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Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Will on April 21, 2008, 12:45:21 AM
Well I guess most of you guys know how it works... I am awake, and will be for a while longer  :shock:
and I thought to make a wonderful thread about films.

I quite enjoy films, and generally just download from 'scene' torrents (I think they are :? ) and to help me sleep, I love a good film, some of the best films make me go to sleep straight away :P
So, any good recomendations of recent films, I am a tough candidate I believe as I have seen many a film, and forgotten the names of most, but not the storyline :D

anyway, recomendations would be good....

Just to add, my recomendation, and favourite film of the last 6 months or so: SURFS UP - yes, an animation, its a great story, and watch it far too often; I think it says a lot about the standard of films at the moment.

FWIW the idea for this thread came from listening to Dokken 'tooth and nail', which reminded me of a recent shitee movie that was a gore fest.

If nobody replies, please PhillyQ! I have heard you have a large collection, and your input would be great
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: indysmith on April 21, 2008, 12:55:25 AM
Check these out if ever you're bored (random selection from dvd collection :P )
a la folie... pas du tout
Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution
american History X
A Beautiful Mind
 Big Fish
The Birds
 Ed Wood
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Eyes Wide Shut
Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Le
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Hard Candy
Hiroshima mon amour
Natural Born Killers
The Omen
 One Hour Photo
Patch Adams
Pi
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Psycho
Punch-Drunk Love
Requiem for a Dream
Rosemary's Baby
the Weather Man
Withnail & I

They're not all new, but they're all good!
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Philly Q on April 21, 2008, 02:11:15 AM
Wow, you've got some good stuff there Indy!  And Patch Adams  :wink: .  Alphabetical too - is that how they're stored?  Mine are all pretty much totally random.

Will, how recent is recent?  Any particular genres?  I like all sorts except musicals, teen movies and rom-coms (although I did really enjoy both Superbad and Knocked Up recently).  

Especially keen on horror movies (old and new, clever and stupid), film noir, world cinema (especially Korea and Japan), a fair bit of indie/arthouse.  Favourite directors Takeshi Kitano, Jacques Tati, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Hitchc--k, Fellini, Kubrick, Kim Jee Woon, Takashi Miike, Fritz Lang, Guillermo del Toro, Wes Anderson, Mario Bava, Dario Argento.  All sorts of stuff.
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: 7thSon on April 21, 2008, 02:17:37 AM
Unfortunately you're going to be limited by the films that scene torrents has, which is only brand new mainstream films mostly hollywood, so you'll be looking at mostly shitee...

But they should have some limited release ones too I guess, see if you can get the ones of these you haven't seen yet:

Lust, Caution
Funny Games
I'm Not There
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
My Blueberry Nights
Beaufort
We Own The Night
Southland Tales (you might hate this, but at least you'll find it interesting)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Eastern Promises
Into The Wild
Rescue Dawn
Across the Universe
No Country For Old Men
There Will Be Blood
Sunshine
The Fountain
Michael Clayton
A Mighty Heart
Eagle vs Shark
The Flying Scotsman
This is England
Exiled (fong juk)
Day Night, Day Night

hmm that's all I can think of that might be on scene torrents, but maybe i'm wrong in thinking they only do new films?
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Philly Q on April 21, 2008, 02:39:32 AM
Oh, OK, if it's all current/recent releases, 7thSon has mentioned most of the good stuff I can think of.  But I'd like to put a word in for:

Juno
The Orphanage
I'm A Cyborg
Persepolis
Rec
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Perandor on April 21, 2008, 03:15:07 AM
How about the following?

Crank
Oceans 13
Oceans 11
21
The Transporter/2
Any James Bond
Dr. Zhivago
Catch 22
Fracture
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: noodleplugerine on April 21, 2008, 07:17:12 AM
The thing about movies is.

You either get super serious movies which you seriously need to be in the right frame of mind to watch - Indy's list.

Or you get action films which are good fun and can be watched casually - Perandor's list.

Neither is better in my opinion.

Film snobs will tell you that films like No Country For Old Men are better than Ocean's 11, and in some way's they're right, but I'll be honest saying that I enjoyed Ocean's 11 just as much as I did No Country For Old Men, no matter how good the acting was by Javier.

I know this rant was totally pointless - But it gave me an opportunity to say something I've thought for a while, but never said.

And 7th Son - Sunshine? Really?

I really can't stand that movie :P
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: 38thBeatle on April 21, 2008, 07:31:54 AM
I don't think you can beat a bit of Mary Poppins meself, cor blimey guv'nor .
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: gwEm on April 21, 2008, 08:13:22 AM
38th is right...

but my recommendation is 'Subway' by Luc Besson - a film i watched once or even twice a day, every day, the first week i got it.

its got everything - even a steinberger ;)
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: _tom_ on April 21, 2008, 11:20:13 AM
I'm sure you've allready seen it (most people have) but I only just got round to watching Fight Club the other night and it was awesome. I just thought it was gonna be some typical underdog kinda cr@p story but it really isnt. I'll go through my small film collection now as well just in case you havent seen any of em. I'm sure Indy and many film buffs will hate them but here we go :P

Full Metal Jacket (first half is great, 2nd average)
Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark
Pulp Fiction
Reservoir Dogs
Shoot 'Em Up
The Condemned
Anchorman
Enemy at the Gates
Hot Fuzz
Shaun of the Dead
Shooter
The Departed
The Girl Next Door (elisha cuthbert :P)
This is Spinal Tap
Escape from New York/LA
Superbad
Surfs Up

As you can see, quite a lot of cr@p cheesy action/comedy films with a few good ones :lol:
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: sambo on April 21, 2008, 12:02:44 PM
Well I loved Cloverfield, (fairly recent). But that's a film that is probably 10 times worse at home on DVD than it is on the big screen I would imagine.

I also REALLY want to see 'There Will Be Blood', as that looks fantastic!


Oh and from 7th Son's list; This is England is a must-see. OH and 'American History X'. Not recent- getting old in fact - but really interesting. That film has the most cringeworthy scene I have ever come across I think. I literally had to put my hands over my eyes and run out of the room because I couldn't take it!


OHHH and watch the Ecstacy of Robert Carmichael (or something along those lines), just for the finale rape scene (The rest of the film is 90 minutes of pure rubbish).

OHHH and if you want a funny horror film, you really can't beat DEATH TUNNEL! :lol: It's a classic, for sure.

Or for a film which has such poor production values, and such a shockingly bad director, that you can see the crew in places, and people change their clothes magically between different camera angles, then 'SILENT SCREAM' is a safe bet. :lol:


Man I love films! :lol:



OH and Donnie Darko is always a good choice!




:)
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Philly Q on April 21, 2008, 12:28:24 PM
This is an interesting thread - we've started from nothing and launched straight into a HUGE subject, the entire history of cinema!  :lol:

This could run and run....
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: _tom_ on April 21, 2008, 12:44:35 PM
I tried watching There Will Be Blood but couldnt get into it at all. All I got was a boring film about mining oil :lol:

No Country For Old Men was allright, I didnt like it on first watch but when I rewatched it I liked it more, I think I was expecting a totally different film.

And yeah, cloverfield doesnt have the same impact at home. I watched it on my laptop with 2.1 speakers and it was pretty bad in comparison :lol:

For comedy you cant beat the Monty Python films, I'm sure you've allready seen them though..
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Ian Price on April 21, 2008, 12:54:58 PM
I rewatched The Departed over the weekend. It's fab on first vieiwing but even better on second. Highly recommended.
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Will on April 21, 2008, 01:13:50 PM
there will be blood is good, try it!

was watching it the night after history coursework when couldn't get sleeping pattern right.

Sambo, seen a lot of your recomendations, Death tunnel was funny, but there is another film like that, erm try Cube Zero, just funny!
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: indysmith on April 21, 2008, 02:04:11 PM
just watched Tron. that film OWNS. if you like old games yu'll love it.
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: ToneMonkey on April 21, 2008, 02:56:59 PM
Bad Taste & Brain Dead - Before Peter Jackson got famous and funny as hell.

Dead Mans Shoes - Low budget English film.  Absolutely brilliant, one of my favorites.
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: gwEm on April 21, 2008, 03:06:51 PM
_tom_: there aren't many modern hollywood classics anymore - i agree that fight club is one of them.
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: WezV on April 21, 2008, 03:54:25 PM
Quote from: Ian Price
I rewatched The Departed over the weekend. It's fab on first vieiwing but even better on second. Highly recommended.


ah come on... infernal affairs!!!


and i suppose we need to mention chan-wook parks vengance triology, particularly Lady Vengance and Old Boy.

watched Waynes World again the other day - never gets old!!
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Philly Q on April 21, 2008, 05:14:55 PM
Quote from: WezV
Quote from: Ian Price
I rewatched The Departed over the weekend. It's fab on first vieiwing but even better on second. Highly recommended.


ah come on... infernal affairs!!!

You beat me to it, Wez!  Infernal Affairs is much better - doesn't have the silly plot contrivances and it's much more ambiguous about who's good and who's bad.  Plus no ridiculous Jack Nicholson showboating.
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: TwilightOdyssey on April 21, 2008, 05:23:15 PM
Old School Hong Kong kung-fu movies you've probably not heard of but are well worth watching:

The Kid With The Golden Arm
Crippled Avengers
Ten Tigers Of Kwantung
Challenge Of The Masters
Instructors Of Death
Shaolin Master Killer
Return of the Shaolin Master Killer
8 Diagram Pole Fighter
Shaolin Challenges Ninja
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: indysmith on April 21, 2008, 06:44:08 PM
Quote from: TwilightOdyssey
Old School Hong Kong kung-fu movies you've probably not heard of


haha I might've guessed
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Will on April 21, 2008, 06:57:39 PM
Quote from: 7thSon


Before the Devil Knows You're Dead - Not too bad actually
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - Great recomendation, want to see it
Rescue Dawn - Christian Bale? good long tale I believe
No Country For Old Men - Preeetty nice
There Will Be Blood - already commented :P
Sunshine - yawns...
The Fountain - clever story!
Eagle vs Shark - Lol, sorry, just didn't enjoy it
This is England - odd story, but good still



You have a lot of good ones in there, shall try and check out the rest of them,  I am fine with straying away from the scene, but as long as it doesn't take too long with low seeds. And aXXo for example gives regular updates, so I am happy with it.
I think you have listed some of the best recent films there anyway!
Nobody else showing any Surfs Up love?  8)
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: headtheball on April 21, 2008, 07:02:16 PM
Also on Hong Kong front, a man cannot possibly go wrong with anything that involves the names Chow Yun-Fat and John Woo on the same DVD case.

ToneMonkey is also correct. Three copper-bottomed classics right there.

As for a few more...

Breaker Morant
He Died With a Felafel in his Hand
Me, You and Marley
Boondock Saints/Overnight (good seperately, dynamite together)
Haute Tension.
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: TwilightOdyssey on April 21, 2008, 07:10:09 PM
Quote from: headtheball
Also on Hong Kong front, a man cannot possibly go wrong with anything that involves the names Chow Yun-Fat and John Woo on the same DVD case.

Hard Boiled
God of Gamblers
God of Gamblers 2

Those are my favourite Woo/Fat films.

And if you're a pure Chow Yun Fat fan, and don't mind subtitles, definitely watch All About of Ah Long about a motorcycle racer (Cantonese title is A Lang De Gu Shi).
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: horsehead on April 21, 2008, 07:26:54 PM
I went to see Flashbacks of a fool the other night & loved every second of it.

How about:
Grease
Kung Fu Hustle
Kiss, kiss, bang, bang (Robert Downey Jr at his best!)
Se7en
Goodfellas (always will be a classic)
Anything starring Simon Pegg
LAyer Cake
North by Northwest
Bullitt
Easy Rider
Batman Begins
Leon
Once upon a time in the west
Butch Cassidy & the Sundance kid
The Sting
Terminator
Preadtor 1 & 2
Grosse Point Blank
High Fidelity
Comando
Any Kevin Smith movie
Dodgeball
Intactico
HIGHLANDER!!!
Shiri
Serenity

one or two there
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: dave_mc on April 21, 2008, 08:12:38 PM
tango and cash.

amazing.  :lol:
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: maverickf1jockey on April 21, 2008, 08:40:50 PM
Plan 9 From Outer Space
They Saved Hitler's Brain
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
Sympathy for the Devil

Avoid these and you'll be better off! :lol:
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: TwilightOdyssey on April 21, 2008, 08:41:59 PM
Quote from: maverickf1jockey
Plan 9 From Outer Space
They Saved Hitler's Brain
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
Sympathy for the Devil

Avoid these and you'll be better off! :lol:

LOL, too true.

However, Killer Tomatoes has some brilliant lines!!
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: QS-Nalle on April 21, 2008, 08:43:08 PM
The best film ever made by a human being:

SPINAL TAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Amadeus is good too  :D
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: TwilightOdyssey on April 21, 2008, 08:47:24 PM
Just thought of a couple of movies to avoid:

Satan's Cheerleaders
Devil Dog: Hound of Hell
Manos: Hand of Fate
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: maverickf1jockey on April 21, 2008, 08:57:38 PM
Get a few friends round along with some alcohol and watch Flesh Gordon.

It almost won an Oscar for its special effects!

Worth watching purely for the line;

"Good; there's oxygen on this planet!"

You'll know when you see the film...
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: HTH AMPS on April 21, 2008, 09:25:26 PM
I can't believe The Big Lebowski hasn't been mentioned in three pages of replies, you NEED to watch this film.

Others...

Dogma
Once upon a time in America
Almost Famous
Withnail & I
City Of God
Ameros Perros
Sexy Beast
The Aviator
Manhatten
As good as it gets
Jay & Silent Bob strike back
Memento
Fight Club
Goodfellas
Hero
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Buddha on April 21, 2008, 09:33:39 PM
Godfather trilogy, if you haven't already seen it. Philadelphia and The wind that shakes the barley are worth a mention aswell
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Philly Q on April 21, 2008, 09:49:19 PM
Quote from: HEAVIER THAN HELL
I can't believe The Big Lebowski hasn't been mentioned in three pages of replies, you NEED to watch this film.

Ah now, if we're talking Coen Brothers then everyone should watch just about all of their films.  But most especially The Big Lebowski and Fargo.

(Just skip Intolerable Cruelty and their horribly misguided remake of  The Ladykillers  :x )
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Post by: headtheball on April 21, 2008, 10:27:36 PM
I'm actually glad some other poor being has sat through Manos: Hand Of Fate.

I spent most of the running time checking I wasn't having some kind of acid flashback/stroke/mild insanity.

What a complete waste of everything involved in making it that film is.
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: 7thSon on April 21, 2008, 11:33:15 PM
Quote from: noodleplugerine


And 7th Son - Sunshine? Really?

I really can't stand that movie :P


What's wrong with Sunshine? It's a good genuine sci-fi, there hadn't been any for a while...

Although a suprising amount of people seem to dislike it, I thought it was quite a good balance between plot/action and story/character development that people who enjoy both types of film would enjoy, but obviously not!

Maybe because it was marketed as being the next Armageddon, but what people got was a completely different film?


Will, here's some more that might still be available for download from the year before or so:

The Lives of Others
The Last King of Scotland
The Good Shepherd
Zodiac
Stranger Than Fiction
Curse of the Golden Flower
Babel
Pans Labrynth
Harsh Times
Flags of Our Fathers
Letters from Iwo Jima
Children of Men
The Prestige
The Queen
Red Road
Little Miss Sunshine
Volver
A Scanner Darkly
Breaking and Entering
Mischief Night
Little Children
The Host
Black Book
The Road to Guantanomo
Fast Food Nation
V for Vendetta
The Science of Sleep
Atonement

And also a brand new one which some might not like but is very $%&#ing good: Silent Light

But If you don't like it, it will certainly help you get to sleep  :twisted:
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Perandor on April 22, 2008, 12:16:31 AM
Quote from: 7thSon
Quote from: noodleplugerine


And 7th Son - Sunshine? Really?

I really can't stand that movie :P


What's wrong with Sunshine? It's a good genuine sci-fi, there hadn't been any for a while...

Although a suprising amount of people seem to dislike it, I thought it was quite a good balance between plot/action and story/character development that people who enjoy both types of film would enjoy, but obviously not!

Maybe because it was marketed as being the next Armageddon, but what people got was a completely different film?


Will, here's some more that might still be available for download from the year before or so:

The Lives of Others
The Last King of Scotland
The Good Shepherd
Zodiac
Stranger Than Fiction
Curse of the Golden Flower
Babel
Pans Labrynth
Harsh Times
Flags of Our Fathers
Letters from Iwo Jima
Children of Men
The Prestige
The Queen
Red Road
Little Miss Sunshine
Volver
A Scanner Darkly
Breaking and Entering
Mischief Night
Little Children
The Host
Black Book
The Road to Guantanomo
Fast Food Nation
V for Vendetta
The Science of Sleep
Atonement

And also a brand new one which some might not like but is very #$%!& good: Silent Light

But If you don't like it, it will certainly help you get to sleep  :twisted:


Flags of Our Fathers was a great movie, I recommend people to watch it.  Children of Men was a good movie too, but it was depressing for me to watch, though the acting and the plot were very good.  The Prestige is an awesome magicians movie.
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Post by: TwilightOdyssey on April 22, 2008, 01:43:15 PM
I don't think anyone has mentioned any anime, so I'll list my faves:

Princess Mononoke
Ghost In The Shell
Appleseed
Appleseed: Ex Machina
Kiki's Delivery Service
Castle In The Sky
Spirited Away
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: ToneMonkey on April 22, 2008, 01:48:00 PM
Quote from: TwilightOdyssey
I don't think anyone has mentioned any anime, so I'll list my faves:

Princess Mononoke
Ghost In The Shell
Appleseed
Appleseed: Ex Machina
Kiki's Delivery Service
Castle In The Sky
Spirited Away


3x3 Eyes & Dominian Tank Police  :D
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: WezV on April 22, 2008, 02:50:42 PM
yeah, out of the Ghibli stuff mononoke has to be a favorite, i really liked nausicaa as well.... i just like the cat in kiki's delivery service
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: TwilightOdyssey on April 22, 2008, 03:04:00 PM
Quote from: WezV
yeah, out of the Ghibli stuff mononoke has to be a favorite, i really liked nausicaa as well.... i just like the cat in kiki's delivery service

What's brilliant about Kiki is how accurately he animated the flying. If you've ever had a flying dream, it's exactly the way it happens when Kiki first learns to fly .... brilliant animation!!
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: opprobrium_9 on April 23, 2008, 07:43:16 PM
Anything by Akira Kurosawa or David Lynch!
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: TwilightOdyssey on April 23, 2008, 07:56:26 PM
Quote from: opprobrium_9
Anything by Akira Kurosawa or David Lynch!

I wouldn't say anything by Kurosawa.
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: HTH AMPS on April 23, 2008, 09:03:58 PM
Quote from: Philly Q
Quote from: HEAVIER THAN HELL
I can't believe The Big Lebowski hasn't been mentioned in three pages of replies, you NEED to watch this film.

Ah now, if we're talking Coen Brothers then everyone should watch just about all of their films.  But most especially The Big Lebowski and Fargo.

(Just skip Intolerable Cruelty and their horribly misguided remake of  The Ladykillers  :x )


'Oh Brother Where Art Thou' is great too - my 2nd fave Coen Bros film, a great soundtrack too.

my girlfriend is saying 'Shawshank Redemption', so I have to list that one too, but to be fair it's a great film and I'd forgot to list it.


The Usual Suspects deserves a watch too - "give me the money you c--k-sucking mother-$%&#er!!!"
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: headtheball on April 23, 2008, 10:03:27 PM
Y'see. This is like the "I don't like Queen Thread" here. I hate Shawshank. Hate it, hate it , hate it. It's trite, predictable, rambling ould nonsense. Every half arsed prison cliché bunged in one film.

Sorry, had to let that one out.
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Will on April 23, 2008, 10:17:48 PM
To quote a friend of mine after asking him whether his girlfriend is high maintenance

It is what you make of it :P
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Philly Q on April 23, 2008, 10:59:27 PM
Tom has just mentioned the Sleep's Holy Mountain album on another thread, which has reminded me of Alejandro Jodorowsky's films - Fando y Lis, El Topo, The Holy Mountain and Santa Sangre.  Sheer mind-f*cking genius!  :D

So anyway, have you been downloading like crazy the last couple of days, Will?
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Will on April 23, 2008, 11:04:47 PM
Well, keeping up with a few groups general releases so its usualyl about  a week anyway, but I have seen a lot of the films already, have been working on finding the torrents, then shall send them all over to my other computer to download.

I tried 'Withnail and I' already though, everyone says its absolutely wonderful, from where I'm standing, it isn't completely shite, just weird

I think its fair that this thread may as well now be about general film recomendations and great / shitee films people have seen, I shall inform of my opinions on my regular d/l list
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: opprobrium_9 on April 23, 2008, 11:40:17 PM
Quote from: TwilightOdyssey
Quote from: opprobrium_9
Anything by Akira Kurosawa or David Lynch!

I wouldn't say anything by Kurosawa.


Okay what would you say should be avoided then?
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: _tom_ on April 24, 2008, 10:17:52 PM
I guess this is kinda on topic. I just found this pic and totally cracked up :lol:

(http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm317/awesomepossum429/julesbitch.jpg)
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: samoth2 on April 27, 2008, 01:46:10 PM
Some of these might already be in the thread, but

Indiana Jones Trilogy
Back To The Future Trilogy
300
Shooter
Life Of Brian
Monthy Python And The Holy Grail
Sin City
Shaun Of The Dead
Hot Fuzz
Edward Sciccorhand
Bourne Trilogy

As you can see I like trilogies :D
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Jonny on April 27, 2008, 04:48:15 PM
Quote from: opprobrium_9
Anything by Akira Kurosawa or David Lynch!

David Lynch's "Inland Empire" has some awesome mind-f*ckery stuff.
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Will on May 06, 2008, 09:46:59 AM
A few of the new relelases:

Teeth: meant to be comedy, it has a funny element, but the idea of a toothed 'woman's area' (the page would get blocked if i wrote it any differently on school firewall)
Conspiracy: pretty good, really made me angry with the treatment of a war veteran, and a nice storyline for a cheap lookng film
National treasure 2: Really felt like I had seen it before :? slow to get into, but after 50 minutes it was interesting. The best of the 3

Only watch 'teeth' if you are very bored...
Title: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: _tom_ on May 06, 2008, 10:47:39 AM
I watched 12 Monkeys last night. I didnt fully understand it so I'm going to rewatch it when I'm more awake so I can make more sense of it :P I got the general jist of it but I feel as though I've missed some good bits still. Brad Pitts acting in it is REALLY good as well :)
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Post by: WezV on May 06, 2008, 01:00:24 PM
ooh, havnt seen 12 monkeys in a while - might have to give that another watch
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Post by: Nolly on May 06, 2008, 02:15:16 PM
Quote from: Will
I tried 'Withnail and I' already though, everyone says its absolutely wonderful, from where I'm standing, it isn't completely shitee, just weird


It's a strange first watch, but an absolutely brilliant film once you start thinking about it. It's also one of the most quotable films ever, so many funny lines in there.

To contribute to the thread, I went to the cinema last night and saw The Eye. Utter bollocks. Started well, with some fairly scary scenes, but by the end was just relying on cheap shocks. Jessica Alba being in it was probably the only redeeming factor.
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Post by: ToneMonkey on May 06, 2008, 02:33:03 PM
Anyone had the misfortune of seeing Jeepers Creepers, quite possible the cr@pest film ever to burn the back of my eyes.
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Post by: Will on May 06, 2008, 03:19:18 PM
This afternoon I am watching An American Crime.
truly disturbing, more acceptable than hard candy, and a bit rougher than Juno. Its got that Ellen actress in it aswell. Not too shabby though, definately worth the watch.

Later I have Airplane I and II :D stupid comedy
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Post by: 99_not_out on May 06, 2008, 10:04:34 PM
No-one mentioned the Princess Bride yet?
Inconceivable!

... I am not left handed either.

&c. :)
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Post by: opprobrium_9 on May 11, 2008, 01:31:52 PM
Quote from: Jonny
Quote from: opprobrium_9
Anything by Akira Kurosawa or David Lynch!

David Lynch's "Inland Empire" has some awesome mind-f*ckery stuff.


fvck yes, that movie is messed up!
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Post by: _tom_ on May 19, 2008, 11:56:38 AM
Watched Se7en the other day, it looks great and the ending is awesome :)
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Post by: jibidy on May 19, 2008, 06:56:57 PM
Anyone seen Kiss Kiss Bang Bang!!!

watched it the other day after seeing iron man. Robert Downey Jr. is damn cool.

Worth watching for anyone that likes movies.

Val Kilmer rocks!!

Perry(Val Kilmer): My $2000 ceramic Vektor my mother got me as a special gift. You threw in the lake next to the car. What happens when they drag the lake? You think they'll find my pistol. Jesus. Look up "idiot" in the dictionary. You know what you'll find?

Harry(Robert Downey): A picture of me?

Perry: No! The definition of the word idiot, which you $%&#ing are!
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Post by: Philly Q on May 20, 2008, 12:48:52 AM
Quote from: jibidy
Anyone seen Kiss Kiss Bang Bang!!!!

That film has more good dialogue than 1,000 big-budget, no-plot Hollywood blockbusters added together, it's brilliant.

Both Downey and Kilmer have made some terrible movies, but when they're on form they're so good.
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Post by: _tom_ on May 20, 2008, 12:52:28 AM
What was the film Val Kilmer and Al Pacino (I think it was him) were in, the bank robbery one? I remember watching it ages ago and thought it was pretty good, especially that scene where Kilmer is walking outside with his bag of money and a rifle then notices the police outside..
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Post by: Philly Q on May 20, 2008, 01:15:23 AM
Quote from: _tom_
What was the film Val Kilmer and Al Pacino (I think it was him) were in, the bank robbery one? I remember watching it ages ago and thought it was pretty good, especially that scene where Kilmer is walking outside with his bag of money and a rifle then notices the police outside..

Heat?
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Post by: _tom_ on May 20, 2008, 01:19:47 AM
Yeah thats the one :) this is the scene I was on about http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=c6ovm7ezVRM
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Post by: jibidy on May 20, 2008, 07:19:28 PM
Heat was cool!!!!
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Post by: _tom_ on May 25, 2008, 11:38:43 PM
I just watched The Usual Suspects, what a great ending :)
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Post by: Will on May 25, 2008, 11:43:55 PM
Most definately do not watch the new Indiana Jones thing, it just would not end.
The plot was just not what Indiana Jones is meant to be about really.
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Post by: horsehead on May 26, 2008, 08:49:30 AM
Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang is one of my favourite movies, but then again it was written by Shane Black who also wrote the truly awesome Last Boy Scout. "If you touch me again....I'll kill you"
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Post by: _tom_ on May 26, 2008, 11:54:39 PM
I'm watching Inland Empire now after reading about it in this thread, I dont get it at all :? :? :?

Can someone explain it to me? :lol:

edit - ok I get that the actress' real life and acting life are becoming intertwined which is just bloody confusing by itself, but I dont understand the relevance that most of the other parts have :?
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Post by: Will on May 29, 2008, 02:07:50 PM
Watched Jumper, Its an ok film with a great ending, which kind of makes you feel like the film is actually quite good at the end, but is boring through it. I would recomend watching it for action movie fans.
Onto the Machine Girl next..
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Post by: WezV on May 29, 2008, 03:37:44 PM
i watched The Orphange (El Orfanato) the other week and really loved it - one of the few films that managed to creep me out recently .... and its kept me creeped out for longer than i care to admit :oops:

i also finally got around to watching cloverfield recently...it certainly didnt live up to its hype but as monster movies go i thought it was a pretty good one.  Definately suffered the curse of the blair witch with it only being camcorder footage, ends up being very shaky and you are never sure what you are seeing.... but i thought they at least payed you off well near the end with some good full on shots of the monster
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Post by: PeteyG on May 29, 2008, 09:36:47 PM
Quote from: _tom_
I just watched The Usual Suspects, what a great ending :)


One of my all time favourite films, the plot is just epic, and yeah the ending gave me spine tinglies the first time I saw it.
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Post by: Philly Q on May 29, 2008, 10:06:50 PM
Quote from: WezV
i watched The Orphange (El Orfanato) the other week and really loved it - one of the few films that managed to creep me out recently .... and its kept me creeped out for longer than i care to admit :oops:

Brilliant stuff, one of the best horror movies I've seen for ages - and I watch a lot of horror movies.  It relies on good old-fashioned tension and atmosphere, but there are a couple of really effective shock moments too!  :)
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Post by: indysmith on May 30, 2008, 11:46:52 AM
This is England was a fantastic film - must see.
Also, i got Pan's Labyrinth the other day, and i was surprised at how good it was.
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Post by: Philly Q on May 30, 2008, 12:00:54 PM
Quote from: indysmith
Also, i got Pan's Labyrinth the other day, and i was surprised at how good it was.

Even better than The Orphanage! :)

I must see This Is England, I think it's on Film4 next week.
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Post by: JJretroTONEGOD on May 31, 2008, 02:29:20 PM
Quote from: indysmith
This is England was a fantastic film - must see.
Also, i got Pan's Labyrinth the other day, and i was surprised at how good it was.


It's not just good, to me it's an absolute masterpiece, a revolution in the art of film making, 'The Dark Crystal' is a lot better as well! much much darker, one of the scariest you will ever see.

Anything by Tim Burton is amazing too, and Hiro Miyosaki.
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Post by: JJretroTONEGOD on May 31, 2008, 02:31:21 PM
Has anyone ever seen Leprechaun 'in the hood' ?
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Post by: WezV on May 31, 2008, 02:45:34 PM
Quote from: Philly Q

I must see This Is England, I think it's on Film4 next week.


i think the first half of that film was exactly  like my early life growing up in the midlands in the 80's, some good bits, some not so good.
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Post by: Will on June 30, 2008, 05:09:21 PM
Watched Wanted today, I thought it was very good. Not a fan of Jolie, but the action in it was remarkably thrilling.
The trailers also made Hellboy II and Batman look good, as well as something with Seth from Superbad in, and something which seems to be like Platoon, but not so serious
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Post by: sambo on June 30, 2008, 05:11:30 PM
Quote from: Will
and something which seems to be like Platoon, but not so serious


Think that was mentioned a while back- isn't there a white actor playing a black guy?
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Post by: Philly Q on June 30, 2008, 05:41:33 PM
Quote from: sambo
Quote from: Will
and something which seems to be like Platoon, but not so serious


Think that was mentioned a while back- isn't there a white actor playing a black guy?

Yeah - Jack Black, Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr (as the black guy).  If it's the same film.
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Post by: _tom_ on June 30, 2008, 06:34:11 PM
Ong Bak is a pretty funny/stupid fighting movie. The fight scenes are so over the top, cr@p story (obviously) but its good entertainment.
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Post by: Philly Q on June 30, 2008, 07:21:28 PM
Quote from: _tom_
Ong Bak is a pretty funny/stupid fighting movie. The fight scenes are so over the top, cr@p story (obviously) but its good entertainment.

Ong Bak is bloody awesome, I can't tell you how much I love that film!  :D   Amazing genuine stunts and action setpieces.  People always go on about the cr@p plot but that's the same as just about every other martial arts movie in the history of the world in space.

Have you also seen Tom Yum Goong (aka Warrior King)? Even stupider plot and even more over the top, not quite as good but still worth a look.  And Born To Fight is another good Thai action movie.
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Post by: _tom_ on June 30, 2008, 08:00:09 PM
Nope I havent seen em but I like that sort of thing where its just about the fighting and theres only a "plot" because otherwise it wouldnt be classed as a film :P I have a version of Ong Bak with the really cr@p dubs, I'd rather have subtitles.
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Post by: Philly Q on June 30, 2008, 09:40:22 PM
Quote from: _tom_
I have a version of Ong Bak with the really cr@p dubs, I'd rather have subtitles.

The Australian DVD is very good, it has the original Thai version, plus Luc Besson's slightly edited international version, plus another disc of extras.  The UK 2-disc is good too, it also has the uncut Thai version but with a new music score.
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Post by: jibidy on July 01, 2008, 04:52:35 PM
I watched day of the living dead last night.....still made me jump on one part :lol:

I got Night... and Dawn of the living dead too. Looking foward to them.  PDT_003

I love zombie movies anyone got any good zombie flick recomendations ???
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Post by: Philly Q on July 01, 2008, 05:38:40 PM
Quote from: jibidy
I love zombie movies anyone got any good zombie flick recomendations ???

Zombie (aka Zombi 2 aka Zombie Flesh Eaters)
The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue (aka Let Sleeping Corpses Lie)
The Nights of Terror (aka Burial Ground)
Tombs of the Blind Dead (and sequels)
Dead and Buried
Zeder
Zombie Holocaust (aka Dr Butcher MD)
Hell of the Living Dead (aka Zombie Creeping Flesh)
Cannibal Apocalypse
Nightmare City
Braindead
City of the Living Dead
House by the Cemetery
The Beyond

Probably loads of others that have slipped my mind...

Not all of these are exactly zombie movies, but they're zombie-ish.  A lot of them are Italian (but dubbed into English).  Some are great, some are OK, some are so-bad-its-good.
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Post by: noodleplugerine on July 01, 2008, 05:42:07 PM
Nudist Colony of the Dead.
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Post by: jibidy on July 01, 2008, 07:04:48 PM
haha I've seen Braindead, not my thing. Funny, but the baby was soooo annoying.
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Post by: Philly Q on July 01, 2008, 07:36:34 PM
Braindead is one of my favourite films - I went to a pre-release screening of it years ago and it was the best atmosphere I've ever experienced in a cinema, it was more like a gig  :) !  I remember I was sitting just behind Ginger from the Wildhearts and Ray Zell from Kerrang.

Unfortunately all the DVDs of it are shitee.  Peter Jackson seems to have lost interest in his early films. :(
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Post by: Johnny Mac on July 01, 2008, 07:51:12 PM
I saw Braindead years ago, well funny.

I saw The Happening at the pics the other week. It's very strange, no one knows whats going on and it gives you the creeps.

Also saw Cloverfield. Shot  like Blair witch project, camcorder style. No one knows what the thing is but it destroys new york and eats people.
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Post by: Will on July 02, 2008, 11:56:42 AM
Zombie strippers is weird
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Post by: ToneMonkey on July 02, 2008, 12:13:25 PM
Since we're on Braindead, then Bad Taste is also awesome.

Got Stickmen the other week, another NZ film.  Wicked.
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Post by: Woogie on July 02, 2008, 01:29:25 PM
Quote from: Johnny Mac
Also saw Cloverfield. Shot  like Blair witch project, camcorder style. No one knows what the thing is but it destroys new york and eats people.


Saw this recently too, poor ending I thought. What do you reckon?
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Post by: psy on July 02, 2008, 01:33:31 PM
If you like the humor from down-under then 'Undead' is a zombie film worth checking out.  Also Black Sheep about killer sheep is very funny too.
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Post by: Will on July 02, 2008, 01:34:30 PM
I thought Cloverfield was absolutely shite. First person films like that aren't really my thing I guess, but I can't even see a way that it is good...
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Post by: Johnny Mac on July 02, 2008, 09:00:37 PM
Quote from: Will
I thought Cloverfield was absolutely shitee. First person films like that aren't really my thing I guess, but I can't even see a way that it is good...


I felt like that too. It might be good if they did a sequel in normal blockbuster  style to answer all the questions about what the f*ck was going on!
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Post by: Will on July 02, 2008, 09:06:57 PM
Watched Zombie Strippers, War Games : the dead code, and Hanc--k today.
(very bored, need to start work)

Zombie strippers, quite funny in some cases, comical death scenes that are still horrific. Not a bad watch if you are bored.
War Games, tries to do too much, but in that sense its a clever story, and is not way OTT atleast. A decent film
Hanc--k... Oh dear, just no. After 40 minutes it should have ended, thats where the story got lame(r), and the story only got funny about 20 minutes in. Could have been better really, or maybe it couldn't; a bit of a dud story? I think it shows that Will Smith directed it, his acting is poor
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Post by: Philly Q on July 02, 2008, 09:14:39 PM
I thought Cloverfield was quite well done, I liked the fact that nothing was explained.  But the central storyline was idiotic.  Struggling all the way across town to rescue that girl - why would she have stayed at home when everyone else in the city was getting the hell out of there???  Especially when they had to climb up 50 flights of stairs in a leaning-over building to find her...  :roll:

Undead and Black Sheep were both pretty good - not as funny as they might have been, but well worth a watch.

If you like the "stupid gory fun" type of horror movie, Hatchet and (surprisingly) Wrong Turn 2 are worth a look.
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Post by: psy on July 03, 2008, 07:45:20 AM
Quote from: Philly Q

If you like the "stupid gory fun" type of horror movie, Hatchet and (surprisingly) Wrong Turn 2 are worth a look.


Good description for Hatchet & Wrong Turn 2.  I like how Hatchet tries so hard to be like a Friday 13th film.  Heck, it even has Kane Hodder in it.  Henry Rollins is great in Wrong Turn 2.   8)
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Post by: Philly Q on July 18, 2008, 10:13:44 PM
And also a brand new one which some might not like but is very $%&#ing good: Silent Light

But If you don't like it, it will certainly help you get to sleep  :twisted:

I had the rental DVD for three months before I finally got round to watching it, but you're right, what a great film! I've been very impressed by all Carlos Reygadas's work, it's very slow and "arty" but still has a powerful emotional impact.
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Post by: indysmith on July 18, 2008, 10:24:42 PM
Anyone seen Hallam Foe? Scottish film - very good.
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Post by: WezV on July 18, 2008, 10:35:02 PM
i like cloverfield... yeah it kinda suffers from the curse of the blair witch but it has so much more story than that piece of cr@p it dont really matter.   I didnt really like the first 20 minutes and i dont really like any of the characters... but the film is good, the ending works well (even down to the clip of something landing in the sea behind the ferris wheel... why couldnt it just be something from the deep.... something that has always been there....waiting!!!)

i was worried the film would con us with suspense the way blair witch did, but at least it delivers with some good monster footage....getting right in there with it at the end!   every other hollywood moster movie of the last 30 years has been fairly predictable and pretty cr@p from the scepticle view of hindsight...cloverfield is the same thing from a whole new angle... not as good as the host though which really works as a straightforward monster movie from a different cultural viewpoint!!!
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Post by: Will on July 18, 2008, 11:05:33 PM
I also enjoyed the host, haven't seen it in a bit though
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Post by: horsehead on July 19, 2008, 09:37:56 AM
why couldnt it just be something from the deep.... something that has always been there....waiting!!!)

Isn't that Chulutu or however you bloody well spell it? Now there is a movie that done right could scare the living jebus outta people
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Post by: Philly Q on July 19, 2008, 10:03:16 AM
why couldnt it just be something from the deep.... something that has always been there....waiting!!!)

Isn't that Chulutu or however you bloody well spell it? Now there is a movie that done right could scare the living jebus outta people

Check out this link:

The Call of Cthulhu (http://www.lurkerfilms.com/cat/lhsv01.html)

It's a low-budget silent film, made to look as if it was shot in the 1920s, but it's the nearest I've seen to capturing the atmosphere of the Lovecraft stories.
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Post by: JamesHealey on July 28, 2008, 03:58:58 PM
Aliens UT

best film ever u cannot get bored of watching this.
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Post by: _tom_ on July 28, 2008, 05:38:30 PM
Saw Wall-E the other day and thought it was great. One of the best animated characters/films I've seen :)
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on July 28, 2008, 06:29:31 PM
Went to see Dark Knight on Saturday, thought it was really good, long though, but not a bad thing.
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Post by: noodleplugerine on July 28, 2008, 11:31:48 PM
Saw Wall-E the other day and thought it was great. One of the best animated characters/films I've seen :)

Went to see Dark Knight on Saturday, thought it was really good, long though, but not a bad thing.

Both were superb. And I liked Kung Fu Panda too..
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Post by: _tom_ on July 29, 2008, 02:28:26 PM
It's good that Wall-E is the most "human" animated character even though he's just a robot. Certainly puts Shrek to shame - am I the only one who HATES that film (and its sequels)? $%&#ing awful but everyone seems to love it. Watched most of Batman Begins last night before having to go to work so I'll watch the rest soon. thought it was pretty good and way better than I thought batman was :lol:
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Post by: WezV on July 29, 2008, 03:49:18 PM
i am booked in to see the dark knight tonight!!
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Post by: WezV on July 29, 2008, 10:31:08 PM
dark knight was awesome!!!
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Post by: Philly Q on July 29, 2008, 10:53:58 PM
dark knight was awesome!!!

I have to wait another 3 weeks to see it at the Imax  :( .  Hope it's worth it!
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Post by: indysmith on July 30, 2008, 11:12:12 AM
I'm glad the Dark Knight was good. We have it on DVD (don't ask!) but i can't bring myself to see it - i HAVE to see it on the big screen. I might also go to an Imax Philly.

My girlfriend got me an Alfred Hitchc--k box set for my birthday and I've been watching 1 or 2 of his films every day since. The man's amazing. It seems strange but I'd never actually seen any of his films before (other than the Birds and Psycho), but I think I've seen the vast majority of the episodes of Alfred Hitchc--k Hour - the films are like extended, extra clever episodes.
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Post by: Philly Q on July 30, 2008, 10:41:10 PM
My girlfriend got me an Alfred Hitchc--k box set for my birthday and I've been watching 1 or 2 of his films every day since. The man's amazing. It seems strange but I'd never actually seen any of his films before (other than the Birds and Psycho), but I think I've seen the vast majority of the episodes of Alfred Hitchc--k Hour - the films are like extended, extra clever episodes.

 :D Which box set is it?  There are very few bad Hitchc--k films (that I've seen) but I particularly love some of the relatively early ones like The 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes and the 1934 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much.   I think my absolute favourites are Strangers on a Train and Frenzy.
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Post by: _tom_ on August 01, 2008, 04:25:28 PM
The Dark Knight was AWESOME! I can see why everyones raving about Heath Ledger in it, he really was good as the Joker.

edit - watching Equilibrium now and its really good. Worth a watch :) I have the godfather trilogy to watch later as well. 
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Post by: horsehead on August 04, 2008, 07:29:43 PM
Dark knight works as a standard crime drama as well as THE BEST batman film I've ever seen. Damn it's good

Oh & because I'm on a Maggie Gyllenhaal, I'm going to watch secretary again...
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Post by: indysmith on August 05, 2008, 11:49:38 AM
Dark knight works as a standard crime drama as well as THE BEST batman film I've ever seen. Damn it's good

Oh & because I'm on a Maggie Gyllenhaal, I'm going to watch secretary again...
Mmmmmmm Maggie Gyllenhaal :)
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on August 05, 2008, 04:50:56 PM
Giggidy giggidy indeed.

Think i'm gonna take a day off revision and go see Dark Knight again on thursday, one of the only times i'll go back to the cinema to see the same movie.
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Post by: nfe on August 05, 2008, 06:44:58 PM
i like cloverfield... yeah it kinda suffers from the curse of the blair witch but it has so much more story than that piece of cr@p it dont really matter.   I didnt really like the first 20 minutes and i dont really like any of the characters... but the film is good, the ending works well (even down to the clip of something landing in the sea behind the ferris wheel... why couldnt it just be something from the deep.... something that has always been there....waiting!!!)

i was worried the film would con us with suspense the way blair witch did, but at least it delivers with some good monster footage....getting right in there with it at the end!

But it looks like it was drawn by a five year old  :? I didn't really like the film anyway, but the miniute we got a clear picture of the monster that was me done, according to my lady there was an audible, somewhat embarrasing "Oh for goodness sake, who the fuck made THAT"  :lol:

Recently watched;
The Machinist - Fantastic
The Dark Night - Very good
Teeth - Abysmal
Tenacious D in... - Wonderful for the cameo laden firt three minutes, horrific thereafter



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Post by: WezV on August 05, 2008, 07:01:46 PM
i quite like the little monsters that came off the big one, but they were pure starship troopers. 

watched lars and the real girl last night... strangely rather touching!!
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Post by: sambo on August 06, 2008, 12:15:51 AM
The Dark Knight was brilliant. Although...


*SPOILER*










It really should have ended before the Two-Face plot-line was introduced. The story dragged on a bit after that, and the pacing got quite muddled.

The first 2 hours was sheer brilliance though.


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Post by: _tom_ on August 06, 2008, 12:19:06 AM
I loved the hospital scene, something so incredibly creepy about The Joker in a nurses uniform :lol:
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Post by: sambo on August 06, 2008, 12:21:17 AM
Yeah that was awesome.


EDIT: Sort of huge spoiler below! :oops: :lol:



















Lots of little touches like that make it so good. Like when whats-her-name dies; the explosion made me jump SO bad!
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Post by: _tom_ on August 06, 2008, 12:30:58 AM
haha same here, and when the fake batman slams into the windows nearish the start.

I hope thats not a spoiler.. but your last post is so you should warn people otherwise they wont be happy :P

edit - time for a new avatar I reckon!
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Post by: sambo on August 06, 2008, 12:37:14 AM
AWESOME AVATAR! :D :lol:  I'm going to have find one too I think.



Walking away from the hospital and the intro bank robbery are scenes I'll never forget. Very iconic/classic I reckon.
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Post by: _tom_ on August 06, 2008, 12:52:29 AM
(http://i36.tinypic.com/k16fqc.jpg)

:lol:
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Post by: horsehead on August 06, 2008, 07:01:29 AM
Did anyone else think that the little walk away from hospital was amongst the most comical but also the most scary?


SPOILER DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE FILM

I don't think that Two-Face is dead, it was only a small fall

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Now playing: Matt Schofield - On My Way (http://www.foxytunes.com/artist/matt+schofield/track/on+my+way)
via FoxyTunes (http://www.foxytunes.com/signatunes/)
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Post by: horsehead on August 06, 2008, 07:02:43 AM
(http://i36.tinypic.com/k16fqc.jpg)



Congratulations..Comish.in..errrrrr
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Post by: WezV on August 06, 2008, 10:40:24 AM
i think we need batman fancy dress
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Post by: gingataff on August 06, 2008, 12:59:58 PM
i think we need batman fancy dress
Kushti
http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=hYq-Ljwov_s
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Post by: WezV on August 06, 2008, 01:26:20 PM
if you want to join in try to find the best batman avatar you can... the only fools and horses one would have been a good choice...  a new guitar for the best one - of course you might haved to buy said guitar yourself :D
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Post by: noodleplugerine on August 07, 2008, 02:45:47 AM
Just saw Superbad, and I feel I should hate it, its got all the vulgarity and awfulness of every other teen movie... But I can't help but absolutely love it. It was genuinely funny in places where I would normally shake my head and sigh, and I actually empathized massively with the main characters...

A really damn good film, the epitome of Bros before Hoes.
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Post by: WezV on August 07, 2008, 09:18:08 AM
I know what you mean noodle, i cringed through the first half hour of that film... but its bloody brilliant
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Post by: badgermark on August 07, 2008, 10:29:11 AM
Did anyone else think that the little walk away from hospital was amongst the most comical but also the most scary?


SPOILER DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE FILM

I don't think that Two-Face is dead, it was only a small fall

----------------
Now playing: Matt Schofield - On My Way (http://www.foxytunes.com/artist/matt+schofield/track/on+my+way)
via FoxyTunes (http://www.foxytunes.com/signatunes/)

No he's dead alright, the screenplay says so in big, capitalised letters. Something along the lines of, blah blah blah moves Den't head, DEAD.

Also! the joker clapping for Gordon, improvised by Ledger. I have a man boner for his performance. So freaking creepy yet compelling.
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Post by: FELINEGUITARS on August 07, 2008, 10:49:03 AM
if you want to join in try to find the best batman avatar you can... the only fools and horses one would have been a good choice...  a new guitar for the best one - of course you might haved to buy said guitar yourself :D

Thought I might use this one
(http://www.wmob.com/images/art/JulieNewmar.jpg)
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Post by: WezV on August 07, 2008, 10:55:15 AM
yeah, that would get my vote!!
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Post by: FELINEGUITARS on August 07, 2008, 03:00:37 PM
Yeah - I liked Michelle Pfeifer's clothes better, but Julie Newmar is more to my taste
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Post by: Roobubba on August 09, 2008, 12:05:00 AM
Just on the bus home to Oxford after seeing Batman tonight. Brilliant film! I rarely get so blown away by an actor's performance, but this film really delivers in spades. And clubs... oh dear stop it roo...

:)

Roo
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Post by: noodleplugerine on August 09, 2008, 12:15:40 AM
Just on the bus home to Oxford after seeing Batman tonight. Brilliant film! I rarely get so blown away by an actor's performance, but this film really delivers in spades. And clubs... oh dear stop it roo...

:)

Roo

What?

Jokers don't come as part of a suit.
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Post by: horsehead on August 09, 2008, 07:45:48 AM
only if it's purple

should I make my own drum role there, or would that be too much?
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Post by: indysmith on August 09, 2008, 11:36:39 AM
You should all just stop. Really. :P
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Post by: sambo on August 09, 2008, 11:42:12 AM
You should all just stop. Really. :P


Aww come on Indy- why so serious?!
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Post by: noodleplugerine on August 09, 2008, 07:50:34 PM
You should all just stop. Really. :P


Aww come on Indy- why so serious?!

Yeah, come on Indy - Let's put a smile on that face.
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Post by: WezV on August 09, 2008, 10:07:13 PM
:lol:
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Post by: WezV on August 09, 2008, 10:59:30 PM
did anyone see the E4 trailer for them showing I robot. 

best advert i have seen in ages
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Post by: _tom_ on August 10, 2008, 04:54:22 PM
Yeah I saw that, the "me and your mom" picture made me laugh :D I still havent seen that film yet somehow :o
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Post by: _tom_ on August 14, 2008, 07:36:51 PM
I just watched There Will Be Blood again, not sure what I think as it got so much praise which I dont think it lived up to. Excellent performance from DDL but I found it a let down after all the rave reviews and hype its got.

I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE!
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Post by: sambo on August 14, 2008, 07:59:23 PM
I just watched There Will Be Blood again, not sure what I think as it got so much praise which I dont think it lived up to. Excellent performance from DDL but I found it a let down after all the rave reviews and hype its got.

I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE!

All 3 other people I watched it with had fallen asleep after 30 minutes, but I loved it! :lol:
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Post by: Alex on August 15, 2008, 02:29:51 PM
I just watched the newest mummy movie (Mummy and the Dragonking or whatever it was called) with Jet Li.
Definitely NOT a movie you need to see. Somewhat entertaining but as a whole not worth spendig money to see obviously computer animated Yetis and Dragons....
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Post by: _tom_ on August 21, 2008, 02:05:48 PM
Just watched Strangers on a Train, it was really enjoyable :) Definitely worth a watch.
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Post by: Philly Q on August 21, 2008, 11:59:34 PM
Just watched Strangers on a Train, it was really enjoyable :) Definitely worth a watch.

Brilliant film!  :D
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Post by: _tom_ on August 22, 2008, 12:11:51 AM
I was getting really frustrated with Bruno, such an annoying man :lol:
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Post by: Philly Q on August 22, 2008, 12:47:34 AM
I find Guy more irritating, he's such a stuffed shirt!  Brilliant performance by Robert Walker as Bruno though, shame he died so young.
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Post by: Muzzzz on August 22, 2008, 08:20:03 AM
Peter Jackson's BAD TASTE!!!!


It's the most terrible thing ever. I love it!!! :D
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Post by: WezV on August 22, 2008, 09:28:22 AM
i just watched black sheep the other day - made me think of braindead and bad taste
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Post by: sgmypod on August 22, 2008, 09:31:35 AM
i just watched black sheep the other day - made me think of braindead and bad taste
what because it was just bad
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Post by: WezV on August 22, 2008, 10:09:32 AM
yeah, that was pretty much it... a few funny bits made me laugh though
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Post by: sgmypod on August 22, 2008, 10:30:00 AM
Don't make up for an hour and a half of my life I won't get back *L*
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Post by: Nadz1lla on August 22, 2008, 01:22:40 PM
Ah Black Sheep was just dire! Trying to do a Shaun of the Dead with Sheep was always destined to fail if it wasn't Simon Pegg doing it.
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Post by: WezV on August 22, 2008, 03:04:24 PM
its one of them films that gets better the more drunk you are
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Post by: sgmypod on August 22, 2008, 11:42:22 PM
its one of them films that gets better the more drunk you are
I would have to be so drunk would need my stomach pumped *L*
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Post by: WezV on August 23, 2008, 12:38:40 AM
fair enough, i enjoyed it in the same way i enjoyed braindead around 1995.... when i was 15.   Its daft and has that certain gory early peter jackson flavour that isnt good, but can be fun if you dont take it too seriously!!  Its not quite as good as braindead and bad taste.... but it does feel the same
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Post by: Muzzzz on August 23, 2008, 05:24:11 AM
Black Sheep was frigging terrible. In a bad way.

Bad Taste was terrble but I loved it, shite acting, cr@ppy sfx and so on, but it was just so bloody hilarious!
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Post by: _tom_ on August 23, 2008, 04:06:08 PM
Tried to watch Mad Max 2 yesterday, $%&#ing awful. I usually like cr@p films because they're funny but this was just dire. Even worse than Escape from NY/LA! Also watched The Big Lebowski but I didnt get that, is it meant to be a comedy or what?
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Post by: WezV on August 23, 2008, 04:10:10 PM
the big lebowski is great!  stop trying to get it and just enjoy the ride... its probably the most quoted film around my house
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Post by: _tom_ on September 14, 2008, 10:10:23 AM
Watched a spanish zombie film called rec last night, pretty good :) I usually hate horror films but I enjoyed this.
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Post by: noodleplugerine on September 14, 2008, 11:33:17 AM
Saw Taken last night - Was awesome :D
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Post by: Philly Q on September 14, 2008, 11:51:06 AM
Yesterday I watched Pi (very good) and a Korean blockbuster/action movie called Typhoon, which was dull, badly scripted and overblown (just like a Hollywood movie, in fact, but MIK).

There are some good horror movies coming from Spain!  I missed Rec at the cinema but have it on my DVD rental list.
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Post by: _tom_ on September 14, 2008, 12:03:32 PM
Yeah I'd recommend it so long as you have a big tv and good surround sound :) Cant imagine it'd be good with much less - its a POV style so like Cloverfield you have to have the big stuff for it to be properly engrossing. Much better than Cloverfield though, more believable and no hollywood cr@p. Oh and the main character is really cute as well :) Apparently they're doing a hollywood remake of Rec though :( I may watch to see how badly they butcher it.
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Post by: Philly Q on September 14, 2008, 12:10:34 PM
Apparently they're doing a hollywood remake of Rec though :( I may watch to see how badly they butcher it.

I used to get really annoyed by remakes, and I still wish they'd stop doing them, but now my attitude is: if they're good, fine, if they're rubbish you've still got the original.
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Post by: gwEm on September 15, 2008, 12:08:43 AM
watched 'get carter' tonight, the original caine version - thats a film and a half
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Post by: Philly Q on September 15, 2008, 12:26:27 AM
watched 'get carter' tonight, the original caine version - thats a film and a half

One of the best British films ever  :) .   Have you seen the remake?  It's almost worth watching just to see how completely they misunderstood the original - and for Stephen T. Kay's hilariously inappropriate directorial techniques.
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Post by: _tom_ on September 15, 2008, 02:39:03 AM
Apparently they're doing a hollywood remake of Rec though :( I may watch to see how badly they butcher it.

I used to get really annoyed by remakes, and I still wish they'd stop doing them, but now my attitude is: if they're good, fine, if they're rubbish you've still got the original.

Yeah I know what you mean, but I really dont think it'll work. The way it is now is perfect, I reckon I'd actually prefer it in spanish with subs, it adds to the confusion later on :P
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Post by: gwEm on September 15, 2008, 09:49:29 AM
watched 'get carter' tonight, the original caine version - thats a film and a half

One of the best British films ever  :) .   Have you seen the remake?  It's almost worth watching just to see how completely they misunderstood the original - and for Stephen T. Kay's hilariously inappropriate directorial techniques.

no, not seen the remake... not sure i want to. as we know: the original manages to be remain bleak, but at the same time be an enthralling action film even if it doesn't glamourise the hard criminal action it portarys. i shudder to think what the hollywood version is like.
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Post by: indysmith on September 15, 2008, 11:20:19 AM
Saw Equilibrium last night. I thought it was rubbish - cheap Holywooded ripoff hybrid of Brave New World and 1984.

Going to see The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Today (and pick up my JCM800 from the Marshall factory!). Hope it's good. Looks interesting.
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Post by: Ian Price on September 15, 2008, 11:56:00 AM
Watched Big Trouble in Little China last night. A fabulous slice of 80's cheese.
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Post by: _tom_ on September 15, 2008, 12:24:00 PM
Saw Equilibrium last night. I thought it was rubbish - cheap Holywooded ripoff hybrid of Brave New World and 1984.

The fight scenes are awesome though!

I might watch [rec] again later, maybe it wont make me jump as much this time :oops:
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Post by: jibidy on September 15, 2008, 02:36:17 PM
They are doing something with The lost Boys film. A remake or sequel or something and Aiden have covered one of the songs......so it looks like it'll be bollox.


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1031254/
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Post by: Philly Q on September 15, 2008, 02:58:33 PM
They are doing something with The lost Boys film. A remake or sequel or something and Aiden have covered one of the songs......so it looks like it'll be bollox.


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1031254/

It's already done and out on DVD - I think it's a sort of "re-imagining" of the original (i.e. not exactly a remake or sequel, but a new film with big chunks of re-hashed plot). 

But I can't bring myself to watch the original any more, I liked it at the time but I'm afraid it'll now seem hideously dated (like so many '80s films).
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Post by: WezV on September 15, 2008, 04:18:59 PM
the new lost boys film is infinately bad!  Angus Sutherland is very much playing his dad - but not quite as dark as donald can be
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Post by: Philly Q on September 15, 2008, 07:05:33 PM
Speaking of the Sutherland family, check out Mirrors when it's released - it's hilariously bad.
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Post by: indysmith on September 15, 2008, 09:01:28 PM
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas was fantastic! Go and see it.
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Post by: _tom_ on September 17, 2008, 11:30:54 PM
Only just got round to watching the whole of A Clockwork Orange. I've seen it in parts when its been on tv but never the whole thing. Anyway I LOVED it, such a good film. Why dont they make films like this any more? It inspires me to create something better than the usual hollywood cr@p, but I'm just so bad at writing and with ideas that I'd never get anything done :lol:
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Post by: Philly Q on September 17, 2008, 11:49:04 PM
Only just got round to watching the whole of A Clockwork Orange. I've seen it in parts when its been on tv but never the whole thing. Anyway I LOVED it, such a good film. Why dont they make films like this any more? It inspires me to create something better than the usual hollywood cr@p, but I'm just so bad at writing and with ideas that I'd never get anything done :lol:

Absolute bloody genius.  I love everything about it, it's so '70s and so British!  I know there's some dark stuff in there but it's one of those rare films I watch with a little smile on my face from beginning to end.

Now go and watch all Stanley Kubrick's other films!
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Post by: _tom_ on September 18, 2008, 12:41:12 AM
Yeah, after watching it I read IMDB reviews for it and one was saying how unlikable Alex was. I found it the opposite, I thought he was a great character and liked him throughout, how can you hate someone who says eggyweggy and steakywakey? :lol:

I've seen Eyes Wide Shut (thought it was good but cant stand Tom Cruise and the music got really annoying), Full Metal Jacket (loved the first half, the 2nd not so much) and I have The Shining still to watch. I've seen parts of that on tv as well but never the whole thing. Last time I saw it I got too scared and turned it off :lol: :oops:
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Post by: gwEm on September 22, 2008, 12:09:34 AM
watched 'the edukators' again with the missus. great film to start a discussion
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Post by: Matt77 on September 22, 2008, 12:24:50 AM
Zombie Strippers.
Potentially the worst film I have ever seen, but it had zombies in it so I had to watch it
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Post by: _tom_ on September 22, 2008, 12:34:57 AM
Watched The Shining the other day, not sure why I was so scared of it before as its not that bad at all :? Great film anyway :) Also watched The Orphanage/El Orfanato earlier which creeped me out, and made me jump REALLY bad at one point - made me spill my tea all over my desk :lol: :oops: Nice ending though.   
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Post by: _tom_ on October 11, 2008, 11:53:15 PM
Just got back from seeing RockNRolla, really liked it :) Recommended!

Was actually the first time I've been to the cinema by myself, I think I actually prefer it for some reason. Probably just because I'm an antisocial bar-steward :lol:
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Post by: Crazy_Joe on October 12, 2008, 01:09:07 AM
Did anyone see the trailer for Saw 5?!

Out late October, i can't wait!
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Post by: _tom_ on October 12, 2008, 11:14:45 AM
Whats the point in all the Saw movies? I swear they're all the bloody same :lol:
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Post by: Will on October 12, 2008, 11:18:43 AM
The first one was good, give that credit.
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Post by: sambo on October 12, 2008, 01:10:10 PM
Couldn't actually believe it when I saw the trailer for a FIFTH one. Unbelievable.
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Post by: maverickf1jockey on October 12, 2008, 04:45:47 PM
Yeah, after watching it I read IMDB reviews for it and one was saying how unlikable Alex was. I found it the opposite, I thought he was a great character and liked him throughout, how can you hate someone who says eggyweggy and steakywakey? :lol:

Compared to the book he is totally unlikeable IMO.
In the book he is a lot more personal and involved with the reader in his narration and the film doesn't really capture this and it makes him seem cold and distant.
He is also less eloquent and doesn't make a point of mentioning any motivation behind his acts (in the film it often looks like he's a total thug and beats people for no reason like the bit at the very beginning where he smashes up on the old homeless man. They also changed a section where he sexually abuses two underage girls he picks up in a record shop, quite reasonably as filming that would have landed the film in even more hot water.)

It is still a great piece of film, though, and uses the better of the two possible endings as in the British publication of the book there is an extra chapter where Alex decides to move on and start a nuclear family with a nice girl as all of his friends from his youth have done. It was one of the most saccharine endings to a book I have ever read. Do not read that last chapter.

I would recommend you read the book if you haven't done already.

I preferred Marty McGuinness in If.... TBH.
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Post by: _tom_ on October 12, 2008, 04:48:45 PM
I'm going to get the book I reckon, my mate recommended me it as well :) I dont read a lot but when I like the story I will.

Just watched Mirrors online, it was pretty cr@p :lol: Very predictable and Kiefer Sutherland is playing his usual role of shouting a lot which only really works well for Jack Bauer :P
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Post by: Jamie on October 12, 2008, 04:53:37 PM
Any Hellrasier apart from Bloodline is always fun to watch. I even like them that much i have a pinhead tattoo.
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Post by: Will on October 12, 2008, 04:57:13 PM
I watched the first one the other day. I had heard of the film, and never really picked it up.
still prefer the song though
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Post by: Plexi Ken on October 12, 2008, 05:10:08 PM

I've seen Eyes Wide Shut (thought it was good but cant stand Tom Cruise and the music got really annoying), Full Metal Jacket (loved the first half, the 2nd not so much) and I have The Shining still to watch. I've seen parts of that on tv as well but never the whole thing. Last time I saw it I got too scared and turned it off :lol: :oops:

Have you seen Dr Strangelove? along with Paths of Glory they are my two favourite Kubriks.
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Post by: Philly Q on October 12, 2008, 06:07:08 PM
Just watched Mirrors online, it was pretty cr@p :lol: Very predictable and Kiefer Sutherland is playing his usual role of shouting a lot which only really works well for Jack Bauer :P

He is Jack Bauer!  It was great watching it in the cinema, it's total shite but the whole audience were pissing with laughter at the "Jack" bits.  :lol:
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Post by: horsehead on October 14, 2008, 01:15:02 PM
OK going off (but on) topic, I've listen to Radio 5 a lot at work & quite enjoy Simon Mayo's show in an afternoon, but what I love is on a friday between 3 & 4 they have the film reviews on & it's brilliant. Well now on the website they've put on some of the funnier reviews etc. This one about sex & the city is ace

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCAVfuzeqPo

& Kevin Spacey doing  a great Christopher Walken impression

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=DMXD__b1xDw

linky to the full list is here (http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/videos/kermode_reviews.shtml)
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Post by: _tom_ on October 14, 2008, 01:52:21 PM
He is Jack Bauer!  It was great watching it in the cinema, it's total shitee but the whole audience were pissing with laughter at the "Jack" bits.  :lol:

hahah yeah he was Jack Bauer in that other film he was in a while ago, The Sentinel or something :lol:
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Post by: Philly Q on October 14, 2008, 10:47:48 PM
OK going off (but on) topic, I've listen to Radio 5 a lot at work & quite enjoy Simon Mayo's show in an afternoon, but what I love is on a friday between 3 & 4 they have the film reviews on & it's brilliant.

I don't always agree with Kermode, but he is funny when he starts ranting.  I get exactly like that when I'm talking films with my work colleagues (who think Adam Sandler movies are the pinnacle of cinematic brilliance).
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Post by: Jamie on October 14, 2008, 11:05:44 PM
OK going off (but on) topic, I've listen to Radio 5 a lot at work & quite enjoy Simon Mayo's show in an afternoon, but what I love is on a friday between 3 & 4 they have the film reviews on & it's brilliant.

I don't always agree with Kermode, but he is funny when he starts ranting.  I get exactly like that when I'm talking films with my work colleagues (who think Adam Sandler movies are the pinnacle of cinematic brilliance).

Adam Sandler rules! Sorry  :D
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Post by: Philly Q on October 14, 2008, 11:07:53 PM
Adam Sandler rules! Sorry  :D

 :|
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Post by: horsehead on October 15, 2008, 07:02:28 AM
Kermode is definitley a marmite love him or hate him, type thing. But as you say you can't deny that he know's his stuff & stands by views & I love that.
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Post by: _tom_ on October 15, 2008, 07:58:19 AM
Adam Sandler rules! Sorry  :D

 :|

+1, never understood why people like him.
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Post by: noodleplugerine on October 15, 2008, 11:40:37 PM
Saw Oh Brother Where art Thou last night. Brilliant!

Also saw how to lose friends and alienate people this week, also great, except for the terrible hollywood ending. Megan fox wasn't as pretty in this as she normally is.
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Post by: Philly Q on October 15, 2008, 11:44:58 PM
London Film Festival starts today! :D

Hoping there'll be some good stuff, although I never have time to see as many films as I'd like.
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Post by: Jonny on October 15, 2008, 11:46:37 PM
Kirsten Dunst and Megan Fox are PRREEETTTEEEHH high on the 'HOT' list for me.
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Post by: indysmith on October 15, 2008, 11:55:39 PM
Watched 'how to lose friends...' the other day. worst film ever made IMO. It's like a romcom (the worst genre of all) with barely any 'rom' and barely any 'com'. It was just a big gaping hole of a film.

That said - i rewatched the Texas Chainsaw Massacre last night and I still think it's one of the best horrors ever. The woman in Blockbuster was useless. I gave her the box, and after like 5 mins of searching she cracks "Sorry I can't find Chainsaw Massacre" on me (there was a price sticker over the word "Texas"). She actually worked in a video store and had never heard of the texas chainsaw massacre.
After I told her the title :roll: she found a DVD promptly and gave it to me. I microwave the popcorn, and sit down to enjoy, only to realise she'd given me the bloody cr@p remake so i had to run back to bloackbuster to get it changed!

I also watched a film called "REC" (as in short for 'record') today, which is possibly the best new horror film i've seen this year. FANTASTIC. EVERYONE SEE IT.
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Post by: _tom_ on October 18, 2008, 11:36:08 AM
Yeah Rec is well good, one of my favourite horror films. Watched Fight Club again last night since I got it on dvd and hadnt even bothered to watch it, I really do love that film.
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Post by: horsehead on October 18, 2008, 02:03:35 PM
is Rec the one that's just been re-made & called Quarantine?
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Post by: _tom_ on October 18, 2008, 07:15:38 PM
The first one was good, give that credit.

Yeah the first is ok, I havent actually seen the rest of them. May download Saw II just to see some gore and clever traps :lol:

edit - horsehead, Quarantine is the remake of Rec. I dont see why they bothered though as the original Rec is awesome, I have a feeling it'll be shitee.
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Post by: Will on October 18, 2008, 07:41:43 PM
Don't bother with II, I think 3 + 4 are ok, 4 being the best since the original.
Watched the original today again, pretty good, even if I knew the outcome.

Also watched Wanted, and Ghost Ship.

I love the stunts in Wanted!
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Post by: Woogie on October 18, 2008, 08:32:55 PM
Just watching The Happening. Really weird
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Post by: Brow on October 18, 2008, 09:24:49 PM
I have 'Planet Terror' to watch later on.

It's part of a 2 set of Grindhouse films that Robert Rodriguez did with Quentin Tarrantino (sp?).

Planet Terror is Roberts film and Quentins was the rubbish Death Proof. Hopefully this 1 is better though.
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Post by: Will on October 18, 2008, 09:33:09 PM
Good luck  :roll:
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Post by: Johnny Mac on October 19, 2008, 10:50:03 AM
Anyone seen 'Man Bites Dog'? Proper nasty!   :x
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Post by: WezV on October 19, 2008, 11:21:18 AM
i think planet terror is the better of the two.  behind all the reliced film and cheesy effects there is a pretty decent (if not original) story. 
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Post by: _tom_ on October 20, 2008, 10:42:08 AM
Went to see Tropic Thunder last night, it wasnt as good as I thought it was going to be but still wasnt shiteee. Tom Cruise is actually good in it which really surprised me as I usually hate him in any film he's in :lol:

Watched Speed Racer round my mates house after that, pretty shitee film with really annoying characters, but the cgi and car "fight" scenes are great. Also, Christina Ricci :P
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Post by: Jamie on October 21, 2008, 10:44:18 PM
Has anyone seen any of the old Phantasm films?
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Post by: noodleplugerine on October 21, 2008, 11:55:40 PM
Went to see Tropic Thunder last night, it wasnt as good as I thought it was going to be but still wasnt shiteeee. Tom Cruise is actually good in it which really surprised me as I usually hate him in any film he's in :lol:

Watched Speed Racer round my mates house after that, pretty shiteee film with really annoying characters, but the cgi and car "fight" scenes are great. Also, Christina Ricci :P

SPEED RACER IS AMAZING.

Best cinema experience I have EVER had, me and 4 friends sitting in an empty cinema, just like, $%&#ing amazing.
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Post by: Philly Q on October 22, 2008, 12:25:36 AM
Has anyone seen any of the old Phantasm films?

Yep, I really like the first couple but then they went downhill a bit.  Long time since I've seen them though.
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Post by: headtheball on October 22, 2008, 12:32:01 AM
Possibly, this goes without saying, but if you like Phantasm/Don Coscarelli's work in general, there are much worse ways to spend a couple of hours than watching Bubba Ho-Tep.
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Post by: Woogie on October 26, 2008, 02:06:55 PM
Saw 1  :o

Saw 2 pit of needles tonight though  8)
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Post by: Philly Q on October 27, 2008, 12:29:09 AM
Saw a restored print of Once Upon A Time In The West on the big screeen today.  :D

Also The Wrestler with Mickey Rourke - very good.
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Post by: Jamie on October 29, 2008, 04:02:55 PM
Has anyone seen any of the old Phantasm films?

Yep, I really like the first couple but then they went downhill a bit.  Long time since I've seen them though.

The black car that reggie drives is one of the coolest cars ive seen.
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Post by: 38thBeatle on October 29, 2008, 07:28:13 PM
I bought a copy of Once Upon A Time In The West a while back as I have always loved it. Sure would like to see a restored full screen version though.
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Post by: Philly Q on October 29, 2008, 08:07:41 PM
I bought a copy of Once Upon A Time In The West a while back as I have always loved it. Sure would like to see a restored full screen version though.

I'm pretty sure this was exactly the same long version as appears on the 2-disc special edition DVD.  Of course that was a digital restoration, now they've done a full restoration on film.
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Post by: indysmith on October 30, 2008, 03:02:46 PM
The guitar in Once Upon a Time in the West is AWESOME. Ennio Morricone owns
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Post by: horsehead on November 02, 2008, 03:05:21 PM
Went to see Quantum of Solace last night, though I see why some critics have panned it, I absolutely loved it! I (personally) can see why Bond progress's & does the things that he does in the movie. A couple of times the film didn't explain itself properly, but overall it's brilliant. Recomended
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Post by: _tom_ on November 02, 2008, 10:43:32 PM
good god, The Hills Have Eyes is on Channel 4 right now, its $%&#ing atrocious :lol: Hwo did they ever think this was a good idea for a film?
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Post by: Will on November 02, 2008, 11:12:54 PM
Scary movie is the best thing on at the moment I think. I agree about The Hils have eyes, utter shite.

Any news on Saw V? Worth the watch? I think its at number 2 in the cinema ratings at the moment, somehow that High School Musical thing is number 1 :?

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Post by: _tom_ on November 02, 2008, 11:20:27 PM
Scary Movie is ok, it has its moments and is better than every other spoof american film that followed it :) Which isnt exactly hard, I suppose.

Have joined the new film club at uni, they're showing Memento this week which looks pretty good..
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Post by: gwEm on November 03, 2008, 12:39:56 AM
saw the new bond, thought it was a decent edition, though alot was unexplained (like horsehead thought). preferred the last one though. daniel craig is a great bond i think.
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Post by: Will on November 07, 2008, 11:34:46 AM
Phwoar, thoroughly recomend 'Taken'
excellent
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Post by: _tom_ on November 15, 2008, 11:44:07 PM
haha watched Kindergarten Cop a few days ago, forgot how funny it is :lol:

"its not a toomur!"
"shut up!"
"stop whining"
"who is your daddy and what does he do?"

all made hilarious in Arnies accent :lol:


The Omen is on channel 4 right now, its shite :?
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Post by: juansolo on November 19, 2008, 12:30:34 PM
is Rec the one that's just been re-made & called Quarantine?

I believe that's exactly the same film, just re-titled for some reason. I watched REC back to back with The Signal the other night and I have to say, though I enjoyed REC, The Signal trounced it. One of the freshest horror films I've seen in a long time. Basically the film is a single story that spans 3 chapters each from a different characters perspectives done by very different directors (not Run Lola Run stylie, the story continues in each segment, not resets). It could have been a horrible mess and it just isn't. It works surprisingly well, especially as you'd expect some of the tonal shifts to be jarring. I really rate it, shame it seems to have had almost no publicity or marketing. Picked it up on Blu-Ray for next to nothing.

Admittedly I'm not holding out as much hope for Jesus Christ: Vampire Hunter. That should hopefully arrive before the weekend. I'll suspect beer will be required to set the mood accordingly for that one.
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Post by: _tom_ on November 19, 2008, 12:34:56 PM
Quarantine isnt the same, its an american remake of Rec and it looks shitee :(
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Post by: Will on November 19, 2008, 12:39:44 PM
Quarantine isnt the same, its an american remake of Rec and it looks shiteee :(

Yep, pretty much.

nobody else seen Taken yet!?!?!
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Post by: juansolo on November 19, 2008, 12:42:19 PM
Quarantine isnt the same, its an american remake of Rec and it looks shiteeee :(

Yep, pretty much.

nobody else seen Taken yet!?!?!

Ah.  Oh dear.  I tend to avoid most American remakes at all costs... A bullet dodged there I feel!
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Post by: noodleplugerine on November 19, 2008, 04:54:03 PM
Quarantine isnt the same, its an american remake of Rec and it looks shiteeee :(

Yep, pretty much.

nobody else seen Taken yet!?!?!

I saw it a while ago, pretty good, not amazing though.
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Post by: _tom_ on November 19, 2008, 05:02:05 PM
My friend tells me Taken is really good, but apparently he hasnt even heard of Pulp Fiction, Indiana Jones, The Shining or Human Traffic, so I dont think his opinion is worth anything :lol:
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Post by: gwEm on November 19, 2008, 07:06:57 PM
Phwoar, thoroughly recomend 'Taken'
excellent

+1 there - its white knuckle stuff - really excellent!
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Post by: Lazy_McDoesnothing on November 19, 2008, 07:32:11 PM
Which Taken are we talking about here, the Spielberg miniseries or the one with Liam Neeson?
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Post by: MDV on November 19, 2008, 07:48:59 PM
My friend tells me Taken is really good, but apparently he hasnt even heard of Pulp Fiction, Indiana Jones, The Shining or Human Traffic, so I dont think his opinion is worth anything :lol:

How can you possibly not know those?

I mean, I'm no film buff by a LONG shot. I'm not even very enthusiastic about them, but surely everyone knows those?

Anyway. Matters not

Saw The Kingdom the other day. Suprisingly good, seeing as I bought it to laugh at, expecting it to be jingoistic americans-kick-the-shite-out-of-terrorists cr@p. Its not. Its quite well thought out. Its muslim characterisations are a little cartoonish, but better than I expected, and it tries to create a crowbar divide between your average middle eastern muslim dude and the types of people that like to blow things up.

I also saw superbad. The cops were funny, the rest was boring.
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Post by: Will on November 24, 2008, 09:01:34 PM
Quarantine:
hmm. Well its better than Cloverfield and Blairwitch. Shot from a journalist point of view, so there is a reason for the camera to always be on. I think its actually a very good perspective and is good as a first person film.
Sadly there was a void of boringness at 60-80 mins. The end was very untraditional to say the least, my mate wouldn't shut up about it, but I was happy to point out it will remain in your mind because of that, DUH!
Don't pay to watch it. If you liked Cloverfield etc, give it a go
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Post by: _tom_ on November 24, 2008, 09:05:10 PM
Watch [REC] if you havent allready Will :) I've seen a copy of Quarantine and thought it was shite in comparison, though the quality wasnt as good as the dvd of rec I saw.
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Post by: _tom_ on December 04, 2008, 12:51:41 AM
Just watched Taxi Driver, got it ages ago but only just got round to putting it on. Great film, recommended :)
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Post by: noodleplugerine on December 04, 2008, 01:07:36 AM
Watched Waltz with Bashir the other day, superb film, but very depressing. Definitely did not improve my opinion of the Israeli military...
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on January 02, 2009, 06:36:06 PM
Just watched Teeth. I'm fairly sure i'll never uncross my legs again.
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Post by: horsehead on January 02, 2009, 08:59:25 PM
Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a class comedy for anyone who wants a laugh
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Post by: Will on January 02, 2009, 09:13:24 PM
+1 on both of the above.

Brand is quite funny in FGS I think
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on January 02, 2009, 10:30:30 PM
Brand is quite funny in FGS I think

Very true, one of the first times i've seen him in anything where i haven't wanted to strangle him. He's just very likeable in that role.
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Post by: _tom_ on February 24, 2009, 07:59:33 PM
I think Brands "ponderland" on sundays is quite funny actually. He can get annoying but those always raise a chuckle :P

I watched Man on Wire at the weekend, very cool documentary. I didnt understand it all though as some of the dialogues in French and the file I have doesnt come with subtitles. It's absolutely amazing when you see what he can do.
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Post by: WezV on February 24, 2009, 08:11:03 PM
watchmen..... quite soon now!
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Post by: Will on February 24, 2009, 08:54:31 PM
Anyone else seens Friday 13th? I have not yet formed an opinion on it...
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Post by: nfe on February 24, 2009, 09:06:55 PM
watchmen..... quite soon now!

And the closer we get, the more silly plot deviations we hear of   :roll: :(
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Post by: WezV on February 24, 2009, 09:34:40 PM
not going to judge it badly till i have seen it
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Post by: nfe on February 24, 2009, 09:54:22 PM
The BIG change, I can at least see a reasoning, but there's at least one plot deviation earlier that serves no purpose whatsoever, and will surely deminish how we see a particular major player's character. It just seems very, very silly. Booo.

I'm still looking forward to it, but I'm not letting myself get excited.
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Post by: nfe on February 24, 2009, 10:29:28 PM
Incidentally, the first UK reviews...

http://uk.rottentomatoes.com/m/watchmen/

One is pretty brutal, but Empire and Total Film give it the thumbs up.
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Post by: Johnny Mac on February 24, 2009, 10:33:43 PM
I watched that Russian film 9th Company the other day. It's about  Russia's military campaign in Afghanistan. It was brutal but very good.
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Post by: WezV on February 24, 2009, 10:36:33 PM
ah yes, i saw a times one earlier
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Post by: _tom_ on February 26, 2009, 01:18:48 AM
Just went to see Valkyrie, really enjoyed it :)
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Post by: Madiac on February 26, 2009, 02:19:42 AM
Well, im having an all nighter this night, so far i have seen "Dante 01", was a french sci-fi movie, twas OK, acting and all was good, but a bit of a boring plot.
Then "Yes-man", great comedy, recommended.
Now on to the next one 8)
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Post by: dheim on March 04, 2009, 07:55:42 AM
Scary Movie is ok, it has its moments and is better than every other spoof american film that followed it :) Which isnt exactly hard, I suppose.

Have joined the new film club at uni, they're showing Memento this week which looks pretty good..

memento is a great movie!

anyway i've become a great fan of simon pegg... he's completely unknown in italy (but we're the worst country in the world, so everything's possible), but in general i watch movies in original language so i couldn't care less of adaptations...
shaun of the dead is one of my favourite movies!
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Post by: Johnny Mac on March 04, 2009, 10:14:28 AM
Saw the new Clint Eastwood film Gran Tourino. Its a sad film and surprisingly really good. He comes over as a heartless bigot at first...anyway I won't spoil.


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Post by: dheim on March 04, 2009, 10:46:54 AM
Saw the new Clint Eastwood film Gran Tourino. Its a sad film and surprisingly really good. He comes over as a heartless bigot at first...anyway I won't spoil.




i love eastwood. i don't think he's made a single bad movie as a director, and for sure he's done plenty of great films.
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Post by: MDV on March 04, 2009, 11:30:34 AM
Saw In Bruges recently.

Hilarious! Highly recommended.
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Post by: WezV on March 07, 2009, 07:57:48 PM
well i have just been watching the watchmen.  i enjoyed it very much but obviously my expectations were high and i dont think it was perfect (it was never going to be though)

I would really like the opinion of someone who hasnt read the comics as i do think  a big flaw in it was that it tried to give too much to the fans - sometimes at the expense of an easier narrative... i really enjoyed picking out all the frames and references lifted direct from the comic but that doesnt really make it a good film

i think the change in story at the end made a lot of sense so dont mind it at all- the flowery bullshitee and smallville style explanations that went with it did not!!

overall i think its the best adaptation we ever could have hoped for, it is a damn good film and i dont know how it could have been made better... adding the stuff they missed out would not have improved it.. taking out the very minor stuff they added might just flowed a little better for me but may have left it a bit too dry for cinema 
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Post by: Will on March 07, 2009, 08:20:36 PM
I would really like the opinion of someone who hasnt read the comics

Well, here we go then!
I am not a sci fi / superhero enthusiast. I can deal with things which are simple, like Spiderman: one good guy, bad people against him, quite black and white really. I think thats how a superhero film works.
That leads to me on about how this film doesn't. It is really too long and stretched out, but oddly I found it was the beginning that put me to sleep (yes, literally!). Including the trailers you are sitting there for 3hrs, which I found to be exhausting for such a simple moral.
I don't really pick up on acting in general, but I thought this was average, nothing struck me as exciting or any of the cast were hitting above their standard.
Without giving the plot away (I hope), there is an old superhero team, and a couple of them are investigating why one of them died, follows a few personal tales and you are struck with the simple moral: Wherever you go... somebody just has to go and be a dick.
My mate that wanted to see it felt it was a very deep ending, but IMO it was basic and shallow. If everybody has the right to a free and informed opinion, there will be clashes. Although may I point out that the story also adds in that you have to lie to people if you want them to all get along.

All of the above should be considered as thoughts of someone who is not into this kind of film, and ofcourse its all my opinion, no offense intended.

On a brighter note, the very beginning was interesting to see historical clips, as I do enjoy that time's history.

Being generous as its not my kind of film, 7 / 10 or maybe even 7.5
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Post by: MrBump on March 07, 2009, 09:50:51 PM
well i have just been watching the watchmen.  i enjoyed it very much but obviously my expectations were high and i dont think it was perfect (it was never going to be though)

I would really like the opinion of someone who hasnt read the comics as i do think  a big flaw in it was that it tried to give too much to the fans - sometimes at the expense of an easier narrative... i really enjoyed picking out all the frames and references lifted direct from the comic but that doesnt really make it a good film

i think the change in story at the end made a lot of sense so dont mind it at all- the flowery bullshiteeee and smallville style explanations that went with it did not!!

overall i think its the best adaptation we ever could have hoped for, it is a damn good film and i dont know how it could have been made better... adding the stuff they missed out would not have improved it.. taking out the very minor stuff they added might just flowed a little better for me but may have left it a bit too dry for cinema 

I'm looking forward to going to see it, probably with the wife over the next couple of weeks.

I know nothing of the Watchman, but I used to be a bit of a comic buff, and I remember Alan Moore writing Captain Britain many years ago - loved his work back then, always seemed a little darker than the run of the mill DC and Marvel stuff.

Will report back.

Mark.
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Post by: WezV on March 07, 2009, 10:39:39 PM
My mate that wanted to see it felt it was a very deep ending, but IMO it was basic and shallow.

i think the 'deep' ending from the comic was slightly cheapened by the extra script the felt they had to add  - dr manhattan is a being of very few words and simply doesnt need to explain to these characters why he acts the way he does at the end.  I like the fact is comes across as a sudden change of heart in the comic and there is much les attmept to justify it

i agree that the titel sequence was very well done - the music was so well placed.  The thing i always struggle with when thinking about watchmen is that people may compare it to the incredibles for grownups.. that whole forced retirement super hero thing that pixar stole... its very evident in the title sequence but in a good way
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Post by: Philly Q on March 08, 2009, 12:21:53 AM
Saw Lesbian Vampire Killers today - a bit better than I expected.  Completely fails as a horror film, and not very saucy either, but it is pretty amusing.  Lots of lovely ladies too.
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Post by: _tom_ on March 08, 2009, 12:31:38 AM
I just finished rewatching Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. This has been my most exciting saturday for quite some time :\
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Post by: Johnny Mac on March 08, 2009, 08:01:01 AM
I just finished rewatching Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. This has been my most exciting saturday for quite some time :\

Both are excellent!
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Post by: MrBump on March 08, 2009, 09:50:04 AM
Saw Lesbian Vampire Killers today - a bit better than I expected.  Completely fails as a horror film, and not very saucy either, but it is pretty amusing.  Lots of lovely ladies too.

... would like to see that, but not sure I can convince the wife to go with me...
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Post by: nfe on March 08, 2009, 08:44:28 PM
RE: Watchmen

Right.

I'm in an easier position because I've read it many times and know the story, cause there's so much that's skipped over, barely touched upon or just not explained (why is Veidt wandering round with a big cat with antennae? Who's Moloch? Why doesn't Dr Manhatten know what is happening?) that I imagine it could be a bit ovewhelming. There's millions of stuff to fit in less than three hours that tons of stuff was alwasy gonna be missing.

Other than that, the only things to annoy me were the clunkiest sex scene ever filmed outwith Cum On My Tattoo 4 and the fact that Juspeczyk is about 20 years younger than she should be and I struggle to believe Veidt is in his 40's either, also, why does Dan go to speak to Veidt? Why isn't it Rorscach as in the comic? What reason is that change for? Daft.

So, really enjoyed it, but I already knew the story back to front, I think it'd be a struggle if you didn't.
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on March 08, 2009, 08:53:14 PM
I saw it yesterday. I've only read about the first 5th of the comic (my mum tidied away from bookmark, yes, seriously!), but i really enjoyed it. If i had to nitpick, i would about the choice of music, not that i didn't like the songs in question, but i often find that i don't really like excessive uses of popular music in movies, as opposed to an original score. Just my opinion though.
Title: Re: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Will on March 10, 2009, 11:18:07 PM
Furthering my recommendation for SEX DRIVE in another thread. I think its worth watching the first two minutes of this, these guys rule
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgZZgGIOjPk&feature=related
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Post by: Johnny Mac on March 11, 2009, 10:42:57 AM
Furthering my recommendation for SEX DRIVE in another thread. I think its worth watching the first two minutes of this, these guys rule
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgZZgGIOjPk&feature=related

I may be in my 40's but i laughed all the way through that and want to see it!  :lol:
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Post by: _tom_ on March 11, 2009, 10:57:45 AM
Meh I saw Sex Drive last night, it was $%&#ing awful. Almost as bad as Underworld: Rise of the Lycans which we watched after it.. cr@p films!
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Post by: Philly Q on March 11, 2009, 12:09:07 PM
Furthering my recommendation for SEX DRIVE in another thread. I think its worth watching the first two minutes of this, these guys rule
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgZZgGIOjPk&feature=related

I may be in my 40's but i laughed all the way through that and want to see it!  :lol:

Not the same here, I can't stand gross-out teen sex comedies.  They actually really piss me off because they seem to be set on another planet than the one I live on!

Having said that, I did like Superbad... I don't know exactly what makes it different from from Sex Drive, Road Trip, Role Models or American Pie Presents Band Camp, but it works for me and they don't.
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Post by: Johnny Mac on March 11, 2009, 09:51:33 PM
Furthering my recommendation for SEX DRIVE in another thread. I think its worth watching the first two minutes of this, these guys rule
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgZZgGIOjPk&feature=related

I may be in my 40's but i laughed all the way through that and want to see it!  :lol:

Not the same here, I can't stand gross-out teen sex comedies.  They actually really piss me off because they seem to be set on another planet than the one I live on!

Having said that, I did like Superbad... I don't know exactly what makes it different from from Sex Drive, Road Trip, Role Models or American Pie Presents Band Camp, but it works for me and they don't.

I know what you mean but they can be funny if you see them as a load of bollocks. I just did a download of Sex Drive and it had loads of it chopped out. So I stopped watching it as i don't want to miss any riveting bits!
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Post by: Will on March 11, 2009, 09:57:12 PM
JM: I reckon I owe you a favour, will get you a digital copy sorted for Saturday. Extended and unrated :D

and the genre, well its not something that can be taken seriously.
American Pie got old after the first one, there can't be follow ups on these methinks.
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Post by: nfe on March 11, 2009, 10:04:55 PM
AS much as I dislike the teen-grossout-comedy nonsense. At least it'll never be as bad as the Scary Movie/Epic Movie/X Movie etc pish.
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Post by: Philly Q on March 11, 2009, 10:17:11 PM
I just did a download of Sex Drive and it had loads of it chopped out. So I stopped watching it as i don't want to miss any riveting bits!

What was it, an airline version?  :lol:
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Post by: 38thBeatle on March 11, 2009, 10:47:02 PM
I have just watched "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" on DVD. I'd read the book and knew what to expect but it was very painful to watch.
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Post by: Johnny Mac on March 11, 2009, 11:20:37 PM
I have just watched "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" on DVD. I'd read the book and knew what to expect but it was very painful to watch.

I've got that to watch but I don't want to see it as it'll be too disturbing.
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Post by: Johnny Mac on March 11, 2009, 11:24:54 PM
JM: I reckon I owe you a favour, will get you a digital copy sorted for Saturday. Extended and unrated :D

and the genre, well its not something that can be taken seriously.
American Pie got old after the first one, there can't be follow ups on these methinks.

Thanks Will! I'll look forward to that  :D

These movies were doing the rounds in the 70's and 80's too. Animal House, you have to see that. John Belushi, he was a nutter! Porkies, Kentuckie Fried Movie, ect
You just treat them like the silly things they are.


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Post by: Johnny Mac on March 11, 2009, 11:27:00 PM
I just did a download of Sex Drive and it had loads of it chopped out. So I stopped watching it as i don't want to miss any riveting bits!

What was it, an airline version?  :lol:

Probably!
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Post by: noodleplugerine on March 11, 2009, 11:40:17 PM
Just saw Watchmen, they couldn't have made a better adaptation, its almost identical to the comic in both story and style.

The only problem is the format just doesn't suit a Movie, the problem was always going to be the fact that the watchmen isn't a particularly interesting storyline, its all a big social commentary, and the irregular pace and seemingly random developments just don't particularly work in the movie, hell, its the main flaw of the book too. Everything about the Watchmen is perfect, except for the plot, if they could keep the style, the characters and the social dynamic the story represents, and just make a sensible plot which seems to actually develop, rather than spontaneously coming to a big finale out of nowhere.... But sigh, forget my ranting.

I loved the film anyway, although one thing I didn't like was the changes they made to the final scene, most of that wasn't really in the style of alan moore I thought, was a bit obvious. Didn't mind the things they took out, didn't change any of the important points of the story, (I might have missed some though I guess)
Title: Re: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: nfe on March 12, 2009, 12:04:49 AM
The more I think about Watchmen, the more the missing stuff annoys me.

Because of the changed ending, Bubastis isn't explained and surely loads of folks were thinking "what's this cat with antaenne?

Hollis Mason being beaten to death with his humanitarian award, which is a pretty vital part of the build up of tension in the public.

Virtually none of Dr. Manhattan's speech on Mars with his photo, which explains how he sees the world since his transformation.

LOADS of important Rorschach missed out, including "Possibly homosexual. Must investigate further.." and the like which go towards showing him to be complete and utter bastard, he get's off in the film pretty easy, I'd like to think this wasn't because of studio pressure to avoid having an overtly right wing "hero"...


I still think it was great. I'm just quite confused about why
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Post by: Johnny Mac on March 12, 2009, 07:40:46 AM
Anyone here seen 'Man Bites Dog'? That's a mad one!  :crazy2: :minigun:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_Bites_Dog_(film) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_Bites_Dog_(film))
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Post by: Philly Q on March 12, 2009, 08:56:11 AM
Anyone here seen 'Man Bites Dog'? That's a mad one!  :crazy2: :minigun:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_Bites_Dog_(film) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_Bites_Dog_(film))


Yeah, a long time ago when it first came out.  Can't remember much about it now, TBH.
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Post by: headtheball on March 12, 2009, 09:54:31 AM

LOADS of important Rorschach missed out, including "Possibly homosexual. Must investigate further.." and the like which go towards showing him to be complete and utter bastard, he get's off in the film pretty easy, I'd like to think this wasn't because of studio pressure to avoid having an overtly right wing "hero"...

I reckon the way Ozy was made camp as fecking Christmas probably was some ass-witted compensation for that. Snyder did the same thing with Xerxes in 300. What's the story with that, like?
Title: Re: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: noodleplugerine on March 12, 2009, 11:01:04 AM
The more I think about Watchmen, the more the missing stuff annoys me.

Because of the changed ending, Bubastis isn't explained and surely loads of folks were thinking "what's this cat with antaenne?

Hollis Mason being beaten to death with his humanitarian award, which is a pretty vital part of the build up of tension in the public.

Virtually none of Dr. Manhattan's speech on Mars with his photo, which explains how he sees the world since his transformation.

LOADS of important Rorschach missed out, including "Possibly homosexual. Must investigate further.." and the like which go towards showing him to be complete and utter bastard, he get's off in the film pretty easy, I'd like to think this wasn't because of studio pressure to avoid having an overtly right wing "hero"...


I still think it was great. I'm just quite confused about why

+1 on the Hollis Mason and the Rorshach not being a bar-steward enough bits. Also, without the New Frontiersman articles you don't really understand just quite how right wing it is, and as such just quite how right wing Rorshach's fave newspaper is.

Oh, and everyone was thinking wtf with Bubastis :p
Title: Re: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: _tom_ on March 15, 2009, 09:48:58 PM
I heard there are blue alien c--ks in watchmen. Based on that I refuse to watch it :lol:

Very late to this one but I only just got round to watching Kill Bill. I absolutely love the way Tarantino tells stories, his films are all so good (except Death Proof which I just found a bit boring). Need to watch Vol. 2 now :)
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Post by: MrBump on March 15, 2009, 10:02:36 PM
Not a current film, but I watched 'In Bruges' the other night, and thought it was a cracking film.

Mark.
Title: Re: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Johnny Mac on March 17, 2009, 07:41:42 PM
JM: I reckon I owe you a favour, will get you a digital copy sorted for Saturday. Extended and unrated :D

and the genre, well its not something that can be taken seriously.
American Pie got old after the first one, there can't be follow ups on these methinks.

I watched it today Will. Yeah its pretty funny, those scenes in the trailer park had me in fits!  :lol:
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Post by: Will on March 17, 2009, 10:47:54 PM
I was most impressed by Andy and Randy's scenes, and the bit where they are at the fun fair.
Glad you got on with it!
Title: Re: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Will on March 28, 2009, 11:26:16 PM
Just got through 'Yes man' (Jim Carey says yes to everything)
Some great acting there, and there was also Zooey Deschanel to look at. I didn't expect it to be as funny as it was, however there was the cliche heartbreak scene leading to finale in the last quarter.
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Post by: Rock Pig on April 01, 2009, 10:21:54 PM
^ Yes Man was good but formulaic. Nice concept.

Saw Slumdog Millionare on Saturday. I'm a bit late to the party and it's probably already been discussed but I've honestly never seen another film that could keep me that gripped for two solid hours. It was also the most successful dual narrative style film I've ever seen.
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Post by: noodleplugerine on April 01, 2009, 10:37:45 PM
I just saw the boat that rocked, which was a little aimless, but great fun.
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Post by: Davey on April 01, 2009, 11:15:46 PM
went back to the classics...


Seven Samurai. great movie!
Title: Re: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: _tom_ on April 07, 2009, 05:11:29 PM
Just went to see Monsters vs Aliens in 3D! Pretty good actually, though I found the 3D didnt always work, some things appear quite blurry and badly defined though could just be my vision, havent had an eye test in about 15 years haha!

Made me jump a few times when things come flying out the screen at you :lol:
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Post by: indysmith on April 07, 2009, 07:49:25 PM
Sweet! we have a 3D IMAX cinema in our uni - i think i'll watch it when i get back to brum
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Post by: _tom_ on April 07, 2009, 08:06:40 PM
Apparently Coraline is a really good one for 3D.
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Post by: Philly Q on April 07, 2009, 09:02:20 PM
I've seen a couple of horror movies in 3-D recently, the My Bloody Valentine remake which was pretty shite but had some good 3-D effects, and Scar which was just shite.
Title: Re: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Will on April 19, 2009, 04:52:13 PM
Anyone seen 'The Red Baron', I think its a German production, as an answer to 'Flyboys'.

I loved how it was scripted to show a sense of honour between airmen. On an historical level, it also stayed quite true IIRC. WWI is not my best area in history.
Two hours long, but if you can take it, and have an interest in 20th Century warfare, WATCH IT!
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Post by: 38thBeatle on April 19, 2009, 05:47:42 PM
Sounds interesting. WW1 is one of my specialist subjects and I would like to see that.
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Post by: Andrew W on April 19, 2009, 07:54:48 PM
Anyone seen 'The Red Baron', I think its a German production, as an answer to 'Flyboys'.

Good Lord, someone who's heard of "Flyboys"?  Sheesh I thought that one had quietly crept away and died.  I worked on that, ahem, masterpiece and let's just say it's not the highlight of my career.  :?
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Post by: Will on April 19, 2009, 10:20:48 PM
Whats wrong with it? You work in animation I seem to recall?

I should probably say you work in CGI or something rather than animation I think :)

Also at the time of watching it (probably would be the same now though), I was appreciating it for historical drama rather than full on film. I quite enjoy the WW_ type films.
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Post by: Andrew W on April 19, 2009, 10:42:35 PM
Whats wrong with it? You work in animation I seem to recall?

I should probably say you work in CGI or something rather than animation I think :)

Also at the time of watching it (probably would be the same now though), I was appreciating it for historical drama rather than full on film. I quite enjoy the WW_ type films.

I don't know enough of the history to comment on that but we made the planes as accurate as we could.  I just found the whole film over-long and a bit too "TV-movie", especially the romantic angle, but from what I understand, the aviation nuts loved it so it has its niche I guess.  I'm more impressed that anyone has heard of it, from what I understood it played for about a week in one cinema about a year after it was finished.  Having just checked Amazon, I see it's on Blu-Ray now.  Wonders will never cease.
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Post by: dheim on April 20, 2009, 12:11:36 PM
Anyone seen 'The Red Baron', I think its a German production, as an answer to 'Flyboys'.

Good Lord, someone who's heard of "Flyboys"?  Sheesh I thought that one had quietly crept away and died.  I worked on that, ahem, masterpiece and let's just say it's not the highlight of my career.  :?

not a bad movie, in my opinion... million times better than any pearl harbor rubbish, anyway!
we need more WWI movies...
Red Baron is very nice, just they decided strangely enough to shoot it directly in english, so actors sound a bit unnatural at times, with quite strong accents...
i saw it in english and tried it in german too... german track is dubbed!
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Post by: Philly Q on April 26, 2009, 01:26:58 AM
This week, I have watched:

Donkey Punch
Saxon
Transporter 3
Redbelt

None of them worth the bother.  It's ages since I saw a really good new film.

(Edit:  I was a bit harsh on Redbelt - there are some very silly plot twists but it is worth a watch.  Very good extras on the DVD too.)
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Post by: Buddha on April 26, 2009, 10:46:09 AM
Saw 'let the right one in' last night, thought i was very good. Dialogue was in sweedish
but it was subtitled in english. I wouldn't recommend it if you scare easily though,
not that it's a ful blown horror film by any stretch of the imagination
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Post by: Philly Q on April 26, 2009, 10:52:31 AM
Saw 'let the right one in' last night, thought i was very good. Dialogue was in sweedish
but it was subtitled in english. I wouldn't recommend it if you scare easily though,
not that it's a ful blown horror film by any stretch of the imagination

That's a brilliant film!  :D  Absolutely loved it.  The book is excellent too.
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Post by: indysmith on April 26, 2009, 11:45:05 AM
Went to see the new Fast and Furious. What a load of absolute bollucks :lol: The blatant advertising for Corona was the best bit of the whole movie, but nobody else in the theatre was laughing?
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Post by: _tom_ on April 26, 2009, 11:48:16 AM
Hope you didnt pay to see that haha

The worst thing about that film is that some people off my uni course (who should really know the difference between a good one and a shite one) think its great

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/tomr61/0a1fedf1.gif)
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Post by: Buddha on April 26, 2009, 08:20:11 PM
Lol, i too saw fast and furious a few weeks ago, i wasn't expecting much given it's pedigree,
lol so wasn't overly dissapointed.

I honestly would recommend people to see 'let the right
one it' it was extremely good, i have to admit getting scared by it though. Think i used all
my resistance to being scared when i watch 'Night-mare on Elm Street' when i was 4 haha  :lol:
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Post by: indysmith on April 26, 2009, 10:13:06 PM
Just got back from 'Let the right one in'
GO AND SEE IT IF YOU HAVE TASTES ANYTHING LIKE MINE AT ALL (good tastes that is).
Great film, excellent spin on the genre. Beautiful cinematography.
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Post by: _tom_ on April 27, 2009, 08:10:54 AM
Been on a bit of a Guy Ritchie kick, inspired by Snatch Wars :lol: So I've just been watching

Snatch
Rock N Rolla
Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels

I just love the style of these films
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Post by: Will on May 11, 2009, 08:23:24 PM
Another few historical films. Defiance, and Valkyrie. Both were particularly good I felt, with Defiance being a better all rounder.
Also watched My Bloody Valentine, I wish I had seen it in 3d at the cinema. Worth the watch atleast
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Post by: Philly Q on May 11, 2009, 08:44:00 PM
Also watched My Bloody Valentine, I wish I had seen it in 3d at the cinema. Worth the watch atleast

I haven't seen it without, but the 3-D was pretty good and definitely added to the experience!

I just got the original 1981 version on DVD.
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Post by: roland_rat on May 12, 2009, 01:02:20 PM
Hi saw "State of play" recently.  It is maybe not a classic but is  well worth a watch.







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Post by: dheim on May 12, 2009, 01:40:35 PM
"how to loose friends and alienate people". i love simon pegg. and there's megan fox in it.  :)
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Post by: WezV on May 13, 2009, 07:22:56 PM
going to see star trek in a mo.  i have high hopes for a jolly romp through space.
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Post by: badgermark on May 13, 2009, 09:56:11 PM
I liked star trek. I'm not much of a trekkie but it was good and i think i got most of the references. And simon pegg wasn't too bad! the entire audience laughed when he told the midget to "git tae f..." A joke that wont mean much to non scots...
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Post by: Nadz1lla on May 13, 2009, 10:19:48 PM
Saw Star Trek today, and it was amazing! That opening scene, rarely does an opening sequence hit you like a tonne of bricks like that. The old bottom lip was almost trembling, hehe.
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Post by: WezV on May 13, 2009, 10:57:00 PM
yes.  awesome.  that is all!!
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Post by: noodleplugerine on May 14, 2009, 09:05:51 AM
Looooads of fan service in it, was great.
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Post by: indysmith on May 16, 2009, 11:54:27 AM
Star Trek was great! Loads better than I was expecting it to be.
Just watched "A History of Violence", which was okay... worth a watch I'd say.
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Post by: Davey on May 20, 2009, 05:18:15 PM
Samurai trilogy (also known as the Musashi Miyamoto movies). starring Toshiro Mifune .. watched the first one yesterday and have the others lined up for today and tomorrow (or maybe both today) and they are BRILLIANT movies on all accounts. I actually like the older movies better.. they made you connect with the charracters, which most movies of today lack and therefore the movies suck, or you forget about them the moment you stop watching.

anyway, 7 samurai, yojimbo, samurai trilogy .. heck most of what Mifune starred in is brilliant. highly recomended! (and the samurai movies are in colour! a rarity for a movie that's been shot in '54
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Post by: nfe on May 20, 2009, 05:25:45 PM
Yojimbo and Seven Samauri are fantastic. Several of the Zatoichi pictures are fantastic too.

But none of them are up there with Ran, which doesn't get the recognition it deserves. A sublime picture.
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Post by: Davey on May 20, 2009, 06:03:35 PM
Yojimbo and Seven Samauri are fantastic. Several of the Zatoichi pictures are fantastic too.

But none of them are up there with Ran, which doesn't get the recognition it deserves. A sublime picture.
watched ran on tv a while ago ... $%&# it's gory! didnt see the beginning though. good movie, but i like the others better :P
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Post by: nfe on May 20, 2009, 07:18:11 PM
Yojimbo and Seven Samauri are fantastic. Several of the Zatoichi pictures are fantastic too.

But none of them are up there with Ran, which doesn't get the recognition it deserves. A sublime picture.
watched ran on tv a while ago ... $%&# it's gory! didnt see the beginning though. good movie, but i like the others better :P

I get all carried away with Ran, it's just wondrous start to finish.

If you're into the Samauri stuff, or Asian cinema generally, The Water Margin series is worth a look if you haven't seen it.
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Post by: Philly Q on May 20, 2009, 11:20:51 PM
If you're into the Samauri stuff, or Asian cinema generally, The Water Margin series is worth a look if you haven't seen it.

That was my favourite TV show when I was a kiddie!  So many great characters.  I've got it on DVD too.
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Post by: Davey on May 21, 2009, 04:45:56 PM
Yojimbo and Seven Samauri are fantastic. Several of the Zatoichi pictures are fantastic too.

But none of them are up there with Ran, which doesn't get the recognition it deserves. A sublime picture.
watched ran on tv a while ago ... $%&# it's gory! didnt see the beginning though. good movie, but i like the others better :P

I get all carried away with Ran, it's just wondrous start to finish.

If you're into the Samurai stuff, or Asian cinema generally, The Water Margin series is worth a look if you haven't seen it.
i'll check it out
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Post by: Johnny Mac on May 21, 2009, 05:00:27 PM
If you're into the Samauri stuff, or Asian cinema generally, The Water Margin series is worth a look if you haven't seen it.

That was my favourite TV show when I was a kiddie!  So many great characters.  I've got it on DVD too.

That was the one with the messenger who ran full sprint everywhere wasn't it?

I preferred'Monkey' myself  8)
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Post by: indysmith on May 21, 2009, 08:21:08 PM
Just got back from Night At The Museum 2 - super-cool brainless fun film.
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Post by: Bradock PI on May 24, 2009, 12:31:25 AM
Its just been on Sky movies so watched Shoot em up very silly gratuitous violence but somehow I liked it!!

Also caught some bits of Three aka Survival Island avoid like the plague awful film and thats just from 15 mins.
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Post by: Philly Q on May 24, 2009, 10:25:23 AM
Watched Taken the other night.  It got a lot of good reviews but I didn't like it much.
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Post by: indysmith on May 25, 2009, 10:50:04 PM
Watched "Amores Perros" (Life's a Bitch) the other day, and it was an unexpected GEM of a film. Brilliant story (or 3 stories), brilliantly told.
I watched 1408 (based on the Stephen King book) last night and was impressed with that too. Good solid Stephen King movie; probably the best adaptation of one of his for a few years!
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Post by: Andrew W on May 26, 2009, 10:31:12 PM
Watched "Coraline" in 3D last week.  The animation is beautiful and a lot of the production design is great too but the story felt stretched too thin for me.  The book's really quite short and the film felt like it ran out of steam about half-way through for me.  Very pretty to look at though, and really worth a look in 3D.
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Post by: _tom_ on May 26, 2009, 10:40:36 PM
Think I will be going to see Coraline 3D some time in the next week or so, it looks great. I've heard from quite a few people that the 3D stuff works really well in it so I'm excited to see it :)
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Post by: Andrew W on May 26, 2009, 10:50:20 PM
Think I will be going to see Coraline 3D some time in the next week or so, it looks great. I've heard from quite a few people that the 3D stuff works really well in it so I'm excited to see it :)

The 3D is great, I'm a big convert to it. "Bolt",  the recent CG Disney movie was superb in 3D and from what I hear "Up" the new Pixar movie will also get a 3D release.  The future looks interesting.
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Post by: _tom_ on May 28, 2009, 03:58:44 PM
I went to see Coraline earlier, it was good. I know what you mean about it losing steam, Andrew. I thought the ending seemed a bit rushed, or like the "game" needed to be stretched out a bit longer rather than it being as simple as it was..

I love how it looked though. I'm still not completely sold on 3D. Maybe its just my poor eyesight though but I always find some of the things that should be popping out of the screen just look blurry instead :( It made my eyes ache a bit as well towards the end, same thing happened for Monsters vs Aliens. When it works its really cool though.

Was the film all animated in 3D or what? It didnt look like normal 3d animation, didnt look smooth enough for that..
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Post by: WezV on May 29, 2009, 04:43:34 PM
just got back from watching drag me to hell!!

lots of fun, some daft moments but it is Sam Raimi so you expect that
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Post by: Andrew W on May 29, 2009, 07:54:46 PM
I love how it looked though. I'm still not completely sold on 3D. Maybe its just my poor eyesight though but I always find some of the things that should be popping out of the screen just look blurry instead :( It made my eyes ache a bit as well towards the end, same thing happened for Monsters vs Aliens. When it works its really cool though.

I think that's always going to happen to people who are susceptible.  The problem is that the screen is a fixed distance away (obviously) so your eyes have to actually focus on that fixed distance and yet the stereo image is telling your brain that things are at different depths which confuses it and that's why you get a bit boss-eyed.  I don't find it bothers me much but I spend so much time sat in front of cinema screens that I'm probably immune now.

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Was the film all animated in 3D or what? It didnt look like normal 3d animation, didnt look smooth enough for that..

It's almost all model animation, like "The Nightmare Before Christmas" with a bit of CG thrown in for environmental effects and the swirly bit toward the end.  There's a lot of compositing and rotoscoping done though, that's pretty obvious.
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Post by: WezV on May 31, 2009, 01:03:49 AM
finally got around to watching let the right one in.


i need to see it again - i think my interpretation was different to everyone elses and apparently different to the book too, although i havnt read that to be sure
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Post by: Philly Q on May 31, 2009, 01:19:11 AM
i think my interpretation was different to everyone elses and apparently different to the book too, although i havnt read that to be sure

In what way?
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Post by: WezV on May 31, 2009, 09:53:11 AM
i just mean with the group of people i was with rather than everyone in the world ;)

we all seemed to disagree on the relationship with the old fella the little vampire girl lives with.  Most of them were happy enough to accept that he was the girls father and doing what he did just because of that.

To me it seemed like he was the latest in the long line of male companions.  he had obviously started to outlive his usefulness as he was getting a bit rubbish at getting blood.. and therefore she was basicly grooming the lad to be her next one.  she has been 12 for a very long time!!

Then my girlfriend says he is a paedophile in the book - but neither of us have actually read it yet so i am not sure
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Post by: Philly Q on May 31, 2009, 11:02:11 AM
i just mean with the group of people i was with rather than everyone in the world ;)

Haha, I always forget that normal people don't go to the cinema on their own! :lol:

You and your girlfriend are closer to the truth than the others - he's not her father, and he is a paedophile (I think that was wisely avoided in the film, as it would've just attracted controversy and overshadowed everything else). 

I initially thought the same as you, that he was the latest in a long line, but (if I remember right) there isn't any suggestion in the book that this is the case - that situation just arose and became convenient.  There isn't much about Eli's history, but I guess being a child alone would be more difficult in the modern age of ID and form-filling than it might've been in the past.

The relationship with Oskar is completely different.  She's not grooming him, it is just what it seems - a love story.  But who knows what the future might hold?


(No doubt all will be made a lot simpler in the American remake.  :roll: :evil: ) 
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Post by: jibidy on May 31, 2009, 11:38:04 AM
Angels and Demons was very good.

And me and my girlfriend got Night at the museum for £3 at Asda.

I'm looking forward to the second one!
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Post by: indysmith on June 03, 2009, 03:18:55 AM
(No doubt all will be made a lot simpler in the American remake.  :roll: :evil: ) 
Please tell me this isn't happening
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Post by: Philly Q on June 03, 2009, 11:43:48 AM
(No doubt all will be made a lot simpler in the American remake.  :roll: :evil: ) 
Please tell me this isn't happening

It is, I'm afraid - directed by the bloke who did Cloverfield.

As far as I know it's only at the development stage, so fingers crossed it'll never actually happen.
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Post by: Will on June 03, 2009, 12:26:20 PM
I saw Drag Me to Hell.

I gather the director often produces funny gore stuff? That was quite good as far as I was concerned, but when it got to the depths of the black magic I just switched off :lol:

And the ending was very blatantly left open, I think its along the lines of Evil Dead sequels or whatever
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Post by: Philly Q on June 03, 2009, 12:29:57 PM
I saw Drag Me to Hell.

I gather the director often produces funny gore stuff?

Yeah, he used to.  Never seen Evil Dead, Will?

Drag Me to Hell was pretty good, not quite as good as I was hoping though.
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Post by: blue on June 03, 2009, 12:52:40 PM
saw drag me to hell the other night too.  was fun!  it seems like the first actual Sam Raimi film in a while, spiderman really didn't seem like one of his at all.  was great to see he still goes for all the crazy camera angles and big googly eye moments!  no Bruce Campbell though :(
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Post by: Philly Q on June 03, 2009, 12:57:09 PM
I hate to say it, but I think Bruce Campbell has lost it.  Have you seen My Name Is Bruce?  Utter drivel.
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Post by: Jonny on June 24, 2009, 12:45:04 PM
Has anyone seen Transformers yet? I heard it was rubbish.
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Post by: Philly Q on June 24, 2009, 01:27:53 PM
Has anyone seen Transformers yet? I heard it was rubbish.

I've heard it's exactly like the first one, so if you saw that draw your own conclusions!

I won't be bothering.
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Post by: Ian Price on June 24, 2009, 01:31:53 PM
I watched two films this week. Gran Torino and The Core. Results of this are as follows:

Gran Torino - Great film, good story line and great acting.
The Core - Hilariously bad. Some very hammy acting and scripting.
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Post by: Jonny on June 24, 2009, 04:20:49 PM
Gran Torino - Great film, good story line and great acting.
Agreed. It is pure genius.
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Post by: James C on June 24, 2009, 05:21:32 PM
Gran Torino is awesome, lets hope that Clint is immortal and can continue to direct such great films
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Post by: Ian Price on June 24, 2009, 07:41:16 PM
Gran Torino - Great film, good story line and great acting.
Agreed. It is pure genius.

Indeed. The spitting scene made me laugh out loud. I was also very surprised to find out the girl who played Sue was only 16 when it was filmed  :o
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Post by: _tom_ on June 25, 2009, 03:28:57 PM
Just tried to watch Max Payne and had to turn it off after 15-20 minutes :lol: Absolute twaddle. The sound is really shite as well. I dont know if its just a bad quality copy or what but it seems like its really compressed; the background noise doesnt stay constant, like its quiet when theres talking then goes loud when talking stops. So annoying.
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Post by: indysmith on June 25, 2009, 03:33:59 PM
Just tried to watch Max Payne and had to turn it off after 15-20 minutes :lol: Absolute twaddle. The sound is really shitee as well. I dont know if its just a bad quality copy or what but it seems like its really compressed; the background noise doesnt stay constant, like its quiet when theres talking then goes loud when talking stops. So annoying.
Worst.....film.....ever
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Post by: dheim on June 26, 2009, 08:02:20 AM
after some resistance i finally managed to watch Aliens with my girlfriend... (i already saw it a million times, of course...) like Star Wars that's a movie that will never grow too old.
but no, she didn't like it.
girls...

 :roll:
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Post by: Johnny Mac on June 27, 2009, 07:49:39 AM
I saw Somers Town the other night. Its ok, makes a change from Hollywood's shooters and explosions.
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Post by: Ian Price on June 27, 2009, 10:22:15 AM
after some resistance i finally managed to watch Aliens with my girlfriend... (i already saw it a million times, of course...) like Star Wars that's a movie that will never grow too old.
but no, she didn't like it.
girls...

 :roll:
My partner loves sci fi although I'm not too much of a fan, I prefer grittier stuff.
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Post by: _tom_ on June 27, 2009, 10:28:45 AM
^You/she should check out the american tv series Fringe. Its a sci-fi type thing made by JJ Abrams. Definitely worth a watch, it gets so addictive when you get into it.
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Post by: Ian Price on June 28, 2009, 08:42:13 AM
Watched Before the Devil Knows You're Dead last night. Not a bad film, a little predictable but good. The best thing about it is undoubtably Marisa Tomei. Not wanting to sound like a perv but she spends quite a bit of the film with little clothing on - she's in great shape!
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on July 02, 2009, 12:39:59 PM
Gran Torino - Great film, good story line and great acting.
Agreed. It is pure genius.

Absolutely, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Has anyone seen Transformers yet? I heard it was rubbish.

I've heard it's exactly like the first one, so if you saw that draw your own conclusions!

I won't be bothering.

I went to see it a week or so ago. It sorta reaches its climax in the middle, and then theres about another hour of general boredom.

Typical Michael Bay film really, special effects were good though.
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Post by: Ian Price on July 02, 2009, 09:37:50 PM
Watched Sexy Beast for the first time in ages on film4 last night. Whoever created Don Logan is an absolute genius, as is Ben Kingsley. His monologue in the airport had me laughing for a while. Very nasty character though!
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Post by: Brow on July 03, 2009, 12:56:29 PM
Because of this thread I've bought Gran Torino on DVD for £12, so it had BETTER be good!  :lol:
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Post by: Ian Price on July 03, 2009, 01:01:58 PM
Because of this thread I've bought Gran Tourino on DVD for £12, so it had BETTER be good!  :lol:

I'm not sure how good Gran Tourino is but I can recommend Gran Torino.  :lol:

Apologies for the pedantic response!
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Post by: jibidy on July 05, 2009, 12:20:51 AM
Went to see public enemies last night.

LOVED IT.

Great performances from Jonny Depp and Christian Bale.

It also had Don Frye in it. I didnt even know he did acting!.
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Post by: Philly Q on July 05, 2009, 12:39:46 AM
Just watched Flightplan on BBC1.  Boring!

I also saw a pretty good Spanish comedy horror movie called Sexykiller today.  Probably not coming soon to your local multiplex.
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Post by: Ian Price on July 05, 2009, 12:43:02 AM
Just watched Flightplan on BBC1.  Boring!

and predictable! Panic Room is on in the next few days. Very similar feel. Also fairly boring and predictable.
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Post by: horsehead on July 05, 2009, 09:15:04 AM
Went to see Public Enemies last night. I love me some Michael Mann, but it feels like it could have been shortened a great deal & not lost anything. BTW, does anyone else think that Christian Bale is the new Sean Connery i.e. plays the same part in every movie. I love the guy, but he's exactly the same as The Dark Knight etc.
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Post by: Plexi Ken on July 05, 2009, 10:24:24 AM
Watched 'Anvil: The Story of Anvil' yesterday, though it was absolutely brilliant :D

So much more to the film than the-real-spinal-tap image it has acquired. Very touching story about the strong bonds that develop between band members over a long period of time. As someone who was in the same band for 12 years, and didn't 'make it', I totally identified with 90% of the film. Though, I never played my guitar with a sex aid  :P

Also listened to the 2 commentary tracks which were also good. I would have though that the film took place over 6 months or a year but they filmed that band over 2.5 years. That's a lot of commitment to a project. The film's director was the band's drum roadie back in the 80s
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Post by: Philly Q on July 05, 2009, 11:11:21 AM
Just watched Flightplan on BBC1.  Boring!

and predictable! Panic Room is on in the next few days. Very similar feel. Also fairly boring and predictable.

Yes, I'm not convinced Jodie Foster, excellent actress though she is, is the right person to star in that type of film.  You need to sympathise with the central character, but (in those movies) she comes across as cold, brittle and neurotic and it's very hard to like her.


BTW, does anyone else think that Christian Bale is the new Sean Connery i.e. plays the same part in every movie. I love the guy, but he's exactly the same as The Dark Knight etc.

I've seen a lot of his films and I do think he can be a very good actor, but recently (The Dark Night, Terminator Salvation, Public Enemies) he's been turning in very similar performances where all he does is look extremely serious and growl/shout in a very deep voice (my brother calls it "barking"  :lol: ).  It would be nice to see him in something lighter, but he seems to have zero sense of humour so I'm not sure he could do it.

I don't know about the new Sean Connery, he lacks Connery's likeability.  Maybe he's more in danger of becoming the new "Shouty Al" Pacino.  :P


Watched 'Anvil: The Story of Anvil' yesterday, though it was absolutely brilliant :D

I keep going on about it, but when they showed the film at the London Film Festival last year, Anvil came on afterwards and played a mini set right there on the Odeon stage.  The atmosphere was amazing.  I think everyone in the audience that night, whatever their age or musical tastes, fell in love with the band.
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Post by: jibidy on July 05, 2009, 10:32:22 PM
Went to see Public Enemies last night. I love me some Michael Mann, but it feels like it could have been shortened a great deal & not lost anything. BTW, does anyone else think that Christian Bale is the new Sean Connery i.e. plays the same part in every movie. I love the guy, but he's exactly the same as The Dark Knight etc.

I liked the lengthy silent moments, but i probably still would have enjoyed it if some stuff was cut and i hadnt arleady seen it.

There are a few like that, allways play the same part.
Lee Byung Hun (my fave badass)
Jim Carry
My girlfriend says Michael Cain is one.

There are some actors that are very versitile like Tom Hanks and Will Smith.

IMO
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Post by: Ian Price on July 05, 2009, 10:54:16 PM
Went to see Public Enemies last night. I love me some Michael Mann, but it feels like it could have been shortened a great deal & not lost anything. BTW, does anyone else think that Christian Bale is the new Sean Connery i.e. plays the same part in every movie. I love the guy, but he's exactly the same as The Dark Knight etc.

I liked the lengthy silent moments, but i probably still would have enjoyed it if some stuff was cut and i hadnt arleady seen it.

There are a few like that, allways play the same part.
Lee Byung Hun (my fave badass)
Jim Carry
My girlfriend says Michael Cain is one.

There are some actors that are very versitile like Tom Hanks and Will Smith.

IMO

Jim Carrey's part in The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is reasonably different from the roles he normally does. I agree that most of his films involve the same character with a silly gurning smile. I don't hold it against him though, if you can make millions by doing the same thing over and over again why not do it!
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Post by: _tom_ on July 05, 2009, 11:21:40 PM
Jim Carrey is one of my least favourite actors. He's so annoying. Worse than Shia LeBoef infact :o
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Post by: MDV on July 06, 2009, 02:43:53 PM
I watched the watchmen.




































Baddum tshhhhh

Was good, liked it.
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Post by: jibidy on July 06, 2009, 06:48:20 PM
Yeah he is a right gurning madman but i love all his fims i've seen!

I have yet to see eternal sunshine...
I will though.
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Post by: Ian Price on July 07, 2009, 12:09:21 AM
Watched "Lost in Translation" tonight. I didn't like it first time but have seen it a couple of times since. It's growing on me, there's quite a lot of hidden depth to it. Quite a poignant and sad film really.

Lip my stockings.
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Post by: _tom_ on July 07, 2009, 12:13:51 AM
Sticking with the recent Coogan phase, just remembered about The Parole Officer. Hilarious film!
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Post by: Philly Q on July 07, 2009, 12:26:46 AM
Watched "Lost in Translation" tonight. I didn't like it first time but have seen it a couple of times since. It's growing on me, there's quite a lot of hidden depth to it. Quite a poignant and sad film really.

Oh, I hate that film!  Can't sympathise with the main characters at all, they're such a pair of self-centred tossers
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Post by: murraymurray on July 07, 2009, 01:34:58 AM
went to bruno last night, wouldnt have paid for it. one joke - hes gay, big deal
some funny parts in it, but mostly just the same thing with sacha baron cohen everytime, but in a different accent and different clothes

the only good thing that will come from this movie is if all the homophobe jocks start imitating bruno as everyone seemed to do with borat. that could be amusing.
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Post by: Will on July 07, 2009, 01:08:46 PM
May I ask what nationality you are Murraymurray? It does impact on your review :P
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Post by: Ian Price on July 07, 2009, 02:01:28 PM

Oh, I hate that film!  Can't sympathise with the main characters at all, they're such a pair of self-centred tossers
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Perhaps they are, maybe they are for a reason - maybe I'm looking too far into it! I still enjoyed it though.

I did however find it a little bit unbelievable that Bill Murray's character wouldn't have tried to 'get jiggy' with Scarlett Johansson in the scene when they were in bed together. Perhaps this reflects more on my character than the characters in the story!
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Post by: Philly Q on July 07, 2009, 09:23:57 PM
I did however find it a little bit unbelievable that Bill Murray's character wouldn't have tried to 'get jiggy' with Scarlett Johansson in the scene when they were in bed together. Perhaps this reflects more on my character than the characters in the story!

I think it's meant to be a slightly more "spiritual" attraction than that!  :lol:

I just don't like the way the film portrays everyone other than Murray and Johansson's characters (especially their respective spouses) as one-dimensional stereotypes.  There's not so much as a hint that they may have contributed to the problems in their relationships.  It's too much from their perspective - I felt that the director was telling me how I should feel, not letting me make up my own mind.

And we're supposed to think it's somehow ridiculous and unreasonable of Japanese people to speak Japanese.  In Japan.  :roll:
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Post by: Ian Price on July 07, 2009, 09:53:00 PM
I think it's meant to be a slightly more "spiritual" attraction than that!  :lol:

 :D :D :D

I know what you mean about the other stuff - the one dimensional 'film star' in the film was very nauseating and a little too over cooked. The main characters may well indeed have contributed to the problems in their relationships - I would be surprised if they didn't.

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Post by: murraymurray on July 07, 2009, 09:53:54 PM
May I ask what nationality you are Murraymurray? It does impact on your review :P

Im from NZ, i enjoy the odd gay joke, but an hour and a half of the one joke is a bit much. there was some pretty funny bits in it, but overall i didnt think it was great.
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on July 07, 2009, 10:17:00 PM
Sticking with the recent Coogan phase, just remembered about The Parole Officer. Hilarious film!

My favourite bit in that film is when they can't see the guy put in the combination for the safe, and then it turns out hes written it on his hand, class!

Watched "Lost in Translation" tonight. I didn't like it first time but have seen it a couple of times since. It's growing on me, there's quite a lot of hidden depth to it. Quite a poignant and sad film really.

Oh, I hate that film!  Can't sympathise with the main characters at all, they're such a pair of self-centred tossers

I watched it recently from a recommendation, can't say i enjoyed it much, didn't quite see what was so great.

Not to say i didn't enjoy Scarlett in those see through pink panties though!
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Post by: Will on July 08, 2009, 07:31:33 AM
May I ask what nationality you are Murraymurray? It does impact on your review :P

Im from NZ, i enjoy the odd gay joke, but an hour and a half of the one joke is a bit much. there was some pretty funny bits in it, but overall i didnt think it was great.


Hmmm, not familiar with NZ's humour so I can't comment. Sacha's kind of humour doesn't seem to travel to well anyway.

Anybody else catch Russel Crowe's 'A Good Year' on tv the other night?
I was bored, and the synopsis looked shite but I actually quite liked it
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Post by: ToneMonkey on July 08, 2009, 05:05:27 PM
May I ask what nationality you are Murraymurray? It does impact on your review :P

Im from NZ, i enjoy the odd gay joke, but an hour and a half of the one joke is a bit much. there was some pretty funny bits in it, but overall i didnt think it was great.


Hmmm, not familiar with NZ's humour so I can't comment. Sacha's kind of humour doesn't seem to travel to well anyway.


They share the same sense of humour as us............... they have to, cause they ain't got one.  :lol:
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Post by: murraymurray on July 08, 2009, 10:38:12 PM
easy now. we get his humour ay, his other stuff as been big here, im just getting a bit bored of stretching one joke out for a few years at a time, got sick of ali g, got sick of borat, and before seeing bruno i knew exactly what was going to happen. there was some good funny bits in it, but overall not great.

and tonemonkey, come on, my mum thinks im funny  :(
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Post by: ToneMonkey on July 08, 2009, 11:26:33 PM
Ha ha, just joking.  I've been trying to get the missus to agree to moving to NZ for a year or so now.  When she finally agrees I'll come over and get you a pint (and your mum)  :D
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Post by: _tom_ on July 09, 2009, 05:44:17 PM
Just watched Edward Scissorhands. Somehow I've never got round to watching it before. Awesome film :)
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Post by: indysmith on July 09, 2009, 09:17:24 PM
Just watched Edward Scissorhands. Somehow I've never got round to watching it before. Awesome film :)
i love it i love it i love it.
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Post by: ToneMonkey on July 10, 2009, 01:47:40 PM
The Fastest Indian was on telly the other day, that's a real good film.  Got Anthony Hopkins in.
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Post by: Philly Q on July 11, 2009, 11:20:19 AM
Watched The Mist the other day.  Pretty good, and it made me dig out the book to re-read it.  I'd like to see the B&W version.
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Post by: _tom_ on July 11, 2009, 11:46:04 PM
Just got back from seeing Public Enemies. Thought it was pretty good, but very long. Some scenes probably could've been cut/shortened. I wouldnt have minded if the seats at Odeon cinemas were remotely comfy though, I had to shift around so many times!

Looks like there are quite a few good looking films coming out, the trailers all seemed pretty good. New Martin Scorsese called Shutter Island looks interesting.
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Post by: indysmith on July 12, 2009, 12:06:30 AM
Just got back from seeing Public Enemies.
I wanted to go and see that with Kez the other day, but when she saw how long it was we ended up watching "The Hangover" which made me want to die.
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Post by: _tom_ on July 12, 2009, 09:58:02 AM
haha The Hangover looks awful

I just went to see Bruno and compared to Borat its pretty shite. It all seemed too forced and staged. Some pretty funny bits though but a lot of it I found tedious and annoying.
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Post by: Plexi Ken on July 14, 2009, 09:13:32 PM
Just watched Religulous great documentary. A Smart, funny and logical observation of religion.
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Post by: badgermark on July 15, 2009, 09:51:43 AM
You guys suck, the Hangover is the funniest film I've been to all year. No real 'jokes' but I laughed all the way through.
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Post by: _tom_ on July 15, 2009, 09:52:46 AM
I dunno I just hate stupid american comedies like that. May be worth a download to watch with friends and beer though I suppose.
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Post by: indysmith on July 15, 2009, 12:44:43 PM
You guys suck, the Hangover is the funniest film I've been to all year. No real 'jokes' but I laughed all the way through.
It's literally just shiteee, and I mean that in the purest sense. It's a big steaming pile of stinking excrement, and going to watch is just like shoving your face into that pile and inhaling relentlessly.
Honestly American comedy has to just STOP. In fact American 'culture' in general just has to just STOP; almost everything (there's always exceptions!) coming out of that country is just cheap, glossy, plastic, watered down, brain-dead shiteee, and I wouldn't mind if I could escape it!

EDIT: Ohhh, I feel better now :)
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Post by: horsehead on July 16, 2009, 06:56:33 AM
sort of off topic, I'm just watching the Torchwood Children Of Earth...bloody hell it works as a drama!!!
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Post by: WezV on July 16, 2009, 07:06:33 AM
i found the end of torchwood completely unnecessary... like it was trying to hard to be dramatic and really had to push to get there.

i wont say what incase people havnt seen it - but you have a potentially very dramatic moment completely ruined by a comedy BBC special effect

then i just felt a bit 'meh' at the end
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Post by: Will on July 16, 2009, 09:59:39 AM
Saw Bruno on Sunday, still trying to form an opinion. Watched Ali G in da house on tv the other night, and although Bruno has some funnier parts in it Ali G has a better script still
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Post by: ToneMonkey on July 16, 2009, 10:11:18 AM
- but you have a potentially very dramatic moment completely ruined by a comedy BBC special effect


Did they steal the alien out of the Red Dwarf props cupboard?  As far as blokes in an alien costume go, that one was poo.
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Post by: _tom_ on July 16, 2009, 10:46:25 AM
Saw Bruno on Sunday, still trying to form an opinion. Watched Ali G in da house on tv the other night, and although Bruno has some funnier parts in it Ali G has a better script still

My problem with Bruno is that it tries too hard to be funny and fails. It also feels much more scripted/staged than Borat. For instance the bit where he's interviewing the babies parents I dont think any mother would agree to what they did. IMO Bruno is a much weaker character as well..

Ali G In Da House is SBC's best work I think :)
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Post by: Philly Q on July 16, 2009, 10:52:44 AM
sort of off topic, I'm just watching the Torchwood Children Of Earth...bloody hell it works as a drama!!!

When I saw this was on for five consecutive nights, I thought, oh bollocks I'll never have the patience for that - but in fact I found it absolutely gripping and didn't miss a second.

And I'm not normally a big fan of Torchwood - usually it's too gimmicky, camp and full of "oooh, it's after 9 o'clock, watch us be rude and sexy" moments.  This one seemed to be much more focused on the actual plot and characters. 

Wez mentioned about the dodgy effects... I don't know if it was intentional, but in this series they seemed to have really cut back on the CGI and for me it worked much better.  I know everyone (including people who never watched it) jokes about the wobbly sets and man-in-suit monsters on the old Dr Who, but at least the actors are interacting with something they can actually see.  I think the new Doctor/Torchwood series rely far too much on good-but-not-great CGI, and you know they're just standing in front of a green screen shouting at a balloon on a stick.
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Post by: WezV on July 16, 2009, 11:47:17 AM
i dont mind the dodgy effects for the most part -  it was just the ending bit which i dont want to give away.
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Post by: _tom_ on July 16, 2009, 12:13:27 PM
haha I cant stand Torchwood, its far too camp and wooden. And the whole "we're a top-secret organisation yet ride around in a van that says Torchwood on the side" is the real deal breaker for me :lol:
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Post by: Plexi Ken on July 17, 2009, 02:47:11 PM
Gran Torino - Great film, good story line and great acting.
Agreed. It is pure genius.

Indeed. The spitting scene made me laugh out loud. I was also very surprised to find out the girl who played Sue was only 16 when it was filmed  :o

I'm a bit late but just watched Gran Torino, what a great film. Just as good as some of the other classic he's Directed lately, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, etc.
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Post by: _tom_ on July 17, 2009, 03:12:12 PM
I just watched The Happening as it was on sky anytime. Wow. That is quite possibly the worst film I've ever seen :lol: Everything about it is terrible. The acting is especially bad, Zooey Deschanel is awful.
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Post by: Philly Q on July 17, 2009, 03:32:31 PM
I just watched The Happening as it was on sky anytime. Wow. That is quite possibly the worst film I've ever seen :lol: Everything about it is terrible. The acting is especially bad, Zooey Deschanel is awful.

I must get that on my rental list!  I haven't bothered with any of M. Nightie's films since The Village.  He seems to get worse with each film.
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Post by: dave_mc on July 17, 2009, 04:27:09 PM
I just watched The Happening as it was on sky anytime. Wow. That is quite possibly the worst film I've ever seen :lol: Everything about it is terrible. The acting is especially bad, Zooey Deschanel is awful.
i dunno, man, i haven't seen that one but i watched wedding daze (against my better judgement; in my defence, there was nothing else on) the other night and it's on my list of possible worst films ever.

this might have already been mentioned, but has anyone seen priceless? I saw it a week or two ago, and thought it was awesome. I'm a fan of farce, though. :)
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Post by: _tom_ on July 17, 2009, 04:28:14 PM
All I will say is:

You know a film will be shite when the lead is played by Mark Wahlberg.
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Post by: Philly Q on July 17, 2009, 04:38:07 PM
All I will say is:

You know a film will be shitee when the lead is played by Mark Wahlberg.

That's a pretty good rule of thumb (especially when you think of things like Four Brothers... ), but Boogie Nights is good.

Rock Star was OK too.  :oops:


this might have already been mentioned, but has anyone seen priceless? I saw it a week or two ago, and thought it was awesome. I'm a fan of farce, though. :)

Is that the French romcom with lovely Audrey Tautou?

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Post by: dave_mc on July 17, 2009, 04:48:31 PM
All I will say is:

You know a film will be shiteee when the lead is played by Mark Wahlberg.

agreed wholeheartedly. In fact, I think I live by a similar rule of thumb. Though that one where he played a sniper was actually pretty good. I probably lowered my expectations, though.

Have you noticed he has two facial expressions? a catch-all negative one covering annoyed/miffed/sad/angry/psychopathic/surprised (pretty much he looks like he doesn't know what's going on) and a smile...

Is that the French romcom with lovely Audrey Tautou?

yeah, that's the one. I prefer "farce" to "romcom" as it makes me sound less effeminate. :lol: But yeah, it was awesome. audrey tautou has got really thin, though. it's not like she wasn't thin enough before, either.
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Post by: _tom_ on July 17, 2009, 04:55:37 PM
haha yeah Shooter was ok I guess.
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Post by: dave_mc on July 17, 2009, 04:56:40 PM
that's what it was called, i couldn't remember. :lol:
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Post by: murraymurray on July 20, 2009, 10:19:15 PM
watched the wrestler on the weekend. i thought it was great. pretty depressing but really well made movie. was a lot more emotionally involving than the movie i watched prior to it, zack and miri make a p0rn0

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Post by: Ian Price on July 21, 2009, 12:26:29 AM
I liked the wrestler. Depressing yes but well told. I must admit to still having somewhat of  crush on Marisa Tomei.
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Post by: murraymurray on July 21, 2009, 02:29:02 AM
Yeah, getting a bit older, but stil damn hot. And getting her stuff out more so these days
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Post by: Ian Price on July 21, 2009, 07:44:56 AM
Yeah, getting a bit older, but stil damn hot. And getting her stuff out more so these days


Indeed - there must be a reason for her 'stuff' making so many appearances of late. I watched Factotum last night and she makes a smallish apearance in it (and also gets them out again). It's an okay film - nothing special but okay.
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Post by: dave_mc on July 21, 2009, 06:03:07 PM
watched the day of the jackal, was on the other night on RTE. Excellent (read the book too, though not for ages).
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Post by: Philly Q on July 22, 2009, 12:54:16 AM
This week I have watched:  Punisher: War Zone and Hitman.

Two very, very dumb action movies, but the Punisher scores some points for having a plot that at least makes a tiny amount of sense.
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Post by: dave_mc on July 22, 2009, 06:09:30 PM
haha, i guess i'd better admit to watching superhero movie last night. It actually wasn't bad, considering... i mean, it was dumb and derivative (though i guess that's the point), but i still laughed most of the time.
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Post by: Plexi Ken on July 22, 2009, 08:11:22 PM
Just finished watching The Killing of John Lennon, great film. Gives an interesting insight in the mind of an obsessive killer. It's an 'indie', if you're not into that kind of film (lots of voice-over, quite slow) it might not be for you. If you want to learn about why/how John Lennon was killed, give it a go.
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Post by: WezV on July 31, 2009, 10:23:46 PM
i keep seeing the GI joe trailer on tv.

...


who thought it was a good idea to do a live action version of team america?
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Post by: Philly Q on July 31, 2009, 10:59:31 PM
i keep seeing the GI joe trailer on tv.

...


who thought it was a good idea to do a live action version of team america?


If only it was directed by Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
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Post by: Plexi Ken on August 01, 2009, 10:43:49 AM
who thought it was a good idea to do a live action version of team america?

I hope they keep the sex scene the same  :lol:
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Post by: Ian Price on August 01, 2009, 11:17:28 AM
Last night I watched Touching the Void. More of a documentary than a film - really good if you like that sort of stuff.
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Post by: badgermark on August 01, 2009, 12:37:14 PM
i keep seeing the GI joe trailer on tv.

...


who thought it was a good idea to do a live action version of team america?

It doesn't look too bad though! More entertaining than Transformers 2 anyway.

I found it funny that Team America was a total rip into Michael Bay, even going as far as blowing up the Pyramids to make an action scene. Then what is the key action point in Transformers 2? Destruction of an Egyptian tourist attraction. Bay is a tool.
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Post by: Will on August 01, 2009, 12:40:46 PM
I saw 'The Proposal' last week, essentially very predictable from the trailer, with a little unexpected bit before the end.

I thought the acting was better than the recent standard though. Sandra Bullock doesn't seem to be aging too badly, and haven't seen her do much recently, she played her character quite well.
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Post by: horsehead on August 02, 2009, 12:07:07 PM
watched the day of the jackal, was on the other night on RTE. Excellent (read the book too, though not for ages).
The original or the re-make?
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Post by: _tom_ on August 02, 2009, 12:08:00 PM
Just got round to watching Seven Pounds... it was ok but it dragged on a bit!
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Post by: Philly Q on August 02, 2009, 12:42:24 PM
watched the day of the jackal, was on the other night on RTE. Excellent (read the book too, though not for ages).
The original or the re-make?

Come on, nobody thinks the remake is excellent.

 :P
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Post by: dheim on August 02, 2009, 09:48:42 PM
harry potter and the half-blood prince.

excellent adaptation, brilliant direction and, overall, my favourite in the HP series...
does anyone agree?
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Post by: Will on August 02, 2009, 10:01:28 PM
Today I saw Pelham 123, it wasn't too bad, it suffered from being ten minutes too long, and the climax part was just a little too drawn out IMO for what it should have been.

Not a bad storyline, a few flaws in principle (driving an item from A - B instead of using a helicopter for example means there are more opportunities for crazy action shots), they even remind you of this in the film.

Classic ending though, John Travolta did quite a good job at playing a bit of a weird character that adds a bit more feeling to the last scene.

If you liked that other subway film, this one is a fair watch
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Post by: _tom_ on August 02, 2009, 10:06:05 PM
Watched Mr Brooks earlier, pretty good! Reminds me of another film but cant quite figure out which. Not quite American Psycho.

harry potter and the half-blood prince.

excellent adaptation, brilliant direction and, overall, my favourite in the HP series...
does anyone agree?

They missed out LOADS from the book.. like the final battle, that guy turning into a werewolf and *SPOILER*dumbledore's funeral!!*SPOILER*

I dont know how they missed such important things out haha
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Post by: dheim on August 02, 2009, 10:08:31 PM


They missed out LOADS from the book.. like the final battle, that guy turning into a werewolf and *SPOILER*dumbledore's funeral!!*SPOILER*

I dont know how they missed such important things out haha

they missed half the book , actually... but - differently from the previous 2 movies - they managed to fit everything so perfectly that i hadn't really the impression that something was missing. of course i knew it, but the movie worked great anyway!
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Post by: badgermark on August 03, 2009, 09:32:11 AM
I thought Pelham 123 was excellent. Great acting all round and really well shot. The money transfer made lots of sense i though, it worked in the context of the movie.

Oh and Harry Potter was probably the worst film I've been to all year. Nothing happened in the film. Nothing! The HBP revelation at the end had no impact, in the book Harry thought it was his dad and obsessed over who the book belonged to. The reveal at the end made no sense in terms of the film.

Also they cut out the Gaunts. That's going to be fun to explain n the next book.
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Post by: ToneMonkey on August 03, 2009, 01:20:07 PM
Saw V for Vendetta the oter night for the first time.  Good film, although you may as well read 1984 as it's much better.
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Post by: WezV on August 03, 2009, 03:28:14 PM
v for vendetta is a great film.  Clearly not as good as the book but i am not so anal that i cant see they did a very good job of it - even with major bits missing or changed

it is very 1984 in feel but thats no bad thing
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Post by: ToneMonkey on August 03, 2009, 03:32:04 PM

it is very 1984 in feel

So is walking up the shop at the minute  :lol:
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Post by: WezV on August 03, 2009, 03:41:21 PM
hey, i cant even walk properly at the moment.... good job i decided to do my stag night so far before my wedding!!
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Post by: ToneMonkey on August 03, 2009, 03:47:05 PM
When's the big day?  Enjoy it, it goes bloody fast.

How come you can't walk? Unidentified Drinking Injury?
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Post by: WezV on August 03, 2009, 04:11:28 PM
yep, UDI - all i know is my foot, ankle, knee and back are badly bruised, really sore and no-one is claiming responsibility!!  Fairly sure nothing is broken but i will be limping for a few days yet

the big day is october but i didnt want to do the stag in term time, suddenly it makes sense to have done it early
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Post by: _tom_ on August 03, 2009, 04:15:10 PM
I thought Pelham 123 was excellent. Great acting all round and really well shot. The money transfer made lots of sense i though, it worked in the context of the movie.

+1 I thought it was great, just got back from seeing it :) I really liked the intro sequence for some reason.
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Post by: jibidy on August 03, 2009, 07:22:51 PM
HMV has some good cheap dvds at the mo.

Just bought Casshern and Brotherhood.

Have Rise of the Dog Soldiers to watch later tonight.
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Post by: Ian Price on August 03, 2009, 08:55:19 PM
the big day is october

Have you got a band yet Wez?

On the film front I am watching all of the Harry Potters before taking a trip to the cinema to see HBP.
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Post by: badgermark on August 03, 2009, 08:58:59 PM
HMV has some good cheap dvds at the mo.

Just bought Casshern and Brotherhood.

Have Rise of the Dog Soldiers to watch later tonight.

Casshern is mental! Beautiful but mental, I only had a rough idea of the plot but it is a stunning film.
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Post by: dave_mc on August 03, 2009, 09:28:15 PM
watched the day of the jackal, was on the other night on RTE. Excellent (read the book too, though not for ages).
The original or the re-make?

original

Come on, nobody thinks the remake is excellent.

 :P


hehe. the remake was alright, not a patch on the original, though. and gere's dodgy northern irish accent was horrendous.
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Post by: Philly Q on August 03, 2009, 10:57:24 PM
Casshern is mental! Beautiful but mental, I only had a rough idea of the plot but it is a stunning film.

It does look wonderful, but oh god, it was so boring!
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on August 04, 2009, 05:53:15 PM
harry potter and the half-blood prince.

excellent adaptation, brilliant direction and, overall, my favourite in the HP series...
does anyone agree?

Agreed, my brother and I actually found a lot of it to be very funny! I especially thought the girl playing Lavender Brown was (although OTT) very funny.

Although naturally they are going to miss out things from the book, i still enjoyed it.
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Post by: _tom_ on August 04, 2009, 11:23:13 PM
Just watched Stand By Me for the first time in years. Such an awesome film!
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Post by: indysmith on August 04, 2009, 11:55:04 PM
Went to see "Moon" the other day. It was pretty good! worth a watch definitely. Not great, but definitely good.
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Post by: jibidy on August 08, 2009, 11:11:07 PM
Watched some great british films

This is england and Rise of the Footsoldiers.

Both were amazing IMO
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Post by: _tom_ on August 09, 2009, 12:02:01 AM
This is a pretty cool short film:

Manifest Destiny (http://www.iheartchaos.com/content/manifest-destiny-has-creepiest-surgery-scene-whole-world-i-heart-movies)

Think I'd probably prefer it if they didnt show the whole of the thing they're operating though, leave a sense of mystery/make it creepier..

I love how it looks, apparently shot on a Canon HV30 if anyone cares about that sort of thing.
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Post by: badgermark on August 09, 2009, 11:53:15 AM
Went to see "Moon" the other day. It was pretty good! worth a watch definitely. Not great, but definitely good.

I thought Moon was fantastic, but then again I really enjoy Sam Rockwell.

I'm off to see G.I Joe today, not got high expectations, as long as it's even a little bit entertaining I'll be happy. I loves my Unlimited cinema card.
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Post by: jibidy on August 09, 2009, 05:27:16 PM
Well Casshern was a load of shitee.
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Post by: Not Me on August 10, 2009, 10:06:12 PM
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Post by: nfe on August 10, 2009, 10:08:25 PM
Went to see "Moon" the other day. It was pretty good! worth a watch definitely. Not great, but definitely good.

I thought Moon was fantastic, but then again I really enjoy Sam Rockwell.

Me too.
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Post by: Philly Q on August 10, 2009, 10:34:17 PM
I've become rather picky when it comes to movies. I like Robert Aldrich a LOT!

In fact, so much so that I nowadays have a hard time watching anything made by anybody else. Sure, he's made some cr@p as well, but compared to his better works (Flight of the Phoenix, The Grissom Gang, Emperor of the North (Pole), Twilight's Last Gleaming, The Longest Yard...) everything else just seems childish, pointless, lifeless and lacking of style, apart from the odd film or so. I like some films by John Sturges, as well.

Everything else?  That's an awful lot of films!
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Post by: Not Me on August 10, 2009, 11:37:08 PM
I've become rather picky when it comes to movies. I like Robert Aldrich a LOT!

In fact, so much so that I nowadays have a hard time watching anything made by anybody else. Sure, he's made some cr@p as well, but compared to his better works (Flight of the Phoenix, The Grissom Gang, Emperor of the North (Pole), Twilight's Last Gleaming, The Longest Yard...) everything else just seems childish, pointless, lifeless and lacking of style, apart from the odd film or so. I like some films by John Sturges, as well.

Everything else?  That's an awful lot of films!

Well, apart from those odd few.
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Post by: Afghan Dave on August 11, 2009, 02:19:20 PM
Jaws is SH!T compared to this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa7ck5mcd1o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skYRZ_-RXtk
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Post by: _tom_ on August 11, 2009, 02:21:42 PM
:lol:

What an awesome name/idea for a film!
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Post by: badgermark on August 11, 2009, 05:18:16 PM
:lol:

What an awesome name/idea for a film!

It was the SHARK ATTACKING A PLANE that was awesome.
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Post by: Philly Q on August 11, 2009, 05:41:40 PM
The actual film is supposed to be pretty dire.  But I will be watching it.
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Post by: Not Me on August 11, 2009, 06:39:13 PM
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Post by: Not Me on August 12, 2009, 07:51:57 PM
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Post by: Will on August 12, 2009, 07:58:15 PM
Just had a great time watching 'Talladega Nights'. Its so stupid!
I don't know why it wasn't in the Will Ferrell compilation box, it was better than some of the others they thought it would be a good idea to include.

Anyone else see 'I know who killed me' on ITV2 (I think) the other night? It was on quite late.
I thought it was ok (innocent Lindsey Lohan is hotter than the tarty one), but a bit confusing. I read through the Wiki page for it and it became quite clear, but it really should have been portrayed better.

FWIW it has won a few 'worst film' awards
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Post by: Mr. Air on August 12, 2009, 09:57:27 PM
Anyone who has seen Boy A? Supposed to be really good.

I always enjoy That Thing You Do (not because of Tom Hanks!). It's just a feel good movie and the theme song is just soooo genuine 60's that I would believe it to be a real 60's hit if I didn't know better.

Saw Terminator Salvation the other night. Kind of disappointing. Not all bad, but I wish they had pulled out a better story line. Great action and effects though.

And one other old time favourite is Mississippi Burning. Gene Hackman as old school mean CIA agent with a human side and god awfull southern rednecks that you can't sympatize with - sweet!

I also enjoy the work of David Fincher. If you haven't seen The Game, Seven or Fight Club yet put down your guitar at once and get on with it!
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Post by: dave_mc on August 12, 2009, 11:32:36 PM
Anyone else see 'I know who killed me' on ITV2 (I think) the other night? It was on quite late.
I thought it was ok (innocent Lindsey Lohan is hotter than the tarty one), but a bit confusing. I read through the Wiki page for it and it became quite clear, but it really should have been portrayed better.

FWIW it has won a few 'worst film' awards

yeah, i saw it. I actually wouldn't have watched it if the people writing the descriptions for Sky were even vaguely competent, I hate horror films, but it said it was a thriller. :lol: Anyway, i got what was going on, but i did check wiki the next day to make sure i'd got it. It was actually quite good, though as i said, i hate horror films, i'm pretty useless/scared etc. :lol:
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Post by: Mr. Air on August 13, 2009, 05:29:39 AM
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i'm pretty useless/scared etc.

You're not the only one, mate  :D I'm really bad at horror movies as well. I just hate to get choks and often horror movies have a quite thin story line.
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Post by: dave_mc on August 13, 2009, 09:54:25 PM
yeah, in addition to being a wuss, the blatant continuity errors/ridiculous suspensions of disbelief required kinda get to me with a lot of horror storylines.

"Let's split up so the psycho can bump us off one by one!"

"Right, we've knocked the baddy/psycho over, instead of nicking his gun/machete/weapon and rendering him useless and thus ending the film an hour too early, let's just run away instead"

"Hmmm, this sounds fishy and possibly extremely dangerous, let's not call the cops and instead investigate ourselves without telling anyone where we are and without bringing any weapons to defend ourselves with"

etc. etc.
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Post by: Philly Q on August 13, 2009, 10:01:09 PM
 :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

You forgot another (relatively new) cliché: "Hmmm, I can't get a signal on my cellphone..."

(Alternative version: she can get a signal - and it rings just when she's hiding under the table in the huge deformed redneck psycho's "workshop")


But I LOVE horror movies! (despite the fact I spent ages on that other thread bemoaning the quality of movie scripts...)
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Post by: dave_mc on August 13, 2009, 10:06:51 PM
:lol: yeah, those too.
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Post by: Will on August 13, 2009, 10:09:03 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

You forgot another (relatively new) cliché: "Hmmm, I can't get a signal on my cellphone..."

(Alternative version: she can get a signal - and it rings just when she's hiding under the table in the huge deformed redneck psycho's "workshop")


But I LOVE horror movies! (despite the fact I spent ages on that other thread bemoaning the quality of movie scripts...)

I watched the remake of 'The Last House On the Left' and it started with the cell thing, then followed by Dave's cliches (in order) whilst the whole story was based upon the reverse of your second cliche.

It
Was
shite
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Post by: dave_mc on August 13, 2009, 10:09:56 PM
I haven't seen it, but :lol: :lol: :lol: Particularly impressed i even got them in the right order! :D
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Post by: Philly Q on August 13, 2009, 10:24:12 PM
I watched the remake of 'The Last House On the Left' and it started with the cell thing, then followed by Dave's cliches (in order) whilst the whole story was based upon the reverse of your second cliche.

It
Was
shitee

 :lol: :lol:

Good work Dave!

Hmm, I must watch that I suppose...

I have to say, that's a typical major-studio horror remake - they get a young, promising (i.e. cheap) director, some journeyman scriptwriters... none of them, usually, are true horror fans, so they trot out all the clichés without realising how clichéd they are.  :?
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Post by: Will on August 13, 2009, 10:44:41 PM
Hmm, I must watch that I suppose...
Its really bad. It doesn't make sense. If I had seen the original I think I wouldn't have watched it, and from what reviews I have read, the original seems to be regarded as a better film.
I am assuming you will have seen the original?

I also watched '17 again' a few nights ago, I was particularly sceptical about it due to the lead role, but was pleasantly suprised, it was a happy teen romantic film. Even if some of the comments were totally devoid of control, and was just painfully obvious to the storyline.

I would rather you watch that one Philly. It's just that tiny bit better.
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Post by: Philly Q on August 13, 2009, 11:16:08 PM
Hmm, I must watch that I suppose...
Its really bad. It doesn't make sense. If I had seen the original I think I wouldn't have watched it, and from what reviews I have read, the original seems to be regarded as a better film.
I am assuming you will have seen the original?

I also watched '17 again' a few nights ago, I was particularly sceptical about it due to the lead role, but was pleasantly suprised, it was a happy teen romantic film. Even if some of the comments were totally devoid of control, and was just painfully obvious to the storyline.

I would rather you watch that one Philly. It's just that tiny bit better.

 :lol: :lol: Thanks Will, but I don't think I can watch 17 Again.  I don't do romance films, I don't do teen films.... I just can't watch that!

Yes, I have seen the original Last House.... it's not an amazing film, but it's effective.  It's nasty, the actors are unattractive, it looks gritty and grimy and very much of its time .... and in a way, it feels real.  There's no way a modern big-studio remake was ever going to work, because new Hollywood films just aren't cheap enough.  It was bound to end up as just a glossy, superficial revenge movie.
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Post by: dave_mc on August 14, 2009, 12:53:24 AM
nice work too, philly, i missed the bit in will's post where he said it was based on the reverse of your second cliche :lol:

I'm not sure about the horror fans thing, though, philly- I'm not a horror fan at all and i can spot the cliches a mile off. Sometimes the fans are willing to ignore the cliches (i know i am in the stuff i like)... :)
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Post by: Mr. Air on August 14, 2009, 09:36:42 AM
yeah, in addition to being a wuss, the blatant continuity errors/ridiculous suspensions of disbelief required kinda get to me with a lot of horror storylines.

"Let's split up so the psycho can bump us off one by one!"

"Right, we've knocked the baddy/psycho over, instead of nicking his gun/machete/weapon and rendering him useless and thus ending the film an hour too early, let's just run away instead"

"Hmmm, this sounds fishy and possibly extremely dangerous, let's not call the cops and instead investigate ourselves without telling anyone where we are and without bringing any weapons to defend ourselves with"

etc. etc.

That's just brilliant, Dave!!! Spot on!
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Post by: Philly Q on August 14, 2009, 11:47:23 AM
I'm not sure about the horror fans thing, though, philly- I'm not a horror fan at all and i can spot the cliches a mile off. Sometimes the fans are willing to ignore the cliches (i know i am in the stuff i like)... :)

Yeah, but you're not stupid like a Hollywood scriptwriter or director!  Don't forget they're probably off their faces on mountains of coke shouting "yeah, yeah, this is $%&#in' great man!" at each other.

But yes, I am willing to ignore the clichés to an extent... horror's such a narrow genre in some way, it's almost like a game with a set of rules which you have to stick to.... but it's how well you play the game that counts. 

It's interesting because it's a genre with a very dedicated fanbase, so the films can be made relatively cheaply and still turn a profit.  So at one end you get horror fan-boys picking up good distribution for a film that they shot in their local woods with money borrowed from their parents... and on the other end you get the big studios quickly knocking out bad remakes of '80s slasher movies, starring good-looking kids from TV teen dramas.  And we watch all of them, even the ones we know are going to be shite.  :roll:

I go to FrightFest every year (over August bank holiday) and we sit there and watch 25-30 (mainly) horror movies over 5 days.  It's hard to explain, but you can just "feel" when the director understands his audience and knows when to play by the rules, when to bend them in an imaginative way.  You can also feel when it's just some hack going through the motions when he'd rather be directing a rom-com.  All the best horror directors are also fans - they come along to introduce their films and they're people exactly like us!  :lol:

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Post by: dave_mc on August 14, 2009, 08:40:57 PM
^ haha, thanks :D Agreed about how you play the game though, and that the best directors will be fans. :)

That's just brilliant, Dave!!! Spot on!

thanks :D I had a think about this, because I'm willing to suspend my disbelief for plenty of other styles of films. I think the reason why I'm unwilling to do so for horror is that they make people stupider than they'd be in real life- I have no problem suspending my disbelief for something like james bond, where he's better than someone in real life would be, but not too keen on doing it where, for the premise to work, you have to assume that all the characters are morons. :lol:
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Post by: Andrew W on August 19, 2009, 08:17:02 AM
I finally made it to a cinema and watched "Moon" last night.  I thought it was great, especially Sam Rockwell who pretty much is the film as far as focal points go - an amazing performance to carry the film like that.  I loved the design of the film too, the sets, vehicles and costumes were really timeless which is a hard thing to manage.  It felt like those sci-fi films of the 70s like "Silent Running", "Dark Star" and the daddy of the lot, "Alien" which, to me, is a very high compliment indeed.  I think it looked really good at the cinema but, if you miss it there, it would certainly be worth catching on DVD.
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Post by: Lew on August 25, 2009, 04:43:44 AM
I've not read this thread yet but after reading the CGI thread I can see the forums taste in film is great  :lol:... and thus I'm suggesting the Sam Raimis movie Crimewave, co written by the Coen brothers.
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Post by: murraymurray on August 25, 2009, 05:27:59 AM
I've not read this thread yet but after reading the CGI thread I can see the forums taste in film is great  :lol:... and thus I'm suggesting the Sam Raimis movie Crimewave, co written by the Coen brothers.
Does Bruce Campbell appear in that? Im always happy to see him rock up for cameos in Sam Raimi films.
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Post by: _tom_ on August 25, 2009, 03:06:07 PM
Just saw Chaos featuring Jason Statham, $%&#ing terrible film! But then I expected it to be.. I think he was trying to do an American accent.
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Post by: Lew on August 25, 2009, 06:31:49 PM
I've not read this thread yet but after reading the CGI thread I can see the forums taste in film is great  :lol:... and thus I'm suggesting the Sam Raimis movie Crimewave, co written by the Coen brothers.
Does Bruce Campbell appear in that? Im always happy to see him rock up for cameos in Sam Raimi films.


He does indeed
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Post by: Lew on August 25, 2009, 07:03:34 PM
OK... some of my favs. Apologies if any of these have already been mentioned. I'm only on page 10!

The Trial (1963)
Taxi/Taxi 2
Akira
Clerks/Chasing Amy/Dogma
Bubba Hotep
Crime Wave (1985)
The Evil Dead/The Evil Dead 2/Army of Darkness
Dog Soldiers
Severance
The Big Lebowski/Fargo/Blood Simple/Burn After Reading
Shaun Of The Dead
28 Days Later
Apocolypse Now
American History X
The Manchurian Candidate
Mr. Vampire
Vampires in Havana
Naked Lunch
Blade Runner
Once Upon a Time in the West + best sound track ever.
Django (1966) Django, Kill (1967)
The Thing (1982)
Alien (1979)
Jaws
Full Metal Jacket
Class of Nuke 'Em High (1986)
The Toxic Avenger (1984)
Airplane!

The Book of Eli looks like it's going to be phenomenal (and blatantly taken from Fallout 3).
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Post by: dave_mc on August 25, 2009, 11:06:50 PM
i thought chaos was alright, tom, but i agree about the accent. I'm not sure what he was doing, at times it was like he was vaguely putting on an american accent, at other times, he just wasn't bothering. :lol:
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Post by: _tom_ on August 26, 2009, 05:06:44 PM
Watching Death Race now (hey, its on Sky Anytime!) - another Jason Statham. Again its pretty terrible. I think I may be growing out of predictable good-because-they're-so-bad action films :(
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Post by: Lew on August 26, 2009, 05:19:22 PM
The original film is pretty fun. I couldn't bear to sit through a Stratham movie though.
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Post by: WezV on August 26, 2009, 10:01:34 PM
just got back from inglourious barstards and actually enjoyed it a lot more than i was expecting to.   its typical tarantino, but not annoyingly so.  he may have got over those things that mde him cool in the 90's and actually moved on a bit
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Post by: Philly Q on August 26, 2009, 10:20:58 PM
just got back from inglourious barstards and actually enjoyed it a lot more than i was expecting to.   its typical tarantino, but not annoyingly so.  he may have got over those things that mde him cool in the 90's and actually moved on a bit

I hope you're right.  I'll probably go and see it, but I suspect it'll annoy me as much as his films always do (Kill Bill onwards).
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Post by: bewithdennis on August 26, 2009, 10:26:16 PM
anyone mentioned Megashark vs giant octopus yet?
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Post by: Will on August 26, 2009, 11:21:51 PM
just got back from inglourious barstards and actually enjoyed it a lot more than i was expecting to.   its typical tarantino, but not annoyingly so.  he may have got over those things that mde him cool in the 90's and actually moved on a bit

Sounds tempting, I was looking at the poster at that today.

Just seen The Time Travellers Wife.
Not too bad for what it was, far too many females commenting on how it was different from the book on the walk out...
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Post by: WezV on August 27, 2009, 09:14:05 AM
yeah, i would say inglourious bar-stewards represents more substance and less of the style that have dominated films after pulp fiction.  there are still elements of it there but they dont get in the way of the story like he has allowed to happen in the past
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Post by: Lew on August 28, 2009, 03:23:37 AM
Just finished watching Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead. Fantastic!  :lol:
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Post by: Philly Q on September 01, 2009, 11:43:53 AM
I have just spent the bank holiday weekend at Frightfest, so I've seen 22 films since Thursday evening.

Look out for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and an Australian revenge movie called The Horseman - excellent!
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Post by: dave_mc on September 01, 2009, 09:44:24 PM
er... i've watched some pretty poor films recently that i'm not sure i should admit to... in my defence, there's been very little decent on tv...
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Post by: Will on September 01, 2009, 10:16:34 PM
I have just spent the bank holiday weekend at Frightfest, so I've seen 22 films since Thursday evening.

Look out for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and an Australian revenge movie called The Horseman - excellent!

I must try that one year, sounds interesting.

There is a film about Sorrorities out on the 9th of Sept, the trailer seems to be ok. May be more 'teen horror' though.

I saw the time travellers wife the other day. Very very weird
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Post by: Philly Q on September 02, 2009, 01:24:16 AM
I must try that one year, sounds interesting.

There is a film about Sorrorities out on the 9th of Sept, the trailer seems to be ok. May be more 'teen horror' though.

Sorority Row?  It does look very "teen horror", but to be fair I've only seen the poster.
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Post by: noodleplugerine on September 02, 2009, 03:08:16 PM
yeah, i would say inglourious bar-stewards represents more substance and less of the style that have dominated films after pulp fiction.  there are still elements of it there but they dont get in the way of the story like he has allowed to happen in the past

Completely agreed. I expected to hate it considering how much I hate Tarantino's over directing style, but actually found I really enjoyed the movie - There's still alot of annoying Tarantino-isms, but its manageable, and the script makes up for it.
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Post by: Not Me on September 04, 2009, 10:37:29 AM
Just finished watching Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead. Fantastic!  :lol:

An excellent bad film!
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Post by: indysmith on September 05, 2009, 04:38:01 PM
I watched Memento yesterday. Too many holes, couldn't enjoy it.
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Post by: Will on September 05, 2009, 04:55:07 PM
I think I will give that a watch, just curiosity really
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Post by: badgermark on September 06, 2009, 12:46:15 AM
Been watching a lot of Wes Anderson movies. Bottle Rocket was ok, Rushmore is amazing and a new favorite of mine, Royal Tennabaums is great and The Life Aquatic not so good, i didn't even finish watching it.
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Post by: Philly Q on September 06, 2009, 01:04:26 AM
Been watching a lot of Wes Anderson movies. Bottle Rocket was ok, Rushmore is amazing and a new favorite of mine, Royal Tennabaums is great and The Life Aquatic not so good, i didn't even finish watching it.

Pretty much agree with that assessment, but I have a soft spot for Bottle Rocket.

Have you seen The Darjeeling Limited yet?
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Post by: badgermark on September 06, 2009, 09:29:43 AM
Been watching a lot of Wes Anderson movies. Bottle Rocket was ok, Rushmore is amazing and a new favorite of mine, Royal Tennabaums is great and The Life Aquatic not so good, i didn't even finish watching it.

Pretty much agree with that assessment, but I have a soft spot for Bottle Rocket.

Have you seen The Darjeeling Limited yet?

No that's next on the list, I know nothing about it so don't have any expectations.
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Post by: Sifu Ben on September 06, 2009, 10:24:20 AM
Watched Inglorious Basterds last night, really enjoyed it. Really not what I was expecting though, the trailer makes it seem a very different film. . Very little in the way of action, but lots of fantastically tense dialogue, with the constant threat of horrifying violence.
 I really loved what he did with the SS officers. Traditionally they're all hard and frightening, but if you talk to middle class germans they come across as slightly camp (when speaking in english anyway). He manages to capture this perfectly while still making them really menacing (if not more so).
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Post by: WezV on September 06, 2009, 12:08:41 PM
the life aquatic does have its moments, but its no tennabaums and definately no rushmore.

darjeeling ltd was good but more forgettable than  the earlier stuff

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Post by: Philly Q on September 06, 2009, 11:00:31 PM
the life aquatic does have its moments, but its no tennabaums and definately no rushmore.

darjeeling ltd was good but more forgettable than  the earlier stuff

Yeah, it does seem a bit insubstantial, but I enjoyed it more than The Life Aquatic.  I wonder what Fantastic Mr Fox will be like?
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Post by: psy on September 06, 2009, 11:21:10 PM
I went to see District 9 yesterday.  I really enjoyed.
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Post by: indysmith on September 07, 2009, 09:30:36 AM
I went to see District 9 yesterday.  I really enjoyed.
Think I'll go watch it today.

I'm watching Citizen Kane now for the first time! :D
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Post by: _tom_ on September 07, 2009, 09:31:01 PM
I'm going to watch District 9 on Wednesday, hopefully I'll get a row/screen mostly to myself as the kids should've $%&#ed off back to school now :)

Watched About A Boy yesterday, seen it before but not in ages. Great film, probably the only Hugh Grant one I can stand!
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Post by: Ibanez2570z on September 08, 2009, 12:39:18 PM
District 9
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Post by: Ibanez2570z on September 08, 2009, 12:39:43 PM
Requiem for a dream
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Post by: Ibanez2570z on September 08, 2009, 12:43:38 PM
Bad taste
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Post by: Will on September 08, 2009, 06:11:51 PM
I watched Memento yesterday. Too many holes, couldn't enjoy it.

Very weird, and not clear. But an interesting concept overall
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Post by: badgermark on September 08, 2009, 10:25:42 PM
the life aquatic does have its moments, but its no tennabaums and definately no rushmore.

darjeeling ltd was good but more forgettable than  the earlier stuff

Yeah, it does seem a bit insubstantial, but I enjoyed it more than The Life Aquatic.  I wonder what Fantastic Mr Fox will be like?

Just finished ...Limited and it was pretty good. Rushmore and Tennabaums are still 1 and 2 in my book. Life aquatic is pants. I like Bill Murray, but he was rubbish in the life aquatic.
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Post by: murraymurray on September 08, 2009, 11:05:57 PM
Bad taste

That was all made about 10 minutes away from where i grew up
Braindead is another good peter jackson film.
He hasnt done anything as cool as those 2 for a long time
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Post by: Philly Q on September 08, 2009, 11:21:19 PM
Bad taste

That was all made about 10 minutes away from where i grew up
Braindead is another good peter jackson film.
He hasnt done anything as cool as those 2 for a long time

Which gives me another chance to have my regular moan:

 :evil:  Why is there no good DVD of Braindead???!!!!!  :evil: (or Meet The Feebles for that matter)

Jackson seems to have no interest in his early films.
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Post by: Lew on September 09, 2009, 11:05:57 PM
I watched the Constant Gardener last night and thought it was excellent.
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Post by: Ian Price on September 09, 2009, 11:39:29 PM
I watched the Constant Gardener last night and thought it was excellent.

Yep - I watched it a few weeks ago. Pretty depressing as well as some of that stuff must go on. Rachel Weisz wa in it as well, which was a nice little bonus.

Although depressing I did laugh at the scene at the end with Bill Nighy.

I also watched Knowing a few weeks ago. Absolute tosh with a laughable last 30 mins. I should have known better.
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Post by: _tom_ on September 10, 2009, 07:55:46 PM
I thought District 9 was very good. Nice to see a big action film without a single American accent! Although his way of saying "$%&#" was rather annoying especially as he says it so often :lol:

Has loads of great CGI which I thought was well done :)
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Post by: Mr. Air on September 11, 2009, 10:03:21 AM
Quote
   Why is there no good DVD of Braindead???!!!!!   

I got one. Seems quite reasonable to me.
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Post by: Philly Q on September 11, 2009, 10:51:36 PM
Quote
   Why is there no good DVD of Braindead???!!!!!   

I got one. Seems quite reasonable to me.

What, one of the non-anamorphic, no-extras UK or European DVDs, or the CUT American DVD?  The film deserves way better (IMO of course).
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Post by: Jonny on September 11, 2009, 11:06:06 PM
Couldn't be bothered to check previous posts, anyone seen District 9? Or anything recent? What's this Dorian Grey one?
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Post by: Brow on September 11, 2009, 11:16:20 PM
Couldn't be bothered to check previous posts, anyone seen District 9? Or anything recent? What's this Dorian Grey one?

I've watched District 9 tonight, quite an odd film really. Enjoyed it though!  :D

As for Dorian Grey I know he's a figure from Victorian (I think) literature who doesn't grow old but his portrait does? Aside from that I don't know anything else about it.
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Post by: 38thBeatle on September 12, 2009, 12:35:18 AM
I know the book quite well ( being an Oscar Wilde fan and all). It'll be interesting to see what they make of it.
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Post by: Philly Q on September 12, 2009, 12:45:11 AM
I know the book quite well ( being an Oscar Wilde fan and all). It'll be interesting to see what they make of it.

I saw a trailer - it looks like they've Hollywooded-it-up quite a lot!
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Post by: shobet on September 12, 2009, 12:52:51 AM
Bad taste

I was at the UK premier of that film with about 15 other people. It broke down in the middle as it was in Aberystwyth Arts Centre for the Welsh International Film Festival back in 92 or 93 IIRC. I think they'd run out of 50 pence pieces.

'I kick arse for the Lord!'

That was all made about 10 minutes away from where i grew up
Braindead is another good peter jackson film.
He hasnt done anything as cool as those 2 for a long time

Which gives me another chance to have my regular moan:

 :evil:  Why is there no good DVD of Braindead???!!!!!  :evil: (or Meet The Feebles for that matter)

Jackson seems to have no interest in his early films.

I was at the UK premier of that film with about 15 other people. It broke down in the middle as it was in Aberystwyth Arts Centre for the Welsh International Film Festival back in 92 or 93 IIRC. I think they'd run out of 50 pence pieces. Quite amusing on the big screen.

'I kick arse for the Lord!'
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Post by: WezV on September 12, 2009, 09:28:18 AM
saw final destination 3D last night... complete and utter pap as you would expect but i was laughing all the way through

but really it was worththe ticket price for the 3D trailer for avatar - looks awesome!

alos saw district 9 the other day - fookin prawns!!
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Post by: Lew on September 12, 2009, 12:35:45 PM
Went to see District 9 yesterday, apart from the horrible South African accents and motion sickness it was a really good movie.
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Post by: Brow on September 12, 2009, 07:42:50 PM
Went to see District 9 yesterday, apart from the horrible South African accents and motion sickness it was a really good movie.

The lead actor in it (can't remember his name nor the characters) is actually from Johannesburg, so youd've thought his South African accent would've been good  atleast :lol:
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Post by: Philly Q on September 12, 2009, 07:56:52 PM
And yet another who's just seen District 9.  I thought it was fantastic.  :D
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Post by: Lew on September 12, 2009, 08:15:54 PM
Sorry, I mean I don't like the South African accent :)
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Post by: Will on September 12, 2009, 09:22:21 PM
I am curious to see it actually. I don't like these kind of films though, would you recommend it for a sci-fi doubter?

Also, the SA can vary a bit anyway can't it? I have the pleasure of working with one, sometimes things get confusing, but generally used to it.
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Post by: Lew on September 12, 2009, 11:18:06 PM
There's no need to be big on sci-fi to enjoy the movie, it's an apartheid movie with aliens  8)

I just watched Zack and Miri Make a Porno, what a superb film. Kevin Smith (and his gang) always deliver on absolutely every level. incidentally I've found a shop that will make a 100% accurate clone of Kevin Smiths trench coat  :D :D
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Post by: Jonny on September 12, 2009, 11:31:07 PM
I do need a DVD mania trip to the shops and then a movie spree but I really want to see this District 9 in the movies.

Plus read that Dorian Grey book, not watch it though.
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Post by: badgermark on September 13, 2009, 12:24:44 AM
There's no need to be big on sci-fi to enjoy the movie, it's an apartheid movie with aliens  8)

I just watched Zack and Miri Make a Porno, what a superb film. Kevin Smith (and his gang) always deliver on absolutely every level. incidentally I've found a shop that will make a 100% accurate clone of Kevin Smiths trench coat  :D :D

I love Zack and Miri one of my favourite films. Plus I thought Jason Mewes was fantastic in it.

Watched Terminator: Salvation today again and really liked it. Bale aint so bad but the setting and direction was pretty good. Yeah I stood up for McG, wanna fight about it?
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Post by: Sifu Ben on September 13, 2009, 09:37:42 AM
Watched Julie and Julia last night, bit of a Chick-flick but actually quite good. It's quite funny to see Meryl Streep doing a really OTT character. A good one to get brownie points from the mrs by taking her to see it.
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Post by: dheim on September 13, 2009, 06:55:43 PM
i watched Hellboy 2: the golden army... pure Del Toro sickness, no real script but veeery funny!
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Post by: dave_mc on September 13, 2009, 09:15:44 PM
Also, the SA can vary a bit anyway can't it? I have the pleasure of working with one, sometimes things get confusing, but generally used to it.

i imagine so. I mean, some of them speak afrikaans (basically a dialect of dutch), while some are of english descent. Just from watching the cricket, there seems to be quite a bit of variation.
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Post by: Jonny on September 13, 2009, 10:03:05 PM
i watched Hellboy 2: the golden army... pure Del Toro sickness, no real script but veeery funny!
Still think Kroenen from the first movie is the best $%&#ing looking villian EVER!
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Post by: MDV on September 13, 2009, 10:08:12 PM
And yet another who's just seen District 9.  I thought it was fantastic.  :D

We AGREE ABOUT A FILM?!?!?! :lol:

Surely not....

*checks outside to see if the oceans have boiled, the sky fallen and the earth cleaved in two...*

Wait, I know how to fix it: I thought Wolverine was quality!
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Post by: Philly Q on September 14, 2009, 01:16:42 AM
Wait, I know how to fix it: I thought Wolverine was quality!

Haven't seen it yet.... but I'm expecting the worst.
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Post by: MDV on September 14, 2009, 01:21:27 PM
It fits perfectly with my 'bad films that are awesome' ethos. You'll hate it!
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Post by: Sifu Ben on September 14, 2009, 03:09:13 PM
I wouldn't say that Wolverine was bad. I mean, it's a superhero movie, so it was never going to be a work of art, but it's far from a bad film. It does what it says on the tin.
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Post by: Philly Q on September 14, 2009, 03:24:27 PM
My brother absolutely hated Wolverine, although we usually like superhero movies.  But I'll wait and see, we don't always agree.

Meanwhile, I watched Underworld: Rise Of the Lycans last night.  Disappointing.
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Post by: Lew on September 14, 2009, 03:45:45 PM
Wolverine was fun in a mindnumbing way.

If you haven't checked these guys out, you should. Really good and funny movie reviews.

http://www.youtube.com/user/spillcom?blend=1&ob=4
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Post by: Mr. Air on September 15, 2009, 12:39:10 PM
My brother absolutely hated Wolverine, although we usually like superhero movies.  But I'll wait and see, we don't always agree.

Meanwhile, I watched Underworld: Rise Of the Lycans last night.  Disappointing.

What did you expect from Rise of the Lycans? The first two Underworld movies where watchable at best IMO  :D
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Post by: Jonny on September 15, 2009, 01:48:07 PM
District 9 was bloody awesome!
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Post by: Dmoney on September 15, 2009, 01:52:18 PM
District 9 was bloody awesome!

District 9 is a sweet band too
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Post by: Philly Q on September 15, 2009, 09:31:06 PM
My brother absolutely hated Wolverine, although we usually like superhero movies.  But I'll wait and see, we don't always agree.

Meanwhile, I watched Underworld: Rise Of the Lycans last night.  Disappointing.

What did you expect from Rise of the Lycans? The first two Underworld movies where watchable at best IMO  :D

I'm not going to say they were great, but I liked them.  This one just lacked... something.  It seemed a bit pointless really.
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Post by: WezV on September 15, 2009, 09:35:13 PM
the life aquatic does have its moments,

just remembered what i really like about this film.... seu jorge's bowie covers!!!  life on mars being a particular favorite
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Post by: Plexi Ken on September 16, 2009, 10:05:26 AM
Yep, that was a cool  8)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6l8zrsf4LY
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Post by: _tom_ on September 16, 2009, 09:52:51 PM
Just seen the trailer for Fantastic Mr Fox, it looks great :)
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Post by: Ian Price on September 19, 2009, 10:12:27 PM
Started watching Ray last night. Great stuff so far, great acting and music. Pretty sad as well - especially the bits with his brother.
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Post by: Will on September 20, 2009, 12:46:02 AM
Went to see district 9 last night :) You guys were right, even for someone that doesn't appreciate the genre.
The SA accent did seem off in places, but they captured the excitement that my colleague also shows about anything a little bit different :lol:

Will definately buy it in BRD to watch more, I get the feeling there were a few bits that linked together, but they were in the background.

I guess the reason I found it good for an alien film was that it went away from the cliche of aliens all being smart etc, a new perspective, and (if it were to be real) pity / feelings of compassion which is not usually present in those films.
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Post by: MrBump on September 20, 2009, 10:48:58 AM
Saw the Ip Man film the other day.  Amazing - waiting for it to come out on DVD in this country.

Anyone who likes their Chinese martial arts films should watch it.
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Post by: badgermark on September 20, 2009, 04:08:44 PM
District 9 was bloody awesome!

I want to see it, but the only showings round my way seem to be audio described/subtitled. NOOOOOOOO!
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Post by: Jonny on September 21, 2009, 02:42:15 PM
District 9 was bloody awesome!

I want to see it, but the only showings round my way seem to be audio described/subtitled. NOOOOOOOO!
I was watching Die Hard 4.0 yesterday and I was fiddling with the audio to see if Bruce Willis would break into a French accent or something, to my surprise a bloke started describing the movie like "there is a red dot flashing on the screen", I laughed so much, lol..
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on September 21, 2009, 06:09:45 PM
Went to see District 9 a few days ago, thought it was OFF THE CHAIN! Loved it, quite original for a Sci Fi film.

The SA accent is generally a mess though.

Also noticed Cineworld was showing The Thing, unfortunatly, i was already away home by then, so bought the DVD instead, love that film.
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Post by: jibidy on September 21, 2009, 11:43:45 PM
American phsycho last night.

Killer film.
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Post by: Sifu Ben on September 24, 2009, 12:35:51 PM
Saw the Ip Man film the other day.  Amazing - waiting for it to come out on DVD in this country.

Anyone who likes their Chinese martial arts films should watch it.
According to Amazon it's out on 26th of October
Do you post on MAP or KFM?
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Post by: horsehead on September 25, 2009, 09:55:18 AM
can we post TV shows in here? 'cos I'm addicted to Burn Notice at the moment. Same with House
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Post by: _tom_ on September 25, 2009, 10:11:39 AM
There was a tv shows thread but it sank a bit! I'm also addicted to house, currently working my way through the S1-4 boxset :)

I've recently got into Breaking Bad as well. Short first 2 seasons from the looks of things but so far its a really good series.
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Post by: MDV on September 25, 2009, 10:13:23 AM
I loves me some burn notice!
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Post by: horsehead on September 25, 2009, 10:15:30 AM
Way-hey...another fan!
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Post by: _tom_ on September 25, 2009, 10:45:38 AM
Whats this Burn Notice about then? I'm always looking for new tv series to get addicted to!

I tried True Blood but sadly thought it was utter shite. Incredibly cheesy and full of annoying characters, as far as I could tell!
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Post by: MDV on September 25, 2009, 10:52:25 AM
Speaking of shite, which true blood most emphatically wasnt, the vampire diaries

Yeah, a tv series version of twilight; thats EXACTLY what the world needs.
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Post by: WezV on September 25, 2009, 01:40:31 PM
I tried True Blood but sadly thought it was utter shitee. Incredibly cheesy and full of annoying characters, as far as I could tell!

it does tend to split the crowd - not sure why.  i think its awesome!!.

i did watch the first 2 episodes of vampire diaries which is typical teen drama in the twilight vein.  not great, not awfull... just not for me!!

I just watched all of harpers island, the first 5 episodes are fairly bad, almost funny.  5 episodes of people dying without anyone realising they are missing or asking any questions.  it all kicks of after that though and gets pretty darn good.  Interesting to see the scream style film format stretched over a whole series

currently waiting for new dexter and caprica to start
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Post by: Plexi Ken on September 25, 2009, 02:37:50 PM
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel - There are a few good gags and I though the 3 main actors did the best they could with a poor script but I felt there was a massive wasted opportunity for a good geek comedy. The ending was particularly lazy, though I presume it was meant to be a Back to the Future reference.

Push - Just terrible, bad script, awful acting, predictable plot and lifeless script.

For TV stuff, I've just finished Entourage Series 5 which was great, I'm a big Entourage fan, the acting and writing are top-notch. And Dollhouse Series 1, it starts a little slow but I'm starting to get into it. It does help that I've a huge crush on Olivia Williams  :oops:
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Post by: MrBump on September 25, 2009, 02:52:33 PM
Saw the Ip Man film the other day.  Amazing - waiting for it to come out on DVD in this country.

Anyone who likes their Chinese martial arts films should watch it.
According to Amazon it's out on 26th of October
Do you post on MAP or KFM?

I used to post stuff, maybe ten years ago, but not anymore.  There are some terrible people out there passing themselves off as martial artists - Wing Chun is still in a shocking state, unfortunately.  When I was young(er) and stupid I got caught up in all that, but I tend to avoid it these days.

I take it from your username you train?  What style?

Mark.
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Post by: Sifu Ben on September 25, 2009, 03:08:20 PM
Choy Li Fut and San Shou.
How many Wing Chun guys does it take to change a light bulb? 100. One to actually screw it in and 99 to say "my way is truer to WC principles/more authentic/the true secret teachings................"  :lol:
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Post by: MrBump on September 25, 2009, 03:53:02 PM
Choy Li Fut and San Shou.
How many Wing Chun guys does it take to change a light bulb? 100. One to actually screw it in and 99 to say "my way is truer to WC principles/more authentic/the true secret teachings................"  :lol:

yeah, yeah, yeah.  Heard it all before!

;)

To be fair, it has calmed down.  Still a great little system, if you avoid the politics and BS.
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Post by: _tom_ on September 26, 2009, 12:15:11 AM
I keep seeing adverts for The Invention of Lying. It looks absolutely terrible :(
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Post by: Philly Q on September 26, 2009, 08:16:21 AM
I keep seeing adverts for The Invention of Lying. It looks absolutely terrible :(

I haven't seen the trailer, but the title (obviously) makes me think of Liar, Liar.  Which is not a good thing to be reminded of. :|
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Post by: noodleplugerine on September 27, 2009, 10:54:47 PM
Last 3 days seen a few films:

Transformers 2: Pretty awful tbh, great cgi though, superb action movie for kids, but crazy thin plot as expected.

Dean Spanley: Great film! Peter O'toole's brilliant in it, it meanders, and is very surreal, but it really is a lovely movie.

The Hurt Locker: Absolutely incredible film about a bomb disposal team in Iraq. Character's are great, action's great, tension's great. Best war film in a while imo.
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Post by: _tom_ on September 28, 2009, 12:13:15 PM
I haven't seen the trailer, but the title (obviously) makes me think of Liar, Liar.  Which is not a good thing to be reminded of. :|

Nope, I hate Jim Carrey so much!

Invention of Lying is a Gervais film. He's no good at that sort of thing. The Office, Extras and his stand up things are great though :)
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Post by: Jonny on September 28, 2009, 12:17:51 PM
The Invention of Lying actually confuses me. Surely if they were all lying then you'd have to translate what they say into what they would say when they're not lying.

So apart from translating French of something (i.e. simply reading subtitles) you have to think in your head about what they really said aside from what they are falsely saying. So you have to work your brain even more to enjoy a film.

Which just makes my head hurt thinking about it, I'd hate to sit in for 1-2 hours of it.
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Post by: _tom_ on September 28, 2009, 12:18:43 PM
I have no idea what you just said :lol:
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Post by: Jonny on September 28, 2009, 12:20:56 PM
I have no idea what you just said :lol:
Isn't the film about them all talking, but saying lies? Then surely you'd have to translate back to what they are actually saying, lol..
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Post by: Sifu Ben on September 28, 2009, 12:34:37 PM
The film's about a world where no-one lies, and someone discovers the concept of lying and discovers how powerful it can be when everyone is guileless.
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Post by: Ian Price on September 28, 2009, 01:14:29 PM
I went to see 'Cloudy with a chance of meatballs' at the weekend. Kids film, good harmless fun. Anyone wanting a decent film to watch with the family should check it out.
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Post by: Will on September 28, 2009, 01:20:15 PM
Jonny, you mean that if they are lying, then you have to assume the opposite to be true to understand what they are saying?

And yeah, the film is about nobody lying in this happy world, and Gervais working out how to tell the untruths ;)
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Post by: Philly Q on September 28, 2009, 11:12:35 PM
The Invention of Lying actually confuses me. Surely if they were all lying then you'd have to translate what they say into what they would say when they're not lying.

So apart from translating French of something (i.e. simply reading subtitles) you have to think in your head about what they really said aside from what they are falsely saying. So you have to work your brain even more to enjoy a film.

Which just makes my head hurt thinking about it, I'd hate to sit in for 1-2 hours of it.

I think you may be over-analysing it just a tad.   :wink:

It's only a make-a-fast-buck Hollywood comedy.  They won't be expecting anyone to think.  :P

Don't ever watch  Last Year At Marienbad.
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Post by: Jonny on September 29, 2009, 09:58:57 PM
Yes Philly, I am over-analysing, I am that type of bloke.
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Post by: _tom_ on September 29, 2009, 10:05:09 PM
Carrying on the TV talk, I'm currently watching Breaking Bad. So addictive. I should be out drinking as its freshers week, but none of my mates are about tonight :(
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Post by: MDV on October 06, 2009, 07:04:33 PM
I watched GI Joe.

I sincerely and wholeheartedly recommend that NO ONE watch this film, ever.
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Post by: dave_mc on October 06, 2009, 09:41:36 PM
:lol:
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Post by: Ian Price on October 06, 2009, 09:57:31 PM
I watched GI Joe.

I sincerely and wholeheartedly recommend that NO ONE watch this film, ever.

Is Sienna Miller hot in it though?
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Post by: MDV on October 06, 2009, 10:08:20 PM
I watched GI Joe.

I sincerely and wholeheartedly recommend that NO ONE watch this film, ever.


Is Sienna Miller hot in it though?

Yes. Very much so. And Rachel Nichols far more so. And it still doesnt make it worth it. Only if one of them materialised out of the screen and gave you a blow job would the film be worth the time.

Edit: And I like bad films! Really. Just ask Philly.

I thought AVP 1 and 2 were good ass entertainment, and I hated this.
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Post by: Will on October 06, 2009, 10:15:45 PM
Only if one of them materialised out of the screen and gave you a blow job would the film be worth the time.


Is this option available in 3D, I could deal with that
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Post by: Ian Price on October 06, 2009, 10:16:04 PM
Yes. Very much so. And Rachel Nichols far more so. And it still doesnt make it worth it. Only if one of them materialised out of the screen and gave you a blow job would the film be worth the time.

 :o
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Post by: MDV on October 06, 2009, 10:17:33 PM
Yes. Very much so. And Rachel Nichols far more so. And it still doesnt make it worth it. Only if one of them materialised out of the screen and gave you a blow job would the film be worth the time.

 :o

Indeed. Watch at your peril.
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Post by: murraymurray on October 06, 2009, 10:38:55 PM
What series of breaking bad tom? I finished the 2nd recently, pretty darn good show
I am not going to bother with that new gervais film ever, i went to that last US rom com he made, so awful. he started out wth such good tv shows and has just gone rubbish, only thing that couldve made it worse wouldve been if jack black was in it as his sidekick.

watched district 9 the other day, a lot different than i expected, i had heard it was good but thought it was going to be just another standard alien invasion film.

im looking forward to seeing the new trailer park boys movie, doubt it will come out at the cinemas here though and the only version ive seen online is a pretty dodgy cam job, not that the whole show isnt that way anyway, but still


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Post by: dave_mc on October 06, 2009, 10:40:14 PM
wasn't there talk about a trailer park boys film ages ago? what ever happened to that? Or is this the same one? The series is awesome :D
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Post by: Philly Q on October 06, 2009, 10:52:41 PM
I'm starting to wonder if I might actually like this G.I. Joe effort.  :lol:

Mind you, it is from the director of The Mummy and Van Helsing so the odds are heavily stacked against it.  :?
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Post by: murraymurray on October 06, 2009, 11:42:42 PM
wasn't there talk about a trailer park boys film ages ago? what ever happened to that? Or is this the same one? The series is awesome :D

Yeah one came out about 3 years ago i think, this is another one, theres also a couple of 1 hour specials floating about.


edit:  just had a look, trailer park boys:the movie was exactly 3 years ago, the new ones called countdown to liquor day. This is apparently the last trailer park boys thing theyre going to make.

I enjoyed sebastion bachs appearances in season 7
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Post by: dave_mc on October 06, 2009, 11:54:46 PM
^ haha, yeah. thanks for the info, i still haven't seen the first film, then. :lol: it's annoying how they put it on at really annoying, random times on comedy central/paramount, then clog the decent time slots with unadulterated guff like 2.5 men, everybody loves raymond, and king of queens. And where the hell did seinfeld ever go?  :shock: I'm telling you, if they ever lose frasier...

I'm starting to wonder if I might actually like this G.I. Joe effort.  :lol:

Mind you, it is from the director of The Mummy and Van Helsing so the odds are heavily stacked against it.  :?

man, van helsing was pretty rubbish. from what i can remember, i actually didn't mind the mummy, but that being said, it's hardly of major cultural significance either.
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Post by: murraymurray on October 06, 2009, 11:59:55 PM
we dont even get it on tv here (i think) i bought the series available here on DVD and just download the rest. Got all 7 series and the specials and the first movie already.
yeh we get the same horrible selection of shows here instead, ive got all 9 series of seinfeld on dvd and the first 6 series of curb your enthusiasm, so im not too worried about them showing them since i watch them whenever i damn well want.
have you seen curb your enthusiasm at all? series 7 started a few weeks ago, its the one with the fake seinfeld reunion show on the show, all the main seinfeld gang were on episode 3 which aired earlier this week.

sorry, not even talking about movies anymore. but im not aware of a tv thread.
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Post by: Ian Price on October 07, 2009, 07:41:26 PM
i actually didn't mind the mummy, but that being said, it's hardly of major cultural significance either.

I actually quite like the mummy. No nonsense fun - actually, lots of nonsense fun but it has Rachel Weisz in it. I like her quite a bit.
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Post by: Will on October 08, 2009, 02:13:29 AM
Been a while since I have had a good opportunity to watch a few films, just finished 'The Thaw'.
Quite good really, seems like its not a huge budget thing, but has decent CGI, and the script / main theory behind the dangers of global warming is quite clever IMO.

Just starting to watch 'Its Alive', it sounds very shite, probably deserving its 4.5/10 rating on IMDB
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Post by: Will on October 10, 2009, 01:48:00 PM
'Its Alive' was as cr@p as expected.

Anyone seen The Echelon Conspiracy? I find it very interesting
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Post by: psy on October 10, 2009, 10:59:39 PM
I went to see Zombieland today.  It was canny funny & doesn't take it self too seriously.  I rather enjoyed it.  Woody Harrelson is a legend.

I'm going to go see Halloween 2 tomorrow.  Quite looking forward to that. :)
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Post by: jibidy on October 12, 2009, 03:21:34 PM
I went to see Zombieland today.  It was canny funny & doesn't take it self too seriously.  I rather enjoyed it.  Woody Harrelson is a legend.

I'm going to go see Halloween 2 tomorrow.  Quite looking forward to that. :)

If woody harrelson wasnt in it I probably wouldnt bother. New zombie films I have found are badly cliche'd but this looks like its got it much better.
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Post by: Supernaught on October 12, 2009, 03:46:39 PM
Zombieland is awesome.   I had a feeling I was going to really enjoy it, but I took my housemate who isnt into horror/zombie films at all, and she absolutely loved it!    As soon as the lights went up she said how great it was and that she wanted to buy the DVD!

Highly recommended.    8)
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Post by: Ian Price on October 12, 2009, 04:07:04 PM
3:10 to Yuma.

Fairly decent and gritty 'old styled' western.
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Post by: Philly Q on October 12, 2009, 04:14:07 PM
3:10 to Yuma.

Fairly decent and gritty 'old styled' western.

I assume it was the Bale/Crowe version.  Have you seen the original, with Glenn Ford and Van Heflin?

1,000,000,000,000 times better.  :D
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Post by: Ian Price on October 12, 2009, 04:37:28 PM
3:10 to Yuma.

Fairly decent and gritty 'old styled' western.

I assume it was the Bale/Crowe version.  Have you seen the original, with Glenn Ford and Van Heflin?

1,000,000,000,000 times better.  :D

Sadly Philly I didn't even know it was a cover version (not sure what the film definition of that is).  :o I might have to look it up.

I'm assuming you didn't like the Bale/Crowe one.
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Post by: Philly Q on October 12, 2009, 05:12:53 PM
The remake is OK as remakes go, but they changed the ending so it's more "dramatic" but doesn't really make sense any more. 

The original (1957) is more "psychological", with less action but a much better atmosphere.  I'd recommend it if you get a chance to see it.  :)
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Post by: dave_mc on October 12, 2009, 08:03:25 PM
let's go to prison was on last night on rte. sweet :lol:
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Post by: noodleplugerine on October 12, 2009, 09:01:35 PM
Saw 9 last night, movie done by the same studio as Coraline.

Incredible animation, very styalised, dystopian future type stuff. Just my thing.

I enjoyed it, but the plot was a little rushed, and the characters a little thin, sort of thing you expect from animated movies, though Pixar keep raising the bar.. Will deffo go see UP! Soon.
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Post by: Lew on October 12, 2009, 11:26:17 PM
Saw UP-3D this evening, brilliant!!!
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Post by: Ian Price on October 13, 2009, 09:26:09 AM
Saw UP-3D this evening, brilliant!!!

I've seen the 2D version - that was very good. Maybe I should give 3D a go! Is it really bad 1980s 3D stylee?
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Post by: Lew on October 13, 2009, 03:23:58 PM
Saw UP-3D this evening, brilliant!!!

I've seen the 2D version - that was very good. Maybe I should give 3D a go! Is it really bad 1980s 3D stylee?

Naww it was done really really well - there was an old couple opposite us howling and jumping everytime something flew toward them, it was funny as hell. I did feel like a pilock wearing two sets of glasses though, atleast it was dark!
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Post by: MDV on October 13, 2009, 06:31:03 PM
In other news

Heroes got really boring

Fringe got really good

Dollhouse is shaping up OK

Supernatural is utterly rocking.

Not films, I know but there you have it!
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Post by: indysmith on October 13, 2009, 08:14:29 PM
Saw UP-3D this evening, brilliant!!!

I've seen the 2D version - that was very good. Maybe I should give 3D a go! Is it really bad 1980s 3D stylee?
They don't use the old red/blue lenses any more. They now have some pretty clever circular polarising lenses in them, and the whole 3D illusion works a LOT better.
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Post by: WezV on October 13, 2009, 08:32:56 PM
quite a few girls at school are pushing the lenses out of the 3d glasses and wearing them as a fashion statement in a velma from scooby doo way.
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Post by: dave_mc on October 13, 2009, 09:29:30 PM
i think tv shows have been mentioned in here a bit, so here's a word of warning- do NOT watch Being Erica (i think that's the name... something like that) on E4 (unless you enjoy watching stuff which is terrible to laugh at how bad it is). In my defence, there was nothing else on, and figured I'd give it a shot. It. Was. Horrible. :lol: I think it's the worst thing I've seen since I decided to give Will and Grace a chance... o_O
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Post by: _tom_ on October 14, 2009, 09:37:39 AM
They don't use the old red/blue lenses any more. They now have some pretty clever circular polarising lenses in them, and the whole 3D illusion works a LOT better.


haha you look about 10 in that pic.

Going to see Up later, probably in 2D though as I already have a headache which 3D would probably exacerbate :\
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Post by: MDV on October 14, 2009, 11:04:26 AM
i think tv shows have been mentioned in here a bit, so here's a word of warning- do NOT watch Being Erica (i think that's the name... something like that) on E4 (unless you enjoy watching stuff which is terrible to laugh at how bad it is). In my defence, there was nothing else on, and figured I'd give it a shot. It. Was. Horrible. :lol: I think it's the worst thing I've seen since I decided to give Will and Grace a chance... o_O

:lol:
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Post by: indysmith on October 14, 2009, 07:06:57 PM
haha you look about 10 in that pic.
I got I.D'd earlier buying ibuprofen! (16!??!)
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Post by: dave_mc on October 14, 2009, 08:50:48 PM
I think it's the worst thing I've seen since I decided to give Will and Grace a chance... o_O

:lol:

and i don't say that lightly! :lol:
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Post by: TheIronBeast on October 15, 2009, 03:10:25 PM
I know they are not movies, but my girlfriend bought me the first 3 seasons of Miami Ink and the first season of L.A Ink because they were on offer at the local DVD store. I have been enjoying watching these recently and it has even inspired me to get some more tattoo work done myself.
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Post by: _tom_ on October 15, 2009, 04:53:07 PM
Went to see Up last night.. bit disappointing. Not a very good storyline but it did look great and was pretty fun.
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Post by: Lew on October 15, 2009, 08:31:11 PM
Not a very good storyline

Nonsense, it's a kids movie not a literary classic  8)
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Post by: _tom_ on October 15, 2009, 08:38:26 PM
I know, but it was no Finding Nemo tbh!
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Post by: nfe on October 15, 2009, 08:41:48 PM
I know they are not movies, but my girlfriend bought me the first 3 seasons of Miami Ink and the first season of L.A Ink because they were on offer at the local DVD store. I have been enjoying watching these recently and it has even inspired me to get some more tattoo work done myself.

I loathe these programmes, they're full of actually relatively mediocre artists whom people now think are the very limit of what's possible to do with tattoos and they imply this nonsense idea that you HAVE to have some passionate back story to get tattooed in the first place.

Plus some of the hygiene issues ignored are appalling and they've created a spate of scratchers the world over who now think the life of a tattooer is that of a rock star.

[/rant]  :lol:

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Post by: Lew on October 15, 2009, 08:52:56 PM
I know, but it was no Finding Nemo tbh!

Another great movie :D
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Post by: TheIronBeast on October 15, 2009, 08:56:09 PM
I know they are not movies, but my girlfriend bought me the first 3 seasons of Miami Ink and the first season of L.A Ink because they were on offer at the local DVD store. I have been enjoying watching these recently and it has even inspired me to get some more tattoo work done myself.

I loathe these programmes, they're full of actually relatively mediocre artists whom people now think are the very limit of what's possible to do with tattoos and they imply this nonsense idea that you HAVE to have some passionate back story to get tattooed in the first place.

Plus some of the hygiene issues ignored are appalling and they've created a spate of scratchers the world over who now think the life of a tattooer is that of a rock star.

[/rant]  :lol:



I understand what you're saying, it's not a programme to be taken too seriously I just enjoy watching them for a bit of fun. The tattooist I go to can probably do just as good or if not better than some of the ones I've seen them do so far.

I do agree that you don't need to have a deep meaning or story to be tattooed, thats just nonsense.
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Post by: murraymurray on October 15, 2009, 09:21:07 PM
best tattoo back story ive heard was of this wierd old bogan guy i met once.
he had a picture of 2 toasters fornicating
the story behind it was "I like toast and I like F*(kin"
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Post by: Mr. Air on October 15, 2009, 09:47:54 PM
best tattoo back story ive heard was of this wierd old bogan guy i met once.
he had a picture of 2 toasters fornicating
the story behind it was "I like toast and I like F*(kin"


That's hilarious!  :D
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Post by: jibidy on October 15, 2009, 10:33:18 PM
I know they are not movies, but my girlfriend bought me the first 3 seasons of Miami Ink and the first season of L.A Ink because they were on offer at the local DVD store. I have been enjoying watching these recently and it has even inspired me to get some more tattoo work done myself.

I loathe these programmes, they're full of actually relatively mediocre artists whom people now think are the very limit of what's possible to do with tattoos and they imply this nonsense idea that you HAVE to have some passionate back story to get tattooed in the first place.

Plus some of the hygiene issues ignored are appalling and they've created a spate of scratchers the world over who now think the life of a tattooer is that of a rock star.

[/rant]  :lol:



I find it funny when they have a hard time on the design. like the one where the guy wanted a skull with two prosthetic legs because they got blown off in iraq. (y) great tattoo mate
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Post by: dheim on October 20, 2009, 03:58:42 PM
just saw "inglourious basterds"... one of the funniest things tarantino has ever directed. great!
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Post by: dave_mc on October 20, 2009, 04:35:56 PM
against my better judgement i watched you, me and dupree last night. my better judgement was right... :(
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Post by: Ian Price on October 20, 2009, 04:40:04 PM
against my better judgement i watched you, me and dupree last night. my better judgement was right... :(

I watched that a while ago. I do like Kate Hudson. Owen Wilson deserves a good kicking though for playing the same character yet again. That man has soooo much range.
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Post by: Philly Q on October 20, 2009, 04:48:18 PM
against my better judgement i watched you, me and dupree last night. my better judgement was right... :(

I watched that a while ago. I do like Kate Hudson. Owen Wilson deserves a good kicking though for playing the same character yet again. That man has soooo much range.

I like Hudson, I like Wilson (at least in Wes Anderson films), but I've never felt the urge to watch You, Me and Dupree

If I ever do feel like watching it, I know it's easily available on ITV2 at all times (unless it's one of the days they're showing Along Came Polly, Die Hard 2 or The Scorpion King)


Anyway, it's the London Film Festival at the moment so I'm seeing lots of "world cinema" - all good so far.  :)
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Post by: Ian Price on October 20, 2009, 05:04:00 PM
I've never felt the urge to watch You, Me and Dupree.  

I reckon it would be right up your street Philly. Better than all of that world cinema nonsense anyway  :wink:
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Post by: dave_mc on October 20, 2009, 07:24:43 PM
I watched that a while ago. I do like Kate Hudson. Owen Wilson deserves a good kicking though for playing the same character yet again. That man has soooo much range.

yeah, he has become very slightly typecast.


I like Hudson, I like Wilson (at least in Wes Anderson films), but I've never felt the urge to watch You, Me and Dupree.  

If I ever do feel like watching it, I know it's easily available on ITV2 at all times (unless it's one of the days they're showing Along Came Polly, Die Hard 2 or The Scorpion King)


neither have i until last night... there was nothing else on. I was a bit shocked by how bad it was, it actually had a pretty decent cast. Big names, anyway. I don't know what they were thinking.

And LOL about ITV2, the ITV digital channels do seem to have a stock of about 10 films which they show over and over again. you forgot mission impossible, though, and the world is not enough. But they're actually decent, so that's ok. :lol: EDIT: die hard 2 is decent as well. I don't think I've actually seen the other two, but have heard bad things...
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Post by: Philly Q on October 20, 2009, 07:48:44 PM
And LOL about ITV2, the ITV digital channels do seem to have a stock of about 10 films which they show over and over again. you forgot mission impossible, though, and the world is not enough. But they're actually decent, so that's ok. :lol: EDIT: die hard 2 is decent as well. I don't think I've actually seen the other two, but have heard bad things...

Yeah, to be fair it might actually be as many as 12 or 15 films, because it includes the first three Die Hards, the M:Is and The Mummy 1 & 2.  And True Lies (or is it BBC who keep showing that?).
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Post by: dave_mc on October 20, 2009, 08:52:20 PM
yeah, i think it might be itv as well. there's another really obvious one (maybe two) which i can't think of at the moment, but they show it all the time.

fx has a similar thing going on with a couple of the john grishams, too.
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Post by: Will on October 20, 2009, 10:22:22 PM
You forgot about The Dukes of Hazard ;) tune in now!

I'm enjoying it, despite owning it on DVD - its just not the same without the ad breaks :roll:
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Post by: Plexi Ken on October 28, 2009, 02:29:10 PM
Not new films but just watched The Wrestler and Bronson, I thought The Wrestler was amazing, an excellent film, full of bitter sweet moments with a great central performance from Mickey Rourke. Bronson is a mixed bag, Tom Hardy's performance was engrossing but the film is punctuated with shallow violent scene (that tell me nothing) tangled with faux-art movie nonsense (that tell me less).

On the TV front, just finished season 2 of Big Bang Theory, of which I'm a huge fan(boy)  :lol:
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Post by: dave_mc on October 28, 2009, 06:38:43 PM
big bang theory rules.

anyone watching flash forward? :oops: :lol:
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Post by: Brow on October 28, 2009, 06:58:35 PM
anyone watching flash forward? :oops: :lol:

I am, not entirely sure about it yet though!  :?
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Post by: dave_mc on October 28, 2009, 09:27:41 PM
nah, i love it, it's right up my street, but it does feel a bit like Lost 2. Though supposedly it's based on a novel, so if anyone copied, it was probably lost... :lol:
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Post by: _tom_ on October 28, 2009, 10:25:25 PM
I've watched a bit of FlashForward but cant really get properly into it so far.
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Post by: MDV on October 28, 2009, 10:33:36 PM
Big bang theory rocks. Cracks me up every time.

I would like to take this opportunity to restate how shite heores is being. Such a fall.

And, theres a new A-Team coming out. I like it already.
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Post by: dave_mc on October 28, 2009, 11:31:47 PM
a new one? the old one rules, that's for sure.
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Post by: Philly Q on October 28, 2009, 11:41:44 PM
And, theres a new A-Team coming out. I like it already.

Hmmm....... we'll see.  Hope it's not another load of tripe like the Starsky & Hutch and Dukes of Hazzard movies.  :?

I like the casting of Sharlto Copley as Murdock, though.  He'll be good.

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Post by: badgermark on October 29, 2009, 05:01:45 PM
And, theres a new A-Team coming out. I like it already.

Hmmm....... we'll see.  Hope it's not another load of tripe like the Starsky & Hutch and Dukes of Hazzard movies.  :?

I like the casting of Sharlto Copley as Murdock, though.  He'll be good.



Plus Liam Neeson! He is so dreamy.

I watched Children of Men yesterday, and Doom today. Guess which was the better movie? I love The Rock but Children of Men blew me away.
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Post by: Philly Q on October 29, 2009, 06:02:03 PM
I watched Children of Men yesterday, and Doom today. Guess which was the better movie? I love The Rock but Children of Men blew me away.

Wasn't a difficult question that one, seeing as 99.99999999999999999% of all the movies ever made are better than Doom.  :|
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Post by: dave_mc on October 29, 2009, 06:37:44 PM
Plus Liam Neeson! He is so dreamy.

o_O
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Post by: horsehead on October 29, 2009, 08:12:21 PM
ok for the A-Team fans...piccie
(http://www.denofgeek.com/siteimage/scale/800/600/93391.png)

Also I took my son to see Fantastic Mr Fox. I love it, I reckon it's going to be a must own on Blu-ray. Everything is spot on & very close to the book...& then some! Wes Anderson has taken the basic story & made sure that it makes sense to kids & adults. Lots of adult soul searching & general slap stick for the kids. Brilliant movie

Oh the Jarvis c--ker cameo is brilliant
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Post by: dave_mc on October 29, 2009, 08:35:46 PM
oh, so i guess the dude on the left is face? Is he the guy who used to be in alias?
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Post by: _tom_ on October 29, 2009, 09:17:42 PM
Just got back from seeing Michael Jackson - This Is It. Dont have any words other than $%&#ing epic! Looked like an absolutely amazing show, the amount of work gone into it is ridiculous.
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Post by: Lew on October 30, 2009, 01:59:33 AM
ok for the A-Team fans...piccie
(http://www.denofgeek.com/siteimage/scale/800/600/93391.png)

Also I took my son to see Fantastic Mr Fox. I love it, I reckon it's going to be a must own on Blu-ray. Everything is spot on & very close to the book...& then some! Wes Anderson has taken the basic story & made sure that it makes sense to kids & adults. Lots of adult soul searching & general slap stick for the kids. Brilliant movie

Oh the Jarvis c--ker cameo is brilliant

haha is that Rampage Jackson?! Excellent  8)
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Post by: horsehead on October 30, 2009, 07:31:39 AM
why yes...yes it is
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Post by: Philly Q on October 30, 2009, 11:52:06 PM
oh, so i guess the dude on the left is face? Is he the guy who used to be in alias?

It's Bradley Cooper, yes he was in Alias, apparently (I've never watched it).

I've only seen him in a couple of horror movies - The Midnight Meat Train and Case 39.  He was in The Hangover, too, so I guess he's a man of the moment!

It's weird how they've made Neeson look so much like George Peppard (assuming that's actually a photo and not just a Photoshop creation).
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Post by: dave_mc on October 31, 2009, 05:42:36 PM
alias was pretty good, though I've only seen the first two seasons... one of those things which didn't take off over here, despite much worse stuff taking off...

i think he was in the wedding crashers too.

Apparently in that pic he's also auditioning for thunderbirds... o_O
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Post by: Lew on November 04, 2009, 06:29:45 PM
So, the new Twilight movie is due soon. Check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1glNuQiE77E&feature=player_embedded  :lol: :lol:
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Post by: dave_mc on November 06, 2009, 04:45:49 PM
time for another "i watched it so you don't have to!" warning... couple of nights ago i watched the jerk theory, it was on sky in the middle of the night. in my defence, there'd been nothing else on all night, and the premise sounded mildly amusing (nice guy at high school decides to act like a dick to get more girls)... that's my excuse for breaking my "if it's a new film and you haven't heard of it, there's probably a reason" rule...

anyway, it was abysmal. offensively bad. and i'm pretty sure one of the guys who was playing one of the high school kids was about 30.

Actually i just checked, the guy i thought was 30 was actually 26. :lol: But the other guy who looked younger was like 28.   :?

EDIT: wahhhhhhhhhh? some cretin on imdb gave it 8 stars, and commented on how great it was that there were strong ties to music (it sounded like nsync with guitars, except lamer). Which also reminds me, there was ridiculously blatant product placement by Fender throughout, which annoyed me even more.
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Post by: Sifu Ben on November 06, 2009, 05:14:31 PM
Watched Zombieland on Saturday, it was truly awesome.
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Post by: Philly Q on November 06, 2009, 05:28:42 PM
time for another "i watched it so you don't have to!" warning... couple of nights ago i watched the jerk theory, it was on sky in the middle of the night.

How did you manage that?  According to IMDB it's not even released until next year - or is that the remake?  :lol:
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Post by: dave_mc on November 06, 2009, 07:35:45 PM
yeah, i noticed that when i saw it on IMDB, that's where i had to get my info as there was nothing on wiki (with good cause).

My guess is that either imdb is wrong, or sky must have got an advance screening or something (involved in the funding?) :?

I dunno, it was definitely on a couple of nights ago on one of the sky movie channels. :lol:
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Post by: Matt77 on November 09, 2009, 06:36:35 PM
Watched Zombieland on Saturday, it was truly awesome.

Snap.
What a great film.
My girlfriend thought it was good as well and she thinks my fascination with zombies is childish.
Mock me she may.
She won't be mocking when the zombies come and she's not ready.
I however have my survial plan in place and am totally prepared
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Post by: MDV on November 09, 2009, 07:35:48 PM
I saw deathrace.

It wasnt utterly offensively bad, I actually thought very occasionaly that I was watching paul verhoven in his better days from time to time (the blatent attacks on the vapid and brainless parts of comerce), but it sucked overall. It tried to be a bit clever, and it wasnt in the least.

Now, starship troopers 3, thats what I call a quality evenings etertainment!
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Post by: Lew on November 09, 2009, 08:20:25 PM
The original with Sly?
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Post by: horsehead on November 09, 2009, 09:00:06 PM
anyone seen the new Michael Caine movie yet, looks ace
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Post by: Will on November 09, 2009, 09:01:25 PM
Its on the to do list, I think I will have by the end of the week
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Post by: Philly Q on November 09, 2009, 09:24:47 PM
anyone seen the new Michael Caine movie yet, looks ace

I just have a feeling it'll be a cop-out.  It should be like Death Wish, but... he'll go around and bump off a few oiks, but there'll be at least one knowwhatImean-innit-like-blood-bruv Noel Clarke type who's really deeply intelligent and sympathetic.  Bollox.

Still, shouldn't pre-judge......  :?
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Post by: _tom_ on November 09, 2009, 09:25:43 PM
Yeah it does look good, really want to see it.
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Post by: dave_mc on November 09, 2009, 10:33:11 PM
saw baby mama last night, it was actually pretty good.
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Post by: Ian Price on November 09, 2009, 10:38:07 PM
Watched Die Hard 4.0 tonight. Enjoyable but completely brainless.
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Post by: dave_mc on November 10, 2009, 12:27:28 AM
yeah, definitely. i watched a bit of it last night, i'd seen it before a couple of times on sky, which is why i didn't watch it all. EDIT: it could have done without that bit with the fighter jet, though. it loses a star for that. I prefer my daft actioners to be extremely implausible, rather than flat out impossible.
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Post by: Plexi Ken on November 10, 2009, 10:54:49 AM
saw baby mama last night, it was actually pretty good.

I though Baby Mama was great but I'm a huge Tina Fey fan. Do you watch 30 Rock, the humour is similar to Baby Mama.

Just watched Dragon Hunter, it's got to be one of the worst films ever made. The script is awful, the dialogue would have been better if it were improvised. Oddly the characters are almost identical to Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire.
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Post by: Ian Price on November 10, 2009, 10:59:35 AM
yeah, definitely. i watched a bit of it last night, i'd seen it before a couple of times on sky, which is why i didn't watch it all. EDIT: it could have done without that bit with the fighter jet, though. it loses a star for that. I prefer my daft actioners to be extremely implausible, rather than flat out impossible.

I laughed out loud at the helicopter scenes - the fire hydrant and car in particular. When the fighter jet came in I was stunned into silence.

His screen daughter was very nice though. Maybe a bit of a mini crush is being developed.
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Post by: Philly Q on November 10, 2009, 11:01:59 AM
Just watched Dragon Hunter, it's got to be one of the worst films ever made. The script is awful, the dialogue would have been better if it were improvised. Oddly the characters are almost identical to Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire.

Which is one of the worst TV shows ever made*.  I can see a pattern emerging.



(* Well, that's overstating it.  But it is bad.)
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Post by: Herbie the Rad Dorklift on November 10, 2009, 12:27:42 PM
Hook!
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Post by: dave_mc on November 10, 2009, 04:26:53 PM
I though Baby Mama was great but I'm a huge Tina Fey fan. Do you watch 30 Rock, the humour is similar to Baby Mama.

nah, i haven't got round to watching it yet. It's meant to be pretty good, but the cr@ppy trailers on comedy central are kinda putting me off... :lol: that and alec baldwin being fat and annoying in them.

I laughed out loud at the helicopter scenes - the fire hydrant and car in particular. When the fighter jet came in I was stunned into silence.

His screen daughter was very nice though. Maybe a bit of a mini crush is being developed.

ah, i forgot about the helicopter scene. Yeah, that was daft too. :lol:

and yeah, mary elizabeth winstead or something like that? she's nice. :)
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Post by: noodleplugerine on November 10, 2009, 11:45:29 PM
yeah, definitely. i watched a bit of it last night, i'd seen it before a couple of times on sky, which is why i didn't watch it all. EDIT: it could have done without that bit with the fighter jet, though. it loses a star for that. I prefer my daft actioners to be extremely implausible, rather than flat out impossible.

Care to explain why it was impossible? :)
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Post by: dave_mc on November 10, 2009, 11:55:40 PM
i dunno, but i just kinda imagine that if you jumped onto a fighter jet you might, y'know, die. especially one which is about to crash.
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Post by: Philly Q on November 11, 2009, 12:18:36 AM
i dunno, but i just kinda imagine that if you jumped onto a fighter jet you might, y'know, die. especially one which is about to crash.

It was too much CGI and not enough real stunts.  Just like the last Indiana Jones movie.

They seem to think that just because something can be animated and the individual bits of the picture look realistic, it makes the whole thing plausible - but it doesn't.  

Like the dinosaur stampede in the King Kong remake - yeah, they animated the guys dodging between the dinosaurs' legs, but no-one would survive if that actually happened.
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Post by: _tom_ on November 11, 2009, 12:27:52 AM
Isn't the whole point of action movies like Die Hard to be completely over the top and impossible? :P

Watched it at the weekend but I've seen it loads of times before, cant beat a Die Hard film for a bit of fun! Helicopter takedown was the best part of the film haha
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Post by: Mr. Air on November 11, 2009, 11:18:02 AM
Isn't the whole point of action movies like Die Hard to be completely over the top and impossible? :P

Watched it at the weekend but I've seen it loads of times before, cant beat a Die Hard film for a bit of fun! Helicopter takedown was the best part of the film haha

Die Hard is top class. Really good action movies expecially the first one.
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Post by: Philly Q on November 11, 2009, 11:30:01 AM
Isn't the whole point of action movies like Die Hard to be completely over the top and impossible? :P

Yeah, I love the first two Die Hard movies (and to a lesser extent the third one too) but the fourth one was disappointing.

There's a big difference between watching a stuntman on a wire smashing through a sugar-glass window and watching something that only ever existed in a computer.

They're both fake and ultimately unrealistic, but at least in the first case something really happened, somebody got some real bruises.  Action scenes done with CG just don't have any "weight".
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Post by: Mr. Air on November 11, 2009, 11:47:22 AM
Isn't the whole point of action movies like Die Hard to be completely over the top and impossible? :P

Yeah, I love the first two Die Hard movies (and to a lesser extent the third one too) but the fourth one was disappointing.

There's a big difference between watching a stuntman on a wire smashing through a sugar-glass window and watching something that only ever existed in a computer.

They're both fake and ultimately unrealistic, but at least in the first case something really happened, somebody got some real bruises.  Action scenes done with CG just don't have any "weight".



I don't think I quite agree on this one. I like CG because it makes the impossible possible. But if the CG effects are cr@p and they don't look real then everything falls apart. In that case it's better to stick to regular stunts. And just to clearify: I have nothing against regular stunts.

A movie like Die Hard is great with just lots of stunts and no computerized effects, but imagine super hero movies without the use of CG. We would be back to the "Stoneage".
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Post by: Will on November 11, 2009, 12:42:03 PM
I only liked the first die hard. Then again there is always the Die Hard 2 solution
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSRIaZBsv5k
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Post by: _tom_ on November 11, 2009, 03:49:43 PM
I don't think I quite agree on this one. I like CG because it makes the impossible possible. But if the CG effects are cr@p and they don't look real then everything falls apart. In that case it's better to stick to regular stunts. And just to clearify: I have nothing against regular stunts.

A movie like Die Hard is great with just lots of stunts and no computerized effects, but imagine super hero movies without the use of CG. We would be back to the "Stoneage".

+1

Lord of the Rings wouldn't be possible without CGI. Well it would, but it'd look shitee.
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Post by: Mr. Air on November 11, 2009, 04:32:20 PM
I don't think I quite agree on this one. I like CG because it makes the impossible possible. But if the CG effects are cr@p and they don't look real then everything falls apart. In that case it's better to stick to regular stunts. And just to clearify: I have nothing against regular stunts.

A movie like Die Hard is great with just lots of stunts and no computerized effects, but imagine super hero movies without the use of CG. We would be back to the "Stoneage".

+1

Lord of the Rings wouldn't be possible without CGI. Well it would, but it'd look shiteee.

Exactly!  :wink:
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Post by: dave_mc on November 11, 2009, 05:38:38 PM
It was too much CGI and not enough real stunts.  Just like the last Indiana Jones movie.

They seem to think that just because something can be animated and the individual bits of the picture look realistic, it makes the whole thing plausible - but it doesn't. 

funnily enough, i looked up about die hard 4 on wiki, and apparently the point was to not use too much CGI and make it seem more realistic... :lol:

Isn't the whole point of action movies like Die Hard to be completely over the top and impossible? :P

Watched it at the weekend but I've seen it loads of times before, cant beat a Die Hard film for a bit of fun! Helicopter takedown was the best part of the film haha

oh yeah, i'm not saying i didn't enjoy it. But as i said, i prefer my actioners to be almost impossible, not completely impossible. I'm willing to suspend my disbelief a certain extent, of course, but if every second you're having to do it...

Lord of the Rings wouldn't be possible without CGI. Well it would, but it'd look shiteee.

yeah, but that's slightly different... it's not actually meant to be realistic, plus the scale it's on.
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Post by: Philly Q on November 11, 2009, 07:11:45 PM
funnily enough, i looked up about die hard 4 on wiki, and apparently the point was to not use too much CGI and make it seem more realistic... :lol:

That's exactly what Spielberg and Lucas said about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but in fact almost everything you see is CGI!  They seem to think having a real car or a real horse in front of your green-screen means "there's not much CGI"!  :roll:

I'm not totally against CGI, it's great for doing "the impossible" (as in superhero movies or parts of LOTR) or for subtly enhancing an existing image.   But it's never as effective as real location shooting, real stunts or practical FX. 

To use an analogy relevant to this forum, it's like the difference between a real valve amp and a digital model thereof.  IMO, of course.
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Post by: murraymurray on November 11, 2009, 09:07:10 PM
I watched gran torino on the flight back from aussie, was pretty damn good i thought, the ending wasnt what i expected. but pretty solid, clints looking pretty old these days but still rad

then i had about 90 mins left in the flight so had to choose a shorter movie, so watched bolt. I actually really enjoyed it too.

not a film, but metalocalypse series 3 just started this week too, they seem to have improved the animation a bit.
first episode was pretty funny, noticed in the credits it had vai and satriani as guest voices too. i thought vai wouldve taken himself too serious to be on a cartoon. was just looking to see who they were voices of but cant find it, but it also says scott ian was on that episode.
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Post by: dave_mc on November 11, 2009, 09:08:43 PM
yeah, exactly, philly. if it's something you just plain can't do without CGI, then use CGI (as long as it looks reasonably realistic). If it's something you can do in real life, unless it's really dangerous, or prohibitively expensive, don't use CGI. And even if it is either of those two, you shouldn't use CGI too much or it starts to look a bit fake.

that new indiana jones film was spoiled a bit by it, too, yeah. I kinda fell asleep towards the end though and woke up not knowing what the heck was going on, so I probably didn't give it a fair chance, though... :lol: though if it were truly awesome, would i have fallen asleep?
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Post by: Mr. Air on November 12, 2009, 09:29:57 AM
yeah, exactly, philly. if it's something you just plain can't do without CGI, then use CGI (as long as it looks reasonably realistic). If it's something you can do in real life, unless it's really dangerous, or prohibitively expensive, don't use CGI. And even if it is either of those two, you shouldn't use CGI too much or it starts to look a bit fake.

that new indiana jones film was spoiled a bit by it, too, yeah. I kinda fell asleep towards the end though and woke up not knowing what the heck was going on, so I probably didn't give it a fair chance, though... :lol: though if it were truly awesome, would i have fallen asleep?

It is possible, at least for me, to fall asleep watching a good movie. That doesn't imply that Idiana Jones 4 is a good movie  :lol: It's watchable, but doesn't quite catch the spirit of it's predecessors.

I fell alseep first time I watched the Fugetive and it's a good movie IMO

I fell asleep watching the Blairwitch Project - best descision I've ever made!
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Post by: Philly Q on November 12, 2009, 11:38:03 AM
It is possible, at least for me, to fall asleep watching a good movie.

I quite often do that, too.  Nothing to do with the quality of the film, I think it's just something to do with sitting still in a dark room!  It tends to happen at certain times of day, especially around 6-7pm.
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Post by: Ian Price on November 12, 2009, 11:53:14 AM
It is possible, at least for me, to fall asleep watching a good movie.

I quite often do that, too.  Nothing to do with the quality of the film, I think it's just something to do with sitting still in a dark room!  It tends to happen at certain times of day, especially around 6-7pm.

Me too. Lights on with film = Ian staying awake. Lights off with film = Ian nodding off every now and then.
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Post by: Mr. Air on November 12, 2009, 12:46:57 PM
Luckily it's rather seldom that I fall asleep while watching a movie, but if I'm worn out after a hard day it can happen. It begins with the eyelids gently clossing and before I even notice I have been dozing for a short while.

One time drunk I managed to fall alseep while having a conversation with one of my buddies. I never knew what hit me!
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Post by: dave_mc on November 12, 2009, 04:01:43 PM
oh, i could probably fall asleep on a clothesline. :lol:

and the fugitive kicks ass.
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Post by: Mr. Air on November 12, 2009, 04:05:32 PM
oh, i could probably fall asleep on a clothesline. :lol:

and the fugitive kicks ass.

If you ever get a picture of yourself sleeping on a clothesline please post it here  :D
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Post by: dave_mc on November 12, 2009, 04:07:01 PM
how do i take a picture of myself asleep?

:lol:

but yeah, i will. i doubt i'll ever get one, though, it's more a figure of speech (i hope)...
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Post by: Mr. Air on November 12, 2009, 04:58:46 PM
how do i take a picture of myself asleep?

:lol:

but yeah, i will. i doubt i'll ever get one, though, it's more a figure of speech (i hope)...

I can see that it might be a wee bit difficult for you to take a picture of yourself sleeping. But if someone caught you sleeping on a clothes line...  :lol:
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Post by: dave_mc on November 12, 2009, 07:08:42 PM
yeah, i know... need to practice stealth clothesline sleeping i guess. :lol:
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Post by: _tom_ on November 15, 2009, 11:18:22 AM
Watched Fargo last night, hadn't seen it for a while but it's a great film. The only Coen brothers I've seen that I actually enjoyed, then again I've only seen this and NCFOM which I didnt like at all.
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Post by: Philly Q on November 15, 2009, 12:17:37 PM
The only Coen brothers I've seen that I actually enjoyed, then again I've only seen this and NCFOM which I didnt like at all.

So the "only" one of two?  :lol:

I think NCFOM is brilliant, but it's not typical Coens - it's based on a book and they they actually stuck pretty closely it, whereas most of their films are from their own original scripts.

Most of their films are worth watching, but some of the more recent ones feel like they're just going through the motions (Intolerable Cruelty and Burn After Reading are weak, and The Ladykillers is a bad remake of a great film).

You really should give The Big Lebowski a go, if nothing else.  :)
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Post by: _tom_ on November 15, 2009, 12:29:34 PM
haha yeah the only one of two :P I tried The Big Lebowski actually, I didn't get it.. maybe I should try again.
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Post by: badgermark on November 15, 2009, 02:50:54 PM
Jeebus Tom you suck, the Coen Brothers are amazing! NCFOM was amazing and the Big Lebowski is a fantastic film. Give it another watch.

Oh and I'm having a binge on the russian -Watch films. Stuck on Night Watch last night and Day Watch is going on tonight. Awesome stuff.
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Post by: _tom_ on November 15, 2009, 03:33:50 PM
I tried to get into both of them and just couldn't. I'll try the Big Lebowski again then! Don't know if I can be bothered to sit through NCFOM again :P
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Post by: Mr. Air on November 15, 2009, 03:44:55 PM
I tried to get into both of them and just couldn't. I'll try the Big Lebowski again then! Don't know if I can be bothered to sit through NCFOM again :P

The Big Lebowski is just SO good. One of my all time favourites!!! Give it a go, Tom.
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Post by: badgermark on November 15, 2009, 05:03:27 PM
I tried to get into both of them and just couldn't. I'll try the Big Lebowski again then! Don't know if I can be bothered to sit through NCFOM again :P

I kinda know what you mean about NCFOM, I love it but the first time i tried watching it i gave up after ten minutes. Not cos it was bad, but I just had to be in the right mood for it. I was gripped by the end. Same for the Big Lebowski, didn't quite get it the first time (i was about 17 when i first watched it) but on watching it again five years later it all made sense.
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Post by: _tom_ on November 15, 2009, 05:14:02 PM
I think I must've been about 17 when I tried to watch it as well.. maybe at the grand age of almost 21 I'll get it now.
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Post by: horsehead on November 15, 2009, 07:01:16 PM
Saw Harry Brown last night. Michael Caine is awesome & is everything that Gran Torino isn't
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Post by: Mr. Air on November 15, 2009, 07:37:17 PM
I think I must've been about 17 when I tried to watch it as well.. maybe at the grand age of almost 21 I'll get it now.

Then I'm sure you'll get it now :D
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Post by: Ian Price on November 15, 2009, 08:35:22 PM
I started watching Zoolander last night. I got about 15 mins in before switching off. Have I had a sense of humour bypass or is it really that bad?
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Post by: dave_mc on November 15, 2009, 08:41:43 PM
i enjoyed it when i saw it. Not the best comedy ever, not by a long shot, but decent. However, I did see it quite a while ago, before every comedy film released after it starring ben stiller and will ferrell (so every comedy film, then) was the exact same, so that might have clouded your judgement somewhat, if you've seen a lot of more recent comdedies... :lol:
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Post by: _tom_ on November 15, 2009, 09:00:35 PM
I HATE Zoolander/Ben Stiller. Thought it was bloody awful.
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Post by: Plexi Ken on November 15, 2009, 09:04:57 PM
Yes Man - A lot better than I though it would be, not hugely funny but there are a few good jokes in it. It's typical American saccharin sweet lonely guy becomes happy after falling for quirky, off-the-wall girl. He blows it, then tries to convince her it's true love.

In The Loop - Just the big-screen version of The Thick Of It, if you like the TV show, you'll like this. It's clever and has some truly great swearing scenes but it didn't have that bigness of a movie for me.

The Damned United - Quality acting from the lead actors but I'm not sure this would appeal to anyone who doesn't like football or was already familiar with the story. Jumps around in time too much adding to the confusion. IIRC the books author has admitted he made much of it up.
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Post by: Philly Q on November 15, 2009, 09:21:30 PM
I started watching Zoolander last night. I got about 15 mins in before switching off. Have I had a sense of humour bypass or is it really that bad?

Maybe everyone will disagree, but I don't think Ben Stiller is actually a very good actor.

He's fine when he's playing an "ordinary" guy (like in Meet The Parents or - God help me - Along Came Polly), but when it's a "wacky" role like Zoolander or the bloke in Dodgeball, I just think "it's Ben Stiller in a wig doing a silly voice".  It feels like he could fall out of character at any moment.


Changing the subject completely, I watched Blindness last night.  Interesting.
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Post by: Mr. Air on November 15, 2009, 09:38:01 PM
I started watching Zoolander last night. I got about 15 mins in before switching off. Have I had a sense of humour bypass or is it really that bad?

I haven't seen the whole movie, but I've seen enough. Not funny in my eyes.

Anyone who have seen Boy A? I think I've asked before, but no one replied so I'll give it another go  :D

And I don't find Ben Stiller that good an actor too. I saw Tropic Thunder a few months ago and I didn't find it that funny. I only found two characters funny and that was Robert Downey Jr. and especially Tom Cruise. What a great role. Terrific!!!
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Post by: dave_mc on November 15, 2009, 11:00:15 PM
Maybe everyone will disagree, but I don't think Ben Stiller is actually a very good actor.

hey, i never said he was a good actor. :lol: a lot of the famous actors just play the same part over and over. in fact i think that's probably just what they're like in real life, and they got typecast.
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Post by: Ian Price on November 15, 2009, 11:27:03 PM
Maybe everyone will disagree, but I don't think Ben Stiller is actually a very good actor.

hey, i never said he was a good actor. :lol: a lot of the famous actors just play the same part over and over. in fact i think that's probably just what they're like in real life, and they got typecast.

For me Stiller falls into the same sort of category hat Jack White does. A lot of people seem to think that everything they do is brilliant and they can do no wrong. I totally disagree - although I do like a few White Stripes albums.
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Post by: Will on November 15, 2009, 11:43:42 PM
Zoolander is okay I guess. Will Ferrel is not much good in it, and I quite like a lot of his stuff.
I'm also not much of a fan of Stiller, but his performance was quite comical in Zoolander, it was just too stupid
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Post by: _tom_ on November 15, 2009, 11:47:04 PM
For me Stiller falls into the same sort of category hat Jack White does. A lot of people seem to think that everything they do is brilliant and they can do no wrong. I totally disagree - although I do like a few White Stripes albums.

I think The Raconteurs are much better than The White Stipes, Consolers of the Lonely has some great songs on it :)
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Post by: Ian Price on November 16, 2009, 12:24:30 AM
For me Stiller falls into the same sort of category hat Jack White does. A lot of people seem to think that everything they do is brilliant and they can do no wrong. I totally disagree - although I do like a few White Stripes albums.

I think The Raconteurs are much better than The White Stipes, Consolers of the Lonely has some great songs on it :)

It was The Dead Weather that I was mainly thinking of - and the bond theme, complete tosh IMO. I do like some of the Raconteurs stuff.
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Post by: psy on November 16, 2009, 11:48:10 AM
I went to see 2012 on Saturday.  It was canny good.  I like a good disaster movie.  Does make me want to watch Towering Inferno & the Poseidon Adventure now though.  :D
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Post by: dave_mc on November 16, 2009, 08:03:52 PM
For me Stiller falls into the same sort of category hat Jack White does. A lot of people seem to think that everything they do is brilliant and they can do no wrong. I totally disagree - although I do like a few White Stripes albums.

same here. except i don't like the white stripes at all. :D
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Post by: MDV on November 16, 2009, 08:35:11 PM
Saw a scifi horror thing called Pandorum.

I rather enjoyed it.
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Post by: dave_mc on November 17, 2009, 12:06:29 AM
should be more horror films with pandas in them. They're $%&#ing scary.
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Post by: MDV on November 17, 2009, 12:36:49 AM
Its the eyes, man, its like the dont have any. $%&#ed up.
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Post by: Brow on November 17, 2009, 12:50:06 PM
I watched 'Colin' yesterday.

It's the zombie film that was made for about £50 if I remember right.

It's ok, nothing special. Although I did like the way they centred it around what 1 Zombie gets upto instead of 1 or a group of survivors like other zombie films usually do :)
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Post by: Ian Price on November 17, 2009, 01:42:35 PM
I have the house to myself tonight. Any recommendations for a rental from blockbuster?

Watched King of New York last night. I didn't think it was much cop really.
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Post by: Will on November 17, 2009, 05:50:16 PM
I quite enjoyed 'The Hangover' the other day, not sure if it would float your boat though
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Post by: dave_mc on November 17, 2009, 06:11:54 PM
(darn quoting mechanism isn't working, again :( )

"Its the eyes, man, its like the dont have any. $%&#ed up. "

haha, definitely :D

I tried to watch zach and miri make a porno. Gave up about half an hour in, was utterly horrible. Then tried to watch balls of fury (it was the insurance choice, as i suspected Z+M would be terrible). With hindsight, the insurance choice probably shouldn't have been something which I suspected (with good cause, as it turned out) would be even worse. I think I lasted about 2 minutes with that one. Having "GDR" on the east german table tennis uniforms suggested it wasn't going to be up to much. Why would they have the english abbreviation for their country on their kits? o_O
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Post by: noodleplugerine on November 17, 2009, 10:00:46 PM
Watched Coraline last night - Was superb. Great story (neil gaiman), great animation (henry selick) and amazingly creative. Sort of super dark alice in wonderland - animated pan's labyrinth maybe?

Class film.
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Post by: Philly Q on November 18, 2009, 02:34:21 AM
Just watched Flesh For Frankenstein in 3-D.  I think it's given me a headache.  :(
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Post by: Ian Price on November 18, 2009, 07:47:39 AM
Watched Coraline last night - Was superb. Great story (neil gaiman), great animation (henry selick) and amazingly creative. Sort of super dark alice in wonderland - animated pan's labyrinth maybe?

Class film.

I watched that a few days ago. Nice and dark. I did find those button eyes very sinister.
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Post by: dave_mc on November 18, 2009, 07:41:51 PM
yay... after a few terrible choices over the past few days i watched kamikaze girls last night. Awesome. Crazy, but in a good way.
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Post by: Philly Q on November 18, 2009, 08:38:50 PM
yay... after a few terrible choices over the past few days i watched kamikaze girls last night. Awesome. Crazy, but in a good way.

I liked that film a lot! 

Have you seen Sakuran, also starring Anna Tsuchiya?  It's a completely different kind of film, but it looks amazing and she's really, really good in it.
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Post by: Mr. Air on November 18, 2009, 08:53:09 PM
I watched two films yesterday (finally had some free time).

The first one was The Tournament. Just another average action movie. I had expected a bit more from it.

Then I watched The Proposition. Great movie! It evolves kinda slow, but in a good way. I guess CSI could have gone through the whole story line in just 20 min. Ha ha ha - CSI sucks!
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Post by: dave_mc on November 19, 2009, 06:19:35 PM
I liked that film a lot! 

Have you seen Sakuran, also starring Anna Tsuchiya?  It's a completely different kind of film, but it looks amazing and she's really, really good in it.

nah, i don't think so, but I'll definitely keep an eye out for it. The few japanese films I've seen have been badass :D

i tried to watch some icelandic film on rte last night but gave up as it kinda sucked. You know those really pretentious annoying films, but which, when you actually analyse them, are more guilty of offensive stereotypes than less lofty fare? One of those. :( Main character was really annoying.
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Post by: Philly Q on November 19, 2009, 06:33:36 PM
What was that called?  I can't think of any Icelandic films.
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Post by: dave_mc on November 19, 2009, 06:38:52 PM
i can't remember. :lol: the main guy was called hlynur or something like that.

ah, found it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/101_Reykjav%C3%ADk
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Post by: Philly Q on November 19, 2009, 07:38:01 PM
Ah, I've heard of it, never seen it though.
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Post by: dave_mc on November 19, 2009, 08:25:41 PM
to be honest, it didn't start too well when it tried to tell you he was a geek, except he appeared to have the physique of a championship boxer, but with glasses and a bad haircut.

speaking of scandinavian films (tenuous link, even for me), lights in the dusk is very good. Bit sad (I'm way too soft-hearted), but very good.
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Post by: Philly Q on November 19, 2009, 08:31:25 PM
I shall add Lights in the Dusk to my rental list.  Although thanks to the post strike I haven't actually received any discs for weeks....

I love Scandinavian films (hope Afghan isn't reading this  :roll: :lol: ).  They're always well made and often have a grey, bleak sort of look which I really like for some reason.  I always try to watch as many as possible at the London Film Festival.

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Post by: dave_mc on November 19, 2009, 08:34:22 PM
:lol:

yeah, the lights in the dusk one was kinda bleak, but at least slightly uplifting. I imagine that one i complained about got more uplifting later (by that i mean when i clicked on the wiki link I accidentally read the plot), but I'd given up long before then. :lol: and the main character was actually likeable in lights in the dusk.

speaking of the postal strike, my G+B magazine I missed turned up this morning. Though they sent a replacement as i emailed them a second time last week, dear knows where the original one got to. :lol:

do you still have to pay for the rentals?
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Post by: Philly Q on November 19, 2009, 08:44:16 PM
They (Lovefilm) introduced a scheme of giving extra rentals for the ones you'd missed.  I said I'd missed 5, and they gave me 5 - but I had to use them before the end of the rental month.  That was 5 November in my case, and I received the two discs they'd sent me in early October on 3 and 4 November!  So I had about 24 hours to watch them, return them, and get two more.  Unfortunately I'm not Dr Who.

Needless to say, I complained, and they gave me a £5 refund.  But it really should've been the full £10.

There's something SERIOUSLY wrong with the post in my area.  When I send a disc to Lovefilm, they get it next day.  When they send a disc to me, it's currently taking a minimum of two weeks.   :(  

Glad your G+B turned up!  :)
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Post by: Davey on November 19, 2009, 09:26:07 PM
saw 2012 ... thought it was cr@p, too hollywood, way boring and predictable as hell.. it's the day after tomorrow pt2 .. and even that was not a particularly good movie.
effects were nice, but they do not save it
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Post by: dave_mc on November 19, 2009, 10:26:22 PM
They (Lovefilm) introduced a scheme of giving extra rentals for the ones you'd missed.  I said I'd missed 5, and they gave me 5 - but I had to use them before the end of the rental month.  That was 5 November in my case, and I received the two discs they'd sent me in early October on 3 and 4 November!  So I had about 24 hours to watch them, return them, and get two more.  Unfortunately I'm not Dr Who.

Needless to say, I complained, and they gave me a £5 refund.  But it really should've been the full £10.

There's something SERIOUSLY wrong with the post in my area.  When I send a disc to Lovefilm, they get it next day.  When they send a disc to me, it's currently taking a minimum of two weeks.   :(  

Glad your G+B turned up!  :)

wow, that sucks, seems a bit ridiculous putting a time limit on it when the problem in the first place was delays in the post! I imagine (and this is only off the top of my head) that companies sending out lots of stuff are probably paying less for the postage in bulk, and it's somehow lower priority. I'm assuming something along those lines happened to my magazine.

our post here has seemed fine, by and large, except for that one magazine of mine. Not sure what's going on.

and thanks :)
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Post by: Philly Q on November 20, 2009, 07:21:31 PM
I was going to go and see 2012 (nearly typed 2112 there!) or Harry Brown today, but couldn't face either.

Saw the new Coen brothers film, A Serious Man, instead.  It was OK, but not one of their best.
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Post by: Ian Price on November 20, 2009, 07:29:00 PM
Over the last few days I have watched:

The International - not bad, Naomi Watts being in it was a bonus
Star Trek - pretty good, I'm not much of a sci-fi fan and liked this
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - pretty good

Tonight I shall be catching up on bones.
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Post by: dave_mc on November 24, 2009, 07:03:08 PM
saw tokyo sonata last night, was very good, if a bit sad. Got a bit melodramatic and daft towards the end (though it sorted it out before the end), but other than that, was great. :)
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Post by: Ian Price on November 25, 2009, 08:06:51 AM
Last night I watched Public Enemies. A little slow but decent enough. Much to my personal embarrassment I had convinced myself that John Dillinger was Australian. About half way through I realised that I had somehow got him confused with John Pilger. :oops:
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Post by: Will on November 25, 2009, 08:23:17 AM
This new Twighlight thing...
ugh, didn't really want to see it, and I didn't enjoy it at all
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Post by: Philly Q on November 25, 2009, 07:07:01 PM
This new Twighlight thing...
ugh, didn't really want to see it, and I didn't enjoy it at all

That's because you're not a 13-year-old girl.  :wink:

Don't you think that Robert Pattinson (sp?) looks like he could be Jedward's older, mildly retarded brother?
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Post by: Ian Price on November 25, 2009, 07:10:04 PM
This new Twighlight thing...
ugh, didn't really want to see it, and I didn't enjoy it at all

That's because you're not a 13-year-old girl.  :wink:

Don't you think that Robert Pattinson (sp?) looks like he could be Jedward's older, mildly retarded brother?

One of my colleagues went to see it recently. She was getting slightly annoyed with a (large) group of young girls who were giggling rather loudly every time one of the male actors took his top off.

I reckon Afghan should go along, strip off in front of loads of teenage girls and see if he gets the same giggly reaction.
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Post by: Philly Q on November 25, 2009, 07:33:45 PM
They'd still be giggling when the police turned up.  :lol:


Last night I watched Public Enemies. A little slow but decent enough. Much to my personal embarrassment I had convinced myself that John Dillinger was Australian. About half way through I realised that I had somehow got him confused with John Pilger. :oops:

Are you sure you hadn't got him confused with Ned Kelly?  :P
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Post by: Ian Price on November 25, 2009, 08:08:04 PM
Definitely John Pilger. The thought of him holding up a bank and generally being a bad guy has kept me amused today.  :)

As far as Ned Kelly goes I imagine that Mick Jagger did the best 'version' of him.
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Post by: Philly Q on November 25, 2009, 09:25:50 PM
As far as Ned Kelly goes I imagine that Mick Jagger did the best 'version' of him.

Heath Ledger was OK - he certainly had a much better beard!  I can't remember if Jagger was any good or not.
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Post by: Ian Price on November 25, 2009, 11:35:51 PM
As far as Ned Kelly goes I imagine that Mick Jagger did the best 'version' of him.

Heath Ledger was OK - he certainly had a much better beard!  I can't remember if Jagger was any good or not.

Jagger was pretty bad - if I remember his accent was pretty shocking. I've not seen the Heath Ledger one yet though.
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Post by: Philly Q on November 26, 2009, 12:43:40 AM
Trying to get through this month's rental DVDs:

Yesterday I watched an Italian film called Il Divo (nothing to do with those Simon Cowell opera-lite blokes).  I like the director's previous films, but I think this called for a knowledge of Italian politics.  I found it unwatchable.

Tonight I watched a "horror" movie called The Unborn.  Complete and utter tripe.  :x
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Post by: dave_mc on November 26, 2009, 06:58:25 PM
i watched monsoon wedding last night. was really good.
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Post by: Lew on November 28, 2009, 03:19:27 PM
I just got round to watching In The Loop. I'm a massive of James Gandolfini and The Thick of it so ofc I thought it was fan$%&#entastic
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Post by: Philly Q on November 28, 2009, 03:29:19 PM
I went a bit arthouse last night and watched Bruno Dumont's La Vie De Jesus.
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Post by: Ian Price on November 28, 2009, 06:56:00 PM
I went a bit arthouse last night and watched Bruno

Surely that would have been a better option  :D
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Post by: Philly Q on November 28, 2009, 07:28:12 PM
I went a bit arthouse last night and watched Bruno

Surely that would have been a better option  :D


NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo NO!
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Post by: Plexi Ken on November 28, 2009, 07:31:29 PM
I only got 35 mins into The Spirit before giving up. That's unusual for me, I've seen some real cr@p right though to the end. In fact, I often want to see how bad the ending are. I though it would be very much like Sin City and the visuals are similar but there's no plot, the actors don't appear to be taking their roles seriously and the dialogue is hysterical but not in a good way.

Also watch Star Trek which was great, I think folk who hate science fiction could enjoy watching it. Excellent casting and lighting fast action sequences indicates much promise for the continuation of a classic franchise.
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Post by: Philly Q on November 28, 2009, 07:35:12 PM
I only got 35 mins into The Spirit before giving up. That's unusual for me, I've seen some real cr@p right though to the end.

Haven't seen it, like you I thought it would be similar to Sin City but there was just something about the trailer which put me right off.  I don't think I'll bother!
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Post by: badgermark on November 28, 2009, 07:42:54 PM
Going to watch Stranger than Fiction soon. An excellent movie that shows Will Ferrel can act and Maggie Gyllenhaal looks so fing hot.

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Post by: Will on November 28, 2009, 07:52:47 PM
Anyone else seen Law Abiding Citizen?
Really enjoyed it, would highly recommend it!
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Post by: _tom_ on November 28, 2009, 11:35:04 PM
Just tried re-watching The Big Lebowski. I still don't get it.. a few funny bits but overall I find it too absurd/random or maybe I'm just too tired to put it all together.
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Post by: Ian Price on November 28, 2009, 11:53:55 PM
Going to watch Stranger than Fiction soon. An excellent movie that shows Will Ferrel can act and Maggie Gyllenhaal looks so fing hot.

Quite surprisingly I liked it. I think it is due to the fact that I was expecting the same old Will Ferrell stuff as usual.

I only got 35 mins into The Spirit before giving up. That's unusual for me, I've seen some real cr@p right though to the end.

Haven't seen it, like you I thought it would be similar to Sin City but there was just something about the trailer which put me right off.  I don't think I'll bother!

I haven't seen this one but did watch Sin City. I really, really didn't like it. 2 hours of my life that I will never get back.
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Post by: Philly Q on November 29, 2009, 01:47:35 AM
I watched A Simple Plan this evening.  It was on TV a week or so ago, which prompted me to dig out my DVD.  Such a well-made film, perfectly paced, great performances (where is Bill Paxton nowadays?).  Very sad story though.
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Post by: Ian Price on November 29, 2009, 09:17:28 AM
Good choice Philly. A very clever film and, as you say, very sad.
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on November 29, 2009, 10:48:04 AM
I watched 3:10 To Yuma the other night, although Christian Bale pulled out his Batman voice a few times, i thoroughly enjoyed it! I also have Moon on blu ray to watch, seeing as i'm off work until thursday i'm sure i'll find time!
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Post by: Mr. Air on November 30, 2009, 09:13:24 PM
Just saw Boy A this evening. What a great film! Very watchable and it raises some good questions. I really like the social realism that you find in English films. It's nice to get in touch with reality instead of American films where everyone is perfect looking and the settings are smooth and pastel coloured.
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Post by: indysmith on December 01, 2009, 01:20:53 PM
Went to see "A Serious Man", the new Coen Brothers film yesterday and though it was GREAT! The shots were good, the characters were good, the dialogue was good, and I was laughing all the way through. I really appreciate this more subtle genre of contemporary American comedy, as opposed to all that Will Ferrell/Ben Stiller bullshitee.
Definitely recommended!
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Post by: Mr. Air on December 01, 2009, 03:51:20 PM
Almost forgot that I watched Crank High Voltage some weeks ago. Not an intellectual movie, but it doesn't try to be more than it is - a good B movie. It's very similar to the first Crank movie, but I still find it fun and entertaining. Also a quite interesting sound track from Mike Patton that really suits the movie.
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Post by: Philly Q on December 01, 2009, 09:59:06 PM
Went to see "A Serious Man", the new Coen Brothers film yesterday and though it was GREAT! The shots were good, the characters were good, the dialogue was good, and I was laughing all the way through. I really appreciate this more subtle genre of contemporary American comedy, as opposed to all that Will Ferrell/Ben Stiller bullshiteeee.
Definitely recommended!

Interesting!  It's had a lot of good reviews and I'm glad you liked it, but it left me a bit cold.  I found it sort of gently amusing, but I never really felt involved in it or connected with the characters.
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Post by: _tom_ on December 07, 2009, 12:24:06 AM
I'm watching The Hills Have Eyes 2 on Channel 4. Absolutely $%&#ing abysmal!
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Post by: Philly Q on December 07, 2009, 01:17:44 AM
I'm watching The Hills Have Eyes 2 on Channel 4. Absolutely $%&#ing abysmal!

Yeah, it's garbage.  I didn't mind the Hills Have Eyes remake, but the sequels (to both) should never have been made.

I've watched three films this weekend -

Watchmen - I was impressed and liked it despite some stupid moments (but then I never read the book).
Just Another Love Story - Danish thriller, pretty good but not as good as expected.
The Haunting In Connecticut - or "Just another Amityville story".
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Post by: Will on December 07, 2009, 11:54:11 AM
As absolutely shite as it may look in the trailers, Paranormal Activity is actually really good.

It feels like the Blair witch thing, but good (never quite 'got' what was so special about BWP). Its not a full bore ghost / spirit thing, it lulls you into a peaceful period before the climax, very well balanced film.
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Post by: _tom_ on December 07, 2009, 12:03:58 PM
hmm, I've heard from other friends that it's shitee and far too much like Blair Witch (in that it looks shite and has a rubbish storyline).
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Post by: Philly Q on December 07, 2009, 06:28:45 PM
Paranormal Activity is actually really good.

+1
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Post by: Mr. Air on December 07, 2009, 06:40:50 PM
hmm, I've heard from other friends that it's shiteee and far too much like Blair Witch (in that it looks shitee and has a rubbish storyline).

I hope we all can agree on that Blair Witch Project was utterly rubbish!

Genious promotion - suck arse movie!
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Post by: Philly Q on December 07, 2009, 07:13:05 PM
I hope we all can agree on that Blair Witch Project was utterly rubbish!

No, I liked it!  I think by the time most people saw it they already knew too much about it and that spoiled it, but if you forget/ignore all the hype it has a real creepy atmosphere.

But maybe we can all agree that Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows was utterly rubbish?  The only good thing to be said about it is that they tried hard to do something different - but it didn't work at all.
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Post by: Mr. Air on December 07, 2009, 07:33:10 PM
I hope we all can agree on that Blair Witch Project was utterly rubbish!

No, I liked it!  I think by the time most people saw it they already knew too much about it and that spoiled it, but if you forget/ignore all the hype it has a real creepy atmosphere.

But maybe we can all agree that Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows was utterly rubbish?  The only good thing to be said about it is that they tried hard to do something different - but it didn't work at all.

I didn't know too much about it when I saw it. Still one of the worst cinema experiences I ever had.

I haven't seen the follower, but I can only imagine how bad it must be. I've seen the cover a few times and laughed at it from a safe distance.  :D
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Post by: dheim on December 10, 2009, 12:22:48 AM
I hope we all can agree on that Blair Witch Project was utterly rubbish!

No, I liked it!  I think by the time most people saw it they already knew too much about it and that spoiled it, but if you forget/ignore all the hype it has a real creepy atmosphere.

But maybe we can all agree that Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows was utterly rubbish?  The only good thing to be said about it is that they tried hard to do something different - but it didn't work at all.

i liked BWP too! but i first saw it on videotape and had no expectation at all, so...

anyway some day ago i watched "Ip Man". if you want to see ONE kung fu movie in your life it should be that. maybe.
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Post by: Philly Q on December 10, 2009, 12:27:15 AM
Just watched Four Brothers starring Marky Mark, sadly without the Funky Bunch.  Total rubbish.
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Post by: Lew on December 10, 2009, 01:48:09 AM
One more episode of Dexter series 4 to go!!!! Jeezus effin christ it's good.
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Post by: _tom_ on December 10, 2009, 07:16:13 AM
Season 4? I thought it was only on 3?
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Post by: Mr. Air on December 10, 2009, 07:59:35 AM
Just watched Four Brothers starring Marky Mark, sadly without the Funky Bunch.  Total rubbish.

I didn't find Four Brothers that bad, but then again you liked Blair Witch Project. Am I starting to see a pattern here?  :wink:
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Post by: Plexi Ken on December 10, 2009, 09:35:02 AM
Watched Moon a couple of days ago and thought it was great. Even though it's not an FX movie, most of the effects are practicals with a little CG enhancement which work really well with the films indie/retro feel. Good script and top quality acting, I would recommend it to anyone with science fiction leanings.
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Post by: Philly Q on December 10, 2009, 11:12:50 AM
Just watched Four Brothers starring Marky Mark, sadly without the Funky Bunch.  Total rubbish.

I didn't find Four Brothers that bad, but then again you liked Blair Witch Project. Am I starting to see a pattern here?  :wink:

Yeah, I like good films and you like cack!  :P  :wink:
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Post by: Mr. Air on December 10, 2009, 12:04:56 PM
Just watched Four Brothers starring Marky Mark, sadly without the Funky Bunch.  Total rubbish.

I didn't find Four Brothers that bad, but then again you liked Blair Witch Project. Am I starting to see a pattern here?  :wink:

Yeah, I like good films and you like cack!  :P  :wink:

You cheeky little ...... Iguess there's some movies we can agree on though  :D
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Post by: Philly Q on December 10, 2009, 12:30:47 PM
Just watched Four Brothers starring Marky Mark, sadly without the Funky Bunch.  Total rubbish.

I didn't find Four Brothers that bad, but then again you liked Blair Witch Project. Am I starting to see a pattern here?  :wink:

Yeah, I like good films and you like cack!  :P  :wink:

You cheeky little ...... Iguess there's some movies we can agree on though  :D

I think by definition I'm too old to be cheeky.  I am fairly little though.

Yeah, I'm sure there are some we'll agree on.  :D
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Post by: Lew on December 10, 2009, 01:36:22 PM
Season 4? I thought it was only on 3?

American tv ftw!  8)
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Post by: _tom_ on December 11, 2009, 07:24:48 AM
Well then, it looks like I have work to do! *searches torrents*
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Post by: Mr. Air on December 11, 2009, 09:00:12 AM
Just watched Idiocracy. Not a movie that'll go down in history.
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Post by: Philly Q on December 11, 2009, 12:04:36 PM
Just watched Idiocracy. Not a movie that'll go down in history.

There's one we agree on!   :D

It was a potentially interesting/funny idea, but they did absolutely nothing with it.
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Post by: Mr. Air on December 11, 2009, 12:27:19 PM
Just watched Idiocracy. Not a movie that'll go down in history.

There's one we agree on!   :D

It was a potentially interesting/funny idea, but they did absolutely nothing with it.

Indeed. Apart from makeing a mediocre comedy. It has a few moments, but that's all.

It warms my heart that we can agree on this one, Philly. I seem to remember that the Big Lebowski was mentioned a couple of pages back and that you like that too. One more where we agree :D
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Post by: Will on December 11, 2009, 12:45:05 PM
Just watched Idiocracy. Not a movie that'll go down in history.

There's one we agree on!   :D

It was a potentially interesting/funny idea, but they did absolutely nothing with it.

+1. Liked the idea more than the film
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Post by: Philly Q on December 11, 2009, 12:49:35 PM
It warms my heart that we can agree on this one, Philly. I seem to remember that the Big Lebowski was mentioned a couple of pages back and that you like that too. One more where we agree :D

Yeah, I like the Coen brothers' films a lot, mostly.  They have made a few stinkers though.
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Post by: Lew on December 11, 2009, 12:59:49 PM
It warms my heart that we can agree on this one, Philly. I seem to remember that the Big Lebowski was mentioned a couple of pages back and that you like that too. One more where we agree :D

Yeah, I like the Coen brothers' films a lot, mostly.  They have made a few stinkers though.

Which don't you like?
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Post by: Lew on December 11, 2009, 01:00:52 PM
Well then, it looks like I have work to do! *searches torrents*

Wait untill sunday and you can watch all 12of them in one sitting  8)
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Post by: Philly Q on December 11, 2009, 01:17:20 PM
It warms my heart that we can agree on this one, Philly. I seem to remember that the Big Lebowski was mentioned a couple of pages back and that you like that too. One more where we agree :D

Yeah, I like the Coen brothers' films a lot, mostly.  They have made a few stinkers though.

Which don't you like?

I like all their earlier films, not saying they're all equally good but they're all good.  They peaked with Fargo and The Big Lebowski, at that point I thought they could do no wrong. 

The next two were a little weaker, but the first one which really massively disappointed me was Intolerable Cruelty - it's just a piece of fluff.  Then The Ladykillers, a cr@p remake of an infinitely better film.  No Country For Old Men was brilliant, but then Burn After Reading felt like treading water and A Serious Man left me a bit cold (although most people seem to like it).

It might just be coincidence, but I think they're at their weakest when they work with big stars like Clooney, Pitt and Hanks.

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Post by: Plexi Ken on December 11, 2009, 05:57:41 PM
Watched Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince yesterday, though it was garbage.
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Post by: Plexi Ken on December 12, 2009, 02:14:10 PM
... and watched Let the Right One In today, easily the best film I've seen in a long time.
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Post by: dave_mc on December 12, 2009, 10:18:13 PM
saw role models last night, it was actually alright. After seeing a bunch of modern "comedies" recently, all of which were abysmal, it was a nice change.

oh and my computer broke, that's why i haven't been around. :lol:
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Post by: Mr. Air on December 13, 2009, 09:23:59 AM
... and watched Let the Right One In today, easily the best film I've seen in a long time.

I'm looking forward to watching this one myself. I've only heard good things about it.
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Post by: Sifu Ben on December 13, 2009, 10:15:34 AM
Watched Where the Wild Things Are last night, was a really good film, heart warming childhood associations aside.
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Post by: _tom_ on December 14, 2009, 12:29:59 AM
Just watched Inglourious Basterds, awesome film!
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Post by: gwEm on December 14, 2009, 12:43:38 AM
Hangover - big thumbs up from me!
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Post by: MDV on December 14, 2009, 01:03:22 AM
Just watched Inglourious Basterds, awesome film!

Yes it was!

I enjoyed the hangover as well.

Just wading through Che. Christ its boring.
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Post by: _tom_ on December 14, 2009, 09:23:08 AM
I've heard from a few people that The Hangover is good. I don't see how that's possible, it looks like a typical shite american teen comedy film?
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Post by: gwEm on December 14, 2009, 09:34:37 AM
I've heard from a few people that The Hangover is good. I don't see how that's possible, it looks like a typical shitee american teen comedy film?

definitely not a teen movie, and its surprisingly well scripted with some clever plot twists
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Post by: _tom_ on December 14, 2009, 09:39:50 AM
hmm, maybe it's worth a go then.
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Post by: Will on December 14, 2009, 10:59:40 AM
Try it Tom, another recommendation from me :D
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Post by: gwEm on December 14, 2009, 11:24:16 AM
hmm, maybe it's worth a go then.

definitely - i give it 4/5
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Post by: Sifu Ben on December 14, 2009, 11:36:08 AM
hmm, maybe it's worth a go then.

definitely - i give it 4/5
Now, I had just downed a beer and a long island ice tea when I watched it, but I haven't laughed that hard at the cinema in quite some time.
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Post by: Ian Price on December 15, 2009, 10:50:11 AM
Watched Bad Santa last night. Not bad actually, better than I was expecting. Not quite sure if the spirit of Christmas was captured although I don't think they were setting out to do that!
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Post by: Philly Q on December 15, 2009, 05:14:04 PM
Just learned the word "dystopia" today and realised I've watched two dystopian films this week - Children Of Men and, er.... Tokyo Gore Police.
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Post by: badgermark on December 15, 2009, 06:07:47 PM
Children of men is fantastic, and very dystopian. It's a genre (and word) i like a lot.
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Post by: _tom_ on December 15, 2009, 06:24:19 PM
Just watched Donnie Brasco. Don't usually like gangster type movies but this was pretty good :)
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Post by: Ian Price on December 15, 2009, 08:12:49 PM
Just watched Donnie Brasco. Don't usually like gangster type movies but this was pretty good :)

It is good Tom. The book is very, very boring though.
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Post by: _tom_ on December 16, 2009, 12:09:59 PM
I'm more of a film person anyway - if there's a film then usually I wont bother with the book :P

Also watched True Romance last week, another really good film and recommended, though I'm sure most of you have seen it already.

I've downloaded Paranormal Activity to watch soon, don't fancy paying for something that looks like the blair witch project!
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Post by: Will on December 16, 2009, 12:33:00 PM

I've downloaded Paranormal Activity to watch soon, don't fancy paying for something that looks like the blair witch project!

Don't think it will be as good then, there was a great cinema atmosphere
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Post by: _tom_ on December 16, 2009, 12:39:19 PM
I don't like going to the cinema to watch horror films, don't want to look like a gigantic wuss in public! :lol:

edit - well I just watched it in an empty house by myself with the lights off.. it was ok. Quite boring and found myself only wanting to see the night time scenes (which I guess is sort of the point though). I can imagine it being tense in a cinema suitation though, and it was a bit here, but not amazing. Good ending though :D

The ouija board scene was awful I thought.
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Post by: Lew on December 22, 2009, 12:28:06 AM
Saw the original Russian Solaris on film four the other night, friggin great!
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Post by: Ian Price on December 22, 2009, 01:07:28 PM
Will be watching Joyeux Noel tonight. Having read a book or two about the truce I'm really looking forward to it!
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Post by: Mr. Air on December 23, 2009, 07:42:37 PM
Just watched Gamer today. It was actually more decent than I thought it would be. The idea was quite good (albeit not the deepest) and I really liked "the Society"  - quite scaring scenario.
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Post by: dave_mc on December 23, 2009, 08:34:35 PM
i watched le divorce the other night, i didn't think it was that great, and it seemed to be fairly racist...
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Post by: Philly Q on December 23, 2009, 08:58:07 PM
i watched le divorce the other night, i didn't think it was that great, and it seemed to be fairly racist...

Is that the one with Naomi Watts and Kate Hudson?  So racist about the French, presumably?
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Post by: dave_mc on December 24, 2009, 09:36:29 PM
yeah.

seemed to be fairly racist to everyone. was slagging off the americans too for being naive, kinda thing, slagging off the english for being racist against the french, slagging off the french for being amoral, etc. etc.
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Post by: Andrew W on December 24, 2009, 11:09:33 PM
Saw the original Russian Solaris on film four the other night, friggin great!
I love Tarkovsky.  If you enjoyed "Solaris" and haven't seen "Stalker" then I'd recommend that too.
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Post by: _tom_ on December 26, 2009, 10:25:44 PM
Just watched The Boat That Rocked. From the look of the adverts it seemed like an average cheesy comedy, but I actually really enjoyed it.
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Post by: Will on December 27, 2009, 01:58:35 AM
Just watched The Boat That Rocked. From the look of the adverts it seemed like an average cheesy comedy, but I actually really enjoyed it.

+1 Nice mix of individual characters. Going to see Avatar in the week, looking forward to it
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Post by: Lew on December 27, 2009, 02:20:52 AM
Saw the original Russian Solaris on film four the other night, friggin great!
I love Tarkovsky.  If you enjoyed "Solaris" and haven't seen "Stalker" then I'd recommend that too.

I'll look it up  8)
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Post by: Andrew W on December 27, 2009, 09:51:57 AM
Saw "Avatar" in 3D at the Odeon Leicester Square and I've got very mixed feelings.  It's an absolutely incredible achievement and there's now a live action 3D movie that proves that every imaginable scene, action, quiet moments etc. can be given a new twist through the extra dimension.  The world created is amazing, a visual feast and beautifully realised and that includes the characters as well as the scenery.  My hat is doffed to all who worked on it and I think it is going to be seen as a very important moment in cinema history.  BUT, I hated the story and the script so much I came out muttering, "my mind is blown but I hated it".  My girlfriend loved everything about it and is going to see it again tomorrow.  Without me. :)
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Post by: _tom_ on December 27, 2009, 09:55:36 PM
Avatars storyline does look really shite. Gonna go see it soon though as the 3D effect seems like its been really well done from what I've heard.

Went and saw Nativity with my family earlier.. was actually better than I thought it'd be! Proper cheesy family xmas movie but had some funny bits.
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Post by: badgermark on December 27, 2009, 10:21:57 PM
Saw a french movie called B13 today. Imagine the Transporter, but in french. Oh and instead of cars we have parkour. It was pretty good.
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Post by: horsehead on December 28, 2009, 02:00:39 PM
just bought that the other day to watch, suppose to have brilliant runs in it!
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Post by: Fourth Feline on December 28, 2009, 02:40:39 PM
 My current favourite is an award winning short film : " Madame Tutli-Putli " that can now also be found on You Tube :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcdzdHoDvkg

Packed with ( for me ) some lovely allegory - and clever ideas within the animation work.  :)
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Post by: badgermark on December 28, 2009, 04:01:00 PM
Just finished watching 9. Very, very good. Dark for a 'cartoon' but was amazing. Another dystopian setting too, that and B13 has really fired up my love for the setting.
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Post by: Lew on December 28, 2009, 08:24:50 PM
It Might Get Loud would have been exponentially improved if instead of Edge, Page and that poseur dude they had Ry Cooder, Scott Henderson and Mattias Eklundh  :lol:
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Post by: Plexi Ken on December 28, 2009, 11:36:22 PM
I'm a little embarrassed to admit I saw Gimme Shelter for the first time last night. It's a good flick, crazy to see Hells Angels smacking hippies at a fee concert on a speedway, you couldn't make it up. I known there were murders at the gig but didn't realise that they got the moment just before on film.
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Post by: Ian Price on January 11, 2010, 10:50:32 PM
Just watched Shine a Light. Not bad - some good moments and a few not so good moments. The stuff with the Clintons at the beginning was pure ego.

Alos just started to watch BSG (new version). Just finished the mini series - all good so far. Nice and dark.
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Post by: _tom_ on January 11, 2010, 11:46:57 PM
Just got back from seeing Avatar. Great vfx and that sort of thing but the storyline was so cheesy and predictable.. I'm still undecided on 3D. Some bits, like all the HUDs and bits inside the helicopters looked and worked really well but on other bits it all just blurs and I can't focus on anything. I also found it took me a while to "make sense" of the 3D space, then by that time the shot had changed and I had to try and figure out/focus on the space and bits in foreground/background again haha
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Post by: Philly Q on January 12, 2010, 12:51:12 AM
Get used to it Tom, we're all going to have 3-D TV in the next 10 years.  Apparently.  :? :lol:

I just watched The Hangover.  I was expecting it to be OK after all the good reviews, but I'm weird with comedies - very often I hate the ones everyone else likes, and vice versa.  But this was...... good.  I enjoyed it.
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Post by: _tom_ on January 12, 2010, 09:44:16 AM
Get used to it Tom, we're all going to have 3-D TV in the next 10 years.  Apparently.  :? :lol:

I bloody hope not! They should work on something useful like getting proper hdtv broadcast to every home :)
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Post by: Plexi Ken on January 12, 2010, 11:54:57 AM
Last week watched Inglourious Basterds (what's with the spelling?) ) and District 9 both good. District 9's message of 'we treat immigrants as non-human' is none too subtitle but doesn't stop it being a good watch. The low budget helps give it a feeling of reality that is missing for much Science Fiction. Inglourious Basterds is an alternative WWII history and is littered with Tarantino's usual 2-shot where one character (slowly) 'pulls' information from someone. It's a fun film but is so full of plot hole. I wonder is someone with no knowledge of WWII would realise it's fantasy!
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Post by: Sifu Ben on January 13, 2010, 08:30:57 AM
Watched Sherlock Holmes at the weekend, was surprisingly good fun. As with Star Trek it was a bit superficial, but enjoyable.
Watched Role Models on DVD last night, SERIOIUSLY funny, really exceeded my expectations. Some cool 70s rock in the soundtrack as well (and Sean William Scott explaining the lyrics of Love Gun to a 10 year old :D )
Watched La Belle Noiseuse on DVD last week. Really absorbing for a 4 hour film, very gripping and engaging. Of course the fact that the female lead is naked for most of the film doesn't hurt ;)
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Post by: dave_mc on January 13, 2010, 10:33:54 PM
yeah, i was impressed with role models, too, I mentioned it a month or two back in this thread. It wasn't the best comedy ever, not by a long shot, but after seeing a glut of absolutely terrible comedies, it was refreshing to see something that was even decent.
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Post by: WezV on January 13, 2010, 10:41:53 PM
went to see avatar 3D but it was fully booked :(  was convinced by a mate we should give daybreakers a go instead.  i dont think we will forgive them for that
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Post by: Philly Q on January 14, 2010, 12:46:29 AM
I'm watching simple,undemanding stuff this week.  The Hangover on Monday, and the last two days I've watched Pineapple Express and G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra..... 
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Post by: WezV on January 14, 2010, 09:05:26 AM
really enjoyed pineapple express - although it does help to be a bit drunk first
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Post by: tomjackson on January 14, 2010, 09:29:47 AM

Watched Moon last night on my Ipod, was supposed to watch 10 mins before bed but stayed up until 1am and watched the whole thing.  Really good film, in fact I woke up and must have worked out some of the loose ends in my sleep and thought 'yeah, that's what happened at that bit'

A clever and enjoyable film....

Also watched the Hangover and Sherlock Holmes recently, both very good and do exactly what they set out to be without being cheesy.  Not classics but definitely watchable.  Had a few proper laugh out loud bits in the Hangover....
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Post by: Philly Q on January 14, 2010, 11:09:52 AM
really enjoyed pineapple express - although it does help to be a bit drunk first

I thought it was very funny (funnier than The Hangover, in fact), but the plot was so aimless and at times it would just stop dead, or scenes would be dragged out far too long.  So I enjoyed it, but it tried my patience a bit.

Listening to the commentary it sounds like they were pretty much making it up as they went along, and the dragged-out bits ended up that way because they didn't have the money to do more action scenes!  You do get the impression that Apatow, Rogen & Co make films pretty much for their own enjoyment - which is better than making them for "test audiences".
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Post by: WezV on January 14, 2010, 11:34:28 AM
you know what... i doubt the daybreakers stuff i watched last night had ever seen a test audience.   I just dont know how it would ever get past that stage

i can only assume it only got a cinema release because  of avatar being on at the same time, the film will probably make loads of money just from the passing trade that couldnt get in for avatar
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Post by: Philly Q on January 14, 2010, 12:01:34 PM
I was supposed to see Daybreakers on Halloween as part of the Frightfest all-nighter, but it got pulled at the last minute (we got Jennifer's Body instead, which was fine). 

Maybe they didn't want an audience of horror geeks slagging it off before the official cinema release.  :lol:

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Post by: dave_mc on January 14, 2010, 10:49:38 PM
pineapple express wasn't bad either. :)
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Post by: MisterMuncher on January 14, 2010, 11:01:10 PM
I found Avatar a reasonably entertaining reminder of how much better the broadly similar in theme/ utterly different in execution "District 9" was.
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Post by: WezV on January 14, 2010, 11:05:53 PM
from now on its being referred to as smurfahontis.   not sure where that came from but it made me giggle
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Post by: horsehead on January 15, 2010, 08:06:24 AM
watched 500 Days of Summer & Zack & Miri make a porno the last couple of days. Z&M was laugh out loud funny, whereas 500 is a gentle comedy . Joesph Gordon-Levitt is swiftly becoming one of my favourite actors
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Post by: _tom_ on January 15, 2010, 11:08:16 AM
(what's with the spelling?)

There's an Italian war film called Inglorious bar-stewards which he took the name from, as far as I'm aware.
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Post by: Philly Q on January 15, 2010, 11:10:05 AM
(what's with the spelling?)

There's an Italian war film called Inglorious bar-stewards which he took the name from, as far as I'm aware.

There is, and he's a big fan.  Still don't know why he changed the spelling, though.
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Post by: _tom_ on January 15, 2010, 11:31:19 AM
I guess copyright reasons as it's not strictly a remake?
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Post by: ToneMonkey on January 15, 2010, 11:40:31 AM
Watched Sherlock Holmes at the weekend, was surprisingly good fun.

I need to get that when it comes out on DVD as my mates in it.  He's a prisoner...... he was also a tramp in Eastenders  :lol:
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Post by: _tom_ on January 15, 2010, 10:50:58 PM
Just watched Looking for Eric. Great film and recommended :D Was a bit dubious as I thought it might be too football orientated but it isn't really.. worth a watch.

edit - and I've just watched Planet Terror. What an awesome film :lol:
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Post by: psy on January 16, 2010, 10:27:24 PM
I saw The Book of Eli today.  I enjoyed.  nothing like a post-apocalyptic dystopian wasteland to brighten your day :)

Picked up a copy of Moon on Bluray while was out.  just finished watching that.  That was really good.  Kind of reminded my a bit of the sci-fi classic Silent Running.  I really recommend that one :)
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Post by: dheim on January 17, 2010, 12:53:41 AM
just came back from the movies.

Avatar.

Good Lord.

Good Fu**in' Lord.
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Post by: horsehead on January 17, 2010, 09:51:58 AM
is that a good fooking lord? I haven't seen & too be truthful, don't really want to
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Post by: Ian Price on January 17, 2010, 09:54:53 AM
I saw The Book of Eli today.  I enjoyed.  nothing like a post-apocalyptic dystopian wasteland to brighten your day :)

I'm off to see The Road on Wednesday. I may go to see The Book of Eli later in the week.
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Post by: dheim on January 17, 2010, 02:35:40 PM
is that a good fooking lord? I haven't seen & too be truthful, don't really want to

not a good move, if i can say it... :)

unless you hate to see good people doing good things and bad people being definitely bad. there's plenty of it, but epic movies/novels should be like this, in my opinion... i wouldn't have liked LOTR more if gandalf betrayed the others for money, sam became heroin addicted and frodo used the ring to get invisible and molest children after eating gollum alive.
but many people would, i know. ;)
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Post by: Philly Q on January 17, 2010, 02:39:12 PM
is that a good fooking lord? I haven't seen & too be truthful, don't really want to

not a good move, if i can say it... :)

I'm still confused, did you actually like Avatar or not?  :? :P
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Post by: dave_mc on January 17, 2010, 09:25:23 PM
in a surprising change to its usual film schedules, the world is not enough was on ITV2 last night. :lol:
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Post by: Philly Q on January 17, 2010, 10:57:08 PM
in a surprising change to its usual film schedules, the world is not enough was on ITV2 last night. :lol:

And The Mummy Returns was on earlier that evening!  :lol:

What's on now?  Oh!  The World Is Not Enough!

I watched Serenity last night.   Why does everything on ITV4 look like they transferred it to VHS before broadcasting it?
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Post by: dheim on January 18, 2010, 12:21:50 AM
is that a good fooking lord? I haven't seen & too be truthful, don't really want to

not a good move, if i can say it... :)

I'm still confused, did you actually like Avatar or not?  :? :P

i did, definitely...

i meant that it wasn't a particularly good move not to see it, but it's a great movie, in my opinion... ;)
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Post by: Sifu Ben on January 18, 2010, 12:37:18 AM
I had a laddish night of Rock n Rolla followed by Die Hard.
Rocknrolla was funny and well acted, but could have done with being 30 minutes longer to flesh out some aspects of the story and to give it a proper ending.
I realised that though I've seen Die Hard countless times on TV I'd never actually seen the first 10 minutes :o
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Post by: Philly Q on January 18, 2010, 12:43:19 AM
is that a good fooking lord? I haven't seen & too be truthful, don't really want to

not a good move, if i can say it... :)

I'm still confused, did you actually like Avatar or not?  :? :P

i did, definitely...

i meant that it wasn't a particularly good move not to see it, but it's a great movie, in my opinion... ;)

OK, glad we've cleared that up!  :)  I intend to see it (though I suspect I may not like it), but I want to see it at the IMAX and it's fully booked for weeks!  I might have to take an afternoon off work just to see it.
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Post by: MrBump on January 18, 2010, 08:01:11 AM
I watched Sweeny Todd, the Johnny Depp/Helena Bonham Carter (schwing) version the other day - really liked it!
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Post by: psy on January 18, 2010, 10:31:04 AM
I'm off to see The Road on Wednesday. I may go to see The Book of Eli later in the week.

I saw The Road yesterday.  That was really good, a very sad film.  I was worried about seeing 2 films with a similar setting being a bit samey, but they're very very different :)
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Post by: Ian Price on January 18, 2010, 12:48:35 PM
I'm off to see The Road on Wednesday. I may go to see The Book of Eli later in the week.

I saw The Road yesterday.  That was really good, a very sad film.  I was worried about seeing 2 films with a similar setting being a bit samey, but they're very very different :)

I think I'll be on a downer this week then! Watched Children of men last night and that was pretty depressing!
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Post by: Plexi Ken on January 18, 2010, 03:50:44 PM
Just watched Waltz with Bashir, I'm been waiting to see it for some time and wasn't disappointed. Excellent film but not one for those looking for something up-beat.
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Post by: MDV on January 18, 2010, 09:58:33 PM
Not a film, but I saw the first episode of the new spartacus thing.
Its spartacus and it was obviously going to be 300 inspired, so I had to.

A: They really overdid the cgi blood thing.
B: They said 'cvnt' FAR more often than I expected (which was not at all, to like, idunno I wasnt keeping count but it surprised me anyway, and there were some mighty fine insults flying round)
C: There was more nekkid female flesh than I expected
D: The dialogue wasnt as completely retarded as I expected.

I really enjoyed it, on the whole. Good for a laugh.
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Post by: dave_mc on January 18, 2010, 11:02:01 PM
in a surprising change to its usual film schedules, the world is not enough was on ITV2 last night. :lol:

And The Mummy Returns was on earlier that evening!  :lol:

What's on now?  Oh!  The World Is Not Enough!

I watched Serenity last night.   Why does everything on ITV4 look like they transferred it to VHS before broadcasting it?

hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, i didn't notice that :lol:

I wonder when mission impossible will be on again? it's at least 3 weeks since it was last on...

i haven't noticed that about itv 4, i'll have to keep an eye out. I'm watching it generally through sky, though- are you watching through freeview? i'm not sure if our normal aerial can pick up itv4... :(
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Post by: Johnny Mac on January 18, 2010, 11:05:35 PM
I'm off to see The Road on Wednesday. I may go to see The Book of Eli later in the week.

I saw The Road yesterday.  That was really good, a very sad film.  I was worried about seeing 2 films with a similar setting being a bit samey, but they're very very different :)

I think I'll be on a downer this week then! Watched Children of men last night and that was pretty depressing!

It is depressing, good film though. Gives you food for thought.  :lol:
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Post by: Philly Q on January 19, 2010, 12:50:49 AM
OK, never mind depressing stuff.  I just watched Outlander.  A science fiction Viking movie.  With an old-fashioned "quiet man" hero, not a cheesy comedy one-liner in sight.  And it has monsters! 

Loved it!  :D
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Post by: MDV on January 19, 2010, 09:26:42 AM
OK, never mind depressing stuff.  I just watched Outlander.  A science fiction Viking movie.  With an old-fashioned "quiet man" hero, not a cheesy comedy one-liner in sight.  And it has monsters! 

Loved it!  :D

Yep, I thoroughly enjoyed outlander :D
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Post by: Philly Q on January 19, 2010, 10:39:53 AM
OK, never mind depressing stuff.  I just watched Outlander.  A science fiction Viking movie.  With an old-fashioned "quiet man" hero, not a cheesy comedy one-liner in sight.  And it has monsters! 

Loved it!  :D

Yep, I thoroughly enjoyed outlander :D

Another one we agree on!  :o  :lol:
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Post by: MDV on January 19, 2010, 10:51:16 AM
I know; shock horror!

I thought outlander still had some pretty funny parts, though, even though it was blessedly free of one liners.
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Post by: MDV on January 19, 2010, 10:51:34 AM
And sophia miles, which can never be bad.
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Post by: Philly Q on January 19, 2010, 11:05:48 AM
Yeah, I like Sophia, she has something about her. 

It's not the most original piece of work, lots of clichés (like our hero befriending the silent little kid), it's just one of those "works for me" films.  Other people might hate it and I wouldn't particularly blame them.
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Post by: MDV on January 19, 2010, 11:10:06 AM
Yeah, I like Sophia, she has something about her. 

It's not the most original piece of work, lots of clichés (like our hero befriending the silent little kid), it's just one of those "works for me" films.  Other people might hate it and I wouldn't particularly blame them.

Oh, it was loaded with action cliches. The wise old man, the byronic hero, the guy that you think is a bit of a bad guy to begin with but was good in the end, the kid, the outsider earning the trust of the insular community, the dead family, etc etc etc. Borrowed rather heavily from the alien and predator franchises too.

But, it was a viking scifi, and it was very entertaining.
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Post by: dave_mc on January 19, 2010, 03:21:47 PM
one liners are bad now? :cry:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrDcxIFCvNk
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Post by: phlip on January 19, 2010, 08:57:02 PM
Just Finished atching The Fantasic Mr Fox' Absolutely superb. Wonderful old school stop motion animation and great characterisation.


Who ever mentioned Moon earlier on I agree it's brilliant and while nothing like Silent Running it certainly shares it's roots. Sam Rockwell manageing to act to himself for the whole film was an amazin feat.
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Post by: horsehead on January 19, 2010, 09:50:05 PM
And sophia miles, which can never be bad.

Lovely to look at but as thick as pig she-ite
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Post by: horsehead on January 19, 2010, 09:51:06 PM
forgot to say as well, watched Frost/Nixon...wow! Sam Rockwell, Michael Sheen, Frank Langella. Amazing movie
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Post by: MDV on January 19, 2010, 09:58:40 PM
And sophia miles, which can never be bad.

Lovely to look at but as thick as pig she-ite

Matters not. Very unlikely to have the opportunity for an erudite and learned conversation with her. Wouldnt be high on my 'to do' list if I did, either ;)
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Post by: horsehead on January 19, 2010, 10:08:29 PM
"Hi, I'm sophia Myles"
Me: "Hi...your on my to do list, wanna talk?"

Yeah your probably right
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Post by: MDV on January 19, 2010, 10:11:28 PM
Doh!

You dont TELL her shes on the to do list. Besides, I'm sure I can find plenty of other ways to get shot down by hot B list celebrities.
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Post by: Plexi Ken on January 19, 2010, 10:13:35 PM
Watched It Might Get Loud this afternoon, it's OK. I suppose it's aimed at a broad market but anyone interested in guitar music will already know all the information in the film (Page starting out in skiffle, U2 getting together when still in school, Whites obsession with Son House, etc.). I can't help but feel that the film was opportunity missed. Jack White talks about how effects take you away from the music, The Edge talk about how his style is all about effects but they never discuss it together, face-to-face. That could have been an interesting debate. Most the 'jams' are just playing the cords from one of their song, not very interesting and the other two join in.
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Post by: Ian Price on January 19, 2010, 11:38:29 PM
Wouldnt be high on my 'to do' list if I did, either ;)

She is on my list. I do have a very long list though.
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Post by: horsehead on January 20, 2010, 03:13:42 PM
B list celebrities.

B list...wow, she's gone up in the world!

Then again as Ian says she's on the list
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Post by: Ian Price on January 21, 2010, 01:03:59 AM
I saw The Road yesterday.  That was really good, a very sad film.  I was worried about seeing 2 films with a similar setting being a bit samey, but they're very very different :)

I watched The Road tonight. Very depressing indeed. I did think that the characters in it seemed fairly well fed though.
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Post by: 38thBeatle on January 21, 2010, 06:24:12 AM
I hope to get to see "The Road". I got absorbed in the book though and that always makes me think twice before seeing the film version.
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Post by: Ian Price on January 21, 2010, 07:30:34 AM
I'm thinking of giving the book a go. I found the film unrelenting in it's depressive nature. It's very, very bleak.
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Post by: _tom_ on February 02, 2010, 09:05:16 PM
Just watched The Union: The Business Behind Getting High. Good documentary/film!
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Post by: Philly Q on February 02, 2010, 09:09:17 PM
I watched Mesrine: Parts 1 & 2 this week.  Totally bloody excellent!
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Post by: horsehead on February 06, 2010, 01:09:06 PM
On a 'How I met your mother' kick at the moment. Just starting season 2
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Post by: _tom_ on February 06, 2010, 01:13:07 PM
If we're talking TV shows now I've just started Dexter Season 4, so far its off to a good start.
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Post by: dheim on February 06, 2010, 03:41:01 PM
I watched Mesrine: Parts 1 & 2 this week.  Totally bloody excellent!

did you see Avatar, at last?
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Post by: Philly Q on February 06, 2010, 04:14:04 PM
I watched Mesrine: Parts 1 & 2 this week.  Totally bloody excellent!

did you see Avatar, at last?

No, still haven't.  The IMAX is fully booked every weekend and a lot of weekdays.  I'll have another look later.
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on February 09, 2010, 10:02:57 PM
I'm watching John Carpenters The Thing at the moment, gruesome!
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Post by: Philly Q on February 10, 2010, 01:34:12 AM
I'm watching John Carpenters The Thing at the moment, gruesome!

Best special FX movie ever!

I've watched a couple of good action movies this week - District 13: Ultimatum and Ip Man.
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Post by: dheim on February 13, 2010, 02:30:55 PM
I'm watching John Carpenters The Thing at the moment, gruesome!

Best special FX movie ever!

I've watched a couple of good action movies this week - District 13: Ultimatum and Ip Man.

Ip Man is MAYBE the best kung fu movie i've ever seen.
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Post by: Philly Q on February 13, 2010, 03:00:02 PM
I'm watching John Carpenters The Thing at the moment, gruesome!

Best special FX movie ever!

I've watched a couple of good action movies this week - District 13: Ultimatum and Ip Man.

Ip Man is MAYBE the best kung fu movie i've ever seen.

At the start I thought it was going to be just another "rival martial arts schools" movie, but it did get really good after that.
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Post by: _tom_ on February 14, 2010, 10:40:15 PM
I just watched Jacob's Ladder, really great mind$%&#ery type film!
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Post by: Philly Q on February 15, 2010, 01:15:49 AM
This weekend I've watched Wilderness, Quarantine (the Rec remake...) and Park Chan Wook's Thirst.
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Post by: Nadz1lla on February 15, 2010, 09:58:26 AM
Finally saw Avatar 3D yesterday, bloody brilliant film! Although the 3D wasn't as amazing as everyone was making it out to be, I would have been quite happy just watching it in 2D. But then I guess I know I'm going to be ok when it comes out on DVD, heh. Actually some of the 3D in the trailers and adverts was better than in the film itself...hmmm...

Apart from that, bloody stonker of a film. Just a shame about his choice of song for the ending credits, I would have preferred a bit of soundtrack instead. Just because Celine Dion worked for Titanic, doesn't mean you should stick to that formula, sounded completely out of place.  :x
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Post by: _tom_ on February 15, 2010, 10:00:31 AM
Some bloke at the cinema said the same about the 3D.. the adverts they showed before hand hardly had any 3D bits in them!

Apart from the great 3D and CGI it's a rubbish film though :P
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Post by: gwEm on February 15, 2010, 10:41:16 AM
"The Godfather 2"

amazing film :)
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Post by: Plexi Ken on February 15, 2010, 11:31:02 AM
Australia: what total cr*p, one of the worst films I've seen. The characters are all cartoons and the acting is more hammy that an amateur dramatic production of Pirates of Penzance, just terrible.

The Invention of Lying: A good idea but not a good film. I'm a Ricky Gervais fan but there's just not enough jokes in the script to lift it about the romcom main stream. Quite similar to Ghost Town, sweet but no edge, run-of-the-mill.

On the TV front, I've watched True Blood Series 1 and Mad Men Series 2 both of which were great.
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Post by: _tom_ on February 16, 2010, 10:33:17 AM
Went to see Book of Eli last night, I enjoyed it. The only "problem" was that I got a bit annoyed with the lack of colour in places, it was almost too dark and plain, although I guess that was sort of the point given the story. The last big shoot-out scene was really good, pretty clever camera work, I really want to know how it was done! Oh and Mila Kunis is so hot :)
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Post by: jibidy on February 16, 2010, 11:51:49 PM
Jus watched layer cake again. Killer
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Post by: Philly Q on February 20, 2010, 01:15:02 AM
Just watched Whiteout.  Least thrilling "thriller" ever.   :| 
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Post by: Ian Price on February 21, 2010, 12:01:20 AM
Just watched District 9. Not bad at all!
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Post by: _tom_ on February 21, 2010, 12:29:22 AM
The Hurt Locker - just watched and now really want to see again but in HD. Can imagine the opening scene looks really good with all the slow motion stuff going on.
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Post by: Andrew W on February 21, 2010, 08:34:41 PM
Went and saw "The Wolfman" yesterday.  In general I do not recommend it.
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Post by: Dmoney on February 21, 2010, 08:56:35 PM
The Hurt Locker - just watched and now really want to see again but in HD. Can imagine the opening scene looks really good with all the slow motion stuff going on.

HD man, the NEW style!
wait till you get HD channels on freeview, compressed so much they look like SD. WOWSER!

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Post by: Philly Q on February 21, 2010, 09:01:13 PM
I went to see Solomon Kane.  It is, of course, hokum.  But if you like fantasy/action hokum which is brave enough to take itself seriously - no comedy one-liners here - you may like it.  I loved it to pieces.  :D
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Post by: dave_mc on February 21, 2010, 11:35:55 PM
no comedy one liners? Don't make me post that bond youtube link again! Every movie can be improved by more one-liners, surely?

Went and saw "The Wolfman" yesterday.  In general I do not recommend it.
i haven't seen it, but I laughed at this comment. :lol:
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Post by: Philly Q on February 22, 2010, 12:40:12 AM
no comedy one liners? Don't make me post that bond youtube link again! Every movie can be improved by more one-liners, surely?

No, no, no, no, no, no, no and NO.



One liners have their (very small) place.  But that place is NOT in sword & sorcery movies.  :P



Tonight I watched Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer ( :| ).  And a Japanese black comedy, of sorts, called Funuke, Show Some Love, You Losers (very good indeed).
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Post by: dave_mc on February 22, 2010, 01:31:30 PM
hehe
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Post by: nfe on February 22, 2010, 06:25:14 PM
I quite fancied seeing The Wolfman, but now I've learned it's just a rip off of Twilight: New Moon

http://www.latinoreview.com/news/open-letter-to-universal-your-wolfman-ripped-off-twilight-9247
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Post by: Andrew W on February 22, 2010, 06:51:02 PM
I quite fancied seeing The Wolfman, but now I've learned it's just a rip off of Twilight: New Moon

http://www.latinoreview.com/news/open-letter-to-universal-your-wolfman-ripped-off-twilight-9247

Thanks for that - it gave me quite the chuckle.
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Post by: _tom_ on February 22, 2010, 07:09:56 PM
HD man, the NEW style!
wait till you get HD channels on freeview, compressed so much they look like SD. WOWSER!

:lol:

I've just started having to wear glasses for reading, watching tv and driving. Everything looks HD when I put em on.
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Post by: Philly Q on February 22, 2010, 07:21:16 PM
I quite fancied seeing The Wolfman, but now I've learned it's just a rip off of Twilight: New Moon

http://www.latinoreview.com/news/open-letter-to-universal-your-wolfman-ripped-off-twilight-9247

Quote
I don't see how you live with yourself for making it the way you did. If I made this movie, I would be ashamed to even admit that I owned it. How can a werewolf be killed with a silver bullet? Better yet, have you saw the transformation of the man that is "supposed" to be the wolf? He sits in some chair and his entire body turns in to some mutated freak.



Holy shite, what ridiculous ideas to include in a werewolf movie!!  What the $%&# were they thinking?   :roll:


It almost makes me want to go and see The Wolfman, even though it looks boring as hell.  Maybe I'll just watch the 1941 version instead.


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Post by: Fourth Feline on February 22, 2010, 07:27:14 PM


It almost makes me want to go and see The Wolfman, even though it looks boring as hell.  Maybe I'll just watch the 1941 version instead.



Yes , Lon Chaney Junior did indeed set the standard - AND at least the Wolfman combed it's hair and used Brylcreem in those days:    " Very smart - now go out and attack somebody " ...
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Post by: Andrew W on February 22, 2010, 07:41:48 PM
It almost makes me want to go and see The Wolfman, even though it looks boring as hell. 

It's not boring, can't be really as the running time is only about an hour and forty minutes.  In these days of two and half hour summer blockbusters this one is very svelte.
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Post by: Philly Q on February 22, 2010, 09:00:00 PM
It almost makes me want to go and see The Wolfman, even though it looks boring as hell. 

It's not boring, can't be really as the running time is only about an hour and forty minutes.  In these days of two and half hour summer blockbusters this one is very svelte.

Agreed, 100 minutes can't be too painful.  But you still don't recommend it?
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Post by: Andrew W on February 22, 2010, 09:05:51 PM
Agreed, 100 minutes can't be too painful.  But you still don't recommend it?

I can't really be objective about it but there are better movies out there for sure.  I think it could be enjoyable if you went in with a very tongue in cheek attitude but I couldn't manage that.
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Post by: Philly Q on February 23, 2010, 01:48:03 AM
Well, I did watch a couple of old lycanthrope movies - Werewolf Of London (1935) and She-Wolf Of London (1946) (which isn't in London and there's no wolf, she- or otherwise  :roll: )
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Post by: Fourth Feline on February 23, 2010, 01:27:38 PM
Well, I did watch a couple of old lycanthrope movies - Werewolf Of London (1935) and She-Wolf Of London (1946) (which isn't in London and there's no wolf, she- or otherwise  :roll: )

More importantly, was the Lady  a real fox !  :P
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Post by: Philly Q on February 23, 2010, 01:40:38 PM
Well, I did watch a couple of old lycanthrope movies - Werewolf Of London (1935) and She-Wolf Of London (1946) (which isn't in London and there's no wolf, she- or otherwise  :roll: )

More importantly, was the Lady  a real fox !  :P

Nah, she was a soppy cow who became convinced she was a werewolf because of a family curse - but in fact she was being stitched up by her evil aunt who wanted to inherit the property (in the unlikely event that that's spoiled it for anyone, my apologies..... ).   

I've never heard so many terrible "British" accents in my life (especially from the incompetent comedy "bobbies").
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Post by: MrBump on February 23, 2010, 02:00:33 PM
Anyone heard this fuss over the Alice In Wonderland film not being shown in Odeon cinemas?  Shame really, I love Tim Burton films (and more importantly Helana Bonham Carter... schwing!), but Odeon is my local...
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Post by: Fourth Feline on February 23, 2010, 03:19:53 PM
Anyone heard this fuss over the Alice In Wonderland film not being shown in Odeon cinemas?  Shame really, I love Tim Burton films (and more importantly Helana Bonham Carter... schwing!), but Odeon is my local...

That is a shame, as the cast list looks excellent ! Nice to see an outing for some much beloved British character actors, like Christopher Lee, Micheal Gough, Frances De la tour and such.  Paul Whitehouse should bring a bit of 'pluck' to proceedings - and all those lovely Ladies.  I do sincerely hope that every other cinema - and cinema chain in Europe, absolutely 'clean up' on this one, leaving the politics of 'Odeon' in the shade.  Time for tea ?
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Post by: Philly Q on February 23, 2010, 03:37:52 PM
I'm with Odeon on this one.  Why should they reduce the 17-week "window" to 12 weeks, just to suit Disney's planned DVD release date? 

Disney are going to make their money either way - and for years to come -  but the cinema's income stream ends straight after the film's theatrical run.  They're even trotting out the "helping to beat piracy" argument, as if 5 fewer weeks made any difference to that (as we all know, DVD piracy funds terrorism and the drugs trade  :roll: ). 
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Post by: Fourth Feline on February 23, 2010, 06:11:00 PM


 As we all know, DVD piracy funds terrorism and the drugs trade  :roll: . 

Yes, why should London get all the money ?
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Post by: dave_mc on February 23, 2010, 08:29:35 PM
if you aren't willing to pay £10 for the DVD, why would you be willing to pay a similar amount to see it in the cinema?
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Post by: Philly Q on February 23, 2010, 09:18:07 PM
Because it's 1,000,000 times better seeing a film on the big screen than it is seeing it on DVD.


(Assuming you don't have an audience full of noisy chavs texting their mates)
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Post by: Fourth Feline on February 23, 2010, 10:55:50 PM
That's the trouble with Cinemas ;  the public are there.
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Post by: Philly Q on February 24, 2010, 12:16:10 AM
Right now I'm trying to watch Deja Vu on BBC1.  God, it's boring!!
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Post by: dave_mc on February 24, 2010, 03:00:15 PM
^ is that the one with denzel washington? i can't remember much about it, but thought it was quite good when i saw it...

Because it's 1,000,000 times better seeing a film on the big screen than it is seeing it on DVD.


(Assuming you don't have an audience full of noisy chavs texting their mates)

yeah, but i'm guessing parents buying a disney movie for their kids aren't going to be too concerned about that.
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Post by: Philly Q on February 24, 2010, 03:08:10 PM
^ is that the one with denzel washington? i can't remember much about it, but thought it was quite good when i saw it...

Yeah, it was decribed as a science fiction thriller.... but it should've said tedious, superficial romance (with voyeuristic and necrophiliac elements  :? ) with a bit of science fiction and about 4 seconds of thrills.
 

Because it's 1,000,000 times better seeing a film on the big screen than it is seeing it on DVD.


(Assuming you don't have an audience full of noisy chavs texting their mates)

yeah, but i'm guessing parents buying a disney movie for their kids aren't going to be too concerned about that.

That's true - and they can take said kids (and their friends) to the cinema for about £3 each, then they'll buy the DVD anyway and the kids will watch it every day for 2 weeks then forget about it.  So Disney still get their DVD money whether people have seen the film in the cinema or not.  I still don't see why they're trying to reduce the "theatrical window".
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Post by: Plexi Ken on February 24, 2010, 07:10:54 PM
Watched Outlander, it's quite good, cross between Beowulf and Predator. It sags in bits but if you're into Vikings, it'll be OK. Also watch Terminator - Salvation, I kept on losing attention during it. I thinks it's all the big effects scenes, they just leave me cold, look so fake.

On the TV front just finished In Treatment - Series 1, I really liked it. It's very much like a stage play (mostly two person dialogue), is a little unrealistic and soapy but well acted with interesting characters.
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Post by: dave_mc on February 24, 2010, 09:50:41 PM
Yeah, it was decribed as a science fiction thriller.... but it should've said tedious, superficial romance (with voyeuristic and necrophiliac elements  :? ) with a bit of science fiction and about 4 seconds of thrills.
 

That's true - and they can take said kids (and their friends) to the cinema for about £3 each, then they'll buy the DVD anyway and the kids will watch it every day for 2 weeks then forget about it.  So Disney still get their DVD money whether people have seen the film in the cinema or not.  I still don't see why they're trying to reduce the "theatrical window".


haha!

and yeah, that's what i meant regarding disney...
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Post by: Andrew W on February 28, 2010, 10:01:25 PM
Saw "Up in the Air".  It was OK, all the performances were fine but it meandered a lot.  The only thing I can compare it to are Woody Allen's less successful character ensemble pieces.
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Post by: Ian Price on February 28, 2010, 10:06:04 PM
necrophiliac elements.............and about 4 seconds of thrills.

Surely not in the same scene!
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Post by: Philly Q on February 28, 2010, 10:14:42 PM
necrophiliac elements.............and about 4 seconds of thrills.

Surely not in the same scene!

All a matter of personal taste, I suppose....


Anyway, this evening I am watching Big Daddy and Anger Management - a promise to some dedicated Adam Sandler fans I work with.   Hmmm.  :?   

Then I'm going to watch Lars Von Trier's Antichrist to cheer myself up.....
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Post by: Ian Price on February 28, 2010, 10:16:36 PM
Anyway, this evening I am watching Big Daddy and Anger Management - a promise to some dedicated Adam Sandler fans I work with.   Hmmm.  :?   

Try watching him in Bedtime Stories. You'll be forking your eyes out before the end.
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Post by: Philly Q on March 01, 2010, 12:50:17 AM
So I watched Antichrist.  It's very, very good.... but highly disturbing.  Not sure I could watch it again anytime soon.  :?
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Post by: dave_mc on March 01, 2010, 05:20:56 PM
no way you could have known that before watching it, it's not like there was a gigantic media circus surrounding it when it was released or anything like that.
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Post by: jibidy on March 06, 2010, 10:42:07 PM
Can anyone recommend me a VERY SCARY FILM :)

The last film that scared me was poltergeist when I was like 11

I like korean films and I loved .REC (not korean but spanish)

Cheers.
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Post by: DemosKratia on March 06, 2010, 11:04:41 PM
Earlier tonight i watched komodo vs. cobra

worst film in the world i swear!

quite funny though
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Post by: jibidy on March 07, 2010, 12:32:03 AM
Earlier tonight i watched komodo vs. cobra

worst film in the world i swear!

quite funny though

I haven't seen this but I saw 'congo' the other night, and I swear it definatly competes for worst film ever.
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Post by: horsehead on March 07, 2010, 08:57:40 AM
is that the one with the intelligent gorrila?
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Post by: Philly Q on March 07, 2010, 02:29:44 PM
Earlier tonight i watched komodo vs. cobra

worst film in the world i swear!

quite funny though

On the Sci Fi channel?  Did you watch Hydra straight after it?  Every bit as bad!
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Post by: dave_mc on March 07, 2010, 05:29:52 PM
oh man, some of those films on sci-fi just sound like they couldn't be good. Never actually watched any of them... :lol:
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Post by: jibidy on March 07, 2010, 07:32:01 PM
is that the one with the intelligent gorrila?

Yes and it talks through a thing on its arm.


Makes me cringe just thinking about it.
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Post by: Philly Q on March 07, 2010, 08:48:50 PM
is that the one with the intelligent gorrila?

Yes and it talks through a thing on its arm.


Makes me cringe just thinking about it.

Congo is not only one of the worst films ever, it's also without doubt the worst book I've ever read.  Yay for Michael Crichton.
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on March 08, 2010, 07:47:21 PM
On the subject of bad movies, I watched plan 9 from outer space last week.

Just lol
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Post by: DemosKratia on March 08, 2010, 07:58:52 PM
Earlier tonight i watched komodo vs. cobra

worst film in the world i swear!

quite funny though

On the Sci Fi channel?  Did you watch Hydra straight after it?  Every bit as bad!

Yeah, thats the one!

Damn, i'll have to try and catch that one later :P
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Post by: Ian Price on March 10, 2010, 09:57:59 PM
Just watched Eagle Eye. A total load of sh!t.
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Post by: _tom_ on March 10, 2010, 10:01:12 PM
Not a film but I'm currently addicted to Band of Brothers, just over halfway through now. So good.
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Post by: Philly Q on March 10, 2010, 10:15:08 PM
Just watched Eagle Eye. A total load of sh!t.

Is that the "thriller" with that twonk Shia LaBeouf?  It was never going to be good, was it?  :lol:
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Post by: Ian Price on March 10, 2010, 10:38:47 PM
Yep - that's the one. I must remember never to watch any of his films again.

The only good thing about it was that Michelle Monaghan looked reasonably hot.
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Post by: dave_mc on March 10, 2010, 11:16:07 PM
Is that the "thriller" with that twonk Shia LaBeouf?  It was never going to be good, was it?  :lol:

i thought disturbia was... well, ok, watchable... :lol:

he is annoying, though.
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Post by: Philly Q on March 10, 2010, 11:46:51 PM
Is that the "thriller" with that twonk Shia LaBeouf?  It was never going to be good, was it?  :lol:

i thought disturbia was... well, ok, watchable... :lol:

he is annoying, though.

But why watch Disturbia when you can watch Rear Window?
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Post by: horsehead on March 11, 2010, 12:25:44 PM
Is that the "thriller" with that twonk Shia LaBeouf?  It was never going to be good, was it?  :lol:

i thought disturbia was... well, ok, watchable... :lol:

he is annoying, though.

But why watch Disturbia when you can watch Rear Window?

Or any Hitchc--k movie? even rope kicks Disturbia's ass

If you like Michelle Monaghan looking hot, you've got to watch Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang. Robert Downey Jr & Val Kilmer at their best
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Post by: dave_mc on March 11, 2010, 05:04:42 PM
But why watch Disturbia when you can watch Rear Window?

i'm guessing rear window wasn't on at the time... :lol: i don't think i've seen rear window, but the hitchc--ks i have seen kick ass...
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Post by: Philly Q on March 11, 2010, 05:31:08 PM
The reason I mentioned it is that Disturbia is basically a rip-off of Rear Window - but with some tedious teen shenanigans in place of tension and excitement...  :|
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Post by: Plexi Ken on March 11, 2010, 06:42:55 PM
Watched Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs today, well above average animated film, not in the Pixar league but well worth a watch for fans of the genre.
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Post by: Ian Price on March 11, 2010, 07:19:49 PM
I do like that one rather a lot. It's on a near constant repeat in my house (my daughter, not me!). It's top stuff on Blu-Ray.
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Post by: Plexi Ken on March 11, 2010, 07:37:00 PM
:lol: Thanks for that Ian

One day my niece was looking though my DVDs, a few days latter by brother told me she asked him "Why does Uncle Ken have so many Childrens DVDs, he's too old to be watching those."  :?  :lol:
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Post by: dave_mc on March 11, 2010, 10:53:54 PM
The reason I mentioned it is that Disturbia is basically a rip-off of Rear Window - but with some tedious teen shenanigans in place of tension and excitement...  :|

yeah, probably.
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Post by: Matt77 on March 12, 2010, 12:44:43 PM
Couples retreat.
AVOID
AVOID
AVOID
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Post by: AndyR on March 12, 2010, 01:27:45 PM
Not a film but I'm currently addicted to Band of Brothers, just over halfway through now. So good.

Yep, we've had it for several years now, must have watched it all something like 5 or 6 times. Seems to be acceptable to other-halves as well, Mrs R is very fond of it.

If you like space stuff, the other HBO/Tom Hanks thing, From The Earth To The Moon, is as almost good.
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Post by: dave_mc on March 12, 2010, 05:47:00 PM
if you like band of brothers, that pacific thing should be starting soon...
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Post by: Philly Q on March 14, 2010, 03:13:52 PM
So I finally saw Avatar this morning, in 3-D at the IMAX.

My expectations weren't high, and I wasn't at all surprised to find it's basically a mega-budget remake of FernGully: The Last Rainforest.....

But I don't care about that... it's an astonishing piece of work and by the end I felt absolutely overwhelmed.  Amazing.

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Post by: _tom_ on March 14, 2010, 03:25:29 PM
I tried to watch Watchmen last night but found it $%&#ing boring, I couldn't even make myself watch it all! The main narration voice is more annoying than Christian Bale's Batman as well.
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Post by: Ian Price on March 14, 2010, 08:13:40 PM
I tried to watch Watchmen last night but found it $%&#ing boring, I couldn't even make myself watch it all! The main narration voice is more annoying than Christian Bale's Batman as well.

I got about an hour int it and gave up. I found myself huffing more than the big bad wolf.
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Post by: WezV on March 14, 2010, 08:55:29 PM
My expectations weren't high, and I wasn't at all surprised to find it's basically a mega-budget remake of FernGully: The Last Rainforest.....


THANKYOU!!!   I was saying the same thing in the pub last night but could not remember the name of the film and my drunken explanations of it didnt make much sense
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Post by: Philly Q on March 14, 2010, 09:18:07 PM
My expectations weren't high, and I wasn't at all surprised to find it's basically a mega-budget remake of FernGully: The Last Rainforest.....


THANKYOU!!!   I was saying the same thing in the pub last night but could not remember the name of the film and my drunken explanations of it didnt make much sense

 :lol:  Did you like it though? (Avatar not FernGully!)  I don't feel like I'll still be thinking about it tomorrow, but while you're actually watching it it's breathtaking.


I really liked Watchmen by the way (though maybe I'd feel differently if I'd read the book, I don't know).
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Post by: shobet on March 14, 2010, 09:22:54 PM
$%&# me, I'm in a film!

http://en.tackfilm.se/?id=1267988601673RA93
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Post by: Philly Q on March 15, 2010, 12:33:03 AM
Two epics in one day - I just watched John Woo's Red Cliff.  Best thing he's done in many a year.
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on March 19, 2010, 02:27:17 PM

I really liked Watchmen by the way (though maybe I'd feel differently if I'd read the book, I don't know).


I've read it, its very good, but I actually prefer the ending of the movie (I also realise i'm in an extreme minority by thinking that).

Still not seen Avatar, should really get around to it though, they can't keep it in cinemas that much longer can they?

Watched Up the other night. I enjoyed it, but didn't quite see what all the fuss was about.
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Post by: _tom_ on March 19, 2010, 09:19:05 PM
Just watched penultimate part of Band of Brothers, that was horrible to watch (concentration camp bit) :\
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Post by: Philly Q on March 20, 2010, 12:31:11 AM
I just watched Rogue, by Greg McLean, the director of Wolf Creek.  Very disappointing.

It might get a bit of a footnote in history as the last film Sam Worthington did before Hollywood stardom!
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Post by: horsehead on March 21, 2010, 08:49:00 AM
Rogue? Is that the croc one?

Went to see 'The girl with the dragon tattoo' last night. Absolutely cracking film noir (a genre I love!). Some very uncomfortable scenes in it, that leave you feeling dirty, but all works for the progression of the film. It's long (about 2hrs 30mins) but definitely worth it...go see i...oh and go see the non dubbed version, it'll work out better
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Post by: WezV on March 21, 2010, 09:25:37 AM
Went to see 'The girl with the dragon tattoo' last night. Absolutely cracking film noir (a genre I love!). Some very uncomfortable scenes in it, that leave you feeling dirty, but all works for the progression of the film. It's long (about 2hrs 30mins) but definitely worth it...go see i...oh and go see the non dubbed version, it'll work out better

yeah, i saw it last weekend - definately worth a look. 
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Post by: dave_mc on March 21, 2010, 08:17:10 PM
i've read the books. the 2nd and 3rd one are even better.

i think i'll wait till it comes out on sky (or even dvd), knowing what happens, i want the option to be able to turn it off if i can't take it. :lol: EDIT: yeah, i'd definitely want to see the one in swedish with subs. dubbing is just generally total cr@p.
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Post by: Philly Q on March 21, 2010, 08:28:56 PM
I saw the film last summer, at which point I'd never even heard of the books.  Thought it was excellent.

I've got the first two books now, but I'm waiting for the third one to come out in paperback before reading them.
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Post by: jibidy on March 22, 2010, 03:27:02 PM
Tarantino-athon
Pulp Fiction
Jackie Brown
Kill Bill 1&2

Don't like kill bill so much but his other films are great.
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Post by: nfe on March 22, 2010, 07:17:30 PM
I watched Manos: The Hands of Fate the other night. Widely regarded as the worst film ever made.

It's absolutely breathtaking.
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Post by: dave_mc on March 22, 2010, 07:51:45 PM
I saw the film last summer, at which point I'd never even heard of the books.  Thought it was excellent.

I've got the first two books now, but I'm waiting for the third one to come out in paperback before reading them.

that's what i was doing too, but then the second book ended on something of a cliffhanger and i couldn't wait. :lol:
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Post by: Plexi Ken on March 23, 2010, 11:00:20 AM
The Foot Fist Way: like The Office set in the world of Martial Arts, specifically Tae Kwon Do. There are some good lines/moments in it but just not enough. Shame, as I can see the potential, it could have been a classic but isn't.

Yoidore Tenshi (Drunken Angel): I really should have seen all the Akira Kurosawa films by now but I've missed this one. Enjoyed it a great deal, excellent performances, the death scene is particularly well done. The story focuses on the relationship formed between a middle-aged, alcoholic Doctor and a young gangster who has TB. Strongly recommended to anyone who hasn't seen it.

The Union: Documentary about Cannabis, well worth a watch despite have an obvious bias.

On the TV front, I've just finished watching Nurse Jackie - Series 1 which was good, looking forward to the next series.
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Post by: dave_mc on March 23, 2010, 08:28:37 PM
that reminds me, i saw angel-a a couple of weeks ago, was pretty good.

and i saw don't tell mom the babysitter's dead last night. was quite good, too. :lol:
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Post by: Andrew W on March 25, 2010, 08:31:34 PM
Yoidore Tenshi (Drunken Angel): I really should have seen all the Akira Kurosawa films by now but I've missed this one. Enjoyed it a great deal, excellent performances, the death scene is particularly well done. The story focuses on the relationship formed between a middle-aged, alcoholic Doctor and a young gangster who has TB. Strongly recommended to anyone who hasn't seen it.

Really must see this.  I was about to splash out on Ran on Blu Ray to replace my DVD but have discovered that almost all the Kurosawa Blu Ray releases have rotten transfers that are no improvement on DVD.  I saw Ran in the cinema a few years back so I know it can look amazing.
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Post by: Philly Q on March 26, 2010, 12:42:00 AM
Just watched Rob Zombie's Halloween II.  Really not very good at all.... and I quite liked his Halloween remake.
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Post by: Ian Price on March 26, 2010, 09:19:31 PM
Watched The Hangover recently. A great film if you fancy something that requires no brain. I did laugh out loud more than a few times.
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Post by: Philly Q on March 27, 2010, 11:48:33 AM
Last night I watched Sunshine Cleaning.  Very Sundance, but very good.
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Post by: WezV on March 31, 2010, 10:03:13 PM
just watched kick ass, which was pretty good
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Post by: dheim on April 03, 2010, 11:37:58 PM
i've read the books. the 2nd and 3rd one are even better.

i think i'll wait till it comes out on sky (or even dvd), knowing what happens, i want the option to be able to turn it off if i can't take it. :lol: EDIT: yeah, i'd definitely want to see the one in swedish with subs. dubbing is just generally total cr@p.

i saw the first two movies in swedish (with english subs, my swedish is a bit rusty... :)) and liked them, but much less than i expected having read the books...
worth watching though.
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Post by: dheim on April 03, 2010, 11:43:35 PM
re-watched Below some year after... of course i found it less scaring than the first time (i know it's not THAT scaring, but it gave me some creep...) but still an excellent movie. i love submarine films, and the horror twist gives it a unique pace.

(http://www.cinecultist.com/archives/below.bmp)
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Post by: Jonny on April 03, 2010, 11:51:18 PM
Submarine? Horror? Christ I'd be behind the sofa.

Does anyone still rent movies? Like Lovefilm or like Blockbuster? Is renting from online any good?
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Post by: Plexi Ken on April 04, 2010, 10:47:51 AM
I rent from both Blockbuster and Lovefilm and haven't  had any problems. I didn't need the volume so stopped the Blockbuster subscription as I found they were slower at supplying new releases, YMMV

Watched Dorian Gray last night, pure garbage - no script, no acting (Colin Firth was OK), no story, no ideas, no direction. How does cr*p like this even get into production?
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Post by: Andrew W on April 04, 2010, 11:47:23 AM
just watched kick ass, which was pretty good
Oh cool.  I'm going to see it this afternoon.  Did you get a trailer for Scott Pilgrim before it?
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Post by: dave_mc on April 04, 2010, 12:38:22 PM
i saw the first two movies in swedish (with english subs, my swedish is a bit rusty... :)) and liked them, but much less than i expected having read the books...
worth watching though.

oh yeah, i mean I'm going to watch them. :)
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Post by: Jonny on April 04, 2010, 12:50:08 PM
I rent from both Blockbuster and Lovefilm and haven't  had any problems. I didn't need the volume so stopped the Blockbuster subscription as I found they were slower at supplying new releases, YMMV

Watched Dorian Gray last night, pure garbage - no script, no acting (Colin Firth was OK), no story, no ideas, no direction. How does cr*p like this even get into production?
The book is muchos better.
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Post by: shobet on April 04, 2010, 12:58:19 PM
The original b+w film 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' was quite a good adaption. I've not seen the new one, but almost everyone who I know who has seen it said it was a bit of a stinker.
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Post by: MDV on April 04, 2010, 08:48:48 PM
I'm about half way through 2012

Does that I thought I'd come check the BK boards say anything about what I think of the film?
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Post by: Will on April 04, 2010, 08:54:23 PM
I'm about half way through 2012

Does that I thought I'd come check the BK boards say anything about what I think of the film?

I'm surprised you are still awake!

The standard of films this year is appalling, I hope it picks up as the year goes on.
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Post by: Sifu Ben on April 04, 2010, 09:51:29 PM
I watched Kick-Ass on Thursday, it rocks.
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Post by: Jonny on April 04, 2010, 10:17:34 PM
I'm about half way through 2012

Does that I thought I'd come check the BK boards say anything about what I think of the film?

I'm surprised you are still awake!

The standard of films this year is appalling, I hope it picks up as the year goes on.
So the 'Best Disaster Movie' quite literally.
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Post by: Andrew W on April 04, 2010, 11:58:47 PM
Saw Kick-Ass this afternoon and liked it.  I think that the film was as good as it could be and all the main performances were very good.  It's a very slick film with some great lines in it.  How it managed to get rated a 15 though is beyond me :?.
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Post by: MDV on April 05, 2010, 12:08:34 AM
Well, it took about 5 hours to watch 2012 in the end.

Best I can say is those ships were pretty cool.
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Post by: Plexi Ken on April 05, 2010, 10:36:32 AM
As compensation for Dorian Gray, I watched Nora inu (Stray Dog) another Kurosawa film I hadn't see  :oops: and it was excellent. The story of a young policeman who's gun is stolen on a crowded bus by a pickpocket. He then goes undercover to retrieve the gun before it's used in a crime.
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Post by: Will on April 05, 2010, 11:26:55 AM
Remember me is actually quite good, as much as I hate the Twighlight dude
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Post by: Philly Q on April 05, 2010, 02:46:16 PM
As compensation for Dorian Gray, I watched Nora inu (Stray Dog) another Kurosawa film I hadn't see  :oops: and it was excellent.

You don't need to be embarrassed about not seeing Kurosawa films, man.  I bet most of us haven't seen any of 'em.  :wink:
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Post by: Ian Price on April 05, 2010, 07:04:07 PM
Over the weekend I have watched:

G-Force. It was my daughters choice (honest). Not as bad as I was fearing it would be.
New Moon (the second twilight thingy). Jane's choice, very slow and boring (the film, not Jane).
Body of Lies. My choice, boring.

And tonight I am watching 9. I am also expecting this to be sh!t.

Great weekend for films!
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Post by: Sifu Ben on April 05, 2010, 10:41:25 PM
Saw Kick-Ass this afternoon and liked it.  I think that the film was as good as it could be and all the main performances were very good.  It's a very slick film with some great lines in it.  How it managed to get rated a 15 though is beyond me :?.
To be fair, the only really extreme violence is in the two Hitgirl set pieces, and the editing on those is fairly rapid, so they're not that shocking. Compare it to another 15 actioner such as 300 and it's really not bad. The swearing seems shocking, but that's actually as a consequence of there not being that much swearing in the film as a whole.
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Post by: Sifu Ben on April 05, 2010, 10:42:44 PM
Over the weekend I have watched:

G-Force. It was my daughters choice (honest). Not as bad as I was fearing it would be.
New Moon (the second twilight thingy). Jane's choice, very slow and boring (the film, not Jane).
Body of Lies. My choice, boring.

And tonight I am watching 9. I am also expecting this to be sh!t.

Great weekend for films!
I was disappointed with body of lies, it was a well shot film with solid performances, but effectively there was no story. What was the point of it?
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Post by: WezV on April 05, 2010, 10:59:25 PM
Saw Kick-Ass this afternoon and liked it.  I think that the film was as good as it could be and all the main performances were very good.  It's a very slick film with some great lines in it.  How it managed to get rated a 15 though is beyond me :?.
To be fair, the only really extreme violence is in the two Hitgirl set pieces, and the editing on those is fairly rapid, so they're not that shocking. Compare it to another 15 actioner such as 300 and it's really not bad. The swearing seems shocking, but that's actually as a consequence of there not being that much swearing in the film as a whole.

i am not sure how a film that involved limbs flying through the air, lots of bloody violence, people being slowly burnt to death and an 11 year old saying C U Next Tuesday as well as many more censor provoking swear words managed to get a 15.     But who cares, its not like i am 15 anymore
... when something like batman was given a 15 rating (actually i was only 10 back then)

kickass is a great film :)
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Post by: Ian Price on April 06, 2010, 10:01:01 AM
As noted in my earlier response - I watched 9 last night. I was very pleasantly surprised. The animation is beautifully done, the story is pretty decent and the characters are all pretty interesting. The only gripe I have is that it was a little short. I'll be watching again at some point as there was quite a bit going on in some scenes.
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Post by: MisterMuncher on April 08, 2010, 02:38:17 AM
Saw "Perrier's Bounty" tonight. Well worth a watch, as low key gangster comedy goes. I can only hope it doesn't lead to a run of "Oirish" gangster flicks in it's wake, as "Lock Stock" did for the c--kernee equivalent. 
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Post by: Ian Price on April 22, 2010, 07:07:53 PM
Went to see Kick-Ass last night. Was much more enjoyable than I was expecting and a lot more violent. Recommended.
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Post by: badgermark on April 22, 2010, 08:11:53 PM
As noted in my earlier response - I watched 9 last night. I was very pleasantly surprised. The animation is beautifully done, the story is pretty decent and the characters are all pretty interesting. The only gripe I have is that it was a little short. I'll be watching again at some point as there was quite a bit going on in some scenes.

I really enjoyed 9, and although short I thought it was perfectly paced.

I bought Downfall on DVD, so a nice cheery film to match my cheery disposition this week.
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Post by: Philly Q on April 22, 2010, 09:46:19 PM
Went to see Kick-Ass last night. Was much more enjoyable than I was expecting and a lot more violent. Recommended.

I thought it took a while to get settled - it was less of an out-and-out comedy than I expected, and (yes!) a lot more violent.  But by the end I loved it, and I think I'll like it even better when I see it again.
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Post by: Ian Price on April 22, 2010, 10:08:34 PM
I was expecting a comedy as well. I nearly choked on my pic 'n' mix when Hit Girl made her first appearance.
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Post by: Jonny on April 25, 2010, 04:12:56 PM
Bit late but I just watched Up last night, the start was so sad! And then the reminders throughout were just depressing but a good film nonetheless.
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Post by: Ian Price on April 25, 2010, 07:44:11 PM
Yeah - I agree with that. Pretty depressing for an animated film. The music played a part in the sadness!

I'm going to be watching Pineapple Express tonight - hope it's good!
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Post by: dave_mc on April 25, 2010, 10:19:40 PM
it was pretty decent, i think- i was expecting another exactly-the-same by-the-numbers seth rogen vehicle, but it was actually decent. I think i fell asleep before the end, though (because i was tired, not because it sucked).

i just checked wiki to make sure i had his name right, how the heck is he 28? he looks old enough to be my dad!

EDIT: ok, that's a bit harsh, but he could pass for 40. And by 40 I mean 45.
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Post by: Philly Q on April 25, 2010, 10:31:57 PM
i just checked wiki to make sure i had his name right, how the heck is he 28? he looks old enough to be my dad!

We play a little game in work where we guess the ages of the celebrity birthdays in The Sun (well, anything to relieve the boredom...  :oops: ).

When it was Seth Rogen's birthday none of us could believe he was 28.

Going back to Pineapple Express, I liked it but it really feels like one of those films where they're making it up as they go along.  And they pretty much admit that's what they did in the DVD commentary.

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Post by: dave_mc on April 25, 2010, 10:47:42 PM
:lol:

what doesn't help is that he seems to act thirty-something parts too.
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Post by: Ian Price on April 26, 2010, 12:11:03 AM
28 - that's a lot younger than I would have guessed.

Just finished watching it - I wasn't too impressed, some pretty good moments but could have done with a bit more cohesion. He does always seem to play the same sort of characters.
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Post by: Plexi Ken on April 28, 2010, 06:21:54 PM
Watched Avatar (on DVD not 3D) last night and though it was quite good, better than I expected. Most of the CG was of very high standard, some I thought was a little 'average', though it may have been different in 3D. The plot is a cross between FernGully: The Last Rainforest and Dances with Wolves with some Hayao Miyazaki thrown in. While watching the film, I couldn't quite shake the feeling that I was seeing CG animation. It's a bit like watching someone playing a (very well made) computer game rather than a film. However, I get this with most modern movies  :?
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Post by: Ian Price on April 28, 2010, 08:40:16 PM
I also watched Avatar last night (on Blu Ray) and was more impressed than I thought I would be. It's a longish film but it really didn't feel that long.
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Post by: Johnny Mac on April 28, 2010, 09:44:16 PM
I want to see Hot Tub Time Machine  :D
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Post by: Will on April 28, 2010, 09:56:30 PM
I also watched Avatar last night (on Blu Ray) and was more impressed than I thought I would be. It's a longish film but it really didn't feel that long.

Haven't watched in HD, but I didn't think it would be good, and thought it would drag on. Turned out to be very good.
I want to see Hot Tub Time Machine  :D
You really don't! I mostly like those retarded comedy things, but that was just a blur
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Post by: Johnny Mac on April 28, 2010, 09:57:46 PM
I also watched Avatar last night (on Blu Ray) and was more impressed than I thought I would be. It's a longish film but it really didn't feel that long.

Haven't watched in HD, but I didn't think it would be good, and thought it would drag on. Turned out to be very good.
I want to see Hot Tub Time Machine  :D
You really don't! I mostly like those retarded comedy things, but that was just a blur

Yeah but time travel films are fun and so are hot tubs!
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Post by: Andrew W on April 30, 2010, 01:02:54 PM
Saw Iron Man 2 last night and enjoyed it.  I don't think it's as good as the first one but it's very entertaining.  The story's fine but the main performances are all very watchable, helped by a very witty screenplay, and the effects look very good.  Good solid blockbuster fun.
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Post by: Johnny Mac on May 01, 2010, 07:23:01 AM
Saw Iron Man 2 last night and enjoyed it.  I don't think it's as good as the first one but it's very entertaining.  The story's fine but the main performances are all very watchable, helped by a very witty screenplay, and the effects look very good.  Good solid blockbuster fun.

Glad to hear it's good. I loved the first one. It was great fun. I do hope Miss Pepper Pots is still around!
Does Stark still have a 335 in the lounge?
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Post by: Philly Q on May 01, 2010, 09:15:58 AM
I watched Zombieland yesterday.  Good performances, looks great and I liked it a lot, although it did drag a bit in the middle (not good for a film less than 90 minutes long!).
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Post by: WezV on May 02, 2010, 10:40:57 AM
I watched Zombieland yesterday.  Good performances, looks great and I liked it a lot, although it did drag a bit in the middle (not good for a film less than 90 minutes long!).

yeah, good film and the cameo by bill murray was funny - but did slow everything down quite a bit
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Post by: Philly Q on May 02, 2010, 11:51:23 AM
I watched Zombieland yesterday.  Good performances, looks great and I liked it a lot, although it did drag a bit in the middle (not good for a film less than 90 minutes long!).

yeah, good film and the cameo by bill murray was funny - but did slow everything down quite a bit

Yeah, in a way it was the one of the best bits of the film..... but despite that, it really shouldn't have been there. 

On the commentary they say it was originally written as a 60-minute pilot for a TV series. I think they really struggled to stretch it to movie length, but I'm not sure why - all they needed was a bit more zombie action in the middle of the film!
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Post by: badgermark on May 02, 2010, 04:21:25 PM
Just back from Iron Man 2, I didn't think it was as good as the first movie, but a redheaded scarlett johansson made it worth my £7.50. I'd do some very naughty things to that lady.
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Post by: shobet on May 02, 2010, 06:10:52 PM
Just watched Ironman 2 and enjoyed it. I agree with Andrew W that it's not as good as the first. I hope you all hung around until the very end of the credits to see the bit at the end. It took ages and my bum is now all Thor...
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Post by: _tom_ on May 02, 2010, 10:11:45 PM
I'm watching Snatch again, forgot how funny it is :lol:

Might go and see Iron Man 2 or Kick Ass in the week.
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Post by: Ian Price on May 02, 2010, 11:26:21 PM
Kick Ass is recommended. I liked it a lot.

I've been watching some Seth Rogen stuff this weekend. Knocked Up, Zack and Miri and Superbad. Not bad really, out of the three superbad was my favourite.
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on May 04, 2010, 12:07:53 PM
Just back from Iron Man 2, I didn't think it was as good as the first movie, but a redheaded scarlett johansson made it worth my £7.50. I'd do some very naughty things to that lady.

Exactly my thoughts. The skin tight jumpsuit thing was also pleasing.
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Post by: Plexi Ken on May 11, 2010, 07:16:31 PM
The Hangover - Better than I though it would be, only a few laugh-out-loud moments but amusing most of the way though. Mike Tyson is shoehorned into the script (for some reason). Rubbish, predictable ending.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus - I would describe myself as a Terry Gilliam fan but this was totally over-my-head, a bit too high concept for a mainstream film. Visually I though it was great and has the usual Gilliam fantasy, dream-like images. There is an 'overall' plot (the 'deal' with the Devil) but the film ignores it for large periods. Worth a watch but I felt the director was being very indulgent.

... and more Akira Kurosawa

Tengoku to jigoku (High and Low) - Amazing film, feels very modern, could be remade with almost no changes. An exec falls out with the board after refusing to lower the quality of their product to increase profit... then his son is kidnapped (or is he). Police drama in a similar mould to Nora inu (Stray Dog).

Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru (The Bad Sleep Well) - Hitchc--kesque thriller about political corruption, excellent film with something that's rare in modern films, an interesting ending.
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Post by: Ian Price on May 11, 2010, 08:04:43 PM
Observe and Report. What a load of f*cking sh!t. A complete waste of 100 minutes and a part of my life that I will never get back. Ever.
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Post by: Philly Q on May 11, 2010, 09:21:33 PM
Observe and Report. What a load of f*cking sh!t. A complete waste of 100 minutes and a part of my life that I will never get back. Ever.

Noted.  :lol:

Must admit I'd never even heard of it....
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Post by: Ian Price on May 12, 2010, 07:41:11 PM
Observe and Report. What a load of f*cking sh!t. A complete waste of 100 minutes and a part of my life that I will never get back. Ever.

Noted.  :lol:

Must admit I'd never even heard of it....

It's another Seth Rogen vehicle. I liked the first few of his I saw but quickly realised he is pretty one dimensional. Even more so than Adam Sandler.
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Post by: Philly Q on May 12, 2010, 08:26:11 PM
I find Rogen's films a lot funnier than Sandler's, but he is starting to lose his charm.

In fact I sold my DVD of Knocked Up today because (a) it was still sealed and (b) I couldn't remember anything about it or why I'd bought it.
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Post by: dave_mc on May 12, 2010, 10:06:08 PM
yeah, there's a certain inept charm with adam sandler films. it's like the main aim is to be funny, not arty. it doesn't always succeed, but it doesn't piss you off as much when it doesn't, as it's not pretending to be high art. Not that seth rogen films are high art either, but you know what i mean.
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Post by: Lezard on May 15, 2010, 04:12:30 PM
Has anybody else seen "The Human Centipede" ?
 It's quite an experience....
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Post by: Philly Q on May 15, 2010, 04:53:30 PM
Has anybody else seen "The Human Centipede" ?
 It's quite an experience....

Yes, I saw it last year!  Half the time I was thinking "why would anyone make this and why am I watching it?", but despite that I really enjoyed the performance of the mad doctor guy. 

We also had a Q&A with the director, who seemed quite a likeable chap.
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Post by: Philly Q on May 15, 2010, 11:55:55 PM
Just watched my very first Blu-ray!  :D

The Black Shield Of Falworth with Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.

It was my absolute favourite film when I was a little kid, and I've seen it loads of times but never in glorious Cinemascope.  Totally fantastic!  :)
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Post by: Ian Price on May 16, 2010, 10:54:57 PM
Just watched my very first Blu-ray!  :D

Have you got yourself a Blu-Ray player Philly?
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Post by: Andrew W on May 16, 2010, 11:10:56 PM
Just watched my very first Blu-ray!  :D

The Black Shield Of Falworth with Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.

It was my absolute favourite film when I was a little kid, and I've seen it loads of times but never in glorious Cinemascope.  Totally fantastic!  :)
Ah your high-def cherry has been popped.  My first time was with "2001 A Space Odyssey".  Not as good as watching it on 70mm at the flicks but really pretty good.  I love high-def!
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Post by: Philly Q on May 16, 2010, 11:14:24 PM
Just watched my very first Blu-ray!  :D

Have you got yourself a Blu-Ray player Philly?

I have indeed, multi-region too.  So suddenly I'm interested in DVD review sites all over again, trying to work out what I want to replace (and if it's available on Blu-ray yet!).
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Post by: Lezard on May 17, 2010, 08:53:33 PM
Has anybody else seen "The Human Centipede" ?
 It's quite an experience....

Yes, I saw it last year!  Half the time I was thinking "why would anyone make this and why am I watching it?", but despite that I really enjoyed the performance of the mad doctor guy. 

We also had a Q&A with the director, who seemed quite a likeable chap.

Yeah Dieter Laser was very good in that, great screen presence!
Bahaha I can only imagine what questions the director got asked  :lol: I'm guessing it was a shower of WTF's.
I've heard that they are making a sequel with a 12 person centipede that will, and i quote, " make the first sequence seem like My Little Pony"
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Post by: Ian Price on May 17, 2010, 08:57:30 PM
Just watched my very first Blu-ray!  :D

Have you got yourself a Blu-Ray player Philly?

I have indeed, multi-region too.  So suddenly I'm interested in DVD review sites all over again, trying to work out what I want to replace (and if it's available on Blu-ray yet!).

I must admit it took me a while to get a Blu-Ray - no looking back now, I do love high definition!
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on May 17, 2010, 09:27:09 PM
trying to work out what I want to replace (and if it's available on Blu-ray yet!).

Are you into John Carpenter, Philly? I was watching The Thing on blu ray last night, and its one of the ones that really benefits from the blu ray transfer. I'd certainly recommend it.
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Post by: Philly Q on May 17, 2010, 09:42:34 PM
trying to work out what I want to replace (and if it's available on Blu-ray yet!).

Are you into John Carpenter, Philly? I was watching The Thing on blu ray last night, and its one of the ones that really benefits from the blu ray transfer. I'd certainly recommend it.

Yes, I'm a fan of his earlier stuff (up to the mid-'80s, approximately) and I love The Thing!  It was the first "X" certificate film I ever saw in the cinema.  I've got the more recent DVD edition, which was an improvement on the first DVD release, but the Blu-ray is definitely on my list!  :D
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Post by: Andrew W on May 17, 2010, 10:01:29 PM
trying to work out what I want to replace (and if it's available on Blu-ray yet!).

Are you into John Carpenter, Philly? I was watching The Thing on blu ray last night, and its one of the ones that really benefits from the blu ray transfer. I'd certainly recommend it.
Big +1 on this.  It's one of my girlfriend and my favourites so we got it last week and the transfer is indeed great.
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on May 17, 2010, 10:03:53 PM
trying to work out what I want to replace (and if it's available on Blu-ray yet!).

Are you into John Carpenter, Philly? I was watching The Thing on blu ray last night, and its one of the ones that really benefits from the blu ray transfer. I'd certainly recommend it.
Big +1 on this.  It's one of my girlfriend and my favourites so we got it last week and the transfer is indeed great.

Kudos to you for getting a girlfriend who will watch The Thing! Mine hates it! Didn't like Escape from New York or Big Trouble in Little China either. I really need to get her educated!
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Post by: Philly Q on May 17, 2010, 10:13:38 PM
Have you got EFNY on Blu-ray too?  I've seen reviews saying it's a poor transfer, but it looks pretty decent in the comparison on DVD Beaver.

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/blu-ray_reviews51/escape_from_new_york_blu-ray.htm (http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/blu-ray_reviews51/escape_from_new_york_blu-ray.htm)
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on May 17, 2010, 10:33:37 PM
Have you got EFNY on Blu-ray too?  I've seen reviews saying it's a poor transfer, but it looks pretty decent in the comparison on DVD Beaver.

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/blu-ray_reviews51/escape_from_new_york_blu-ray.htm (http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/blu-ray_reviews51/escape_from_new_york_blu-ray.htm)

I'm afraid not, I read bad reviews and decided to avoid it. Although after looking at these pictures, i'm beginning to regret that decision. I might give it a shot come next pay day.

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Post by: dave_mc on May 18, 2010, 12:02:48 AM
Didn't like Escape from New York or Big Trouble in Little China either. I really need to get her educated!

waaahhhh!
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on May 18, 2010, 03:57:20 PM
Didn't like Escape from New York or Big Trouble in Little China either. I really need to get her educated!

waaahhhh!

I know, and she wants to go see Sex and the City 2 :(
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Post by: dave_mc on May 18, 2010, 05:46:12 PM
wahhhh!
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Post by: Sifu Ben on May 20, 2010, 07:25:19 PM
Just watched my very first Blu-ray!  :D

The Black Shield Of Falworth with Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.

It was my absolute favourite film when I was a little kid, and I've seen it loads of times but never in glorious Cinemascope.  Totally fantastic!  :)
I love that movie!! Haven't seen it in years.
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Post by: Philly Q on May 20, 2010, 08:56:13 PM
Just watched my very first Blu-ray!  :D

The Black Shield Of Falworth with Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.

It was my absolute favourite film when I was a little kid, and I've seen it loads of times but never in glorious Cinemascope.  Totally fantastic!  :)
I love that movie!! Haven't seen it in years.

You, sir, are a man of taste.
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Post by: Plexi Ken on May 22, 2010, 03:17:13 PM
Watched Bigger, Stronger, Faster last night, a low-budget documentary about anabolic steroids which was excellent. I would recommend to anyone interested in the issue (which is much more complex than I previously realised) or fans of the genre.

And Way of the Dragon (on Blu-Ray) this morning. It's got have been at least 15 years since I saw this. It was still fun to watch.

On the continuing Kurosawa front, the latest is Hakuchi (The Idiot) his version of Dostoevsky's novel of the same name. It's the first Kurosawa film I wouldn't recommend. It has some good scenes but is very much like a film of a stage-play. Apparently the film was originally 4.5 hours long, the studio recut it (without Kurosawa) to 2.5 hours, which I'm sure has left large holes.


On the TV front just finished Dexter - Series 2 which I highly recommend to anyone who hasn't seen it.
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Post by: _tom_ on May 22, 2010, 04:56:23 PM
Ken, Dexter Season 4 is the best so far (apart from S1 of course), 3 is really rubbish and I recommend skipping it tbh!

The ending of 4 is so good.
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Post by: Philly Q on May 22, 2010, 06:50:01 PM
And Way of the Dragon (on Blu-Ray) this morning. It's got have been at least 15 years since I saw this. It was still fun to watch.

Is that an import?  I didn't realise it was available.

This afternoon I watched The Watchmaker Of St Paul.  I'm not a huge fan of Bertrand Tavernier, but I really like that particular film.
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Post by: tomjackson on May 22, 2010, 08:29:32 PM

Not watched any films for a while as I've been watching TV series but definitely worth a look is 30 Rock and Entourage.

30 Rock is a daft bordering on surreal commedy and Entourage is just great for some drunken feel good sh!t.  Great music too. 

I'd really gone off American shows but these 2 are classics!

N.B. I couldn't be arsed searching through 75 pages of this thread to see if anybody has been talking about 30 rock, but I did a search for "30 rock" and apparently Celestion Vintage 30's are quire good for Rock (When you crank them)....
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Post by: Plexi Ken on May 22, 2010, 10:21:30 PM
And Way of the Dragon (on Blu-Ray) this morning. It's got have been at least 15 years since I saw this. It was still fun to watch.

Is that an import?  I didn't realise it was available..

D'oh... should have been Enter the Dragon  :oops:


I've posted about Entourage and 30 Rock, both are in my all-time favourite TV shows list.
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Post by: _tom_ on May 22, 2010, 11:30:55 PM
Just watched Requiem For a Dream.. good but I never want to see it again!
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Post by: dave_mc on May 23, 2010, 04:52:43 PM
has dexter season 4 started yet, tom? i still have to catch the couple of episodes of season 3 which i missed...
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Post by: _tom_ on May 23, 2010, 05:22:46 PM
Yep Season 4 is finished, waiting on S5 now!
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Post by: dave_mc on May 23, 2010, 09:26:40 PM
when was it shown? i missed it :lol:
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Post by: Sifu Ben on May 23, 2010, 10:30:15 PM
Just watched Porco Rosso. Enjoyable enough, but felt totally cheated by the complete non ending. If you're going to have an event/character story you can't leave the event unresolved  :shock:
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Post by: Davey on May 23, 2010, 10:44:14 PM
dexter season 3 is the one with freebo, right? ... god i HATED the A.D.A ... the man is such an annoying actor, that he ruined every movie, that he plays in for me..

dont want to watch the 4th season, cos it ends in an aparent cliffhanger, that is going to be resolved in the 5th season (so i've been told) ... and i dont take cliffhangers well... that is why i watched more than half of the 3rd season in one sitting.. and it wasnt filled with as much suspense as seasons 1 and and 2..



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Post by: Philly Q on May 23, 2010, 11:10:42 PM
Just watched Max Manus (aka Max Manus - Man of War)

It's a Norwegian film about the exploits of a real-life WWII hero.  Like most bio-pics, it's not great as a film, because you always feel there's an awful lot being left out or glossed over.  Good stuff though, and the true story itself is fascinating.
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Post by: Ian Price on May 23, 2010, 11:21:56 PM
In the middle of Season 2 of the Sarah Connor Chronicles. Not bad really - watching Summer Glau in (sometimes) hot outfits makes it easier!
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Post by: WezV on May 24, 2010, 04:58:32 PM
took to long to find its feet though - and have they cancelled it now :(

gotta say, as cheesy as it is i am really liking legend of the seeker.... wife hates it though - and she is the one with good taste - - - married me didnt she ;)

its like a ever so slightly more tolerable xena - with hotter women and proper fight scenes and fx
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Post by: Philly Q on May 31, 2010, 01:09:03 AM
I've watched a couple of fairly "challenging" films this weekend.

The Road - went into this with some trepidation because I really hated John Hillcoat's previous film, The Proposition.  But it was very good, very powerful.... very bleak.  Not sure I want to see it again.

The Fall - I'd never heard of this, until I saw a trailer on another DVD.  Visually amazing, shot in some breathtaking locations.... but the story is paper-thin.  I really don't know what to make of it.
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Post by: Ian Price on May 31, 2010, 08:27:11 AM
The Road - went into this with some trepidation because I really hated John Hillcoat's previous film, The Proposition.  But it was very good, very powerful.... very bleak.  Not sure I want to see it again.

Yep, my thoughts exactly. I felt empty after watching it. I'm not sure what Viggo Mortensen was thinking of when he let Charlize just walk away. He should at least have asked for a godye sh@g.

The acting, from the boy in particular, was very good. I'm not sure which part I found most depressing - the most disturbing part was when he opened the cellar in the big house.

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Post by: Philly Q on May 31, 2010, 10:28:16 AM
The acting, from the boy in particular, was very good. I'm not sure which part I found most depressing - the most disturbing part was when he opened the cellar in the big house.

[SPOILERS AHEAD!]

I haven't read the book, and I'm not sure if we were "supposed" to think this or not, but I actually found the relationship between the father and son increasingly distressing.  The father, wanting to protect the boy, saw everything and everyone as a threat, but the boy's instinct was to be more trusting - and most of the time, it seemed he was right.

By the end of the film, it was getting to the point where I didn't actually like the father any more.... it felt like it was time for them to be separated, and the boy was actually better off with the family he met.  So I didn't see the father's death as the tragedy it was meant(?) to be...

I guess I should read the book.
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Post by: dave_mc on May 31, 2010, 10:38:12 AM
i saw seventeen again the other night. despite a horrible opening 15 or 20 minutes it actually wasn't that bad.
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Post by: _tom_ on May 31, 2010, 10:54:04 AM
Saw Four Lions the other day, thought it was really good - very funny! Not one to watch if you're easily offended by non-PC stuff though I suppose, seeing as how it's a black comedy about suicide bombers. A recommended watch though.
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on May 31, 2010, 10:56:23 AM
Watched two very enjoyable films recently

Office Space - Very funny, and accurate of the office style life. At least where I work anyway. Although it seems to lose pace at some points.

Leon - Excellent film. Need I say any more?
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Post by: Philly Q on May 31, 2010, 11:00:52 AM
i saw seventeen again the other night.

By choice?  :P
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Post by: Plexi Ken on May 31, 2010, 12:21:58 PM
Office space is a great film, very Dilbert-like,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFS06Z0CCpk


Coraline - Good animated film with wonderfully imaginative visuals. Its a kids movie but would be too scary for small ones. I felt the story was a bit lightweight and confused, it felt pieced-together but worth seeing for fans of the genre.

44 Inch Chest - I'm not keen on the whole Mockney thing and this was one I wasn't impressed with. Very stage play-like, most of the action takes place in one room. The acting is good (cracking cast) but little happens. As usual with Mockey stuff, every other word is f**k or c**t. Joanne Whalley is still hot  :oops:

Nowhere Boy - Biopic about John Lennon's early life. I'm a Beatles fan so would enjoy anything about them and I like this. The main performance from Aaron Johnson was amazing. He has that 'magnetic' element when on screen, you can't look away.


On the TV front, finished Mad Men - Series 3 which was stunningly good.
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Post by: Philly Q on May 31, 2010, 12:30:44 PM
44 Inch Chest - I'm not keen on the whole Mockney thing and this was one I wasn't impressed with. Very stage play-like, most of the action takes place in one room. The acting is good (cracking cast) but little happens. As usual with Mockey stuff, every other word is f**k or c**t. Joanne Whalley is still hot  :oops:

Thanks for that mini-review!  I'd heard positive things about this film but regarded it with deep suspicion because (dare I say it) I really can't stand the hugely-overrated Ray "Fackin" Winstone. 

Sounds like just the kind of film that irritates me, I'll avoid.  :wink:
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on May 31, 2010, 12:54:20 PM
Office space is a great film, very Dilbert-like,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFS06Z0CCpk


Coraline - Good animated film with wonderfully imaginative visuals. Its a kids movie but would be too scary for small ones. I felt the story was a bit lightweight and confused, it felt pieced-together but worth seeing for fans of the genre.

Nowhere Boy - Biopic about John Lennon's early life. I'm a Beatles fan so would enjoy anything about them and I like this. The main performance from Aaron Johnson was amazing. He has that 'magnetic' element when on screen, you can't look away.

Coraline is one of my favourite films actually! And i'm not really into that whole genre at all really.

Glad to hear you liked Nowhere Boy, like yourself, i'm a big Beatles fan and have been looking forward to that film.
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Post by: dave_mc on May 31, 2010, 03:24:09 PM
i saw seventeen again the other night.

By choice?  :P

it came on when i was eating my dinner. by the time i'd finished i figured i might as well watch to the end (it was only like an hour and a half).

office space is awesome.
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Post by: Philly Q on May 31, 2010, 04:11:29 PM
Yeah, I like Office Space too.  :D
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Post by: _tom_ on June 05, 2010, 12:57:29 AM
Iron Man 2 was good, I actually preferred it to the first one. Needed more Scarlett Johansson in that tight suit though imo :P
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Post by: WezV on June 05, 2010, 01:02:50 AM
what happened to good TV - seems to be very little at the moment.  got into the habit of dowloading stuff over the last few years, but there isnt even anything i want to bother with

the only thing i am looking forward to is luther, which is really rather excellent.... bbc have outdone themselves.  but its only the 1 episode left on tuesday.   
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Post by: _tom_ on June 05, 2010, 01:07:18 AM
Have you seen any Fringe yet Wez? Probably my favourite series on at the minute.
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Post by: WezV on June 05, 2010, 10:30:43 AM
yeah, watched all of the second series.   I thought they were mucking about quite a bit, not sure which direction to take it.   1 really awfull singing episode i really didnt enjoy (not like 'once more with feeling' in buffy).    They did do a brilliant episode with time travelling robocop that i found rather moving.  i enjoyed last coule as well.


i have treme to watch but thats it, and i kind of want to save it.... i might start with carnivale again but its dissapointing knowing they rushed the end
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Post by: Philly Q on June 05, 2010, 12:38:37 PM
I watched Fantastic Mr Fox last night.  Haven't read the book, but the film definitely feels more Wes Anderson than Roald Dahl.  Like most of his films it's rather "slight" but charming, I liked it a lot.  Looks great in HD too!  :D
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Post by: _tom_ on June 05, 2010, 12:43:29 PM
yeah, watched all of the second series.   I thought they were mucking about quite a bit, not sure which direction to take it.   1 really awfull singing episode i really didnt enjoy (not like 'once more with feeling' in buffy).    They did do a brilliant episode with time travelling robocop that i found rather moving.  i enjoyed last coule as well.

Yeah I just watched that singing one and agree it was cr@p! As with most tv shows the first season was best :) I haven't finished it all yet, got a few more to watch still I think.
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Post by: dave_mc on June 05, 2010, 01:17:46 PM
yeah i'm going to have to find some more tv... 24 finishes tomorrow night, lost is finished, the pacific has one episode left tonight... Only have dexter left (and that's if i can find a way to catch up :lol: )...

EDIT: oh cr@p, did anyone watch that spoof/comedy snowboarding thing last night on bbc2 (i think... it was one of the terrestrial channels, anyway)... It promised to be the worst film ever, and was actually pretty bad (but in a good way), but i enjoyed it. Just about my level. EDIT: just checked wiki... it was called Out Cold. David Koechner was in it (he was in anchorman, i think), so that tells you how high brow it was.
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Post by: MrBump on June 08, 2010, 03:59:04 PM
Watched The Antichrist the other night.

Holy Mother!!!

Still having flashbacks...

:(
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Post by: _tom_ on June 08, 2010, 04:25:43 PM
24 ending was pretty good, definitely open for another series or film if they decide to milk it for all it's worth :lol: The only TV I have left is a few episodes of House, Fringe season finale and the rest of Breaking Bad S3.

Now watching some cr@p film called The Mist. Quite funny in a "so bad it's good" kinda way.

I really want to watch Shutter Island, just read the book and it was really good (finished it in about 7 hours!) so I'm interested to see the film now.
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Post by: WezV on June 08, 2010, 04:45:53 PM
oh yeah, breaking bad.  i did watch the first series... could always go back to that
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Post by: Philly Q on June 08, 2010, 04:51:23 PM
Watched The Antichrist the other night.

Holy Mother!!!

Still having flashbacks...

:(

I actually couldn't watch during "that bit", horrible!

Good film though, I was expecting "just" a dysfunctional-relationship story so I was pleasantly surprised by the supernatural elements (real or imagined).  Almost like an arthouse Evil Dead.  :lol:

I'll be getting the Criterion Blu-ray when it comes out.
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Post by: dave_mc on June 08, 2010, 09:28:35 PM
24 ending was pretty good, definitely open for another series or film if they decide to milk it for all it's worth :lol:

yeah :lol:
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Post by: WezV on June 08, 2010, 10:58:01 PM
now what?
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Post by: dave_mc on June 09, 2010, 09:42:38 AM
 :?:
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Post by: Plexi Ken on June 09, 2010, 12:15:03 PM
Grave of the Fireflies - Great animated film, I've been wating a long tine to see it and I highly recommended to anyone who hasn't seen it. The story is of a young Japanese boy and his little sister during the end of WWII. Heartbreaking story and you will cry  :wink:

Where the Wild Things Are - Now this was an interesting watch and one of those film that I'm unsure where I stand. It's not like the book (which I was obsessed with as a child) which is fine. The film is dark, sombre and introspective and IMO not a film for children. There is a foreboding and depressed atmosphere that hangs over the entire length of the film. This isn't the usual pop-culture kids flic but an art movie that allow adults to reminisce about the mixture of elation and sadness experienced in childhood.
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Post by: MrBump on June 09, 2010, 01:37:58 PM
^ I loved the book, which I bought for my kids, and they love it too.

I was realyl excited when the film when it came out, and we all rushed along to see it.

Not at all what I expected...  I enjoyed it, the kids less so, but it was kinda bleak.  An interesting film, but not at all what I expected...
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Post by: bucketshred on June 09, 2010, 02:56:20 PM
I watched Coraline last night. I was dead impressed by the visuals, voice acting and overall tone of the film. One of the most enjoyable things I've watched for a while.

Paddy!
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Post by: gingataff on June 09, 2010, 03:15:22 PM
Grave of the Fireflies - Great animated film, I've been waiting a long tine to see it and I highly recommended to anyone who hasn't seen it. The story is of a young Japanese boy and his little sister during the end of WWII. Heartbreaking story and you will cry  :wink:

It made me ball like a baby, but it's probably the best war movie I've ever seen (not that it's a genre I'm particularly interested in).
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Post by: WezV on June 09, 2010, 04:42:05 PM
:?:

the 'now what?' refers to the last line of luther... which i enjoyed.  it seemed to sum up the lack of anything good to watch
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Post by: dave_mc on June 09, 2010, 10:50:39 PM
oh ok. i just had no idea what you were talking about :lol:
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Post by: WezV on June 09, 2010, 10:58:35 PM
i just watched it.  loved it... and thought the line fit my predicament quite well.  i was also hoping someone else may have seen it and picked up on the meaning

true blood is starting again soon (series 3 airs on the 13th), best theme tune ever.  complete cheese but complimented by enough sex and violence that i always want to watch it
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Post by: Brow on June 10, 2010, 04:57:30 PM
i just watched it.  loved it... and thought the line fit my predicament quite well.  i was also hoping someone else may have seen it and picked up on the meaning

I watched Luther but didn't pick up on it  :lol:

Was a decent enough series, I hope they follow it up.
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Post by: Lew on June 15, 2010, 03:35:54 AM
just watched Raimis drag me to hell....  :lol:
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Post by: Ian Price on June 15, 2010, 01:17:37 PM
Cloverfield.

Not bad at all actually - the first 20 minutes were pretty annoying though.
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Post by: Philly Q on June 15, 2010, 01:21:11 PM
I watched The Hurt Locker the other day.  It is extremely well directed and acted, but I didn't find it all that involving somehow.
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Post by: Plexi Ken on June 15, 2010, 02:58:34 PM
Ponyo - Japanese animated film from Studio Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki while I enjoyed it (I'm a Miyazaki fan) it's not up there with his best work (Spirited Away, etc.). The story isn't very strong and is quite odd, most of Miyazaki film are. But with lovely visuals, sweet/cute moments everywhere and a strong heart, a very good film for children. As with Miyazaki there is always a Green message, this one is 'destruction from rising sea levels'. Tina Fey is the voice of the mother and I a huge fan of hers  :oops:

Capitalism: A Love Story - Michael Moore documentary so you know what it'll be like and if you'll like it already  :lol:  I think Moore is an excellent documentary maker, Bowling for Columbine is a great must-see film so I also liked this. It's not so much about what's wrong with Capitalism as it is an attack on the Banking and Finance sector and Government failure to see the potential dangers. The film is more like his earlier films (Roger & Me) so there are lots of failed attempts to interview 'the bad guys' and very soft interviews with 'the good guys'.

Food, Inc. - Documentary about the American food industry. I though it was really good though it's tough to tell how one-sided the arguments are. I am outraged that the food companies would take legal action to prevent consumer knowing what's in their food and the various monopolistic practices they undertake. So that being the case, the film 'worked'  :P
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Post by: Sifu Ben on June 15, 2010, 05:26:52 PM
I just put Ponyo on my Lovefilm list. the general premise seemed a bit childish, but I liked My Neighbour Totoro, so I thought I'd give it a go.
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Post by: Lew on June 19, 2010, 10:46:39 PM
The Human Centipeed....   watch it if you dare  :lol:
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Post by: 7thSon on June 20, 2010, 02:59:44 AM
Haha, how was it Lew? That looks so awful you couldn't pay me to watch it!
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Post by: Lew on June 20, 2010, 03:16:41 AM
You should watch it! There's really very little actual explicit scenes and they are tame. Well... the only scene that was a bit 'hard to swallow' was when they needed to go number 2.....  :lol:
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Post by: Plexi Ken on June 20, 2010, 09:58:48 AM
Sherlock Holmes - Guy Ritchie's version I enjoyed this film, it's good fun, action packed re-imagining with a steampunk-ish feel. The fight scenes were well done, there is an excellent Wing Chun (maybe JKD?) inspired bare knuckle boxing scene. It is a bit brainless but is aimed at a mass market audience, so Ritchie may have pitched it just right. As usual, the ending sets up the next film in the franchise. Robert Downey Jr was first class but he does that 'whispering' thing that so many screen actors do these days. I always find the dialogue difficult to pick up and often miss a word here-and-there. The tonal palette is muted and the highlight and shadows have been exaggerated giving the film a look of a graphic novel (much like 300) this works well IMO. However the 2 main female characters are shot in soft-focus which is cheesy and a pet peeve of mine. The script has plenty of good humour and the odd barb (the UK government is described as self-interested and corrupt) but I though in areas was lazy and could be tightened. Well worth a watch though I don't think many will view twice.
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Post by: MrBump on June 21, 2010, 05:35:02 PM
Cloverfield.

Not bad at all actually - the first 20 minutes were pretty annoying though.

I loved that file, but I know so many that hated it!!!
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Post by: MrBump on June 21, 2010, 05:42:29 PM
true blood is starting again soon (series 3 airs on the 13th), best theme tune ever.  complete cheese but complimented by enough sex and violence that i always want to watch it

That's not on Sky yet, is it?  Couldn't see it anywhere, and I'd hate to miss her it.
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Post by: Ian Price on June 21, 2010, 09:12:14 PM
That's not on Sky yet, is it?  Couldn't see it anywhere, and I'd hate to miss her it.

There's been a few pretty nice broads in the first two series. I was gutted when they killed off Sam Merlottes girlfriend in series 2 (and Jason's in series 1).


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Post by: WezV on June 22, 2010, 07:10:08 AM
not on sky yet - but the first 2 episodes have aired in america.   
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on June 24, 2010, 06:14:35 PM
For the first time ever (although I've watched the car chase many times) I watched Bullitt. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it immensely!
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Post by: Philly Q on June 28, 2010, 11:50:56 PM
I just watched a couple of '80s favourites on Blu-ray - The Monster Squad and Lucio Fulci's City of the Living Dead.  Never thought they could look this good!  :D
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Post by: _tom_ on July 04, 2010, 04:35:37 PM
I feel like I need a new TV series to get addicted to, any suggestions? I've seen all seasons of the following and my life now feels empty!

-24
-Prison Break
-The Shield
-House
-Breaking Bad
-Dexter

I have S1 of The Wire but I don't know if I'm ready for it :lol: I've heard Weeds is good.
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Post by: Brow on July 04, 2010, 04:40:50 PM
Have you seen any of the Life On Mars or Ashes to Ashes stuff?

I bought it on a whim when it was on sale and REALLY got into it!
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Post by: _tom_ on July 04, 2010, 06:50:56 PM
Nope I haven't but I might give em a go. Not really much a fan of the British dramas though for some reason, I think I like how much more "filmic" the US ones are!
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Post by: Plexi Ken on July 04, 2010, 06:54:20 PM
The Wrong Box: Traditional British farce with a stellar cast (Michael Caine, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Peter Sellers,  Tony Hanc--k, etc.). Some funny bits but less than the sum of its parts. One for fan of cult movies.

Crazy Heart: Excellent film with an amazing performance from Jeff Bridges. The story is none too original. Washed up, alcoholic country single trying to get back on his feet but (much like The Wrestler) pulls off the trick to produce a great film.

Tom check out OZ
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Oz-Complete-Season-1-6-DVD/dp/B002D3ZJCG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1278265053&sr=1-1
and Mad Men
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mad-Men-Season-Jon-Hamm/dp/B002DH907C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1278265193&sr=1-1

I'm also enjoying Sons of Anarchy and True Blood.
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Post by: Ian Price on July 04, 2010, 07:14:30 PM
Tom - get on with watching The Wire. Seriously, I think you'll like it. Get past the first couple of episodes and you'll be hooked.
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Post by: Philly Q on July 04, 2010, 07:18:52 PM
I just watched Where The Wild Things Are - not what I expected (although I'm not sure what I was expecting) but rather wonderful.

Yesterday I saw a preview screening of a horror called The Final which is coming out in August.  Utter bollocks.
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on July 04, 2010, 07:46:18 PM
Crazy Heart: Excellent film with an amazing performance from Jeff Bridges. The story is none too original. Washed up, alcoholic country single trying to get back on his feet but (much like The Wrestler) pulls off the trick to produce a great film.


+1. Very good acting by Jeff Bridges. Highly enjoyed it.
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Post by: Ian Price on July 05, 2010, 11:19:50 PM
Watched Moon tonight. Very strange and depressing. Not sure if I liked it.
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Post by: Ian Price on July 05, 2010, 11:20:28 PM
I just watched Where The Wild Things Are - not what I expected (although I'm not sure what I was expecting) but rather wonderful.

Yesterday I saw a preview screening of a horror called The Final which is coming out in August.  Utter bollocks.

I started watching that a few weeks ago but had to shoot out. Not finished it yet - maybe I'll give it another go.
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Post by: Philly Q on July 05, 2010, 11:34:57 PM
Watched Moon tonight. Very strange and depressing. Not sure if I liked it.

I liked Moon.  I found it very sad, but not depressing - and the ending is uplifting, in a very small way.
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Post by: WezV on July 06, 2010, 07:28:04 AM
Watched Moon tonight. Very strange and depressing. Not sure if I liked it.

I liked Moon.  I found it very sad, but not depressing - and the ending is uplifting, in a very small way.

i liked it too. but did anyone happen to watch the preview for it on sky anytime - the bit where they start playing a sort clip of the film?   the buggers decided to pick a clip that gave away the whole plot.  not that its hard to figure out, but still - not on!
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Post by: horsehead on July 06, 2010, 07:41:39 AM
District 13 finally watched...loved it. Typical Luc Besson film though, but the parkour in it was stunning! Tom have you checked out NCIS, well worth it. also there's Firefly

OOOOooo oooo ooo, I forgot...Burn Notice, majorly cool show
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Post by: MrBump on July 06, 2010, 10:24:17 AM
Speaking of films, today is the day that Marty McFly travelled to in a tweaked DeLorian...
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Post by: Sifu Ben on July 06, 2010, 10:43:15 AM
Where's my antigrav skateboard?
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Post by: dave_mc on July 06, 2010, 03:32:36 PM
i liked it too. but did anyone happen to watch the preview for it on sky anytime - the bit where they start playing a sort clip of the film?   the buggers decided to pick a clip that gave away the whole plot.  not that its hard to figure out, but still - not on!

ugh, i hate when that happens. Sky is particularly bad at that. especially in the program guide, you click on a film to see what it's about and you either (a) get a terrible description in broken english which leaves you none the wiser, (b) get a description for the wrong film or (c) learn the entire plot.

e.g.: "A woman moves to a new sleepy town and is befriended by a friendly man. But is he more than he seems?"

Well, I really have no idea, I expect not.  :evil:

And that's awesome about marty mcfly. :lol:

I watched adventures in babysitting last night, just about my level. Many lulz were had. :lol:

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Post by: Plexi Ken on July 06, 2010, 06:32:24 PM
Speaking of films, today is the day that Marty McFly travelled to in a tweaked DeLorian...

Back To The Future 'hoax' - we confess!
http://www.totalfilm.com/news/back-to-the-future-hoax-we-confess/
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Post by: MrBump on July 06, 2010, 09:05:55 PM
Hah!  Owned!!!
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Post by: dave_mc on July 06, 2010, 10:28:07 PM
hahahahahaha
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Post by: MisterMuncher on July 06, 2010, 10:40:47 PM
Watched "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", largely due to a buddy's recent return from Sweden. A rough watch in places, but pretty decent all round. Sequels will be watched soon.
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Post by: Philly Q on July 07, 2010, 12:50:40 AM
I just watched a Spanish thriller called Fermat's Room.  Entertaining and pretty ingenious, but I'm not sure if it would stand up to repeat viewings.
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Post by: dave_mc on July 07, 2010, 12:55:18 PM
against my better judgement i watched a little bit of van wilder 2. it was appalling.
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Post by: Philly Q on July 07, 2010, 01:12:48 PM
against my better judgement i watched a little bit of van wilder 2. it was appalling.

Blimey, wasn't Van Wilder 1 bad enough for you?  :lol:
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Post by: dave_mc on July 07, 2010, 11:17:52 PM
yeah, as i said, against my better judgement.
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Post by: dheim on July 08, 2010, 12:36:16 PM
last night i saw "mutant chronicles".
i didn't expect a good movie, but neither such a pile of bullshot!
malkovic definitely needed a new fridge (he appears for a couple of minutes...)
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on July 08, 2010, 06:06:21 PM
Speaking of films, today is the day that Marty McFly travelled to in a tweaked DeLorian...

Back To The Future 'hoax' - we confess!
http://www.totalfilm.com/news/back-to-the-future-hoax-we-confess/

Thank God, I thought I was losing my touch on BTTF knowledge when a guy at work told me that. I was sure that it wasn't future day!
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Post by: Ian Price on July 10, 2010, 07:41:59 PM
Me too - I had to check after convincing myself (against my judgement) that it was true.
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Post by: Philly Q on July 11, 2010, 10:37:36 AM
With Predators hitting the cinema, I've been watching Predator and Predator 2 on Blu-ray.

Also watched The Relic last night, and the TV print looked so awful I've just ordered that on Blu-ray too.  :roll:
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Post by: Plexi Ken on July 12, 2010, 07:18:10 PM
The Guitar: I have to admit that I only rented this title because there is a guitar involved  :oops: and was pleasantly surprised to find it was a really good film. It's low-budget indie about a woman who radically changes her life after a series of bad news. Trivia: the film was directed by Amy Redford who is Robert Redfords daughter.

2012: I'm going to lose any credibility (if I ever had any) by admitting that I enjoyed watching this  :oops:  It's basically a sequel to The Day After Tomorrow with some When Worlds Collide thrown in. It's totally brainless but there is plenty of big action set pieces and cheesy humour.

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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Post by: Philly Q 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.

I love Python, but I dislike (post-Python) Eric Idle, and Opera.  So I'll avoid.  :lol:
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Post by: _tom_ 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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Post by: WezV 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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Post by: MDV 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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Post by: _tom_ 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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Post by: Plexi Ken 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 à 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.


On the TV front, just finished Curb Your Enthusiasm - Season 7 with is very funny but I can't help but think the show is past its peak, it's just not as funny as it was. However Season 7 is essential viewing for Seinfeld fans as it features a fictional reunion show. As a big Seinfeld fan, it was really something to see the cast back together again.
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Post by: Philly Q on July 21, 2010, 09:24:20 PM
Micmacs (Micmacs à 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.

I've been revisiting more stuff on Blu-ray - The French Connection (I & II), Hellboy (I & II), Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer

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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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo 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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Post by: _tom_ 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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Post by: dheim 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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Post by: Philly Q 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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Post by: _tom_ 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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Post by: Philly Q 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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Post by: Johnny Mac 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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Post by: WezV on July 26, 2010, 11:08:13 PM
watched inception.  nolan is a bar-steward - great film!
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Post by: Philly Q on July 27, 2010, 12:39:31 AM
The Relic.  It was on TV the other week but it's such a dark film, and the print was so bad, it was almost unwatchable.  Much better on Blu-ray!
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Post by: _tom_ on July 29, 2010, 08:30:16 PM
Sherlock Holmes (the Guy Ritchie version) - great fun action film. Apparently the characters of Dr House and Wilson were based on those of Holmes and Watson. This film definitely shows the similarities between them :lol:

Also watched a few episodes of The Wire last night, quite good once you get started and don't expect an action-packed drama!

Watched the first of Weeds tonight and now I want to see more.
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Post by: dave_mc on July 30, 2010, 06:30:18 PM
speaking of sherlock holmes, did anyone watch the new series of it on the bbc last week? i thought it was pretty good.

oh, and do NOT watch made of honor. :lol: it actually makes those l'oreal adverts look like some of patrick dempsey's better work.
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Post by: MDV on July 30, 2010, 06:45:02 PM
speaking of sherlock holmes, did anyone watch the new series of it on the bbc last week? i thought it was pretty good.

oh, and do NOT watch made of honor. :lol: it actually makes those l'oreal adverts look like some of patrick dempsey's better work.

Yeah, I liked it!

I kind of expected to hate it, and I didnt like the text notations of clues and, well, texts and stuff, but it had enough redeeming features that I enjoyed it.

I also recently saw hot tub time machine, and, yeah, not terrible but nothing special. It ammused, expect it to do no more.

I also saw operation endgame - a cr@p film with the sole redeeming feature of that guy from hot tub time machine being really funny.
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Post by: Philly Q on July 30, 2010, 08:46:51 PM
speaking of sherlock holmes, did anyone watch the new series of it on the bbc last week? i thought it was pretty good.

Yeah, I liked it!

I kind of expected to hate it, and I didnt like the text notations of clues and, well, texts and stuff, but it had enough redeeming features that I enjoyed it.

I liked it too (a rare agreement with Mark!  :lol: ). 

I wasn't at all sure about the modernisation aspect, and Benedict Cumberbatch, good though he is, seemed kind of an "obvious" choice as Holmes.  But I really liked Martin Freeman's performance - he's amusing, but not at all in the buffoonish Nigel Bruce "I say Holmes, what the Dickens, eh?" mould.  His Watson seems like a man with real character who actually brings something to the partnership.  Good work!  :)

Now let's hope they can maintain the standard, and it doesn't turn out to be yet another series which bores me after two weeks...
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Post by: Brow on July 30, 2010, 09:35:26 PM
Now let's hope they can maintain the standard, and it doesn't turn out to be yet another series which bores me after two weeks...

It's only on for 3 weeks!  :lol:

I really enjoyed it too. Looking forward to Sundays 2nd part.
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Post by: Philly Q on July 31, 2010, 12:26:05 AM
Now let's hope they can maintain the standard, and it doesn't turn out to be yet another series which bores me after two weeks...

It's only on for 3 weeks!  :lol:

In that case I might just survive to the end of the series.  :lol:


I watched Adventureland this evening.  Not exactly my usual kind of thing, but I ended up enjoying it.
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Post by: MDV on July 31, 2010, 12:42:10 AM
speaking of sherlock holmes, did anyone watch the new series of it on the bbc last week? i thought it was pretty good.

Yeah, I liked it!

I kind of expected to hate it, and I didnt like the text notations of clues and, well, texts and stuff, but it had enough redeeming features that I enjoyed it.

I liked it too (a rare agreement with Mark!  :lol: ). 

I wasn't at all sure about the modernisation aspect, and Benedict Cumberbatch, good though he is, seemed kind of an "obvious" choice as Holmes.  But I really liked Martin Freeman's performance - he's amusing, but not at all in the buffoonish Nigel Bruce "I say Holmes, what the Dickens, eh?" mould.  His Watson seems like a man with real character who actually brings something to the partnership.  Good work!  :)

Now let's hope they can maintain the standard, and it doesn't turn out to be yet another series which bores me after two weeks...

The planets align! (I agree with all your assesments too). I thought that freeman made a great straight man to cumberbatch, and it still gave him a grounded realism to contrast holmes and keep him useful, so its already set up that they need each other, and I thought it did so without being too contrived. Its a really good pairing.

I was worried when cumberbatch first came on because I thought he was too young and clean cut for holmes on initial impression, and suspected the portrayal was going to be goofily modernised alongside the changed time setting, but he carried the lofty, bored intellectual looking for stimulation well (and I think added a dimension of dubious morality, if any morality, that I dont recall being so prominent in the character, and again, doing it well). I was pleased with it.
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Post by: _tom_ on July 31, 2010, 02:36:47 AM
Shaolin Soccer - probably the funniest film I've seen in a long time :lol:
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Post by: Philly Q on July 31, 2010, 10:33:46 AM
Shaolin Soccer - probably the funniest film I've seen in a long time :lol:

I watched it again last week.  Now have you seen Kung Fu Hustle?  :D
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Post by: Ian Price on July 31, 2010, 11:22:58 AM
Sadly I watched the 'remake' of Clash of the Titans last night. What a complete load of sh!t.
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Post by: Philly Q on July 31, 2010, 11:46:10 AM
Sadly I watched the 'remake' of Clash of the Titans last night. What a complete load of sh!t.

That's kind of what I expected... but I still can't help looking forward to seeing how bad it is.  :lol:

Why is Sam Worthington getting all these big roles?  He's incredibly wooden, and there's something unnervingly "dead" about his eyes (I wouldn't be at all surprised to find out he's a serial killer!)

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Post by: Ian Price on July 31, 2010, 01:34:52 PM
Why is Sam Worthington getting all these big roles?

That's exactly what Jane and I were asking when we were watching the film. We also do not understand it. Looks like he has loads of other films lined up as well. Very strange.
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Post by: dave_mc on July 31, 2010, 05:34:11 PM
Yeah, I liked it!

I kind of expected to hate it, and I didnt like the text notations of clues and, well, texts and stuff, but it had enough redeeming features that I enjoyed it.

yep, same here. :) and i also agree with philly's assessment of it.
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Post by: tomjackson on August 01, 2010, 10:45:31 AM

Just watched Toy Story 3.  Really enjoyed it.  Went with my 18 month old, 3 year old, their mum and nan and everybody thought it was great.  There's not many films equally liked by a 1-and-a-half year old lad and a 62 year old lady!

Definitely worth watching, not one just for kids :D
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Post by: Plexi Ken on August 01, 2010, 11:18:49 AM
The Last Station: Good film with excellent performances. If you like costume drama, you'll like this.

Die Welle (The Wave): Watched on iPlayer and though it was great, not without flaws but better than I though it would be having read the synopsis. The characters are a bit too stereotypical but the film keeps moving at a good pace. The end was a bit predicable and IMO a little lazy.

On the TV front, just finished Breaking Bad - Season 2 which was just brilliant, anyone who hasn't seen the series should check it out. I also thought Sherlock was OK, I don't like the text overlays and it's a bit to family friendly (typical BBC,  HBO would have made something much more interesting) but the acting from Cumberbatch and Freeman was good.
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Post by: _tom_ on August 01, 2010, 12:00:35 PM
I watched it again last week.  Now have you seen Kung Fu Hustle?  :D

Nope - is it similar?
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Post by: Philly Q on August 01, 2010, 12:12:25 PM
I watched it again last week.  Now have you seen Kung Fu Hustle?  :D

Nope - is it similar?

Yes, same sort of thing, lots of crazy cartoonish martial arts action with Stephen Chow (and you'll spot a few other cast members from Shaolin Soccer).  Kung Fu Hustle had a bigger budget so the FX are better and there are more big "production numbers".  I think it was quite successful internationally too.  

I don't think it's quite as funny or entertaining as Shaolin Soccer, but it' still very, very good.
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Post by: _tom_ on August 01, 2010, 03:57:30 PM
Might have to give it a go then! The bad FX are what makes Shaolin Soccer so funny though, I think.

Just watched Memento and I'm thoroughly confused.
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Post by: WezV on August 01, 2010, 07:11:31 PM
on the special edition DVD i think they have the option of playing the scenes in chronological order - never done it though, i am worried it will just be an average film with the scenes being in the right order

great film as it is though
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Post by: Philly Q on August 01, 2010, 08:48:19 PM
on the special edition DVD i think they have the option of playing the scenes in chronological order - never done it though, i am worried it will just be an average film with the scenes being in the right order

Yeah, the UK 3-disc edition and US 2-disc edition have that option.  I think life's too short for me to ever get round to watching it though.  Maybe when it comes out on Blu-ray.  :lol:
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Post by: _tom_ on August 01, 2010, 09:26:54 PM
Yeah I think it might be a bit cr@p if it's told "normally".
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Post by: Ian Price on August 02, 2010, 01:40:40 PM
Watched Bruno last night. It was much cruder than I thought it would be (and I expect something very crude). Some genuinely laugh out loud funny moments but also tohers that I thought were going a bit too far.

Might watch it again so that I don't get the initial shock factor.
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Post by: _tom_ on August 03, 2010, 11:07:20 PM
Shutter Island - preferred the book but still a good film that makes you think. Not sure which of the two stories I believed. Anyone else notice a fair few blatant green-screened shots that weren't very well put together?
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Post by: Philly Q on August 04, 2010, 12:57:38 AM
Just watched The Shinjuku Incident.  A very different type of Jackie Chan film - no comedy, very few stunts, lots of action but no martial arts as such.  Interesting, but not particularly good.
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Post by: Philly Q on August 04, 2010, 11:23:34 AM
I know you boys are mostly into American TV series, but did anyone whatch The Deep on BBC1 last night? 

What a big steaming pile of shite.
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Post by: Ian Price on August 04, 2010, 12:20:27 PM
I almost watched it but decided to go for The Boat That Rocked instead. Sounds like it was a sensible choice! Not a bad film - good soundtrack.
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Post by: dave_mc on August 04, 2010, 01:22:59 PM
i watched (against my better judgement) totally awesome last night on rte. Can i bring a case to trading standards?
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Post by: _tom_ on August 05, 2010, 10:43:26 PM
I'm so, so late with this, but I watched 2001: A Space Odyssey last night. Really enjoyed it even though I wasn't originally in the mood for a slow/weird film! The effects and camera work are really good, can't figure out how some of it was done still so I'm gonna have to have a rewatch some time. I have no idea what it was really about though.
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Post by: MDV on August 05, 2010, 11:58:30 PM
I'm so, so late with this, but I watched 2001: A Space Odyssey last night. Really enjoyed it even though I wasn't originally in the mood for a slow/weird film! The effects and camera work are really good, can't figure out how some of it was done still so I'm gonna have to have a rewatch some time. I have no idea what it was really about though.

Alien super-power seeds the universe with Monoliths which identify biological traits that can lead to intelligence and enhance them, guiding animal life toward spacefaring civilisation.

The ones the apes at the start discovered prompted their advancement into humans, the one on the moon was a development marker that showed a species had developed spaceflight and the ability to find it when buried and the one near saturn/jupiter (depending whether its the book or film) was to accelerate humans to some next step in assisted evolution.

HAL went nuts because of some cliched 'does not compute' contradiction between being programmed to be honest, but follow instructions, but then being ordered to withold all the information behind the Discovery mission from the crew ('he' was the only 'crew member' that knew everything about it with the discovery on the moon and the signal (noise the monolith made) to saturn/jupiter). The only way out that was allowed to him with all that was to kill the crew, apparently.

Needless to say, the book/s are better, despite the film being as good as it is. If you know whats going on its all there to figure out, but theres more depth and discussion in the books.
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Post by: Plexi Ken on August 06, 2010, 11:49:29 AM
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Loved it, excellent murder mystery Swedish language film. A soon-to-be-imprisoned journalist teams up with a damaged hacker to solve a family secret. I highly recommend it to those how haven't seen it.
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Post by: Philly Q on August 06, 2010, 12:00:18 PM
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Loved it, excellent murder mystery Swedish language film. A soon-to-be-imprisoned journalist teams up with a damaged hacker to solve a family secret. I highly recommend it to those how haven't seen it.

Can't wait for the US remake.



Not.



Although to be fair, with David Fincher directing it'll probably be OK.  Just unnecessary.
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Post by: Mr. Air on August 06, 2010, 12:05:08 PM
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Loved it, excellent murder mystery Swedish language film. A soon-to-be-imprisoned journalist teams up with a damaged hacker to solve a family secret. I highly recommend it to those how haven't seen it.

Read the books and get all the fun  :D
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on August 06, 2010, 01:25:05 PM
I'm so, so late with this, but I watched 2001: A Space Odyssey last night. Really enjoyed it even though I wasn't originally in the mood for a slow/weird film! The effects and camera work are really good, can't figure out how some of it was done still so I'm gonna have to have a rewatch some time. I have no idea what it was really about though.

Alien super-power seeds the universe with Monoliths which identify biological traits that can lead to intelligence and enhance them, guiding animal life toward spacefaring civilisation.

The ones the apes at the start discovered prompted their advancement into humans, the one on the moon was a development marker that showed a species had developed spaceflight and the ability to find it when buried and the one near saturn/jupiter (depending whether its the book or film) was to accelerate humans to some next step in assisted evolution.

HAL went nuts because of some cliched 'does not compute' contradiction between being programmed to be honest, but follow instructions, but then being ordered to withold all the information behind the Discovery mission from the crew ('he' was the only 'crew member' that knew everything about it with the discovery on the moon and the signal (noise the monolith made) to saturn/jupiter). The only way out that was allowed to him with all that was to kill the crew, apparently.

Needless to say, the book/s are better, despite the film being as good as it is. If you know whats going on its all there to figure out, but theres more depth and discussion in the books.

Thanks for that, i've never been able to figure out that film!
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Post by: _tom_ on August 06, 2010, 06:16:51 PM
+1, I don't think the film gives any real clues to that storyline at all :lol:
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Post by: dave_mc on August 06, 2010, 06:56:50 PM
Can't wait for the US remake.



Not.



Although to be fair, with David Fincher directing it'll probably be OK.  Just unnecessary.

yeah, i mean what's the point?
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Post by: Philly Q on August 06, 2010, 08:34:51 PM
Can't wait for the US remake.



Not.



Although to be fair, with David Fincher directing it'll probably be OK.  Just unnecessary.

yeah, i mean what's the point?

The real answer, sadly, is that most cinema-goers aren't willing to read subtitles.  :(
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Post by: MDV on August 06, 2010, 09:22:44 PM
No bother Ted and tom - the biggest clue to the monoliths purpose is the intro; the apes start using bones as tools (insofar as weapons are tools), and the connection in imagery between the bone thrown in the air and the spacecraft in the next scene; its not just a nice blend, its saying 'this led to that'. This gives the clue that the monoliths are development accelerators and therefore explains the ending.

I believe the first one, with the apes, was planted there when the aliens visited earth for the second time - the first being before multicellular life arose (obviously that detail isnt in the film, and I'm not certain its in the first book either, but I think it is) and they recognised the potential for intelligence in the apes.

Then the one on the moon is just to check that we've made it that far. It sends a signal to the one round jupiter to activate, and so invites us to follow the signal. Its a series of qualifications; make it this far and you've proved youre ready for the next step. That one takes a bit of adding up from just the film I'll grant you - I didnt see that till I read it, but it is there to be seen/inferred.

Then when they get to jupiter (saturn in the book) the final big monolith makes the last crewman into a non-coporeal super-being (still well less advanced than the aliens are by then though, as the books reveal). Him looking like a fetus is kubric trying to signify all of his new alien nature, his rebirth and the vast amount of advancement still to go with one image.

The biggest clue to how/why HAL went crazy is that he sabotages the com array first - it was earth that was giving him his instructions to lie about the nature of the mission and that was his attempt to sever himself from the thing that was putting him in a position contracictorty to his programming.

Anywho, there are books, 4 of them, and one other (comparatively poor) film based on the second book that explains a lot about the first one. 2001, 2010, 2061, 3001. 3001 reveals by far the most - the fella that drifted off into space is found and revived and the monoliths try to destroy us.
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Post by: WezV on August 07, 2010, 12:48:50 AM
I believe the first one, with the apes, was planted there when the aliens visited earth for the second time - the first being before multicellular life arose (obviously that detail isnt in the film, and I'm not certain its in the first book either, but I think it is) and they recognised the potential for intelligence in the apes.

Then the one on the moon is just to check that we've made it that far. It sends a signal to the one round jupiter to activate, and so invites us to follow the signal. Its a series of qualifications; make it this far and you've proved youre ready for the next step. That one takes a bit of adding up from just the film I'll grant you - I didnt see that till I read it, but it is there to be seen/inferred.

i have not read the books, but i clearly remember watching the film as a rather young child.   It stayed with me for a while in dreams and got mixed up with other stuff like it does when you see stuff young- but the monoliths as markers, or even catalysts of development always seemed clear.

it probably was not till i was 17 or 18 that i watched it again, and seen it a few times since
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Post by: MDV on August 07, 2010, 01:59:50 AM
I believe the first one, with the apes, was planted there when the aliens visited earth for the second time - the first being before multicellular life arose (obviously that detail isnt in the film, and I'm not certain its in the first book either, but I think it is) and they recognised the potential for intelligence in the apes.

Then the one on the moon is just to check that we've made it that far. It sends a signal to the one round jupiter to activate, and so invites us to follow the signal. Its a series of qualifications; make it this far and you've proved youre ready for the next step. That one takes a bit of adding up from just the film I'll grant you - I didnt see that till I read it, but it is there to be seen/inferred.

i have not read the books, but i clearly remember watching the film as a rather young child.   It stayed with me for a while in dreams and got mixed up with other stuff like it does when you see stuff young- but the monoliths as markers, or even catalysts of development always seemed clear.

it probably was not till i was 17 or 18 that i watched it again, and seen it a few times since

Yeah, I saw it as a small child as well, and it was obvious that the monoliths were evolutionary steriods. I got that the monolith on the moon was a checkpoint, but didnt grasp its role as bait for the big one out at jupiter till after I read the book, mainly because I didnt know what the nose was about because I was too busy thinking 'but theres no air on the moon!'.

The main thing thats much more clear in the books is HALs behaviour.

I read the books when I was about 13 or 14, and it all made perfect sense after that. You can see the backstory, which is explicit in the books, implicitly in the sequence of events and imagery of the film. When I saw the film again, must've been my early 20s, I could see pages and pages of text in a single shot - its very much a film of 'a picture speaks a thousand words'.

There are still some big omissions, but I shant spoil those for anyone inclined to read it rather than watch. Lets just say that the how low the story places us on the intelligence/civilisational pay grade is much more explicit, and the whole story has a vastly greater sense of cosmic majesty.
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Post by: _tom_ on August 07, 2010, 09:38:24 AM
I must just be thick/inattentive then becuase I never really made the connection between the monoliths and evolution :lol: :oops:
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Post by: dave_mc on August 07, 2010, 04:23:14 PM
The real answer, sadly, is that most cinema-goers aren't willing to read subtitles.  :(

yeah it sucks. I mean I'm interested in languages anyway, so i like it, but not willing to read? lolwut?

which reminds me, what can be quite fun is going to see an english-language film in a non-english-speaking country which is subtitled. You always get to laugh a couple of seconds before the rest of the audience. Makes you feel superior :lol: well either that or you get punched for spoiling it for everyone else :lol:
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Post by: Philly Q on August 08, 2010, 02:45:46 PM
The real answer, sadly, is that most cinema-goers aren't willing to read subtitles.  :(

yeah it sucks. I mean I'm interested in languages anyway, so i like it, but not willing to read? lolwut?

which reminds me, what can be quite fun is going to see an english-language film in a non-english-speaking country which is subtitled. You always get to laugh a couple of seconds before the rest of the audience. Makes you feel superior :lol: well either that or you get punched for spoiling it for everyone else :lol:

I find it's almost the opposite - I read the subs fast so I'm laughing before the actors have finished speaking.

Which reminds me, I just saw a poster for Let Me In, the pointless US remake of Let The Right One In.  Must be coming soon....  :?
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Post by: dave_mc on August 08, 2010, 06:20:38 PM
ah yeah that sometimes happens too. just depends on how the subtitling is done :lol:
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Post by: Philly Q on August 10, 2010, 12:48:50 AM
Just watched Gamer.



.............................words fail me.  :|
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Post by: Mr. Air on August 10, 2010, 12:09:07 PM
Just watched Gamer.



.............................words fail me.  :|

Ha ha ha. I take it, that you didn't really like it, Philly. I had only heard very bad things about it so I actually didn't find it that bad. I quite liked the idea of this "virtual reality" (was it called the place or something like that). Quite scary.

And what's up with all these American remakes of non American films? Is it just because Hollywood wants to make money or is it because Americans are to lazy to read subtitles? Might be both...
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Post by: MDV on August 10, 2010, 03:22:48 PM
Just watched Gamer.



.............................words fail me.  :|

I liked gamer.

Because it was some good ideas mixed with 101 proof stupid, and that often entertains me.
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Post by: Philly Q on August 10, 2010, 03:41:03 PM
I'm afraid the good ideas, such as they were, were completely buried under all the stupidity, annoying choppy editing and ludicrous hammy acting (and God, Kyra Sedgwick is ugly).

I was so appalled by the film I went and read some reviews.  It seemed to pick up some praise for the "game-like" quality of the action scenes.  That may be true - I'm not a gamer - but I found them so completely and utterly uninvolving I was very, very, tempted to fast-forward or just switch off altogether.

I suppose I should've known what to expect from the directors of Crank....
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Post by: Mr. Air on August 11, 2010, 05:35:35 AM
I'm afraid the good ideas, such as they were, were completely buried under all the stupidity, annoying choppy editing and ludicrous hammy acting (and God, Kyra Sedgwick is ugly).

I was so appalled by the film I went and read some reviews.  It seemed to pick up some praise for the "game-like" quality of the action scenes.  That may be true - I'm not a gamer - but I found them so completely and utterly uninvolving I was very, very, tempted to fast-forward or just switch off altogether.

I suppose I should've known what to expect from the directors of Crank....

I really like the two Crank films. They're very similar, but it's just refreshing with an action b-film that doesn't want to more than an action b-film. I think the director nailed the andrenalin pumping feel well with some untraditional filming and Mike Patons sound track
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Post by: Philly Q on August 11, 2010, 07:59:11 AM
Well, there you go, horses for courses.  I haven't seen the second Crank film yet, but I really hated the first one.  :lol:


I watched an entirely different style of film last night, Giuseppe Tornatore's psychological thriller La Sconosciuta (aka The Unknown Woman).  Absolutely brilliant.
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Post by: Mr. Air on August 11, 2010, 02:20:32 PM
Well, there you go, horses for courses.  I haven't seen the second Crank film yet, but I really hated the first one.  :lol:


I watched an entirely different style of film last night, Giuseppe Tornatore's psychological thriller La Sconosciuta (aka The Unknown Woman).  Absolutely brilliant.

If you didn't like the first crank film you'll probably hate the second as well as nothing really has changed  :D

The Unknown Woman sounds like something to put on my "must watch"-list.

I watched Kick-Ass a week ago. Was a bit disapointed as I had hoped for more. Still watchable though.
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Post by: WezV on August 11, 2010, 02:51:55 PM
just watched whip it last night.  It does suffer from the typical 'follow your dream not your parents/sports film' script cliches but was quite enjoyable.

but juliette lewis now has man clevage
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Post by: dave_mc on August 11, 2010, 05:58:42 PM
i haven't seen either of the cranks. i generally work on the basis that if statham is in a film, that i won't want to see it :lol:
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Post by: Philly Q on August 11, 2010, 06:32:39 PM
i haven't seen either of the cranks. i generally work on the basis that if statham is in a film, that i won't want to see it :lol:

Funnily enough, I don't mind most of his films.  Death Race was OK, I even like the first two Transporter movies (the third was utterly horrendous).  But Crank was just a bit too in-your-face stupid and manic, it really annoyed me.

Stupid action movies are very hard to predict - most just pass the time but some are genuinely enjoyable (Shoot 'Em Up, District 13) and some make me want to gouge my own eyes out (Hitman, Gamer).


but juliette lewis now has man clevage

Man cleavage?  :?
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Post by: WezV on August 11, 2010, 06:47:54 PM
but juliette lewis now has man clevage

Man cleavage?  :?

i.e.  you know those blokes that seem to be wearing very low/baggy v neck tops to show off a bit of muscle cleavage.   well i think she has got a bit too toned, and now has the same thing going on

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Post by: Philly Q on August 11, 2010, 06:54:39 PM
Yes, I see what you mean.  Juliette Lewis has achieved the look Simon Cowell strives for.  :lol:
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on August 11, 2010, 11:30:16 PM
Talking of stupid action films, I watched Taken a while ago. And although completely stupid, i thoroughly enjoyed it. Even though Liam Neeson didn't have a beard in it.
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Post by: Philly Q on August 11, 2010, 11:37:20 PM
Talking of stupid action films, I watched Taken a while ago. And although completely stupid, i thoroughly enjoyed it. Even though Liam Neeson didn't have a beard in it.

The main problem I had with Taken is that, compared with District 13 (also directed by Pierre Morel), they had to resort to the good ole choppy-editing method to make it look like Neeson could actually fight.... but it's OK.

Is Liam Neeson only good when he has a beard?  That's a rule-of-thumb I apply to Ryan Reynolds movies.  :lol:
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Post by: Sifu Ben on August 12, 2010, 03:02:41 PM
Off to see Karate Kid tonight :D
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Post by: Plexi Ken on August 12, 2010, 04:15:55 PM
Just watched The Infidel an identity crisis comedy written by  David Baddiel, there are a few good jokes but not a good film.
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Post by: dave_mc on August 12, 2010, 06:18:36 PM
Is Liam Neeson only good when he has a beard?  That's a rule-of-thumb I apply to Ryan Reynolds movies.  :lol:

i can't think of any ryan reynolds movies where he has a beard... ;) :lol:

i saw get smart last night, i liked it :lol:
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Post by: Philly Q on August 12, 2010, 08:27:00 PM
Is Liam Neeson only good when he has a beard?  That's a rule-of-thumb I apply to Ryan Reynolds movies.  :lol:

i can't think of any ryan reynolds movies where he has a beard... ;) :lol:

He has a beard in:

Blade: Trinity
The Amityville Horror
Smokin' Aces
Wolverine (I think... maybe not)

I know those aren't exactly great, but they're a damn sight better than Van Wilder, Just Friends or The Proposal.  :lol:
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Post by: Mr. Air on August 12, 2010, 09:31:59 PM
Is Liam Neeson only good when he has a beard?  That's a rule-of-thumb I apply to Ryan Reynolds movies.  :lol:

i can't think of any ryan reynolds movies where he has a beard... ;) :lol:

He has a beard in:

Blade: Trinity
The Amityville Horror
Smokin' Aces
Wolverine (I think... maybe not)

I know those aren't exactly great, but they're a damn sight better than Van Wilder, Just Friends or The Proposal.  :lol:

Definitely Maybe. Ryan Reynolds without a beard and a good movie  :D
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Post by: Philly Q on August 12, 2010, 10:23:18 PM
I haven't seen Definitely, Maybe, but I see it's a romcom so it's pretty much a dead cert I wouldn't like it.  :P

I did like Adventureland, and he's beardless in that.... it's not a hard and fast rule, just a guideline!  :lol:
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Post by: Sifu Ben on August 13, 2010, 12:23:34 AM
Karate Kid was OK, improved for me because I recognised the locations (and even some of the people :o ). Personally found it a bit strange watching 12 year olds beating each other senseless.
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Post by: Mr. Air on August 13, 2010, 07:00:53 AM
I haven't seen Definitely, Maybe, but I see it's a romcom so it's pretty much a dead cert I wouldn't like it.  :P

I did like Adventureland, and he's beardless in that.... it's not a hard and fast rule, just a guideline!  :lol:

I take it that romcom equals romantic comedy (I'm I right?). Definitely Maybe is no where near a comedy. Romantic drama is much more appropriate. I'm not really into the whole romantic drama/comedy/whatever-thing, but Definitely Maybe is definitely worth watching. You shold give it a chance, Philly  :D
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Post by: WezV on August 13, 2010, 09:58:42 AM
Karate Kid was OK, improved for me because I recognised the locations (and even some of the people :o ). Personally found it a bit strange watching 12 year olds beating each other senseless.

thats my problem with the film.  i was always quite happy watching ralph macchio get beat up, not sure its the same with kids that young
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Post by: Fourth Feline on August 13, 2010, 05:06:56 PM
Karate Kid was OK. Personally found it a bit strange watching 12 year olds beating each other senseless.

You've not been to Leeds then ?
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Post by: _tom_ on August 13, 2010, 05:49:45 PM
I have Rec 2 to watch later :D Apparently it's as good as the first so I'm looking forward to it!
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Post by: dave_mc on August 13, 2010, 07:41:27 PM
He has a beard in:

Blade: Trinity
The Amityville Horror
Smokin' Aces
Wolverine (I think... maybe not)

I know those aren't exactly great, but they're a damn sight better than Van Wilder, Just Friends or The Proposal.  :lol:

i don't think i've seen any of those (the ones with the beard) :lol: but yeah the ones you mentioned (i haven't seen the proposal either) sucked :lol:

was definitely maybe the emetic one? i think i've seen it... :lol:
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Post by: Plexi Ken on August 14, 2010, 02:16:57 PM
Just watched Legion, it got terrible reviews and it is a poor film but I though it was better than the reviews portrait. Kind of sums up those type of films, crazy plot, hideous dialogue, endless gun-play, ending sets up the  sequel etc. Avoid... unless you love cheese  :?
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Post by: _tom_ on August 14, 2010, 11:00:15 PM
Knight and Day. Surprisingly good actually. Nothing deep or outstanding but a good action/comedy film and for once Tom Cruise was likeable!
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Post by: Lew on August 15, 2010, 12:02:48 AM
Shutter Island - it took all of 20mins to know he was a patient - enjoyable nonetheless
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Post by: WezV on August 15, 2010, 01:02:23 AM
yeah, i watched shutter island last night.

tbh  i also guessed the him being a patient thing quite early, but was really expecting a bit more than that since it seemed so obvious from the moment we are introduced to a character convinced  she is living a different life.

I liked it though, and i liked that the extreme psychological 'treatment' worked and he decided to die a man rather than live as a monster
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Post by: Ian Price on August 15, 2010, 08:25:26 AM
I watched the original Planet of the Apes last night. First time I have seen it - not bad at all. Nova was very nice indeed.
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Post by: dave_mc on August 15, 2010, 04:44:35 PM
well here's one person who won't have to guess the twist in shutter island... :lol:
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Post by: Philly Q on August 15, 2010, 05:03:46 PM
well here's one person who won't have to guess the twist in shutter island... :lol:

Yeah, I quickly averted my eyes after I started reading those posts, but I couldn't avoid all of it....  :|

It'll probably be quite a while before I see it, though, and I watch so many films I tend to forget stuff quite easily.  So my mind will hopefully be blank by then!
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Post by: WezV on August 15, 2010, 05:10:31 PM
ah bugger, its hard to have a thread like this without the odd spoiler sneaking in

tbh, it could be interpreted in different ways so dont take what we said at face value
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Post by: _tom_ on August 15, 2010, 08:11:37 PM
Well I saw it coming because I'd already read the book! Good film though but I actually preferred the book. I still can't fully make my mind up about the ending anyway. Oh and the last line of the film isn't in the book as far as I'm aware.
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Post by: Philly Q on August 16, 2010, 12:46:08 AM
I've just watched Gomorrah, about the criminal activities of the Camorra in southern Italy.  Powerful stuff!
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Post by: dave_mc on August 16, 2010, 12:47:21 PM
Yeah, I quickly averted my eyes after I started reading those posts, but I couldn't avoid all of it....  :|

It'll probably be quite a while before I see it, though, and I watch so many films I tend to forget stuff quite easily.  So my mind will hopefully be blank by then!
yeah same here. Don't worry wez (and Lew), you didn't mean it, and I'm sure I've posted the odd spoiler which I didn't realise was a spoiler either. I'll be more careful in future, though. :)
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Post by: Ian Price on August 16, 2010, 02:26:01 PM
I watched 21 last night. Not bad at all actually. Some things that didn't make sense - Kevin Spacey's character previously being banned from Las Vegas and then brazenly walking around watching his students was a little odd.

Apparently the book this is based on is also very good. I may give it a read.
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Post by: Plexi Ken on August 16, 2010, 09:06:28 PM
I've just watched Gomorrah, about the criminal activities of the Camorra in southern Italy.  Powerful stuff!

Great film, a real antidote to the usual 'glamour' gangster films.

Just finished Lourdes a French language religious satire. It was absolutely amazing, just my type of film. The acting is great, very natural and subtle, no show boating. The script is sparse which emphasise the odd behaviour of the characters. It also features Léa Seydoux, who is very easy on the eye, http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3955394816/ch0157116
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Post by: Philly Q on August 16, 2010, 09:34:58 PM
Just finished Lourdes a French language religious satire. It was absolutely amazing, just my type of film. The acting is great, very natural and subtle, no show boating. The script is sparse which emphasise the odd behaviour of the characters. It also features Léa Seydoux, who is very easy on the eye, http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3955394816/ch0157116

You, sir, are a man of taste!  :D   I saw Lourdes at the LFF last year and loved it to bits. 

You called it a satire, and I saw it that way too - in the gentlest possible way - but I think the film actually leaves you completely free to form your own impression.  If you're sceptical about "miracles" it's satire, but I imagine a true believer could watch it and see it completely differently.  Or you could see it almost as a documentary!  And the ending manages to be happy and achingly sad at the same time.
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Post by: dave_mc on August 16, 2010, 11:40:47 PM
yeah, 21 was alright, but i was a bit concerned about how the casinos were almost portrayed as the "good guys"... o_O

"All these nice mafia-run casinos are just trying to make an honest buck by completely playing the odds and hiring goons to beat the cr@p out of anyone who makes any money, and then these fly college boys who are actually smart enough to beat the system without actually cheating AT ALL evilly come along to try to get a share of the profits! The monsters!"

What is wrong with card counting anyway? :?

I haven't seen that french film but you seem to have linked to a completely different person in imdb (unless she has a couple of pseudonyms).

Speaking of non-english language stuff, I watched wallander on bbc4 on saturday, it was very good.
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Post by: WezV on August 16, 2010, 11:52:59 PM
What is wrong with card counting anyway? :?

nothing - unless you run a casino
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Post by: dave_mc on August 16, 2010, 11:59:34 PM
that's what i mean. I mean it's not cheating (like hiding cards up your sleeve is), it's just something which is perfectly fine and fair (imo) but which cuts into the casinos' profits. :?
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Post by: WezV on August 17, 2010, 12:12:57 AM
tbh i think it would be hard to play cards regularly and not start thinking about the cards that have gone before and the cards you dont have... its not a big jump to actually be 'counting' them
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Post by: Sifu Ben on August 17, 2010, 09:03:31 AM
Card counting schemes typically involve 3 people, which is certainly against the spirit of things. If you are somehow smart enough to count by yourself then yeah, I don't see anything wrong with it.
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Post by: dave_mc on August 17, 2010, 07:40:31 PM
^ yeah, that's true, i mean if there are 15 of you to let you do it then that's different.

I'm not entirely sure if there's much spirit in it, though. :lol:

tbh i think it would be hard to play cards regularly and not start thinking about the cards that have gone before and the cards you dont have... its not a big jump to actually be 'counting' them

aye
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Post by: Plexi Ken on August 18, 2010, 12:36:16 PM
Just finished Lourdes a French language religious satire. It was absolutely amazing, just my type of film. The acting is great, very natural and subtle, no show boating. The script is sparse which emphasise the odd behaviour of the characters. It also features Léa Seydoux, who is very easy on the eye, http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3955394816/ch0157116

You, sir, are a man of taste!  :D   I saw Lourdes at the LFF last year and loved it to bits. 

You called it a satire, and I saw it that way too - in the gentlest possible way - but I think the film actually leaves you completely free to form your own impression.  If you're sceptical about "miracles" it's satire, but I imagine a true believer could watch it and see it completely differently.  Or you could see it almost as a documentary!  And the ending manages to be happy and achingly sad at the same time.

Absolutely, like a good painting, the interpretation reflects the viewers opinions not the makers.
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Post by: MDV on August 19, 2010, 10:49:16 AM
Legion

Because what christian mythology was missing was a fetish for automatic firearms.

Id say 'and total incoherence and nonsense', but its already got those in abundance.

What else did I see?

Oh yeah, the talented mr ripley. I dont know why poeple dont like matt damon. He cant act most people under the table.
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Post by: Philly Q on August 19, 2010, 11:06:50 AM
I dont know why poeple dont like matt damon. He cant act most people under the table.

Freudian slip?  :P

I like Matt Damon, although he's made a lot of films I don't like.  I love the the Bourne movies.  Never seen The Talented Mr Ripley, for some unknown reason, although I have read Patricia Highsmith's Ripley books.

I'm looking forward to Legion, I love horror/action movies with a religious angle.  :lol:

Watched Shaun Of The Dead on Blu-ray last night, I'll probably follow up with Hot Fuzz this evening.
 
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Post by: dave_mc on August 19, 2010, 11:17:47 AM
yeah i don't mind matt damon either. stuck on you is a modern classic.
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Post by: WezV on August 19, 2010, 11:20:24 AM
legion was utter pants.  The trailer was brilliant though... so the film must have a total of about 3 good minutes in it

looking forward to seeing scott pilgrim, just reread all the (comic) books again and from what i have seen it seems like edgar wright has got the style spot on.  hopefully it will translate well to film.. I mean, watchmen was so close to being spot on but it didnt make it a brilliant film
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Post by: dave_mc on August 19, 2010, 11:27:47 AM
i hate when that happens with a trailer. dodgeball was the same, all the best jokes were in the trailer.
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Post by: Philly Q on August 19, 2010, 02:00:51 PM
legion was utter pants.  The trailer was brilliant though... so the film must have a total of about 3 good minutes in it

i hate when that happens with a trailer. dodgeball was the same, all the best jokes were in the trailer.

It's always a bad sign if a trailer is (a)very long or (b)seems to be giving away a lot of plot points, especially bits which are obviously from near the end of the film.

It pretty much guarantees you've just watched all the good bits and you may as well not bother with the film.

But I still want to see Legion.  :lol:
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Post by: Plexi Ken on August 19, 2010, 02:21:15 PM
Centurion which was rubbish and the really annoying thing is it would have been easy to massively improve it. The dialogue is some of the worst I've ever heard, much of it unintentional funny. The many fight scenes are realistically gore filled but are boring. The parallels draw with current campaigns are clumsy and the ending is tacked on.
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Post by: Philly Q on August 19, 2010, 02:42:49 PM
Centurion which was rubbish and the really annoying thing is it would have been easy to massively improve it. The dialogue is some of the worst I've ever heard, much of it unintentional funny. The many fight scenes are realistically gore filled but are boring. The parallels draw with current campaigns are clumsy and the ending is tacked on.

Is that the Neil Marshall one?  He showed so much promise with his first two films, then got ludicrously self-indulgent (far too early in his career) on Doomsday, and it sounds like he's gone wrong again.  I hope he gets back on track.  :?
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Post by: Ian Price on August 19, 2010, 04:17:51 PM
Watched Shaun Of The Dead on Blu-ray last night, I'll probably follow up with Hot Fuzz this evening.

Of the two I much preferred Hot Fuzz.
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Post by: MrBump on August 19, 2010, 04:53:51 PM
^ I can't think of Matt Damon without "Team America" coming to mind.

F*ck, YEAH!!!
Title: Re: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Andrew W on August 19, 2010, 08:01:52 PM
legion was utter pants.  The trailer was brilliant though... so the film must have a total of about 3 good minutes in it

looking forward to seeing scott pilgrim, just reread all the (comic) books again and from what i have seen it seems like edgar wright has got the style spot on.  hopefully it will translate well to film.. I mean, watchmen was so close to being spot on but it didnt make it a brilliant film
Really hope you like Scott Pilgrim. I spent 18 months working on it and I think it's the best film I've been on in the decade or so I've been in visual effects. Edgar Wright has made something special with this and I genuinely think it's unlike anything else out there stylistically.
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Post by: dave_mc on August 19, 2010, 11:05:42 PM
It's always a bad sign if a trailer is (a)very long or (b)seems to be giving away a lot of plot points, especially bits which are obviously from near the end of the film.

It pretty much guarantees you've just watched all the good bits and you may as well not bother with the film.


yeah definitely :lol:
Title: Re: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Philly Q on August 20, 2010, 12:54:27 AM
legion was utter pants.  The trailer was brilliant though... so the film must have a total of about 3 good minutes in it

looking forward to seeing scott pilgrim, just reread all the (comic) books again and from what i have seen it seems like edgar wright has got the style spot on.  hopefully it will translate well to film.. I mean, watchmen was so close to being spot on but it didnt make it a brilliant film
Really hope you like Scott Pilgrim. I spent 18 months working on it and I think it's the best film I've been on in the decade or so I've been in visual effects. Edgar Wright has made something special with this and I genuinely think it's unlike anything else out there stylistically.

As usual with films based on graphic novels, I know zero about the source material but I'm looking forward to the film.

Just watching Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz again the last two evenings, I think Edgar Wright is a massive talent.  Most British comedy films feel like extended episodes of sitcoms, but Wright (and Pegg) seem to instinctively be able to operate on a real big-screen movie scale.  Those two films play with cliches and affectionately make fun of certain types of genre movies, but they also manage to be brilliant examples of those genres (a bit like Galaxy Quest, which is by far the best Star Trek movie ever made!).
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Post by: Mr. Air on August 20, 2010, 05:44:13 AM
Is there such a thing as a good Star Trek movie?
Title: Re: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Plexi Ken on August 20, 2010, 12:44:00 PM
Centurion which was rubbish and the really annoying thing is it would have been easy to massively improve it. The dialogue is some of the worst I've ever heard, much of it unintentional funny. The many fight scenes are realistically gore filled but are boring. The parallels draw with current campaigns are clumsy and the ending is tacked on.

Is that the Neil Marshall one?  He showed so much promise with his first two films, then got ludicrously self-indulgent (far too early in his career) on Doomsday, and it sounds like he's gone wrong again.  I hope he gets back on track.  :?

Yes, it's a Neil Marshall film, he also scripted the film, which is where he may have gone wrong.

I watched Extract yesterday, it is billed at a follow up to Office Space but isn't in the same league but is way better than Idiocracy. The set up is opposite to Office Space, the Boss is a good guy and the workers are idiots. There are quite a few funny moments and the performances are good but the plot is a bit jumbled and has too many concurrent story lines. Feels more like a pilot for a TV show than a film.
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Post by: ToneMonkey on August 20, 2010, 12:55:09 PM

Just watching Shaun Of The Dead

In a couple of hours, I'll be driving down to London and staying just around the corner from where it was filmed.  I might have to go and get myself a Cornetto (again) from the shop.

There's another road in the local area that is due to be closed for a film shoot soon (I think Mr Pegg lives on this road).  So maybe they're doing something else at the minute.
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Post by: Philly Q on August 20, 2010, 02:05:35 PM

Just watching Shaun Of The Dead

In a couple of hours, I'll be driving down to London and staying just around the corner from where it was filmed.  I might have to go and get myself a Cornetto (again) from the shop.

There's another road in the local area that is due to be closed for a film shoot soon (I think Mr Pegg lives on this road).  So maybe they're doing something else at the minute.

Wherebouts is it?  I don't think it's south London, but the houses and street layouts are very similar to the ones in my area - I can easily imagine Shaun of the Dead taking place in Streatham.   :)
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Post by: dave_mc on August 20, 2010, 09:37:09 PM
I watched Extract yesterday, it is billed at a follow up to Office Space but isn't in the same league but is way better than Idiocracy. The set up is opposite to Office Space, the Boss is a good guy and the workers are idiots. There are quite a few funny moments and the performances are good but the plot is a bit jumbled and has too many concurrent story lines. Feels more like a pilot for a TV show than a film.

yeah idiocracy was fairly poor, especially considering how good office space was.

I'll have to keep an eye out for extract. :)
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Post by: _tom_ on August 20, 2010, 11:04:06 PM
Salt was a pretty good mindless action film :)
Title: Re: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: MDV on August 20, 2010, 11:22:06 PM
Idiocracy was a mediocre comedy, good horror: too plausible!
Title: Re: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Philly Q on August 21, 2010, 12:12:02 AM
Idiocracy was a mediocre comedy, good horror: too plausible!

Yeah, a good - and depressingly plausible - concept, but they did absolutely nothing with it.
Title: Re: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: dave_mc on August 21, 2010, 11:54:36 AM
well that was some coincidence but idiocracy was on last night on tv3. I didn't watch it, though :lol:
Title: Re: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Philly Q on August 21, 2010, 07:12:08 PM
I just watched Southland Tales.  It's a horrible, horrible mess and I really don't think Richard Kelly knew what he was doing most of the time, but I can't help admiring his ambition.  Surprisingly bearable performances from The Rock and Seann William Scott, too.  :?
Title: Re: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Afghan Dave on August 21, 2010, 08:39:58 PM
The Expendables was brilliant!
Title: Re: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: Philly Q on August 21, 2010, 09:05:02 PM
The Expendables was brilliant!

In a so-bad-it's-brilliant way, or just brilliant?
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Post by: Afghan Dave on August 21, 2010, 09:39:12 PM
Just brilliant seeing them all together & playing as an ensemble... can't wait for a sequel.
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Post by: Philly Q on August 22, 2010, 01:40:08 AM
Just brilliant seeing them all together & playing as an ensemble... can't wait for a sequel.

If Sly lives that long...
Title: Re: Films! good, bad, recomendations, and general film talk
Post by: horsehead on August 22, 2010, 10:30:35 AM
2nd on The Expendables, went to see it last night with my good lady & it was everything I hoped for & more, perfect action movie for me
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Post by: dave_mc on August 22, 2010, 11:56:33 AM
yeah i want to see it too :lol:
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Post by: fr33man1 on August 22, 2010, 08:51:14 PM
Saw it too, a bit of hormonal smell and ridiculous plot but a fun moment seeing all those together. Special mention to the 'church scene' but schhhh ;).

Went to see inception aswell two weeks ago. Lot of people left with their mind blowed, looks like it had not the clarity of a bkp pickup.  :lol: Also a lot left in the middle of the movie with faces telling they were on the way of the closest pharmacy to get headache pills...Me and my girlfriend enjoyed it, nice actors, happy to see the young one that played Juno (movie on a young pregnant girl) and overall a good movie that makes the brain work a bit.

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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on August 22, 2010, 10:17:29 PM
I decided to buck the Expendables trend and went to see Piranha 3D. It was surprisingly good!

And also 'Kelly Brooke, naked, in 3D', is there anything wrong with that sentence?
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Post by: Philly Q on August 23, 2010, 12:43:38 AM
And also 'Kelly Brooke, naked, in 3D', is there anything wrong with that sentence?

Yeah, there is.... it's Brook not Brooke.  :P



Sorry.  :wink:





I really should get out to see some of these things like Inception, The Expendables and even Piranha 3-D, but I haven't been in a cinema mood, I've just been watching DVDs and Blu-rays.  I will, however, be at Frightfest from Thursday to Monday.  :)

Today I watched Ratcatcher.  Very good.
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Post by: fr33man1 on August 23, 2010, 01:25:18 AM
(http://www.posters.ws/images/339799/kelly_brook.jpg)

mmm that in 3d, no doubt pirhanas like it.  :P
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Post by: Ian Price on August 23, 2010, 09:03:35 AM
I've never been a fan of Kelly Brook. I really don't see what all the fuss is about.
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Post by: Philly Q on August 23, 2010, 11:14:44 AM
I've never been a fan of Kelly Brook. I really don't see what all the fuss is about.

I think she's a fine looking girl, but she has has zero talent of any kind so - to be fair - she's made a career out of the only thing she's got going for her.

She seems to be getting a bit desperate recently though. Did you see that story where she went to a party at the Playboy mansion (hosted by that horrible 85-year-old creep Hugh Hefner) and she was just strolling around the place in a white negligee having her photo taken.... I just thought my god woman, have you no self-respect?
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Post by: shobet on August 23, 2010, 11:57:54 AM
She seems to be getting a bit desperate recently though. Did you see that story where she went to a party at the Playboy mansion (hosted by that horrible 85-year-old creep Hugh Hefner) and she was just strolling around the place in a white negligee having her photo taken.... I just thought my god woman, have you no self-respect?

Have you got a linky to the pics? ;)
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Post by: Philly Q on August 23, 2010, 12:39:39 PM
She seems to be getting a bit desperate recently though. Did you see that story where she went to a party at the Playboy mansion (hosted by that horrible 85-year-old creep Hugh Hefner) and she was just strolling around the place in a white negligee having her photo taken.... I just thought my god woman, have you no self-respect?

Have you got a linky to the pics? ;)

Of course not.....

.................................

..................here you go then:

http://guyism.com/2010/08/kelly-brook-playboy-pictures.html (http://guyism.com/2010/08/kelly-brook-playboy-pictures.html)
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Post by: Lew on August 23, 2010, 01:11:59 PM
Doghouse was brilliant. Nonstop fun 8)
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Post by: Ted 'N' Leo on August 23, 2010, 01:46:08 PM
And also 'Kelly Brooke, naked, in 3D', is there anything wrong with that sentence?

Yeah, there is.... it's Brook not Brooke.  :P


I'm not going to lie to you Philly, but during that scene, her name was fairly unimportant to me  :wink:
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Post by: Brow on August 23, 2010, 06:26:47 PM
I've never been a fan of Kelly Brook. I really don't see what all the fuss is about.

I think she's a fine looking girl, but she has has zero talent of any kind so - to be fair - she's made a career out of the only thing she's got going for her.

She seems to be getting a bit desperate recently though. Did you see that story where she went to a party at the Playboy mansion (hosted by that horrible 85-year-old creep Hugh Hefner) and she was just strolling around the place in a white negligee having her photo taken.... I just thought my god woman, have you no self-respect?

And that differs to most of todays 'celebrities' how?  :?

Atleast with Kelly Brook it's an attractive package; not so if it was Jordan or Kerry Katona etc!  :lol:
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Post by: Philly Q on August 23, 2010, 07:41:46 PM
And that differs to most of todays 'celebrities' how?  :?

Atleast with Kelly Brook it's an attractive package; not so if it was Jordan or Kerry Katona etc!  :lol:

Yeah, but Jordan, Kerry, Sadie, Jodie, Jade (RIP) etc are "professional celebrities" - they don't actually do anything as such, they live off their media profiles and that generates a never-ending loop of income from photo opportunities, advertising, reality TV shows, diet/workout DVDs and books with their names on the cover (and contents they've never even seen, let alone written).

Kelly Brook, for most of her "career", has at least tried to be an actress and/or TV presenter, and (at least in terms of public perception) she's seen as relatively wholesome, not just a media whore living off free food and booze at movie premieres along with former Big Brother contestants.  It's taken her this long to stoop to Playboy shoots and partying with "Hef".  I'll give it six months before she starts having freaky plastic surgery.....
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Post by: Afghan Dave on August 23, 2010, 08:06:27 PM
To tie it all together & sum up my opinion of Kelly...

I loved the way Kelly Brook dumped Jason Statham for Billy Zane (Titanic) when she thought she could snare a "BIG" hollywood star....

Judged that wrong didn't you, you stupid bimbo!!!  :lol: :lol:
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Post by: Ian Price on August 23, 2010, 08:16:43 PM
To tie it all together & sum up my opinion of Kelly...

I loved the way Kelly Brook dumped Jason Statham for Billy Zane (Titanic) when she thought she could snare a "BIG" hollywood star....

Judged that wrong didn't you, you stupid bimbo!!!  :lol: :lol:

:D


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Post by: Ian Price on August 23, 2010, 08:18:30 PM
To tie it all together & sum up my opinion of Kelly...

I loved the way Kelly Brook dumped Jason Statham for Billy Zane (Titanic) when she thought she could snare a "BIG" hollywood star....

Judged that wrong didn't you, you stupid bimbo!!!  :lol: :lol:

:D

and now she's with the massively famous England rugby union star Danny Cipriani.   :lol:



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Post by: Philly Q on August 23, 2010, 09:05:38 PM
To tie it all together & sum up my opinion of Kelly...

I loved the way Kelly Brook dumped Jason Statham for Billy Zane (Titanic) when she thought she could snare a "BIG" hollywood star....

Judged that wrong didn't you, you stupid bimbo!!!  :lol: :lol:

:D

and now she's with the massively famous England rugby union star Danny Cipriani.   :lol:


Not any more, he's $%&#ing off to Australia.

(I know too much about Kelly Brook, don't I?  :? )
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Post by: horsehead on August 23, 2010, 09:40:37 PM
Kelly Brook? Stupid Bimbo? Getouttahere!
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Post by: Ian Price on August 24, 2010, 12:28:18 PM
Not any more, he's $%&#ing off to Australia.

(I know too much about Kelly Brook, don't I?  :? )

Oh, I didn't know that. I'm assuming he's not useful to her anymore.
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Post by: fr33man1 on August 24, 2010, 02:16:38 PM
jason statham with a bimbo , ouchh I feel like I don't like him anymore .  :P Oh well he hasnt so much luck with women in movies so can only wish him more in real life.  :D
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Post by: Afghan Dave on August 24, 2010, 11:01:49 PM
jason statham with a bimbo , ouchh I feel like I don't like him anymore .  :P Oh well he hasnt so much luck with women in movies so can only wish him more in real life.  :D

I think he's doing OK with Rosie...  :? :o

(http://thatkush.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/rosie-huntington-whiteley.jpg)
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