What films have you been watching recently?


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NewYork
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mal said:
NewYork said:State of Play with Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck.

Fun little thriller with some nice twists in it. Very classy production. Perhaps went a bit long, and the final twist felt like a rush-job. Likeable, though. Helen Mirren was very good in it.


Did you see the original series by any chance?

Nope. It's meant to be pretty good, right? Seems there's a lot more British actors in the series, though. :/


Going to see Coraline 3D on Sunday. Gaiman-fan whoop! :)
#751 at 19:55:28 - 21/04/2009
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Whoop!

Yeah, I enjoyed the series at the time, though I've not seen it again since. The twist came a bit close to the end there too as I recall, but I guess since the running time was longer it's not so much of an issue.
#752 at 20:15:17 - 21/04/2009
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Bucket List: 5/10

That's not a bad 5/10, that's a 'better than expected and a decent one-watch film' 5/10. Could have been much worse.

Quantum of Solace: 4/10

Virtually bugger all story, terrible, terrible, terrible opening 10 minutes (I'm sure the camera work for that opening sequence was done by the same people who made Ninja Gaiden 2) and really couldn't have given a fuck about any of the cast members. Very disappointed.
#753 at 21:15:09 - 21/04/2009
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Coraline 3D.

Gorgeous animation and art-style (particularly pleasing is the everything-turning-white effect used a couple of times towards the end of the movie).

Love the characters and their voice acting, esp. Coraline, Whyborn (sp?), the mother, and those theatre gals.

Beatiful score. There's some freaky French/Budapest kids choirs in there, from what I could tell from the credits.

Wasn't as chilling as I expected, from how the reviews make it out to be, but it has its moments. There were definitely some kids in the cinema crying and being traumatised by the "final boss fight".

3D makes my eyes hurt.

Plotwise, I like the nice, slow beginning, full of lazy charm, but then they try to cover too much in the rush towards the end. Things tend to happen without ever being logically explained (it's a fantasy world without strict rules, basically), but it's part of the charm of it, I guess. There's a bit where Coraline asks the cat why it can talk, to which the cat replies: "I just can". ^___^

The theatre performance was quite saucy, I thought (one of the ladies has her humongous baps out with just the nips covered). :D


Anyway, enjoyed it.
#754 at 00:20:29 - 27/04/2009
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Hang 'em High - A simple premise of Clint going after a group of men that tried to hang him (wrongly) for cattle rustlin'. No padding, just a very straight forward and simple story that is well acted and directed. Decent script with only occasional lines that were clearly put in because the studio thought they sounded 'cool'.

The Enforcer - Dirty Harry goes after a group of people claiming to be freedom terrorist types. The weakest in the Dirty Harry series so far but still good and worth watching.

Changeling - Angelina wants her son back that has gone missing, police refuse to listen to her after giving her the wrong child. Brilliant directing, acting and script. There isn't a single poor performance and I genuinely felt for her at several point in the film.

Ashes of American Flags - Wilco filmed live in several 'historic' locations. Extremely good directing - the pair that do it deserve to get a shot at normal films sometime soon. Performances are as good as expected and the disc gives access to mp3 downloads of all the songs.
#755 at 00:43:23 - 27/04/2009
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Saw Star Trek last night, and as not much of a fan of JJ Abrams or particularly a Star Trek fan I was pretty impressed. Casting was of a particularly high standard, and it was nice to see all the original characters brought up to date for a new generation - Bones and Scotty (Mr Pegg with a weegie accent) are both standouts for me. Plot-wise it's pretty watertight and only the nerdiest sci-fi geeks should find many holes in the science. I did find the lack of a proper story arc to leave me feeling slightly empty at the end, but I guess that's modern action films for you. Just a rollercoaster ride from start to end.

Overall, I'd say it's better than the average Star Trek film I've seen, but it's not as good as Serenity. I'm sure hard core Trekkies will hate it because it somehow doesn't feel like a Star Trek film despite it having all the right characters and even a certain member of the original cast in it (and at a pretty key point as well), but I did enjoy it and as a series reboot of sorts, would like to see what comes next.
#756 at 04:19:08 - 09/05/2009
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In watching order:

Superman IV - One of the first films I saw at the cinema. Terrible then, amusingly terrible now and shows exactly not what to do with a franchise.

Superman I - Excellent film, although I preferred it before the city bit. I remembered Superman Returns having a lot of similar scenes but, having seen this again for the first time in years, it makes me wonder what the hell anyone involved in Returns thought they were doing with that script. Some of the most spine tingling scenes in any film too - Superman catching the helicopter, him upset over Lois then fixing it all, the camera flypast at the end etc.

Star Trek: Nemesis - Terrible film, worse than Superman IV (which at least had plenty to laugh at). Boring dull, nondescript and bad even for a Star Trek film. Worse than any of the handful of TNG TV episodes I've seen.

Superman II - Not held up anywhere near as well as 1. The replacement director clearly thought, like Schumaker did with Batman, that comedy and camp was a good idea. He was wrong. It does have some good scenes and the plot isn't too bad, it just all feels very underwhelming.

The Fly (BR) - Awesome film and one of the few 'horror' films that actually makes me care about the characters more than the situation. I genuinely felt sorry for buggy Jeff.

Gina Davis is incredibly hot. Jeff has rarely been better.
#757 at 01:06:51 - 11/05/2009
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Also saw the new Trek film at the weekend, and thought it was excellent. I'm a big fan of old Trek, but thought the new cast on the whole managed to do things that brought to mind the original cast without it ever becoming a tribute act. Hard to pick a standout as I thought they were all excellent, especially McCoy, although Sulu and Uhura were pretty generic.
#758 at 11:42:50 - 11/05/2009
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LOl at the Nokia product placement in it though.
#759 at 12:24:49 - 11/05/2009
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Some of Uhura's lines in the new film were pretty bad as it goes. Old Uhura > new Uhura

Not too keen on using Checkov as a comedy turn either. But apart from that, good script, excellent casting (though Sulu could've been used more).

Intergalactic space war; Meerkats - two verry different things!
#760 at 13:03:40 - 11/05/2009
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Also saw the new Trek film at the weekend, and thought it was excellent. I'm a big fan of old Trek, but thought the new cast on the whole managed to do things that brought to mind the original cast without it ever becoming a tribute act. Hard to pick a standout as I thought they were all excellent, especially McCoy, although Sulu and Uhura were pretty generic.
#761 at 13:37:01 - 11/05/2009
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Heh, didn't stop em using Uhura on the poster. Big boobage > Simon Pegg :)
#762 at 13:40:20 - 11/05/2009
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I've watched, say, two episodes of Voyager, tops, and that's my Star Trek experience (read: essentially zero).

So, will I be able to appreciate the movie?
#763 at 14:17:05 - 11/05/2009
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Probably more so than the average trekker/trekkie.

#764 at 14:17:50 - 11/05/2009
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Good, 'cos the trailer looks shiny-aweosme.


Oh, and in response to your twat about Nokia: I think it's kinda neat having that modern-world tie-in. After all, it kinda makes sense that the tech companies of today are the sci-fi companies of tommorrow :)

Next Terminator film, it turns out Google created Skynet (sorry if that made no sense, Terminator fans, I'm going by my rough knowledge of what Terminator is supposedly about).
#765 at 14:19:04 - 11/05/2009
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NewYork said:Good, 'cos the trailer looks shiny-aweosme.


Oh, and in response to your twat about Nokia: I think it's kinda neat having that modern-world tie-in. After all, it kinda makes sense that the tech companies of today are the sci-fi companies of tommorrow :)

Next Terminator film, it turns out Google created Skynet (sorry if that made no sense, Terminator fans, I'm going by my rough knowledge of what Terminator is supposedly about).


Still love the fact that Bladerunner has a massive Pan-Am billboard in it.

Nokia shit in ST though is a bit IP breaking. Companies like Nokia surely wouldn't exist if money's been done away with?!
#766 at 14:46:10 - 11/05/2009
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Money still existed in TOS, it wasn't until the Utopian nonsense of TNG was it gone.

Not that it makes sense.
#767 at 14:50:59 - 11/05/2009
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Ah well, still not going to see it at the cinema. Probably pick it up on BR eventually. Maybe.

#768 at 14:54:14 - 11/05/2009
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Well it's great, certainly something to see on the big screen and I'm very tempted to drive up to Wimbledon and watch it on the Odeon's IMAX.
#769 at 14:58:13 - 11/05/2009
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There's no money in Star Trek?! What do they do, pay for goods and services with hugs and barefoot field-running!?
#770 at 15:00:24 - 11/05/2009
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I saw it at the Wimbledon IMAX, and if anything the screen was actually too big. What with cameramen being unable to frame a fight properly these days, and instead resorting to waving the camera in the general direction of the protagonists, it's kind of hard to keep up when the screen's that big.
#771 at 15:18:43 - 11/05/2009
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NewYork said:There's no money in Star Trek?! What do they do, pay for goods and services with hugs and barefoot field-running!?


i think there's no money in the TNG federation, there is money in kirks time
#772 at 16:54:45 - 11/05/2009
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El_MUERkO said:
NewYork said:There's no money in Star Trek?! What do they do, pay for goods and services with hugs and barefoot field-running!?


i think there's no money in the TNG federation, there is money in kirks time


Not strictly true...

/anorak on

In Star Trek IV the lady whale professor takes Kirk out for a pizza, and when the bill comes she says "Don't tell me - they don't have money in the 24th Century" and he says "Well, they don't".

/anorak off

I think the Federation is some sort of Communistic ideal where everyone does a job, Starfleet or otherwise, and they get provided for.

The pinko commie bastards.
#773 at 17:06:27 - 11/05/2009
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No point in money when those replicator things make everything you would ever want for you. I don't remember them ever using money in any series of it.
#774 at 20:21:44 - 11/05/2009
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If there's no money in TOS, how can people like Harry Mudd operate?

DS9 pretty much gave up on the "no money" crap Roddenberry came up with because it was ludicrous.
#775 at 22:12:34 - 11/05/2009
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Guessed that with the Ferengi / Latinum stuff :)

Roddenberry had some odd ideas.
#776 at 22:13:59 - 11/05/2009
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Ron Moore wasn't too impressed with the no money rule that's for certain :

I've been wondering this since I saw FC: What ever happened to Federation
Standard Credits as established in "The Trouble With Tribbles," and, I
believed, mentioned (though I don't remember where) in TNG


All I know is that by the time I joined TNG, Gene had decreed that money most
emphatically did NOT exist in the Federation, nor did "credits" and that was
that. Personally, I've always felt this was a bunch of hooey, but it was one
of the rules and that's that. Fortunately DS9 isn't part of the Federation,
so currency could make a back-door re-entry into our story-telling.
#777 at 22:18:54 - 11/05/2009
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Apocalypse Now Redux

Yes, I'm a bit late to the party.
Pretty good movie, but they overdid it a bit with the filters in my opinion.
The scene with the French guys was a just weird. I understand why it was in there but it somehow didn't fit at all.
#778 at 22:44:03 - 11/05/2009
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i watched dragonball evolution recently and though it rocked :) I love dragonball, dbz and dbgt and whilst it defintely doesn't stick to the canon of the source material, it did have a lot of dragonbally moments which has got me hoping for more installments. and this has nothing whatsoever to do with chichi and bulma both being rather cute ;)
#779 at 18:17:47 - 15/05/2009
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Disney returns to 2D animation

I got the same excited feeling watching that trailer as I did when I saw the trailer for Hunchback of Notre Dame when I was a kid. Do want.
#780 at 13:20:42 - 17/05/2009

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