What films have you been watching recently?


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peej
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Quite interested in ROTPOTA purely for Serkis, massive fan of his and he's a thoroughly nice bloke. Bet he won't get the oscar though.

Still not convinced that the film needed a reboot but surely anything's better than Tim Burton's terrible effort.
#1441 at 11:09:14 - 15/08/2011
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I didn't know much about this - other than the fact that it had Pegg, Frost, and some sort of alien - and so went in with low expectations. Like Shaun of the Dead, despite being somewhat of a parody it was still a great film in its own right - sort of a grown-up homage to E.T. and various other sci-fi films, as well as a surprisingly sweet and touching buddy movie. Even though a lot of the humour was puerile it worked in the context of the film, and Seth Rogen made for a very charismatic alien.

8/10

Super

Another "ordinary person tries becoming a superhero" movie, but this was a much darker, bleaker and less glamourised version of Kick-Ass. It's really more about one man's descent into insanity, and quite disturbing at times. I won't spoil much but there are quite a few surprises along the way, and although it starts off slow I did end up enjoying it. Top performances all-round, and well worth watching.

7/10
#1442 at 11:32:12 - 15/08/2011
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Gutted about Super because the plot, premise and the character development is disturbingly like something I was collaborating on/ writing a couple of years ago (about an ordinary idiot who decides to become a vigilante).

Kick Ass had me putting the writing on hold, Super just completely polished it off.
#1443 at 11:58:52 - 15/08/2011
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peej said: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!


It's out?
#1444 at 12:04:20 - 15/08/2011
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Yup, its been out a couple of weeks I think.

I got it last monday and haven't had time to get a look in.
#1445 at 12:05:42 - 15/08/2011
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HairyArse said: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, pretty much.

#1446 at 09:17:26 - 18/08/2011
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Sex Drive.

Found it pretty good in a teen movie kind of way.
#1447 at 10:04:05 - 18/08/2011
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peej said:
HairyArse said: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, pretty much.



Funny I really loved the way the story is told and when in the end (by the way spoilers ahoy)...






... you discover that the story isn't about Babydoll but Sweet Pea, the talk about a guardian angel, the completly druged scenes (babydoll is drugged the entire movie by Blue Jones) that happen in reallity but you see the scenes in a drugged induced world.


Of course the action scenes where just supper hot!!
#1448 at 11:21:55 - 18/08/2011
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I loved the action scenes. Reminiscent of a cross between the WW1 bits in The Darkness, and the alt reality of Crimson Skies.

I got the plot, I just thought it was lazily strung together.

Alarm bells should've rung when the cover featured an enthusiastic review from...NUTS magazine :)

Christ though I've developed a hell of a horn for Emily Browning as a result of this though!
#1449 at 11:33:57 - 18/08/2011
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Your Highness - 4/10

Words fail me. Portman looks very nice, Franco's acting isn't the worst thing in it (assuming he's actually trying to go "full retard"), but McBride - who co-wrote it - seems very out of place. Two marks higher if you find random swearing insanely funny.
#1450 at 12:12:05 - 19/08/2011
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Goodbye Solo: A Senegalese cab driver in North Carolina suspects that one of his clients, an old man, intends to commit suicide, and so the cab driver attempts to befriend the man. Excellent acting showcase, and some charming snippets of life in general. Solo, the cab driver, is incredible charismatic. Not much happens, but it's very watchable. 7/10

C.R.A.Z.Y: French-Canadian film set in the 70s-80s about the fourth child in a family who tries to suppress his homosexuality in order to please his father. Meanwhile the eldest child becomes a wreck. Nice drama focusing on family dynamics with a genuinely tear-jerking ending. 9/10

4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days: Two Romanian students in the 80s attempt to arrange an illegal abortion. Very dry, sober film, which spends a lot of time on the practical details of arranging and performing an illegal abortion (there's a long scene which simply involves the practitioner telling the girls what to do). Actually I thought the film was a bit too dry - I didn't get much from it. Certainly is interesting subject matter, though. 5/10

Never Let Me Go: Alternate history set in 70s-80s Britain where cloned children are raised specifically to be organ donors. Follows three of these children as they grow up to adulthood in a love triangle. All the while the inevitability of their purpose hangs over them. This movie is strikingly beautiful. The moody English countryside is a gorgeous backdrop. Excellent soundtrack. Chilling, understated, story. The sci-fi is not the focus at all. 10/10

The Squid and the Whale: Charts how two kids in 80s Brooklyn deal with their parents' breakup. Dark comedy, with very cute elements. Strikes the right tone between heavy and light-hearted. Never gets soppy. Jesse Eisenberg is pretty much Michael Cera. 8/10

Y tu mamá también: Two teenagers take a roadtrip in rural Mexico with a woman in her late twenties. Never gets dull. The two guys play off each other really well, like they are single-minded. Sexy film, but the main draw is the dynamic between the three characters. Tries too hard to shove a moral in at the end, and probably goes on for one scene too many. 7/10
#1451 at 21:25:48 - 22/08/2011
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Inglourious Basterds

Great piece of alt-WWII stuff and feels like Tarantino is back on form (though I'd have kicked Samuel L. Jackson into touch for some of the voiceover bits and put someone else in).

Reminded me why I used to love watching ropey old 50s/60s WWII stuff as a kid. Great characters (the Nazi jew hunter was phenomenally good, a real bastard but classy with it) Great action stuff.

8/10
#1452 at 09:33:05 - 25/08/2011
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I wasn't too keen on it TBH. Would rather watch the 60's WWII films it pastiches :)
#1453 at 10:15:58 - 25/08/2011
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True enough. Any time Kelly's Heroes is on telly, I'm glued to it (mind you, that was 70s wasn't it?)

#1454 at 10:47:48 - 25/08/2011
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The Silent House has just arrived from Lovefilm. Haunted House horror... filmed in one single take.

/slips on brown trousers.
#1455 at 11:28:07 - 25/08/2011
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The King's Speech: Over-hyped, as expected, but a totally absorbing story and excellent acting from Mr Darcy and Captain Barbosa. 8/10

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army: Enjoyed the first so was looking forward to this. I wasn't disappointed, as it's very much more of the same, albeit some aspects of the storyline were weak and not really fleshed out (Hellboy's desire to be loved by the public and the implications thereof). One to watch if you liked the first. 7/10

Fantastic Mr Fox: To say it's based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name is something of a stretch. While the story loosely follows the book, the film modernises the plot and adds some additional depth. Fortunately the key aspects are retained, resulting in a fun (funny) film. Stop-motion animation looks good, but something about it was pretty unnerving (dead eyes??). 7/10
#1456 at 16:08:17 - 30/08/2011
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Flying_Pig said:The King's Speech: Over-hyped, as expected

High five, brother.
#1457 at 21:42:13 - 30/08/2011
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repairmanjack said:Your Highness - 4/10

Words fail me. Portman looks very nice, Franco's acting isn't the worst thing in it (assuming he's actually trying to go "full retard"), but McBride - who co-wrote it - seems very out of place. Two marks higher if you find random swearing insanely funny.


Half way through watching this on your recommendation. Portman is a great comic actress and hearing an oscar winner talking about her beaver was great. Minotaur rape scene, not so convinced about...
#1458 at 09:33:28 - 01/09/2011
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Recommendation?! :)
#1459 at 11:24:30 - 01/09/2011
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Unknown.

Found Neeson a lot more palatable since Taken. This isn't really anything of that ilk (despite some bullshit reviews saying it was). He has an accident, wakes up to find someone else has taken over his life... Guessed the twist about an hour in, but this wasn't too bad at all.

Oh, the guy who plays Hitler in Downfall is in this... which considering how many times I've seen those youtube spoofs makes for some unintentional smirks.

7.5/10
#1460 at 11:26:18 - 01/09/2011
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The Lovely Bones

Great cast, nice production values and SFX but butchered the book to pieces rather disjointedly. I kept wondering whether there'd be a 4 hour full treatment tucked away in Peter Jackson's safe somewhere, it felt that cut to pieces.

Lovely cameo by the man himself though :)

4/10
#1461 at 10:49:02 - 05/09/2011
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Watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
LOVED IT! Absolutely brilliant popcorn movie.
#1462 at 10:58:38 - 05/09/2011
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repairmanjack said:Recommendation?! :)


Hey, I find random swearing insanely funny :)
#1463 at 15:34:18 - 05/09/2011
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X-Men, First class: okay but a bit of a butchery of the x-men origins (AGAIN). Mystique was played by a very odd looking girl.An okay film but not a great one.

Thor- no likey, which is odd as I thought I would. Just seemed daft on on levels to be honest.Yes, I know super hero films are inherently daft but it was a complete waste of Portman having her in it, the turn she gave in Your Highness was better.
#1464 at 15:36:29 - 05/09/2011
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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest. 5.5/10

Really feeling that the excellent first film/book was a fluke. The last two movies have dragged interminably - although this was better than two. Still looks like a cheap, made for TV drama though.


The Social Network. 9/10

Amazingly enough, I was hooked on this from start to finish. Fincher did a great job. Was the girlfriend's choice and I was dreading it.



Woo hoo! 13 Assassins on the way from Lovefilm! Missed it at the cinema.

Anyone been to see Kill List yet? I'm hearing the trailer just doesn't give any clues to the fact it's actually a horror movie. Seems to be really knocking people for six.
#1465 at 17:37:26 - 05/09/2011
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repairmanjack said:The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest. 5.5/10

Really feeling that the excellent first film/book was a fluke. The last two movies have dragged interminably - although this was better than two. Still looks like a cheap, made for TV drama though.



It was. Cheaply made for Swedish TV a while back. If Hollywood does the three films as intended it'll be interesting to see if they extend the third film to match the book a little more closely.

Also agree on the first book / film being a bit of a fluke. Third book was so long and drawn out it was a bit of a yawn fest but the first was excellent.
#1466 at 17:56:34 - 05/09/2011
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Senna - absolute must if you like F1 and the great man. Some amazing behind the scenes footage.
#1467 at 22:38:49 - 05/09/2011
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Dog Day Afternoon - Excellently paced bank heist film. All the better for being based on a true story. Farcical yet full of genuine emotion. 10/10

Fast Five - Overridden with cliches, racial stereotypes and womanising, but very strong as an action film. Vin Diesel and The Rock are larger than life characters - when they are on screen together, that's powerful stuff. 7/10

X-Men First Class - Poor pacing. You can only take someone asking someone else "what's your power?" so many times before it sounds ridiculous. The Xavier/Magneto philosophy divide takes a back seat, which is a shame. THe whole "okay to be different" message is delivered in a very blunt, awkward way. Still, good acting, a nice light-hearted tone, and Sebastian Shaw is amazing. 6/10

Savage Grace - Sexy film (well, except that one scene with the mother...), if you can handle the subject matter. Gorgeously shot, gorgeous characters, and dreamlike speech. Okay, so nothing much happens, but it's beautiful :) (Eddie Redmayne, RAWR). 7/10

My Own Private Idaho - Keaneu Reeves is great in this. River Phoenix is simply amazing. Love the blend of mundane settings and theatricality. 9/10

Still Walking - Japanese film about two halves of a family convening and the dynamics between them. Culturally specific but there's some of this in any family. Good film from a character study perspective. 7/10
#1468 at 00:07:35 - 06/09/2011
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Savage Grace - Sexy film (well, except that one scene with the mother...), if you can handle the subject matter. Gorgeously shot, gorgeous characters, and dreamlike speech. Okay, so nothing much happens, but it's beautiful :) (Eddie Redmayne, RAWR). 7/10

Ooh look it's on iPlayer
#1469 at 09:39:50 - 10/09/2011
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13 Assassins - finally! Been sitting here for ten days as work has been insane.

Thought it was excellent. They really build the villain up as such an utter bastard that I couldn't wait to see him sorted out. It's not a new gen Seven Samurai, but no one seems to have made a film like this in a long time.

Also reminds me that I have Twilight Samurai on the shelf!

8.5/10
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