What films have you been watching recently?


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quedex
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Just got back from watching Curse Of The Golden Flower. Story was average, a large proportion of the cast lacked any real passion, there were some weak bits of CGI, including some dodgy fireworks and one scene where they didn't paint out a wire fully in a fight scene. HOWEVER... really rich cinematography, impressive score, some great scenes when the actors turned up to do their job instead of phoning it in, and even a bad Zhang Yimou film is still better than a lot of other Chinese productions. A definite 8/10 on the EG review scale.
#241 at 23:01:42 - 17/04/2007
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I've just watched that too (and posted about it at EG), but I was less impressed; 6/10-ish for me (mostly due to the amount of compressed quivering breastflesh).
#242 at 23:33:08 - 17/04/2007
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Interesting to read that yourself, BravoGolf and myself all made similar comments about the film (well apart from the number of mentions of quivering brestflesh of course.)

But you're right, it wasn't one of his best films. I still enjoyed it despite the flaws though.
#243 at 23:57:41 - 17/04/2007
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I've just finished watching Casino Royale (with cheese) and have to say, I rather liked it.

Thought DC was a good 007, and totally put his critics in their place. Top action film fun.
#244 at 00:26:02 - 18/04/2007
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I saw DOA last night. There were some weird looking women in that film.
#245 at 10:49:34 - 24/04/2007
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watched into the blue in hi def last night.

mmmm, a film all about jessica alba's perfect bottom. what could be better? :)
#246 at 12:42:16 - 24/04/2007
peej
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eviltobz said:watched into the blue in hi def last night.

mmmm, a film all about jessica alba's perfect bottom. what could be better? :)


You sure it wasn't called into the brown?

Peej
#247 at 12:43:58 - 24/04/2007
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Saw into the blue the other week- didn't like it much although it must be said the missus was in labour. I didn't understand why they were doing all that snorkel diving when they had tanks, and why they weren't diving with twin tanks. It didn't look like they were going much more than 20 metres,so they could have been down there for hours.
#248 at 12:54:53 - 24/04/2007
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Watched the leaked version of Highlander: The Source last night.

Dear god.

I think I can see what they were trying to do with that film (I said at one point: "Well, that's Boromir dead!") but for fuck's sake, it was horrible.

Still; better than Highlander II. And Without a Paddle.
#249 at 13:02:14 - 24/04/2007
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peej said:
eviltobz said:watched into the blue in hi def last night.

mmmm, a film all about jessica alba's perfect bottom. what could be better? :)


You sure it wasn't called into the brown?

Peej

heh. butt seriously it is a watchable film :)
#250 at 13:36:34 - 24/04/2007
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Watched Dead Man's Shoes last night. Was a bit weary as I've heard it's terribly violent. It's absolutely not. There was nothing in it more gruesome than an episode of Cracker or Frost.

It's a stunning film. The critic that described it as Taxi Driver set in the Midlands is pretty close. Wasn't expecting it to be quite as amusing as it was, either.

It's on slow rotation on Film Four, but I picked up the DVD having heard so many good things about it. I could have happily restarted the DVD and watched it straight through again - particularly because of the twist (which I didn't see coming). I really urge you to see it.
#251 at 15:16:26 - 13/05/2007
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Just watched Grindhouse.

:/
#252 at 16:45:26 - 13/05/2007
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Watched The Interpreter last night. Not bad, but pretty forgetable.
#253 at 16:50:30 - 13/05/2007
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I watched the HD-DVD version of Grand Prix this week. Picture is astonishingly good for an older movie and the racing footage is the best achieved in a movie - today it'd be done with CGI and look bonk.
#254 at 16:53:34 - 13/05/2007
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Clerks 2. A must see if you're a fan of the 1st. Everything I wanted and hoped it would be, very sharp, as ever.
#255 at 17:50:01 - 13/05/2007
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Just watched This is England - a very affecting, intelligently made film. Superb.

Especially evocative for those of use who are old enough to remember the UK in the early 80s :-)
#256 at 17:56:15 - 13/05/2007
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Flex - the director's last film was Dead Man's Shoes (by coincidence). Give it a look if you haven't seen it.
#257 at 18:05:36 - 13/05/2007
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repairmanjack said:Flex - the director's last film was Dead Man's Shoes (by coincidence). Give it a look if you haven't seen it.


Cheers - I'm planning on watching more Shane Meadows, and from looking around here and at EG is seems Dead Man's Shoes and Romeo Brass are the ones to look out for in particular.

I saw Twenty Four Seven a few years ago, and liked it, but This is England was in a different class, for me.
#258 at 19:07:38 - 13/05/2007
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Party Party, an early 80s British film that is hilarious.
#259 at 22:59:09 - 13/05/2007
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Watched "The Transporter" last night.

Typical Besson-inspired actioner, not half bad actually. Certainly a lot better than the Radio Times would have you believe.

Loved the chick in it too

Peej
#260 at 23:18:07 - 13/05/2007
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I had a bit of Hammer Horror over the weekend.

The Horror of Dracula (1958) was pretty entertaining, being a film that had all the characters from the Stoker novel in it but a different plot. Rather bafflingly, the Counts castle in Transelvania seemed to be a brief coach ride from central London come the climatic end sequence.

Steer clear of the Brides of Dracula though- no Christopher Lee or Dracula, Peter Cushing has to deal with some frankly bad hair day other vampire in a dreary film.
#261 at 10:13:03 - 14/05/2007
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Finally saw 300 this week. Can't fault the action or cinematography but the pacing seems a bit off and the whole subterfuge plot was pointless and only existed to break up the fighting scenes.
#262 at 11:47:35 - 14/05/2007
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billdoor said:I had a bit of Hammer Horror over the weekend.

The Horror of Dracula (1958) was pretty entertaining, being a film that had all the characters from the Stoker novel in it but a different plot. Rather bafflingly, the Counts castle in Transelvania seemed to be a brief coach ride from central London come the climatic end sequence.

Steer clear of the Brides of Dracula though- no Christopher Lee or Dracula, Peter Cushing has to deal with some frankly bad hair day other vampire in a dreary film.


You'd better not be slagging off Hammer Horror films. They're awesome, all of them.

Particularly The Vampire Lovers.

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#263 at 12:07:07 - 14/05/2007
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I loved Hammer when I was a nipper but Brides of Dracula was pants.

I have Vampire Lovers on my list of what to watch next though :)
#264 at 12:11:20 - 14/05/2007
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Don't bother with Lust For A Vampire though, which despite the appealing title and tag line was a load of shite. How can you mess up a film where Dracula moves next door to a Swiss girls' finishing school, I ask you? Starring Ralph Bates (from Dear John) and featuring a very dodgy Dracula with a goatie beard & a bouffant.

I'll be watching Doc Savage: Man of Bronze tonight, which is just fuckin' ace!
#265 at 17:19:29 - 14/05/2007
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Watched Deja Vu this weekend and apart from one major plot hole that got my goat a bit it was pretty good.

How come they had to use the machine to send the note back in time but Denzil could shine his laser pen into the past by pointing it at the monitor?
#266 at 17:27:31 - 14/05/2007
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billdoor said:I loved Hammer when I was a nipper but Brides of Dracula was pants.

I have Vampire Lovers on my list of what to watch next though :)


If Madeleine Smith doesn't put you in a happy place after watching this film there is no helping you!

Hammer wise - Worth watching the totally embarrasing but weirdly watchable "Dr Jeckyll and Sister Hyde" - Yep, a Tranny Doc Jeckyll. It's fantastic!

Peej
#267 at 17:44:00 - 14/05/2007
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Epic Movie: Its got a couple of funny moments but is mainly shite

White Noise 2 The Light: Actually pretty good.
#268 at 18:01:34 - 14/05/2007
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I actually really liked the first White Noise. I kind of presumed the second one would be pump though... Interesting.
#269 at 18:42:37 - 14/05/2007
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I saw Paul Verhoeven's Zwartboek (Black Book) last week and really enjoyed it. Carice van Houten was very good in the role of the Jewish singer working with the Dutch resistance, and it being a Verhoeven flick, got her kit off too - bonus.

Great story and production values for a European movie. Oddly the first scene of the movie is in English as I was expect it all to be Dutch. But after that it was yes in Dutch with English subtitles.

Also picked up Flightplan on Blu-ray, not watched it yet. Got as far as the opening scenes with a coffin and decided to wait to watch it with company.
#270 at 19:19:38 - 14/05/2007

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