What films have you been watching recently?


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peej
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Watched Brazil again recently, as Film 4 seem to be repeat showing it quite frequently. Haven't watched it in years but it hasn't lost any of its magic (for me - for some reason I seem to be in a bit of a minority for liking it).

So many genius bits, and so many elements of design in it that are absolutely perfecto (the various "ministry" posters on office walls, the design of those workstations - even the genius move of making the Personnel Transport a diddly little Messerschmidt Bubble Car). Phenomenal cast, great soundtrack and definitely Gilliam's finest hour.

It's on again tonight, 9pm, film 4. If you've never seen it before - watch it!
#1501 at 16:30:41 - 08/12/2011
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(PS Hairy, don't bother, if you didn't like Bladerunner, you'd hate this too :)
#1502 at 16:57:56 - 08/12/2011
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Peej, how were the placing of the breaks? I had the task of choosing where they go (but not the amount of them sadly)
:)
#1503 at 17:27:52 - 08/12/2011
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Not too bad, there were a lot of 'em but I can understand the necessity for 'em, of course. Didn't knacker the enjoyment of the film so well done ye!
#1504 at 17:32:46 - 08/12/2011
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Woo!
#1505 at 17:59:05 - 08/12/2011
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I watched Rango the other night. Enjoyed it muchly. Was it aimed at children? It's pretty dark in places.
#1506 at 19:20:26 - 08/12/2011
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Dead Snow - via Lovefilm/360. Words fail me. :)

Hancock. s'alright. I'm finding Smith more and more unlikeable, these days. Charlize Theron has never looked lovelier, however.

Captain America. Fared rather better than Thor, but I can't help thinking The Avengers movie will be utter donkey balls next year.
#1507 at 22:02:44 - 08/12/2011
peej
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Dunno if any of you lot were avid VideoDromers back in the days before Kermode took over, but when it was fronted by Alex Cox it used to show some of the darkest (and weirdest) movies ever.

One film sticks in the mind about a family of cannibals. I think it was merely called "The Family" and was pretty gruesome. Quite surprised they showed it uncut on telly.

#1508 at 09:14:23 - 09/12/2011
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Singing in the Rain

It's cheesy as heck, but you can't get away from the fact that Gene Kelly was a hell of a dancer and crooner (and one hell of a mean skater too). Ended up watching this and the nipper absolutely fell head over heels in love with the bloke (slightly worrying for a 3 and 3/4 year old!) Time to go hunting box sets for stocking fillers methinks.
#1509 at 14:49:26 - 13/12/2011
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Strap 15

I've not seen any of the preceding 14 films in what appears to be a long ongoing franchise but to be honest I don't think I'll bother.

The film opens with a reasonably attractive girl playing with a disturbingly life-like strap on penis. It's all floppy though, so what use it is is anyone's guess. Another buxom wench soon appears and the viewer is left to think, okay this is going to be some fairly basic girl on girl action but the director cleverly plays on stereotypes by introducing a chap to the mix.

The chap has an infeasibly low hanging nutsack but you're not left long to ponder this before he starts giving one of the girls a jolly good seeing to. She appears to be quite pleased by this turn of events. Impressively the chap isn't put off when the lady with the disturbingly life-like strap on penis decides, presumably on the spur of the moment, to sodomise him whilst he's getting jiggy with it.

This sort of thing then happens at least another three or four times during the course of the film. In each instance the chap is happy enough to take it up the bottom from a lady with a strap on whilst on the job. Personally I'd rather not, it'd put me off my stroke.

Overall then, Gary needs to sort his fucking life out and get a better selection of movies on his phone.

not my cup of tea/10
#1510 at 13:30:26 - 21/12/2011
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Pretty similar plot to Strap 15, by the sounds of it.

Better than two, worse than one.
#1511 at 18:17:20 - 21/12/2011
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Seen some proper rubbish over Christmas. And the muppets christmas carol, which was one of the better films.

Still haven't seen the Neverending Story all the way through though.
#1512 at 09:19:34 - 29/12/2011
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X-Men Origins

If they had made the intro into a full length movie it would probably have been a better film. Good enough for a Saturday evening though.

#1513 at 23:22:57 - 14/01/2012
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The Artist.

A modern silent movie. Loved it!
#1514 at 00:08:40 - 15/01/2012
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Puss in Boots

Was quite better than I was expecting it to be! It kinda dragged in places, but generally I enjoyed it.
#1515 at 13:09:13 - 15/01/2012
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billdoor said:
Still haven't seen the Neverending Story all the way through though.

I never liked that film even as a kid. Don't get it. It's terrible.
#1516 at 14:02:29 - 15/01/2012
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repairmanjack said:The Artist.

A modern silent movie. Loved it!


I really want to see this. Heard a LOT of very good things about it, and quite like the idea of some of the film pastiches worked into it. Definitely on my list of must-sees
#1517 at 09:13:23 - 16/01/2012
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Sucker Punch.

Watched it again, mainly to watch the Warzone bits and get some inspiration for new bits of art. I love the idea of the steam-powered WW1 troops and the big stompy flying mech thing. Awesome stuff.

Visually the film is fucking awesome, it's just so all over the place. Much like most of Snyder's stuff I guess.

The soundtrack is bloody fantastic though.
#1518 at 09:15:16 - 16/01/2012
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Jonny English Reborn.
In places laugh out loud hilarious. It's almost a brilliant film but doesn't quite hang together properly. Still worth a watch/10 though.
#1519 at 09:19:50 - 16/01/2012
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Hugo

I really did like this. At times it really dragged, and at other times it felt like a film history lecture. I know that Scorcese has a real passion for this stuff, and film restoration, but I would rather he let his movie just be a *movie*, instead of a film buff's fever dream.

But that aside, I thought it was a magical, wonderful film overall.
#1520 at 14:33:17 - 16/01/2012
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jiGen said:Hugo

I really did like this. At times it really dragged, and at other times it felt like a film history lecture. I know that Scorcese has a real passion for this stuff, and film restoration, but I would rather he let his movie just be a *movie*, instead of a film buff's fever dream.

But that aside, I thought it was a magical, wonderful film overall.


Agreed - quite a unique film in recent memory as it was suitable for all ages without being a kids film, which is mostly all I see at the flicks these days, until....

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - if you've seen the original, this is pretty reminiscent, but is more accurate to the book in following the details in the story, and also in the casting. Daniel Craig is excellent as Mikael, and fits the bill much better than the original actor as far as the book goes. Rooney Mara is superb as Lisbeth, but I thought the original Lisbeth was great too, so not as big a change there. Top marks for having so many British 70s TV stars in it as well :D
#1521 at 15:29:17 - 17/01/2012
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Quite looking forward to seeing TGWTDT. I think with the original book, the setting (the creepy disconnected town run by a bunch of posh inbreds) really made it, so if the new movie can capture that unsettling creepiness, it'll work for me.

Cast wise I thought Craig was a bit of an odd choice (but then so was the original Swedish guy) but the more clips I see, the more I think he's got it nailed.

I thought Noomi Rapace was awesome as Salander, had the right menacing qualities but that also meant that she lost the air of fragility she's supposed to have in the books at times.

It'll be interesting to see if it does well enough to spawn the sequels. TBH the third book is a bit of a yawn so I'm not quite sure how that'll work as a big Hollywood blockbuster really.
#1522 at 16:24:05 - 17/01/2012
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Black Swan

And I'm fairly sure it was a bag of shite. :/
#1523 at 21:25:06 - 17/01/2012
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I didn't like Black Swan very much. Wife loved it though.

Currently watching Rosemary's Baby and thinking how much I would have liked to boff Mia Farrow in the late 60's.
#1524 at 21:44:57 - 17/01/2012
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On the subject of Roman Polanski, the director of Rosemary's Baby, I loved this description of the man:

"Personally, I would not finance a movie directed by some criminal who drugged, raped and buggered a 13 year-old girl and then fled the country to escape justice – and I know something about financing films involving criminals. But Polanski’s showbiz friends seem to think an ‘artist’ of his ‘stature’ (an ironic description, given that he is vertically-challenged) should be forgiven for what they see as a past minor crime. They and I perhaps have different opinions on that – and on our choice of meaning for that crucial word ‘minor’.
#1525 at 12:28:13 - 18/01/2012
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repairmanjack said:Black Swan

And I'm fairly sure it was a bag of shite. :/


Only Portman frotting herself and that other bint every half hour saved it for me.
#1526 at 02:47:48 - 19/01/2012
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The Last King of Scotland

Wow, this was fantastic. Great performances all around, but especially from Whittaker. The man positively radiates charisma.

I kinda feel like replaying Farcry 2 now.
#1527 at 14:16:54 - 22/01/2012
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Doubt

Currently on the iPlayer. Excellent acting showcase.
#1528 at 02:49:21 - 23/01/2012
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We're going to celebrate Chinese New Year by watching that cultural tour de force, Big Trouble in Little China this evening.
#1529 at 08:51:16 - 23/01/2012
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13 assassins

Still recovering from the final third...or was it the second half? Absolutely spellbinding showdown.

The best film about samurais with a number in its title since...oh, whatever it was called.
#1530 at 19:32:21 - 23/01/2012

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