What films have you been watching recently?


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repairmanjack
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Outpost.

Bunch of Mercs uncover old nazi WWII bunker, in which Fritz was experimenting to create invincible undead soldiers. Shit kicks off... but it's actually a bit more subtle (initially) than the trailer suggests.

Seem to have seen plenty of films like this... thought it wasn't too bad. Very flimsy characters and plot... but that isn't really the point, is it?

Zombie/supernatural nazis. That's all you need to know.
#451 at 15:12:24 - 20/09/2008
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Micro_Explosion said:V for Vendetta.

I saw it for the first time a year or so ago and I really liked it then, since then I've read the comic of it. It's hard to like it now because they've changed so much that was good about the comic and usually for no apparent reason while forgetting the point of it for the first half of the film.

I can see why Alan Moore didn't like it (other than him being a miserable bastard).


To be fair I think the thing with the comic is that it was a product of it's time, the Thatcher era, and very personal to the British Isles. If the demographic of cinema-goers is 15-25, then not many who would have gone to see the film would have been able to identify with that era anyway.

I agree, I can see why Moore would be annoyed that they'd altered his work, but I think the film is actually a pretty good attempt at recreating the spirit of the original, and I'm disappointed he's such a grumpy git about stuff that realistically they would never have been able to make todays audiences understand.
#452 at 16:10:36 - 20/09/2008
Kay
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JimJam said:
Kay said:I thought Hot Fuzz was a little dull for the first two-thirds of the movie... before coming alive in the last half-hour.
K


Is that the first time you've seen it Kay ? This is exactly the same impression I had of it the first time I saw it, but wierdly the first 2/3rds has grown on me in subsequent viewings.


Only seen it once, and that was at the cinema. I did like the film, just thought it took a little too long to get going. Not that that's a bad thing... the trailers suggested a bit more action and excitement, but most of that was evidently squeezed into the finale.

K
#453 at 16:45:44 - 20/09/2008
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JimJam said:
Micro_Explosion said:V for Vendetta.

I saw it for the first time a year or so ago and I really liked it then, since then I've read the comic of it. It's hard to like it now because they've changed so much that was good about the comic and usually for no apparent reason while forgetting the point of it for the first half of the film.

I can see why Alan Moore didn't like it (other than him being a miserable bastard).


To be fair I think the thing with the comic is that it was a product of it's time, the Thatcher era, and very personal to the British Isles. If the demographic of cinema-goers is 15-25, then not many who would have gone to see the film would have been able to identify with that era anyway.

I agree, I can see why Moore would be annoyed that they'd altered his work, but I think the film is actually a pretty good attempt at recreating the spirit of the original, and I'm disappointed he's such a grumpy git about stuff that realistically they would never have been able to make todays audiences understand.


You have a good point and the film would never have been made without the sort of changes they made, however, I think they could have managed to make it more of a 'period piece' and it would have worked.

It undoubtedly had to change to make it relevant to a wider audience though.
#454 at 14:49:37 - 21/09/2008
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Gone Baby Gone.

Ben Affleck clearly has more talent for directing than he does for acting. It manages to be thought provoking and slightly heartbreaking without even coming close to being sentimental or overly grim with some fantastic performances by Ed Harris and Casey Affleck. It's a little bit on the long and slow side but is a very good directorial début.

I guess the book inspired the McCanns too.
#455 at 14:53:26 - 21/09/2008
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - never seen before but it's the first film of his that I've seen that explains why Nicholson was thought so highly of. The Indian guy is excellent too.

Up next: Chinatown.
#456 at 21:40:15 - 01/10/2008
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is one of my favourite films. It's great, and one which has been referenced several times in The Simpsons, IIRC :)
#457 at 22:43:00 - 01/10/2008
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/picks up water fountain
/throws through window
/runs to freedom
#458 at 23:35:54 - 01/10/2008
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Retroid said:One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is one of my favourite films. It's great, and one which has been referenced several times in The Simpsons, IIRC :)


Not a patch on the book. I actually didn't enjoy it (despite thinking Nicholson was amazing) because the book was so awesome. If I'd seen it before reading the book, I'd have probably thought differently though.
#459 at 00:17:32 - 02/10/2008
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Kay said:
JimJam said:
Kay said:I thought Hot Fuzz was a little dull for the first two-thirds of the movie... before coming alive in the last half-hour.
K


Is that the first time you've seen it Kay ? This is exactly the same impression I had of it the first time I saw it, but wierdly the first 2/3rds has grown on me in subsequent viewings.


That's me exactly. I was really quite disappointed with Hot Fuzz the first time I saw it. Then I really enjoyed it on the second viewing. Weird.
#460 at 00:18:23 - 02/10/2008
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I watched Redbelt expecting it to be an ace Kung Fu B-movie in the same guise as BloodSport, Best of the Best etc etc, but it wasn't. In fact it was shit.

It was really badly edited together, there were hardly any fights and it was completely unbelievable.

:(
#461 at 00:26:39 - 02/10/2008
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Nightwatch - fantastic film and does something that feels completely original. Some superb performances and a decent script; it's lighter on the action than I was expecting but once I got over that then I really enjoyed it.

Daywatch - still good but far weaker than Nightwatch. It's just so much slower and seems to be trying to build up the mythology a bit more. The same story but compressed down by 20 minutes may have made it as good as the first film.

Iron Man - better than I could ever expect from a Marvel film. Although the Spiderman films are decent, they are just a bit too whiney. Tony Stark is an excellent character and I can see potential for the future, especially if they stick with this route and get as far as The Avengers. It's the happy, cheerful equivalent of The Dark Knight for me - both the best I can imagine them being in terms of what the character(s) are about.
#462 at 00:30:51 - 26/10/2008
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Loved both Nightwatch and Daywatch, but agree the first is vastly superior. I bought Wanted once I'd discovered it was by the same director... haven't had a chance to stick it on yet.
#463 at 02:22:10 - 26/10/2008
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Transsiberia.

Err, it has Ben Kingsley.
#464 at 02:46:54 - 26/10/2008
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Just watched Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story which I really enjoyed :D
#465 at 02:43:43 - 26/10/2008
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Starting to get in the mood for All Hallow's Eve with two of the best werewolf films around, Company of Wolves and American Werewolf in London. Amazingly, both films have a definite 80s feel to them without looking dated.
#466 at 21:18:07 - 26/10/2008
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quedex said:Starting to get in the mood for All Hallow's Eve with two of the best werewolf films around, Company of Wolves and American Werewolf in London. Amazingly, both films have a definite 80s feel to them without looking dated.


I trust you'll be adding Dog Soldiers to that list, mate...?
#467 at 21:27:39 - 26/10/2008
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repairmanjack said:I trust you'll be adding Dog Soldiers to that list, mate...?

Of course. That's lined up for tomorrow along with Ginger Snaps. I'm just starting with the classics first. :-)
#468 at 21:35:35 - 26/10/2008
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Just watched Stepbrothers starring Will Ferrell. Absolutely fucking bollocks and totally stupid but really funny and I loved it.
#469 at 22:49:04 - 26/10/2008
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I have an irrational dislike of all things related to Will Ferrell :)

Taxi Driver - Decent but not as good as its reputation would suggest. It's a great showing of the dirty and ugly New York of the seventies but I found the rest of the plot is pretty weak as a whole.
#470 at 23:43:51 - 26/10/2008
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Micro_Explosion said:I have an irrational dislike of all things related to Will Ferrell :)

Taxi Driver - Decent but not as good as its reputation would suggest. It's a great showing of the dirty and ugly New York of the seventies but I found the rest of the plot is pretty weak as a whole.


Yay! I saw this a couple of years back and though it was pretty tosh. Couldn't understand why people thought he was weird, either
#471 at 23:47:45 - 26/10/2008
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The Kingdom. Dull and pointless. Other than it having the bloke from Arrested Development in it, it's hard to recommend anything about it at all. It just doesn't seem to know what it's trying to be then gets bored of whatever that is just before the end and people shoot each other a bit.

Jennifer Garner looks like a screaming skull.

Escape From New York. I kinda liked it, in the sense that it had enough charm to keep me interested but it has dated badly and has some pretty terrible acting in places.

The woman that belongs to Brain kept my attention.
#472 at 00:45:55 - 16/11/2008
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Chaiya, which is a story about three friends who grow up out in the sticks learning Muay Thai and then what happens when they move to Bngkok.

I thought it was really well done and there is quite an interesting, if predictable story running through it.

Would recommend it as a lot more than a straight martial arts flick.
#473 at 13:54:40 - 16/11/2008
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Rhythm said:Couldn't understand why people thought he was weird, either

/backs away slowly
#474 at 15:17:17 - 16/11/2008
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Watched Iron Man over the weekend for the first time. On Blu Ray at that...

Very slick, definitely one of the best Marvel movie adaptations and Robert Downey Jr is a hideously underused talent imho..

...and call me sick but Gwyneth almost looked do-able in this.
#475 at 09:42:39 - 17/11/2008
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Cloverfield. I somehow missed all the hype when it came out. I didn't even know what it was about, just popped the disk in the player and sat back...

...and watched one of the biggest piles of crap I have ever experienced. They managed to take the most annoying character elements/decisions/plot elements from every film, ever, and compress it down into one film. Quite a feat.
#476 at 14:23:29 - 17/11/2008
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Rambo.

I WILL watch it again, and this time, I'm counting the kills.

"HILARIOUS - IT'S THE COMEDY OF THE YEAR."
#477 at 14:57:59 - 17/11/2008
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peej said:Watched Iron Man over the weekend for the first time. On Blu Ray at that...

Very slick, definitely one of the best Marvel movie adaptations and Robert Downey Jr is a hideously underused talent imho..

...and call me sick but Gwyneth almost looked do-able in this.


Paltrow in any role is so doable, its just her actual real life personality thats off putting.

Iron Man is the best superhero film I've seen, although I've yet to see the 2nd batman film.
#478 at 15:04:04 - 17/11/2008
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One thing about Iron Man that surprised me was just how good a bastard Jeff Daniels was. Always been used to him as a "goodie" but he makes such a good baddie. Should've lined up up for the Lex Luthor role in the Superman flick rather than Camp Spacey.

Not seen Batman (2nd reboot) yet either.

#479 at 15:07:14 - 17/11/2008
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Resident Evil: Extinction

As far as games made into films go it was quite watchable, ideal for taking it easy on a Sunday.

The Las Vegas being reclaimed by the desert scenes were particularly good.
#480 at 15:50:04 - 17/11/2008

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