What films have you been watching recently?


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ilmaestro
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Megamind - pretty amusing, not 100% well paced, "somewhat" original yet fairly predictable plot, has Will Ferrell as the lead voice. Enjoyed it, overall.

The King's Speech - Proper movie. Exceeded all the hype and my own expectations for it. Colin Firth with the performance of a lifetime. Surprisingly well used humor. Narrative given all the drive it needs by the backdrop of its historical setting, but the emotional pull of the main story is impossible to ignore.
#1291 at 20:36:05 - 12/01/2011
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Watched Quantum of Solace again the other night, its not great really.
The stunts are very good, but there is almost no story and the gas hotel and opera sets are a return to the earlier stupid films.

I did love the pre title sequence though
But fucking hated the song and title sequence..

6.5/10
#1292 at 18:19:29 - 13/01/2011
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ilmaestro said:Megamind - pretty amusing, not 100% well paced, "somewhat" original yet fairly predictable plot, has Will Ferrell as the lead voice. Enjoyed it, overall.

The King's Speech - Proper movie. Exceeded all the hype and my own expectations for it. Colin Firth with the performance of a lifetime. Surprisingly well used humor. Narrative given all the drive it needs by the backdrop of its historical setting, but the emotional pull of the main story is impossible to ignore.


Seeing TKS on sunday as a date movie. Glad to hear it's so good. :)
#1293 at 23:13:10 - 13/01/2011
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The Karate Kid.
The new one. It's not a bad film, it feels more like one of those live action Disney films from the 80s but with a slightly bigger budget and Jackie Chan (who is good as always). Will Smith's kid isn't a terrible child actor, even if a few of the scenes are cringeworthy.

Never seen the original but this version was reasonably enjoyable fluff.

Piranha
Yes it has lots of naked and half naked women and it's meant to all be a bit silly but it's still shit. I think I enjoyed it about as much as the Scott Pilgrim film.

Star Trek 2:KHAAAAAAAAAN
hasn't aged all that badly even if it is aimed more at the series fans than the newest film. Good on its own but the setup of Khan's appearance isn't great if you haven't seen TOS.

I have though so it was good. Plot is still incredibly flimsy though.
#1294 at 23:59:33 - 16/01/2011
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The Next Three Days
Well above average. Russell Crowe's wife is arrested for murder and is sentence to life. Maximus doesn't handle this well and decides he's going to break her out of there.

The pacing is a bit uneven and it would probably work better if the 'normal man' that snaps and does something extraordinary wasn't Maximus. Someone lesser known and a bit scrawnier would have been more interesting.

It has some very well acted scenes and I genuinely wanted them to get away (despite one misjudged scene in the prison).
#1295 at 00:05:15 - 17/01/2011
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The girl who played with fire

Not bad, certainly a very pared down version of the book but it retains all the bits it needs to in order to fit in well with the first made for telly movie adaptation.

The bonus of watching something like this with a bunch of unknown actors in it is that there are always a few genuinely surprising characters that are absolutely bang on how you'd imagined them when you read the books. Blomqvist is spot on, though Salander's a bit more grungy than I'd pictured her. Zala was bang on the nail though.

Good pacey film compared to the first one. Can't wait for the third.
#1296 at 08:59:06 - 17/01/2011
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Micro_Explosion said:

Piranha
Yes it has lots of naked and half naked women and it's meant to all be a bit silly but it's still shit. I think I enjoyed it about as much as the Scott Pilgrim film.


Funnily enough I quite enjoyed Piranha. It was very much B-Movie fodder and clearly didn't have a huge budget but it was funny, entertaining and you got to see Kelly Brook fully in the nude which was well worth it if you ask me.
#1297 at 09:48:08 - 17/01/2011
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I enjoyed Piranha too, it was stupid, but by 'eck, it knew it was stupid :D

I watched After.Life last night, really liked it, required more thought to be put into it than usual.

Plus, you know, Christina Ricci wandering about with bugger all on.
#1298 at 09:57:48 - 17/01/2011
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Christina Ricci in the nip?

/rents
#1299 at 11:01:41 - 17/01/2011
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Both nips!
#1300 at 12:12:23 - 17/01/2011
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Peej said:
/rents


Is that a euphemism?
#1301 at 13:07:13 - 17/01/2011
peej
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Could be.

I see Noomi (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) Rapace is in the new Alien-but-not-really-Alien film from Ridley Scott. Christ, if ever there was someone born to be a natural successor to Sigourney Weaver, it's her.
#1302 at 17:32:23 - 17/01/2011
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Shawshank Redemption.
Clearly a great film but I wasn't quite in the best mood to enjoy it. Morgan (Gordon) Freeman hasn't aged a year is the past 2 decades and Robbins has rarely been better.
#1303 at 22:13:57 - 29/01/2011
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The men who stare at goats.

I've been practising my sparkly eye technique all week :D
#1304 at 11:27:54 - 01/02/2011
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John Carpenters' They Live and Robocop last night. had forgotten how violent robocop is. The stop motion on ED209 is a bit crap though :)
#1305 at 13:56:53 - 02/02/2011
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Barney's Version.

God, that trailer wasn't really representative of how depressing the film was going to be. Few laughs, not a bad tone. 7/10

Predators. Fuck it. Predictable but I rather enjoyed it. :)
#1306 at 20:34:44 - 02/02/2011
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Let the Right One in - wow. It's too rare nowadays that a film preoccupies me for days afterwards. Really loved it. More than just a successful genre piece.
#1307 at 22:03:56 - 02/02/2011
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That film just did nothing for me. Ineffective as horror. Ineffective as romance. Ineffective as a coming-of-age story. And rushed.

I like the book. I strongly suspect the film is getting "Swedish points", though.
#1308 at 22:26:17 - 02/02/2011
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Totally disagree on two of the three counts - it was for me powerful both as a horror movie (a few traditional vampire motifs being placed in a fresh context, very well-judged instances of horror that genuinely made my neck prickle) and as a rites of passage movie. I never really saw it as a romance movie as such.

Anyway, that's all a matter of taste etc.

However...Swedish points? Seriously? I don't mind whether someone likes a film to the extent I do but to suggest others like it because it is foreign language or whatever you are implying is patronising and parochial. I haven't lived in an English-speaking country for most of my life, so there's nothing remotely exotic about foreign language films.

If I've misinterpreted your point here, apologies. You may well have been talking about an Ikea reward system ;-)



#1309 at 23:55:44 - 02/02/2011
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The Fighter
Very good. Best boxing scenes in a film for a long time, although there aren't many of them. Best performance by Wahlberg for ages. Every scene Batman is in he steals. The guy from Rescue Me is very good. Director is good but Nolan should have got the oscar nomination instead.
#1310 at 01:55:59 - 06/02/2011
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Gremlins- great film, crap blu ray transfer.

4 Lions- bit uneven but I hurt myself laughing at certain points.
#1311 at 10:58:56 - 07/02/2011
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Alice in Wonderland.

Very atypically 'Burton' - a reinvention of someone else's story twisted into Burton's trademark gothic weirdness.

Throughout the entire film though, the bloke playing the Knave of Hearts drove me absolutely crazy trying to figure out where I'd heard his slightly lispy voice before. Then it dawned on me. He was George McFly!

Quick check at IMDB later and indeed it was 'im!

The best thing about the film was the Jabberwocky. Actually extremely close to how it was originally visualised (in the illustrations of the original Alice in Wonderland book).

Not a complete write-off but Burton really does need some new tricks, or needs to do another Ed Wood.

6/10
#1312 at 14:41:42 - 10/02/2011
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The King's Speech

Basically was ilmaestro said up there^

Piranha

What Micro_Explosion said. I hoped that it was at least bad in the good sense, but it was just bad.

127 Hours

Like that sort of film. I'm not sure if you can really compare the movies but I thought Touching the Void is slightly better as far as adventurers stuck between a rock and hard place (hah!) movies go.

Kill Bill 1 and 2

2 has the better characters, but 1 is better. Both have a great soundtrack, both could do with less comedy gore.

Lost (Season 1 - 6)

Not a film, but meh. First season is great. Second season not so much. Third is not good either, but would make a good conclusion to the whole series. 4,5 and 6 are a waste of time (which was exactly the reason why I watched them). They really lost the plot and just threw in any idea they had in the end.
Surprised there were no aliens.
#1313 at 18:28:48 - 22/02/2011
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True Grit
Enjoyable, Jeff mumbles just a little too much but it's understandable enough. The plot isn't particularly new but it's a well put together film and the leading actress is extremely good.
#1314 at 20:02:49 - 22/02/2011
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Yeah, really enjoyed True Grit, although think it's drowning a little too easliy in some of the plaudits. Not a typical Coen Brothers movie, but really recommend it. Bridges is always watchable.
#1315 at 02:12:07 - 23/02/2011
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Oh, watched Scott Pilgrim the other day... think I actually nodded off at one point.

What a load of fucking rubbish. Edgar Wright needs a kick up the arse, if that's the best he can do without Pegg and co.
#1316 at 02:13:13 - 23/02/2011
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peej said:Alice in Wonderland.

Very atypically 'Burton' - a reinvention of someone else's story twisted into Burton's trademark gothic weirdness.

The best thing about the film was the Jabberwocky. Actually extremely close to how it was originally visualised (in the illustrations of the original Alice in Wonderland book).

Not a complete write-off but Burton really does need some new tricks, or needs to do another Ed Wood.

6/10

I actually quite enjoyed it.
The Cheshire cat was great. Shame that Stephen Fry's voice is now eternally linked to LBP in my head though. :D
The crazy hare was great too.
Didn't much care for the main characters once again.
#1317 at 09:36:58 - 25/02/2011
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Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs

Proof positive that Pixar don't have the monopoly on excellent CGI animated films. Great stuff and impossible to watch without your tummy rumbling.

Also: GUMMY BEARS!!!

/steals moustache

8/10
#1318 at 09:53:41 - 25/02/2011
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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, which is a nice little detective story with existential undertones, ruined to some extent by the pretension in the actual 'dialog'. Looks gorgeous, though.

Lord of War, funny as anything but the pathos really works too.Friv Juegos
I need to watch that, now.

How have I never even heard of it.

Edit - The feast, I've heard of Fraiser
#1319 at 05:06:50 - 03/03/2011
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I liked Ghost in the Shell 2 although the first seems better in many ways. Lord of War is a great Nic Cage film and one of his better (yet non insane) performances.
#1320 at 19:26:08 - 03/03/2011

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