What films have you been watching recently?


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Paul

Really good comedy, some great moments, really liked it.
#1831 at 02:10:22 - 01/01/2013
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Espad said:
billdoor said:I Am Legend

It was okay, apart from the pointless bit of self sacrifice at the end, which made little or no sense. Also: no panic room?

Bill, there's a better alternate ending to this, slightly more in line with the book, it should be on youtube...
The alternate ending is the better ending. Curse the test audiences that obviously liked the wrong one.
#1832 at 09:58:50 - 03/01/2013
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Constantine

Thought this might be OK as the comics are brilliant. Some great visuals (the hell bits) and a completely over the top Satan - but the rape ads during every single ad break made me switch off about 3/4 of the way through. Might have to try grabbing this on DVD to rewatch.

One observation - you get a good idea of what Rachel Weisz looks like without her makeup on. Eeesh.

#1833 at 15:56:29 - 03/01/2013
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End of Watch. Basically Southland the movie but with different characters.

Gritty LA Cop drama. Half of it self-shot with handicams which is a bit annoying at first. Good film, though, once it gets into its stride. Great performances by Jake Gylenhall and his partner whose name I don't know.
#1834 at 08:51:49 - 04/01/2013
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77 of the year's upcoming movies. Out of the bunch, I'm insanely hard for new Iron Man, new Trek new Neil Bloekamp movie and Pacific Rim.

WWZ looks like a massive missed opportunity though

77 upcoming movies to look out for in 2013
#1835 at 15:07:43 - 04/01/2013
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Oh and of course the final in the 'cornetto' trilogy is probably going to be good. Probably.
#1836 at 15:08:06 - 04/01/2013
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Ohhh some cracking stuff on there. Stuff I didn't know was happening. Another Riddick! Didn't like this quote though:

Diesel and writer/director David Twohy promise this is a return to Pitch Black form, after the over-the-top Chronicles of Riddick.


The swine. CoR was great.
#1837 at 00:09:17 - 06/01/2013
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I thought Pitch Black was great. Perfect example of a fairly low budget flick that ramped up the tension and broke a lot of the rules quite neatly too (like the way it ended!)

CoR wasn't as bad as everyone makes out but I definitely did prefer Pitch Black.
#1838 at 10:50:05 - 07/01/2013
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Watched most of the Bourne Legacy before I zonked out the other night. Fairly enjoyable action flick, liked the way it dovetailed in with the final Bourne movie, that was quite clever.
#1839 at 10:51:47 - 07/01/2013
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Contact
A wonderful, uplifting film. It's hard to watch it on an evening and not want to have a peek up at the stars after watching it. I've read before that many scientists regard it as being scientifically quite accurate. Well, I really don't know about that stuff, but the human stuff came over pretty authentically. For me, it's more about the aspiration, the hope, pride, ambition, cynicism, deceit, madness, regret, sadness, loss and everything else that's quite down to earth and recognisable by anyone.

You'll enjoy the sci-fi though. Turn it up and make the room shake.
#1840 at 03:20:52 - 12/01/2013
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21 Jump Street

Never seen a single episode of the original TV show but I really enjoyed this. Very aware of what it is and taking the piss out of unimaginative studios recycling ideas and of high school movie cliches, I thought it was excellent.

Genuinely funny and the sequel that is pretty much announced in the movie itself is something I'm looking forward to.
#1841 at 14:49:18 - 13/01/2013
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Jump Street was the best laugh I had last year. Great film.

Just see The Amazing Spiderman. Was luke warm on it, as a needless reboot, but we both thoroughly enjoyed it... more so than the Raimi flicks.

It also brought home the fact that I just didn't like Toby Maguire in the lead role.


Next up: Real Steel. Which I really do expect to be shite.

Most waiting for: the new Riddick movie later this year!
#1842 at 21:16:37 - 13/01/2013
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I quite enjoyed Real Steel, just don't think too hard about it and ignore the fact that this is all supposed to be happening in 2020.
#1843 at 00:50:09 - 14/01/2013
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Started watching Looper (to see if it's suitable to watch with the missus). Interesting premise that's both clever and stupid at the same time (only the crime bosses can do time travel stuff in the future. Really?) but engrossing so far.

Not suitable wife watching material, I'd spend half the film explaining what's going on.
#1844 at 11:36:08 - 14/01/2013
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Les Miserables

Basically knew nothing of the story, so had no real expectations. Visually impressive and interesting story, but found the singing quite hard to follow and thought it was a touch too long.

Decent, but not amazing.

Oh and watching Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe singing together is just plain weird.
#1845 at 14:27:15 - 14/01/2013
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Took a break from wedding planning to watch Rec 3. Yeah, good call.

Liked it, but mentally keeping it apart from the excellent 1 and good(ish) 2. Surprised (kind of) to hear they're bringing it all together in Rec: Apocalypse.

I mus admit, I didn't even bat much of an eyelid when they stepped away from the handicam style and opened out to a regular visual narrative. (Which is far too pretentious a line to attach to a film like this.)

7/10. Fun but flimsy.
#1846 at 16:21:33 - 15/01/2013
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Wedding planning? Many congrats to you and Jasmin! When's the big day?
#1847 at 19:24:52 - 18/01/2013
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August 5th. Trying to keep the price manageable otherwise we'll struggle to do it this year. Oh, when you hear "wedding fair" rest assured that the fair doesn't mean the prices.

Oy vey!
#1848 at 20:54:16 - 18/01/2013
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Paranoid Park

Gus Van Sant's look at a disaffected skateboarding youth and how he deals with an incident he becomes involved in.

Not exactly gripping in terms of plot, and easily style over substance. But it looks nice and is dreamily shot.

If you could tolerate Elephant, then this is good in similar ways.
#1849 at 01:39:01 - 20/01/2013
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Les Miserables. 8/10

Thought it was really good; probably enjoyed it more than the missus. Jackman is good (despite some ham in the last scene); first time Eddie Redmayne hasn't looked like a plank of wood; Hathaway had a good turn. Crowe... eh. First time I've seen him in something and thought he was totally out of place. No emoting at all (and I don't buy that's the character he's playing) - and I can crack my knuckles with more rhythm, frankly. Amanda Seyfried remains the most overrated actress of her gen.

Cinema was awash with sobbing through several moments. Not just from me. Ahem.
#1850 at 02:47:32 - 20/01/2013
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2 films.

1) Total Recall.

Obviously not a patch on the original as it contains no comedy or campness. It is stunning to look at with some great action scenes but has no joy to it. Still I liked it a lot, especially the nods to the original film (2 weeks!). I would say it is sufficiently different to stand on its own 2 feet.

2) Dredd

Ignore the awful Stallone film. This is the real deal. Wonderfully violent and gory. Just a great film all round. Lets hope there are more to come.
#1851 at 10:56:37 - 21/01/2013
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Bit pissed off that my copy hasn't shown up from Amazon (AGAIN!) why is it always the stuff I am really looking forward to / really want that's delayed by them! GRR!
#1852 at 11:24:31 - 21/01/2013
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repairmanjack said:Les Miserables. 8/10

Thought it was really good; probably enjoyed it more than the missus. Jackman is good (despite some ham in the last scene); first time Eddie Redmayne hasn't looked like a plank of wood; Hathaway had a good turn. Crowe... eh. First time I've seen him in something and thought he was totally out of place. No emoting at all (and I don't buy that's the character he's playing) - and I can crack my knuckles with more rhythm, frankly. Amanda Seyfried remains the most overrated actress of her gen.

Cinema was awash with sobbing through several moments. Not just from me. Ahem.


Couldn't agree more on Amanda Seyfried (unfortunately for me, my daughter and missus love Mamma Mia and insist on watching it a lot!). Anne Hathaway though? Oh my she'd get it.
#1853 at 11:25:31 - 21/01/2013
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Re-watched Seth Grogan in the Green Hornet. A silly but enjoyable comic adaptation and one of the better DC ones IMHO.
#1854 at 12:37:21 - 21/01/2013
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Doubt, currently on iPlayer.

An acting showcase. Especially the scene between Viola Davis and Meryl Streep.

Fun fact I learned from IMDB: the director told only Philip Seymour Hoffman, the actor who plays Father Flynn, whether the character was guilty or not. None of the other actors knew.
#1855 at 18:39:16 - 21/01/2013
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Finally my copy of Dredd turned up from Amazon (better late than never I guess). Avoided the spoilers, avoided a lot of the negative coverage of it and just watched it - headphones on.

It was bloody brilliantly done considering the budget. Urban was very good indeed. Didn't even mind the mix of contemporary and future stuff.

No flying stuff though (aside from the drones) which I guess meant it was easier to plot (H wagon coming in at one point of the movie would've made it very short indeed!)

Top stuff though, I really hope someone floats a sequel in some way, it really does deserve one and Urban deserves another crack at ol' chinface.

(particularly loved some of the fan service. Kenny who? :)
#1856 at 23:41:25 - 25/01/2013
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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Parts I & II: Fantastic adaptation of the second greatest superhero comic book ever made.

While some of the animation is a bit basic (especially the opening car race) and it lacks some of the visual grittiness of Miller's original artwork, it's otherwise very faithful; the character designs and even some of the shot framings are taken straight from the source material (like this). Absolutely and utterly recommended.

(This and Dredd in the same month; comic book adaptation heaven!)
#1857 at 07:59:59 - 26/01/2013
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Another wasted trip back from the city looking for a copy of Dredd. Some people have a strange definition of a film "bombing". (Really hope it's getting a sequel, despite not seeing it yet.)

Fighting a losing battle with myself not to go and see Les Miserables again. I've even bought the official soundtrack and the '85 recording. The songs are amazing.

/single gayest thing I've ever posted
#1858 at 14:22:00 - 26/01/2013
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watched prometheus and dredd in 3D back to back.

dredd the clearly more enjoyable time spent. Kind of wish I hadn't bought prometheus, I wasn't really expecting something quite as predictable as that.
#1859 at 01:41:57 - 27/01/2013
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The Imposter 8.5/10

Just fascinating. The audacity of the guy and the easiness with which people accept what's in front of them - and the questions about the family at the end made this far more interesting than most Hollywood thrillers.


The Pact 7/10

An ok-ish chiller with some sense of atmosphere but little in the way of genuine chills. Lake Mungo was far superior, imho. Gorgeous lead actress made up for a lot of short-comings.
#1860 at 00:51:22 - 28/01/2013

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