What films have you been watching recently?


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Micro_Explosion said: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.


Kill the heretic!

The film version of THHGTTG, and all those involved in it's creation, with the exception of Douglas Adams & Zooey Deschanel, deserve to burn in hell for all eternity for what they did.

Further details on request.
#1171 at 10:49:13 - 17/09/2010
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Cloudy with a chance of meatballs - Surprisingly funny. I say surprisingly because I initially thought that it would just silly because of the name.

The Book of Eli - Really good movie. Would probably have been even better with less shooting.
#1172 at 17:07:52 - 17/09/2010
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Afterschool

Robert is a student at an elite preparatory school. One day he comes upon two students dying, but instead of calling for help, he watches them die and accidentally films the incident.

Dark, edgy film. If you liked Elephant/Paranoid Park, you'll get on with the voyeuristic, lingering camerashots that follow the characters like a stalker. It also has the same slow pace and sex-undercurrent.

Robert is a quiet, compelling character with an internet addiction, and an attraction to violent porn. Very pretty to look at. He has nice hands, too. YOU'LL SEE.

Though the other characters seem real enough (no cliques or bullies as such in this school), the film makes it hard to get into anyone's head--including the main character's--really leaving you to watch from the outside.

Not heavy with dialogue. Lots of silence and unnervingly long scenes. Very "modern" film with use of cellphone clips and youtube-like videos.

Wasn't expecting a satisfying tie-all-loose-ends ending and I didn't get one. But the ending was good enough to make the film worth it.


Yeah, check it out. (Some may think it pretentious, however).
#1173 at 03:16:54 - 19/09/2010
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Sounds really cool in principle, I'll very much hold my judgement on "Very "modern" film with use of cellphone clips and youtube-like videos", though.
#1174 at 07:23:25 - 19/09/2010
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I've watched The Expendables last night. It's pretty much what you expect from a movie where the entire cast consists of muscular men with deep voices. Lot's of shooting, explosions and fighting and no meaningful story. :)
#1175 at 11:21:40 - 19/09/2010
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Moon. Slow, brooding sci-fi with almost a one-man cast. Could have been made 40 years ago, such was the tone and pace. Very much worth watching if you like classic sci-fi
#1176 at 13:07:41 - 19/09/2010
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Boo said:
Micro_Explosion said: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.


Kill the heretic!

The film version of THHGTTG, and all those involved in it's creation, with the exception of Douglas Adams & Zooey Deschanel, deserve to burn in hell for all eternity for what they did.

Further details on request.


:)

I'm sure the book is miles better and I'm probably going to give it a read, but it seemed okay when I had no prior knowledge of the plot/characters etc.
#1177 at 13:21:42 - 19/09/2010
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ilmaestro said:Sounds really cool in principle, I'll very much hold my judgement on "Very "modern" film with use of cellphone clips and youtube-like videos", though.

This is why I shouldn't write about the films I watch - I think I do them a disservice, sometimes :)

But I do hope someone watches it, even if they don't like it.


OMG, for any film, really, it'd be neat if we could do some kind of everyone-watches-at-once streaming thingy at some point.
#1178 at 13:51:23 - 19/09/2010
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How would we set that up, though? You can do it via the 360, right? But not in this country?
#1179 at 19:47:22 - 19/09/2010
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Wouldn't the easiest way be to pick something that is on normal TV?

The film commentary thread (aka me muttering on my own about shit films whilst having had a few drinks) is around here somewhere that would be perfect for this sort of thing.
#1180 at 00:25:41 - 20/09/2010
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The Hurt Locker. Really can't figure out where the oscar noms came from. A couple of noteworthy moments but nothing standout
#1181 at 00:56:42 - 20/09/2010
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ilmaestro said:How would we set that up, though? You can do it via the 360, right? But not in this country?

Any streaming service would do e.g. Justin.tv or similar, or a video chatroom, with one person streaming a film (and risking arrest, I suppose).
#1182 at 01:24:30 - 20/09/2010
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I quite like M_E's idea, would require everyone involved to be PC-enabled within sight of their TV, though. ALso slightly limits the amount of pre-planning you can do, time-wise.
#1183 at 05:14:30 - 20/09/2010
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screened.com already does something like this. they nominate a film each week, then broadcast video of themselves watching and talking about the film. They also set up a chatroom where site visitors can also talk about the film too

Problem with that one is you have to own a copy of what they're watching. For copyright reasons they can't just broadcast the movie
#1184 at 09:15:31 - 20/09/2010
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Rhythm said:The Hurt Locker. Really can't figure out where the oscar noms came from. A couple of noteworthy moments but nothing standout
I enjoyed it but it's really not as good as it was made out to be, some of the stuff is bloody ludicrous as well (the part with the British mercs is incredibly dumb).

I'm glad it stopped Avatar hoovering up awards that is didn't deserve so it's not all bad.
#1185 at 10:13:44 - 20/09/2010
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Watched Juno the other night. Really wasn't sure what to expect. Comedy? Teen angst? Dull drama?

It actually turned out to be much better than I expected.

One downside was that the dialogue, particularly that of the main character, was just too sassy and snappy to be believable. Watching some of the extras afterwards, the screenwriter (an ex-stripper / blogger called Diablo Cody) said that 'she had an ear for the way that teens talk'. Maybe, but whereas a few teens might come up with a few sharp lines, she'd distilled the output of an entire school into one girl's head.

Having said that, Ellen Page was a good lead, and her father/stepmother were excellent too. Michael Cera, however, appears to be becoming to drippy, teen boys, what Hugh Grant was to dippy, posh blokes 15 years ago.

All in all, a nice little film, once you get your ears attuned to the slang, and a good soundtrack too.
#1186 at 18:39:54 - 20/09/2010
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Michael Cera is proof of God.
#1187 at 18:49:35 - 20/09/2010
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In what way?
#1188 at 19:25:20 - 20/09/2010
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#1189 at 19:50:40 - 20/09/2010
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I don't think Cera was a good casting choice for Scott, I'm sure part of the reason why it's flopped badly in the US is purely on the basis that people have got fed up with his one note performances.

I'd have gone with Jesse Eisenberg (Columbus in Zombieland).
#1190 at 20:19:27 - 20/09/2010
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Whizzo said:I don't think Cera wasn't a good casting choice for Scott, I'm sure part of the reason why it's flopped badly in the US is purely on the basis that people have got fed up with his one note performances.

I'd have gone with Jesse Eisenberg (Columbus in Zombieland).


It certainly helped to put me off. Apparently Eisenberg is very good in The Social Network (next Fincher film) as well so that might be a good call.
#1191 at 02:30:08 - 21/09/2010
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine



Easily the worst of the 4 X-Men movies (and I hated the 3rd).

So amny timeline problems with the first 3 movies...

The intro was awesome mind!


5/10





Flash Gordon

Huge soundtrack, some really good looking 80s ladies (specially Ming daughter).

Special Effects aged really badly and the quality of the acting is also quite bad!

But the movie has lots of charme and compared to some other Science Fiction movies from the same period is still awesome story!


Besides it has James Bond in tights!!!!

8/10
#1192 at 03:30:41 - 26/09/2010
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Crank

For a shooter/beating the crap out of everybody it was just unsatisfing.

The shooting was shit and the beating was underwelming... :(

And the humor was really weak...

A lost chance...

4/10



War

Really good Jet Li vs Jason Stanham.

Good revenge story with an really fun twist!

The gunplay was fun and the fight were also great!


8/10
#1193 at 00:27:50 - 27/09/2010
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Sorry, Dragul, but I'd have to switch those scores around if it was me. War was shite!
#1194 at 00:40:08 - 27/09/2010
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:P


No problem! If we all liked the same things who would see Uwe Boll movies?! LoL



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I saw Alone in the Dark and Dungeon Siege... O_o
#1195 at 03:32:36 - 27/09/2010
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shrek and mr. beans
#1196 at 04:50:33 - 30/09/2010
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Mesrine Pt1 and 2

Both very good, not exactly what I was expecting and the storytelling felt like it had been made a good 20 years or so ago which was nice. Definitely worth a watch if anything like Scarface or middle era Scorcese is something you're a big fan of.

Back To The Future (rerelease)

:D

I had forgotten how brilliant the 3 central performances are (Fox, Lloyd and Glover). The rerelease is really well done with great a great picture and it seems that it's only a minor tidy up of effects that has been done - no Lucas like scene adding etc.
#1197 at 23:46:16 - 01/10/2010
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Watched quite a few movies recently:

Mr. Nobody
Three Kings
Up in the air
Shawshank Redemption
Green Zone
A Serious Man
Salt
Bourne Ultimatum
Banlieu 13: Ultimatum

Mr. Nobody was easily the best one out of the lot, followed by Shawshank Redemption, primarily because of Morgan Freeman. :)

Thought Green Zone was more interesting than Hurt Locker even though it had a very cliche driven story.

Three Kings was nothing really noteworthy.

Up in the air became a bit less interesting over time, but decent enough nonetheless.

Didn't finish A Serious Man because I got bored of it after 45 minutes and I didn't like any of the characters.

Salt was better than Bourne Ultimatum, though I wish the bad guys would win for once. The make-up artist managed to make Jolie look like mannequin in some scene i.e. not good.

Don't know what to say about Banlieu 13 Ultimatum. I watched it in French so didn't really follow the story, but I mostly watched it for the parkour action so that's ok. :)
#1198 at 18:16:50 - 16/10/2010
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Buried

Really liked it and made me not hate Ryan Reynolds. Not really one that looks like it would hold up to repeated views.

Social Network

I hate everything about facebook and have no interest in it but I'm a fan of Sorkin and Fincher. It's very well done and has some very strong performances.

For what was essentially a film of people sat in various rooms talking it was excellent.
#1199 at 21:07:57 - 16/10/2010
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Syrok said:Three Kings was nothing really noteworthy.

Hmm, little while since I've seen this, but I remember it being pretty hilarious.
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