What films have you been watching recently?


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peej
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Also recently watched "The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" (third in the Millennium Trilogy / Stieg Larsson books) which was a bit on the disappointing side. Lot of courtroom stuff but there was no way they couldn't pare the book down to practically barebones and keep this under 3 hours.

Again though, like the first two films I can see these being acres better than any Hollywood remakes. The casting was pretty much spot on as were the locations (bet the fucking yanks relocate everything to the US)
#1351 at 15:28:01 - 03/05/2011
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Monsters

The somehow managed to shoot a calm, well acted movie with gigantic aliens in it. Really good and refreshing different to normal alien movies.

Primer

Some guys build a time machine in their garage and then use it. Stuff happens afterwards, but it's very difficult to follow because I lost track of whether they were in the future or present and more importantly I didn't know whether it was their future selfs or present self on screen. Very confusing, but not bad at all.
#1352 at 18:23:19 - 03/05/2011
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peej said:Also recently watched "The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" (third in the Millennium Trilogy / Stieg Larsson books) which was a bit on the disappointing side. Lot of courtroom stuff but there was no way they couldn't pare the book down to practically barebones and keep this under 3 hours.

Again though, like the first two films I can see these being acres better than any Hollywood remakes. The casting was pretty much spot on as were the locations (bet the fucking yanks relocate everything to the US)


Sorry to ruin your mojo Peej... But it's being filmed on location on Sweeden... Only saw the first one (need to buy the second and third movies) and I'm reading the third book, that for some reason seems like the worst one, to many side story/characthers...
#1353 at 19:14:52 - 03/05/2011
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Ah well, shows how much I've been trying to avoid reading about the Fincher film :) I remember reading about the casting and the fact that certain story elements would be changed and switched out from there.

The third book was huge and sprawling yet the third film wasn't, and purely seemed to focus on the courtroom stuff - still fitted OK with the three films though.

#1354 at 12:34:55 - 05/05/2011
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Just finished the 3rd book! Really nice ending (specially the court stuff), Now I want somebody to get the writer out of the grave so he can finnish the next 7 books!

/it will never happen... :(
#1355 at 14:54:49 - 05/05/2011
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I remember reading some mumblings that some of Larsson's other unpublished work might get an airing at some point - but apparently the Millennium Trilogy books were a bit of a fluke and the rest of his stuff is a bit pants...

#1356 at 15:08:50 - 05/05/2011
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I didn't think the Millenium Triology was particularly great. The first 100 or so pages of the first book were incredibly slow. A good story, but overall to drawn out in my opinion.

/Syrok typed on his 2.4 GHz Apple MacBook while sitting in his Ikea chair.
#1357 at 15:27:35 - 05/05/2011
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I thought the first book was the best of the three, probably because of the two intertwined story threads running through it (the bonkers serial killer family and the stuff about Salander's past). They were a bit of a trudge in places (and yep, lots of bizarre American Psycho-esque brand placement and mentioning that sometimes irreparably broke the flow of each book) but still pretty good nonetheless. Definitely not a patch on Henning Mankell's stuff though.
#1358 at 15:35:11 - 05/05/2011
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Back to the films gentleman!


Shrek 4

Nice film, the best since the first one but the weakest on the joke side (the moral of the story is just great).
Unfortunetly the visual just felt like they stopped in time... :(

7/10


How to train your Dragon

Awesome film. Loved it. The characthers are just awesome (the main dragon reminds me a hell lot of my cat) funny enough I just hated the dead voice of Hiccup :(

To tell the truth I think it's the most beautiful kids movie I ever seen (the landscapes are awesome and feel so real), as soon as I can I'll be buying it on Bluray.

The dragon were so cool and the training was really fun to watch!

10/10



District 9

Felt like 2 separate movies the fake documentary from the beggining just felt meh to me, didn't do anything to me. The second part where the documentary is left behind is just one great SciFi film, the chase, the final fight, the interactions between humans and aliens, very good!

8/10



Millenium 01

Not as good as the book, and the final part just felt rushed, maybe another half hour of running time would been better.

The casting was spot on (but for some reason I imagined Erika alot prettier and Mickael alot uglier lol).

The rape seen is just brutal (the misses had to look away during it).

8/10
#1359 at 21:30:49 - 05/05/2011
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Constantine

Not sure what the writers thought, the whole thing seemed very messy and inconsistent. I think they couldn't really decide whether to shoot a thriller, a horror movie or a comedy.

What is it about Shia Labeouf that makes him so unlikeable in every movie he is in?
#1360 at 10:10:54 - 09/05/2011
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Damn shame about Constantine, the comics were excellent.

And I'd have to agree on Shia LeBouef. Put it this way, if they are thinking of a whole new series of Indiana Jones films with him in, you won't catch me anywhere near 'em.

#1361 at 11:04:23 - 09/05/2011
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#1362 at 08:45:05 - 11/05/2011
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Watched Tekken last night.

Not the greatest film ever but I enjoyed it.
#1363 at 10:35:01 - 11/05/2011
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Lord of War

Not bad at all. I actually liked Nicolas Cage in this for once.
#1364 at 09:07:54 - 16/05/2011
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Syrok said:Lord of War

Not bad at all. I actually liked Nicolas Cage in this for once.


He's OK in roles like this. Quite enjoyed it the last time I saw it.
#1365 at 11:23:30 - 16/05/2011
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Prince of Persia - More than a few winks and nods in the direction of Assassin's Creed which I reckon would make for an excellent movie.

The English accents were off-putting and it was average at best.
#1366 at 11:43:10 - 16/05/2011
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Watched "The Cat Returns" on Film 4 t'other day.
It's a classic example of why kids and TV don't mix. My three year old sat absolutely GLUED to it, wouldn't let anyone change channels (even during the ad breaks) and was completely lost to it. I guess I'm a bad parent then!

(still, at least it was something cool like a Miyazaki film and not some shit like the Bratz movie)
#1367 at 12:55:31 - 16/05/2011
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I caught the end of Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life last night. Worst cinematography ever. Half the time you could barely make out the actors expression because the contrast was so low or the camera movement so bad that you couldn't really see what was going on.
When you can see the actors, it's best to look away because the acting is so woeful.

Glad I didn't see more than the last 30 minutes.
#1368 at 16:00:40 - 26/05/2011
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peej said:Watched "The Cat Returns" on Film 4 t'other day.

Do love that film.
#1369 at 16:04:53 - 26/05/2011
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NewYork said:
peej said:Watched "The Cat Returns" on Film 4 t'other day.

Do love that film.


Me too. Film 4 have also been showing Castle of Cagliostro off and on as well, also love that. Couldn't believe how old it was though! Wow!
#1370 at 17:33:42 - 26/05/2011
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Syrok said:I caught the end of Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life last night. Worst cinematography ever. Half the time you could barely make out the actors expression because the contrast was so low or the camera movement so bad that you couldn't really see what was going on.
When you can see the actors, it's best to look away because the acting is so woeful.

Glad I didn't see more than the last 30 minutes.


I didn't watch all of it, although I've seen it before. The bit where they jumped off the roof with the winged suits must have been the most boring action scene I've ever seen; watching people slowly fall in the distance for 2 minutes is not interesting or exciting in any way.
#1371 at 19:08:02 - 26/05/2011
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I think I've sat through it once, and its predecessor. Christ knows why they're doing more Tomb Raider films - the essence of what the games were about has been so diluted that it'll just end up being yet another generic action flick full of crap CGI.

#1372 at 17:19:50 - 27/05/2011
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Watched "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" which wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Confirmed my fears that I've got a massive horn for Cate Blanchett but any film featuring her and Tilda Swinton together always has me doing a double take. The latter always looks a bit like a ten-years-older version of the former.

Freaky shit they did to de-age Brad Pitt though, poor bugger could barely move his face because of the heavy make up
#1373 at 08:58:32 - 31/05/2011
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#1374 at 15:03:58 - 31/05/2011
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I thought the younger versions were just makeup but I guess CG would also explain the fact that he suffered from the same comatose features that Jeff Daniels did as Clu in Tron Legacy
#1375 at 15:31:15 - 31/05/2011
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Oh, the younger ones are probably makeup. But age 50ish and up were all CGI. The LA Noire capture method is probably better, even if the runtime visuals aren't.
#1376 at 15:35:03 - 31/05/2011
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Well the runtime visuals are still governed by whatever the end result ends up on and there's just not enough grunt on this generation's consoles to make it any better. Even given that, LA Noire approaches 'eerie' in places (like for instance in scenes where you've got two protagonists sitting in a car talking with perfect lip synch to their speech)

We're starting to see more of that type of stuff in CG films now (Rango and Mars Needs Moms) so hopefully it'll start to become the norm in games too.
#1377 at 16:04:42 - 31/05/2011
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Der Untergang (or Downdall for you)

After seeing so many (bad) parodies on Youtube I wanted to see whether the film was actually any good. It was. :)
#1378 at 13:44:47 - 08/07/2011
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Bridesmaids. I was one of three men in a packed out cinema. It's actually surprisingly good. Probably better than Hangover 2.

Gamer. Awful. I should have known better. I was actually embarrassed to sit through it.

Devil. People trapped in a lift; one may be Satan. Not nearly as bad as it sounds. MNS's best since Signs. Almost able to forgive him for The Village.

Tomorrow night: first viewing of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (not read the books!) and Sunday night will be The Town.

Anyone seen Transformers 3 yet...?
#1379 at 17:08:26 - 08/07/2011
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Is the US Girl with the Dragon Tattoo out then?

I might go see that. It does actually look fairly good from the trailers.
#1380 at 17:15:47 - 08/07/2011

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