What films have you been watching recently?


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repairmanjack
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Loved 13 Assassins. :)

Dumbo - horrific, cruel, upsetting, and the Pink Elephants on Parade is straight out of one of David Lynch's nightmares. Hated the whole thing.

Apollo 18 - pedestrian and more than a little silly.

Horrible Bosses - chucklesome. Better than word of mouth suggested.
#1531 at 22:37:50 - 23/01/2012
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FlexibleFeline said: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.


Great film Flexi - loved it. I saw it at the Curzon in Wimbledon. A proper grown-up cinema where you could buy, and drink, beer during the film.
#1532 at 02:06:42 - 25/01/2012
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Nice! I'd love to have seen it on the big screen...while drinking beer.
#1533 at 18:45:13 - 25/01/2012
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The Secret in their Eyes.

Can't stop crying! It's stunning. Get it watched.
#1534 at 21:31:58 - 31/01/2012
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J Edgar

I don't really know that much about J Edgar Hoover (apart from general stuff like the crossdressing, homosexuality, and secret dirt files), so I can't really comment on accuracy. Good performances by DiCaprio, Naomi Watts and Judi Dench. Other cast members were a bit prone to overacting.

It was also a bit all over the place in terms of tone and pacing. Some bits drag, other bits skim over what might be potentially interesting side-stories. Overall I think it was a bit... busy, with too much stuff crammed in.

Oh, and the old person makeup looked pretty weird. It always does.

But! The central performance was great, so I'd say it's definitely worth a watch.
#1535 at 08:23:46 - 12/02/2012
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The Guard. 7/10

Comparisons to In Bruge (based on sibling rivalry) seem largely irrelevant. This isn't nearly as good as that. I enjoyed this, and would recommend it if you like Gleeson or wry (grim) humour, but keep the expectations a little lower than you normally might.


Super 8. 8./10. Very derivative of early Spielberg, which is no bad thing. Everyone involved is hugely likeable, the creature is well done and it has some cool special effects. Was surprised that it was entirely JJ Abrams baby, as Cloverfield was far poorer than it had any right to be.

Capote. 9/10. Philip Seymour Hoffman is mesmerising in this; the true story of the author's most famous "non-fiction novel". Great performances all around.
#1536 at 12:22:53 - 12/02/2012
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I watched Hot Tub Time Machine.

I wasn't expecting much from it but it is the best film I have seen in ages.
#1537 at 23:08:45 - 12/02/2012
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House of Flying Daggers.

Years late (and behind the rush to get stuff out in the wake of Crouching Tiger). Thought this was really slight, to be honest - and was frequently bored by it. Still not seen Jet Li's Hero, but have heard it's far better than this.
#1538 at 19:49:24 - 14/02/2012
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Anonymous.

Much better than I thought it would be and astonished to see Emmerich's name in the credits. WTF?
#1539 at 14:14:00 - 15/02/2012
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Pitch Black Heist - the BAFTA winning short, very good indeed.
#1540 at 18:45:44 - 16/02/2012
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The Woman In Black - surprisingly good. Story is presented differently to the stage play, which wouldn't have worked on screen. Radcliffe is quite good, and the tension is excellent. My missus and her mate were sinking lower and lower into their seats.
#1541 at 09:58:01 - 19/02/2012
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Not a film but saw Blood Brothers at the Phoenix Thetre in London yesterday. Absolutely stunning show, my favourite by a long way.

/man tears
#1542 at 10:01:37 - 19/02/2012
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JimJam said:The Woman In Black - surprisingly good. Story is presented differently to the stage play, which wouldn't have worked on screen. Radcliffe is quite good, and the tension is excellent. My missus and her mate were sinking lower and lower into their seats.


In the 1980s, the BBC filmed it for a two hour show. It remains, by repute, one of the scariest things of all time. (Yeah, worse than "Ghost watch".) You can only buy it as a region 1 DVD from the US, the twats haven't released it here. Not seen it, but it turned a pal's hair prematurely white. :)
#1543 at 10:03:27 - 19/02/2012
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repairmanjack said:Not a film but saw Blood Brothers at the Phoenix Thetre in London yesterday. Absolutely stunning show, my favourite by a long way.

/man tears

The film Blood Brothers is a classic too. Although I'd wager that there's rather a lot more kung fu in it compared to the theatre version.
#1544 at 10:24:43 - 19/02/2012
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repairmanjack said:
JimJam said:The Woman In Black - surprisingly good. Story is presented differently to the stage play, which wouldn't have worked on screen. Radcliffe is quite good, and the tension is excellent. My missus and her mate were sinking lower and lower into their seats.


In the 1980s, the BBC filmed it for a two hour show. It remains, by repute, one of the scariest things of all time. (Yeah, worse than "Ghost watch".) You can only buy it as a region 1 DVD from the US, the twats haven't released it here. Not seen it, but it turned a pal's hair prematurely white. :)


I had heard that there was a TV adaptation. I wonder wherher the film followed that version. I may have to get hold of that - and the book.
#1545 at 00:58:38 - 20/02/2012
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Fantastic Mr Fox.

What. The. Fuck. Did. I. Just. Watch.

Were the whole cast given huge doses of speed before recording their dialogue?
#1546 at 11:23:00 - 20/02/2012
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@ peej - I quite liked FMF

Also, Mrs F_P and I went to the cinema and watched War Horse this weekend.

Enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would, and was brilliantly shot in the usual Spielberg style.

I'd probably give it 7/10
#1547 at 11:52:28 - 20/02/2012
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Flying_Pig said:@ peej - I quite liked FMF

Also, Mrs F_P and I went to the cinema and watched War Horse this weekend.

Enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would, and was brilliantly shot in the usual Spielberg style.

I'd probably give it 7/10


Don't get me wrong, I loved FMF but it was really bizarre. Can't quite understand how it ever got made.

Massive props to the movie for doing the stop motion animation thing, everything about it looked fantastic (!)
#1548 at 12:30:04 - 20/02/2012
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peej said:Fantastic Mr Fox.

What. The. Fuck. Did. I. Just. Watch.

Were the whole cast given huge doses of speed before recording their dialogue?


Best animated film I've seen in decades and George Clooney's finest screen performance.
#1549 at 13:09:02 - 20/02/2012
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peej said:
Don't get me wrong, I loved FMF but it was really bizarre. Can't quite understand how it ever got made.

I would say the same thing about most Wes Anderson films. I generally like them (although I hope he doesn't eventually turn into a self-parody), but have no idea how they get as much backing as they do.
#1550 at 13:09:41 - 20/02/2012
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peej said:
Fantastic Mr Fox. What. The. Fuck. Did. I. Just. Watch.

Heh; we thought pretty much the same. It's decades since I read the book, but I'm pretty sure it was nothing like that.
#1551 at 13:15:16 - 20/02/2012
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The missus turned it off when it got a bit too gory for the nipper, but the original book is a bit less crazed. Some of the elements were there and were right, others were a bit bizarre and 'adult' for an adaptation of a kid's book.
#1552 at 13:58:57 - 20/02/2012
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Bunch of films I've watched in recent weeks.

The Devil's Double

Story of Uday Hussein (son of Saddam) and his body double, loosely based on true events. Dominic Cooper gives a fantastic performance as both Uday and the double, but the film itself does seem a tad overdramatised and silly at times, shoehorning in the obligatory and unconvincing love interest. As a way of demonstrating just how depraved and psychotic (to put it lightly) Uday was though, it does its job.

6/10

Warrior

Basically a slightly different take on Rocky, and a surprisingly gritty one. It's still a bit cliched and predictable at times, but utterly gripping throughout with great performances from the three main leads. It's got everything you'd want from this type of film, really, the fight scenes live up to the slow build-up and it packs an emotional punch too. Excellent.

8/10

Bridesmaids

I found this more gross than funny, tbh - seems to me that it was mainly just making a point that, hey, women can make lewd, gross-out comedies too! The wedding dress scene being a case in point, seemed a little forced and unnecessary. But I might be being a bit harsh, as it does have its moments, and it also helps that Kristen Wiig is rather adorable. Not as funny as the best examples of male versions of this type of comedy - although that might just be because I can relate to them more - but still worth watching.

6/10

Evan Almighty

Reasonably entertaining modern day re-telling of the Noah's Ark story, but the problem is it's really not very funny. Still, Steve Carrell is watchable as always, and the massive ark looks rather neat with some decent effects near the end.

4/10
#1553 at 14:56:53 - 12/03/2012
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Cowboys & Aliens. Manages the near impossible of taking two great genres, the western, and sci fi, and making a stinking heaving shit of a film that doesn't work on so many levels its just embarrassing.
#1554 at 14:59:46 - 12/03/2012
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Kay said:Bunch of films I've watched in recent weeks.

Bridesmaids

I found this more gross than funny, tbh - seems to me that it was mainly just making a point that, hey, women can make lewd, gross-out comedies too! The wedding dress scene being a case in point, seemed a little forced and unnecessary. But I might be being a bit harsh, as it does have its moments, and it also helps that Kristen Wiig is rather adorable. Not as funny as the best examples of male versions of this type of comedy - although that might just be because I can relate to them more - but still worth watching.

6/10


Best bit of the film is in the outtakes - Paul Rudd on the blind date.
#1555 at 02:07:37 - 13/03/2012
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The Objective.

Blair Witch team produce a UFO hunt with Marines in (I think) Afghanistan. Twaddle.

Let Me In.

Almost shot for shot remake of the rather good original. Chloe Moritz is fast becoming an interest Dakota Fanning. Boy, as with the original, is far creepier than the vampire.

Fortress of War.

Russian war film telling the true story of the opening days of the war, when German sappers cut off and lay seige to an old outpost in the Motherland. Fascinating and gripping. Had never heard of this tale before.
#1556 at 07:40:54 - 18/03/2012
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The Hunger Games - entertaining, and funnier than I expected, whilst predictable and lacking in originality (more an observation than a criticism - the basic premise is typically strong). Certainly made me a fan of Jennifer Lawrence by the end of the movie, and Stanley Tucci is way too good as the MC of the Games.

You can see where the other books/films are going to go, but you would be hard pushed to guarantee that they will hold the attention as well as this one - even through the patches of slightly weird pacing in the middle of the film (I was starting to wonder if this movie was actually going to finish the "main event"), the execution is refined enough to drive it on.
#1557 at 19:47:46 - 23/03/2012
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I saw The Hunger Games last night and enjoyed it but to say a looooooooooooooot of background information about everyone and the situation is completely omitted is like saying Warwick Davis is a bit short.

One thing you won't have any idea about how the next two films are going to go is because a rather important fact about the Dark Days doesn't even get a mention in the first film.

If anyone enjoys the film, go and pick up the first book, it's easily the best of the three but I enjoyed them all.
#1558 at 14:00:56 - 24/03/2012
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Yeah picked up the eBooks last night after reading a few comments about what was left out, don't fancy waiting eighteen months for the next movie, never mind when they will actually finish the series.

I also read it's going to be four films, but none of the books seem especially longer than the others?
#1559 at 16:39:35 - 24/03/2012
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So it's possibly to fully understand/enjoy without having read the books? I'm of the opinion that films need to stand on their own, and shouldn't require further reading to fully appreciate the story.

Same goes for games, really. Looking at YOU, Halo.
#1560 at 00:18:46 - 25/03/2012

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