What films have you been watching recently?


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billdoor said:Whats hard candy about then?


erm..it's about a 14 year old girl who meets up with a 30-something man, who she has been conversing with on the internet. They end up at his house where she turns on him and subjects him to torture (both mental and physical) as she believes he is a child molestor and is involved in the abduction of another girl.

It's very, very well written and only really features the two characters for 95% of the film. The twists in it are fairly well hidden and both actors are very believable in their roles. I really would recommend it if you like films with lots of suspense and a good story.

#121 at 15:11:48 - 07/03/2007
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deem said:Watched Dead Mans SHoes on Monday night again, with my wife.

It's officially now my favourite movie of all time.

I can't begin to explain how perfect it is for me. There are at least 10 shots in the opening 10 minutes, that I could only ever dream of photographing and Toby Kebbells performance is just truly astounding.

My wife was completely convinced, to the point of me having to prove to her that he was acting.

Just perfect.

Picked this film up the other week for a fiver. Haven't got round to watching it yet, but have heard nothing but good things about it since.

Saw Hot Fuzz the other week. While I found it really funny in places, I thought it was a little patchy - probably cos it's 20 mins too long.

Really like both Pegg/Frost/Wright films, but none of them hold a candle to Spaced, imo.
#122 at 15:13:31 - 07/03/2007
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repairmanjack said: Have a house guest coming to stay for a couple of days. Apparently they're bringing Slither.

i liked slither


I liked Slither as well. :)

Hit the city today and came back with the R2 DVD of The Host. Hadn't realised it was out. It's won some impressive reviews and I was really looking forward to watching it... but our company frown on subtitled movies and would only watch it if there was a dubbed audio track.

They're sleeping outside now.

Seriously, don't get me started on dubbed movies.

Looking forward to watching this some time tomorrow.
#123 at 00:50:28 - 09/03/2007
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Watched The Host and Pan's Labyrinth this week. The first is a minor classic. There's a lot of humour (mostly dark/subtle) and not everything translates perfectly. I thought the creature effects were really well done - and it doesn't cop out with the ending.

Pan's Labyrinth is superb. I was a big fan of The Devil's Backbone (although you can't really compare the two movies). There's a brutal edge to this - and you're quite unsettled by much of what you see. The effects and mis-en-scene are wonderful (sorry, bit poncy?) and I'm fairly sure the Pale Man will give the missus nightmares for six months. Once again, it's one of those films that leaves you completely hollowed out but satisfied with its end reel.

Incidentally, cd-wow.com are now selling copies of Feast for £10. They've been a bit slow with despatch recently, but the film deserves some love.
#124 at 12:16:33 - 14/03/2007
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Really am going to have to pick this pair up.

Was slightly put off Pan's Labyrinth by noting that it was directed by the same bloke who did Blade II (which was shite IMHO) but it looks like my kinda film.

The Host though - I keep seeing clips and it just looks fucking awesome. There was one clip that stuck out in my mind of a woman in a park with an iPOD or somesuch on, completely oblivious to the fact that everyone around her is running for their lives. The camera slowly shows her, and then about a microsecond later the huge giant mutant frog thing just barrels through her like she's not even there. Fucking awesome piece of cinematography

Peej
#125 at 12:20:16 - 14/03/2007
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Blade 2 and Pan's couldn't be further apart. PL is an absolute masterpiece. Be warned that The Host slows down a bit in the middle (for "plot" and stuff) - but it gets started faster than almost any film I can recall. (Except Feast, actually.)
#126 at 12:25:17 - 14/03/2007
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I like Blade II.

I watched Volver the other night and it's very good - directed by Pedro Almodóvar.
#127 at 12:45:19 - 14/03/2007
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repairmanjack said:Blade 2 and Pan's couldn't be further apart. PL is an absolute masterpiece. Be warned that The Host slows down a bit in the middle (for "plot" and stuff) - but it gets started faster than almost any film I can recall. (Except Feast, actually.)


Well I've just ordered both so if they're crap, I'm sending a huge mutant frog round to getcha!

Peej
#128 at 12:46:52 - 14/03/2007
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peej said:
repairmanjack said:Blade 2 and Pan's couldn't be further apart. PL is an absolute masterpiece. Be warned that The Host slows down a bit in the middle (for "plot" and stuff) - but it gets started faster than almost any film I can recall. (Except Feast, actually.)


Well I've just ordered both so if they're crap, I'm sending a huge mutant frog round to getcha!

Peej


Did I steer you wrong with Crackdown???
#129 at 12:48:17 - 14/03/2007
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I saw er, Scary Movie 3 the other day. Quite fun, although it's obviously not the sort of film to take seriously.

I liked the very obvious Airplane references, too.

K
#130 at 12:53:22 - 14/03/2007
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repairmanjack said:
peej said:
repairmanjack said:Blade 2 and Pan's couldn't be further apart. PL is an absolute masterpiece. Be warned that The Host slows down a bit in the middle (for "plot" and stuff) - but it gets started faster than almost any film I can recall. (Except Feast, actually.)


Well I've just ordered both so if they're crap, I'm sending a huge mutant frog round to getcha!

Peej


Did I steer you wrong with Crackdown???


Fair point :)

Peej
#131 at 13:03:09 - 14/03/2007
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Looking forward to seeing PL - wish I'd caught it in the cinema though.

Recently:
Fearless - enjoyable tosh.
Miami Vice - quite good! Could barely understand what they were talking about half the time though.
#132 at 16:30:22 - 14/03/2007
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Bought Tideland last week, so am having a bit of a mini Gilliam-fest at the moment.

Wednesday was Baron Munchausen (Mmmm... Uma...), Thursday was Brazil (one of the bestest, bestest films ever made), last night was Twelve Monkeys (who knew Bruce Willis could act?), I've just watched Brothers Grimm (not as bad as people claim), and am just about to feed The Fisher King to my DVD player (Well EXCUUUUUUSE MEEEEE!!!!).

That'll just leave Fear And Loathing and Time Bandits to get through either tonight or in the morning (F1 permitting), before the main attraction of Tideland itself tomorrow night.

I won't be watching La Mancha because it makes me sad for what could have been.
#133 at 19:36:04 - 17/03/2007
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In the last couple of weeks:

The Departed - very good but prefer infernal affairs
V for Vendetta - Better than I expected
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - Despite the shit title, a funny film with very good lead performances
Good Night and Good Luck - good but has more of a "TV" feel to it
The Life Aquatic - not bad, would be poor without Bill Murray and Owen Wilson
Casino Royale - Better in the cinema but still my favourite Bond film.

Now for Pan's Labyrinth and Babel.
#134 at 00:11:30 - 18/03/2007
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Watched Anthony Hopkins in 'the Worlds Fastest Indian' tonight.

First half an hour contained some seriously stinking cheese, but the last 45 minutes was fantastic. Could have been a Bombon calibre classic, but sadly fell short. :(

Laso watched 'The Squid and the Whale' in the last week, and although it - probably obviously - had no story line to speak of, it was a pretty ace movie. Great performances all round. :)



#135 at 01:42:00 - 18/03/2007
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quedex said:Bought Tideland last week, so am having a bit of a mini Gilliam-fest at the moment.

Wednesday was Baron Munchausen (Mmmm... Uma...), Thursday was Brazil (one of the bestest, bestest films ever made), last night was Twelve Monkeys (who knew Bruce Willis could act?), I've just watched Brothers Grimm (not as bad as people claim), and am just about to feed The Fisher King to my DVD player (Well EXCUUUUUUSE MEEEEE!!!!).

That'll just leave Fear And Loathing and Time Bandits to get through either tonight or in the morning (F1 permitting), before the main attraction of Tideland itself tomorrow night.

I won't be watching La Mancha because it makes me sad for what could have been.


You've just reminded me just how many films of his are in my top 20 favourite films.

Without doubt, Brazil is probably at number 1 in fact - and Fisher King isn't too far behind.

Peej
#136 at 11:39:54 - 18/03/2007
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Watched Saw 3 the other day. Not as bad as I'd feared (which isn't saying much) - and not nearly as gruesome as I'd been led to believe. (I think the unrated DVD of Hostel has scarred me for life, though). It goes back to the first two and tries to sew things together - with some success, but...

The "twist" at the end depends on the film lying to you. There's an early scene which cons the audience - offers a fact, shows it to you, and then, later, says "actually, that bit was bullshit - I was tricking you". It's fucking shoddy and should have been torn out of the script. If that's the only way to work a twist, then the writer shouldn't have gone to the trouble. Don't think I've ever felt so cheated.

NB: this isn't a Usual Suspects style twist. This is an out and out lie that breaks the narrative. But then, it is only a Saw movie.

Hopefully going to sit down and watch Casino Royale tonight.
#137 at 13:13:30 - 18/03/2007
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I watched BloodRayne with Bill Door on Friday evening.

Christ - it's bad. I didn't realise how bad a director Uwe Boll really is. The cinematography was surprisingly good, but the script, acting and direction comically bad.

Every time Michael "I'll appear in anything" Madsen said anything it had us in stitches. And then there was Ben "What does it pay?" Kingsley, an actor of great talent who really does seem to have no shame in picking roles. He really chewed the scenery.

The movie was utter shit, but entertainingly bad in that it made us laugh. I may have had a shitty week, but at least I can sleep sounder with the knowledge that I'm not Uwe Boll.
#138 at 13:22:27 - 18/03/2007
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Bloodrayne was very poor but it was entertainingly poor. Bol was obviously aiming for a specific run time and was a bit short, so cue a 5 minute flashback of "highlights" of the entire film just before the end O_o

I saw Night at the Museum and Borat the other night. Night... was the more childish of the two and mostly without merit: it had every single stereotype in it and just dragged. The effects were good but then they are now days so they failed to redeem and decidedly average film.

Borat wasn't as good as I had expected it to be. The trailer contained most of the genuinely funny stuff. Cohen did cut a very tragic figure as Borat though and it was probably the better of the two.

Also watched the first half hour of Monster House. This is going to be ace when I can convince the missus to watch the rest of it.
#139 at 08:59:49 - 19/03/2007
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Monster House? It's actually pretty good - although almost got too dark for our little girl to sit through. I'm looking forward to watching Hoodwinked with her again this week.
#140 at 11:38:58 - 19/03/2007
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I was forced into watching the devil wears prada a few weeks back. It was actually quite entertaining. But it did provide the problem that our sprog will have to watch all the kids films with a young Anne Hathaway with its mum- she's hawt now and it would feel wrong watching her as a 14 year old :D
#141 at 11:46:42 - 19/03/2007
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I feel a bit dirty and ashamed saying this, for years I read what sentimental tosh it is, but I watched Bicentennial Man last night and blubbed.
I knew I was being manipulated but I couldn't resist, do I need help?
#142 at 11:56:00 - 19/03/2007
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Watched 'The Worlds fastest Indian' on Friday night, and with the exception of so awful cheese during the first 30 minutes, it turned out really well.

Watched War of the Worlds again last night, and enjoyed it again. I really don't understand the hate for this movie. I think it's great - it has a really nice bad dream feel to it.
#143 at 12:02:05 - 19/03/2007
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deem said:Watched 'The Worlds fastest Indian' on Friday night, and with the exception of so awful cheese during the first 30 minutes, it turned out really well.

Watched War of the Worlds again last night, and enjoyed it again. I really don't understand the hate for this movie. I think it's great - it has a really nice bad dream feel to it.


I think the effects are stupendous. It just suffers badly from a large injection of ham.

Peej
#144 at 12:03:36 - 19/03/2007
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Dakota Fanning could be the product of the Childrens Television Workshop or the Pink Windmill. Seriously, films like War of the Worlds need to eschew the precious little children and focus on the adults.
#145 at 12:11:50 - 19/03/2007
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Three things wrong with War Of The Worlds:

1) The "OMG! They all miraculously survived!" ending
2) Dakota Fanning
3) Tom Cruise
#146 at 12:20:04 - 19/03/2007
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But it was a Spielberg film!
#147 at 12:22:25 - 19/03/2007
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Yeah, I *loved* war of the worlds too. I think people just expect too much from films, it was an action flick/thriller, so expect great effects, loads of action, and the odd joke here and there, don't expect it to be full of plot twists, surprise endings and love interests.

It's like people who see arnie movies and moan about the lack of plot and his poor acting. Like, duh, it's an ARNIE flick.

I saw Little Miss Sunshine over the weekend (thanks to a recommendation in this thread - cheers whoever that was), good film, well worth a watch and it's a "happy" film, but not in a cheesy way. It's well done and I think it makes a great Sunday afternoon kinda movie. Well worth a watch.

I've also seen The Illusionist, which I'd give a solid 8/10. It's not the best film ever and the plot is fairly predicatable but it's got style and it kept my interest throughout. Most of all, it didn't go on too long - a trait which more and more films seem to be guilty of nowadays.
#148 at 12:30:05 - 19/03/2007
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He needs to learn how to keep small children (especially Dakotas Fanny) out of his films. It managed it with Saving Private Ryan and Schlinders List, so he can do it :)

(edit: my 500 post contains the terrible pun Dakotas Fanny O_o)
#149 at 12:30:22 - 19/03/2007
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quedex said:Three things wrong with War Of The Worlds:

1) The "OMG! They all miraculously survived!" ending
2) Dakota Fanning
3) Tom Cruise

4) His fuckwit son
5) His fuckwit son surviving
#150 at 12:32:21 - 19/03/2007

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