What films have you been watching recently?


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Nah, I'm just a cheapo who only ever goes to free advance previews ;)
#661 at 18:20:47 - 30/01/2009
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Dunno who's cooler: Clint Eastwood or Mickey Rourke.
#662 at 18:41:20 - 30/01/2009
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You don't mess with the Zohan

I think it should be renamed to You don't want to watch the Zogan

Awful film, I chuckled twice in the film, and I do mean 'chuckled'. Didn't laugh, didn't grin, just two very quiet, very very short chuckles.

Quite how he's gone from being in one of my favourite comedies ever (Waterboy) to all this turgid tripe he's been doing recently is beyond me.

3/10 (I'm actually in a very good mood today, so I've probably been generous there).

#663 at 18:46:33 - 30/01/2009
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Tropic Thunder (blu ray).

Loved it even more on a second watch (originally saw it at the cinema on my own). Was my pal's first experience of a blu ray - he seemed suitably impressed with the pic and the flick. He didn't spot the Tom Cruise cameo, amazingly.
#664 at 12:35:14 - 31/01/2009
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X3: It's exactly as bad as X2, just in a different way. This one felt more like a 5 minute plot stretched over 2 hours with pointless explosions and characters looking into the distance so they can appear 'deep'.

Vinny Jones was as terrible as always, as was Halle Berry. The plot was poor and badly thought out and I didn't care what happened to anyone at any point, even when main characters from previous films were killed off.

It's only redeeming asset was the girl from Juno, whatever her name is.
#665 at 14:20:39 - 31/01/2009
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The Fall - Pretty strange and the blurring of reality and fantasy could have been done slightly better but Lee Mack (also of Pushing Daisies) puts in a performance that is, at times, one of the best I've seen for a while. Shame that the little girl is a bit difficult to understand at times.

Some great photography in places too but occasionally wasted or feels slightly tacked on, like they knew things would be dull otherwise so they had to film it in a different way.
#666 at 19:52:35 - 01/02/2009
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Not a film, but I have been watching Black Books over last few days. Probably one of the funniest sitcoms I have seen so far. (Maybe due to the fact that I find everything funny lately). Surprised it never got to Germany, but then it probably wouldn't work there.
#667 at 23:50:47 - 01/02/2009
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Micro_Explosion said:
It's only redeeming asset was the girl from Juno, whatever her name is.

ellen page. allegedly.
#668 at 12:02:34 - 02/02/2009
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That's the lass. Legal too.

Spinal Tap - It's good but I'm not sure that, as far as comedy films go, it's that funny. I get the humour but it might be because it has been done so much since - usually terribly - that a lot of the effect has been lost. Good though.

Empire of the Sun - Completing another of my weird double bills, other that the soundtrack being pretty terrible for the first half hour before tuning it out and a plot which doesn't really go anywhere, it's better than I was expecting. I've never been a fan of Spielberg's 80s films other than Indy but this is better than the rest, mainly because of mini-batman being pretty good in it.
#669 at 03:41:19 - 08/02/2009
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Love Empire of the Sun - didn't realise that was Bale in it, though.

Must watch it again and see if I can catch any early signs of him "going Christian Bale" on anyone :)
#670 at 08:26:31 - 08/02/2009
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Disturbia - had it's moments but otherwise not a patch on the original Rear Window
#671 at 11:12:37 - 08/02/2009
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Micro_Explosion said:

Spinal Tap - It's good but I'm not sure that, as far as comedy films go, it's that funny. I get the humour but it might be because it has been done so much since - usually terribly - that a lot of the effect has been lost. Good though.


You saved yourself from a roasting with the last two words. Spinal Tap is probably up there in my top 5 comedy films ever (if not at number 1 or at least number 2 behind Withnail and I).

I guess it appeals more if you've ever been in a band or hung around with musos. I just love it though, so many quotes. So so many.

#672 at 12:59:48 - 08/02/2009
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The Happening.

Fucking hell - how'd that get greenlit?!
#673 at 15:19:12 - 08/02/2009
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RUN. RUN FROM THE WIND.
#674 at 15:47:31 - 08/02/2009
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Rhythm said:Disturbia - had it's moments but otherwise not a patch on the original Rear Window

Well, duh. ;p

I really enjoyed Disturbia, tbh, thought it was entertaining and amusing throughout most all of the film. But yeah, not quite Hitchcock. ^_^
#675 at 18:51:11 - 08/02/2009
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button:

Really liked it. It is a bit slow in places, and it does get slightly dull once Brad turns 'young' (and as a love story it's a bit creepy, to say the least), but for the most part I was captivated. It's definitely not edge-of-your-seat stuff, and it's not supposed to be - it's just laid-back, sweet and charming. 7/10

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay:

Crude, cliched, full of unashamedly blatant negative stereotyping... but that's pretty much what I expected. It's actually a pretty decent buddy movie with a few laughs, and Neil Patrick Harris' cameo was great. 4/10
#676 at 17:39:13 - 12/02/2009
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i enjoyed both harold & kumar films, they're blatently stupid, but so long as you go in expecting that, it's all good. shame dubya wasn't that cool in real life.

watched the wrestler t'other day. not a bad film. kinda sad though, probably more to someone like myself who's been involved in pro-wrestling and knows a bit about what has happened to some of the guys who used to be big names (and guys who never even made it that far) as i'm more aware of how close it is to reality than the average punter. oh, and there are quite a few tits oot scenes, so i advise against watching it on your big laptop screen on a packed commuter train.
#677 at 17:58:06 - 12/02/2009
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Yeah, I saw The Wrestler the other day too. It's not a bad film - well acted, well paced, decently scripted. It's a film written around just two characters though, and personally I found the characters not quite rounded enough to support such a long film on their own. But on the other hand, I didn't get bored when the film was on.

Not as good as Slumdog, not as good as Frost Nixon, but still recommended then.
#678 at 14:34:45 - 13/02/2009
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Wall-E - nice idea but the fact that it was Disneyfied worked against it. It killed the subject matter, as all the robots were far too humanised. The environmental issue was overplayed too. 6/10

Halloween (Rob Zombie) - tailed off in the last half when it turned into a suspense-free abridged version of the original, but the build up in the first half was decent enough. 6/10

#679 at 15:37:54 - 20/02/2009
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Rhythm said:Halloween (Rob Zombie) - tailed off in the last half when it turned into a suspense-free abridged version of the original, but the build up in the first half was decent enough. 6/10



Sky/standard DVD version or Director's Cut Rhythm ? I own the US Directors Cut and watched the version on Sky, and there's a fair amount missing.

Saw Friday 13th on Wednesday. Despite having to have words with some of my fellow cinema-goers to shut the fuck up and the film having none of the additional back-story that helped the Halloween remake, it wasn't bad for its type. Maybe a rental though.
#680 at 16:06:06 - 20/02/2009
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Ah, was there? I saw the Sky version - it turned up on Anytime TV over the weekend so I thought I'd try it. I'll have to try and dig up the DC version then
#681 at 16:16:43 - 20/02/2009
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Contact - The one about the Joy Division guy, not Jodie Foster. Decent acting and decent music but it seemed to be lacking something to make me interested in what was going on. Overall it was just dull and lifeless.

Man on the Moon - Very, very good and still one of Carry's best performances along with The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine. Music was excellent and the film just has what Contact was missing - a feeling that the people involved care about the guy.

Next up: films that aren't about dead people.
#682 at 18:41:31 - 20/02/2009
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Speaking of dead people. I just watched Tim Burton's Corps Bride for the first time. Didn't really know what to expect, but it was really good.
I wonder how they made it, it look to real to be computer generated, but the movement are too smooth for puppets.
#683 at 21:39:23 - 21/02/2009
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The guy that did it is extremely talented, shame there aren't many others because in many ways it has a charm that few others get close too.

I think it's the same guy that's done Coraline (with Neil Gaiman) too.
#684 at 23:34:14 - 21/02/2009
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Rhythm said:Ah, was there? I saw the Sky version - it turned up on Anytime TV over the weekend so I thought I'd try it. I'll have to try and dig up the DC version then


Yeah, there's a fair bit of stalking missing from the second half, and also more detail in the first half. And the night of his escape is completely different too.
#685 at 11:50:45 - 22/02/2009
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Saw Babel last night. Good story, nice performances, well filmed.
#686 at 15:56:00 - 22/02/2009
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Man on Wire - very, very good. Despite flagging a bit toward the middle, it does pick up again. One of the best documentaries I've seen for a while, mainly because the actual person is completely insane.
#687 at 16:39:09 - 22/02/2009
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French people.
#688 at 10:19:55 - 23/02/2009
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Micro_Explosion said:The guy that did it is extremely talented, shame there aren't many others because in many ways it has a charm that few others get close too.

I think it's the same guy that's done Coraline (with Neil Gaiman) too.


Love that style of animation. CGI but mimicking stop-frame stuff. IIRC the same bloke did James and the Giant Peach (which my nipper absolutely loves to bits). Even rather sneakily re-used Jack Skellington in it for a bit of a cameo.
#689 at 10:22:05 - 23/02/2009
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The Hurt Locker - shite name but a great film.

Really gripping and tense. Follows a band of American soldiers in Iraq focusing in particular on one guy whose job it is to defuse/detonate bombs.
#690 at 23:36:41 - 23/02/2009

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