and Predators

I was really surprised by the first - I saw a trailer and thought 'since when was sherlock holmes a martial arts expert action hero?' and expected it to be terrible, but Downey pulled of the ultra-intelligent but detached from reality and basically nuts character really well, and I enjoyed it a lot.

Predators was fine, even good, taken on its own merit, in isolation, but it was let down by the fact that at least 50% of the scenes and shots are pretty much right out of Predator, and it had so much opportunity to do what predator did with the buildup and the 'what the $%&# is going on, we're all gonna die' factor, but the predators really had no presence when they werent on the screen (as in predator, alien, aliens, even predator 2, theres a sense of continual manace from the monsters right through the film) and the characters took being dumped on an alien world and hunted by near-invoncible aliens much, much too easily.

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« Reply #1204 on: July 14, 2010, 03:29:57 PM »
yeah, i found myself watching the start of misfits the other day and it was completely not what i expected so i am going to give it a proper go

It's all on 4OD but the fullscreen quality isn't amazing - http://www.channel4.com/programmes/misfits/4od#3018429



I really enjoyed Inception last night. Great vfx (but not overdone or tacky) and a good storyline :) Everyone in the cinema was like "what?!" at the ending, haha

edit - watched it again tonight as my parents wanted to go! Story is a lot easier to digest and make sense of 2nd time round.
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« Reply #1205 on: July 21, 2010, 07:40:32 PM »
Brothers - Good cast (Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Sam Shepard) in this soldier thought dead returns home... with consequences drama. I though it was OK but the story is too obvious, you can see what'll happen next a mile away. I think it's a remake, so the original is probably much better.

Micmacs (Micmacs tire-larigot) - French language film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen, Amelie) combination of oddball farce and heist caper is just too whimsical for its own good. Lovely visuals but the constant wacky-street-performance acting would be more suitable in a silent movie.

Precious - Also far from original storyline abused, overweight girl from the ghetto life turns round by an inspirational, compassionate teacher but I though it was fantastic. The acting was incredible (even Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz are good, particularly Carey) with the Mother and Daughter being played to perfection.


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« Reply #1206 on: July 21, 2010, 09:24:20 PM »
Micmacs (Micmacs tire-larigot) - French language film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen, Amelie) combination of oddball farce and heist caper is just too whimsical for its own good. Lovely visuals but the constant wacky-street-performance acting would be more suitable in a silent movie.

I saw this at the London Film Festival last year.... very disappointing.  Looks wonderful as always, likeable (but woefully underdeveloped) characters, but the arms-dealing-is-bad message is so ludicrously simplistic it's almost insulting.  And, like A Very Long Engagement, I think the film lacks heart somehow - so different from Amelie.

I quite like Dany Boon though - he reminds me of Jacques Tati in a way.

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I also watched a piece of worthless, boring tripe called Kung Fu Dunk - I was expecting a basketnall version of Shaolin Soccer (or even Battlefield Baseball...) but it misses the mark by a million miles.
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« Reply #1207 on: July 22, 2010, 01:33:47 PM »
I really enjoyed Inception last night. Great vfx (but not overdone or tacky) and a good storyline :) Everyone in the cinema was like "what?!" at the ending, haha

edit - watched it again tonight as my parents wanted to go! Story is a lot easier to digest and make sense of 2nd time round.

+1, I went to see it on saturday. Loved it! Great cast and story. Also liked the soundtrack very much.
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« Reply #1208 on: July 22, 2010, 11:40:34 PM »
Yeah, Hans Zimmer always does awesome soundtracks :)

Saw Toy Story 3 today and thought it was great. 3D works better now I have glasses for watching films etc. Fast action bits are still blurry though but the overall effect was a lot more convincing!
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« Reply #1209 on: July 24, 2010, 08:14:22 PM »
Recent films would be Sherlock and Predators

I was really surprised by the first - I saw a trailer and thought 'since when was sherlock holmes a martial arts expert action hero?' and expected it to be terrible, but Downey pulled of the ultra-intelligent but detached from reality and basically nuts character really well, and I enjoyed it a lot.


yes, quite funny, but as many "modern" movies it lacks the correct timing... too videoclip oriented, as usual.
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« Reply #1210 on: July 25, 2010, 01:29:44 AM »
I've just been watching Daredevil.  I hated it when I saw it in the cinema, but I love the director's cut to bits.  It really is a completely different film.
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« Reply #1211 on: July 25, 2010, 03:25:50 AM »
Run Lola Run - I really didn't like this when it first started but toward the end I got into it and thought it was pretty good overall :) I mostly love how it looks. The english dubbing is awful though, should have found a version with subtitles really.

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« Reply #1212 on: July 25, 2010, 10:55:58 AM »
The english dubbing is awful though, should have found a version with subtitles really.

Oh yes you should!  Was it a download then, not a DVD?
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« Reply #1213 on: July 26, 2010, 11:59:41 AM »
I watched Hot Tub Time Machine last night. I didn't laugh that much but I had a chuckle. It is what it is.

Also had another watch of Lost In Translation & The Goodfellas. They're still great after 9 and 20 years.
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« Reply #1214 on: July 26, 2010, 11:08:13 PM »
watched inception.  nolan is a bar-steward - great film!