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billdoor said:Watched Dirty Harry for the first time over the weekend. Guns, violence, boobs and tank tops, it has literally everything.


Ha! Was also flicking around and found it just as the opening credits started rolling. Thought 'Haven't seen this in ages - I'll just watch the first few minutes...'

Two hours later...!

Excellent film. Andy Robinson made an excellent nutter. Wonder if he ever did anything else?


He did indeed but Trek nerds will probably remember him as 'Simple tailor' Garak on Deep Space 9.

After three, everyone..."ROW ROW ROW YOUR BOAT!"
#1141 at 16:25:52 - 14/07/2010
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Saw the new Shrek the other night. It's alright, but time to put it to bed before you start having to do things to the franchise' corpse. Loved the first, tolerated the second, skipped the third...

Going to see Inception this weekend, hopefully. Apparently DiCaprio needed the plot explaining to him having read the script and during the filming of it, as it's a bit of a mind bender.

Can't wait! The minute I heard it was by Nolan I became rather excited about this one.
#1142 at 18:55:27 - 14/07/2010
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Finally got round to seeing "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" before Hollywood pisses all over it with the remake.

It's bloody good, dark foreboding stuff but I'm bloody glad I read the Steig Larsson books before taking a look at the film as they do skip or fast-forward some substantial chunks of the book to keep the running time down.

Noomi Rapace was pretty good as Lisbeth. Watched the subs versh but not sure how good the english dub will be if I give it another look.

Can't wait for "The Girl who played with fire" - great preview of that on the DVD.
#1143 at 16:09:00 - 19/07/2010
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Speaking of films, I think I'm going to fall for Princess all over again.

New Gatchaman flick coming in 2011: teaser trailer
#1144 at 16:45:18 - 19/07/2010
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peej said:

He did indeed but Trek nerds will probably remember him as 'Simple tailor' Garak on Deep Space 9.

After three, everyone..."ROW ROW ROW YOUR BOAT!"

He was the dad in the first Hellraiser too - I spent the whole two hours of that one waiting for him to turn bad as I'd seen Dirty Harry first.
#1145 at 20:14:18 - 19/07/2010
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Inception
Loved it, not sure where I would rank it in favourite films - need multiple viewings for that - but as a one off it's definitely up there. (no plot spoliers follow as the film feels like one of those where the less you know before the better)

Unlike a lot of films, there wasn't a single point where I was bored or wondered how long was left, there was always something interesting going on which is very rare. Script was solid, there were a few places where I was thinking 'people will think this is silly' but I didn't get that impression from the audience. There wasn't a single weak performance either.

Nolan is definitely getting better at the action and emotion in films and there are a few scenes where I was genuinely astounded by it. SFX have gotten to the point where it's easy to make anything happen but it's rare that they're done with such imagination or complexity. Several scenes which are definitely not computer generated are some of the most impressive things I've seen for a long time.

The non-special effects stuff is really well shot too.

I would love more of the big budget films to show even a fraction of the ambition or attempt to be a bit more than just blowing shit up. I hope this encourages even a couple more films that attempt something more.
#1146 at 00:34:46 - 20/07/2010
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peej said:Speaking of films, I think I'm going to fall for Princess all over again.

New Gatchaman flick coming in 2011: teaser trailer

Absolutely can't wait for this. :)
#1147 at 02:10:52 - 20/07/2010
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peej said:Speaking of films, I think I'm going to fall for Princess all over again.

New Gatchaman flick coming in 2011: teaser trailer


!

Holy shit! :D
#1148 at 11:28:51 - 20/07/2010
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Micro_Explosion said:Inception
Loved it, not sure where I would rank it in favourite films - need multiple viewings for that - but as a one off it's definitely up there. (no plot spoliers follow as the film feels like one of those where the less you know before the better)

Unlike a lot of films, there wasn't a single point where I was bored or wondered how long was left, there was always something interesting going on which is very rare. Script was solid, there were a few places where I was thinking 'people will think this is silly' but I didn't get that impression from the audience. There wasn't a single weak performance either.

Nolan is definitely getting better at the action and emotion in films and there are a few scenes where I was genuinely astounded by it. SFX have gotten to the point where it's easy to make anything happen but it's rare that they're done with such imagination or complexity. Several scenes which are definitely not computer generated are some of the most impressive things I've seen for a long time.

The non-special effects stuff is really well shot too.

I would love more of the big budget films to show even a fraction of the ambition or attempt to be a bit more than just blowing shit up. I hope this encourages even a couple more films that attempt something more.


Apparently they used the old EA building a lot in the film...!
#1149 at 11:31:29 - 20/07/2010
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Inception was absolute bliss. There's nothing about it I would want to pick holes in. It's just so utterly... satisfying as a movie experience.

The joy of it is, you can take it for what it is, or you can come away and have it turning over in your mind for the next three or four days.

I'm still not sure how I translate it all, but I'm looking forward to seeing it again and having another puzzle through it.

And that "fight scene" (you know the bit I'm talking about) was jaw-dropping. Amazing stuff.
#1150 at 01:08:15 - 21/07/2010
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That scene was one of the most impressive things (SFX wise) I've seen for a while, largely driven by how the main actor (do know his name but I don't want to do anything to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it) in the scene handled it all.
#1151 at 01:33:25 - 21/07/2010
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Late the scene, but finally saw Tokyo Gore Police.

I'm still trying to get my head around it, and whats going on in the mind of whoever directed/wrote it.

As films go though, pretty much perfect.
Japanese schoolgirls, amputee gimps, a guy with a machine gun built into his penis and lots of guns, swords, blood and internal body parts.

#1152 at 02:59:05 - 23/07/2010
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And your problem with that mix is....?
#1153 at 10:45:11 - 23/07/2010
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I've watched Renaissance last night. It's an animated black and white science fiction detective film. Worth watching for the visuals alone, imo (Trailer). First serious cartoon I've ever watched. I didn't expect much, but it wasn't bad at all.

And a Spanish (?) short film called Niebla. You can watch that one here
#1154 at 11:05:30 - 23/07/2010
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peej said:Speaking of films, I think I'm going to fall for Princess all over again.

New Gatchaman flick coming in 2011: teaser trailer


That looks like a ropey CGI intro from a PS2 game :(
#1155 at 11:34:08 - 23/07/2010
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Crazy Heart
Story of a country singer who used to be big, is still the best songwriter but is alcoholic, broke and tired of life.

Jeff Bridges is extremely good, as is the rest of the supporting cast. There is quite a lot of singing but, unlike most films based around a singer, they aren't repeated and they're all decent.

Good film, not very fast paced and there's not anything new about any of it. Its just a simple story told well, the only downside is Colin Farrell's obvious miming.
#1156 at 15:34:30 - 24/07/2010
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repairmanjack said:Inception was absolute bliss. There's nothing about it I would want to pick holes in. It's just so utterly... satisfying as a movie experience.

The joy of it is, you can take it for what it is, or you can come away and have it turning over in your mind for the next three or four days.

I'm still not sure how I translate it all, but I'm looking forward to seeing it again and having another puzzle through it.

And that "fight scene" (you know the bit I'm talking about) was jaw-dropping. Amazing stuff.


Exactly my thougts on Inception... Except I hated the final 5 seconds of the film (and now for spoilers):




The rotating thingy in the end was it slowing down to fall or not?! did he really get home or not?! I know it's to be left to the imagination of the viewer but for me was nerve recking... :(
#1157 at 19:06:33 - 24/07/2010
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Gap left to isolate spoiler above :)

Frost/Nixon
for such a slow paced film where the outcome is known and the journey there isn't that interesting, it's a decent film. Solid performances all around, even if they did feel too close to impressions.

I'm not sure there's much there for repeat viewings but as a one off it's worth a watch.
#1158 at 00:54:53 - 25/07/2010
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Frost/Nixon
for such a slow paced film where the outcome is known and the journey there isn't that interesting, it's a decent film. Solid performances all around, even if they did feel too close to impressions.

I'm not sure there's much there for repeat viewings but as a one off it's worth a watch.


Thanks for the gap. ;)


Me and the missus really liked Frost/Nixon... Specially liked (and felt sorry for) Nixon because he really believed in what he said/did... :(
#1159 at 01:41:13 - 25/07/2010
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I've watched Ice Age 3 last night. It was funny, which is good, because I was in need of a funny film.

I also watched Shutter Island a couple of days ago and that was good too. Has a very predictable story, but it was a well told story in my opinion.

Based on those two entirely different movies, what would you recommend me to watch next? :)
#1160 at 19:22:47 - 07/09/2010
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That's a pretty odd mix to find something in-between. For a combination of the two: 9 (this one), The Corpse Bride or The Nightmare before Christmas would be your best bet.

For something like Ice Age 3: Any Shrek, any Pixar film, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Bolt.

For like Shutter Island (ish): Inception, Dark City, Blade Runner, Road to Perdition, The Departed.

From all of those, Dark City (Director's Cut) would probably go top, as long as you are happy with a sci-fi film as an alternative to a traditional feeling mystery film.
#1161 at 20:58:18 - 07/09/2010
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Thanks! That's the sort of recommendation I was hoping for. :D
#1162 at 21:08:39 - 07/09/2010
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Watched Dark City last night. It was a bit odd to say the least. I'm not really sure whether I liked it or not. :)
#1163 at 10:17:19 - 08/09/2010
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Watched Kick Ass last night.

One of the few comic/film crossovers where the two versions were different, but I liked them both equally.

Tremendous fun.
#1164 at 16:05:12 - 10/09/2010
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Finally got around to Shutter Island.

Guessed the twist before we'd unwrapped the DVD, but the journey to it was fab. Dennis Lehane adaptations have been great so far.
#1165 at 16:21:37 - 12/09/2010
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Started watching The Hurt Locker but got bored and decided to try The Reader instead. Turned out to be a nice little film.
#1166 at 19:08:53 - 12/09/2010
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Kick-Ass - great
Solomon Kane - shit
#1167 at 13:08:10 - 13/09/2010
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Kick-Ass
Miles better than I was expecting, cute girl (not the 12 yr old), best performance from Cage in years. mark Strong needs to be something other than the bad guy for a while.

Inception (IMAX!)
First ever Imax film, slightly less impressive than I was expecting but the film is good for repeat viewings. Film is great, just not his best.

Tron
Really didn't think much of it - weak performance form Jeff for a change, story didn't seem as good or deep as I was expecting (and I wasn't expecting that much to start with) and other than a couple of set pieces it was a bit dull.
#1168 at 19:55:43 - 13/09/2010
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Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy
Not bad, vie never read the books and didn't know that much about it going in. Marvin is great but underused, Sam Rockwell is excellent, Zooey is Zooey and him form the office is him from the office.

I found it reasonably amusing it just didn't feel like a film was its best place - TV would probably be better.
#1169 at 19:58:42 - 13/09/2010
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The Expendables
Fairly entertaining in an incredibly stupid way with a couple of amusing scenes and it's a decent attempt at that 80s action movie feel. It isn't something that I think I need to see again as there is no depth to it at all and there are far better action films out there.
#1170 at 17:05:49 - 16/09/2010

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