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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

After a couple of weeks of boy films (Safe, Ghostbusters, Killer Klowns from Outerspace), I sat down with the missus to watch a chickflick.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel details a bunch of pensioners who all end up in a "retirement" hotel in India. Nearly every English actor over 60 appears to be in it and a case of food poisoning could have ended our TV/film casting options for the elderly. Still, it was quite an enjoyable and harmless couple of hours. It even dealt with interracial buggery in the 50's quite sensitively.

I've seen much much worse, and if you want to get the right side of the missus, it's worth putting it on.
#1741 at 09:17:57 - 01/10/2012
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Late to the party but I watched The Hunger Games last night.

Thought it was one of the worst films I've seen in a while. Dull, uninspiring, dross. Didn't care for any of the characters, the effects were nothing better than the current crop of TV Sci Fi and it just felt completely at odds with itself. I can imagine the books being a good read, but visually this was all over the place.

Conversely, I watched Mission Impossible ...er... 4? Was quite good fun, didn't take itself seriously (which I think it very much has done in the past) and was a nice, silly popcorn flick.

#1742 at 10:12:15 - 01/10/2012
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The books are OK. Problem with the books are that the core concepts could easily have been done in 2 books. Done and dusted. Spreading it thin over 3 books was a bit of a mistake and I'm wondering how they're going to do that with the films.

Too much was squished into the first movie but I didn't think it was THAT bad. Good cast (but as I've said before, Harrelson stole the show) but I think they were let down by having to scramble to squeeze way too much book into too short a screen time.
#1743 at 11:10:11 - 01/10/2012
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MI4 suffers (IMHO) from a couple of problems. The "operating outside the rules" sctitch has been done to death, even by the MI films, which took the edge off it for me. AND.... Tom Cruise looks really really odd with his shirt off doesn't he?!
#1744 at 11:18:33 - 01/10/2012
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peej said:The books are OK. Problem with the books are that the core concepts could easily have been done in 2 books. Done and dusted. Spreading it thin over 3 books was a bit of a mistake and I'm wondering how they're going to do that with the films.

Too much was squished into the first movie but I didn't think it was THAT bad. Good cast (but as I've said before, Harrelson stole the show) but I think they were let down by having to scramble to squeeze way too much book into too short a screen time.


Wonder how you'd have felt if you hadn't already read the books? The film felt like it was missing some really vital information. The background to why this was all happening for instance... the plot was VERY thin on the ground and just screamed "Well we told you in the book".
#1745 at 11:27:09 - 01/10/2012
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billdoor said:MI4 suffers (IMHO) from a couple of problems. The "operating outside the rules" sctitch has been done to death, even by the MI films, which took the edge off it for me. AND.... Tom Cruise looks really really odd with his shirt off doesn't he?!


haha, that he does.
#1746 at 11:27:32 - 01/10/2012
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Binky said:

Wonder how you'd have felt if you hadn't already read the books? The film felt like it was missing some really vital information. The background to why this was all happening for instance... the plot was VERY thin on the ground and just screamed "Well we told you in the book".


Ahhh yeah I'd concur with that. It does assume that you know the books, know the characters etc. No filling in - which is odd because it usually works the other way round (ie the film would drive book sales). I guess they figured that because the book was such a massive seller, everyone would've read 'em before seeing the film which is a bit daft.

As Jason previously said, a lot of the real sinister stuff from Book 1 was conveniently left out - probably to ensure it got a low enough certificated rating to pull in the YA crowd.

Second book is (IMHO) going to be even harder to film. Third film will be a yawnfest (third book was)
#1747 at 12:47:37 - 01/10/2012
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Avengers Assemble.

Pretty good mindless film. Needed more Hulk though.

Oh and the 2 scenes after the credits I enjoyed more than the actual film! :-)
#1748 at 10:17:18 - 03/10/2012
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Cabin in the Woods.

Don't subscribe to the cult of Whedon, aside from Firefly I find his output to be shit. This bucked the trend for me by being actually quite entertaining. Sharp script and a few grisly barbs.

The trailer still fucked them with far too many spoilers though.

Next up: The Raid and The Dictator. The missus has something called Stage Beauty, so I'm quite glad I'm out tonight...
#1749 at 16:33:10 - 03/10/2012
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I'd like to discuss Cabin in the woods. Is it ok to discuss Cabin in the woods?
#1750 at 10:57:07 - 15/10/2012
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Avengers Assemble. It was wonderful!

The Raid. Eye-opening and eye-watering. How they filmed some of that without injury is beyond me.

The Dictator. Some lines are really pushing it, which is where it get's its humour. Much better than expected, although I wasn't expecting much. A few laugh out loud moments. It's no Borat, but what is?
#1751 at 11:07:06 - 15/10/2012
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Payback- hadn't seen Mel Gibsons turn as Porter, the double crossed robber, since it was on at the cinema. It's a great film, no heroes and a sadist streak that runs throughout. Well worth a (re)visit.

Beverly Hills Cop- it you've not seen it in a few years, dig it out, it's wonderful. Worth watching for no other reason that seeing Eddie Murphy sell a load of contraband Lucky Strikes for $2,000 for a lorry's worth.
#1752 at 12:12:32 - 15/10/2012
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Fight Club.

Again, haven't seen this since the cinema. David Fincher made an awesome film. I wish the rest of his career reached the heights of this.

Ignoring the twist, it' still such a clever film. Well worth a rewatch imho.
#1753 at 09:56:44 - 16/10/2012
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It's one of the few novel to film adaptations that satisfies as much as the book did. Great cast too and I usually hate Brad Pitt (though in this, and Se7en he was actually fairly well cast - Still reckon that Gilliam should've gone with his original 'loony' choice for 12 Monkeys though (Michael Keaton)

#1754 at 09:59:44 - 16/10/2012
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Fight Club is fantastic. Watched it loads over the years.
SPACE MONKEY!
#1755 at 10:01:19 - 16/10/2012
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Saw my very first episodes of The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones yesterday - and loved both.

My fiancee (ooh, that's still taking some getting used to) despised GoT, to the point that I'm in the doghouse for wanting to watch the rest of it.

The joy of working from home: second episode was great too; if slightly lighter on the shagging.
#1756 at 17:52:05 - 16/10/2012
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Sightseers - ben wheatleys latest.
very good, funny and dark in equal measure with an extra large dose of britishness.
Trailer here
#1757 at 16:16:25 - 18/10/2012
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Pirates of the Caribbean 4

A welcome return to form for the series and well worth the £5 I paid in HMV for the Blu-ray steelbook! Pirates 4 is a much more straightforward film than the mess that was 3. Johnny Depp is a lot more restrained this time round as Captain Jack and the character is much more entertaining because of it. Some excellent action sequences, and a great turn by Ian McShane as the main bad guy, make for a very enjoyable film.
#1758 at 16:29:16 - 18/10/2012
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Skyfall

Sat next to Mark Gatiss at the cast and crew screening. I don't know how he got in, I didn't see him in the film ;)

Skyfall isn't a bad film. The plot isn't as ridiculous as Quantum of Solace and in many ways an absence of the exaggerated sums up Sam Mendes' take on Bond pretty well. But to me that's what made Casino Royale brilliant; the more ludicrous elements were gone but it was still spectacular.

When you get to the end of Skyfall, you're still waiting for that spectacular sequence that they've saved the budget for. But it doesn't come, instead the credits roll and you're left feeling a little bit underwhelmed.

There's nothing like the opening car chase or parkour sequence in Casino Royale, and nothing like the opening chase when Mr White is rescued in Quantum of Solace. And certainly nothing as well orchestrated as the opera scene either. The opening car/bike/train/JCB chase is about as good as it gets, but it's strangely uninvolving.

I went with my father in law, a veteran of 40 odd years in the film industry, and he said it was pretty much due to Mendes. The direction is mediocre, whether due to budget constraints or whatever- there's a tube crash sequence that resolutely refuses to put Bond in shot with the CGI whizzery- and at times it is difficult to feel the immediacy of the action.

The biggest flaw though is the standard Hollywood tropes dished out surrounding the main plot device. Yes, it's hacking, so every single tired computer hacking cliché is dragged out and re-trodden. There are big, colourful screens of whizzy text scrolling at a ludicrous (and meaningless) speed, there's comedy use of Youtube, islands stolen via hacking and worse. Bond does Mission Impossible? Something like that and it's none the better for it.

One of these days I'm going to be shocked when I watch a film when the bad guy is caught because the good guys catch him and for no other reason.

Even ignoring the at times gaping logic holes in the film, it doesn't outstay it's welcome and it is nice to see Craig back as Bond after all the problems at MGM.

Off to see it again next week, as we booked tickets before we knew we got the freebies.
#1759 at 09:36:46 - 22/10/2012
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Goon - It's shit.

The Pirates (in an adventure with scientists) - Brilliant! Probably the finest output Aardman studios have ever produced in terms of full length film. Great voice acting and gorgeous visuals.
#1760 at 10:57:21 - 22/10/2012
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Prometheus

Wasn't really sure what I'd make of this after seeing it getting universally panned. Still think Ridley Scott's best days came and went with the 80s so had fairly low expectations.

Some great production values. The ships, the CGI, the suits and the sets were absolutely brilliant. There was a fairly nice segue between this and the original Alien movie (but as usual, contemporary flavours and appetites always heavily influence a movie so in this you had touch screens, ipad-alikes, clear visual displays whereas in the original you had greenscreen CRTs in a movie that's set after this in the Alien timeline - so it all falls apart a bit).

Characters - Don't think I had any love for any of 'em, certainly not the leads (soulless, charisma-less, didn't root for 'em once). Idris Elba as the ship captain was pretty cool but his accent got right on my tits.

Charlize Theron is bloody lovely though. Android-esque or not, I'd have loved a go on her :)

The CGI Gore and icky bits were a bit tame. I much preferred the original Alien's method of working on your subconscious rather than blatantly showing you everything.

Pretty disappointed with it. Massively high production values pissed away on a feeble script with an even more feeble setup for a sequel. This isn't really how I wanted the Alien franchise to go but I guess it's marginally better than the piss poor Resurrection (I actually think Alien3 was better than that and also better than Prometheus tbh)

#1761 at 11:51:59 - 22/10/2012
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I've made it as far as the initial exploration of the complex in Prometheus, and nothing you've said makes me want to carry on.

It's a real shame that by the numbers stuff like this still gets made when there is so much great sci fi out there :/
#1762 at 12:06:17 - 22/10/2012
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It is a shame. On paper this was an easy win, and there's a rich enough mythos to tap into without needing to go off on some pseudo-anti-religion rant, or indulge in fairly cheap scream gags to sell a movie.

Loved the tech though, but doesn't 'fit' with either Alien or Aliens at all. Did the colonial marines have laser shotguns? Nope. In fact they didn't have laser anything...

Cameron's gone down a similar route with his later stuff so I guess it's just the way these projects end up - being shadows of the director's former output. I have no interest whatsoever in finding out whether Lisbeth Salander gets her answers in the next movie (or the third as it's being touted as a trilogy...ugh)
#1763 at 12:09:40 - 22/10/2012
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An increase in tech/power is almost inevitable with prequels. I remember in my dim and distant past reading a lot of David Eddings*. The power curve for his characters was linear which was bad considering it continued into the prequels.


*I was very young and had poor taste.
#1764 at 12:15:06 - 22/10/2012
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Seems a shame - even in the recent Tron rejig they made the classic mistake of taking a look at the original stuff and ignoring the design direction in favour of shiny glossy things instead.

What I liked about Alien was the fact that even back in the 70s, the tech didn't seem that crazy. Function not at the expense of form, and a real gritty grubbiness that you'd expect to see on a space refinery / freighter. New ship was all shiny like a showhome and CGI stuff still can't do 'lived in' well enough.
#1765 at 15:29:59 - 22/10/2012
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Warhorse.

Borehorse.
Wornarse.

Banal and manipulative, even the missus hated it. It's so trite and obvious - and the fact that it's a children's book, at source, is no excuse. And I love Spielberg movies, as a rule of thumb.
#1766 at 15:36:25 - 22/10/2012
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I have no idea what's going on in this movie but I want. to see. it now! Tai Chi 2012
#1767 at 13:43:28 - 24/10/2012
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Angelababy!!!
#1768 at 15:29:53 - 24/10/2012
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Revolutionary Road

Never really watched a Kate Winslet film before. She's really pretty.

Bit of a mundane suburban life film but worth it for DiCaprio and Winslet's acting.

And Thomas Newman as composer - I do like his work.


Currently on iPlayer
#1769 at 17:19:09 - 27/10/2012
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Attack the Block

Ah well, at least we know who the talented one was in Adam and Joe. Wasn't Joe.

2/10 (needed subtitles, a plot, a soundtrack that wasn't completely unlistenable)
#1770 at 17:42:36 - 12/11/2012

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