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Micro_Explosion
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Furbs said:
Oh and Independence Day IS a work of art.


The late 90s managed to produce two excellent 'hi-concept' films - this and Armageddon. It's a shame that the closes this decade seems to have been Transformers.

On the positive side, there have been a number of blockbusters that are bordering on intelligent (Dark Knight being one) and not just cynical blow shit up films. Variation is a very good thing.
#931 at 00:18:36 - 22/11/2009
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Script, direction, style, and plot are all excellent and is a rare example of 'intelligent' sci-fi that didn't bore me stiff. For a debut film that is ambitious and with a relatively small budget, it manages to be better and more believable than most other films this year.

Sam Rockwell is outstanding in one of his best performances and is completely convincing throughout.

I've deliberately not mentioned the plot because I went in knowing nothing other than Rockwell was in it and Spacey was the voice of the robot. If you know nothing more than that going in then I suspect you would enjoy it a lot.
#932 at 00:19:28 - 22/11/2009
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Star Trek - 5/10

As my wife so eloquently put it:
"I thought this was meant to be a film about space and space ships, not how many times and from how many angles Kirk could get punched in the face".
#933 at 11:27:06 - 22/11/2009
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If only it was Shatner being punched in the face.
#934 at 11:00:20 - 23/11/2009
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500 Days of Summer - Loved it. :)
#935 at 11:21:33 - 23/11/2009
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Micro_Explosion said:Moon
Script, direction, style, and plot are all excellent and is a rare example of 'intelligent' sci-fi that didn't bore me stiff. For a debut film that is ambitious and with a relatively small budget, it manages to be better and more believable than most other films this year.

Sam Rockwell is outstanding in one of his best performances and is completely convincing throughout.

I've deliberately not mentioned the plot because I went in knowing nothing other than Rockwell was in it and Spacey was the voice of the robot. If you know nothing more than that going in then I suspect you would enjoy it a lot.
I saw it over the weekend as well and you've pretty much summed up my thoughts as well, excellent stuff and the QA at NASA was a pretty informative extra.

I also got around to watching my Star Trek BD, loved it at the cinema, loved it at home, an excellent reboot of the series.
#936 at 11:29:44 - 23/11/2009
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Forgot to say, took wife and daughter to 'Up' a couple of weeks ago. The 3D was fantastic, the film was brilliant. A lovely balance of comedy and pathos. My missus was crying within the first 10 minutes. But then she did once cry at a cartoon called 'The Little Toaster'.
#937 at 13:37:53 - 23/11/2009
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Star Trek (the new one)

Bit of an odd reboot, but not an entirely unpleasant one. Enough nods to the old stuff to carry it through, but the new cast aren't too jarring (apart from Kirk who was a bit too fond of aping Shatner from time to time).

Plot was a mess of contradictions though. All in all I'd love to see 'em pull off something as good as The Wrath of Khan with the same cast but I reckon it'll take a good three or four films before they settle into that kind of slot.

BR is ace though, lots of succulent detail to get my teeth into.
#938 at 13:55:46 - 23/11/2009
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Casino Royale
Loved this when it came out but it doesn't hold up that well to repeat viewings - it's more of one to watch every few years at the most.

Bond is better and more interesting than in most other outings but the middle hour drags a bit too much and the 2 endings still don't feel quite right. The opening 30-40 minutes are fantastic though.

Superman/Batman - Public Enemies
Some great voice work but the plot is a bit too flaky and, despite being just over an hour long, still dragged on.

Luthor is president and getting superheroes to work for him/the Government, Superman and Batman are suspicious and there is a giant meteorite of Kryptonite heading towards Earth.

The animation is fine but not particularly inspired or interesting.
#939 at 15:43:53 - 24/12/2009
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peej said:Star Trek (the new one)

Bit of an odd reboot, but not an entirely unpleasant one. Enough nods to the old stuff to carry it through, but the new cast aren't too jarring (apart from Kirk who was a bit too fond of aping Shatner from time to time).

Plot was a mess of contradictions though. All in all I'd love to see 'em pull off something as good as The Wrath of Khan with the same cast but I reckon it'll take a good three or four films before they settle into that kind of slot.

BR is ace though, lots of succulent detail to get my teeth into.



Come on... Kirk was bad?! How about the small rock monkey and Scotty?! He just ruined the movie for me... :(


Does your BR have portuguese subtitles?

I want to buy BR from Amazon Uk but most of the time it doesn't says what subtitles it has... :(
#940 at 21:09:01 - 24/12/2009
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The Star Trek BR main feature subtitles, according to the back of the box are :

English, English (SDH), Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish.

No Portuguese I'm afraid.

As for recently watched movies, my cheap copy of the deluxe edition BR of "Full Metal Jacket" (not the original BR which is practically a DVD for quality) turned up Wednesday and I couldn't resist watching it this evening despite it not being the most Christmassy film in my collection.

I've never seen it in anything other than the 4:3 ratio Kubrick had it released on VHS/DVD before (I don't know why I didn't see it in the cinema when it came out) but seeing it in a widescreen format in HD is so much better!

One of my all time favourite films and as far as I'm concerned the best depiction of the Vietnam war captured to celluloid. Not a whole lot in the way of extras (the commentary is apparently not a real commentary but I've not listened to it) but the documentary about the making of it is certainly well worth watching.

Excellent and it cost me less than 9.
#941 at 01:24:08 - 25/12/2009
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Shrek 2
It just feels like they saw a load of other films, stole bits of them then got a focus group to bring it all together. I found it hard to care about anyone involved as they were all so self centred and obnoxious.

The difference between Dreamworks and Pixar is huge in how they try to tell a story. Dreamworks don't try hard, Pixar seem to focus on that and realise the rest is just there to allow it to happen.

Monsters Inc.
Blu ray version. It looks very very good, although the colours seem slightly off in a few places it's clearly an artistic choice. Sully's fur looks extremely impressive. Voice work is good but not great.

The film isn't Pixar's strongest but it's still very good, it's just a bit light on the humour and not as sentimental or interesting as some of their others. Still, it's very enjoyable and better than Cars.
#942 at 03:18:52 - 25/12/2009
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Micro_Explosion said:Moon
Script, direction, style, and plot are all excellent and is a rare example of 'intelligent' sci-fi that didn't bore me stiff. For a debut film that is ambitious and with a relatively small budget, it manages to be better and more believable than most other films this year.

Sam Rockwell is outstanding in one of his best performances and is completely convincing throughout.

This. :)
Great movie.
#943 at 12:33:02 - 14/01/2010
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Just booked a couple of tickets to watch 3D Avatar at the IMAX in three weeks time. My first 3D (and IMAX) experience, so it better be worth all the fuss it's getting.
#944 at 14:38:12 - 15/01/2010
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I very much enjoyed it (more in this thread) and it does indeed demand 3D and IMAX.

It treads a fine line between real-looking and cartoon and I think the 3D and IMAX keep it on the right side of that. It just won't look as impressive flat on a small screen, I imagine.


Oh, and I find the comparisons to Pocahontas amusing because they are dead on. :D
#945 at 14:52:50 - 15/01/2010
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So true! The Pandorans even look like Disney's Pocahontas.

Still, why the long face?
#946 at 14:57:28 - 15/01/2010
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Outrage

Documentary about closeted gay individuals in American politics (specifically the hypocritical ones).

Production values aren't great but the content is fascinating. Centres around a dude who makes it his mission to out socially conservative closeted gay politicians, but it branches off from there, too.

Very scandalous, provocative, and activist. And needless to say the hypocrisy on display from these politicians is very frustrating.

Good documentary. There's some nasty pieces of work in there, but a few inspirational cases, too. Worth watching, especially for a look into how the minds of self-hating gays function.

The music is a bit overwhelming.
#947 at 12:52:01 - 18/01/2010
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The Road - Bloody excellent post-apocalyptic stuff based on the book and one of those rare instances where the film fleshes out the book's rather cardboard character descriptions.

Definitely worth tracking down at your local fleapit and it's a travesty that quite a few major cinema chains won't be showing it. Twats.
#948 at 12:56:04 - 18/01/2010
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Law Abiding Citizen

Watched this last night, I assumed I was going to get a fairly decent (albeit generic) revenge movie, what I got was something quite different.... and shit.

It's is in fact a poorly written, needlessly grotesque thriller filled with badly portrayed characters that you couldn't care less about (a bad thing in a film that fills most of it's run time killing these off and then spending a good amount of time wallowing in the "tragedy" of their deaths).

On the positive side Gerard Butler actually does a rather good job of playing a genius crossing over in to completely crazy person territory, although I'm afraid this is nowhere near enough to save a film which ultimately left me not caring at all how it ended or which horrendously under-developed character was going to croak it next.
#949 at 16:19:27 - 18/01/2010
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Inside Man
An atypical hostage thriller where the bank robber is the one in control the entire time. Denzel is good but his role is a bit weak and his performance is a bit by-the-numbers for him and the supporting cast isn't used particularly well.

Strangely Clive Owen comes across very well as a cold hearted and intelligent robber. Even though he isn't much better than normal, he fits the role well.

Entertaining but not one for multiple viewings.

District 9
I deliberately avoiding finding more out about this as I could and it certainly made it very interesting. Without giving the plot away, it started one way and ended up going a way that, whilst it was reasonably predictable, managed to do it in such a way that was entirely believable and so well done that the predictability never occurred to me until it was over.

The aliens were well designed and took a more interesting role than usual, the main guy was very good - both in his role and performance and the direction was good, especially considering the budget was very small for something of this scale.
#950 at 00:53:38 - 19/01/2010
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Inglorious Basterds
Very strange film but good. Like Pulp Fiction, it's essentially a series of single scenes that takes about an hour and a half before they all merge together.

It's certainly entertaining and has some very amusing bits, the German Jew Hunter is terrifying and creepy at the same time and a few other characters are almost comedic in their portrayal which I decided to assume was intentional.

The only flaw was that every scene felt it was building to something big but they ended up never feeling quite as big as they should. That and I'm still not sure Brad Pitt can act.
#951 at 00:07:14 - 24/01/2010
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Micro_Explosion said:
District 9
I deliberately avoiding finding more out about this as I could and it certainly made it very interesting. Without giving the plot away, it started one way and ended up going a way that, whilst it was reasonably predictable, managed to do it in such a way that was entirely believable and so well done that the predictability never occurred to me until it was over.

The aliens were well designed and took a more interesting role than usual, the main guy was very good - both in his role and performance and the direction was good, especially considering the budget was very small for something of this scale.


Really liked District 9 though I think it got a bit cheesy and schmaltzy in places. Definitely nice to see Peter Jackson's hand in it though, and there were more than enough "ick" moments in it that were nice little nods to PJ's early flicks like Brain Dead and Bad Taste.

One thing I did like about the film was the lack of an invasive soundtrack parping up every 5 seconds.

Without too much of a spoiler, loved the mech suit! I want one of those.
#952 at 10:13:38 - 25/01/2010
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Sherlock Holmes - It was alright. 3/5.
#953 at 10:18:14 - 25/01/2010
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Seen a lot of reviews of that describing it as "the definitive Sherlock Holmes"

Are they taking the piss? I don't remember Conan Doyle's sherlock being some ripped superhero.

#954 at 10:23:41 - 25/01/2010
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Went to see Avatar 3D on Friday, quite enjoyed it, the 3D was mostly very well done and it was entertaining enough.

Crap plot, poor characterisation (I can only remember two character names), some nice hardware, well realised Pandora, overly preachy and "Dances with Smurfs" is pretty accurate.

I hope this doesn't win shed loads of awards, other than technical ones, because it doesn't deserve it.
#955 at 10:32:26 - 25/01/2010
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That's the problem, I think it'll win all sorts of awards for script and stuff but what I know of the story just sounds achingly cheesetastic.

#956 at 10:33:35 - 25/01/2010
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X-Men Origins : Wolverine

Oh dear.
#957 at 10:33:37 - 25/01/2010
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Saw RocknRolla over the weekend. Enjoyed it but it was very Richie, if that makes sense (and is spelt right).
#958 at 11:04:28 - 25/01/2010
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Star Trek - The Total And Utter... Reboot

I quite liked it? And you know what? That's despite it being FULL OF SHIT.

/SPOILERS BELOW

I mean, Red Suit Guy just appearing and shouting about "KICKING ROMULAN ASS!" Right? How can you NOT find that funny? It was all I could do to stop myself saying "ohboyohboyohboy" while I waited for his inevitable demise.

Also, please note: there is only ONE chick in the entire film who has blue/green skin, and guess what? Yeah, Kirk totally sleeps with her! Not only that, she's the ONLY chick he gets it on with - his numerous attempts at passing "hel-lo!" chat-up lines notwithstanding! Seriously, it's like they had Terry Thomas as the acting coach, or something. I'm only disappointed Kirk didn't attempt the classic "ding dong!" approach to getting Uhura's first name.

BUT...

Hmmm. Really? A supernova that could take out our ENTIRE GALAXY? That's pretty much a "WRONG!" that's GALAXY FUCKING SIZED, Mr Ears. As far as I recall there isn't a star close enough to Earth to even affect our TV reception should it nova, let alone one capable of taking out the ENTIRE FUCKING MILKY WAY. Mother of fucking...
...not only that, but they escape from a black hole with... an explosion? Are you shitting me? In SPACE?

Having said all that, I'll let it off, because when we were in space there was no sound.

Oh, wait, I CAN'T let it off, because the chances of Kirk stumbling across Spock's EXACT CAVE are just about as long as a spaceship escaping from a black hole by BLOWING SHIT UP.

Oh, okay... I'll give it one thumb up, and one thumb down.

JCVD
In a sentence?
"Not what you're thinking".
In another sentence?
"Probably just as well."
Watch it, and prepare to re-evaluate your opinion of the guy.

Then watch Bloodsports again. Be honest: you were hoping for more of that anyway, right?
#959 at 13:27:32 - 25/01/2010
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Stevas said:
Having said all that, I'll let it off, because when we were in space there was no sound.



I only noticed them do that "no sound in space" once before reverting back to the usual "whoosh!" and "Whee!" of ships zooming by or the romulan ship blowing to smithereens.

But yeah I think this is the first time we've ever seen Kirk get so little action, aside from being used as a punching bag a lot.

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