What films/TV have you watched lately?


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blizeH
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Noticed there's a thread for games and music, but none for films or TV! :)

I've been going through some really old stuff lately, found Good Will Hunting to be a lot better than I expected, and we're currently watching 24 which is great (though rather daunting to have 8 seasons to go through!)

Just watched Along Came a Spider... quite liked Morgan Freeman in it but the film itself was a little meh, and very far fetched at times. Still enjoyable though!
#1 at 00:46:54 - 23/05/2013
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I've been catching up with Adventure Time and Gravity Falls. Because basically I'm just a big kid / sucker for anything that has daft cultural refs in it.

Both good so far. GF is slowly edging Adventure Time out.
#2 at 11:28:17 - 23/05/2013
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Are we losing threads hand over fist because we've always had a movie thread. Also want to know what happened to the gaming one. Rich?
#3 at 14:13:44 - 23/05/2013
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Lovefilm have sent me Hugo and Southland Tales (in lieu of anything I'd actually like to see). ST, in particular, has awful reviews.

Is it worth bothering with either?
#4 at 14:14:44 - 23/05/2013
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Never heard of Southland Tales, though Sarah Michelle Gellar ftw (may not be the case any more, haven't seen her in anything for probably 10 years)

Did you try it in the end? I've heard Hugo is great, definitely watch that.

I saw The Game last night with Michael Douglas, fantastic film, though quite messed up at times...
#5 at 11:11:50 - 28/05/2013
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Hugo was actually rather wonderful. First "U" rated movie I've seen in many years which actually captivated me. I suspect most kids would get bored long before the ending.

I watched Southland Tales last night. Words failed me for a bit, and then I remembered the catch all phrase: fucking shite. It's an absolute mess. It makes no sense, and some actors, when interviewed, admitted that they signed up as they had no clue what it was about having read the script - and were just curious. It's never dull, but neither are car accidents. Hammered his career flat and really showed that Donnie Darko was a bit of a fluke. I watched the making of and some of the interviews with the crew - including Kelly - who all failed to actually agree what the movie was trying to be - or about. Avoid, like the plague.
#6 at 12:32:28 - 28/05/2013
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Oh wow... thanks for the heads up on that! I added it to my watch list earlier too :)
#7 at 13:09:12 - 28/05/2013
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Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
Oldboy
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance


It's trilogy with no connection aside from the theme between each movie but I thought I might as well watch them in a row. I watched them purely to find out the story behind this gif.

Of the three I enjoyed Lady Vengeance the least, but I thought all of them were very good movies. I read afterwards that some so-called experts thought they were to violent, but to me the level of violence and the way it was depicted felt just right. Like, something would be missing without it. And the violence was handled in such a way that it felt "right", almost natural.

All three of them are very quiet, calm and enjoyable movies.

#8 at 19:09:53 - 28/05/2013
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Oh wow, I've only seen Oldboy but didn't realise it was part of a trilogy (no matter how tenous the link) - wouldn't mind watching the other two now as we both enjoyed Oldboy, despite it being very disturbing!

I agree about the violence though, sometimes in a film it's oddly necessary, and Oldboy was definitely one of those films. (and that's coming from someone who hates unnecessary violence, ie The Following!)

Watched Rounders last night - great film and actually quite insightful. I love films that go into detail of how people's minds work like this, and speaking of tenous links, I can see some similarities with Margin Call which is another favourite of mine, just with professional poker players rather than bankers :D
#9 at 14:16:11 - 29/05/2013
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Went to the cinema for the first time in YEARS last night (haven't been for at least 8 years or so - 5 seconds into the movie with ringtones and arseholes with noisy food, I realised why!)

Saw Fast and Furious 6 which was utterly bonkers, crazy, timeline-knackering but brilliant.

Cameo at the end KILLED me :)
#10 at 09:52:35 - 31/05/2013
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The Devil Inside. It's what my Year 9 class would make if I gave them a movie camera. Has the balls to state it isn't endorsed by The Vatican, and ends with a web-link so you can - and I'm serious - find out how the story ends.

Last night I watched a film that starred an ex-girlfriend. (No, it wasn't porn, but had the same budget.) Yeah, um, feeling all kinds of grubby today. (It wasn't porn.)
#11 at 13:10:23 - 02/06/2013
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What was the film...?! :)

Also, I now want to watch Fast and Furious 6 just to see the cameo Peej!

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_devil_inside/ - wow, that sounds hideous! Why do they end with a web link too? Jeeezz
#12 at 22:38:31 - 04/06/2013
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Much to my surprise All You Need is Love was rather brilliant.

A middle-aged woman recovering from cancer goes to the wedding of her daughter and meets and eventually falls in love with the father of the groom.

Synopsis makes it sound terrible and the fact that it's in English, French and Danish means I thought subtitles would make it even worse but it's actually really lovely.
#13 at 10:57:46 - 05/06/2013
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The Dark Knight Rises

I waited until this went cheap on Blu-ray and it was probably the right thing to do. I didn't really think much of Bane as a bad guy and I found his voice comical rather than intimidating. The two confrontations between him and Batman were rather dull affairs in my eyes. I'd say my biggest problem with the film was that they tried to fit too much plot and too many characters into one film. It all felt a bit rushed and disjointed by the end. Still it looked great on Blu-ray especially all the IMAX sections.

Beverly Hills Cop

Looks fantastic on Blu-ray and is still as funny as every. A classic with our without a banana it its tail-pipe ;-)
#14 at 16:23:39 - 26/06/2013
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HA is that the Pierce Brosnan film? It actually looks pretty good for one of 'those' films :)
#15 at 10:04:56 - 27/06/2013
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Finally seen all four series of Spartacus. First two episodes of series one were a bit poor, but it just built into something magnificent.

Terrible shame that the lead passed away from cancer. They tried to work around his hoped for recovery with an origin story in series two, before having to pick up with a new lead for series three and four.

I've been frequently stunned how far they pushed the envelope with the sex and violence, but I was hooked on the characters more than anything (John Hannah was a revelation as Batiatus). For me, the original series remained the best, but damned if I won't miss it now it's done.

And the game of the series has just popped up, free to play, on XBLA. Don't get your hopes too high, but it's a nice way for series fans to touch base.
#16 at 11:28:35 - 27/06/2013
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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.

Um... surely this was supposed to be shite, right? I really enjoyed it. Doesn't hurt that it has Gemma Arterton and Famke Jansen in it, but it was huge fun and surprisingly gory. Not sure it needs a sequel, but I'd probably be renting it if it did.

7/10
#17 at 13:32:03 - 04/07/2013
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Thought it might be worth mentioning that Ben Wheatley's(sightseers/kill list/down terrace) latest film A Field in England is on Film4 tonight with no adverts.
Its a good film and worth a watch.
#18 at 12:12:00 - 05/07/2013
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Mrs F_P and i finished Season 3 of Game of Thrones last night.

Trying to avoid spoilers - while we generally loved it - seeing the evolution of some of the characters and how it's rarely clear exactly who are the good guys and bad guys - there was something of Lost about it.

What I mean is that while each episode and the series as a whole moved the story onwards, it feels as though not much has actually happened...

Still brilliant, and looking forward to Series 4.

I really should read the books sometime too :)
#19 at 13:46:17 - 05/07/2013
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I've watched Snitch recently. Really enjoyed it. Looking to get into some new series, any other suggestions anyone for a good series, drama/crime?
#20 at 13:01:26 - 17/07/2013
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JennyWills said:I've watched Snitch recently. Really enjoyed it. Looking to get into some new series, any other suggestions anyone for a good series, drama/crime?


Well, I've bought the entire series of The Sopranos on DVD, have you seen that already? I've heard some amazing stories from other people the other day, and decided to browse the internet for any used DVDs. Actually arrived at Amazon where I could buy them quite cheap using coupons and the box is new. So I guess my weekend and the hours in the afternoon are filled up, usually when I start watching series, I have to get through it as quick as I can.
#21 at 17:06:14 - 22/07/2013
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Call me Galileo, because I think I'm seeing planets
#22 at 18:04:28 - 22/07/2013
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If you've got a Netflix subscription and haven't been watching "Orange is the New Black" rectify that as soon as possible, the first season has been absolutely excellent.
#23 at 21:49:56 - 24/07/2013
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I've been watching that myself, on episode 6 now. Surprisingly light-hearted considering the setting, and laugh-out-loud funny in places.

Might sign up to Netflix to watch the rest of it in HD glory.

Edit: But from what I can see it's not available on UK Netflix, right?
#24 at 16:12:12 - 26/07/2013
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It's what I've been watching it on!
#25 at 21:08:54 - 26/07/2013
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Watched Danny Boyle's Trance last night. Really enjoyed it overall but don't really know what happened for most of it. Very stylish, though.

8/10.
#26 at 16:29:09 - 29/07/2013
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A friend hinted me about office space, watched it last night. It's a funny film, ok to watch I guess. It starts off really nice, but then the plot get's a little more serious in my opinion, that's why I have a dubious feeling about it, becausse of the end. Good film to watch when there's not much left:)
#27 at 14:01:22 - 02/08/2013
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Heh HA, that seems to be the common opinion of that film - no clue what it was about, but still very enjoyable :) Need to watch it sometime to see what the fuss is about.

Watched Drive last night - had to watch it in two stints because it was very slow paced at the start and girlfriend got bored.

Probably 5 minutes after starting it again, he spoiler. Bit of a contrast from the first half!
#28 at 10:46:25 - 05/08/2013
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Brave (Pixar)
First off, this film is stunning - definitely a step up from Pixar's previous.

However, the overall film seems to be lacking some of the magic that Pixar films have had in the past.

A lovely sweet story and some decent action, but it's very wordy in parts and in hindsight, not much seems to have happened.

I'll go for a 7/10 (of which 1 mark is for Billy Connolly)
#29 at 13:47:59 - 05/08/2013
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Heads up: Blue Valentine premieres today at 9pm on Channel 4.

Don't be missing that.
#30 at 09:39:31 - 09/08/2013

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