What films have you been watching recently?


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billdoor
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Inglorious Basterds.

Fails as a WWWII film as it fails to adhere to the structure of WWII films- too spaced out in terms of time line, not tight or focused enough.

The wife enjoyed it but it left me disinterested in the extreme. I'd prefer the Dirty Dozen any day :)
#991 at 10:32:52 - 08/02/2010
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billdoor said:Inglorious Basterds.

The wife enjoyed it


This would have nothing to do with the star at all, would it?

(my missus hates war films but she'd watch Valkyrie for Tom Cruise and IB for Pitt)
#992 at 10:34:24 - 08/02/2010
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Avatar - better than I expected to be honest. I actually wondered whether most of my favourable impressions were down to the 3D and visuals in general, but I did find myself getting into the story too.
#993 at 11:17:55 - 08/02/2010
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Made the mistake of watching The Time Traveller's Wife t'other night. Mistake mistake mistake.

I like the book a lot, considering it's a bit mushy and girly. The film cut out virtually all of the bits in the book that marked it out from the usual slushy fiction, so in essence turned itself back into a light chick flick.

Bana is shite as a romantic lead too and for some reason I always imagined Henry in the book as Michael Chiklis from The Shield (despite the book's references to Henry's black hair).

Ah well, ne'er mind. One of these days I'll learn to leave films based on books I like well alone.
#994 at 11:31:29 - 08/02/2010
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Whisper Of The Heart

Loved it, mainly due to the fat, grumpy cat. One of the few films that Mrs Boo and I both enjoyed.

We had started off with Watchmen, but hadn't even made it to the credits before Mrs B said 'I can't watch this.' The Comedian getting murdered was enough to put her off her dinner.

Going to follow it (WOTH) up with The Cat Returns this weekend.
#995 at 16:14:59 - 08/02/2010
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Kiki's Delivery Service is another family "winner" though our nipper absolutely loves Totoro to bits, probably the only DVD she "demands"

Every time I go to Milton Keynes I keep eyeing up those hideously expensive Totoro bags.
#996 at 16:17:22 - 08/02/2010
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JimJam said:Avatar - better than I expected to be honest. I actually wondered whether most of my favourable impressions were down to the 3D and visuals in general, but I did find myself getting into the story too.

Not to disrespect anyone else's opinion, but disliking the story does seem to be the "cool" thing. I wasn't put off the story at all.


Darn, new page :( I'll just reiterate my recommendation for Passing Strange. Very much worth watching.
#997 at 16:18:28 - 08/02/2010
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Kiki also went down well in the Boo household.

Maybe I'll try her out on Legend Of The Overfiend next...
#998 at 16:28:14 - 08/02/2010
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Boo said:Kiki also went down well in the Boo household.

Maybe I'll try her out on Legend Of The Overfiend next...


Er, the sequel to that was a contributing factor to my first marriage breaking up, I'm sure of it.

Nazi themed tentacle pron isn't everyone's cup of tea I guess.
#999 at 16:35:36 - 08/02/2010
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Ah, the film that marked the end of my childhood innocence.


Speaking of nicer films, though, you guys don't need me to tell you that Spirited Away is so amazing. Unlike most films from the studio, it has a proper ending, too!
#1000 at 16:41:27 - 08/02/2010
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It is fantastic indeed. Was also quite surprised at how much I enjoyed The Cat Returns (had never seen it before it was televised a while back. Film 4 seem to show Ghibli stuff from time to time).

#1001 at 16:45:29 - 08/02/2010
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I saw The Cat Returns on Film4 too! The first Studio Ghibli film I've seen properly (despite having Howl's Moving Castle on DVD for ages), really sweet film. :)

I also saw Avatar in 3D on Friday. Now, I cocked up a little and ending up booking seats right at the front of the cinema rather than the back (/facepalm). That affected my enjoyment quite a bit.

Having said that, it was a great film, and - even though 3D isn't really necessary (imo) - it looked pretty spectacular at times. The 3D effect also seemed to make the picture darker though, something I wasn't too fond of.

The storyline... yeah, it wasn't bad per se, but it was terribly cliched and predictable. No matter though because the film itself was great, and Pandora looked utterly gorgeous. Definitely worth watching.
#1002 at 17:33:51 - 08/02/2010
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Spirited Away...

I liked it, sure, but I didn't think it lived up to the hype. Couldn't put my finger on it exactly, but I think it just didn't have the pure simplicity of something like 'Kiki's Delivery Service'.

Talking of complicated, must watch 'Perfect Blue' again.

And try and understand it this time...
#1003 at 17:46:35 - 08/02/2010
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Paranormal Activity

Very Blair Witch in production and concept (and execution, for that matter). In fact, it's almost the spiritual sequel. (HAHAHA, I KILL MYSELF - NO, SERIOUSLY.)

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Thing is, I admired Blair for what it tried. It was different. (Having said that, the concept itself kinda spoiled things, as it didn't leave many possible endings open to the actual "film".)

This one is almost a rip off. That's not to say it's not enjoyable - it was. And it's actually genuinely creepy in places. However, the insistent skepticism from the lead male in the face of overwhelming fucking evidence just spoilt it for me. I'd be going mental at some of the shit that he seen, and yet he STILL treated it as a joke up until the last maybe 15 minutes.

BIG SPOILER
Oh, and the ending was shite. Instead of the one last scare after she looks at the camera (which didn't work in the context, really), why not just have two hours of her staring at us? Not two hours of fast forward - like when she was standing by the bed - I mean TWO. FUCKING. HOURS. Eh? EH? That would have been different, daring, and probably shitloads more unnerving.

How long would you have sat there waiting for the big finish, huh?
#1004 at 11:01:33 - 09/02/2010
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Jesus Camp (Watch it on this guy's Dailymotion channel)

A growing number of Evangelical Christians believe there is a revival underway in America that requires Christian youth to assume leadership roles in advocating the causes of their religious movement. This documentary, directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, directors of the critically acclaimed "The Boys of Baraka," follows Levi, Rachael, and Tory to Pastor Becky Fischer's "Kids on Fire" summer camp in Devil's Lake, North Dakota, where kids as young as 6 years-old are taught to become dedicated Christian soldiers in "God's army."


Slightly sensational in presentation, but undeniably a frustrating and moving film. Kids being moulded and manipulated, and psychologically tormented; it makes for tough watching. Some bits would be hilarious if they weren't so tragic. It's completely heartbreaking to see one kid admit that he doesn't believe at the beginning of the film, and see how he is broken down towards the end. It's horrible to see how talented the boy who is the main focus of the documentary is, but how his skills are being channelled into something so wrong.

Obviously it doesn't reflect the lives of the majority of religious children in families of moderate believers. But as a (slightly voyeuristic) look into a sick niche of religion, it is compelling stuff.
#1005 at 17:15:40 - 10/02/2010
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Dang, really wanted to watch Straightheads last night - the thought of Gillian Anderson getting it on was the main reason. Then I read Danny Dyer was in it, and that was the end of that...
#1006 at 09:15:29 - 11/02/2010
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NewYork said:Ah, the film that marked the end of my childhood innocence.


Speaking of nicer films, though, you guys don't need me to tell you that Spirited Away is so amazing. Unlike most films from the studio, it has a proper ending, too!
Mine was well and truly over by that point but then I'm probably older than you. Hedge porn was still common in my youth.
#1007 at 16:18:47 - 12/02/2010
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/wistful sigh over hedge porn

What's the modern equivalent? A CD rom or USB stick chucked away on a railway siding? :)


Films that really do not need to be made:

1) A live action Akira. From Hollywood.

2) An A-Team film. With Liam Neeson as Hannibal ffs.

#1008 at 16:21:20 - 12/02/2010
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Ghostbusters 3 doesn't need to be made and the Thing doesn't need to be remade but this is Hollywood and they're scared shitless of a film tanking.

Watchmen was considered a commercial flop as it only took $50m more than it cost as the box office O_o
#1009 at 16:40:26 - 12/02/2010
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Heh, you almost need a separate thread for "Hollywood is scraping the barrel"

I'm only surprised there hasn't been a sequel to Titanic.

"Titanic II. Jack's Back!"
#1010 at 16:45:50 - 12/02/2010
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billdoor said:
NewYork said:Ah, the film that marked the end of my childhood innocence.


Speaking of nicer films, though, you guys don't need me to tell you that Spirited Away is so amazing. Unlike most films from the studio, it has a proper ending, too!
Mine was well and truly over by that point but then I'm probably older than you. Hedge porn was still common in my youth.

I'm not even kidding - this really was the film that did it. I remember as a kid reading about the crazy stuff they'd show in Japanese cartoons (one particular fact that stuck with me is that Japanese cartoons would censor penises by overlaying a vegetable such as a zucchini on top - which in my head meant "penises in cartoons?! Woah"). So I guess Legend of the Overfiend eventually shows on Channel 4, or something. I sneak downstairs while my parents are asleep.

I think, more than anything, I just found it reeeally boring. I remember feeling nauseous afterwards.
#1011 at 16:53:35 - 12/02/2010
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#1012 at 18:40:24 - 12/02/2010
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NewYork said:I remember as a kid reading about the crazy stuff they'd show in Japanese cartoons


Battle Of The Planets springs to mind. Seriously censored in the West, it needed the addition of the robot narrator to fill the many minutes of missing material per week. The brother/sister Voltar pairing was actually a single transvestite character in Japan, and after a gunshot wound to the head, Jason, one of the heroes, ended up seriously disturbed and eventually committed suicide !
#1013 at 19:31:03 - 12/02/2010
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I watched Eagle Riders (same beak-shaped helmet import but on Fox Kids) and it appears to've been edited to Hell, as well. That said, they get away with it, because kids watch it all the same whether the plot makes any sense or not. :)

Though I've no idea why they don't just import tame Japanese kids shows and dub them instead of picking something like that and butchering it. I'm not saying that from an anti-censorship stance, it just seems like more work.
#1014 at 21:03:21 - 12/02/2010
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Coco before Chanel.

Well, it was approaching Valentines and I had made the missus watch Inglorious Basterds last week (even though she enjoyed it more than me).

Overall, reasonably engaging, crap ending. Tautou looks utterly miserable all the damn time too, which is a shame as she's a cutey.
#1015 at 10:12:10 - 15/02/2010
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Moon 9/10

Bloody loved it, Sam Rockwell is excellent, great music and I LOVED the sets and model effects.
#1016 at 11:10:13 - 15/02/2010
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The Fantastic Mr. Fox

What a fun film :)
#1017 at 15:19:33 - 15/02/2010
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I'm off to see Fantastic Mr Fox with our 3 year old at a private screening at 20th Century Fox in Soho Square next month.

Can't wait :D
#1018 at 15:39:43 - 15/02/2010
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Watched The Spirit at the weekend.
What a load of shite.

LOVED Sin City, and as the credits rolled at the begining I was hoping that Frank Miller's name would pop up else there would be a big old court case on the horizon.

I think I'd rather have read the comic.
#1019 at 16:09:05 - 15/02/2010
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I saw the last hour or so of Apocalypto last night. Good enough I would say and thankfully no known actors in it. For some reason I prefer movies without well known actors.

Tonight I'm going to watch Yellow Submarine. :)
#1020 at 17:48:23 - 15/02/2010

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