What films have you been watching recently?


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ilmaestro
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I thought the film itself was fine, having not read the books. There is some quick expository text at the start, and they drop a couple of clever quick lines in to explain some things you might be wondering about, with that and the main focus of the plot for 98% of the time being the very specific events of the Games themselves it seemed quite cohesive.

Whizzo, was that fact the circumstances surrounding spoiler text? I don't remember them mentioning that, but it's possible that I just shrugged it off somewhere.
#1561 at 01:08:51 - 25/03/2012
jiGen
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I reckon most book-to-film adaptations have worked pretty well. But I remember watching (for example) I am Number Four a year or so ago with friends.

And there was a pretty significant plothole that I was thinking about: Why do the bad aliens have to kill the numbered good aliens in numerical order? Surely that would ruin the element of surprise! When I asked my friend about this, she said "oh, it's explained in the book that blah blah blah breaking the curse blah blah". (bit fuzzy on the details)

But it wasn't explained in the film, and I counted that as a negative point - one of many - against it. Films need to be able to stand on their own, without supplementary material.

Anyway. Hunger Games seems to be getting pretty good press all around, so I might give it a watch on Tightarse Tuesday this week.
#1562 at 06:11:55 - 26/03/2012
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NewYork said:Bright Star

Period drama about a love affair between John Keats and fashion student Fanny Brawne.

Slow burning, intense (however completely non-sexual) love story. It isn't overly dramatic except where it needs to be. The two main characters are very likeable and intelligent. The little girl is simply adorable :) As with any period drama everyone is well-spoken but it isn't overwhelming and it doesn't overpower the characters. Very tragic and frustrating, overall, but the happy middle bit is very summery and uplifting.

The visuals are fantastic. The scenes out in the countryside have a lazy dreamlike feel to them. I'm sure a film student might harp on about how the seasons are excellently used to reflect mood: this is true, and it works very well.

Well worth seeing.


Currently on iPlayer, you have no excuse
#1563 at 08:10:35 - 26/03/2012
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The Thing (prequel)

Finally got around top watching this last night; had mixed feelings going in as I'm a massive fan of the Carpenter version. (I know: who isn't?)

Having slept on it - and I slept disappointingly well - I think I probably enjoyed it more than I should. Got the impression that it was a remake until two-thirds of the way through, and then the script was tweaked to make it a prequel. Liked the fact they kept the American cast/characters to a minimum. Loved the way it slotted into place with the '82 version. (Although this occasionally felt a little tokenistic of forced.)

Didn't need to see the ship at the end... and that one very bizarre pixellated effect. Read around and discovered that it's masking something completely different (but test audiences didn't go for it). Have a google, as I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but I hope they do a director's cut with that part restored. Also explains more about what the ship is/was.

Yeah, almost too much on show; missed some of the paranoia and atmosphere. It nods (mostly respectfully) to the original, and for that I think it's worth a look if you're curious. There wasn't the obvious corpse-raping that I feared.

One thing, a couple of pals (and the squeamish missus) haven't seen either film. Would you watch them in order they were made or for the chronology of events? Or would you only watch Carpenter's opus?

7/10 (from the fanboy in me).
#1564 at 11:23:38 - 07/04/2012
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The Raid: Redemption

Everyone should see this as soon as possible. It has some of the best fight scenes I've seen in recent memory.
#1565 at 11:29:19 - 07/04/2012
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The Avengers

...yeah, that was pretty fucking good. Definitely the best one since Iron Man, if not better.
#1566 at 14:21:10 - 29/04/2012
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Tomboy

French film about a girl who moves with her family to a new town. Unknown to her family, she passes herself off as a boy to her new friends.

Very sweet, simple film, dealing with a complicated issue in a non-preachy way. There's no stereotypical stressful family situation - indeed the child belongs to a loving, supportive family and gets on with them well. The family interactions and interactions between the children are spookily realistic. Very good child actors in this, especially the main character.

I was worried the film was heading towards a negative ending but it was refreshingly positive and open-ended.

Glad I watched it, 8/10
#1567 at 15:51:29 - 29/04/2012
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Chronicle.

Found-footage movie about three American dudes who mysteriously get super powers. Very well done and surprisingly dark towards the end.

8/10
#1568 at 16:06:55 - 29/04/2012
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jiGen said:The Avengers

...yeah, that was pretty fucking good. Definitely the best one since Iron Man, if not better.

I agree, probably better than Iron Man. Hulk had the funnies, Hawkeye had some badass moments, and the budget felt pretty well used.

Kind of bummed that it's Iron Man and Thor next year tbh, would like to see a Hawkeye/Black Widow movie.
#1569 at 02:37:03 - 30/04/2012
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I know he probably won't, but I hope Michael Bay watches The Avengers and takes notes.
#1570 at 03:40:25 - 30/04/2012
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Yeah, Chronicle was great. Sort of reminded me of Akira in parts.

Really well done.
#1571 at 08:34:54 - 30/04/2012
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They've just finished making a new Riddick movie ! (Surprised "yay"!)

Watched "The Help". Blubbed at the end. We all did. Rather well done, as was the book.

Also saw "Vantage Point" last night. Rashomon-style mystery from differing perspectives. It's fun in a safe, twisting-thriller kind of way. Matthew Fox never got away from Lost, did he? And Dennis Quaid is perennially awesome.
#1572 at 10:32:21 - 30/04/2012
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The new Prometheus trailer is rather good but agree with everyone else's view that the sodding trailer gives away a metric fucktonne of plot points by the time you've watched it through.

#1573 at 10:36:18 - 30/04/2012
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Thor
er... I think I may have missed something with this one, coz I came away thinking "nothing much happened". Which is an odd thing to think when having watched an action movie.

It was alright. Wasn't rubbish by a long shot, and the main dude playing Thor was quite fun and appropriately cheesy. The one liners were delivered well, and I liked the linking in with the other marvel stuff. But yeah. Nothing really happened.


Inbetweeners
As silly as you'd expect. Does just about enough to keep your attention for the length of 3 back to back episodes.
#1574 at 10:43:08 - 30/04/2012
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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Exactly the same plot as most other MI films, disavowed team seek to right wrongs. Ving Rhames replaced as techie by Simon Pegg.

It's okay as films go but deeply unspecial.

#1575 at 11:07:32 - 30/04/2012
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Avengers - very good film for what it is, everyone gets their share of action and one liners, and despite downeys best effort, the hulk steals the show, also, much, much funnier than i was expecting!

The Kill List - really very good up until the last 10 minutes and then i hated where they took the story.
#1576 at 11:13:03 - 30/04/2012
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I think for the next Avengers film they should just rename Black Widow to Chesty McTits and have done with it.

#1577 at 11:48:02 - 30/04/2012
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Nah.

She has a cracking arse too.
#1578 at 12:02:51 - 30/04/2012
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Damn right!

In fact for all i care she can spend the entirety of the next film just walking everywhere backwards and bending over to pick up pencils.

#1579 at 12:12:43 - 30/04/2012
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Unless you really want to see Kirsten Dunst's tits (they're quite nice by the way), don't bother with Melancholia.

I wasn't expecting a scientifically accurate movie (which is just as well) as it's certainly more about depression than the end of the world but it's so all over the place and dull it's really not worth it.

If you do want to watch a Scandinavian director's movie, watch Festen instead, that's fantastic.
#1580 at 12:23:55 - 30/04/2012
ilmaestro
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evilashchris said:Nah.

She has a cracking arse too.

Which is a good job, because the fanservice in that movie leans ever so slightly towards "well, these dudes are in good shape, aren't they?" for rather too large a percentage of the time.
#1581 at 13:15:05 - 30/04/2012
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HairyArse said:Chronicle.

Found-footage movie about three American dudes who mysteriously get super powers. Very well done and surprisingly dark towards the end.

8/10

Just watched this. It was pretty good, though I tend to have problems with films that try to be realistic and then contain moments that just don't seem realistic at all.

I never found Andrew to be all that likeable - I don't know if I was supposed to sympathise with him, but I just couldn't.

A cool thing about the film was how it made the superpowers look spectacular, because you're seeing it from ground level, seeing all the damage and effects on the puny humans. Traditional superhero films, you tend to lose that sense of scale, and the powers almost become part of the wallpaper. This film correctly depicts superpowers as something freakish and terrifying.
#1582 at 12:47:33 - 06/05/2012
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Incidentally I always watch the credits of films (particularly because you never know when Nick Fury is gonna show up and recruit the lead character into the Avengers, these days).

Interesting credit with Chronicle: the final credit, given its own screen, is "Waitress: Vanessa Lee". Any clue as to the significance of this?

I was almost waiting for the film to start again after that credit and show the waitress from the Virgin Mary scene, doing cool superpower stuff, or something.

(Some filmmaker, btw, simply must copy Hideo Kojima's clever play with the credits at the end of MGS4, where the credits reveal that Big Boss is in the game, and then the game picks up again with the Big Boss scene - so cool).
#1583 at 12:55:17 - 06/05/2012
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The final fight sequence in Chronicle was, for me, one of those most effective superhero-ey battles that I'd seen in quite some time. It felt almost real, and not over-the-top in any sense.
#1584 at 13:17:46 - 06/05/2012
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I kept thinking how good it would be if one of the big two comic companies took this approach with one of their established heroes.

But the "found-footage" format has had its day, I think. So much effort put into justifying why every important moment was somehow caught on tape.
#1585 at 13:44:26 - 06/05/2012
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Yeah, it's become a bit of a cliche now. But I still think Chronicle is a pretty good example of it working well. Even though they just sort of give up on the "one handheld camera" thing towards the end.
#1586 at 13:55:52 - 06/05/2012
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50/50

Not my final score, but actually a pretty good film overall. I seem to like Rogan in most things; but I'm wondering how long it'll be before others get tired of his schtick. Lovett is the star here, and gets most of the screen time.
#1587 at 15:08:43 - 06/05/2012
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NewYork said:
Interesting credit with Chronicle: the final credit, given its own screen, is "Waitress: Vanessa Lee". Any clue as to the significance of this?

"The Internet" suggests it may be related to the sequel.
#1588 at 21:50:37 - 06/05/2012
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Crazy Stupid Love.

Not a huge fan of anyone involved (especially Steve Carrell), but thought this was fantastic from start to finish. Not too mawkish, but genuinely very funny and well observed.

9/10
#1589 at 20:23:08 - 13/05/2012
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RocknRolla

Fucking awful at every level, and I like everyone who is in it. Feels like Guy Ritchie trying to emulate Guy Ritchie... but not getting what made the guy good in the first place.

Knowing

Alex Proyas' name sold me on this. Nick Cage made me weary. Seems to riff a little off Dark City with the mysterious strangers. Excellent one-take plane crash stunt and derailing train scene. Spooky and intriguing.

Nearly facepalmed myself unconscious during the last fifteen minutes. Throw it away, why don't you? :)
#1590 at 11:21:25 - 15/05/2012

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