What films have you been watching recently?


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Micro_Explosion
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The Fountain - It looks very nice and the central story is very good with a performance by Jackman that rivals that of The Prestige (he really is good as a proper actor when he wants to be). It would have been better if the history and future bit were either removed or rewritten so they made some sense instead of doing the 2001 thing and being utterly fucking weird.
#571 at 13:09:17 - 14/12/2008
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The Incredible Hulk - It's a lot better than I was expecting it to be and the only real shortcomings are due to what the Hulk is - a fairly shallow character with no obviously significant potential for exploring him in any great depth because there is none. Norton is good but there was more chemistry between Hulk and Liv Tyler than Ed and her.

A decent action film but certainly not one that's ever going to leave a significant lasting impression.

Also, there is no possible way they could mess up an Avengers film. Is there?
#572 at 20:00:57 - 21/12/2008
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Micro_Explosion said:The Fountain - It looks very nice and the central story is very good with a performance by Jackman that rivals that of The Prestige (he really is good as a proper actor when he wants to be). It would have been better if the history and future bit were either removed or rewritten so they made some sense instead of doing the 2001 thing and being utterly fucking weird.


We watched this a while back and my opinion keeps on veering between it being one of the most sumptuously beautiful and poignant films I've seen and it being a big pile of pretentious wank. I'm still not sure :/
#573 at 15:24:00 - 23/12/2008
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I watched the first half an hour of the remake of the Amnityville Horror the other day. Mostly because it had Melissa George in it and I used to fancy her when she was in Home and Away :)

I was dead surprised they decided to make it a period remake- so its full of 70's haircuts and clothing. Enjoyed what I've seen of it so far, worth watching the rest?
#574 at 15:27:37 - 23/12/2008
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Mr. and Mrs. Smith :)

Hawt film, but the pacing was horrible, like they wanted to get it all over with as fast as posible.
#575 at 10:39:08 - 24/12/2008
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Wall-E: Probably the most enjoyable film I've seen in years.
#576 at 20:53:12 - 26/12/2008
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Australia - goes on a bit long and the speed is all over the place, but the scale and scope is amazing. Worth it just to see all the lavishness and shizzle.

/wants to adopt a half-caste
#577 at 21:05:10 - 26/12/2008
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Lots of Muppet films. Each worse than the last - referencing modern day fads are not amusing or cool. The got it right with Michael Caine then seemed to forget everything that made that good.

Dawn of the Dead (remake) - decent but nothing special. It seemed strangely appropriate for this time of year.
#578 at 00:31:48 - 27/12/2008
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Quantum of Solace. Certainly not bad but the director really doesn't seem to know that being able to zoom in close and shake the camera around a lot does not make a good action sequence.

Decent plot but it felt like the older films with the slow parts edited out along with gadgets etc.

Olga is pretty. (NSFW)
#579 at 01:25:51 - 28/12/2008
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The Mist.

A few cheap creature effects aside, thought this was really well done. Kinda predicted the ending, but didn't think they'd have the balls to run with it. Top stuff.


Black Sheep.

Barking mad (in a good way), but a bit woolly (oh yes) and frankly getting far more praise than it deserves.

Fuck, I need to watch a couple of comedies...
#580 at 01:39:57 - 30/12/2008
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I recommend The Blues Brothers for humour and the music - it's the only musical film that I like, or even tolerate.

\o/
#581 at 02:16:21 - 30/12/2008
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I recommend the Blues Brothers for the fucking insane car chases as well. It holds the world record for the most number of cars destroyed during filming (I'm discounting the remake from this stat).

I assume we are referring to the original film by the way, not to year 2000 travesty?

I recently saw Cloverfield, and was pretty impressed. It's exciting, well acted and not over-long (unlike a lot of modern films).
#582 at 04:39:48 - 30/12/2008
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repairmanjack said:
Black Sheep.

Barking mad (in a good way), but a bit woolly (oh yes) and frankly getting far more praise than it deserves.

Fuck, I need to watch a couple of comedies...


It was okay, reminded me a a goreless version of an early Peter Jackson movie tbh.

I haven't seen a single film over Christmas. Barring half of South Pacific, which doesn't count as it was that or Keeping Up Appearances.
#583 at 09:04:26 - 30/12/2008
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The Last King of Scotland after someone on here mentioned it.
Very good movie that one.
Apart from the one scene with the stitched up body, that was just disgusting. :/


That new Batman movie was alright. Not a Batman fan, not a big fan of those typical Hollywood blockbusters, but the actor who played the Joker was pretty good.

#584 at 15:42:25 - 01/01/2009
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Urghh! Went to see The Spirit this evening. I was close to walking out a couple of times, but it was cold out, so I didn't.

In the film's favour, it's quite short, so if you've already pissed your money away on the ticket, the suffering isn't too protracted.
#585 at 03:31:19 - 02/01/2009
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My Neighbour Totoro. Thoroughly charming, absolutely lovely stuff. Was a little surprised to see that the bath scene hasn't been "sanitised" for a Western audience though.
#586 at 22:03:15 - 02/01/2009
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I'll have to watch Totoro again. Been years, and it's one of my favourite movies! \o/
#587 at 22:17:40 - 02/01/2009
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Rhythm said:My Neighbour Totoro. Thoroughly charming, absolutely lovely stuff. Was a little surprised to see that the bath scene hasn't been "sanitised" for a Western audience though.

It's probably because Totoro never got a theatrical release here orignally, and the DVD didn't come out until quite recently (though thankfully the Japanese version had English subs and audio when I got it). When it got released over here, it was a very niche product.

That said, I can't remember the scene you're referring to.
#588 at 23:16:23 - 02/01/2009
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Just very quick, the father and the two girls in the bathhouse.
#589 at 01:04:17 - 03/01/2009
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Saw Airplane! on Channel 4. It was very funny.
#590 at 10:56:37 - 03/01/2009
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Forgetting Sarah Marshall - probably one of the least funny Apatow films (which usually have me in hysterics). It's alright, but I don't see why everyone went out of their way to rave about it on it's release.

Coming up: Drillbit Taylor.
#591 at 12:42:12 - 03/01/2009
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Hellboy 2 and The Dark Knight - both on Blu Ray.

Still think HB2 pales in comparison to the original.

TDK, though, is a stunner. Enjoyed it even more than the first viewing at the cinema. Film looked amazing, too (although I wouldn't dare post such a thing on EG).
#592 at 19:16:48 - 04/01/2009
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Saw "X-Files:I Want to Believe" on rental, I want to believe the X-Files were better than this most of the time during the TV series but as this was done by Chris Carter maybe it's my dodgy memory clouding matters.

Even for the X-Files the actual plot pay off was FUCKING STUPID and certainly didn't merit a full movie budget.
#593 at 20:11:40 - 04/01/2009
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repairmanjack said:Forgetting Sarah Marshall - probably one of the least funny Apatow films (which usually have me in hysterics). It's alright, but I don't see why everyone went out of their way to rave about it on it's release.


I watched it a few weeks back, and thought it was great. I don't think it's supposed to be a laugh-out loud film, but it does have plenty of amusing moments.

K
#594 at 20:22:36 - 04/01/2009
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: On its own merits it's a low 7 but as an Indy fan I loved it. I found the X-Files spin a bit odd but fun nonetheless. Like Mamma Mia though, it has really odd lighting. It's like everyone's stood in front of a reflective light source throughout the entire film - as a result shadows never look right :-/

#595 at 23:45:44 - 04/01/2009
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repairmanjack said:Film looked amazing, too (although I wouldn't dare post such a thing on EG).

:D

You're not "wrong", as such, it just isn't a reference level disc.
#596 at 02:20:35 - 05/01/2009
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The Eye (2002) - About a woman who receives a cornea transplant and starts seeing strange things. In Cantonese.

Sadly, I can't find anything about this film to recommend. I'm used to female leads in east-Asian horror films being ineffectual scaredycats, but this one was truly pathetic and irritating. Perhaps that's why I didn't find any of the encounters at all scary, or perhaps it's because it's established fairly early on that there's no actual danger in anything that's happening.

The plot otherwise proceeded very slowly and pretty predictably. The dialogue, what little there is of it is awful, and someone needs to keep the composer of the film away from the synthesiser shop - I know we may be looking at someone playing the violin, but I know what a synthesiser sounds like.

On a positive note, some of the visual effects were inoffensive. But I'm totally at a loss to what anyone can really enjoy about watching this film.
#597 at 02:41:21 - 05/01/2009
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mal said:The Eye (2002) -
On a positive note, some of the visual effects were inoffensive.

:D
#598 at 03:29:30 - 05/01/2009
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The new Mummy film. A horrible abomination of a film that was as hateful as the first was brilliant. My recommendation is to avoid at all cost lest you are consumed by anger and dash your eyeballs from your head.
#599 at 09:51:49 - 05/01/2009
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Rhythm said:My Neighbour Totoro. Thoroughly charming, absolutely lovely stuff. Was a little surprised to see that the bath scene hasn't been "sanitised" for a Western audience though.


I thought that was a scene that could potentially raise a few eyebrows over here but probably wouldn't make anyone bat an eyelid in Japan.

My nipper loved it (weirdly I put the DVD on and then noticed the durned thing was on telly the next day), particularly the music and Totoro's big roars.
#600 at 11:27:56 - 05/01/2009

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