What films have you been watching recently?


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HairyArse
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Sucker Punch is dog shit. The visuals are amazing and the girls are hot but the storyline is bollocks and all over the place.

This weekend I watched Moon. I don't generally like Sci-Fi but thought it was excellent.
#1411 at 15:05:32 - 27/07/2011
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Horrible Bosses

I felt the same about this as I did with The Hangover. Looks great in the trailers, plenty of snigger-worthy moments, but it was never really laugh-out loud funny. The bosses were great, but I felt that Kevin Spacey's performance was the weakest, despite his character having the most screen time. Jennifer Aniston stole the show for me, playing the crazy nympho boss surprisingly well. Worth watching for a couple of scenes involving her, if you know what I mean.

6/10
#1412 at 15:25:02 - 27/07/2011
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Speaking of, I just watched The Hangover and it was a total disappointment, the way people go on about it.

I was intrigued by the plot (no memory, some very odd things, and a search for an explanation), but the payoff was poor. There was no intelligent explanation for anything, which I felt I was promised, and the clues weren't so much clues as they were huge glowing signposts. The final reveal wasn't foreshadowed at all (no, a mattress on a statue does not count).
#1413 at 15:42:17 - 27/07/2011
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I absolutely loved The Hangover, very funny stuff indeed, I do love Vegas though so that possibly helps. The Hangover Part 2 really is a bit of a lazy remake in Bangkok but it's still a lot of laughs.

What isn't a lot of laughs is "Observe & Report", got the BR from LoveFilm and after watching half of it I doubt I'll bother doing anything but putting it back in the envelope and sending it back. I've watched a lot of bad movies all the way through but I really can't stand this garbage. I like black humour, this is about as funny as hitting your cock with a mallet while walking on broken glass and whipped by someone using a cat o' nine.
#1414 at 16:28:13 - 27/07/2011
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Harry Potter. Awesome.

repairmanjack said:
ilmaestro said:
repairmanjack said:

Tonight: Blu Ray of Battle: Los Angeles.

Well, congrats on keeping your string of bad films going, at least!


Well, I would watch it... if the cunting retards at the store had taken the fucking security tag off! Same shower of cunts who sold me a PS3 game in a 360 shop.

And they're a forty minute drive away!

/hulk smash

Jesus... I would be demanding some for of compensation for sure.
#1415 at 01:25:22 - 28/07/2011
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The Lincoln Lawyer

Slick, tightly paced courtroom thriller about a cheap defence attorney who suddenly comes upon a rich client charged with rape and assault.

Plenty of twists though nothing genuinely surprising. Seems like a long TV episode rather than a film. The plot is satisfying, and complex without getting too outrageous. Matthew McConaughey makes a charismatic lead.

By the end of the first half of the film all the cards are on the table and the mystery is pretty much sorted, leaving the second half to deal with courtroom gymnastics.

Decent time passer.
#1416 at 08:46:05 - 28/07/2011
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Blue Valentine

Gorgeously-shot unflinching tale of love and how love ends. Rather mundane plot in that it could happen to anyone (which makes it all the more uncomfortable viewing). Mixes present scenes of a marriage coming to an end with flashbacks of how the relationship started.

Genuinely heart-breaking stuff. Ryan Gosling is great in this.

9/10 YORK APPROVED
#1417 at 13:09:44 - 29/07/2011
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Certified Copy

Set in Italy, a French gallery owner attends a talk being given by a British author, and eventually she and he head out together into the countryside. There is a playful change halfway through the film (a spoiler that is too crucial to the plot to reveal) that sets the characters on a different trajectory. As things intensify it becomes hard to tell what is reality (stick with the film and you'll see).

Absolutely AMAZING performances by the two lead actors - the majority of the film is almost a realtime conversation between the two, so it's the acting that carries the film. The relationship is transformed throughout the story and you see every nuance on their faces (this film is pretty much an acting showcase).

Plotwise, nothing gripping happens - it's pretty much a realtime trip out into the Italian countryside as the characters discuss art and life (and their conversation takes a bizarre turn in the second half of the film).

It is a very slow film (almost realtime) meaning you see their entire car journey, and watch as they explore the village in full. No soundtrack, either. And very real, often clumsy, dialogue. So, it's a bit dry - and darkly comic. Stick with it and it's very rewarding from an acting standpoint, and the way it starts making you question if you really have a full grip of what's actually going on.

9/10 YORK APPROVED
#1418 at 17:50:42 - 31/07/2011
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Poetry

Korean film about an old lady who discovers her grandson has been involved in gang-raping a girl for 6 months. While dealing with the fallout of this she receives a diagnosis of Alzheimers (not the focus of the film) and joins a poetry class (the focus of the film).

Beautiful scenery and atmosphere. The main actress is amazing. Very unsentimental film that doesn't try to tug at your heartstrings artificially. There's a lot of issues that can't be resolved and the film doesn't try to.

Good stuff.
#1419 at 10:30:18 - 02/08/2011
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Deathly Hallows 2
The first one I've seen after reading the corresponding book. Was disappointed with the final 20 minutes in comparison. Would have loved a final scene after the end credits of some random guy in a straight-jacket being restrained by two male nurses, one of whom is shouting "Oh god, Dave thinks he's a famous wizard again".
#1420 at 19:58:11 - 02/08/2011
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Humpday

Two straight buddies agree (after a lot of drink and weed) to make a porn together.

Which sounds like the synopsis to a red title film such as American Pie or Meet the Parents, but it's actually a decent, intelligent, film - if you can get past the contrived setup.

The focus is more on the friendship between the two guys, how their lives have diverged, and the things that remain missing in their lives. And about, once they get sober, their reasoning for still going through with it. And how it affects the relationship between one of the guys and his wife. It's quite tender and touching, and avoids getting into cheap gags like a film of this topic could do.
#1421 at 20:11:50 - 07/08/2011
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Tamara Drew
Funny britcom, that watches like a tv show but with much more swearing. Gemma Artaton looks good too.

Drive Angry
Shit. So shit, it makes Ghost Rider look good. Amber Head looks cuter than the love interest in Ghost Rider and that is the films only redeeming feature.

Sucker Punch
I enjoyed it :p
#1422 at 10:46:45 - 08/08/2011
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I'm supposed to be watching Sucker Punch later on. Didn't realise that the main character was played by Emily Browning. She's flipping gorgeous.

#1423 at 11:10:25 - 08/08/2011
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Bad Teacher

Cameron Diaz is eminently watchable and that was about the only redeeming feature of this otherwise average film. The love interest was completely lacking and I didn't give a shit about any of the characters. And what was with the dry-humping?
#1424 at 11:11:56 - 08/08/2011
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Cameron Diaz.....dry humping...

/writes down for later
#1425 at 12:21:17 - 08/08/2011
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NewYork said:Blue Valentine

Gorgeously-shot unflinching tale of love and how love ends. Rather mundane plot in that it could happen to anyone (which makes it all the more uncomfortable viewing). Mixes present scenes of a marriage coming to an end with flashbacks of how the relationship started.

Genuinely heart-breaking stuff. Ryan Gosling is great in this.

9/10 YORK APPROVED


This really was heart breaking stuff. It's a great film, just not great viewing (it is but it isn't but it is... oh you know what I mean). The way the stories are managed makes it all the more bittersweet.

Watch it.
#1426 at 12:31:39 - 08/08/2011
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Labyrinth - David Bowie and the debut (I think) of Jennifer Connolly.

Watched it with my daughter. Effects are obviously incredibly dated, but Bowie is ace and it's surprisingly dark in places.

Very odd to see JC at that age, considering some of the "musings" I've had about her over the years. Ahem.
#1427 at 13:52:05 - 08/08/2011
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The A-Team

It was OK - story was a reasonable 'prequel set in modern times' covering how they met, earned their reputation and the whole "...crime they didn't commit..." bit.

Casting was a mixed bag and while the BA actor was decent, the character was played far too softly, rather than an on the edge of control nutter from the early TV episodes.

Decent action (some bits stretched plausability way beyond breaking point) and occasional laughs.
#1428 at 14:35:30 - 08/08/2011
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repairmanjack said:Labyrinth - David Bowie and the debut (I think) of Jennifer Connolly.

Watched it with my daughter. Effects are obviously incredibly dated, but Bowie is ace and it's surprisingly dark in places.

Very odd to see JC at that age, considering some of the "musings" I've had about her over the years. Ahem.


I had absolutely no guilt about fancying her in that, I would've been at the appropriate age (I think).

One thing that struck me about that film was how the fuck Bowie got away with those trousers in a 'kids' movie!
#1429 at 14:43:22 - 08/08/2011
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Flying_Pig said:The A-Team

It was OK - story was a reasonable 'prequel set in modern times' covering how they met, earned their reputation and the whole "...crime they didn't commit..." bit.

Casting was a mixed bag and while the BA actor was decent, the character was played far too softly, rather than an on the edge of control nutter from the early TV episodes.

Decent action (some bits stretched plausability way beyond breaking point) and occasional laughs.


I thoroughly enjoyed it. (Flying a tank! :))... didn't realise that the horrible SWAT guy does the voice of Kane in Kane and LYnch.
#1430 at 15:16:11 - 08/08/2011
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Did you watch suckerpunch in the end peej?
#1431 at 14:54:46 - 09/08/2011
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Not yet, suffering from a chronic chest infection and head cold at the moment so I ended up having an early night instead. I'm getting old (alright, older!)
#1432 at 15:07:38 - 09/08/2011
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The Losers 7-8/10

Fun movie, A Team with a "no name" cast. Based on a graphic novel. Tongue through cheek.

Paranormal Activity 2 4/10

American men, if you see video footage of your girlfriend being dragged around the house by invisible forces, and she has neglected to mention it, it might be time to consider your dating options. One jump scare - out of the cat. Loud noises do NOT make for creepy movies, Hollywood. Appreciate the "decent looking chick with big boobs" box-tick but, other than that, utterly dull. They've announced a third: a prequel to the prequel. Dear God.
#1433 at 18:09:00 - 11/08/2011
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HP7 pt2 (not in 3D).

Seen last two movies, never read the books. This was ok, as a film, but Voldemort is such a tissue thin, shite villain.

I'm picking the film tonight. Anyone seen Taking of Pelham 123 remake? Original with Matthau is great.

Oh, really surprised by how many people on my FB buddy list are gushing over Planet of the Apes. I had to describe the plot of the original to my girlfriend last night - and it sounds shit when you break it down. :)
#1434 at 09:45:37 - 14/08/2011
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Up.

Never watched it before but because my nipper has become a bit of a Pixar fan we watched it over the weekend.

Sublime stuff. Starts off quite sad, ends up on a high.

Dug's ace! Reminds me of my gran's dopey dachsund.
#1435 at 08:54:46 - 15/08/2011
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I didn't like Up at all... was a crushing downer to begin with (well done though), and I never found that it was able to lift out of that.

Watched the remake of The Taking of Pelham 123 last night. Travolta and Washington. Had no idea it was directed by Tony Scott - but it becomes apparent in the opening thirty seconds. Quite tense, if slightly unbelievable in places... nothing like the original, with Walter Matthau, which stuck more closely to the true story.

Today: Legion with Paul Bettany. Just unplugging my brain now. :)
#1436 at 10:24:12 - 15/08/2011
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Still haven't watched Sucker Punch! Every time I sat down to take a look at it at the weekend, something else got in the way!
#1437 at 10:36:50 - 15/08/2011
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

This came out of nowhere for me and blew me away with how good it was.

The CG is amazing and Andy Serkis surely deserves a secial mo-cap Oscar for his performance as Caesar.

Unlike the previous POTA movies, this one steers clear of making any socio-political commentary and instead focuses on the relationship between Ceasar and his owner. It's captivating and engaging and by far and away the best POTA movie. Highly recommended.
#1438 at 10:39:35 - 15/08/2011
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I assumed POTA was going to suck. I'm happy it's doing so well.


Megamind
VERY funny. All the funniest stuff lately has been animation, I'm sure of it! Probably the best "Will Ferrel" movie other than Anchorman (or should that read - the only other funny movie starring Will Fer..). Was a real treat for Saturday night after a day of putting up with a teething 1 year old.

Battle: Los Angeles
Halo the movie. Basically. Didn't like it. Think I've grown out of this type of explosions and pew pew pew movie. Not even sure why I added it to the lovefilm list.
#1439 at 10:44:42 - 15/08/2011
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Hanna

American/German co production action thriller with the blondest girl you've ever seen, Eric Bana, and Cate Blanchett doing the worlds most convincing Gillian Anderson impression ever.

Pretty good, there are one or two facets that let it down slightly but a change from your usual Hollywood explosion fest anyway.

#1440 at 10:53:48 - 15/08/2011

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