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peej said:Watchmen

Hmmm not sure what to think about it. It looked the part, the characters were fleshed out well, then the whole thing turned into some sort of bizarro morality play about sacrificing "the few" to save "the many".

Great effects though but wayyyyy too much Doctor Manhattan Shclong on show and not nearly enough of Laurie's gorgeous pert little arse.

I watched a censored version - it looked like Dr. Manhattan was wearing a very blurry loincloth :)

As for the movie itself: it lacked focus.
#841 at 20:55:00 - 30/07/2009
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repairmanjack said:Gone Baby Gone - great little thriller written by the guy who penned Mystic River. Was pulled at the cinema in the UK due to it being about a little girl getting abducted - not only was the timing rather indelicate, but the kid resembles M.M.

For something that has the name Affleck attached to it (more than once), this was pretty great. Ending surprised me.


I really, really loved Gone Baby Gone - a classic case of having no idea what to expect and being told absorbed - as well as moved - by a tight and morally complex thriller.

And, on a circuitously related note (Clint having directed Mystic River), the last film I saw was Gran Torino. Loved it. It's cheesey, poorly acted in some instances...but Clint, as ever, just blew me away. It's a perfect swansong for the big man.
#842 at 21:07:29 - 30/07/2009
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Candyman

Old film, and one I'd seen plenty of times before. I've seen it on the TV more than once, and have owned the VHS for many years, but seeing it for sale on DVD for 2 quid made it an absolute steal.

The cheap packaging belies a surprisingly intelligent slasher taking themes of urban myths, decay, racism and the descent into madness to create a truly dark fairy tale. Based on a short story by Clive Barker (with numerous additions and changes), a score by Philip Glass and clever lighting helps create something more complete than it's tiny budget would suggest.

It's fairly gory, but I can't think of anything gory in it that isn't used to advance the fairly tight plot. It's really one of my favourite American films of all time. Plus Virginia Madsen is very pretty in it.
#843 at 04:12:22 - 31/07/2009
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peej said:
Syrok said:Amélie - Lovely film. Should have watched sooner really. :)


Love that flick. Absolutely fell hopelessly in love with her (the character though obviously Audrey Tatou too!).


Have you seen A Very Long Engagement? It's very pretty in places, fairly moving too, though unfortunately it's ultimately A Very Long Film. Still, I far preferred it to Amélie, personally.
#844 at 04:19:51 - 31/07/2009
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The Wrestler: Depressing, and subtle. If you want to put yourself through an hour and a half of a dude sucking at life, this it it. Great acting, Micky Rourke is the man.

12 Rounds: Watched it for jokes, and it was a joke of a film. It really is as contrived as this: a dude steals the main character's girlfriend, and makes him do 12 tasks to win her back. Completely outside the realm of plausibility and totally ridiculous. There's a twist at the end which tries to rationalise the whole thing, but it's still stupid. And the film ends literally 2 minutes after the climactic scene, like it's really eager to wrap things up now that the action's over. Bad acting all around.
#845 at 16:21:33 - 31/07/2009
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Matrix 2

It's like they thought people just wanted to see 2 hours of action so they tried to do that but then thought that they should have a go at something mystical as an afterthought.

The action is good in some places, terrible and overlong in others. The deep and meaningful bit is just rubbish. The SFX are extremely ropey in places.

Still mildly entertaining though.
#846 at 21:42:04 - 01/08/2009
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I must watch the matrix trilogy again, I know I disliked the other two because they were so below the standard of the first, but I suspect if I give them another chance I might enjoy them at some kind of level.
#847 at 23:31:01 - 01/08/2009
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I'm not sure it'll be a very high level if you do. I've never seen 2 or 3 before and I thought they were both quite bad. Star Wars Prequel bad.

Matrix 3
Meandering, plot light, attempts at emotion are poor and done exactly the same way each time. Agent Smith is the only decent character and he's not particularly well used.

The whole Neo as Jesus thing was too lacking in subtlety and one note. Action was generally worse than the previous two and seemed to be more and more CGI instead of decent stunts/wire work so just felt like an average videogame cutscene.

Bourne Supremacy
Not quite as interesting as Bourne Identity but about as entertaining and shows Bond how to make a one man revenge/redemption story rather than Quantum of Solace.

Matt Damon is excellent and other than the camera being excessively shaky in one or two places it's very good.
#848 at 02:17:05 - 02/08/2009
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Never seen any of the other films, never read a word of the books. Broke my duck getting taken to this as a date.

Yeah, It was alright, if I'm honest. Needed more Rickman. I could be tempted to watch the rest now.
#849 at 03:24:22 - 02/08/2009
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Micro_Explosion said:

Or the exact opposite. Alicia Silverstone also is a terrible actress with a mouth that is very off-putting due to its wonkyness.
She actually sports a moustache in this film. How she went from the loveliness of Clueless to a fat chick with a 'tache is beyond me.
#850 at 17:41:37 - 03/08/2009
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I reckon the short shot of her arse in Batman and Robin was an ass-double.
#851 at 17:44:11 - 03/08/2009
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Appaloosa 8/10

Western starring Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen, good stuff, quite old school and the bond between the two leads is particularly good, an extra point goes to Viggo for the 'proper' duel stance.
#852 at 19:01:39 - 03/08/2009
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Man On Wire - the dude may be a self-centred, arrogant prick, but he sure is a darn good storyteller. And absolutely nuts.
#853 at 19:54:15 - 04/08/2009
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Bolt. Dunno, not as good as I was expecting unfortunately.
#854 at 10:11:36 - 05/08/2009
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Picked up Doomsday for £1 as I loved Marshall's other films. Really nice brochure included in it.

It's gonna be complete shit, isn't it?
#855 at 17:01:28 - 05/08/2009
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repairmanjack said:Picked up Doomsday for £1 as I loved Marshall's other films. Really nice brochure included in it.

It's gonna be complete shit, isn't it?


Marginal spoiler regarding its general content / feel - avoid if you want to know nothing about it before watching

Spolier free version: it's a bit rubbish, but my wife liked it.
#856 at 00:38:55 - 06/08/2009
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2001: A Space Odyssey
Typically for Kubrick, it's pretty slow and feels empty but it works a lot better for this due to the subject matter.

I think I last saw this about 10-15 years ago and I found it pretty dull back then but now I found it far better than most of the other films that have come out over the last year in every way. It's still a touch too slow/long and the ending doesn't feel quite right to me somehow but ultimately it's very good.

Bourne Ultimatum
Loved it. I've watched all three in the last three weeks and every single one of them is very good with a strong script and plot, very good action and very good action.

Direction is good and I really like what Paul Greengrass has done with it. It also made me lose any lingering dislike I had for Matt Damon (admittedly Dogma got rid of the majority of that).

I could happily watch all three several times and not find anything I dislike about them beyond the occasional and brief levels of excessive shaky cam.
#857 at 00:20:42 - 09/08/2009
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind
I've never seen it before, only bits of it on TV. It really is pretty dull even for one of Spielberg's 'thoughtful' films of which only Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan are any good (that I can think of).
#858 at 04:09:59 - 09/08/2009
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Inglorious Basterds

Great film. Don't let the trailer mislead you: it's not a nonstop Nazi-killing riot (although there is plenty of that).

I read the content advisory on IMDB before going to watch it, and got slightly put off by all the descriptions of violence (graphic scalping, graphic carving of swastikas into foreheads, unflinching camera as a dude gets multiple baseball bat shots to the head, etc.), but I needn't have worried. Nothing feels brutal, more comic and perverse. That's not to say there aren't some heavy moments, but there is nothing particularly dark. The darkest killing is at the very beginning, to set things off, and it's hardly shown on-screen.

Very funny in the right places, all the good guys are very cool, and all the Nazis are dicks. Brad Pitt is the man.

The ending left me satisfied (which is not spoiling what actually happens at the end - more that the final shot and final line is a good closer).

Oh, and loads of Nazis die.

8/10
#859 at 10:34:45 - 18/08/2009
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Hoping the nazi killing action will help me get over the weird spelling of Basterds. Is there an explanation for that? (no spoilers)

Watched Wall-E for the first time over the weekend. Cheap BR copy so I grabbed it and it's quite a cute little film. Nowhere near one of Pixar's best but some great touches to it, and it looked fucking fantastic on BR (first Pixar BR I've owned and it's making me want to pick up a couple of their other flicks now, particularly The Incredibles).

One thing I do fucking hate though is Disney have packed the disk with as many trailers, useless bits of shitty BR pimping, and more trailers - than they even managed on DVD. Thank fuck they're skippable.
#860 at 12:18:45 - 18/08/2009
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peej said:Hoping the nazi killing action will help me get over the weird spelling of Basterds. Is there an explanation for that? (no spoilers)

Nope. Maybe it's just the phonetic translation of Pitt's Tennessee accent, unless I'm missing some historical perspective :)


WALL-E was excellent until the dialogue started. Then it got slightly preachy, obvious, and formulaic.

I actually watched Ratatouille recently and it was way better than I expected. Still can't convince me that rats cooking is in any way cute (IT IS A RAT. COOKING. YUCK.) but it was a very charming film, and definitely up there among their best.

I can't believe it's taken so long for Up to make it here.


As for Disney ads, you think it's bad now, I'm pretty sure when Disney first went to DVD there was a huge hatestorm over the glut of unskippable ads they enforced on their poor unwilling customers. Not cool.
#861 at 12:30:21 - 18/08/2009
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Yeah couldn't agree more on the dialogue in Wall.E Fucking treehuggers!! :)

Found this on IG (Inglourious is spelt wrong n'all, didn't notice that because no one seems to write it up that way in reviews etc)

Though the spelling is different, Tarantino took the title for his sixth complete movie from the US video title given to Castellari's 1979 "macaroni combat" movie Inglorious Bastards, originally known as Quel Maledetto Treno Blindato (That Damn Armoured Train). A blatant rip-off of The Dirty Dozen, it finds a band of escaped criminals being recruited for a dangerous mission. Tarantino, however, refuses to discuss his reasons for the new spelling of Inglorious. "I can't tell you," he says. "And the 'basterds' part? That's just the way you say it: basterds."

#862 at 12:35:09 - 18/08/2009
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Yep, that's the way they say it, all right.

It's not a big deal, though. The name pops up, what, three times, probably. Nobody really cares.
#863 at 12:40:18 - 18/08/2009
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Watched both of Christopher Nolan's Batman films over the weekend. Saw both of them at the cinema, but this is the first time I've revisited either since.

Batman Begins is by far the better movie.
#864 at 15:15:37 - 18/08/2009
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Agreed, the second Nolan film might as well have been called "Joker Begins" :)
#865 at 15:18:13 - 18/08/2009
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I reckoned they should have put Joker on the DVD case (and they kinda did with the cardboard slip cover - I think he was on the inner one).

But hey, his enemies usually are more interesting :)
#866 at 15:29:03 - 18/08/2009
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Just watched 12 Monkeys for the first time. I take it the jist of it is that what happened was always going to happen and there was nothing Bruce could do about it. Which is pretty much what he said throughout the film?
#867 at 15:32:52 - 18/08/2009
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Sort of, though without going into spoiler territory it's not the end that's important, it's how he gets there...

One of my fave flicks but them I'm a massive sucker for anything Gilliam does. If you've only just seen that, then there's not a fucking chance you've ever seen Brazil is there :)
#868 at 15:45:04 - 18/08/2009
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G-Force. Sucked the sweat from a dead man's balls. In 3D. My daughter loved it, of course.
#869 at 15:45:58 - 18/08/2009
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Wow, bet she'll be pleased that there's another Alvin and the Chipmunks film on the way then!

(my daughter would also love G-Force but much as I love her to bits, I'd have to send her mum and grandma along with her to watch it!)
#870 at 16:30:22 - 18/08/2009

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